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Saturday, 12 August 2017

12 August 2017. What D A Medvedev Said on the Amerikantsy and Their Loud “Sanctions”

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I start with the Russian original. Then, I made my own translation from the original. All too often, when Russian pieces transit into English, one finds either jangly grammar or “dumbed-down” comment. I avoided this by doing a “roll yer own” translation. Do note that Dmitri Anatolyevich isn’t overly hot n’ bothered by the Amerikan temper tantrum… he also notes that the Amerikantsy toddlers have declared a Cold War because Russia won’t kiss their naked ass in public at high noon for the whole world to see. I mourn… the Amerikantsy are dragging the world into crisis and one only hopes that these demented toddlers with nukes won’t fry the world to a crisp. May the Good God help us…

BMD

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Подписание президентом США нового санкционного закона против России создает несколько последствий. Во-первых, надежде на улучшение наших отношений с новой американской администрацией – конец. Во-вторых, России объявлена полноценная торговая война. В-третьих, администрация Трампа продемонстрировала полное бессилие, самым унизительным образом передав исполнительные полномочия Конгрессу. Это меняет расклад сил в политических кругах США.

Что это означает для них? Американский истеблишмент вчистую переиграл Трампа. Президент не рад новым санкциям, но не мог не подписать закон. Новая санкционная тема возникла прежде всего как еще один способ поставить Трампа на место. Впереди новые заходы, конечная цель которых – отстранение его от власти. Несистемный игрок должен быть ликвидирован. При этом интересы американского бизнеса практически проигнорированы. Политика возвысилась над прагматическим подходом. Антироссийская истерия превратилась в ключевую часть не только внешней (что было много раз), но и внутренней американской политики (а это – новелла).

Санкционный режим кодифицирован и будет сохраняться десятилетиями, если не произойдет какое-то чудо. Причем он будет жестче закона Джексона – Вэника, ибо носит всеобъемлющий характер и не может быть отложен специальными распоряжениями президента без согласия Конгресса. Таким образом, отношения между РФ и США будут крайне напряженными вне зависимости от состава Конгресса или личности президента. Предстоят длительные выяснения отношений в международных органах и судах. Дальнейшее усиление международной напряженности. Отказ от решения важнейших международных проблем.

Что это означает для нас? Мы спокойно продолжим работу по развитию экономики и социальной сферы, будем заниматься замещением импорта, решать важнейшие государственные задачи, рассчитывая прежде всего на себя. Мы научились это делать за последние годы. В условиях почти закрытых финансовых рынков, боязни иностранных кредиторов и инвесторов вкладываться в Россию под страхом санкций против третьих лиц и стран. В чем-то это даже пошло нам на пользу, хотя санкции – в целом – бессмысленны. Мы справимся.

Д А Медведев

Председатель Правительства Российской Федерации

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The signing of a new sanctions law aimed against Russia by the US President has several implications. Firstly, our hopes to improve our relations with the new American administration are over. Secondly, it declares an actual trade war against Russia. Thirdly, the Administration demonstrated its complete impotence; Congress overrode Trump’s executive powers in the most humiliating way. This changed the balance of power in US political circles.

What does this mean? The American Establishment completely outsmarted Trump. The President isn’t happy about the new sanctions, but he couldn’t veto the law. Primarily, the new sanctions ploy is just another way to put Trump in his place. This is the first in a series of moves with the ultimate purpose of removing him from power. They must liquidate any non-system player. This virtually ignored American business interests, which prefer a pragmatic approach to policy. Anti-Russian hysteria isn’t only a salient point in foreign affairs (an old theme), but also in domestic American politics (which is something new).

The US Congress formalised sanctions, so they’ll be there for decades, barring some sort of miracle. Moreover, they’re tougher than the Jackson-Vannick Amendment was, as the President can’t modify them by executive order without Congressional consent. Thus, the relationship between Russia and the USA will be extremely tense, regardless of the composition of Congress or the personality of the President. The sanctions face a lengthy showdown in international bodies and courts. They further heighten international tensions and don’t address critical international problems.

What does this mean for us? We’ll continue developing our economy and social sphere; we’ll implement import substitution and resolve critical needs in our state by relying primarily on ourselves. In recent years, we’ve learnt how to manage things, even with almost-closed financial markets, as foreign lenders and investors fear to invest in Russia, as they face sanctions penalties from third-parties and countries. In some ways, it’s even to our advantage, making the sanctions generally pointless. We can cope with this.

A D Medvedev

Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Trump Pledges to End US Régime Change Policies Around the World

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On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump told a rally in Fayetteville NC that the USA is going to abandon its decades-long policy of promoting régime change in countries around the world. Trump pledged to follow a policy of restraining US military force around the world… not unleashing it:

We’ll stop racing to topple foreign régimes that we know nothing about that we shouldn’t be involved with. This destructive cycle of intervention and chaos must finally come to an end. I’ll give a commitment to engage the use of military forces only when it is in the interests of the USA. … We want to strengthen old friendships and seek out new friendships. … We seek harmony and goodwill among the nations of the world. I’ll be guided by the lessons of history; I believe in trust and mutual understanding among nations.

7 December 2016

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201612071048253916-trump-end-regime-change-policies/

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Wrong Train to Damascus: Will Erdoğan Catch the Last Car?

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Methinks that the Turks won’t get away with another provocation on the scale of the Russian bomber shootdown… after all, Vova’s on his guard… 

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Russia and Turkey had the longest series of military conflicts in European history. It lasted between the 16th and 20th centuries; Russia won the overwhelming majority of these 12 wars. Serbian political analyst Bojan Bilbija thought that a thirteenth could be ahead; he asked what decisive factors could lead to it being unleashed in an article for the Serbian online newspaper Politika.

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An old Serbian folk saying relates, “When you enter the wrong train, then, all the stations are incorrect”. One could apply this folk wisdom to the relationship between the West and Russia, primarily to the one between Russia, Turkey, and the USA. If one assumes that all three are already in the wrong wagon, then, the prospects of a thirteenth conflict between Moscow and Turkey are much more likely than widely anticipated. However, the unleashing of such a conflict depends on several key factors. Any conflict between Ankara and Russia would be completely irrational without the direct support of Washington. In reality, the Russian forces have at least three to five times quantitative superiority above Turkey in every aspect. Aside from this quantitative advantage, Ankara and NATO should be even more concerned about the number of advanced weapons systems Russia has in its arsenal, which the Turks wouldn’t be able to get for a long while.

However, what could give Turkey hope? The first option is an assertion that a “weakened” Russia doesn’t have enough economic strength to endure a large-scale conflict, and that a “sharp decline in domestic living standards” could lead to the overthrow of the Russian government. Yet, one should keep in mind that the controls over its domestic economy and state budget allow Russia to accumulate significant reserves and provide savings options (without major cuts to domestic social programmes and military investment). Russia has a substantial trade surplus and its huge infrastructure projects, such as a 19-kilometre-long bridge to the Crimea and constructing monumental stadiums for 2018 World Football Cup, show that its financial flexibility is beyond all doubts. If there were a sudden increase in military spending… in recent years, that was enormous, estimated to be hundreds of billions of dollars… the Russian economy could sustain it in the medium-term.

The second option for Erdoğan is to involve NATO in a conflict with Russia. This is also a very controversial point, as in this case Moscow would have to attack Turkish territory first, which is rather implausible, given the measured reaction to the recent shoot-down by Turkey of a Russian bomber over Syrian airspace, which led to the death of its pilot. In such a case, NATO would have to back up Turkish aggression, and not defend Turkish territory. Given all the above, Erdoğan must follow along with American foreign policy decisions… that is, either the Americans would coöperate with an “unreliable” Putin, which could lead to a prolonged ceasefire and de-escalation of warmongering rhetoric amongst American hawks, or the Americans would besmirch the Kremlin’s “good intentions” and continue to insist that the Syrian ceasefire is a failure (fearing that Moscow would maintain tight control over Syria). In case the latter option prevails, Erdoğan won’t miss the opportunity to catch the wrong train to Damascus.

5 March 2016

Bojan Bilbija

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160305/1035818005/erdogan-damascus-wrong-train.html

Saturday, 14 November 2015

14 November 2015. As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… To the Slain Parisians

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To the Slain Parisians

Vitaly Podvitsky

2015

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A daunting and dark peril looms over the world. More than that… it’s been a threat for a rather long time. If that’s so, well, to think that you can negotiate with terrorists, flirt with them, or keep them as a scorpion in your pocket to use against your enemies… well, the world has gone truly and utterly mad. They’re not sorry about it at all. Only the ordinary people feel any sorrow over this… Russians, French, Syrians, all of us living at this time on our planet… none of us knows where the next deluge will occur.

14 November 2015

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Masterskaya Karikatury

https://www.facebook.com/podvitski/photos/a.1400528000216668.1073741828.1400519610217507/1651890211747111/?type=3&theater

Editor:

It started in Afghanistan in the late 70s… its godfather was Zbigniew Brzeziński. The USA gathered from its setbacks in China, Cuba, and Vietnam (along with the French defeats in Indochina and Algeria, the Portuguese loss of its colonial war in Africa in ’75, and the British experience in Kenya and Malaya) that its woes were due to insurgencies cleverly manipulated by Moscow (not true, but such was the Anglo conclusion). Therefore, the Americans decided to use radical terrorists and rebels as tools of foreign policy. The first usage in Afghanistan was a success, leading to the downfall of the socialist DRA. The next time, in Yugoslavia, was successful in destabilising and destroying the socialist republic there. This emboldened the Americans into using it in Libya, Syria, and in the Caucasus. The first was a (qualified) success in that it overthrew the socialist state and put Libyan oil back in the hands of Big Money interests. The second is underway, but appears to be on enroute to failure, with Russian, Hezbollah, and Syrian forces defeating the American terrorist proxies. The last was an utter failure, with Russia defeating the American proxy Chechen terrorists and with the defeat of the Georgian US proxies in ’08.

Therefore, the present Parisian terakt* was simply the Westerner’s tactics coming home to roost. The West sicced terror on the rest of the world (either using local proxies or via airstrikes and drones)… now, the proxies strike their erstwhile paymasters. I do NOT minimise the loss of life and the pain involved. However, where was Western reaction to the Israeli terror bombing of Gaza? Where was their reaction to the Uniate terror bombardments that killed our children in Novorossiya? I find their caterwauling selective and mendacious. God damn the New York Times, CNN, and the rest of the Western propaganda machine. They’re using human suffering to push a noisome agenda. ISIS is a creature of the Western ruling elements and their intel apparat. The West sicced it on Iraq and Syria… now, they find that their proxy is deadly to all… not just to the West’s supposed enemies. The proxies of the West turn their guns on the West. It’s God’s justice, isn’t it? Those who sicced terror on the world find terror sicced on them.

Pray for the victims… they’re innocents. Pray for their families… they’re innocent. God damn the Western élites… they’re the ultimate authors of this tragedy. God damn all “conservatives”… their hubris and deceit led to this. I embrace the victims and I stand up to oppose those who brought it upon them. Note well that the author of it was NOT Islam… it was Western Crapitalism of the most feral sort. May God preserve us from the godless “religious”… do think on that… it’s a meaty reflection…

BMD

  • Terakt: Russian acronym for “terrorist action”
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