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A year and a half I wrote an essay on how the US chooses to view Russia, titled The Image of the Enemy. I was living in Russia at the time, and, after observing the American anti-Russian rhetoric and the Russian reaction to it, I made some observations that seemed important at the time. It turns out that I managed to spot an important trend, but given the quick pace of developments since then, these observations are now woefully out of date, and so here is an update. At that time the stakes weren’t very high yet. There was much noise around a fellow named Magnitsky, a corporate lawyer-crook who got caught and died in pretrial custody. He had been holding items for some bigger Western crooks, who were, of course, never apprehended. The Americans chose to treat this as a human rights violation and responded with the so-called “Magnitsky Act” which sanctioned certain Russian individuals who were labeled as human rights violators.

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  • PUTIN is Becoming the FACE of the GLOBAL RESISTANCE MOVEMENT

    By Konrad Stachnio

        The next volunteers who want to fight with the ‘Global oligarchy’ came to Donbas. This time they are French. People from Serbia, Spain, Germany, France, Polish, Israel, the United Kingdom and Greece already fought with Kiev junta. Recently, volunteers look younger: people over forty went earlier to the militia, now the average age […]

  • Vote All You Want. The Secret Government Won’t Change

    By Jordan Michael Smith

    The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon   The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach […]

  • The Mixed International Picture on Poverty and Inequality

    By Yves Smith

    Yves here. As much as readers may already have an intuitive grasp of the story told in this post, data can help define its contours better. Here we see that the rising tide of global growth has not lifted all boats. The gains of the once-poor in China and India have come at the expense of […]

  • World War III: It’s Here And Energy is Largely Behind It

    By Kurt Cobb

    I’ve been advancing a thesis for several months with friends that World War III is now underway. It’s just that it’s not the war we thought it would be, that is, a confrontation between major powers with the possibility of a nuclear exchange. Instead, we are getting a set of low-intensity, on-again, off-again conflicts involving […]

Politics

The Hong Kong 'Occupy Central' is a US-funded 'Color Revolution' in China

The Hong Kong ‘Occupy Central’ is a US-funded ‘Color Revolution’ in China

By Lau Nai-keung

New Reports Confirm US Role in HK Politics     In an article entitled, “Why is the US so keen on ‘color revolutions’?”, People’s Daily reveals what some believe has become obvious over the past weeks of protest in Hong Kong — that the protests are driven by foreign interests masquerading as a “desire for […]

Economy

Rare Earth Elements and National Security

Rare Earth Elements and National Security

By Eugene Gholz

A CFR Energy Report     Overview Eugene Gholz analyzes the economic and security consequences of China’s central position in the global rare-earths market. He discusses the evolution of the rare-earths market, which is critical to many defense, energy, and other high-tech products, and potential vulnerabilities posed to global trade resulting from China’s near-monopoly of […]

Society

Vote All You Want. The Secret Government Won’t Change

Vote All You Want. The Secret Government Won’t Change

By Jordan Michael Smith

The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon   The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach […]

Environment

Ebola Is A GMO Product Of US Bio-warfare Laboratories

Ebola Is A GMO Product Of US Bio-warfare Laboratories

By Cyril Broderick

    Dear World Citizens: I have read a number of articles from your Internet outreach as well as articles from other sources about the casualties in Liberia and other West African countries about the human devastation caused by the Ebola virus. About a week ago, I read an article published in the Internet news […]

Culture

Resistance is Futile:  The Violent Cost of Challenging the American Police State

Resistance is Futile: The Violent Cost of Challenging the American Police State

By John W. Whitehead

    “Police are specialists in violence. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. With varying degrees of subtlety, this colors their every action. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent.”—Kristian Williams, activist and author […]

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