C.P. Snow: Worse than Genghiz Khan. Has there ever been a weapon that someone did not want to let off?

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

C.P. Snow: Hope it’s never possible to develop superbomb

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C.P. Snow
From The New Men (1954)

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In was his own uniquely flat expression of delight: but his face was rosy, he did not look like a man of seventy-three. He was reveling in his victory, the hot room, the mildly drunken night.

“If this country gets the super bomb,” he said cheerfully, “no one will remember me.”

He swung his legs under his chair.

“It’s funny about the bomb,” he said. If we manage to get it, what do we do with it then?”

This was not the first time that I heard the question: once or twice recently people at Barford had raised it. It was too far away for the scientists to speculate much, even the controversialists like Mounteney, but several of them agreed that we should simply notify the enemy that we possessed the bomb, and give some evidence: that would be enough to end the war. I repeated this view to Bevill.

“I wonder,” he said.

“I wonder,” he repeated. “Has there ever been a weapon that someone did not want to let off?”

I said, though the issue seemed remote, that this was different in kind. We had both seen the current estimate, that one fission bomb would kill three hundred thousand people at a go.

“Oh, I don’t know,” said Bevell. “Think of what we’re trying to do with bombing. We’re trying to kill men, women and children. It’s worse than anything Genghiz Khan did.”

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Upcoming Summit: NATO Switches Focus From Afghanistan To Ukraine

July 14, 2014 2 comments

U.S. Department of Defense
July 14, 2014

DoD Official Outlines Issues for September’s NATO Summit
By Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON: As NATO prepares for a summit in September, a senior Defense Department official today characterized the alliance as being at a turning point, with questions emerging about the kinds of missions it should take on post-Afghanistan, appropriate levels of defense spending by its members, and whether NATO publics will question the alliance’s relevance going forward.

“For NATO to continue to be seen as relevant to our publics, it needs to be seen as addressing the security issues that are relevant to our publics, so that’s why as an alliance we need to work harder,” Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, said during a “Transatlantic Talks” discussion at the German Marshall Fund of the United States here.

Chollet, whose Pentagon portfolio includes department policy on Russia and Ukraine in addition to alliance issues, said the NATO summit set to be held in Wales will come at a critically important time for the alliance, given the uncertain security situation in Eastern Europe and the scheduled end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan in December, as well as other possible responsibilities that its 28 members could be asked to take on in the future.

“As we are approaching the end of this year with Afghanistan transitioning to a train, advise and assist mission, we are once again facing for the alliance a moment where we are asking, ‘What is the alliance for?’” he said.

The crisis in Ukraine, Chollet said, has served to bring some of these issues to the forefront, including the question of capabilities, which inevitably touches on defense spending by European governments.

“Declining defense budgets [and] declining capabilities remain a challenge, they remain a problem, and they remain something we worry very much about, and that’s why these issues have been on the agenda at NATO at ministerials, and that’s why they will be front and center at the summit,” Chollet told his audience of journalists, think tank members and diplomats.

It was an echo of warnings by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his recent predecessors, who have publicly called on NATO’s European members to pick up an increasing share of the alliance’s budget, the bulk of which is paid by the United States.

Chollet said demonstrating the importance of holding the line on defense spending is one reason why President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve up to $1 billion to fund the European Reassurance Initiative, a program he announced last month intended to reassure U.S. allies of American support on the continent through security operations that include exercises and troop rotations.

“Think of it as a challenge pledge,” he said. “We’re showing that we’re still willing to try to buck the political trends here and continue to spend on European security, and we expect our European partners to show the same.”

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Charles Yale Harrison: Bombardment, maniacal congealed hatred

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American writers on peace and against war

Charles Yale Harrison: War’s whispered reminder, you must come back to my howling madness

Charles Yale Harrison: We have learned who our enemies are

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Charles Yale Harrison
From Generals Die In Bed (1928)

The air screams and howls like an insane woman.

We are getting it in earnest now. Again we throw ourselves face downward on the bottom of the trench and grovel like savages before this demoniac frenzy.

The conclusion of the explosions batters against us.

I am knocked breathless.

I recover and hear the roar of the bombardment.

It screams and rages and boils like an angry sea. I feel a prickly sensation behind my eyeballs.

A shell lands with a monster shriek in the next bay. The concussion rolls me over on my back. I see the stars shining serenely above us. Another lands in the same place. Suddenly the stars revolve. I have been tossed into the air.

I begin to pray.

“God – God – please…”

I remember that I do not believe in God. Insane thoughts race through my brain. I want to catch hold of something, something that will explain this mad fury, this maniacal congealed hatred that pours down on our heads. I can find nothing to console me, nothing to appease my terror. I know that hundreds of men are standing a mile or two from me pulling gun lanyards, blowing us to smithereens. I know that and nothing else.

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90-Day War: Ukrainian Junta Launches Armored Assault On Cities

BBC News
July 13, 2014

Ukraine conflict: Fighting flares near city of Luhansk

Fighting has flared outside the rebel-held east Ukrainian city of Luhansk, with rebels saying government forces tried to storm the city with tanks.

Rebel military leader Igor Strelkov was quoted as saying his forces had beaten off columns of government armour attacking from the south and west.

Pro-Ukrainian sources in the city of 425,000 people reported skirmishes in villages to the south and west.

‘Seventy tanks’

Strelkov (the nom-de-guerre of Igor Girkin) said the rebels had beaten off two government armoured columns numbering between 40 and 70 tanks.

The rebels fought artillery skirmishes with the Ukrainian army “along the front”, he said.

According to a report (in Russian) on the local anti-rebel news website Informator, Ukrainian forces entered the village of Sabivka, just west of Luhansk, on Sunday. Shooting broke out and local residents took shelter in cellars, it said.

Another local pro-Ukrainian news website, 0642.ua, also reported fighting in Sabivka, quoting an unnamed local woman.

Fighting was also reported around 17:00 (14:00 GMT) just south of Luhansk, in the villages of Heorhiivka and Rozkishne, by the Luhansk news website sxid.info.

An Luhansk anonymous blogger, who tweets as @journal1st_88, wrote of hearing explosions, sirens, shooting and planes flying overhead in Luhansk.

The government began an “anti-terrorist operation” in April to crush the rebellion in the eastern regions.

On Friday, it suffered one of its heaviest losses when an armoured column was hit by rebel rockets in Donetsk region and at least 19 soldiers were killed and about 100 injured.

A rocket attack on the Donetsk city suburb of Marinka on Friday night killed at least four people, with the rebels and government blaming each other.

And earlier on Sunday, Russia warned of “irreversible consequences” after a man was allegedly killed on its side of the border by a shell fired from Ukraine.

The incident reportedly happened when a shell hit the courtyard of a residential building in a small Russian border town, also called Donetsk. The Ukrainian government denied firing on Russian territory.

More than 1,000 civilians and combatants are believed to have died in the fighting since April.

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Ukraine Shells Russia, Kills Civilian

Xinhua News Agency
July 13, 2014

Russia vows “tough response” after Ukraine’s border shelling

MOSCOW: A cross-border shell fired from Ukraine was an indication of dangerous escalation of tension in border areas and might have irreversible consequences, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

The response came after local authorities confirmed the death of one Russian citizen after a Ukrainian shell hit Russia’s Rostov region earlier Sunday.

Representative of the regional government Aleksandr Titov told ITAR TASS news agency that a shell struck two private houses at about 9:02 a.m. local time (0502 GMT) in the city of Donetsk, which lies near the border with Ukraine’s Lugansk region.

One Russian citizen, born in 1967, was killed, he said, while the RIA Novosti news agency quoted a medical source as saying two women were also badly injured.

Investigators from the Russian Investigative Committee said it has opened a criminal case on the shelling [!].

The Ukrainian charge d’affaires was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry where a resolute protest was expressed to him.

Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told Rossia-24 channel that the incident “is a qualitative escalation of danger” for Russian citizens on their own territory, and it “will not be left without a reaction.” {blah, blah, blah]

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Black Sea: U.S. Leads Military Exercise In Bulgaria

Xinhua News Agency
July 13, 2014

Bulgarian-U.S. landing drill kicks off near Plovdiv

SOFIA” A joint exercise involving Bulgarian special operations forces and U.S. C-130J Hercules aircraft started on Sunday near Plovdiv, some 150 km southeast of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia.

Daytime and nighttime training and combat parachute jumps would be performed during the two-week drill codenamed “Thracian summer 2014″ as well as tactical low altitude flights, transportation of troops and cargo, and delivery of humanitarian aid, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry said in a press release.

The joint training would contribute to improving the operational capabilities of participating units, the press release said.

“Bulgarian troops will improve their tactical skills and share experiences on the implementation of tasks, techniques, and procedures in order to improve their interoperability with NATO standards,” it added.

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George Bernard Shaw: War and the sufferings of the sane

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George Bernard Shaw: Selections on war

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George Bernard Shaw
From Preface to Heartbreak House (1919)

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The Sufferings of the Sane

The mental distress of living amid the obscene din of all these carmagnoles and corobberies was not the only burden that lay on sane people during the war. There was also the emotional strain, complicated by the offended economic sense, produced by the casualty lists. The stupid, the selfish, the narrow-minded, the callous and unimaginative were spared a great deal. “Blood and destruction shall be so in use that mothers shall but smile when they behold their infantes quartered by the hands of war,” was a Shakespearean prophecy that very nearly came true; for when nearly every house had a slaughtered son to mourn, we should all have gone quite out of our senses if we had taken our own and our friend’s bereavements at their peace value. It became necessary to give them a false value; to proclaim the young life worthily and gloriously sacrificed to redeem the liberty of mankind, instead of to expiate the heedlessness and folly of their fathers, and expiate it in vain. We had even to assume that the parents and not the children had made the sacrifice, until at last the comic papers were driven to satirize fat old men, sitting comfortably in club chairs, and boasting of the sons they had “given” to their country.

No one grudged these anodynes to acute personal grief; but they only embittered those who knew that the young men were having their teeth set on edge because their parents had eaten sour political grapes. Then think of the young men themselves! Many of them had no illusions about the policy that led to the war: they went clear-sighted to a horribly repugnant duty. Men essentially gentle and essentially wise, with really valuable work in hand, laid it down voluntarily and spent months forming fours in the barrack yard, and stabbing sacks of straw in the public eye, so that they might go out to kill and maim men as gentle as themselves. These men, who were perhaps, as a class, our most efficient soldiers (Frederick Keeling, for example), were not duped for a moment by the hypocritical melodrama that consoled and stimulated the others. They left their creative work to drudge at destruction, exactly as they would have left it to take their turn at the pumps in a sinking ship. They did not, like some of the conscientious objectors, hold back because the ship had been neglected by its officers and scuttled by its wreckers. The ship had to be saved, even if Newton had to leave his fluxions and Michael Angelo his marbles to save it; so they threw away the tools of their beneficent and ennobling trades, and took up the blood-stained bayonet and the murderous bomb, forcing themselves to pervert their divine instinct for perfect artistic execution to the effective handling of these diabolical things, and their economic faculty for organization to the contriving of ruin and slaughter. For it gave an ironic edge to their tragedy that the very talents they were forced to prostitute made the prostitution not only effective, but even interesting; so that some of them were rapidly promoted, and found themselves actually becoming artists in wax, with a growing relish for it, like Napoleon and all the other scourges of mankind, in spite of themselves. For many of them there was not even this consolation. They “stuck it,” and hated it, to the end.

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NATO Intensifies Integration Of Georgia

Ministry of Defence of Georgia
July 9, 2014

Irakli Alasania Met James Appathurai

The NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai met with the Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Alasania. The NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative pays a two-day visit to Georgia aimed at working on details of a new package with the Georgian side and discuss preparatory period ahead of NATO Summit.

After the meeting held at the Georgian Defence Ministry, Irakli Alasania declared: “With Mr. Appathurai we discussed details of the package of proposals from NATO towards Georgia to be discussed at the NATO Summit. As NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative outlined, the package consists of several elements – the first one is that Georgia will be better protected after the Summit and these proposals will guarantee more security for us and the most important of all, this will be another step forward to NATO membership. All our efforts are directed to achieve our goal of NATO membership in the nearest future. This and all other discussions with government officials will be crucial before the decisions are taken in NATO in the coming days.”

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“In fact, I’ve had many substantial and very important meetings with the Defence Minister but this was probably one of the most substantial and the most important. Why, because together we were working on the details of the package that will be approved at the NATO Summit and we are both determined that this package be very substantial – that it enhances the security for the Georgians and that it concretely moves Georgia towards NATO. All of these we have to discussed in Brussels but I think we have made a very good start. He has done a lot of good work and I think the foundation that he has given us can be built on in time to make the Summit a success,” James Appathurai said.

Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze and Deputy Defence Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili attended the meeting as well. In the framework of the visit James Appathurai has already met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Maia Panjikidze. Meetings are scheduled with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Aleksi Petriashvili and ambassadors of NATO countries accredited to Georgia.

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Maxim Gorky: World war and racial conflict on an obscure, infinitesimal planet

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Russian writers on war

Maxim Gorky: Selections on war

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Maxim Gorky
From The Specter (1938)
Translated by Alexander Bakshy

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How insignificant were the little affairs of the Nogaitzevs, the Frolenkovs, and the peasants of the village of Pesochnoye compared with the drama being enacted in the north of France, threatening the downfall of Paris, “the Athens of the world.” Should the Germans win, not only would the French be economically impoverished for the second time, but they would be brought to their knees…Yes, Such a blow would affect the future of all Europe, and consequently the fate of all humanity. Quite possibly the Germans, omitting revolution, would create their own Napoleon and set out to conquer the whole of Europe. At the same time, Japan would start the conquest of Asia. The future of humanity was menaced with racial conflict and struggle. And if one bore in mind that all this was taking place on an infinitesimal planet lost in a limitless universe of thousands of gigantic constellations, of millions of planets, among them the earth quite probably the only speck of dust upon which man had been granted life – and then not more than fifty or sixty years to the individual -

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“A lot of us here can’t understand the cause of this war. Of course, as you said last night,the Germans don’t like the Russians. But what Germans are they? A merchant, particularly a big, wholesale merchant – he doesn’t need to like people. Forgive our way of looking at things, but a commercial man likes commerce. A manufacturer likes manufacturing. Frolenkov likes building boats. For instance, he’s got an idea about building a barge for shallow water so that it would float on the surface without drawing water – understand? Every one has to like his own work. Now, I sell geese. My geese live and are fed in the Minchuk and Lithuanian districts. That is close to the Germans.”

“Some people are here are saying the Czar is trying to punish the Germans for interfering with us in the Turkish War. They say his grandfather stretched out his hand for Constantinople, and the Germans stopped him. Then the English were hand in glove with the Germans, but now they are against them. So they said to the Czar: Go ahead and take Constantinople, only beat the Germans. And the French – they spoke right out. They said: Take what you like, only rid us of the Germans.”

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Ukraine: 88-Day War Nears Final Bloodbath

July 11, 2014 1 comment

Interfax-Ukraine
July 11, 2014

Poroshenko: For each death of a Ukrainian serviceman, militants will pay with tens or hundreds of theirs

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with military and law-enforcement officials…

“For every taken life of our servicemen, they will pay with tens and hundreds of theirs. Not a single terrorist will escape responsibility, everyone will get what they deserve,” Poroshenko said.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 11, 2014

Ukrainian forces eliminate up to 100 militants over last 24 hours

The counterterrorism operation (ATO) forces have destroyed a number of terrorist bases and eliminated about a hundred militants over the last 24 hours, the ATO press centre has reported.

“As a result of air strikes and artillery fire, up to 100 militants and their bases were destroyed in Rovenky, Izvaryne and the village of Novosvitlivka near Luhansk, firing points in the vicinity of Savur-Mohyla, and at the waste heaps of Mine No. 71 (Rovenky),” reads the statement…
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Interfax-Ukraine
July 11, 2014

23 Ukrainian servicemen killed overnight, including 19 military, 4 border guards – NSDC

The anti-terrorist operation forces have lost 23 people killed over the past 24 hours, including 19 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and four border guards, spokesman for the National Security and Defense Council information center Andriy Lysenko has said.

“Regretfully, over the past 24 hours 23 participants of the anti-terrorist operation, including 19 from the Armed Forces of Ukraine and four border guards, have been killed during combat missions in different areas,” he said at a press briefing on Friday.

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Interfax-Ukraine
July 11, 2014

Twenty-three Ukrainian troops killed, nearly 100 wounded in past 24 hours – military operation spokesman

Twenty-three members of the Ukrainian government forces have been killed and about 100 others wounded in the anti-terrorist operation in southeastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours, Vladyslav Selezniov, an operation spokesman, said on Facebook on Friday.

“Twenty-three servicemen from Ukrainian forces and the State Border Service have been killed in the past 24 hours performing special missions in various districts where an active phase of the anti-terrorist operation is ongoing. Ninety-three Ukrainian servicemen and border guards have sustained injuries and concussions of various degrees,” Selezniov said.

Ukrainian military planes also carried out two airstrikes…near the community of Perevalsk, Luhansk region, on Friday, Selezniov said…
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UNIAN
July 11, 2014

Hostilities take place in district of airport in Donetsk

Hostilities take place in district of airport in Donetsk / ua.comments.uaOfficial web site of the city head and city council of Donetsk with reference to the words of eyewitness reports this.

“Attention! Hostilities – in the district of the airport. As of 14.45 pm hostilities are taking place in district of airport in Donetsk. Eyewitnesses report this”, – it is said in the web site.

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Central Asia: NATO Pushes Ukrainian War Line In Tajikistan

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
July 9, 2014

NATO-supported Summer Academy in Tajikistan focuses on development and cooperation

The tenth NATO-supported Summer Academy took place in Romit, Tajikistan from 4 to 14 July. This year’s theme was ”Central Asia after 2014 and beyond: regional development and stabilisation process”.

This annual event brings together students from Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Russia. Previous Academies have also involved participants from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The event offers students the opportunity to take part in interactive seminars and English-language discussion groups with leading Tajik experts and foreign diplomats on international security-related issues.

NATO’s Liaison Officer for Central Asia, Alexander Vinnikov, visited Tajikistan from 6 to 8 July as part of the Alliance’s cooperation with this partner country. It was Mr Vinnikov’s third visit to the country since his appointment last year.

Mr Vinnikov delivered a presentation during the Academy’s opening session on the Alliance’s engagement with partners in Central Asia and answered students’ questions about NATO’s future, Afghanistan, and Ukraine.

“Central Asia’s youth deserves greater opportunities. The Academy enables tomorrow’s leaders to expand their knowledge of international affairs while building lasting connections with peers from the wider region,” said Mr Vinnikov. “That is why NATO is pleased to support this unique initiative,” he added.

The event was organised by the non-governmental organisation Vector Intellect with the support of NATO and of the Embassy of France, NATO’s Contact Point Embassy in Tajikistan.

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Armenia: NATO Sews Up South Caucasus

July 11, 2014 1 comment

Public Radio of Armenia
July 10, 2014

Armenia-NATO relations based on direct dialogue and cooperation
Liana Yeghiazaryan

“Armenia’s cooperation with NATO has only been developing over the past twenty years. These relations are based on direct dialogue and cooperation,” Representative of NATO Public Diplomacy Division Despina Afentouli said at the presentation of the “Armenia-NATO: Modern History” book at the NATO Information Center in Armenia.

Armenia cooperates with NATO not only in the field of defense by sending peacekeeping forces to Afghanistan and other regions, but also on issues of regional security, protection of human rights, fighting terrorism and corruption, etc.

Armenia’s cooperation with NATO takes place within the framework of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and the Partnership for Peace Program.

Should Azerbaijan unleash war against Armenia, it will mean a clash between the principles of CSTO and NATO. As CSTO member state, Armenia will actually have to fight against a country, which has allied military relations with a NATO member state (Turkey). Is NATO concerned about this?

Despina Afentouli said they have not envisaged such a situation. “On the other hand, we know that you have disagreements with Turkey. There was an attempt of dialogue in the past. We have always supported and continue to support that dialogue,” she said.

Could the suspension of cooperation with Russia negatively affect the relations with CSTO member states or Russia’s partner countries? NATO representative Despina Afentouli reminded that NATO is now increasing its military presence in all countries having a shared border with Russia and declaring that Russia should reconsider its foreign policy.

“At the same time NATO has no relations with CSTO; therefore, there can be no new approaches. On the other hand, the protection of our allies remains the most important principle,” she said.

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Thorne Smith: Make statues of war’s wholesale butchers before they strike

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Thorne Smith
From Night Life of the Gods (1931)

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“…I have succeeded in achieving complete cellular petrification through atomic disintegration…”

“It’s all very interesting,” said Alfred, “but I can’t see any commercial possibilities for the thing – no practical application.”

“Oh, you can’t,” exclaimed the scientist. “How about putting an end to the activities of objectionable individuals? Think of what it could do for humanity. If I had made this discovery previous to the World War I could have turned a flock of statesmen to stone, and then there wouldn’t have been any war. And the economic as well as artistic waste entailed by eventually making statues of those self-same wholesale butchers would have been eliminated. The majority of statesmen should be born statues, anyway.”

Alfred’s face began to glow avariciously.

“Got it!” he cried. “Got it! The United States government would give you millions in cold cash for the use of your discovery. We could play up the bloodless side of the thing. That sort of drip is popular right now. Victory without death, you know. Do you want me to get in touch with the right parties and arrange for a demonstration?”

“We haven’t quite finished with our own little demonstration here,” Mr. Hawk replied darkly. “But why don’t you sell it to Mussolini first? He’d put his country in hock to see himself as a statue and to experience while still alive something approaching the adulation of posterity.”

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Ukraine: Thousands Of Civilians Killed, Injured In 87-Day “Antiterrorist” War

Interfax-Ukraine
July 10, 2014

478 civilians killed, 1,392 injured in eastern Ukraine – Health Ministry

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As many as 478 civilians have been killed and 1,392 more injured in the area of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Health Ministry has reported.

“I can say that 1,392 people, including 104 women and 14 children, have been injured,” Deputy Health Minister Vasyl Lazoryshynets said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday.

“478 were killed. They include 30 women and seven children. These are civilians,” he added.

According to the ministry, 279 people are undergoing treatment in medical institutions.

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Interfax-Ukraine
July 10, 2014

National Guard lost 12 fighters in east Ukraine since mid-April – chief medical officer

Twelve members of the Ukrainian National Guard have been killed in east Ukraine since the beginning of the security operation, said Oleh Mykhailik, the chief medical officer of the National Guard.

The operation in east Ukraine was announced in mid-April this year following mass protests by supporters of Ukrainian federalization.

“To date, 138 National Guard servicemen have been injured, 29 of them are still being treated. We have 12 servicemen killed,” Mykhailik said at a briefing in Kyiv on Thursday.

Meanwhile, on July 2 the National Security and Defense Council said 200 military personnel and law enforcement officers had been killed in east Ukraine, including 13 National Guard fighters, and a total 619 had been injured.

However, on July 10 a spokesperson for the security operation issued a statement giving lower figures for deaths and injuries – 173 and 446, respectively.

The Ukrainian Health Care Ministry said for its part that 478 civilians have been killed in the security operation zone, including 30 women and seven children, and 1,392 were injured. A total of 279 people have been hospitalized.

At the same time, the NSDC said no statistics were kept about civilian deaths in the militia-controlled territories.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 10, 2014

IMF mission extends visit to Ukraine until weekend – Finance Ministry

A mission of the International Monetary Fund in Ukraine on the first revision of the stand-by loan program will work in Kyiv till weekend, the Finance Ministry reports.

“The constructive dialogue between the IMF delegation and Ukrainian government members continues,” the ministry said on Thursday. As reported, the IMF Executive Board on April 30 approved a two-year Stand-By Arrangement for Ukraine worth about 17 billion U.S. dollars. Early in May, the IMF transferred the first tranche of about 3.2 billion dollars. The second-to-fourth disbursements scheduled for July, September, and December, will total about 1 billion dollars each, while the next quarterly disbursements of 2015 will be around 1.4 billion each. The last, ninth disbursement of will be provided in mid-March 2016 if the terms and conditions stipulated in the program are observed.

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NATO Expands Scope, Scale Of Baltic Air Patrols

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Air Command

July 10, 2014

MIDTERM REVIEW OF BALTIC AIR POLICING

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Ramstein, GERMANY: It’s been a good eight weeks since NATO’s Baltic Air Policing (BAP) mission got underway. That being said, it’s time for a review.

Earlier this year, The North Atlantic Council (NAC) invited Allies to contribute to an enhanced Air Policing posture on the Eastern border of the Alliance. On 30 April, the Polish Air Force took over the mission as the lead nation at Siauliai, Lithuania. The United Kingdom is also in Siauliai, Denmark is in Amari, Estonia, and France is stationed at Malbork, Poland.

Since the four Allies took over the BAP mission, more than 50 so-called Alpha scrambles have been flown. This term refers to the launch of fighter jets from one of the bases in response to an unclear situation in the air. Reasons for such a launch include a civilian airliner in an emergency situation or a loss of radio communication with civilian Air Traffic Control. Scrambles were also conducted in response to the markedly increased Russian military air activity in the region.

Additionally, the Allied detachments executed more than 100 training scrambles to exercise procedures and skills of pilots, ground crews and air controllers in the region.

NATO’s Integrated Air Defence System is a cornerstone of collective defence. All member nations contribute in some form, be it through the use of national aerial surveillance systems, air traffic management, interceptor aircraft or other AD measures.

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“Four different nations delivering Baltic Air Policing with four different aircraft type from three different airbases in three different countries has not been without its problems; however, it has been great to see how people at all levels have risen to the challenge. Conducting operations and training alongside the three other deployments has provided really worthwhile opportunities for my pilots,” says Wing Commander Simon J Hulme, Royal Air Force, Commanding Officer 135 Expeditionary Air wing. “Delivering Baltic Air Policing is a cooperative endeavour and the support we are receiving from the Lithuanian Air Force, and from across the Baltic States, remains as strong as ever….”

While the Royal Danish Air Force is always ready to support the Alliance, our contribution to this NATO mission also demonstrates the historical ties Denmark has to the Baltic States,” says detachment commander Lieutenant Colonel Martin Lysemose. “We have received a fantastic support from the Host Nation making it possible for us the run our operations effectively.”

Story by HQ AIRCOM Public Affairs Office

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Direct Way To Membership NATO Special Caucasus Envoy Ends Georgia Visit

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July 10, 2014

Appathurai sums up his visit to Georgia

NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai summed up his visit to Georgia briefly after his departure from Tbilisi.

`Just finished important visit to Georgia. After discussions on `the package`, I`m confident NATO`s Wales Summit will agree on steps that will see a) more NATO in Georgia (probably more so than in any other non-Ally; b) more Georgia in NATO`s discussions, exercises and courses; and c) a clear confirmation that Georgia continues to move closer to NATO. Now settling in to support the Netherlands, before the flight home!`Appathurai posted on facebook.
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Civil Georgia
July 9, 2014

NATO Envoy, Georgian Officials Discuss Details of ‘Substantive Package’

NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai, is holding talks with the Georgian leadership in Tbilisi on July 9 to discuss details of closer cooperation NATO intends to offer to Georgia at the Alliance’s summit in Wales in September.

At its summit in Wales, NATO will not offer to Georgia a membership action plan (MAP) – a phase, which as NATO decided at its Bucharest summit in 2008 should be the next step for Georgia on its “direct way to membership”. Instead NATO foreign ministers decided in late June to offer Georgia, as NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen put it, a “substantive package” to help the country “come closer” to NATO.

“I’ve come because I have been assigned by the Secretary General to work with the Georgian government to fill the package that was opened by the foreign ministers meeting,” Appathurai told journalists after meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze in Tbilisi on July 9.

“I am quite confident that what we will see at the [Wales] summit are decisions that will lead to even more NATO presence in Georgia, that will lead to even more Georgian presence in NATO’s discussions, in NATO’s programs and activities and that will continue to move Georgia forward along the path that was decided in Bucharest,” Appathurai said, referring to 2008 Bucharest summit decision that Georgia will join the Alliance sometime in the future.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but actually I am quite confident that there will be real substance and real progress by the time we get to the summit,” Appathurai added.

Foreign Minister Panjikidze said that in short the package can be described as “more Georgia in NATO and more NATO in Georgia.”

“This package contains very concrete and very practical and important elements, such as increasing our self-defense capabilities, our engagement in strategic dialogues, our participation at a higher level in NATO, etc,” Panjikidze said.

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, who also met Appathurai on July 9, said: “This package consists of number of elements. With these proposals Georgia will be more protected and secure, and it will be a step forwards for Georgia’s membership in NATO. Everything is being done in order to make Georgia a NATO member state in the nearest future.”


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Rustavi 2
July 9, 2014

James Appathurai meets with Georgian Defence Minister

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Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Alasania has met with the NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai today. The goal of the two-day official visit of the NATO envoy to Georgia is to discuss the preparatory works prior to the NATO Summit of Wales and the details of the Substantive Package – a new action plan granted to Georgia as the next step of cooperation with the Alliance.

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Vercors: Are war crimes only committed by the vanquished?

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Vercors
From Les Animaux dénaturés (1952)
Translated by Rita Barisse

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“Imagine…if what constitutes the essence of man comes to be legally defined, will not our obligations towards man be defined by the same stroke: since anything that threatened that essence would automatically be a menace to humanity. All the rights and duties of man, of social groups, of societies and nations, towards one another, in all latitudes, of all creeds, would for the first time be founded on the very nature of Man, on the irrefutable elements that distinguish him from the Beast. No longer would those rights and duties rely on utilitarian and hence destructible conventions, on philosophical and hence assailable theories, or on arbitrary, hence corruptible and changing traditions – let alone on the blind fury of passions.

“For do we not often see that what is a crime for one group of people is none for their neighbors or their foes? – who may even extol it as a duty or an honor, as we could see in the case of the Nazis? And was it not useless to create in Nuremberg a mere law which was not, in its very foundation, acknowledged equally by all? For today we find that, in the name of German traditions, the friends of the condemned drag the law from its lofty eminence as a safeguard of Human Rights down to the disgraceful level of a safeguard of Human Might – and we cannot crush them with the proof of their abject mistake. That is why today we see the Nuremberg laws, in spite of all the hopes that went into their making, gradually dissolving into shadows, and in those shadows new crimes prepared…”

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“Humanity is not a state we suffer. It’s a dignity we must strive to win. A dignity full of pain and sorrow. Won, no doubt, at the price of tears…”

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Summit To Prepare NATO For New Wars

July 9, 2014 1 comment

Xinhua News Agency
July 9, 2014

Wales Summit to boost NATO readiness to face threats: Rasmussen

BRUSSELS: NATO’s Wales Summit scheduled for September is intended to boost the alliance’s readiness to face threats and seek a common commitment to reverse the decline in defense investment, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday.

Rasmussen, who is now on a visit to the United States, also “thanked President Barack Obama for his country’s leadership within the Alliance and strong commitment to transatlantic security” during their talk at the White House, a NATO statement issued Tuesday in Brussels said.

“At our Wales Summit in September, we will take further steps, to ensure that NATO is prepared to face any threats,” said Rasmussen. “But readiness requires resources so at the Summit we will also seek a common commitment to reverse the decline in defence investment.”

At the Wales Summit, the Allies will also turn a new page in Afghanistan. NATO will at the end of this year complete its longest combat mission and has already started to prepare to train, advise, and assist the Afghan forces after 2014.

Rasmussen said that the upcoming summit will also be an important opportunity for NATO to reinforce its work with partners, including those who have fought alongside Allied forces and to reach-out further to help build defence capacity in countries where crises can be prevented.

On Monday, the NATO chief addressed the need to ensure a continued strong transatlantic bond for an unpredictable world in a speech delivered at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington.

He is expected to give a speech on Wednesday at the Marine’s Memorial Club in San Francisco on “the need to reinforce the rules-based international order [?!],” the NATO statement said.

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Franz Werfel: Cities disintegrated within seconds in the Last War

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Franz Werfel: Selections on war

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Franz Werfel
From Star of the Unborn (1946)
Translated by Gustave O. Arlt

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“The other objects that you see here, Seigneur,” the Bridegroom expatiated eagerly, “are found much more frequently when excavations for new houses are made. They, too, date back to primitive times, but to later eras than the bow and arrow or the powder-gun. The scholars call them ‘trans-shadow-disintegrators.’ If you look more closely you can easily distinguish the clumsy trans-shadow-disintegrators of primitive wars from the more advanced, slender ones of the Last War.”

Although I could not exactly distinguish the pea-shooters from each other, I stepped closer, feigning a polite interest. The Bridegroom indeed seemed to be a great bellologist, a student of the science of war. His slightly bloated face glowed with the agitation of his monomania. Undoubtedly the younger generation was no longer as dispassionate as their elders…

“The longest and the thinnest of the trans-shadow-disintegrators,” Bridegroom Io-Do continued with growing zeal, “were directed against cities that were built high up over the surface of the earth. Did you ever know any cities like that, Seigneur?”

“I never knew any other kind,” I answered truthfully.

“The skyscrapers in these cities were a thousand to two thousand stories high,” Io-Do went on enthusiastically. “Is that right, Seigneur?”

“In my time they only managed to get up about a hundred stories,” I explained modestly. “The Empire State Building was the highest one I knew. Still, the skyline of New York was fairly respectable, especially for people coming from Europe, which had cities like Paris and Vienna that were splendid but never went in for tall buildings. It is not unlikely, however, Monsieur, that later history may have seen buildings that extended up into the stratosphere. I don’t know.”

“Well, that proves it,” the war-mad Bridegroom interrupted, drawing rash conclusions with youthful indiscreetness, “that proves that mankind is indebted to the trans-shadow-disintegrator alone for the boon of no longer living high up over the surface in the terror of the atmosphere, pitilessly exposed to the rays of the sun and the stars, but in the homely lap of the lithosphere. The trans-shadow-disintegrators, you know, cleaned up that skyline of yours in a hurry, in fact, in a matter of seconds. And to think that there are still people who deny the contribution of former wars to the progress of the race…”

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Ukraine: “Anti-Terrorist” War Now Targets Members Of Parliament

Interfax-Ukraine
July 9, 2014

Yatseniuk insists on speedy prosecution of those involved in separatism, including MPs

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has asked the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Security Service of Ukraine and the Interior Ministry to investigate the activity of all persons involved in separatism, including MPs.

“I would like to appeal to the Prosecutor General’s Office, SBU, the Interior Ministry finally to finally investigate the activity of all persons, including those who have the status of people’s deputy of Ukraine, submit respective materials to court and the parliament in order to cancel their parliamentary immunity and prosecute all those that support terrorists, separatists and other bandits who encroach on Ukrainian independence,” he said, while opening a government meeting on Wednesday.

He noted that he would separately ask the Verkhovna Rada to consider without delay the motions on the abolition of parliamentary immunity in order to prosecute those persons who, according to him, have no right to the high rank of people’s deputy.

“All without exception should be called to account,” Yatseniuk said.

Speaking about a lawsuit filed by the Justice Ministry on Tuesday to ban the activity of the Communist Party of Ukraine, Yatseniuk said that it was a “ban on separatist activities.”

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NATO Warships Participate In Black Sea Exercise

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations/Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

July 9, 2014

NATO WARSHIPS PARTICIPATE IN EXERCISE BREEZE 2014

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Four NATO warships, that entered the Black Sea earlier this month, are taking part in the multinational Exercise BREEZE 2014 to enhance NATO solidarity and readiness.

The ships are from the Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group Two (SNMCMG2), one of the four NATO fleets that operate on a rotational basis.

During the Bulgarian Navy-led exercise that began on 4 July, SNMCMG2 will engage with ships and aircraft of the Bulgarian Navy and air and naval units from Greece, Italy, Romania, Turkey and the United States.

Led by Captain Giovanni Piegaja (Italian Navy), SNMCMG2 is currently composed of an Italian frigate ITS AVIERE (flagship), ITS RIMINI (Italian Navy), TCG AKÇAY (Turkish Navy), HMS CHIDDINGFOLD (UK Royal Navy).

The aim of Exercise BREEZE 2014 is to improve operational and tactical interoperability of participating units and commands, to enhance interagency cooperation in a multi-threat environment. The exercise is also an opportunity for NATO to exercise its warfare procedures and tactics in a multinational environment.

The exercise is based on a fictitious scenario and designated to support exercise aim and objectives. During the ashore phase, the group will participate in a number of workshops and conferences in order to be prepared for the part of the exercise taking place at sea.

The operation undertaken by the Bulgarian Navy headquarters for planning and conducting maritime operations will be carried out according to NATO standards.

“Our deployment is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the Alliance’s solidarity and collective defence,” said Captain Giovanni Piegaja, commander of the SNMCMG2.

Exercise BREEZE 2014 will continue until Sunday, 13 July.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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Maxim Gorky: What we needed was a successful war – with anybody at all

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Russian writers on war

Maxim Gorky: Selections on war

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Maxim Gorky
From The Specter (1938)
Translated by Alexander Bakshy

Portrait of Maxim Gorky and Feodor Chaliapin

“I’m sick and tired of it. Just like a goose – gabble, gabble, gabble. Now there is a crime for you. We want a war. As far back as 1908 Isvolski declared to Suvorin that what we needed was a successful war – with anybody at all. And today this is a conviction with the majority of the ministers, the monarchists, and other – Nihilists.”

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“We Russians are much too prone to kneel, not only to the Czar and the government, but to those who preach to us. Do you remember –

“Master, at thy name
Let us humbly bend the knee.”

“That’s not quoted right,” declared the man in the corner, with relish.

“Observing the flexibility of the knee, Japan took advantage of it, and was followed up by the Germans, who compelled us to sign a trade-treaty profitable to them alone. This treaty is due to expire in 1914. The government is increasing the army, strengthening the navy, and encouraging war industries. This is forethought. Balkan wars have never yet been fought without our participation. It seems to me not improbable that in the year of the tercentennial jubilee, the autocracy will present the country with a fine war.”

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Interview: U.S., NATO Afghan Withdraw Not To Be Peaceful

July 8, 2014 1 comment

Press TV
July 8, 2014

US withdrawal from Afghanistan not to be peaceful: Rick Rozoff

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The killing of four NATO troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday shows that the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not to be peaceful, said an analyst.

A blast in eastern Afghanistan killed four NATO soldiers, two Afghan policemen and ten civilians. The Taliban has claimed the responsibility for the attack through a text message sent to Reuters. A spokeswoman for the Czech general staff has confirmed that the dead troopers were all Czech.

“The fact that foreign soldiers assigned to the International Security Assistance Force which is run by NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, were killed yesterday [sic] suggests that the withdrawal of foreign troops, the US-led military coalition in Afghanistan, is not to be a peaceful or uneventful one,” Rick Rozoff of Stop NATO International Network told Press TV on Tuesday.

“Taliban and other opposition groups are going to pursuing them as they leave” the country, he added.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rozoff pointed to the presidential election in Afghanistan saying that the US somewhat manipulates the election.

The US officials “basically structure the election of a client regime, oversee them, perhaps even determine in advance who is to win them but at the same time make accusations of voter irregularities so as to put the incoming head of state on the back foot,” he stated.

“The US essentially tarnishes the reputation of the president who has won the election fairly or otherwise so as to keep him under their thumb and make him all more dependent on US aid and US approval,” he noted.

“The US expects rather compliance from the new government in Kabul and to toe the line according to what the US demands,” Rozoff stated.

Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won the June 14 poll with over fifty six percent of the votes. However, his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, has rejected the outcome, calling it a coup. Meanwhile, electoral officials say the tally might change when the final results come out on July 22.

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Washington: Ukraine Client Has Right To Bomb Cities, Slaughter Civilians

July 8, 2014 1 comment

National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 8, 2014

Washington: Ukrainian authorities have right to defend eastern regions from Russian-backed separatists

Washington believes that the Ukrainian authorities have every right to defend the eastern regions from Russian-backed separatists.

“The government of Ukraine is defending the country of Ukraine, and I think they have every right to do that, as does the international community,” Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, said at a briefing on Monday when asked if air strikes by Ukrainian military in the country’s east were justified.

According to Psaki, the people of Ukraine have the right to live in peace and security “without Russian-backed separatists attacking their homes and going into buildings.”

“And I think that’s where the root cause of this is and we shouldn’t forget that fact,” she added.

As we have reported, Ukraine’s Defence Minister Valeriy Heletey said on Monday that government forces would clear Donbas and Luhansk regions of terrorists, saboteurs, and criminals without resorting to air or artillery strikes.

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UNIAN
July 8, 2014

There is no more unilateral cease-fire from side of ATO forces – Geletey

There will be no more unilateral cease-fire from side of Ukrainian subdivisions, involved in Antiterrorist operation (ATO).

There is no more unilateral cease-fire from side of ATO forces – GeleteyDefense Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Geletey said this on July 7 during communication with journalists in ATO area, the press service of the Defense Ministry said.

“The President stated this unambiguously. Now any negotiations are possible only after final laying down of arms by fighters”, – stressed Geletey.

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NATO Special Caucasus Envoy In Azerbaijan

Azeri Press Agency
July 8, 2014

President Ilham Aliyev receives NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Caucasus and Central Asia

Baku: President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai, APA reports quoting AzərTAc.

The Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai, gave a positive assessment to the relations between NATO and Azerbaijan. He thanked the Azerbaijani side for the successful cooperation, in particular for the contribution of Azerbaijani peacekeepers to international security as part of the operations in Afghanistan.

The head of state recalled with pleasure his last visit to the NATO headquarters and the meetings held there, and expressed his satisfaction with the relations between Azerbaijan and NATO. President Ilham Aliyev also expressed hope that the cooperation would continue to develop.

During the meeting, the parties also exchanged views on the projects implemented between Azerbaijan and NATO, the current state and prospects of the ties.

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Trend News Agency
July 8, 2014

Several NATO-Azerbaijan programs at approval stage
By Ilkin Izzet

Baku: There are several programs at the approval stage, and they will be implemented by NATO jointly with Azerbaijan, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the South Caucasus and Central Asia, James Appathurai said.

He made the remarks on July 8 in Baku at a ceremony dedicated to the completion of the first stage of the project for clearing of Ceyranchol area from mines and unexploded ordnance, and the start of the second stage of this project.

The projects’ stages are realized by Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) and NATO/NSPA Partnership for Peace Trust Fund.

Appathurai said one of the projects realized by NATO, is being implemented in partnership with Azerbaijan.

He noted that Azerbaijan makes a great contribution to the activity of NATO.

“We appreciate this, and want to contribute to Azerbaijan. Your country very much helps Afghanistan. Azerbaijan and Afghanistan continue cooperating, which is an example of a good partnership between NATO and Azerbaijan,” Appathurai said.

He said a final forum will be held within ISAF, adding that Azerbaijani leadership will also be invited to it.

Appathurai also stressed that it was decided to continue the cooperation with Azerbaijan on Afghanistan as part of a new platform.

Edited by S.I.

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C.P. Snow: Hope it’s never possible to develop superbomb

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

C.P. Snow: Worse than Genghiz Khan. Has there ever been a weapon that someone did not want to let off?

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C.P. Snow
From The New Men (1954)

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“As a matter of fact, some of these scientists believe they can present us with a great big bang. Like thousands of tons of T.N.T. That would be a futurist war, if you like. That old boy the other day said we ought to be ready to put some money on it.”

It sounded like the gossip I had heard in Cambridge, and I said so.

“Ought you have heard?” said Bevill, who thought of science in nothing but military terms. “These chaps will talk. Whatever you do, you can’t stop them talking. But they’re pushing on with it. I’ve collected three appreciations already. Forget all I tell you until you have to remember – that’s what I do. But the stuff to watch is what they call a uranium isotope.”

He said the words slowly as though separating the syllables for children to spell. “U. 235,” he added, as though domesticating a foreign name. To each of the three of us, the words and symbols may as well have been in Hittite, though Rose and I would have been regarded as highly educated men.

The Minister went on to say that, though the scientists ‘as usual’ were disagreeing among themselves, some of them believed that making a ‘superbomb’ was not only a matter of a series of techniques. They also believed that whichever side got the weapon first would win the war.

“These people always think that it’s easier to win wars than I do,” he added imperturbably.

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It still did not seem significant. That winter, one or two of us who were in the secret discussed it, but, although we looked around the room before we spoke, it did not catch hold of us as something real.

Once Francis Getliffe, whom I had known longer than the other scientists, said to be:

“I hope it’s never possible.”

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Ukraine: Manhunt, Reign Of Terror To Follow 84 Days Of War

July 7, 2014 1 comment

Interfax-Ukraine
July 7, 2014

Interior Ministry checking involvement of citizens of freed towns in terrorism

The advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, Anton Heraschenko, has said that police are currently checking all citizens in Donetsk region cities, which are controlled by government forces, on the subject of collaboration with illegal armed groups.

“The Interior Ministry’s forces are currently checking all those citizens who are in Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and other liberated cities across Donetsk region, on the subject of whether they were helping terrorists or taking part in terrorist attacks,” Heraschenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday.

“The Interior Ministry and other government departments will not let anyone…remain unpunished,” Heraschenko said.


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National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 7, 2014

U.S. sends 2,000 bulletproof vests for Ukrainian army

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have received the expected 2,000 sets of Interceptor body armour from the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine has said in a press release.

“2,000 sets of Interceptor body armor given by the United States as assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine have arrived in Kyiv. Once the body armor has cleared customs it will be handed over to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for transport to its final destination,” reads the statement. According to the press release, Interceptor body armor is the same model provided to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and was developed for better protection and lighter weight than earlier types, making it more effective in combat operations. The embassy also recalled that other recent deliveries of U.S. assistance include 1,000 sleeping mats and 3,600 camouflage jackets, while 400 boxes of gauze bandages and 1,000 helmet covers will be delivered shortly. “These shipments are part of a U.S. non-lethal aid package for Ukraine totaling more than $23 million and also including first aid kits, night vision goggles, communications equipment, and other materiel to facilitate the operations of the Ukrainian military and State Border Guard Service (SBGS) to assist them in their efforts to halt acts of terrorism in eastern Ukraine,” reads the statement.

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Radio interview on Ukrainian war

July 7, 2014 1 comment

Taylor Report

Obama supports Poroshenko’s attack “on his own people.”
June 23rd, 2014
Featured Guest: RICK ROZOFF

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Rick Rozoff of STOP NATO discusses the junta tactics of recently “elected” Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko. This is the largest-scale military activity in the history of Ukraine. It is being conducted against civilian centers. Rozoff also discusses Turkey’s role in the current situation in Iraq and Syria.

Everyone is expecting voices to emerge challenging America’s visibly lying media and President, but there’s only silence. This is decadence in real-time.

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http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/76309

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Mediterranean: NATO Flagship, U.S. Interceptor Warship Drill

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Maritime Command

July 7, 2014

NATO SHIP OPERATES ALONGSIDE BALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENCE CRUISER

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MEDITERRANEAN SEA: NATO’s counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR flagship, ESPS CRISTÓBAL COLÓN, exercised with the United States Navy cruiser USS VELLA GULF, which is configured with the advanced AEGIS combat system to provide ballistic missile defence (BMD), earlier this month.

During the exercise, CRISTÓBAL COLÓN and VELLA GULF executed Air Defence manoeuvres eliminating simulated conventional air threats while the U.S. cruiser also engaged a simulated BMD threat. This exercise was made possible by the seamless integration of the AEGIS Combat Systems that both CRISTÓBAL COLÓN and VELLA GULF operate. Information on air threats were identified, analysed and passed between the two warships during the two-day exercise.

“The coordination and synchronization between our forces clearly demonstrated the critical importance of interoperability to the success of multi-national operations,” said Rear Admiral Diaz Del Rio, Commander Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2). “Missile defence is a collective commitment, and through teamwork, we can maximize the effectiveness of our defences.”

CRISTÓBAL COLÓN, under the command of the Commander Enrique Núñez de Prado, has been the SNMG2 flagship since March 14, and will be relieved by USS LEYTE GULF, a United States Navy cruiser of the same class as VELLA GULF, as flagship later this week.

Story by HQ MARCOM Public Affairs Office

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Azerbaijan: 20 Years Of NATO On The Caspian Sea

AzerNews
July 7, 2014

Ganja hosts talks on Azerbaijani-NATO relations
By Sara Rajabova

A round table titled “NATO-Azerbaijani relations: prospects of 20 years-long partnership” was held by the Euro-Atlantic Information Centre in Ganja, the second-largest city of Azerbaijan.

Addressing the event, expert at the International Affairs Department at Azerbaijan`s Foreign Ministry Vugar Gurbanov provided an insight into the current state of Azerbaijani-NATO-partnership, as well as the prospects of Azerbaijan`s cooperation with the Northern-Atlantic Alliance.

NATO`s coordinator for Southern Caucasus Despina Afentouli delivered a report titled “NATO-Azerbaijani relations: priorities of the Wales Summit”.

Afentouli stressed the importance of Azerbaijani-NATO partnership, and hailed Azerbaijan`s contribution to NATO`s peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan.

The event, financially supported by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, brought together more than 50 members of the general public.

NATO and Azerbaijan are actively cooperating on democratic, institutional, and military reforms, and have practical cooperation in various areas.

The cooperation plan between Azerbaijan and NATO is set out in the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) on Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan is planning to achieve Euro-Atlantic standards and get closer to Euro-Atlantic institutions. In this regard, pressing ahead with reforms in the security sector and establishing several democratic institutions are the key elements of the NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.

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Siegfried Sassoon: War, remorse and reconciliation

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Siegfried Sassoon: Selections on war

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Siegfried Sassoon

Remorse

Lost in the swamp and welter of the pit,
He flounders off the duck-boards; only he knows
Each flash and spouting crash, – each instant lit
When gloom reveals the streaming rain. He goes
Heavily, blindly on. And, while he blunders,
“Could anything be worse than this?” – he wonders,
Remembering how he saw those Germans run,
Screaming for mercy among the stumps of trees:
Green-faced, they dodged and darted: there was one
Livid with terror, clutching at his knees. . .
Our chaps were sticking ‘em like pigs…”O hell!”
He thought – -“there’s things in war one dare not tell
Poor father sitting safe at home, who reads
Of dying heroes and their deathless deeds.”

Reconciliation

When you are standing at your hero’s grave,
Or near some homeless village where he died,
Remember, through your heart’s rekindling pride,
The German soldiers who were loyal and brave.

Men fought like brutes; and hideous things were done;
And you have nourished hatred, harsh and blind.
But in that Golgotha perhaps you’ll find
The mothers of the men who killed your son.

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NATO Commences Naval Drills In Black Sea

Sofia News Agency
July 4, 2014

NATO’s Breeze 2014 Naval Drills Kick Off in Black Sea

Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the US are due to take part in NATO’s Breeze 2014 naval drills beginning on July 4, Bulgaria’s Defense Ministry has announced.

The nine-day-long military exercise is to be held in the Western section of the sea and are aimed at improving the tactical compatibility and collaboration among naval forces of the alliance’s member states.

Apart from ships provided by the Balkan countries and the US, the Pentagon has also deployed a patrol warplane.

NATO’s website also reports that Italian navy frigates, the ITS AVIERE and the ITS RIMINI, have entered the Black Sea to participate.

Bulgaria’s port city of Burgas has peen picked to host the staff of the drills.

While Breeze 2014 is taking place, the staff of the Bulgarian Naval Forces will be certified for conformity of the level of planning independent operations to NATO criteria, according to the website pan.bg, specialized in defense issues.

The exercise, which ends July 13, starts amid stepped-up presence of alliance forces in the Black Sea over the Ukraine crisis and Russia’s decision to incorporate the Crimean peninsula in March this year.

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Pierre Boulle: The long reach of war profiteers

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Pierre Boulle
From La face (1956)
Translated by Xan Fielding

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Guillaume Vauban – there was nothing he did not know about him! “Good-for-nothing” – wasn’t that what Widow Durasse had called him? “Utterly rotten” would have been nearer the truth! A slimy character, always violent when he drank, he thought he could do exactly as he liked simply because his father had made a fortune during the war and had influential connections. He had been mixed up in all sorts of dirty business. The last time, a year ago, he had even had a brush with the police. If it had not been for his father he would probably have been put in jail.

Jean Berthier tried hard not to listen, but the little he heard of this droning monologue had the pestilential stink of dishonesty and double-dealing. It amounted to this: high finance, in the person of Vauban, was at the root of it all; all the others were mere puppets in his hands. In his heedless desire to convince him, Laigle gradually revealed the truth in all its hideous details…So the play he had seen three months before, which he had regarded as utterly libelous, was based on true facts after all. That world actually existed, and was now making proposals to him…”

“But you can’t refuse, Jean. It’s such a small thing to ask you to do…Think of your future, think of your wife. Vauban would never forgive you if you refused. And he’s a man with a lot of power.”

This was sheer blackmail: promises followed by threats…

“The accused’s father, gentleman, whom we were all prepared to pity, whose suffering we would all have shared had he adopted a decent attitude – I have no compunction about mentioning his name here today in order to reprove his conduct. He never hesitated to employ every underhanded scheme he could think of. I must put the jury on their guard against the impudent stratagems of the gang he directs.”

“Under his control this arrogant, mercenary gang, whose members, I regret to say, include a number of well-known public figures, have done all they could to obstruct the course of justice, sowing doubt and disorder in certain simple minds, and tipping the scales with their ill-gotten gold to further an iniquitous cause.”

“Secret weapons have been introduced into this case for the most iniquitous purposes, by the foulest and most underhand means imaginable. These weapons have been leveled against the forces of law and order, including myself. The powers of Evil have tried to corrupt us and press us into the service of their loathsome cause. I am sorry to say, gentlemen, that among us there are some who weakened and succumbed…”

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July 4th: American writers on peace and against war

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

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Conrad Aiken: Vast symphonic dance of death

Stephen Vincent Benét: The dead march from the last to the next blind war

Ambrose Bierce: Warlike America

Ambrose Bierce: Killed At Resaca

Ambrose Bierce: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Robert Bly: War, writers and government money

Randolph Bourne: Selections on war

Randolph Bourne: The War and the Intellectuals

Randolph Bourne: War and the State

Randolph Bourne: Willing war means willing all the evils that are organically bound up with it

Randolph Bourne: Conscience and Intelligence in War

Randolph Bourne: Twilight of Idols

Randolph Bourne: Below the Battle

Louis Bromfield: NATO, Permanent War Panic and America’s Messiah Complex

William Cullen Bryant: Christmas 1875

William Cullen Bryant: Emblem of the peace that yet shall be, noise of war shall cease from sea to sea

Stephen Crane: There was crimson clash of war

Stephen Crane: War Is Kind

John Dos Passos: Three Soldiers

John Dos Passos on Randolph Bourne: War is the health of the state

Theodore Dreiser and Smedley Butler: War is a Racket

W.E.B. Du Bois: Work for Peace

Paul Laurence Dunbar: Birds of peace and deadened hearts

William Faulkner: There is only the question: When will I be blown up?

William Faulkner: To militarists, all civilians, even their own, are alien intruders

Frank Harris: Soulless selfishness of war; Anglo-Saxon domineering combativeness greatest danger to Humanity

Frank Harris: Henri Barbusse and the war against war

Nathaniel Hawthorne on war: Drinking out of skulls till the Millennium

Ernest Hemingway: Selections on war

Ernest Hemingway: All armies are the same

Ernest Hemingway: Beaten to start with, beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army

Ernest Hemingway: Combat the murder that is war

Ernest Hemingway: “Down with the officers. Viva la Pace!”

Ernest Hemingway: “If everybody would not attack the war would be over”

Ernest Hemingway: “It doesn’t finish. There is no finish to a war.”

Ernest Hemingway: Nothing sacred about war’s stockyards

Ernest Hemingway: Perhaps wars weren’t won any more. Maybe they went on forever.

Ernest Hemingway: There are people who would make war, there are other people who would not make war

Ernest Hemingway: Who wins wars?

Oliver Wendell Holmes: Hymn to Peace

Julia Ward Howe: Mother’s Day Proclamation 1870

William Dean Howells: Editha

William Dean Howells: Spanish Prisoners of War

Henry James: Beguiled into thinking war, worst horror that attends the life of nations, could not recur

William James: The Moral Equivalent of War

William James: The Philippine Tangle

Sidney Lanier: Death in Eden

Sidney Lanier: War by other means

Richard Le Gallienne: The Illusion of War

Sinclair Lewis: It Can(‘t) Happen Here

Jack London: War

James Russell Lowell on Lamartine: Highest duty of man, to summon peace when vulture of war smells blood

Edgar Lee Masters: “The honor of the flag must be upheld”

Edgar Lee Masters: The Philippine Conquest

Herman Melville: Trophies of Peace

H.L. Mencken: New wars will bring about an unparalleled butchery of men

William Vaughn Moody: Bullet’s scream went wide of its mark to its homeland’s heart

Eugene O’Neill: The hell that follows war

Edgar Allan Poe: The Valley of Unrest

Edwin Arlington Robinson: Though your very flesh and blood the Eagle eats and drinks, you’ll praise him for the best of birds

Edgar Saltus: Soldiers and no farmers; imperial sterility…and demise

Carl Sandburg: Ready to Kill

Carl Sandburg: What it costs to move two buttons one inch on the war map

George Santayana on war and militarism

Upton Sinclair: How wars start, how they can be prevented

Henry David Thoreau: Taxes enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood

Mark Twain: Selections on war

Mark Twain: Grotesque self-deception of war

Mark Twain: The War Prayer

Mark Twain: To the Person Sitting in Darkness

Mark Twain: Only dead men dare tell the whole truth about war

Mark Twain: Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War

Mark Twain: An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war

Mark Twain on Western military threat to China: I am a Boxer

Thorstein Veblen: Habituation to war entails a body of predatory habits of thought

John Greenleaf Whittier: Disarmament

John Greenleaf Whittier: If this be Peace, pray what is War?

John Greenleaf Whittier: The Peace Convention at Brussels

John Greenleaf Whittier: Nobler than the sword’s shall be the sickle’s accolade

Thomas Wolfe: Santimony and cant of war

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Proxy War: Ukrainian Junta Boasts Of Massive Air, Artillery Strikes in East

July 3, 2014 1 comment

National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 2, 2014

Ukrainian forces launched massive air, artillery strikes on terrorists in east

“Since the active phase of the counterterrorism operation was resumed on Tuesday morning, government forces have launched massive air and artillery strikes on a total of 120 roadblocks, strongholds, and bases of terrorists in eastern Ukraine, killing hundreds of terrorists and cleansing three villages,” Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for the National Security and Defence Council, said at a news briefing on Wednesday.

One of the bases of terrorists was totally destroyed by shelling, he said.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 2, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State assures Ukrainian President that Washington, allies will continue to pressure Russia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that Washington and its allies will continue to put pressure on Russia.

“Kerry talked to Poroshenko about how the United States and our European partners are willing to do more to press Russia to end support to the separatists in eastern Ukraine and said we are continually preparing more costs for Russia if it does not take further steps,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said at a news briefing on Tuesday, commenting on a phone conversation between Kerry and Poroshenko. According to her, Kerry “expressed U.S. support for the people of Ukraine and for the Ukrainian government’s effort to maintain public order, and welcomed Poroshenko’s commitment to pursue his peace plan”. “We still have the ability to put the sanctions in place very quickly. We are talking to the Europeans about them every day. I don’t have anything to announce, but we are looking very closely at what we might do next,” Harf said.

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National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 2, 2014

EU Council President confirms EU’s readiness to take restrictive measures against Russia if required by situation in Ukraine

EU Council President Herman van Rompuy has confirmed the European Union’s readiness to take restrictive measures against Russia if required by the situation in Ukraine.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, van Rompuy said that EU leaders were prepared to take further serious action at any time.

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NATO Pushes Georgia’s Military Integration

AzerNews
July 3, 2014

Georgia, NATO mull further cooperation
By Jamila Babayeva

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania met with NATO’s Assistant Secretary General Sorin Ducaru, who paid an official visit to Georgia.

“During the meeting, the two sides discussed Georgia’s NATO integration prospects and current preliminary works for the upcoming NATO summit in Wales,” the Georgian ministry reported.

The sides also touched upon the Georgian troops’ participation in international missions. Alasania briefed Ducaru about the progress achieved in terms of democratic development of Georgia and the implemented defense reforms in the country.

Defense transformation process in Georgia’s Defense Ministry was among other issues discussed during the meeting. Alasnia thanked the NATO official for supporting Georgia’s role in the Reasonable Defense Project.

The talks also involved the prospects of cooperation between two sides on cyber-security issues. The two sides also talked about different aspects of the planned visits of NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative James Appathurai and NATO International Service Delegation to Georgia in July.

Georgia is actively preparing for the NATO Wales Summit slated for September 4-5, 2014. It intends to get a NATO Membership Action Plan during the summit.

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Atlantic Council: “NATO In The Caucasus: Example Of Azerbaijan”

July 3, 2014 1 comment

AzerNews
July 3, 2014

Washington-based think-thank hails Azerbaijan’s role as NATO partner
By Sara Rajabova

Azerbaijan’s position as an important partner of the NATO was highlighted in Washington.

One of the influential analytical centers in the U.S., the Washington-based Atlantic Council hosted an event titled: “NATO in the Caucasus: Example of Azerbaijan.”

The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s joining to the NATO Partnership for Peace program.

Addressing the event, Atlantic Council President, Frederick Kempe noted that as an important partner of the NATO, Azerbaijan has gained continuous attention, Azerbaijani embassy in the U.S. said.

Other speakers of the event included Azerbaijani Ambassador to NATO, Khazar Ibrahim, Deputy Assistant Secretary from the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, Eric Rubin, Visiting Researcher at Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies of Georgetown University, Brenda Shaffer.

The NATO and Azerbaijan are actively cooperating on democratic, institutional, and military reforms, and enjoy practical cooperation in various areas.

The cooperation plan between Azerbaijan and the NATO is set out in the Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) on Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan is seeking to achieve Euro-Atlantic standards and get closer to Euro-Atlantic institutions. In this regard, supporting some reforms in the security sector and establishing democratic institutions are the key elements of the NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.

Referring to the 20 years’ history of the NATO-Azerbaijan relations, Ibrahim said these relations have been developing and taking a strategic character, after Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s last visit to the NATO Headquarters.

He noted that during those years, Azerbaijan, who received assistance from NATO, turned to a country that contributes to different activities of the organization.

Ibrahim also spoke about Azerbaijan’s support in various operations in Afghanistan.

He pointed out the unequivocal support to Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in the final documents of the latest NATO summits.

Addressing the event, Rubin said Azerbaijan’s participation in the NATO Partnership for Peace Program had “very impressive” effects, praising this relation as a “successful story”.

He also noted Azerbaijan’s important position in Northern Distribution Network (NDN), ensuring communication with Afghanistan and hailed country’s role in cooperation in this field.

Presently, Azerbaijan supports the international peace keeping operations in Afghanistan. Currently, some 90 Azerbaijani servicemen are serving as part of international forces securing safety in Afghanistan (The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)).

Azerbaijan is also among the eight partner countries that have confirmed their presence in Afghanistan after 2014. Peacekeepers of the country will stay in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country by the end of 2014. However, Azerbaijan will reduce its presence in Afghanistan after 2014.

Shaffer, in turn, spoke about the problems and threats that Azerbaijan faces in the region. Hailing Azerbaijan’s cooperation with the NATO in the field of security, she said the oil-rich country contributes to the European energy security.

She noted that current conflict in the South Caucasus region negatively impacts the regional processes.

Shaffer spoke in favor of active participation of the U.S. in the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which erupted back in 1988 over Armenia’s territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

Armenia occupied over 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions, after laying territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor that caused a brutal war in the early 1990s. Long-standing efforts by U.S, Russian and French mediators have been largely fruitless so far.

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John Greenleaf Whittier: Disarmament

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

John Greenleaf Whittier: If this be Peace, pray what is War?

John Greenleaf Whittier: The Peace Convention at Brussels

John Greenleaf Whittier: Nobler than the sword’s shall be the sickle’s accolade

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John Greenleaf Whittier
Disarmament (1871)

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“Put up the sword!” The voice of Christ once more
Speaks, in the pauses of the cannon’s roar,
O’er fields of corn by fiery sickles reaped
And left dry ashes; over trenches heaped
With nameless dead; o’er cities starving slow
Under a rain of fire; through wards of woe
Down which a groaning diapason runs
From tortured brothers, husbands, lovers, sons
Of desolate women in their far-off homes,
Waiting to hear the step that never comes!
O men and brothers! let that voice be heard.
War fails, try peace; put up the useless sword!

Fear not the end. There is a story told
In Eastern tents, when autumn nights grow cold,
And round the fire the Mongol shepherds sit
With grave responses listening unto it
Once, on the errands of his mercy bent,
Buddha, the holy and benevolent,
Met a fell monster, huge and fierce of look,
Whose awful voice the hills and forests shook.
“O son of peace!” the giant cried, “thy fate
Is sealed at last, and love shall yield to hate.”
The unarmed Buddha looking, with no trace
Of fear or anger, in the monster’s face,
In pity said: “Poor fiend, even thee I love.”
Lo! as he spake the sky-tall terror sank
To hand-breadth size; the huge abhorrence shrank
Into the form and fashion of a dove;
And where the thunder of its rage was heard,
Circling above him sweetly sang the bird
“Hate hath no harm for love,” so ran the song;
“And peace unweaponed conquers every wrong!”

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War That World Forgot: 80 Days Of Military Onslaught In Ukraine

July 2, 2014 1 comment

Interfax-Ukraine
July 2, 2014

Ukrainian defense ministers claims 29 troops captured in southeast

A total of 29 Ukrainian troops have been captured by illegal armed groups in southeast Ukraine, Ukraine’s Acting Defense Minister Mykhailo Koval said.

“To date, 29 military hostages are in captivity,” Koval said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian side is doing all it can to secure their release, he added.

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Interfax-Ukraine
July 2, 2014

200 servicemen and law-enforcers killed during anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine’s east – Security and Defense Council

Two hundred Ukrainian servicemen and law enforcement personnel died and 619 people were wounded in eastern Ukraine since the anti-terrorist operation started, the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council said.

“The total number of dead is 200 people since the counter-terrorism operation started,” Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council information center representative Andriy Lysenko said at a briefing in Kyiv on Wednesday.

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Ukraine Claims To Kill Over 1,000 Anti-Fascists In One Day

July 2, 2014 1 comment

UNIAN
July 2, 2014

Avakov’s counselor: More than 1000 fighters eliminated in first days after truce

Counselor of the Interior Minister of Ukraine Zoryan Schkiryak states that on July 1, on the first day of antiterrorist operation after termination of the truce in Donbass the ATO forces caused considerable damage to separatists.

“The first day of renewal of ATO active phase. In brief: Attack. Forces of the National Guard and Armed Forces released some strategically important cities in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts…and resumed control over “Dolzhanskyi” checkpoint. More than 1000 fighters were eliminated by powerful strikes on bases and positions of terrorists”, Schkiryak said.

According to the words of the counselor, separatists are ready to lay down arms and try to come to an agreement about a “corridor” to the RF and guarantees for those, who did not committed heinous crimes.

“Sure, main battles are further down the road and it will be very difficult, but in whole a dynamic is positive. ATO will last till victory”, writes the counselor of the minister.

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Georgia: U.S. Senate Delegation Promotes NATO Integration

Ministry of Defence of Georgia
June 30, 2014

Meeting with the U.S. Senate Advisors’ Delegation

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Today, Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia has hosted the United States Senate Advisors’ Delegation. At the meeting with the Senate Military Committee representatives Mikheil Darchiashvili discussed current defence cooperation between the U.S. and Georgia and the future perspectives aimed at strengthening Georgia’s defence capabilities.

One of the main topics of discussion was Georgia’s integration into the North-Atlantic Alliance and upcoming Wales summit of NATO. Mikheil Darchiashvili informed staffers of the implemented and current defence reforms. Georgian troops’ contribution to the international stability and security mission led under the auspices of NATO and EU was also highlighted by the attendees.

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Georgia: “Reinvigorating The Alliance At The 2014 NATO Summit”

Ministry of Defence of Georgia
June 28, 2014

Final Panel “Reinvigorating the Alliance at the 2014 NATO Summit”

At the end of the Georgian Defence and Security Conference the final panel referred to upcoming NATO Summit and future plans of the Alliance. Within the discussions the participants talked about the challenges face to NATO and the ways how to respond to them. The participants talked over the necessity of reviewing the policy by NATO before the upcoming Summit in accordance with the reality existing in the world.

Senior Fellow and Director at the German Marshall Fund of the United States Damon Wilson, Permanent Representatives of Estonia and Romania to NATO Lauri Lepik and Stelian Stoian, as well as Senior Fellow for Asia of German Marshall Fund of the United States Daniel Twining took part in the final panel of GDSC.

The representative of College of International Security Affairs of National Defence University Grigol Mgaloblishvili moderated the final panel.

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Alexander Herzen: War, duel between nations; duel, war between individuals

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Russian writers on war

Alexander Herzen: Selections on the military and war

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Alexander Herzen
From My Past and Thoughts
Translated by Constance Garnett

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…In a duel everything remains secret and concealed. It is an institution belonging to that pugnacious period when blood was still so fresh on men’s hands that the wearing of deadly weapons was looked on as a sign of nobility and exercise in the art of killing as an official duty.

So long as the world is governed by military men duels will not be abolished; but we may boldly demand that the choice should be left to us when we should bow the head to an idol we do not believe in, and when show ourselves free men in our full stature and – after battling with the gods and powers of this world – dare to challenge the bloody, mediaeval order…

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U.S. Conducts Yet Another Air Exercise In Poland

U.S. Air Forces in Europe
U.S. Air Forces Africa

July 1, 2014

Ramstein C-130s begin deployment to Poland

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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany: The U.S. and Polish air forces are participating in bilateral training during a flying training deployment at Powidz Air Base, Poland, July 1- August 31.

During the deployment, three U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules from the 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, will train with the Polish air force focusing on maintaining joint readiness while building interoperability capabilities.

This training event is in addition to the regularly scheduled C-130 training deployments, which the airlift wing’s 37th Airlift Squadron has participated in with Poland twice a year since 2012.

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Iran: U.S. Trying To Turn Iraq Into Second Ukraine

July 1, 2014 1 comment

Fars News Agency
July 1, 2014

Deputy FM: US Trying to Turn Iraq into Another Ukraine

TEHRAN: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian expressed concern about the situation in Iraq, and said that the US is trying to create a chaotic atmosphere in the Arab country similar to what it did in Ukraine.

“The events in Iraq are following a plan by the United States to turn the country into a second Ukraine,” Reuters quoted Amir Abdollahian as saying in Moscow.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister pointed to Iraq’s incidents, and said, “What is going on in Iraq is a psychological and media war by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to make the country insecure.”

Amir Abdollahian noted that Iran is ready to help Iraq if requested by the country, and said, “Iraq has not asked for Iran’s help, but Tehran is ready to dispatch weapons to Iraq within the framework of fighting terrorism.”

He reiterated that if the Iraqi ministry to fight terrorism calls for foreign aid Iran will provide such supports in accordance with international laws.

In similar remarks last week, Hamid Aboutalebi, the Iranian President’s Deputy Chief of Staff compared Iraq’s present conditions with Ukraine’s conditions before the separation of Crimea, and said, “I caution the Iraqi statesmen to take lesson from Ukraine’s recent political developments.”

He further noted that if the Iraqi people and leaders do not show sufficient wisdom and do not take warnings as serious, Iraq will face a similar fate like Ukraine.

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U.S. Supports Georgia’s NATO Membership

July 1, 2014 1 comment

AzerNews
June 30, 2014

U.S. backs Georgia’s NATO aspirations
By Jamila Babayeva

The U.S. supports Georgia’s aspirations of joining NATO, but it requires the consent of all members of the alliance.

Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and Senior Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Benjamin Cardin made the remark to journalists during his visit to Georgia.

“The U.S. believes that NATO plays an important role in ensuring peace and stability,” he said. “We strongly support the policy of expanding the military-political bloc in Europe and Georgia’s aspirations to join the alliance, although the decision in this regard should be taken by consensus.”

Georgia is actively preparing for the NATO Wales summit on September 4-5, 2014 and intends to get a NATO Membership Action Plan.

A U.S. Congress delegation led by Cardin held a meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and President Giorgi Margvelashvili. The sides mainly were focused on the bilateral and multilateral relations, the strategic partnership between the countries, as well as Georgia’s association agreement with the EU and global and regional security issues.

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Maxim Gorky: When “cause of freedom for man” means money for armaments

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Russian writers on war

Maxim Gorky: Selections on war

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Maxim Gorky
From The Specter (1938)
Translated by Alexander Bakshy

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“Here comes Aristide the traitor,” said Marina.

On the rostrum stood a debonair individual, also with a large head, his brown hair carelessly rumpled; he had a thick-set body, rather heavy and a little stooped. The thick cheeks of his wide face were puffy. Alternately opening his lively, smiling eyes very wide and screwing them up tightly, he stretched out his neck and nodded to a deputy in the front row of seats. Then he grinned, and began to talk in a conversational, chatty manner, his left hand caressing the lapel of his coat or the edge of the reading-stand, his right hand gently wafted in the air as if dispersing an invisible smoke. He talked fluently, his strong voice slightly husky. Clean-cut words chased one another jovially, tenderly, with pathos and sorrow, tinged with the merest trace of irony. He was attentively listened to. Many heads nodded approval. There were short, interested exclamations. One felt that his friendly smiles evoked responsive smiles from his listeners. One deputy, completely bald, wriggled his gray ears like a hare. Briand raised his voice, and arched his eyebrows. His eyes distended. His cheeks flushed. Samghin caught a particularly sizzling phrase:

“Our country, our beautiful France, our supreme love, has dedicated herself to the cause of freedom for man. But let us not forget that liberty is achieved by struggle.”

“Money for armaments,” said Marina, consulting her watch.

Briand was applauded, but there were also shouts of protest.

“I’ve had enough of this. I have forty minutes for lunch. Would you like to go with me?”

“Very much.”

“So that’s the man,” she said, as they emerged into the street. “The son of an innkeeper, once a Socialist, like his friend, Millerand, who, not so long ago, gave orders to shoot down strikers.”

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Rasmussen: EU Pacts In Ex-USSR Dovetail With NATO Goals

June 30, 2014 1 comment

National Radio Company of Ukraine
July 27, 2014

Rasmussen: Goals of association agreements similar to NATO goals

The North Atlantic Alliance has welcomed the signature by the European Union of association agreements with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, describing this as a contribution to stability and prosperity in Europe, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Friday.

“I welcome the signature of Association Agreements between the EU and Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine,” he said.

Rasmussen said that the association agreements contributed to the consolidation of freedom, stability and prosperity in Europe. He also added that the objectives of the association agreements with the EU were similar to the goals that NATO shares and supports through its own partnership with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

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Germany: U.S. Trains Georgians, Romanians For NATO Strike Force

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations

June 30, 2014

EXERCISE COMBINED RESOLVE II WRAPS UP WITH A BANG

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Grafenwoehr, GERMANY: Exercise Combined Resolve II ended on Friday, 27 June with a literal bang as over 2,000 troops participated in a combined arms live fire exercise portion of the multinational six week long exercise.

The Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) held at Grafenwoehr Training Area tested the compatibility of the newly rotated NATO response force U.S. land contingent, the Romanian Army’s land contingent of the Rapid Reaction Force and Georgian Army Soldiers.

“This is a offensive operation with the overall goal of not just sharing standard operating procedures but to have interoperability between the participants,” said Romanian Army Col. Adrian Popescu, Task Force commander. “The biggest thing we want to take away is the experience that we can gain from training with partner nations and by doing so improve our skills and tactics.”

Hosted by the U.S. Army Europe the exercise was meant to test and validate the NATO Response Forces capabilities through live firing of various weapon systems.

“The Task Force worked together with Romanian TR-85M1 Tanks, MLI-84M Infantry Fighting Vehicles, U.S. M1A2 Tanks and Bradley M2A3, in addition to air support from Apache helicopters,” said Colonel Popescu.

Combined Resolve took place over a six week period on two of the worlds most advanced training ranges and hosted over 4,000 troops from 15 Allied and partner nations.

Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office

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Thomas Mann: Parallel, oracle and warning

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Thomas Mann: Selections on war

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Thomas Mann

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After leaving the United States, where he had lived in exile for thirteen years, for Switzerland in 1952:

“I only want to admit that, as in 1933, political matters were not excluded from my considerations. In that land so smiled upon, yet grown too powerful, an unfortunate world constellation has brought forth changes in the atmosphere which can be perceived as depressing and alarming.”

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From An Appeal to Reason (1930)
Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter

Every foreign policy corresponds to a domestic one which is its organic complement and forms with it an indissoluble intellectual whole.

Art and war

[T]here are hours, there are moments of our common life, when art fails to justify itself in practice; when the inner urgency of the artist fails him; when the more immediate necessities of our existence choke back his own thought; when the general distress and crisis shake him too, in such a way that what we call art, the happy and impassioned preoccupation with eternally human values, comes to seem idle, ephemeral, a superfluous thing, a mental impossibility. So it was, sixteen years ago, when the war broke out that was to be for every conscious being so much more than a war.

First World War: interests of the government versus interests of the people

Germany was led into that war by a system of government which – most naively from the historical point of view – put its own interests on a par with that of its people, and in the struggle to survive brought people and country to the last gasp.

The Nazis

[T]he moment has already come when militant nationalism displays itself less militantly for foreign than for domestic consumption…Its hatred is levelled not so much without as within; yes, actually its fanatical love of the fatherland appears chiefly as hatred not of the foreigner but of all Germans who do not believe in its methods and whom it promises to destroy root and branch.

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From Europe Beware (1935)
Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter

On global grandiosity and its consequence

An undisguised half-education, pathetically overwrought and subject to no kind of restraint, flings about its pseudo-knowledge and malignant theories, its mystagogic balderdash and millenial conclusions, to which an abashed or even culpably sympathetic academic world demurs only meekly, with misgivings, weakly trying to remind its opponents of a few facts in rebuttal.

It would be war, all-embracing catastrophe, the collapse of civilization. It is my firm conviction that this, and only this, can be the consequence of the activist philosophy of this kind of man.

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