By Ajamu Baraka
When President Obama and members of the corporate elite condemn the Russians for violating international law, the contradictory nature of that position is clear to those of us who are the ongoing victims of Western oppression and whose lives depend on seeing reality as it is.
From our point of view, it is absolutely bizarre that the same country that violates the sovereignty of other states worldwide with drone strikes, military interventions and political subversion can actually suggest to the Russians that it runs the risk of being a “pariah” state.
The U.S. is playing a very dangerous game by attempting to implement its strategy of encircling the Russian Federation. But the Russians also played a very dangerous game when they decided not to veto U.N. Security Council resolution 1973, which gave NATO colonial gangsters the green light to destroy the Libyan state, and then pretended to be surprised when NATO did just that. The aggressive encirclement of Russia by NATO is now a case of the chickens coming home to roost.
Perhaps the Russians did not fully understand what those of us from the African American community have always understood—that U.S. geostrategic decision-makers will ally themselves with right-wing forces if it will help them maintain the hegemony of their empire, from racist nationalists in Ukraine to rightist Islamic fundamentalists in Syria.
The Pentagon will more than double the number of fighter jets it is sending to a Nato air policing mission in the Baltics as part of Washington’s response to the Ukraine crisis, officials have said.
The development came after the US Defence Secretary, Chuck Hagel, announced plans to bolster the decade-old mission, which patrols skies over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Officials said the Pentagon would send six additional F-15 jets and one KC-135 refuelling aircraft to “augment” the mission this week. The US already provides four F-15 jets to the mission.
The planes, reportedly based at RAF Lakenheath in the UK, will fly to the Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania.
“This action comes at the request of our Baltic
allies puppets and further demonstrates our commitment to Nato security,” a Pentagon official said. The Pentagon is now said to be “consulting” with Poland on a separate mission.
Ankara, Turkey: Protest against U.S. intervention in Venezuela and Ukraine on the anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s death, March 5, 2014.
The provincial office of the Workers’ Party in Ankara gathered in front of the US Embassy in Ankara to warn the United States against imperialist interventions in Ukraine and Venezuela. The event took place on the anniversary of the passing of Hugo Chavez Frias, the former President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela - a country that set an example for all the oppressed peoples across the globe.
The provincial secretary of the Workers’ Party in Ankara, Osman Yılmaz, reminded the participants that they have gathered on the anniversary of the passing of “the architect of socialist and democratic Latin America” and stated that “Comrade Hugo Chavez guided a revolution similar to the one led by Commander Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 91 years ago, miles away from Venezuela. Comrade Chavez united the Bolivarian people of Venezuela against US imperialism and trod the path of liberation for the oppressed peoples of Latin America. He was a symbol of hope for the entire world. In times such as these, we miss him even more, as US imperialism continues to threaten our existence”.
Yılmaz continued his speech by pointing out that US-backed neo-Nazi gangs and putschist provocateurs have illegally overthrown a democratically elected government in Ukraine, thereby staging a coup d’état. He stressed that “the Workers’ Party and the people of Turkey will never allow the United States and NATO to subjugate Turkey and wreak havoc in our region. If the US Navy ever tries to pass through our Straits, that will be a violation of the treaties in force and the Convention of Montreux. US imperialism, which has turned Iraq, Afghanistan and Iraq to rubble, shall not gain a foothold in our homeland! Our Straits are off-limits to US warmongering!”
Yılmaz then underlined his party’s stance towards Syria. “The United States continues its aggressive policies towards the legitimate government in Syria led by Bashar al-Assad. The aforementioned imperialist entity doesn’t hesitate to use fundamentalist terrorism and collaborationist figures like Gül and Erdoğan to achieve its goals. We hereby warn the Erdoğan Government: we will not allow you to drag us into a stupid war against our neighbours! The peoples of the Middle East and Latin America will not allow you to shed more blood!” Yılmaz said.
To conclude, Yılmaz addressed the United States and the Erdoğan Government: “Uncle Sam and Tayyip Erdoğan, you’re going down. We shall not allow you to drag us to your downfall. The progressive and anti-imperialist forces in the region shall unite, following the example of Comrade Hugo Chavez!”
After the statement, the militants of the Workers’ Party placed a symbolic baseball bat in front of the gate of the Embassy, referring to the “baseball bat photo” taken during the phone conversation between PM Erdoğan and President Obama. The participants shouted “you will never stop our struggle for independence, freedom and revolution!”
Via Workers’ Party of Turkey
Tuesday, March 11 - 5pm to 6:30pm
Times Square, 43rd St. & 7th Ave., Manhattan
What’s really happening in Ukraine? Don’t be fooled!
U.S. officials and the media claim there was a people’s uprising in Ukraine that is now threatened by Russian military intervention. Don’t be fooled.
These are the same people who tell us the economy is improving, when we all know jobs are scarce and the minimum wage is too low to live on. They use their platform to justify police and vigilante killings of Black and Brown youth.
These are the same people who led us into more than 10 years of ruinous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are the same 1% who want war with Iran and Syria.
What happened in Ukraine was a coup against a legally-elected government. The U.S. spent more than $15 BILLION to make this happen. $15 billion that could have been used to restore and expand SNAP food assistance programs for the hungry, create jobs, extend long-term unemployment benefits and improve public schools here at home. $5 BILLION was just cut from basic food programs because we are told, “There is not enough money.”
What has Washington paid for? The new government in Kiev is dominated by far-right-wing politicians, including open neo-Nazis. They worship Stepan Bandera, a follower of Hitler who massacred Ukrainian Jews, immigrants, leftists and trade unionist during the Nazi occupation of World War II. Fascist gangs armed with guns and baseball bats now control the streets of Kiev. They are tearing down monuments to the Soviet troops who liberated Ukraine from the Nazis.Their demands are to align with the EU and the NATO military alliance.
Leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties support this disgusting and dangerous coup. Two years ago, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laid out the plan for the coup at a conference in Europe. Senator John McCain later went to Kiev, spoke at rallies and was photographed with the leader of the fascist Svoboda party. State Department official Victoria Nuland was caught on tape plotting who would be the next leader of Ukraine. She bragged that the U.S. had already spent $5 billion funding the “democracy movement” in the Ukraine. The Obama administration immediately pledged an additional $10 billion in loans for the coup leaders.
Why do both parties support a neo-Nazi government in Ukraine? Because it’s what the Wall Street 1% want. They want to take over Ukraine’s gas and oil pipelines. They want to set up NATO military bases on the border with Russia. Their next step is to divide up Russia, grab its vast oil reserves and natural resources, and gobble up millions more skilled workers to compete with underemployed, underpaid workers here in the U.S.
Workers in Ukraine will get nothing but misery from the deal. The coup government has already agreed to accept an IMF austerity plan in return for loans, like the ones that have devastated workers in Greece, Spain and Portugal. Unemployment, poverty, pension cuts and privatization are what they have in store.
But people in Eastern Ukraine and throughout the country are fighting back against the fascist coup in Kiev. Some have taken over regional and city buildings and refused to hand them over to the new authorities. Others are marching on military bases and demanding that the troops not obey the commands of the neo-Nazis in Kiev. Some are calling on the Russian government to protect and assist them. The people of Ukraine remember well what Nazi rule was like during World War II, and they will not stand for it again.
Russia’s government is acting defensively. Russia does not want a war with the U.S. and NATO, but understands that it is next on Washington’s hit list.
People in the U.S. don’t want another war either – not for oil, not to dominate more low-wage workers, and certainly not to prop up racist neo-Nazis in Kiev! We want money for jobs and income, a raise in the minimum wage to at least $15, housing, healthcare and schools – not war and occupation.
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Dimitris Koutsoumpas, the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), stressed in his statement on the developments in Ukraine and the meetings of the Greek Foreign Minister:
We are following the developments in Ukraine with concern and in particular at this moment we would like to stress that there must be no involvement of Greece in the plans of the USA-EU in Ukraine, no participation in this dangerous game of rivalries with Russia.
Once again, the reactionary role of the EU and NATO is being highlighted, which are intervening in the internal affairs of Ukraine, even supporting Nazi parties, in order to serve their geopolitical plans.
The Greek people must be vigilant. The capitalist crisis and imperialist wars go hand in hand and Greece’s participation in these plans is not in the people’s interests.
Turkey has given a US Navy Warship the green light to pass through the Bosphorus within the next two days as tensions in Ukraine’s Crimea region continue to divide world powers.
Turkish sources, speaking with the Hurriyet Daily News on Wednesday, declined to elaborate on the name of the US warship. The same officials told the daily on condition of anonymity that the ship in question was not the USS George H.W. Bush nuclear aircraft carrier as suggested in some news reports, as it did not meet the standards specified by the 1936 Montreux Convention in terms of weight.
On Wednesday, the Russian Black Sea Fleet Staff confirmed to the Itar-Tass news agency that a US destroyer was expected to enter the Black Sea later this week.
U.S. Hands off Ukraine! No War with Russia
Why is Washington trying to impose a neo-Nazi gov’t on Ukraine?
The U.S. has spent at least $5 billion to install a neo-Nazi coup government in Ukraine. Congress and the Obama administration have promised the coup leaders $10 billion more.
Wall Street wants to control the country’s oil and gas pipelines. NATO wants military bases on the border of Russia.
We say NO!
We stand with the anti-fascist resistance of the Ukrainian people who reject the coup in Kiev.
Russia is acting only to defend itself. Russia is not the aggressor in Ukraine; the U.S. is.