Lithuania’s Brinkmanship

Scott Ritter Lithuanian government building in Vilnius. (Pofka, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons) The restoration of Russia’s rail connection with Kaliningrad is urgently needed to avoid a conflict in the Baltics that has worried NATO for a long time. On June 18 the government of Lithuania acted on a decision by the European Commission that goods…

How Spooks and Establishment Journalists are Circling the Wagons

JONATHAN COOK Earlier this month, Russia banned 29 British journalists, including several from the BBC and The Guardian, on the grounds that they were “associated with the defense complex”. That claim was not, at least in all cases, quite as preposterous as was widely assumed. In part one of this two-part series, we saw how the Guardian’s Luke Harding – one…

A View on Ukraine’s Future from Donbass

Dmitry Plotnikov During his 2019 election campaign, Ukraine’s current President Volodymyr Zelensky constantly repeated that his mission was to unite the country and breach the ideological gap between the EU-leaning West and the Russian-speaking East. This was the division that resulted in the declaration of independence by the Donbass republics, in 2014. However, but the…

Erdogan Gains New Concessions by Ending Veto on Swedish and Finnish NATO Membership

Paul Antonopoulos Having initially opposed Finland and Sweden joining NATO, Turkey capitulated to significant pressure on June 28 and abandoned its position after coming to a compromise with the two Scandinavian countries. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan planned to use the NATO summit to end Scandinavian support for Kurdish groups in Syria and to lambast…

Russia Steals the Thunder in ‘Wheat War’

M. K. BHADRAKUMAR Russian Defense Ministry in Frunzenskaya Embankment, Moscow In a master stroke of military diplomacy, Russian Foreign Ministry announced today that it is “withdrawing” the garrison in Snake Island, the hotly contested Black Sea property from where Ukrainian forces were evicted in March in the early days of Moscow’s special military operation. This…

Nicaragua: Working with China

Latin America Review: We speak to Nicaragua’s Minister for International Relations & Greater Caribbean about China, the OAS, and high-quality rum!

“Partnership in Blue Pacific” to Turn Pacific Islands into Anti-China War Zone

Brian Berletic In Washington’s ongoing efforts to confront and contain China’s rise on the global stage, it has announced yet another bloc, the “Partnership in Blue Pacific.” The Financial Times in a recent article titled, “US and allies launch initiative to help Pacific Island nations,” would claim, regarding the stated objective of the new bloc, that: The…

Are We Able to Face the Reality of American Fascism?

Rainer Shea In front of us, something is unfolding that we don’t want to properly see, but that we subconsciously recognize. The warning signs for a fascist crackdown in America have been here for years, if not decades. It’s now that they’ve become too big for much of this country’s complacent left to ignore. We’re…

Conversation with American Mercenary, DPR POW: “Be Better Informed”

Jim “Fergie” Chambers Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, seen here on the Appalachian trail. Photo from the Telegram UK My conversation with American mercenary in Ukraine turned DPR POW, Alexander John-Robert Drueke NEW YORK, JUNE 28TH, 2022- Last week, two Americans who came to fight for the Ukrainian International Legion were widely reported as having been captured by…

Ethnic Violence Plagues Ethiopia Near its Mighty New Dam

Ann Garrison Candlelight vigil outside the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Mekane Selam Medhane Alem Cathedral in Oakland, California, for those who died in the massacre in Wellega, Oromia Region, Ethiopia on June 18. Ongoing conflict in Ethiopia continues to claim the lives of many civilians, as recently happened in the Wellega region. Ethiopians have been in…