Ukrainian government threatens nuclear weapons proliferation


This video from the USA is called Noam Chomsky (2014) “How To Solve Nuclear Proliferation?”

As if the continuing Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, and the non-nuclear weapons are not already killing far too many people in Ukraine

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Tuesday 16th September 2014

Ukrainian Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey warned on Sunday night that his country could restart its own nuclear programme.

The minister said that the programme would be revived if Kiev does not receive satisfactory military support against what he alleged was a nuclear threat from Russia.

“If we fail to defend Ukraine today, if the world does not help us, we will have to get back to the creation of such weapons which will defend us from Russia,” he threatened.

Mr Heletey stressed that his country sought military support from Nato, the United States and Britain in particular.

And he claimed that his country was already receiving arms from Nato.

Those claims were repeated by another senior official but were later denied by four of the five Nato countries he mentioned.

Meanwhile, government troops resumed shelling rebel-held Donetsk.

Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the city, its council reported yesterday — the worst violation yet of the ceasefire that took effect on September 5.

The city had been heavily shelled on Sunday, damaging both residential and administrative buildings, the council said.

Observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said that they had been only 650 feet away from where four shells burst in the embattled city.

Nevertheless, prisoner exchanges continued despite the hostilities and another 73 Ukrainian soldiers were freed late on Sunday night in an exchange with the rebels.

Donetsk rebel leader Andrei Purgin confirmed that 73 rebels had been released in return.

USA: ‘MAJOR RENEWAL IN NUCLEAR ARMS’ “It is part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. A recent federal study put the collective price tag, over the next three decades, at up to a trillion dollars. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for ‘a nuclear-free world’ and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy.” [NYT]

Abolish all chemical weapons, Chomsky says


This video from the USA says about itself:

Chomsky: Instead of “Illegal” Syria Threat, U.S. Should Back Chemical Weapons Ban Worldwide

In a national address from the White House Tuesday night, President Obama announced he is delaying a plan to strike Syria while pursuing a diplomatic effort from Russia for international monitors to take over and destroy Syria‘s arsenal of chemical weapons. However, Obama still threatened to use force against Syria if the plan fails. We get reaction to Obama’s speech from world-renowned political dissident and linguist, MIT Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky.

“The Russian plan is a godsend for Obama,” Chomsky says. “It saves him from what would look like a very serious defeat. He has not been able to obtain virtually any international support, and it looked as though Congress wasn’t going to support it either, which would leave him completely out on a limb. This leaves him a way out: he can maintain the threat of force, which incidentally is a crime under international law. We should bear in mind that the core principle of the United Nations charter bars the threat or use of force. So all of this is criminal to begin with, but he’ll continue with that.”

Here is the sequel to the above video.

On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima To Drone Warfare, by Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek: revew here.

Felicity Arbuthnot says the US is in no position to throw stones when it comes to poisoning civilians in war: here.

Turkish people’s resistance against governmental authoritarianism


While I went to Svalbard in the Arctic, the rest of the world did not stand still.

Eg, Turkey.

This video about Turkey, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

4 June 2013

Noam Chomsky chanting one of the signature slogans of the Gezi Park resistance.

The word ‘capulcu’ on the slogan at the back means ‘looter’ in English. Turkish PM Erdogan referred to tens of thousands of protesters on the streets all over Turkey as “a bunch of looters”.

See also here.

People there started to resist against governmental plans to destroy the only park in central Istanbul, Gezi park, in the name of “economic development”. Then came harsh police repression. Then, the movement expanded, also outside Istanbul and against other government policies.

One may hope this will hinder the Turkish government in stoking war and sectarianism in Syria along with other governments; which threatens Lebanon, Iraq and the Caucasus as well.

Turkey’s ruling AK Party dismissed calls for early elections on Saturday as tens of thousands of people defied Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s call for an immediate end to protests: here.

Turkish protests grow as Erdogan calls counter-demonstrations: here.

Greek solidarity with Turkish demonstrators: here.

Patras: 1000 people in solidarity with the Turkish uprising: here.

Dutch solidarity with Turkish demonstrators: here.

To All My Friends in Turkey, by Roger Waters: here.