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“It is essential to provide conditions for creative labor and economic growth at a pace that would put an end to the division of the world into permanent winners and permanent losers. The rules of the game should give the developing economies at least a chance to catch up with those we know as developed economies. We should work to level out the pace of economic development, and brace up backward countries and regions so as to make the fruit of economic growth and technological progress accessible to all. Particularly, this would help to put an end to poverty, one of the worst contemporary problems.” Vladimir Putin, President Russian Federation, Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club

Putin wants to end poverty? Putin wants to stimulate economic growth in developing countries? Putin wants to change the system that divides the world into “permanent winners and losers”? But, how can that be, after all, Putin is bad, Putin is a “KGB thug”, Putin is the “new Hitler”?

American liberals would be surprised to know that Putin actually supports many of the same social issues that they support. For example, the Russian President is not only committed to lifting living standards and ending poverty, he’s also a big believer in universal healthcare which is free under the current Russian Constitution. Naturally, the Russian system has its shortcomings, but there has been significant progress under Putin who has dramatically increased the budget, improved treatment and widened accessibility. Putin believes that healthcare should be a universal human right. Here’s what he said at the annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club:

“Another priority is global healthcare…. All people in the world, not only the elite, should have the right to healthy, long and full lives. This is a noble goal. In short, we should build the foundation for the future world today by investing in all priority areas of human development.” (Vladimir Putin, President Russian Federation, Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club)

How many “liberal” politicians in the US would support a recommendation like Putin’s? Not very many. The Democrats are much more partial to market-based reforms like Obamacare that guarantee an ever-increasing slice of the pie goes to the giant HMOs and the voracious pharmaceutical companies. The Dems no longer make any attempt to promote universal healthcare as a basic human right. They’ve simply thrown in the towel and moved on to other issues.

Many Americans would find Putin’s views on climate change equally surprising. Here’s another clip from the Valdai speech:

“Ladies and gentlemen, one more issue that shall affect the future of the entire humankind is climate change. … I suggest that we take a broader look at the issue….What we need is an essentially different approach, one that would involve introducing new, groundbreaking, nature-like technologies that would not damage the environment, but rather work in harmony with it, enabling us to restore the balance between the biosphere and technology upset by human activities.

It is indeed a challenge of global proportions. And I am confident that humanity does have the necessary intellectual capacity to respond to it. We need to join our efforts, primarily engaging countries that possess strong research and development capabilities, and have made significant advances in fundamental research. We propose convening a special forum under the auspices of the UN to comprehensively address issues related to the depletion of natural resources, habitat destruction, and climate change. Russia is willing to co-sponsor such a forum…..” Valdai)

Most people would never suspect that Putin supports a global effort to address climate change. And, how would they know, after all, bits of information like that– that help to soften Putin’s image and make him seem like a rational human being– are scrubbed from the media’s coverage in order to cast him in the worst possible light. The media doesn’t want people to know that Putin is a reflective and modest man who has worked tirelessly to make Russia and the world a better place. No, they want them to believe that he’s is a scheming tyrannical despot who’s obsessive hatred for America poses a very real threat to US national security. But it’s not true.

Putin is not the ghoulish caricature the media makes him out to be nor does he hate America, that’s just more propaganda from the corporate echo-chamber. The truth is Putin has been good for Russia, good for regional stability, and good for global security. He pulled the Russian Federation back from the brink of annihilation in 2000, and has had the country moving in a positive direction ever since. His impact on the Russian economy has been particularly impressive. According to Wikipedia:

“Between 2000 and 2012 Russia’s energy exports fueled a rapid growth in living standards, with real disposable income rising by 160%. In dollar-denominated terms this amounted to a more than sevenfold increase in disposable incomes since 2000. In the same period, unemployment and poverty more than halved and Russians’ self-assessed life satisfaction also rose significantly.”

Inequality is a problem in Russia just like it is in the US, but the vast majority of working people have benefited greatly from Putin’s reforms and a system of distribution that –judging by steady uptick in disposable incomes– is significantly superior to that in the United States where wages have flatlined for over 2 decades and where virtually all of the nation’s wealth trickles upward to the parasitic 1 percent.

Since Putin took office in 2000, workers have seen across-the-board increase in wages, benefits, healthcare and pensions. Poverty and unemployment have been reduced by more than half while foreign investment has experienced steady growth. Onerous IMF loans have been repaid in full, capital flight has all-but ceased, hundreds in billions in reserves have been accumulated, personal and corporate taxes have been slashed, and technology has experienced an unprecedented renaissance. The notorious Russian oligarchs still have a stranglehold on many privately-owned industries, but their grip has begun to loosen and the “kleptocracy has begun to fade.”

Things are far from perfect, but the Russian economy has flourished under Putin and, generally speaking, the people are appreciative. This helps to explain why Putin’s public approval ratings are typically in the stratosphere. (70 to 80 percent) Simply put: Putin the most popular Russian president of all time. And his popularity is not limited to Russia either, in fact, he typically ranks at the top of most global leadership polls such as the recent Gallup International End of Year Survey (EoY) where Putin came in third (43 percent positive rating) behind Germany’s Angela Merkel (49 percent) and French President Emmanuel Macron. (45 percent) According to Gallup: “Putin has gone from one in three (33 percent) viewing him favourably to 43 percent, a significant increase over two years.”

The only place where people have a negative view of Putin is in the United States (14 percent) and EU (28 percent), the two locations where he is relentlessly savaged by the media and excoriated by the political class. This should come as no surprise to Americans who know that the chances of stumbling across an article that treats Putin with even minimal objectivity is about as likely as finding a copper coin at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The consensus view of the western media is that Putin is a maniacal autocrat who kills journalists and political opponents (no proof), who meddles in US elections to “sow discord” and destroy our precious democracy (no proof), and who is conducting a secret and sinister cyberwar against the United States. (no proof). It’s a pathetic litany of libels and fabrications, but its impact on the brainwashed American people has been quite impressive as Gallup’s results indicate. Bottom line: Propaganda works.

The attacks on Putin began sometime in 2006 during Putin’s second term when it became apparent that Russia was going to resist the looting and exploitation the US requires of its vassal states. This is when the powerful Council on Foreign Relations funded a report titled “Russia’s Wrong Direction” that suggested that Russia’s increasingly independent foreign policy and insistence that it control its own vast oil and natural gas resources meant that “the very idea of a ‘strategic partnership’ no longer seems realistic.” That’s right, Russia was thrown under the bus because they wanted to control their own oil and their own destiny.

John Edwards and Jack Kemp were appointed to lead a CFR task force which concocted the absurd pretext that that Putin was “rolling back democracy” in Russia. They claimed that the government had become increasingly authoritarian and that the society was growing less “open and pluralistic”. Kemp and Edwards provided the ideological foundation upon which the entire public relations campaign against Putin has been built. Twelve years later, the same charges are still being leveled at Putin along with the additional allegations that he meddled in the 2016 presidential elections.

Needless to say, none of the nation’s newspapers, magazines or broadcast media ever publish anything that deviates even slightly from the prevailing, propagandistic narrative about Putin. One can only assume that the MSM’s views on Putin are either universally accepted by all 325 million Americans or that the so-called “free press” is a wretched farce that conceals an authoritarian corporate machine that censors all opinions that don’t promote their own malign political agenda.

What Washington really despises about Putin is that he has refused to comply with their diktats and has openly rejected their model of a “unipolar” world order. As he said at the annual Security Conference at Munich in 2007:

“The unipolar world refers to a world in which there is one master, one sovereign; one center of authority, one center of force, one center of decision-making. At the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within.”

Despite Russia’s efforts to assist the US in its War On Terror, Washington has continued to regard Putin as an emerging rival that would eventually have to be confronted. The conflict in Ukraine added more gas to the fire by pitting the two superpowers against each other in a hot war that remains unresolved to this day.

But Syria was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Russia’s intervention in the Syrian War in September 2015 proved to be the turning point in the 7 year-long conflagration. By rolling back the CIA-trained militants, Putin bloodied Washington’s nose and forced the Pentagon to adopt a backup plan that relied heavily on Kurdish proxies east of the Euphrates. At present, US Special Forces and their allies are clinging to a strip of arid wasteland in the Syrian outback hoping that the Pentagon brass can settle on a forward-operating strategy that reverses their fortunes or brings the war to a swift end.

The Syria humiliation precipitated the Russia-gate Information Operation (IO) which is the propaganda component of the current war on Russia. The scandal has been an effective way to poison public perceptions and to make it look like the perpetrator of aggression is really the victim. More important, failure in Syria has led to a reevaluation of how Washington conducts its wars abroad. The War on Terror pretext has been jettisoned for a more direct approach laid out in the Trump administration’s National Defense Strategy. The focus going forward will be on “Great Power Competition”, that is, the US is subordinating its covert proxy operations to more flagrant displays of military force particularly in regards to the “growing threat from revisionist powers”, Russia and China. In short, the gloves are coming off and Washington is ramping up for a land war.

Putin has become an obstacle to Washington’s imperial ambitions which is why he’s has been elevated to Public Enemy Number 1. It has nothing to do with the fictitious meddling in the 2016 elections or the nonsensical “rolling back democracy” in Russia. It’s all about power. In the United States the group with the tightest grip on power is the foreign policy establishment. These are the towering mandarins who dictate the policy, tailor the politics to fit their strategic vision, and dispatch their lackeys in the media to shape the narrative. These are the people who decided that Putin must be demonized to pave the way for more foreign interventions, more regime change wars, more bloody aggression against sovereign states.

Putin has repeatedly warned Washington that Russia would not stand by while the US destroyed one country after the other in its lust for global domination. He reiterated his claim that Washington’s “uncontained hyper-use of force” was creating “new centers of tension”, exacerbating regional conflicts, undermining international relations, and “plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts.” He has pointed out how the US routinely displayed its contempt for international law and “overstepped its national borders in every way.” As a result of Washington’s aggressive behavior, public confidence in international law and global security has steadily eroded and “No one feels safe. I want to emphasize this,” Putin thundered in Munich. “No one feels safe.”

On September 28, 2015 Putin finally threw down the gauntlet in a speech he delivered at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. After reiterating his commitment to international law, the UN, and state sovereignty, he provided a brief but disturbing account of recent events in the Middle East, all of which have gotten significantly worse due to Washington’s use of force. Here’s Putin:

“Just look at the situation in the Middle East and Northern Africa… Instead of bringing about reforms, aggressive intervention destroyed government institutions and the local way of life. Instead of democracy and progress, there is now violence, poverty, social disasters and total disregard for human rights, including even the right to life…

The power vacuum in some countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa obviously resulted in the emergence of areas of anarchy, which were quickly filled with extremists and terrorists. The so-called Islamic State has tens of thousands of militants fighting for it, including former Iraqi soldiers who were left on the street after the 2003 invasion. Many recruits come from Libya whose statehood was destroyed as a result of a gross violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1973….”

US interventions have decimated Iraq, Libya, Syria and beyond. Over a million people have been killed while tens of millions have been forced to flee their homes and their countries. The refugee spillover has added to social tensions across the EU where anti-immigrant sentiment has precipitated the explosive growth in right wing groups and political organizations. From Northern Africa, across the Middle East, and into Central Asia, global security has steadily deteriorated under Washington’s ruthless stewardship. Here’s more from Putin:

“The Islamic State itself did not come out of nowhere. It was initially developed as a weapon against undesirable secular regimes. Having established control over parts of Syria and Iraq, Islamic State now aggressively expands into other regions….It is irresponsible to manipulate extremist groups and use them to achieve your political goals, hoping that later you’ll find a way to get rid of them or somehow eliminate them….”

Putin clearly blames the United States for the rise of ISIS and the surge in global terrorism. He also condemns Washington’s strategy to use terrorist organizations to achieve its own narrow strategic objectives. (regime change) More important, he uses his platform at the United Nations to explain why he has deployed the Russian Air-force to bases in Syria where it will it will be used to conduct a war against Washington’s jihadist proxies on the ground.

Putin: “We can no longer tolerate the current state of affairs in the world.”

Less than 48 hours after these words were uttered, Russian warplanes began pounding militant targets in Syria.

Putin again: “Dear colleagues,….relying on international law, we must join efforts to address the problems that all of us are facing, and create a genuinely broad international coalition against terrorism….Russia is confident of the United Nations’ enormous potential, which should help us avoid a new confrontation and embrace a strategy of cooperation. Hand in hand with other nations, we will consistently work to strengthen the UN’s central, coordinating role. I am convinced that by working together, we will make the world stable and safe, and provide an enabling environment for the development of all nations and peoples.”

So, here’s the question: Is Putin “evil” for opposing Washington’s regime change wars, for stopping the spread of terrorism, and for rejecting the idea that one unipolar world power should rule the world? Is that why he’s evil, because he won’t click his heels and do as he’s told by the global hegemon?

We should all be so evil.

 
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  1. Renoman says:

    Leader of the free World.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    , @Thorby
  2. The dumbest thing about the US focus on Russia and Putin is that it leaves China, our actual rival, free to continue its march to overwhelming mastery of the entire Eastern Hemisphere. Without firing a shot or wasting a bullet China has moved into a position of influence the US has dreamed of for a century.
    The next war, if it comes, will be over something like Cobalt. The future lies in big and plentiful electric batteries and China and Russia between them control almost 50% of the known supply of Cobalt, while the US has none. Stand by and wait, folks.

    https://robertmagill.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/mr-bernays-to-dr-goebbels-to-s-h-i-t-3/

  3. So, you hope to persuade your fellow libtards to embrace Putin by painting him as a fellow libtard. Good luck with that.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  4. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Twodees Partain

    Pardon me, but might your comment compulsion be getting out of hand? Fewer than two dozen words, doubling up on “libtard,” is unlikely to add value to a discussion.

    These threads look more like ZeroHedge and Taki’s by the week.

  5. macilrae says:

    The only place where people have a negative view of Putin is in the United States (14 percent) and EU (28 percent), the two locations where he is relentlessly savaged by the media and excoriated by the political class.

    I would be staggered is only 14 percent of Americans had a negative view of Putin – almost everybody I have spoken to has completely swallowed the media line. In Europe UK in particular has been brainwashed against him – southern Europe far less so. The 28 percent is more realistic.

    • Replies: @Paul Spencer
    , @dyazbek
  6. “[...] American liberals would be surprised to know that Putin actually supports many of the same social issues that they support. [...]”

    Putin is a Christian who seems to hold his views in good faith. Most “American liberals” are state-worshiping communists. Their ostensible “liberalism” is merely a tactic; a means to a Satanic end.

    • Replies: @LarryS
    , @falcemartello
    , @Paw
  7. @Robert Magill

    Is China trying to trash our constitution? Is China invading other countries, killing people with missiles and bombs all over the world, staging “color revolutions” and subverting legitimate governments in the “West”? Is China patrolling the Gulf of Mexico and putting missiles in Mexico and Canada? China hasn’t done anything bad to me or to anyone I know, so please explain how China is “our” “rival”?

  8. This is a great article. The problem is that the propaganda power structure behind the yankee imperium is probably too powerful for rationality to triumph, so we are in for serious trouble.

  9. @Renoman

    Leader of the semi-free and mostly-white nations, perhaps. And thus better than the alternatives.

  10. Magisterial article.

    There’s a simple reason why Putin is talking sense. He’s doing nothing more than stating customary international law. Those economic quotes have been set out in a series of UN resolutions including A/RES/41/128 on the right to development. This is the acquis of the civilized world. No country in the world opposes it – except the USA. The US votes alone against it every time it comes up, even though customary international law is US federal and state common law under the Supreme Court decision, The Paquete Habana.

    Mr. Whitney has accepted the official framing that it’s all about Putin. That clever decision makes his article more provocative. Calm appraisal of the current official foreign devil is inherently inflammatory. However, this has nothing to do with Putin. Rigid legalist that he is, his hands are tied. Russia has ratified the ICESCR.

    Russia has ratified the ICESCR. The USA has not.

    Here are some of the rights Russians have that you do not:

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/CESCR.aspx

    OHCHR has a convenient compilation showing how each government meets its legal obligations and commitments. The synoptic heatmap below shows the US deep down in the shithole with Wahhabi headchoppers and neocolonial African presidents-for-life.

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Indicators/Pages/HRIndicatorsIndex.aspx

    The exhaustively documented fact here is, the Russian state meets world standards. The US government does not. The Russian government respects, protects, and fulfils human rights. The US government fights tooth and nail to keep them out of your reach, and negates your incomplete half-assed constitutional rights with statist red tape. Russians get a better deal than you do. Merely by reciting the law as he does, Putin would win a fair election here with Roosevelt-scale majorities, again and again. That’s why he drives the US government up the wall.

    • Replies: @Si1ver1ock
    , @FB
    , @Anonymous
    , @CalDre
  11. Beckow says:

    Where is it the propaganda campaign going? We have seen this before as preparation for a war or a regime change. In Russia both are unlikely to succeed. That leaves an ever increasing propaganda bombast in the West, people brainwashed to the point where outright racism against anything ‘Russian’ will become widespread. Then what? Move movies with white Russian villains, as if that is what threatens West the most?

    Russia can neither be isolated, nor ‘collapsed’ economically, nor ignored. It is too resource rich and powerful. Russia could possibly be checked in a second tier conflict (Syria?), but that would be of minimal consequence. Ukraine could be escalated, but there Russia has an enormous local logistics advantage, it would be a disaster for Kiev. And Russia is on friendly terms with China, its only potential military threat on land.

    Propaganda by itself does nothing, it is only means to an end. West is in no position to go beyond propaganda, so we might experience a bizarre example of a mindless propaganda that goes on and on. As with all propaganda the main target is the domestic population – in other words it is the common people in the West who are being propagandised and in effect made more stupid, less capable of making rational decisions.

    Even a slight u-turn is at this point unthinkable, almost all elites have too visibly engaged in the evil-Russia talk, how could they let go of it? We are stuck, we might get saved by an unrelated ‘big event’ somewhere else. If not, this could just be fatal, after all this belligerent talk we could perish because somebody dared to call Clinton a satan on Facebook. And they didn’t use their real name – the horror….

  12. dearieme says:

    My own view is that Putin is probably as trustworthy and honest as any other ex-KGB man. On the other hand he does come across as intelligent, cautious, and calm. Especially when compared to the crook Hillary or the oaf Trump.

  13. @Tailgunner Joes talking liver

    Great comment. I tried to follow the links but got an error:

    The connection has timed out

    The server at http://www.ohchr.org is taking too long to respond.

    The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few moments.
    If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer’s network connection.
    If your computer or network is protected by a firewall or proxy, make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web.

    This is starting to bother me. Stuff is disappearing from the web. Look at the link below to an Al Jazeera documentary which has disappeared from YouTube and the web.

    Attempting to play the video gives a message:

    This video is unavailable.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2010/03/201031761541794128.html

    • Replies: @Alden
  14. Nowadays being Pro Truth now makes you Anti American.

    Sad.

    and

  15. Edie P says:

    Si1ver1ock, interesting problems you’re having. I had no problem with the links, but then the magic of Tor means I’m reaching them from the Netherlands. State censorship is harder when you can access suppressed URLs from a couple dozen different countries.

    ( https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en )

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  16. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Robert Magill

    Please do respond, and in good faith, to the reply of commenter Harold Smith. I share his apparent concern that you may be conflating the interests of the American people with the imperial ambitions of their Uncle Sam.

    • Replies: @Robert Magill
  17. @Harold Smith

    Harold Smith
    I feel we have a problem with the term ‘rival’ here. All the negatives you describe represent a rivalry that I in no way imply in my statements. Rivalry can be strictly limited to trade and business and not in the war-making processes you are citing. I tried to point out that we as a nation miss the mark in constantly demonizing Russia, who is certainly no rival in trade and business, while China certainly is.
    Our zealous attacking of rivals has a long history and is not easily abandoned. However, I am afraid our national focus in this unproductive way will cause us as a people to not be aware of where our serious competition is actually coming from and be able to deal with it in a timely fashion.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @animalogic
  18. @anonymous

    See my reply to Harold Smith.

  19. @Robert Magill

    “I feel we have a problem with the term ‘rival’ here. All the negatives you describe represent a rivalry that I in no way imply in my statements. Rivalry can be strictly limited to trade and business and not in the war-making processes you are citing.”

    In your original comment you said:

    “The dumbest thing about the US focus on Russia and Putin is that it leaves China, our actual rival, free to continue its march to overwhelming mastery of the entire Eastern Hemisphere. Without firing a shot or wasting a bullet China has moved into a position of influence the US has dreamed of for a century.”

    Since a big part of the U.S. “focus” on Russia is military encirclement, confrontation by proxy, the threat of direct conflict even nuclear war, etc., this statement clearly suggests a “military solution” to “contain” an economically “rising” China, IMO. (After all, when the only tool the U.S. “government” has is a hammer, everything looks like a nail).

    But so what if China has some kind of “mastery” of the Eastern hemisphere? To the extent that’s true, at least they didn’t do it by way of lawless imperial treachery.

    The U.S. is losing influence all over the world because it’s making itself hated; it’s imposing itself everywhere and squandering everything of value on the hopeless pursuit of world domination and control.

    “I tried to point out that we as a nation miss the mark in constantly demonizing Russia, who is certainly no rival in trade and business, while China certainly is.”

    The thing is “we” don’t demonize Russia “as a nation”; rather, it’s done by the Satanic ruling class that hates Russia – not for any rational reason, but for the same reason that Cain hated Abel: because “evil” hates a “good” example.

    “Our zealous attacking of rivals has a long history and is not easily abandoned.”

    Unless you’re going change the definition of “rival” again, I should point out that the U.S. “government” doesn’t generally attack “rivals” but deems any country that asserts its sovereign independence and refuses to take orders an “enemy”, subject to economic, political and military attack.

    “However, I am afraid our national focus in this unproductive way will cause us as a people to not be aware of where our serious competition is actually coming from and be able to deal with it in a timely fashion.”

    You seem to be conflating “us as a people” with the U.S. “government” which has by now lost even the pretense of moral and constitutional legitimacy, and thus has nothing remotely to do with what’s in the best interests of “us as a people”.

    • Replies: @TT
  20. @Harold Smith

    Here is the explanation. China is economic rival to US. That is not only inconvenient, rival, it is the most efficient and most dangerous rival, because who is wining the economic competition is pushing out the opponent from world markets.

  21. LarryS says:
    @Harold Smith

    Somebody wants white Christians to kill each other. Again.

  22. Alden says:
    @Si1ver1ock

    I just looked at those charts. They came up fine on an apple AT&T phone.

    The charts don’t rrally show anything about the practice of human rights. They show countries that sign those idealistic pie in the sky by and by UN treaties. The ideals in the treaties are impossible to effect in most countries.

  23. Vojkan says:

    That people in the West believe the lies that TPTB concoct for their consumption, I can conceive, though only after a convoluted intellectual effort, for given all the now exposed deceit, one is left in wonder as to why the masses still believe proven liars.
    After having spent 36 years in the West and having seen Westerners vote for the likes of Blair, Sarkozy or Macron, I have a very low opinion of Western intelligence, and Western moral relativism and indifference with regards to the crimes their elected leaders committed abroad.
    Still, I can’t figure out if TPTB believe their own narrative. It takes a very peculiar mindset to be able to live in permanent lies. Contrary to truth which can exist per se and is therefore essentially cost-free, lies demand permanent maintenance and have high maintenance cost.
    So, TPTB of the West are either delusional in thinking they can maintain their lies ad vitam aeternam, or they are mythomaniacs. Either way, just think what happens when lies cannot be maintained any more and the liars don’t want to relinquish power.
    Bear in mind that lying being effectively irrational, they cannot be considered as rational actors. Prepare your shelters folks.

  24. Seraphim says:
    @Robert Magill

    China repossessing her house and front yard. The intruders are ‘offended’. Who those damn Chinks and Gooks think they are? Can’t they see that the (white) Americans have a ‘manifest destiny’ to be there?

  25. Very seldom, I’ve read such a realistic article on President Putin and his policy. I’ve been following not only his administration but also that of the US Empire, and I’m always flabbergasted about the US elites demonization of this leader. He belongs to the few leaders who got their act together compared to the political exorcists in Washington. The real thugs and psychopaths are the members of the American political elite and their cheerleaders in the fawning US mainstream media. Following their analysis, I often think they stem from lunatics who are coming from outer space.

  26. Wally says:

    Did I miss it, or did Mike Whitney intentionally leave Israel out of his article?

  27. @Robert Magill

    Yes, China is a rival…but an odd kind of rival. Let’s not forget that the US, over the last 30 whatever years has enthusiastically facilitated China’s rise. China has become the world’s factory because the US and other countries Co’s want CHEAP labour.
    So — Dr Frankenstein is now scared of his own monster. Oh the irony !

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
    , @Lin
  28. In the last two weeks a virtual book burning has begun on YouTube. Scores of independent truth seeking channels have been deleted. Some were pretty amateur and sensationalist, many were good, top notch investigative fact checking in nature. Many had large numbers of subscribers, a few had 100,000s subscribers.

    Common denominator seemed to question official mainstream media narrative on mass shootings, 9/11, war on terror, human sex trafficking, Clinton Foundation corruption, and even UFO coverups. One channel was a woman skilled at body language commenting on videos of people like John Podesta being interviewed as to whether he was lying.

    None of these channels advocated violence, quite the contrary. Most couched opinion alongside probable facts by asking deductive and inductive questions.

    The YouTube virtual book burning appears to have gathered pace in last week.

    So much for free speech in the fake but very slickly fake Western democracies. Where the geopolitical narrative is uniformly uniform.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @Melissa Dawn Assange
  29. American liberals would be surprised to know that Putin actually supports many of the same social issues that they support. For example, the Russian President is not only committed to lifting living standards and ending poverty, he’s also a big believer in universal healthcare which is free under the current Russian Constitution.

    American liberals support lifting living standards and ending poverty? You mean, the same American liberals who support ‘free’ trade and importing unlimited amounts of scab labor? You must have us confused with some other country, Mike.

    “I suggest that we take a broader look at the issue….What we need is an essentially different approach, one that would involve introducing new, groundbreaking, nature-like technologies that would not damage the environment, but rather work in harmony with it …”

    I note that he says nothing about ‘cap and trade,’ or any other Western bankster-scam. I have nothing against renewable energy–whether or not global warming is real.

    • Replies: @FB
  30. @Harold Smith

    @Harold smith
    You give the impression that you have no idea of what you r talking about.
    Simple question . HAVE YOU READ THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO?
    I WOULD BET MY LEFT TRSTICLE YOU HAVE NOT
    Classical Wasp mendacious gaslighting without any clue on what your talking about. No wonder the western world is in such a demise because no one has any context or any idea of anything.
    Look around and study political science 101 we in the west are living in a CORPORATE STATE
    Lo Stao Corporato first coined by Mussolini in the early 20′s last century hence fascism.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  31. Putin certainly had become a far better and more confident speaker compared to his early videos. He is certainly an intelligent man. There is definite improvements in russia compared to 90s and i have been following things for years. However untiil most of those russians who either had to leave or were left abroad to fend for themselves decide to move back and i believe most would including me, I cannot say he succeeded. The whole capitalistic corrupt system there is holding Russia back. I just cannot see state with such social and material disparities and lack of social protection, rights and guarantees being stable long term. Especially considering that populatìn is acutely aware of what was lost hence non stop smearing campaign against Soviet past. Say what they want, Soviet government and the whole system cared for people and was doing long term planning.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  32. @Edie P

    I’ve been thinking about installing Tor. What’s been your experience with it? Would you recommend it? Had any problems/issue with it? I would be grateful for your feedback.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Replies: @Edie P
    , @FB
  33. For the West, the demonization of Vladimir Putin is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one.

    — Henry Kissinger in 2014.

  34. Swan Knight says: • Website

    Vladimir Putin is the World’s greatest leader since Robert E Lee

    • Agree: Biff
    • Replies: @Thales the Milesian
  35. not like he had a choice. dc was about to have it’s hands on his throat and he finally reacted. that was ukraine. syria was him trying to protect another one of his naval bases. the bear simply reacted to attempts at cutting off it’s legs.

    that is actually very, very passive.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
    , @JL
  36. JustJeff says:
    @Robert Magill

    Xi Jinping doesn’t remind (((policy makers))) of the mean old czar who kicked poor grandpa Moishe out of his shtetl for being smarter than all the peasants, like in that Fiddler On The Roof documentary.

  37. @falcemartello

    “You give the impression that you have no idea of what you r talking about.”

    And you give the impression that you’re not to be taken seriously. So, coming from the likes of you, junior, I’ll take that as a nice compliment. Thanks.

    “Simple question . HAVE YOU READ THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO?
    I WOULD BET MY LEFT TRSTICLE YOU HAVE NOT”

    Aw c’mon be honest, your “trsticles (sic)” were gambled away a long time ago. But to answer your question, yes, I’m familiar with your Satanic communist ideology and your “communist manifesto”.

    “Classical Wasp mendacious gaslighting without any clue on what your talking about.”

    Well unlike you, junior, I at least know the difference between “your” and “you’re”. Maybe you should try to figure out the workings of the simple apostrophe before you undertake to lecture me on the complexities of contemporary geopolitics.

    “No wonder the western world is in such a demise because no one has any context or any idea of anything.”

    ROTFL! You’re supposed to be looking at your monitor, not your mirror, as you type your infantile statist drivel.

    “Look around and study political science 101 we in the west are living in a CORPORATE STATE”

    I’m sorry, but no we’re not. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we here in the “West” are living under a Satanic judeo-communist dictatorship, bent on world domination and control at any cost.

    • Agree: renfro
    • Replies: @edNels
    , @falcemartello
  38. @Astuteobservor II

    “the bear simply reacted to attempts at cutting off it’s legs.

    that is actually very, very passive.”

    Exactly.

    As much as I admire Vladimir Putin, I have to fault him for apparently being in a state of denial for so many years regarding the evil designs of the corrupt “West”. I think if Russia had not been so passive over the years, the barbarians would not now be at the gates.

    • Replies: @Avery
    , @Astuteobservor II
  39. @ animalogic

    “China has become the world’s factory because the US and other countries Co’s want CHEAP labour. “

    We all know the drill here. China makes stuff cheap so that WalMart can undercut competitors and grow rich. Therefore, alas, what can be done?
    Except that WalMart has over four hundred stores IN CHINA and plans to build forty more! So what’s our excuse now for not being able to compete?

  40. An amusing piece of pro-Putin propaganda. In fact, Putin is a political idiot who lurches from one flat-footed blunder to the next, damaging Russia every time. First he reversed his earlier alliance with the EU against the US and allied with the US against the EU, someone (a US neocon, no doubt!) having filled his little policeman’s head with dreams of “Eurasian” imperial glory. When his dream of legally carving up Ukraine blew up in his (and Nuland’s!) face, he tried to grab his “reward” by force, thereby bogging himself down and bringing sanctions down on his head. To get out that mess, he tried to elbow his way into the “war on terror” as a US ally, hoping, to judge from what his American supporters were writing at the time, to claim his reward in Ukraine. When that didn’t work, he waded into the Syrian civil war and is now irreversibly bogged down there too, making himself more or less a sitting duck to a US re-launch of the war. Unable to win, he sought to get out of that mess by manipulating the US election so as to put into the White House a president who would capitulate to him but in fact backed the wrong candidate! And got caught! Having once again made matters worse, he is now openly interfering in the Italian election in favour of the Lega Nord. Maybe he’s saying to his American backers: “look, I’m doing what I promised to do. I’m helping you to destroy the EU. Please give me my promised reward in Ukraine” [or whatever else was promised!]. Putin has got Russia into such a mess that, unless the Russian elite stage some sort of palace coup, it’s hard to see how war can be avoided.
    By the way, the content of the article in no way refelects the title.

    • Troll: L.K, bluedog
    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
    , @FB
  41. The truth is Putin has been good for Russia, good for regional stability, and good for global security.

    I quit reading at this risible statement. Putin has drubbed Russia’s economy. Pensions aren’t being paid, because Russia is broke, and the entire region is upset with Putin’s behavior as they have seen Putin’s behavior in Crimea and the Donbas.

    Putin hasn’t been good for anything and anyone saying otherwise, simply hasn’t been paying attention.

    • Troll: RobinG
    • Replies: @EugeneGur
    , @FB
  42. Avery says:
    @Harold Smith

    {Russia had not been so passive over the years,}

    Putin inherited a broken Russia in 2000. A Russia on the verge of collapse due to misrule of drunkard Yeltsin and body blows administered by US/NATO.
    A broken down military; economy in shambles; demographic collapse…….

    During his presidency US/EU/NATO engineered a collapse of oil prices and assaults on ruble: what exactly was Putin supposed to non-passively do to counter the collapse of world oil prices, for example?

    Putin was wise enough and cautious enough not to go head-to-head with US/NATO until his military and economy were in good enough shape to do and make a difference, as in Syria for example.
    It would have been very bad for Russia to act prematurely and get bled dry, which warmongering US Neocons were hoping for.

    Obviously Putin knows the strengths and weaknesses of Russia better than any of us here. He is butting heads with the combined military industrial might of US+EU: that block has a lot of human resources, wealth, worldwide financial and political influence. Also Putin has to – has to – improve the living standards of citizens of RF, so he cannot afford to get into an expensive arms race with the West. Putin is doing very well with what he has, as far as human and military-industrial resources Russia has.

  43. Alden, sounds like you stopped with the maps and didn’t read any of the underlying documents because of the preconceptions you wear on your sleeve: “idealistic pie in the sky by and by UN treaties… impossible to effect.” Those preconceptions happen to coincide with the residual message of one persistent strand of US statist propaganda.

    Have you ever read, in any US institution or medium, criticism as comprehensive and incisive as this?

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Countries/LACRegion/Pages/USIndex.aspx

    IGs can’t do this. Courts can’t begin to do this. Congress wouldn’t dare do this. Media would never do it if they could. The recommendations are legally binding and the US government knows it. Each review is videoed. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen State and Justice bureaucrats crawling and sniveling and tying themselves in logical knots, making fools of themselves in the most public forum in the world. You get to watch the US regime bleeding influence and standing and ‘soft power.’ It’s public disgrace in front of the 96% of the world outside the US iron curtain. You may not want to watch impartial legal experts make a laughingstock of the USG, but everybody else in the world watches with amusement, so you might as well know.

    Treaty body review has driven more reforms than Congress ever did. You know perfectly well how bad your government sucks, what a useless parasite it is. The treaty bodies and charter bodies give you more say than either state-controlled political party. Face it, human rights review is all you got. When your government sucks, you go over its head to the world.

  44. The Zionist dual citizens have America committing national suicide for their goal of a NEW WORLD ORDER , while Putin has Russia becoming an example of what a leader who has Christian values can do to help a nation become a shining light on a hill.

  45. Joe Hide says:

    Mr. Whitney,
    You are a rarity. A journalist who writes in an honest, fact based, important style. Ignore the paid trolls with their lunatic negative comments.
    Please keep writing!

  46. Edie P says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    Seamus, Tor slows you down a bit, but it’s vital if you want to speak your mind. You get to poke FBI and NSA in the eye. You’ll never see a stupid blinking popup ad again. There’s a whole nother giant internet out there, on Tor hidden services – Why deprive yourself of it?

    The main criticism of Tor is that it’s a CIA weapon built by beltway bandits. To me that’s a feature. Weapons proliferate. It’s built for subversion, let’s all take it for a spin.

    Open-source review inhibits backdoors. FBI can’t defeat it: if you follow their court cases, they only capitalize on stupid mistakes.

    • Replies: @Seamus Padraig
  47. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Politicians do lie the most. Cut n’ paste propagandist Whitney is enamored of one particular speech by the world’s most famous former KGB. Consider that Trump lied. He sent more troops to Afghanistan when he promised the voters he would leave. He said Assad must go, when he promised the voters he would end the moronic wars. He promised better relations with Russia and we have the worst relations ever.

    The media is filled with CIA employees like Whitney whose only purpose is to provide an alternative to CIA employees like Thomas Friedman, here once again, he does it again.

    Consider the real Putin. Vlad blew up his own set of buildings to start a war of terror, gangsters everywhere generally borrow scripts from one another including speeches that sound like something the Pope would deliver over the holidays.

  48. @Avery

    “During a policy talk at the Valdai Discussion Club, the Russian leader spoke on a number of issues, especially criticizing U.S. foreign policy moves across the globe and lauding Russia’s increasingly relevant role as a world power. When asked by a Germany-based academic where Russia had most seriously gone wrong in the past decade and a half, Putin said he had too readily laid his trust in the West, which he then accused of having abused its relationship with Moscow to further its own interests.”

    http://www.newsweek.com/russia-putin-reveal-biggiest-mistake-trusting-west-688998

    Well maybe you can make Vladimir Putin feel better about this. You can tell him that blindly trusting the corrupt “West” (in the face of shamelessly obvious provocations) was actually not a mistake at all, since Russia couldn’t have done a single thing about it anyway, right?

    • Replies: @EugeneGur
  49. I would consider moving to Russia, except that as an American I find its restrictions on free speech (specifically the “hate speech” nonsense) too onerous.

  50. @Michael Kenny

    Somehow I just cannot believe anything what you are saying, You do not have a bird view of general characterization of events. You are jumping from detail to detail and misinterpret those details.

  51. @Anonymous

    You are correct. But he (Trump) is running on hot charcoal like those fakirs.
    But he eventually will get used to it.

  52. EugeneGur says:
    @Quartermaster

    Putin has drubbed Russia’s economy.

    This is a ridiculous statement. When Putin came aboard, there was no Russian economy to speak of. Now it’s grown strong enough to withstand the events in Ukraine, sanctions and what not and even derive benefits from these challenges. I am not saying everything’s coming up roses but it could hardly be expected considering the deep hole Russia dug itself into in the 1990s.

    the entire region is upset with Putin’s behavior as they have seen Putin’s behavior in Crimea and the Donbas.

    The entire region, it you mean our Eastern European neighbors, can like it or lump it. They, Poland in particular, participated very willingly and actively in the coup in Ukraine. Crimea and Donbass are direct, and perfectly predictable, consequences of that coup. If they forgot the law of physics that every action has a reaction, this is just as good a reminder as any.

    • Replies: @When Ukies attack
  53. @Avery

    BTW, as I believe I’ve mentioned to you before – and as I believe you steadfastly, irrationally reject – but as I will nevertheless continue to say:

    Putin might have been able to derail or at least seriously obstruct the whole faux “war on terror” without firing a shot. How? By simply demanding an international investigation into 9/11 on the basis of the damning evidence in the public domain.

    Handled properly, e.g., by way of a carefully worded, carefully timed speech (e.g., just before or after some heinous U.S. “government” war crime), given by a respected statesman, perhaps with references to the damning evidence already in the public domain, in front of the world assembled at the UN, who knows, the ZionistAnglo empire might have been put seriously on the defensive. Many lives might have been saved.

    And the thing is, because of the recent study by J. Leroy Hulsey, Putin could still do it, but I predict that he unfortunately will do nothing of the kind.

  54. EugeneGur says:
    @Harold Smith

    blindly trusting the corrupt “West” (in the face of shamelessly obvious provocations) was actually not a mistake at all, since Russia couldn’t have done a single thing about it anyway, right?

    Actually, it could’ve done a lot. Right at the beginning, Russia could’ve refused to trust in the word of the West’s leaders about the NATO expansion and demand guarantees. A formal treaty plus a couple of remaining military bases, say, in Poland and East Germany, would’ve sufficed. This likely would’ve saved Yugoslavia as well.

    Russia could’ve refrained from stopping the development of many weapon system and from destroying others. It could’ve also kept its own industry (civil aviation comes to mind) instead of relying on cooperation with the West. It could’ve refrained from allowing the US troops to use the Russia territory to move supplies to Afghanistan. Even recently it did occur to someone exceedingly smart to order aircraft carriers in France – speaking about trust! I do hope they learned their lesson, finally.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  55. @EugeneGur

    “Actually, it could’ve done a lot.”

    I agree. I was using sarcasm to emphasize the point (to Avery) that by admitting a “mistake,” even Putin himself implicitly agrees that things would’ve/could’ve been different, if not for the unjustified trust in the corrupt “West”.

  56. @Avery

    In my opinion Putin is the man who saves us from a worldwide USA yoke

    • Agree: FB
  57. windwaves says:

    Great Article.

    America is in a very ugly spot and getting worse everyday. Living here I can sense it. Americans are going crazy. Pathetic how they are trying and build hate for Russia/Putin mainly because America got triple fucked across the ME and especially in Syria. Very sad.

    America’s greatest historical truth: in foreign policy the USA just cannot learn from experience. We keep making the same mistakes. Stupid, idiotic, nation building b/s. Come on dudes !

    This is just a phase, we will turn it around and make America great again ( as opposed to israel which was never great anyway). It is just a question of how long it will take.

    It will start the day when we’ll tell that terrorist, shit-hole country called israel to go the hell, fight your own wars, pay for your own wars.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
    , @Miro23
    , @TT
  58. @EugeneGur

    GDP per capita tripled on Putin’s watch. That’s one reason why he has public approval numbers that US politicians couldn’t dream of.

  59. @windwaves

    In my opinion, the USA, until now, could afford to conduct foreign policy for internal reasons.
    Because of this the Sept 11 shock, while in reality it meant very little, as USA citizens working in the Netherlands soon afterwards said ‘we have 30.000 traffic deaths each year’.

  60. RobinG says:
    @Avery

    Thanks, Avery. A well deserved gold border for you!

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  61. @Edie P

    Thanks for your reply, Edie.

  62. FB says:
    @Tailgunner Joes talking liver

    Thanks for a great comment that brings new facts unbeknown to many…including myself…

    Yes…it would seem reasonable that at bottom it is all about Universal Human Rights…those who support them…and those who are against them…

    And further extrapolating from that division…where the US is clearly on the side of those who fight against human rights…we can then divide the camps into even more basic categories of ‘good’ and ‘evil’…as Harold Smith has done here…

    Anyway…this is a great article by Mike…hats off bud…

  63. @RobinG

    A well deserved gold border for you!

    What is gold border?

    • Replies: @RobinG
  64. edNels says:
    @Harold Smith

    Good comeback there that was one of the best ones in a while!

    I’m sorry, but no we’re not. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we here in the “West” are living under a Satanic judeo-communist dictatorship, bent on world domination and control at any cost.

    The difference between corporate state, and totalitarian state like old Soviet system is getting blurier all the time. Like planned economies of command systems, now they just create money for the cronies, who might as well be commies, and they don’t give a care about what’s true or honest, they lie and that’s, like you mentioned, (Satanic), the truth isn’t in ‘em.

  65. FB says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    ‘…I note that he says nothing about ‘cap and trade,’ or any other Western bankster-scam. I have nothing against renewable energy–whether or not global warming is real…’

    Good comment…however the environment is about more than just ‘global warming’…which may or may not be man-caused…there is no scientific certainty but certainly what looks like a concerted push by certain quarters…

    But there is also habitat loss…the toxins introduced through pollution…industrial farming and the problems it causes with erosion, bad food etc…

    Putin’s comments…and Mike’s citation of them…reflect a thoughtful and realistic approach to at least start looking at these problems…

  66. FB says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    I’ve used Tor in the past and it is not difficult…

    However…the Tor system is a product of DARPA and now we have reports that the supposedly ‘non-profit’ Tor of today is in fact nearly 100 percent funded by some very scary US agencies…

    Including the Broadcasting Board of Governors…the US propaganda arm that runs Radio Liberty, Radio free Europe etc…

    This based on Freedom of Information requests that netted 2,500 pages of documents…

    ‘…employees of the non-profit met regularly with the Department of Justice, the FBI, and other three-letter agencies for training sessions and conferences, where the agencies pitched their software needs, the documents show…’

    https://www.rt.com/usa/420219-tor-us-government-funded-bbg/

    My rule of thumb is to assume that the massive NSA data scooping is able to get everything that goes online…and I have long suspected that services like Tor and VPNs are actually convenient backdoors for the malefactors…

    The basic assumption is that there is no online anonymity…the smartphone is the ideal spying device…even better than the computer…since it also tracks your movements…

  67. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:

    Anon from TN
    The author is painting Putin as larger-than-life figure, which he isn’t. Just like the Soviet Union was not defeated by the US, but actually collapsed due to internal problems, regime change rampage is over largely because the United States pushed their luck and overextended themselves, and not just thanks to Putin. Throughout history, all dominant empires lose their grip and eventually crumble (remember Roman or British), and now it’s the turn of the US Empire. Fortunately or unfortunately, the next will be the Chinese Empire, not Russian. (PS. Muslims missed the train. Again)

    • Replies: @TT
    , @MarkinPNW
  68. FB says:
    @Michael Kenny

    When did you become a complete moron…?

    Or perhaps you were born without a brain…

  69. FB says:
    @Quartermaster

    Do you actually believe your own make-believe Quarterbrain…?

  70. RobinG says:
    @Andrei Martyanov

    Look at Avery’s post, #42. The golden edge is conferred at discretion of the moderators. (I sometimes question their choices, but not this time.)

  71. @animalogic

    China has become the world’s factory because the US and other countries Co’s want CHEAP labour.
    So — Dr Frankenstein is now scared of his own monster. Oh the irony !

    In large part, that’s why the East Coast “elite” supported Stalin and his slave labor camps.

    In large part, Germany had to be destroyed because it was making headway in improving the lives of the productive classes. Compare the labor practices in the US and England of the time.

  72. Either Putin actually believes what he’s saying, and he’s a model world leader, or he doesn’t… and he’s just like every other world leader. Either way, he’s getting a suspicious amount of negative press.

    As far as I can tell, the average liberal view used to be based on Pussy Riot, and now it’s all about Russiagate. 9 out of 10 people in the US probably just think he’s the guy that used to go after the moose and squirrel.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  73. @Harold Smith

    It’s not like he used the term ‘enemy,’ which too many unfortunately resort to in these discussions. During Cold War 1.0, a lot of us referred to the Sovs as the ‘Adversary’ because it was a less loaded term than enemy, though many equate the two. Are the Chinese rivals? Sure. Are they adversaries? You bet, especially when we keep stepping into their back yard. Are they enemies? The will be if we keep stepping into their back yard and telling them how to behave with their next door neighbours. All of this applies to Russia as well.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  74. Cyrano says:

    The reason why the US empire will follow the British empire into the graveyard is because they are based on the same model – trying to prevent others from becoming equal to them instead of trying to get better than the competitors.

    GB was preoccupied with preventing Germany from surpassing them – and guess what? They succeeded. And where is the British empire now?

    From an empire on which the sun never sets, pretty soon they’ll be a country where the sun never rises – thanks to their stupid immigration policies and preoccupations with Russia (still!), like they (the British) are still even a factor in the global power games.

    US is on a similar path of self-destruction. First they made China an economic superpower and now they want to contain them militarily. Good luck with that.

    The money that the US spent on military misadventures – they could have bribed with far lesser amount of money the various “dictatorships” that they were so democratically inclined to topple – and would have achieved better results. Instead of using those money to make US better – for their citizens, they are trying to prevent the world from catching up with them – British style.

    If anything the British military record was at least better than US’s, at least they used to win wars – they pretty much went down undefeated – but they did went down and US military doesn’t have the same success rate and even if they did, they will not accomplish holding the world back – same as Britain didn’t.

    • Replies: @FB
  75. renfro says:

    American liberals would be surprised to know that Putin actually supports many of the same social issues that they support. For example, the Russian President is not only committed to lifting living standards and ending poverty, he’s also a big believer in universal healthcare which is free under the current Russian Constitution

    I do not see anything ‘liberal’ in Putin’s ideas, certainly not as in the liberal agendas in the US.

    I see him advocating Balance …. creating a better order for the needs of populations and interactions between nations …. therefore preserving nations, people and earth.

    Balance is not rocket science….nature is the ultimate example of balance, when it is tampered with all species eventually suffer.

  76. dahoit says:

    Putin is head and shoulders on every person in the west.da.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  77. Florin says:

    The neocons were/are Zionist in essence and mainly Jewish in thought leadership – this is inarguable.

    Also inarguable, though I am not aware of very many well-written essays on the topic, is that under Yeltsin, brought to power in no small part by US meddling, there was a fire salw of Russian assets – something arranged very largely by Jewish economists and Jewish bureaucrats.

    And th new ‘oligarchs?’ Why 6 of 7 of the most enriches were Jews in a nation <3% Jewish.

    Ukraine was largely a coup by Nuland, Pyatt, Feltman ato help Jewish oligarchs in Ukraine who suddenly found themselves in the very top of the new govt.

    Jewish names pop up inordinately as to authors and editors of unhinged Russophobic articles.

    At what point do we say that the mideast wars are driven by Jews, so, disproportionately (maybe even mainly as to the media) is the aggression and disinfo on Russia.

    The Jewish Problem is to be taken seriously.

    We need to find a way to discuss it, rescued from Zionists and bona fide Judeophobes.

    Our lives may well depend on it.

  78. @Swan Knight

    Maybe Robert E. Lee was a great leader.

    Can’t say the same about bad ombre Vlad.

    Reasons:
    Putin poisoned Socrates.
    Putin assassinated Julius Caesar.
    He assassinated Giulio di Medici in Florence.
    He attacked us at Pearl Harbor.
    He planted the brain tumor in Jihad McCain’s brain.

    Bad ombre Putin!

    • LOL: FB
  79. @Harold Smith

    I don’t admire him at all. 1900+ active nuclear warheads, and he was kowtowing and trying to keep the deal even when repeatedly getting stabbed in the back. I guess this is putin finally waking up from his dream.

    I like peace. I will take it anyway I can get it. I bet the 4.5 countries destroyed in the ME would have loved a stronger russia 10 years ago. triumphalism wouldn’t have created so many retards in DC.

  80. AsiaNow says:

    Putin the man to save the world and humanity

  81. RudyM says:

    And Russia’s military posture under Putin is looking a lot stronger as of today:

    https://thesaker.is/putins-stunning-revelations-about-new-russian-weapons-systems/

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-01/putin-russias-new-hypersonic-missile-can-rip-us-air-defenses-apart

    ZeroHedge headline is clickbaitish and misleading in certain respects, but ZH like that a lot of the time.

  82. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Tailgunner Joes talking liver

    The US doesn’t even follow its own constitution. What difference do you think some foreign treaty would make?

  83. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @dahoit

    Anon from TN
    Yes, but ask yourself why? Putin is just a normal reasonably intelligent man. He looks so great because Western elites are degenerating at an alarming rate since the breakup of the Soviet Union. So Putin mostly has to deal with pathetic nincompoops considered “leaders” in the West. Just compare Trump or Obama with Nixon or Reagan, Merkel with Chancellor Kohl, or sad excuses France recently had for presidents with De Gaulle. Sure, on that background Putin looks exceptional. That’s why he often wins with a pretty weak hand. BTW, quite ordinary man Xi looks so great also because of the comparison with the same Western “leaders”.

  84. Paw says:
    @Harold Smith

    They say , if God would send J.Christ to USA they would crucify him again there.
    Now it looks our God sent the ANGEL OF PEACE to earth.
    What they want to do him. Crucify, murder ?

  85. FB says:
    @Cyrano

    Let’s not forget that it was the US…and FDR plotting with Uncle Joe to dismantle the British Empire…after they [US and Russia] won the war…

    If we buy the idea that US helped to create the Chinese juggernaut…then it is a case of history repeating itself…first as tragedy…then as farce…

  86. a guest says:

    Precisely my views when you write, “As much as I admire Vladimir Putin, I have to fault him for apparently being in a state of denial for so many years regarding the evil designs of the corrupt “West”. I think if Russia had not been so passive over the years, the barbarians would not now be at the gates.”

    But I changed my view today after reviewing Putin’s State of the Union speech. The man was patiently waiting for some critical work-in-progress to come to satisfactory completion, and when it did come to satisfactory fruition, he announced the results coolly. The man’s cool, patience, and patience – and patience – makes him a very formidable adversary. Pity is, what he said will go way over the heads of the media and the leaders of western countries. The media responses and reporting about his speech are as usual crass, brazenly untruthful, and bordering on idiocy. We risk nuclear annihilation because of western idiocy, incompetence, and the inability to sit down and talk.

  87. TKK says:

    Putin a modest man? His net worth is an estimated 200 billion$-illegally vacuumed from government assets. It is believed he is the richest man in the world. Quite impressive considering he was a low level KGB drone stationed in Berlin.

    Any journalist or bureaucratic agency that questions his staggering wealth disappears, is the victim of a “street” crime or is subject to campaigns of threats and gaslighting (Objects moved in their home while they are away, men following them on the street).

    Has the author ever been to Russia? Perhaps that might be the first step in writing an article that is based in reality. Even in Moscow, access to basic antibiotics are a roll of the dice. If you pay enough, you may get them that day. If you not have enough money or the proper connections you may have to meet wait two weeks to get a simple dose of anti virals.

    Any procedure that involves the slightest specialization must be scheduled months in advance, unless you are a member of the elite.

    The American intellect is so flabby that it must paint people as heroes or devils. There can be no colorable issues. Putin is a man who is going to butter his own bread. He is a skilled politician and a deft criminal, and presenting a strong patriotism to Russia benefits him on all fronts.

    Most large nations mettle in others elections. The western media is so deceptive,repulsive and deranged in their hatred of Trump that this is the only issue they believe they can hang their hat on to impeach Trump. If the evidence cannot be found they will invent.

    But to paint Putin as a benevolent hero is so out of touch with the facts as to be either childish or insane.

    • Troll: bluedog
  88. @Anonymous

    The US government doesn’t have to follow its own constitution because there’s nobody to make them do it except their own downtrodden subject population, and you know what servile sad sacks they are.

    The outside world doesn’t have to take any shit. Russia has a veto, more gigatons, and qualitatively superior ballistic-missile technology. China has a veto, an overwhelming defense industrial base and a secure nuclear deterrent. The SCO, the OSCE, and the global South (Celac, the G-77, and the NAM) have gathered up all the legitimacy the US pissed away. The US government is a despised and isolated kleptocracy that controls a measly 4% of the world’s population. As the US UN delegates repeated ad nauseam in the Seventies, the UN cannot function unless it reflects geopolitical realities.

    RTF documents, anon. You will see the US incrementally, ineluctably being pushed back in line.

  89. Miro23 says:
    @windwaves

    It will start the day when we’ll tell that terrorist, shit-hole country called Israel to go the hell, fight your own wars, pay for your own wars.

    This is the $ 64 million question. Israel’s life and power comes through harnessing the US and they’re not going to let go easily.

    In a subliminal way the US public are aware of the problem. They’re influenced by MSM propaganda, but at the same time, they can ignore it enough to vote in Trump – but they think that that was enough?

    Realistically, they’ll only be shaken out of their stupor when they come face to face with an economic collapse, or a hot war – or both. The British confidently marched into WW1 along the lines of some new colonial conflict, without a clue that it was the end of their Empire (and economic power).

  90. @Harold Smith

    A better way to look at it is to ask the questions, what does China want from us? And, what is China’s end game? To answer those, you look at China’s history. They view themselves as the center of the world; that the world should come to them rather then themselves forcing their ways on the rest of the world. Because of their superior position, they believed the rest of the world should pay tribute to them. When the Ming emperor sent out Zheng He’s fleet, the goal was to contact other countries so they could pay proper tribute to the Emperor. That being said, the end game concerning the US is that we should be economically subservient to China. A goal that seems well on its way. Just a continuation of the old tributary system.

    • Replies: @TT
  91. FB says:
    @TKK

    My my…what a remarkable tale…

    Do you have the slightest shred of evidence for even a tiny fraction of that gas eruption…?

    I’ve spent a lot of time in Russia…and you obviously have NOT…

    None of what you say is even remotely approaching reality of life in Russia…which is quite civilized…in fact much more so than the US…

    Basic antibiotics…?

    What do you think Russia is…Ethiopia…?

    You’re plain nutcase…or troll…

    • Agree: Cyrano
  92. @Sergey Krieger

    Sergey, if you prefer the Soviet Socialist system, maybe you should move back to the USA. It’s becoming the USSA, and has made a lot of progress in the past 24 years.

  93. @TKK

    “Putin a modest man? His net worth is an estimated 200 billion$-illegally vacuumed from government assets. It is believed he is the richest man in the world. Quite impressive considering he was a low level KGB drone stationed in Berlin”.

    Comical unsubstantiated neocon fiction from US gov’t outlets of CNN-MSNBC. Why would Putin stay in office with that kind of bank account? You are a neo-liberal myrmidon.

  94. @macilrae

    We 14%ers have to be a bit careful (read quiet) in the current context.

  95. @Harold Smith

    @Harold Smith
    Being familiar is not equivalent to having read the book.
    I suggest you check out Gerald Celante on ternds journal and I suggest you study political science 101. I also suggest you checkout all the US statutes and western European Statutes that have been passed since 1979. THE COPRORATE STATE, When Ike was pres corporate tax rates were three times the rate they are at now. I also suggest you read the NAFTA agreement and have a look at the leaked memo of the TTP TTIP agreements had they had come into fruition. But hell little details like that seem to evade you.
    I suggest when you debate anybody you should use verifiable and fiduciary facts and not use cheap MSM liberal and right wing talking points.
    History would be a wonderful thing If inly it were true. Famous Tolstoy quote.
    Here is another verifiable fact!!!!!!!!
    The wage and economic gap between we the sheeple and the 1 percent oligarchical class has superceded the levels of the Gilded age.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  96. Lin says:
    @animalogic

    No. Since rhetorics are laughable.The opposite is true.
    It has been difficult for china to develop micro-electronics bcos of US tech sanction and china imported to the tune of 1.7592 trillion yuan/275 billion $US of micro-electronics in 2017, much of it from USA and Chinese must work the ass off to save a few $ to buy CPU. We at least partly finance US electronics industry http://www.stats.gov.cn/english/PressRelease/201802/t20180228_1585666.html
    ……….
    Some facts:
    1)Foreign investments only constitute a small fraction of total investment in China and US investment only amount to a small part of the total foreign investment. Tell me who financed the high speed rails,47% of the world’s steel production, housing construction of unprecedent scale ?
    Certainly not the yanks.
    2)Being said, foreign investment did create jobs for rural migrants and facilitate urbanization.Do the yanks want to keep both jobs for CPU manufacturing and min wage apparel making?
    3)China is pouring 100s of billion into micro-electronics.
    4)China has become the biggest market for industrial robots and the low values added jobs will be taken over by Chinese robots and viet or Bangladeshi labours eventually. If the yanks want jobs for seamtress, go ahead and take them back.
    5)Chinese GDP/capita is about that of mexico(likely a bit understated)but developing fast. The Force(I mean momentum not sci-fi) is strong with Chinese

    • Replies: @animalogic
  97. @falcemartello

    “Being familiar is not equivalent to having read the book.”

    I don’t have to read any book to refute your silly statist apologia.

    “I suggest you check out Gerald Celante on ternds journal and I suggest you study political science 101. I also suggest you checkout all the US statutes and western European Statutes that have been passed since 1979.”

    The thing is, I don’t generally take advice from anyone that I don’t take seriously, such as yourself.

    “I also suggest you read the NAFTA agreement and have a look at the leaked memo of the TTP TTIP agreements had they had come into fruition. But hell little details like that seem to evade you.”

    What evades me is your point.

    “I suggest when you debate anybody you should use verifiable and fiduciary facts and not use cheap MSM liberal and right wing talking points.”

    You’re just full of suggestions; so I’ll offer one too: I suggest you take your own advice.

    “The wage and economic gap between we the sheeple and the 1 percent oligarchical class has superceded the levels of the Gilded age.”

    Would you expect differently? That’s the foreseeable result of the calculated destruction of the middle class. In order to subvert our political process and take control of our government, our Satanic judeo-supremacist-communist masters set out to trash the middle class, the socio-economic class from which political resistance would arise.

    • Agree: RadicalCenter
    • Replies: @falcemartello
  98. @The Alarmist

    You don’t hear foreign leaders, e.g., Vladimir Putin, constantly referring to the other countries in the world as “competitors”, “rivals”, “adversaries”, “enemies”, etc., depending the degree of their subservience/loyalty. And as far as I know Chinese rulers don’t do it either. Apparently Vladimir Putin really does try to treat other countries as “partners” (and that may explain his demonstrated reluctance to use any kind of “force”).

    Putin’s all about cooperation; respect for international law; respect for each nation’s sovereignty; diplomacy; etc. whereas the jewish-supremacist-controlled-demon-possessed-puppet-rulers-of-the-corrupt-neo-Bolshevik-”West” are all about lawlessness, unaccountability, deceit, war, terrorism, complete disregard for the rights/sovereignty of other countries, etc., etc., etc.

    Can you imagine if a private person in society acted like the jew-supremacist-controlled U.S. government? Seriously try. Imagine you live on a street where one neighbor, “Sam” is always causing trouble. You have to be either “with him” (and complicit in his treachery against the whole neighborhood) or you’re his “enemy”, and you’ll be dealt with accordingly. And you try to get along with your neighbors, but “Sam” gets up every morning with the thought “how can I screw them over today?”

    One day one of Sam’s neighbor’s kids set up a lemonade stand. The kids had fun and made a little money. Sam was incensed; the neighbor’s kids became “rivals” to his kids. Sam reasoned that if he didn’t take action, these industrious neighbor kids would one day take over the whole neighborhood.(Sam’s kids could’ve done the same thing but because of Sam’s influence, they felt it was “beneath” them). So one day Sam ran over the lemonade stand with his car, trashing it, and he told the cops it
    was an “accident.”

    Sam is always fighting with someone over something; he’s burnt down peoples’ houses; he’s robbed people; he’s killed people; he’s raped some of the women in the neighborhood; and he’s never held accountable. He’s a pervert, a liar, a murderer, a crook, an arsonist, etc. And Sam always seems to get away with his crimes because he owns the cops and the judge.

    Society wouldn’t put up with a scumbag like this for very long, would it? At some point, somebody who’s had enough is going to shoot Sam. And this is exactly the situation with the U.S. “government” today.

    What is China (or Russia or Panama or Bangladesh or wherever)? It’s a country full of people who have the same God-given natural right to exist that anyone else has, including U.S. rulers. Until U.S. rulers accept this (which they apparently never will) there will never be peace on this planet (unless somebody forcefully puts Sam in his place).

    So what’s my main point? I disagree with labeling other countries according to their willingness to take orders from the “beast”. I disagree with the notion that the U.S. “government” can sit in judgment of the governments of other countries which have done nothing to the U.S. China is not a “rival”; Russia is not a “rival”; Country X is not a rival; and there is almost no problem on this earth that reasonable people cannot solve by way of diplomacy, if everyone involved is acts in good faith and accepts the natural rights of other people in far away places.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @poop
  99. EugeneGur says:
    @TKK

    His net worth is an estimated 200 billion$-illegally vacuumed from government assets.

    It’s been “estimated” at $20 billion, $40 billion, and then $200 billion. The key word is “estimated”. Where do you think a man could hide that amount of money, even $20 billion, so no one is able to find it? Why would Putin even need the money, ever, and would be able to use it? Putin is a smart man and he knows full well that the time when the Count of Monte-Cristo could emerge from a cave with an immense fortune nobody questions the origin of are gone. Putin knows he’d never be able to live in the West and enjoy his money, even if he wanted to. But as long as he stays in Russia he’ll enjoy the status of the ex-President and everything that comes with it. This is from the practical standpoint.

    Also, Putin doesn’t seem to be the type. We’ve been observing him for close to 20 years, and during this time he has acquired the quality of a leader of truly historical proportions. I don’t think he is particularly interested in personal enrichment.

    Don’t believe everything you read in the West about Russia or Putin – most of it is BS.

    Even in Moscow, access to basic antibiotics are a roll of the dice.

    Come on, man, are you for real? You can buy a truckload of antibiotics in any pharmacy in any town in Russia. Recently, they started to introduce that stupid “prescription only” rule but plenty is still available. Yes, some procedures do involve some waiting time but so is the case in the United States or anywhere.

    Russia is not heaven on earth. It has plenty of problems. It’s climbing out of a very deep hole economically and socially. But there is no need to invent stupidities.

  100. dyazbek says:
    @macilrae

    I believe the “14 percent” refers to a positive rating.

  101. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Don’t believe any of the Russia psyop. Our deepstate is their deepstate. Who longs for a bipolar world of 2 competing superpowers? Look at Syria, where exchanges of dead mercenaries are casually played like a game of checkers among rich old men.

    Note yesterday Putin urged the US Military complex to counter his latest “fearsome weapon”. The neo-propagandists appreciate the help. For this means even more funding for the largest Ponzi scheme in history – the western MIC.

    Trump’s massive budget was hardly adequate since Russians own shares in Raytheon too. Wars consist of arrangements between governments to displace certain people and steal their property.

  102. @Harold Smith

    You forgot that Sam is the self-appointed cop as well as judge, jury and executioner, and has everyone in the neighbourhood outgunned ten to one, so no one wants to go first.

    I’m actually impressed with the calm, rational approach Putin has taken over the years, but I get the impression we are getting to a point of reckoning.

    • Replies: @Harold Smith
  103. jinks says:

    A very good article. I really hope that the statement ” In short, the gloves are coming off and Washington is ramping up for a land war.” becomes more widely seen as the true direction were heading in. It’s not pretty to think how delusional at the least and insane at the worst any one who is willingly seeking a land war with the Russians. If history serves my memory correctly that’s never turned out so great, and neither has the US’s last few ground engagements. But of coarse we’ve already thrown our hand in the Graveyard of Empires. C’est la vie.

  104. @The Alarmist

    Those are good points about “Sam”.

    And I agree; I think a point of reckoning is approaching. The evil Orange Clown and his handlers seem to be at a “now or never” moment and are recklessly pushing even harder, while Russia’s patience is apparently coming to an end.

  105. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Trump is placing the javelin missiles. Trump lied better than Hillary who would have also been president while the MIC placed javelins around Russia.

  106. TT says:
    @Harold Smith

    Harold, you are one rare sane American among psychopaths.

    The world including all US allies is consistently rating US as No.1 threat not without reason. Its their distorted Exceptional Mentality people that relentlessly elect & empower their tyranny deep states & Potus to pursue atrocities everywhere including US(911) itself without consequence.

  107. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @TKK

    Africa dictators kings presidents steal and flee They flee to certain countries in EU or to USA . Money is safe. Money also adds to the corrupting or other enterprise USA engages to .

    Also the money keeps the dictator or his families in tow to whatever US wants to whatever US wants them go to. Any breach , any move not approved by US will have the asset frozen, new evidences created to indict, to accuse, to spread rumors against them. Be from Hondurus , El Salvador or Columbia or Argentina or Pakistan or Afghanistan or India – the money is safe also – as long as Uncle Sam sees benefits in stolen good like the threat of exposing the network of the corruption. That means a permanent dependence o the good grace of US .Otherwise Indian PM – Modi will get exposed of his links or the current BJP will get exposed by US . Now the party is beholden to USA’s demands . Equally true for Pakistan . Because most of the times the money is stolen and parked in USA only by those who has the connections – deep connections to the banking regulatory bodies, and to the political power

  108. TKK says:
    @TKK

    Maybe you are wealthy…. or a tourist. But the rank and file do NOT have access to even mediocre health care in Russia.

    On paper, Russian citizens are entitled to free universal health care. In practice, however, they are required to take out compulsory private medical insurance, while it’s also common for patients at state hospitals to bribe doctors for adequate treatment.

    Tourism hospitals in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the country’s two biggest cities, are largely serviceable, the situation is different the farther east you travel and more dire, more shady…. Many of the pharmaceuticals are counterfeit.

    * You do realize that you would not be able to have a website even remotely this free in Russia. Criticism of Putin is heavily regulated. One must be very brave to do this.
    .

    * You do realize that you have to pay off many layers of government to obtain even the simplest permit to start a business.

    * A difference of opinion does not make someone a troll. Good people can have differences of opinion. I do not believe Putin is a demonic force but to canonize him is ridiculous – Based on some infantile impulse…. Do you need a savior?

    He will not save you.

    • Troll: FB
    • Replies: @anon
    , @FB
  109. TT says:
    @windwaves

    It will start the day when we’ll tell that terrorist, shit-hole country called israel to go the hell, fight your own wars, pay for your own wars.

    Seriously, could US juz give a small piece of land for whole Israelis to move over. That will solve the whole ME crisis & save many lifes incl Americans’, many war $trillions enough to build many Israel. And the Master(Zionists) & slave(US) could live together forever happily without been separate again. Till death do you depart.

  110. TT says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Fortunately or unfortunately, the next will be the Chinese Empire, not Russian. (PS. Muslims missed the train. Again)

    Why is Chinese empire not Russian? How Muslim miss the train again? You have some insights to share or ability to make prophecy?

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  111. TT says:
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    When the Ming emperor sent out Zheng He’s fleet, the goal was to contact other countries so they could pay proper tribute to the Emperor. That being said, the end game concerning the US is that we should be economically subservient to China. A goal that seems well on its way. Just a continuation of the old tributary system.

    You are correct mostly but lack complete knowledge of China history. The ancient China Emperor was not interested for subservient in those less developed countries (barbarians they called) with their meagre tributes.

    Usually they run a loss, in return of some cheap primitive tributes, the Emperor return with Chinese exquisite gifts to show off his mighty power. Also they protect these vassals from invasion. Hence all are too happy to pay tribute annually to receive title, rewards,& protection. Read up.

    Eg. Japan was bestowed the country name Ainu means Short Slave. Until they learned enough Chinese language to understand its derogating, they asked permission to bestow a new name as Da He(Big Peace).

    North Tibet is fortunate to fall under China territory, so they enjoy free FSRail, free houses & sky fall prosperity now. South Tibet illegal grabbed by India is still getting rape & massacre. Do some google search.

    Only with above historical facts, will below statement make sense.

    They view themselves as the center of the world; that the world should come to them rather then themselves forcing their ways on the rest of the world.

  112. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @TT

    Anon from TN
    I do not make or intend to make a prophecy. Thank goodness, I am no Nostradamus. I am just expressing my opinion based on the info available to me. The comparison of GDP (China surpassed the US on PPP basis, whereas Russia did not) and the number of people (~10 times more in China than in Russia), I believe that China has a lot better chance of being the next. However, I should say that China is unlikely to show the same arrogance (one might call it stupidity) as the US and will be content with a multi-polar world, where the US, Russia, and India, possibly some others, will be other centers of power. Europe could have been, too, but current EU policies undermine it.
    As to Muslims, there are so many of them, and the Islamic world was ahead of Europe for a while. We are still using Arabic numbers, and the names of some sciences still have Arabic roots. Yet ever since Spanish Reconquista they mostly push backwardness (e.g., ISIS, Al Qaida, or Saudi Arabia are essentially doomed attempts to create early medieval societies in the 21st century). That’s how they are missing the train, again.

    • Replies: @TT
  113. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @TKK

    People who live in United States, or in countries like Canada which regularly provide political cover for U.S. crimes abroad, will have to work around and even against NGOs like Amnesty International to prevent their governments from continuing to destroy one country after another.” http://www.counterpunch.com

    Countries like Syria Iraq ( 1991-2003 ) Venezuela dont have health care or medication or food on shelves have American sanctions to blame . The illegal sanctions have robbed the citizen of their lives and comforts way too long and too many times

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/02/amnesty-international-winks-at-trumps-economic-attack-on-venezuelans/

    • Replies: @RobinG
  114. FB says:
    @TKK

    ‘…But the rank and file do NOT have access to even mediocre health care in Russia…’

    Sorry…that’s in the US…not Russia…

    Like I said…I know for a fact that you have never stepped foot in Russia…because your ignorance is on full display…

    Like I said already…why don’t you point to something to back that up…?

    The scale of your BS is simply comical…you are just an ignorant simpleton who has probably never traveled anywhere…that much is obvious…

    [you don't even know how to post here...you replied to yourself instead of presumably me...]

  115. For a look at the real Putin read Boyd Cathey’s article, “Examining the Hatred of Putin.”

    Your statements about Putin need to be checked.

    • Replies: @MInnesota Mary
  116. @Sollipsist

    Very few people in the USA under age 50 have any idea what that cartoon reference means. But your point about the ignorance here is correct.

  117. @Minnesota Mary

    My above comment was directed at someone who had nothing good to say about Putin, like TKK and others.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  118. MarkinPNW says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Well, according to the Pasha Glubb, http://people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf , there were two or three Muslim empires that rose and eventually fell and crumbled; the Arab empire, the Ottoman empire, and possibly the Mameluk empire. The Pasha refrains from commenting on China as not having enough information to make a judgement.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  119. TT says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Ok. That’s similar to my judgement now too. But thing may change with fluid situation, some speculation.

    China is for sure a empire to be in every fronts.

    Russia might be one if massive Europeans start migrating over to the last pure land of White Christian European after EU US got swarm by Muslim & Indians Weapon of Mass Migration – WMM. It needs at least 300M popn to be empire.

    Whereas Moslems may succeed to make an shaky inter fighting retard empire of huge number after occupying US EU with their WMM. US EU leaders aren’t stupid to let in millions of possible terrorists, there are coordinated efforts in deep states. George Soros is up to something too, his NGOs is even protesting African refugees in Israel from been deport.

    Indian population will surpass China to grow explosively, continue its WMM to the developed countries. There, it might turn out some empire of Hindustan, with caste system for their upper to slave the rest.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  120. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @MarkinPNW

    Anon from TN
    If by Arab Empire you mean the one created by the original wars of conquest of Mohammed, it was as transient as the Empire of Alexander the Great: fell apart almost immediately after his demise. Ottoman Empire existed for a few centuries (fourteenth to twentieth), but it never was at the forefront of human progress: Renaissance moved Europe ahead, so Ottomans played catch up, without much success, particularly closer to the end. Mamluk empire/sultanate was a more local Egyptian thing ultimately absorbed by the Ottomans.

  121. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @MInnesota Mary

    Anon from TN
    I’d say hatred of Putin is just as stupid as Putin-worship. He looks really great by comparison with obamas, trumps. merkels, various macrons and mays, but he is just a guy with ordinary intelligence and caution appropriate for a politician of his level. Western leaders used to be like that, but the current crop is dismal. Apparently having a credible adversary such as the Soviet Union kept the elites in shape. They degenerated ever since 1991. It’s sad, as we may all die because of their stupidity.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  122. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @TT

    Anon from TN
    Yes, the situation is fluid, as it always is when the old hegemon is about to fall.
    Yet population alone does not make an empire. Indonesia has 50% greater population than Russia, but do you hear much about it in the news? Does anyone accuse “Indonesian hackers” of interfering in the US elections, or make up other BS stories about that very populous country?
    Economy per se is not a decisive factor, either. Some trolls like to say that Russian economy is the size of Italy. Again, we see Italian president and prime minister in the news pretty much as often as their Indonesian counterparts.
    Have you noticed that presumably big and strong Britain armed with nukes whenever the US says “Jump!” only asks “How high?” It does not even matter to them who the US president is: Blair was an obedient poodle of both Bill Clinton and Bush Jr. Same with Germany and France. Both used to be respectable countries but became pathetic vassals. Yet economic and population pigmies like Nicaragua or Cuba are not afraid of trolling the US.
    India is so obsessed with its rivalry with China that it is backing the wrong horse right now, undermining its prospects. Funny thing is, China no longer considers India a worthy competitor, even though India had an advantage: every educated person there was taught English (although one can recognize Indian English a mile away).
    What really matters is the will of the people to be independent. Russian people do have that. It is funny how Putin and/or Russia are always on the front pages of all MSM. Now the same thing is here on Unz Review site.
    Anyway, among the strong countries today only Russia and China behave with dignity. We’ll see what happens tomorrow when tomorrow comes.

    • Replies: @TT
  123. @AnonFromTN

    Exactly. Putin is just an intelligent man who is also very careful but genius he is not and results of his rule frankly could have been far better. Obviously after Gorbachov, Yeltsin and current crop of western leaders he looks like towering giant, just by being who he is. Considering everything I believe he is also a slow learner. 25 years have passed since this liberal experiment started. People lost everything that was considered normal in ussr and constituted most important things in life for human. No wonder demographic situation is so dire.

  124. RobinG says:
    @anon

    Thank you for the well deserved denunciation of spineless butt-licker Amnesty International, lackey of the empire.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/02/amnesty-international-winks-at-trumps-economic-attack-on-venezuelans/

    “I was disgusted but not surprised by Amnesty’s tacit support for Trump’s aggression against Venezuela….

    “U.S. sanctions, which are illegal under of chapter 4 article 19 of the OAS Charter, are a direct assault on the Venezuelan peoples’ “right to health and food”. There is no avoiding this conclusion even if you believe the worst that has been said about Venezuela’s government. You’ll find it extremely hard to learn from the international media, but sanctions are not supported by most Venezuelans according to the same opposition-aligned pollster (Datanalisis) that the media has cited ad nauseam about Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval rating.”

    My personal experience with Amnesty’s biased indifference was quite an eye-opener. Of course, the public has been groomed to believe in their ‘goodness’ … so if you utter criticism of Amnesty, you’re subjected to a second round of ostracism.

  125. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    Anon from TN
    He sure is no genius. I wouldn’t say he is such a slow learner, though. Remember the way he looked in 2000: typical “товарищ в штатском” (for those who don’t understand Russian, this literally means “a comrade in civilian clothes”, a term used in Soviet times for undercover KGB agents), with clothes and words as clumsy as those of Ukrainian “president” Poroshenko today. Look at him now: perfectly dressed, confident, well informed, intelligent head of state any country would be proud to have. As French say, “Macron wants to be like Putin, but the leash gets in the way”. Also, we have to remember that he witnessed the failure not only of the liberal experiment, but also of the socialist experiment. Besides, he wants to avoid a court coup, so he does not push too hard against oligarchs, at least against those who acknowledge his supremacy.
    I know that Russia has many problems, although I do not live there since 1991. From my perspective, the major sins of his rule are the destruction of a pretty good Soviet education system and almost complete demise of modern biology (it was weak in Soviet times, but now it is virtually extinct).
    However, if you look at the function of emergency services, it is way superior in Russia than in the US. I am not even talking about hurricane Katrina. In Obama period we had a flood in Nashville, and police reaction was to disappear completely. People were without electricity or phone (landlines and cell were dead) for three days, and nobody came by to find out whether someone needed anything. I am healthy and smart enough to survive worse, but there were children, elderly, and sick people, and they all got no help from the government of any level. Or right now a large part of Puerto-Rico still has no electricity and running water many months after the hurricane.
    Another thing is infrastructure. In the US it is crumbling, while the federal government pours all resources into Pentagon, to the delight of its contractors. In contrast, in Russia there are many major projects under way, including a bridge to Crimea, several big power plants in Crimea and Kuban, a huge LNG plant in the North, Ust-Luga port, etc. I was in Crimea in 2015, and I saw it first-hand: Simferopol airport and all major roads were reconstructed (yes, side roads were still in their Ukrainian state of disrepair). What’s more, road police stopped me once in my rental car because I did not turn my headlights on (I did not know that you have to during the day) and did not even hint at a bribe. The policeman did not fine me, either, just gave me a warning. I used to be driven between Donetsk airport and Lugansk many times in 2010-2013, when that area still was Ukraine, and every road policeman was looking only for bribes. Of course, you’d say that it’s easy to be less corrupt than Ukraine, but it’s better than that.
    In terms of corruption, current situation in Russia is better than in the US: I am sure contractors there steal quite a bit, but compared to the thieves feeding off the US military budget Russian thieves are paragons of honesty.
    So, I agree that more could have been done, but the people in Russia tend to underestimate its achievements in the last 17-18 years.

  126. CalDre says:
    @Tailgunner Joes talking liver

    Really, you are a jester, no? Let’s have a look-see at the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

    Part 1, Article 1: “All peoples have the right of self-determination.” Please explain in context of the Chechen Wars, in which about 40% of the Chechen population was murdered by Yeltsin and Putin, precisely to prevent these “people” from exercising their “right of self-determination”? Chechnya, the country that never wanted to be part of, and has always fought against being part of, the Russian Empire?

    Part 1, Article 2: “All peoples may, for their own ends, freely dispose of their natural wealth and resources”. Please explain in context of the Russian oligarchs. Note the language says “all peoples”, not “all robber barons”.

    I could go on about Russia falling short of its “treaty obligations”. But more importantly a lot of the “rights” in that treaty are quite controversial. For example, do all Russians really have “Fair wages and equal remuneration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind”, “A decent living for themselves and their families”, and “Equal opportunity for everyone to be promoted in his employment to an appropriate higher level, subject to no considerations other than those of seniority and competence”?

  127. @Harold Smith

    How quintessential WASP and exceptional come back.
    I have to admit that we agree on some matters just that ur conclusion avoids basic Economic fundamentals and real facts . We live in a corporate run technocracy. Corporations and high end finance /central banks are all the instruments that dictate our western form of governance.
    Hence the fusion of government and corporations is the definition of fascism. I call it fascism you call it judeo,satanist communism.

    I see you have anger management issues and are not good at debating. I will leave it at that and I really hope you dwell into some positive energy.

    • Replies: @CalDre
    , @Harold Smith
  128. CalDre says:
    @falcemartello

    We live in a corporate run technocracy. Corporations and high end finance /central banks are all the instruments that dictate our western form of governance.

    That’s non-sensical. Corporations don’t run anything. People run things, and corporations are a way for these people to protect their assets. It may be easy to say “Amazon” did this, but Amazon, the corporation, doesn’t do anything, it’s its shareholders, directors, officers and employees who do things. And there is a power hierarchy here.

    Just because you are too lazy to track it down, doesn’t mean that an inanimate object, a legal fiction, what you term a “corporation”, has “power”. The power behind the scenes – I have to agree with “Harold Smith”, the enduring ((tribal)) plus blue-blood-clan partnership are these puppet masters – control the corporations, and hence whatever it is, you (falsely) claim the corporations control. All available evidence points to that.

    And it’s hardly a technocracy. The whole system is utterly corrupt.

    Hence the fusion of government and corporations is the definition of fascism.

    Statements like these are made by morons or manipulators. First of all, fascism is a form of radical Statism, and has nothing to do with corporations. Second it is not possible for corporations and the State to fuse since corporations are a creation of the State.

    I think what you are trying to get at, rather in-artfully, is that in fascism, those who control the corporations, control the State. But what that really refers to is an oligarchy. And most systems of government, however designated, whether Communist, Fascist, Democratic or Monarchic, are oligarchic – inherited wealth and power run the show. The rest is just window dressing and propaganda. My favorite quote regarding this, as it was stated to apply to war (but it can be stated to apply to almost anything):

    “Why, of course, the people don’t want war,” Goering shrugged. “Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.”

    “There is one difference,” [Gustave Gilbert, a German-speaking American intelligence officer and psychologist who was granted free access by the Allies to all the prisoners held in the Nuremberg jail,] pointed out. “In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.”

    Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

    • Replies: @FB
    , @Dissident X
  129. FB says:
    @CalDre

    ‘…All peoples have the right of self-determination…’

    So you should not have a problem when the Hispanics declare the right to rule over the Southwestern US…which originally belonged to Spain and Mexico until taken by force…

    • Agree: Cyrano
  130. FB says:
    @CalDre

    We live in a corporate run technocracy. Corporations and high end finance /central banks are all the instruments that dictate our western form of governance.

    That’s non-sensical. Corporations don’t run anything. People run things, and corporations are a way for these people to protect their assets.

    Disneyland much…?

    PS…Take it easy on the koolaid…

    • Replies: @CalDre
  131. TT says:
    @AnonFromTN

    Russia has all conditions to be empire, except population. European race is quite capable given right condition, with proven prosperous colonizing record, Siberia has plenty of land. Economic is backbone of empire, Chinese knew & proven that.

    Indonesia majority is Malay ethnic, no hope even GDP projected to be top6 in future. One Western researcher survey Asean, Eurasian came from Eurasia, Indian from India, Chinese from China, where does these Malays come from? So he traced it to Yunan minority tribe, a short dark skin simple ethnic wrapping a cloth around waist, eat with hands & love spicy hot chilli food.

    This ethnic migrate down to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, and then Indonesia becoming their majority race. You can still find exact similarity among these nations with that Yunnan tribes. Change the 250M to Chinese you will find what it can be.

    India is capable to be empire with a civilization longer than China. Asoka King was considered one of the Greatest King in history.

    Ashoka the Great, was an Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from 269 BC to 232 BC. One of India’s greatest emperors, Ashoka reigned over most of present-day India after a number of military conquests….

    The British historian H.G. Wells has written: “Amidst the tens of thousands of names of monarchs that crowd the columns of history … the name of Asoka shines, and shines almost alone, a star.”

    But alas, Indians had picked the wrong democracy ill fitting for its largely uneducated people fragmented into many ethnics, religions, castes, invading 50+ princely states since independent. Each voting own kinds. With Hindu caste system, elites hoard all resources & lands. Politicians are busy bickering to win in next election, gathering as much bribes. So there is no hope, even Walmart failed to open a branch after bloody riot. Hence China does not consider India as rival, at most a nuisance thief always eyeing its border land or a US pitbull now.

    UK, Fr, Germany, EU & most world leaders arent stpid, but all either been installed or hamstrung by US 5eyes spy Prism into blackmail. They will be removed if disobedient. SK ex-Pres Park is now serving 30yrs jail term for pro-China & not putting Thaad System. Long list of subversion. Abe know well so he serve longest by always asking: how high to jump, Lord? Lackeys Aust ex-PM Howard(now Turnbull), UK Blair, Merkel are well rewarded.

    Putin openly rebel in keeping Snowden that Xi dumped like hot potato, restructured Russia economy from west-oligarchs control, so border wars like Georgia & Ukraine(EU gas pipe also) are punishment. Syria intervention is last straw to activate hysteria Russophobe. Disobedient child always get the most attention, so are NK Kim, Saddam, Gaddafi, Iran, Syria, Venezuela,…presstitute are paid to write for Uncle Scam.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  132. @AnonFromTN

    “I wouldn’t say he is such a slow learner…”
    “Also, we have to remember that he witnessed the failure not only of the liberal experiment, but
    also of the socialist experiment.”

    I agree with you.

    I think he also takes into consideration the lessons of the previous, gigantic failure, of the former Russian Empire. Not surprisingly, on many occasions he has said that the country needs to learn to develop through evolution not revolutions.

    Let me also mention the most recent examples of Gorbachev, indecisiveness, and Yeltsin, impulsive decisiveness, like when he “decisively” dismantled the Soviet Union and destroyed its social fabric. I think everyone would come to the very sensible conclusion that neither is beneficial.

    Lastly, as an outsider, I’d like to think that Putin is just a personification of the slowly maturing Russian “deep state” or “national idea” if you will, that has learnt the right lessons of the past failures and is aware of country’s real strengths and weaknesses.

  133. JL says:
    @Astuteobservor II

    Nope. Russia was planning on its Syria operation before Ukraine went off. Ukraine was a diversion meant to delay (successfully) or altogether preemptively eliminate (unsuccessfully) Russia’s Syria intervention.

  134. @AnonFromTN

    He certainly returned a sense of normalcy to the country but I am trying to look more forward into the future how what he is going to leave will work after he is gone. My opinion that first socialist project failure was more of cadres level. We still can see many of those cadres who got to the top at the late Soviet period. On many level it was working well and certainly did not deserve that fate. It was also in line with Russian character which is important. Liberal project was utter failure. Russia is barely getting out of that experiment and all of the characters are still present in power. I am pretty sure Putin wants the best. The problem is due to his limitations his view of what is best can be limited too. Let’s say Russia is far from getting over demographic crisis she fell in 90′. Putin response as of manual manager is maternal capital. Ok. He is not looking into the root or maybe he is looking but being liberal albeit moderate he seems is incapable to realize that a lot more needed. Kvartirnyj question along is of huge importance. He is talking about mortgages and their availability and accessibility to young couples and overall to people. But I know what mortgage is. It is basically a slavery and considering that in market economy prices of all assets are getting inflated over time especially in our times and especially real estate. Importance of having own place to live free just like we had in Soviet times for young couples is more important imho than maternal capital. Then all those kindergartens which were free. I know my little cousin is going into some but I never asked if they pay for it. I will. Here as a dad who have small kids I say it is robbery. Right now I hear price of regulated kindergarten jumped from $1500 to about $2000 a month after minimum wage increase. Then of course I read it is pretty expensive now in Russia to keep and supply kids at school and while there is still some state sponsored higher education in russia I see for those who have to pay it is basically unaffordable for a lot of kids. I also do not feel confidence in tomorrow when reading in Russian net. All and other factors make me wonder about possibility to resolve this demographic crisis within system built by Putin and demographic is strategical issue. It is destiny. Canada has similar crisis and is bringing lots of immigrants thanks to which you can barely see white faces in Toronto. In many places. Russia cannot afford this and still be Russia. It is obviously not the place to discuss all this. I will just say that the system in russia now does not make me confident in russia future. I believe very bad turn was taken back in 80s hence I wonder why not to revisit old road and make necessary modifications. . I am not even going into privatization and social and economic consequences long term. Not solved.

    • Replies: @FB
  135. CalDre says:
    @FB

    That’s a clever response … for a kindergartner.

    A corporation is a set of legal rights, it does not exist in the real world, it does not act, it does not exercise power. However the legal rights set forth how a corporation does act and exercise power. So typically a majority of the shareholders can elect a board; the board elects a CEO and other officers; and the CEO and other officers generally run the corporation, subject to control of the board, which is subject to the control of the shareholders. So ultimately, the shareholders control the corporation.

    All pretty basic stuff. Except for someone … in kindergarten going to Disneyland.

  136. @TT

    Russia had population of required size. What Russia seems to always lack is stable, patriotic and long term thinking outstanding elite similar for example to Roman elite. Plenty of moron, traitors, West worshipers and inadequate to task people. USSR fall was caused exactly by this and so was the whole process which led to revolutions and before. It is recurring. Current Russia elite seems the worst of all previous.

    • Replies: @CalDre
    , @TT
    , @Parbes
  137. CalDre says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    Current Russia elite seems the worst of all previous

    Yeah, don’t all patriotic Russians yearn for the glory years of ((Bolshevik)) terrorists murdering Christians and kulaks – who had the audacity to own a cow – by the millions.

    Or the fantastic glory years of Stalin, who murdered millions more and drove the Soviet Union into a deadly confrontation with Germany.

    Or the fantastic glory years of the tsars, when serfs, about 99% of the population, had less rights than horses.

    Yeah, Russians have it terrible nowadays. Internet, satellite TV, cars, refrigerators, heating, freedom of speech, good quality and quantity of food year around, reasonable health care, social safety net ….. How can you surviver the cruel suffering?

    OK, there are some big problems (mainly: the oligarchs), no doubt, but if you think prior leaders were better, boy, I sure do wish I had a time capsule to send you back to those “glory years”.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  138. @falcemartello

    “I see you have anger management issues and are not good at debating. I will leave it at that and I really hope you dwell into some positive energy.”

    LOL! You begin the “debate” with an ad hominem attack and then you expect to be taken seriously? Seriously?

  139. TT says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    Russia needs revolutionary & visionary leader to change that problem. I can see many patriotic smart elites in this unz alone. But they won’t want touch Russia politics even with 10 foot poles or go back.

    Only a good leader can attract & unite good people to develop the country. Putin look smart enough to see thru this. He may be even gaming for bringing in more European elites to make Russia the next United States of Russia. But we won’t know what power playing is there for him, politics is dangerous game.

    Still his speech recently is very impressive, only man in this world to directly capable of threatening US Empire, with a big nuke stick.

  140. @CalDre

    Are you American? This would explain a lot. Cannot mind your own business and refrain from talking about things you have no clue about while pushing your ignorant ravings upon others.

    • Replies: @CalDre
  141. CalDre says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    Did you write anything constructive or useful in your post? Of course not. It is you who pushes ignorant and ad hominem rants on others; and, evidently from your posting history, you have an impossible time minding your own business, constantly attacking others, but get utterly defensive when someone raises your “Russian business” as a slight tangent to your incessant attacks on others.

    But I’m sure the irony is beyond your comprehension in your vodka-induced intellectual coma.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  142. @CalDre

    Whom did I attack? I was talking to TT. I wrote my opinion and here you come attacking me. You are pathetic. I am by the way not discussing American internal issues because I have no clue and I do not care. Why do you especially when you clearly have no clue about Russia ? I suggest you avoid sugary food and energy drinks. Otherwise find another place to waste energy from those.

    • Replies: @CalDre
  143. CalDre says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    Whom did I attack?

    We both have a long history on this site. I recall many of your posts being highly critical of the “West”. Indeed you are highly critical of everything, except your beloved Communism. And then when i wrote my opinion on something, you attacked me, like a petulant and retarded child.

    I wrote my opinion and here you come attacking me.

    Wow, you are something else. You wrote current Russian leaders are worse than prior ones. I compared prior ones (Bolsheviks, Stalin, tsars), unfavorably, to the current leaders. Whereupon you launched into a personal ad hominem tirade against me.

    In the unlikely event your addled brain can comprehend a chain of discussion, just click back through the chain on this thread, and you’ll see exactly what happened. And then f* off, you ignorant, drunken Communist ape.

    • Troll: FB
    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  144. FB says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    ‘…My opinion that first socialist project failure was more of cadres level…

    …On many level it was working well and certainly did not deserve that fate…’

    Agree…only people who actually have visited the Soviet Union or East Germany during that time can appreciate this…

    ‘…Kvartirnyj question along is of huge importance. He is talking about mortgages and their availability and accessibility to young couples and overall to people.

    But I know what mortgage is. It is basically a slavery…

    This is correct…the right to housing is a basic human right…it should not be a Ponzi scheme…

    We note here the mathematics underpinning perpetual economic growth…compound interest…and Ponzi/Pyranmid schemes…is exactly the same…this revelation is evident to anyone who has a math background…

    I had the opportunity to spend some time in Eastern Europe as an exchange student in the 1980s…it was a life-changing experience…

    Everything that was drummed into me by our propaganda and indoctrination turned out to have no connection with reality on the ground…

    The family I stayed with had a modest apartment by Western standards…but it was theirs…they never had to worry about a mortgage like both of my parents constantly did…

    There was a sense of security in that home that was so unreal to me…where the constant worries about job security…debt repayment…and even healthcare basically ruined the actual quality of life…

    I remember thinking I would have gladly traded my family’s much bigger house and car for having this sense of inner peace and well-being…

    People who have not experienced these things first hand can never understand…

    They only know what indoctrination was drubbed into them…

    ‘…while there is still some state sponsored higher education in russia I see for those who have to pay it is basically unaffordable for a lot of kids…’

    This is very bad…education, especially hard sciences, is the future of any nation and the foundation of its strength…

    During the Soviet era a common [but probably true] joke in the engineering profession in the West was that Russia graduated ten times as many engineers as the US…but the US graduated ten times as many lawyers…

    Which is more useful to society…?

    Still today Russia…with half the US population graduates twice as many engineers as the US…

    Putin has done well with the military technologies…and his recent address to the Federal assembly announced the maturation of some quite remarkable technical advances…which I will get into in a later technical post…

    However…in some areas…notably biology…there needs to be a big push from the top down…a kind of Apollo program for Russian biology and health sciences…

    ‘…I believe very bad turn was taken back in 80s hence I wonder why not to revisit old road and make necessary modifications…’

    This is exactly correct…it was a case of throwing out the baby with the bathwater…

    The USSR made huge advances in many fields…education [especially hard sciences]…technology…society…etc…

    But all of this was just overturned like emptying the trash…this is tragic on many levels…

    China has managed to fine tune the socialist system and make it work…people forget that the state still controls 70 percent of China’s economy…

    I have written elsewhere on matters of defense and the technical and corruption issues affecting that sphere…eg…my comment on the thread regarding Russian Su57 trials in Syria recently…

    The US is getting incredibly poor value for its huge spending on defense procurement…it is not rocket science…the profit motive does not work well in every sphere of human endeavor…some things must be under the control of people with more humane and more genuine motivations…

  145. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @FB

    Anon from TN
    Greed is a genuine motivation, but utterly inhumane. In the 90-s, when the censorship in Western MSM was not as pervasive, when the Guardian still allowed comments to most articles, I read an interesting comment to an article discussing the fall of communism. I don’t remember the exact words, but the gist was that if the system based on naked greed won, while the system based on equality and mutual help lost, why would that make anyone happy?
    Being a biochemist, I agree 100% about biology. It was fairly weak in the Soviet Union, but now it is essentially ruined. Apparently, physics and engineering are still doing well, judging by the fact that Russia fields weapons at least equivalent to those of the US for one tenth of the price. But that mostly reflects not the level of science, but the level of corruption: compared to Pentagon contractors, Russian thieves are incredibly honest.
    Still, Russia needs a great push in natural sciences. But that should start with reviving education, which was fairly good in the USSR, and became much worse now, when clueless bureaucrats in Russia are trying to ape the American system.

    • Replies: @FB
    , @Cyrano
  146. @CalDre

    Did I tell leaders? I specifically mentioned elite. Elites are not exactly leaders. Do not put into my mouth what i did not say. Putin is not the only representative of modern russian elites. Greff and Chubais too. And so is Navalnii.

  147. FB says:
    @AnonFromTN

    ‘…Still, Russia needs a great push in natural sciences. But that should start with reviving education, which was fairly good in the USSR, and became much worse now, when clueless bureaucrats in Russia are trying to ape the American system…’

    Agree completely…

    The US higher education system is a road to nowhere…I had already remarked on this previously…but the number of households that can afford a STEM education [about $200,000] is very small…many smart young people will never have a chance simply because they are from a working class family…

    And those families that can afford higher education…well these young people are more attracted to money making [ie MBA...law etc...] than to the hard sciences…[which are actually hard...ie they require using that head...]

    …but also much more rewarding…and important to the progress of the human species and our planet…

    It is a shame that stupidity and greed triumphs over knowledge and rationality…

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  148. @CalDre

    CalDre is an excellent illustration of why human rights require education.

    By ratifying the ICESCR, the Russian government has committed to human rights that must be progressively fulfilled over time. The ICESCR lists rights that can’t be fulfilled once and for all by fiat. Russia has submitted to ongoing public and objective review by international experts, with continuing reform as a legal obligation to all other treaty parties.

    The US government has not. The US government doesn’t want to let you have those rights. Even though they’re US common law as UDHR articles. Even though the whole world agrees you have those rights, by acclamation.

    To human rights neophytes like CalDre, the point is screaming at their government-designated enemy because all rights are not fulfilled already. That’s US-style politics – taking sides and ganging up, cherry-picking anecdotes to justify your government’s war.

    To people who know their rights, the point is, Does the Russian government accept its obligations and commitments? Yes. Does the US government accept its obligations and commitments? No.

    In that respect the USA is not a sovereign state. That’s why the indicators below show Russia as a developed country, and the US regime as an underdeveloped country, a.k.a. a shithole.

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Indicators/Pages/HRIndicatorsIndex.aspx

    Because development is fulfillment of all human rights, not just the ones Washington bureaucrats say you can have.

    • Replies: @FB
    , @FB
    , @CalDre
  149. Cyrano says:
    @AnonFromTN

    When Nietzsche predicted the arrival of a new man – a superman, I don’t think he was talking about the Nazi version of the superman.

    I think he was talking about the comic book superhero – who coincidentally also happens to be a communist – same as Nietzsche’s version. How did I came to this conclusion? Well, obviously superman is non-profit oriented philanthropist – who does everything for free. Even the Crash Test Dummies “Superman’s song” recognizes this – (Superman never made any money… )

    https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/crashtestdummies/supermanssong.html

    So in order to overcome most of the problems that are plaguing the human kind (and not so kind ones), the humanity will have to evolve into a new supermen – Nietzsche version, a communist one, because his version was of someone who doesn’t believe in God. And who doesn’t believe in God? The communists, of course. So there you have it, Superman was a commie.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  150. @FB

    There are things that no monetary value can be attached. Peace of mind, friendship, feeling of belonging. We had it all back then. And I do not think that system based on greed won. We are seeing right in front of our eyes as it is cracking and getting torn apart. In 80s they managed to pull the wool thanks to using credit first time… now credit card is maxed out. Situation is unsustainable of which huge indebtness is a sign. These debts cannot be repaid. I am afraid social economic laws opened by Marx and Lenin are working. Hence we have not seen the last of socialism communism considering worsening conditions for vast majority everywhere including Russia and advances in technologies and sciences.

    • Agree: FB
  151. @FB

    Considering what you wrote the fall of the soviet union is even more tragic event for humanity than it is generally accepted in the former SU states. It did not have to come to this. Actually it would have not happened but it seems some bad luck, timing and rotten cadres in right place and right time pushed things in this direction. People overall seemed to stop valuing what they had. Not all but many and most importantly in Moscow and centers where the action took place. I think that ussr fall sped up disintegrating processes in the rest of capitalistic world. We are living in interesting times so to speak.

    • Replies: @AnonFromTN
  152. FB says:
    @Tail-gunner Joes Talking Liver

    Hey Tailgunner…appreciate your serious and informative posts on fundamental truths such as universal human rights…

    Just wondering though…what makes you think a pabulum gulping bot is going to be able to connect those ganglia in the way that a normally developed human does…?

    Just wondering…?

  153. FB says:
    @Tail-gunner Joes Talking Liver

    On a more serious note…

    I remember some years ago watching a presentation by a noted architect who had just spent some years in China building those impressive skyscrapers that have popped up everywhere…

    He pointed to a small detail at the bottom of one very impressive building…barely visible…it was a residential apartment house whose dwellers refused to move…

    The developer had to build the skyscraper around the tiny house…

    This is apparently quite common…

    ‘…Thinking laterally: Unperturbed by the couple’s decision to remain in the property, developers simply paved around the house…’

    …reads the caption…

    ‘…Property owners in China that refuse to move to make way for development are known as ‘Nail Householders’ referring to a stubborn nail that is not easy to remove from a piece of old wood and cannot be pulled out with a hammer…’

    ‘…Proof: Mr Baogen stands in front of his home holding the certificate that states he owns the land beneath it, meaning that he and his wife could’t be forced to move away…’

    Here’s another one…

    ‘…Isolated: Niu Chuangen and Zhang Zhongyun’s home stands on a small parcel of land amid the growing skyscrapers…’

    Kind of a stark contrast isn’t it…?

    Compared to our neck of the woods…where we have all those fancy-sounding documents in glass cases at the National Archives Museum…

    Exactly where they belong…

  154. @FB

    That’s what the Sarmats, Kinzhals, Avangards, and 100MT tsunami torpedoes are for! To get it through thick US government skulls, the sheriff pulls out and cocks his hypersonic nonballistic sixguns. Russia is enforcing the law of crimes against peace at gunpoint, just like they did in Syria. Only worldwide.

    • Agree: FB
    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  155. @FB

    China also complies with the ICESCR (with certain reservations,) and at the UPR joins the international community in exhorting the USA to join the civilized world. China’s equalizer is anticorruption, not missiles. They shoot their kleptocrats, setting an inspiring example for honest Americans. Americans will need to have an opium war of their own against Perdue pharma and cheap Afghan heroin imported by CIA, so we citizens have a lot to learn from China.

  156. @Tailgunner Joes Talking Liver

    Frankly I am still wondering if that is enough. I think placing for example those Daggers close to USA bordes on Cuba or other friendly southern american state soil would drive things home a lot clearer also remove any doubt about Russia bluffing. After all those were military people too who were supporting plans of surrounding Russia with anti missile defences. This also would have created nice fact on the ground and something so serious that negotiations to remove it might have resulted in America removing a lot more than just their anti missiles from Russian surrounding just to take those Daggers out of their as arss.

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  157. TJTL says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    You know what worked last time the USG got out of hand? The flurry of UNGA resolutions including A/RES/29/3218, A/RES/29/3219, A/RES/29/3314, A/RES/30/3448, and A/RES/30/3452. 3314 featured a preambular ‘OR ELSE:’ explicit warning of general nuclear war. That concerted international pressure was what emboldened Congress to grow a pair, convene the Pike and Church committees, and purge the hapless figurehead Nixon in CIA’s stead.

    What’s needed to follow up Putin’s OR ELSE is a similar series of initiatives to put a dent in US veto impunity: revive the Small Five proposals, or let the Assembly of States Parties act to modify Rome Statute Article 16, the US get-out-of-jail-free card.

  158. @CalDre

    CalDre , no, I believe that you have it wrong.
    Whether you are paid by a corporation to ‘mitigate’ negative criticism of corporation, or that you are just indoctrinated by a lifetime of ‘perception management’ techniques, ever increasing in effectiveness as the larger corporations sponsor much research on the topic then buy the intellectual material, and thus block further publication.

    That’s non-sensical. Corporations don’t run anything. People run things, and corporations are a way for these people to protect their assets.

    I find it interesting that people keep awaiting the arrival of AI, but fail to recognize that the modern large corporate entity meets all of the requirements of ‘life’; not only that, of self-aware life.
    The modern corporate entity has many methods to subordinate the value-system of its component humans.
    Do you know what the value hierarchy of a modern large multinational corporation is:
    The first value priority is to make money, in other words, harvest power, using human components, in what ever way can be got away with!
    Of course, now, with such success, corporations, like several (virulent and anti-social) international political movements, the advanced large corporate multinational is also playing the perception management program.
    Did you ever wonder how humans could have ‘spread the good news‘ about cigarettes; so that people actually thought they were good for you?
    The largest one is still lobbying in some countries of the world ‘right now‘ that the country should relax its smoking laws, because in the long run, smoking will save the taxpayers by killing off the old people earlier! (unfortunately, I jest NOT).

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  159. poop says:
    @Harold Smith

    Not only was this quite possibly the most accurate analogy regarding our government I have ever heard, it was f**king hilarious. Gallows humor. F**k “Sam”.

  160. @Sergey Krieger

    I don’t think any of us knows how high Putin’s I.Q. is, but he has something even better than a high I.Q.—-Wisdom!

  161. Parbes says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    Obviously, a serious internal cleansing has to be done, despite any costs associated with that. No improvement in the long-term outlook in Russia will be possible otherwise.

  162. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Sergey Krieger

    Anon from TN
    You are making two points: 1) the fall of the USSR was an accident (bad luck, bad people at the helm, etc.); 2) the fall of the USSR sped up the disintegration of modern capitalist world. In my view, you are wrong in 1) and right in 2). Let me explain.
    1. I agree that the fall of the USSR was due to bad people at the top. However, that was an inevitable result of how the system worked. Note that relatively decent (although bloodthirsty and unscrupulous) leaders of the USSR got to the top BEFORE Bolsheviks took power. Everyone who climbed up AFTER (Khruschev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Chernenko, finally Gorbachev) were various kinds of shit. Which means that the system used negative selection: the better you were, the fewer chances you had for advancement. It worked pretty much like the current US system of advancing generals: only total crap can get ahead, as you need 100% positive evaluations of your superiors.
    2. Yes, the existence of the USSR and the fear of its example by Western elites forced them to do a lot of things that prolonged the existence of capitalist society: social state, partial redistribution of wealth, subsidized healthcare, education, etc. After the USSR disappeared, Western elites degenerated to the point of being short-sighted idiots, redistribution of wealth is being eliminated to the total disappearance of the middle class, blind greed of MIC is encouraged, rather than curtailed, etc. This course is unsustainable and suicidal, yet the “elites” stay on it. There is a joke in the US that two things prevent the success of the US politicians: intelligence and honesty. When you are reasonably intelligent and relatively honest at the same time, you lose even the election you won, like Al Gore.

  163. downdog says:
    @Robert Magill

    Actually, the US drive to keep the entire Pacific as an American lake is much greater than China’s efforts in the seas that border it. China does not have 30+ bases in Japan, 30k troops in S Korea, threaten to annihilate NK at the UN(!), does not pretend that NK is a real threat, have more bases in the Philippines and here, there and everywhere, on and on.
    The US is not going to run the whole world just because the disturbed neocons and crazy generals want it. US “power projection” benefits only the 1%, including the corrupt defense contractors. I am still amazed by how many Americans want to stick the US nose into Chinese and Russian domestic politics, when DC is probably the most corrupt place in the world. All of the top 5 wealthiest US counties are in the DC area. That says plenty to me!

  164. AnonFromTN [AKA "Anon"] says:
    @Cyrano

    Anon from TN
    You have a point, but I think you got to it from a weird angle. Interestingly, if you apply Marxist analysis to the modern society (w/o his silly idiosyncrasies), you can arrive at the same point rationally. There are two kinds of goods generated by modern society. The first, food, clothes, cars, etc., are things that upon consumption lose value and eventually stop being useful. So, profit-driven production is natural there. The other kind includes scientific discoveries and various works of art: their value does not disappear upon consumption. No matter how many people learn that 2×2=4, or the length of the Earth equator, or the distance to the Sun, these items remains true and undamaged. No matter how many people hear the music of Bach or Albinoni, see Mona Lisa, or read Tolkien’s novels, they remain great and do not disappear upon consumption. The more the society shifts towards the production of the second type of goods, the less natural capitalist production system becomes. It does try to adjust these inherently non-capitalist things to greed-based social structure: patent system, copyrights, etc. But it is obvious that these are crutches for the cripple, doomed attempts to fit a square peg into a round hole. Human development moves towards generating more and more of those square pegs, making capitalist round hole less and less adequate. Barring WWIII, we might live to see serious social changes.

  165. Thorby says:
    @Renoman

    Putin is another New World Order stooge playing a role. Climate Change and or global warming,whatever they call it now is a scam for the NWO boys to gain more power and wealth from the working people of the planet.
    OH! Another so-called alternative news site that moderates. BYE! Another phony alternative website!

  166. @Truthmatters

    As a co founder of Wiki Leaks and partner of Julian Assange it is our organization that has worked tirelessly to defend comrade Putin

  167. CalDre says:
    @FB

    you’re quite clever for a retarded amoeba. but how about avoiding your retarded ad hominem attacks and keeping this board clean? p.s. i don’t start flamefests but i don’t let ignorant hateful amoebas like you get away with it either. so try to behave .

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  168. CalDre says:
    @Dissident X

    Whether you are paid by a corporation to ‘mitigate’ negative criticism of corporation, or that you are just indoctrinated by a lifetime of ‘perception management’ techniques

    Please, please spare the world your per-pubescent psychotherapy. You may think it makes you clever but it makes you a douchebag.

    I find it interesting that people keep awaiting the arrival of AI, but fail to recognize that the modern large corporate entity meets all of the requirements of ‘life’; not only that, of self-aware life.

    Yes, my corporation and pet rock live side by side splendidly. Though the corporate life-form controls the rock life-form. And aside from those lifeforms, we have the ‘family’ life-form, the ‘neighborhood’ live form, the ‘city council’ life form, the ‘farmers’ cooperative’ life form, the ‘gang’ lie form, the ‘court’ life form and the ‘car’ life form.

    The modern corporate entity has many methods to subordinate the value-system of its component humans.

    It has exactly zero ways to do that because a corporation is a legal fiction, it does not in fact exist.

    The first value priority is to make money, in other words, harvest power, using human components, in what ever way can be got away with!

    That is utterly false. What is true is that making money is an objective for many corporations, but that objective is subject to compliance with laws. But most people have this objective as well. And since people run corporations, it is natural corporations desire what their owners desire. If you are not the kind of person that desires to make money, then you are also not the type of person likely to form a corporation. Because people form corporations, in general, to make money. Though they also form them for other reasons. Corporations are just a vehicle for their owners to do as they please. Just like a car, though a car is more ‘alive’ and more ‘real’ than a corporation.

    The largest one is still lobbying in some countries of the world ‘right now‘ that the country should relax its smoking laws

    In point of fact the corporation is not doing this at all. Some human is doing this, probably an officer of the corporation. This offer probably reports to a bunch of human sitting on the board of directors – his boss. And these directors probably report to a bunch of human shareholders. And these human shareholders are the ones ultimately responsible. If they did not like what the human officer is doing, they would tell him to shut up or fire him. But they don’t. The corporation itself, meanwhile, remains a legal fiction, a form of legal rights – these are the rights which dictate, that the shareholder humans can fire this officer human that offends you so. To blame a corporation for the acts of this human is less logical than blaming the weather or the ‘gods’ for the acts of that human.

  169. FB says:
    @CalDre

    ‘…you’re quite clever for a retarded amoeba…’

    I’m sorry…do I know you…?

    My comment @ 153 that you are responding to was address to ‘Taligunner Joe’…

    ‘…but how about avoiding your retarded ad hominem attacks and keeping this board clean?..’

    Again…I’m sorry you are upset…but as you can see in my comment…your name is never mentioned…

    Perhaps you are confused…?

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  170. CalDre says:
    @Tail-gunner Joes Talking Liver

    By ratifying the ICESCR, the Russian government has committed to human rights that must be progressively fulfilled over time.

    That’s utter crap. Russia has no obligation at all – there is no enforcement mechanism. Now, Russia could make those rights part of the Russian constitution, and provide a legal remedy for each person harmed by failure to have those rights. But that would give these so-called ‘rights’ teeth – i.e., would actually make them rights instead of propaganda – and so Russia has not done so.

    The US government doesn’t want to let you have those rights.

    A lot of those rights are part of US federal statutory law and even more as part of various states’ statutory law, which the right of individuals to sue and win money for their violation. This, unlike that b.s. treaty Russia signed, has actual teeth.

    Even though the whole world agrees you have those rights, by acclamation.

    It would matter if the world agreed by practice. Words are hot air.

    To human rights neophytes like CalDre

    Wow, you are one self-righteous, arrogant moron.

    That’s US-style politics – taking sides and ganging up, cherry-picking anecdotes to justify your government’s war.

    I’d say that’s ‘human nature’, and your ‘post’ reflects it precisely. Except you are justifying your ‘moral supremacy’.

    To people who know their rights, the point is, Does the Russian government accept its obligations and commitments? Yes.

    lol.

    Because development is fulfillment of all human rights

    Human rights are a religion – it’s all based on beliefs and faith. There is no objective, scientific method to establish a ‘human right’. This is why every society and even groups within every society have a different view on what it is. Even the so-called ‘consensus’ rights are constantly violated.

    For example, Russia is murdering ‘jihadists’ in Syria with glee, despite its ‘binding commitment’ not to kill in its treaties. And not just jihadists. Remember all those videos Russia so proudly circulated a year ago bombing long convoys of oil trucks in Syria? Not only weren’t the truck drivers armed, they weren’t even jihadists, they were just poor folk trying to make some money driving a truck. But Russia proudly murdered them. Your heroes, yes/

  171. CalDre says:
    @FB

    No, perhaps you are confused.

    By the way, do you hate that woman for looking different from you? or what is the point of posting her picture? it is your hate, yes?

  172. @TKK

    Just three years ago I could not pay my rent, was two months behind on car payments. Then I discovered Amway. Now I have two hundred billion in assets, own several retreats on the Mediterranean, and I am thinking of running for President as an independent.

  173. @CalDre

    Sadly, you are wrong.

    Your constitutional notions are wrong. Ratification entails bringing municipal law at all government levels into compliance. The ICESCR becomes national law. That’s precisely why your US government won’t sign it. Your parasitic Washington bureaucrats don’t want to let you have the rights that Russians and Chinese and Iranians have. That’s why you pay for your education with lifetime debt peonage, and why you’re stuck with that Obamacare abortion instead of what even Cubans and Ugandans have.

    Your legal notions are wrong. Your byzantine US civil rights apparat does not meet the world standard Paris Principles – as you’ll see the next time some moron cop handcuffs you and tases the crap out of you. US municipal law does not satisty even the few covenants the USA has undertaken. In fact, the US government interprets your non-derogable civil and political rights in bad faith to weasel out of its binding legal requirements, as the treaty body noted.

    Sounds like you do not consider yourself a human rights neophyte. Well, then, what article of which convention guarantees your right to seek and obtain information?

    Q.E.D.

    Here, educate yourself.

    http://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/UniversalHumanRightsInstruments.aspx

    lol suggests that you are subject to cognitive dissonance but unable to rebut the quoted text.

    As for that odd tangent about religion and nobody agrees what rights are, well, that’s wrong too. Human rights are a straightforward application of Kant’s categorical imperative. And in law, acknowledging human rights chapter and verse is a prerequisite of sovereignty for every UN member nation. Human rights are constantly violated? Child pornography laws are constantly violated. Does that mean they’re invalid too? That argument is silly, but it’s uniformly reflexive with persons subject to US indoctrination. I don’t know why.

    The last paragraph is incoherent, although US statist propaganda does encourage dismissing awkward evidence by association with the designated enemy (currently, Russia.) For most people, that’s easier than making your case.

    So you see, you are wrong. But it is interesting to observe how the facts have upset you. Americans hate to be reminded how broken and downtrodden they are.

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  174. CalDre says:
    @Tailgunner Joe's Talking Liver

    Wow, just wow. Well, there is nothing to respond, I may as well convince an ISIS fighter, most likely far smarter and educated than you, that Allah does not exist. But I’d rather spend my time doing something I enjoy.

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