New Cold War
From the beginning of the 20th century, the Anglo-Saxons considered the USSR and then Russia as their principal enemy. Persuaded that Moscow was attempting to invade all of Europe after the defeat of the 3rd Reich, they prolonged World War II with the intention of undermining the Soviets, bombed German cities to ensure that the Red Army would not benefit and dropped two nuclear bombs on the Japanese population to dissuade Stalin from using his military advantage. In 1949, they founded NATO and transformed the division of Europe into two zones of occupation in a Cold War that ended only when the USSR disappeared.
Recently, confronted with the unexpected reconsolidation of the Russian state, the Anglo-Saxons have returned to their initial strategy. The continuity of their anti-Russian policy is clearly visible in the figure of Zbignew Brzezinski, the former National Security Advisor to Democratic president Jimmy Carter, who moved over to the Republican side and then returned to the Democratic Party to ensure the election of his student, Barack Obama. Architect in the 1970’s of both the unconditional support for the Shah of Iran and the fomenting of the now decades-long Afghan war, he favors today a rapprochement with the Islamic regime in Iran and the expansion of the war against Pakistan.
Moscow, which succeeded in defeating the Islamic Emirate of Itchkeria (Chechnya) and halting Georgian aggression in South Ossetia, found itself trapped by the Ukraine during the "gas wars" of 2005-2010. The strategy of the New Cold War is identical to its antecedent. The Atlanticist press with no imagination dully applies the same cliches to Russia today that it once used against the USSR although the situation today is critically different. London, that once sheltered dissidents, has become the refuge of fleeing mafia oligarchs. The Pentagon is deploying a supposed anti-missile shield just as it once did Pershing II’s. NATO has expanded east and is opening new bases in the north to encircle, again, its traditional enemy.
In my opinion, the rupture of the orange field is a serious mistake the country will terribly suffer. I did my best to prevent it. However, we can not believe this rupture between Viktor Yushchenko and me represents the end of our democratic revolution. We succeeded in making honesty and moral part of our political game. The parliamentarian elections in March will be the second phase of the process to get rid of the system of clan and corruption.
The new government is very similar to the (...)
In the Internet, I found a document proving that Berezovski transferred funds to support the revolution and democracy in Ukraine. My job was to let the people know it, but now it is up to the investigative commission to make the decision. With no success at all, I tried to get some explanations from Yushchenko. The proceeding will say if an impeachment is necessary or not, but according to the law a presidential candidate can not use money coming from abroad for his electoral campaign. (...)
Berezovski said he had contributed 15 million dollars to aid Yushchenko’s electoral campaign. If this is confirmed in London to be true, the electoral commission should declare the results of Yushchenko’s election null and void. The Ukrainian law officially forbids any funding coming from abroad. A puppet president in our country is completely out of the question.
Berezovski dedicates his time to make up transnational clans. His interests like those of Tymoshenko’s and businessman Igor (...)
The division in Ukraine’s orange coalition is a hard blow to all those who hoped this movement would become the spearhead of a “western-like” policy reorientation in the region. Yulia Tymoshenko is striving to minimize the harm brought on the orange revolution image in the western public opinion, which gains more significance since this operation should be followed as a model by the rest of the former Soviet republics, with Russia 2008 in the line.
The Western media have not lost their Cold War heritage. No comparison could be made between the totalitarian USSR and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. And no comparison could be made either between the dissidents sent to gulag and an oligarch tried for tax evasion after having plundered his country. However, when the appeal process of the former chief of Yukos began, the supporters of the deposed oligarch started to publish columns in the Atlantist press, in which they widely use the rhetoric implemented to favour the Soviet dissidents.
Michael Khodorkovski shares a cell with other 15 prisoners. It is a difficult situation, especially after the week-long hunger strike, which recently finished. His life is not endangered but it is about something serious, especially because after the hunger strike he no longer received foodstuff from his family. Food quality in prison is as terrible as the conditions of its buildings.
The conditions in which prisoners are held is worthy of the Third World. Most of the prisoners smoke (...)
I felt disappointed about the publication of the survey results conducted in the district of Moscow University. The said poll indicated that 28% of the voters had stated they were willing to vote for Michael Khodorkovski. This situation was supposed to make me happy about the candidate and this constituency. This is the case, but I regret the results were published. In fact, the government will strengthen its efforts from now on to prevent Michael Khodorkovski from standing for candidacy. (...)
On September 14, Michael Kodorkovski appealed his 9-year sentence in prison. It was not a surprise that the Russian press, controlled by the government, expressed its satisfaction for such a sentence to satisfy an irritated opinion. It is a pity that in France and Europe the matter has been silenced. It is true that it would have been easier to defend a personality less wealthy and honest than Michael Khodorkovski, but if democracy in Russia is to be safeguarded, this man has to be (...)
Last week Vladimir Putin could be watched on all Russian T.V. screens. Such omnipresence made him clearly appear as a man interested in re-election. This has led an increasing number of commentators to wonder whether he will stay in power after 2008, once completed his second and last term of office as President.
Some political leaders have suggested lifting the constitutional restrictions for a third term in office. However, two years and a half before the next elections in Russia, the (...)
Non-Soviet Russia’s internal problems stop it from playing a more effective role in the international arena. This in turn has enabled the U.S. to come off with its unipolar dominance. Syrian President Bachar El Assad was right when he urged Vladimir Putin to pay more attention to the Middle East, mainly because Arab-Soviet relations were at their best in the past. On the other hand, the strategic equation used to be just another one: The Arab World and the Soviet Union vs. Israel and the (...)
Among the articles written to mark the anniversary of the slaughter of Beslan, many of them hold the Russian forces responsible for the final outcome of the events. They are not being criticized for not protecting the hostages but they are being accused of killing children during an irrational storming action. In the western mind, the Russian appear as well-known to everyone, even when they do not carry a knife between their teeth, they continue to be cruel.
With the desperate statements (...)
When the polls announced a possible victory of Angela Merkel, strong advocate of atlantism, in the German elections of September 18, the supporters of the alliance Paris-Berlin-Moscow were concerned about the consequences of a change of this nature. Vladimir Putin carried out an active campaign in favor of Gerard Schröder and praised his merits in the interview given to Stana.Ru. From the other side of the Atlantic, on the contrary, the disappearance of the modest chancellor has caused anticipated happiness.
September is a sad month both for Russia and the United States. The world remembers the atrocities of Beslan and September 11. Both tragedies were provoked by abominable terrorist actions. The world should remember what must be done to fight such criminal acts and how a double-standard policy can harm our cooperation. Arranged and planned by Shamil Basáyev, the Beslan’s massacre is an open wound for Russia. The aid offerings received from Europe and other states have helped us ease our pain a (...)
For the first time in four years, Germany will witness a strongly disputed election process and, one more time, Gerhard Schröder will try to avail himself of the circumstances by using a demagogic anti-American rhetoric. In one of his meetings, Schröder condemned in advance any military intervention in Iran. In so doing, he forgot the objectives he had set forth and maintained a few weeks ago at the White House when he said to be of the same opinion with President Bush George W. Bush in (...)
Gerhard Schröder won the previous elections basing his campaign on the international policy. He introduced himself as the peace chancellor, challenging the United States. This would tip the balance in his favor. Schröder will use again that method now though this time the anti-American rhetoric won’t be necessary to work.
There is a great parallelism between the Iraqi issue and the Iranian crisis and Schröder might use it. The Bush administration said that the Iranian nuke could be handed (...)
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