Voices from Russia

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Guess Which Country is the Undisputed Champion in Election Meddling?

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With the entire “Russia interfered in US democracy” story collapsing, Jimmy Dore reminded us which country is the undisputed champion in election meddling. The Carnegie Mellon University study does NOT even include coups and attempts at régime change. The study just counts when the USA tried directly to influence an election for one of the sides. Imagine the results if we added coups, régime change operations, invasions, sanctions, and bombings to the final tally. Here’s a transcript of an NPR interview on the matter:

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

This is hardly the first time a country tried to influence the outcome of another country’s election. By one expert’s count, the USA did it, too, more than 80 times worldwide between 1946 and 2000. That expert is Dov Levin of Carnegie Mellon University. I asked him to tell me about one election where US intervention likely affected the outcome.

DOV LEVIN:

One example of that was our intervention in Serbia (then, Yugoslavia), in the 2000 election there. Slobodan Milošević was running for re-election, and we didn’t want him to stay in power due to his tendency to disrupt the Balkans and his human rights violations (sic). Therefore, we intervened in various ways for the opposition candidate, Vojislav Koštunica. Moreover, we gave funding to the opposition, and we gave them training and campaigning aide. In addition, according to my estimate, that assistance was crucial in enabling the opposition to win.

SHAPIRO:

How often are these interventions public versus covert?

LEVIN:

Basically, about one-third of them are public and two-thirds of them are covert. In other words, the voters in the target don’t know before the election.

SHAPIRO: 

Your count doesn’t include coups or attempts at régime change. Depending on the definitions, it sounds like the tally could actually be much higher.

LEVIN:

You’re right. I didn’t count and discounted covert coup d’états like the USA did in Iran in 1953 or in Guatemala in 1954. I only counted when the USA tried directly to influence an election for one of the sides. I didn’t discuss other types of interventions. However, if we include those, then, of course, the number could be larger.

SHAPIRO:

For example, how often do other countries like Russia try to alter the outcome of elections as compared to the USA?

LEVIN:

Well, for my dataset, the USA is the most common user of this technique. Since 1945, Russia or the USSR used it half as much. My estimate is 36 cases between 1946 to 2000. We know that the Chinese used this technique; the Venezuelans used it when the late Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was in power, and other countries used it, too.

SHAPIRO:

Arguably, the USA is more vocal than any other country about promoting democracy and democratic values around the world. Does this strike you as conflicting with that message?

LEVIN:

It depends upon if we help the pro-democratic side (sic), as in the case of Milošević that I talked about earlier. I believe that’d be helpful for democracy. If it helps less-nicer candidates or parties, then, naturally, it can be less helpful.

SHAPIRO:

Obviously, your examination of 20th-century attempts to influence elections doesn’t involve hacking because computers weren’t widespread until recently.

LEVIN:

That’s true.

SHAPIRO:

In your view, is technology dramatically changing the game… as we saw in the November election? On the other hand, is this just the latest evolution of an effort that always used whatever tools are available?

LEVIN:

I’d say it’s more the latter. Before, without cyber-hacking tools, I’d say that the Russians or the Soviets infrequently did these types of intervention because one had to use old-style methods such as people meeting in the park in secret giving out and getting information and things like that.

23 April 2017

Alex Christoforou

The Duran

http://theduran.com/guess-which-country-is-the-undisputed-champion-in-election-meddling/

Monday, 3 April 2017

3 April 2017. Hannah Arendt On Our True Danger

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This is why I hate and oppose both “conservatism” and “liberalism”… both are flights from reality. I note that “liberals” are worse than “conservatives” are… the latter are openly feral and greedy, whilst the former often mouth smarmy platitudes as they glom as much as the “conservatives” do. That’s particularly evil and indecent. Note well that neither part of the duopoly finds any offence in the present genocide by their Uniate nationalist clients in the Donbass. NEITHER SIDE. Both slobber with glee at the prospects of personal gain and profit.

This is why I’m a leftist. I stand against BOTH “liberalism” and “conservatism”… they’re simply two sides of the same rotten neoliberal coin. We won’t have justice until we destroy neoliberalism. The present evil started under Reagan, picked up steam under the Clintons, and Bush and Obama built it up. Trump is entrenching it further. We need to destroy this beast, but shall we? Yet… a spectre haunts the rich and their dog-like apologists like Buchanan and Dreher… what do they know that we don’t?

One last thing… look at the image… some “moral superiority”, isn’t it?

BMD

3 April 2017. A Proper Response to American Boasts of “Moral Superiority”

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THIS is what American “moral superiority” brings… scoundrels and pissants… 

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I saw the following on FB and it encapsulates perfectly why all American claims of “moral superiority” are bootless, jejune, and worthless:

Last night in Yasinovataya, a father was home with his two kids. The Ukrops started firing from Avdeyevka. He had his children lay on the ground and he lay on top of them. Your dollars paid for the 15.2-cm shells that killed him. Fuck your “moral conscience of the world” bullshit.

After all, Anglo-Americans brought us two centuries of human slavery, the Trail of Tears, Wounded Knee, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, My Lai, the Easter Bombing of Belgrade, and more assorted similar pleasantries all over the world since 1992. “Moral superiority”… I think not. In any case, any state that’s less than 300-years-old hasn’t the maturity to be lecturing anyone else. After all, where was the USA when St Aleksandr Nevsky fought the Teutonic Knights and their phoney Crusade? Yes… where was it?

BMD

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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Editor:

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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