“Operation Jericho”: Obama’s Failed Coup in Venezuela

The United States, Germany, Canada, Israel and the United Kingdom launched “Operation Jericho” Once again, the Obama administration has tried to force the change of a political regime that resists it. On February 12, an Academi (formerly Blackwater) plane disguised as an aircraft of the Venezuelan army was supposed to bomb the presidential palace and…

The Assassination of Greece

By James Petras Introduction The Greek government is currently locked in a life and death struggle with the elite which dominate the banks and political decision-making centers of the European Union. What are at stake are the livelihoods of 11 million Greek workers, employees and small business people and the viability of the European Union.…

Minsk Agreement 2.0 – February 12, 2015

SLAVYANGRAD.org NOTE: Rough Translation, Subject To Amendment Translated by Gleb Bazov Source: News.Kremlin.Ru SLAVYANGRAD.org For English Text of the Normandy Four Declaration, please see: Eng.Balt.By (in Russian – News.Kremlin.Ru) A Set of Measures for the Performance of Minsk Agreements Immediate and comprehensive ceasefire in certain areas of the Donetsk and the Lugansk regions of Ukraine and its…

Greek Debt, Austerity and Past Military Contracts

By Sara Flounders Since the 2008 capitalist downturn sparked the debt crisis, Greek working people have held huge demonstrations, general strikes and now have voted in the Syriza government to oppose the brutal austerity program imposed by U.S. and European, especially German, banks. Syriza has pledged to have half the debt written off and to…

Panicked Diplomacy by Western Leaders as Thousands of Ukrainian Troops Encircled by Novorossiyan Militia

By Greg Butterfield Early February saw a flurry of diplomatic visits from the West and panicky negotiations by European Union leaders with Kiev and Moscow to reach a ceasefire in the war between Ukraine and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, also called Novorossiya. On February 9, German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Washington and…

On War Crimes and Double Standards in Ukraine

By Eric Draitser The Western media has been abuzz in recent days with the claim that videos posted to youtube, which show Ukrainian prisoners being “mistreated” by anti-Kiev rebels, amount to war crimes. Naturally, such claims deserve attention as violations of international laws governing war and treatment of prisoners are of concern to all. However,…

Syriza’s Anti-austerity Moves

By Fred Goldstein Maneuvers begin as bankers push back The new left social-democratic government of the Syriza party was swept into office in Greece on an anti-austerity program on Jan. 25. The party targeted the harsh neoliberal cutbacks, budget cuts and privatization imposed by the “Troika” — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank…