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Why deny the Ukrainian Nazi connection? DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN

Why deny the Ukrainian Nazi connection? DAVID PUGLIESE, OTTAWA CITIZEN


The Russian Embassy in Ottawa has created quite the controversy with its latest tweets about Nazi monuments in Canada. “There are monumets (sic) to Nazi collaborators in Canada and nobody is doing anything about it,” one of the tweets noted. A monument in Oakville commemorates those who served with the 14th SS Galizien Division (aka 1st Galician/Galizien or the 1st Ukrainian Division). Another monument in Edmonton honors Roman Shukhevych, the leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. The Russian tweets were quickly denounced as “fake news.” The Russians, said some historians, were trying to undermine the Canadian government with false claims. Those being honoured by the monuments weren’t Nazi collaborators, they stated. Even B’nai Brith denounced the Russian tweets. “Clearly, if there actually are monuments to Nazis in Canada we would be quite concerned about that,” Aidan Fishman, the interim director of B’nai Brith C…

It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump, Naomi Klein

It was the Democrats' embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump Naomi Klein
People have lost their sense of security, status and even identity. This result is the scream of an America desperate for radical change

‘Elite neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they threw the party.’ 
They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent candidates. They will blame the corporate media for giving him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry.
But this leaves out the force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which we now find ourselves wide awake: neoliberalism. That worldview – fully embodied by Hillary Clinton and her machine – is no match for Trump-style extremism. The decision to run one against the other is what sealed …

BLACK BOLSHEVIKS AND WHITE LIES by PETA LINDSAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

BLACK BOLSHEVIKS AND WHITE LIES
PETA LINDSAY  OCTOBER 5, 2017  12310
A lot of nonsense has been written about the role of Putin’s Russia in subverting “our democracy.” As though our democracy had been functioning perfectly (even reasonably) well, until these shadowy Russian forces purchased a few Facebook ads that sent us all into the streets. It’s a laughable concept. I’m sorry, did Putin acquit George Zimmerman or Jason Stockley? Did Putin shoot 12-year-old Tamir Rice? Russia did not carry out the drug war against African Americans or implement policies of mass incarceration, or pass voter ID laws in the U.S. – all of which have contributed to disenfranchising millions of African Americans over the years. The U.S. has a lot to answer for with regard to systematically denying the democratic rights of African Americans and this is not the first time they’ve tried to deflect criticism for that by blaming Russia. As a student of history I’ve mostly just rolled my eyes this time around …

Andrew Bacevich, How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars by Andrew Bacevich

Andrew Bacevich, How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars by Andrew Bacevich at 4:42pm, October 5, 2017 in Tomgram

Even though the article was buried at the bottom of page eight of the September 28th New York Times, it caught my attention.  Its headline: “Russia Destroys Chemical Weapons and Faults U.S. for Not Doing So.” In a televised ceremony, wrote reporter Andrew Higgins, Russian President Vladimir Putin “presided over the destruction of his country’s last declared chemical weapons on Wednesday.”  The U.S. and Russia had, it seems, long ago agreed to do so by 2007, before pushing the date back to 2012, and then 2020.  The Russians have now beaten that deadline by three years while, according to an unnamed State Department official quoted by Higgins, the U.S. “remains committed” to doing the same by... “the end of 2023.” 
But I digress. One line -- actually one word -- in his story struck me oddly.  The “carefully choreographed” Russian event, Higgins commented, “seemed…