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Review: Soviet Opposition to Stalin – A case study in World War II, by George Fischer

Eric Lee's Blog - 7 hours 59 min ago

This short book was an early history of Vlasov movement, which during the second world war aimed to create a Russian army of “liberation” that would fight side by side with the Germans against the Red Army.

There are better books on the subject now available (in particular Alexander Dallin’s German Rule in Russia) but what makes Fischer’s book extraordinary is its unflinching willingness to think the unthinkable.

Looking back at all the mistakes the Germans made (in particular by not embracing Vlasov much earlier than they did), he concludes that the only way really to bring an end to the totalitarian regime in the USSR is by launching a land invasion accompanied by the “mass atomic bombing of major population centers”.

He concluded that “the Stalin regime is apt to disintegrate only if so hard a blow is struck that its hold over the country is relaxed for a significant period”, acknowledging that this “would perforce be a World War III”.

But he saw no alternative, writing that “only when the opponent’s military forces pierce the Soviet heartland as deeply, or as surprisingly, as did the Nazi blitz in 1941 can the shock be expected to be genuinely effective. … organized opposition in the future will also developed only … after Soviet reverses in general war.”

In other words, he advocated an American-led Barbarossa II.

Fortunately, his advice was not heeded.

Thailand: Persecution of union leaders 'shames Thailand'

LabourStart - Thu, 2019-01-17 20:00
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John Bolton Insists Iran Likely Harboring Dangerous Terrorist Osama Bin Laden

The Onion - Thu, 2019-01-17 18:44

WASHINGTON—In an impassioned call for preemptive action against the Middle Eastern nation, United States national security advisor John Bolton insisted Thursday that Iran was likely harboring the dangerous terrorist Osama bin Laden. “For the good of our nation, we must act immediately,” said Bolton, citing several…

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‘Don’t Make Me Regret This,’ Mueller Tells Rick Gates Before Uncuffing Him To Work On Investigation Together

The Onion - Thu, 2019-01-17 17:16

WASHINGTON—Advising the former political consultant not to take advantage of his goodwill, Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly told Rick Gates Thursday “don’t make me regret this” before uncuffing him to work on the Trump investigation together. “You’ve helped me out so far, and I appreciate that, but I’ve got…

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Pelosi Asks Trump To Delay State of the Union During Shutdown

The Onion - Thu, 2019-01-17 16:47

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked the president to delay the State of the Union—typically scheduled for January 29—until the shutdown ends, citing security concerns and obstacles in planning. What do you think?

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Poll Finds 100% Of Americans Blame Shutdown Entirely On Colorado Representative Scott Tipton

The Onion - Thu, 2019-01-17 15:29

WASHINGTON—A new Pew Research poll published Thursday revealed that 100 percent of Americans blame the United States federal government shutdown entirely on Scott Tipton (R-CO). “From the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt, across all income brackets and racial demographics, every single respondent surveyed came to the same…

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Scenes from the L.A. Teachers Strike

Steward's Corner - Thu, 2019-01-17 15:09

It’s day four of the Los Angeles teachers strike, and the big news is that the district and the union will meet today at noon to resume negotiations for the first time since the strike began. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been urging the district to come back to the table, will mediate.

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Scenes from the L.A. Teachers Strike

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2019-01-17 15:09

It’s day four of the Los Angeles teachers strike, and the big news is that the district and the union will meet today at noon to resume negotiations for the first time since the strike began. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been urging the district to come back to the table, will mediate.

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Presumptuous Congressional Freshman Thinks She Can Just Come In And Represent Constituents

The Onion - Thu, 2019-01-17 14:04

WASHINGTON—Strutting into the Capitol like she had some kind of electoral mandate, presumptuous congressional freshman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) thought Thursday that she could just come in and start representing her constituents. “I’m sorry, big shot, but that’s just not the way things work around here,” said…

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Ames Executives Scrambling After New Shovel Design Leaks

The Onion - Thu, 2019-01-17 13:44

CAMP HILL, PA—Noting that the revamped tool was not scheduled to be unveiled for another six months, Ames executives were reportedly scrambling Thursday after designs for the new Ames 9443 Snow Shovel were leaked to the public. “The company is currently in the process of investigating how these top-secret designs were…

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Netflix Raising Prices

The Onion - Thu, 2019-01-17 11:56

In its largest such increase in history, Netflix will raise prices to $13 per month on its most popular subscription plan. What do you think?

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Extending a Helping Hand to Those Affected by the Shutdown

AFL-CIO Weblog - Thu, 2019-01-17 10:28
Extending a Helping Hand to Those Affected by the Shutdown AFL-CIO

Across the country, working people are marching and rallying for an immediate end to the government shutdown. Already the longest funding lapse in American history, this manufactured crisis has put the weight of ideological extremism on federal workers and their families. As we continue fighting to reopen the government, the labor movement also is joining together to support our brothers and sisters as they go without a paycheck.

If you have been impacted by the shutdown, there are a number of resources available to you. We are engaging a network of United Way/AFL-CIO labor liaisons and labor-associated community service organizations across the country to organize support; furloughed workers can call 2-1-1 to talk to a live, trained professional to find support and identify critical services.

Additionally, as a union member, you may be able to access a range of Union Plus benefits, including a $300 furlough grant, mortgage assistance, credit counseling, personal loans, auto insurance, and life and accident insurance.

Other resources available to those affected by the shutdown include:

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:28

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