Voices from Russia

Monday, 20 October 2014

20 October 2014. Some Sanity on Russia’s Role in the Present Crisis… Good Link

00 Vitaly Podvitsky. It's much ado about nothing! 2014

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I don’t have the time to translate this entire article. I urge you to click on this link (machine-translate it, if you must); please, read it through, it’s one of the best analyses that I’ve read on the whole situation. Time isn’t in the junta’s favour… V V Putin knows it… P A Poroshenko knows it… as do B H Obama and John Kerry… so do all the other leaders in Eurasia. This whole affair was a botched American attempt to railroad through the TTIP… the Ukrainian Crisis was only a catalyst to buffalo the EU into becoming a political, military, and economic appendage of the USA. The recent sanctions against some Magyar politicos proves it, even for the slow learners. It incensed the USA that the Magyars dared to indict American businessmen for tax evasion… what ungrateful bastards! Don’t they realise who they’re biting… hmm, I’d say that the Happy Hunkies have brains and they realise who’s their real friend and who’s their real enemy (despite having a fellow with the name “Goodfriend” (I shit you NOT) as head of the US Embassy). Besides, VVP would be happy to right a small part of Trianon for them (that is, smile at their rule over Podkarpatskaya, as long as local minorities had their rights enshrined in the Magyar Constitution)… whilst the Americans wouldn’t… need we guess where Budapest would go?

The present game isn’t over the Ukraine… the EU doesn’t want it… NATO doesn’t want it… it’s over the EU and its trade and energy ties. Washington’s gambit is now clear… unfortunately for Foggy Bottom, Chilly Hilly (Kerry is only a figurehead… Obama doesn’t know or care much about foreign affairs) met her match in Vladimir Vladimirovich. The American game was to scare the EU out of its energy ties with Russia… but offered it no real alternatives in either the near- or long-term. Ergo, it ginned up the crisis, sanctions were part of the game… but no one in Europe wants to go to war or even help the Ukraine (most view it as being in the Russian sphere, save for a small English-speaking minority… which is the only group that counts for boneheaded ignorant Anglo Americans).

VVP sits at the chessboard… he IS the Grandmaster. Obama isn’t in his league… Cameron and Harper certainly aren’t. Merkel is the only Western pol remotely close to him in ability. In any case, the USA doesn’t have any real levers against Russia… it has a negative trade balance and the trade isn’t overly large… Russia imports about 5 billion USD (205 billion Roubles. 30.7 billion Renminbi. 306 billion INR. 5.65 billion CAD. 5.7 AUD. 3.9 billion Euros. billion 3.1 UK Pounds) worth of American goods, whilst the USA buys about 17 billion USD (698 billion Roubles. 104 billion Renminbi. 1.04 trillion INR. 19.2 billion CAD. 19.4 billion AUD. 13.3 billion Euros. 10.6 billion UK Pounds) worth of goods from Russia. That is, the American ability to harm Russia is next to nil… it doesn’t have any economic levers, the EU is sluggish over further sanctions (the only real victims of sanctions were European businesses and farmers), and the USA really doesn’t have the ability to project ANY of its conventional military forces into the Russian heartland… it can only strike Russia with its strategic nuclear forces (don’t forget, the RVSN can strike the American heartland, too).

The USA can’t keep up the charade longer. It has no money or forces to commit to a ground war in Eastern Europe against a peer force (which it hasn’t faced since the end of the Korean War in 1953… the PLA and VVS did well against the boastful Anglo Americans). The US forces have the strength to deal with one major and one minor war at a time. At present, the US forces are overextended… a war in Afghanistan… a warlet against ISIS in Iraq… continuing insurgencies in Yemen, Libya, and Colombia… aiding rebels in Syria… keeping up an occupation force in Kosovo. There’s nothing left… the USA isn’t the “sole superpower”… that exists only in the fevered imaginations of neocons and Yahoo teabaggers. The USA IS a Major Power… but so are Russia and China… the USA can NOT invade either of these countries without risking Nuclear Ragnarok. Iran has Russian and Chinese guarantees… everyone knows it. Ergo, the USA isn’t going to attack it… no matter bow much John McCain or Ben Cardin fulminate.

Shall it all be over by December? I’d hope so… but the Kiev fascists could still throw a spanner into the works. Don’t forget the Uniate UPA massacres… they did it before… that means that they could do it again. There’ll be no real peace until the fictive state known as the Ukraine is dead, buried, and gone. Until then, Satan walks the earth and laughs…

BMD

Sunday, 19 October 2014

USA Imposed Sanctions on Magyar Officials

00 The Truth About Hungary! 19.10.14

Igazságot Magyarországnak! The Truth about Hungary! If you want to know that, the last people to attend to are American “conservatives”… they want to smash their heel into the faces of the Magyars without mercy for daring to tax American greedsters… oh, the humanity!

Oh, yes… the Magyars HAVEN’T forgotten Trianon… that is why they claim Podkarpatskaya, after all. The Ukie nationalists HAVE forgotten that, haven’t they?

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The Magyar government expressed perplexity at an American decision to impose sanctions on a number of Magyar politicians. André Goodfriend, US chargé d’affaires in Hungary, said on-air on TV that Washington imposed restrictions on the admission of a number of Magyar officials, without explaining exactly who was on the “Goodfriend List”. Magyar newspaper Napi Gazdaság reported that the sanctions were against members of the inner circle of Magyar Minister-President Viktor Orbán. In this case, the newspaper reported that the ban on entry into the USA might be because Magyar tax authorities recently announced that several American companies operating in Hungary are suspects in tax evasion cases. Other sources, such as Voice of Hungary-Hungarian News, hypothesised that Washington imposed sanctions against Magyar politicians as the Magyar government only reluctantly supported American-imposed sanctions against Russia. The Americans alleged that they imposed sanctions against Hungary due to “extortion” from the Magyar side. That is, Washington considers that a government trying to get American companies to pay the fair amount of taxes due them is extortion? Hungary should realise that Goodfriend isn’t a “Good Friend”…

19 October 2014

Military Review

http://topwar.ru/60694-ssha-vveli-sankcii-protiv-vengrii.html

Editor:

In July 2014, Orbán said, “The wind is blowing from the east”, in presenting the Russian anti-liberal state as a positive alternative to the “declining” Western liberal state. Of course, this is “liberal” in the European sense, which means “conservative” in the Anglosphere sense. As a group, American “conservatives” are so ignorant and stupid that they don’t see this. Liberalism in European terms means privatisation, no government regulation, and “economic freedom”… that is, Free Market buccaneers such as Willy Romney, the Waltons (of Wal-Mart), and the Koch Brothers get a full reign. Liberalism is the heart of the Republican Party and the Tea Party. The US Republican Party stands against Tradition, Legitimacy, and Patriotism… as shown by Willy Romney sending American jobs to China in the midst of the 2012 election campaign.

There is no such thing as Conservatism in the USA… there are NO American analogues of Franco, Bismarck, Stolypin, or even Diefenbaker. All Americans who call themselves “conservatives” are ignorant Yahoos who push for Know Nothing policies and empowerment of the Affluent Effluent, the very antithesis of Classical Conservatism (Burke would reject the GOP as a band of mercenary and greedy merchants). The “foot soldiers” of American “conservatism” are Evangelical sectarians (and those Catholics and Orthodox konvertsy who ape their boorish and cretinish ways)… whose Radical Sectarianism is the farthest thing from Conservatism that there is.

The American “conservatives” want to punish Hungary for turning away from Liberalism… for if Hungary does that, it means that Hungary intends to make American corporations dance to their tune and operate according to national interests. Note well that the USA won’t abide that. The fact that Hungary doesn’t support sanctions and is favourable to Russian POVs is secondary. For the USA, the main fact is that a country dared to put restrictions on American greedsters… that enrages the Republicans. That’s why their evil ideology won’t last (in historical terms).

Watch the Magyars… they just might abandon sanctions. They DO have an independent and stubborn streak… those Hunkies DO like going their own way…

BMD      

19 October 2014. Politics Through a Cartoonist’s Eyes…

00 Don't Wake Up the Russian Bear. 19.10.14

The Bear doesn’t fancy being woken up from his hibernation…

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00 Bob Englehart. Sharia Laws. 19.10.14

The US forces are making Afghanistan safe for Islamic law of the most retrograde variety (they do NOT represent mainstream Islam)… the American-backed junta there is as strident as ISIS is! What a luvverly thing “democracy” is, wot? Afghanistan was freer in 1965 and under the DRA, too… fancy that…

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00 Rob Rogers. GOP Guide to Leadership. 19.10.14

Reagan and G W Bush used dictatorial ukases (“executive orders”) more often than B H Obama has… Obama’s the “threat to democracy!” I’ll check into Bedlam with Mr Scrooge…

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00 Rob Rogers. NATO. He's Been Stuck Like That AInce the End of the Cold War. 19.10.14

NATO is as much of actual use as buggy whips in an age of automobiles. Yet, the USA wastes billions upon it for no good purpose… the GOP demands that we do so… Obama goes along, for if he doesn’t, the GOP in the Senate would filibuster him to death.

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00 V C Rogers. North Carolina Republiccans. 19.10.14

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It’s coming near Election Day… vote! Then, at least, you’ve got bitchin’ rights until the next time. Step up or shut up…

BMD

Site for New Greek Orthodox Church Near WTC Site Blessed by Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis

00 Architectural Rendering. St Nicholas Greek Orthodox. NYC. 31.10.13

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On Saturday, hundreds of New York City’s Greek Orthodox Christians attended a blessing for a new church site near Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, to replace St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, destroyed in the 9/11 terror attacks. In remarks at the site, Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis, the First Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOAA), recalled his dismay when, on 12 September 2001, he and other clergy visited the spot where St Nicholas church stood since the early 20th Century. The collapse of the Twin Towers crushed the tiny structure, making it the only church destroyed in the attack. Archbishop Demetrios said, “We stood there frozen, paralysed. There was a big hole instead of a church. It left a terrible kind of impression”.

More than 13 years later, work started on a larger 38 million USD (1.55 billion Roubles. 233 million Renminbi. 2.34 billion INR. 42.9 million CAD. 43.5 million AUD. 29.8 million Euros. 23.6 million UK Pounds) domed church designed by famed Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava intended to serve both as a new home for the Greek Orthodox parish and as a national non-denominational shrine for Ground Zero visitors. The dome made of glass and white marble will be backlit from within so that it glows at night. Archbishop Demetrios said, “It’ll be a refuge for people in need of spiritual comfort regardless of their specific beliefs, or unbeliefs. Above all, this resurrected St Nicholas church will be a monument declaring the victory of good over evil, of love over hatred”. Those in attendance included Calatrava, US Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), former NY State Governor George Pataki, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, and various other New York and New Jersey politicians. Pataki, who was governor at the time of the attack, said the church was an important addition to the memorials and skyscrapers that rose in recent years at the WTC noting, “We had remembrance, we had commerce, but without St Nicholas, we didn’t have faith”.

Greek immigrants founded the original church in 1916 and began services at its 1,200-square-foot (112 square metres) site on Cedar Street in 1922. After its destruction, a legal dispute between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the GOAA over the original site delayed rebuilding. In 2011, the parties struck a deal in which the church agreed to exchange land on Cedar Street for the rights to another parcel on Liberty Street, just south of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Calatrava also conceived the Port Authority 4 billion USD (163 billion Roubles. 24.5 billion Renminbi. 246 billion INR. 4.51 billion CAD. 4.57 billion AUD. 3.14 billion Euros. 2.5 billion UK Pounds) WTC transportation hub. The church chose him for the project after he submitted a plan that drew inspiration from two New Roman shrines in Constantinople (now Istanbul)… Hagia Sophia and the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora. Church officials said that donations from around the world funded construction, including 260,000 USD (10.6 billion Roubles. 1.6 million Renminbi. 16 million INR. 293,000 CAD. 297,000 AUD. 204,000 Euros. 162,000 UK Pounds) from the Greek government. They expect the shrine to open within the next two years.

18 October 2014

Tom Hays

Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/greek-church-near-wtc-gets-blessing-150445221.html

 

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