Monday, May 30, 2022


77. Climate Memo Mondays, #77, May 30, 2022

Climate refugees and international laws.
Climate change and biodiversity loss are interconnected crises.
The 1.5 goal requires abandonment of 40 percent of “developed reserves.”

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian.  “Warming to Climate Refugees?”  The Nation (Feb. 17, 2020).   IIoane Teitiota of Kiribati struggled for years to become the first formally recognized climate refugee, but was rejected finally by the UN Human Rights Committee.  However the UNHRC did recognize the reality of refugees fleeing climate-based dangers.  The author urges readers to join an international movement to vote nationalists out of office and into office politicians who will vigorously support refugees, for example with special visas for people fleeing massive floods and fires, or seizure of the assets of carbon emitters.

Biodiversity Solutions Also Fight Climate Change
By Tara Lohan, Resilience. Popular (5-19-22).   Mass extinction lurks beneath the surface of the sea. That was the dire message from a study published in April in the journal Science, which found that continuing to emit greenhouse gases unchecked could trigger a mass die-off of ocean animals that rivals the worst extinction events in Earth’s history. The findings serve as just the latest reminder that climate change and biodiversity loss are interconnected crises — even if they’re rarely addressed in tandem by policymakers. Toward that point, the Science study came with a dose of hopeful news: Action to curb greenhouse gas emissions and keep warming below... -more-

Existing Fossil Fuel Fields And Mines Must Be Closed To Meet 1.5°C Goal By Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch. Popular (5-19-22).  In 2021, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that, in order to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, no new oil and gas fields or coal mines could be developed. Now, a study published in Environmental Research Letters Tuesday goes even further: In order to meet the 1.5 goal, we will have to abandon nearly 40 percent of “developed reserves” of fossil fuels. “Going beyond recent warnings by the International Energy Agency, our results suggest that staying below 1.5°C may require governments and companies... -more-

Sunday, May 29, 2022






Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology



Contents of #21 ANTHOLOGY


Marius Trotter.  The Russian Perspective, The Crucial History:
   FROM WWII TO 2022

The Maidan Coup

J. Kuzmarov.  2014 Odessa Massacre.

John Walsh.  Coup Against Elected Pro-Russian President and Attacks on
     Donetsk and Lugansk (Donbass) Pro-Russians.

Fergie Chambers.  Neo-Nazi Aidar Battalion Torture vs. Donbass Pro-
    Russian Rebels.

Statement from Black Liberation Movement.
MR Editors, From 2014 to Present.

Samir Amin.  Large Geo-Political Context.  Triad of Western Control,
Anatol Lieven.  Dangers of US Proxy War.
NATO Expansion
Global Times.  Now Finland and Sweden and Risk of European War.

Glenn Greenwald.  US Bipartisan (the War Party) Support for War $$.

Richard Ochs.  US Biggest Lies for War.


Jeremy Kuzmarov.  US and Russian Tradition of Friendship.









The Crucial History: FROM WWII TO 2022

 Everyone is forgotten and nothing is remembered: The war in Ukraine and Russia’s reawakening.”  Editor. (5-12-22).

After the most titanic, nightmarish war in modern history, after rivers of blood shed from Kiev to Moscow, from Stalingrad to Kursk, the workers and farmers of the Soviet Union had vanquished the most vile killing machine the world had yet seen.  But for the Donbass WWII was not over: “For eight years- 2014 to 2022- the people of the Donbass were besieged by the Ukrainian military and neo Nazi paramilitaries.”



Maidan Coup

The West staged a coup to overthrow the Ukrainian government › 2014-Coup-1  The 2014 Maidan revolution in Ukraine that led to the ouster of then-president Viktor. Yanukovych was in fact a coup orchestrated by the United States and ...

7 pages
How and why the US Government Perpetrated the 2014 Coup ... › Sample Page  Jun 4, 2018 — Ukraine's replacing its democratically elected neutralist Government in February 2014, by a rabidly anti-Russian Government, was a violent event ...


The WAR Beginning IN 2014

 “The Once Bright City Became Gloomy and Sad:” Survivor of 2014 Odessa Massacre Reflects Back on Tragedy

By Jeremy Kuzmarov on May 10, 2022 07:06 am

Massacre part of planned act of intimidation by U.S.-installed government and precipitated civil war in Ukraine

On May 2, 2014, at least 48 people were killed when right-wing Ukrainian forces burned down the Trade Unions Building in Odessa. The victims had taken refuge in the building after opposing the February 2014 coup d’etat in Ukraine that was backed by the U.S. State Department.

Eight years after the massacre, the International Action Center, a New York-based anti-war group founded by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, hosted a public commemoration that included testimony from a survivor named Alexey who currently lives in Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

Alexey spoke movingly about his friend and comrade, Andrey Brezevsky, who was beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs with a metal bar after he jumped out of the Trade Unions Building to escape the fire.

Brezevsky’s mother, after her son’s death, lost her teaching position at a local university after being denounced by right-wing groups.

Alexey emphasized that none of the perpetrators of the Odessa massacre was ever punished. In the aftermath of the atrocity, neo-Nazi groups mocked and persecuted the relatives of the victims, like Alexey’s mother.

The once bright city became “gloomy and sad,” Alexey said. The massacre had not happened by accident, but was a “planned act of intimidation” by Ukraine’s post-coup government. It was “designed to intimidate the opposition [and] was an act of political terrorism perpetrated by the Ukrainian state targeting unarmed civilians [the victims in the fire were all unarmed].” […]

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The WAR Beginning IN 2014

By John V. Walsh, Popular Resistance (4-29-22.). 2014 saw two pivotal events that led to the current conflict in Ukraine.  The first, familiar to all, was the coup in Ukraine in which a democratically elected government was overthrown at the direction of the United States and with the assistance of neo-Nazi elements which Ukraine has long harbored.  Shortly thereafter the first shots in the present war were fired on the Russian-sympathetic Donbass region by the newly installed Ukrainian government.  The shelling of the Donbass which claimed 14,000 lives has continued for 8 years, despite attempts at a cease-fire under the Minsk accords which Russia... -more-


Touring an Aidar Dungeon

Editor. (5-8-22)

Shortly after the U.S.-backed Maidan coup in the winter of 2014, in conjunction with Crimea’s secession from Ukraine and union with Russia in March of that year, protests began to break out in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the east of the country, known together as Donbas.

Inside the walls of the small-town sausage plant which became a Neo-nazi prison.

“Ukraine: Touring an Aidar Dungeon.”  Originally published: Internationalist 360°  on May 5, 2022 by Fergie Chambers (more by Internationalist 360°) (Posted May 07, 2022)

WarEurope, UkraineNewswireDonbas, Donetsk, Lugansk, Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), U.S.-backed Maidan coup

The horrors of a meat plant-turned Ukrainian Neo-Nazi base and prison

Inside the walls of the small-town sausage plant which became a Neo-nazi prison.

POLOVYNKYNO, LUGANSK PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC, 4.5.2022-Shortly after the U.S.-backed Maidan coup in the winter of 2014, in conjunction with Crimea’s secession from Ukraine and union with Russia in March of that year, protests began to break out in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the east of the country, known together as Donbas. In Donetsk, to the south, the now-notorious Neo-Nazi “Azov” Battalion emerged as the principal combatant force on the Ukrainian side; in the north, along the front lines in Lugansk, known since May of 2014 by anti-Maidan, Russian separatists as the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), the lesser-known, but possibly more ruthless “Aidar” Battalion was more prevalent. Even Amnesty International, an organization which is reliably in the corner of western informational hegemony, reported back in 2014 on the abuses of Aydar.

The article concludes:  After a week of visiting shelling sites in civilian areas on an almost daily basis, it was difficult to imagine seeing something more disturbing. Wednesday’s visit to the Aidar dungeon proved this assumption wrong, and reinforced the blatant reality of a Ukrainian regime that is overrun with nationalism, barbarism, and criminality, particularly in its armed forces, and most especially aimed at the people of Donbas.

The Aidar battalion was made an official part of the Ukrainian military in 2016, and has participated in a number of Kiev state-sanctioned events, including last year’s independence parade.



A Statement On Ukraine From The Black Liberation Movement

By Black Liberation Movement Organizations, Black Agenda Report. Popular Resistance. Org (5-6-22).   The ongoing crisis and war in Ukraine threatens to pull the world into a disastrous nuclear confrontation. Disinformation, lies, and propaganda from the US and other western media are aimed at confusing millions of people inside the US and around the world to view Russia as the aggressor, while hiding the US role in the evolution of this conflict. One major example of this manipulation is that western media have not been honest about the massive role that the US played in facilitating a 2014 coup in Ukraine that overthrew the country’s democratically elected president... -more-


The Editors.  Monthly Review.   May 2022 (Volume 74, Number 1)

 (May 7, 2022).  To get a firm grasp on the current situation in Ukraine, we must understand the central role that the United States and NATO have played in the conflict from the start, beginning in 2014 with the U.S.-engineered Maidan coup. | more…


The Large Geo-Political Context

Russia and the Ukraine crisis: The Eurasian Project in conflict with the triad imperialist policies.  Samir Amin. (5-8-22)

We wanted to draw readers’ attention to this piece by Samir Amin, which was written at the time of the Maidan Coup in 2014. —Eds. 1. The current global stage is dominated by the attempt of historical centers of imperialism (the U.S., Western and Central Europe, Japan—hereafter called “the Triad”) to maintain their exclusive control […]


 Learning nothing from history [A Comprehensive Survey]

A warning to all people intelligent enough to think about the prospect of global annihilation--all to save Ukraine and profitable corporate weapons merchants???

Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 9:31 PM
Subject: Learning nothing from history
The horrible dangers of pushing a US proxy war in Ukraine 

If there is indeed a shift in strategy to another level of confrontation with Russia, we need to know what we’re getting into. 




To judge by its latest statements, the Biden administration is increasingly committed to using the conflict in Ukraine to wage a proxy war against Russia, with as its goal the weakening or even destruction of the Russian state.  

This would mean America adopting a strategy that every U.S. president during the Cold War took great pains to avoid: the sponsorship of war in Europe, bringing with it the acute risk of escalation towards direct military confrontation between Russia and NATO, possibly ending in nuclear catastrophe. The U.S. and NATO refusal to support armed rebellions against Soviet rule in eastern Europe was obviously not based on any kind of recognition of the legitimacy of Communist rule and Soviet domination, but simply on a hard-headed calculation of the appalling risks involved to America, Europe and humanity in general.  

 A note of caution, however, while there is considerable unease in sections of Russian society about an aggressive war against Ukrainians —whom Moscow after all claims to be a “brotherly people” — a war against American attempts to harm and subjugate Russia has much stronger public appeal

 During his visit to Kiev this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that the U.S. wants to see “Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.” On the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared on Russian television that by supplying Ukraine with heavy weaponry, NATO is now “in essence” involved in a proxy war with Russia. 

Lavrov compared the situation in terms of nuclear danger to the Cuban missile crisis. We might do well to remember in this context how very close humanity came to nuclear annihilation in the fall of 1962.  

Two of Lloyd Austin’s remarks are especially worth examining in some detail. The first is that weakening Russia is necessary in order to prevent it repeating its invasion of Ukraine elsewhere. This statement is either meaningless, hypocritical, or both. There is no sign that Russia wants to or indeed could invade any other countries. As far as an attack on NATO is concerned, the miserable performance of the Russian military in Ukraine should have made absolutely clear that this is a fatuous chimera.  

Russia’s military presence in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh is at the request of the Armenians themselves, and is indeed essential to protect them against Turkey and Azerbaijan. When it comes to combating Islamist extremism in Central Asia and elsewhere, Russia’s interests and those of the West are in fact aligned.  

Moscow’s original goal of overthrowing the Ukrainian government and subjugating the whole of Ukraine failed utterly. Given the losses that the Russian military has suffered, it seems highly unlikely that Russia can capture any more large Ukrainian cities, let alone conquer the whole of Ukraine.  

If however what is meant by victory is Ukrainian reconquest — with Western help —  of all the areas lost to Russia and Russian-backed separatists since 2014, then this is a recipe for perpetual war, and monstrous losses and suffering for Ukrainians. The Ukrainian army has fought magnificently in defense of its urban areas, but attacking entrenched Russian defensive positions across open country would be a very different matter.  

Moreover, since Russia has annexed Crimea and the vast majority of the Russian people believe that this is Russian national territory, no future Russian government could possibly agree to give it up. A goal of complete Ukrainian victory therefore does indeed imply the destruction of the Russian state — something that Russia’s nuclear arsenal exists to prevent. 

There is however a fatal ambiguity involved in such statements. For if what they suggest is a U.S. commitment to help Ukraine to go on fighting until Ukraine has reconquered all of the territory taken by Russia since 2014, including Crimea, then this implies a permanent war with the destruction of the Russian state as its goal; for short of the collapse of the Russian state, no Russian government will surrender Crimea, and for geographical reasons, no Ukrainian victory on the ground can bring this about. Furthermore, while China has so far been very restrained in its support for Russia over Ukraine, Beijing could not possibly tolerate a U.S. strategy aimed at the destruction of the Russian state and the consequent complete isolation of China.   

A U.S. strategy of using the war in Ukraine to weaken Russia is also of course completely incompatible with the search for a ceasefire and even a provisional peace settlement. It would require Washington to oppose any such settlement and to keep the war going. And indeed, when in late March the Ukrainian government put forward a very reasonable set of peace proposals, the lack of public U.S. support for them was extremely striking.  

Apart from anything else, a Ukrainian treaty of neutrality (as proposed by President Zelensky) is an absolutely inescapable part of any settlement — but weakening Russia involves maintaining Ukraine as a de facto U.S. ally. U.S. strategy as indicated by Lloyd Austin would risk Washington becoming involved in backing Ukrainian nationalist hardliners against President Zelensky himself. 

How long would Russia accept such a Western strategy before it decided to escalate, in an effort to terrify the Europeans in particular into splitting from America and seeking a peace settlement? Even if direct war between Russia and the West could be avoided, how long would Western unity survive in these circumstances? So far, Russian attacks aimed at interdicting Western weapons supplies have been confined to Ukrainian territory. What would be the consequences if they are extended to Polish territory? What if Ukraine uses Western weaponry to launch attacks on Russia itself — as the British deputy defense minister has (with almost insane irresponsibility) suggested?  

During the Cold War, no U.S. president ever forgot that Washington and Moscow between them have the ability to destroy human civilization and even put an end to the human race. For this reason, first the Truman and then the Eisenhower administration adopted the strategy of “containing” the Soviet Union in Europe, and not trying to “roll back” Soviet power through armed support for anti-Soviet insurgencies in eastern Europe.  

Our leaders of today should remember this. They should also remember that where both sides engaged in proxy warfare outside Europe, the consequences were disastrous for themselves and still more disastrous for the wretched people on the ground who became the pawns of these great power agendas. Have we really learned nothing from history? 


NATO’S EXPANSION (see earlier anthologies and  NATO anthology #1)


NATO’s northward expansion risks turning Europe into a new powder keg.” Editor. (5-15-22).

"Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay," Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin jointly announced on Thursday. A similar announcement will come from Sweden on Sunday.

Originally published: Global Times  on May 13, 2022 by Global Times (more by Global Times)  |  (Posted May 14, 2022)

Movements, Strategy, WarAmericas, Europe, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, United StatesNewswireNATO

“Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin jointly announced on Thursday. A similar announcement will come from Sweden on Sunday.





The Bizarre, Unanimous Democratic Support For The $40b War Package By Glenn Greenwald. (5-15-22).  After Joe Biden announced his extraordinary request for $33 billion more for the war in Ukraine — on top of the $14 billion the U.S. has already spent just ten weeks into this war — congressional leaders of both parties immediately decided the amount was insufficient. They arbitrarily increased the amount by $7 billion to a total of $40 billion, then fast-tracked the bill for immediate approval. As we reported on Tuesday night, the House overwhelmingly voted to approve the bill by a vote of 388-57. All fifty-seven NO votes came from Republican House members.  -more-


The 16 Biggest Lies the U.S. Government Tells America About the Ukraine War.”   By Richard Ochs. CovertAction Magazine.  May 18, 2022.

In any war, the first casualty is truth. Here are the biggest lies to deconstruct when evaluating the considerations documented in the article:

1. “Ukraine is a democracy”
2. “National sovereignty is sacred”
3. “Putin is a war criminal”
4. “The world condemns Russia’s invasion”
5. “Putin has threatened to use nuclear weapons”
6. “With his back against the wall, Putin will resort to chemical warfare, just like in Syria”
7. “Putin may resort to biological warfare”
8. “Russia is targeting civilians in Ukraine”
9. “Russia will make false-flag attacks”
10. “If Putin prevails in Ukraine, he will attack NATO countries next”
11. “Russia is threatening nuclear power plants”
12. “Russia’s invasion threatens the whole world”
13. “The U.S. has a ‘free press’ while Russia’s news is controlled”
14. “Russia is planning cyber attacks on the U.S.”
15. “Russia is killing children.”
16. “Russia may use tactical nuclear weapons.”


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One of the most dispiriting aspects of hot war is its severing of so many of the peacemaking connections that gave hope for the future.   Attempts to understand what had been thought so hateful are halted, and the nations are frozen by war.  Walls that had been torn down are rebuilt.  Bridges that had been built, or were under construction, are abandoned or even destroyed.   


During the First Cold War some people on both sides valued empathic pathways to peace.  Two whom I admired most in my home state of Arkansas were Betty Bumpers, founder of Peace Links between US and USSR women, and J. William Fulbright, founder of the Fulbright Exchange Program. 


When the Soviet Union collapsed the faith of Bumpers and Fulbright in the power of direct people-to-people interaction to create peace continued in multifarious ways.  In 2020 The Nation.Travels, for example, organized “The Changing Faces of Russia” tour to St. Petersburg and Moscow specifically to explore the inner workings we were not long before threatening with thousands of nuclear weapons.


Many of these advances toward international peace are presently ditched for violence.  But notall.




Jeremy Kuzmarov.  Why Should Russia and the United States Be Enemies When They Have a 240-Year History of International Friendship and Support?  By CovertAction Magazine.  May 07, 2022 .
April 25 marked the 77th anniversary of the “Oath of the Elbe,” when U.S. and Russian soldiers embraced in a historic meeting on the Elbe River in Torgau, Germany, to mark the final end of the Third Reich and pledge mutual understanding, empathy and peaceful relations between the U.S. and Soviet Union

Despite today’s hysterical hostility towards Russia—fomented by U.S. corporate interests, implemented by opportunistic politicians, and enflamed by a complicit mass media—the Russian and American people have a long tradition of friendship and mutual support.

Long forgotten is a history of U.S.-Russian cooperation that goes back to the era of Catherine the Great who supported the American revolution.

Believing that the American colonists were right, Catherine refused a request by King George for 20,000 Russian troops to help crush the revolution. King George subsequently tried to bribe Catherine by offering an island of Menorca in the Mediterranean Sea in exchange for convincing France to exit the war and thus forcing the American rebels to fight alone. Again, however, the offer was turned down.

During the Crimean War in the 1850s, when Russia was invaded by Britain, France and Turkey, President Franklin Pierce sent arms and munitions, as well as engineers and doctors, to assist the Russians.

Russia returned the favor during the American Civil War (1861-1865), when Abraham Lincoln called for Russian help because Great Britain and France began supporting the Southern Confederacy in an attempt to destabilize and weaken the United States.

The Russians sent the Imperial Navy’s flagship, Alexander Nevsky, along with four other vessels into New York harbor four days after the Union defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga as a warning for the British and French to back off—which they did.[1]

Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles wrote in his diary afterwards: “God Bless the Russians,” while future Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., a Union army lieutenant, wrote a song about “the nation who was our friend when the world was our foe.”[2] […]

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Patrick Lawrence.  “The US Bubble of Pretend.”

George Paulson.  Scott Ritter and President Poroshenko.

Glenn Greenwald.  “The Censorship Campaign against Western Criticism of NATO….”

Evan Reif.  War of Repression against “anyone who dares to speak against the Kyiv regime.”

Jeremy Kuzmarov.  “Ukraine Hunts Down Traitors Helping Russia.”

Chris Hedges.   “American Commissars.”

Caitlin Johnstone.  “Pay Pal Blocks [Criticism] of U.S.”

Margaret Kimerley.  “Obama Wants Censorship.”

Johnstone.  “Being Anti-War Isn’t Easy.”

CPNN.  Russian Nobel Laureate Attacked in Russia. Silencing Occurring Also in Russia.


Art Hobson.  “Why must we make war?  The frailties of Homo sapiens.”

UN’s Guterres

Ukraine Pacifist Movement

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies.  “This Is How the US Could Help Bring Peace to Ukraine”



Anthology #21, 5-29-22


Wednesday, May 25, 2022


 75.  WAR WATCH WEDNESDAYS, #75, MAY 25, 2022

Ukraine Official: U.S. Preparing Plan to Destroy Russia’s Black Sea Fleet

U.S. aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

Hedges: No Way Out but War

US Soviet/Russiaphobia Is Not Inevitable.


U.S. Preparing Plan To Destroy Russia's Black Sea Fleet—Ukraine


A Ukrainian official has said that the U.S. is working on a plan to target Russia's Black Sea Fleet to free up ports whose blockade by Moscow threatens world food supplies….(continued)

Exclusive: U.S. aims to arm Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles to fight Russian blockade

By Mike Stone

WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) - The White House is working to put advanced anti-ship missiles in the hands of Ukrainian fighters to help defeat Russia's naval blockade, officials said, amid concerns more powerful weapons that could sink Russian warships would intensify the conflict.

Ukraine has made no secret it wants more advanced U.S. capabilities beyond its current inventory of artillery, Javelin and Stinger missiles, and other arms. Kyiv's list, for example, includes missiles that could push the Russian navy away from its Black Sea ports, allowing the restart of shipments of grain and other agricultural products worldwide.

Current and former U.S. officials and congressional sources have cited roadblocks to sending longer range, more powerful weapons to Ukraine that include lengthy training requirements, difficulties maintaining equipment, or concerns U.S. weaponry could be captured by Russian forces, in addition to the fear of escalation. read more

But three U.S. officials and two congressional sources said two types of powerful anti-ship missiles, the Harpoon made by Boeing (BA.N) and the Naval Strike Missile made by Kongsberg (KOG.OL) and Raytheon Technologies (RTX.N) were in active consideration for either direct shipment to Ukraine, or through a transfer from a European ally that has the missiles…..(Continued)


No Way Out but War

Permanent war has cannibalized the country. It has created a social, political, and economic morass. Each new military debacle is another nail in the coffin of Pax Americana.

Chris Hedges May 22, 2022

The United States, as the near unanimous vote to provide nearly $40 billion in aid to Ukraine illustrates, is trapped in the death spiral of unchecked militarism. No high speed trains. No universal health care. No viable Covid relief program. No respite from 8.3 percent inflation. No infrastructure programs to repair decaying roads and bridges, which require $41.8 billion to fix the 43,586 structurally deficient bridges, on average 68 years old. No forgiveness of $1.7 trillion in student debt. No addressing income inequality. No program to feed the 17 million children who go to bed each night hungry. No rational gun control or curbing of the epidemic of nihilistic violence and mass shootings. No help for the 100,000 Americans who die each year of drug overdoses. No minimum wage of $15 an hour to counter 44 years of wage stagnation. No respite from gas prices that are projected to hit $6 a gallon.

The permanent war economy, implanted since the end of World War II, has destroyed the private economy, bankrupted the nation, and squandered trillions of dollars of taxpayer money. The monopolization of capital by the military has driven the US debt to $30 trillion, $ 6 trillion more than the US GDP of $ 24 trillion. Servicing this debt costs $300 billion a year. We spent more on the military, $ 813 billion for fiscal year 2023, than the next nine countries, including China and Russia, combined….continued:


The History They Don’t Teach You in School: U.S. and Russia Have a Long History of Collaboration

By Nancy Spannaus on May 21, 2022 12:40 pm

Relationship Can Be Rekindled Today, Even in These Darkest of Times

There was a time in the intelligence and diplomatic communities of the United States, when “intelligence” required study of the history and culture of other nations, and their historical relationship with our own country. The current conflict between the United States and Russia, dangerously escalating toward a potential World War III, begs for such an approach.

History shows that, from the period of America’s independence struggle to the time of President John F. Kennedy, American statesmen sought and achieved alliances with Russia (including in the Soviet period) in their common interest. In each case these statesmen were leading representatives of the American System of political economy.

These statesmen saw a common interest with leading Russians in developing their huge land masses through collaboration in scientific and technological ventures, raising the standard of living and conditions of life for their populations and assuring world peace.

Their successes, although constantly under assault and significantly sabotaged, were crucial in creating conditions for progress worldwide—as they intended. The stated commitments of the American System of Economics—advancing the productive powers of labor, scientific and technological progress, unleashing humankind’s creative powers of mind to “garden” the earth and the universe—led them to find common cause with Russian leaders who, for all their political differences with the United States, shared those aspirations. 

In other words, collaboration with Russia on a principled basis is an American System tradition.

The three prime examples I will deal with here are Presidents John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In each case, their determination to develop our nation led them to seek alliances with Russia which had lasting positive effects.

While this article, a version of which was first published in 2017, is primarily addressed to an American audience, I believe it is also quite relevant for Russian readers as well. […]

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