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…

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…

EU ‘Playing a Dangerous Game’ in Ukraine

James Carden Clare Daly, Irish member of the European Parliament representing Dublin An interview with Irish member of the European Parliament Clare Daly This month, the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted to approve Ukraine’s candidacy for membership in the European Union. Only days before, the EU- and NATO- member state Lithuania enacted a blockade of Russia’s…

Cannibal Fascism in the West

Jorge Capelan A vegan burger flavored with human flesh causes a furor in Europe. At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, a global event in the areas of design, marketing and advertising, an ad for a hamburger that is totally vegetable but prepared to imitate the taste and texture of human flesh won an…

Dmitry Polyanskiy at UNSC Briefing on Maintenance of Peace and Security in Ukraine

Statement by First Deputy Permanent Representative Dmitry Polyanskiy at UNSC Briefing on Maintenance of Peace and Security in Ukraine Mr.President, Before I start, let me make the following remark. We are seriously concerned over the stance of the Albanian Presidency with regard to participation of President Zelensky of Ukraine in this meeting. There have been…

Russian Ops in Ukraine (June 28-29, 2022): West Copes with Ukrainian Losses

Update on Russian Military Operations in Ukraine for June 28-29 2022: – Russia continues advances in Donbas; – Severodonetsk now completely under Russian control; – Lysychansk is being encircled; – Western media begins discussion on Ukraine’s inevitable, permanent loss of territory; – West also admits limits to support it can provide Ukraine; References: US Department…

NATO Announces Plan for Massive European Land Army

Andre Damon In what NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called the “biggest overhaul of our collective deterrence and defense since the Cold War,” the US-led NATO alliance has announced plans to build a massive standing land army in Europe, numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Stoltenberg said NATO would increase its “high readiness forces” sevenfold, from…