From what I hear, Ambassador Jack Matlock's February 11 talk in Washington went just fine. I was unable to monitor US media as I was on the road the week after. Below are Russian links to the largest Rossiiskaya Gazeta
and a TASS report done by my Russian acquaintance in Washington Andrei Sitov
ВАШИНГТОН, 12 февраля. /Корр. ТАСС Андрей Шитов/. Украина "не может нормально существовать в отрыве от России". Поставки в эту страну западного оружия "были бы безумием", которое "повредило бы прежде всего самим украинцам".
My search engin revealed one Ukrainian news agency reporting on Matlock's speech
Екс-посол США в СРСР: Україна не може нормально існувати без Росії
Україна "не може нормально існувати у відриві від Росії". Поставки в цю країну західного зброї "було б божевіллям", яке "пошкодило б насамперед самим українцям".
My google translation is imperfect but clear:
<<Former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Ukraine can not normally exist without Russia
Ukraine "can not normally exist in isolation from Russia." Deliveries to this country western weapons "would be madness" that "would hurt primarily Ukrainians." >>
While US Big Media has a hearing problem--worse than in Ukraine--Ambassador Matlock can be heard and seen YouTube video of event:
cnsnews.com article by Barbara Hollingsworth:
THE NATION article by James Carden:
As a former Soviet dissident and defector, I congratulate Ambassador Matlock, on behalf of RAGA, for his willingness to share his wisdom and experience with the nation, even if the official Washington remains as ossified as the Soviet Politburo was before the USSR collapsed.
There is another chance to set US Imperial ship of state on a safe course. I am happy to forward this invitation from the Committee for the Republic to hear a warning from MIT Professor Ted Postol. Please come to hear him speak on "Missile Defense & the Rising Danger of Nuclear War with Russia"
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
1575 I Street NW
Marriott Conference Center
<<The nation’s leading missile defense expert, MIT Professor Ted Postol, claims that the US missile defense program is the biggest and most dangerous scientific fraud in the history of modern American science. Postol argues that a balanced assessment of the costs and benefits of missile defense isn’t possible without an honest technical and military assessment. He can provide such an assessment. Postol believes that the US missile defense program has come to threaten the very security its advocates claim to protect. The Committee for the Republic considers Postol’s charges to have such serious implications at a time of rising tensions in US-Russian relations that it has asked its chairman, Chas Freeman, to examine his claims with him in public.>>
About Boris Nemtsov's slaying read RAGA associate Dr. Gilbert Doctorow's analytical report from Brussels. A brilliant US scholar and president of the American Committee on of East-West Accord, Gilbert had close encounters with Nemtsov in London and New York.
<<Boris Nemtsov was indeed a critic of Putin and a vicious critic at that. But the logic of this fact entering the first lines of the news coverage of a murder without identified perpetrators or motives is that it points us in the very direction that the Kremlin fears most: to lay the death at the door of Vladimir Putin as if his interests were served by the removal of an opponent. In Russian parlance, this is a provokatsiya intended to build on the long-established denigration of Putin in the West and serve the cause of the War Party in Washington...>>
Read more in Boris Nemtsov, R.I.P., 27 February 2015
Robert Parry of Consortium News is not amused with The War Party in Washington
Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine? By Robert Parry
February 23, 2015
<<Exclusive: A year after a U.S.-backed coup ousted Ukraine’s elected president, the new powers in Kiev are itching for a “full-scale war” with Russia — and want the West’s backing even if it could provoke a nuclear conflict, a Strangelovian madness that the U.S. media ignores, writes Robert Parry.>>
The conservative Pat Buchanan is not amused either. Speaking of Kiev's unwillingness for a compomise with Ukraine's pro-Russian regions, he says <<The longer it goes on, the greater the casualties, the more land Ukraine will lose, and the greater the likelihood Kiev will end up an amputated and bankrupt republic, a dependency the size of France on the doorstep of Europe.>>
Read A Republican's Point of View on Ukraine, the US and Russia
If you wonder about Pat's patriotism, read the author's "Cold Warrior" blurb
Patrick J. Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three American Presidents. From 1966 through 1974, Pat Buchanan was confidant and assistant to Richard Nixon. In 1974, Pat Buchanan served as assistant to Gerald Ford. From 1985 to 1987, Pat Buchanan was White House Communications Director for Ronald Reagan.
More bad news. Moscow Times, February 17, 2015 reports that <<In the eyes of Americans, Russia has surpassed North Korea as the main enemy of the United States, a new Gallup poll reveals. Respondents were asked the open-ended question, "What one country anywhere in the world do you consider to be the United States' greatest enemy today?" Russia led the pack of named U.S. foes, having been singled out by 18 percent of Americans. North Korea came second with 15 percent, followed by China (12 percent) and Iran (9 percent).
If you don't want out politicians playing with fire, please visit the site of the Australian Helen Caldicott Fundation
RAGA Newsletters have a global outreach. That's what I got for feedback from the United Kingdom
Such depressing news here, and so biased in most articles, even in the Guardian. But here is one by Mary Dejevsky which attempts to give a truer picture of events. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/19/western-diplomats-cynicism-putin-ceasefire-misread-motives
Karen Hewitt and I met Charles Buxton (whose book I reviewed) in Oxford last week (he was back for a short visit). We all agreed (not surprisingly) that media reporting is deplorable.
I attended a discussion a week before at St Antony's College (which specializes in Foreign affairs). Lord Raymond Oxford (Asquith) gave an excellent (and I think objective) view of the situation in Ukraine. He has business interests there and has diplomatic background so I felt he knew his subject matter. He was pretty damning of UK, EU and US attitudes re Ukraine but seemed to feel there was some hope for the future. I hope he is right.
I hope all is well with you.
Don't despair though. As always, Professor William Brumfield of Tulane University invites us to look at Russia sub specie aeternitatis
<<My current article for Russia beyond the Headlines is devoted to Bykovo, a country estate just south of Moscow with a grand manor house and a church that is one of the best examples of the Gothic Revival style in Russia:
For best results with the slide show (full screen), click the 4-arrow icon at lower right of photo window.
This is the 120th of my articles and photo essays on Russia's architectural and cultural heritage for the foreign-language service of the Russian national newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta. A unified link to the series can be found at: http://rbth.ru/discovering_russia Through this link a total of 3,546 photographs from my documentary work in Russia are now accessible.>>
Thank you, William, for letting RAGA readers enjoy the beauty of eternal Russia
Malice to None. Good Will to All.
Peace and Justice to the World.
миру мир и благоволение в сердцах
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