“Noam Chomsky says that ongoing US claims of Russian interference are a joke — all the more so as the US continues to ravage multiple states with savage sanctions that target civilian populations and COVID-19 bullying that denies countries Cuban doctors and Russian vaccines.”

https://thegrayzone.com/2021/03/24/chomsky-on-the-joke-of-russian-interference-and-the-savagery-of-us-sanctions/
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Diplomacy not war!!!! Not one person or group of people in Ukraine is worth one drop of American troop’s blood. Stay out of the Ukraine. Abolish NATO!!!
Rally, rally, rally against any proposed war with Russia in the Ukraine!!! Do everything in your power to undermine and subvert such an effort. Troop movements data is fair game.

“Growing indications of impending intervention by the Pentagon and NATO make the situation yet more grim. U.S. European Command has raised its Ukraine watch level from possible crisis to potential imminent crisis, the highest level, according to Stars and Stripes.”

https://news.antiwar.com/2021/04/04/peace-prospects-dim-as-ukraine-tries-to-drag-us-nato-into-its-confrontation-with-russia/
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“The initial reaction of Biden administration officials to the latest clash between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militia (or Russian soldiers serving as militia) in eastern Ukraine exemplifies a very dangerous pattern in U.S. and Western behavior: to believe whatever “our” side in a given crisis tells us, automatically, and without checking facts.

How often in the past has the United States been seduced into disastrous international actions by local actors who knew the right American buttons to push and the right misinformation to feed to Washington? Iranian monarchists, British intelligence, the United Fruit Company, Vietnamese politicians; Cuban, Iraqi and Libyan exiles, Arab princelings, Afghan warlords, an almost endless succession of Latin American generals and oligarchs — I could go on.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/04/02/as-usual-official-washington-jumps-to-conclusions-over-ukraine-russia-skirmish/
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‘As the Biden administration ramps up confrontation, Lyle Goldstein of Naval War College discusses how China and Russia are forging new ties.’

“In its opening months, the Biden administration has targeted Russia and China with belligerent rhetoric, new sanctions, and continued military provocations. Lyle Goldstein of the US Naval War College discusses how the US is inflaming the key flashpoints of Taiwan, Xinjiang, the South China Sea, Ukraine, and nuclear weapons, and how Russia and China are deepening cooperation in response.”

https://thegrayzone.com/2021/03/31/as-us-continues-new-cold-war-russia-and-china-forge-new-ties/
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“As could be expected, Moscow has responded to Zelensky’s decree and to the increasingly bellicose rhetoric in Kiev and Washington by repositioning troops and other military assets closer to its border with Ukraine. Does anyone doubt that if the US were in the same situation — for example, if China installed a hostile and aggressive government in Mexico — the Pentagon might move troops in a similar manner?

But according to the media branch of the US military-industrial-Congressional-media complex, Russian troop movements are not a response to clear threats from a neighbor, but instead are just more “Russian aggression.”

The unhinged US “experts” behind the 2014 coup against the elected Ukrainian president are back in power and they are determined to finish the job — even if it means World War III! The explicit US backing of Ukraine’s military ambitions in the region are a blank check to Kiev.”

https://original.antiwar.com/paul/2021/04/05/why-is-the-biden-administration-pushing-ukraine-to-attack-russia/
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“Last Monday, in a single six-hour period, NATO launched 10 air intercepts to shadow six separate groups of Russian bombers and fighters over the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, Black Sea and Baltic Sea.

Last week also brought reports that Moscow is increasing its troop presence in Crimea and along its borders with Ukraine.

Joe Biden responded. In his first conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Biden assured him of our “unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russia’s ongoing aggression in the Donbass and Crimea.”

Though Ukraine is not a member of NATO, and we have no treaty obligation to fight in its defense, this comes close to a war guarantee. Biden seems to be saying that if it comes to a shooting war between Moscow and Kiev, we will be there on the side of Kiev.

Last week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov answered that if the U.S. sends troops to Ukraine, Russia will respond.”

https://original.antiwar.com/buchanan/2021/04/05/for-what-should-we-fight-russia-or-china/
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“Caitlin Johnstone presents some of the most common pejoratives deployed by imperial-narrative managers to smear critical thinkers as untrustworthy.”

“As anyone who has been active in anti-imperialist online discourse knows, this is an extremely common tactic, which narrative managers and their indoctrinated herd use to dismiss questions, criticisms and evidence that is inconvenient to the U.S.-centralized imperial war machine. Try countering their claims with a well-sourced article full of robust argumentation and solid evidence, and they’ll dismiss you with a “Ha ha, THAT outlet? That outlet is propaganda!” Because it came from an anti-imperialist outlet like The Grayzone or Consortium News instead of an outlet which never fails to support U.S. military agendas like The New York Times.”

“But it’s a completely ridiculous tactic if you think about it. All they’re really saying is “You can’t use that anti-imperialist outlet to substantiate your anti-imperialist position! You can only use the pro-U.S. outlets, which have helped deceive westerners into backing every U.S. war!” It’s also logically fallacious; attacking the source instead of the argument is what people do when they can’t attack the argument.

Citing an empire-targeted government sharing an anti-imperialist article as evidence that that government is tied to that outlet in some way is an equally absurd argument; obviously governments are going to cite evidence and arguments which favor them, and the imperialist Western media isn’t going to be publishing such evidence or arguments.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/04/06/tankie-other-popular-terms-of-narrative-control/
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“Given the deadlock and the disappointing pace of movement in the first weeks of Biden’s term, today’s news that the United States will be participating in next week’s meeting in Vienna between Iran and global partners towards reviving the JCPOA is more than welcome.

Here is why: Privately, White House officials admit that they fumbled the Iran file early on (my words, not theirs). But the message we’re hearing now is that things have changed, and Washington is now moving full speed toward a JCPOA return. We are now seeing the first signs vindicating this narrative.

Over the past weeks, however, mistrust between the two sides has grown. The Iranians have watched in dismay how Biden has messaged that the JCPOA is not a priority, and how coordination with Israel and assuaging hawks in Congress was seemingly tantamount to getting talks started.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/04/02/us-iran-meeting-in-vienna-signals-new-hope-for-jcpoa/
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“Whether Biden will clear the minefield Trump has left behind will primarily be determined in Washington, not Vienna. It will require both political will and capital.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/04/06/true-jcpoa-re-entry-biden-must-tear-down-trumps-sanctions-wall
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“The Alaska meeting makes it clear the US will continue to try to blunt China’s rise and cement US hegemony in Asia

In the South China Sea, its continuing strategy of demanding China abides by its interpretation of UNCLOS while refusing to ratify it can only fail”

https://archive.vn/N8zc7#selection-1937.0-1947.147
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““Generally” is doing a lot of work in that sentence. I don’t think I have to spend too much time reminding you that the United States is a massive supporter of coups and undemocratic governments; has an ongoing history of torture, detention without trial and extrajudicial killing; and asserts the right to invade and coerce countries in defiance of international law.”

https://fair.org/home/need-a-quote-from-an-official-enemy-denouncing-democracy-do-like-the-new-york-times-and-make-it-up/
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“One must always ask cui bono? Who profits from those two “disasters”. Were they not a boon to the people with inordinate influence over those we elect (at least nominally) to run the country? I refer, of course, to those of the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex who profiteer from tension.

The MICIMATT needs credible foreign enemies to “justify” obscene levels of military spending and to line the pockets of the wealthy “one percent” — whom the Russians still call “the ruling classes”. As for the rest of us, as comedian George Carlin might put it, the ruling classes with their bastard-child MICIMATT make up a big club, and we’re not in it. It has grown like Topsy since President Eisenhower warned us of its disastrous potential 60 years ago. In his farewell address he labeled it the “military-industrial complex”:

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

“Using the Espionage Act in this way to prosecute journalists’ sources as spies chills newsgathering and discourages sources from coming forward with information in the public interest.”

https://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2021/04/02/stephanopoulos-blinken-score-win-for-micimatt/
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“Antiwar protesters demonstrated Saturday outside the suburban New Jersey home of Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Menendez (D–N.J.) over his opposition to diplomacy with Iran.

The protest was led by Codepink and Peace Action NJ. About two dozen people marched to the house in the upscale suburb of Englewood Cliffs where Menendez’s third wife lives and the senator spends much of the year.

The demonstrators also set up a haft sin — a table spread Iranians traditionally put out for the beginning of spring — outside the house and left a letter at the front door.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/04/03/angry-protesters-show-up-at-sen-bob-menendezs-house/
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“The initial reaction of Biden administration officials to the latest clash between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian militia (or Russian soldiers serving as militia) in eastern Ukraine exemplifies a very dangerous pattern in U.S. and Western behavior: to believe whatever “our” side in a given crisis tells us, automatically, and without checking facts.

How often in the past has the United States been seduced into disastrous international actions by local actors who knew the right American buttons to push and the right misinformation to feed to Washington? Iranian monarchists, British intelligence, the United Fruit Company, Vietnamese politicians; Cuban, Iraqi and Libyan exiles, Arab princelings, Afghan warlords, an almost endless succession of Latin American generals and oligarchs — I could go on.”

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/04/02/as-usual-official-washington-jumps-to-conclusions-over-ukraine-russia-skirmish/
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“Fifty-four years ago, standing at the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York City, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his now-famous “Beyond Vietnam” sermon. For the first time in public, he expressed in vehement terms his opposition to the American war in Vietnam. He saw clearly that a foreign policy defined by aggression hurt the poor and dispossessed across the planet. But it did more than that. It also drained this country of its moral vitality and the financial resources needed to fight poverty at home. On that early spring day, exactly one year before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King warned that “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death,” a statement that should ring some bells in April 2021.

In his sermon, Dr. King openly wrestled with a thorny problem: how to advance nonviolent struggle among a generation of Black youth whose government had delivered little but pain and empty promises. He told the parishioners of Riverside Church that his years of work, both in the South and the North, had opened his eyes to why, as a practitioner of nonviolence, he had to speak out against violence everywhere — not just in the U.S. — if he expected people to take him at his word. As he explained that day:

“As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems… But they asked, and rightly so, ‘what about Vietnam?’ They asked if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/04/05/american-spiritual-death-spiral
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“Faller’s comments raise a few questions. First of all: Why do military leaders always single out the “Chinese Communist Party” when describing China’s nefarious activities? There is no other party in China, so it’s redundant to mention that the country is run by communists — unless the John Birch Society is somehow represented in the Standing Committee of the Central Political Bureau.

Secondly: How would Americans be put at risk if China became a hegemon in the Western Hemisphere? Is the U.S. military concerned that if we don’t stop the Chinese from encroaching in Paraguay, the Godless communists will not stop until they’ve conquered Peoria, Illinois?”

https://taskandpurpose.com/news/military-worried-china-expansion-south-america/
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“Six years ago, on March 26, 2015, the US green-lighted and provided logistical support for the Saudi bombing of Yemen that continues on a daily basis. The US/Saudi war, which includes as allies the several members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, is an undeclared war, illegal under international law, and an endless crime against humanity. The US and the Saudis have dropped cluster bombs on Yemen since 2009. Yemen has no air force and no significant air defenses. Two years ago, even the US Congress voted to end US involvement in the war, but President Trump vetoed the resolution.

In 1937 the Nazis, in support of Franco in Spain, bombed the defenseless northern Spanish town of Guernica, massacring hundreds of civilians gathered in the town on market day. Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica, a shriek of protest against the slaughter, is one of the world’s best known anti-war works of art. Yemen has had more than 2000 days of Guernicas at the hands of the US and Saudis, but no Picasso.”

https://dissidentvoice.org/2021/03/yemens-blood-is-on-us-hands-and-still-the-us-lies-about-the-war/
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“Human Rights Watch documented a major episode of rebel atrocities already in the autumn of 2013. A coalition of Islamist forces, including Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, and ISIS, launched an offensive into a region near the Mediterranean coast heavily inhabited by Assad’s Alawite religious brethren. Human Rights Watch reported that some 190 civilians had been killed, including at least 67 who were summarily executed, and although the militant groups all denied responsibility, ample evidence confirmed that they were the perpetrators. The credibility of their perfunctory denials eroded badly when al-Nusra publicly executed a prominent Alawite Sheik who had been captured by another Islamist faction, Harakat Sham al-Islam.

Other supposedly moderate insurgent groups that Washington has explicitly supported also turned out to be horrifyingly bad. One such militia, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zinki, received US arms and other assistance before American officials concluded that the group might be too extreme. That certainly proved to be the case. In July 2016, a video became public showing group members beheading an opponent. Apparently the gap between Syrian “moderates” and ISIS was not all that large.”

https://original.antiwar.com/Ted_Galen_Carpenter/2021/04/05/washington-has-backed-islamist-war-criminals-in-syria/
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“The U.S. hypocrisy to come will be even greater than anything tried by the Trump administration.”

“For a time after Joe Biden took office not quite three months ago, among the questions raised was how the new administration would address the Syria question.

I do not think we will have to wonder about this much longer. It is early days yet, but one now detects the Biden’s administration’s Syria policy in faint outline. From what one can make out, it is bleak, it is vicious, it is unconscionably cruel to the Syrian people.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2021/04/06/patrick-lawrence-bidens-inhumanity-on-syria/
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“Press freedom, peace, and human rights advocates are rallying behind Daniel Hale, the former intelligence analyst who blew the whistle on the U.S. government’s drone assassination program, and who pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to violating the Espionage Act.

The Washington Post reports Hale, who was set to go on trial next week, pleaded guilty to a single count of violating the 1917 law that has been used to target whistleblowers including Julian Assange, John Kiriakou, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Jeffrey Sterling, Reality Winner, and others.”

https://original.antiwar.com/Brett_Wilkins/2021/04/02/as-drone-whistleblower-daniel-hale-pleads-guilty-advocates-warn-of-profound-threat-to-free-press/
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Among the arguments put forth at the AVF Forum’s conference last week against voluntarism is that it is too expensive. Not that the military per se is too expensive — that its size is too big, procurement is too inefficient, deployment is too expansive, bases are too many, commitments are too imperial, or use is too promiscuous. But the recruitment process costs too much. Rather than rely on a slightly more modern and civilized process of impressment, by which the British navy simply grabbed sailors off seaport streets, the US military must induce young men and women to sign up and turn their lives over to Uncle Sam for a number of years. Government must make the case that military service is good for the individual and nation.

Doing so is inconvenient and costly, but that is a benefit, not a cost, for America. There is no bigger Big Government program than war. There is no greater power in the state than to send the nation into war and its people into combat. There is no more draconian control over an otherwise free man’s or woman’s life than the military. There is no more dangerous occupation than the wartime armed services. So thrusting America into such horror and tragedy should be neither easy nor automatic.

https://original.antiwar.com/doug-bandow/2021/04/04/is-the-volunteer-military-too-expensive-or-is-global-intervention-too-expensive/
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“There has been no accountability for U.S. and NATO wars (“war crimes”). Opposing the International Criminal Court is the opposite of cooperation. The only thing less cooperative than staying outside of the court and denouncing it would be actively working in other ways to weaken it.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/06/biden-finally-lifts-sanctions-against-icc-as-demanded-by-world-beyond-war/
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“Pope knocks military spending amid pandemic in Easter message

Pope Francis denounced increased military spending and ongoing armed conflicts during his second Easter Sunday message amid the COVID-19 pandemic, calling them “scandalous.”

Reuters reported that the pope spoke to just around 200 people in St. Peter’s Basilica. St. Peter’s Square remained empty, with the thousands of Catholics who usually gather outside for the pope’s message absent due to pandemic-related concerns.

“The pandemic is still spreading, while the social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor. Nonetheless — and this is scandalous — armed conflicts have not ended and military arsenals are being strengthened,” he said, according to the news service.”

https://thehill.com/policy/international/europe/546357-pope-knocks-military-spending-amid-pandemic-in-easter-message
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“Referring to a recent letter in which a dozen House Democrats called on the Biden administration to oppose Israeli “settler colonialism” in Palestine, Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Friday said that support is growing like never before in Congress for Palestinian human rights.

“Haaretz reports the Michigan Democrat’s remarks came during a webinar hosted by American Muslims for Palestine and the Jewish anti-occupation IfNotNow Movement, during which she condemned Israel’s “apartheid system” — including “medical apartheid” during the coronavirus pandemic — while sounding hopeful about the erosion of the reflexively pro-Israel stance that has long characterized Congress.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/04/04/rashida-tlaib-hails-shift-house-dems-views-palestinian-human-rights
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“Too often, however, the State Department’s examination of Israeli human rights violations reads like a motion to defend Israel in the International Criminal Court: Seemingly every violation is followed by reference to an ongoing Israeli investigation.

Yet unacknowledged by the State Department is that nearly five years ago Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem stated that it would no longer cooperate with Israel’s sham system for investigating abuses of Palestinian rights.

“We will no longer aid a system that whitewashes investigations and serves as a fig leaf for the occupation,” the group said.

Palestinians are the first who can attest to the systematic impunity afforded Israeli soldiers and settlers who injure or kill them or attack their property.

And, of course, one of Israel’s biggest ongoing crimes against Palestinians, the theft and colonization of land for illegal settlements, is Israeli government policy.”

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-f-brown/state-department-buries-israeli-occupation-word-salad
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“BDS is a call for consumers to boycott Israeli goods, producers to divest from Israel and, sanctions to be levied on the government of Israel in response to the violence inflicted by colonialists on the Palestinian population. The campaign has proven to be effective and that is why Zionists all over the world are frantically trying to thwart it. From labeling it as “anti-Semitic” to “racist”, all sort of tactics have been tried to discredit it. In response to these allegations, Ramzy Baroud writes: “No anti-Semitic…love affair is at work here; just a beleaguered and oppressed people fighting for their most basic human rights…The boycott movement aims to hold the oppressor accountable, as it places a price tag on military occupation and apartheid. Not only is the Palestinian boycott movement not racist, it is essentially a rallying cry against racism and oppression.””

https://original.antiwar.com/Yanis_Iqbal/2021/04/04/the-political-logic-of-zionism/
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“The Western world has a very high opinion of itself and its supposed values, and its treatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a lie of it all.

Truth. Justice. Freedom. Democracy. We are taught from an early age that these are the sacred values our society upholds with the utmost reverence, and that we are very fortunate to have been born in a part of the world which holds such virtue.

Julian Assange is in prison entirely because of his authentic publications of the 2010 Manning leaks. He remains locked up for no other reason than the Biden administration’s efforts to appeal a British court’s rejection of its extradition request to try him in the United States for those entirely truthful publications.

If the Western world valued truth, Julian Assange would be free. He never would have been imprisoned in the first place. He would be a celebrated hero.”

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/520280-west-values-invalidate-assange-treatment/?fbclid=IwAR2A6Faa6-Hr5WNTp7KIFaqvNmlOnuP-Inf5-efxe1jnk1ulj_f4l5pZr4Q
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“On Mother’s Day in 2019, I obtained a massive archive of materials from Brazil’s most powerful officials. The reporting we did changed the country, and our lives.”

https://greenwald.substack.com/p/my-new-book-on-journalism-exposing