Category Archives: External Affairs

Comments on Kirstein Ukraine-Crimea Op-Ed

Here are a couple of comments that responded to my article on Ukraine and its Crimean struggle with the Russian Federation. The op-ed appeared in the Sunday, March 16, SouthtownStar Peter Kirstein The US also used the excuse of protection of Americans … Continue reading

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Kirstein Op-Ed: Crimea Self-Determination and N.A.T.O. Enlargement

This appeared in the SouthtownStar newspapers: owned by the Chicago Sun-Times. http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/opinions/guestcommentary/26145598-474/russia-protects-strategic-interests-in-crimea.html   OpEd Alert! – Prof. Peter N. Kirstein on Ukraine Crisis (from SXU webnews page) Saint Xavier University Department of History and Political Science Professor Peter N. Kirstein … Continue reading

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Putin’s Crimea is Not Hungary 1956 or Czechoslovakia in 1968

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin’s expanded presence in the Crimean Peninsula is a far cry from the Soviet invasions during the Cold War that prohibited Hungary and Czechoslovakia from replacing pro-Soviet governments with more independent-minded entities such as the repression … Continue reading

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Defeat Reactionary Illinois Legislation to Censor Human Rights Advocacy

The A.A.U.P. opposes ethnocentric, anti-boycott. McCarthyism legislation targeted at institutions or persons who may associate with, may have participated in or dared to support a boycott of Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza. This is type of rule … Continue reading

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Secretary Kerry, Memory and Russia in Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the Russian Federation of behaving in a nineteenth-century manner as a result of its military movements in Crimea. Note: it could hardly be called an invasion in a nineteenth-century sense since Russian troops … Continue reading

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Putin’s Restraint in Ukraine

  Russian Federation Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, Ukraine. Its only other military base outside its homeland is at Tartus, Syria in the eastern Mediterranean. We need to abolish bases and militaries but in the meantime, Russia feels overly “contained” … Continue reading

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Understanding Russia’s Interests in Ukraine

It would be better if nations acted in the global interest and not in the national interest. Realism, neorealism are immoral in theory and in practice. Understanding President Putin’s desires to prevent the loss of Crimea within his sphere of … Continue reading

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Report: Israel Defence Forces Terrorising Palestinian Children

A SPECIAL FOUR CORNERS / THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER INVESTIGATION Monday 10 February 2014 The Israeli army is both respected and feared as a fighting force. But now the country’s military is facing a backlash at home and abroad for its … Continue reading

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Shame on Senate Warmongers and Iran Sanctions Bill

The Senate effort to impose more sanctions on Iran with mister warmonger Harvard law grad Chuck Schumer, senior Senator from New York, leading the way is anti-American and sinister. It is a call for war just when the potentiality for a … Continue reading

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Kennedy and Vietnam: Ignored During Assassination Remembrance

The assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 transpired exactly three weeks after the assassination of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem. J.F.K. clearly had blood on his hands in his support of the coup that … Continue reading

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Iran’s Right to Enrich Uranium is Allowed Under the N.P.T.

Iran insists it has the right to enrich uranium. The U.S., that refuses to acknowledge Israel is currently operating outside of international law in actually developing and possessing nuclear weapons, asserts Iran does not have the right to enrich uranium. To … Continue reading

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Meet the Press’s David Gregory Fiery Anti-Iranian Rhetoric

David Gregory is not the Meet the Press moderator we were entitled to after the shocking death of Tim Russert. Mr Russert had nuance, was not blindly anti-Muslim and brought a progressive, humanistic streak to journalism. He was balanced but when … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism is a Racist, Imperialistic Canard

The notion of American exceptionalism is a disgrace. The nation is the only industrialised nation that does not construe health care as a right. The pusillanimous Obamacare maze, while certainly a progressive step toward socialism, is still placing too many … Continue reading

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The Bumbling Secretary Kerry and The Use of the Word “Degrade.”

The warmongers in the Barack Hussein Obama administration and in particular Secretary of State John Kerry are using the latest military patois of “degrade”: yes I am glad Mr Obama beat the war criminal Senator John McCain and the erstwhile … Continue reading

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A Strange Israel-Iran-Syria Axis

Atomic, biological, chemical weapons of mass destruction. It is strange that all three contain or are reputed to be in advance stages of developing weapons of mass destruction. For me, only fission or fusion bombs can destroy “economically” on a … Continue reading

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