This just in . . .
Dr. Jack Rasmus and guest, Steve Lendman, revisit the latest in the Ukrainian crisis, discussing its political and economic dimensions.
Listen to the show – Here.
In the first half hour, Dr. Rasmus raises ’10 Unanswered Questions’ about the political coup of February 22 including:
– Who were the snipers?
– Why is no investigation underway?
– What is the composition of the neo-fascist parties on the street (Svoboda, Right Sector, UPA, etc.)?
– What official positions have they assumed in the new interim Ukrainian government?
– Why did US undersecretary of State, Virginia Nuland, admit to $5 billion spent by the US on Ukrainian politics?
– What are Nuland’s ‘Neocon’ credentials, and is there a ‘deep government’ in the US driving US foreign policy?
Dr. Rasmus also raises the question of what are the ‘crony capitalist’ connections in the Ukraine with US business sectors. Steve Lendman then gives his view of the Crimea referendum and perspective on the Ukrainian crisis, which he calls the worst and most dangerous since the 1962 Berlin crisis.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Ukraine economy is a basket case—one of the weakest in the world. That was true before the events of February 20, 2014 and the collapse of the Yanukovych regime. It is increasingly true since, and will continue to deteriorate even more rapidly in the weeks to come.
What are the dimensions of the current economic crisis in the Ukraine? And its origins in the preceding decade?
“…The proto-fascist street parties are dominating and directing the ‘outside’ strategy, while the ‘crony capitalists’ on the ‘inside’ in Parliament are being played like a violin by western interests. The EU and USA may be in the process of consolidating their inside strategy with upcoming elections, but they may find controlling the radical, ultra-right elements, and denying those elements a real role in government, may prove more difficult than they think. The historical analogy of Weimar Germany capitalists in the early 1930s thinking they could control the Nazis in the street is not totally inappropriate here. Nor is the concern that the latter street elements could drive the situation toward a military confrontation.
“Indeed, perhaps the greatest concern at the moment is that the radical street elements may retain influence in the situation sufficient to push the new Ukrainian government into a direct military confrontation with Russia before the May elections—and before the EU and USA can effectively neutralize their influence.”
Hillary and Other Assorted Barbarians at Russia’s Gate
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The United States is more than just an ally to fascists in Ukraine and everywhere else; the American South provided an historical model for fascism. “The fascist order of the pre-Sixties Solid South was simply a domestic expression of U.S. Manifest Destiny – the national religion.” The fascists – both local and imperial – have laid siege to Russia. Read more…
Reading the March 2 editorial in the New York Times on the so-called revolution in Ukraine, I couldn’t help but marvel at how easily elite opinion makers in the U.S. can call for the use of public resources to bail out the people and government of Ukraine without significant opposition or even serious questions.