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.
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.
— Cheryl LaBash via Facebook
Here’s a photo-op to paste next to John McCain’s in the ‘U.S. supports neo-Nazis’ scrapbook: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry alongside Svoboda fascist Oleh Tyahnybok (second from right) and other members of the Kiev coup regime.
From left, head of the Ukrainian UDAR (PUNCH) party and candidate in Ukraine’s early presidential election Vitali Klitschko, Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukrainian member of parliament and businessman Petro Poroshenko, head of the Ukrainian nationalist Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok, and Ukrainian member of parliament for the Regions Party Sergiy Tigipko stand during their meeting in Kiev, March 4, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Ukraine today to show support for the country’s new government amid mounting tension from Russia — and he showed up with a pretty big gift, too.
Kerry brought news of a $1 billion aid package the U.S. is giving Ukraine to help it get through the next few months of turmoil, according to U.S. Treasury Department.
The aid is made up of a $1 billion loan guarantee as well as technical and financial experts to help the Ukraine’s bank and finance ministry with its financial affairs and help prepare the country for national elections in May.
News of the $1 billion loan guarantee was met with skepticism in this country.
It would be met with much MORE skepticism if people knew what it was actually going for: to prop up a neo-Nazi regime that promises to impose austerity on the Ukrainian people, hand over oil and gas pipelines to Western imperialism, and serve as a NATO base against Russia.
The people of Ukraine are resisting the coup. The fascists in Kiev and their bankrollers in Washington are scared: that have not consolidated power outside the capital. The coup is a U.S. creation. Russia is being blamed for the crisis to divert attention from this. Making Ukraine a NATO base is the short term goal, regardless of the cost to the people of Ukraine or workers suffering austerity here. Breaking up Russia is the ultimate goal. Be ready for a provocation. Be ready to take to the streets against war, fascism and U.S. imperialism!
Eastern Airlines Strike - March 4, 1989
The lockout and strike was provoked by owner Frank Lorenzo, a corporate raider and general sleaze - named as one of Time Magazine’s 10 “worst bosses of the century.” Eventually Lorenzo sold Eastern to windbag Donald Trump. Eastern collapsed and stopped flying on January 19, 1991. Up to the night before, the airline continued to sell tickets to unsuspecting passengers. Capitalism at its finest.
Eastern Airlines Strike Banner by Mike Alewitz
Via Mike Alewitz
Wow: This map shows oil interests in eastern Ukraine. Look at those pipelines…
Via Mother Jones
Washington — US lawmakers said Monday they will introduce a “critical” economic support package to Ukraine authorizing $1 billion in loans to the nation in the grips of a geopolitical face-off with neighbor Russia.
Republicans and Democrats agree: Money for neo-Nazis and war, not for SNAP food assistance.