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#Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals - World Socialist Web Site

#Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals - World Socialist Web Site | News in english | Scoop.it
The “Open letter on the future of Ukraine” issued by Western academics and foreign policy operatives is a vile defense of the ongoing far-right protests in Ukraine.
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Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals5 February 2014

The “Open letter on the future of Ukraine” issued by a group of Western academics and foreign policy operatives is a vile defense of the ongoing far-right protests in Ukraine supported by Washington and the European Union (EU). It peddles the old lie, repeated over nearly a quarter century of imperialist wars and interventions in Eastern Europe since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991, that US and EU policy is driven only by a disinterested love of democracy and human rights.

It states, “The future of Ukrainians depends most of all on Ukrainians themselves. They defended democracy and their future 10 years ago, during the Orange Revolution, and they are standing up for those values today. As Europeans grow disenchanted with the idea of a common Europe, people in Ukraine are fighting for that idea and for their country’s place in Europe. Defending Ukraine from the authoritarian temptations of its corrupt leaders is in the interests of the democratic world.”

The identity of the imperialist powers’ local proxies demolishes the open letter’s pretense that the imperialist powers are fighting for democracy. They are relying on a core of a few thousand fascistic thugs from the Right Sector organization and the Svoboda Party to topple the Ukrainian regime in a series of street protests, replace it with a pro-EU government hostile to Moscow, and impose savage austerity measures. Washington and the EU are not fighting for democracy, but organizing a social counterrevolution.

In November, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych backed away from plans to integrate Ukraine into the EU and push through tens of billions of dollars in social cuts against workers to pay back Ukraine’s debts to the major banks. Fearing an explosion of mass protests, he accepted a bailout from Russia instead. The far-right opposition redoubled its efforts, as dueling anti-government and anti-opposition protests spread in Ukrainian- and Russian-speaking parts of the country, respectively.

While EU intervention threatens Ukraine with social collapse and civil war, the open letter stands reality on its head, presenting the developments in Ukraine as a threat to the EU: “It is not too late for us to change things for the better and prevent Ukraine from being a dictatorship. Passivity in the face of the authoritarian turn in Ukraine and the country’s reintegration into a newly expanding Russian imperial sphere of interests pose a threat to the European Union’s integrity.”

In fact, neither Ukraine nor Russia has threatened to attack the EU. It is Ukraine—with its energy pipeline network, strategic military bases, and heavy industry—that is emerging as a major prize in an aggressive thrust by US and European imperialism to plunder the region and target Russia. While US and European imperialism threaten to attack Moscow’s main Middle East allies, Syria and Iran, they are threatening Russia’s main Eastern European ally, Ukraine, with regime change or partition.

The drive to impose untrammeled imperialist domination of Eastern Europe, which began after the restoration of capitalism with escalating NATO interventions and wars in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, is at a very advanced stage. It is setting into motion the next campaign, for regime change and ethnic partition in Russia, where Washington is studying a variety of ethnic groups—from Chechens, to Tatars or Circassians—whose grievances can be mobilized against Moscow.

This is raised quite directly in leading sections of the Western press. TheFinancial Times of London wrote Sunday, “Mr. Yanukovych and Mr. Putin are leaders of a similar type and with a similar governing model. If Ukrainians push the man in Kiev out of power, Russians might wonder why they should not do the same to the man in the Kremlin.”

By aligning themselves with the US-EU drive to dominate Eastern Europe, the signatories of the open letter are embracing what historically have been the aims of German imperialism. Berlin twice invaded Ukraine in the 20th century, in 1918 and 1941. Significantly, imperialism’s proxies in Ukraine today are the political descendants of Ukrainian fascists who helped carry out the Ukrainian Holocaust as allies of the Nazis—whose policy was to depopulate Ukraine and prepare its colonization by German settlers through mass extermination.

Now, at this year’s Munich Security Conference, top German officials stated that Berlin plans to abandon restrictions on the use of military force that it has obeyed since the end of World War II.

The disastrous consequences of the Soviet bureaucracy’s self-destructive policies and the light-minded approach of Mikhail Gorbachev as he moved to dissolve the USSR—believing that the concept of imperialism was a fiction invented by Marxism—are emerging fully into view.

Trotsky warned that the dissolution of the USSR would not only restore capitalism, but also transform Russia into a semi-colonial fiefdom of the imperialist powers: “A capitalist Russia could not now occupy even the third-rate position to which czarist Russia was predestined by the course of the world war. Russian capitalism today would be a dependent, semi-colonial capitalism without any prospects. Russia Number 2 would occupy a position somewhere between Russia Number 1 and India. The Soviet system with its nationalized industry and monopoly of foreign trade, in spite of all its contradictions and difficulties, is a protective system for the economic and cultural independence of the country.”

This is the agenda being laid out by imperialism and its fascist proxies: to return Russia and Ukraine to semi-colonial status through internal subversion, civil war, or external military intervention. Processes are being set into motion that threaten the deaths of millions.

Mobilizing the working class in struggle against imperialist war and neocolonial exploitation is the central task in Eastern Europe. Due warnings must be made. In the absence of such a struggle, given the bankruptcy and unpopularity of the region’s oligarchic regimes, there is every reason to think that determined fascist gangs—supported by imperialist governments and given political cover by pro-imperialist academics and diplomatic operatives—will succeed in toppling existing regimes.

This underscores the reactionary role of the signatories of the open letter. Some are top diplomats or “non-governmental” imperialist operatives—such as former foreign ministers Ana Palacio of Spain and Bernard Kouchner of France, or Chris Stone and Aryeh Neier of the US State Department-linked Open Society Institute of billionaire George Soros. Most, however, are academics and intellectuals who are lending their names to give credibility to far-right reaction in Ukraine, through a foul combination of learned ignorance and historic blindness.

Some of the names on the list of signatories evoke regret—such as Fritz Stern, a historian who was once capable of writing seriously on historical questions.

Others, like that of postmodernist charlatan Slavoj Zizek, come as no surprise. They only confirm the alignment of affluent sections of the middle class with imperialist brigandage, and the reactionary role of pseudo-left thought in training mouthpieces for imperialism.

After decades of intellectual war on Marxism in universities and the media, cultural life is in a disastrous state. Hostile to the Marxist conceptions of imperialism and of material interests driving its policies, these layers are left unmoved by imperialist crimes—the destruction of Fallujah during the US occupation of Iraq, or the drone murder campaign in Afghanistan. Their pens spring into action, however, when EU politicians excite their moral glands by denouncing regimes targeted for imperialist intervention. They can be led by the nose, even behind fascists, with a few empty invocations of human rights.

Alex Lantier

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America’s Ambassadors of Hate #lgbt

America’s Ambassadors of Hate #lgbt | News in english | Scoop.it
The global battle for LGBT rights will not start, or end, with rainbow flags in Sochi. American activists are spreading anti-gay fear and anger around the world.
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The global battle for LGBT rights will not end with rainbow flags in Sochi. American activists are spreading anti-gay propaganda around the world with horrifying success, writes Christopher Dickey. From Jamaica to France, activists warn “what happened in America could happen to you.”

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Google Has Launched a For-Profit Privacy Invasion Into Our Electronic Lives

Google Has Launched a For-Profit Privacy Invasion Into Our Electronic Lives | News in english | Scoop.it
A bottomless appetite for knowing everything about our online lives is breaking new boundaries.
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A bottomless appetite for knowing everything about our online lives is breaking new boundaries.
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How the West Manufactures “Opposition Movements” » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

How the West Manufactures “Opposition Movements” » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | News in english | Scoop.it
How the West Manufactures “Opposition Movements”
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Andre Vltchek believes the West manufactures opposition movements in Egypt, Ukraine,
the Turkish-Syrian border, Cuba and Thailand.

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Black Sites Across America » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Black Sites Across America » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | News in english | Scoop.it
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James Ridgeway investigates health care in US prisons and finds a human rights crime
hiding in plain sight.

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Why Power Elites Are So Afraid of Telling the Truth

Why Power Elites Are So Afraid of Telling the Truth | News in english | Scoop.it
It would be a concession to the deep structural changes we all know that our society needs.
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It would be a concession to the deep structural changes we all know that our society needs.
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AFRIQUE DU SUD • Le privé irlandais qui défie les mafieux

AFRIQUE DU SUD • Le privé irlandais qui défie les mafieux | News in english | Scoop.it
Il a fait condamner l’ancien chef de la police pour corruption. Paul O’Sullivan traque désormais sans relâche les criminels les plus dangereux du pays.
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Il a fait condamner l’ancien chef de la police pour corruption. Paul O’Sullivan traque désormais sans relâche les criminels les plus dangereux du pays.
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US National Security Advisor Rice: Attacks on Kerry in Israel are unfounded, unacceptable

US National Security Advisor Rice: Attacks on Kerry in Israel are unfounded, unacceptable | News in english | Scoop.it
Rice tweets that Kerry's
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Kids For Cash: Inside One of the Nation's Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals (Part 2 of 3) - YouTube

http://www.democracynow.org - Today a special on "kids for cash," the shocking story of how thousands of children in Pennsylvania were jailed by two corrupt ...
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#Syria conflict: Clashes between rebels and army edge near to iconic Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers

#Syria conflict: Clashes between rebels and army edge near to iconic Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers | News in english | Scoop.it
The battle lines of the Syrian civil war are edging closer to Krak des Chevaliers, the most famous Crusader castle ever built. The massive walls and towers of the great fortress on its hilltop glistened white in the sunshine yesterday, as the Syrian Army fought rebels in the valleys below.
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#Syria conflict: Clashes between rebels and army edge near to iconic Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers

As the fighting creeps ever nearer to Syria’s landmark fortress of Krak des Chevaliers, Patrick Cockburn reports from Homs on a civil war in which no historic monument – however famous – is safe from the threat of destruction

 
 

Tuesday 04 February 2014

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“We called for help and they killed our son”: Out-of-control police overreach meets extreme secrecy

“We called for help and they killed our son”: Out-of-control police overreach meets extreme secrecy | News in english | Scoop.it
Many watchdogs believe the police are killing more innocent Americans than ever. But here's why they can't be sure
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Out-of-control police overreach meets extreme secrecy: Many watchdogs believe the police are killing more innocent Americans than ever. But here's why they can't be sure
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'"Breathtaking" EU #corruption costs 120 bn euros a year

'"Breathtaking" EU #corruption costs 120 bn euros a year | News in english | Scoop.it
A new report by the EU Commission says that the scale of corruption in the EU is massive. They say it costs the EU around £100 billion every year, but acknowledged the true levels were probably higher
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EU corruption costs 120 bn euros a year:
A new report by the EU Commission says that the scale of corruption in the EU is massive. They say it costs the EU around £100 billion every year, but acknowledged the true levels were probably higher.
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Hackers sue Merkel and entire German government over NSA spying

Hackers sue Merkel and entire German government over NSA spying | News in english | Scoop.it
Europe’s largest association of hackers has filed a criminal complaint against the German government for aiding foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ, and violating the right to citizens’ privacy, basing their case on leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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Hackers sue Merkel and entire German government over NSA spying:
Europe's largest association of hackers has filed a criminal complaint against the German government for aiding foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ, and violating the right to citizens' privacy, basing their case on leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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US: For-Profit Probation Tramples Rights of Poor - YouTube

Every year US courts sentence several hundred thousand misdemeanor offenders to probation that is overseen by private companies who then pass the often steep...
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Prosecution of Forced Sterilisations in Peru Still Possible - Inter Press Service

Prosecution of Forced Sterilisations in Peru Still Possible - Inter Press Service | News in english | Scoop.it
Shelving the case of the forced sterilisation of more than 2,000 women in Peru during the Alberto Fujimori regime was a surprise move by the prosecutor in
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Israeli police dogs mauled Palestinian teens shot at checkpoint

Israeli police dogs mauled Palestinian teens shot at checkpoint | News in english | Scoop.it
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Prelude to a Crash » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Prelude to a Crash » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | News in english | Scoop.it
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Mike Whitney reports that margin debt hit an all-time high in December.

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Nuclear Diplomacy: the Great Charade » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Nuclear Diplomacy: the Great Charade » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names | News in english | Scoop.it
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Carl Boggs says nuclear diplomacy is a great charade.

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The White Collar Heroin Problem

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The loss of a prominent, honorable, and well-respected celebrity like Philip Seymour Hoffman to a dirty narcotic like heroin proves not all users are created equal.
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The loss of a prominent, honorable, and well-respected celebrity like Philip Seymour Hoffman to a dirty narcotic like heroin proves not all users are created equal.
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Israeli Diplomats in South Africa (1964) on Boycott: Shades of BDS!

Israeli Diplomats in South Africa (1964) on Boycott: Shades of BDS! | News in english | Scoop.it
Thanks to Yigal Arens for posting this amazing portion of an Israeli diplomatic memo from its South African legation in Capetown.  It was written in 1964 at the early stages of the sanctions moveme...
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'Breathtaking': Corruption cost in EU equals its annual budget - YouTube

Corruption in the EU costs the economy 120 billion euro per year - equivalent to the EU's annual budget, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said...
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Global cancer surge fuelled by alcohol, smoking and obesity predicted by WHO

Global cancer surge fuelled by alcohol, smoking and obesity predicted by WHO | News in english | Scoop.it
World Health Organisation experts issue timebomb warning and say key is prevention, possibly including tax on sugared drinks
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World Health Organisation experts issue timebomb warning and say key is prevention, possibly including tax on sugared drinks
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#Syria : Report : #Saudi Mediator Fails to Reconcile #ISIL , Al-Nusra Front - Electronic Resistance

#Syria : Report : #Saudi Mediator Fails to Reconcile #ISIL , Al-Nusra Front

Feb 3, 2014

A Saudi mediator has failed to reconcile Al-Qaeda-linked...
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Danish PM reshuffles Cabinet amid uproar over Goldman Sachs deal

Danish PM reshuffles Cabinet amid uproar over Goldman Sachs deal | News in english | Scoop.it
COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Denmark's Prime Minister announced a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle on Monday after her coalition collapsed over a deal involving United States investment bank Goldman Sachs.
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In a country of 5.6 million people, just under 200,000 have signed a petition protesting the sale of the company to a bank that has become a popular symbol of Wall Street excess after one US journalist dubbed it "the vampire squid"
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Noam Chomsky: Super Bowl reduces ‘Joe Six Pack’s capacity to think’ | The Raw Story

Noam Chomsky: Super Bowl reduces ‘Joe Six Pack’s capacity to think’ | The Raw Story | News in english | Scoop.it
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Noam Chomsky: Super Bowl reduces 'Joe Six Pack's capacity to think':
The point is to "get them away from things that matter. And for that it's important to reduce their capacity to think."
 
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