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ikosmos wrote:

A top German news editor notes that the CIA is bribing journalists to write the latest Russophobia.

Sounds pretty much the same as the old russophobia.

6079_Smith_W

ikosmos wrote:

A top German news editor notes that the CIA is bribing journalists to write the latest Russophobia.

That would be the same Udo Ulfkotte, top German news editor (former, actually) who believes that people in Pakistan are catching schizophrenia from too much incest?

(as reported in RT)

http://rt.com/politics/go-back-immigration-issue/

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6079_Smith_W wrote:

ikosmos wrote:

A top German news editor notes that the CIA is bribing journalists to write the latest Russophobia.

That would be the same Udo Ulfkotte, top German news editor (former, actually) who believes that people in Pakistan are catching schizophrenia from too much incest?

(as reported in RT)

http://rt.com/politics/go-back-immigration-issue/

Ah, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend, right?

 

Red Winnipeg

I don't think it's so much Russophobia as it is fascistphobia.

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Sophie Shevardnadze interviews the doyen of US-Russian relations Stephen Cohen:

NATO games in Ukraine push world 5 minutes before nuclear midnight - Stephen Cohen

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While discussion ranged from Ukraine to the disgraceful state of American journalism, Cohen's overarching message was that NATO expansion to Russia's doorstep has a created a new cold war, one in which nuclear war is a very real possibility, especially if the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine collapses.

Cohen cited the late George Kennan, "considered the wisest man in America about Russian-American relations", who once warned that NATO expansion into Eastern Europe was "a terrible, reckless, stupid decision and it will lead to a new cold war." Going even further, Cohen remarked that the eastward expansion of NATO has effectively ended constructive diplomatic relations between Eastern Europe and Russia, pointing out that former Soviet bloc nations can now "punch Russia in the nose and hide behind NATO."

The West's "new" cold war posturing and rhetoric is best exemplified by the US Senate, where "the War Party...has been drafting a very harsh, cold war law to punish Russia in many ways and moreover make it possible to send weapons to countries that are not part of NATO but were former parts of the Soviet Union."

And we have babblers who still ridicule the idea that war between the US (and its vassals like Canada) and Russia is a dangerous possibility. But then zombified Russophobia is alive and well, and not just in the War Party in the US, Canada and NATO, but also in eastern Europe and in the faux left in Western Europe and North America.

 

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There are, of course, alternate sources of information about Russia, Russian opinion-makers, and such. These include:

 

RT - arms-length Russian media, very good on foreign policy matters, some Russian social issues, definitely not specializing in Western-style "Kremlin watching"; best show is Peter Lavelle's "Crosstalk" although some others, including MP George Galloway's, Max Keiser, Larry King, Sophie Shevardnadze, etc, are quite good as well.

Vinyard of the Saker - blog of excellent quality, written by a Russian Orthodox Church type, with good information on Ukrainian civil war. Much more critical of Putin but not in the knee-jerk Russophobic manner typical of Western media. Absolutely excellent maps, etc,  of the conflict on the ground of military quality. Im sure NATO spies on this blog.

Russia: other points of view - Canadian, former diplomat, good on foreign policy matters relating to Russia. This is a good source when you need a quote from somewhere other than RT or Russian media (some people are so brainwashed that they are unable to process Russian media and only accept Western corporate sources, especially the faux left, etc.) . Many academic and foreign service experts here. Patrick Armstrong has a summary of events every month or so. It is absoluttely a gold mine of information, links, etc. highly recommended.

Russia Insider - brand new, seems to be a compilation of Russian media, all over the map politically.

Slavyangrad - critical novorossiyan source, less professional however.

Colonel Cassad. (in Russian) mockingly refers to itself as the bullhorn of totalitarian propaganda. lol. details about the Ukrainian civil war you will get nowhere else (other than the Saker)

Colonel Cassad in faithful translation into English

6079_Smith_W

Here's the actual doomsday clock, ikosmos:

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

Though that is kind of interesting - someone interviewed on RT making reference to Russia giving military help to the rebels (around 2:40), Cohen's prediction of NATO action in Ukraine is based on a reaction to that.

 

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6079_Smith_W wrote:
Though that is kind of interesting - someone interviewed on RT making reference to Russia giving military help to the rebels (around 2:40), Cohen's prediction of NATO action in Ukraine is based on a reaction to that.

Cohen's prediction is something he, and other scholars like him (Mersheimer, Matlock, even H Kissenger ffs!)  have been making since the NATO barbarians have been expanding their horrific military alliance eastward. Cohen even specifically refers to the monstrous stupidity of the Clinton regime in deciding to expand NATO all the way to the Russian borders and then, like the school yard bully, saying idiotic things like, "Oh THOSE anti-missile weapons? They're aimed at ... um ... Iran! Yeah, Iran! "

Why are you supporting such despicable and obvious liars and warmongers?

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Tony Abbott, the idiotic Australian PM (whose speeches Der Fuehrer Stephen Harper even plagiarized) has recently remarked that he plans to "shirtfront" Russian President VV Putin when the later visits Auz for the G-20. Typical infantile conservative approach to politics, so it is hardly unexpected from this right wing rocket scientist. Abbott may get an ugly surprise, however, as Putin is a black belt in Sambo and Karate. lol.

Schoolboy threats towards the Russian President from the oafish Auz PM.

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ikosmos wrote:

Why are you supporting such despicable and obvious liars and warmongers?

What are you even talking about with that silly question?

 

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Oliver Stone absolutely nails it. Russophobia. US ignorance of history. Putin. You name it.

There are simply too many outstanding quotes to list them all.

Oliver Stone wrote:
Today it is impossible to get the truth from [the American media].

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The latest episode of "Crosstalk" (RT's flagship program with Peter Lavelle, guests today included Eric Kraus, Charles Bausman, and Alexander Mercouris) called Ukraine's Free Fall relates to the issues of Russophobia in the news and is worth watching for that reason.

While somewhat repetitive (useful for those exposed to a steady diet of Western fabrications) the guests make some interesting points. The matter of the survival of Ukraine as a unitary state is covered, as is the abysmal failure of Western media to provide anything more than the most superficial and wrong-headed coverage of the issues.

Ebola and ISIS and yet another financial meltdown have moved the short-attention span to other issues, yes, but it is also true that the Western regimes, and their toady mass media, (or, as one of the speakers puts it "journalists have become the union of stenographers" meaning that they simply regurgitate, unthinkingly, every bare-faced lie that their governments announce, no matter how ridiculous) are genuinely embarrassed about getting the story so wrong and creating this Russophobic narrative ... Mind you, it is very true that "No one is going to get fired for awful coverage of Ukraine." lol. No kidding.

 

So, somewhat repetitive, yes, but a good review of the current situation.

 

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Recent State Department press conferences have exposed the idiotic but firmly Russophobic perspective of the Yanqui regime. A reporter asked the mouthpiece how the officials could speak of "Russian expansion" towards NATO when, in point of fact, it is clearly NATO that is expanding towards Russia.

"Yes, but Russia has troops in Ukraine," said the mouthpiece.

"Last time I checked, Ukraine wasn't a member of NATO. I ask you again, isn't it NATO that is expanding? Isn't this a fact?" etc.

Eventually, another mouthpiece, Jen Psaki claimed that "other countries" were threatened by the alleged Russian expansion.

It's quite amusing. Doublethink. Very Orwellian. Have a listen and see what you think of it all.

"You're moving closer to Russia and blaming them for being closer to NATO."

 

 

NDPP

"...The fact that the boys with their military toys in NATO have been provoking Russia for 20 years, encircling it with hostile regimes aligned with members of this military alliance, promising to put missiles on its border, breaking promise after promise made in agreements with Russia - it's all irrelevant.

So is the fact that the 'revolution' in Kyiv - don't dare call it a coup, the Thought Police will break down your door - was provided with millions of American 'democracy' dollars.

And the fact that the movement was hijacked by neo-Nazis? Just an inconvenient detail to be consigned to the amnesia machine. And the consequences? Just how is driving Russia away from integration with Europe (which it had been seeking through Putin's reign) and into the arms of the imperial Chinese in Canada's interests...?"

From Israel to ISIS: Harper's 'Orwellian' Foreign Policy  -  by Murray Dobbin

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2014/10/israel-to-isis-harpers-orwellian-for...

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Russophobia is perhaps most virulent in the Baltic states, Poland, and, currently, Ukraine. Every country has a right to concerns about their security, of course, but in the case of Polish politicians some of it is really just over the top. Here's an example ...

The former Polish Foreign Minister, Radek Sikorski, now the Speaker of the Polish Parliament (Sejm), was forced to apologize by the Prime Minister of Poland for his scandalous claims about Russian President Putin. Here, roughly, is the sequence of claims:

View image on Twitter

 

This comic analysis appeared on a Tweet by Jacob Krupa. This is the infantile level of Russophobia going on right now. No wonder so many people are sucked in by it. It's ubiquitous.

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Is the CIA Running a Defamation Campaign Against Putin?

The story is from the Vinyard of the Saker in which the author is interviewed by the new Russia Insider. The latter is turning into something quite amazing ... a one-stop website with a wide variety of articles, stories, etc. including plenty of debunking of the endless Russophobic and Putinphobic propaganda.

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The latest hot topic in the Russian media. Russian politicians are talking about it. Historical precedent and behavior of Western media suggests that they are.

A major topic in the Russian media is mystification with how Putin is portrayed in the Western media.

Wildly popular at home, and seen as a decent, modest, an admirable person, and Russians don't understand how there can be such a disconnect with Western impressions.

Recently, leading Russian commentators and politicians have been suggesting that this can only be explained by a deliberate campaign to defame Putin, by governments or other groups.

 

Some of the headlines re MH17: "Putin's Looters Rob Brit Victims," "Putin's Victims", "Putin's Rebels Blew Up Plane," "Putin Killed My Son," "Russian Gangsters Killed our Loved Ones," "The Fingers Point At Putin," etc etc.

See the front page attack on multiple newspaper launch pads

But why personalize such an attack?

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The logic, they argue, is that by defaming the leader of a country, you weaken his power domestically by undermining popular support for him, and internationally, by rallying popular opinion to support policies against that country. The ultimate goal, they argue, is to weaken the country itself. They also talk about regime change....

Techniques include, for example ...

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Here are some examples they point to:

  • Portraying him as a scheming dictator trying to rebuild a repressive empire.
  • Claiming he personally ordered the murder of a number of journalists, and personally ordered a KGB defector to be murdered with radiation poisoning.
  • Frequently citing unsubstantiated rumors he is having an affair with a famous gymnast.
  • Allegations that he has stashed away billions for his personal benefit, without providing evidence.
  • Recent article in newsweek claiming he leads a luxurious and lazy lifestyle, sleeping late.
  • Recent article in NYT focusing on a supposed personal arrogance.
  • Hillary Clinton mentioning in speech after speech that he is a bad guy, a bully, that one must confront him forcefully.
  • Frequently using pejoratives to describe his person - "a jerk and a thug" (Thomas Friedman this week in the NYT)
  • Mis-quoting him on his regret about the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • Articles about a supposed super-luxury villa built for him in southern Russia.
  • The over-the top headlines in the western media (they were worst of all in Germany) portraying him personally responsible for murdering the victims of MH17.
  • And soft stuff - magazine covers making him look sinister, monstrous, etc.

The Saker notes 2 key reasons for targetting Putin.

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1. He partially, but not fully, restored Russia's sovereignty which under Gorbachev and Yeltsin had been totally lost … Russia then was a US colony like Ukraine is today … and,

2. He dared to openly defy the USA and its civilizational model.

Russia is providing a rallying point for all those who oppose this or that policy of the Empire. Hence, on the one hand, the unending vitrol directed towards both the Russian leader and the country generally, and, on the other hand, the support, even if only quiet, that the Russians are earning for themselves ....

The Saker:  In fact, the Empire spends a lot more on information warfare then on the military hardware actually used.

 


 

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The Washington Post, or "Pravda on the Potomac"

Russia Insider wrote:
The Washington Post, never one to miss a chance to smear Russia, has a scary piece from yesterday titled “Ebola crisis rekindles concerns about secret research in Russian military labs”.

NDPP

West Turns Eastern Ukraine Into A New Gaza

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/10/25/383532/west-made-e-ukraine-a-ne...

"Western media has eased off its heavy coverage of the Ukraine conflict, and for a good reason. The West's new democracy protege, President Poroshenko's coup-meister government has continued combat operations against Donestk non-stop, while using the so-called ceasefire to refurbish his chewed up army.

When it comes to categorizing the horrors visited upon Ukrainian separatist regions by Kiev's military, you have to go to alternative media.  The 'friends of Ukraine' in the West usually react to these events with no comment. You can just imagine how that would change if the Republics were firing any weapons like this against Kiev territory.

Kiev is now showing some cards held close to the west while the war was going on, by dropping the bomb that $30 billion will be needed to salvage Ukraine. I am sensing here, suspicious me, that part of the deal for Kiev to get future funding was to launch and continue the E Ukraine war to set the stage for painting Russia as the aggressor. That gave the cover for expanding NATO further east and the pretext for modernizing the Ukrainian military..."

Which it very much looks like they're intending to use again soon to suitably celebrate Halloween perhaps...

 

Ukraine SITREP: Very ominous developments...

http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.ca/2014/10/ukraine-mini-sitrep-very-ominou...

"Short of a major change in dynamic, a Ukie attack will happen as soon as the elections are over.

One thing which could delay such an attack would be an anti-Poroshenko coup in Kiev.

One thing that did come out of the Milan Summit is that the Ukrainians have basically admitted that they have no money at all. None. Hence talks about the Europeans forking over the money for the Russian gas.

Also, the cold season has begun and from now on it's all just going to get worse and worse..."

 

InTheKnow: Soros Sorrows (and vid )

http://rt.com/shows/in-the-now-summary/198744-canada-attacks-soros-russia/

4:45 min. George Soros warns Europe the Russians are coming

 

 

NDPP

Words from another oligarch. In the Guardian naturally...

George Soros: Russia Poses Existential Threat to Europe

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/23/george-soros-russia-threat-...

"Soros said the EU had become a dysfunctional relationship between creditor and debtor nations, resulting in widespread resentment.

'Putin has established good relations with those agitating against liberty in Europe,' he said. 'The failure of Europe as an experiment in supranational government would make Russia a potent threat...the collapse of Ukraine would be tremendous loss to NATO, the EU and the United States.

A victorious Russia would become much more influential within the EU and pose a potent threat to tlhe Baltic states with large ethnic populations.'

Soros, founder and chairman of The Open Society network of pro-democracy foundations, predicts that after the elections in Ukraine in Ukraine on Sunday, the Russian president will offer his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, a gas supply deal on conditions he appoint a prime minister acceptable to Putin.

If that is refused, Putin 'may then revert to the smaller victory that would still be within his reach: he could openly force a land route from Russia to Crimea and Transnistria [a pro-Moscow breakaway statelet in Moldova] before winter.'

Soros calls for radically boosted Western support of Ukraine with an immediate cash injection of at least $20Bn with a promise of more when needed.'

By assisting Ukrainian reforms, he argues that the EU would be rediscovering its founding principles.

'The European Union would save itself by saving Ukraine,' Soros said."

 

'and F**k the EU..' - V Nuland US State Department

NDPP

Washington is Defaming Putin  -  by Paul Craig Roberts

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/10/washington-is-defaming-putin/

Today, Washington's target is Vladimir Putin..."

bekayne

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Washington is Defaming Putin  -  by Paul Craig Roberts

http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/10/washington-is-defaming-putin/

Today, Washington's target is Vladimir Putin..."

Too much of the Russian media is owned by foreign interests who use the access to Russian readers to attack and discredit the Russian government. It is amazing that the Russian government allows Washington’s propaganda within its own ranks.

Reagan worshipping American advises the Russian Government to ban criticism of the Russian Government.

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In some ways Russia actually has MORE diversity than the USA, or Canada, in regard to views on foreign policy. In Canada, for example, all 3 major parties are essentially warmongers for Israel, the Ukrainian junta, and have insignificant differences on many or most other issues. In the US, naturally, everyone is for war, and continuous war at that. When it comes to views on Russia, the same predictable, warmed-over cold war propaganda (ha!) applies to both the US and Canada. It is as if Germany was still considered a Nazi regime, and policy decisions were based on that oafish view.

Anyway, all that aside, domestically in Russia you have the Atlantic Integrationists (a virtual 5th column, suggesting close relations with the very states that are promotining sanctions and preparing for war against Russia) versus the Eurasian Sovereignists. Putin has wisely refused to be stampeded into an isolationst approach, and all this blather about wanting to restore the "Soviet Empire" or characterizing him personally in all these unoriginal and odious ways is falling on critical ears outside of the brainwashed Anglosphere.

NDPP

UK Jets Threaten to 'Shoot Down' Latvian Cargo Plane Over Atlantic Fears

http://rt.com/news/200695-uk-jets-latvian-plane-attack/

Media reports mirrored the panic frenzy trggered by the incident, but in a particular way; first saying that the cargo plane was 'Russian' and then switching to a 'Russian-made' reference.

However, the British media seemingly capitalized on the latest NATO reporting of 'unusual' increased activity of Russian military aircraft over the Atlantic and Black Sea..."

'The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!'

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What the US [and its vassals like Canada] wants is a completely subservient Russia, run by drunks and oligarchs, completely under the thumb of the Empire. A revived and self-respecting Russia should, in the Empire's predatory view, be dismembered into a dozen harmless statelets. They don't really care if Ukraine is ripped to shreds; after all, their is a certain gleeful and ghoulish enthusiasm in seeing Slav killing Slav.There is, in this view, very little different between the plans of the Third Reich, expressed in Operation Barbarossa, and the current plans to destroy Russia. The means, and the pace, are different, that's all.

Perhaps the most self-evident stupidity of current Russophobic views is the unexamined opinion about Russia having "interests". What is accepted as "realist" about the Empire itself, and some of its noisy allies, is utterly rejected for Russia. Russia is not allowed to have interests; Russia is "accepted" only to the degree that it does what the Empire wants it to do.

A fascist regime on its borders? "None of your business!" says the NATO thugs. Deployment of anti-ballistic missiles in Europe and rejection of the ABM Treaty generally? "Oh, that! That's just aimed against "terrorists". Nothing to worry about. Our aims are peaceful." Financing of Islamic fundamentalists against the former Sov regime, then again in Chechen, then again against their Syrian ally? "Snicker snicker. There are "good" terrorists and "bad" terrorists. The ones we support are "good". And so on.

This Empire, the first truly global Empire, which has had a continuous and official first strike nuclear policy, conducts itself according to the policy of "Those who oppose the Emperor must DIE!" I don't know how the babbler Yanqui sycophants can justify the US President having the authority to kill anyone, including any "American", anywhere in the world at any time. Obama has the authority, under US law, to kill Ed Snowden while he's in Russia. No other elected leader anywhere has such an authority.

It is this Empire, and its "owned" private media, that conducts the current Russophobic campaign. As the author of the Vinyard of the Saker notes, "  In fact, the Empire spends a lot more on information warfare then on the military hardware actually used."

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Support for the "bad Roooooooooooooskies" narrative comes straight from the top (Obama).

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Evil reds may no longer be the staple of Hollywood villains they used to be, but Russians star as the bad guys in many news reports in the West – regardless of whether the narrative can be supported by actual evidence.

There's the plane intercepted over Kent by the RAF in a routine civilian flight from Italy. No matter! It's a Roooooooosky plane! Then there were the fabrications by Swedish journalists of a Roooooooooosky sub off Sweden! The largest Swdish naval operation in decades and ... nothing! Squat! Nil! Mind you, more Swedes were in favour of joining the brutal NATO military alliance after this "psychological operation". The White House network is hacked! Must be the Rooooooooooooooooooskies! Hell yeah! A NASA rocket blew up on launch? Rooosky engines are to blame! Axis of Evil = Russia, North Korea, and Iran!

and so on. It's a media FRENZY.

Here's a fun idea for a Halloween costume. A Rooosky! A Putin costume! The HORROR!


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Russia and the West - The New Normal?

Russia Insider, a very interesting new site, has a discussion forum with the latest on the topic noted above. One comment that is very interesting comes from Alexander Mercouris. Mercouris is of the view that the Russians are far more realistic about current events than the West is, and the latter will eventually have to come around.

What is fascinating is the way he characterizes Western attitudes.

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The West by contrast saw things very differently, more ideologically.  They saw a “victory” of the west and of liberal capitalism and democracy over Russia. The Russians saw themselves as making concessions for mutual benefit.  The West saw them capitulating to its demands.

In light of these very different perceptions, it was inevitable that rapprochement would be replaced by conflict, with the Russians feeling taken advantage of, and the West angry that the Russians refuse to act as “losers”.

Refusing to act as losers. This is brilliant, and the left could learn from this.

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Completely unsubstantiated rumours of the Russian President suffering from cancer (and repeated on babble of course!) have been denied by the Kremlin spokesperson D. Peskov.

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MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) – Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday denied western reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin is allegedly suffering from pancreatic cancer.

“Bite your tongue! Everything’s fine,” Peskov said in response to Putin’s supposed illness.

Last week, The New York Post published a story, in which it claimed the Russian president was suffering from cancer and was being treated by an elderly doctor, citing unnamed sources.

The rumors quickly spread and appeared in various western news outlets however none of the stories were able to substantiate the story with direct evidence.

What else is new?

NDPP

'NATO: A Great Threat to the Security Of Its Members, Rest of the World'

http://rt.com/op-edge/200547-nato-west-russia-conflict-stoltenberg/

"The North Atlantic Treaty Organization poses a threat to its members by involving them in interventions based on pretty flimsy evidence, Patrick Armstrong, former political director at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, told RT's In The Now show...."

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Patrick Armstrong is a former Canadian diplomat who has been writing very calm, sensible information about Russia since, AFAIK, BEFORE the Georgian attack on South Ossetia. His regular reports are absolute gold mines of information, with links like the footnotes of a scholar, and I shall give a link to his most recent as an example.

You can learn more about Russia from one of his updates than from a month of Sundays of "news" from MSM, including the CBC.

Here is an example: Oct 30 Russian Federation Sitrep

No, I don't agree with everything he writes but his scholarly approach is such a pleasant contrast to the MSM and its odious and unending fabrications and boogie man stories. You could, literally, spend hours hunting down every link he provides, checking the veracity of his claims, understanding more deeply than you thought possible, and really beginning to understand how a diplomat looks at the world.

A treat. Not a trick. heh.

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ooh. That nasty Roosky, Vladimir Putin!

Problem is, besides the fact that the new person looking at Russia for HRW used to work ... for the State Department .... that the above photo is ... of Ukrainian police repression!

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The fact is that western human rights organizations are below contempt. Some are political tools in the hands of the Empire (Human Rights Watch), some are full of western intelligence agents (Medecins Sans Frontieres, OSCE monitors), some are lead by cynical bureaucrats who use idealistic young delegates as cannon fodder (ICRC), some are used by big business as a tool (Greenpeace) while others are quasi-official CIA tools (NED, Freedom House, Open Society Foundation, etc.).

The funny thing in this case is that the photo is not taken in Russia, but in the Ukraine, and the riot cops shown here have Ukrainian unit badges.  But then, who cares anyway?  It's not like "truth" is a topic that matters to HRW...

Good on the Russians for proceeding with their own law requiring those who work for foreign governments and corporations to have to identify their nefarious links to their masters. The US law - FARA or the Foreign Agent Registration Act is a "good" law cuz its a Yanqui law - natch! - but the Roosky equivalent law ... should be subject to a petition about "repressive domestic policies" by HRW. uh huh. Let "freedom" reign!

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Leading US (neo con) journalists: "Putin is like Hitler."

This stuff is just endless. And a steady stream of this politically motivated invective is fed to Americans (and Canadians who watch the same crap) on a daily basis.

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Ikosmos What ive noticed is that the think American political/media establishment is an obsession with Putin. I would compare it to what we saw with President Ahmedinajad. Even pop culture figures like Jon Stewart mocked while not even hiding their contempt for him. Its as if there is a playbook that is used from the WH to think tanks to late night talk show hosts. We saw it with Saddam being compared with Hitler. Americans were told Ahmedinajad was the "new Hitler". In addition, both the case of Putin and Pres of Iran, using gay rights to attack them. In particular, using the band "pussy riot" to attack Putin, while Stewart made fun of the anti war group Code Pink when they went after Pres. Obama.

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One way of looking at the narrative is of a "badly behaved" Putin who must be "punished" and "sent to his room" ... ie, infantalizing the Russian President and the USA as the "reluctant parent" who must do the punishing. It's idiotic but there is a kind of nonsense sense to it ...

Infantalizing Putin

 

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It's all a pack of lies: Swedish Intel Admits Russian Distress Call Never Happened as Sub Hunt Scare Story Implodes

Fake news invasion!

Apparently, the sub was actually a pensioner fishing for sea trout.  A perfectly understandable confusion! Those darn Rooskies! Dressing up as benign fish! The Russian trout! The hapless senior! A fishy story! A smelly ending! All the carp that's fit to print! And then some!

Did you want fries with your lies?

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John Oliver very funny look at the fake story on his show. Guess what? Its not the first Sweden has searched for a non-existing Russian submarine in its waters. 

http://youtu.be/gnE689CP6Tw

 

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RT (the Russian TV channel with enormous recent success and currently breaking into the UK market) should be banned! They're bad for democracy! Just... because!

Why you should NOT watch RT- EVER!

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I've noticed that there is almost hysteria about the launch of RT UK even in lefty media like the Guardian. They always include "Kremlin-backed channel" or use the word propaganda to describe it. Funny how you never hear BBC referred to as "Downing Street mouthpiece". I know there was intense pressure to shut down Iran's PressTV for coverage of an issue. There is fierce propaganda and nationalism on all the channels, for example Qatar's AJE omits discussion of migrant labour or human rights. At least PressTV, CCTV or RT dont insult their audiences by implying that they're impartial and dont have editorial policy when covering certain homegrown issues. I find France's 24 and Germany's DW echo their respective governments' line and are not sceptical as they should be.  People are smart enough to know the difference.

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I know there was intense pressure to shut down Iran's PressTV for coverage of an issue.

Actually, I think that was about broadcasting a jailhouse interview made under duress.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2010/jun/09/ofcom-tv-news

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thanks, Smith_W!

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Putin at the top of “most powerful people”, Obama and Jinping are second and third respectively.

I think Forbes "lists" are kinda like Barbara Walter's "most fascinating people". It often doesnt mean much.

 

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ABBA fans will LOVE this: Russia invades Sweden parody.

fyi - a current, noisy campaign, frothing with Russophobia, is taking place in Sweden to get that country to join the bellicose NATO military alliance.

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more erased contributions.

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A very good quote from Eric Kraus showing the connection between the failure to report the many atrocities by the Ukrainian regime and the casualty of truth in any war.

Stumbling Towards Apocalypse - Russia and The New World Disorder

Eric Kraus wrote:
While it has been said that in any war Truth is the first casualty, in actual fact the lying tends to reach its fever pace somewhat earlier; the run-up to wars requires that the populace be whipped into a patriotic frenzy, anxious to make the appalling sacrifices soon to be demanded of them – their livelihoods, their cities, their children, often enough their lives – all justified by the terrible threat from The Enemy.

From the Crimean war to Sarajevo, Munich to the savaging of Vietnam, It would be difficult to name a single instance when the tame press did not enthusiastically participate in the Great Undertaking.

The Ukrainian civil war now underway is certainly no exception to the rule. A 24-hour wrap-around virtual reality has been created presenting a grotesque parody of the actual nature of this conflict. Western politicians find themselves captive to a narrative they themselves invented, unable to seek reasonable compromise for fear that their allies and electorates would turn on them. Only a handful of ex-leaders dare to speak the truth.

In this regard, it is instructive to watch the increasing contortions of the Western corporate mass-media reporting on the grisly war crimes committed daily against civilian populations of Eastern Ukraine.

The NY Times baldly repeated the wildly improbable claims of the Kiev regime that the Odessa protestors set fire to their own building (apparently in a intentional auto-da-fe?) Mass graves of civilians are found as Kiev’s forces withdraw from Russian-speaking regions of Eastern Ukraine and, when the BBC finally airs the story, they haven’t a clue as to how all of those dead people got there.

Artillery shells fall onto the courtyard of a kindergarten in in Donetsk killing 10 civilians – mostly parents and grandparents waiting for their children – and the media employs the passive tense  –  “the school was bombed” – without mentioning who it was who has been lobbing artillery into Russian-speaking civilian areas. Dozens of journalists working for these media have reported on the atrocities in personal blogs and e-mails, and yet their editors do everything possible to suppress the story.

Meanwhile, the bellicose declarations from the NATO member states involve a great deal of make-believe and play-acting. While no rational person actually believes that Russia is set to invade the Baltics, neutralize Finland, occupy Stockholm or seek to recreate the USSR, to earnestly pretend to fear precisely those eventualities can be a lucrative career move.

Generals who had been shunted off onto side-tracks as NATO found itself desperately lacking in enemies suddenly find a new lease on life. Swedish politicians whose tired anti-Russia rhetoric was increasingly laughed off as quaint and irrelevant feel their vital juices surging. Parties of the right and of the left vie for the attention of an electorate misinformed by the corporate media.

A huge military-industrial complex – fearful for its future given recent deep cuts in weapons spending as part of the dread “peace dividend,” are now savouring the prospect of lucrative contracts for weapons systems to defend against an imaginary threat – systems which will doubtless never see a shot fired in anger.

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Stumbling Towards Apocalypse - Russia and The New World Disorder

http://russia-insider.com/en/china_politics_ukraine_business_opinion_med...

Eric Kraus wrote:
While it has been said that in any war Truth is the first casualty, in actual fact the lying tends to reach its fever pace somewhat earlier; the run-up to wars requires that the populace be whipped into a patriotic frenzy, anxious to make the appalling sacrifices soon to be demanded of them – their livelihoods, their cities, their children, often enough their lives – all justified by the terrible threat from The Enemy.

From the Crimean war to Sarajevo, Munich to the savaging of Vietnam, It would be difficult to name a single instance when the tame press did not enthusiastically participate in the Great Undertaking.

The Ukrainian civil war now underway is certainly no exception to the rule. A 24-hour wrap-around virtual reality has been created presenting a grotesque parody of the actual nature of this conflict. Western politicians find themselves captive to a narrative they themselves invented, unable to seek reasonable compromise for fear that their allies and electorates would turn on them. Only a handful of ex-leaders dare to speak the truth.

In this regard, it is instructive to watch the increasing contortions of the Western corporate mass-media reporting on the grisly war crimes committed daily against civilian populations of Eastern Ukraine.

The NY Times baldly repeated the wildly improbable claims of the Kiev regime that the Odessa protestors set fire to their own building (apparently in a intentional auto-da-fe?) Mass graves of civilians are found as Kiev’s forces withdraw from Russian-speaking regions of Eastern Ukraine and, when the BBC finally airs the story, they haven’t a clue as to how all of those dead people got there.

Artillery shells fall onto the courtyard of a kindergarten in in Donetsk killing 10 civilians – mostly parents and grandparents waiting for their children – and the media employs the passive tense  –  “the school was bombed” – without mentioning who it was who has been lobbing artillery into Russian-speaking civilian areas. Dozens of journalists working for these media have reported on the atrocities in personal blogs and e-mails, and yet their editors do everything possible to suppress the story.

Meanwhile, the bellicose declarations from the NATO member states involve a great deal of make-believe and play-acting. While no rational person actually believes that Russia is set to invade the Baltics, neutralize Finland, occupy Stockholm or seek to recreate the USSR, to earnestly pretend to fear precisely those eventualities can be a lucrative career move.

Generals who had been shunted off onto side-tracks as NATO found itself desperately lacking in enemies suddenly find a new lease on life. Swedish politicians whose tired anti-Russia rhetoric was increasingly laughed off as quaint and irrelevant feel their vital juices surging. Parties of the right and of the left vie for the attention of an electorate misinformed by the corporate media.

A huge military-industrial complex – fearful for its future given recent deep cuts in weapons spending as part of the dread “peace dividend,” are now savouring the prospect of lucrative contracts for weapons systems to defend against an imaginary threat – systems which will doubtless never see a shot fired in anger.

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Kraus' piece show the connection between the brutal lack of basic coverage of the war crimes and atrocities of the Ukrainian junta and the first casualty of war, which is the truth ...

I wanted to draw attention to certain expressions but with so many glitches in posting here (and nowhere else) I will have to be content with the posting as is.

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3-time Academy Award winner Oliver Stone meets with ... the Russian President! Oh no!

Quote:

Stone, a three-time Academy Award winner, is currently working on a movie about intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who fled the U.S. and is living in Moscow.

The movie, which is based on a book by former Guardian journalist Luke Harding as well as an account by Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, is due for release at the end of 2015.

Stone plans/hopes to interview the horrible, brutal dictator and ask why the terrible traitor Ed Snowden is in Russia! ha ha! Maybe the USA should make Stone personna non grata! That'll teach him for making nice! Can't trust those Rooskies! Hey! What's that under your bed! A Roosky! Call Senator McCarthy! No wait! Call the NSA! They'll know what to do!

Will Oliver turn to Stone after meeting with "Stone Cold" Putin? Stay tuned!

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Salon writer says: “Of all [previous leaders] only Stalin, and only in his post-“Uncle Joe” years, has been vilified to the extent of
the current Russian leader”.

And why the US Press dont want Americans to understand Putin's important speech

 

 

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Vladimir Vladimirovich keeps confounding his critics. Perhaps this is the best.

"Love is the meaning of life."

 

eta: what a day to choose to say such, er, revolutionary ideas.


NDPP

Perfect timing. The fabricated, media-stoked Russophobia is going to help Lockheed-Martin, the United Snakes and their Canucklhead sock-puppets 'sell' us on the need for this Billion-dollar lemon:

F-35 Purchase By Canada Suggested in Pentagon Briefing

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/f-35-purchase-by-canada-suggested-in-bri...

"A leaked Pentagon briefing says Canada has signalled to Washington that it wants to buy at least four F-35 stealth fighters..."

 

US Tests New Generation Interceptor Missile For Deployment Against Russia

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/u-s-tests-new-generation-inte...

Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System successful intercept flight test

 

Noam Chomsky Says US-Russia Tensions Could Spark Nuclear War

http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/08/385191/usrussia-rift-end-in-nuk...

"American philosopher Noam Chomsky believes that the escalating tensions between the US and Russia could spark a nuclear war."

NDPP

'German Politicians Are US Puppets'  -  by Udo Ulfkotte

http://orientalreview.org/2014/11/07/german-politicians-are-us-puppets/

"Now the Americans are even considering blowing up a nuclear power plant in Ukraine and then insisting that the culprits were either separatists or Russians,' claims the German journalist Udo Ulfkotte, former correspondent from Frankfurter Allgemine Zeitung, one of the largest German newspapers.

Ulfkotte claims that reporters are urged to bias their writing primarily to favor the American position and to oppose Russia..."

6079_Smith_W

Well of course. He has books to sell. Plus he has a bit of a beef with the German government.

But you're quoting him again? Back at post #52 I pointed out that among his anti-Islam ravings is that he thinks people in Pakistan are catching schizophrenia from too much incest.

Here's another one:

He thinks a recent e coli outbreak is the result of Turkish farm labourers conducting "fecal jihad" from pissing in strawberry fields where they work. Nothing about their employers not providing toilets.

http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/07/udo-ulfkotte-and-fecal-jihad-asymmetric...

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