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Putin’s New York Speech – the Text in Full.

The United Nations is unique in terms of legitimacy, representation and universality. True, the UN has been criticized lately for being inefficient or for the fact that decision-making on fundamental issues stalls due to insurmountable differences, especially among Security Council members.

However, I’d like to point out that there have always been differences in the UN throughout the 70 years of its history, and that the veto right has been regularly used by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China and the Soviet Union, and later Russia. It is only natural for such a diverse and representative organization. When the UN was first established, nobody expected that there would always be unanimity. The mission of the organization is to seek and reach compromises, and its strength comes from taking different views and opinions into consideration. The decisions debated within the UN are either taken in the form of resolutions or not. As diplomats say, they either pass or they don’t. Any action taken by circumventing this procedure is illegitimate and constitutes a violation of the UN Charter and contemporary international law.

We all know that after the end of the Cold War the world was left with one center of dominance, and those who found themselves at the top of the pyramid were tempted to think that, since they are so powerful and exceptional, they know best what needs to be done and thus they don’t need to reckon with the UN, which, instead of rubber-stamping the decisions they need, often stands in their way. Continue reading

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Russia’s Cunning Plan on Sanctions, Europe and the US.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has implemented a cunning plan in relation to Europe and their sanctions on Russia. I call it “Right back at ya – watch this!”

“Russia is finished! Sanctions from Obama and the European Union will finished the Russian economy and now it will become the poorest country in the world! Russia can not do anything to answer the West! We will all die”

So love to scream those who do not know about Putin’s cunning plan.

Europeans believed that Russia does not respond to sanctions; but Russia has. The EU will soon feel the pain as they now know that they will lose at least 12 billion euros by being Washington’s puppet.

Putin has decided to act on the principle “I will beat gently, but firmly.” The effects wont take long to be seen.

European politicians have expressed “surprise”, “confusion”, “misunderstanding” and the hope that we can somehow “get out of the logic of sanctions.”

For the European Union, Russia is a key market. The EU’s share in the Russian food imports was 42%, and for the EU, Russia was the largest consumer, after the United States.

It is significant that the European politicians console themselves in the fact that sanctions are only imposed for a year, but the Russian market can be lost forever. Therefore, the damage from the “sanctions” Putin has retaliated with will be long-term.

In addition to the direct economic effect, the Russian sanctions will create permanent political problems. It turns out that Putin has – as Russians say – generously laid out a whole constellation of buttons on the chair – and the European Union will soon think twice about imposing sanctions on Russia.

The fact is that now all the affected countries will require from the European Commission compensation for loss, and the European Commission has to then find an extra 12 billion euros a year – and it can’t.

Finland is asking already for money: Finland is worried it will slip into another economic crisis due to the fact that Russia introduced sanctions against it. The Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said, “There is the potential that it will be the economic crisis number two,” at a press conference yesterday. It’s funny that the Finnish politician immediately demanded compensation from the European Union: “It is absolutely clear. If sanctions hit Finland disproportionately, we will try to get help from our partners in the EU. he said”

With a flick of the wrist, Putin has turned a few EU countries into clones of Ukraine. They will now also lose money just for the fact that they hate Russia (or believe they should). For Ukraine, this disease has already ended badly, but Finland and other countries will be cured of it quickly.

The treatment with be with the favorite German medicine – budget austerity policy, better known as the “healing by starvation.”

Another headache for the EU is the need to somehow arrest the indirect consequences of Russian sanctions. For example, farmers are unable to repay part of the loans that they have secured via export contracts in Russia.

Some manufacturers will not be able to pay subcontractors, some will have to lay off workers – it’s creating problems; the solution of which requires money. And the most annoying is the fact that it is now or will need to accept the fact that the export potential of the EU is diminished. 10% or so is the food consumed in Russia from European exports. The EU will have to increase subsidies to European producers, so they have a chance in other markets.

The level of subsidies in the EU amounts to 30% already, and to increase it will be very expensive, and the WTO rules will not allow this. For some countries, even the increase in grants won’t help.

For example, the Minister of Agriculture of Poland has already admitted that to replace the Russian market will be extremely difficult. The Europeans do not even have options to respond in kind, because Russia does not export food to Europe.

Russia is a major exporter of grain, but does not sell it in the EU.

With the exception of certain premium goods like French wine, Italian ham and certain cheeses, all food exports from Europe are easily replaced by exports from other countries, or Russian production.

It turns out that for Russia, there is potential for growth of its own production, while for the EU losing money is guaranteed.

There is something to think about. Assessing the long-term problems that arise from the first Russian sanctions, EU bureaucrats are likely to come to the conclusion that it is much more profitable ignore Ukraine and forget about the situation there. It is very possible that such thoughts have already dawned on EU leaders.

Just a few hours after the administration of Russian sanctions, news feeds carried this message:

“We want to overcome the logic of sanctions, we want to sit down with the Russian to the table to jointly discuss further ways of development of Ukraine”, – said the spokesman of the European Commission in Germany, Austrian Richard Kuehnel, RIA “Novosti” with reference to Deutsche Welle.
Russia offered this at the beginning, but, apparently, the Europeans needed a demonstration of political will and proof that Russia can inflict pain, without even touching the gas valve.

They got the proof, and in a rather offensive manner.

One has to be very naive to believe that the Europeans would agree to suffer economic losses for Ukraine. As can be seen from the statement by Kuehnel, they can not even tolerate a couple of weeks in order to “save face” and at least pretend that they care about the problems of Ukrainians more than the problems of their own farmers.

It is possible that we will have to watch the show and it will become quite funny. Washington will put pressure on the European Union and demand the preservation and strengthening of the sanctions, or the European Union will require compensation from the United States.

Extra money, the Americans do not have now they are bombing Iraq again, and so they may be forced to run the printing presses (“quantitative easing”) this autumn for fear of completely undermining the economy.

The most likely scenario is the US and the EU will organise some kind of scheme that could pass for a “diplomatic solution to the issue”, allowing Europeans to wear the halo as peacekeepers.

Russian sanctions have freed the EU from its default feeling of invulnerability and exclusivity.

Understanding that the loss of good relations with Russia is an unaffordable luxury, will greatly help the EU to build a better relationship with Russia, in spite of pressure from Washington. Continue reading

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American “Democracy”, Russia, Ukraine and the EU.

Just ask yourself what would we do if Russia was spending billions of dollars propping up a coup in Mexico or Canada? How would we feel about them moving military weapons into adjoining nations if there were any?

Apparently this doesn’t bother the average American. That Germany is one of the members of NATO that is most supportive of the United States is totally lost on them also. The fact that 20 million Russians died dislodging the fascist German military machine, along with their Eastern European allies seems not to enter into the equation. The only predominant theme is the unrelenting propaganda coming from CNN, CBS and other mainstream media. The fact that most of what is being reported is retracted days later falls on deaf ears.

One reason I don’t write as often as I would like to is because it takes a chisel and a hammer to get things to register with most Americans. That and the fact that my writing is only carried on publications that people who already have a good grasp of what the score really is, actually read. I wish that every so often, people that don’t have an inkling of what is really happening would take a moment out of their precious, self-involved day and read what I’m trying to tell them.

Russia needs a civil war or a confrontation in Ukraine like most people need cancer. There is nothing in it for them. They sell natural gas to Ukraine and I’m sure they don’t want that income to stop. The provinces that are protesting against the people that pulled the coup in Kiev were given to Ukraine by Russia. Kerry is lying, Obama is lying and nobody seems to care. Well, after the sanctions put in place today, the deputy Russian foreign minister said that if the astronauts need replacing in the space station need transportation, perhaps they should use a trampoline. Oh, by the way, he also said that foreign energy interests in the Russian gas and oil regions may be curtailed.

Maybe that will make the people that run the American government sit up and take notice. Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin: Europe’s Peacemaker. A Proper Politician.

President Putin of Russia has recently made an address to the American people.

Yes, that’s right. Not the Russian people, the American people. Going right over Obama’s head to tell the American people the truth about Syria.

Let’;s look at the relationship between Obama and Putin.

In this context, the power relationship is that of Putin shaking Obama’s hand at the G20 with his hand above Obama’s, palm facing down and with his left arm grasping Obama’s right arm in a firm grip on his bicep. This is the handshake used to demonstrate dominance.

Putin is telling the US (and the rest of the world) the pecking order.
Lowest is Syria who are not even dealt with in the same group as the US; the Syrians are not partners.
Next comes the Americans as the junior partners
Top comes Putin and the Russians.
As with all well executed insults it is very hard for the recipient of the insult to complain about what has been said. The right people around the world will understand exactly the message.

Here are some key parts from Putin’s speech to the American people. With helpful translations.

RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people

Translation: Obama cannot be trusted. I’ll speak to you directly.

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.

Translation: Why are you inviting more attacks on your country? Why do you want continual war everywhere?

From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos.

Translation: Obama is trying to break international law by wanting to invade a sovereign state.

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it.

Translation: Stop warmongering.

But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.

Translation: You lost the last three wars. In fact, you didn’t finish them. Why start a fourth?

I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too.

Translation: Your president talks crap.

There is now a Whitehouse petition that says this:

Give to President Putin the Nobel Peace Prize Mr. Obama was given in 2009.

Where as Mr. Obama made a sincere commitment to starting a war with Syria, engaging our military in unwanted conflict, and doing so without the support of his people we resolve that Mr. Obama should deliver the Nobel Peace prize given to him in 2009 to a man of Peace, the President of Russia, Mr. Putin. Where as Mr. Putin enabled the United States to avoid an unwanted and unwarranted military action he has brought us to the “brink” of peace.

You can sign it >>here<<. I understand European mentality and I have a pretty good grasp of Russian mentality. As they are in Europe too. Think of it like this: If Obama decided to "address the Russian people" and tell them their presidents last speech was full of exceptionalist bollox, do you imagine it would make the front page of the nationals there? :chuckle: Syria has come out today and said they wont deal with the Americans at all with their chemical weapons because they cannot trust them. They also want the intervention by funding rebels stopped. A Putinesque stab in the tail just as Obama thought he had a get-out-of-jail-free card. The facts are that Obama, his puppet Cameron and the Socialist clown from France wanted to bomb Syria and effect regime change ultimately. Due to Obama and Kerry's warmongering, bumbling and incompetence, Putin has stole the show as peacemaker, shown himself to be a proper politician, staved off illegal American intervention and got Syria to give up its weapons. Without firing a single bullet. Given their own way, Obama, Cameron and Hollande would have been dropping bombs and killing innocents by now. Fact. Ergo, Putin has saved lives. Don't imagine the media will miss that. Is some of it contrived and stage managed? Probably. Point being Putin's street cred in Europe has gone through the roof overnight. Cameron, Hollande and Obama will lose their next elections on the back of it and have all lost credibility across the world. Rightly so. And then just to rub salt in the wound, Putin addresses the American people on the front page of the NYT and tells them their presidents speech was full of shite. :chuckle: However you spin it, Putin has come out smelling of roses and the rest of them look like the clowns they are. An American recently said this about the current mood in the USA: We (American populace) want nothing to do with the Obama-led warmongers and terrorist sympathizers in Washington. That is the only reason the big 'O' did not instigate a cruise missile campaign against Assad. It wasn't Putin's or Iran's opposition. Putin's military presence in the Mediterranean is laughable. It was the American people's opposition! Prior to last Monday, most polling showed opposition among US citizens ranging from 80% anti, 20% pro amongst Republicans and Independents to 60% anti, 40% pro amongst Obama Democratic supporters. Even amongst the elitist political leaders in Congress, he was predicted to resoundedly lose in the House of Representatives, and possibly even lose in the Democrat Party controlled Senate. Obie realized that he was marching to the beat of a different drummer and that America was not marching with him. If he had attacked Syria, against the fervently held feelings of the whole country, he would probably have been impeached within three months. You should be here to experience the mood in the USA now. There is a rebellious spirit throughout the nation. Possibly the transgressions of the looming Obie dictatorship have finally awakened us. We knew Bush was a bastard so we voted for Obie thinking peace and adult-inspired national leadership would be installed. Wow! Were we so totally wrong. I think that there is an addictive reason-depriving element in the air of Washington, DC that transforms all of our elected officials and federal bureaucrats into beings who believe that they are omniscient and omnipotent and that the rest of US citizens exist to pay taxes and to be abused by them. I never thought that the Libertarian Party would have any chance at leadership in this country. Now I think that this country will have no chance without installing it and its principles to our leadership positions. It's no secret, the Russians do not want a larger war in the Middle East. The US were gunning for just that. Now the threat of the US bumbling in again is reduced and at the behest of the President of The Russian Federation. So, yes, the Russians got what they wanted and the US got pushed back. Brave new world. One where the President of Russia comes out of it as peacemaker, and only the American government seem to support the Orwellian mantra written as fiction: "WAR IS PEACE," "FREEDOM IS SLAVERY," "IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH." Comments are welcome below, or you can join a forum debate here: US and Arab intervention in Syria. Continue reading

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