RUSSIA, THE UKRAINE, BRICSA NATIONS, SANCTIONS, AND THE RETREAT FROM ...
There is yet another consequence that is spinning out from the Anglosphere's foreign policy insanity vis-a-vis the Ukraine, Russia, and the imposition of sanctions on the latter: the breakdown of the very globalist-New World Order agenda - we call it Globaloney here at Giza Death Star - that the CFR, Trilateralists, Bilderbergers, and so on have been so assiduously busy about building since the end of the Second World War (if not before):
World marching back from globalisation
Of course, you'll notice a certain tendentiousness in this article, perhaps best revealed here:
"There is a mood abroad that says history will record that sanctions against Russia marked the start of an epochal retreat from globalisation. I heard a high-ranking German official broach the thought the other day at the German Marshall Fund’s Stockholm China Forum. It was an interesting point, but it missed a bigger one. The sanctions are more symptom than cause. The rollback began long before Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, began his war against Ukraine.
"The case for calling a halt to business as usual with Moscow is self-evident to anyone who considers that international security demands nations do not invade their neighbours. The valid criticism of the West is that it has been too slow to react. At every step, the Russian president has ruthlessly exploited US hesitation and European divisions.
"He will do so until Nato restores deterrence to the core of European security. Putin’s irredentism demands tough diplomacy stiffened by hard power. He will stop when he understands that aggression will invite unacceptable retaliation. To make deterrence credible, the alliance must put boots on the ground on its eastern flank. The Baltics have replaced Berlin as the litmus test of western resolve.
"Some, particularly though not exclusively in the rising world, have seen sanctions through a different prism. By punishing Russia economically, the US and Europe are undermining the open international system. Economics, this cast of mind says, must be held apart from the vicissitudes of political quarrels. Why should new powers sign up to a level international playing field if the US and Europe scatter it with rocks in pursuit of narrow interests?"
There are four points here that leave me scratching my head in disbelief, and the first is, the idea that this is "Mr. Putin's War."
Now, granted, I don't watch much tv, but the notion of Mr.Putin having begun "his war against (THE) Ukraine" strikes me as not only a BIG FAT WHOPPER OF A LIE, but one so ridiculous that it strains imagination. Most regular readers here are probably as ready as I to assign equal if not more responsibility for the mess in THE Ukraine to the West in general and to America in particular. As far as this blogger is concerned, Russia's only responsibility in the affair appears to have been the misfortune to have their country so close to the Ukraine. One gets the impression, from some western "spokespersons" that the Russians are also to be blamed for the location of their country (How dare they place it so close to our interests!) and that Washington would be much happier if the Russians lived in another solar system.
I've heard the usual stuff about a Russian invasion of the Eastern Ukraine, though admittedly, I haven't watched much tv news lately to see how the American media is spinning the whole thing(frankly, I can only stand about two minutes of it before I switch it off in disgust). But I'm just not seeing it. This is Russia we're talking about folks, and if Mr. Putin wanted to invade the Ukraine, he wouldn't muck about. We would be seeing massive air and missile strikes against C3 targets (communications, command and control), airfield strikes to cripple the Ukrainian air force and gain air superiority, interdiction of transportation and logistics, road blocks and check points everywhere, a clamp on all foreign journalists, massive columns, armor, &c... you get the idea. In other words, you'd see a military operation with all that entails, and from what I can tell - I may be wrong, after all, I don't watch TV and I don't live in Donetsk - this is not happening.
The second problem here is, sure, you don't invade friendly and non-hostile "neighbours", and that's the point: Mr. Putin didn't, and even if he did, there has been some provocation. Left out of this mix is of course, that one also doesn't sponsor neo-Nazi coups and bloody covert operations against a legitimate sovereign government that is moving in a direction you don't like, but not doing anything threatening to you or your interests, just so the Vice-President's son can have a cushy job (ok ok...I exaggerate).
Thirdly, the Baltics have replaced Berlin as the test of Western resolve. Really? Funny... I don't recall hearing recently that Mr. Putin or Mr. Glazyev or anyone else were massing troops and tanks on the border of Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania. Could you produce some satellite pictures from Brazilian, German, French, Japanese, Chinese, Indian satellites showing us this? What I suspect is REALLY being said here is "we need American bases in those countries in the guise of NATO bases so we can more easily interdict that Russian-German gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea."
However, it's that fourth component that really is where the rubber meets the road, and two more paragraphs expound on this:
"These critics are right to say an integrated global economy needs a cooperative political architecture. Sanctions against Ukraine, though, fit a bigger picture of the unravelling of globalisation since the financial crash of 2008. They testify to a profound reversal in US attitudes. Washington’s steady retreat from global engagement reaches beyond Barack Obama’s ordinance that the US stop doing “stupid stuff”.
"The architect of the present era of globalisation is no longer willing to be its guarantor. The US does not see a vital national interest in upholding an order that redistributes power to rivals. Much as they may cavil at this, China, India and the rest are unwilling to step up as guardians of multilateralism. Without a champion, globalisation cannot but fall into disrepair."(Emphasis added)
I have to admit, I read the last paragraph in disbelief, for the BRICSA nations, Russia and China in particular, have repeatedly made statements to the effect that "globalization" must be genuine and not unipolar. In other words, they have dared call a spade a spade, and pulled off the phony term of "globalization" as simply a convenient name for the imposition of American and for that matter private financial and corporate will on the rest of the world. Think only of the secret agendas behind the drive to push standards of US Patent Law through the WTO - with all the associated GMO issues that go with it - the whole creation of the WTO-IMF system:
"The open trading system is fragmenting. The collapse of the Doha round spoke of the demise of global free-trade agreements. The advanced economies are looking instead to regional coalitions and deals — the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact. The emerging economies are building south-south relationships. Frustrated by a failure to rebalance the International Monetary Fund, the Brics nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are setting up their own financial institutions"
And the "masters" in the City, Wall Street, London and Washington have only themselves to blame. But there's a lament here, and it's a significant one:
"Globalisation needs an enforcer — a hegemon, a concert of powers or global governance arrangements sufficient to make sure the rules are fairly applied. Without a political architecture that locates national interests in mutual endeavours, the economic framework is destined to fracture and fragment. Narrow nationalisms elbow aside global commitments. Sanctions are part of this story, but Russia’s contempt for the international order is a bigger one.
"Sad to say, we learnt in 1914 that economic interdependence is a feeble bulwark against great-power rivalry."
Reading between the lines a bit, this is both an admission, and perhaps a bit of a desperate prayer. The admission is, the USA cannot be the unipolar "enforcer" any more for any attempt to do so will only exacerbate an already deteriorating situation, and secondly, the old system of alliances is collapsing under the strain of new emerging regional coalitions, financial realities, and their accompanying geopolitical commitments. In other words, the USA must make sure those new bases in Eastern Europe that are being called for here must be perceived as NATO bases. And there's the rub... selling that idea in Rome, Madrid, Paris, or Berlin is going to be difficult.
Now, one final question: do any of you think that "global enforcer" will be genuinely fair? a genuinely responsive government to the peoples of the world? to their middle classes? Or do you think it will be what the corporatized governments of the west have become?
I suspect most of us know the answer to that already.
See you on the flip side.
(My thanks to Mr. Z.Y. for sharing this important article.)
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Michael Hudson has a recent article posted at his web site that tell how the world is now starting to question and highlight a universal principle: that contracts “used to advance military & political objectives…should lose their claim to court enforcement”. This all leads to an ever-widening in gap in the credibility of the IMF; what it really stands for, and behind.
“Losing Credibility: The IMF and the New Cold War Loan To Ukraine.”
as I once previously stated: knowingly the Ukraine is the bread basket of Europe due to its rich soil (“..if you control food you can control people”- Henry Kissenger) I still tend to think this is a war for food sources (I tend to think in terms of basics- silly me- forgive me if because of this I’ve insulted anyone’s intelligence)-
I think thats a big part of the equation, Larry. You see a push to privatize land and force GMOs and fracking already in Ukraine. Note that after Argentina´s bankruptcy, the IMF forced mass GMO soy on them which is having a devastating effect on public health. Putin is anti GMO. You won´t read a lot about that in msm.
Moscow moots the idea of interdicting air space to the supporters of US-promoted sanctions. The Germans will not be pleased (but on the other hand might be secretly pleased since the very idea of such a measure could help Europe free itself of the “dead hand” of the rogue group controlling policy in Washington)
The Corporatocracy drives policy and the world better follow along or else there will be hell-to-pay, so yes, we all know who should not be the “Global Enforcer”. A quick search on “tensions in the South China Sea” indicates neither should China be on anyone’s short list. Perhaps Kurdistan deserves a shot at it. Whoops, that was a poor choice of words if you ask the Assyrians.
Perhaps some off-world entity is ready, willing and able to fill the role.
The article is from the Financial Times, so what else to expect but utter propaganda that serves Western interests?
Dr Farrell, you say “I can only stand about two minutes of it before I switch it off in disgust”.
Wow, I admire you greatly….two minutes… :-). I can’t even stand the “news” previews! Believe you me, the propaganda here in New Zealand is as bad as it is in your country. It all gets turned around 180degrees. I can’t stand it AT ALL, period.
The propaganda machine in place today would make Joseph Goebbels green with envy.
I have wondered why Putin has been so reluctant to directly support the Eastern Ukraine militarily.
Then I read an Internet article that mentioned the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the nineteen eighties. An invasion the Soviets were lured into by Western Intel (read CIA, et all). We all know what a quagmire the Soviets got themselves into at the time and they had to pull out eventually, defeated.
Putin is not going to make that same mistake again. He HAD to act when it came to Crimea, but for the Eastern provinces, he is playing the waiting game. Although there can be no doubt that the Russians provide some kind of support for the Freedom Fighters (cough, cough, errrr “terrorists”).
Daffy Duck listening to mainstream news:
Aaaarggh, too late.
Not many people know the history of WW11 Russia,
which is fast approaching the 75 years ago mark.
Yes, the losses on the Soviet side were absolutely horrendous.
It was the Soviets that defeated the Nazi’s. The Allied armies basically did the mopping up.
Yet in which WWII commemoration is this recognized?
lol, listen to edgar…never trust a … over on ewe tube.
all my heartfelt wishes go out too the jews who have lost the great lady, joan rivers, aka molinsky, the russian jew who died from complications of throat surgery. Who exposed the potus as a transgender, and its wife as a …well a man acting as a female…and found in her heart, that killing low iqs was the right thing to do over in palestine….god bless you joan…also edgar steele died as well.
the beat goes on……
Something has to break here and I don’t see the Americans giving up the ground “they think” they have gained. If continued, the Ukraine crisis will only escalate into a bouncing ball scenario, in other words “money”, and somebody has to cough up to keep the ball bouncing.
With winter approaching, the EU is getting the jitters, and none too soon, because nobody likes to be cold, especially Frau Merkel. I’d like to see what the Europeans will say about sanctions when they have to light matches to keep warm, and there’s one thing that I am certain about, and that is Mr. Putin’ control valve has an “OFF BUTTON”.
You forgot one Robert scientist destroy science. As for Philip Stephen I wonder what intoxicate he was on when he wrote this crap. Russia is a state with eleven time zones I think the Soviet Union days it would have been twelve or thirteen that a lot of territory to govern even with no outside interference at the best of times. But then we talking about dolts that would shame any moderate Mafia crime boss they’re worse than crazy their down right stupid. They’ve been running the World into the ground for over five hundred years instead of barter and trade they’ve been stealing, torturing, and murdering. Russia, India, China and South Africa. Along with non Anglo-America were trading abuse stories at that meeting in La Fortaleza I don’t remember whether Argentina or Brazil.
Sadly your quite right on that score marcos. Science is literally manufactured, bought & sold. It’s another commodity being shaped by economic might.
The story is an ancient one exemplified by today’s globalism; and no different from the original globalization of shipping that required a maritime proletariat. The ruling classes of England learned how to think of labor as a commodity; buying and selling the labor power of the seamen in an international market. And that labor power was brutally rendered for for it was: a commodity. In fact when one looks at the architecture of the slave ships and the East India trading ships, the drawn hammocks in which the sailors slept below decks were not much more room than the enslaved Africans on slave ships.
Ironically the more capital(economic power) succeds in organizing itself, the more it is forced to organize the working class(political power). This transmuted the cooperation needed for capital into a transmuted cooperation among sailors worldwide. That cooperation led to a striking down of the sails in 1768, immobilizing the world’s greatest shipping fleet. The first strike was born and rapidly circulated among working people around the globe. then the political power derivatives of the strike appeared in other forms of resistance: runaways; jumping ship; mutiny; piracy; slave revolt; urban riots; insurrections and rebellions.
So that early technology, engine of wood campus and hemp; this globalized instrument of European power resulted in plunder, conquest and finally a political and economic dominance that has lasted to this day. Becoming evermore a monstrous economic dragon as she grows; breathing down fire on all life forms within her ever expanding sinister reach.
what about the science that operates outside of the known laws…lol…the god science…until you witness it, you will forever be in the no knows.
Seems to me it is in “their” interest to let us build new clean and righteous international financial institutions, let the old evil ones meet their rightful demise, let the good guys declare victory, with or without a WWIII, and the people will be thrilled.
Somewhere along the way, powderize some buildings in Moscow and Berlin and Beijing and Joburg and…. Game. Set. Match.
That’s why I hope Russia has better technology and intelligence than they ever let on, that they are able to or have already identified the stateless cabal and have or can make plans to effectively deal with it. I take refuge in the notion that there are brilliant men and women out there not as helpless in their power structures as we’ve been rendered.
Your “stateless cabal” is definately on the mark.
I think what is going on is a continuing transformation of governance; as capital flight beefs up its economic might against the political will of the people. In theory, the ruler(s) governs with the implied consent of the people. Otherwise, there is/well be rebellion. Rebellion is happening; although, it is the government that is revolting against their own people/We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and banks destroy the economy[Chris Hedges]. Globalism: the demise of 1st World employment and of the 3rd World agricultural community, which are supplanted by large scale monoculture[Paul Craig Roberts]. And on the subject of agriculture Professor Hubert said the power on Monsanto and agri-business has made it almost impossible to do research on GMOs, that we are flying blind, and might be in the process of killing ourselves. Then there is Fukushima which is or has killed the Pacific. So this so-called “political” leadership has been usurp by economic power, whose model does NOT “measure” all the costs; and, purposely omits costs that are life & death consequences for life on Earth. This is a battle for the soul of our planet. It is between this current economic cancer system and the will of the people(political power), whose representative governments have revolted against their own people, by selling their souls for biblical “thirty pieces of silver”.
everything is collapsing…the apocalypse.
I am surprised that Wayne Hershel research is not more well known/ being discussed…is it real what the ancients were saying or was it false? Specifically were there visitors to earth from the Ra star near the pleades as claimed.
For me jedi, it is becoming more & more clear that some “others” have indeed been “here”. From where, or who, is unknown to me. That “they” “monkeyed around” in someway, is clear also. Are they are coming back? Have they left? Are they in someway communicating and/or still? in control? All these questions ,and more, I wonder about.
“They” have proven to me that man is a animal, sadly, and with a heavy heart that man is a animal that is driven by materialism and not of love of all that life has to offer.
It is so obvious, and makes me so despondent to realize this …pure hell….in what was designed to be heaven.
They never left, btw…they are in a hard situation, some of us get it, some of the time, some all of the time and others none of the time.
Please don’t say that Jedi. A few men act like “animals”. Many of us don’t.
People prove their ability to love and show compassion in small ways every day. I hope and pray that one day we will have a chance to show this on the global chessboard.
Having said that, I am really not sure that this place was ever meant to be “heaven”. Sometimes I think we have landed in hell! 🙂
I have posted this link a few times here. It is a good intro into what to expect from Wayne Hershel’s good work, and it is only 3 1/2 minutes.
One only needs to look at the African bread basket to see how the future is going to unfold……with a life expectancy of 29 and no one is blinking an eye. Truly amazing.
With a official visit, a couple of contracts and some happy talk the table was set for 2 heads of there feudal states.
I wish I could be as positive about common sense. My friends see Putin as the devil incarnate, a warmongering nut responsible for all the suffering in the Ukraine scared to death his soldiers boots might walk on west european soil.
The view “the west” is all good and the rest of the world should stife to be like them and become part of that family is very alive and kicking.
After all Obama is a saint, he gave americans medicare. A similar system I was born under and in western europe seen as a sign of being very civilised. If you tell people over here a lot of americans would like to see that reversed they look at you bewilderd an think you are raving mad.
So no all the nonsense that politicians and media spew out is truth for many and scaremongering is top of the bill right now.
Short bio of Philip Stephens found here: http://www.ippr.org/people/policy-advisory-council/philip-stephens
The gist of that bio? You couldn’t find a “journalist” more invested in propagandizing for the Anglo-American Cabal than this guy. Yecch.
As for the article, it is pure propaganda, and I’ve read dozens of similar from MSM outlets in the UK and US. This is the insane tripe that is being forced down people’s gullets by the minions of the Mighty Wurlitzer.
The lies are so huge and obvious and so shameless now that you wonder if anyone believes them, but the masses–distracted, drugged and divided–would rather just not look too deeply into any of this, and so the West’s Big Lies continue to stand. And so the sociopaths in power just throw more lies onto the heap, since the last set went over, more or less.
It’s a disgusting, disheartening and bleak vista when one surveys the current state of world affairs. Kissinger’s claptrap was written for a world that simply doesn’t exist, like trying to decipher an oracular muttering in an obscure dialect of ancient Greek. They’re all mad: the CFR Old Guard has lost control, the ZioCons are ideologically rabid psychopaths, and the presstitutes are all bought and paid for ten times over.
So it’s a bit a head-scratcher for me that you’ve read this article in “disbelief.” I’m sorry to report that this sort of bald-faced, Orwellian black-is-white propaganda is the new normal, and has been for some years now.