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VIDEO: Ukraine Is in Crisis. Here’s Why the West Can’t Save It.

A video roundtable hosted by Truthdig Assistant Editor Alexander Reed Kelly explains why the IMF, Europe and Western corporations don’t have the country’s best interests at heart.

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: The West Isn’t Out to Save Ukraine; It’s Out to Profit From a Growing Crisis

In a series of interviews for The Nation, Truthdig Assistant Editor Alexander Reed Kelly shows why, at a time when “Ukraine needs rescuing,”  the IMF, Europe and Western corporations have no interest in actually saving the country from disaster.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Declares All Military Deaths State Secrets

The Russian president has declared that all military deaths—in peacetime as well as wartime—will be classified as state secrets, with violations punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



Delusionary Washington: The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower

Russia refuses to curtail support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; the Islamic State movement refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



The War Zone of Donetsk, Ukraine

When the people of the Donetsk area protested imposed changes, Kyiv launched an “anti-terrorist” operation against them. I saw firsthand these “terrorists,” who had decided to build something different from the oligarchic regime. Theirs is an enormous and difficult task.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE



A Nation of Snitches

All totalitarian systems, including our own, rely on informants to keep the people afraid and under control. We will not be free of corporate tyranny until the network of snitches—in the government and on the streets—is banished.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Columnist William Pfaff

The writer, who died April 30, loved his native U.S. but was saddened by its behavior. Over decades, he consistently called for enlightened policy devoid of fearmongering and misinformation.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE



Surge in Fighting Puts Ukrainian Truce in Doubt

Civilians are fleeing parts of east Ukraine as fighting there reaches its worst point since a shaky cease-fire was established in February.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE



Putin During Public Conference: U.S. ‘Doesn’t Need Allies, Only Vassals’

In his annual “direct line” press conference Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent four hours taking questions from the public on subjects ranging from the Ukraine conflict and relations with the West to rural transport and the sale of milk to primary schools.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE



Killings in the Name of Ukrainian Land of Donbas

In his Sunday sermon, the Patriarch Philaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv explained to his parishioners that Ukrainian soldiers who kill civilians and rebels in Donbas do not transgress God’s commandment “thou shalt not kill”.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Myth-Addicted Republican Party Is as Ignorant as Can Be When It Comes to Foreign Policy

The first foreign policy speech given by a major Republican presidential prospect, Jeb Bush, in mid-February, was notable for its display of ignorance about the world and its menaces. Unfortunately, such ignorance is common among Republicans.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



How Violence in Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear Disaster

One big problem with the recent calls for a Western military role in the Ukraine conflict is the Chernobyl reactor, whose core exploded in 1986 and must be watched forever. The old sarcophagus that contains it must be replaced next year and cannot wait out a war.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE


Vladimir Putin Not Responsible for Ukrainian Civil War, Expert Says

Through a careful review of recent history, Russia and Soviet scholar Paul Robinson debunks the claim that the Russian president is directing the rebels fighting in Ukraine’s eastern region.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE



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European Allies Are Declaring Their Independence from Irresponsible U.S.

Britain, Germany and France are all posting signs of dissent in the West.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



IMF Approves $17.5 Billion Loan to Ukraine

A week after lawmakers approved a raft of amendments to Ukraine’s 2015 budget that the IMF had demanded, the fund signed off on a $17.5 billion loan that will prevent the country from going bankrupt.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Ukraine Mess Is the Worst of Obama’s Many Foreign Policy Disasters

The most devastating criticism that historians are likely to have of Barack Obama’s record in the White House is his devastating failure in foreign policy—a failure that stems from his willingness to leave the warrior ideologues of the State and Defense departments in place after becoming president.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



Moscow Court Charges Two Men With Boris Nemtsov’s Murder

On Sunday, nine days after Russian activist Boris Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin, a Moscow court charged two suspects with his murder. The back story about their possible motives and ties is still under examination.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE



Anti-Putin Politician’s Murder Lays Russian Realities Bare

The public assassination of one of Moscow’s leading critics, just feet from the walls of the Kremlin, is a blow to the liberal opposition but, paradoxically, also shows that there are still remnants of political pluralism.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE



Stepping Back From the Precipice in Eastern Europe

What has the past year of war inside Ukraine been about?

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE


Students in Ukraine and Russia Take to YouTube to Share Their Views on the Ukraine Crisis

You may have heard what Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko have said about the Ukraine crisis, but what do young people whose lives are being affected by the conflict between the two countries have to say about it?

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 READ MORE



The Fight Against the ‘Former People’ of the Yanukovych Regime

I would love to believe this wonderful story of how a new, democratic Ukraine is fighting against an old, authoritarian bureaucracy, but there are too many indications that this story is flawed.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



The Inept Reforms of the New Ukrainian Westernizers

Previous Ukrainian governments did not engage in radical reforms because the population would not easily let the remains of socialism be dismantled.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



John Kerry: Additional Sanctions Against Russia Are Coming

After talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, the U.S. secretary of state described Russia’s conduct in the Ukraine crisis as “simply unacceptable.”

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE



Ukraine Denouement: The IMF’s One-Two Punch (Audio)

After a tenuous ceasefire was brokered in Minsk last week, the fate of Ukraine is now shifting from the military battlefield back to the arena that counts most: international finance.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE


Has the IMF Annexed Ukraine?

Michael Hudson, an economist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, says the terms attached to the loans made by the IMF to Ukraine are likely to turn its people into penniless serfs of international banks.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Ukraine to Receive More Bailout Money From the IMF

The International Monetary Fund agreed Thursday to lend Ukraine $17.5 billion to help prop up its deeply unstable economy.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


Will the Ukrainian Cease-Fire Hold?

Jeffrey Sommers, senior fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute of World Affairs, is “cautiously optimistic” that a deal aimed at ending hostilities in Ukraine’s Donbass region will terminate the nearly yearlong civil war. (Pictured is Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.)

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



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U.S., NATO Must Seek Diplomatic Resolution to Ukraine Crisis

Nothing Washington or NATO can do for Ukraine will give it anything approaching an independent ability to expel Russian-reinforced Ukrainian separatists and expel the Russian invaders who support them.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Gives Putin His Opinion on Ukraine Clash

President Obama tackled what was no doubt one of the more daunting items on his to-do list Tuesday when he called up his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and presented his take on what Putin should do about Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE


What Is Moscow Thinking?

NATO encroachment, stinging sanctions and civil war at the border. Political economist Jeffrey Sommers, an expert on the evolution of the former Soviet states, carefully describes the impinging economic and geographic forces shaping decision-making by Moscow’s elite.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



NATO to Point More Guns at Russia (Video)

A military response by NATO is ramping up the new Cold War with Russia as the international body declared Thursday that it will establish six command posts on its eastern borders and create a 5,000-member “rapid reaction” force.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Angela Merkel: Bombs and Bullets Won’t Solve Ukraine Conflict (Video)

The German chancellor has said the crisis in the former Soviet republic will not be resolved by military means and that the peace agreement drafted in September needs to be put into effect.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



One Year Later, Crimeans Prefer Russia

According to a survey that a Bloomberg contributor called “the most representative independent poll taken on the peninsula since its annexation,” 82 percent of Crimeans fully support their region’s inclusion in Russia rather than Ukraine, while only 4 percent spoke out against it.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE



Chomsky and Kissinger Agree: Avoid Historic Tragedy in Ukraine

When it comes to Ukraine, Noam Chomsky and Henry Kissinger essentially agree with each other. They disagree with the more hawkish Obama administration and the even more extreme Sen. John McCain—who are both escalating the conflict in their own ways.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE



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It’s Time for U.S. and European Allies to Step Back From Ukrainian Conflict

President Barack Obama himself conceded to the American TV audience (those not watching Super Bowl preparations) that the official U.S. narrative concerning the war in Ukraine is not true.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. May Supply Weapons to Ukrainian Forces

American officials on Sunday signaled their openness to supplying the Ukrainian military with arms in their fight against Russian-backed separatists, The New York Times reports.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



Flight MH17: Searching for the Truth of a War Crime

An investigation by the Berlin-based newsroom CORRECT!V reveals that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed by a Russian Air Defense Brigade operating on Ukrainian territory, without displaying national emblems.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill. According to the congressional record, it took only three congressmen and one second.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE



The Abolition of Abolition

A long-dreaded transformation from hope to doom is taking place as President Obama ushers the world onto the no-turning-back road of nuclear perdition.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



Putin, Blocked by Europe, Turns to Turkey for Gas Pipeline

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its heavy interference in Ukraine have had a significant consequence for Russia’s hydrocarbon industry.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



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No to War, Hot or Cold, With Russia

U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated severely in the past decade and they are about to get worse, if the House passes H. Res. 758.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



The West Is Responsible for Unraveling Ukraine

Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel writes in The Washington Post that the U.S. government and mainstream media have arrogantly and self-servingly portrayed the calamity Western powers wrought in Ukraine as a false “morality tale” about democracy-loving protesters and alleged Russian aggression.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE


Video Postcard Shows Ghostly Chernobyl Disaster City

Footage taken from a drone shows the eerie ruins of the abandoned Ukrainian city of Pripyat, the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Cuts Financial Ties to Rebel Territories

Just in time for the holidays, Kiev has limited access to credit cards and bank accounts, and promised to cut off funds for hospitals and schools.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine

For a man who had taken a stunning electoral blow two weeks earlier, Barack Obama completed his Asian trip with an air of unperturbed leadership of the world.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Leaves G-20 Ahead of Schedule

The Russian president quit the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, early, citing needs to get back to Moscow after enduring hours of Western leaders urging him to drop his support for secessionists in eastern Ukraine.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Separatist Ukraine Elections Make U.S. Midterms Seem Even More Boring

This weekend some truly bizarre elections, featuring armed soldiers and artillery fire, were held in the self-styled People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Comes at a Price (Updated)

Aid from the International Monetary Fund will enable Ukraine to pay billions in debt to Russia’s primary gas company and free up enough of Ukraine’s budget to allow the country to buy fuel through the winter. But the IMF deal entails major reforms to the country’s energy industry.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



Three Decisive Events for Europe in the Week Ahead

On Sunday, parliamentary elections in Ukraine and “stress tests” and reviews conducted by the European Central Bank will “determine the entire continent’s direction for years ahead,” financial economist Anatole Kaletsky writes at Reuters.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE


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