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By Stephen Gowans
The idea that the United States has “interests” abroad is an affront to democracy and geography. How can a country have interests, and not only that, but vital ones, in every corner of the world, unless we ignore geography and the idea that the people who live in a place ought to own it, and organize their own affairs? All the same, US leaders regularly pronounce that the United States has vital interests abroad, and that the possession of these interests warrants the “projection of power,” which is to say the establishment of a military presence in a region to intimidate its people and governments to acquiesce to US demands.
Rarely, if ever, do the mass media explore what these “vital interests” are. They simply exist, and must be defended. Occasionally, their nature is at least superficially glimpsed, as in the idea that the Middle East is…
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This is an edited version of an interview Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of Russia’s Security Council, gave to the official government newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta. Patrushev is one of Putin’s most important advisors on national security. His position is similar in some ways to that of the US President’s National Security Adviser.
If one measures lying by quantity of people misled, their relative importance as decision-makers and influencers and gravity of the deception, then the NYT is the biggest liar of them all and their track record on Russia over the past couple of years since the Ukraine crisis got going has been nothing less than extraordinary. Our analyst Jacob Dreizin digs into this week’s juicy offering.
With today’s shoot-down of a Russian SU-24 by a Turkish F-16, the conflict in Syria has entered a very dangerous escalation. Turkey is a member of the NATO alliance. Let us therefore not mince words: A NATO state has just attacked Russia. Perhaps not since the downing of an American U-2 over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, has the world been so close to a third world war.