NATO expansion, anti-Semitism, Ukraine and Russia

This video from the USA says about itself:

Mila Kunis Attacked With Anti-Semitic Slur

21 December 2012

“Mila Kunis is the target of an anti-Semitic attack unleashed by a Ukrainian politician.

Ukrainian lawmaker Igor Miroshnichenko

Igor Miroshnichenko is a member of the neo-nazi Svoboda party. A party which is part of the recently formed pro-NATO government in Ukraine.

targeted Kunis in an anti-Semitic Facebook post saying that the actress is not a true Ukrainian because she is a “zhydovka,” according to TMZ. The term “zhydovka,” which translates roughly to “dirty Jewess,” has been used as a slur against Jewish people since at least the time of the Holocaust.”*

Actress Mila Kunis is the target of anti-Semitic slurs from a Ukrainian politician, Igor Miroshnichenko. Rabbis are saying Kunis is owed an apology. What would spurn such a strange, hateful attack on her? Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Ben Mankiewicz (Host, Turner Classic Movies) break it down.

*Read more from Huffington Post: here.

By Jeremy Corbyn in Britain:

A monopoly on expansion

Thursday 3rd April 2014

The battle of words with Russia over Crimea cannot hide Nato‘s relentless march into eastern Europe and appetite for war in central Asia and Africa, writes JEREMY CORBYN

Figures produced recently by the Stockholm Research Institute show that military expenditure in 2012 put the United States at 39 per cent of the whole world, followed by China on 9.5, Russia 5.2, Britain 3.5, Japan 3.4 and the next 10 countries at 21.2 per cent. The remainder of the world, namely over 175 countries, made up 18.2 per cent.

World military spending has now reached $1 trillion with the US and Russia supplying over half the world’s armed exports. The US makes up 29 percent of the world’s shipments followed by Russia with 27 per cent. Britain is fourth in the top 10 with arms exports totalling $4bn. In the context of the crises in the Ukraine there have been many demands for increased expenditure as a way of resolving the issue.

While no-one can endorse any country invading another, and any Russian military occupation of the Ukraine cannot be condoned, it does appear as though the government of the Ukraine and western Europe have virtually accepted Crimea’s transfer to Russia. One hopes that there will be attention paid to the situation facing minorities in Crimea, such as the Tartars, as much as protection of minorities in Ukraine.

However, in the wider context, we have to see the current crisis as the culmination of 20 years of a relentless Nato expansion eastwards, and increasingly bellicose statements from the retiring Nato secretary general Anders Rasmussen, who seems to have no sense of irony in his condemnation of Russia’s behaviour in central Europe while at the same time, he has happily presided over Nato activities in Afghanistan and its colonial adventures all over the Middle East and north Africa, particularly in supporting the bombing campaign in Libya and the French intervention in Mali.

On the back of the Ukraine crisis, Nato and Rasmussen seem to be just as opportunist as the US was after September 11 2001. Bush used the crisis of 2001 to vastly increase US arms expenditure and promote bases all across the world. Nato is now trying to develop permanent bases all over eastern Europe, including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, and are mounting enormous military exercises with surveillance aircraft and war games all along the border with Russia. While William Hague claimed that there was no intention of Ukraine joining Nato, the formalities of membership make little difference to the reality that the new government in Kiev, having accepted a massive and highly conditional loan, is now part of the whole Nato military structure.

Whilst the US is happy to send troops all over the region, including a recent deployment of 600 to the Mihail Kogalniceanu base in Romania, European countries, especially Germany, are extremely wary of doing anything that would increase tensions with Russia.

At the end of the cold war in 1990/1, Nato was essentially a redundant force. As the Warsaw Pact rapidly dissolved itself, Nato should have done the same and disputes and issues in Europe and could and should have been resolved through the peaceful Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. An interesting combination of military think tanks, the Nato high command, and global arms suppliers kept the spirit of Nato and its cold war background alive. The 2010 Lisbon Nato summit, and later the Chicago summit of 2012, expanded the alliance’s operational area and gave unto itself a global role, while at the same time establishing a formal link with the European Union.

This formal link requires all Nato members to meet a high minimum level of arms expenditure and preparedness to supply troops and equipment to any conflict that Nato requires, and this has dragged many unwillingly into Afghanistan as well as the danger of other potential conflicts.

Another trend is that Nato member states increasingly do not require large numbers of armed personnel, but very expensive and sophisticated military equipment, in order to defend the economic interests of the West.

Thus, the obscenity of remote-controlled drones being launched from Norfolk or Kansas against unarmed villages in Pakistan or Afghanistan has become the West’s favoured form of warfare.

In Britain, the debate about our role in the world is often confused with delusions of imperial grandeur and a strange supposition that influence only comes from military expenditure. Last August, Parliament, surprisingly, voted not to intervene militarily in Syria. This brought about a welcome round of negotiations between the US and Russia, as well as an agreement on nuclear processing with Iran. Sadly, the crisis in the Ukraine has once again put the hawks in the driving seat. The essential thing now is to halt Nato expansion, and promote bi-lateral talks with Russia that will reduce military expenditure and bases on both sides of the borders.

For the labour movement in Britain, there is an important debate to be had. Blair disgracefully led the last government into war in Afghanistan and Iraq and fulfilled the traditional British post-WWII position of always supporting the US in foreign policy and military matters. The next government will be faced with the decision on Trident, with the opportunity not to renew it and thus be able to redirect £100bn into something eminently more useful than nuclear weapons. This is not an issue to be avoided, but to be confronted because of austerity and the strange sense of priorities of some who believe that spending £100bn on the vanity project of new nuclear weapons is more important than schools, hospitals, houses and railways.

However, when one looks back at the history of post-war foreign policy, on January 22 1948 in the House of Commons, Ernie Bevin set out his vision of the West, and Europe, saying: “Europe has extended its influence throughout the world and we have to look further afield. In the first place we turn our eyes to Africa, where great responsibilities are shared with us by South Africa, France, Belgium and Portugal, and equally to all overseas territories, especially South East Asia with which the Dutch are closely concerned.”

Bevin showed no touch of irony when in 1948 South Africa had just embarked on its course of apartheid and Britain was involved in suppressing colonial freedom movements, and had just collaborated with the Dutch in suppressing the Indonesian independence movement which grew rapidly at the end of the second world war.

Eleven months later, Bevin was back in Parliament, once again discussing collective defence by “the West” against the Soviet Union.

Bevin told Parliament that “in accordance with the development of this idea of regional understanding and collective security we’ve had extensive discussions between the five powers. In the end we agreed to inform the United States government that we’re in favour of the North Atlantic pact.”

Bevin then went on to describe how the putative Nato might work. A very short time later, US troops were back in Europe having departed at the end of the second world war.

There is more than a taint of double standards and hypocrisy in western European and US concerns over the Ukraine. Obama, recently visiting Saudi Arabia, seems incapable of registering the abhorrence many have for the kingdom’s human rights record, and at the same time says nothing about the activities of the far-right in Ukraine and the discrimination and abuse that is now happening against Roma people and other minorities. We need to work with socialists in Ukraine, as well as others, to promote justice and human rights. NATO expansion is not – any more than Russian militarism – going to achieve either of those aims.

NATO maneuvers with Georgia, Ukraine threaten war with Russia: here.

Since the February putsch in Kiev, ties between the supposedly “democratic” regime installed by Washington and its fascist allies have become increasingly tense: here.

In the clearest sign of intensifying US involvement in the Ukraine crisis, CIA Director John Brennan flew into Kiev over the weekend: here.

The crisis in Ukraine and the return of German militarism: here.

Russia and the Ukraine Crisis: The Eurasian Project in Conflict with the Triad Imperialist Policies, by Samir Amin: here.

The row over Prince Charles’s comparison of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Adolf Hitler continues to rumble: here.

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  1. Friday 11th April 2014

    Fire started by Ukrainian fascist ‘revolutionaries’ all but destroys Communist Party of Ukraine offices as the country’s security chief is alleged to have moved to ban the party outright

    Neonazis have capped off a month and a half of looting Communist Party of Ukraine offices by nearly razing the building to the ground.

    The party said yesterday that the so-called “revolutionaries” who ousted the country’s democratically elected government burned the central committee offices on Wednesday night, leaving it “almost completely destroyed.”

    The fascists “did not stop even despite the fact that next to the CPU offices are houses, a hotel, a bank, which could also be affected by the fire,” the party said.

    They had been rifling through party documents and using the office as a “lustration committee,” the party said — a repeat of post-Soviet governments’ blacklisting of communists from public office.

    CPU leader Petro Symonenko accused members of the coup-installed government of supporting the arson, saying it clearly showed nazi methods in dealing with political opponents.

    “We’ve seen it before,” he said. “The bonfire of books, the Reichstag fire — it’s already happened.”

    He has now withdrawn Communist MPs from parliament.

    Mr Symonenko also claimed yesterday that security services chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko had ordered his underlings to prepare the case for banning the Communist Party “by any means whatsoever, including direct falsifications.”

    But the CPU leader said he was not surprised by the attacks, as terror and intimidation were “natural” for fascist regimes.

    “Communists have never bowed their heads before fascism and do not intend to do it today,” he said.

    Meanwhile, European powers have been mulling over how best to shore up the new West-facing government in Kiev.

    News site EUobserver revealed yesterday that Britain, Poland and Sweden were pushing to send an EU police mission to Ukraine by June.

    An informal paper, thought to be on the agenda for an EU foreign ministers’ meeting next week, suggests the mission should focus on “monitoring, mentoring and advising” as well as offering “strategic advice.”

    Law and order remained a problem for Kiev authorities as occupations of regional government buildings in eastern cities Donetsk and Lugansk continued despite ultimatums to leave.

    Local activists have demanded greater autonomy or even secession from Ukraine.

    Acting president Oleksandr Turchynov offered an amnesty for the occupiers yesterday if they laid down their arms.


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    Pauvre OTAN. Diables de Soviets. L’aimable Organisation du Traité de l’Atlantique Nord a passé deux décennies à « tenter de construire un partenariat » avec la Russie. Mais maintenant « les Russes ont clairement déclaré l’Otan comme leur ennemie, donc nous devons commencer à voir la Russie non plus comme partenaire mais plutôt comme ennemie » selon le vice Secrétaire général de l’OTAN Alexander Vershbow, ancien diplomate US et employé du Pentagone.

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