Ukraine Partnering with NATO…to the Surprise of No One

April 24, 2015 at 3:07 PM

This handout picture taken and received by the Prime Minister press service on August 14, 2014 shows Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk making the thumbs up after voting at the Parliament during a session. Ukraine's Parliament on August 14 approved a law paving the way for a string of sanctions on Russian businesses and nationals accused of backing a separatist uprising in the east of the country. Kiev has drawn up a sanctions list of 65 mainly Russian companies and 172 individuals and the new law now gives Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council -- headed by the president -- the right to impose the punitive measures. AFP PHOTO/ PRIME MINISTER PRESS SERVICE/ ANDREW KRAVCHENKO -- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE- MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /PRIME MINISTER PRESS SERVICE / ANDREW KRAVCHENKO" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS --

Despite more than a year of claiming otherwise, the US-backed government of Ukraine is now openly acknowledging their close association with NATO. Although the rhetoric is carefully guarded so as not to admit that Ukraine has become a de facto NATO member, the inescapable fact is that it is in all but name.

Remember back in 2013 and 2014 when those who railed against the US-NATO manufactured conflict in Ukraine – decrying Washington’s and Brussels’ belligerent policies as clear and unmistakable provocations – were called ‘conspiracy theorists’ for daring to suggest that behind the flowery language of ‘democracy’ and ‘liberal European values’ lay an insidious effort to bring Ukraine into NATO’s orbit? Remember how such voices (this author included) were described as ‘paranoid’ and ‘Putin propagandists’ while the United States’ handpicked successors to deposed President Yanukovich in Kiev were described as ‘patriots’ and ‘protectors of sovereignty’? Well, as it turns out, the conspiracy theories were incontrovertible facts, and the so-called ‘patriots’ were (and are) inveterate liars.

Ukraine: Reality vs Fiction

As Ukraine continues its slide into total and irreversible economic collapse, and Donetsk and Lugansk endure a second year of war, a little publicized announcement was made in Kiev by Prime Minister Yatsenyuk. On April 8, Interfax-Ukraine reported that Ukraine would be signing an agreement for close military cooperation with NATO. As Yatsenyuk himself explained, “The government is signing an agreement on cooperation in the field of support with NATO. It is an agreement on support between the Ukrainian Cabinet and NATO, which envisages the implementation of four trust projects with NATO, including military and technical cooperation, communications, new communications and information technologies.” Naturally, the language employed in this statement is critical to understanding the true meaning of the agreement.

First of all is the completely laughable notion of “cooperation” and “support” with NATO. A global military force employing some of the most advanced weapons systems and battlefield tactics is not exactly in search of a partner as dilapidated, disheveled, corruption-ridden, and generally ineffective as the Ukrainian military. The phrasing is merely a rhetorical flourish designed to save face in front of the already deeply discouraged and humiliated people of Ukraine, while simultaneously obscuring the fact that its military will now be merely an annex of NATO. In other words, far from a “partnership,” Ukraine is entering into an agreement of submission and subservience.

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The Geopolitics of US Missiles in Poland

April 22, 2015 at 1:51 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org provides a short commentary on the recent $5 billion PATRIOT missile sale to Poland. He examines the political climate in which this sale takes place, as well as the economic and strategic motivations of the US. Draitser also notes the threat to world peace that the US and its empire continue to pose.

On US-Iran Relations

April 21, 2015 at 4:47 PM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on RT (April 20, 2015) to provide his analysis of the state of US-Iran relations. Draitser examines the cooling of the relationship due to US-Saudi aggression in Yemen, despite the optimistic feelings after the nuclear framework deal of the P5+1 negotiations. He adds that both domestic politics and geopolitical considerations play into the souring of relations.

US Training Nazis, Western Media Providing Cover

April 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM

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It has become a popular position both in the mainstream and pseudo-alternative media, and among those on the Russophobic left, to downplay the significant fascist influence on the political and military institutions, as well as the cultural character of the “New Ukraine.” Quite often, the reality of Ukrainian fascism is obscured by vague assertions that such conclusions are merely “Russian propaganda,” that they are simply Kremlin talking points, and not statements of objective reality.

Indeed, influential political figures such as the ever-hilarious John McCain and Jen Psaki, and global media brands like The Guardian and FOX, have all rushed to the nearest camera or twitter account to proclaim that Ukraine is “free” and that we should “stand united” with it. Carefully embedded in these pleas is the notion that Ukraine is democratic, and that whatever “ultra-nationalists” – coded language for fascists and Nazis – exist, are merely a marginal influence at best.

Such vacuous statements belie the inescapable fact that Nazis make up an important strata of both the political and military establishment. Moreover, they are intended to provide cover for US policy which provides these elements with the support they need to both influence the political development of the country, and prosecute its illegal war against the people of Donetsk and Lugansk.

At issue is not whether everyone in Ukraine is a Nazi, as that is an absurd argument that no one is really making. Rather, the question has to do with precisely which individuals and factions that are unmistakably fascist are being supported, directly or indirectly, by the US and its allies. More to the point, which of the US-backed Nazi elements are integral to the continued illegal war against the East, and which figure prominently in the future trajectory of the Ukrainian state.

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The Saudi Strategy in Yemen

April 21, 2015 at 9:54 AM

Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Press TV to provide his analysis of the continuing Saudi airstrikes on Yemen. He explains that, aside form the ghastly humanitarian crisis the aggression has created, Saudi Arabia has done little to break the Houthi-Saleh alliance. Draitser also comments on the central role of the US in this war, and the fact that Washington has provided both political and military support, including the placement of major naval assets off the coast of Yemen.