NATO vs Russia: what happens next

By Pepe ESCOBAR

In Davos and beyond, NATO’s upbeat narrative plays like a broken record, while on the ground, Russia is stacking up wins that could sink the Atlantic

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Russland hat keine aggressiven Absichten – US-Strategiepapier erklärt die wahren Gründe der US – Politik

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A key paper to understand who wages war on whom for what reasons and employing which means.

Overextending and Unbalancing Russia

ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF COST-IMPOSING OPTIONS

by rand.org 2019, current update of a paper series, starting 1972

Key issues explained by Thomas Röper below in german language:

anti-spiegel.ru

26. Juni 2019

Russland hat keine aggressiven Absichten – US-Strategiepapier erklärt die wahren Gründe der US-Politik – Anti-Spiegel

https://www.anti-spiegel.ru/2019/russland-hat-keine-aggressiven-absichten-us-strategiepapier-erklaert-die-wahren-gruende-der-us-politik/

Russia’s suspension from UNHRC aimed to hoodwink world community: Analyst

An American political analyst slams the US-led bid to suspend Russia from UNHRC as a „perception management operation“ aimed at manipulating the international community.
— Weiterlesen www.presstv.co.uk/Detail/2022/04/08/679949/US-led-bid-to-oust-Russia-UNHRC-global-perception-management-operation

Michael Hudson: US Dollar Hegemony Ended Abruptly Last Wednesday – PopularResistance.Org

Michael Hudson: US Dollar Hegemony Ended Abruptly Last Wednesday – PopularResistance.Org

By Margaret Flowers, Clearing the FOG.

On Wednesday, March 23, 2022, the United States announced that it would freeze Russia’s access to its gold. Russia has the fifth highest amount of gold in the world. Economist Michael Hudson explains that this action, which follows the US seizing Venezuela and Afghanistan’s gold and assets, has effectively ended dollar hegemony, which has been in decline in recent years, and the free ride that the US has enjoyed abroad. Hudson states that we are now in uncharted territory as nothing like this has occurred in modern history. Sanctions on Russia are driving a shortage of fertilizer, which will lower food production and bring famine. Hudson predicts greater inflation, particularly for food and fuel, and shortages, which are all good for Wall Street profits, and more businesses being forced to close.

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Ukraine’s Propaganda War

Ukraine’s Propaganda War

March 23, 2022 

Dan Cohen reveals the network of foreign strategists, Washington lobbyists and intelligence-linked media outlets behind Kiev’s public relations blitz.

By Dan Cohen
in Washington, D.C.
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Putin’s official and unofficial targets in Ukraine

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Interview of American political analyst Andrew Korybko to Axar.az about Russia’s military operations in Ukraine:

1. What are your comments on Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov saying that Russia isn’t alone in the world because it still has friends?

This is an accurate depiction of reality that was most recently reflected by the UNGA vote on the proposal condemning Russia for its special military operation in Ukraine. Those countries that vetoed, abstained, or didn’t vote can be interpreted as those with independent foreign policies that are strategically autonomous and friendly to their mutually beneficial relations with Russia.

Azerbaijan is one such country, which isn’t surprising considering the Declaration on Allied Interaction that was agreed to between it and Russia during President Aliyev’s visit to Moscow on 22 February. The Azerbaijani leader also said that his country and Russia could potentially coordinate gas supplies to Europe. This shows how close these two neighbouring countries have become in recent years.

Others of importance who have thus far remained neutral are China, India, Iran, and Pakistan. These four are part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and are expected to become priority partners for Russia in the coming future as it accelerates its grand strategic reorientation away from the West. They’re large, strong, and stable enough to collectively make a meaningful difference in Eurasia.

2. Which countries are on Russia`s side and how can they help? (…)

 

Debunking The Top Ten Infowar Narratives About Russia’s Special Operation In Ukraine

The purpose of this piece is to debunk the top ten infowar narratives about this conflict in order to enlighten readers about the truth of what’s really happening and why. What comes next is a list of false narratives followed by the motivation behind them and then their concise debunking.

by Andrew KORYBKO

25.02.2022

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Ukraine is the hollow man of Europe

Ukraine is the hollow man of Europe

Why fight over a country whose birthrate is 1.23 children per female and with one of the world’s highest out-migration rates? 

by David P. Goldman January 26, 2022

Ukraine is disappearing, for two reasons. It has one of the world’s lowest birth rates at just 1.23 children per female, and one of the world’s highest rates of out-migration. No other country has willed itself out of existence so decisively. 

Ukraine’s demographic decline is so pronounced that it should be high on the list of strategic considerations. For what, and for whom, might NATO and Russia go to war?

Ukrainians vote with their feet. Nine million have work abroad, according to the National Security and Defense Council of the Ukraine, and 3.2 million have full-time jobs in other countries. There are only 21 million Ukrainians between the ages of 20 and 55, which suggests that more than two-fifths of prime working-age Ukrainians earn their living elsewhere. 

Even worse, a Wilson Center study reports, Ukraine’s best-educated people are likeliest to leave: (…)

Russia-Ukraine conflict: America needs a better idea than NATO expansion to keep the peace

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/12/14/ukraine-russia-nato-expansion/6494016001/

Russia-Ukraine conflict: America needs a better idea than NATO expansion to keep the peace

Dec 14, 2021

Ukraine and other former Soviet republics are proud countries. They are not, with all due respect, places we should send U.S. troops to fight and die.

Michael O’Hanlon  |  Opinion contributor

Can it really be true, at this date in 2021, that large-scale war in Europe is again possible?  Why are about 100,000 Russian troops massing near their country’s border with neighboring Ukraine – a country with which Russia shares a close history, religion, culture and previous membership in the Soviet Union? And most of all, what can the United States and allies do about the situation?

President Joe Biden has taken the Russian troop buildup seriously, as he should. His call last week with President Vladimir Putin provided a good start to crisis management. Warning Putin about much more severe economic punishment than Russia has experienced to date, if it should invade Ukraine, Biden struck the right balance. He appears to have avoided ill-advised threats to start World War III over a distant part of Europe not integral to core American security, yet sent an unmistakable message of firmness. 

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U.S. and European Union sanctions imposed over the past seven years, since Russia grabbed back Crimea back from Ukraine with its “little green men” attack and then fomented a separatist revolt in Ukraine’s east (that has since killed at least 13,000), have kept the Russian economy on its back. Its gross domestic product growth has for a decade averaged just about 1% a year

I would have preferred that Biden be even more specific about the types of new sanctions and related steps we might consider – for example, he could have promised that NATO would fund construction of more liquid natural gas terminals in Western Europe to reduce the region’s need for Russian gas, should Putin choose war. But the message was still well delivered, in a calm yet firm manner, and the past seven years of previous policy give it credibility.

NATO membership won’t prevent war

However, we need to think bigger. The crisis this year arose partly because Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recently asked NATO to bring his country into the Western alliance soon. He wonders why we have not done so. After all, back in 2008 during the Bush administration, the United States and NATO allies promised they would in fact someday invite Ukraine and Georgia into NATO  – though they provided no timetable and no interim security help, in effect painting a bullseye on the back of both countries. Putin has been sure to keep them unstable, and thus ineligible for NATO membership, ever since. (…)

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Pepe Escobar and The Grayzone: Kazakhstan coup fails, US-Russia talks go nowhere. Is war on horizon?

Max Blumenthal and geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar discuss the violent coup attempt in Kazakhstan, and its crucial importance as an ally of Russia …

Pepe Escobar and The Grayzone: Kazakhstan coup fails, US-Russia talks go nowhere. Is war on horizon?