Chuck Spinney: Balanced Assessment of Ukraine

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Jonathan Steele reviews Richard Sakwa’s important new book, “Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands.”

Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa review – an unrivalled account

At last, a balanced assessment of the Ukrainian conflict – the problems go far beyond Vladimir Putin

Jonathan Steele, Guardian, 19 February 2015 05.29 EST

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Feb 26

SchwartzReport: America’s Electoral Nightmare — Global Laughingstock for Lack of Integrity

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

If we cannot tell ourselves the truth, corrective choices are not possible. Here is the truth about the integrity of America’s electoral process. We come in 26th in the world, one step above Mexico. Nothing to be proud of.

America’s election nightmare: How voter ID, gerrymandering & fundraising made us a laughingstock

Here’s what happens when you suppress votes, draw districts to favor incumbents and allow the rich to buy elections

EXTRACT

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Feb 26

Mongoose: A Domestic Black Site in Chicago?

Mongoose

Mongoose

Brian Jacob Church spent the better part of a day shackled inside Chicago’s Homan Square, denied access to an attorney, before police finally sent him to be booked and charged. Lawyers say the facility is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

• The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

• Homan Square ‘black site': surveillance, military-style vehicles and a metal cage

Video from The Guardian below the fold.

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Feb 25

William Blum: Greek Tragedy, US Hypocrisy

William Blum

William Blum

The Greek Tragedy: Some things not to forget, which the new Greek leaders have not.

American historian D.F. Fleming, writing of the post-World War II period in his eminent history of the Cold War, stated that “Greece was the first of the liberated states to be openly and forcibly compelled to accept the political system of the occupying Great Power. It was Churchill who acted first and Stalin who followed his example, in Bulgaria and then in Rumania, though with less bloodshed.”

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Feb 24