Suppression of Contrarian Voices

In the US, we proudly point to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights that was adopted in 1791: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, … Continue reading “Suppression of Contrarian Voices”

Russia’s Evolving Attitude Toward the War

As early as the end of April, Russia‚Äôs view of the war may already have begun evolving from seeing it as a regional war to seeing it as a wider war with the US and NATO. At that time, the voracious provision of weapons combined with training and real-time intelligence on targeting led Russian foreign … Continue reading “Russia’s Evolving Attitude Toward the War”

The New York Times on Ukraine: Vietnam Déjà Vu

The New York Times is going full-bore for war in Ukraine. It is difficult to explain the yellow journalism, but the so-called "paper of record" did the same thing on Vietnam (see below). In other words, the Gray Lady is whoring again. It may be, as some allege, that the NYT has never met a … Continue readingThe New York Times on Ukraine: Vietnam Déjà Vu”

‘Leading from Behind’: Is Washington at War With Moscow?

Though Washington insists that it is not interested in a direct military conflict with Moscow, the latter claims that the US is, in fact, directly involved. But who is telling the truth? On September 8, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, appeared in Kyiv on an unannounced visit. He carried with him pledges of yet … Continue reading “‘Leading from Behind’: Is Washington at War With Moscow?”

Biden Commits US to War for Taiwan

If China invades Taiwan to unify it with the mainland, the United States will go to war to defend Taiwan and send U.S. troops to fight the invaders. That is the commitment made last week by President Joe Biden. Asked by CBS’s Scott Pelley on "60 Minutes" if the US would fight in defense of … Continue reading “Biden Commits US to War for Taiwan”

From ‘Special Military Operation’ to Open War

From ‘special military operation’ to open war: significance of the referendums in Donbas, Kherson and Zaporozhie The televised speech yesterday morning by Vladimir Putin and the follow-up remarks by his Minister of Defense Shoigu announcing the partial mobilization of Russia’s army reserves to add a total of 300,000 men to the military campaign in Ukraine … Continue reading “From ‘Special Military Operation’ to Open War”

Putin: Lessons From Childhood

As a child growing up in Leningrad, Vladimir Putin lived in a run-down five-story building. He and his parents shared an apartment with two other families. The yard was filled with garbage, and the garbage was filled with rats. "Putin and his friends used to chase after them with sticks, until one day a large … Continue reading “Putin: Lessons From Childhood”

What In the Hell Was Washington Thinking?

What in the hell were those bloody-minded Washington/NATO neocons thinking? At any time in the last nine months they could have had a diplomatic settlement with Russia that would have: Avoided/ended the war in Ukraine, thereby saving tens of thousands of Ukrainian lives and hundreds of billion of economic cost and destruction; Allowed the Russian … Continue reading “What In the Hell Was Washington Thinking?”