Daily Archives: July 16, 2018

Ukraine | Ukraine’s anti-Roma pogroms ignored as Russia blamed for far right resurgence

by Max Parry

Last month, former U.S. Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a lecture at Trinity College Dublin made remarks condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin, blaming him for the resurgence of far right politics in the European Union and United States. Clinton stated that Putin…

…has positioned himself as the leader of an authoritarian, white-supremacist and xenophobic movement that wants to break up the EU, weaken America’s traditional alliances and undermine democracy. We can see this authoritarian movement rippling out from the Kremlin, reaching across Europe and beyond. It’s emboldening right-wing nationalists, separatists, racists and even neo-Nazis.“

Before addressing the deceitfulness of her comments, the one part of them that is true needs to be recognized. At this point, it is universally acknowledged that there is a significant revival in far-right and neo-Nazi political activity being experienced in America and across the EU. It is also increasingly present in other countries such as India and Turkey, and even Brazil’s current leading candidate for President is being called a fascist. However, not only is Putin’s more traditional conservatism not in line with the rabidly anti-Semitic, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant orientations mobilizing in the West, according to a recent study the actual determinant of such activity is historically contingent with austerity implemented by neo-liberals like Mrs. Clinton.

Russia | Russia 2.5 million petitions against the reform of retirement pensions delivered to the Duma

On July 5, it took a whole van to deposit the dozens of cartons containing two and a half million petitions against the draft bill to increase the retirement age, petitions that were collected by the Russian Labour Confederation (KTR).

Taking advantage of the opening of the Football World Cup, Prime Minister Medvedev had announced his intention to increase the age for retirement from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women. The vote on the draft bill is scheduled to take place in the Duma on July 19.

Correcting The Record: What Is Really Happening In Nicaragua?

by Kevin Zeese and Nils McCune

There is a great deal of false and inaccurate information about Nicaragua in the media. Even on the left, some have simply repeated the dubious claims of CNN and Nicaragua’s oligarchic media to support the removal of President Ortega. The narrative of nonviolent protesters versus anti-riot squads and pro-government paramilitaries has not been questioned by international media.