Notes on the News

By Gwydion M. Williams France’s Overlooked Left Vote Ukraine: Making Local Democracy Illegal Russia: A Fate Worse Than Putin? NATO: Elites Who Reluctantly Tolerate a Democratic Electorate Britons Vote Themselves Into Poverty Bears and Libertarians – Both Unbearable Covid Failures France’s Overlooked Left Vote Macron picked up another nine million votes: a bare majority of … Continue reading Notes on the News

A Unipolar World and Ukraine

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI ON the place of Ukraine in A UNIPOLAR WORLD Extracts from The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives Zbigniew Brzezinski, New York, Basic Books, 1997 After the fall of the Soviet Union, Americans started thinking about a unipolar world, a world organized around one pole, themselves.  Zbigniew Brzezinski, diplomat and adviser to presidents … Continue reading A Unipolar World and Ukraine

NATO, Ukraine and the Labour Party

Diary of an ex-Corbyn foot soldier (April, 2022)  Dictionary definition of “foot soldier”: “…a dedicated low level follower…”  Michael Murray: murraymicha@gmail.com; FaceBook: Michael Murray London (1) Introduction “Time to get your mind right on NATO, boy!” (2)   Stop The War fights back (3)  Jack F Matlock: “I was there: NATO and the origins of the Ukraine crisis” (4)  George … Continue reading NATO, Ukraine and the Labour Party

Bevin and NATO

Ernest Bevin Founder of NATO By Brendan Clifford At Prime Minister’s Questions 9th March 2022 John Healey, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, said: “It was Labour’s post-war Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin, who was the principal architect of NATO and in particular of its article 5 commitment to collective defence. Today is the anniversary of Bevin’s … Continue reading Bevin and NATO

Newsnotes

Notes on the News By Gwydion M. Williams NATO as ‘They Who Must Be Obeyed’?MICE – a Team of RivalsDown and Out in the G7P&O: Britania Losing the WavesSlavery: a World HeritageIran and SubversionSnippetsHollywood as Foe?Alternative East AsiaThe World Burns? NATO as ‘They Who Must Be Obeyed’? We have just seen a naked display of … Continue reading Newsnotes

Moscopoli — Moscowgate

Listening to Italy by Orecchiette MOSCOPOLI (or Moscow-gate) Marco Travaglio, Editor of Il  Fatto Quotidiano, a newspaper to the left of la Repubblica, commenced his editorial on Putin by taking a slogan from a pacifist demo that happened in March. “Né con Putin, Né con Nato” Not with Putin nor with NATO. “I have always condemned Vladimir Putin's regime, ever since Silvio Berlusconi … Continue reading Moscopoli — Moscowgate

OSCE and the Indivisibility of Security

OSCE and the Indivisibility of Security By David Morrison The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has 57 participating states in Europe, Asia and North America. At a conference in Istanbul in November 1999, the OSCE adopted a Charter for European Security, Paragraph 8 of which prescribed the basic principles on which security for participating states was to … Continue reading OSCE and the Indivisibility of Security

Putin/Scholz meeting

News conference following Russian-German talks 15 February 2022 Following Russian-German talks, Vladimir Putin and Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz made statements for the press and answered journalists’ questions. The US and the UK must be very unhappy about the Putin/Scholz meeting, which was all about enhancing the well-developed economic relationship between Russia and Germany, including Russia's supply of energy … Continue reading Putin/Scholz meeting

Edward Leigh on Russia

Russia’s Grand Strategy   —  Parliament Notes Bernard Jenkin initiated this debate on ‘Russia’s Grand Strategy, 6th January 2022.  MPs on all sides were unanimous that Putin’s Russia is the enemy and a danger to the West and the UK in particular, Labour MPs being particularly vociferous.  The Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy lambasted the government for not spending enough on … Continue reading Edward Leigh on Russia