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NATO: Seeking Russia’s Destruction Since 1949 – Gary Leupp/CounterPunch

by Newsstand

In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. president George H. W. Bush through his secretary of state James Baker promised Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev that in exchange for Soviet cooperation on German reunification, the Cold War era NATO alliance would not expand “one inch” eastwards towards Russia. Baker told Gorbachev: “Look, if you remove your [300,000] troops [from east Germany] and allow unification of Germany in NATO, NATO will not expand one inch to the east.”

In the following year, the USSR officially dissolved itself. Its own defensive military alliance (commonly known as the Warsaw Pact) had already shut down. The Cold War was over.

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War, Indifference, Empathy

by Taxi

At the end of this year, what can be said that hasn’t already been said in tears?  Wars are still raging; mothers are still burying their children on a daily basis in Palestine, in Syria, in Iraq, Libya and in Yemen.  The Axis of Evil is so very strong.  Frightfully strong.  Needs no introduction or naming at this stage.  Indiscriminate in its insatiable thirst for mass human blood, the Axis of Evil continues to unleash more wars that murder mostly innocent populations overseas and hold us all hostage and terrorized in the homelands.  The world is on the brink of global chaos and mass slaughter and you and I, dear reader, we are the wretched, helpless witnesses to this unfolding 21st century purgatory.

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