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Behind the White House's Sanctions Against Venezuela

By Mark Weisbrot This article was published US News & World Report on March 18, 2015. Since the Obama administration decided last week to impose new sanctions on Venezuela, many people, including journalists, have inquired as to what motivated them to do this. Some are curious as to the apparent incongruity between this move and the White House decision in December to begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. Others are wondering why the administration would do something that so obviously hurts the opposition in Venezuela, at least in the short run.

Are You Trying to Understand the Ukraine situation?

Breedlove's Bellicosity, Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine (Breedlove is NATO top commander in Europe....what is going on?)
March 6, 2015, By SPIEGEL Staff

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either.

War is always a crime

BY MARY BETH SULLIVAN -- March 3, 2015

I was struck to see David Brooks wax so eloquently about “the moral injury” — his recent description of post- traumatic stress disorder specific to “those who’ve endured the depraved world of combat experience.” It is an article well worth reading, if we are to understand the plight of combat veterans.

Significant Perspective on Ukraine

Putin’s push into Ukraine is rational
The Boston Globe – Opinion February 25, 2015
By Stephen Kinzer

Letter about AUMF from Rep. Alan Grayson

Congress has its chance to discuss what military authority it will give to the President. How does some of that look?
Let us advocate that they not pass ANY AUMF, and that they repeal previous AUMF.

It is well beyond time to fight wars when the objectives are unknown

Payable in Dollars, and in Lives.
Dear

Anticipated Fast Track bill for a Trade Deal that is not about Trade - TPP

From Public Citizen (and others) …in Washington, D.C., a bill for Fast Track — the legislative scheme to railroad the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress — could be introduced any day.

Across the country, activists have been working for months to make sure that our representatives are ready to say “no” to Fast Track. And now the moment of truth is almost here.
Do you know how your members of Congress will vote on Fast Track?

Email your members of Congress now to urge them to vote “no” on Fast Track.

Propaganda Assistance

• ISIS and atrocity pornography: politics of horror
• Submitted by Bill Weinberg on Fri, 02/06/2015

Understanding The Middle East With Vijay Prashad

By Fred Pfeiffer from the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District (NY)

At the James Connolly Forum December 12, 2014, featuring Vijay Prashad, who started the presentation by posing the question: What is wrong with Islam? Vijay then laid out the reality we have needed to understand for the reasons the Middle East has been so unstable. And he basically said the reason is us, the U.S.

U.S. Wars Continue in New Year

---Thoughtful, informed commentary reporting on U.S. military engagements by Jack. A. Smith, Editor
from Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, January 4, 2015, Issue 212

to go directlyand also get pictures: activistnewsletter.blogspot.com

Militarily, the U.S. is entering 2015 with its hands full.

The CIA's interrogation program

[These could be added to the reports, but are perhaps already there.]

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