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Russia's new 'conservative' ideology to counter liberalism

New Planet, 1921 by Konstantin Yuon painting
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New Planet, 1921 by Konstantin Yuon
Renowned Russian academic Sergey Karaganov describes Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech at the latest October Valdai Forum[1] as the "first major and strong call for reinventing Russian ideology for Russia and the world."[2] Indeed, Putin's speech can be viewed as an ideological manifesto that tries to put Russia back in the center of the world's political map.

Karaganov, who has been the Kremlin's advisor on foreign policy for twelve years, explains that for many years the economy was the central factor for countries and societies ("it is the economy, stupid"). However, history proves something else. "Yes, people are driven by economic interests, but when they are partially satisfied, when at the bare minimum no one starves, they turn to other interests like security, national pride, ideological views, cultural stereotypes and needs - that is, phenomena and values of a higher order," Karaganov states.[3]

For this reason, Putin believes that if Russia manages to shape a new ideology, it could have the same attractive power that it had under the Soviet Union with Communism, despite its shrinking economy. However, since Communism failed, Putin needs new values and ideas to counter the West.

Evil Rays

CIA says 'Havana Syndrome' not result of sustained campaign by hostile power

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FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Embassy in Havana on May 20.
In about two dozen cases, however, the agency can't rule out foreign involvement, including many of the cases that originated at the U.S. Embassy in Havana beginning in 2016.

In a new intelligence assessment, the CIA has ruled out that the mysterious symptoms known as Havana Syndrome are the result of a sustained global campaign by a hostile power aimed at hundreds of U.S. diplomats and spies, six people briefed on the matter told NBC News.

In about two dozen cases, the agency cannot rule out foreign involvement, including many of the cases that originated at the U.S. Embassy in Havana beginning in 2016. Another group of cases is considered unresolved. But in hundreds of other cases of possible symptoms, the agency has found plausible alternative explanations, the sources said.

The CIA declined to comment.

Comment: In recent years there have been a number of incidents whereby the US appears to be the victim of forces outside of its control; the US Navy's acknowledgement of UFO sightings near its ships is another.

However, whilst indeed a 'hostile power' does appear to be behind these incidents, it's more reasonable to suppose that it's actually the same nefarious forces working within the US, who, when the time is right, will suddenly find 'proof' that the foreign power of their choosing is actually to blame:


Mr. Potato

Damage control: White House 'clarifies' position on Ukraine after 'trainwreck' Biden press conference

biden press conference Ukraine
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President Houseplant can't wait to get out of another disastrous presser on Jan. 19, 2022, in Washington.
The White House on Wednesday clarified President Biden's position on Ukraine after an earlier press conference caused some confusion.

Biden told reporters at a marathon press conference that Russia would be held accountable if it were to invade Ukraine, but there seemed to be a caveat when he went further and said it depends on the actions Moscow takes.

"It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not to do," he said.

Detractors saw the comment as giving Russian President Putin permission to invade.

Comment: Apparently the Biden administration seems to think the Russians are stupid. Lavrov has run himself ragged explaining that NATO's creeping occupation of so many of the former Soviet state is, in Russia eyes, essentially the equivalent of the Cuban missile crisis.

This is by design. Directly threatening Russia's borders (the "red-line") is how the warmongers in D.C. hope to bait Moscow. War is good for business.


Red Flag

Washington's penchant for regime change: The old black magic just ain't what it used to be

color revolution
It is 2022 and regime change formulas don't work, color revolutionary magic which worked for decades doesn't work and even expanding old-school military hardware around the troublesome Eurasian nations of the multipolar alliance no longer works.

The old magic doesn't work the way it used to for the ghouls in Washington, London and Brussels.

It used to be so easy to wave that old wand and watch a troublesome president have his brains blown out on live TV or suffer a violent coup.

There were a thousand and one ways to eliminate a pesky nationalist politician which had been honed over the Cold War years, and it seemed that all 1001 had been tried... several times over in some cases.

If two towers were required to collapse into rubble or a nationally elected government (or twelve) overthrown by a conveniently weaponized mob, then a shadow government apparatus would get the job done without too much ado or resistance of merit.

The beat went on and on like a broken record until some time in 2013... when something changed.

War Whore

Only Cold War fools hit the replay on doomsday

nuke test
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Badger, part of Operation Upshot-Knothole, was a 23 kiloton tower shot fired April 18, 1953 at the Nevada Test Site.
In the early 1960s, at the height of America's original Cold War with the Soviet Union, my old service branch, the Air Force, sought to build 10,000 land-based nuclear missiles. These were intended to augment the hundreds of nuclear bombers it already had, like the B-52s featured so memorably in the movie Dr. Strangelove. Predictably, massive future overkill was justified in the name of "deterrence," though the nuclear war plan in force back then was more about obliteration. It featured a devastating attack on the Soviet Union and communist China that would kill an estimated 600 million people in six months (the equivalent of 100 Holocausts, notes Daniel Ellsberg in his book, The Doomsday Machine). Slightly saner heads finally prevailed — in the sense that the Air Force eventually got "only" 1,000 of those Minuteman nuclear missiles.

Despite the strategic arms limitation talks between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, the dire threat of nuclear Armageddon persisted, reaching a fresh peak in the 1980s during Ronald Reagan's presidency. At the time, he memorably declared the Soviet Union to be an "evil empire," while nuclear-capable Pershing II and ground-launched cruise missiles were rushed to Europe. At that same moment, more than a few Europeans, joined by some Americans, took to the streets, calling for a nuclear freeze — an end to new nuclear weapons and the destabilizing deployment of the ones that already existed. If only...

Broom

Russia set for complete ban on cryptocurrencies to 'minimize threats'

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Cryptocurrencies Ripple, Bitcoin, Etherum, and Litecoin.
The Bank of Russia has unveiled proposals that would see the sale, mining and circulation of cryptocurrencies banned as part of a radical move that finance chiefs say would protect the economy from the risks associated with digital currencies.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the Central Bank argued that "the status of the Russian ruble, which is not a reserve currency, does not allow Russia to take a soft approach or ignore the growing risks."

In the view of officials, "additional measures are advisable."The regulator proposed a tranche of restrictions that it said would "minimize the threats associated with the spread of cryptocurrencies," including banning transactions from the Russian market, prohibiting digital denominations from being issued, and preventing financial institutions from investing in them.

Comment: The reasoning given by Russia's Central Bank echoes much of what China said regarding its own ban on cryptos: that it was not backed by tangible assets, it was "not supported by real value, and that prices were easily manipulated". At the time, China accounted for 90% of the speculative market and so it was more exposed to these manipulations than most.

Since we know that financial warfare, such as the IMF's Shock Doctrine, is a preferred method for destabilising a country, it's perhaps revealing that both Russia and China, the main targets of the West's hybrid warfare, have chosen to shut down what might be considered an ideal, ostensibly anonymous, avenue of attack: Also check out SOTT radio's:



Heart - Black

How Anthony Fauci controls 'science' and serves big-pharma

Robert Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. succinctly summarizes how Dr. Anthony Fauci wields his power to control and manipulate science in this riveting episode of The Jimmy Dore Show. Fauci has been painted as a hero throughout the pandemic, an image that is not only misleading but wildly inaccurate, as detailed in Kennedy's best-selling book, "The Real Anthony Fauci."


Comment: You can watch the interview with Robert Kennedy Jr. mentioned in this article here.


"I wrote the book because so many Americans were looking at Tony Fauci as this kind of savior," Kennedy said. "... [T]he man on the white horse, or in the white lab coat, that would ride us out of this coronavirus crises but I knew from the beginning ... that he does not do public health and has not done public health since the 1980s."

Rather than looking out for public health, Fauci and his agency, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), prioritize pharmaceutical promotion. Kennedy refers to Fauci as the "leader of the pack" when it comes to those promoting pharmaceutical products, profiteering from Big Pharma and promoting their own personal power.

Comment: Will the real Anthony Fauci please stand up? See also:


Eagle

Blinken delays US response to Russia on Ukraine and unacceptable NATO encroachment

Antony Blinken
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns of imminent Russian assault on Ukraine, scrambling to get allies to rally
A special press briefing in unseemly hurry by the US state department to warn an imminent Russian assault on Ukraine; a surprise call by state secretary Blinken to his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to be followed by an unscheduled meeting in Geneva Friday; a whirlwind tour of Kiev and Berlin through Thursday — US diplomacy has gone into overdrive as the timeline for giving a formal response to Russia's demands of security guarantee draws closer.

The senior state department official who gave the briefing Tuesday sees something sinister in the planned joint military exercise between Russian and Belarusian militaries and suspects "Belarus could play a role in Russia's planned invasion of Ukraine."

Yet, the official didn't even know the scale of the exercise or the number of troops involved. In reality, the drill needn't even be notified under the OSCE's 2011 Vienna Document since they are below the threshold of 9,000 troops, etc. But Washington would have us believe that with a paltry force of a few thousand troops, Russia plans to stage an invasion of Ukraine across the Belarusian border!

Now, this is the ostensible backdrop in which Blinken has set out from Washington for a tour of Kiev, Berlin and Geneva through Friday — a hilarious hypothesis.

Comment: Russia is calling out the US on its very dangerous heap of bullshit and knocking Washington on its heels; Moscow, knowing what the propaganda and US movements inside of Ukraine actually portends, has drawn a very stark red line against further belligerence - and the idiots inside of the Beltway now know it. And don't quite know what to do.

Watch as Russia continues to outmaneuver US aggression again and again (one can only hope!).


Snakes in Suits

'Threat of Russian invasion is no more than last year' says Ukrainian parliament leader

Arakhamia

David Arakhamia
Western media outlets are driving rumors that Russian troops are planning to wage an offensive across the border into Ukraine, a close political ally of President Volodymyr Zelensky has claimed, as tensions remain high on the shared border.

Speaking on Wednesday to the Ukrainian outlet Focus, David Arakhamia, the head of the "Servant of the People" faction in parliament, said that such claims of an invasion are not a recent phenomenon. The party was founded by Zelensky in 2017 ahead of his bid to become president, and is named after the popular comedy show he starred in before embarking on his political career.

"There is always a threat from the outside. But! Remember the escalation last spring? Today's situation is no worse than that - it's roughly in the same range," said the official, who also is a member of the Verkhovna Rada's National Security, Defense and Intelligence Committee.

Comment: Whilst it may be true that Russia has no more intention to 'invade Ukraine' this year than previous years, it's also true that the US and NATO are escalating its provocations in the hopes that Russia will, and notably Arakhamia makes no mention of this. One wonders whether Arakhamia is downplaying the West's belligerence, as Zelensky did last year, in the knowledge that the West is simply using, and would willingly sacrifice, Ukraine if the situation heats up: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




Quenelle

'Furious' journalists walk out of Macron's EU Presidency conference after he refuses to take questions

Macron European Parliament
After Emmanuel Macron's speeches in the European Parliament on January 19, he invited journalists for a press briefing. Except that one of them, working for the Financial times, explained on social networks, video in support, that "journalists [sont] sort[is] a Macron-Metsola press conference [présidente du Parlement européen]", since the Head of State "will not answer questions from the media".

This journalist lamented in a second tweet that "after more than five hours of [Emmanuel] Macron in plenary, see [Roberta] Metsola and repeating press releases to him without asking questions is a waste of time." According to her, this appointment was "designed solely to ensure that the new president of the [Parlement européen] get her photoshoot with [Emmanuel] Macron [et] beautiful flags.


Comment: That sums up how politicians view journalists these days, they're the servants of the establishment, not of truth nor of the people. In a way this is understandable, because over the last decade and more, but particularly over the last 21+ months, journalists have done little but parrot the mainstream narrative, rather than do any investigative work and hold power to account.


Comment: Yahoo reports:
Jillian Deutsch, a reporter for Bloomberg, said that journalists present were "furious" as they had been waiting for an hour before they were told the leaders would not take questions. She said that "when someone shouted about it as they took to the podium," Macron pointed at his watch.

She said that "having Metsola and he [Macron] repeat press statements with no questions is a waste of time."

The press conference was held after a debate in Strasbourg on the priorities of France's Presidency of the Council. Metsola was announced as the next President of the European Parliament the day before.
Now these journalists know how their Russian compatriots feel, because both Biden and Macron have banned them from press conferences, ostensibly because they're from Russian media, but actually because they're much more likely to ask questions that threaten to expose the propaganda narrative.

Yet again this also highlights just how unusual President Putin is on the world stage, because he regularly holds press conferences where all news outlets are welcome to ask questions, uncensored; he also holds annual Q&As where the people of Russia are able to question, and sometimes even confront, him directly: See also: