Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

My Name was Milica Rakić

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A street in Batajnica, a Belgrade suburb, as well as one in Veternik, a suburb of Novi Sad, has her name and a newly redecorated monument in Tasmajdan Park reminds us of the 79 children killed during the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia.

21 March 2017

Faces of Victims of Capitalism

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If you support NATO, this is what you support. Think on it… child-killing isn’t decent, is it? If shitbirds of a feather flock together, why do you support filth like Trump, Clinton, McCain, and Biden? After all, they chortled (and still chortle) at the death of our Orthodox children… but boy oh boy, the profits were (and are) massive… they stuck in their thumb and pulled out a plum… oh, what a good person I am! Oppose American greedster gangsterism and its Stepin Fetchit NATO “allies”. Justice demands it…

BMD

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Why Do Progressives Like War?

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Liberals are supposed to be anti-war, right? I went to college in the 1960s, when students nationwide were rising up in opposition to the Vietnam War. I was a Young Republican back then and supported the war through sheer ignorance and dislike of the sanctimoniousness of the protesters, some of whom were surely making their way to Canada to live in exile on daddy’s money while I was on a bus going to Fort Leonard Wood for basic combat training. I can’t even claim that I had some grudging respect for the antiwar crowd because I didn’t, but I did believe that at least some of them who weren’t motivated by being personally afraid of getting hurt were actually sincere in their opposition to the awful things that were happening in Southeast Asia.

As I look around now, however, I see something quite different. The lefties I knew in college are now part of the Establishment. They’re retired limousine liberals. Now, they call themselves progressives, of course, because it sounds more educated and sends a better message, implying as it does that troglodytic conservatives are anti-progress. However, they also did a flip on the issue of war and peace. In its most recent incarnation, some of this might be attributed to a desperate desire to relate to the Hillary Clinton campaign with its bellicosity towards Russia, Syria, and Iran, but I suspect that the inclination to identify enemies goes much deeper than that, back as far as the Clinton Administration with its sanctions on Iraq and the Balkan adventure, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths and the creation of a terror-narco state in the heart of Europe. More recently, we saw the Obama meddling in Libya, Yemen, and Syria in so-called humanitarian interventions, which turned out to be largely fraudulent. Yes, under the Obama Dems, it was “responsibility to protect time” (R2P) and the entire world trembled as they let loose the drones.

Last Friday, I started to read an op-ed in the Washington Post by David Ignatius that blew me away. It began “President Trump confronts complicated problems as the investigation widens into Russia’s attack on our political system”. It then proceeded to lay out the case for an “aggressive Russia” in terms that the MSM have repeated ad nauseam. Of course, it was lacking in any evidence, as if we should regard the opinions of co-opted journalists and highly-politicised senior officials in the intelligence community as sacrosanct. Not coincidentally, these are the same people who reportedly recently been working together to undercut the White House by leaking and then reporting highly sensitive transcripts of phone calls with Russian officials.

Ignatius is well-plugged into the national security community and inclined to be hawkish, but he’s also a typical a WaPo politically correct progressive on most issues. Therefore, here was your typical liberal asserting something in a dangerous fashion that hasn’t been demonstrated and might be false. Russia is attacking “our political system!” The WaPo isn’t alone in accepting that Russia is trying to subvert and ultimately overthrow our republic. Reporting from the New York Times and on TV news makes the same assumption whenever they discuss Russia, leading to what some critics have described as mounting American “hysteria” relating to anything coming out of Moscow.

Rachel Maddow is another favourite of mine when it comes to talking real humanitarian feel-good stuff out one side of her mouth while beating the drum for war from the other side. In a bravura performance on 26 January, she roundly chastised Russia and its President, V V Putin. Rachel, who freaked out completely at Donald Trump’s election, is now keen to demonstrate that Russia has corrupted Trump and the Kremlin now controls him. She described Trump’s lord and master Putin as an “intense little man” who murders his opponents before going into the whole “Trump stole the election with the aid of Moscow” saga, supporting sanctions on Russia and multiple investigations to find the underlying cause of “Putin’s attacks on our democracy”. Per Maddow, Russia is the heart of darkness and, by way of Trump, has succeeded in exercising control over key elements in the new administration.

Unfortunately, people in the media like Ignatius and Maddow aren’t alone. Their willingness to sell a specific political line that carries with it a risk of nuclear war as fact, even when they know it isn’t, has been part of the fear-mongering engaged in by Democratic Party loyalists and many others on the left. Their intention is to “get Trump” whatever it takes, which opens the door to some truly dangerous manoeuvring that could have awful consequences if the drumbeat and military buildup against Russia continues, leading Putin to decide that his country is being threatened and backed into a corner. Moscow has indicated that it wouldn’t hesitate to use nuclear weapons if someone confronts it militarily and it faced defeat. The current wave of Russophobia is much more dangerous than the random depiction of foreigners in negative terms that’s long bedevilled a certain type of American Know-Nothing politics. Apart from the progressive antipathy towards Putin personally, there’s a virulent strain of anti-Russian sentiment among some self-styled conservatives in Congress, best exemplified by Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Graham recently said:

2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress.

It’s my belief that many in the National Security State convinced themselves that Russia is indeed a major threat against the USA and not because it’s a nuclear power that can strike the USA. That appreciation, should, if anything constitute a good reason to work hard to maintain cordial relations rather than not, but it’s seemingly ignored by everyone but Donald Trump. No, the new brand of Russophobia derives from the belief that Moscow is “interfering” in places like Syria and the Ukraine. In addition, it’s a friend of Iran. That perception derives from the consensus view among liberals and conservatives alike that the US sphere of influence encompasses the entire globe as well as the particularly progressive conceit that Washington should serve to “protect” anyone threatened at any time by anyone else, which provides a convenient pretext for military interventions that they euphemistically describe as “peace missions”.

There might be a certain cynicism in many who hate Russia, as having a powerful enemy also keeps the cash flowing from the Treasury into the pockets of the beneficiaries of the military-industrial-congressional complex, but my real fear is that having been brainwashed for the past ten years, many government officials are actually sincere in their loathing of Moscow and all its works. Recent opinion polls suggest that that kind of thinking is popular among Americans, but it actually makes no sense. Though involvement by Moscow in the Middle East and Eastern Europe is undeniable, calling it a threat to US vital interests is more than a bit of a stretch as Russia’s actual ability to make trouble is limited. It has exactly one overseas military facility, in Syria, while the USA has more than 800, and its economy and military budget are tiny compared to that of the USA. In fact, Washington is most guilty of intervening globally and destabilising entire regions, not Moscow. When Donald Trump said in an interview that when it came to killing the USA wasn’t so innocent it was a gross understatement.

Ironically, pursuing a reset with Russia is one of the things that Trump actually gets right, but the new left won’t give him a break because they reflexively hate him for not embracing the usual progressive bromides that they believe are supposed to go with being antiwar. Other Moscow trashing comes from the McCain camp, which demonises Russia because warmongers always need an enemy and McCain never found a war he couldn’t support. It’d be a tragedy for the USA if both the left and enough of the right were to join forces to limit Trump’s options on dealing with Moscow, thereby enabling an escalating conflict that could have tragic consequences for all parties.

17 February 2017

Philip Giraldi

Unz Review

http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/why-do-progressives-like-war/

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Trump is a “Fraud” and an Authoritarian: Bernie Sanders

00 Bernie Sanders on buying elections 220815

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Editor:

The Hillybillies are running about and claiming that Russia and Trump are having a lovefeast. Nothing is further from the truth… most media outlets are sceptical of Herr Trump and most government officials are at best cautious (they know how untruthful Anglo Americans are in general and how deceitful Trump is in particular… note well that Trump hasn’t ended aid to the terrorists in Syria or to the illegitimate American-installed Uniate junta in the Ukraine). The Russian media is doing a better job than the NYT, WaPo, WSJ, and Radio Liberty… the American media has degenerated into a cheerleader for Neoliberalism, Wall Street, and Perpetual Warfare. God do preserve us.

BMD

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US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told CNN’s State of the Union:

This guy is a fraud. This guy ran for President of the United States saying, “I, Donald Trump, I’m going to take on Wall Street… these guys are getting away with murder”. Then, suddenly, he appoints all these billionaires. He told us… in fact, it’s in the Republican platform… he’s going to bring back Glass-Steagall, we’re going to be dividing up commercial banks from investment banks to insurance companies. Then, he has all of the big Wall Street guys on his side, and now he’s working for Wall Street.

The Glass-Steagall Act, repealed under Bill Clinton, separated commercial and investment banks. Gary Cohn, who heads Trump’s National Economic Council, was a Goldman Sachs executive; his pick for Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, also comes from the multinational financial group that took billions from the US government in its 2008 bailout of “too big to fail” banks. On 3 February, Trump signed an order asking federal regulators to come back to him in 120 days with suggestions on how to change US legislation to allow more money to flow to businesses; Sanders predicted:

Trump would dismantle legislation that protects consumers. I think he’s going to sell out the middle class and the working class of this country.

Trump ran as the only Republican promising not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, US public assistance programs, but Sanders said:

The makeup of his advisers suggests he’ll do exactly that. He had voters fooled. He’s a good showman, I’ll give you that… he’s a good TV guy.

Sanders, the Democratic primary rival of eventual nominee Hillary Clinton, ran a campaign focused on economic inequality in the USA and on challenging corporate power. Sanders noted:

Trump pretended he’d do that, too. You have a president who, I think, in a totally fraudulent campaign said, “I’m going to stand up for the working people”. Look at his Cabinet… we’ve never had more billionaires in a Cabinet in the history of this country. Look at his appointees. These are people who are going to go after the needs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor. That’s called hypocrisy.

Citing the president’s habit of tarring all media as “fake news,” and of consistently putting himself and his opinions as the final authority, Sanders predicted that mainstream conservatives would soon find themselves in a very difficult position and hoped they’d stand up to Trump’s authoritarianism, saying:

We aren’t another Trump enterprise. It’s called the United States of America. We’re not a business run by Mr Trump.

6 February 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/us/201702061050378298-sanders-trump-fraud-authoritarian/

You Don’t March for Life

00 Mike Peters. I Had a Miscarriage. 2016. pro-lifers

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Editor:

No, I’m not “pro-abortion”… but this article encapsulates what I believe about the so-called “pro-life” movement. I find most “pro-lifers” hypocrites and poseurs. They vote AGAINST all forms of state social welfare and then vote to criminalise those who “fall between the cracks”. They blame the victims. I find that un-Christian and without defence. If you “march for life”, you should also march for single-payer healthcare, a strong pension system, and a generous unemployment/welfare scheme… if not, you’re a liar and a scoundrel, and I’ll call you such to your face.

BMD

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To those participating in the March For Life:

First of all, good for you. Raise your voices, express your concerns, gather, make signs, do your thing. I won’t call you names. I respect your right to do this, and I respect your conviction. Second, be clear with your cause. You don’t march for life. You march for the birth of a foetus. Think about this:

At what age does this life stop mattering to you?

When it’s in the womb, you cry for it, you fight for it, you empathise with it, and you march for it. When it becomes one month old, you hope the mother supports it, feeds it, and nurtures it. However, you don’t support the mother in this endeavour. You think she should “work hard”, “pull herself up by the bootstraps”, and get by on her $7.25/hr minimum wage job. You vote for those who block legislation to protect its mother from violence, from making the same wage as men, from getting basic healthcare, from getting food stamps and support to care for it.

When it becomes 6 years old, you hope there’s a public school around to teach it. Nevertheless, you vote for those who don’t want to fund public schools. You vote for those who believe our schools are “flushed with cash” yet somehow failing. The wealthier kids that live by it are able to go to different schools, but this foetus is stuck at an overcrowded and underfunded public school, so it falls behind in reading and math. You feel bad for it, but you don’t march for it. You mostly blame its single mother for not doing more to be involved in its schooling. “She should do homework with it. She should read to it more. Maybe she should get it a tutor”. Nonetheless, she works two jobs but she’s barely getting by.

Now, it’s 14 years old. It just had its first experience with a boy. It’s not sure if it was safe with this boy and it thinks it needs to go see a doctor. However, it’s scared, and it’s embarrassed, and it doesn’t want to get in trouble with mom. Therefore, it looks for a Planned Parenthood in its area, but they’ve all been shut down. But you feel no sympathy for it anymore. It’s now a slut to you. It should have made better choices, been more Christian. It’s no longer worthy of your support, and you do not march for it. Because you‘re not marching for life. You’re marching for religion and righteousness, and oppressing women with your outdated views of how they should behave.

Therefore, it gets no prenatal care. It goes on living for the next three months wearing baggy sweatshirts and hoping no one notices. When its mom finally does notice she tells it to get an abortion, because they don’t have the money to support another it, and because it is still a child trying to go to school and have a life. Again, you don’t march for this life. You voted to make abortion illegal and you feel good, you feel “right with God” because you saved another foetus.

This time it was given up for adoption. It joins more than 400,000 children in the US foster care system. If it is lucky, it’ll only spend the average three years in foster care. If it’s lucky, it won’t fall into the 78 percent of foster care children who experience some form of abuse. If it’s lucky, it won’t be one of the 80 percent of imprisoned people who spent some time in the foster care system. If it’s lucky, it’ll be one of the 50 percent of foster kids that graduate high school by the age of 18. If it’s lucky, it’ll be one of the 9 percent of former foster care kids that earn a bachelor’s degree. If it’s lucky, it’ll be adopted before it turns 18 and is thrown out onto the streets to fend for itself. However, you don’t march for those lives.

Now, it’s 18. It jumped from foster home to foster home. It doesn’t have a family. It’s depressed, emotionally damaged. It needs help. It could use some healthcare, but obviously, can’t afford it. It could use a job, but has no clothes and nowhere to stay. You avoid it on the streets, taking the long route to your car hoping it doesn’t stop you to ask for some change. You wish it would go somewhere else, anywhere but your neighbourhood. It gets too hungry. It turns to sex work because it’s the only option it has. It starts using drugs to numb the pain of this sex work. However, you don’t march for this life. This life is a burden on society to you. This life is un-Christian, unworthy of your tax dollars. This life should get its act together, overcome all odds, and become a self-made it just like your granddaddy. However, when this life has a new it inside of it, again you will march.

 26 January 2017

Courtney Hood

Medium.com

https://medium.com/@crh2/you-dont-march-for-life-321e1a0bb349#.cr34ycqj1

Editor:

Hate me for posting this. GO AHEAD. The hate of the haters is a blessing… it means that I’m on the right road. Our Lord Christ didn’t die and rise from the tomb to bring in a fascist order that coddles the well-off and cocksure at the expense of their poorer and more vulnerable fellows. As Our Lord said, “They have their reward”…

By the way… Patriarch Kirill is NOT saying that illegalisation of abortion is the Church’s teaching. Several Gosduma deputies called V R Legoida on the carpet, and the upshot of it is that the Church would be happy with regulation and restrictions on abortion. HH’s statement was a bargaining chip… don’t listen to ignorant rightwing Yahoos like Jesse Dominick… he’s just a gofer flunky for Shevkunov. Some things are much less than they appear to be.

BMD

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