We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Politics and Propaganda of Kiev’s War on Ukraine

Click here to access a recording of a 9:02m excerpt of a 30 minute podcast produced by Community Progressive Radio which features a report by Eric Draitser and re-posted on his website Stop Imperialism.
Eric Draitser appears on Community Public Radio’s CPR News (June 3, 2015) to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing war in Ukraine.  Draitser explains that the increased shelling and other attacks perpetrated by Kiev against the people of Donbass signal an important escalation of this conflict, one that could see both the humanitarian and political situation further deteriorate. He notes the innumerable war crimes being committed by the US-backed Ukrainian regime, including the shelling of civilians in Donetsk and surrounding areas, as well as Kiev’s political goals: submission, subjugation, and ethnic cleansing of the Russian-speakers of the East.  Draitser also explains the hypocrisy of the western media’s coverage of the conflict, as well as the shifting strategy from Kiev.  He discusses the significance of the appointment of former Georgian President Saakashvili as Governor of Odessa, and what implications that could have on the war as a whole.  All this and more in this jam packed interview.
And you might be interested in this piece entitled "Leaked documents expose American scheme arming Ukrainian Nazis through Bulgaria" from Fort Russ