Thursday, February 05, 2015
Listen to Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, tell you what is really us going on in Ukraine. Hint: I'ts not what the presstitute mainstream media tells you. Prof. Cohen: "...it’s not only a new Cold War, it’s a proxy war. We’re arming Kiev. Russians are arming the eastern fighters." "Five million people, approximately, live in this area of eastern Ukraine. They’ve lived there for centuries. Their grandfathers, their parents are buried there. Their children go to school there. That is their home. Do they have no humanity or agency? We’ve taken—not I, but the main press in this country is referring to them as 'Putin’s thugs'."
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015 Original Here .
Is Ukraine a Proxy Western-Russia War? U.S. Weighs Arming Kiev as Violence Soars
The United Nations has raised the death toll from fighting in eastern Ukraine to more than 5,300 people since last April following the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych one year ago this month. Another 1.5 million people have been displaced. As fighting intensifies, the Obama administration is now considering directly arming Ukrainian forces against Russian-backed rebels. Washington already supplies nonlethal military equipment to Ukraine, but top officials are reportedly leaning toward sending arms, from rifles to anti-tank weapons. The role of the U.S. and European allies in Ukraine has prompted former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to accuse the West of dragging Russia into a new Cold War. We are joined by Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University.
Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University. His most recent book, Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War, is out in paperback. His recent writings on the Ukrainian crisis are on TheNation.com.