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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

Monday, 19 June 2017

Russia SLAMS Trump’s Cuba policy

Russia supports the legacy of Comrade Fidel and respects Cuba’s socialist vision

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The MID RF expressed solidarity with Cuba and cautioned against a return to “Cold War rhetoric”. It condemned moves by the Trump Administration to reimpose a ban on Americans travailing to Cuba as well as a likely return to many previously lifted sanctions dropped during Barack Obama’s historic thaw with Havana. Trump came out with hardline policies on Cuba in a lengthy campaign-style speech from Miami, home to many anti-Communist Cubans. The MID RF released a condemnatory statement saying that the USA’s “arrogant style of doing business with Cuba is pointless”. It also said that if the USA fully returns to the era of embargo, blockade, and sanctions, the USA would be totally out of step with the expressed will of the UN General Assembly. Russia reaffirmed its position on Cuba in the following way:

We reaffirm our unwavering solidarity with Cuba… a friendly peace-loving country, an authoritative member of the international community, which has a recognised constructive role in Latin America and in world affairs.

Moscow and Havana have been close ever since the Cuban Revolution of 1959, relations were somewhat strained in the 1990s but have seen become close and fruitful again under President Putin. In many ways, this is the clearest sign yet that Trump intends to run for President in 2020. Republicans long used the issue with Cuba to cultivate votes among anti-Communist Cubans living in the important state of Florida. Trump’s Cuba policy is likely nothing more than an attempt to win future votes in an important US state.

18 June 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

http://theduran.com/russia-slams-trumps-cuba-policy/

Editor:

The MID RF reaffirmed Russia’s support for the Island of Freedom and its socialist vision. Those who say that Russia is “conservative” can eat shit and die!

BMD

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

As Seen by Vitaly Podvitsky… Spiteful Legacy

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In what many considered a bid to undermine Donald Trump’s efforts to normalise future relations with Moscow, US Republican senators want to introduce a bill imposing a new package of sanctions against Russia before Barack Obama’s term ends. In a recent interview with NBC, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham said Trump “should let everybody know in America” that he’s going to “make Russia pay a price for trying to interfere”. Donald Trump will take the oath of office as the 45th US President on the steps of the US Capitol on 20 January.

10 January 2017

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/cartoons/201701101049439240-obama-trump-legacy/

Editor:

Does this mean that we can arrest the heads of the CIA who interfered in foreign elections? After all, we have to make them “pay a price for trying to interfere”. Note well that these Repugs are going against their own party. It does show that the same sclerosis that affects the Dems infects the Rethuglicans as well (if not more)… the duopoly is very sick, indeed…

Orthodox people… what does this tell us about the rightwing crazies amongst us (we all know the usual cast of sleazy and ignorant suspects)? On the one hand, they support crazies like McCain and Graham. On the other, they support Trump the Chump. Which side will win in their disturbed greedy minds? I dunno… you don’t either… stay tuned… it bids fair to be interesting.

BMD

Monday, 8 August 2016

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

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It All Starts With a Wahhabi-Zionist Lovefest

The Saudi Foreign Ministry had to go on non-denial denial overdrive about a visit to Israel on 22 July by a delegation led by retired General Anwar Eshki. Eshki happens to be close to Saudi intel superstar and onetime close Osama bin Laden pal Prince Turki bin Faisal, who recently met in the open with former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) generals Yaakov Amidror and Amos Yadlin. Whilst in Israel, Eshki met with Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, and Major General Yoav Mordechai, the top IDF honcho in the West Bank. There’s absolutely no way the House of Saud wouldn’t have given a green light for such a visit… and such a high-level meeting. By the way, the Interior Ministry in Saudi Arabia bans all travel to Israel… as well as to Iran and Iraq. So what’s the big deal? The Israelis spun it as the Saudis… fronting for the Arab League… offering normalisation of ties with the Arab world without Israel abdicating from anything on the Palestinian front. The only thing Tel Aviv would have to do, later, is to adopt the 2002, Saudi-proposed Arab peace initiative.

That’s nonsense. For starters, the ultra right-wing Zionists in power in Tel Aviv will never accept reverting to the pre-1967 borders and recognising the state of Palestine. What was “discussed” was a non-deal, even as Tel Aviv gloats:

Important Arab states are willing to openly embrace us, even though we haven’t given up one inch of the West Bank and even as we continue to control al-Aqsa Mosque.

If the Arab League ever embarked on such a blatant non-deal, forever throwing the Palestinians under myriad bulldozers, chances are oligarchies and petromonarchies all across the spectrum would start booking that one-way ticket to London.

That Moscow-Tehran-Ankara Alliance

So what did they actually talk about? Predictably, they talked about the imminent prospect of the Full Spectrum Dominatrix finally taking over the White House. The Obama administration reduced both Bibi Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and de facto House of Saud ruler and Prince of War Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh to the status of proverbial euphemistic “estranged allies”. Between them, they’re de facto allies… even as they can’t admit it to the Arab street. Both are dead sure, under the Queen of War, there’d be… what else… war. The question is against whom.

Informed speculation has it that the common enemy of the Saudis and Israelis, Iran, would be the target. That’s complicated. Indeed, the joint Saudi/Israeli strategy across the Middle East is in tatters. Tehran isn’t stuck in a quagmire… neither in Syria nor in Iraq. ISIS/ISIL/Daesh and assorted “moderate rebels”… covertly supported by the Saudi/Israeli axis… are on the run, even if they insist they aren’t “al-Qaeda” anymore. In fact, an unwinnable war on Yemen entraps Prince of War bin Salman. Then, there’s the spectacular post-coup pivot by Sultan Erdoğan in Turkey… for all practical purposes abandoning those elaborate no fly zone dreams of annexing a post-Assad Syria to his neo-Ottoman set up. The House of Saud is livid, as Turkish diplomats have started to spread this blockbuster news… Erdoğan proposed to Iran’s Rouhani an all-embracing alliance with President Putin to find a definitive solution to the Middle East riddle.

However erratic Erdoğan’s agenda may be, the upcoming Putin-Erdoğan face-to-face meeting may de facto discuss a possible icebreaking new deal between Moscow and Ankara. All geopolitical signs at this stage point…  albeit tentatively… towards a revived Russia/Iran/Turkey alliance, even as a horrified House of Saud is going no-holds-barred to gain Moscow’s trust by offering “untold wealth” and privileged access to the GCC market. As confirmed by a top Western intel source:

The Saudis are definitely keeping all contacts open with the Kremlin. The Saudi King is in Tangiers now and met Russian envoys there. They mean what they say. However, Putin won’t abandon Assad. There has to be a compromise. Both need it.

President Putin is in a privileged spot. Even without accepting the Saudi offer… it’s just a promise, with no ironclad guarantees… Russia holds the best cards, as in a quite problematic but ultimately possible Moscow-Tehran-Ankara alliance that is all about Eurasian integration (and a future seat for Turkey, alongside Iran, in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO). For its part, a Saudi-Moscow alliance  would inevitably lead a Queen of War administration towards… what else… régime change in Riyadh disguised as R2P; “responsibility to protect” the Saudi populace. One should expect Hillary crony Samantha Power to defend it vehemently at the UN.

It’s All About the Three Harpies

Yet, considering the Queen of War’s instincts, all signs do point towards Iran. The manual/blueprint/road map for Hillary’s wars is arguably here, in this very dangerous intersection between American neocons and neoliberalcons. The head of the CNAS think tank one-third (Michele Flournoy) of what I dub The Three Harpies; Hillary Clinton, Flournoy and… the most terrifying words in the English language… probable US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, the possible lethal trio in charge of foreign policy under a Clinton Three administration. In fact, this is PNAC (the Project for a New American Century) on steroids, with echoes of the warlike 1992 US Defence Planning Guidance disguised under the soothing rhetoric of benevolent hegemony and “rules-based international order”. If the Trump campaign managed to restrain his motor-mouth and/or motor-tweet instincts and focus on what this warmongering opus means for the USA and the world at large, they’d strike a chord with millions of undecided American voters. For all her bluster, and that rise to unheard-of hysterical levels, the Full Spectrum Dominatrix won’t be foolish enough to launch a war…one that’d inevitably be nuclear… against either Russia (Baltics as a pretext) or China (South China Sea as a pretext), the Pentagon’s top two “existential threats”. In Syria, on the other hand, by January 2017 al-Qaeda/not al-Qaeda goons formerly known as “moderate rebels” will be mostly six feet under.

Erdoğan may be making NATO’s life in Turkey unbearable. As the Queen of War is in AIPAC’s pocket, and considering the Clinton Foundation’s by now legendary cosy ties with the House of Saud, the war target would have to be the Saudi/Israeli preferred target, on top of it pro-Damascus and in close touch with both Ankara and Moscow… Iran. However, how does one pull it off? One avenue, already being explored, is to bomb by all means… and not figuratively… the Iran nuclear deal. A concerted campaign in American mainstream media is already burying the deal; and even Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei… as reported in the USA… is on the record saying one can’t trust Washington:

They tell us, “Let’s talk about regional issues, too”. However, the experience of the nuclear deal suggests this is deadly poison… in no way can you trust the Americans.

So, expect from Team Clinton the proverbial media barrage of dodgy spin, baseless accusations, and the occasional, perfectly positioned false-flag to lure Tehran into a trap, like, for instance, in neoliberalcon wishful thinking, Iran reviving its nuclear programme. Of course, this won’t happen, but the powerful anti-Iran lobby in the US Congress will use a Hellfire barrage of disinformation to sort of make it happen, even as an illusion. All this while Iran, amongst other development matters, is busy planning a new transportation corridor from the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea, connecting to Armenia, Georgia, and Bulgaria, and positioning the nation as a key trade hub connecting the Arab world in the south and west, Central Asia in the north, and Afghanistan and Pakistan in the east, all the way to Europe. Once again, Eurasian integration on the move. Tehran has myriad reasons to be on red alert if the Full Spectrum Dominatrix gets her hands on the nuclear codes (how’s that not scarier than Trump?)  She’d act as a surefire faithful servant of the Saudi/Israeli alliance. The road map is ready. Moreover, neocons and neoliberalcons alike can hardly contain their excitement at seeing in action “a force that can flex across several different mission sets and prevail”.

4 August 2016

Pepe Escobar

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20160804/1043937453/hillary-clinton-war-queen.html

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