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11.09.2014

The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved

The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved

The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved by Paul Craig Roberts* Some Western commentators interpret the cease fire in Ukraine obtained by President Putin as a victory for Russia. The reasoning is that the cease fire leaves Ukraine with disputed borders, which rules out Ukraine’s membership in NATO. But will the cease… »

10.09.2014

NATO Poised to Escalate Tensions over Ukraine

NATO Poised to Escalate Tensions over Ukraine

Analysis by John Feffer WASHINGTON, Sep 8 2014 (IPS) – The NATO summit that took place at the end of last week in Wales was supposed to celebrate the end of a long, draining war in Afghanistan. But with the presidential election still up… »

09.09.2014

Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm

England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country? By George Monbiot for The Guardian, Tuesday 2 September 2014 Imagine the question posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide whether… »

05.09.2014

Pakistan’s Contain(er)ed Revolution

Pakistan’s Contain(er)ed Revolution

When real revolutions happen in significant countries – as in Iran in 1978 or Egypt in 2011 – millions of people pour out on the streets throughout the country and bring everything to a standstill. In the current “revolution” underway in Pakistan, activity is limited largely to a couple of… »

05.09.2014

The Evidence: MH 017

The Evidence: MH 017

Peter Haisenko was a pilot for Lufthansa for 30 years. In the article below he explains his conclusion that the Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine was hit first by an air-to-air missile from a Ukrainian fighter jet and then by machine gun fire. As Ukrainian air control has… »

03.09.2014

Anti-Israel feeling tips the reporting balance for what appear to be bogus claims

Anti-Israel feeling tips the reporting balance for what appear to be bogus claims

The Israeli Government is in need of some “winning” electoral coup after a useless and heartless war with an equally heartless Hamas (that has managed to turn Gaza’s disaster, at least for some of its inhabitants, into some kind of “victory”), since nobody in Israel is in celebratory mood. Even… »

02.09.2014

Is there still hope for peace in Ukraine?

Berlin 1961 (photomontage – NoWar-Roma) The Ukrainian government, like Israel in Gaza, relentlessly goes on bombing residential areas in the eastern regions “to kill the terrorists hiding out there” (but also the civilians living there). The separatists, called “terrorists”, are in a siege; to break it, they… »

02.09.2014

China and the New Democracy of Mao

China and the New Democracy of Mao

In Hong Kong media yesterday morning (Monday 1 Sept, 2014) Headline Daily reported in its columns, under the title, “NPC sets framework for chief executive election”, that deputy secretary-general Li Fei of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee urged Hong Kong people to discuss the chief executive electoral reform rationally. »

28.08.2014

Conflict about refugee protests in Germany is getting worse

Conflict about refugee protests in Germany is getting worse

Since two years now, Germany is shaken by refugees who protest against isolation in far-off asylum seekers camps, against the obligation to reside in their camps, for fair and fast procedures for granting the right for asylum, in general for more respectful treatment by the institution and the chance of… »

28.08.2014

Nisteling: The art of deep listening

Nisteling: The art of deep listening

The word ‘listening’ has many meanings and the context in which it is done will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening. Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups where… »

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