Bruce K. Gagnon
Veteran, Organizer: b. 1952
Location: Bath, Maine, United States
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
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Nazi history in Ukraine - let the story be told
Ukrainian Nationalists and the Holocaust
OUN and UPA’s Participation in the Destruction of Ukrainian Jewry, 1941–1944
By John-Paul Himka
Columbia University Press. September 2021: http://cup.columbia.edu/book/ukrainian-nationalists-and-the-holocaust/9783838215488
One quarter of all Holocaust victims lived on the territory that now forms Ukraine, yet the Holocaust there has not received due attention. This book delineates the participation of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its armed force, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (Ukrainska povstanska armiia—UPA), in the destruction of the Jewish population of Ukraine under German occupation in 1941–44. The extent of OUN’s and UPA’s culpability in the Holocaust has been a controversial issue in Ukraine and within the Ukrainian diaspora as well as in Jewish communities and Israel. Occasionally, the controversy has broken into the press of North America, the EU, and Israel.
Triangulating sources from Jewish survivors, Soviet investigations, German documentation, documents produced by OUN itself, and memoirs of OUN activists, it has been possible to establish that: OUN militias were key actors in the anti-Jewish violence of summer 1941; OUN recruited for and infiltrated police formations that provided indispensable manpower for the Germans' mobile killing units; and in 1943, thousands of these policemen deserted from German service to join the OUN-led nationalist insurgency, during which UPA killed Jews who had managed to survive the major liquidations of 1942.
Today's Ukrainian Nazis from western part of the country are the descendants of these killers.
~ Dr. John-Paul Himka is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Alberta. He is co-editor (with Joanna B. Michlic) of Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe (University of Nebraska Press 2013), as well as author of a number of books and numerous articles on Ukrainian history.
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Now is time to speak up - no war with Russia!
Pictured above are Nazi death squadswho hail from western Ukraine. Today they are armed, trained and directed by the US-UK-NATO. They have been sent to the eastern border of Ukraine (since the 2014 coup in Kiev) to kill fellow Ukrainian citizens whose only crime is that they are Russian-ethnic. It's called ethnic cleansing. So far more than 14,000 have been killed. The Ukrainian Army today has 125,000 troops on the 'line of contact' in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine (Lugansk and Donetsk).
What can we do?
Time is of the essence.
The US-UK-NATO are flooding Ukraine with more deadly weapons. We know that doing so does not help to de-escalate tensions.
We all need to do something to help defuse the neo-con plan in Washington to push us into another war on a false pretext.
Just this week some positive things have happened:
°The head of the German Navy was forced to resign after he said 'Vladimir Putin deserves respect' and that he 'didn't think Russia was going to invade Ukraine'. The right-wing in Germany and NATO were not happy with those comments.
°The president of Croatia (a NATO member) declared that if there was a war he would not allow troops from his country to join a US-NATO led war.
°France increasingly appears uncomfortable and Germany didn't allow UK weapons shipments to Ukraine to be flown over German territory.
°More peace activists (and their organizations) have come alive and are engaging to oppose any war.
Here are a few ideas for action:
°Send a message to your congressional delegation. How to Contact with Congress, see here: https://www.congress.gov/contact-us
°Write a letter to editor.
°Share good info on the Ukraine issue with others to help increase the knowledge base of the public.
°Hold a protest vigil in your community.
°Watch this excellent documentary produced by Oliver Stone called Ukraine on Fire. Covers history of Nazi presence in western Ukraine and the situation in recent times. See here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHH10jIRJmQ
°Read this brilliant article by Diana Johnstone about the inside-scoop on what led up to the 2014 US orchestrated coup in Kiev, Ukraine. This is one of the best articles that I have ever read on the Ukraine situation. Go here:
I try to do one or more things each day to help slow down this run-away US-UK-NATO freight train. I hope you will too.
U.S. empire is collapsing
Washington arrogantly believes it is the 'exceptional nation' on this planet. The neo-cons are back in charge of most key Biden foreign policy decison making positions.
Don't forget the neo-cons are the ones that led us into Bush's 2003 'shock and awe' of Iraq. How did that work out? Oops! No WMD there.
The same corporate-dominated media are pushing war with Russia similar to what they did in 2003 with Iraq.
Put your sign on social media?
Take a personal stand with your own statement.
Share it and you'd be surprised how many people will like it. Most folks agree with us but are afraid to stick their neck out.
Be a leader and take a stand for sanity and the future generations.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
What was Washington's real agenda at Russia meeting?
The collapsing US military & economic empire is making Washington & NATO even more dangerous. US could not beat the Taliban but thinks it can take on China-Russia-Iran...a sign of psychopathology for sure.
A US weapons hub at a base in Poland. Each time the Pentagon holds a war-game in eastern Europe weapons are shipped from the US and stored afterward at this hub and a similar one in Norway virtually on the Russian border.
When I was a union organizer with the United Farm Workers I twice served on a contract negotiating committee - as the note-taker. I learned that the very first clause negotiated in any union contract is the 'Recognition' by the company of the union's right to bargain on behalf of the workers.
This recent meeting between Russia and U.S. in Geneva proved to me that Washington does not recognize Russia as an equal bargaining entity. Instead the US arrogantly believes it can pre-determine its policy - in this case steroidal NATO expansion and regime change in Russia.
This is clearly the US agenda.
Washington and Brussels (and London of course) can't afford to recognize Russia as an equal. They must keep demonizing Moscow and Putin to stay 'relevant' in the world today as the west declines and China, Russia, Iran and others in the global south rise.
Plus we must always remember that there is big money at stake for the military industrial complex as they believe they can ride this aggressive wave another 50 years. So what if it leads to WW III and nuclear Armageddon.
Thus the US delegation left the meeting on January 11 and said, "We have your demands. We'll let you know in a week our response." I don't expect much.
Just so we all remain clear, these so-called 'unreasonable' demands by Russia (listed below) are quite rational and appropriate when you consider that the US-NATO are deep in the process of creating a Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse for the Russian Federation.
Who is actually being peaceful and rational - the US-NATO or Russia?
Russian demands in negotiations with US:
* NATO will cease all efforts to expand eastward, notably into Ukraine and Georgia.
* NATO guarantees that it will not deploy missile batteries in nations bordering Russia.
* An end to NATO military and naval exercises in nations and seas bordering Russia.
* The effective restoration of the treaty covering intermediate-range nuclear weapons. The U.S. abandoned the INF pact in August 2019.
* An ongoing East-West security dialogue.
I went looking for some comments on this current situation and of course the Washington Post and New York Times buried the story. So the only thing the people in the US know is that Joe Biden sent his team to Geneva to threaten Russia not to invade Ukraine.
Below are some good comments that I think cover many elements of this story. First though we must hear from Washington officialdom.
This bit from a statement signed by Democrat and Republican warhawks.
The West should also widen its political counteroffensive to retake the initiative from Moscow as it tries to use the threat of force to intimidate Ukraine, Europe, and the United States into acquiescing to its demands, many of which are plainly unjustified and unacceptable.
Dr Paul Craig Roberts, no stranger to the inner workings of the Deep State, put it rather starkly recently:
When Putin says Russia has nowhere left to which to retreat, he is telling the idiot West that Russia has reached the extent of its ability to avoid war. 'We simply have no room to retreat' means Russia has done all she can do to avoid war and now the Americans must get off Russia’s doorstep.
Scott Ritter wrote at Consortium News:
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman faced off against Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in Geneva, with the fate of Europe in her hands. The sad thing is, she doesn’t see it that way. Thanks to Biden, Blinken and the host of Russophobes who populate the U.S. national security state today, Sherman thinks she is there to simply communicate the consequences of diplomatic failure to Russia. To threaten. With mere words.
What Sherman, Biden, Blinken, and the others have yet to comprehend is that Russia has already weighed the consequences and is apparently willing to accept them. And respond. With action.
Sputnik International reported:
Russian and US officials spoke for nearly eight hours in Geneva on Monday to discuss a pair of Russian security proposals Moscow says would dramatically ease tensions between Russia and the Western alliance. Among the proposals' points is a firm demand by Russia that NATO halt its decades-long eastward expansion.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization will not drop its 'open door' policy on membership, and will pay no mind to Russia's request to limit troop and weapons deployments in countries which joined the bloc after 1997, Julianne Smith, US ambassador to NATO, has said.
The Donetsk News Agency (from the Donbass region in Ukraine that is constantly attacked by the US installed regime in Kiev following the 2014 coup) reports on continued shelling on the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republics by the US-NATO armed and directed Ukrainian Army.
Ukrainian side is determined to provoke DPR to open retaliatory fire, the head of the DPR Mission to the JCCC Ruslan Yakubov said commenting on the deteriorating security situation along the line of contact.
"Domestic and international situation prompts Ukrainian leadership to commit armed provocations. The situation is aggravated by artificially fueled by media tension around the so-called "Russian aggression". It seems that the target of the Ukrainian armed forces is to provoke DPR retaliation to escalate (the situation), including the media background."
The recent attacks on the DPR were carried out by nationalistic [Nazi] formations deployed to the contact line since mid-December.
The security situation along the contact line deteriorated on January 9 as Kiev forces intensified barrages of frontline areas in the DPR and LPR.
Finian Cunningham writes at the Strategic Culture Foundation:
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the U.S.-led Western powers became deluded with arrogant entitlement. As Alex Krainer points out, the Western empire-builders presumed to have the right to wage wars and flout international law. For much of the past three-decade period, Russia was too weak economically and politically to challenge this reckless aggression. But now it has grown strong enough to “check-mate the empire’s global ambitions”. This is why war or regime change in Russia has become an obsessive goal for the U.S. and Western partners. It accounts for the relentless sanctions, Russophobia and surge in tensions over Ukraine and more recently Kazakhstan.
Russia is perceived as an obstacle to Western control over the strategically vital Eurasian continent. The prize of Eurasia has long been coveted by Western imperialists, from the British Empire’s Sir Halford Mackinder to the U.S. strategist Zbigniew Brzezinski. As Krainer notes, it was this imperial calculation by the Anglo-American capitalists that led to the building up of Nazi Germany as a bludgeon to destroy the Soviet Union and purportedly to give the empire-builders global hegemony. This imperial machination led to World War II and the greatest conflagration in human history with as many as 85 million dead. The Soviet Union and China accounted for more than half of the death toll.
In August 2018 in a briefing to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee by the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Wes Mitchell stated that the “central aim of the [Trump] administration’s foreign policy is to defend U.S. domination of Eurasian landmass as the foremost U.S. national security interest and to prepare the nation for this challenge.” Mitchell also said that the administration was “working with our close ally the UK to form an international coalition for coordinating efforts in this field.” Now, if Russia reasserts itself as the dominant power in Eastern Europe, this pretty much check-mates the empire’s global ambitions, so containing Russia and limiting its influence in Europe is absolutely critical and I think they will not give up on this even at the price of a nuclear war.
posted by Bruce K. Gagnon | 9:59 AM
This is the key... Russia is perceived as an obstacle to Western control over the strategically vital Eurasian continent. Control of this area is also critical in the push to have another front to encircle China.
China's Silk and Belt Road has cut right through the heart of this NATO plan.
Is Russia Truly Our Enemy?
Excellent Video Presentation by Bruce Gagnon
-1 Hour: 3 Minutes
This Talk Happened on Monday, April 8th, 2021
I Highly Recommend Watching This Very Important Presentation by Bruce Gagnon
- Frank Dorrel
This Event was Hosted by New Hampshire Peace Action.
Bruce Gagnon: Is Russia Truly Our Enemy?
Monday, May 3rd, 8:00 PM (PST)
Premiers on YouTube Today - Thursday, April 29th, 2021
According to Bruce Gagnon: Coordinator of The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space - the corporate oligarchs who rule the United States and now control most NATO countries would like nothing more than to return the world to the good old days of the Cold War arms race where they could feast endlessly off the bottomless pit of cost plus military contracts and lucrative arms deals.This is a major reason why the government and corporate media has been bombarding us with a non-stop propaganda barrage of disinformation accusing Putin and Russia of everything from interfering in US Elections to outright aggression in Ukraine and Crimea.–The opposite of the truth.And of course the US public whom Noam Chomsky once called “the most highly indoctrinated population on earth”, is buying it, according to recent polls.
Recently back from a fact finding tour he organized of Russia and Ukraine with Veterans for Peace and other peace activists, Gagnon deconstructs the propaganda narrative and demonstrates once again why he is the go-to guy for exposing the real agendas behind US military strategic planning.
Thanks to the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space: www.space4peace.org
Veteran, Organizer: b. 1952
"The role of the U.S. in the new world corporate order is going to be to export security. That means endless wars and weapons in space. The Pentagon will send our kids off to foreign lands to suppress opposition to corporate globalization. How will we ever end America’s addiction to war and violence as long as our communities are dependent on military spending for jobs? We must work to convert the military industrial complex to sustainable technologies like windpower, solar, and mass transit."
When Bruce Gagnon was vice president of the Okaloosa County (Florida) Young Republican Club, he volunteered in Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. Today, as co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, he fights the reach of corporate greed into space, which pits him against most Washington officials.
Getting his start as a state coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, Gagnon has worked on space issues for more than 20 years. Valuable resources on the moon and planets form the next battleground for corporate profit, he says, and "defense" programs such as "Star Wars" actually are conceived as offense. "The U.S. intends to control…and dominate space and deny other countries access," says Gagnon, adding that the nuclear threat used to seize this control threatens everyone on Earth and diverts funding from the common good.
Gagnon speaks internationally on this high stakes topic and has written for publications such as Earth Island Journal, CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Space News, National Catholic Reporter, Asia Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Canadian Dimension. He has produced two videos, Arsenal of Hypocrisy (2003) and Battle for America's Soul (2005) and he published a book, Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire (2005). He is host of "This Issue", a cable TV program that airs in five communities in Maine, his home state. In 2003, Dr. Helen Caldicott named Gagnon a senior fellow at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, where he also serves on her advisory board.
Gagnon's work does not yet draw the attention it warrants. Television's "60 Minutes" tuned in to his Cancel Cassini Campaign against the 1997 launch of plutonium into space. But Project Censored (based at Sonoma State University in California) found articles by Gagnon to be among the most censored stories of 1999 and 2005.
Remembering that his own shift in consciousness began with a handful of Vietnam War protestors who stood outside an Air Force base in California where he was stationed, Bruce Gagnon perseveres—and finds new ways to enlist others' concern.
Брюс Ганьон: Действительно ли Россия - наш враг?
Понедельник, 3 мая, 20:00 (тихоокеанское стандартное время)
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По словам Брюса Ганьона, координатора Глобальной сети против оружия и ядерной энергии в космосе, корпоративные олигархи, которые правят Соединенными Штатами и теперь контролируют большинство стран НАТО, не хотели бы ничего, кроме как вернуть мир к старым добрым временам холодной войны, гонки вооружений, где они могли бесконечно пировать на бездонной бездне затрат плюс военные контракты и прибыльные сделки с оружием. Это основная причина, по которой правительство и корпоративные СМИ бомбардируют нас непрерывным пропагандистским шквалом дезинформации, обвиняя Путина и Россию во всем, от вмешательства в выборы в США до открытой агрессии на Украине и в Крыму. – Истина в противоположном. И, конечно же, американская общественность, которую Ноам Хомский однажды назвал «самым высоко зомбированным населением на земле», согласно недавним опросам, покупает это.
Недавно вернувшись из организованного им тура по установлению фактов по России и Украине с «Ветеранами за мир» и другими борцами за мир, Ганьон обнажает пропагандистский нарратив и еще раз демонстрирует, почему именно к нему обращаются за разоблачением реальных программ военного стратегического планирования США.
Спасибо Глобальной сети против оружия и ядерной энергии в космосе: www.space4peace.org
Ветеран, Организатор: р. 1952 г.
«Роль США в новом мировом корпоративном порядке будет заключаться в обеспечении безопасности экспорта. Это означает бесконечные войны и оружие в космосе. Пентагон отправит наших детей за границу, чтобы подавить сопротивление корпоративной глобализации. положить конец пристрастию Америки к войне и насилию, пока наши общины зависят от военных расходов на рабочие места? Мы должны работать над переводом военно-промышленного комплекса на устойчивые технологии, такие как энергия ветра, солнечная энергия и общественный транспорт ».
Когда Брюс Ганьон был вице-президентом Клуба молодых республиканцев округа Окалуза (Флорида), он участвовал в президентской кампании Ричарда Никсона в 1968 году. Сегодня, как соучредитель и координатор Глобальной сети против оружия и ядерной энергии в космосе, он борется с размахом корпоративной жадности в космосе, что ставит его против большинства вашингтонских чиновников.
Начав свою карьеру в качестве государственного координатора Флоридской коалиции за мир и справедливость, Ганьон работал над проблемами космоса более 20 лет. По его словам, ценные ресурсы на Луне и планетах образуют следующее поле битвы за корпоративную прибыль, а программы «защиты», такие как «Звездные войны», на самом деле задуманы как нападение. «США намерены контролировать… и господствовать в космосе и отказывать в доступе другим странам», - говорит Ганьон, добавляя, что ядерная угроза, использованная для захвата этого контроля, угрожает всем на Земле и отвлекает финансирование от общего блага.
Ганьон говорит по этому поводу на международном уровне и пишет статьи для таких изданий, как Earth Island Journal, CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Space News, National Catholic Reporter, Asia Times, Le Monde Diplomatique и Canadian Dimension. Он подготовил два видеоролика: «Арсенал лицемерия» (2003 г.) и «Битва за душу Америки» (2005 г.), а также опубликовал книгу «Приходите вместе прямо сейчас: собирая истории из увядающей империи» (2005 г.). Он является ведущим "This Issue", программы кабельного телевидения, которая транслируется в пяти общинах в штате Мэн, его родном штате. В 2003 году доктор Хелен Калдикотт назначила Ганьон старшим научным сотрудником Института исследований ядерной политики, где он также входит в ее консультативный совет.
Работа Ганьона пока не привлекает должного внимания. Телевидение «60 минут» настроилось на его кампанию «Отменить Кассини» против запуска плутония в космос в 1997 году. Но Project Censored (базирующийся в Университете штата Сонома в Калифорнии) обнаружил, что статьи Ганьона являются одними из самых подвергнутых цензуре историй 1999 и 2005 годов.
Вспоминая, что его собственное изменение сознания началось с горстки протестующих против войны во Вьетнаме, которые стояли возле базы ВВС в Калифорнии, где он находился, Брюс Ганьон упорствует - и находит новые способы привлечь внимание других.