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Cold War Spy Games Show the Moral Bankruptcy of the US National Security State
Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, the Cuban government official who was released from prison as part of a spy trade between the US government and Cuba, is being hailed by US officials as a hero. Of course, that’s not the view of the Cuban government, which considers Sarraff a traitor.

20 December 2014read on...

Regime Change in Cuba
Normalization of relations with Cuba is not the result of a diplomatic breakthrough or a change of heart on the part of Washington. Normalization is a result of US corporations seeking profit opportunities in Cuba, such as developing broadband Internet markets in Cuba.

19 December 2014read on...

US Overlooks Russia Sanctions Backlash on Own Economy
While the US pursues the "nuclear" option of a first strike on the Russian economy -- seeking to depress the price of oil while denying Russia access to international financial markets -- the economic backlash of such a move could well be as dangerous for the US economy. Already the US oil industry is feeling the pain of the price drop that many believe is the result of a US/Saudi deal to put the squeeze on the Russian economy. RPI's Daniel McAdams is on RT today to discuss the implications of the new anti-Russia legislation passed in the dead of night after Members had gone home.

18 December 2014read on...

Bombs Away! Obama Signs Lethal Aid to Ukraine Bill
President Obama made good today on his promise to sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, which had passed Congress last week. Dubbed by former Rep. Dennis Kucinich the bill that "reignited the Cold War while no one was looking," the Act imposes new sanctions on the Russian defense and energy industries, authorizes $350 million in lethal military assistance to the US-backed government in Kiev, urges that government to resume its deadly military operations against the Russian-speaking areas of east Ukraine seeking to break away from Kiev's rule, and authorizes millions of dollars to fund increased US government propaganda broadcasts to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Just days before Christmas, this bill is a massive gift to the US defense industry from which Ukraine will be required to purchase its lethal wish list.

18 December 2014read on...

Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States
The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture.

18 December 2014read on...

For Truly Better Relations with Cuba, Open the Door and Get Out of the Way!
President Obama today took a bold and surprising step toward ending the futile 50 year US embargo of Cuba. The president announced he would begin normalizing relations, including upgrading the diplomatic mission in Havana to embassy status. The president also said he was taking steps to increase travel, commerce, and the flow of information between the US and Cuba.

17 December 2014read on...

The Cold War Has Never Ended for the CIA
In the midst of the CIA’s torture scandal, USAID continues its obsessive Cold War activity against Cuba, in a desperate attempt to finally, once and for all, oust the Castro regime from power and install another pro-U.S. dictatorship.

17 December 2014read on...

Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking
Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill, a hydra-headed incubator of poisonous conflict. The second provocative anti-Russian legislation in a week, it further polarizes our relations with Russia, helping to cement a Russia-China alliance against Western hegemony, and undermines long-term America’s financial and physical security by handing the national treasury over to war profiteers.

16 December 2014read on...

BBC US Editor Parrots CIA, Republican Talking Points on Senate Torture Report
The BBC is supposed to be an "impartial", "honest" and "independent" news outlet, but today its US Editor, Jon Sopel, showed very clearly whose side he is on. In a short post, "A whiff of hypocrisy about CIA report?", he regurgitates some staple Republican talking-points and makes arguments eerily similar to those presented by former CIA and Bush officials in their various self-exculpatory media appearances this past week.

16 December 2014read on...

After Ukraine: Are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary Veering Off The NATO/EU Reservation?
Despite the firmness shown by the EU’sbiggest players when it comes to sanctioning Putin’s Russia, lower down the pecking order some member states are not happy. Unlike the most craven and obedient puppets — the Baltic States and Poland — it took some arm twisting to get the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to agree to punish Moscow for annexing Crimea. Each country is dependent for much of its energy on Russia with which there are also valued economic ties. Why rock the boat? Despite hyperbole claiming that Vladimir Putin was intent on taking them over and rebuilding the iron curtain, in reality, Russia has been an unproblematic neighbour for a quarter of a century.

15 December 2014read on...

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'US and EU Played Central Role in Supporting Protestors in Kiev'


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Voice of Russia: What is your take on the following information: there are rumors that Euromaidan was sponsored by the west. What is your take on that?

Daniel McAdams: I don’t think there is any question that the US and the EU played a central role in supporting the protesters in Kiev. The idea that it is a question is astonishing. But you are right, there are many in the west who don’t believe that the US was involved. But if you look at the role of Victoria Nuland who was in Ukraine 3 or 4 times from before the crisis hit until the very end, she was seen supporting the protestors as your listeners know, giving them treats on the square. John McCain was there and numerous European politicians were there on the square and they said things like “your struggle is a just cause, we are on your side, you are fighting for democracy.” So, in every way the US and EU are intervening on behalf of the protestors.

VOR: Doesn’t that mean that they are supporting radicalism?

McAdams: I think they were supporting this regime change, and I think they understood as the US understands in Syria where it also supports radicalism in favor of regime change, I think it has this false belief that it can employ the services of extremists like the Svoboda and the Praviy sector and the Jihadists in Syria -- they can employ these people to affect the violent regime change and then somehow put genie back in the bottle when this is done. And we’ve seen from Libya, to Egypt, to Syria, everywhere where the US and the west tried this tactic, it has been an absolute failure.

VOR: What development of events in Ukraine would be most beneficial for the west?

McAdams: I think the most beneficial for the west would be to follow a non-interventionist approach. Unfortunately, already they set on the course of interventionism, they precipitated these events to a degree but what they can do now is to roll back the rhetoric. It is in no one’s interest to retaliate against Russia and I think to be honest Europeans are understanding this. What we are seeing from the Germans and from the Belgians, in the last day, is that they are very hesitant to expel Russia from the G8; they are increasingly concerned over the US rhetoric, it is very aggressive rhetoric, and they understand the implications of cutting off Russia particularly when the winter does remain somewhat cold and they need trade with Russia. So, I think you are probably going to see some sort of a split between the US and the EU on this unless the US starts to understand the foolishness of its policies toward Ukraine.

VOR: What implications and consequences on the west to hold preparations of G8 meeting do you see?

McAdams: I think this suspension of cooperation is more of a symbolic move. I don’t think it has any meaning. However, if they do follow through and do something strong about participation in the G8 meeting, I don’t see how that would hurt Russia. Someone pointed out earlier today, Putin didn’t even attend the first G8 meeting after he was reelected. So, I don’t think it is something that would harm Russia. But it would send a wrong signal and I think if the US goes further, and tries to impose sanctions on Russia, not only will it be laughable because the sanction regime can’t hold up, but you may well see Russia start improving relations with Iran. Russia has been observing international sanctions against Iran but maybe at that point they will change their mind. And we saw today that China has come out in favor in theory of what Russia is doing. So, there you’ve lost a very significant country as well. So, I don’t think this rhetoric can hold.

VOR: If we go back to Ukrainian issue, in your view, what can be done right now to eradicate extremism in this country and how do you expect the events in Ukraine and Crimea to develop in the nearest future?

McAdams: The institute that I work for, the Ron Paul Institute, is not in the business of telling Ukraine what to do to eradicate extremism, but what the US should do is stop supporting, stop underwriting extremism, stop pretending that the people in the streets who are putting up their hands in the Hitler salute, that they stop pretend that this is not happening, stop pretending that the so-called peaceful demonstrators were not shooting, beating and burning police officers, face reality and stop subsidizing them. I am certain the majority of Ukrainians do not approve of these people and we are seeing this disapproval in eastern Ukraine where people are rising up against extremists. So, the US needs to back off and that will go a long way towards getting rid of these extremists.

Reprinted from Voice of Russia Radio.
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