Whom to Trust? (Robert Parry)

The dangerous reality is that this careerism, which often is expressed by a smug certainty about whatever the prevailing groupthink is, pervades not just the political world, where lies seem to be the common currency, but also the worlds of journalism, intelligence and international oversight

Austrian arrested over Ukraine conflict (Deutsche Welle)

Austrian prosecutors confirmed Sunday’s arrest at Dorohusk, a crossing on Poland’s eastern border with Ukraine, but the context of the suspect’s alleged crimes remained unclear. The Polish news agency PAP first reported the arrest. The French news agency AFP initially said the man had fought with rebels, but Reuters later reported the man had fought on the Ukrainian government’s side. [Editor’s Note: If he had fought with the rebels, crossing through from Poland would have been an odd choice….]

PODCAST: Mounting Incitements to War With Russia (Stephen F. Cohen)

Princeton and NYU Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies and Politics Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments, now in their fourth year, are at TheNation.com). This installment expands upon last week’s, which focused on several highly questionable Washington narratives that imply the necessity of war with Russia.

Latest Developments in Eastern Ukraine (Prof. Paul Robinson)

bit by bit, as a result of the Ukrainian blockade and the Russian and rebel responses to it, the DPR and LPR are turning into de facto independent states without any substantial economic ties to Ukraine. The longer this goes on and the deeper the process the goes, the harder it will be to reverse it.

Six thoughts on the US bombing of Syria (Greg Grandin)

Washington’s use of the “established deconfliction channel” to warn Moscow that it was readying its missiles might have, for now, reduced the risk of escalation. But the risk is still substantial. That the bombing came on the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I underscores the oft-made point that war is unpredictable.

Have we forgotten the Cold War? Nuclear threat more real than ever. (Secretary William J. Perry)

I lived most of my adult life during the Cold War, and, throughout, I never lost sight of one overwhelming reality — at any time, the Cold War could turn hot, resulting in the extinction of our civilization. Now, inexplicably, we are recreating many of the conditions of the Cold War.

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