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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Back in the USA ..... Obama is set to play host to Ukraine's 'interim' Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (Yats). The two will discuss the $1 billion aid package Washington has already pledged to Kiev. It's a sign of just how deeply involved America is in the Ukrainian crisis.

The real purpose of the trip though is a sales job - to sell the new government of Ukraine, empowered by a US-NATO engineered coup d'etat, to the American people.  The Obama administration must make the American people 'feel good' about this provocative intervention by the US in the affairs of Ukraine.

It is very likely that the initial $1 billion will only be the first such 'offering' made by the US as the Ukrainian government is now bankrupt.  So the American people will be asked to accept more cut backs in social spending to prop up the new oil-i-garchs in Kiev.

The New York Times reported a few days ago that "Chevron signed a 50-year agreement with the Ukrainian government to develop oil and gas in western Ukraine. The government said that Chevron would spend $350 million on the exploratory phase of the project and that the total investment could reach $10 billion."

You might recall that US State Department operative Victoria Nuland last December spoke at an event in Washington where she reported on the progress the US-NATO were making in preparing the ground for the coup.  On the stage the program sponsors Chevron and ExxonMobil had their logos displayed.  She reminded the assembled that "we have invested over $5 billion" in this project.

You can be sure that Nuland will be well rewarded for her handy work in toppling the elected Ukrainian government.  The US love for 'democracy' obviously has its limits.

So expect to see lots of hand slapping and chest thumping in Washington.  The corporate dominated media will play their role and create the image of US being the savior of democracy - out to bring freedom at last to the doorstep of Russia.

It won't be long before we hear about a deal to deploy so-called US 'missile defense' in Ukraine.  When that happens you can be sure that things will heat up real fast..... remember the Cuban missile crisis?

In fact US-NATO began wargames in Poland yesterday with 12 US F-16 fighter jets and 300 personnel. On Monday, NATO also gave the green light to Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) for reconnaissance flights over Poland and Romania. On Saturday, US Navy destroyer, the USS Truxtun, crossed Turkey's Bosphorus strait and entered the Black Sea.

Hopes of a diplomatic solution to the crisis were severely dampened after Secretary of State John Kerry decided to cancel a visit to Moscow on Monday to discuss the issue with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.


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