Daily Archives: January 29, 2016

USA | “The US is a collapsing empire but a very dangerous one” Interview with Bruce Gagnon

Bruce Gagnon is a Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He was a co-founder of the Global Network when it was created in 1992.
Between 1983–1998 Bruce was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice and has worked on space issues for 31 years.
Bruce is a Vietnam-era veteran and began his organizing career by working for the United Farm Workers Union in Florida organizing fruit pickers. Bruce is an active member of Veterans for Peace and is the Secretary of Space in the Green Shadow Cabinet.
Bruce has traveled to and spoken in many countries and on many college campuses. Bruce was engaged in producing of documentary videos critical to the US foreign politics.
Bruce initiated the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home in 2009 that spread to other New England states and beyond. This campaign makes the important connections between endless war spending and fiscal crisis throughout the U.S.
In 2013 Bruce helped organize the passage of a drone bill in the Maine state legislature that requires police to obtain warrants before they can spy on the public. The bill was vetoed by the governor.
Bruce helps the South Korean Jeju village fighting against construction of a Navy base. He has worked to help build support for the Jeju Island issue for several years.
Having returned from his last voyage to Jeju Island Bruce Gagnon answered several questions of our site.

Romania | The Poor Must Die!

Florin Poenaru

When the newly appointed Romanian Minister of Finance told reporters in an off-the-record meeting that Romanian workers should take a cue from workers in Brazil or India who are ready to work for pennies, she offered one of those rare moments when power speaks the truth. Unintentionally, the minister articulated both the entire trajectory of post-communist transition and also the current strategy for development of the technocratic government, appointed after the November 2015 protests.

USA | Lawyer for the journalist Kotsaba shocks European Parliamentarians with the truth about situation in Ukraine

Kyiv lawyer Tatyana Montyan, who represents Ruslan Kotsaba, a journalist from Ivano-Frankivsk arrested on Feb 7, 2015 for posting an antiwar video on the Internet, has returned from Brussels where she participated in a hearing and other meetings at the European Parliament on the case of her client. She spoke to journalists upon her arrival at the airport in Kyiv.
Montyan says the goal of the hearings was to tell the European Parliament what is actually happening in Ukraine. She says her goal was met. In addition to the case of Ruslan Kotsaba, other troubling cases were explained during the hearing which characterize the difficult human rights situation in today’s Ukraine.
“For example, I said that the legal defenders of Hennadiy Korban are accused of conspiring with the alleged criminal activity of their client, which concerns us regardless of our own attitude to Korban. The Europeans were very surprised.
“Moreover, they could not believe that Ruslan Kotsaba is sitting in jail for a year merely for a statement he made by video on YouTube.”
“I also explained how a witness of the prosecution threatened Ruslan Kotsaba right in the courtroom, threatening to kill his children and his entire family. The judges just sat there smiling, treating it as some kind of joke.”
“The Europeans didn’t believe me, so I showed them a video of the trial. Ruslan complained to the judges and made a formal appeal to the court to prosecute the witness over his threats. The judges replied that there was no crime,” said Montyan.
Montyan also explained in Brussels the existence of the website ‘Peacemaker’. The Parliamentarians were very surprised to hear of a website that publishes the names, photos and other personal information of people who are guilty of nothing but are labeled as enemies of the people and “separatists”, humiliated and deprived of their civil rights.
“European parliamentarians were told by us of the economic ‘reforms’ taking place in Ukraine. It was news for them that standards of living have fallen threefold. They haven’t heard that we have armed men roaming the streets.
“Nobody ever explains in Europe the truth about what is actually happening in Ukraine,” said Montyan.