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Russia's Remarkable Renaissance    - by F William Engdahl

http://journal-neo.org/2015/03/09/russia-s-remarkable-renaissance-2/

"Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it's quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed, Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying everything on her doorstep in Ukraine to collapse the Russian economy, humiliate Putin and paint Russians generally as bad.

In the process Russia is discovering positive attributes about her culture, her people and her land that had long been forgotten or suppressed..."

Slumberjack

In a time of national crisis between say, Canada and any number of countries we're not particularly on good terms with, I can't imagine it going down very well, even for one of our least influential opposition politicians, to be dating a citizen of the country we're having difficulty with, or worst still, to be meeting unofficially with political representatives of the other country in question.  I'm sure CSIS would be all over something like that.  The same lack of judgement may have extended into other domains that he was involved with as well, which might help to explain why he is deceased.

NDPP

Finding a New Security Architecture that Brings Russia in From the Cold (and vid)

http://newcoldwar.org/roundtable-discussion-in-brussels-with-john-mearsh...

"March 2, two part video roundtable discussion from Brussels. It features Gilbert Doctorow, moderator, John Mearsheimer, Stephen Cohen and Katerina Vanden Heuvel. The presentation is followed by audience discussion.

'I fear we are drifting to war with Russia' - Stephen Cohen

NDPP

NATO Build-Up in E Europe Boosts Power to Deter Threat from Moscow

http://youtu.be/l36BBu8aVvI

"Over a hundred armed vehicles have rolled into Latvia as NATO steps up its military activity just 300 kilometres from the Russian border. The move has been desribed as a demonstration  of the ability to deter [any] threat from Moscow."

 

US Sending Troops, Tanks for Drills in Baltics Will Add Tensions Between Russia & West (and vid)

http://youtu.be/uces1G-IOwc

"THe US is sending troops and over 100 armed vehicles to the Baltics for three months of NATO exercises. Former diplomat James Jatras believes the move will further fuel tensions between Russia and the West..."

 

 

Bec.De.Corbin Bec.De.Corbin's picture

Wow 100 armored vehicals... Must have Putin shaking in his shoes... Not!

Putin Pulls Out of Post-Cold War Arms Treaty

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At a time when European officials concerned about Russian aggression in Eastern Europe are openly calling for the creation of a Pan-European army, Moscow has announced it will cease all involvement in a major arms control treaty that was signed at the end of the Cold War.

The Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe was an agreement signed in 1990 between the 16 North Atlantic Treaty Organization countries and six Warsaw Pact countries. It set caps on the number of soldiers, tanks, artillery pieces and other non-nuclear military assets that could be stationed in Europe.

 

 

 

NDPP

US Creating False Intelligence on Russia: Analyst (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/03/10/401117/US-creating-intelligence-...

"The United States is creating false intelligence in the Baltic regions in order to show that Russia would increase its military actions in the area says political analyst Joaquin Flores.

'One thing we clearly see from this is that the US is doing everything possible to break the Minsk truce agreement,' said Flores. 'The US is quite upset that European leaders broke ranks with NATO and the US over this,' Flores stated..."

 

Russia 'Completely Ending' Activities Under Conventional Armed Forces Treaty

http://rt.com/news/239409-russia-quits-conventional-europe/

"...Moscow has asked Belarus to represent Russia's interests in the group starting from Wednesday, the statement said. According to the Ministry, the move does not mean that Moscow refuses to continue further dialogue on control of conventional armed forces in Europe - 'if and when our partners are ready for it,' the Ministry official said in the statement, adding that future work on the project should serve the interests of both Russia and other European states.

Moscow also said the treaty was 'irrelevant' since NATO planned to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe. 'For many years the Russian Federation has been doing everything possible to maintain...the treaty, initiated talks on its adaptation and ratified the adaptation agreement,' Moscow said Tuesday, adding that all such efforts have been dismissed by NATO in favor of the alliance's expansion..."

 

NATO Uses 'Russia Threat' As Excuse to Halt Defense Cuts

http://rt.com/op-edge/239205-baltic-states-us-military-troops/

"There are many in the West who are interested in portraying Russia as an aggressor and who ramp up its threat in order to halt declining defense spending, Charles Shoebridge, a former UK army officer, told RT. 'And in saying that you are deploying against the threat, of course you are asserting that the threat from Russia is actually there..."

NDPP

Nearing Catastrophe on Iran and Russia  -  by Robert Parry

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/29017-nearing-catastrophe...

"Everything must be blamed on Putin and any alternative analysis, recognizing another side of the story must be dismissed as 'Russian propaganda'.

On Monday, the Washington Post delivered what could become a textbook case of journalistic self-delusion - noting that the Russian people have developed an intensely negative view of the United States but only because the Russian media portrays the US government in a hostile way.

In other words it isn't what the US government has done around the world that has provoked this antipathy. No, they are being deceived by the lying 'propaganda' dictated by the evil Vladimir Putin. By contrast the American people always get the straight story."

iyraste1313

good for a few laughs!...

 

The West's Plan To Drop Russia From SWIFT Hilariously BackfiresSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 03/12/2015 - 16:29 

If Vladimir Putin is alive and remotely capable of laughter (the jury is out on that one...) then he’s probably doing so right now. For the last several months, despite numerous warnings of the consequences, the US and UK governments have been pushing to block Russia from the SWIFT payments system. And so what is utterly hilarious - On Monday afternoon, not only did SWIFT not kick Russia out... but they announced that they were actually giving a Board Seat to Russia.

 

 

NorthReport

Is Putin ill?

'Everything is fine' despite canceled meetings and old photos

Russian president has not been seen in public since 5 March and details of alleged meetings have been disproved but spokesman says ‘There’s no need to worry’

vladimir putin

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/12/vladimir-putin-sick-kremlin...

NDPP

Yeah, they wish..

And of course Putin laughs. How could it be otherwise?

 

Interviewer: 'But the US missile system is not intended for use against Russia, but Iran?

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=62f_1393094583&comments=1

 

'His Handshakes Break Hands': Press Secretary Dismisses Putin Illness Reports

http://rt.com/politics/240025-russia-peskov-putin-health/

"The current situation is reminscent of November 2012, when Russian and international media suggested Putin's state of health had deteriorated. In December 2012, Putin personally addressed the issue during a press conference.

He claimed the false reports about his health problems had been circulated by his political opponents who sought to question his ability to run the country.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

A new idea of the "Russian world" emerges.  

Fascinating.

Beyond Left and Right, Beyond Red and White: Framing the Liberation War in Donbass by Nina Kouprianova

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The year 2014 saw an unprecedented surge of patriotism in contemporary Russia, which resulted in popularizing the notion of the Russian World. One reason for increased patriotic sentiment was Crimea’s return to the home port after the overwhelmingly positive vote by its majority-Russian residents in a referendum one year ago. The onset of the liberation war in Donbass from the West-backed Kiev regime was the other. This war truly delineated the stakes for the existence of the Russian World. The latter is not an ethnic, but a civilizational concept that encompasses shared culture, history, and language in the Eurasian space within a traditionalist framework. To a certain extent and despite the obvious ideological differences, the Russian Empire and the USSR embodied the same geopolitical entity. A particularly noteworthy aspect of the ongoing crisis in Donbass is the symbolism—religious and historic—that surpasses the commonly used, but outdated Left-Right political spectrum.

NorthReport

Russian TV shows Vladimir Putin at work after illness rumours

Cancellation of engagements this week had sparked speculation that president was unwell

Vladimir Putin and Vyacheslav Lebedev

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/13/vladimir-putin-work-russian...

NorthReport

It seems like you can photoshop anything these days so rumours won't cease until the Russian Leader is actually is seem in public.

http://www.wsj.com/video/where-in-the-world-is-vladimir-putin/3D1F6BA7-A...

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

NorthReport wrote:
... rumours won't cease until the Russian Leader is actually seen in public.

Rumours, of one kind or another, won't cease in Western MSM about the Russian President until he's deceased or overthrown in another sponsored coup d'etat.  He's now victimized by Reductio ad Hitlerum practically daily and his image appears in front of mushroom clouds, baby-eating devils, and anything unpleasant generally.

NorthReport

Putin probably just has the flu.

Putin Has Vanished, but Rumors Are Popping Up Everywhere

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/14/world/europe/russia-putin-seen-in-publ...

 

 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

NorthReport wrote:
Putin probably just has the flu.

I dunno. The birth of his Swiss love child seems pretty compelling.

NorthReport

The latest explanation for Vladimir Putin's mystery disappearance … flu

Following wild rumours of his death or a botched cosmetic procedure, TV report says Russian president has flu while Austrian newpaper suggests back problems

Russian president Vladimir Putin meeting the regional leader of Karelia on 11 March

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/15/vladimir-putins-mystery-dis...

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

My fascism is better than your fascism!

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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He's now victimized by Reductio ad Hitlerum practically daily and his image appears in front of mushroom clouds, baby-eating devils, and anything unpleasant generally.

Well, everyone did the same thing to Bush for eight years, and look!  Now he's gone!

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Following wild rumours of his death or a botched cosmetic procedure, TV report says Russian president has flu while Austrian newpaper suggests back problems

This is reminiscent of when Kim Jong Un suddenly didn't appear on the news 14 hours a day, or when Chavez vanished without explanation, or when Castro stopped attending parades.  Seems to me that this kind of wild speculation is inversely proportional to governmental transparency.

In other words, if he has the flu, why doesn't the Russian government just say he has the flu?  Why make a normal part of human life into a mystery?

NorthReport

Because he is their strongman and strongmen don't get sick!   Laughing

He probably just has the flu.

Speculation rife as world waits for Putin to reappear

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31897304

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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Because he is their strongman and strongmen don't get sick!   Laughing

I think that's some of it.  Whether it's the "strongman" or just some sort of cult-of-personality thing, there seems to be reluctance to just say "he's sick, the way humans some times get sick".  HE'S CLEARLY MORE THAN HUMAN!!!

If Harper ever has to get his bunions filed down, I truly hope someone will just say "... and Mr. Harper is in hospital, having his bunions filed down, and meanwhile, Joe Oliver is in charge".  It really is that easy.

As an aside, did you know that the "line of succession" for assuming Harper's duties formally lists 39 people?

So, one takes over.  Then gets hit by a bus.  The next one takes over.  Aneurysm.  Next one, falling piano, etc., etc., etc. until the GG asks "we're down to #39!!  Who's that 39th??"

As an aside to an aside, #37 is Candice Bergen, and I had to do a quick Google to see if that was a troll.  No way someone raised by a puppet is taking over control of MY Canada.

NorthReport

Maybe Putin is so preoccupied with other projects he is just too busy to come out in public.

Putin and the 'Mariupol Test'

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/16/opinion/putin-and-the-mariupol-test.ht...

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

Putin may have actually been busy!

NDPP

'It's Boring Without Rumors': Putin Appears in Public After Weeks of MSM Hysteria (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/241069-putin-rumours-back-alive/

"Putin met his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev on Monday in his first public meeting open to the press since March 5."

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

So, when the Russian President conducts a 3 hour press conference, answering questions extemporaneously for hours, including plenty of unfriendly ones, there is dead silence from the Western media. When he's away from public view, and does nothing, lurid tales are fabricated, the volume is cranked up, but there's nothing really to say. This is the objective, Western MSM.

Worthless. Mind you, coverage of, e.g., Israel by the private broadcasters and the CBC is also pretty well worthless.

6079_Smith_W

It got covered. It was one of the top stories on CBC this morning. What were you expecting... for them to fall all over themselves talking about shorty's firm grip, and the magnificent bulge in his pants, like RT?

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

6079_Smith_W wrote:
It got covered. It was one of the top stories on CBC this morning.

You misunderstand. I was referring to a 3 hour press conference last December in which Putin did what I outlined. He got zero coverage, or very little, despite doing what Harper, Cameron, Obama, or any of the other neo-liberal louts would never do; face so many questions over such a long period of time. It was pretty impressive. (He did screw up a little; one questioner with a disability who sounded drunk wasn't actually drunk, Putin mocked him a little, etc. )

6079_Smith_W

That press conference was also covered. What are you talking about?

 

 

NDPP

Nemtsov's Killer Hired By Commander of the Dzhokhar Dudaev Battalion in Ukraine, Adam Osmaev

http://fortruss.blogspot.ca/2015/03/nemtsovs-killer-was-hired-by-command...

"The main suspect in the organization of the high profile crime, is a commander of the Ukrainian battalion Dzhokar Dudayev, Adam Osmayev. Zaur Dadaev pulled the trigger. He first made a confession, and then on the advice of his lawyer, took it back. The perpetrators were told to execute the order in the place where it was committed..."

Doug Woodard
Slumberjack

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It got covered. It was one of the top stories on CBC this morning. What were you expecting... for them to fall all over themselves talking about shorty's firm grip, and the magnificent bulge in his pants, like RT?

The western MSM have a pretty good bead on the target audience for their salaciousness I must say.  This kind of propaganda is what passes in lieu of journalism, but the meme gets picked up and ordinary folks who don't know any better lend their voices to it, and it obviously spreads from there.

Slumberjack

ikosmos wrote:
I was referring to a 3 hour press conference last December in which Putin did what I outlined. He got zero coverage, or very little, despite doing what Harper, Cameron, Obama, or any of the other neo-liberal louts would never do; face so many questions over such a long period of time. 

Obviously the propaganda experts at the information bureaus don't want comparisons to be drawn up between the daily swill we're being fed and formats employed elsewhere.

This format more resembles where we're at in North America, with the exception that the propaganda experts in the media do this to themselves:

Polish President's Bodyguards Duct-Tape Mouth of Man Asking Question

6079_Smith_W

What are YOU talking about now, SJ?

Now that we have heard it hammered home 500 times, of course the entire western media is a CIA front that exists only to get Putin, but I didn't quote them at all. I was referring to the RT piece at #374, with the reference to the appropriately-named Echo of Moscow:

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Dmitry Peskov said Thursday in an interview with Echo of Moscow radio. He added that the president is “absolutely healthy” and joked that “his handshake is so strong he breaks hands with it."

And what are you suggesting, that gallery exhibits like the one above, and this one:

http://rt.com/news/193956-putin-celebrates-birthday-russia/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29513589

are yet another part of the CIA media conspiracy to make him look silly, just like the woodpecker weasel meme? Sorry, but I think he organized the gallery exhibits and the beefcake shots all by himself.


NorthReport
Geoff

Having grown up in the shadow of the Cold War, I listened to the steady drone of anti-Soviet propaganda throughout most of my life. As we know, the "evil empire" turned out not to be the threat it was made out to be by western propagandists.

Putin might not be a paragon of democracy, and he might not be everyone's ideal neighbour. However, I have no intention of falling for the latest anti-Russian paranoia, and jumping on the new "evil empire" bandwagon. 

"Fool me once; shame on you. Fool me twice; shame on me." (God, I hope I didn't screw that up a la George W.)

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

Me:

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if he has the flu, why doesn't the Russian government just say he has the flu?

Gwynne Dyer:

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If he just had the flu, why didn’t they say that he just had the flu?

Did I just get plagiarized by Gwynne Dyer?  :)

Anyway, I know there's just no easy answer to that, what with the MSM and the hegemony and the "Russophobia" and suchlike but it seemed a reasonable question.

 

NorthReport

Great minds think alike Magoo. Smile

Dyer's thoughtful but unbombasic analysis is refreshing.

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

6079_Smith_W wrote:
That press conference was also covered. What are you talking about?

This is a falsehood. The coverage was perfunctory, misleading, and worse than your usual nonsense.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

In the interest of Vladimir not catching whatever's going around, he could always heed the words of my mother:

"Young man, you're NOT going horseback riding without a shirt in this weather!"

Timeless advice from Dr. Mom.

swallow swallow's picture

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Me:

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if he has the flu, why doesn't the Russian government just say he has the flu?

Gwynne Dyer:

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If he just had the flu, why didn’t they say that he just had the flu?

Did I just get plagiarized by Gwynne Dyer?  :)

Anyway, I know there's just no easy answer to that, what with the MSM and the hegemony and the "Russophobia" and suchlike but it seemed a reasonable question.

I've always assumed you were Gwynne Dyer. 

NDPP

The Murder of Boris Nemtsov in Russia (and vid)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&I...

"Who killed Boris Nemtsov? He was neither a leader nor real opposition, according to Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow University

 

Behind the Murder of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow (and vid)

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&I...

Alexandr Buzgalin says Jurassic Capitalism is behind the economic woes in the Russia economy

Slumberjack

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Me:

Quote:
if he has the flu, why doesn't the Russian government just say he has the flu?

Gwynne Dyer:

Quote:
If he just had the flu, why didn’t they say that he just had the flu?

Did I just get plagiarized by Gwynne Dyer? 

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but nothing should surprise us anymore.

NDPP

Video: Nemtsov Maidan Failed - Evgeny Federov

http://fortruss.blogspot.ca/2015/03/video-nemtsov-maidan-failed-evgeny.html

"This March 15 update from Russian parliamentarian, Evgeny Federov, gives his analysis of why he thinks the US was behind the killing of Nemtsov, and how this adheres to a common strategy the US use in destabilization and 'color revolution' campaigns."

 

Obama's Double-Standard on Russia

http://washingtonsblog.com/2015/03/obamas-double-standard-russia.html

"He attacks Russia, then condemns Putin for defending Russia from his attack."

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

Video: Nemtsov Maidan Failed - Evgeny Federov

http://fortruss.blogspot.ca/2015/03/video-nemtsov-maidan-failed-evgeny.html

"This March 15 update from Russian parliamentarian, Evgeny Federov, gives his analysis of why he thinks the US was behind the killing of Nemtsov, and how this adheres to a common strategy the US use in destabilization and 'color revolution' campaigns."

This guy?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yevgeny_Alexeyevich_Fyodorov

According to Fyodorov rock music is "U.S.-instigated sabotage".[3] After Russian rock musician Andrey Makarevich performed for Ukraine's internally displaced people in theUkrainian town Slovyansk during the war in Donbass in August 2014 Fyodorov vowed to introduce legislation to strip Makarevich of all Russian state honors beacause his performance in Slovansk was "collaborating with the fascists".[4][5]

 

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Crimea: FREEDOM! - one year later.

And those who disagreed?

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Those who want to return to the Ukraine are few. Even those who wanted to leave the "Russian occupation" in the summer sharply lost their desire to go to Ukraine after the start of mobilization. It is one thing to argue on the Internets and it is a quite different thing to get an assault rifle and depart to Donbass to get slaughtered. It's not that there are absolutely no idiots, but that there are very few of them.

Yes, there will always be a few.

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Overall, the city changed quite dramatically and continues to change, just like the world around it. Sevastopol, having realized its dream, now lives with the expectations of the fulfillment of the promises given in the spring of 2014 and is at the same time preparing for the trials it has to go through together with Russia.

And, of course, my life also changed a lot - a year ago I could afford to intellectualize on a sofa without much responsibility, and exactly a year ago I could simply be honestly jubilant about my involvement in the events I dreamt about. A year later I mark this holiday away from home, not far away from the fighting in Donbass to which my life is now bound. Back then Donbass arose together with us and continues to fight for that which we obtained relatively easily, on the background of what the residents of Novorossia had to go through. Besides the fulfillment of my dream, this year also gave me the feeling of responsibility for those people who continue to fight and whom I can't abandon on the road to their dream - of ending the war and of Novorossia being free. So for me the today's holiday is both happy and sad. I cannot be happy enough about what happened a year ago, but I'm also sad and hurt that Novorossia ended up having a much rougher road to freedom.

Once again, I wish everyone a happy holiday and urge you to remember about our comrades, who started together with us and continue to fight for what is right. I am confident that we will win and that Novorossia will happen.

NDPP

Christian Taliban? Ukraine Nationalist Craves Jihad Against Russia, Reports Intercept

http://rt.com/news/242453-ukraine-extremist-christian-taliban/

"...A pragmatic Korchinsky hopes to initiate a real conflagration in southern Russia, where underground structures have allegedly already been formed by his people. One day, as Korchinsky says, his compatriots are going to receive the signal to start a war on Russian territory, the way the Islamic State did in Iraq and Syria last year.

In the 1990s when Korchinsky fought in the ranks of Chechen separatists he did it because he hated Russia, not because he sympathized with Islam. Korchinsky shared that he still has contacts with Chechen fighters in the Caucasus and with Muslims fighting now in Ukraine.

At the end of the interview Korchinsky promised to fight until Moscow burns."

nicky
ikosmos ikosmos's picture
Doug Woodard

Us against them: Russia's frightening new cult:

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/us-against-them-russias-fr...

 

NDPP

'Tanks? No Thanks!' Czechs Unhappy About US Military Convoy Crossing Country (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/243073-czech-protest-us-tanks

"The US procession has been labeled 'an unnecessary and dangerously provocative military maneuver, which only increases international tension.

The Stryker vehicles are usually transported by rail, but it was decided that they would take a ride through Eastern Europe to demonstrate a US commitment to NATO and its allies in the region.

According to Lt Gen Ben Hodges, the US Army Europe Commander 'The whole purpose is to assure those allies that live closest to the Bear that we are here..'"

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