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|World Focus: Election Intrigue in Belarus|
Sunday, March 19 @ 16:51:11 AST
|By Stephen Gowans, gowans.blogspot.com |
The efforts of Western powers to overthrow Belarus' Lukashenko government will culminate in rallies planned for Sunday night in Minsk to protest the outcome of the presidential election Lukashenko is sure to win, not because the election will be rigged, but because Lukashenko is by far the most popular candidate.
Polls carried out as recently as last month, paid for by the International Republican Institute, the US taxpayer funded foreign policy arm of the Republican Party, show that support for the US-backed candidate, Aleksandr Milinkevich is "in the single digits," (1) while over half of voters back Lukashenko.
A January Gallup/Baltic Surveys poll found that 55 percent of voters planned to vote for Lukashenko, while only 17 percent planned to mark their ballot for the West's favored candidate.
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|World Focus: Vladimir Putin and the global realignment|
Wednesday, January 12 @ 00:57:55 AST
|By Mike Whitney, smirkingchimp.com|
"Russia revealed it was fitting its strategic bombers with cruise missiles capable of delivering a massive precision strike thousands of miles away--giving away the first clear hint of its post-Cold War military strategy."
Putin's fall from grace has been swift and steep. He's gone from the White House penthouse to the Crawford chicken coop in just a matter of weeks. The man who George Bush affectionately refers to as "Pootie-poot" is no longer the trusted ally and bosom companion he was in the first four years of the Bush regime. Instead, Washington is reassessing its connection to the Russian president and reshaping its foreign policy to fit the new developments.
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|World Focus: The hand of the CIA? Blowback in Ukraine|
Tuesday, November 30 @ 14:36:36 AST
|By Dave Lindorff, CounterPunch
An interesting and disturbing aspect of the post-election uprising in Ukraine is that it is not entirely a spontaneous event.
Although the election outcome was clearly manipulated by the government of outgoing president Leonid Kuchma, a corrupt and dictatorial Soviet-era autocrat, whose supporters in and out of the government's secret service apparatus have not shied away even from killing opponents, and although much of the movement that took to the streets in Kiev to protest and overturn the results, which had given victory to Kuchma's handpicked successor, Viktor Yanukovich, has been indigenous and heartfelt, there is also clear evidence that the U.S.--the CIA and various American "pro-democracy" front groups--is playing a crucial hand in destabilizing the pro-Russian regime.
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|World Focus: Ukraine and Inter-Imperialist Rivalry|
Monday, November 29 @ 15:43:19 AST
|Poll Results Aren't the Real Issue|
By Gary Leupp
"Russia plus Ukraine is the Russian empire, which can never be a democracy."
Many are declaring the Ukraine crisis the nadir of post-Cold War U.S.-Russian relations. Surely it is that. But the clash over Ukraine between Presidents Bush and Putin is not one pitting "freedom" vs. "dictatorship," or capitalism vs. something else, as the neocons might have us believe. Rather, it pits U.S. ambitions for hegemony over the innermost circle of Russia's historical sphere of influence (including Belarus and Moldova as well as Ukraine) against Russia's ambitions to maintain a buffer zone against a relentlessly expanding NATO.
David Frum, neocon ideologue, advocating preemptive expansion of the U.S. empire
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