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Russia experts in the West

The Western media touts a bizarre array of so-called experts on Russia. These range from Western academics who simply live in delusional universes of their own making to dissidents who, like most dissidents, know which side their bread is buttered and will say what their new masters in MI6 and NATO require. (The media usually slavishly reports whatever they say without doubting a morsel). Many of these experts work for “think-tanks” with clear links to the Western war machine. Continue reading “Russia experts in the West”

Transitioning to democracy with the usual lies

The UK has backed the US in supporting Juan Guaidó, head of the parliament in Venezuela, against the elected President Nicolás Maduro. Even if Maduro fixed the election it is a short-circuit to go from there to intervention – as we have now.

The UK’s Foreign Secretary has said: “This regime has done untold damage to the people of Venezuela, 10% of the population have left Venezuela such is the misery they are suffering”. “Regime” is a keyword. Despite doubts over the integrity of the recent elections in Venezuela the current President still has more claims on democracy than, say, the leaders of Saudi Arabia who we are unlikely to find the UK Foreign Secretary calling a “regime” (bad for business). “Regime” legitimises intervention. And we know where that ends up… Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya. No stand-out success stories there. Just lots of corpses.

As for people leaving because of the economic problems caused by the “regime”. It may be true that the government is partly responsible for the economic crisis in Venezuela. However; US sanctions have played a significant part. These sanctions include prohibitions on US citizens financing government debt or investment in the state oil company in Venezuela. The effect of this will have been to make oil production more expensive which means in turn less government revenue. The crisis, the “misery”, which Jeremy Hunt cites as a reason to conduct a regime change operation in Venezuela is in fact something which has (at least partly) been caused by them. (US and UK are synonymous in Foreign Policy terms). An enormous lie. And one which will most likely pass by 100% unquestioned by the media – as it does, for example, in this Guardian article.

 

 

 

 

Why tell lies Mr Harding?

There is plenty to criticise about Russia. Even if we take an intelligent approach and start from the position that Russia is a different country, with its own history and traditions and values, and criticism should take this into account, not simply be based on the expectation that Russia should automatically adopt all Western values and trends, even then there is still plenty to criticise about Russia. Continue reading “Why tell lies Mr Harding?”

Victims to the end

As readers of this blog will know I divide my news consumption time equally between the Guardian and RT.

Reading the Guardian is to read a never ending series of whinges about how women, black people, gays, and people confused about their gender are oppressed – implicitly if not explicitly by white middle-aged men. (Young white men present something of a conundrum for this ideology and their position in the scheme of things is obscure). Continue reading “Victims to the end”

The intolerance of the “tolerant”

I’m not going to go into this in any depth – do any systematic research. But I’ve noticed a spate of articles in the Guardian recently which are basically anti-men. It seems it is acceptable to make sweeping negative generalisations about “men” in a way that if they were made about women would be seen as the worst kind of sexism. (This is just one recent example – a badly written dissing of “older men” in general from someone who casually throws out as if it were entirely normal that she was “two-timing” two of her older men dates). This is just part of what is obviously a trend – another barrier has been overcome on the march towards liberation. Now “men” can be openly abused generically as a type and this is all fine.

Continue reading “The intolerance of the “tolerant””