Archive for the ‘Russia’ Category

Putin may return to presidency in 2009

November 9, 2008

Reuters

MOSCOW — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev could resign from his post in 2009 to pave the way for Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Thursday, citing an unidentified source close to the Kremlin. (more…)

Election unleashes a flood of hope worldwide

November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PARIS: From the front lines of Iraq to more genteel spots like Harry’s Bar in Paris, the election of Barack Obama opened a floodgate for the world’s hope that a new U.S. leader would redeem promises of change, rewrite the political script and provide a kind of leadership that would erase the bitterness of the Bush years.

Whether it was because of Obama’s youth, race, message or manner, some European leaders abandoned diplomatic niceties to compete for extravagance in their praise, while others outside the United States – fascinated by an election that had been scrutinized around the globe – reached for their most telling comparisons. (more…)

‘Axis of Diesel’ forced to change its ways by plummeting oil price

October 20, 2008

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Oil prices have fallen 50 per cent from a peak of $147 in July. Declining oil revenues may force Russia, Iran and Venezuela to curtail anti-Western policies (more…)

Putin’s war enablers: Bush and Cheney

August 21, 2008

Russia’s escalating war on Georgia reveals the consequences of the Bush administration’s long assault on the international rule of law.

By Juan Cole

Aug. 14, 2008 | The run-up to the current chaos in the Caucasus should look quite familiar: Russia acted unilaterally rather than going through the U.N. Security Council. It used massive force against a small, weak adversary. It called for regime change in a country that had defied Moscow. It championed a separatist movement as a way of asserting dominance in a region it coveted.

Indeed, despite George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s howls of outrage at Russian aggression in Georgia and the disputed province of South Ossetia, the Bush administration set a deep precedent for Moscow’s actions — with its own systematic assault on international law over the past seven years. Now, the administration’s condemnations of Russia ring hollow. (more…)

Ten Reasons Why Russia Can’t Trust Uncle Sam

August 6, 2008
Global Research, August 26, 2007
The Moscow News Weekly – 2007-07-26

The West says that it is perplexed by Russia’s “aggressive” behavior of late, and suggests that Moscow is desirous to regain its past superpower status, and even a little empire. But if cashing in on oil is imperialism, how do we explain the following U.S. moves:

10. Scrapping the Anti-Ballis­tic Missile Treaty

In Decem­ber 2001, three months after 9/11, U.S. President George W. Bush told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. was pulling out of the 1972 ABM Treaty, a Cold War-era document that specifically forbade the development and deployment of anti-missile defense systems. The treaty ensured that signatory nations adhere to the mutually assured destruction (MAD) concept – if you destroy us we will destroy you formula. Yes, it was certainly MAD, but it kept the peace for 30 years. Former Defense Secre­tary Donald Rumsfeld attempted to reassure Moscow that the decision was nothing personal. “It [the treaty] failed to recognize that the Soviet Union is gone and that Russia is, of course, not our enemy.” Putin called the move “a mistake.”

9. “Mission Accomplished”

On March 20, 2003, the United States – without a mandate from the United Nations, and against the heated objections of France, Germany and Russia – invaded Iraq on the pretext that the secular Baathist state of Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was a proud sponsor of terrorism. Both accusations were proven wrong. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the BBC in an interview that the attack was a violation of international law. “From our point of view and the UN Charter point of view, it [the war] was illegal.”

8. Pentagon Spending Spree

The United States, which just put the finishing touches on a $583 billion dollar shopping trip for 2008, accounts for about half of global expenditures (or the next 14 nations). However, as Robert Higgs of the Inde­pendent Institute argues, “the trillion-dollar defense budget is already here.” Higgs calculated that U.S. military-related spending in 2006 was actually $934.9 billion if we figure in Home­land Security ($69.1bln), the Dept. of Energy, which oversees nuclear weapons ($16.6 bln) and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs ($69.8 bln), as well as other juicy pork chops. In May, the Democrat-controlled House and Senate approved almost $95 billion for the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq through September (Go Dems!). Meanwhile, “aggressive” Russia, with a 48 percent increase in military spending since 1996, still spends ‘just’ $85 billion annually on military expenditures.

7. NATO XXL

As Dan Simpson, a retired U.S. diplomat argued in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “The United States and other NATO members have taken some actions along the way to lull the Russians into acquiescence as NATO expanded to include the former Warsaw Pact na­tions… The argument was that these countries wanted to join NATO and that their membership posed no threat to Russia. That line prevailed as NATO membership grew to include also Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, former republics of the Soviet Union. Now the Russians see the same argument being advanced for Georgia and Ukraine. That’s getting close to home.”

6. New Military Bloopers

As the Pakistani government of Gen. Pervez Musharraf struggles to contain the fallout of an 8-day battle against militants at the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque), a U.S. official turned up the heat by telling CNN that if the U.S. “had actionable targets, anywhere in the world,” including Pakistan, then “we would pursue those targets.” Meanwhile, talk about a possible attack on Iran, a nation that ranked on America’s axis of evil hit parade, continues.

5. Think-Tank Saber Rattling

Keir A. Lieber and Daryl G. Press write an article in the prestigious U.S. journal Foreign Affairs entitled “Nuclear Primacy” (March/April 2006), which argues, in a nutshell, that “It will probably soon be possible for the United States to destroy the long-range nuclear arsenals of Russia or China with a first strike.” Is this the sort of article that America should be supporting if it wants Russia to believe that elements of the proposed U.S. missile defense system in Poland and… oops! Don’t want to spoil the plot! Anyways, Moscow ‘responds’ with very accurate penmanship one year later as it test-fires its new RS-24 ballistic missile that it said could “overcome any potential missile defense systems developed by foreign countries.”

4. Cheney Comfort

One month after the above love letter hit newsstands, Vice President Dick Cheney, during a trip to Vilnius, Lithuania, assuaged Moscow’s fears by reiterating, once again: “Russia has nothing to fear and everything to gain” by ‘democratic activity’ on her borders.

3. Gates’ Gated Community

In early 2007, Pentagon chief Robert Gates urged viligance when he warned, “We don’t know what’s going to develop in places like Russia and China, in North Korea, in Iran and elsewhere.” Was this a simple case of mistaken identity by a former White House Russian analyst? Whatever the case, it certainly helped to provoke Putin’s heated Munich speech in February, where he admonished the world’s “one master, one sovereign.”

2. EU Culpability

As the War on Terror continues, Europe is losing its Snow White innocence. As the German magazine Der Spiegel reported, “On July 19, 2002, a Gulfstream business jet took off from Frankfurt am Main bound for Amman, Jordan. The flight received an AFTM exempt [pilot code for ‘extreme situation’], although it carried neither patients nor politicians. Instead, the jet was carrying a CIA team that took a Mauri­tanian terrorism suspect… to Guan­tanamo.” Der Spiegel reported that this “camouflaging of an illegal kidnapping as a rescue flight” was not an isolated event: There were 390 such takeoffs and landings in Germany between 2002 and 2006. And considering Eastern European hotels, it’s just too scary to consider those secret terrorist prisons that allegedly exist in Poland and Romania.

1. Don’t Worry, These anti-Missile Missiles won’t Hurt You, Really – Washington is now incredulous, shocked, mortified that Moscow has the nerve to suggest that there could be less than good intentions involved in the construction of an anti-missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic, even though there are no bad-guy technologies on the horizon that such a system could intercept. Go figure!

Global Research Articles by Robert Bridge

Ten Reasons Why Russia Can’t Trust Uncle Sam

July 27, 2008
Global Research, August 26, 2007
The Moscow News Weekly – 2007-07-26

The West says that it is perplexed by Russia’s “aggressive” behavior of late, and suggests that Moscow is desirous to regain its past superpower status, and even a little empire. But if cashing in on oil is imperialism, how do we explain the following U.S. moves: (more…)

Emo to be made illegal in Russia?

July 24, 2008


New laws planned to stop ‘dangerous teen trends’

A new Russian law could make being an emo kid illegal in the eastern European country.

Legislation is currenting being formulated in Russia to heavily regulate emo websites and ban emo and goth dress style in schools and government buildings.

The new laws are apparently being driven by fears that these “dangerous teen trends” encourage depression and suicide. (more…)

Soviet Underground Submarine Base

July 24, 2008
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Until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Balaklava was one of the most
secret towns in Russia. 10km south eas of Sevastopol on the Black Sea Coast,
this small town was the home to a Nuclear Submarine Base.
Almost the entire population of Balaklava at the time worked at the Base, even
family members could not visit the town of Balaklava without good reason and
identification. The base remained operational after the collapse of the Soviet Union
in 1991 until 1993 when the decommissioning process started and the warheads
and low yield torpedos were removed. Then in 1996 the last Russian Submarine
left the Base, and now you can go on Guided tours round the Cannel System,
Base and small Museum, which is now housed in the old weapons stowage
hangers deep inside the hillside.

via http://www.bored-space.com/index.php/Interesting/Soviet-Underground-Submarine-Base.html