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Russian and American News Media Give ‘Mirror Image’ Accounts of MH17 Crash

Flight MH17 Crash Site

A pro-Russia fighter secures the area at the crash site of flight MH17 near the village of Hravbove, Eastern Ukraine. July 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) 

Nation contributing editor Stephen Cohen discussed Russian and American media reactions to the MH17 crash on the Thom Hartmann Program Friday.  "Alas the American mainstream press is saying, essentially... the shoot-down of that commerical aircraft is the fault of Russian President Vladimir Putin," says Cohen, contending that the American press does not adequately address the complex series of events that led to the crash, or its own government's involvement in the catastrophe. In a "mirror image" of the American account, Russian media speculate that the US is at fault because it empowered Kiev to wage a heavy artilerly plane assault on Eastern cities in Ukraine, which in turn allowed rebels access to air defense equipment.  According to Cohen, this conflict is part of what he calls the "new Cold War" which has been going on since at least February.
—Hannah Harris Green 

Were Those Aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 the First Victims of ‘the New Cold War’?

Stephen Cohen on Ukraine

There is an ongoing crisis in Ukraine, says Stephen Cohen, and the mainstream media is not doing enough to contextualize the fighting. On Democracy Now!, Cohen explained that when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine yesterday, American audiences didn’t have the information at hand to understood what brought us to this horrific crossroads. Cohen says, “The people who died, nearly 300, are the first victims, non-residential victims, of the new cold war.”
—Douglas Grant

Terror Through the Night in Gaza

Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Democracy Now

Palestinian civilians are bearing the brunt of Israel's ongoing military assault on Gaza, says Sharif Abdel Kouddous. “Just a few hours after the ceasefire that Israel had announced,” Kouddous explained on Democracy Now! this morning, “the Israeli military began to pound Gaza from the land, from air, from the sea, with naval guns, with apache helicopters, with F-16 strikes.” With this fresh round of attacks, 56 children have now been killed during the assault on Gaza. A TV production company, a rehabilitation hospital and a hospital that shelters 400 children have also been targeted

Hannah Harris Green 

Katrina vanden Heuvel to Bill Kristol: If You Want War So Badly, Join the Iraqi Army

Katrina vanden Heuvel on Iraq


This Sunday, Katrina vanden Heuvel appeared on ABC’s This Week and challenged Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, on Iraq and American foreign policy. Vanden Heuvel called Kristol one of the “architects of catastrophe that have cost this country trillions of dollars, thousands of lives.” She added, “This country should not go back to war. We don’t need armchair warriors, and if you feel so strongly, you should, with all due respect, enlist in the Iraqi Army.”
Victoria Ford

Moral Mondays Has Managed to Go Beyond the Color Line—but Is That So Unprecedented?

Melissa Harris-Perry and Chris Hayes

Yesterday, Melissa Harris-Perry appeared on All In with Chris Hayes to discuss the birth of the interracial Moral Mondays movement. She told Hayes that this initiative goes against many Northern liberals’ perception of the South, which they see as “so utterly backward and so utterly racially divided.” The reality is more complicated, she explains: “There is a level of intimacy, interracially in the US South that hasn’t always led to equality but has meant that there have been moments when interracial political movements could emerge.” This history of fusion movments since the aboliton of slavery should keep us from seeing Moral Mondays as game-changing, says Harris-Perry,”there are strategic partnerships, but we probably should not expect enduring, long-term coalitional change.”
Hannah Harris Green

Stephen Cohen: On Violence in Ukraine

Protest in Ukraine

About a hundred Ukrainian protesters hurled eggs and paint at the Russian Embassy in Kiev on June 14. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

On The John Batchelor Show, Russian historian and Nation contributing editor Stephen Cohen discussed two recent and unsettling events in Ukraine: a spontaneous gas pipeline explosion in central Ukraine and a Ukrainian-led civilian assault on the Russian embassy. Because the explosion, argues Cohen, would benefit neither the Russian government nor the Kiev government, Cohen predicted that “extreme ultranationalists” are responsible. “Assuming it wasn’t an accident,” Cohen says, “I would have to say it was one of these groups.” Later in the show, Cohen critiqued the mob attack on the Russian embassy, where cars where overturned, windows smashed and the Russian flag torn in two. Asserting that all embassies are entitled to full safety and sanctuary, Cohen voiced extreme disappointment that neither the Kiev government nor any other Western states had issued a strong disapproval of this attack.
Alana de Hinojosa

FIFA Ignores Brazil’s Economic Woes, Provoking Resistance

Dave Zirin appeared on MSNBC last night to comment on yet another round of protests and tear-gassing in Brazil. Yesterday in Porto Alegre, Brazilians marched against FIFA’s draining of public coffers, arguing that the $11 billion World Cup budget should go towards alleviating poverty. When the government agreed to host the games, Brazil was experiencing an economic boom, but now a recession has hit the country. FIFA was indifferent to the economic change: “They say, you made your commitment, and we want to see your skin in the game regardless of how your economy is doing. And that’s what I think fueled a lot of the anger Brazilians feel,” Zirin explained to MSNBC’s Ari Melber.
Hannah Harris Green

For Many Brazilians, the World Cup Means Chaos

Dave Zirin on Democracy Now

Standing outside the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Nation sports correspondent Dave Zirin described how he, as well as hundreds of protesters and tourists, were tear gassed just blocks away yesterday. He watched with his cameraman as police prepared to take down Brazilians marching against FIFA’s upheaval of their society. Nearby tourists were rooting for the police, but that didn’t last. “A headwind blew the tear gas onto the tourists,” Zirin told Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, “sending 200 tourists scattering.” Zirin himself was also hit, and so couldn’t see the police officer who fired a live round into the crowd. In his appearance on Democracy Now!, Zirin also discusses Brazilians who have been uprooted from their favela homes at gunpoint to make room for World Cup development.
Hannah Harris Green

Stephen Cohen: Deconstructing the False Narrative on Ukraine

Stephen Cohen

“Like Pac-man, the old game if you remember,” Dr. Stephen Cohen says, “NATO has gobbled up all of these countries between Germany and Russia; it’s now on Russia’s borders.” On June 13, The Nation’s contributing editor and author of Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives: From Stalinism to the New Cold War, appeared on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann. Cohen describes the US position on Ukraine as a “twenty-first-century foreign policy disaster, condemning the Obama administration for its stagnant and worsening relationship with Russia. “I am convinced that the most essential partner for American national security in all of these areas—from Iran to Syria to Afghanistan and beyond—is the Kremlin, currently occupied by Putin.”
—Victoria Ford

Read Next: Stephen Cohen’s “Cold War Again: Who’s Responsible?”

Why Seattle’s Minimum-Wage Hike Is Good for Business and the Economy

Katrina on 'This Week'

Should America be looking to Seattle for solutions to its broken economic system? On Sunday, The Nation’s editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel appeared on ABC’s This Week with Neal Karlinsky and conservative commentator and Wall Street Journal editor Paul Gigot, to discuss Seattle’s historic minimum wage hike to $15 an hour. “This is smart economics,” argues vanden Heuvel. “It’s good politics and it’s morally right.”

While the minimum wage hike is double the federal rate and currently the highest in the country, many have questions regarding whether the hike will squeeze low-wage workers out of jobs and cause employers to move toward the use of automation in the workplace. Still, vanden Heuvel holds on in support of the 77 percent of Americans in favor of increases like these: “If we are a country that believes in a strong middle class and healthy families, we need rules of the road…. we need to have a sense of fairness in this country that’s also good for business and the economy.”
Victoria Ford

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