U.S. maneuvers threaten war with Russia

first_imgOn April 9, the Turkish officials announced to Russian counterparts that Washington, as it must by treaty, had informed them that in the following week the U.S. would send two warships to the Black Sea, which also borders Russia and Ukraine. This is part of the extended framework of tension that the U.S. has introduced in the region. Dinucci’s April 13 article in Il Manifesto (an Italian web newspaper) explains the framework of the growing crisis. Translation: John Catalinotto.Ukraine’s neo-Nazis killed dozens of activists by burning down Trade Union House, May 2, 2014.U.S. F-16 fighter jets, sent from the Aviano base, are engaged in “complex air operations” in Greece, where the Iniochos 21 exercise began April 12. They belong to the 510th Fighter Squadron stationed at Aviano, northern Italy, whose role is indicated by their emblem: the symbol of the atom, with three lightning bolts striking the earth, flanked by the imperial eagle. Thus they are nuclear attack aircraft, the ones used by the U.S. Air Force in Greece, which in 2020 conceded to the United States the use of all its military bases.Also participating in Iniochos 21 are F-16 and F-15 fighter-bombers from Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The exercise takes place on the Aegean Sea close to the area that includes the Black Sea and Ukraine, where the massive exercise Defender-Europe 21 of the U.S. Army is concentrated.These and other military maneuvers, which turn Europe into a big arms depot, increase tensions with Russia, especially regarding Ukraine. NATO, after having torn apart the Yugoslav Federation with international war actions in 1995 and 1999 to exacerbate Yugoslavia’s internal fractures, now sets itself up as the champion of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.The chair of the NATO Military Committee, British Royal Air Force Chief Stuart Peach, while meeting in Kiev with Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky and Chief of Staff Ruslan Khomchak, declared that “NATO Allies are united in their condemnation of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and its aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine.” (nato.int, April 7)Peach thus repeated the false narrative that Russia forcibly annexed Crimea in 2014, while ignoring the fact that Crimean Russians decided in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and rejoin Russia to avoid being attacked by neo-Nazi battalions in Kiev, like the Russians in Donbass were.The U.S. and anti-Russian Ukrainians used the same neo-Nazis in 2014 as a strike force in the Maidan Square putsch — which was triggered by Georgian snipers who fired on demonstrators and policemen. They were used also in subsequent actions: putting villages to fire and sword; burning alive dozens of activists in the Odessa Trade Unions House; massacring unarmed civilians in the city of Mariupol; and attacking in Donetsk and Lugansk, then-Ukrainian provinces, with white phosphorus bombs.The Maidan action was a bloody coup under the direction of the U.S./NATO, with the strategic aim of provoking a new Cold War in Europe. The aim was to isolate Russia and strengthen, at the same time, the influence and military presence of the United States in Europe.The conflict in the Donbass, whose populations are now self-organized in the Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk with their own popular militia, has gone through a period of relative truce with the opening of the Minsk talks for a peaceful solution. Now, however, the Ukrainian government has withdrawn from the talks, refusing to go to Minsk, using the pretext that Belarus is not a democratic country.At the same time the Kiev forces have resumed armed attacks in the Donbass [Donetsk and Lugansk]. Chief of Staff Khomchak, whom Stuart Peach praised on behalf of NATO for his “commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine,” said that the Kiev army “is preparing for the offensive in eastern Ukraine” and that in this operation “the participation of NATO allies is expected.”It is no coincidence that the conflict in Donbass was rekindled when, under the Biden administration, Antony Blinken took office as secretary of state. His grandparents born in Ukraine, Blinken was the principal director of the Maidan Square putsch as deputy national security advisor in the Obama-Biden administration.As deputy secretary of state, Biden appointed Victoria Nuland, who in 2014 was the assistant-director of the U.S. operation in the Maidan Square, costing more than $5 billion. She said this was to establish “good governance” in Ukraine.It is possible that at this point the U.S. strategists have a plan: to promote an offensive of Kiev forces in the Donbass, effectively supported by NATO. Such an offensive would confront Moscow with a choice that would in any case be to Washington’s advantage: Either Moscow can allow the Russian populations of Donbass to be massacred or must intervene militarily in their support.One plays with fire, and not figuratively speaking, by lighting the fuse of a bomb in the heart of Europe.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Poetry on ice, paper

first_imgThere’s ice-skating, and there’s poetry. And then there’s ice-skating poetry written by a former professional athlete who is a pre-med English concentrator. Loren Galler Rabinowitz is all of the above and — if you can believe it — more.Galler Rabinowitz, who grew up in Brookline, Mass., and Barbados, already has lived a full life. From the ages of 2 to 20, her home was on the ice, where she eventually traveled around the world competing professionally with her skating partner David Mitchell, garnering acclaim as U.S. Junior Champions and 2004 bronze medalists at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. But, she said, she always knew she’d eventually land at Harvard.“I think one of the most important things for me as a professional athlete was that I always took school very seriously,” said Galler Rabinowitz, who attended high school full time, even after training for four hours each morning. She deferred enrollment at Harvard to compete professionally for two more years after graduation, taking up residence at Adams House in 2007.“One of the things that I knew I was going to miss when I stopped skating was the constant creative outlet,” said Galler Rabinowitz, “so I signed up for a creative writing course as a freshman.”She eventually was chosen as a thesis advisee by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham, the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, from nearly 100 creative-writing thesis applications.Her 70-plus-page manuscript, “The Invisible Encyclopedia of Dance,” recalls the tenuous stake on which glory rests, and evokes dance moves using the skater’s trademark measured precision — only on the poetic line. In “Ice Dancer,” Galler Rabinowitz writes: “The position must be maintained. / There is only up or down. / There are only laurels or sorrow.”The poems also delve into headier matter, such as sickness and death. In the fall of 2008, Galler Rabinowitz began shadowing a pastor at Mount Auburn Hospital. Her grandmother, a Holocaust survivor and 50-year New Orleans resident, had died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “I was very interested in how people deal with loss,” recalled Galler Rabinowitz.“One of the things that most draws me to becoming a doctor is a sense of compassion and being a humanitarian,” she said. “That’s missing from medical education now. It’s sort of technical and diagnostic. I want to make the experience of going to the doctor’s office enjoyable and not terrifying.”Now Galler Rabinowitz is considering medical schools and eventually wants to enter pediatrics. Medicine wasn’t always a career goal, but her parents are also physicians, and, she said, “They’re so passionate that it’s infectious.”But medicine might wait a few years, too. Galler Rabinowitz is eyeing some of Boston’s M.F.A. programs in creative writing and may divert elsewhere, at least for a little while.But this juggling is nothing new. Even at Harvard, Galler Rabinowitz coached youth ice skaters, waking every morning at 5:30 to meet them on the ice. That quickly led to her tutoring them and advising with SATs and college prep.“One of the things that’s so interesting is how much of my skate training — discipline, work ethic, attention to detail, creativity — has been applicable to my activities at Harvard. I really like being able to show my young students the ways they can apply what they learn on the ice to all sorts of things they’re doing,” she said. “I think a lot of my successes at Harvard were due to that very specific training.”Galler Rabinowitz is also adamant about giving back. Every Christmas she runs a charity event at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, raising money for Globe Santa and even teaching a few skating lessons. “I get to do good things and wear a sparkly dress,” she said. “What could be better?”And then there’s less glamorous fieldwork. Galler Rabinowitz frequently volunteers at her mother’s Barbados-based clinic that treats malnourished children. She’s also taught creative writing classes in a shelter for abused women and children there.Though her classmates often looked her up on Wikipedia, there’s no sign any of her well-chronicled achievements have gone to her head.“I’ve had the privilege of competing at the highest athletic level and attending Harvard,” Galler Rabinowitz said. “And I didn’t really anticipate being able to merge my love of writing and being a future physician, but it really worked out that way.”last_img read more

Nicolas Dromard & Drew Seeley to Join B’way’s Jersey Boys

first_imgNicolas Dromard & Drew Seeley They’ll be the big men in town! Nicolas Dromard and Drew Seeley will join the Broadway cast of Jersey Boys in the roles of Tommy DeVito and Bob Gaudio, respectively, from September 20. Richard H. Blake and Quinn VanAntwerp will play their final performances on September 18. As previously reported, the tuner is scheduled to close on January 15, 2017 at the August Wilson Theatre.Dromard has previously appeared as Tommy DeVito in the Main Stem company of Jersey Boys. Other Broadway credits include Oklahoma!, The Boy From Oz and Mary Poppins; he’s also played Fiyero in the First National Tour and San Francisco productions of Wicked.Seeley made his Broadway debut in The Little Mermaid and has played Bob Gaudio on tour. Additional credits include High School Musical: The Concert on stage, One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Guiding Light, Another Cinderella Story, The Shortcut and Glory Daze on screen.Jersey Boys tells the story of how Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons went from being unknown New Jersey kids to international pop superstars. The show features over 30 hit songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”The Great White Way production also currently stars Richard H. Blake as Tommy DeVito and Matt Bogart as Nick Massi. Dominic Scaglione Jr. and Mauricio Pérez alternate the role of Frankie Valli; Dancing with the Stars’ Mark Ballas will replace Scaglione Jr. from October 18. Related Shows View Commentscenter_img from $59.00 Jersey Boyslast_img read more

Basildon’s Essex appeal attracts City boys

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