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ISSUE 59October 2015


Editorial notes

On the 9th of May, 70 years ago, the Soviet Union and its Western Allies liberated the people of Europe from the horrors of Fascism. In the same year, on the third of September, Asia was freed from a decade of suffering at the hands of Japanese Militarism. While the 9th of May and 3rd of September saw the victory of humanity in the world anti-fascist war, it did not mean an end to the constant machinations of the class enemy. As the articles by Yuriy Rubtsov and Ekaterina Blinova will show, the imperialist powers, particularly Britain and the United States had already begun planning the destruction of the Soviet Union before the fall of Berlin. With allies like these, who needs enemies?  more ...

Operation Unthinkable – allies were bearing secret malice

by Yuriy Rubtsov
In late May 1945 Josef Stalin ordered Marshall Georgy Zhukov to leave Germany and come to Moscow. He was concerned over the actions of British allies. Stalin said the Soviet forces disarmed Germans and sent them to prisoners’ camps while British did not. Instead they cooperated with Germans troops and let them maintain combat capability. Stalin believed that there were plans to use them later. He emphasized that it was an outright violation of inter-government agreement that said the forces surrendered were to be immediately disbanded. The Soviet intelligence got the text of secret telegram sent by Winston Churchill to Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, the commander of British forces. It instructed to collect the weapons and keep them in readiness to give back to Germans in case the Soviet offensive continued.  more ...

Was the US deterrence military doctrine aimed against the Soviet Union during the Cold War era really “defensive” and who actually started the nuclear arms race paranoia?

by Ekaterina Blinova
Just weeks after the Second World War was over and Nazi Germany defeated Soviet Russia’s allies, the United States and Great Britain hastened to develop military plans aimed at dismantling the USSR and wiping out its cities with a massive nuclear strike.  more ...

The real reason America used nuclearweapons against Japan (It was not to end the war or save lives)

Posted by WashingtonsBlog
Like all Americans, I was taught that the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end WW2 and save both American and Japanese lives.   more ...

The Golden Age of Black Ops

Nick Turse
In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite US Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed.  more ...

GENOCIDE IN IRAQ – A review by Dr Vera Butler

Victors are not prone to objectivity when recounting events which lead to their dominance. This is all the more so when the opponent is in disarray, is divided and unable to put a cogent argument in its defence.  more ...

War on progress by other means

Bob Briton
US and other imperialist intelligence organisations faced a mighty challenge at the end of what has been called the Cold War. With the demise of the Soviet Union, the “Evil Empire” whose image they had created in the minds of the “western” public with decades of misinformation, capitalist intelligence agencies would struggle to survive. They faced worsening economic conditions, tightening budgets and the public’s expectations of a “peace dividend”. For a time, leading bureaucrats from these organisations argued that necessary funding cuts should come from the military. They claimed intelligence agencies should be spared because they had achieved or greatly expedited the defeat of socialism in the USSR and Eastern Europe without a shot being fired.  more ...

The choice facing the people of Portugal

Jerónimo de Sousa
It is with great joy that we salute all those who, with their presence, make this Avante! Festival the great Festival of April, the builders, participants and guests, representatives of international delegations, our friends from the Ecologist Party “The Greens” and from the Democratic Intervention Association and independents who together with us comprise the CDU [United Democratic Coalition – Coligação Democrática Unitária].  more ...


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Editorial Board Members:

Dr Hannah Middleton (editor), Michael Hooper (assistant-editor), David Matters, Bob Briton.

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