Prospects for an antiwar/solidarity movement in Russia

By Roger Annis, first published in Truthout’s ‘Speakout‘ page, Aug 19, 2014

Russian humanitarian convoy heading to southeast Ukraine in mid-August

Russian humanitarian convoy heading to southeast Ukraine in mid-August

In an article published on Left-East on Aug. 10, the Russian writer Ilya Budraitskis laments “there is no antiwar movement in Russia”. His article is a rather bleak, despairing outlook on the prospects of organizing against “war” in the border regions between Ukraine and Russia. He titles his article ‘Hope in a hopeless place’.

Budraitskis describes the war being waged by the neo-conservative governing regime in Kyiv as an “interstate conflict”, meaning that Russia bears an equal, if not greater, responsibility for the conflict. This scenario is not only a gross misread of Russia’s position and role in the conflict, it also leads us nowhere in understanding what to do.

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The People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine between militias and oligarchs

By Boris Kagarlitsky, Aug. 18, 2014, translation from the original Russian by Renfrey Clarke

Miners rally in Donetsk on June 18, 2014 against Kyiv's war. Sign reads 'NATO out!'

Miners rally in Donetsk on June 18, 2014 against Kyiv’s war. Sign reads ‘NATO out!’

The war between the Ukrainian government and the republics of Novorossiya [1] is gradually taking on the character of a positional stand-off. The resources of both sides are exhausted, and fighting reserves are at an end. But for the people’s republics, defending themselves against the many times larger military forces of the Kiev regime, this course of events can be considered a harbinger of victory. In this case, the well-known principle, “a government needs to win, but for an insurrection it is enough not to lose,” operates with full force. The deteriorating » Read more..

Oil by Rail news, July-Aug 2014

​By Roger Annis, Aug 17, 2014

Oil train stationed in Oregon, June 2014, photo by Rob Davis, The Oregonian

Oil train stationed in Oregon, June 2014, photo by Rob Davis, The Oregonian

On Tuesday, Aug. 19, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) will release its final report on the oil train disaster that occurred at Lac Mégantic, Quebec on July 6, 2013. This website will provide full news coverage of that event and the background to the disaster.

Coincidentally, yesterday’s edition of the Toronto Star publishes on page one an investigative report on the culture of secrecy prevailing at Transport Canada that has prevented the public from learning much information about what happened and why at Lac Mégantic. The article is here: Transport Canada keeping secret details MM&A safety inspections, By Wendy Gillis, Toronto Star, Aug 16 2014.

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Ukraine: The collapse of the liberal ‘left’

Guest article by Svetlana Tsiberganova. To read this article, please go to the ‘other authors’ section of this website: click here. Or you can read it at its original publication in ‘Speakout’ on Truthout, Aug. 18, 2014.

In Ottawa, Aug 22: Public forum on Ukraine with David Mandel and Roger Annis

At the Peoples Social Forum:

What is Canada doing in Ukraine and what should the peace movement do about it?

Panel discussion on the situation in Ukraine. What can the peace and anti- war movement do to counter the government of Canada’s aggressive posture toward Russia and oppose its contributions to NATO’s military mobilization in Eastern Europe?

David Mandel

David Mandel

Speakers: David Mandel, professor of History at the Université du Québec à Montréal; and Roger Annis, writer and delegate to the July 6, 7 antiwar conference in Yalta, Crimea. Bilingual, with simultaneous translation.

Time and date: Friday, Aug 22, 1 pm

Location: Vanier Building, Rm 5070, University of Ottawa (off Nicholas St., south of Laurier)



Roger Annis

Roger Annis


Sponsored by: No War/Paix (Ottawa), and Peoples Social Forum

More information:

Full schedule of the People’s Social Forum, Aug 21 to 24 in Ottawa, here.

Effects of economic sanctions on Russian agriculture and on oil and gas industries

By Roger Annis, Aug 16, 2014

What will be the effects of economic sanctions being levied on Russia by the United States, Canada, Australia and the European Union? The enclosed article from the Moscow Times looks at the state of one of the most closely watched of Russia’s industries–agriculture. It is closely watched because Russia has banned the import of food items from the countries that have banned imports from it.

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The Vietnam War, Watergate and the treason of U.S. President Richard Nixon

Two articles are enclosed below, or go directly to the weblinked originals:

President Richard Nixon* Nixon’s Vietnam treason, by Bob Fitrakis and Harvery Wasserman, Counterpunch, Aug 13, 2014


* The heinous crime behind Watergate, by Robert Parry, Consortium News, Aug 9, 2014


Nixon’s Vietnam treason

By Bob Fitrakis and Harvery Wasserman, in Counterpunch, Aug 13, 2014

Richard Nixon was a traitor. The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

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CBC disinformation on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

By Roger Annis, August 15, 2014

Susan Ormiston was the lead Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporter in eastern Ukraine for much of July, including after the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. On July 29, she interviewed Michael Bociurkiw for CBC Television’s evening news program The National.

Interview with Michael Bociurkiw on CBC, July 29, 2014, CBC screenshot

Interview with Michael Bociurkiw on CBC, July 29, 2014, CBC screenshot

Together, the two told us nothing of substance. Or more accurately, the substance was inadvertent.[1] The interview provided a human interest interpretation of the crash and little more. Worse, it misled viewers on key events that have shaped the aftermath of the crash and its investigation.

Bociurkiw is the spokesperson of the investigation unit of the Organization of Economic Security and Cooperation in Europe. He is a Canadian of Ukraine origin. » Read more..

Reflections on the Maidan protests and the pro-autonomy political movement in eastern Ukraine

Interview by Roger Annis with Daniel Grigor’ev. You can read this article on the ‘other authors’ section of this website: click here. Or you can read it at its original publication on Truthout, Aug. 11, 2014.


One year of killings and repression in post-coup Egypt

Report by Human Rights Watch says more than 1,150 political killings in Egypt since the military coup of July 3, 2013

Introduction by Roger Annis, Aug. 15, 2014

HRW report Rab'a, Aug 2014Human Rights Watch has issued a nearly 200-page document detailing what it says are the killings of at least 1,150 demonstrators in Egypt in July and August 2013 by the military/civilian regime that seized power on July 3, 2013.

The report focuses on the events leading up to August 14. On that date, police, army and private militia forces killed at least 817 people when they broke up the largest of the protest camps in Cairo that was opposing the coup of July 3. The camp was located in the square surrounding the Raba’a al-Adawiya Mosque. The police/army attackers set fire to the Mosque and to the tents and other structures of the encampment.

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