Не вижу (He doesn’t see). Не слышу (He doesn’t hear). Mолчу (He keeps quiet (when he’s paid enough)).
Whenever you hear fulminations in the Western media about Russia, remember this picture. The Western media isn’t objective; it follows the orders of its Corporate paymasters. That is, they’re they’re unprincipled and unrepentant whores… they’re for sale, and they’re not coy about it at all.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin lashed out at the USA and other Western countries for selectively using human rights rhetoric as a pressure tool on other countries, including Russia. On Monday, in a lengthy campaign article on foreign policy published by Moskovskiye Novosti, he said, “The United States and other Western countries strive to usurp human rights files, to politicise it completely, and use it as a pressure tool”. In the article, Putin repeatedly referred to so-called “soft power” exercised by the West on other countries and criticised American attempts to influence domestic politics in Russia with it. He said, “Regular political engineering efforts by the United States in regions traditionally important for us and in Russia during the election campaign don’t help to strengthen mutual understanding”.
Accusations that the West attempts to undermine Russia’s influence over former Soviet republics and to destabilise the situation in Russia during national elections have become a hallmark of Putin’s foreign policy rhetoric since the early 2000’s. This has been the case since the West backed popular peaceful uprisings, branded “colour revolutions” and led complaints of massive violations in presidential votes that changed régimes in Georgia and the Ukraine. Putin and other senior Russian officials have routinely labelled foreign-funded NGOs, including so-called “human rights watchdogs” as agents of foreign influence on domestic politics.
Next month, most observers expect Putin to win the presidential election, for his third (non-consecutive) term. At the parliamentary elections in December, his United Russia Party retained a majority in the RF Gosduma, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling the vote unfair and manipulated. Putin accused her of encouraging massive street protests that followed the vote, saying, “Russia feels the prejudice, unfairness, and antagonism of the negative criticism directed against it, which often goes beyond imaginable limits. When they criticise us with unfounded allegations, constantly and unrelentingly, you can see that they’re not only trying to influence the attitude of their own citizens toward us in an orchestrated manner, they’re also trying to influence the domestic political situation in Russia. Then, you understand that high moral and democratic principles aren’t the basis of it at all”. Putin said that, unlike the Western powers, Russia, China, India, and Brazil never sponsor or use local NGOs in other countries to advance their interests.
27 February 2012
Let’s keep it simple. The West hates Russia for returning to Social Democracy and being to the Left of the Corporate West. Most Western media pundits have incomes above the median level, ergo, most support Neoliberal excess and greed (especially as their own bread is buttered rather generously… as one sees in the case of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, amongst others). You see, if there’s a successful Social Democracy, then, it undermines all their propaganda for the Neoliberal Libertarian Paradise (which has as much reality as the old Soviet Communist Paradise did). Always ask, “Cui bono?” (“Who benefits?”) Then, bear in mind that the Western media (especially the rightwing variety, but the limousine liberals are just as bad) is a pack of amoral and opportunistic prostitutes with the motto, “Pecunia non olet” (“Money doesn’t stink”… that is, “Get it any way that you can”). Anyone with a six-figure income is above the median, and that’s that. None dare call it class bias…