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Points on Ukraine -- April 17, 2014

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt policies toward the Ukraine crisis that deescalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward. The diplomatic deal struck this week by diplomats from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, who agreed to a framework plan designed to end violence in Ukraine, is a very positive step in the right direction.

THREE ON UKRAINE

VOLATILE UKRAINE
By The Activist Newsletter

EFFECTIVE PRESENCE AT BATH IRON WORKS -- pictures

----- Original Message -----
From: Judy_Robbins

Several thousand people converged at Bath Iron Works last Saturday to celebrate the christening of the USS Zumwalt Naval Destroyer.

About 100 people lined the sidewalks at the BIW entrance to stand in witness of the tragic irony of blessing a weapon of mass destruction.

The purpose of the rally was not only to protest the spending of another $4billion on militarization, but to illustrate alternative, human-friendly, job-creating possibilities for BIW, if converted to more positive uses.

To Make a World Without War

What to do Next?
William Pfaff
Paris, March 26, 2014 – Here again in the Ukrainian affair we see the Manichean habits of mind of the Cold War, still the most powerful precedent in the last fifty years of American and Western political history and policy studies.

The truth about Venezuela: a revolt of the well-off, not a 'terror campaign'

John Kerry’s rhetoric is divorced from the reality on the ground, where life goes on – even at the barricades
Mark Weisbrot, theguardian.com, Thursday 20 March 2014

Images forge reality, granting a power to television and video and even still photographs that can burrow deep into people’s consciousness without them even knowing it.

Straight Talk on the US and Ukraine

Published on Friday, March 14, 2014 by Foreign Policy in Focus
Given the limits of its power and its own compromised relationship with international law, the U.S. isn't in a position to do much about Ukraine
by Stephen Zunes

For better or worse, the revolution in Ukraine was the work of Ukrainians, not Washington. The U.S. isn’t in a position to govern what happens next, nor should it be. (Sasha Maksymenko / Flickr)

SYRIA BETWEEN IRAQ AND A HARD PLACE

The Syria Dilemma
Nader Hashemi & Danny Postel, editors
Boston Review Books, MIT Press, 2013

by Bill Weinberg, Middle East Policy

Comments on Ukraine

Information and Opinions about the Ukraine situation were sent out by Peace ActionMaine email. Below are two more articles that may be of interest. None of the material is what one is likely to hear or see or read on our main-line media.
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There are usually one or two a month.

Ukraine: an analysis

by David McReynolds
(Edge Left is an occasional column, written by David McReynolds. It can be reprinted without further permission)

Before launching into my analysis of events in Ukraine, there are a few points which should be made for an American audience.

Ukraine: De-escalation instead of marching into a hot war

Statement of Cooperation for Peace (Germany)

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