Nuclear precipice: Ukraine, Russia, and patterns of U.S. hegemony

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 23:00

What is really happening in the Ukraine and what is at stake?

What is the background of the ethnic conflict in Ukraine?   Can the Ukraine situation lead to a Russia/US confrontation involving nuclear weapons?  According to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the world is again at a precipice with threats of nuclear war and climate disaster.

James Bissett, former Canadian diplomat, writes in the Ottawa Citizen that  “The current crisis in Ukraine threatens global security and at worst has the potential for nuclear catastrophe… The almost virulent propaganda onslaught blaming Russia for the instability and violence in Ukraine simply ignores reality and the facts.”

Murray Dobbin writes in The Tyee:  “What are the consequences when elected governments make policy based on faith and imperial hubris instead of science and expertise? It’s a question that is forcing itself on the world as we watch the United States, Britain, NATO and the Harper [Canada] government continue to up the ante in the confrontation with Russia over the Ukraine.”

Speakers
Halyna Mokrushyna “The self-fulfilling prophecy of two Ukraines:  The East-West cultural and political split in Ukraine since 1991.” Halyna Mokrushyna is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in sociology at the University of Ottawa and is a part-time professor. Her doctoral project deals with the memory of Stalinist purges in Ukraine. She holds a doctorate in linguistics and MA degree in communication. Her academic interests include: transitional justice; collective memory; ethnic studies; dissent movement in Ukraine; history of Ukraine; sociological thought.  She publishes in Truthdig, Truthout,  Counterpunch, and  New Cold War.

Sergei Plekhanov  “Russia and the New Cold War”  Born in Moscow, Russia, Dr. Plekhanov holds a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations and a Ph.D. in History from Institute for the Study of the USA and Canada, Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, York University; Coordinator of the Post-Communist Studies Program at York Centre for International and Security Studies; Senior Associate of the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto. Prof. Plekhanov has published widely on issues of post-communist transformations in Russia, Russian foreign policy, US-Russian relations, and American politics. He is serving as Secretary of the Canadian Pugwash Group, an NGO advocating nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.

Judy Deutsch  “Patterns of U.S. Hegemony”   Judy Deutsch majored in history at UCLA, is a psychoanalyst, is a columnist for Canadian Dimension Magazine, and was president of Science for Peace (2008-2012). She works on many issues  including climate justice, nuclear weapons and militarization, ending Israeli apartheid.


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