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KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues hosted by Jim Nelson – Tuesday, August 30, 2022 @ 6 – 7 pm, mst. The Middle East Caught between a unipolar and multipolar world. With Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince

August 28, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a photo prior to their talks at the Saadabad palace, in Tehran, Iran, Iran, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (Sergei Savostyanov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) Where is Joe Biden?

KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues – Tuesday, August 30, 2022 @ 6 – 7 pm, mst. The Middle East Caught between a unipolar and multipolar world. With Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince., hosted by Jim Nelson

The Middle East is caught between the old unipolar global political model in which Washington “calls all the shots” and the emerging multipolar realities in which, while still an important factor in the region, Washington’s influence is waning and that of China, Russia and Iran somewhat strengthening. The classic example of this fluid reality is Turkey, a NATO member on the one hand but becoming more economically and politically integrated with China and Russia on the other. Then there is never ending drama – approaching soap opera proportions of the fate of the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal). Is it dead? Has it been resurrected? Is Iran moving in the direction of the “North Korean option?”. Is there new momentum for peace in Syria? All that and more – KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues, the news from the Middle East you won’t get from the NY Times or CNN. 

A Blast from the past – a poster for “Survivors from Hiroshima” – a delegation of two on their way to the Second Special Session for Disarmament – June, 1982

August 19, 2022

Survivors from Hiroshima – June 2, 1982

Nancy is gong through old cabinets and closets trying to throw out “stuff”. As anyone knows who has tried, it’s hard. Classic example: she found a drawing – probably done by our daughter Molly in 1982. It is on the backside of the poster in this picture. The post brought back a flood of memories.

The speakers:

Dr. Carl Johnson – The Jefferson County Public Health director who insisted on testing the ground and water nearby what was then the Rocky Mountain Nuclear Power Plant. He found both the ground and the water polluted with radioactive contamination, a fact which would be key to the growth of a movement to close the plant (which happened in 1989). He was rewarded for his heroic (a word I rarely use) work by being fired by the county board under pressure from developers and real estate interests hoping to cash in on the surrounding area, polluted or not.

Ellen Lavroff (actually Dr. Ellen Lavroff) – who taught Spanish at what today is Front Range Community College and spearheaded a union drive in the community colleges statewide. Along with Nick Ulibarri, Korean War Veteran, Ellen and I traveled the length of the state of Colorado trying to outsmart the State Board for Community Colleges that was always trying to hide their board meetings from us. Ellen went on to become the president of the Colorado Federation of Teachers and once ran for the presidency of the American Federation of Teachers against what was then the Al Shanker political machine. She lost but kicked Shanker in the shins (politically) or maybe a little bit higher. She had one “bad habit” smoking. In the early 1990s she developed throat cancer which killed her in a few months.

Wilma Webb – The wife of soon to be Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and a force in her own right. A member of the Colorado state legislature for many years and a strong promoter of funding minority cultural programs. She died in 2019.. Both Wilma and Wellington would go on to become important players in the Democratic Party nationally.

Lorraine Garcia – for many years spearheaded the work of the American Friends Service Committee in Denver. The daughter of a union worker in the city’s meat packing industry. That union was one of the strongest and most militant unions in Colorado history – its history written up in a work by the late Dick Gould. Lorraine was influential in getting the area around the old Asarco Plant condemned as a superfund site for clean up with federal funds. She remained an effective  community organizer in minority and working class neighborhood of  northeast Denver (Globeville) for many years.

If I remember correctly – one of the Japanese speakers was from Hiroshima, the other from Nagasaki. They had flown in from Japan to San francisco and stopped in Denver on their way to the Second Special Session on Disarmament at the United Nations shortly after visiting us. In conjunction with that Special Session, peace, union and civil rights groups organized a demonstration in favor of nuclear disarmament in Central Park at which a million people were in attendance. It was described recently in an article in the Jacobin by one Michael Myerson.

Guest Blogger – Vijay Prashad: Can We Please Have An Adult Conversation About China?

August 12, 2022

Wang Bingxiu of the Shuanglang Farmer Painting Club (Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, China), Untitled, 2018.

(note: a simple request – logical and frankly just what is needed – an “adult conversation about China” and the ever worsening U.S-Chinese relations which just deteriorate that much more with U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s belligerent visit to Taiwan which the Biden Administration knew well would poison U.S.-Chinese relations. A planned provocation, nothing less. This morning a friend sent me Vijay Prashad’s piece on China – which I would describe as a reasonable response to the Pelosi visit. I am reposting it in full with a link to the original. Oh yes, I seriously doubt that Washington has any intention of having an adult conversation either about or with China, but that is the task of the times: to pressure Washington to do both. RJP)

Vijay Prishad: Can We Please  Have An Adult Conversation About China?

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

As the US legislative leader Nancy Pelosi swept into Taipei, people around the world held their breath. Her visit was an act of provocation. In December 1978, the US government – following a United Nations General Assembly decision in 1971 – recognised the People’s Republic of China, setting aside its previous treaty obligations to Taiwan. Despite this, US President Jimmy Carter signed the Taiwan Relations Act (1979), which allowed US officials to maintain intimate contact with Taiwan, including through the sale of weapons. This decision is noteworthy as Taiwan was under martial law from 1949 to 1987, requiring a regular weapons supplier.

Pelosi’s journey to Taipei was part of the US’s ongoing provocation of China. This campaign includes former President Barack Obama’s ‘pivot to Asia’, former President Donald Trump’s ‘trade war’, the creation of security partnerships, the Quad and AUKUS, and the gradual transformation of NATO into an instrument against China. This agenda continues with President Joe Biden’s assessment that China must be weakened since it is the ‘only competitor potentially capable of combining its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to mount a sustained challenge’ to the US-dominated world system.

China did not use its military power to prevent Pelosi and other US congressional leaders from travelling to Taipei. But, when they left, the Chinese government announced that it would halt eight key areas of cooperation with the US, including cancelling military exchanges and suspending civil cooperation on a range of issues, such as climate change. That is what Pelosi’s trip accomplished: more confrontation, less cooperation.

Indeed, anyone who stands for greater cooperation with China is vilified in the Western media as well as in Western-allied media from the Global South as an ‘agent’ of China or a promoter of ‘disinformation’. I responded to some of these allegations in South Africa’s The Sunday Times on 7 August 2022. The remainder of this newsletter reproduces that article. Read more…

Israel Bombs Gaza – “When you can’t hit the donkey, hit the saddle instead”

August 7, 2022

Palestinian Youth, incarcerated in Israeli Prisons

So … Although it is not a formal ceasefire, there is a truce organized between Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Israel, one organized through the good graces of Egypt at Tel Aviv’s request. It was supposed to go into effect tonight at midnight. As it is already midnight in the eastern Mediterranean, it should be in force. Hopefully it will hold for all concerned.

The truce comes after three days of intensive Israeli bombing killing 50 plus Gaza Palestinians including a bunch of children whose innocent faces were plastered all over social media. Palestinians responded with missiles of their own. Israel claims that most of them – 90% – were intercepted, but I read one report, unsubstantiated that 50 % got through. Some landed, I was told, in Tel Aviv and at least one near the main Israeli Lod Airport. I have not seen an stats on Israel statistics.

What was the Israeli pretext for these three days of rage?

The Israeli government claimed that Palestinian Islamic Jihad – their favorite target now that Hamas and before it the PLO can no longer play the role – was planning some kind of military action close against the Israeli military forces bordering the electrified fence separating Gaza from Israel. In response Israel launched a pre-emptive attack. That is the mainstream narrative, as usual, an unverified claim that could not be proven or disproven, the usual excuse for premeditated attacks against Palestinians in the name of self-defense. Nothing new here.

Perhaps…

But let me offer another “narrative”, which admittedly I cannot prove either but I think far more persuasive. Read more…

Remembering Hiroshima Day – August 6, 77 years ago.

August 6, 2022

Remember the victims of the first atom bomb attack on humans in Hiroshima. Hiroshima Memorial. August, 1987

A couple of days ago, while in northern Colorado (Windsor) I spoke with my friend Chester McQueary. We talked about what some of us “old folk” – he in is mid 80s, me in my late 70s – can do to reignite the movement against preparing for nuclear war. We had some ideas – Chester always does – that we hope to follow up on. Today on social media, a couple of friends posted “reminders” of what happened on this day when a mushroom cloud producing explosion killed several hundred thousand people in a flash, creating terror and pain for millions in the years that followed, a long term danger for world peace in what was an unnecessary finale to World War II. The United States dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Today, August 6, 2022, is Hiroshima Day. I’m a little bit saddened that, to my knowledge, there are no commemorations in Colorado but I will find a way to mark it all the same (including this post), to think about it, about what happened on this day 77 years ago and what happened three days later in Nagasaki, to think about the $ trillion dollar plus funding to modernize and expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal. In my last years of teaching, I used to take foreign students, many of them Asian, up to Standley Lake (“it looks so beautiful, this couldn’t be polluted” they would say of a lake, the mud of which, contains plutonium and other nuclear contaminants) and then for a ride around the grounds of what used to be the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. Both look so pristine, innocuous, hiding the hundreds of thousands years danger of nuclear contamination in their grounds and streams just 16 miles from downtown Denver.

Humanity is caught in crises of its own making in large measure. Read more…

From Siilis (Finnish Hedgehogs) to Joining NATO …

August 4, 2022

A Finnish hedgehog – siili in Finnish

A Finnish hedgehog (siili) originally posted 11 years ago on social media but the photo itself taken in late 1980s close to the apartment complex where we were living at the time in Kaivoksela (Vantaa) a suburb north of Helsinki. It popped up again as old post sometimes do reminding me of those special, culturally and political rich and “challenging” (for me) years. Shy, gentle creatures, the family was always pleased to discover one in the nearby forests close to our apartment complex where we would wander all seasons of the year, cross country skiing in the winter, searching for wild blueberries in the summer and mushrooms in the fall.

Keep thinking how it is that Finland moved politically from where it was when the family left the country after a nearly five year stay – a neutral country between East and West – with a rich social-democratic political economy that was more and more impressive the longer we stayed there – to a nation moving head first into neo-liberal economic spheres with a population in its overwhelming majority supporting the country’s entry into NATO, and a more antagonistic approach to its eastern neighbor, Russia.

Some of it has to do with geopolitics – neutrality made sense during the Cold War and ceased, at least according to some, once the USSR collapsed, when Finland could jettison its more neutral stance and do what it has long wanted to do – become a more integral part of the European capitalist West… Joining the European Union which the Finns thought them might be able to influence in the realm of its creating something akin to a regional social contract (but they failed here) was ultimately a big step to the right politically as was the Finnish military increasingly joining in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program by which Finnish military leadership became addicted to U.S. high tech weaponry … but there’s more to it than this…

Had many Finnish friends – thirty years on, I’m still in contact with many of them (through social media and other means)… Most of them were, like myself, of the Left, politically and even those that weren’t were, by U.S. standards at the time very liberal (in the good sense of the term). Virtually all support their country’s stampede into NATO… Such is life.

Tunisia Since Independence – Somethings change at the top; Institutionally it all remains the same.

August 2, 2022

the mausoleum of Ferhat Hached, labor leader extraordinaire, main force behind the birth of the General Union of Tunisian Workers *UGTT” which remains today one of the most interesting and influential national trade union confederation not only in the Arab world but in the Global South. Standing at his tomb, his daughter, Djamila Chaari. November, 2011. (photo credit: R. Prince)

 

Whether Kais Saied’s constitutional reforms hold remains to be seen. Yet let’s be clear – this historical sketch is about political changes at the top. What does it matter if power shifts from the Parliament to the presidency – or visa versa – if, in neither case, such political developments are not combined with a socio-economic vision and program to deal with the structural crisis in Tunisian society?

In the case of Ben Ali and Ghannouchi/Ennahdha hopes for serious structural, institutional change were dashed, and that rather early on in both cases. No doubt there is considerable relief that Ennahdha’s days in power are, it appears, now in the past. There was nothing short of a nation-wide sigh of relief. Indeed, the years of Ennahdha rule are referred to as “the black decade.” But if the Said presidency is simply yet another version of “rearranging the chairs on the Titanic” then Saied’s “victory” in outmaneuvering Rachid Ghannouchi are indeed hollow.

Let’s hope for the best, but be cognisant of how little has changed in Tunisian national life by simply changing leadership… without accompanying far reaching institutional reforms it becomes just an exercise of political musical chairs.

Trying to make sense of history, Tunisian history

Trying to get my finger on the pulse concerning the patterns of Tunisian history… I notice certain parallels – Bourguiba to Ben Ali to (behind the scene) Ghannouchi to Kais Said. A shuffling of chairs at the top as leaders become ineffective with age (Bourguiba), corrupt beyond belief (Ben Ali) or so religiously factional (Ghannouchi – Ennahdha) to have split Tunisian society and lost its initial base…. and now Kais Said, who seems to be running into similar problems (more on this later). Each was able to remove – overthrow an increasingly unpopular and ineffective leader from office only to be removed later themselves for failing to address the underlying structural crisis that has plagued Tunisian for so long. In all the cases, promise of “democracy” and “human rights” evaporated into what was little more than attempts to cling to power with all the repression and corruption that entailed, be it in the name of more secular or more Islamic emphasis. The promised changes, needed reforms never happened. Funny thing… and in the end the Bourguiba-Ben Ali-Ghannouchi soup all tasted the same with slightly different seasoning. Will Kais Saied break the mold? Or is he simply more of the same? Read more…

Stop Foreign Interference in Tunisia’s Internal, Domestic Affairs: Statement of Noureddine Taboubi, Secretary General of the General Union of Tunisian Workers (UGTT), Tunisia’s National Trade Union Movement.

August 1, 2022
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Emblem of the UGTT

Statement of the UGTT on foreign (US, EU) interference in Tunisia’s internal domestic affairs in Arabic July 30, 2022. Tunis.

(Below, an unofficial translation using “Google Translate.” I provide the original in Arabic above in case there are errors in translation)

Statements of the foreign ministers and ambassadors of America and some European countries about the situation in Tunisia have been repeated for some time with the intention to teach us lessons about democracy. These statements have reached the point where they are nothing less than threats and intimidation.

National Executive of the General Union of Tunisian Workers – UGTT strongly condemns the repeated statements of foreign officials on the situation in Tunisia and expresses its absolute rejection of interference in our internal affairs. We warn that the interference in internal affairs was not limited merely to statements, but went beyond them to the policies of ambassadors and embassies in all parts of the country. As a result Tunisians are increasingly subject to human rights violations regarding limiting travel visas or subjecting the forced deportation of Tunisian irregular migrants this with the complicity of the Tunisian authorities and also through international pressures to impose Tunisia’s normalization with the hateful Zionist entity. Read more…

Tunisia has a new constitution; will it be the first step in bring the country out of the socio-economic doldrums … or will the country simply face more of the same?

July 31, 2022

Market place in Sousse, Tunisia, 2015, the same year of a Salafist inspired massacre

 

In 10 years they’ve killed: school, culture, economy, trade, smiles, family, the projects , the future ..

– A Tunisian critique of the Ennahdha Party commenting on social media (July 31, 2022) –  

Tunisia has a new constitution. will it be the first step in bring the country out of the socio-economic doldrums … or will the country simply face more of the same? Only time will tell. The process of revising the constitution, pet project of Tunisian President Kais Saied, has been filled with controversy with eligible voter turnout low and claims of voter manipulation being raised.  Be that as it may, it appears that the small North African country wedged between two oil producing giants with turbulent histories – Algeria and Libya – has entered what might be considered a “post Ennahdha” era. Ennahdha is the Tunisian branch of Moslem Brotherhood. 

The new constitution will replace one that was drawn up and approved in 2014; that constitution was spearheaded by the Ennahda Party, At the time, Ennahda and its leader, Rached Ghannouchi, enjoyed great influence despite the fact the party held back and had virtually no role in the demonstrations which brought the government of Zine Ben Ali to its knees. It’s influence over the country’s political system since the Arab Spring events of 2011 has been pivotal. There is no doubt that it is the biggest loser in the political changes embodied in the new constitution and its supporters are among those who crying “foul” the loudest. The cries of foul of the new constitution aside, if anything, the vote for a new set of political guiding principles for Tunisia is a rejection of Ennahdha’s policies over the past decade where it was, undoubtedly, the power behind the presidency. Read more…

Audio: “Beyond the Fist Bump”: A Tale of Two Cities (and Two Meetings): Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Teheran Iran. KGNU Hemispheres Middle East Dialogues. July 26, 2022

July 27, 2022

Biden-bin Salman “bump fist” – the highlight of an otherwise vapid meeting. Iphoto credit – Reuters)

KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues – July 26, 2022 – Part One. Audio: “Beyond the Fist Bump”: A Tale of Two Cities (and Two Meetings): Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Teheran Iran. KGNU Hemispheres Middle East Dialogues. July 26, 2022

I am far from the only one who concluded Biden’s trip was a flop. During the time of Biden’s visit, the newspapers of the entire Middle East has similar conclusions. Within a day of Biden’s visit al Jazeera had an article about it as did the Israeli media. The Jerusalem Post – and others – clearly noted that Biden’s visit to the Middle East was a flop. Why? Because when it comes to what the Israelis hoped the visit would accomplish, it achieved nothing. The Israelis had their own list of demands – or hopes – that Washington would address to influence Israeli interests – support their concerns about Iran – as well as their concerns about Hezbollah. These concerns were not addressed.

Then Biden had this idea in his head that he was going to go to Saudi Arabia and talk to states historically friendly to Washington and that they would listen to “Uncle Biden”, increase oil production, fall in line with the United States (concerning the war in Ukraine, isolating Russia) – but the U.S. president came away with nothing.

— Ibrahim Kazerooni – KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues – July 26, 2022 —

Jim Nelson: Good evening.

Thanks for tuning in to this edition of Hemispheres, Tuesday, July 26, 2022. I’m your host, Jim Nelson, and thanks for tuning in to listener community radio – KGNU, Boulder, Denver and Ft. Collins and at www.kgnu.org.

This evening on Hemispheres we continue with the Middle East Dialogues. As usual joining me in these dialogues, as always, are Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince.

This evening we’ll be discussing and analyzing President Biden’s visit to the Middle East concentrating on the meeting that took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Much of the U.S. media focused on the exchange between President Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The crown prince is well known for having orchestrated the October 2, 2016 brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

The media highlighted the famous “fist bump” between the two. We’re calling this program “Beyond the Fist Bump” or “A Tale of Two Cities”. During the 2020 presidential campaign Biden referred to the the crown prince as “a pariah” with whom he would never meet. But here he was in Jeddah meeting with bin Salam, appearing to be something approaching begging bin Salman to press Saudi Arabia to release more oil on the increasingly tight global oil market. But that didn’t happen.

If I’ve learned anything over the years from hosting this program, there is always more to the story than that which appears in the mainstream media states’ side. Although the fist bump between Biden and Salman caught the U.S. media’s attention, Ibrahim and Rob were not particularly impressed with this media moment and will cover what the U.S. media failed to report upon. They’ll analyze the media reports from the region (the Middle East).

Ibrahim Kazerooni: Ibrahim Kazerooni: Something that we all have learned by now over the years is that promises are made during election campaigns that turn out to be nothing more than hype. Better not to believe any western politician, or for that matter, any eastern politicians. They promise you a huge amount of whatever, they you get nothing. Read more…

KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues – Tuesday, July 26, 2022 @ 6 pm A Tale of Two Cities (and two meetings)… Not London and Paris but Jeddah and Teheran! With Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince

July 25, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a photo prior to their talks at the Saadabad palace, in Tehran, Iran, Iran, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (Sergei Savostyanov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

KGNU – Hemispheres – Middle East Dialogues – Tuesday, July 26, 2022 @ 6 pm A Tale of Two Cities (and two meetings)… Not London and Paris but Jeddah and Teheran! With Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince, produced by Jim Nelson

This week’s program is a “Tale of Two Cities” – not the London and Paris of Charles Dickens famous work. These two meetings took place further east – the one in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the other in Teheran. These meetings reflect – very concretely – the shifting balance of power in the broader Middle East, as well as on a broader international level. On a regional level, there is:

  • the increased influence of Iran throughout the region along with the increasingly effective role of the Axis of Resistance.
  • the weakening of what has been for 75 years the U.S. led “alliance” – that includes Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and the Emirates… and the growing need of most of these countries to come to some kind of less antagonistic relations with Iran
  • On a more global level, the two meetings reflect the weakening of a U.S. dominated “unipolar” world and the continued strengthening of a multipolar axis led by China and Russia.

All that and more!

Francis Sargent Cheever

July 25, 2022

Courage brother!

You do not walk alone

We will walk with you

And sing your spirit home

(a line from a song by Eric Bogle)

“Sarge”

Book Club Reading List for August 13, 2022n Discussion on Ukraine

July 23, 2022

photo credit – Mint News

Evan’s suggested Readings/Video…

Iskra’s suggested Readings/Video… (Note – article is in Bulgarian Cyrillic but if you look at the upper right corner there is a link to translate the article into English)

Mark’s suggested Readings/Video

Mike’s suggested Readings/Video…

Rob’s Suggested Readings/Video…

 

Live Video: A Tale of Two Cities (and two meetings)… Not London and Paris but Jeddah and Teheran! With Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince

July 22, 2022

The multi-polarists: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a photo prior to their talks at the Saadabad palace, in Tehran, Iran, Iran, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (Sergei Savostyanov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

A Tale of Two Cities (and two meetings)… Not London and Paris but Jeddah and Teheran! (Video produced July 21, 2022)

(note – an error – early in the video I mention “Iran” when it should have been “Ukraine)

Think if air to say that the Biden visit to Saudi Arabia comprehensively failed… For a good discussion on this visit and its aftermath:

Russia prepares big offensive: Putin talks to MBS; ridicules EU on gas; EU scraps food sanctions.

Relevant sections begin at 20 minutes and 30 seconds into the video

U.S. Congressman Perlmutter (D-Colorado) Unsurprising Take on U.S. Proxy War Against Russia in Ukraine

July 16, 2022

(Note: Earlier I published U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper’s (D-Colorado) on the US/NATO war against Russia in Ukraine. Below is U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter’s (D-Colorado) position, not quite so strident although fundamentally the same policy wise as “Hick’s” as we call him. Perlmutter has announced his retirement from Congress. I don’t know what precipitated his throwing in the hat. He was more accessible, and (from where I am sitting) more interesting than others from the Colorado congressional delegation. Ed Perlmutter is the nephew of Jonathan Perlmutter, one of Colorado’s more influential real estate families. rjp)

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July 5, 2022

Dear Mr. Gregorich:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I appreciate hearing from you on such an important issue because it enables me to better represent the beliefs and values of our district.

The situation in Ukraine remains heartbreaking. Russia’s invasion sends a clear message of aggression which undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty and threatens stability and democracy in Eastern Europe. As the grandson of Jewish Ukrainian refugees, I am committed to securing peace and freedom in the region in wake of these reckless and unjustified attacks.

I support the President’s actions to deter Russian aggression in Ukraine and to bring President Vladimir Putin to the bargaining table. I continue to back legislation to aid Ukrainians and hold Russia accountable for their actions. I voted yes on HR 7691, the Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act providing over $40 billion dollars of emergency supplemental appropriations for activities to respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As Congress continues to consider an economic and diplomatic path forward, I will keep your views in mind.

I encourage you to continue contacting me about the issues important to you. Please visit my website at www.perlmutter.house.gov to sign up for my e-newsletter and receive periodic updates on my activities as your representative in Washington. Additionally, I encourage you to follow me on Facebook (@RepPerlmutter) and Twitter (@RepPerlmutter).

Sincerely,Ed Perlmutter Signature.Ed Perlmutter

Member of Congress

 

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Mike Gregorich’s response to Ed Perlmutter’s letter on the war in Ukraine:

Unlike Hickenlooper’s letter, I didn’t find Perlmutter’s to be at all humanly offensive.  He does make the common mistakes of thinking that we are fighting for democracy, and that the Russian invasion is “reckless and unjustified.”  Also, Biden doesn’t want to get Putin to the bargaining table.  He wants to bleed the Russians for as long as he can.

Yet, there are several things I like about the letter even while disagreeing with it.  I like that he brings up his ancestry as one reason for his beliefs.  I like that he specifically explains how he voted on a bill.  Not all politicians do this.  Finally,  I like that he at least says that “As Congress continues to consider an economic and diplomatic path forward, I will keep your views in mind.”  He does seem to leave the door open to an evolution in his views.  Especially if public opposition to current policy mounts is my guess.

I know a Vietnam vet who went to Perlmutter and got help with issues he was having with the government.  Perlmutter seems approachable and human.  Unlike Hickenlooper.