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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Putin Uses New York Times Op-Ed to Warn USA Against Syria Strike

00 Carlos Latuff. CNN Whitewashing Bahrain Dictatorship. 2012

CNN Whitewashing Bahrain Dictatorship

Carlos Latuff

2012

CNN is doing it again… it REFUSES to report the enormities committed by the Syrian opposition against Christians, Shiites, and Alawis… none dare call it EVIL…

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President Vladimir Putin warned in an op-ed that he wrote for the New York Times that a potential American strike on Syria is fraught with dangerous consequences. Currently, Washington is contemplating a strike on Syria as retaliation for a deadly 21 August chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb, which it attributed to the régime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government blamed the attack on rebel forces; Russia tentatively backed its long-time ally, whilst calling for further investigation.

Putin said in his op-ed, entitled A Plea for Caution from Russia, posted on the NYT’s website Wednesday, “Recent events surrounding Syria prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It’s important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies. A potential strike by the USA against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, would result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilise the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance”.

Putin reiterated Russia’s position that we should resolve the Syrian civil war by peaceful means, saying, “From the outset, Russia advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. We aren’t protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the UN Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos”. He emphasised that international law only permits use of force “in self-defence or by the decision of the Security Council”, adding that all other ways are “unacceptable under the UN Charter and would constitute an act of aggression”.

Putin noted, “no one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. The gas was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would side with the fundamentalists”. On Tuesday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that his country was ready to give up chemical weapons and join an international convention banning them.  On Thursday, US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Genève for hastily-organised talks on a Russian plan to prevent an American attack on Syria by placing the war-torn country’s chemical weapons under international control.  Speaking on the al-Mayadeen pan-Arabist television channel, Aleksandr Zasypkin, the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, said Moscow handed over to the UN Security Council evidence that rebel forces used chemical weapons in Syria.

Putin voiced concern that “military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the USA”. He expressed doubt that it could be in America’s long-term interest and added that many people worldwide “increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force”. Putin noted that his working and personal relationship with US President Barack Obama was “marked by growing trust”, he said, “I welcome the president’s interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria”. Putin said that he and Obama “must work together to keep this hope alive. If we can avoid force against Syria, this would improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It’d be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues”.

12 September 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://www.en.rian.ru/politics/20130912/183372698/Putin-Warns-US-Against-Potential-Syria-Strike.html

Editor’s Note:

One must note that since 1991 the American Right, in particular, along with so-called Humanitarian Interventionists (an oxymoronic and evil construction if there ever was such), has advocated the first use of force in all situations where the USA is stymied, as they believe that the USA is the “sole superpower”. Today, that becomes more suspect for two reasons. Firstly, Russia and China are in close alliance due to American aggression and self-righteousness. That is, the two most powerful states on the Eurasian World Island are now in concert due to American stupidity, hubris, and self-centredness. That’s why you hear so much hate against these countries spewed in the Western media (especially by conscienceless filth like Christiane Amanpour, who attacks VVP whilst whitewashing the massacre of Syrian Christians by the Syrian rebels). Note well that the first casualty of American aggression was the death of the Sino-American rapprochement brought about by Richard Nixon.

Secondly, the USA believed its own propaganda. Washington really and truly believed that American power had no limits… that it could intervene wherever it wanted and do whatever it wanted to anyone, everywhere on the globe. Besides that, Americans as a society are juveniles… they require constant adulation or they turn peevish and cruel. Look at Guantánamo… the USA holds people in indefinite detention in contravention of all their laws and pretensions, that is, it holds political prisoners under conditions not even seen in the GULag. You see, if you were in the GULag, at least, you had a definite sentence; it was part of a judicial process. At Guantánamo, there are no such niceties. It’s simply that America doesn’t like you and that you’ll lose your freedom consequently. In any case, American aggression over the past twenty years emptied the Treasury; it led directly to the Bush Meltdown (along with his munificent tax cuts to his rich pals). There ain’t no more juice in the jug… wars are expensive, and wartime is a stupid time to enact tax cuts.

In short, the USA isn’t going to strike Syria. The present political kabuki is for the benefit of the Saudi and Israel Lobbies. Barack Obama isn’t stupid like George Bush, John McCain, Sarah Palin, or Willard Romney. Powerful interest groups call for intervention in Syria… and Obama can’t go against them publicly. It would’ve been worse with McCain or Romney… both are pugnacious ignoramuses. Actually, I think that Obama and Putin orchestrated this at the G20 meeting. Obama doesn’t need new war and the country doesn’t need more military spending… Putin is his figleaf. Watch for a compromise to come out of Genève… remember, the age of untrammelled American aggression died in 2008 with their defeat in South Ossetia… it was a “Bridge Too Far”. The American people have had enough of “glory” in foreign parts.

For Orthodox people, do notice who’ve supported the warmongers. For the konvertsy, this is a “put up or shut up” moment. They’ve always supported the Looney Right; they’ve always bought into the lunatic “City on a Hill” pabulum spouted by Slobberin’ Ronnie and his ilk. Any road, they should stand with the rest of us in supporting Syria, or, they should leave us (it’d be their first honest act in their lifetimes). I’ve had enough of their hubristic posturing… I’m not alone in that. The Orthosphere is a reality… Orthodoxy isn’t just a religion… it’s a little bit more, as all REAL Orthodox know. We’re NOT Westerners… we’re Orthodox who live in the West (not the same thing… our ethos comes from the Orthosphere, not from the West). The konvertsy must internalise this or leave. It’s quite that simple.

Remember Ma’loulamay my right hand wither if we don’t…

BMD

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Russia Hopes that the USA may Eventually Lift Cuban Embargo


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According to Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin, Russia hopes that the Americans will follow their decision to ease their blockade of Cuba with other moves that’d fully lift the blockade. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Washington to give up its trade embargo, which is now in its 51st year. Recently, the USA somewhat eased the blockade. Specifically, it’s removed the restrictions concerning visits by US citizens to their relatives in Cuba, as well as allowing cash remittances. Churkin feels that the unilateral US sanctions have proved incapable of affecting the Cuban people’s choice of the model of social development, but have only served to lower the island country’s living standards.

Once again, the UN General Assembly demanded that the USA “in the shortest possible time” lift its commercial and financial embargo against Cuba. The USA started the blockade 51 years ago, and it seriously undermined the island’s economy of the island. 186 UN member states supported the resolution; three countries voted against it (the USA, Israel, and Palau), and two abstained (Micronesia, Marshall Islands). The resolution calls on the international community to refrain in future from destructive actions such as those taken by Washington against Cuba. As the resolution emphasised, these actions are contrary to all countries’ obligations under the UN Charter, and under international law.

14 November 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_14/Russia-hopes-US-may-eventually-lift-the-blockade-of-Cuba/

 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Russia Slams West Over Syria Allegations

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On Friday, Russia hit out at Western powers over what it said was an “unacceptable” attempt to blame Moscow for the worsening violence in Syria. Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich told journalists, “Attempts by certain Western countries to hold Russia responsible for an escalation in the violence in Syria over its refusal to back a resolution containing threats of sanctions against the Syrian authorities are totally unacceptable”. The MID’s comments came after the rebel Free Syrian Army said it took control of Syrian border crossing points with Turkey and Iraq. Fierce fighting raged in Damascus overnight, with over 300 deaths, according to London-based Syrian rights activists.

On Wednesday, Russia and China vetoed a Western-backed UN resolution on Syria over fears that it’d lead to foreign military intervention there, a stance that American UN envoy Susan Rice called “paranoid, if not disingenuous”. The resolution was tied to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which provides for the use of force to put an end to rapidly escalating conflicts. White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Russia and China were “on the wrong side of the Syrian people, the wrong side of hope for peace and stability in the region”. British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned the Russian and Chinese veto as “inexcusable and indefensible”, and said the two countries had “turned their backs on the people of Syria in their darkest hour”. However, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin accused the West of thinking only of “its own geopolitical interests, which have nothing in common with those of the Syrian people”.

This was the third time that Russia and China had vetoed a UN resolution on Syria since the start of the now-almost 17-month revolt against President Bashar al-Assad. Russia said it has no interest in seeing Assad remain in power, but that “the Syrian people” should decide his fate. Earlier this year, President Vladimir Putin vowed not to allow a repeat of the “Libya scenario”, which saw the ouster and murder of long-time Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after a NATO military campaign. On Friday, Syrian authorities denied reports that Assad was preparing to stand down. The denial came after the Russian ambassador to France, Aleksandr Orlov, told French radio that Assad was ready to leave office in “an orderly way”. In addition, MID spokesman Lukashevich said that a resolution by the US House of Representatives to cut the Pentagon’s contacts with the Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport over its links with “the oppressive Syrian régime” was “revenge” for Moscow’s veto. He dismissed rumours that Assad’s wife fled to Moscow following the death of the Syrian defence minister in a suicide blast in Damascus on Wednesday.

20 July 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120720/174695219.html

Editor’s Note:

They’re much “nicer” and “slicker” about it, but one can see a disgusting and sickening case of Übermenschtum in the Western attitude towards Russia and China. Their stance reeks of racist condescension, “Only our standards have validity; your cultural imperatives are inferior to our superior Western values”. This is why the konvertsy are so acrid… their undisguised racial and cultural xenophobia has stymied efforts to bring unity and order to the Russian Orthodox diaspora. Well… indications are that they’re going to leave us, and in rather short order. Good… let them go, don’t argue with them (they’re so SUPERIOR to us unwashed ethnics, after all… all it’ll do is frustrate you to no good end). Then, all of we Russians (and the saner converts) can join hands and start the work of rebuilding what’s been put awry by a half-century of misdirection and neglect.

BMD

Thursday, 12 June 2008

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… Kosovar Developments Sure to Re-echo Worldwide

United Nations headquarters in New York NY USA

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Political leaders and the media alike have, for quite a few days now, been discussing the proclamation of Kosovar sovereignty and the breakneck speed at which Washington and allies of Washington scrambled to recognise the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo. Their focusing on Kosovo is understandable; they’re concentrating attention on a really important event. However, hard as I try, I can find no mention of the biggest result of what’s happened and what will tell on the fate of the self-proclaimed republic and many other things in detailed Western, including American, comments on turns of developments in Kosovo. The problem of Kosovo is a threat to what has taken decades of painstaking efforts to build, the existing world order and global stability. What is happening reminds me that World War II began when Nazi Germany decided it was free to ignore international and domestic law. The illegitimate Anschluss of sovereign Austria, the brazen violation of the sovereign rights of Czechoslovakia, and, finally, the invasion of Poland were the opening pages in one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the human race. Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland were destined to foot the bill for the criminal disregard and gross violation of international law.

The difficult lesson of history was not taught in vain. The victorious Allied nations were quick to form an Organisation of the United Nations and wrote the UN Charter in September 1945. The UN Charter laid the groundwork for decades of concerted efforts to keep law and order on this planet. The most representative international organisation, the UN, turned into the best tool for the coordination of national efforts. In 1975, 35 countries of Europe, the USA, and Canada signed what is known as the Helsinki Act. That document finalises the national borders in post-war Europe and confirms the inviolable sovereignty of all countries of that continent. The post-war system of international agreements insured stability; it enabled mankind to move away from the brink of the nuclear abyss. Nevertheless, one day, Washington became disenchanted with the UN Charter. About six years ago, the Bush Administration outlined a new strategy for national security, which has since become known as the Bush doctrine. That unparalleled political document demands that the foreign strategies of the United States rest on the supporting pillars of military superiority, preventive warfare, and the ability to launch unilateral efforts. The concept of preventive warfare allows military action in circumstances that, according to Washington, call for this kind of action; the ability to launch unilateral efforts comes in handy when Washington fails to get other nations to protect American interests. It goes without saying that the Bush doctrine fails to be in consonance with the UN Charter and that there’s no room for it in the legal foundation for the existing world order.

Europe saw its first armed conflict of the post-war years in March 1999. It was based on a decision made on the banks of the Potomac and approved without delay by an obedient Brussels, in defiance of international law and the UN, that thousands of bombs were dropped on sovereign Yugoslavia and thousands of missiles were fired into that country. Impunity led to military action under the new Bush Doctrine. Without permission from the United Nations and in brazen violation of the UN Charter, the USA invaded sovereign Iraq. The American political ignoramuses learned no lesson from the unexpected and unwelcome aftermath of that illegitimate military adventure.

Repercussions of their moves are the last thing they thought of in their recent efforts to encourage and, that done, uphold the proclamation of Kosovar sovereignty which defies one of the basic principles of international law, that of the inviolability of national borders. Taken out of context, the American strategy for Kosovo does little save spotlight its disregard of international law. Yet, as a matter of fact, it puts a question mark over a century of painstaking efforts to lay a legal foundation for international relations, deals a heavy blow to the fundamental ideas of the UN, and reduces the effectiveness of the UN’s efforts to promote peace and global security.

Wrong are those who imagine they can feel safe while planning and playing this foul and dangerous political game. This world of ours is indivisible. However, the law of the jungle, which puts military might above all legal rules and regulations, turns it into a paradise for terrorists. It’s a threat to each and every member of the international community. Future generations of American leaders and the inadmissibly near-sighted supporters of today’s policy-makers will have to pay… pay a dear price, I’d say!… for the American failure to see that.

29 February 2008

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=23572&cid=170&p=29.02.2008

 

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