The new Russophobia

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Don't sweat the small stuff! According to Friday's Globe and Mail: "Russia isn't facing a recession, its facing extinction".

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/rob-insight/desperate-putin-russia-on-last-gasp-says-strategist/article22460000/

The article is behind their usual firewall, so a few quick highlights: 

Russia faces a grim future, regardless of what happens to oil prices, Western sanctions or President Vladimir Putin and his cronies. Sooner or later, it will be done in by unfavourable demographics, rising ethnic divisions and a permanently busted economy.

That’s the harsh assessment of geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan. The veteran Russia watcher has long been pessimistic about the country’s future. Four years ago, he warned that Russia was “in a long, slow twilight. They're going to have a couple of great years while the Europeans are in a mess. And they have relative strength because the Americans are distracted in the Middle East. But they realize that they're on borrowed time.” ....

Russia’s leadership “is convinced that this is the last government of Russia. They see this as the last regime,” Mr. Zeihan says in a phone interview from his office in Austin, Tex. And what’s more, he insists, the people who govern the country are right to be so bearish about the future....

If the Kremlin can manage to restore a semblance of the old Soviet Union by pulling Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, the Baltics and other former satellites back into the fold and perhaps go a bit further by encroaching into Romania and Poland, “then they’ll last probably 50 years. If they can’t get out to those borders, they’ll probably not last 20. In the end, I think that they’re going to fail.”....

“When you’re convinced you’re going to die, a recession is no big deal. Remember, they’re expecting to be the government that turns the lights out,” says Mr. Zeihan a former senior analyst with Stratfor, a strategic intelligence firm, and the author of a new book titled The Accidental Superpower. ...

But don't worry its not all bad news:

"On the plus side, a high mortality rate among people in their 50s and 60s means the Kremlin can continue to redirect hundreds of billions of surplus rubles earmarked for the state pension fund. So actual reserves may be two to three times higher than the $300-billion (U.S.) or so estimated by analysts. It’s an unfortunate source of emergency funding western countries with their growing numbers of longer-living retired people can only dream of."

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The thread's not called 'Russophobia' for nothing. The truth is rather the opposite. It is the west whose economies are now standing at the abyss...

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Russian President not invited to attend the 70th commemorative event on the liberation of Auschwitz.

Because crapping in Russian faces trumps any Holocaust Memorial.

Supplemental: short report from "In the Now"

If you pay close attention to the headlines from Western media like The Guardian and so on, you can see how the media is trying to spin the story as one of Putin "avoiding" the event.

Russophobia. Then falsehoods about the Russophobia.

How's them apples?

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The following article gives the perspective of a Russophobe in relation to the information war. It's rather luridly idiotic for me. But that's not why I post the link here. There is an expression that bears repeating for its striking metaphor.

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Trolling is also a way of intimidation. It’s like suppressive fire – it bogs people down.

A rather striking military metaphor for an author who denounces others for their militarization of information. I think it's telling and not in the way the author may have intended.

How Russia Fights its Information War

 

NDPP

Did A Russian Parliamentarian Just Commit Treason?  -  by Eric Draitser

http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2015/01/did-russian-parliamentarian-jus...

"PowerPoint given by Russian opposition leader blueprints US-backed violent overthrow of Russian government..."

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Oh look. More suppressive fire. (That probably belongs in the "Russia" thread unless it is being linked to as an example of Russophobia.)

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BBC apologizes for lying about RT.

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BBC presenter Jo Coburn has apologized to RT and RT reporter Anastasia Churkina for leveling false accusation against her and the channel...

On January 8, 2015, in an interview with journalist and host of RT’s 'Going Underground,' Afshin Rattansi, Daily Politics host Andrew Neil stated as fact that RT reporter Anastasia Churkina had interviewed her father Vitaly Churkin (Russian Ambassador to the United Nations) “live on air.” The point was brought up – in an over-the-top, theatrical manner – as a shocking example of poor journalism at RT, and as a point of derision against the channel.

That statement, however, was false. Anastasia has never interviewed her father for RT – not “live on air,” nor in any other format. Neil had no grounds on which to make this claim, yet did so – not to the journalist in question or RT network editors, but to another RT journalist who cannot be expected to speak on behalf of all RT reporters. The declaration, thus, appeared to be an attempt to discredit the channel with a sensationalist yet fully unfounded allegation. Subsequently, RT brought the matter to the attention of BBC editors, and requested an apology and a retraction.

Kudos to the BBC, however...

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We are pleased that the BBC, the news outlet that prides itself on responsible journalism, acknowledged its mistake and publicly apologized. We hope that going forward all media organizations stick to facts, rather than falsehoods and hyperbole, when writing about RT.

 

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There's A Western Financial Attack on Russia Underway  -  by Israel Shamir

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/01/19/2550

"Russians are experts in armour movements and tank battles but do not know how to shuffle futures and derivatives thus capital controls should be introduced else Russia will be cleaned out.

One can be certain that Russia will not support the Middle Eastern crusade of NATO, as this military activity was prepared at the Charlie demo in Paris.

It is far from clear who killed the cartoonists, but Paris and Washington intend to use it for reigniting war in the Middle East. This time, Russia will be in opposition, and probably will use it as an opportunity to change the uncomfortable standoff in the Ukraine.

Thus, supporters of peace in the Middle East have a reason to back Russia.

The New World Order est mort. Vive The Future!"

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The Saker: Oh How Much These Poles Hate Russia...

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/01/oh-how-much-these-poles-hate-ru...

"...Asked on Polish radio on Wednesday why Putin was not invited to the commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Foreign Minister of Poland, Grzegorz Schetyna, declared:

'The first Ukrainian front and Ukrainians liberated [the concentration camp], as on that January day there were Ukrainian soldiers, so they opened the gates of the camp.'

So following the German statement that when 'Yats' declared that the Soviet Union had invaded Germany, he was using his 'freedom of speech,' now we have Poland telling us that Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz, not Russians or even multi-ethnic Soviets, and no furor results from any of that.

Some revisionism is more equal than other revisionism apparently.

So now we know why Poroshenko is invited. Because 'his' Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz. I wonder if he will have the gall to shout the Banderist slogan 'glory to Ukraine, to the heroes glory!'

What a disgusting, crying shame that Jewish organizations - who should know who liberated Auschwitz and what Ukrainian nationalists were doing during WWII - are remaining silent about this..."

 

Rewriting History? Polish FM Says Ukrainians Liberated Auschwitz, Russia Puzzled

http://rt.com/news/224891-poland-ukraine-liberated-auschwitz/

"...Following the comment, Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin reminded Schetyna that the Soviet Army had liberated the concentration camp, adding that the front was called first Ukrainian  'as it liberated Ukraine from the Nazis before reaching Poland through battles.'

'Like all other parts of the Red Army, [the front] was multinational and consisted of Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Georgians, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, representatives of the peoples of Central Asia and many others - more than 100 ethnic groups of the Soviet Union,' Churkin said, addressing the Polish UN envoy Boguslaw Winid.

'It is our common duty to the victims of genocide and future generations - to protect the truth about WWII,' said Churkin..."

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It should be mentioned as well that efforts are being made in some Western media to re-write not only past history but present events as well. So, for example, we have the obliteration of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp by the (multinational) Soviet Red Army. This indisputable fact is replaced by the fiction of a Ukrainian liberation of Auschwitz. I dunno how that jives with the recent claim of the Ukrainian PM that Soviet Russia "invaded" Ukraine and Germany in World War II, but never mind.

In relation to the present, there are real efforts to fictionalize the reason why the Russian President isn't coming to the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The truth is, the Russian President was not invited. Period. The fiction is that this is presented as "the controversy" around "recent events in Ukraine". Just bald faced lies.

QUITE LITERALLY, NAZI SYMPATHIZERS ARE BEING INVITED TO THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LIBERATION OF AUSCHWITZ, AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNTRY WHOSE SOLDIERS LIBERATED THE CAMP IS NOT INVITED.

This is simply PATHOLOGICAL, MENTALLY DERANGED, RUSSOPHOBIA.

NDPP

No, it's to be Porky the Oligarch's party. No Putin. And after all the Ukrainians Saved The Jews.

 

Czech Jewish Community Against Putin's Presence at Auschwitz Event

http://euromaidanpress.com/2014/12/20/czech-jewish-community-against-put...

"The Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic does not want to see Russian President Vladimir Putin among the guests at the international Forum marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (Oswiecim)

The Federation of Jewish Communities explains that the reason for this step is 'the fact that the regime established and supported by Vladimir Putin is not complying with international agreements, is aggressive, and is occupying the territories of a neighboring state by force.'

 

Ihor Kolomoisky: Billionaire, Oligarch, Governor, Zionist, etc. : 'Better a Jewish Banderovite than a Jewish Muscovite'

Kolomoisky is a prominent supporter of Ukraine's Jewish community and the president of the World Jewish Communities of Ukraine. In 2010 he was appointed as the president of The European Council of Jewish Communities after promising the outgoing president he would donate $14 million, with his appointment being described as a 'putsch' and a 'Soviet-style takeover' by other EJCJ members. After several ECJC board members resigned in protest, Kolomoisky quit the ECJC and together with his fellow Ukrainian oligarch, Vadim Rabinovitch, founded the European Jewish Union.  wikipedia

It's Complicated...

http://youtu.be/zdSWsSk_Fhc

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Tutorial: How to Write a Propaganda Piece on Russia using The Economist

RT's Senior Political Correspondent Anissa Naouai shows how easy it is to fabricate another Russophobic story.

RT wrote:
First you come up with a statement which looks somewhat true for anyone who's not well informed with the topic. The Economist says: "Judging by the lack of economic news in Russia, a crisis has arrived...State television doesn't report facts, it conceals them."

Regime change! Polly wants a cracker!

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US Media authorities: Russian media like RT ... why, they're as bad as the terrorists!

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Newly-appointed chief of US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Andrew Lack, has named RT one of the agency’s main challenges alongside extremist groups like the Islamic State and Boko Haram.

Lack, the first chief executive of the BBG, mentioned RT in an interview with The New York Times.

We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram,” he said. “But I firmly believe that this agency has a role to play in facing those challenges.”

If RT does well, then the terrorists win!

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“As a broadcaster, RT does indeed present a challenge to US international broadcasting in terms of competing for viewership,” said Director of Advocacy and Communications of the International Press Institute (IPI) Steven M. Ellis. “But RT obviously does not present the type of threat to journalists’ physical security that entities such as the Islamic State group or Boko Haram pose. Mr. Lack could have phrased his comments more carefully to make this distinction clear, and we hope he will do so in the future.”

NDPP

RT Equated To ISIS for 'Daring to Advocate a Point of View'  (and vid)

http://rt.com/usa/225819-rt-isis-point-view-competition/

"We are facing a number of challenges from entities like Russia Today, which is out there pushing a point of view, the Islamic State in the Middle East and groups like Boko Haram.' Andrew Lack, CEO, US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)

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The shelling of Mariupol, immediately blamed on the "pro-Russian separatists" by the usual chorus of Western MSM, has turned out to be "an honest mistake" by the Junta Repressive Force (JRF).

Corrections, retractions? I doubt it. Blame the Rooskies!

The Saker wrote:
  Maybe By now most of you would have heard about the artillery strike on the civilian outskirts of Mariupol.  The Nazis blamed the Novorussians, who denied it.  Turns out the locals saw it all and even filmed it.  Bottom line is this: this appears to be an "honest" mistakes, meaning that the Ukrainians were probably trying to hit the advancing Novorussians but that their salvo came in short (Ukie artillerists do not exactly have a reputation of being snipers...). 

Ugly and scary, for sure.  And horrible for those who were hit, but what is forgotten in this story is that this is what Donetsk has been suffering every day and what Gorlovka is getting hit by daily, but in truly massive amounts.  And, unlike in Mariupol, Donetsk and Gorlovka are getting hit like that deliberately.

So? A mistake or not?

Saker wrote:
You are Poroshenko or Nalivaichenko and you asked the USA and the EU to declare the Novorussians "terrorists".  And then, for some reason, both the USA and the EU declined to do so (they did decline).  How would you go about proving them wrong?  The MH-17 and the recent civilian bus false flags failed, those pesky westerners still don't want to declare 7 million people as terrorists, so what would you do about it?

Exactly.

So the risk is real and huge.  So far, the Novorussians have played their hand very well, but their offensive on Mariupol has me nervous all for the same reasons as the first time around.  At least now they are moving in slowly and making darn sure that their lines of supply remain open and secure.  Still, this is a very dangerous situation and the events this morning show that even an "honest" Ukie mistake can be immediately turned into political ammunition to flame anti-Russian hysterics in the West.


Just an honest mistake this time? Maybe.

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Outdoing Dr. Goebbels: The propaganda war against RT

Neil Clark wrote:
For years, the serial-war lobby, which has been at the forefront of the attacks on RT, had it easy. Mainstream news media in the US and other western countries faithfully parroted the official NATO line while neo-con / ‘liberal interventionist’ pundits provided the vast majority of the commentary.

But then along came RT – and millions of people started to watch it.

Voices that we didn’t hear very often – if at all – on the other channels, now had a platform. Voices that actually reflected majority public opinion on foreign policy issues. So the attacks on the station began. The same ‘free speech’ crowd who had campaigned against Iran’s Press TV- now had a new target for their poison pens.

A good quick read. The final point is a very good one...

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If only it had been around in 2002/3 to challenge the dominant narrative back then.

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Russia attacks ... the Moon! Shareholders in green cheese should be outraged!

RT wrote:
In comments on the Ukrainian parliament’s recent decision to recognize Russia as an aggressor, Ivanov called the move “weak-headedness” but noted that it had not come as a surprise. “I would not be surprised even if the State Rada tomorrow passes a resolution claiming that Russia had launched an aggression on the Moon,” the Russian official said.

NDPP

Alarm Bells Ring Over Syriza's Russia Links

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a87747de-a713-11e4-b6bd-00144feab7de.html

"The day after his election as Greece's new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras threw a grenade in the direction of Brussels: he objected to calls for further sanctions against Russia as a result of the violence in Ukraine.

European and NATO intelligence officers are now poring over links between the Kremlin and senior figures from Syriza and its coalition partner, the Independent Greeks party..."

The empire is not happy with Syriza's stated  pro-Greek, anti-austerity, anti-NATO, anti-Nazi positions. Here's where we find out what they're really made of...

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Yeah, interesting point about the newly-elected Greek government. The Russophobic leftists who, heretofore, supported Syriza, will be squirming and wriggling trying to square that circle.

Or simply remain silent and hope no one notices.

NDPP

Because they're basically bourgeois and highly subservient to power and Russophobia is such a pervasive imperial feature, I predict they will turn...Political 'fashionistas' don't like to be associated with anything 'unpopular'.

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Reflex Russophobia is very powerful and enduring in North America. I think it transcends social class and will take decades to overcome.

The Syriza challenge is a good one, methinks, and may change the views of some on the Ukrainian civil war because of it.

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Wow. That didn't take long. As The Saker put it ...

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Well, that did not take long Greece voted for sanctions against Russia.

The dream was nice while it lasted.

Now lets forget SYRIZA.

NDPP

too bad - the ndp solution - don't beat em join em.

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Patrick Armstrong, as usual, has a very good summary or what he calls SITREP on the Russian Federation that he does monthly.

Read carefully, there will be a test afterwards.

P Armstrong wrote:
HOW TO READ THE WESTERN MEDIA. When they say Kiev forces have re-taken the airport, know that they have lost it. When they say giving up South Stream was a defeat for Putin, know it was a brilliant counter-move. When they say Russia is isolated (a stopped clock, here's The Economist in 1999!), know that it is expanding its influence and connections every day. When they say Russians are turning against Putin, know that the opposite is true. When they speak of nation-building in the new Ukraine, know it's degenerating into armed thuggery (see video). Know that when they speak of Kyrzbekistan, they're not just stenographers, they're incompetent stenographers. Take what they say, turn it upside down, and you'll have a better take on reality.

I love that. Not just stenographers, but incompetent stenographers...

Russian Federation SITREP for January 30, 2015

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The Meme of 'Russian Aggression'

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/30/the-meme-of-russian-aggression/

"First, don't fall for it!"

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Evo Morales, President of Bolivia wrote:
“When the media turns into the voice of the people, especially in the voice of revolutionaries, there are those people and the media, who will judge them and falsify the truth,” Morales told RT, the Russian state-funded cable and satellite television channel. “This media is the voice of the developing countries, the voice of the peoples of the world, and it deserves our admiration.

Some Honourable Members (of the Parliament of Canada): dead silence.

US BBG characterizes alternative media ... as terrorists.

The US (BBG) Broadcasting Board of Governors, whose new chief executive Andrew Lack compared RT to terrorists, it should be noted, has a well documented connection with the CIA through the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Marti and TV Marti.

But this is the best remark.

 

Michael Krieger, the editor of Liberty Blitzkrieg wrote:
“RT’s success was not because the Russian state poured so much time and money into the network,”Krieger writes. “It’s success was a direct result of the U.S. mainstream media being so childish and useless. By spewing a mind-numbing amount of inane celebrity gossip, sports drama and cartoonish American propaganda, a massive audience yearning for a different perspective was already present and underserved. RT merely came along and filled that void.”

I could not have put it better myself.

 

Slumberjack

NDPP wrote:
too bad - the ndp solution - don't beat em join em.

Yes.  Pretend to oppose, beguile as many suckers as possible into voting for you, and then turn around to do the exact same thing as your predecessors.  The NDP though is way out in front of this formula.  It promises to do the exact same thing prior to being elected.

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bekayne

Where? I can't find the exact quote in the article.

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bekayne wrote:
Where? I can't find the exact quote in the article.

That's a few minutes you won't get back. As for a quote, why not start with the title of the article? That's a good place to begin your search.

T. G. Ash in The Guardian wrote:
Putin must be stopped. And sometimes only guns can stop guns.

Perhaps you'd like to give that some "other" interpretation that puts TG Ash in a better light?

 

ygtbk

ikosmos wrote:

bekayne wrote:
Where? I can't find the exact quote in the article.

That's a few minutes you won't get back. As for a quote, why not start with the title of the article? That's a good place to begin your search.

T. G. Ash in The Guardian wrote:
Putin must be stopped. And sometimes only guns can stop guns.

Perhaps you'd like to give that some "other" interpretation that puts TG Ash in a better light?

Since the article talks about increasing economic sanctions on Russia and providing military aid to Ukraine, perhaps _that's_ an "other" interpretation? I read it and it didn't seem to me like Ash was calling for Putin's assassination.

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I interpret your reply as expressing approval of Ash's barely disguised sentiment.

Perhaps you'd like to discuss what method should be used? Strictly "theoretical" of course.

ygtbk

ikosmos wrote:

I interpret your reply as expressing approval of Ash's barely disguised sentiment.

Perhaps you'd like to discuss what method should be used? Strictly "theoretical" of course.

I am not suggesting that Putin should be assassinated - and, on my reading, neither was Ash.

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I interpret your reply to my reply as a time-wasting measure.

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For those interested in other points of view, Gordon Hahn has a good piece about

PUTIN MYTHS AND PUTIN IDEOLOGY

There has recently been quite a bit in Western MSM about the views of the Russian President, replete with truckloads of falsehoods.

No doubt Putin is a conservative. But, given the over-the-top demonization, public calls for his death by a cabal of Western fundamentalist zealots, calls for war, if not WW3, against his country, etc., etc.,  it's probably not a bad idea to actually take a look at the real biography of this particular leader.

bekayne

ikosmos wrote:

bekayne wrote:
Where? I can't find the exact quote in the article.

That's a few minutes you won't get back. As for a quote, why not start with the title of the article? That's a good place to begin your search.

How about the subheading:

 Ukraine urgently needs military support

That's what was meant by "guns"

6079_Smith_W

ikosmos wrote:

I interpret your reply to my reply as a time-wasting measure.

What, you have us on a clock now? The only waste of time I can see is bothering to use rational argument against your baseless assumptions.

Aside from the fact that headlines are usually written by editors, based on space, I think it is pretty clear from the last paragraph what he really means - for Britain, anyway:

fight propaganda with good news reporting.

There isn't one word about slipping polonium in Putin's tea, nor about shooting him in the face as he steps out of an elevator, but there is this:

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We need to counter this propaganda not with lies of our own but with reliable information and a scrupulously presented array of different views. No one is better placed to do this than the BBC. The US may have the best drones in the world, and Germany the best machine tools, but Britain has the best international broadcaster.

 

 

Rev Pesky

The last sentence in the T. G. Ash rant:

 

None of these things will stop Putin tomorrow, but in combination they will work in the end. Dictators work in the short run, democracies in the long.

 

Is it the position of Ash that Putin is a dictator? 

6079_Smith_W

Rev Pesky wrote:

Is it the position of Ash that Putin is a dictator? 

Cult of personality? Control of media? Using violence and intimidation against critics and political opponents? Using scapegoats,  conservative religion and morality as a tools?

I'd say there is a case to be made, so it is fair comment. He wouldn't be the first one to enjoy public support.

And who here would quibble if we used that word to describe Stephen Harper? I would only amend it by pointing out that he is an elected one.

 

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6079_Smith_W wrote:
... The only waste of time I can see is bothering to use rational argument against your baseless assumptions.

One of my assumptions was that my reply would provide an opportunity for a like-minded babbler to discuss the issue of which method s/he would prefer to see used to kill the Russian President.

Smith wrote:
There isn't one word about slipping polonium in Putin's tea, nor about shooting him in the face as he steps out of an elevator ...

Smith: "See what I'm not doing? I'm not discussing how to kill the Russian President. Not at all. NoSireeBob. "

Nice, rational arguments. yup. For sure.

6079_Smith_W

Actually, the only one here who is obsessed with plans to murder Putin is you, ikosmos. You know exactly what I am talking about: the murders of Anna Politkovskaya and Alexander Litvinenko. No one is going to do to Putin what he did to them.

Not sure why you are trying to build every turn of phrase into  a murder plot, but it is completely ridiculous.

 

NDPP

 Interview with Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy PM of Russia (and vid)

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2015/02/interview-with-dmitry-rogozin-d...

On the development of the Russian military-industrial complex in the face of current urgent challenges

'...You see this is the task we have. You don't need to be a political specialist to understand that they want to simply crush us like a bug underfoot...We do not want to see the tragic events we see every day in the Ukraine repeat themselves here.

Thus I would like to affirm that this unique tempo which has been achieved is pulling together all these diverse factors of the military, industrial and scientific endeavors and this is of cardinal importance to us.'

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The Guardian and others keep praising Leviathan film for its supposed "bleak, critical view" of modern Russia.

Could that be why its getting all the awards and nominations? 

Leviathan gets wide Russian release

Oddly enough, Leviathan received 37 million rubles of its 240 million ruble (£2.3m) budget from the government, despite the critical depiction of the state. Rodyansky said the project had managed to win funding through a new public pitching process the culture ministry was introducing in 2012 in an attempt “to be open, or at least pretend to be open”.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/30/leviathan-gets-wide-russian-release-andrei-zvyagintsev

NDPP

Haven't seen it yet, but will. I will certainly not be paying any attention to reviewers/critics, especially in the pages of the grisly guardian.

NDPP

Putin Prefers A Bad Peace  -  by Israel Shamir

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/05/putin-prefers-a-bad-peace

"Differences of opinion between Russia and the US are big in practically every area. Here is one common feature: from Syria to Donbass, Russians endorse peace, Americans push for war..."

Mr. Magoo

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Putin must be stopped.

"Stop Harper!!"

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NS wrote:
The Guardian ...

... has become so Russophobic of late that I would not trust anything in that publication without substantiation elsewhere.

They even had a recent article openly advocating war on Russia.

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The Saker wrote:
Dishonesty, intellectual and moral, has been elevated to an ontological principle and foundation of the modern western political thought and culture, it is what these societies do best and all they can do. Not only are "right and wrong" gone in a moral sense, they are now also gone in a logical sense. Something both deeply immoral and completely absurd can now be elevated to an axiomatic status and then be used as "the measure of all things".

Yet again and again, I come to the conclusion that what we are seeing here is truly a deep civilizational clash between two civilizational realm who have grown so far apart as to make them virtual extraterrestrial aliens to each other. Lavrov would have had a much better experience speaking to some little green men on another Galaxy, these the people he addressed today in Munich.

Listening to Lavrov. Surfing with the Alien?

bekayne

ikosmos wrote:

The Saker wrote:
Dishonesty, intellectual and moral, has been elevated to an ontological principle and foundation of the modern western political thought and culture, it is what these societies do best and all they can do. Not only are "right and wrong" gone in a moral sense, they are now also gone in a logical sense. Something both deeply immoral and completely absurd can now be elevated to an axiomatic status and then be used as "the measure of all things".

Yet again and again, I come to the conclusion that what we are seeing here is truly a deep civilizational clash between two civilizational realm who have grown so far apart as to make them virtual extraterrestrial aliens to each other. Lavrov would have had a much better experience speaking to some little green men on another Galaxy, these the people he addressed today in Munich.

Listening to Lavrov. Surfing with the Alien?

From the same piece:

 what I see today is struggle very similar to the one which opposed the Pharisees and Christ 2000 years ago.

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