By Jeffrey Sommers and Michael Hudson, CounterPunch —
The Crimean population’s only protection from U.S.-sponsored regional and ethnic political division comes from Russia. That is the gift Obama has given Putin, making him a defender of Ukraine rather than the aggressor.
When other countries seek to defend a multi-ethnic secular state, the U.S. foreign office has backed the fundamentalists for nearly the past half-century in all cases. This should be the subtext for reporting on the Ukrainian uprising that seems to have been carefully timed to coincide with Sochi.
Nothing would go further toward rebuilding prosperity in Russia than a national program to transform the country’s infrastructure. Sochi has shown the way forward, and that is the real story the Western media have sidestepped.
The deceased prime minister’s 11-year rule over the U.K. “was historic mainly by posing the conundrum that has shaped neoliberal politics since 1980: How can governments nurture and endow financial kleptocrats” with the consent of the people?