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How politicians duck the blame for terrorism
The French and British governments enabled Isis to grow, but the media lets
them off the hook

Patrick Cockburn / 2016-03-20

.. There has always been a disconnect in the minds of people in Europe between
the wars in Iraq and Syria and terrorist attacks against Europeans. This is in
part because Baghdad and Damascus are exotic and frightening places, and
pictures of the aftermath of bombings have been the norm since the US invasion
of 2003. But there is a more insidious reason why Europeans do not
sufficiently take on board the connection between the wars in the Middle East
and the threat to their own security. Separating the two is much in the
interests of Western political leaders, because it means that the public does
not see that their disastrous policies in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and beyond
created the conditions for the rise of Isis and for terrorist gangs ..

A strange aspect of these conflicts is that Western leaders have never had to
pay any political price for their role in initiating them or pursuing policies
that effectively stoke the violence. Isisis a growing power in Libya,
something that would not have happened had David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy
not helped destroy the Libyan state by overthrowing Gaddafi in 2011. Al-Qaeda
is expanding in Yemen, where Western leaders have given a free pass to Saudi
Arabia to launch a bombing campaign that has wrecked the country. ..

It is worth quoting at length Fabrice Balanche, the French cartographer and
expert on Syria who now works for the Washington Institute for Near East
Policy, about these misperceptions in France, although they also apply to
other countries. He told Aron Lund of the Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace: "The media refused to see the Syrian revolt as anything other than the
continuation of revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, at a time of enthusiasm over
the Arab Spring. Journalists didn't understand the sectarian subtleties in
Syria, or perhaps they didn't want to understand; I was censored many times.

"Syrian intellectuals in the opposition, many of whom had been in exile for
decades, had a discourse similar to that of the Iraqi opposition during the US
invasion of 2003. Some of them honestly confused their own hopes for a
non-sectarian society with reality, but others - such as the Muslim
Brotherhood - tried to obfuscate reality in order to gain the support of
Western countries.

"In 2011-2012, we suffered a type of intellectual McCarthyism on the Syrian
question: if you said that Assad was not about to fall within three months,
you would be suspected of being paid by the Syrian regime. And with the French
Ministry of Foreign Affairs having taken up the cause of the Syrian
opposition, it would have been in bad taste to contradict its communiqués."

By taking up the cause of the Syrian and Libyan opposition and destroying the
Syrian and Libyan states, France and Britain opened the door toIsis and should
share in the blame for the rise of Isis and terrorism in Europe. By refusing
to admit to or learn from past mistakes, the West Europeans did little to lay
the basis for the current, surprisingly successful "cessation of hostilities"
in Syria which is almost entirely an US and Russian achievement.

Britain and France have stuck close to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies in
their policies towards Syria. I asked a former negotiator why this was so and
he crisply replied: "Money. They wanted Saudi contracts." .. Once again, the
wall-to-wall media coverage is allowing Western governments to escape
responsibility for a far worse security failure, which is their own disastrous
policies.
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Is Putin Using KGB Voodoo Magic to Make Angela Merkel a Bad Leader?
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<http://tinyurl.com/zsukjsu> thenation.com

Russia, Europe's Scapegoat for All Seasons
Unlike the US and EU, Russia does not seek to remake the world in its image.
That doesn't stop the EU from blaming Russia for its own problems.

By Matthew Dal Santo / MARCH 18, 2016

.. Talk of "weaponization" and "regime change" increasingly bears the
hallmarks of a strategy intended to shift responsibility for Europe's "refugee
crisis" from the shoulders of an EU leadership that has proved unable to stop
the flow of migrants, to Russian President Vladimir Putin's. Eerily, Sarts and
Breedlove are merely repeating claims that European Council President Donald
Tusk (prime minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014) has been putting about for
almost six months.

Tusk, who has often appeared to sideline Federica Mogherini, the EU high
representative for foreign affairs, revealed his lack of realism and
underlying hostility toward Russia in his first interview as president, when
he told journalists, "I know - it's not my intuition, but my knowledge - that
Putin's policy is... simply to have enemies, to be stronger than them, to
destroy them, and to be in conflict."

Like most EU leaders, Tusk is silent on the deeper causes driving this sea of
humanity: state failure in Afghanistan and Iraq after more than a decade of
misguided Western wars and abortive "nation-building," and, in Syria's case,
ISIS's dramatic advances last spring against previously government-held areas,
even as Western governments and their Turkish, Saudi, and Qatari allies
funneled arms, money, and diplomatic support to antigovernment rebels in other
parts of the country - a confused and irresponsible strategy that has only
advanced ISIS' cause. ..

Rightly or wrongly, the "migrant crisis" has become emblematic of the European
Union's inability to guarantee the safety and security of its citizens. Even
after its recent agreement with Turkey, the flow of refugees seems likely to
continue.

The EU-NATO "information war" absolves both of responsibility for this,
usefully creating the impression that Russia has manufactured the arrival of
Middle Eastern refugees to split the EU as a step toward reviving its old
Eastern European empire, with Ukraine the first piece of a reconstituted
Soviet puzzle. (Never mind that a long list of respected Western scholars -
Stephen Cohen, Richard Sakwa, Rajan Menon, and Eugene Rumer, among others -
have long since concluded that this is fantasy. For NATO and the EU, it
remains a convenient specter to frighten the European public.)

That the Kremlin stands behind all the EU's ills has in recent years become a
commonplace. A year ago, the talk, in which Tusk featured prominently, was
that Moscow was trying to lure the highly indebted Greek and Cypriot
governments into breaking ranks with its European partners and NATO allies.
Austerity policies imposed by Greece's EU partners had created depression-like
conditions unseen since the 1930s. Yet blame for Athens's opening to Moscow
somehow shifted instead to Moscow's largely imagined blandishments. (Like the
"breach," none materialized.)

The same is true of events in Ukraine. Brussels' determination to draw that
country into an Association Agreement ultimately led to armed revolution in
the capital and civil war in the provinces. But the EU has never acknowledged
any share of responsibility for the tragedy. Ukraine's "European choice,"
which has so far cost some 5,000 lives and billions of dollars of damage in
the Donbass and precipitated a dramatic plunge in living standards across the
country, is Moscow's sinister fault alone.

In fact, the push behind the EU's wooing of Ukraine and other former Soviet
republics came from Poland, brain child of former Foreign Minister Radek
Sikorski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Euphemistically named the "Eastern
Partnership" [EaP], its purpose, as a 2008 US cable approvingly acknowledged,
was to "counter Russia's influence in Eastern Europe." Though Russia would be
"officially welcome to take part in the Partnership," the EaP would, in
practice, be directed against it.

Significantly, the cable recognized the so-called Sikorski doctrine "could
elicit a sharp Russian reaction," but advised that Washington support the EaP
regardless, "as an excellent complement [to our own policy]... as we look for
ways to enhance Western influence beyond NATO's eastern borders."

That gamble has since spectacularly awry. Are Tusk's friends in NATO now
covering him and the national leaders who supported his elevation to the EU's
top job? These would include Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's David
Cameron, whose rhetoric on Russia has often been as tough as Tusk's.

Today, Moscow has been accused of both deliberately bombing residential areas
of Aleppo to force inhabitants to flee to Turkey and thence to Europe with the
aim of breaking EU unity and providing unspecified support for Europe's
far-right or contrarian parties, with Moscow's overriding aim being to stoke
euro-skeptic views to paralyze the EU, if not break it up.

This would seem to misread the conservative mood of Russia's leadership and
foreign policy realism. Unlike the United States and EU, Russia does not seek
to remake the world in its image. At the United Nations last September,
President Putin condemned open-ended Western military campaigns in
Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria, often justified in the name of "democracy
promotion." These had resulted, he said, in a "flow of people forced to leave
their native land" that "has literally engulfed... Europe. It is essentially,
a new, tragic Migration Period." He did not see this as something to be
celebrated.

On realist grounds, Russia opposes EU policies in Eastern Europe that attempt
to exclude it from a region with unparalleled historical, cultural, religious,
economic and strategic significance to it. It would love EU sanctions lifted.
But it doesn't follow that Putin seeks the subversion, let alone the
"destruction," of the EU as a trade zone or a peace project (something in any
case beyond Moscow's power). If EU unity breaks over refugees, the euro,
Ukraine, or sanctions, it will be on the rocks of that organization's own
contradictions and members' conflicting interests, which it's often lazily
forgotten they still have.

In an ideal world, EU leaders like Tusk would take responsibility for the
destabilizing consequences of the EU's array of increasingly ambitious
projects, including the EaP. Instead, through the reinflation of
anachronisticCold War tropes, they attribute to Russia a revolutionary foreign
policy, though there is very little evidence of this.

Can it be realistically believed that Moscow is "weaponizing" refugee flows or
seeking to "topple" Merkel's government? Merkel has, after all, proved in
practice willing to support the Minsk agreements. On the other hand, if the
Kremlin is funding parties opposed to Merkel, then this would represent
Russia's (rather late) conversion to practices Western governments have long
employed in support of Russia's so-called opposition. What's good for the
NATO-EU goose is surely good for the Russian gander.

Hostility toward both national governments and the supranational EU
bureaucracy is rising in many European countries. But it does so independently
of Russia, which has (once again) been made the scapegoat for Europe's
failings. These include a widespread sense of blockage in national political
life (that change, no matter who is in government, is no longer really
possible) and the crushing absence of realism in the EU's conception and
practice of international politics. How was it that the foreign relations of
the EU's 28 sovereign members, and the peace of Europe, were allowed to become
hostage to the geopolitical ambitions of Poland? ..

Read it in full <http://tinyurl.com/zsukjsu>

...

The Poles are too obsessed with Russia. And obsession of Polish politicians is
even more strong, their mindset mostly is petty and malicious in this regard.
Enabling the loonies to shape all-EU policies does not bring good for anyone.
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Oleg Smirnov
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<http://tinyurl.com/hcbr65v> washingtonpost.com

Russian politicians offer condolences, and some ugly hot takes, after Brussels
bombings
Andrew Roth / March 22

MOSCOW - When it comes to breaking news of global importance, the fastest
thumbs in Moscow may belong to Alexey Pushkov, a hawkish member of parliament
who heads the Foreign Affairs Committee in Russia's State Duma.

That is not always a good thing. A little more than an hour after the twin
bombings at Brussels's Zaventem Airport on Tuesday, Pushkov became likely the
first Russian official to publicly comment on the terrorist attacks, eschewing
condolences to chide Brussels-based NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
for focusing on the "imaginary Russian threat" while ignoring terrorists
"right under his nose."

"While Stoltenberg, getting carried away, battles the imaginary 'Russian
threat' and stations troops in Latvia, people are being blown up in Brussels
right under his nose," Pushkov wrote. Nine minutes later, the Reuters news
agency reported explosions on Brussels's metro in subsequent attacks that have
killed at least 26, according to Belgian broadcaster RTBF.

Russia has a history of offering quick and generous support to the West in the
wake of terrorist attacks. President Vladimir Putin was the first foreign
leader to call President George W. Bush following the 9/11 terrorist attacks
in 2001, offering his sympathy and later some Russian logistical support for
the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. ..

But in public statements, other senior Russian politicians and officials went
further, identifying in just hours the causes for the attacks as Europe's
failed foreign policy, Russophobia, lax immigration policy and subservience to
the United States. The solution? Closer cooperation with Moscow in the global
fight against terrorism. ..

Offering her condolences following the terrorist attack, Maria Zakharova, the
press spokeswoman for Russia's Foreign Ministry, told reporters during a
telephone interview on state television that it was "impossible not to note
the double standards in the sphere of terrorism" as attacks become more common
around the world.

"One cannot support them in one region, in the Middle East or the North
Caucasus, and still think that this terrible sickness of the modern world will
not come to other parts of the world," she said, urging greater cooperation in
the global fight against terrorism. "It can't possibly be that way."

...

I don't see 'ugly hot takes' here. I rather see the WP reporter's refection of
the Western narcissism. I find the cited words of the Russian officials pretty
accurate and relevant in substance.

Meanwhile, it's rather amuzing to combine the Western rants about Russia as a
great threat (in one line with ISIS and Ebola etc) with the Western ones about
not quite proper condolences.
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EU .. blaming Russia for its own problems.
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Is Putin Weaponising Stupidity?

Rob Slane / March 19, 2016

.. Well let's say that the Russians have invented some way of making people do
or say really ignorant or stupid things - things that actually work against
their interests and those of the people they lead. And suppose they have also
discovered a way of putting it into capsule form. Well, Putin and members of
the Russian Government have met with most high ranking Western leaders at
various forums haven't they? They've probably even had a cup of tea with most
of them (emphasis on the word probably, which is a British legal term for
certainly). How easy would it have been for them to slip a pill into their
drink while they weren't looking?

What about the media, though? Whilst the capsule explanation might explain the
behaviour of a handful of politicians, they can't have had tea with every
Western journalist that writes stupid things about Russia or the Middle East
can they? Of course not. But then if they have invented a way of Weaponising
Stupidity, and if they have discovered the technology to put it into capsule
form, who's to say they can't find a way of, say, pumping it into newspaper
offices through the air-conditioning?

All well and good you might say, but it does beg a question: Why would Putin
want to make Western leaders do and say stupid things? What benefit would he
get out of Weaponising Stupidity? Again the answer is obvious, is it not? The
more the leaders of Western countries and the media have displayed their folly
and sheer ignorance, the more they have dragged their countries towards
collapse. And since Putin's goal is obviously to Weaponise the World, no doubt
for his own dastardly reasons, you can begin to see how it would be in his
interests to useStupidity as a Weapon to achieve his aims. Can't you? ..
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<http://tinyurl.com/hqs2xqa> Forbes

.. Time To Drop Sanctions Against Moscow

Doug Bandow / MAR 23, 2016

.. Crimea just celebrated the second anniversary of its switch, with
construction planned on a bridge to link the territory to southern Russia. No
one believes Crimea, Russian until six decades ago, is going back to Ukraine.

(OS: Read more <http://qr.de/baZ3> about achievements in Crimea).

.. Although Washington, with less commerce at stake, remains among the most
fervent advocates of sanctions, Europe is divided over the issue. Many
Europeans recognized that Russia's activities in Ukraine were all about
Ukraine, not them, and saw no reason to penalize themselves in the midst of
economic hard times in order to punish the Putin government. ..

Sanctions supporters insist that Russia more fully comply with the Minsk peace
process and end support for the separatist campaign in Ukraine's east. "Today
Russia faces a choice between the continuation of economically damaging
sanctions and fully meeting its obligations under Minsk," contended Secretary
of State John Kerry.

Yet the armed conflict has ebbed, political crisis fills Kiev, and some
Ukrainians aren't sure they want the separatists back. Indeed, Oksana Syroyid,
Deputy Speaker of Ukraine's Rada, has blocked passage of a constitutional
amendment providing autonomy for the Donbas region, required by Minsk,
explaining: "We need to stop thinking of how to counter Putin, or how to
please all our partners." Brussels faces the unpleasant possibility of Russia
fulfilling its responsibilities while Ukraine breaks the deal. "Both sides
need to perform," complained Germany Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

(OS: So far, Russia is in complete fulfillment about the Minsk agreement
while Kiev refuses to proceed with necessary steps because it will sadden
the Ukrainian far right, and the Atlanticist mainstream media nevertheless
blame Russia for everything (without going into unnecessary details of the
Minsk agreement.))

Sanctions have hurt the Russian public without turning them against their
government. Moreover, Western penalties have discouraged, even reversed,
liberalization of the Russian economy, as businesses have grown even more
dependent on government support. Targeted measures have obvious appeal,
hitting named individuals and concerns considered to be evil or consorting
with evil. However, there is little evidence that they are more effective than
broader penalties. In both cases people in allied states have suffered from
lost markets due to Western sanctions and Russian retaliation.

Which means the Europeans, in particular, have spent much to achieve nothing.
The belief that imposing sanctions a little longer will force Moscow to
capitulate reflects the triumph of hope over experience. The U.S. and EU are
reinforcing failed policies, hoping that doing more of the same eventually
will yield different results. ..

...

The recent 'soft' Atlanticist offensives against Russia - NATO expansion and
incitement of 'color revolutions' in Russia's neighborhood, culminated in the
extremely brazen anti-constitutional coup in Kiev where the Atlanticism put
itself on a par with the neo-Nazis - along with hijacking of the genuine pro-
liberal pro-democratic moves in Russia and spoiling them with anti-Russian
agenda - have greatly strengthened Putin authority and anti-Western sentiment
(and greatly discredited Western-friendly parties) within Russia.

The Westerners should stop fooling themselves and realize honestly that the
Western hostility towards Russia is essentially about the Russians and Russia
as such where ideological issues ('democracy', 'human rights' etc) are used
rather as a fig leaf. As long as such a hostility preserves you cannot expect
any Western-like environment within Russia because the traditional Russian
'authoritarianism' is essentially a sort of national mobilization in front of
external threats. Any external pressure would only strengthen it.
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<http://tinyurl.com/z8r3dhn> ronpaulinstitute.org

In Syria, Assad Liberates Palmyra While CIA Battles the Pentagon

written by daniel mcadams | monday march 28, 2016

The big news out of Syria over the past couple of days has been that Syrian
government forces with the help of the Russian military have taken back
control of Palmyra from ISIS. The fall of Palmyra and subsequent destruction
<http://durl.me/bu7fay> of the spectacular Roman ruins there by ISIS horrified
the civilized world. The US government had claimed from the beginning that the
Russians were not targeting ISIS at all, but only the "moderate" rebels
supported by Washington. That lie now stands bare in newly-liberated Palmyra
and onward, as Syrian government troops aided by the Russians speed east
toward the "capital" of the Islamic State, Raqqa.

Meanwhile, the five year US "regime change" effort in Syria chugs along in a
very different way. We learned in a Los Angeles Times report
<http://v.gd/H4n1M4> yesterday that the US is now at war with... itself in
Syria.

Yes, that's right. While Syrian government troops and the Russians are dealing
a death-blow to ISIS in Syria, one set of rebels supported by the Central
Intelligence Agency is at war with another set of rebels supported by the
Pentagon!

Apparently for the past several months CIA-backed Fursan al Haq and
Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have intensified their war against
each other. According to the Times piece, US Rep. Adam Schiff )D-CA) -- a
staunch interventionist -- finds the situation "an enormous challenge," adding
that "it is part of the three-dimensional chess that is the Syrian
battlefield."

Schiff here epitomizes the total cluelessness of the Washington political
class. It is not a challenging situation nor is it three-dimensional chess to
those capable of non-Washington thinking. It is a matter of US policy being to
wage war against both the Assad government and Assad's main enemy, ISIS. When
you fight an enemy and the enemy of that enemy at the same time it is not
called three-dimensional chess. It is called madness.

If Euripides is correct that "whom the gods would destroy, they first make
mad," it seems we are half-way to destruction in the US.

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The lies and the baiting of Russia
I was trying to explain the Kremlin's stance - as far as I understand
it - here <http://archive.is/MqFfD>).
The minister of defense in Sweden, Peter Hultqvist, as well as the whole
government are bought and paid for by the Bilderberggroup and US
neocons, the same with the media. Most people still do not want to join
NATO but it does not matter since the politicians could not care less
about the majority, money talks.
Is Peter Hultqvist a security risk?
"At the risk of sounding repetitive, I would like to begin by
reiterating; because we really be able to understand the present
international political developments, we must realize that what is
driving it; that the Western Anglo-American power hegemony that existed
for two hundred years are now more threatened than ever. In the 1800s,
Britain's royal houses and wealthy elite, the leading force to after
World War lose his armband to the Americans. The British royal family
still play a role as the gilding of the currently dominant
Anglo-American oligarchy.
Nazism was never any real threat because there were many common
interests. World Communism with his dream of a communist world order,
however, was a threat, but it was at the same time as an excuse for the
reconstruction of history's greatest military power (the US and its
allies now account for about three-quarters of the world's military
spending) and communism threatened never foundation for dominance in the
world economy.
The world's two most populous countries, China and India have begun a
journey with a great economic growth for demographic reasons will give
them a dominant position in the world economy in one or more decades.
These countries together closely allied with Russia, as the area is the
world's largest country and the country sits on the world's largest
commodity assets. It has also entered into a close cooperation with
Africa and South America's largest countries - South Africa and Brazil -
the BRICS cooperation. If the West is to maintain and defend its
hegemony must somehow break this alliance and destabilize these
countries. This is where the campaign for a new global world order and
the weakening of nation states is explained.
The ongoing propaganda war against the mainly Russia, but also against
the other BRICS countries should be seen in light of this struggle for
world hegemony. We meet manifestation of this war daily in our
mainstream media. Sweden's political and media establishment has
unilaterally sided with the Anglo-American oligarchy. They want the will
of the people bringing Sweden into NATO / US alliance and has pushed
through an agreement giving the US military access to Swedish territory
without any democratic mandate. The Swedish journalists from left to
right has also unilaterally taken part in the propaganda war and feeds a
day out they will be served by the oligarchy megaphones.
I see it so that in the 20th century the Atlanticism ('the Anglo-American
oligarchy') had discovered an 'innovative' way to justify imperialist(like)
expansion with righteous oratory about democracy, human rights and other
'left-liberal' things - combining it with the agenda of 'liberation' from
'evil dictatorships' and 'communist' oppression.

However, since the 20th century most of the countries where the abuse on
basis of a flawed ideology occurred, switched or evolved to normalization,
and to the masterminds of the Atlanticist hegemony it becomes today more
and more difficult to maintain the agenda of liberation. Nevertheless they
cling to it desperately in every way, because it provides a sort of 'solid'
justification to the habitual imperialist-hegemonic expansion. I think not
only the Anglo-American oligarchy but the EU-cracy is addicted to that as
well, although maybe to a lesser extent. In order to support the exhausted
agenda they need now an artificial demonization and misrepresentation.

But since the agenda is based on dense falsehood it can't lead to positive
outcomes. The obvious failures of the 'liberations' in the Middle East and
in Libya were caused by refusal of search for realistic and compromise
solutions. In order to support the narrative and agenda, they need *bold*
freedom fighters against some *bold* evil. Otherwise it is not impressive.
So, it requires to deliberately demonize what is assigned to the role of
the 'bold evil', and on the other hand to create 'resistance' artificially,
and to promote the image of 'freedom fighters' from what is available in
reality. Right in this way the Atlanticism has created a fertile ground for
the emergence of ISIS and the global jihadists movement, which in turn led
to the refugees and the terrorist activities in West Europe.

The Ukraine is another example of the dense falsehood. Ukraine's president
Yanukovych for a long time was considered by Western establishment a decent
democratically elected leader. But after his decision to postpone the EU
association agreement, he was - in the twinkling of an eye - transferred to
the category of evil dictators and tyrants, and the opposition was given a
carte blanche to the violence, to unlawful 'liberation movement' through
use of radical militant groups - clearly against democracy and the rule of
law. But since the victim had been portrayed as 'dictator' and 'tyrant' the
lawlessness and violence may be misrepresented as a noble fight for freedom,
and the anti-constitutional coup has been named 'revolution of dignity'.
Such a brazen insult of intelligence and sanity is maintained mainly in
order to support the agenda of liberation. Now the US/EU establishment has
to support the ugly regime in Kiev, so it has to maintain more lies.

The deliberate demonization of Russia and promotion of the false idea of
the alleged Russian thirst to invade here and there plays a key role in the
maintenance of the 'liberation agenda' that is used as a tool to justify
the imperialist-hegemnonist aspirations of the Anglo-American oligarchy and
the EU-cracy. But what does it bring to the regular Westerners, en masse?
Actually, nothing good. Despite the great effort of the mainstream media to
misguide their audience, many Westerners now seemed to begin to see the
falsehood of such a 'liberation crusade' as well as the fact that it's not
in their favor. This explains the rise of the 'anti-establishment' parties
in Europe - both right-wing and left-wing of various colors. Atlanticism
sometimes tries to misrepresent them as Kremlin's 'friends' or 'puppets',
but the reality is more prosaic. These parties actually do not care at all
about Russia / Kremlin, but their ideologists notice that the intrusive
fixation on the fictional Russian threat is rather a trick to distract from
more pressing issues that concern people in the West, and the tactics for
organizing provocations in Russia's neighborhoods represents a pretty sick
'game' that is not in favor of regular people too.
Sure, the annexation of the Crimean a brazen act of Putin's side, but it
should be placed in context, which of course does not Hultqvist do. The
truth is that after the annexation followed a CIA orchestrated coup in
Kiev against an - albeit corrupt - but still democratically elected
president. In his place is a US-oriented even more corrupt president set
up and a number of fascists have got a place in government.
The Crimeans wanted to join Russia because they feel themselves attached to
Russia stronger than to [the new] Kiev. In east Ukraine, situation is somewhat
similar. Without the coup in Kiev the instability wouldn't happen. And the
present day Russia is no longer an 'empire' that could be able to invade and
include 'alien' regions within itself. And it's not only about Russia, - the
epoch of 'conquests' seems to have gone away after the WW2. And even putting
aside various 'moral issues' it would also mean an enormous burden in order to
keep the 'conquered' hostile population under the thumb (the American anguish
in Afghanistan and Iraq illustrates the point). Why would one need it.

...
http://anthropocene.live/2016/04/06/ar-peter-hultqvist-en-sakerhetsrisk/
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Isis spreading 'like cancer' - United Nations / 09 Apr 2016

The Syrian conflict has acted like a greenhouse for extremist groups which are
now spreading "like a cancer", the UN chief said on Friday, urging greater
cooperation to prevent radicalisation.
The war raging in Syria has "provided the perfect breeding ground for
extremist and terrorists to take root in the society," UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon told reporters in Geneva. "Now (the Islamic State group) and all
the extremists are spreading like a cancer around the world," ..

<http://archive.is/dG1rV>
The full story of how the U.S. ended up allied with some Sunni extremists in
Syria - while at war with others ..

<http://archive.is/ojPe6>
Unmasking ISIS. How Was it able to Gain Land, Arms and Money so Quickly?
.. bad policies and stupid choices ..

<http://archive.is/a7Ekb>
ISIS Terrorists: The US Creates them, Turkey Trains them, Qatar Finances them
.. But then problems arose in this clever scheme ..

<http://archive.is/KRsEw>
.. extremist groups that the United States has come to consider preeminent
security concerns, including Al Qaeda and now ISIS, "are the ideological
offspring of the Wahhabism injected by Saudi Arabia into mosques and madrasas
from Morocco to Pakistan to Indonesia."

<http://archive.is/WANWo>
The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations .. A by-product of
these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups ..

<http://archive.is/YxiuI>
By pandering to Saudi Arabia and the Sunni-controlled Gulf states, the U.S.
government is playing with fire, allowing the spread of Sunni radicalism ..

<http://archive.is/wIX4S>
USA - the Ally of "Moderate" Terrorists .. the White House has set its policy
of gambling on the support a leading terrorist organization ..

<http://archive.is/Y2jla>
.. the White House's sponsoring of radical jihadists (that would emerge as
ISIL and Nusra) against the Syrian regime was "a willful decision." ..

<http://archive.is/0zq7L>
.. secret official documents received from the Ministry of Defense and the US
State Department .. shed light on the internal evaluation of the Defense
Intelligence Agency (DIA). These documents envisage 'the Islamic State of Iraq
and Syria (ISIS) as a US strategic asset in the region ('2012 Defense
Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State in
order to isolate the Syrian regime .. <https://archive.is/E7dpR>).

<http://archive.is/WMF8G>
The US Government's Not-So-Secret Support for Al Qaeda and ISIS
The Biggest State Sponsor of Terrorism of Them All ..

<http://archive.is/zFhw7>
In September 2013, American Kerry had publicly recognized the US government
is aware of the fact that partners who fund the opposition - "Saudi Arabia,
Qatar" are giving money to extremist fighters, and, moreover, "they think
they're the best fighters".

<http://archive.is/3QFt0>
If the Syrian army actually had collapsed .. nothing could have prevented
ISIL and the rival Islamist forces of the Nusra Front from taking the whole
country. .. Syria would have ended up under extreme Islamist rule. .. By
mid-2015 between 80 percent and 90 percent of the Syrian rebels actively
fighting the al-Assad regime belonged to ISIL or to al-Qaeda's Syrian
franchise, the Nusra Front, and its Islamist allies in Ahrar al-Sham. ..
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I see it so that in the 20th century the Atlanticism ('the Anglo-American
oligarchy') had discovered an 'innovative' way to justify imperialist(like)
expansion with righteous oratory about democracy, human rights and other
'left-liberal' things - combining it with the agenda of 'liberation' from
'evil dictatorships' and 'communist' oppression.
However, since the 20th century most of the countries where the abuse on
basis of a flawed ideology occurred, switched or evolved to normalization,
and to the masterminds of the Atlanticist hegemony it becomes today more
and more difficult to maintain the agenda of liberation. Nevertheless they
cling to it desperately in every way, because it provides a sort of 'solid'
justification to the habitual imperialist-hegemonic expansion. I think not
only the Anglo-American oligarchy but the EU-cracy is addicted to that as
well, although maybe to a lesser extent. In order to support the exhausted
agenda they need now an artificial demonization and misrepresentation.
But since the agenda is based on dense falsehood it can't lead to positive
outcomes. The obvious failures of the 'liberations' in the Middle East and
in Libya were caused by refusal of search for realistic and compromise
solutions. In order to support the narrative and agenda, they need *bold*
freedom fighters against some *bold* evil. Otherwise it is not impressive.
So, it requires to deliberately demonize what is assigned to the role of
the 'bold evil', and on the other hand to create 'resistance' artificially,
and to promote the image of 'freedom fighters' from what is available in
reality. Right in this way the Atlanticism has created a fertile ground for
the emergence of ISIS and the global jihadists movement, which in turn led
to the refugees and the terrorist activities in West Europe.
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<http://tinyurl.com/hpwama9> theamericanconservative.com

The Failure of the Libyan War and the 'Responsibility to Protect'

By DANIEL LARISON . April 7, 2016

.. This "humanitarian" intervention was nothing of the kind, since it caused
more harm to the civilian population of a country than it prevented. Because
the supporters emphasized the war's "humanitarian" justification, it's
important to remember how shoddy that justification was. The case that the war
was necessary to prevent a massacre was quite weak, but beyond that it failed
to take seriously the likelihood that the country as a whole would end up much
worse off as a result of intervention. Now that the country is demonstrably
worse off than it was, the war's supporters are eager to deny any connection
between the chaos of post-Gaddafi Libya and the war they supported to remove
him from power. ..

...

The 'responsibility to liberate' agenda is mainly intended for use as a tool
for domestic sheep farming. The Americans, that are themselves not quite free
<http://is.gd/DVpVug>, could receive a compensation - in the psychological
sense - of knowing that 'their country' helps, liberates someone else in the
world. The trick has a little to do with a true desire to help someone else,
rather its actual function in the domestic policies is to maintain a proper
national pride and delusion.

As for any case of simulacrum, it's more related to patterns of perception
rather than to reality. The necessity 'to liberate someone from a tyranny' is
primarily a requirement of internal social management, and since it is such,
the foreign policy makers have a need to fabricate / make up things that might
somehow look like corresponding to the pattern. This explains the unhealthy
American lust to overthrow dictators in combination with unconcern about what
would happen next to those who were 'liberated'.

Such a perversion combines both leftist and rightist shit. The right-wingers
want a demonstration of power, the left-wingers love a liberation, so it
serves both demands. It gives a sentiment of satisfaction to the left and the
right in the US, and in addition to that it brings a kind of disaster to those
foreign people that were liberated in such a way.

So it's natural that the victims of the American / Western liberation agenda
feel themselves entitled to demand some compensation from their 'liberators',
including reception of the refugees / migrants from the liberated countries.

This explains why the establishment in the West is so afraid of the anti-
immigration parties - since the anti-immigration agenda threatens to destroy
the very basic falsehoods underlying the contemporary Atlanticist policies,
and such a mess of shit is a kind of conflict of mutually exclusive sorts of
shit.
<http://on.rt.com/77za>
How narratives killed the Syrian people
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<http://tinyurl.com/gwedaw8> theintercept.com

YOUNG IRAQIS OVERWHELMINGLY CONSIDER U.S. THEIR ENEMY, POLL SAYS

Murtaza Hussain | Apr. 13 2016

MORE THAN 90 PERCENT of young people in Iraq consider the United States to be
an enemy of their country, according to a new poll.

After years spent justifying the war as a "liberation" of the Iraqi people,
the survey casts further doubt on the success of that endeavor. ..

The survey found that overwhelming majorities of young people in Iraq, Yemen,
and the Palestinian Territories consider the U.S. to be an enemy. ..

The results of the poll offer an interesting window into long-term perceptions
of the Iraq War by Iraqis themselves. Advocates of the 2003 invasion often
justified it by claiming post-Saddam Iraq would be an ally of U.S. interests
in the region. In a speech <http://tinyurl.com/n7wsq7> leading up to the war,
then-Vice President Dick Cheney cited experts who claimed Iraqis would "erupt
in joy" over the invasion, predicting it would result in "strong bonds"
created between the two countries. But years later, after hundreds of billions
of dollars spent and more than a hundred thousand Iraqis dead, the United
States is overwhelmingly considered an enemy by young men and women who were
children when the war began.

In Yemen, too, where the U.S. conducted an assassination campaign via drones
and special forces, and where for the past year the U.S. has supported bloody
Saudi bombings, over 80 percent of respondents described the U.S. as an enemy.
These figures are particularly worth noting since the Obama administration has
repeatedly cited Yemen as a counterterrorism success <http://abcn.ws/1CPrywL>
story. ..
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As for any case of simulacrum, it's more related to patterns of perception
rather than to reality. The necessity 'to liberate someone from a tyranny'
is primarily a requirement of internal social management, and since it is
such, the foreign policy makers have a need to fabricate / make up things
that might somehow look like corresponding to the pattern. This explains the
unhealthy American lust to overthrow dictators in combination with unconcern
about what would happen next to those who were 'liberated'.
Such a perversion combines both leftist and rightist shit. The right-wingers
want a demonstration of power, the left-wingers love a liberation, so it
serves both demands. It gives a sentiment of satisfaction to the left and
the right in the US, and in addition to that it brings a kind of disaster to
those foreign people that were liberated in such a way.
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<http://tinyurl.com/jgc5nd5> russia-insider.com

.. The initiatives of the European Union raised at a referendum almost
irrevocably fail. There were a few significant exclusions when one and the
same issue formulated in a little way different were brought up for the second
or third time until they forced citizens to put up with the planned results.
But apparently these tactics didn't work this time. The surveys show that if
the existence of the European Union itself was brought up to a popular vote,
this union would be doomed in most European countries .. The population taking
part in the decision-making process today is becoming the main threat for
liberal democracy because the priorities, values and even ideas of the good
and evil of intellectual and political class and most of other people in
Europe are not just different but exactly the opposite.

That's why avoiding the direct discussion of the issues with the people and
especially preventing them from having referendums is the most important
condition for supporting the systemic stability nowadays. ..
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<http://tinyurl.com/hhysxwu> thefederalist.com

Why Vladimir Putin's People Love Him

Christopher Caldwell | APRIL 13, 2016

By certain traditional measures, Russian President Vladimir Putin is
the pre-eminent statesman of his time. .. Putin rescued a nation-state
from the ruins of an empire and gave it coherence and purpose. .. He
is among the more popular democratically elected leaders in the
civilized world ..

...

To normalize relations with Russia, Atlanticism should respect native
political figures that have real public support in the country. What I
see instead is an attempt to go through the back door. Persons and small
parties, that have a little support from the Russia's demos, receive
funding from American 'NGOs', and are falsely promoted to Western public
as a prospective, 'progressive' etc opposition. To better maintain the
falsehood, a limited set of 'experts' (also under Atlanticist funding)
tell something in your mass media allegedly 'from inside' of Russia.
This is a yet one effort to implement a 'regime change'.

The Kremlin takes certain measures to protect Russian politics against
such meddling, and this is presented by your news media as suppression
of democratic opposition. Yes these measures may also harm not only the
Atlanticist-made simulacra but some native opposition too. However, as
long as the subversive meddling persists, a protection will be necessary,
and it will meet public approval because the people's majority really
dislikes those folks whom your policymakers try to fund / promote here.
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<http://tinyurl.com/jgc5nd5>
.. The population taking part in the decision-making process today is
becoming the main threat for liberal democracy ..
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Italian writer points to those who're guilty.

<http://tinyurl.com/ztrd3ob> ilgiornale.it

All the mistakes of the West on Russia
There are historical trends that continue over time even if governments and
ideologies change

Francesco Alberoni | Sun, 17/04/2016

Britain for centuries tried to prevent Russian expansion in what was called
the "great game." Today, similar policy is conducted jointly by two allied
Anglo-Saxon powers, Britain and the US .. These powers and the EU, by
manipulating the fears of the East Europeans, managed to create a hostile
climate and separate Russia from the rest of Europe and to shirt it to Asia.

With this move they have prevented the emergence of a large Euro-Russian
economic hub when Europe provided the technology and Russia energy and raw
materials. They forced the Europeans to buy oil from the Arab countries and
suffer the invasion of the Muslim refugees from their wars. Moreover, due to
the sanctions against Russia they could achieve the dominance over European
market, and they increased their trade with Russia, while Europe has only a
very serious economic damage.
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YOUNG IRAQIS OVERWHELMINGLY CONSIDER U.S. THEIR ENEMY, POLL SAYS
Keith Willshaw
2016-04-19 20:47:31 UTC
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Italian writer points to those who're guilty.
<http://tinyurl.com/ztrd3ob> ilgiornale.it
All the mistakes of the West on Russia
There are historical trends that continue over time even if governments and
ideologies change
Francesco Alberoni | Sun, 17/04/2016
Britain for centuries tried to prevent Russian expansion in what was
called the "great game." Today, similar policy is conducted jointly by
two allied Anglo-Saxon powers, Britain and the US .. These powers and
the EU, by manipulating the fears of the East Europeans, managed to
create a hostile
climate and separate Russia from the rest of Europe and to shirt it to Asia.
Actually the "great game" referred to the policy of preventing Russian
hegemony. It has always been the aim of British foreign policy to
prevent any one power gaining a decisive military advantage in EurAsia.
This has most often been applied to France but both Germany and Russia
have been on the wrong end. Note that Britain didnt care about what
Russia did in the Ukraine or ByeloRussia their concern was about
perceived Russian threats to India and Turkey.

KeithW
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Italian writer points to those who're guilty.
<http://tinyurl.com/ztrd3ob> ilgiornale.it
All the mistakes of the West on Russia
There are historical trends that continue over time even
if governments and ideologies change
Francesco Alberoni | Sun, 17/04/2016
Britain for centuries tried to prevent Russian expansion
in what was called the "great game." Today, similar
policy is conducted jointly by two allied Anglo-Saxon
powers, Britain and the US .. These powers and the EU,
by manipulating the fears of the East Europeans, managed
to create a hostile climate and separate Russia from the
rest of Europe and to shirt it to Asia.
Actually the "great game" referred to the policy of
preventing Russian hegemony. It has always been the aim
of British foreign policy to prevent any one power
gaining a decisive military advantage in EurAsia. This
has most often been applied to France but both Germany
and Russia have been on the wrong end. Note that Britain
didnt care about what Russia did in the Ukraine or
ByeloRussia their concern was about perceived Russian
threats to India and Turkey.
Those zealous Britain's efforts largely predetermined the self-destruction
of Europe in the 20 century, collapse of its own empire and the rise of the
US (and the present day American supervision over Europe).

A part of the current British establishment continues to keep a particular
revanchist sentiment towards Russia, in this sense the British are similar
to the Poles.

Currently, the British and Polish establishments are the two main agents of
promotion of anti-Russian hostility in Europe (which doesn't bring any big
benefit to the regular people of these countries).
Oleg Smirnov
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<http://tinyurl.com/jktzd9h> 21stcenturywire.com

Finger in Every Pie: How CIA Produces Our 'News' and Entertainment

APRIL 12, 2016

In so many respects, 'our' media is not our own.

In the past, 21WIRE has detailed various aspects of Operation Mockingbird
<http://is.gd/4p4PM5> and other CIA-related media pursuits, as well as many
other bogus news stories <http://is.gd/UGVmjO> which appear on a regular
basis.

Previously, we showed how the Hollywood hit ZeroDarkThirty
<http://is.gd/g9PwSF> was a completely fabricated piece of fiction which was
passed on to the public as a "true story". Also, the popular TV series,
Homeland, is one of the most obvious propaganda productions in recent years,
designed to reinforce many flawed assumptions and false believes about the
world outside of the United States.

Did you know that the CIA has actually produced a number of high-profile
'history' TV programs that appear on US and world media channels?

Yes, it's true.

Sputnik <http://sptnkne.ws/bak6>

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a finger in every pie including.
the entertainment business: it turns out that the CIA has played a role in
producing at least 22 entertainment projects; investigative journalist Adam
Johnson argues that by doing this the US intelligence agency puts American
media workers at risk.

It seems that the US Central Intelligence Agency follows the theory that
says that there are no little or insignificant things. The intelligence
agency has long been keeping an eye on the Western entertainment industry
and has even had a role in producing popular fiction movies and
documentaries.

In his article <http://is.gd/0NGtGk> for Fair.org media watchdog
investigative journalist Adam Johnson argues that this type of collaboration
may cast a shadow over the image of US media workers and even put them at
risk.

"For years, artists from across the entertainment industry - actors,
authors, directors, producers, screenwriters, and others - have been in
touch with the CIA to gain a better understanding of our intelligence
mission," the CIA public website reads <http://alturl.com/eqtt4>.

According to the website, the CIA's goal in engaging with the industry is to
ensure "an accurate portrayal of the men and women of the CIA, and the
skill, innovation, daring, and commitment to public service that defines
them."

Continue this article at Sputnik News <http://tinyurl.com/j3y3bss>
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<http://tinyurl.com/jsv34f9> independent.co.uk
How politicians duck the blame for terrorism
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<http://tinyurl.com/jzgkuvn> georgiatoday.ge

Policy of Détente

Dimitri Dolaberidze | 02 May 2016

The Anglo-Saxon corporations which control the main international financial
flows, have recently changed their rhetoric. After attempts to break the
Russian economy "into pieces" they have taken the first steps to enter into a
dialogue. It is significant that on the eve of the May summit of the "Big
Seven," Japan has expressed interest in becoming the eighth member.

It is hard to believe that just a few years ago, at the peak of exacerbation
of the Ukrainian and the Middle East crisis, the transcontinental group wanted
to destroy at one blow its rivals - the Russian Federation, the European
Union, the Arab world. To start a war in Syria, sinking it in blood, they
moved to Ukraine, where they carried out a bloody coup and established a
conflict, and now have begun to destabilize Europe.

And all for the sake of the interests of a few clans, the main assets of which
are amazingly focused on one small island - the UK, more specifically within
the City of London - where 117 of the 500 largest corporations in the world
are concentrated. Headed by the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, the
"Island Club" includes 4000 of the oligarchs who control the country's
finances- the so-called Commonwealth of Nations is the largest association in
the world sitting on 24% of the Earth's land area and comprising 30% of the
world's population.

Today, this pack has had to reformat its policies.

If we look at history, this is exactly what happened in the early 1970s. Then,
after a hard confrontation with the Soviet Union, the West also had to change
its line, and proclaim a "detente" policy.

Like now, then the causes were associated not with good will on the part of
Western elites or with contradictions emerging within the "Anglo-Saxon
corporations." It was caused by the need to resolve issues arising between the
European elite. Several European countries, partly in aim of preserving their
independence, expressed a desire to take account of their interests. First the
French President de Gaulle, later joined by German Chancellor Willy Brandt,
after that head of Switzerland Rudolf Gnegi, made to limit the Dollar's
dominance. A little later there was another hotbed of tension when the Saudi
King Faisal hit the interests of the UK and the US by taking ceasing sale of
oil on the international markets and inflating energy prices.

Today, the due reformatting policy of Anglo-Saxon corporations is associated
with new challenges. On the horizon looms China. Beijing and Delhi are the
main competitors for London and Washington. After all, India and China are not
only advanced technology, but also a huge number of GDP countries. It has two
of the largest (by population) sales markets - according to the UN forecast,
by 2100 they will account for 6.6 billion people out of 11.2 billion
worldwide.

In the 1970s, the struggle with competitors led to the fact that the United
States officially refused to convert dollars into gold. A number of
charismatic leaders were forced to leave office early and retire from politics
(de Gaulle, Brandt). The Saudi King Faisal was assassinated in mysterious
ways - according to an investigation by the Egyptian journalist and one of the
associates of Gamal Abdel Nasser Mohamed Heikal, British and American
intelligence agencies may have had a hand in it.

Switzerland held onto its neutrality as long as it could, but was forced to
surrender. The last step was the surrender of the Swiss authorities, who
agreed to disclose the banking secrets of foreign clients. The US and UK
pressure was gradually implemented into Swiss law in 2008-2009. As a result,
they have gained access to information about the accounts of virtually all the
world's financial and industrial groups.

Dimitri Dolaberidze is an expert in Political Geography based at the Center of
Research for the Study of Georgian Complex Development Issues.
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<http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/a-1088013.html>
Vibrant, Noisy and Booming: Welcome to the New Moscow
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<http://tinyurl.com/jdl74gt> nationalinterest.org

Is it Time for America to Quit NATO?

Ted Galen Carpenter / March 29, 2016

NATO will celebrate its sixty-seventh anniversary in April. Instead of
being an occasion for the usual expression of mind-numbing clichés about
the alliance's enduring importance both to U.S. security and world peace,
it should become an opportunity for a long overdue assessment of whether
the NATO commitment truly serves America's best interests in the twenty-
first century. There is mounting evidence that it does not.
.. Sixty-seven years is a long time for any policy to remain intact and
try to remain relevant. America's NATO policy is increasingly failing
the most basic tests of relevance and prudence. It is well past time to
conduct a comprehensive review and consider even the most drastic option:
U.S. withdrawal from the alliance.
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<http://tinyurl.com/jsv34f9>
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<http://tinyurl.com/jdl74gt> nationalinterest.org
Is it Time for America to Quit NATO?
Ted Galen Carpenter / March 29, 2016
NATO will celebrate its sixty-seventh anniversary in April. Instead of
being an occasion for the usual expression of mind-numbing clichés about
the alliance's enduring importance both to U.S. security and world peace,
it should become an opportunity for a long overdue assessment of whether
the NATO commitment truly serves America's best interests in the twenty-
first century. There is mounting evidence that it does not.
.. Sixty-seven years is a long time for any policy to remain intact and
try to remain relevant. America's NATO policy is increasingly failing
the most basic tests of relevance and prudence. It is well past time to
U.S. withdrawal from the alliance.
And even better..to stop funding it!
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--
It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard
the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all
ages who mean to govern well, but *They mean to govern*. They promise to
be good masters, *but they mean to be masters*. Daniel Webster
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<http://sptnkne.ws/bapP>

.. The G7 member states will consider Russia's role in settling international
conflicts in a year and will decide on conditions for the country's return to
the Group of Eight (G8), German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said
Sunday.
"It turns out that none of the major international conflicts can be solved
without Russia. We will see in a year if Russia maintains this constructive
role and then there will certainly be a debate within the G7, when Russia's
return is possible and which conditions must be met," Steinmeier said ahead of
the meeting of G7 foreign ministers in Japan's Hiroshima ..

...

Hardly the Kremlin will be interested to return to the G8. Without Russia it's
just a club of American poodles, - Russia's presence there would unnecessarily
'legitimise' it above that. It's neither in Russia's nor in the world's favor.
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Is it Time for America to Quit NATO?
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<http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/13/c_135275255.htm>

MOSCOW, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Russia has no urgent need to return to the Group
of Seven (G7) as it has now become a club of U.S. friends, a Russian lawmaker
said Tuesday.

"Why do we have to go to the G7, where the United States is in charge and
other countries assent? There is a united front against Russia there," said
Alexey Pushkov, chairman of the State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee.

"In current position Russia doesn't need to be part of G7. ..

<http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/g8-epoch-over/ri13892>

The G8 Epoch Is Over

Fyodor Lukyanov | 2015-04-15

.. The statements made by Germany's Foreign Minister, or the Japanese Premier,
Shinzo Abe, show a real lack of understanding and imagination by western
leaders. ..

When Russia was accepted into the G8 in the 1990's, it seemed that this would
not just be participation in a club but a decision of strategic importance
looking to the future. But the desired future didn't happen back then and
probably never will: it's obvious that the world is no longer moving towards
an extension of the western model.

.. it makes no sense to restore the G8. .. it's clear this club will never
become a 'world government', as it once expected. .. The attempt to lure
Russia back to the G8 to influence it doesn't make sense. ..
<http://tinyurl.com/z4n47lw>
UK follows Russia's example to set up specialist sixth form maths colleges
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<http://tinyurl.com/hmad2l8> reuters.com

When will Russia break?

By John Lloyd April 14, 2016

When will Russia break? A rock bottom oil price, Western sanctions,
inflation, a demographic crisis. when is the Second Russian Revolution? Next
year, on the centenary of the first? 1917-2017? ..

...

Russia isn't going to die or break. The great Atlanticist thinkers invented
a false explanation for the end of the USSR, and today they - something like
those followers of the cargo cult - are trying to reproduce the actions they
remember they performed before the end of the USSR, and expect some similar
outcome from such a magic. That's a delusion.
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<http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/g8-epoch-over/ri13892>
The G8 Epoch Is Over
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<http://tinyurl.com/jeojygx> huffingtonpost.com

Thinking the Unthinkable: Russia Has Re-Emerged As a Great Power

<http://tinyurl.com/zuclbxy> newstatesman.com

Russia is here to stay - the UK should engage with it

...

A sudden surprise.
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<http://tinyurl.com/hmlo4ar> spiegel.de

Artemy Lebedyov, Russia's famous designer and a controversial person because
of his controversial remarks (OS: eg. <http://is.gd/dITYuF>). In this
interview he talks ..

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Artemij Andreyevich, how would you describe Moscow to a
German?

Lebedyov: The best city in the world. .. a city of opportunities found nowhere
else. ..

SPIEGEL ONLINE: How did you manage to spend your childhood in America?

Lebedyov: Shortly before the Soviet Union fell apart, my parents were in
Baltimore-year contracts as Slavic professors. At that time everyboby wanted
to America. But I found it impossible to live there. America is less free than
Russia, it was so in my childhood and it is so today.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Do you seriously think that the Soviet Communism was freer
than America?

Lebedyov: Of course, nobody was allowed to leave the USSR without a special
permit, but in the American school I was not allowed even to go to the toilet
without permission. If you were caught in a corridor without this piece of
paper, you would be punished for real. Every morning there was the raising of
the flag and the anthem, we did not have this even in our old times under
Stalin!

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Ain't you afraid that Russia takes a wrong path under Putin?

Lebedyov: I do not care who sits in the Kremlin. For the twenty-five years
during which I have been in the entrepreneurship, there was no case when I
felt that the state puts me under pressure. ..

SPIEGEL ONLINE: You are a great optimist.

Lebedyov: That's the great thing about Russia: so many changes in a single
generation margin. .. There are a lot of countries where nothing changes. I
can compare: I have traveled more than 200 countries.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: What would you say to the Russian oppositionists protesting
against Putin?

Lebedyov: I have a Soviet poster from WW2, there is a worker in a factory, and
the saying: "Avenge them at your workplace." It's not necessary to go to the
frontline to make yourself useful. If something bothers you in Russia, then
do something about it on your own.

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemy_Lebedev>
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<http://tinyurl.com/zuclbxy>
Russia is here to stay - the UK should engage with it
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<http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/a-1088013.html>

Vibrant, Noisy and Booming: Welcome to the New Moscow

Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp | April 22, 2016

Moscow was long in the hands of criminals and the nouveau riche. Today,
Europe's biggest metropolis is undergoing rapid change. It is becoming more
open and more cosmopolitan, despite Putin's nationalism. ..

.. Moscow has never been as modern and cosmopolitan as it is today. There is
free WLAN in subway cars, parks, restaurants and cemeteries, and you can use
your smartphone to pay for parking spaces without having to walk to a parking
meter. When you drive away, the main traffic office calculates online the
exact number of minutes you parked. If your car was there for 53 minutes, you
pay for 53 minutes.

Dozens of streets are being converted into pedestrian zones, there are 300
automatic bike rental stations, and movies are shown on outdoor screens in the
city's parks, even after midnight. And Moscow is constantly setting new
records. Last summer, for example, it overtook Paris and London with the total
square footage of shopping malls.

Vibrant, Noisy and Booming

All of this is happening despite the economic crisis that has gripped the
country, and despite the sanctions Western Europe and the United States have
imposed in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern
Ukraine.

Moscow is vibrant, noisy and booming. Its newest landmark is "Moscow City," a
city within the city, located next to the government headquarters on the
Moskva River, and visible from an airplane. The 374-meter (1,227-foot)
Federation Tower, Europe's tallest skyscraper, is almost finished. The
building will feature a spa with a swimming pool on the 61st floor, an
exclusive restaurant on the 65th floor and penthouse apartments with up to 750
square meters (8,072 square feet) of living space and breathtaking views of
the vastness of Moscow.

The city is still seething at 2 a.m., and traffic never stops. People are
sitting in restaurants that can hold their own with the gourmet temples of New
York and Tokyo. The White Rabbit, for example, with renowned chef Vladimir
Mukhin, was ranked 23rd among the world's best restaurants last year.

Yet the view from the Federation Tower also makes it seem as though time has
stood still in Moscow. The landmarks of the former Soviet capital -- the seven
Stalin-era skyscrapers, the Socialist-Classicist buildings, which include the
gigantic Foreign Ministry and the equally enormous university on the Sparrow
Hills -- are all still there. And then there are the grand boulevards the
communists built through the center of the city, the Moskva River, meandering
through the sea of buildings, and the red-walled Kremlin in the downtown area.

Moscow is almost 870 years old and it has been the capital of the Russian
nation for 500 years. It is the heart of the country, its financial center and
a place all Russians long to be. Europe's largest city, some 12 million people
now live in Moscow with the greater metropolitan area boasting a population of
16 million, plus an estimated 2 million illegal guest workers from neighboring
Russian republics.

And Moscow is no longer merely the city of criminals, the nouveau riche and
ruthless social climbers -- the city were those who were poor or lacked
connections were left behind. Moscow's character is changing. The city seems
to be turning into what it never was before: a city for its residents.

The metropolis' expansion is no longer focused solely on glitz, glamour and
superlatives. Today's objective is to achieve quality and not quantity --
quality of life. In this sense, the city is on a collision course with Russian
President Vladimir Putin, who is more concerned with the size and power of his
realm than on the wellbeing of the individual. He is leading the country away
from the West and depriving citizens of the ability to make their own
decisions.

Doing as it Pleases

But Moscow, whose natives never liked Putin, the former KGB agent from St.
Petersburg, refuses to fall in line with the Kremlin - even as pressure on the
opposition and public enthusiasm over the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula
have placed Putin in a much stronger position than he was just four years ago.
Back then, hundreds of thousands took to the streets of Moscow to protest
ballot rigging in elections to the Duma, as Russia's parliament is known.

Moscow in 2016 is a city that is both rebellious and pragmatic. It comes to
terms with the autocrat in the Kremlin , and yet it still does as it pleases.
.. Moscow has become a city of the middle class, which is partly the
achievement of current mayor Sergey Sobyanin, who is not a Muscovite but
actually hails from Siberia. He is also not a liberal but an apparatchik: the
former head of Putin's presidential administration and later deputy premier.
But he has assembled a staff of young reformers who tick differently than
those in the Kremlin leadership. ..

...

The writing is pretty funny, but blatantly false about how Moscow is 'new'
and immensely different from 'Putin's Russia', likely the scribblers tried to
reconcile their impression with the standard 'dying Russia' false narrative.

Today's Moscow is not 'new'. Despite some great recent developments and
innovations it's the same city, same style and ambiance: most of what one can
see and find in Moscow today is essentially the same - vibrant and noisy etc
- to what one could see and find there 5 or more years ago. Those 'criminals
and nouveau riche' was an attribute of the 1990s, and not only in Moscow.

Yet one falsehood is about alleged difference between the political attitudes
in Moscow and in the rest of Russia. Regular people, residents of Moscow, en
masse have essentially similar political preferences and attitudes as the ones
in most of other regions. Moscow is peculiar because it holds the most part
of what is called 'liberal intelligentsia' in Russia (Russian liberal does not
mean what it means in the West). Their core is of about 15-50 thousands. This
group is largely closed within itself and alienated from the rest of Moscow.

The statement that 'Moscow natives never liked Putin' because he is from St.
Petersburg is a nonsense. There's a kind of mutual jealousy between 'patriots
of Moscow' and 'patriots of St. Pete', but it's a marginal thing - something
like an altercation between fans of different sports teams. 'Controversial
theater productions' sometimes are canceled not only elsewhere in the country
but in Moscow as well (mainly the cases when something may look offensive to
ethnic or religious groups etc).

The main reason why those Moscow 'liberals' avoid to criticize the Moscow
mayor is not that he is a progressive democrat against the grim 'nationalists'
in the Kremlin. It's rather because the freedom fighters are themselves no
strangers to the corruption and nepotism. They can well demonize Putin because
Putin sits far in the Kremlin, but another matter would be to quarrel with the
boss who directly manages Moscow domestic affairs. Such a situation isn't
specific in relation to the current Moscow mayor, it's rather a long-standing
custom. There's no any tensions / opposition between the Kremlin and the
Moscow government, and the style of governance is actually not much different.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://tinyurl.com/hmlo4ar> spiegel.de
Artemy Lebedyov, Russia's famous designer and a controversial person because
of his controversial remarks (OS: eg. <http://is.gd/dITYuF>). In this
interview he talks ..
SPIEGEL ONLINE: Artemij Andreyevich, how would you describe Moscow to a
German?
Lebedyov: The best city in the world. .. a city of opportunities found
nowhere else. ..
Oleg Smirnov
2016-05-16 17:33:39 UTC
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Steinmeier: Russia should return to the G8.
According to the head of the German Foreign Ministry, "isolation and
disconnection" does not lead to peace. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter
Steinmeier again called for return of the Russian Federation into the "Big
Eight". According to Steinmeier in an interview with Tagesspiegel newspaper
on Sunday, May 15, "it is in times of crisis is very important these formats,
which can be overcome by a general silence and return to the negotiating
table." .. The politician reminded that the mediation of the Russian
Federation is required in resolving many international issues. ..

...

This time the official reaction was that the folks should first ask about
Russia's own desire 'to return'. From the Russian perspective, there's no
[longer] 'big eight'. Also the 'G' in the current G7 in the 'insane hegemon
+ six footmen' format <http://bit.ly/1ZYahd2> is a joke because it's obviously
unable to solve anything really 'global'.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/13/c_135275255.htm>
MOSCOW, April 13 (Xinhua) -- Russia has no urgent need to return to the
Group of Seven (G7) as it has now become a club of U.S. friends, a Russian
lawmaker said Tuesday.
"Why do we have to go to the G7, where the United States is in charge and
other countries assent? There is a united front against Russia there," said
Alexey Pushkov, chairman of the State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee.
"In current position Russia doesn't need to be part of G7. ..
<http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/g8-epoch-over/ri13892>
The G8 Epoch Is Over
Fyodor Lukyanov | 2015-04-15
.. The statements made by Germany's Foreign Minister, or the Japanese
Premier, Shinzo Abe, show a real lack of understanding and imagination by
western leaders. ..
When Russia was accepted into the G8 in the 1990's, it seemed that this
would not just be participation in a club but a decision of strategic
importance looking to the future. But the desired future didn't happen back
then and probably never will: it's obvious that the world is no longer
moving towards an extension of the western model.
.. it makes no sense to restore the G8. .. it's clear this club will never
become a 'world government', as it once expected. .. The attempt to lure
Russia back to the G8 to influence it doesn't make sense. ..
Oleg Smirnov
2016-05-20 18:22:12 UTC
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<http://tinyurl.com/gl9fkf3> nytimes.com

Vladimir Putin's Dangerous Obsession

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD | MAY 19, 2016

.. While promising Secretary of State John Kerry that he would work with
America to end the war that has reportedly killed up to 470,000 people, Mr.
Putin has been unable or unwilling to stop Mr. Assad from shelling civilians
and, according to reports, is continuing Russian airstrikes as well. A
temporary cease-fire that raised hopes for a more durable peace has now
largely collapsed, talks between the Assad government and opposition forces
have broken down and plans to begin a negotiated political transition to a
more inclusive government by Aug. 1 seem ever more remote.

Syria is just one arena where Mr. Putin's obsessive quest to make Russia
great again has fueled instability and reawakened political suspicions and
animosities that faded after the fall of the Soviet Union.

As Turkish writer explains it <http://archive.is/3QFt0>: "If the Syrian army
actually had collapsed (as was looking quite likely before the Russians
intervened to save it last September), nothing could have prevented ISIL and
the rival Islamist forces of the Nusra Front from taking the whole country.
They might then have fought each other for control, but all of Syria would
have ended up under extreme Islamist rule. .. Russia's strategy has been more
modest and realistic from the start. .."

There's American irrational obsession to make America great again, while the
Russian position about Syria is entirely rational and intended to prevent the
obsessed and dangerous American maniacs from converting it to a kind of Libya.

The American maniacs have proved to produce disastrous 'solutions'.

The Americans refuse to separate what they call 'moderate' terrorists from the
al-Qaeda affiliates because in this case their artificial 'moderates' will be
very small and insignificant. It means they de facto rely on the jihadists. It
is the only force that can emulate 'popular uprising' and help the Americans
to save face as far as they are unwilling to recognize their delusion.

A year after invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea in 2014,

There was no invasion of the Ukraine. There was an unconstitutional coup that
led to a lost of legitimacy of the Ukrainian government. In this situation the
people of Crimea chose to escape from the mess and rejoin to Russia.

Russia signed an
agreement in Minsk that was supposed to end the fighting. It is now
violating that agreement; violence between Ukrainian and Russian-backed
separatist forces has reached its highest level since a 2015 cease-fire.

It's notable the Editorial Board morons avoid going into specific details here
while the fact that Kiev deliberately escalates the violence doesn't mean that
Russia violates the agreement <http://archive.is/uMr07>.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
<http://dw.com/p/1IoGp>
Steinmeier: Russia should return to the G8.
Siri Cruise
2016-05-20 21:34:14 UTC
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actually had collapsed (as was looking quite likely before the Russians
intervened to save it last September), nothing could have prevented ISIL and
the rival Islamist forces of the Nusra Front from taking the whole country.
That would explain why Russia bombs everyone but Daesh and Assad.
--
:-<> Siri Seal of Disavowal #000-001. Disavowed. Denied. Deleted.
'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
the Louvre, then Edge of Tomorrow has a happy ending. Kill Tom repeat..
Oleg Smirnov
2016-05-20 22:08:15 UTC
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Post by Oleg Smirnov
actually had collapsed (as was looking quite likely
before the Russians intervened to save it last
September), nothing could have prevented ISIL and the
rival Islamist forces of the Nusra Front from taking the
whole country.
That would explain why Russia bombs everyone but Daesh and Assad.
And Siri's repeating the American agitprop absurdities.
Siri Cruise
2016-05-21 01:11:34 UTC
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Post by Siri Cruise
Post by Oleg Smirnov
actually had collapsed (as was looking quite likely
before the Russians intervened to save it last
September), nothing could have prevented ISIL and the
rival Islamist forces of the Nusra Front from taking the
whole country.
That would explain why Russia bombs everyone but Daesh and Assad.
And Siri's repeating the American agitprop absurdities.
Reality is an American plot.
--
:-<> Siri Seal of Disavowal #000-001. Disavowed. Denied. Deleted.
'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
the Louvre, then Edge of Tomorrow has a happy ending. Kill Tom repeat..
stihl waters
2016-05-31 16:15:44 UTC
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the American agitprop absurdities.
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-fighter-conducts-dangerous-intercept-of-u-s-recon-jet/

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/america-responds-to-russian-provocation-in-baltic-sea-with-subdued-carefully-worded-statement/news-story/5a179d3685e87428767d4916b9162ecf

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/15/kerry-says-us-navy-destroyer-couldve-shot-down-russian-warplanes.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/us-russian-bombers-july-4-intercept/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us-russia-bombers-intentions/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-incidents-involving-russian-military-and-nato-since-march-2014-9851309.html


Russian military strategy causing dangerous encounters
Russian-su27.jpg

The Russian su-27 fighter jet photographed next to a Swedish
intelligence plane.

A full list of 39 incidents since March 2014

As classified by the European Leadership Network

High Risk Incidents

On 3 March 2014 a close encounter occurred between a SAS passenger plane
taking off from Copenhagen and a Russian reconnaissance aircraft which
did not transmit its position 50 miles south east of Malmo. A collision
was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness
of the passenger plane pilots. The SAS 737 plane was carrying 132
passengers to Rome.
On 5 September 2014 an Estonian security service operative, Eston
Kohver, was abducted by Russian agents from an Estonian border post, on
Estonian, and therefore NATO, territory. He was later taken to Moscow
and accused of espionage. The incident itself involved communications
jamming and the use of smoke grenades, and took place immediately after
President Obama’s visit to the region and his repetition of security
assurances to the Baltic States.
Between 17-27 October, 2014 a major submarine hunt by Swedish
authorities was prompted by credible intelligence reports of “underwater
activity” in the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters.
Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson underlined that Sweden was
ready to use “armed force” to bring the vessel to the surface if
necessary. Russia issued denials and attempted to ridicule Swedish
concerns. The major search operation stopped on Oct. 24.
Serious Incidents with Escalation Risk

On 12 April 2014 an unarmed Russian fighter aircraft made 12 passes of
the American warship the USS Cook in the Black Sea. Such aggressive
behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the
ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence.
On April 23 2014 an armed Russian fighter undertook very threatening
manoeuvres in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft in the
Sea of Okhotsk. These manoeuvres involved demonstrating that the fighter
was armed. Such behaviour is far removed from what would be expected in
a relatively routine encounter.
In June 2014 armed Russian aircraft approached the heavily populated
Danish island of Bornholm before breaking off in what appears to have
been a simulated attack. The Danish intelligence service described the
incident as “of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.”
On 16 July 2014 an armed Russian aircraft intercepted a Swedish
surveillance plane conducting operations between Gotland and Latvia in
international airspace, and flew within 10 metres of the plane. This
indicated a far more aggressive approach to intercepting aircraft than
in previous encounters.
On 18 July 2014 an American surveillance plane conducting operations
near Kaliningrad was chased into Swedish air-space after being
approached by Russian fighters. This evasive action took place without
Sweden’s prior approval that the US aircraft could enter Swedish airspace.
In early September, 2014 Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea
near Canada practiced cruise missile strikes on the United States. The
Russian aircraft stayed outside of Canada’s ADIZ but this was still a
provocative move in light of the NATO summit ongoing at the time. Cruise
missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York,
Washington, Chicago, and the Norfolk Naval Base in range.
On 7 September 2014 HMCS Toronto (a frigate) was buzzed by a Russian
aircraft in the Black Sea, with the plane coming within 300 metres of
the warship. HMCS Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took
no further action as the aircraft was not armed. This incident coincided
with larger Russian naval combat training activities near Sevastopol.
Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have
resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of
self-defence.
On 17 September 2014 two Russian military aircraft crossed into Swedish
air-space south of the island of Oland. The Russian Su-24 bombers
intentionally violated Swedish airspace possibly to test the
capabilities of the air defence system strengthened after previous
incidents. The Swedish Foreign Minister described the incident as the
‘most serious aerial incursion’ in years.
On 19 September 2014 Russian officers detained a Lithuanian shipping
vessel in international waters in the Barents Sea, subsequently towing
it to Murmansk. This represented a clear escalation in Russian attempts
at the provocation and intimidation of the Baltic States.
On 3 October 2014 a Russian fighter flew “within metres” of Swedish
surveillance aircraft in the Baltic in an incident deemed “unusually
provocative”. A collision between the aircraft would have had serious
repercussions for bilateral relations and increased military tensions
across the entire Baltic area.
From 28-30 October 2014, Russia conducted a major air exercise in the
North Sea, Atlantic, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In a series of
developments, aircraft from NATO states and partners tracked Russian
long-range bombers conducting missions across this entire area,
including a large formation of Russian fighters and bombers conducting
missions over the Baltic Sea. All missions were conducted in
international airspace but their scale and use of different kinds of
aircraft and different zones of operation has added significantly to
increased tensions between NATO and Russia.
Near Routine Incidents

On 10 April 2014 two Russian Navy vessels involved in live missile
firing exercises entered Lithuania’s Baltic maritime economic zone,
causing serious disruption to shipping.
On 20 April 2014 a Russian recon aircraft observed Swedish military
installations. Unclear if there was a Swedish response.
On 23 April 2014 a Russian aircraft entered Dutch airspace before being
intercepted by Dutch fighter aircraft.
On 24 April 2014 RAF fighters intercepted and shadowed Russian aircraft
in international airspace over the North Sea.
On 28 April 2014, fighters with the Nato Baltic Air Policing force
scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace.
On 9 May 2014 Russian aircraft approached to within 50 miles of the
Californian coast, the closest such Russian military flight since the
Cold War.
On 18 May 2014 RAF fighters intercepted a Russian helicopter and
shadowed it back to its parent corvette in the Baltic Sea; the fighters
later performed several passes of the Russian warship.
In late May, early June 2014 Russian aircraft carried out several
incursions into the US and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones in
the Arctic.
On 12 June 2014, Nato fighters intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace near Latvia.
On 17 June 2014, RAF fighters intercepted a Russian air formation in
international airspace.
On 19 June 2014; HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was sent to
investigate a Russian corvette in international waters near Denmark’s
Baltic coast. HMS Montrose was subsequently circled by Russian maritime
patrol aircraft.
From 21 May to 13 August 2014, a series of short airspace violations by
Russian aircraft were reported over the Estonian island of Vaindloo.
On 1 August, Polish fighters of the Nato Baltic air-policing mission
intercepted Russian aircraft flying near Estonia airspace.
In early August 2014 several Russian air incursions were reported into
the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
On 7 August 2014 anti-submarine forces of Russia’s Northern Fleet
reportedly expelled an American submarine from the Barents Sea. The US
denied its submarines were operating in the area.
On 28 August 2014, there was an air incident involving an unknown Nato
country and Russia. No details beyond aircraft type except that incident
took place over the Baltic.
In August/September 2014, Russian naval and air units interfered with
the operations of a Finnish research vessel on two separate occasions.
In late August, 2014, multiple breaches of Finnish air-space by Russian
state aircraft were reported. In response, Finland has already indicated
that it will react more firmly to violations of its airspace in future.
On 11 September 2014, Canadian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace.
Between the 17 and 18 September 2014, Russian jets entered the ADIZ off
the coast of Alaska (officials say such incidents happen around 10 times
a year) on two separate occasions, once on the evening of Wednesday 17th
Sep (USA ADIZ) and once on the morning of Thursday 18th Sep (Canadian
ADIZ, Beaufort Sea). The Russian planes were intercepted by American and
Canadian fighters. These incidents coincide with Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s visits to Ottawa and Washington.
On 19 September 2014, RAF jets shadowed Russian aircraft in
international airspace above the north sea.
On 29 September 2014, Latvian forces observed a Russian warship
operating 14 miles from Latvian territorial waters; article observes
that Russian jets and warships have been detected 173 times near
Latvia’s borders as of September.
On 20 October 2014, planes from the Baltic Air Policing mission
intercepted Russian surveillance Il-20 aircraft in international airspace
On 21 October 2014 Baltic Air Policing planes (Portuguese F-16s)
intercepted Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft which entered Estonian
airspace next to the island of Saarema for about a minute.
On 31 October 2014, RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian aircraft
approaching UK airspace.
stihl waters
2016-05-31 16:16:00 UTC
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Russia should return to the G8.
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/russian-fighter-conducts-dangerous-intercept-of-u-s-recon-jet/

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/america-responds-to-russian-provocation-in-baltic-sea-with-subdued-carefully-worded-statement/news-story/5a179d3685e87428767d4916b9162ecf

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/15/kerry-says-us-navy-destroyer-couldve-shot-down-russian-warplanes.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/23/politics/us-russian-bombers-july-4-intercept/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/world/us-russia-bombers-intentions/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/full-list-of-incidents-involving-russian-military-and-nato-since-march-2014-9851309.html


Russian military strategy causing dangerous encounters
Russian-su27.jpg

The Russian su-27 fighter jet photographed next to a Swedish
intelligence plane.

A full list of 39 incidents since March 2014

As classified by the European Leadership Network

High Risk Incidents

On 3 March 2014 a close encounter occurred between a SAS passenger plane
taking off from Copenhagen and a Russian reconnaissance aircraft which
did not transmit its position 50 miles south east of Malmo. A collision
was apparently avoided thanks only to good visibility and the alertness
of the passenger plane pilots. The SAS 737 plane was carrying 132
passengers to Rome.
On 5 September 2014 an Estonian security service operative, Eston
Kohver, was abducted by Russian agents from an Estonian border post, on
Estonian, and therefore NATO, territory. He was later taken to Moscow
and accused of espionage. The incident itself involved communications
jamming and the use of smoke grenades, and took place immediately after
President Obama’s visit to the region and his repetition of security
assurances to the Baltic States.
Between 17-27 October, 2014 a major submarine hunt by Swedish
authorities was prompted by credible intelligence reports of “underwater
activity” in the Stockholm archipelago in Swedish territorial waters.
Supreme Commander General Sverker Göranson underlined that Sweden was
ready to use “armed force” to bring the vessel to the surface if
necessary. Russia issued denials and attempted to ridicule Swedish
concerns. The major search operation stopped on Oct. 24.
Serious Incidents with Escalation Risk

On 12 April 2014 an unarmed Russian fighter aircraft made 12 passes of
the American warship the USS Cook in the Black Sea. Such aggressive
behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have resulted in the
ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of self-defence.
On April 23 2014 an armed Russian fighter undertook very threatening
manoeuvres in the vicinity of an American reconnaissance aircraft in the
Sea of Okhotsk. These manoeuvres involved demonstrating that the fighter
was armed. Such behaviour is far removed from what would be expected in
a relatively routine encounter.
In June 2014 armed Russian aircraft approached the heavily populated
Danish island of Bornholm before breaking off in what appears to have
been a simulated attack. The Danish intelligence service described the
incident as “of a more offensive character than observed in recent years.”
On 16 July 2014 an armed Russian aircraft intercepted a Swedish
surveillance plane conducting operations between Gotland and Latvia in
international airspace, and flew within 10 metres of the plane. This
indicated a far more aggressive approach to intercepting aircraft than
in previous encounters.
On 18 July 2014 an American surveillance plane conducting operations
near Kaliningrad was chased into Swedish air-space after being
approached by Russian fighters. This evasive action took place without
Sweden’s prior approval that the US aircraft could enter Swedish airspace.
In early September, 2014 Russian strategic bombers in the Labrador Sea
near Canada practiced cruise missile strikes on the United States. The
Russian aircraft stayed outside of Canada’s ADIZ but this was still a
provocative move in light of the NATO summit ongoing at the time. Cruise
missiles launched from the Labrador Sea would have Ottawa, New York,
Washington, Chicago, and the Norfolk Naval Base in range.
On 7 September 2014 HMCS Toronto (a frigate) was buzzed by a Russian
aircraft in the Black Sea, with the plane coming within 300 metres of
the warship. HMCS Toronto locked its radar on the Russian plane but took
no further action as the aircraft was not armed. This incident coincided
with larger Russian naval combat training activities near Sevastopol.
Such aggressive behaviour, if repeated by an armed aircraft, could have
resulted in the ship commander targeting the aircraft in an act of
self-defence.
On 17 September 2014 two Russian military aircraft crossed into Swedish
air-space south of the island of Oland. The Russian Su-24 bombers
intentionally violated Swedish airspace possibly to test the
capabilities of the air defence system strengthened after previous
incidents. The Swedish Foreign Minister described the incident as the
‘most serious aerial incursion’ in years.
On 19 September 2014 Russian officers detained a Lithuanian shipping
vessel in international waters in the Barents Sea, subsequently towing
it to Murmansk. This represented a clear escalation in Russian attempts
at the provocation and intimidation of the Baltic States.
On 3 October 2014 a Russian fighter flew “within metres” of Swedish
surveillance aircraft in the Baltic in an incident deemed “unusually
provocative”. A collision between the aircraft would have had serious
repercussions for bilateral relations and increased military tensions
across the entire Baltic area.
From 28-30 October 2014, Russia conducted a major air exercise in the
North Sea, Atlantic, Black Sea and Baltic Sea. In a series of
developments, aircraft from NATO states and partners tracked Russian
long-range bombers conducting missions across this entire area,
including a large formation of Russian fighters and bombers conducting
missions over the Baltic Sea. All missions were conducted in
international airspace but their scale and use of different kinds of
aircraft and different zones of operation has added significantly to
increased tensions between NATO and Russia.
Near Routine Incidents

On 10 April 2014 two Russian Navy vessels involved in live missile
firing exercises entered Lithuania’s Baltic maritime economic zone,
causing serious disruption to shipping.
On 20 April 2014 a Russian recon aircraft observed Swedish military
installations. Unclear if there was a Swedish response.
On 23 April 2014 a Russian aircraft entered Dutch airspace before being
intercepted by Dutch fighter aircraft.
On 24 April 2014 RAF fighters intercepted and shadowed Russian aircraft
in international airspace over the North Sea.
On 28 April 2014, fighters with the Nato Baltic Air Policing force
scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft in international airspace.
On 9 May 2014 Russian aircraft approached to within 50 miles of the
Californian coast, the closest such Russian military flight since the
Cold War.
On 18 May 2014 RAF fighters intercepted a Russian helicopter and
shadowed it back to its parent corvette in the Baltic Sea; the fighters
later performed several passes of the Russian warship.
In late May, early June 2014 Russian aircraft carried out several
incursions into the US and Canadian Air Defence Identification Zones in
the Arctic.
On 12 June 2014, Nato fighters intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace near Latvia.
On 17 June 2014, RAF fighters intercepted a Russian air formation in
international airspace.
On 19 June 2014; HMS Montrose, a British frigate, was sent to
investigate a Russian corvette in international waters near Denmark’s
Baltic coast. HMS Montrose was subsequently circled by Russian maritime
patrol aircraft.
From 21 May to 13 August 2014, a series of short airspace violations by
Russian aircraft were reported over the Estonian island of Vaindloo.
On 1 August, Polish fighters of the Nato Baltic air-policing mission
intercepted Russian aircraft flying near Estonia airspace.
In early August 2014 several Russian air incursions were reported into
the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone.
On 7 August 2014 anti-submarine forces of Russia’s Northern Fleet
reportedly expelled an American submarine from the Barents Sea. The US
denied its submarines were operating in the area.
On 28 August 2014, there was an air incident involving an unknown Nato
country and Russia. No details beyond aircraft type except that incident
took place over the Baltic.
In August/September 2014, Russian naval and air units interfered with
the operations of a Finnish research vessel on two separate occasions.
In late August, 2014, multiple breaches of Finnish air-space by Russian
state aircraft were reported. In response, Finland has already indicated
that it will react more firmly to violations of its airspace in future.
On 11 September 2014, Canadian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in
international airspace.
Between the 17 and 18 September 2014, Russian jets entered the ADIZ off
the coast of Alaska (officials say such incidents happen around 10 times
a year) on two separate occasions, once on the evening of Wednesday 17th
Sep (USA ADIZ) and once on the morning of Thursday 18th Sep (Canadian
ADIZ, Beaufort Sea). The Russian planes were intercepted by American and
Canadian fighters. These incidents coincide with Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko’s visits to Ottawa and Washington.
On 19 September 2014, RAF jets shadowed Russian aircraft in
international airspace above the north sea.
On 29 September 2014, Latvian forces observed a Russian warship
operating 14 miles from Latvian territorial waters; article observes
that Russian jets and warships have been detected 173 times near
Latvia’s borders as of September.
On 20 October 2014, planes from the Baltic Air Policing mission
intercepted Russian surveillance Il-20 aircraft in international airspace
On 21 October 2014 Baltic Air Policing planes (Portuguese F-16s)
intercepted Russian Il-20 surveillance aircraft which entered Estonian
airspace next to the island of Saarema for about a minute.
On 31 October 2014, RAF Typhoons intercepted Russian aircraft
approaching UK airspace.
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<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emir_Kusturica>

<http://tinyurl.com/hhaq4tm> hollywoodreporter.com

Emir Kusturica Says Cannes Festival Rejected New Film due to His Support for
Vladimir Putin / "Politics has more and more often interfered with the way the
Cannes film festival works," the two-time Palme d'Or winner says ..

<http://tinyurl.com/jgll3wd> euronews.com

Kusturica accuses Soros over migration, says EU leadership is soviet style

George Soros has helped spark Europe's migration crisis through his vocal
support for freedom of movement, Serbian film maker Emir Kusturica has
claimed. .. His words echo those of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban who
last year accused Soros of trying to undermine European nations by encouraging
immigration.

He also said that the European Union is governed in a soviet style by
unelected officials and represents the interests of multinational companies.
The collapse of the Soviet Union prompted a decline in democratic principles
around the world, Kusturica added. .. You can watch the full interview here


...

He is no doubt right stating that the end of the USSR caused a putrefaction of
the Western-style democracy. The Soviet Union was a global factor in the
international politics, and Western policies largely evolved in a way to turn
the plebs from 'communist' temptation. Thus the USSR stimulated Western elites
to greater fairness / compliance with regard to their people's demand.

With the end of the USSR, this factor has ceased to be effective, and what one
can see presently is rather a degeneration towards an obscene simulacrum.
Along with that, Atlanticist establishment through its ideological attendants
/ the MSM desperately tries to re-adapt the post-Soviet Russia to the role of
the USSR 2.0. Thus they want to keep the old pattern of social management.

This entails certain costs in terms of ideological quality. It was possible to
demonize the USSR on the basis of 'communism'. Opportunity to use it no longer
exists, but the necessity of demonization remains, so it determines the return
of the Nazism: the way of demonization on the base of rationalizations related
to ethnicity, culture, history.

In other words, it seems to be clear now that the Western 'democracy' turned
out to be unsustainable / nonviable without a stimulating threat from the
outside. Then, at the post-Soviet time, the ruling class in the West seemed to
come to the idea to try to re-invent such a threat. That's not only 'Putin', -
the 'global war on terror' may be also related to that.

On the other hand, the primary issues related to the communism / socialism -
the need for social justice in production / economic relations - remain open.
Establishments have learned to disguise and outnoise it with what is called
'cultural Marxism' / other 'leftist shit' (with fixation on secondary issues).
True left will return with significant updates of terms and concepts.
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This compilation should illustrate the fact that use of made up 'threats' or
deliberately staged crisis situations is not something unusual, and it is not
an exotic tool for social manipulation / engineering.

<http://tinyurl.com/grnkbyr> washingtonsblog.com

Government Officials Admit to ECONOMIC False Flag Operations

Posted on April 18, 2016 by WashingtonsBlog

There Are Economic - As Well As Military - False Flag Attacks. False flag
attacks don't just involve physical deaths and wars <http://is.gd/oyz4mV> .
They also involve faked economic events and financial casualties.

For example, two officials of the International Monetary Fund said
<http://alturl.com/w8d5q> last month that they needed the threat of an
imminent financial catastrophe <http://durl.me/c2z6q7> to force other players
into accepting its measures such as cutting Greek pensions and working
conditions, and - as the Greek government put it (via Bloomberg
<http://chilp.it/d620b69>) - the IMF was "considering a plan to cause a credit
event in Greece and destabilize Europe."

High-level officials also admitted <http://migre.me/tzDbP> to intentionally
destroying their own nations' economies in order to "justify" structural
economic reforms.

For example, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Japanese central
bank officials admitted <http://bit.ly/1Sd6acb> that they kept Japan's economy
in a deflationary crisis to promote "structural reform" which would allow the
Japanese economy to be looted by foreign interests. Japanese central bank
officials admitted <http://bit.ly/1Sd6acb> the same thing.

Japan Times noted in 2003 <http://is.gd/yd70C5>:

Official statements by BOJ executives [reveal]: The BOJ can be helpful by
not being helpful. The princes recognized that such structural change was
so opposed to the special and general interests of most Japanese -
citizens, businessmen, bureaucrats and politicians - that it could be
achieved only by crippling the economy and preventing its recovery.

Something similar happened in Thailand <http://bit.ly/1YIvtmG> and the EU
<http://bit.ly/1NmbYQf>.

Indeed, the former head of the Bank of England said <http://is.gd/5PVu3M> last
month that the depression in the EU was more or less a "deliberate" policy
choice.

And an economist at insurance giant AIG - and former head of the European
Commission's unit responsible for the European Monetary System and monetary
policies - said <http://vurl.com/y8ryW> in 2008 that what European leaders
wanted was to create a crisis to force introduction of "European economic
government."

Indeed, Greece <http://bit.ly/1rojRvd> (more <http://is.gd/9ck6v3>), Italy
<http://cnb.cx/1SmiZ0v>, Ireland <http://durl.me/c2zadb> (and here
<http://archive.is/noI0O>) and other European countries have all lost their
national sovereignty <http://bit.ly/1rolF7p> to the ECB <http://is.gd/mLafpM>
and the other members of the Troika <http://tinyurl.com/hayguqp>.

ECB head Mario Draghi said <http://is.gd/D2Jd5S> in 2012:

The EU should have the power to police and interfere in member states'
national budgets.
***
"I am certain, if we want to restore confidence in the eurozone, countries
will have to transfer part of their sovereignty to the European level."
***
"Several governments have not yet understood that they lost their national
sovereignty long ago. Because they ran up huge debts in the past, they are
now dependent on the goodwill of the financial markets."
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<http://tinyurl.com/zjgln8k> telegraph.co.uk

The European Union always was a CIA project, as Brexiteers discover

AMBROSE EVANS-PRITCHARD | 27 APRIL 2016

Brexiteers should have been prepared for the shattering intervention of the
US. The European Union always was an American project.
It was Washington that drove European integration in the late 1940s, and
funded it covertly under the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon
administrations.

...

But that's good.
Because 'the whole democratic world' = 'the US hegemony'.
Such a slavishness.
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<http://tinyurl.com/grnkbyr>
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<http://tinyurl.com/zczfb4f>, <http://tinyurl.com/hvtsaaw> (PDF)

Ernst & Young's Global Fraud Survey 2016

"Bribery/corrupt practices happen widely in business in this country"

Rank Country % Agree
1 Brazil 90
2 Ukraine 88
3 Thailand 86
4 Nigeria 86
5 Kenya 84
6 Mexico 82
7 Colombia 80
8 Indonesia 78
9 South Africa 74
10 Egypt 72
11 Slovakia 70
12 Philippines 68
13 Hungary 66
14 Argentina 66
15 Greece 62
16 Croatia 60
17 India 58
18 Italy 56
19 Chile 54
20 Czech Republic 54
21 Portugal 50
22 Spain 50
23 Serbia 48
24 Vietnam 42
25 Malaysia 40
26 Slovenia 40
27 Romania 36
28 Turkey 36
29 Middle East 35
30 Poland 34
31 Russia 34
32 U.S. 34
33 Bulgaria 32
34 Hong Kong SAR 30
35 Canada 30
36 Baltic states 29
37 United Kingdom 28
38 Australia 28
39 China (mainland) 24
40 Israel 20
41 Japan 18
42 France 18
43 Norway 16
44 South Korea 14
45 Taiwan 10
46 Austria 10
47 Luxembourg 10
48 Ireland 8
49 Singapore 8
50 Belgium 8
51 Switzerland 8
52 Germany 6
53 Netherlands 6
54 Denmark 4
55 Sweden 4
56 Saudi Arabia 4
57 Finland 0

...
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<http://sptnkne.ws/bmD7>

Whither Globalism: What's Behind the Rebirth of Nationalism in the West?

OPINION | 21:25 08.05.2016

.. "So far, there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that nationalism will
become 'the mightiest force of the 21st century.' But the trend is clear:
nationalist parties in a number of countries in Western Europe have managed to
break out of the political ghetto to which it once seemed they had been
forever consigned by the globalists from both the 'left' and the 'right'."

"The most famous examples," the commentator recalls, include "the French
National Front and the UK Independence Party (UKIP), each of which has
collected millions of votes. However, an insoluble question remains: how do
they convert their massive popularity into political power?"

"The electoral systems of the countries of Old Europe are built in such a way
as to prevent nationalists from coming to power. In France this is done via a
two-round system of elections; in the second round the center-right and the
Socialists have traditionally blocked candidates from the National Front."

"During the last parliamentary elections, in 2012, the National Front
collected 3.5 million votes, about half of what the Socialists got. But in the
end, the Socialists won 280 seats and the leadership role in the parliament,
while the National Front got two mandates (less than half a percentage point
of the total number of deputies) and zero opportunity to influence
decision-making."

"Even more of a contrast emerges in the UK. In the parliamentary elections of
2015, the ruling Conservatives gathered 11.3 million votes, and UKIP, about
3.9 million.In parliament, the Conservatives received an absolute majority -
331 seats, and UKIP, only one MP. The voices of nearly four million Britons
were simply thrown in the trash. The majoritarian electoral system in the UK
is capable of cutting out the nationalists no worse than the French two-round
voting system."

Factually, Linderman suggests, "the discrepancy between widespread political
sympathy on the one hand and actual representation in the government, as we
can see, is flagrant - a gap of an order of magnitude. ..

...
http://tinyurl.com/jj64xol
WHY DOES THE AMERICAN ESTABLISHMENT HATE RUSSIA SO MUCH?
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<http://tinyurl.com/hbjqfjo> politico.eu

Don't wait for Russia to take the first step
The continent risks backsliding into a Cold War unless the West opens its eyes
to the failure of its sanctions program.

TONY BRENTON | 3/20/16,

.. Then we need to get real about Syria. We know that the moderate opposition
we so loudly support are in fact fractious, unreliable and "intermingled"
(according to the Pentagon) with Al Qaeda. They are so unreliable that we
won't even supply them with certain kinds of weaponry because we fear it would
fall into the hands of ISIL. Our public position can only be explained by an
aversion to siding with the Russians in accepting that Assad has to stay in
the short term while we agree on a more sustainable solution.

OS: 'Our public position' is due to 'our' delusionness. 'We' promoted the
the so sweet idea of a popular uprising agaist a tyrant, and now it turns
out it's all is 'in fact fractious and unreliable'.

We should make that shift - as the U.S. is gradually beginning to do - both
because it is right for Syria and because it builds up our cooperation with
Russia in a policy area where our long term objectives (combatting Islamism)
are actually very close.

The other issue on which the West should douse tension is, of course, Ukraine.
Firstly the West has to make it clear there is simply no prospect of Ukraine -
or Georgia - joining NATO in the foreseeable future.

Secondly, we should tackle the problems of the Minsk Agreement in a more
honest way. .. The core threat to Minsk lies in the Ukrainian government's
inability, or unwillingness, to deliver on its promise of negotiated autonomy
for the Donbass .. The West should acknowledge that this is where the real
problem lies, and press the Ukrainians to overcome it. ..

This approach has the additional virtue of increasing pressure on Kiev to
deliver. It would also help the West back away from a sanctions regime that
everyone knows is not working. ..

Tony Brenton is former British ambassador to Russia.
<http://tinyurl.com/n6383te>
Official Washington's Delusions on Delusions
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The continent risks backsliding into a Cold War unless the West opens its eyes
to the failure of its sanctions program.
So the appropriate response 'I'm taking my ball from this game and going home'
is 'fine, we will burn down your house.' Nice to know.
--
:-<> Siri Seal of Disavowal #000-001. Disavowed. Denied. Deleted.
'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
the Louvre, then Edge of Tomorrow has a happy ending. Kill Tom repeat..
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<http://tinyurl.com/hno49ca> ronpaulinstitute.org

How the World Ends - Baiting Russia is Not Good Policy

written by philip giraldituesday may 24, 2016

.. Russia's generals base their perception on what they have very clearly and
unambiguously observed. When Russia acts defensively, as it did in Georgia and
Ukraine, it is accused of aggressive action, is sanctioned and punished. When
the Western powers probe Russian borders with their warships and surveillance
aircraft they claim that it is likewise aggression when Moscow scrambles a
plane to monitor the activity. Washington in its own warped view is always
behaving defensively from the purest of motives and Moscow is always in the
wrong. ..

Washington's misguided policy towards Russia under both Republican and
Democratic presidents indeed has the potential to become the greatest
international catastrophe of all time, as Professor Mearsheimer observed. US
provocations and the regular promotion of a false narrative that Russia is
both threatening and seeking to recreate the Soviet Union together suggest to
that country's leaders that Washington is an implacable foe. The bellicose
posturing inadvertently strengthens the hands of hard line nationalists in
Russia while weakening those who seek a formula for accommodation with the
West. ..

...

Whatever it would be next, the US will remain a subject to disgust in Russia
for a long time, the US policymakers are full of shit, and they have produced
it just out of nothing.
<http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/13/the-end-of-the-american-empire/>
The End of the American Empire
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So Putin is going with the 'I'm crazy enough to burn the world routine.'
Post by Oleg Smirnov
written by philip giraldituesday may 24, 2016
.. Russia's generals base their perception on what they have very clearly and
unambiguously observed. When Russia acts defensively, as it did in Georgia and
Or they do mock bombing runs on Sweden or fly bombers that can carry nuclear
weapons along the borders of NATO. Or buzzing USN ships. Purely defensive.

At least that goofball that wanted to invade Alaska eventually got muffled.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
Washington's misguided policy towards Russia under both Republican and
Democratic presidents indeed has the potential to become the greatest
You've had 30 years to pull yourself together and figure out how to run your
country. Stop whining and blaming everyone else for your incompetence.
--
:-<> Siri Seal of Disavowal #000-001. Disavowed. Denied. Deleted.
'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
the Louvre, then Edge of Tomorrow has a happy ending. Kill Tom repeat..
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So Putin is going with the 'I'm crazy enough to burn the
world routine.'
Post by Oleg Smirnov
written by philip giraldituesday may 24, 2016
.. Russia's generals base their perception on what they
have very clearly and unambiguously observed. When
Russia acts defensively, as it did in Georgia and
Or they do mock bombing runs on Sweden or fly bombers
that can carry nuclear weapons along the borders of NATO.
Or buzzing USN ships. Purely defensive.
At least that goofball that wanted to invade Alaska
eventually got muffled.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
Washington's misguided policy towards Russia under both
Republican and Democratic presidents indeed has the
potential to become the greatest
You've had 30 years to pull yourself together and figure
out how to run your country. Stop whining and blaming
everyone else for your incompetence.
You should think less about Russia and
rather think more about your own sins, your
own misdeeds and your own shit.
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You should think less about Russia and
rather think more about your own sins, your
own misdeeds and your own shit.
Oh, dear. I'm not cutting into your 'Atlanticist' rants, am I?
--
:-<> Siri Seal of Disavowal #000-001. Disavowed. Denied. Deleted.
'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
the Louvre, then Edge of Tomorrow has a happy ending. Kill Tom repeat..
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What the Atlanticist propaganda teaches the sheep: the Newsweek has published
[supposedly] "an ordinary guy's" writing, where the guy simply retells what he
has learned from the outlets like the Newsweek.

<http://tinyurl.com/zjuyd3f> newsweek.com

QUORA QUESTION: WHY WOULD ANYONE LIKE AND SUPPORT VLADIMIR PUTIN?

BY QUORA CONTRIBUTOR ON 5/28/16

In essence, Vladimir Putin performed an epic economic lazarus act on Russia.

It's not personally Putin who 'performed' everything, - here's the Western
custom to explain the [foreign] realities in the primitive terms of a Batman-
like movie.

Yes, Russia is so spectacularly corrupt that it has been described as a
kleptocracy, a country run by criminals.

It's not confirmed by less politicized and more business examination, - for
example, Ernst & Young says <http://archive.is/gnaE0> the Russia's corruption
level is similar to the American one.

Those Westerners who still have an ability to remember something might recall
the predominant narrative at the time of the start of the 'sanctions' against
Russia. "Since the regime is a kleptocracy let us hit the major kleptocrats,
so they will stage a palace coup themselves." It was such a robust plan, and
the logic would be indeed relevant if there really was a kleptocracy. However
the result was rather the opposite to what was expected - a sane person could
start to suspect that the conception was a falsehood from the very beginning.
The only result of the 'sanctions' so far is that 'the West' has made itself a
legitimate target to retaliation in the future.

But the sheep do not tend to bother with the inconsistencies. With one ear he
or she hears about the rusty Russian tractors, and with another ear he or she
hears that Russia overguns NATO. The sheep must believe everything.

And so on.

You can read all answers here <http://tinyurl.com/jea3993>
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In essence, Vladimir Putin performed an epic economic lazarus act on Russia.
Lazarus did not become a zombie.
--
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'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
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<http://tinyurl.com/hno49ca> ronpaulinstitute.org
How the World Ends - Baiting Russia is Not Good Policy
Interesting "alternate history" of what happens when Kremlin paranoia gets
out of control:
http://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/able-archer-83-timeline-of-a-third-world-war-in-1983.279881/

The nukes start flying on pg. 100: http://tinyurl.com/z45aca8
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<http://www.unz.com/akarlin/nth-wave-of-russian-emigration/>

The Nth Wave of Russian Emigration

ANATOLY KARLIN . JANUARY 21, 2016

One thing you start noticing when you read commentary on Russia long enough is
how the same discredited tropes arise again and again. Zombie-like, they
refuse to die.

In 2011, for example, there was supposed to have been <http://vurl.com/zmBLr>
a "sixth wave of Russian emigration," in which disillusioned Russians were
said to have finally had enough with Putin and were bolting for the exits en
masse. Perhaps this was so in the fervid imaginations of the RFERL staff, but
in the real world, as proxied by things like numbers and records and
statistics, Russian emigration had long collapsed to almost insignificant
levels. All the Russians - actually, Jews and Volga Germans, for the most
part - who were ever likely to leave Russia had already done so in the 1990s.
As such, they picked an exceedingly bad time <http://chilp.it/c531b19> to come
up with this "Sixth Wave of Russian Emigration" fable.

Incidentally, Nikolay Starikov's deconstruction of how this myth came to be,
translated by yours truly <http://chilp.it/75f76ad>, remains a highly relevant
case study in how the Western propaganda machine against Russia works: Russian
liberals misrepresent or outright invent figures which are quoted by ever more
"authoritative" sources and are eventually picked up by and broadcast by a MSM
which doesn't care for elementary fact-checking whenever Russia is concerned.

...

There are many charts and references, read it by the link.

It explains figures of the Russian emigration and related Western mythology.

East Europe is rather the place where emigration is really huge, however,
nobody discusses it. Baltics, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania .. It changes
demographics balance and leads to some freaky issues in these countries.
<http://on.rt.com/7b48>
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East Europe is rather the place where emigration is really huge, however,
Are they going east or west?
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'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
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An illuminating writing: the modern American foreign policy agenda follows
patterns first discovered and used in Russia's Bolshevik practice (you may
read also another somewhat related stuff here <http://goo.gl/k8D7DF>).
<http://nationalinterest.org/feature/americas-weaponized-diplomacy-ukraine-12358>
<http://sputniknews.com/radio_burning_point/20141102/1014215330.html>
Trotskyist-Type Revolutions Go On Without the World Even Knowing It
BURNING POINT 20:00 02.11.2014 (updated 19:31 17.11.2014)
Ekaterina Kudashkina
Now, almost a hundred years on the Soviet state is gone, but Trotskyist
policy has grown into a global threat that has never existed before.
"Trotsky" might be the code word for understanding the nature of chaos in
the Middle East and beyond. The 1917 October revolution in Russia shook the
world spreading horror of "communist atrocities" and "red terror". Now,
almost a hundred years on the Soviet state is gone, but Trotskyist policy
has grown into a global threat that has never existed before.
Says Dr. Mateusz Piskorski, Director of European Centre of Geopolitical
Analysis: ..
The Polish regime has recently arrested Pan Piskorski accusing him that he is
a spy for Russia (if Kremlin arrested by such a 'reason' all 'pro-Western'
commentators in Moscow, there would be dozens and dozens of 'spies'). What's
really behind this arrest, the Polish movement 'Zmiana' ('Change'), of which
Piskorski's a leader, gains some progress in Poland <http://archive.is/HIz7G>.
The regime refuses to register it as a party, seeks to 'disable' it, so they
persecute the political leader through the trumped-up charges.

The Polish agitprop is insane about Russia-related conspiracies and spies etc.
Leading Polish political parties compete with each other in the charges of
who of them is more 'in fact pro-Putin'. On the one hand, all this is a sort
of comic show, on the other hand it shows a disheartening illness / confusion
and misapprehension within the Polish society.

Polish media about the arrest:
<http://tinyurl.com/jc7guzt> newsweek.pl
<http://tinyurl.com/j8pm7qo> wyborcza.pl
<http://tinyurl.com/grkko5j> rp.pl
<http://tinyurl.com/zjefus7> wp.pl
<http://tinyurl.com/gpfpre9> wspolczesna.pl
...

...

The 'Polish media' is a conditional wording, Poland is in fact a colony, most
of the media in Poland are under the Atlanticist control, as well as about 80%
of national banks are also under foreign (Western) control etc.
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The Polish regime has recently arrested Pan Piskorski accusing him that he is
a spy for Russia (if Kremlin arrested by such a 'reason' all 'pro-Western'
As part of NATO, other NATO countries will criticised anti-democratic and
extrajudicial activities if Poland has done so, just as they are currently doing
with Turkey. Whose criticism does Russia listen to?
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<http://tinyurl.com/ztnmazb> delfi.lv

A taxi driver left his car on the street in Riga, Latvia, going for coffee.
When he returned, it turned out that a person is dancing on the roof of the
car, another one is also trying to climb on the roof, and two others are
recording it on their phones. The car was damaged - the guys crushed bonnet,
roof and driver's door.

Police detained the bullies - the NATO servicemen of British citizenship.

This way NATO is protecting Latvia from the Russian threat :]

<https://fuckinglatvia.wordpress.com/2007/08/page/3/>
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<http://tinyurl.com/z6bevzy> bloomberg.com

Putin's Reliance on American Commerce Has Never Been Greater

Jake Rudnitsky Rudnit Ilya Arkhipov | June 15, 2016

a.. U.S. becomes Russia's No. 5 partner as trade war hits EU worse
b.. Boeing, Cargill, Yum! lead U.S. companies expanding in Russia

.. While European Union members bear the brunt of the trade war -- sanctions
and counter-sanctions have cut the bloc's bilateral trade with Russia by an
estimated 100 billion euros ($112 billion) -- U.S. companies led by Boeing
Co., Cargill Inc. and Yum! Brands Inc. have been investing for the long-haul
and gaining market share. ..
Boeing, whose design bureau in Moscow is its largest outside the U.S., this
month opened a training and research center at the government-backed Skolkovo
technology park with a ceremony that was attended by Deputy Prime Minister
Arkady Dvorkovich and U.S. Ambassador John Tefft. ..

...

The US in no way seeks to 'isolate' Russia from itself, it seeks to isolate
Europe from Russia (since Europe is subordinate to America, the Euros are not
allowed to make affairs with Russia without American permission).

As I said repeatedly, American goal is to maintain atmosphere of hatred and
fear in Europe - because it helps preserve American control over it. And
the Atlanticist policymakers perform this agenda. And along with the fear-
mongering, the military build-ups in Europe increase likelihood of outbreak
of the WW3 in Europe (the scared Euros are the most stupid in this situation).
<http://on.rt.com/7fnw>
2016 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum LIVE UPDATES
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<http://tinyurl.com/jd7lrft> yle.fi

Swedish ex-minister tells Niinistö: "Hard to understand why you invited Putin"
President Niinistö forced to defend forthcoming visit by Russian president in
July and tells Swedish former defence minister: "You're behind the times".

20.6.2016

.. Sweden's former defence minister, Karin Enström, criticised Niinistö's
decision to invite Russia's president Putin to Finland this July. .. The
question prompted a robust response from President Niinistö, who accused the
ex-minister of being "a bit behind the times". .. Niinistö insisted that
countries such as the US have also kept communications active with Moscow ..

...
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Tusk warns against 'hysterical' reaction to Brexit
European Union president Donald Tusk has said the bloc was determined to stay
unified after Britain voted to leave and warned against "hysterical"
reactions. ..

<http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-reactions-tusk-idUSKCN0ZA0XN>
"What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger," Tusk told reporters in a
statement.

<http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36515680>
Donald Tusk: Brexit could destroy Western political civilisation .. "As a
historian I fear Brexit could be the beginning of the destruction of not only
the EU but also Western political civilisation in its entirety," he told the
German newspaper Bild. ..

...

And what does this clown have to do with the Western civilisation? ;)
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<http://tinyurl.com/gq5vakn> novinite.com

Gazprom Plans to Further Increase Gas Exports to Non-CIS Countries

June 23, 2016
Gazprom plans to export at least 165 billion cubic meters of gas to
non-CIS countries in 2016 .. The Russian gas giant's exports to
non-CIS countrues had increased by 8% year-on-year in 2015, reaching
159.4 billion cubic meters .. The main factor for the annual increase
of company's gas exports to non-CIS countries by 11.8 billion cubic
meters was the drop in the volume of gas production in Europe. ..
<http://tinyurl.com/jpb2523>
German Government Agrees to Ban Fracking
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<http://tinyurl.com/z56vw7o> visegradpost.com

Václav Klaus (1/2): the EU is a threat to Europe

This interview was published in the Hungarian newspaper Magyar Hírlap
<http://migre.me/vav2w> the 22nd of July, 2016.
The interview was made by István Lovas and published originally in Hungarian.

a.. The EU is a threat to Europe
b.. Brexit is the victory of every European freethinkers
c.. Today's liberals can be considered mostly as camouflaged communists

Václav Klaus is a graduated economist, he was the President for ten years and
the Prime Minister for five years of Czech Republic. He was deprived of his
membership of Academy of Sciences in 1968 after Soviet invasion of
Czechoslovakia. He was one of the founders of Civic Forum during the 1989
"Velvet Revolution", he was also the first non-communist Finance Minister of
the country. He founded Czech Civic Democratic Party (ODS) and led it as its
president. He is the leader of the eponymous think tank called Institute
Václav Klaus in Prague, where we were talking with him because of the German
release of his highly acclaimed book Migration [Völkerwanderung - Kurze
Erläuterung der aktuellen Migrationskrise; co-author Jirí Weigl - translator's
notice], about the crisis afflicting the continent.

...

IL: In a recent interview, referring to the disposal of Soros's CEU you
mentioned, that you were working always on the restriction of presence of him.
Can we say, that apart of some minor entities, your country is free from
Soros?

Václav Klaus: We are not. There are many non-governmental organizations, which
are very similar regarding of their mentality. But if I am not wrong, there is
no direct activity in the Czech Republic. At the time you mentioned, we were
taking care for not to grant a real status for his University.

IL: In the same interview you also told, that your mind was not changed about
Soros during the past quarter-century. You added wholeheartedly also, that he
is the embodiment of evil.

Václav Klaus: We wanted to make the transition happen according to our
intentions. To realize our ideas during the process of the transformation of a
communist society. While Mr. Soros wanted to tell us how to do that. Which was
unacceptable for us. We wanted to establish a normal system of political
parties. He wanted to fulfill changes that are beneficial for him without
political parties, trough non-governmental organizations, which are
representing nobody. Least of the voters. So this was the political debate
with him. ..

IL: Brussels said, there will be penalty for each country for every rejected
migrants, it will be E250,000 per person. But if the migration is such a good
business, then why should punish anyone, who does not want to be a part of it?

Václav Klaus: This is a very good question. Definitely, this is a tool with
which they want to force the countries to admit the migrants. But I do not
think that they believe that migrants could mean any productive potency to the
European societies in the foreseeable future. They understood that their
calling for migrants was a mistake, and now, they don't know how to handle
their presence in Germany. This is why they want to distribute them in Europe.
They want to punish the Hungarians and the Czechs, who don't want to accept
them. ..

IL: I was the witness of your speech a few years ago [19th of February 2009. -
translator's notice] in the European Parliament during the Czech presidency of
the European Union, when the delegates run out from the chamber in hordes.
While Mr Pöttering, the then President of the European Parliament, was
listening that you call them communists as referring to their intolerant
behaviour while being criticized, in parallel with the Soviet Dictatorship,
his face turned red from anger, and almost choking with rage. Were your views
softened since that time?

Václav Klaus: No. They remained the same. Perhaps they had even hardened. I
believe that the EU is a threat to Europe and the cause of its continuous,
steady decline, nowadays. ..

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<http://tinyurl.com/h8fp73g>
Saudi Arabia Won't Save Britain from Its Post Brexit Decline
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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Staff Emails

2016-10-07

.. Level of Anti-Doping Rule Violations by American Athletes

The correspondence between Dr. Fedoruk and Dana Leenheer, TUE&Drug Reference
Specialist, reveals that USADA covers up many athletes using prohibited
substances. As evidence, see the table containing the data of more than 200
American athletes who have USADA and other organizations' permission to take
banned drugs. ..

Read more <http://fancybear.net/pages/m.fedoruk.html>
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<http://tinyurl.com/zeu9q8z> washingtonpost.com

On a remote Russian peninsula, one of the world's most celebrated Atlantic
salmon fisheries

Chris Santella | October 6

The legend "Stairway to Heaven" is carved into the steep steps that lead from
the helicopter landing area on the tundra to the Ryabaga Camp on Russia's
Ponoi River, one of the world's most celebrated Atlantic salmon fisheries. ..

...

This is a paid advertising article that promotes a tourist company. In fact,
there are many such rivers and fishers' camps in the Kola Peninsula, read more
for example, here <http://dudkin-co.com/?page_id=9>. This area is too crude
for regular living, but it's attractive in other sense, it greatly amazes with
its primordial purity, and there's a unique mysterious / salutary spirit.

For foreigners, such a fishing will cost about $7,000-20,000 for week.

It becomes comfortable for regular living in more southern areas, however many
places in the inhabited Russian North, the White sea region, remain to be
exceptional in their combination of beautiful natural environment and special
social atmosphere (eg. <http://tinyurl.com/gn6b6tw>), visiting this region for
a 'non-vulgar' tourism also can be a good idea.
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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Staff Emails
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It becomes comfortable for regular living in more southern areas, however
many places in the inhabited Russian North, the White sea region, remain
to be exceptional in their combination of beautiful natural environment
and special social atmosphere (eg. <http://tinyurl.com/gn6b6tw>), visiting
this region for a 'non-vulgar' tourism also can be a good idea.
Another possible offbeat tourist attraction: http://tinyurl.com/owkvcfm

Ahhh, those Soviets: Navy Submarine graveyard in Nezametnaya Cove, Kola
Peninsula, Russia. The area, close to the town of Gadzhiyevo, in Murmansk
Oblast on the Kola Peninsula, is a cemetery where is located a lot of old
Russian submarines. After serving their duty underwater, the subs were
brought to this restricted-access zone in the 1970s and then forgotten.
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It becomes comfortable for regular living in more southern areas, however
many places in the inhabited Russian North, the White sea region, remain
to be exceptional in their combination of beautiful natural environment
and special social atmosphere (eg. <http://tinyurl.com/gn6b6tw>), visiting
this region for a 'non-vulgar' tourism also can be a good idea.
Another possible offbeat tourist attraction: http://tinyurl.com/owkvcfm
Ahhh, those Soviets: Navy Submarine graveyard in Nezametnaya Cove, Kola
Peninsula, Russia. The area, close to the town of Gadzhiyevo, in Murmansk
Oblast on the Kola Peninsula, is a cemetery where is located a lot of old
Russian submarines. After serving their duty underwater, the subs were
brought to this restricted-access zone in the 1970s and then forgotten.
Did the crews disembark first?
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'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'
If you assume the final scene is a dying delusion as Tom Cruise drowns below
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Ahhh, those Soviets: Navy Submarine graveyard in
Nezametnaya Cove, Kola Peninsula, Russia. The area, close
to the town of Gadzhiyevo, in Murmansk Oblast on the Kola
Peninsula, is a cemetery where is located a lot of old
Russian submarines. After serving their duty underwater,
the subs were brought to this restricted-access zone in
the 1970s and then forgotten.
There are a few coastal sites where the military/naval garbage is
waiting for utilization, which means a little since the whole Kola
Peninsula area is a litte less than, say, Britain.

Look what a shithole America is

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Look what a shithole America is http://youtu.be/rfCkuobFbvs
That's because the upwardly mobile have all moved out. In a socialist
system, today's generation would still be living in the same place as their
great-grandparents.

Which is worse?:



NYC in 1920's:

Moscow in 1920's:


USA in the 1920s:

Russia in the 1920s:



LUV those famous five year plans: http://tinyurl.com/zhpbg4x
FDR's new deal:


I gotta admit those Cold War animations were fun to watch:

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Ahhh, those Soviets: Navy Submarine graveyard in
Nezametnaya Cove, Kola Peninsula, Russia. The area, close
to the town of Gadzhiyevo, in Murmansk Oblast on the Kola
Peninsula, is a cemetery where is located a lot of old
Russian submarines. After serving their duty underwater,
the subs were brought to this restricted-access zone in
the 1970s and then forgotten.
There are a few coastal sites where the military/naval garbage is
waiting for utilization, which means a little since the whole Kola
Peninsula area is a litte less than, say, Britain.
Look what a shithole America is http://youtu.be/rfCkuobFbvs
Looks like the entire area has just gotten a new sewer system laid in.
So I would guess all those patches where the sewer went in will warrant
new roads next spring. The buildings look like another Democrat
financially depressed area. Also noted that not many newer cars on the
street.
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the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all
ages who mean to govern well, but *They mean to govern*. They promise to
be good masters, *but they mean to be masters*. Daniel Webster
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<http://tinyurl.com/gqf9amh> vanityfair.com

THE PUTIN NEMESIS PLOTTING A POST-PUTIN RUSSIA

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man and then its most famous
political prisoner, now has his eye on the future-his country's. Can he invent
a new Russia from exile?

MASHA GESSEN | JULY 11, 2016

...

No, he cannot.

Masha is a kind of zealot and frenetic writers that mislead English-speaking
audience with falsehoods about Russia, and promote unrealistic expectations.
Such writers may be perceived trustable because many of them sincerely believe
in their delusions and express their opinions in a convincing manner, with a
convincing fervor. But it's still nothing more than a delusional wankery.
<http://tinyurl.com/hmwma57>
The Media's Incessant Barrage of Evidence-Free Accusations Against Russia
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Khodorkovsky's twit 1:54 PM - 15 Jul 2016:

"Well done, Turks! Could we repeat after them in Russia?"

This illustrates the fact that these guys realize they have absolutely
no chance to achieve anything in the Russian politics in a legitimate
democratic way. Their the only hope is 'palace coup' or something sudden
of the sort. Given the fact that the unmoral Atlanticist powers have
unequivocally supported anti-democratic coup in the Ukraine (and those
who rant today about 'the rule of law' deserve to have been spat in
their face) there's absolutely no doubt that any illegitimate 'regime
change' in Russia would be also clearly supported by them in the case of
'pro-Western' 'revolutionaries'.

Atlanticism, 'the West' in this situation acts as an anti-civilization
anti-democratic force, and the reason for that is that these delusional
hypocrite freaks have identified 'democracy' solely with themselves.
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THE PUTIN NEMESIS PLOTTING A POST-PUTIN RUSSIA
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man and then its most famous
political prisoner, now has his eye on the future-his country's. Can he
invent a new Russia from exile?
MASHA GESSEN | JULY 11, 2016
...
No, he cannot.
Masha is a kind of zealot and frenetic writers that mislead English-
speaking audience with falsehoods about Russia, and promote unrealistic
expectations. Such writers may be perceived trustable because many of
them sincerely believe in their delusions and express their opinions in
a convincing manner, with a convincing fervor. But it's still nothing
more than a delusional wankery.
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<http://tinyurl.com/j87c5gg> parlamentnilisty.cz

INTERVIEW Former Minister of Defense and former Czech Ambassador to Russia
Miroslav Kostelka / General is convinced that Russia has no plans to invade
the Baltic countries or even Poland, therefore, considers the placement of
NATO troops in Baltics as an unnecessary action that will only increase mutual
tension. ..

.. She appeared in the Czech media criticism that President Milos Zeman to the
Czech Republic at the summit in Warsaw together with foreign and defense
ministers participated, was among those who pushed for the abolition of
anti-Russian sanctions and initiate communication with Russia. Do you consider
the attitude of Milos Zeman for bad or for good?

I regard it as absolutely correct attitude. If you want war with Russia so
amused. But if we want normal relations or that it was the enemy, not the
enemy, he says Hynek Kmonicek, so we must talk with Russia. Whoever wishes to
destabilize Russia and there was some confusion, regret, and I warn against
this attitude. ..

It's readable via a machine translator <http://tinyurl.com/j87c5gg>
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Browder Almighty Who Passes Laws in Congress and Censors Worldwide Media!
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.. The problem of NATO is that it doesn't know what to go at all. Under the
directives of the US they has failed in Afghanistan and Iraq and the summit
has just deepened their vacillative wandering. On the one hand, it seems that
the sole purpose of existence of NATO is a defense against the "Russian
aggression", but the third year we are expecting that Russia will occupy at
least a piece of the Baltic States and Sweden - and still nothing happened.
And that's not even talking about those who always look out the Russian tanks
in Prague. As if Moscow decided to annoy us even more! Maybe we should call
these Russian "destructive" policies "aggressive passivity". Occasionally
Russia, like us, sends a plane near some boundaries, but doesn't give in to
provocation. As in the old BDSM joke: "Whip me!" - "Not a chance!" ..
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<http://tinyurl.com/j87c5gg> parlamentnilisty.cz
INTERVIEW Former Minister of Defense and former Czech Ambassador to Russia
Miroslav Kostelka / General is convinced that Russia has no plans to invade
the Baltic countries or even Poland, therefore, considers the placement of
NATO troops in Baltics as an unnecessary action that will only increase
mutual tension. ..
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Pro-Russian candidate leads Moldova presidential vote

EUOBSERVER | TODAY, 08:39
Moldova's presidential election will go to a second round next month after
Moscow-friendly socialist Igor Dodon won 48.5% of the vote in the first direct
presidential election in decades on Sunday. His closest rival, pro-European
candidate and an ex-World Bank economist, Maia Sandu, won 38.2%. ..

Read more <http://sptnkne.ws/c9vP>

...

Mr. Dodon is pro-people rather than pro-Russia while Ms. Sandu is a henchwoman
of the Atlanticist banksters clique, so on the eve of the second round a smear
campaign in the MSM against Mr. Dodon is expectable.
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Philippines' Duterte says 'goodbye' to US ties in Beijing
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Georgia Abandons Ukraine's Anti-Russian Obsession

After a brief period in which both Ukraine and Georgia appeared to be united
against Russia, it now appears that the two nations are moving along very
different paths

Archil Sikharulidze

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Pro-Russian candidate leads Moldova presidential vote
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Russia-friendly political novice wins Bulgaria presidential election ..

Bulgarian Socialist ally Rumen Radev, a Russia-friendly newcomer to politics,
won Sunday's presidential election by a wide margin .. A former air force
commander, Radev has argued Bulgaria needs to be pragmatic in balancing the
requirements of its European Union and NATO memberships while seeking ways to
benefit from a relationship with Moscow. ..

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumen_Radev>

...

<http://dw.com/p/2Sdvi>

Pro-Russia candidate Igor Dodon to win Moldova presidential election ..

After a campaign filled with promises to restore ties with Russia, Igor Dodon
was sitting comfortably on Sunday night with 55.9 percent of the vote in
Moldova's presidential election. His rival Maia Sandu, a former World Bank
official who ran on an anti-corruption ticket, was polling at about 44
percent. ..

<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Igor_Dodon>

...
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<http://tinyurl.com/owsps6c> reuters.com

Pro-Russian candidate wins first round of Bulgaria's presidential election

Tsvetelia Tsolova and Angel Krasimirov | Nov 7, 2016

Socialist-backed candidate Rumen Radev, who has called for an end to European
Union sanctions against Russia, has won the first round of Bulgaria's
presidential election, partial official results showed on Monday. ..

Results from 95 percent of polling stations showed Radev, 53, winning 25.7
percent of the vote. Center-right candidate Tsacheva, who had been expected to
win narrowly, won 22 percent. ..

Radev, a jet fighter pilot and novice to politics, has tapped into public
anger with political elites and fears about immigration, vowing not to let the
Balkan country become a "migrant ghetto". Some migrants have entered Bulgaria
from neighboring Turkey en route for wealthier western Europe.

"The hope for a change is already tangible. People want to see more security
and well-functioning institutions," Radev said on Monday.

Radev has made clear he believes Bulgaria, which joined NATO in 2004 and the
EU in 2007, should focus more on reviving economic and political ties with its
old ally Russia, which has been under Western sanctions since its annexation
of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

"In their frustration, my rivals are turning into fear-mongers," Radev said.
"For them, the Euro-Atlantic mantra also means (being an) enemy of Russia. For
me, this is an unhealthy position." ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/owsps6c> (also <http://migre.me/vrHjt>)

...

The MSM misrepresents it again. Similar to the Moldova's case, the Bulgarian
electoral favorite is not a 'pro-Russian' figure, - he is simply more
realistic and less committed to the irrational Atlanticist cult of hatred
against Russia. To the liberal and progressive (ie. cultist) mass media, it's
enough to stick the 'pro-Russian candidate' label.
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<https://euobserver.com/tickers/135726>
Pro-Russian candidate leads Moldova presidential vote
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<http://archive.is/HcThh> wsj.com

Anti-Americanism Across the Continent

Affection for Russia unites French presidential candidates-and many other
European politicians.

JOHN VINOCUR | Nov. 7, 2016

.. Anti-Americanism appears increasingly like a common denominator. ..

Read it in full <http://archive.is/HcThh>

...

The indispensable American exceptionalists seem to be unhappy due to that.

The Europeans should thank their overseas patron's policy and agenda for the
refugees as well as for their economic losses due to the anti-constitutional
anti-democratic coup in the Ukraine.
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<http://tinyurl.com/owsps6c>
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2016-11-08 22:39:06 UTC
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<http://archive.is/HcThh> wsj.com
Anti-Americanism Across the Continent
An oft-overlooked goodie that the Euros need to watch: "The World Without
America," a short (25 min.) documentary film by Russian director Joseph
Goldman and IDD Studio:

george152
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<http://archive.is/HcThh> wsj.com
Anti-Americanism Across the Continent
An oft-overlooked goodie that the Euros need to watch: "The World
Without America," a short (25 min.) documentary film by Russian director
Joseph Goldman and IDD Studio: http://youtu.be/P6dR8-0On4c
Those who make those claims appear to have forgotten the late 1930's
early 1940's
The Russians would love it if the US withdrew from Europe
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<http://archive.is/HcThh> wsj.com
Anti-Americanism Across the Continent
An oft-overlooked goodie that the Euros need to watch: "The World
Without America," a short (25 min.) documentary film by Russian director
http://youtu.be/P6dR8-0On4c
Those who make those claims appear to have forgotten the late 1930's
early 1940's
The Russians would love it if the US withdrew from Europe
A World without America - I trust it showed Moscow and Stalingrad as
part of the Third Reich.
Byker
2016-11-09 01:17:00 UTC
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A World without America - I trust it showed Moscow and Stalingrad as part
of the Third Reich.
Another quick goodie:

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<http://archive.is/HcThh> wsj.com
Anti-Americanism Across the Continent
"The World Without America," a short (25 min.)
documentary film by Russian director Joseph Goldman and
IDD Studio: http://youtu.be/P6dR8-0On4c
Those who make those claims appear to have forgotten the
late 1930's early 1940's
The Russians would love it if the US withdrew from Europe
A World without America - I trust it showed Moscow and
Stalingrad as part of the Third Reich.
Without America, Hitler etc might not happen.
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Those who make those claims appear to have forgotten the
late 1930's early 1940's
The Russians would love it if the US withdrew from Europe
A World without America - I trust it showed Moscow and
Stalingrad as part of the Third Reich.
Without America, Hitler etc might not happen.
Obviously Russian history is blank on what the rest of the world went
through with the US isolationism of the 1930s
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<http://archive.is/HcThh> wsj.com
Anti-Americanism Across the Continent
"The World Without America," a short (25 min.)
documentary film by Russian director Joseph Goldman and
IDD Studio: http://youtu.be/P6dR8-0On4c
Those who make those claims appear to have forgotten the
late 1930's early 1940's
The Russians would love it if the US withdrew from Europe
A World without America - I trust it showed Moscow and
Stalingrad as part of the Third Reich.
Without America, Hitler etc might not happen.
Germany could have continued fighting the Great War in 1918.
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Germany could have continued fighting the Great War in 1918.
Maybe you've heard, "America is more committed to Europe than are
Europeans."

Without American meddling, WWI would have ended as a negotiated settlement
without all the land grabs that made WWII inevitable.

With 20/20 hindsight, we'd have been better off to stay out of the "European
War" 100 years ago and let the Euros exhaust themselves in the trenches.
Eventually they'd have said to each other, "We'll call it a draw..."

The next time they start a war, they'll be on their own...
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Germany could have continued fighting the Great War in 1918.
Maybe you've heard, "America is more committed to Europe than are
Europeans."
Without American meddling, WWI would have ended as a negotiated
settlement without all the land grabs that made WWII inevitable.
With 20/20 hindsight, we'd have been better off to stay out of the "European
War" 100 years ago and let the Euros exhaust themselves in the trenches.
Eventually they'd have said to each other, "We'll call it a draw..."
The next time they start a war, they'll be on their own...
And US got the place of UK ?

A negotiated peace on the basis of the draw because everyone was bleed
out will have kept european colonial empires intact (perhaps with some
face-saving adjustment in Europe and colonies; but, more important, kept
intact the german riskfleet and the k.u.k. marine (barring losses in the
planned 1919 assaults, from air against the hochseeflotte and from sea
against the k.u.k. marine (it's an interesting bold plan, basically, a
very old battleship was to be expended, like campbeltown at st. Nazaire,
in breaking the nets of Pola, opening a breach in which ~40 MAS will
enter the Pola harbour and start firing their torpedoes) and in this
picture (five major Eruopean navies instead of three), is hard to find
how USN can start to build its primacy on sea.

probably the hanged ham will have built fascism around irredentism
instead of the "crippled victory", whose IS an interesting w-i.

Best regards from Italy,
dott. Piergiorgio.
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Post by Andrew Swallow
Germany could have continued fighting the Great War in 1918.
Maybe you've heard, "America is more committed to Europe than are
Europeans."
Without American meddling, WWI would have ended as a negotiated
settlement without all the land grabs that made WWII inevitable.
With 20/20 hindsight, we'd have been better off to stay out of the "European
War" 100 years ago and let the Euros exhaust themselves in the trenches.
Eventually they'd have said to each other, "We'll call it a draw..."
The next time they start a war, they'll be on their own...
And US got the place of UK ?
A negotiated peace on the basis of the draw because everyone was bleed
out will have kept european colonial empires intact (perhaps with some
face-saving adjustment in Europe and colonies; but, more important, kept
intact the german riskfleet and the k.u.k. marine (barring losses in the
planned 1919 assaults, from air against the hochseeflotte and from sea
against the k.u.k. marine (it's an interesting bold plan, basically, a
very old battleship was to be expended, like campbeltown at st. Nazaire,
in breaking the nets of Pola, opening a breach in which ~40 MAS will
enter the Pola harbour and start firing their torpedoes) and in this
picture (five major Eruopean navies instead of three), is hard to find
how USN can start to build its primacy on sea.
probably the hanged ham will have built fascism around irredentism
instead of the "crippled victory", whose IS an interesting w-i.
Best regards from Italy,
dott. Piergiorgio.
Dear Italian Old Fool (tm),

You need to take a history class...at minimum re: colonial empires.
;-)
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Maybe you've heard, "America is more committed to Europe than are
Europeans."
Just a possessiveness (and there's an effort to rationalize it 'nicely').

<http://tinyurl.com/ml9zo8g> antiwar.com

.. anti-EU parties and movements arising .. All these phenomena, whatever
their shortcomings, share a common insight to one degree or another: that the
attempt to create a united Europe is a mask for something else - the
rationalization of European industry, the legal codification of social
democratic norms throughout the continent, and - ultimately - the final
subordination of Europe to the United States. ..

Far from being an example of the free market in action, the EU is a
semi-socialist corporatist monstrosity that exists to perpetuate and expand
the power of the same three centers of power that have dominated the US since
the New Deal: Big Government, Big Business, and Big Labor. Sitting atop it all
is the political class, which regulates the economy in the interests of
corporate CEOs and the labor aristocracy, and conducts its foreign policy
according to the latest diktats from Washington.

The EU is, in effect, is a political outgrowth of NATO, a military alliance
formed at the outset of the cold war to act as a bulwark against alleged
Soviet expansionism. ..

Despite promises to the contrary, NATO expanded right up to the gates of
Moscow - and herein lies Europe's other great problem, right up there with the
stultifying statism and super-centralism of the EU's economic regime.

Russia is a natural extension of Europe: it provides the greater part of the
continent's energy needs. Russo-German trade is at an all-time high. A Europe
without Russia is a deformed giant, crippled by its own incompleteness - and
yet the NATO-ization of the EU has prevented this happy union from coming
about.

Instead, the political class in Europe has acted against its own interests and
taken up arms in the new cold war against Russia. Pushed by Washington and
London, the Europeans, with Germany in the lead, have worked to reduce
Russia's influence in and connection to the continent. ..
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A less-belligerent Russia might emerge with Trump's victory. At least for a
while.

David Filipov | November 11

.. Call it a game of Russian reset.

Like just about everyone else, Moscow was preparing for Hillary Clinton to
win, which in the short term meant trying to delegitimize her victory by
claiming the vote was rigged - the Kremlin had even lined up a postelection
news conference with its top human rights official to pan U.S. democracy as a
sham. ..

OS. LOL. The idea about 'a postelection news conference with its top human
rights official' is a very childish drivel, but the silly American sheep
will likely buy it. There's no need to stage a news conference in order to
reveal the fact that the US democracy as a sham. Everybody knows that the
US democracy as a sham without any news conference.

With Clinton, an intractable foe, in the Oval Office, Moscow would have had no
reason to ease up on its brinkmanship in the Baltics, the bloody,
road-to-nowhere standoff in Ukraine, and the vicious bombing campaign to wipe
out resistance to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, all coated in Cold War-style
rhetoric and nuclear saber-rattling.

OS. There's no any 'brinkmanship in the Baltics'. The situation in Baltics
is essentially the same as it was a two or five, or ten years ago. Nothing
changed much except that the whorish Baltic / Polish leaders issued a few
loud squeals recently, intended to display how much they must be feeling a
fear. Under such a pretext NATO added a few more troops there, in response
to which Russia added a few more equipment in the western areas that better
ensures neutralization of military centers in West Europe, if a war starts.

...
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<http://archive.is/HcThh>
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<http://archive.is/TstiJ> foreignpolicy.com

Mon Dieu, François Hollande's Approval Rating Is at 4 Percent

EMILY TAMKIN | NOVEMBER 2, 2016

French President François Hollande's approval rating is currently at 4
percent. Not 40. Not 14. No - four.
Here are some things that are currently more popular in France than François
Hollande: Hillary Clinton; the opportunity to take a long, hard look at the
direction of the European Union; and, according to this Sputnik article
<http://sptnkne.ws/cACM>, Vladimir Putin. ..

...

Watch also ..


<http://tinyurl.com/jl4haxk>
Russia begins work on FLOATING Arctic nuclear power plant
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<http://theduran.com/where-are-moscows-potholes/>

Where are Moscow's potholes?

JAMES BRADLEY

The Western image of Moscow and Russia as violent and impoverished is a
fantasy. Moscow is actually a very safe, well run and orderly city, which
compares very well with the great cities of the West.

Three weeks ago I flew from New York's JFK airport to Moscow's Sheremetyevo
airport. I wondered what was in store for me. In his 2015 State of the Union
address President Obama had told us that "today it is America that stands
strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated with its economy
in tatters."

Traveling around Moscow for the next three weeks was an eye-opener. ..

Read more <http://theduran.com/where-are-moscows-potholes/>

...

Not only Moscow, many cities and towns in Russia look pretty nice nowadays.
The Atlanticist news media reporters love to visit Russia's shitholes and
publish reportages from such places presenting it as a sort of the 'true real'
Russia. There are of course some depressive places that may give an impression
of 'ruin', but only a small minority of the entire population are living in
such places. Many small villages are really dying in the central Russia, which
is a natural process since the present day agriculture is more and more driven
by more or less 'big' producers. More than 3/4 of the Russia's population are
urban residents, while the most part of the Russia's rural population is
living in the southern areas where rural life is more suitable and provides
more advantages against urban constraints.
<http://tinyurl.com/zxnnvbh>
Prosperity Capital Management: Misinformation About Russia ..
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There are of course some depressive places that may give an impression of
'ruin', but only a small minority of the entire population are living in
such places.
There are still too many of them:


Sure, it's a movie, but it looks like it was filmed on location...
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There are of course some depressive places that may give
an impression of 'ruin', but only a small minority of
the entire population are living in such places.
http://youtu.be/jBqtQjJqSQw
Sure, it's a movie, but it looks like it was filmed on
location...
Don't expect me impressed by your fantazies.
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<http://tinyurl.com/zovud25> counterpunch.org

The Destruction of Reason in West

AIDAN O'BRIEN | NOVEMBER 2, 2016

The West is feeling more and more like an irrational maze. The banks are mad.
The austerity too. But the anti-Russia hysteria is the final straw. It's not
just "anti-Russia": it's anti-truth, anti-rational and anti-modern. It's the
end result of postmodernism. What began as irony is now systematic madness. ..
Everything is upside down. Or maybe at last it's the right side up. .. Forget
the truth. Forget the facts. And forget history. Everything apparently is
fiction. The West can say what it wants because everything is interpretation.
That's the beauty of postmodernism. You can contradict yourself a million
times and laugh it all off. As long as you've the power. ..

The end result is hatred for Russia. And love for "Al-Qaeda". Why? Because
Russia attempted to rationalise the world. It attempted to apply reason to the
21st century. And so the irrational West had to punish it. ..

The West's reply to Russia's rationalism was and continues to be
irrationalism. Media madness, "Presidential" paranoia and Islamic insanity is
the West's response to the truth. ..

Read more <http://tinyurl.com/zovud25>

...

More insanity will likely follow.
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<http://theduran.com/where-are-moscows-potholes/>
Where are Moscow's potholes?
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Trump and the Neoconservatives

JON BASIL UTLEY | November 13, 2016

.. I have written about the neocons for many years. Their originators were
former leftists who later became anti-communists. After the collapse of
communism, they provided the intellectual firepower for hawks and imperialists
who wanted an aggressive American foreign policy. Having lived and done
business for many years in the Third World, I thought they would only bring
about disasters for America. What especially interested me was their almost
total lack of experience in and knowledge about the outside world,
particularly Asia and Latin America. I even set up a web page called War Party
Neoconservative Biographies <http://archive.is/bXNhm> as I researched their
education and experience.
Brilliant academics as many of them were, their "foreign" experience was at
best a semester or two in London or, for the more daring, some studies in
Paris or, for the Jewish ones, a summer on a kibbutz in Israel. They are above
all Washington insiders. John Bolton is very typical. A summa cum laude
graduate of Yale, then Yale Law School, time with a top Washington law firm,
and then various academic and political appointments, but no foreign living or
work experience. Also, as sheltered intellectuals, often in cluttered small
offices, many found it exciting to imagine themselves ruling much of the
world, like the old Roman proconsuls. Long ago Peter Viereck explained them
<http://archive.is/mq5RG> with his observation about the vicarious "lust of
many intellectuals for brute violence." No wonder they urged Bush on to his
disastrous war and occupation policies. Even before Iraq they were first
urging dominance over Russia and then military confrontation with China ..

...

There's a popular misconception that the intellectualism as such can be a
guarantee against abuse of policies that either use or implant the brute
force, violence, tough control/surveillance and so on.
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THE ENEMY WITHIN

Paul Robinson | NOVEMBER 17, 2016

In democratic countries, disagreeing with government policy is nothing
unusual. But Russophobic paranoia has reached such a peak that those who dare
to propose better relations with Russia are increasingly facing pressure to be
silent. Even daring to suggest that Russian-Western tensions are not entirely
Russia's fault is enough to get one labelled 'pro-Russian' and a possible
threat to national security. The struggle with the enemy without has now
turned into a struggle against the 'enemy within'.

A report <http://bit.ly/2fzML8u> published this week by the Atlantic Council
entitled The Kremlin's Trojan Horses. denounces the 'Putinverstehern [Putin
understanderers], useful idiots, agents of influence, or Trojan Horses' who
are allegedly subverting European democracy, and proposes various measures
which European governments should take against them.

Russia, says the report, is aiming 'to sow discord among European Union (EU)
member states, destabilize European polities, and undermine Western liberal
values - democracy, freedom of expression, and transparency'. ..

In the United Kingdom (UK), according to the report, Russia's 'agents of
influence' include the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP); Labour Party
leader Jeremy Corbyn; Corbyn advisor and Guardian journalist Seamus Miln;,
Conservative MPs David Kawczynski, John Whittingdale, and Robert Halfon;
ex-Labour and Respect MP George Galloway; the British National Party; and
journalist John Laughland. ..

The Atlantic Council urges European governments to take action against these
fifth columnists. ..

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<http://tinyurl.com/j93byc4>
The real Trump-Putin connection
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Tatiana Navka, Wife Of Putin Aide, Sparks Outrage With Holocaust-Themed Ice
Skating Routine

The former Olympic champion wore a striped concentration camp uniform and a
yellow Star of David for the performance.

Lee Moran | 11/27/2016

The wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov
has sparked anger after she performed a Holocaust-themed ice skating routine
on a reality television show Saturday night. ..



...

Nothing 'outrageous' there, the real cause for the 'righteous anger' is that
some people mistakenly believe they have a trademark or monopoly on this WW2-
related theme. Not the case. They should get rid of their delusion.
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<http://theduran.com/where-are-moscows-potholes/>
Where are Moscow's potholes?
...
Not only Moscow, many cities and towns in Russia look pretty nice nowadays.
The Atlanticist news media reporters love to visit Russia's shitholes and
publish reportages from such places presenting it as a sort of the 'true
real' Russia. There are of course some depressive places that may give an
impression of 'ruin', but only a small minority of the entire population are
living in such places. Many small villages are really dying in the central
Russia, which is a natural process since the present day agriculture is more
and more driven by more or less 'big' producers.
<http://bit.ly/transsiblit> britishcouncil.org

Trans-Siberian Lit: a travelling art residency

.. As a part of the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature 2016 (OS: This
is the first time I hear about such a 'year') the British Council has gathered
a party of Russian and British writers, artists, photographers and musicians
to explore and perform in five Russian cities this autumn.

The so-called 'Trans-Siberian Lit' project is an art residency which will
travel along the route of Russia's Trans-Siberian railway. The party gathers
in Moscow on 23 October before departing for Kazan, where they will spend a
several days before travelling further east to Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk
andKrasnoyarsk. Their time will be divided between experiencing local culture,
listening to people's stories and creating new work.

An integral part of the journey will be the creative evenings in each
city-stop .. This Russo-British expedition party will spend 14 days together,
visit five cities and travel thousands of kilometres in a single train
carriage. .. Trans-Siberian Lit departs Moscow on 24 October and arrives back
in the capital on 7 November ..

...

As 7 Nov has already happened here's their photo album <http://bit.ly/2eBD3yE>

Russian news outlet interviewed the British <http://bit.ly/2fQX3mt>

I thought that as soon as we leave outside of Moscow, there will immediately
begin a wildlife with rare wooden houses. But it turned out quite differently.
We visited huge urban areas, research centers, theaters, concerts.

I thought that Siberia is a continuous tundra. It seemed to me that Siberia
should be a wilderness with many villages. But instead we saw many urbanized
landscapes.

Russia is so huge that it looks like a country of planetary scale. We traveled
very long distance on the way from Moscow to Krasnoyarsk. Everything in Russia
is done in a larger scale: the streets, the statues, the space program. ..

How it's possible to control so vast territory from one center? There is no
such an issue in the UK. The Great Britain is so small that London can easily
manage it. In Russia, the management must be much more tricky, and there's no
clear sense whether this is one country or a combination of smaller countries.
Only the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia is 10 times the size of France. (OS: The
idea to dismember Russia into the 'smaller countries' is a very understandable
way of the British unconscious.)

Since I work in the newspaper, I feel that our understanding of the Russian
people is very limited. I expected to see pro-Putin and anti-Putin attitudes,
but I faced with a lot of subtleties. I noticed a lot of half-tones.
Post by Oleg Smirnov
More than 3/4 of the
Russia's population are urban residents, while the most part of the Russia's
rural population is living in the southern areas where rural life is more
suitable and provides more advantages against urban constraints.
Southern rural Russia looks like this

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<http://tinyurl.com/zxnnvbh>
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<http://tinyurl.com/j9b8stj> cnn.com

Gaunt, Weathered John Kerry Leads Prisoner Uprising In Siberian Labor Camp

November 15, 2016

NERCHINSK, RUSSIA-Quickly unlocking one cell door after another as he shuffled
down the dimly lit hallway in his tattered prison-issued jumpsuit, a gaunt,
weathered Secretary of State John Kerry led an inmate uprising Tuesday in a
remote Siberian labor camp, sources confirmed. "Comrades, the time has come to
fight back," Kerry reportedly said in fluent Russian through coughing fits as
the political prisoners he had lived among for the past several years began to
execute the escape plan they devised over countless clandestine meetings in
the mess hall. ..
Read more <http://tinyurl.com/j9b8stj>

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Siberian cities (amateur non-staged videous)













Siberian erotic (staged)
<http://tinyurl.com/z9zxsnr>

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<http://bit.ly/transsiblit>
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<http://tinyurl.com/j9b8stj> cnn.com
Gaunt, Weathered John Kerry Leads Prisoner Uprising In Siberian Labor Camp
Bullshit..Stolen Valor Kerry would be selling out his fellow prisoners
for a stick of chewing gum.


Besides that ..Mashed Potato face would have sold out enough American
secrets to hold a Job as Russia's chief Shoe-shine boi!
Post by Oleg Smirnov
November 15, 2016
NERCHINSK, RUSSIA-Quickly unlocking one cell door after another as he shuffled
down the dimly lit hallway in his tattered prison-issued jumpsuit, a gaunt,
weathered Secretary of State John Kerry led an inmate uprising Tuesday in a
remote Siberian labor camp, sources confirmed. "Comrades, the time has come to
fight back," Kerry reportedly said in fluent Russian through coughing fits as
the political prisoners he had lived among for the past several years began to
execute the escape plan they devised over countless clandestine meetings in
the mess hall. ..
Read more <http://tinyurl.com/j9b8stj>
...
Siberian cities (amateur non-staged videous)
http://youtu.be/E8OQPQCz4mw
http://youtu.be/c4aCsGr2FzQ
http://youtu.be/9zJECqMTTxY
http://youtu.be/yC8moL__6go
http://youtu.be/4lE1Cg5ap7w
http://youtu.be/uUJa_HkuNLc
http://youtu.be/Zrlwz3qEPl4
http://youtu.be/rODi5_bwrCg
http://youtu.be/fWYXg2HAklo
http://youtu.be/7ml8N0IkY-E
http://youtu.be/fkxR9G2uVhM
http://youtu.be/2SrtA9dl5AY
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It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard
the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all
ages who mean to govern well, but *They mean to govern*. They promise to
be good masters, *but they mean to be masters*. Daniel Webster
Oleg Smirnov
2016-11-16 12:23:52 UTC
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Bulgaria & Moldova Switch from Hillary's Euro-Atlantic Column

mark almond | monday november 14, 2016

.. In both Bulgaria and Moldova, the voters rejected candidates for president
who had been openly endorsed by Washington and Brussels. .. Even cash
inducements like the IMF's sudden dole of US $36 million to the Moldovan
regime just six days before the poll could not buy enough support. Even more
striking was the Bulgarian public's rejection of the pro-EU candidate who had
boasted about how much EU aid to the poverty- stricken Balkan EU member was at
stake. ..

Until Trump's election, the USA and EU deployed their massive power and
influence to making any vote against their policy-options seem futile despite
popular recognition of how they had gutted the productive aspects of both the
Bulgarian and the Moldovan economies. Sunday's elections in both countries may
be straws in the wind. They are victories for the genuine people power ..

No-one has died in these tremors in Bulgaria and Moldova. But the fact that
the upheaval has been peaceful through the ballot-box leaves only violence as
a viable way of reversing the will of the people. Both Bulgaria in 1997 and
Moldova in 2009 saw violent Putsches from the street enthusiastically endorsed
in Brussels and Washington as "People Power". ..

What should worry the US-EU establishment is that elections are coming in
countries which won't be so easy to ignore as small East European states. Next
spring, the Dutch and the French vote. ..

...

This is once again about the phenomenon that real democracy works differently
than what's suggested by those who build their cultism on the basis of slogans
about democracy / values.

Maybe it's time to start European Spring against the Corrupt Establishment.
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The Moscow Stock Exchange Has Seen Incredible Growth
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<http://tinyurl.com/h526qob> unz.com

Eamonn Fingleton | Nov 13, 2016

Few aspirants to the American presidency have ever deployed a more effective
slogan than Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again." Although Hillary
Clinton professed to believe that America has never stopped being great, in
the end countless voters sided with Trump ..

The most obvious evidence is in infrastructure. Much American infrastructure
has become embarrassingly outdated. The problem, in a nation that has long run
huge fiscal deficits, is finding the money for the necessary massive upgrades.
(More about financing in a moment.)

The expressways are crumbling; the railways slow and antiquated. The United
States even lags in internet speeds. Then there is water purity and the
quality of mains electricity (this latter is a key consideration for companies
locating advanced manufacturing operations).

Meanwhile as Trump has repeatedly pointed out, many American airports are so
dysfunctional and badly served by ground transport that they would not be out
of place in the Third World. ..

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Bulgaria & Moldova Switch from Hillary's Euro-Atlantic Column
Oleg Smirnov
2016-11-17 00:44:47 UTC
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Russian Realism

November 4, 2016

Expert view: Contrary to popular Washington speculation, the Russian foreign
policy elite, including Putin, Medvedev, and Lavrov, have no real attachment
to or interest in Donald Trump and likely favor Hillary Clinton. They are not
stupid or crazy. ..
.. Compared to what happened in the States after Lehman, the economic crisis
isn't really visible to the naked eye in Moscow At least in terms of social
life. Shops and bars and cafes are not closing down en masse. It's still hard
to get a table in good restaurants. I thought this was confined to Moscow, but
I had occasion to visit three provincial cities in the past month and the same
appears to be true. 'To Let' signs are not an overwhelming feature of Main
Streets and shopping centres are fully occupied. Construction of housing
appears to be uninterrupted. Sure, people are not buying as much imported
stuff. And some folk seem to be going back to shopping at open air markets.
But, given official figures, you have to ask 'where they are getting the money
from?' I've no idea. ..

...

One more moron that fancies itself an acute expert.
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Where are Moscow's potholes?
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Joint news conference with President of Moldova Igor Dodon Vladimir
Putin and Igor Dodon gave a joint news conference following the Russia-
Moldova talks.

January 17, 2017

.. Igor Dodon: .. We are pragmatists and we understand that there is an
association agreement with the European Union. .. I believe that the
agreement has done Moldova no good. We have lost the Russian market
and, strangely enough, our exports to the EU have also fallen. In other
words, we have received nothing from signing the agreement. ..
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.. Let us take a few moments to meditate on the last eight years.
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