With all the coverage of Liz Wahl's resignation from RT and Abby Martin's comments (2 ) on why she condemned Russia's actions in Crimea, thought I would just remind everyone that Phil Donahue, "an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show", a show that had a "29-year run on national television in America", a person who was "ranked #42 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time". a person that Oprah Winfrey credits for giving birth to her show, stating that "if it weren't for Phil Donahue, there never would have been an Oprah Show!", was fired from MSNBC for opposing the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, "even though his show was a highly rated one on the network."
Is anybody listening?
President Barack Obama appears to be at some distance from reality. He's issuing statements about the Ukrainian situation as though he were the maximum leader of a vast empire that includes just about everywhere except Russia and China.
The scope of the president's edicts is remarkable considering the lack of public support, even interest, in using the influence of the United States in this conflict. In addition, the Obama threats and actions are riddled with inconsistencies.
by Stephen Lendman
Propaganda wars precede hot ones. Deception, popular fiction and Big Lies launch them. Intense Russia bashing risks international peace, stability and security.
Washington's imperial war machine is humanity's greatest threat. Permanent war is official US policy.
Presidents wage one after another at their discretion. Imagine challenging Russia irresponsibly. Imagine risking open conflict doing it.
The damn fool in the White House lied claiming Moscow "seek(s) to exert force on a neighboring country." He wrongfully accused Putin of violating international law.
On Tuesday, John Kerry met with Washington-backed putschists in Kiev. He ignored longstanding lawless US aggression.
El análisis de James Petras en Radio Centenario, 3 de marzo de 2014
“Los países occidentales, particularmente EE.UU., hace tiempo que está eliminando aliados de Rusia, está buscando siempre imponer nuevos gobiernos títeres en los límites con Rusia. Y más allá de los límites, cualquier país independiente que es mínimamente favorable a negociar y continuar relaciones con Rusia, es un blanco de violencia”, dijo el sociólogo norteamericano James Petras en CX36.
Transcribimos el análisis de James Petras del lunes 3 de marzo que usted puede volver a escuchar aquí: http://www.ivoox.com/james-petras-3-marzo-audios mp3_rf_2887900_1.html
Chury: Estamos preocupados porque abundan y abundan los titulares sobre dos conflictos realmente muy fuertes y muy serios. Uno es el de Venezuela, muy difundido, pero particularmente el tema de Ucrania.
Habíamos elegido ese tema, naturalmente que tú estás trabajando en él y bueno, te pedimos un arranque por allí, por Ucrania, por Crimea, por Rusia en definitiva y por la Unión Europea, por la OTAN, por EE.UU...
by Stephen Lendman
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet confirmed it. On February 25 , he and EU foreign policy Catherine Ashton spoke.
They were monitored. They didn't know it at the time. Their discussion was leaked.
Paet talked to Ashton after returning from Kiev, he said. "At the time, (he) was already in Estonia," he added.
On Wednesday, he held a press conference. He issued a statement saying Euromaidan killings demand an independent investigation.
Estonia's Foreign Ministry confirmed the leaked phone call's authenticity.
"We reject the claim that Paet was giving an assessment of the opposition's involvement in the violence," it stressed.
It's impossible reinterpreting what he meant.
He only commented on what he heard in Kiev. He spilled the beans. Intentionally or not, he confirmed what's been independently believed all along.
by Rodrigue Tremblay
“Every state is condemned to follow a policy dictated by its geography.”
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Lord Ismay, first NATO Secretary-General
"Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other."
James Madison (1751-1836), fourth American President
The hazards associated with American foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 should appear obvious to all, because it is precisely this policy that has caused the crisis in Ukraine with all its negative consequences for the coming months and years.
by Stephen Lendman
Crisis conditions in Ukraine are potentially the most dangerous since Nazism's scourge terrorized Europe.
Washington bears full responsibility. European partners share it. Obama claimed another imperial trophy. Whether he'll keep it is another matter entirely.
Vladimir Putin supports resolving conflict conditions responsibly. Western officials irresponsibly criticize him. Media scoundrels bash him mercilessly.
He's the only world leader challenging US imperial lawlessness responsibly. He deserves worldwide support.
At a March 4 news conference, he said Moscow supports peace, not war. He'll deploy troops only to protect Russian nationals.
Ukraine's legitimate President Viktor Yanukovych requested he do so. He asked him to help restore law and order.
by Stephen Lendman
Famed journalist George Seldes (1890 - 1995) called them "prostitutes of the press." Paul Craig Roberts calls them "presstitutes."
They're that and much more. They're propagandists, not journalists. They're charlatans. They're scam artists. They're blackguards.
They're scoundrels in the worst sense of the term. They make street whores look respectable by comparison.
They're paid to lie, distort, misinform, and blame imperial victims for horrendous crimes committed against them.
They support powerful monied interests. They ignore popular ones. They march in lockstep with imperial lawlessness.
AJ Liebling (1904 - 1963) once said: "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one."
He added: "People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news."
Western television is worst of all. It's a wasteland. Educator/media critic Neil Postman (1931 - 2003) called Americans "the most entertained and least informed people in the world."
By Nicola Nasser*
In the Palestinian West Bank town of Birzeit early last February 27, the Israeli (IDF) Occupation Forces (IOF) acted determinedly, under the media spotlights, to feed Amnesty International with a show case study to vindicate the report it released only hours earlier, entitled “Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank,” and to refute the Israeli official diplomatic denial of the contents thereof. Under the command of Col. Yossi Pinto, a Nahal infantry force of the Binyamin Territorial Brigade, joined by the Border Police’s elite Counterterrorism Unit, Yamam, according to Israeli The Jerusalem Post on the same day and “200 Israeli soldiers, dozens of jeeps, two (military) bulldozers and many Shin Bet [internal security] officers” according to Amira Hass of Haaretz on this March 3, including some 28 – more than thirty army patrol armored vehicles according to the count of Arab natives of Birzeit who spoke to this writer, were amassed in this Birzeit University town, raising a hell of explosives and gunfire and disrupting its peaceful countryside early spring morning.
by Stephen Lendman
"Fair Harvard" is the university's alma matter. Reverend Samuel Gilman (class of 1811) wrote it. He did so for Harvard's 200th anniversary.
It's sung to a traditional Irish air. Alumni recall it well. Little about today's Harvard is fair. Glorifying what demands condemnation deserves shame.
"VERITAS (truth)" is Harvard's motto. It appears on its Seal. It's on student rings. On geopolitical issues mattering most, it's nowhere in sight.
On March 4, The Harvard Crimson student newspaper headlined "Harvard Faculty, Researchers Voice Concerns about Ukrainian Crisis," saying:
"...Harvard affiliates have voiced concern over what one professor called Russia's 'naked aggression…"
February 3, 2014: Former Canadian Defense Minister, Paul Hellyer, on Russia Today’s program SophieCo, says that “[I’ve] been getting from various sources [that] there are about 80 different species and some of them look just like us and they could walk down the street and you wouldn’t know if you walked past one.”
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