Nuclear Precipice: Ukraine, Russia, and patterns of U.S. Hegemony


When: Friday, June 12, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St (Bathurst & Boor), Toronto, ON (map: )
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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.

James Bissett, former Canadian diplomat, warns that

The current crisis in Ukraine threatens global security and at worst has the potential for nuclear
catastropheā€¯. 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 March 6, 2015:

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.


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 West: Back to 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; Director of the South and Central Asia Project at the York Centre for Asian Research; 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, and ending Israeli apartheid.

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