James Carden – The Nation
The crusade to ban Russia policy critics
As a result of the civil war that has raged in Ukraine since April 2014, at least 7,000 people have been killed and more than 15,400 wounded, many of them grievously. According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 1.2 million eastern Ukrainians have been internally displaced, while the number of those who have fled abroad, mainly to Russia and Belarus, has reached 674,300.
Paul Krugman – The New York Times
One of the Obama administration?s underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty. Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they?re just projecting. The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear and straightforward about what it?s doing and why.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, May 2015 (IPS) – In the conflict-ridden Middle East, minority groups continue to be threatened, attacked and expelled from their home countries by terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
By Roberto Savio*
ROME, May – The victory of the Conservative Party and the debacle of the Labour Party in the recent British general elections is yet another sign of the crisis facing left-wing forces today, leaving aside the question of how, under the British electoral system, the Labour Party actually increased the number of votes it won but saw a reduction in the number of seats it now holds in Parliament (24 seats less than the previous 256).
Robert J. Burrowes
I sometimes read that drone strikes are counterproductive to western security interests because each person killed by a drone results in more new ?terrorists?. See, for example, ?The more civilians US drones kill in the Mideast, the more radicals they create?. http://rt.com/op-edge/252705-drone-operation-us-strategy-military/
Submitted by Tyler Durden ? Zero Hedge
Submitted by Dmitry Orlov via Club Orlov blog,
One of the fake stories kept alive by certain American politicians, with the help of western media, is that Vladimir Putin (who, they vacuously claim, is a dictator and a tyrant) wants to reconstitute the USSR, with the annexation of Crimea as the first step.
Tom Engelhardt ? The Nation
From toddlers with guns to wedding parties hit by drones, here?s the news for tomorrow.
It?s commonplace to speak of ?the fog of war,? of what can?t be known in the midst of battle, of the inability of both generals and foot soldiers to foresee developments once fighting is underway. And yet that fog is nothing compared to the murky nature of the future itself, which, you might say, is the fog of human life. As Tomorrowlands at world fairs remind us, despite a human penchant for peering ahead and predicting what our lives will be like, we?re regularly surprised when the future arrives.
By Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, May 19 2015 (IPS) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, an unrelenting advocate of sustainable energy for all (SE4All), once dramatised the need for modern conveniences by holding up his cell phone before an audience in the Norwegian capital of Oslo and asking: ?What would we do without them??
By Tom Parfitt – Telegraph.co.uk
Survey indicates growing suspicion of possible invasion by Washington after crisis in relations over Ukraine
Moscow. Almost a third of Russians fear an invasion and occupation of their country by the United States, a new poll indicates.
The respected Levada Centre polling agency in Moscow found that 31 per cent of respondents in a survey conducted last month thought the US represented a threat of military takeover, up from 21 per cent in 2007.
Nick Turse – TomDispatch.com – The Nation
American law prevents military aid to countries that employ child soldiers?but that hasn?t stopped us in South Sudan.
Malakal, South Sudan? I didn?t really think he was going to shoot me. There was no anger in his eyes. His finger may not have been anywhere near the trigger. He didn?t draw a bead on me. Still, he was a boy and he was holding an AK-47 and it was pointed in my direction.
By Valentina Ieri
UNITED NATIONS, May 15 2015 (IPS) – Leaders from over 30 countries have come together for a two-day retreat May 14 and 15 at U.N. headquarters to reinforce their commitments to improve the health of women, children and adolescents around the world.
By CHRIS BUCKLEY and ELLEN BARRY – The New York Times
HONG KONG ? India?s prime minister, Narendra Modi, told China?s leaders on Friday that it was up to them to rethink policies that he said had hindered cooperation between the two Asian giants.
Nearly three decades after the publication of his groundbreaking critique of the Western mainstream press, Noam Chomsky still believes the media is complicit in “manufacturing consent.”
The Editors – The Nation
Hilary Clinton?s evolution on immigration reform is a testament to the youthful movement that erupted during the Obama era.
What a difference a disastrous midterm election makes. Before the 2014 vote, conventional wisdom in the Democratic Party still counseled political caution on immigration reform.
Martin Wolf – Financial Times
Trade deals must not become an alternative to the WTO
Should proposed US plurilateral trade agreements be welcomed? This is a big question, not least for those who consider the liberalisation of world trade to be a signal achievement. It is also highly controversial.
By Pepe Escobar* – Asia Times
It?s fascinating to watch the vast, well-rewarded western army of Saudi lobbyists/stenographers singing the praises of a ?traditional and conservative institution?, a.k.a. the House of Saud, now embarking on a new, ?assertive foreign policy.?
By Patrick L. Smith* – SALON
U.S. troops are now operating openly in Ukraine. The “paper of record’s” “coverage” is an embarrassment, per usual
May 10, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “Salon” – As of mid-April, when a Pentagon flack announced it in Kiev, and as barely reported in American media, U.S. troops are now operating openly in Ukraine.
By Thalif Deen
Interview with Dr Jennifer Allen Simons, Founder and President of the Simons Foundation, dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons
UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2015 (IPS) – Albert Einstein, the internationally-renowned physicist who developed the theory of relativity, once famously remarked: ?I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.?
Timothy Garton Ash – The Telegraph, India
So now we need the Federal Kingdom of Britain. Otherwise, this most dramatic British election result since 1945 could mark the beginning of the end of Britain, and of Britain in the European Union. With left-wing Scottish nationalists sweeping the board north of Hadrian’s wall while right-wing Eurosceptic Conservatives form the British government only because they triumphed in England, the two largest parts of our increasingly disunited United Kingdom, England and Scotland, are doomed to discord.
By Silvia Giannelli
AUGUSTA, Syracuse, Italy , May 11 2015 (IPS) – Not even a month has passed since over 700 hundred migrants lost their lives in their attempt to reaching the shores of Italy and the media spotlights have already faded on the island of Sicily, Italy?s southern region and main gateway to Europe.
Yet, the migration flows have not stopped.