Sen. Cramer to Ukraine: Don’t fear a GOP-led Congress

Sen. KEVIN CRAMER (R-N.D.) doesn’t want Ukraine to worry that a Republican-led Congress means less support for its war against Russia.

The Senate Armed Services Committee member said the “blank check” comment by his colleague, KEVIN McCARTHY (R-Calif.), the presumptive speaker of the House should Republicans prevail in the midterms, was taken out of context.

Sen. Cramer to Ukraine: Don’t fear a GOP-led Congress

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Palestinian journalists are under attack by Israel lobby groups for reporting the truth from Palestine

Zionist watchdog groups have launched smear campaigns to silence the voices of Palestinian journalists, often causing many of them to lose their jobs. Will media organizations continue to allow such groups to dictate their journalism, or will they dare to be as fearless as the Palestinian journalists they claim to support?

Palestinian journalists are under attack by Israel lobby groups for reporting the truth from Palestine

House Progressives Swiftly Walk Back Letter Asking Biden to Pursue Russia Diplomacy

ON MONDAY MORNING, 30 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter to the White House that attempted to gingerly open a conversation about a potential diplomatic end to Russia’s war on Ukraine. The door was slammed shut by the evening, met with enough fury to elicit a “clarification” in the form of a statement from caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal.

House Progressives Swiftly Walk Back Letter Asking Biden to Pursue Russia Diplomacy

They need to grow a backbone!

Risking your life and freedom for the truth about Donbas: foreign journalists ask for protection from the Russian Federation

Western journalists working in the Donbass and revealing the truth about the events taking place there are on the death list of the Ukrainian “Peacemaker”. In addition, their bank accounts are blocked in their home countries, the authorities arrest them or threaten them with imprisonment, and nationalists regularly threaten them with reprisals. There are also cases of direct attack when a foreign journalist leaves Russia to extend his visa.

Risking your life and freedom for the truth about Donbas: foreign journalists ask for protection from the Russian Federation (original, in Russian)

H/T: iEarlGrey

How JFK Sacrificed Adlai Stevenson and the Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

How JFK Sacrificed Adlai Stevenson and the Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis

In those interim years, the fictional story of how the missile crisis was resolved became foreign-policy folklore. None of the early memoirs by top Kennedy aides, such as Schlesinger and Sorensen, contained the real history. These incomplete accounts became the basis of the foreign-policy models and paradigms in political scientist Graham Allison’s highly influential book, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis. A full generation of scholars, analysts, foreign-policy makers, and even presidents learned the wrong lessons from the most significant superpower conflict in modern history.

Sixty years later, however, the Biden administration at least has a more complete record of history to draw on as U.S. policymakers and the world confront another time of crisis in the nuclear age. How applicable the lessons of the missile crisis will prove to be in preventing an escalation of the Russia-Ukraine war remains unknown. But the mantra of reason that Stevenson shared with Kennedy in October 1962 seems more relevant than ever: “Blackmail and intimidation never, negotiation and sanity always.”

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The SPD and Greens seek to gag rock musician Roger Waters and silence criticism of NATO’s war in Ukraine

Members of the Munich city council, a coalition of the SPD and the Green Party, are seeking to prevent Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters from performing his This Is Not a Drill show at the city-owned Olympiahalle on May 21, 2023. Advance sales for the concert have already begun.

The SPD and Greens seek to gag rock musician Roger Waters and silence criticism of NATO’s war in Ukraine

Brazilian Anarchist expert reveals Social War behind key Lula / Bolsonaro Vote

Brazilian Anarchist expert reveals Social War behind key Lula / Bolsonaro Vote

Despite the glowing picture that progressives and social democrats paint of Lula, it was under the PT (Worker’s Party) that Brazil’s government made its turn toward austerity. Given that this will likely be a second term in office for him, how effective do you think left organizations and movements will be at wringing concessions from a Lula-led PT government?