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Trump and Putin have relaunched the arms race. Hug Europe close, Britain | Rafael Behr | Opinion | The Guardian
Europe might feel a bit unstable these days, but at least it is not a hair-trigger away from nuclear Armageddon. One reason is the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. That deal, signed by Washington and Moscow in 1987, banned missiles with a range of 310 to 3,420 miles. Last week, Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the INF, blaming Russian violations. Vladimir Putin reciprocated over the weekend, promising to accelerate development of prohibited weapons. Unless Moscow and Washington unexpectedly rediscover the spirit of detente, the INF treaty is finished. A global monument to the triumph of diplomatic rationality over militaristic paranoia is being pulled down.

The response in Britain has been oddly muted. Politics is mostly taken up by Brexit, but the issues are linked.
nukes  politics  us  russia  eu  uk 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
How Russia’s rich elite spend their billions in London | World news | The Guardian
a super-rich colony in the heart of the capital. Many maintain ties with Russia and most remain “non-doms” – a dazzling loophole in the British tax system.

Meanwhile Londoners eagerly cater to their needs as butlers and architects, accountants and lawyers, interior designers and private tutors, personal shoppers and family officers. But their most important facilitator has been the UK government itself, which has rolled out the red carpet to a group whose enormous wealth became part of a narrative about a new golden age for the capital.
politics  uk  russia  business 
march 2018 by juliusbeezer
Internet russe, l’exception qui vient de loin, par Kevin Limonier (Le Monde diplomatique, août 2017)
La Russie est en effet l’un des seuls pays à disposer d’un écosystème presque complet de plates-formes et de services indépendants de ceux de la Silicon Valley, fondés par des Russes et régis par le droit russe. Tandis qu’une part significative de la population mondiale utilise quotidiennement Google, Amazon, Facebook et Apple (GAFA), sans recours possible à des équivalents locaux crédibles, les Russes et leurs voisins ont le choix entre les géants californiens et ce qu’il est convenu d’appeler le Runet : le segment russophone du Net et les services qui le composent. Yandex jouit d’une popularité deux fois supérieure à celle de son concurrent Google, tandis que VKontakte, équivalent de Facebook, est, de très loin, le premier site consulté dans le pays.

Cette situation unique dans le monde — même en incluant le cas de la Chine — constitue un sérieux atout pour Moscou,
internet  russia  socialmedia 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Media Lens - Racing Towards The Abyss: The U.S. Atomic Bombing of Japan
A stumbling block until recently has been that no historian has been sufficiently fluent in English, Japanese and Russian to investigate the primary archival material – including internal government documents, military reports and intelligence intercepts - in all three languages. This partly explains why historical debate in the West has been so focused on the Truman administration’s motives and policy-making: this, after all, could be pursued on the basis of English-language material...

In 2005, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, published a landmark study, ‘Racing The Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan.’[4] Hasegawa, born and raised in Japan but now a U.S. citizen, appraised seriously the trilateral wartime relationships between the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan. His study has been critically acclaimed and has generated considerable scholarly, as well as journalistic, debate. Barton Bernstein, professor of history at Stanford University and one of the world’s foremost commentators on A-bomb issues, warmly praised the book as “formidable”, “a major volume in international history” and “a truly impressive accomplishment, meriting prizes and accolades.”[5] The book has also delivered a huge jolt to anti-revisionists.
history  language  japan  russia  us  war  nukes 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Gordon Campbell on the UN resolution on Palestine – werewolf
In 2017, it will be interesting to see how President Trump’s can juggle his love affair with Russia, his demonising of Iran and the imminent sellout of the Kurds in the wider cause of currying favour with Turkey. Not to mention how in neighbouring Iraq, demonizing Iran and selling out the Kurds can possibly co-exist with (a) the American desires to continue to prop up a Shia regime in Baghdad that is essentially Iran’s puppet and (b) with the West’s continued reliance on the Kurds as a significant fighting force in the ‘liberation’ of Mosul and Raqqa. Its going to be hard to fit such complexities into a 140-character tweet. _
iraq  Iran  Israel  Palestine  turkey  us  russia  politics 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Putin Paradigm | by Masha Gessen | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
There is still much we don’t know about how Trump will rule. But in the month since his election, some characteristic patterns have emerged—and they bear some instructive similarities to the style Putin has practiced over many years. Here are a few of them:

Lying is the message. It’s not just that both Putin and Trump lie, it is that they lie in the same way and for the same purpose: blatantly, to assert power over truth itself. Take, for example, Putin’s statements on Ukraine. In March 2014 he claimed that there were no Russian troops in newly annexed Crimea; a month later he affirmed that Russians troops had been on the ground. Throughout 2014 and 2015, he repeatedly denied that Russian troops were fighting in eastern Ukraine; in 2016 he easily acknowledged that they were there. In each case, Putin insisted on lying in the face of clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, and in each case his subsequent shift to truthful statements were not admissions given under duress: they were proud, even boastful affirmatives made at his convenience.
politics  us  russia 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Cold War Is Over by Peter Hitchens | Articles | First Things
If the U.S. had China on the 49th Parallel and Germany on the Rio Grande, and a long land border with the Islamic world where the Pacific Ocean now is, it might be a very different place. There might even be a good excuse for the Patriot Act and the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. If Russia’s neighbors were Canada and Mexico, rather than Germany, China, Turkey, and Poland, and if its other flanks were guarded by thousands of miles of open ocean, it might have free institutions and long traditions of free speech and the rule of law. It might also be a lot richer. As it is, Russia is a strong state with a country, rather than a country with a strong state. If it were otherwise, it would have gone the way of the Lithuanian Empire or, come to that, the Golden Horde.
russia  politics  geography  war 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Mile Long Bookshelf: DISCUSSION: How accurate are your Blogger stats?
The above screenshot shows countries from which people have read my blog. I'm a British blogger and I always write in English. The fact that I've apparently had 11,062 hits from Russia and 6,097 from Ukraine is weird, and most-likely spam. The only legitimate ones up there will be the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Germany and France. You can't see many in the first screenshot but most of my daily referring spam-URLs actually come from Russia, Ukraine, China and Japan. Sometimes India. You just have to figure out what is real and what isn't, and then subtract all the crap from your stats and it's way more accurate than it was before.
russia  language  internet  commenting  dccomment 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Bizarre Explanation For Why The U.S. Has Avoided Bombing ISIS Oil Wells | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization
Until Russia started bombing the living daylights out of them, an endless parade of trucks carrying ISIS oil would go back and forth over the Turkish border completely unmolested.
“We are talking about a commercial-scale supply of oil from the occupied Syrian territories seized by terrorists. It is from these areas [that oil comes from], and not with any others. And we can see it from the air, where these vehicles are going,” Putin said.

If the Russians could see all of this, the U.S. military could see it too. In fact, we have far better surveillance capabilities than the Russians do.

So why didn’t Obama put an end to this?
syria  russia  turkey  war 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Turkey suspends flights over Syria, Russia launches electronic warfare against Ankara
Although he declared that Russia would not go to war with Turkey for “stabbing it in the back, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that since Wednesday night, Nov. 25, Russian heavy bombers and warplanes have been hitting every Turkish vehicle moving or stationary inside Syria.

They bombed the Bab al-Hawa border crossing, located on the Turkey-Syria frontier, as well trailers and tractors parked in an area belonging to the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation, on the Syrian side of the border.

It was this group (a terrorist association in disguise) that five years ago organized a flotilla to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. The lead-ship the Marmora was boarded by Israeli troops and 12 “aid workers” were killed in a clash, an incident that sparked a major clash between Ankara and Jerusalem. Erdogan then insisted he had never heard of the organization although their strong links were uncovered.
syria  war  turkey  russia  Gaza 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
(32) En Syrie, l’Etat islamique loin du viseur des bombardiers russes - Libération
Comme d’habitude, Moscou a fait valoir que ses aéronefs avaient attaqué une zone tenue par l’Etat islamique. Sauf que la province échappe à l’organisation d’Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi, depuis qu’elle fut chassée en janvier 2014 de tout le nord-est de la Syrie. La région est désormais contrôlée par divers groupes liés à l’Armée syrienne libre (ASL), certains soutenus par les Occidentaux, ou au Front al-Nusra, la branche syrienne d’Al-Qaeda, avec de temps à autre de fortes tensions entre ces deux mouvances de la rébellion syrienne.

A l’heure où, pour combattre l’EI, François Hollande cherche à mettre sur pied une vaste coalition militaire dans laquelle la Russie jouerait un rôle essentiel, et au moment où la diplomatie française est contrainte à un virage à 180 degrés, Moscou poursuit la même stratégie, calquée sur celle du régime de Bachar al-Assad, qui consiste à rendre la vie invivable dans les régions contrôlées par l’insurrection. Et cherche à cibler en priorité les groupes rebelles qui luttent contre l’organisation jihadiste.
syria  war  russia  français 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
The fast, furious, and funny: Behind Russia's dash cam culture
Russian dash cam videos have become a unique subgenre of online entertainment, capturing horrific accidents, severe bouts of road rage, and rare moments of kindness. It’s a curious Internet trend born entirely out of necessity.
driving  russia  road_safety  internet 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
The Guardian view on Russian propaganda: the truth is out there | Editorial | World news | The Guardian
Like so much electronic chaff dropped out of the back of a Tupolev bomber to confuse an incoming heat-seeking missile, the idea that there are multiple interpretations of the truth has become the founding philosophy of state disinformation in Putin’s Russia, designed to confuse those who would seek out the truth with multiple expressions of distracting PR chaff. The tactic is to create as many competing narratives as possible. And, amid all the resultant hermeneutic chaos, to quietly slip away undetected.

It is a tactic straight out of Mr Putin’s KGB playbook from the 1970s. Generate a plurality of narratives, so the truth can be obscured.
agnotology  russia  politics  crime 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Russia’s Economic Pain Is Just Beginning, Bank Group Warns - MoneyBeat - WSJ
And President Vladimir Putin could change the Kremlin’s Ukraine strategy to relieve sanctions pressure. If the Kremlin were to agree to stop backing separatists in Ukraine, help negotiate a peace agreement that includes a workable governance deal for the Eastern regions and agree on a financing package for Ukraine, the West might be willing to lift their sanctions against Russia. (Ukraine’s economy is also on the verge of collapse.)
politics  russia  ukraine  energy  economics 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Ukraine: What Putin Has Won by Tim Judah | The New York Review of Books
he problem for Baryshnikov and his colleagues is that while there is support for the rebels in the areas they control, there is much less the further away you get from them. The city of Mariupol on the Sea of Azov is very divided. And in Sloviansk, the former rebel stronghold—a town of nearly 130,000 people before the war—Ukrainian soldiers walk about without fear just as rebels did before. Many people are unhappy to see them back but many are pleased they have returned. What they fear is that the rebels and their Russian backers will soon launch an offensive to recapture the town. In that sense we can see that the war is both between states and also a civil war. In Novoselydivka, when I bought grapes by the side of the road from Nadia, a seventy-seven-year-old woman, she said that “both sides” were Ukrainians and everything had been okay here “until Russia started bothering us.”
ukraine  russia 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Hullabaloo
But it behooves everyone to keep their heads. If there is one thing 9/11 should have taught us it's that there are many people with different motives looking for an opening. And there are even more who react like a bunch of screaming five year olds in a haunted house at the first sign of danger. This leads to bad results.

I actually feel that the president is handling this as well as anyone could under the circumstances.
politics  military  war  russia 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
The readers' editor on… the pro-Russia trolls below the line on Ukraine stories | Chris Elliott | Comment is free | The Guardian
Luke Harding, the Guardian's highly experienced former Moscow correspondent, who was expelled in 2011, is in no doubt about the nature of the campaign and how damaging it is to debate in the threads. From Ukraine, he said: "It's a well-attested phenomenon in Russia."

On 7 February 2012 the Guardian reported: "A pro-Kremlin group runs a network of internet trolls, seeks to buy flattering coverage of Vladimir Putin and hatches plans to discredit opposition activists and media, according to private emails allegedly hacked by a group calling itself the Russian arm of Anonymous.
commenting  politics  attention  russia  freeping 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
The War Nerd: Everything you know about Crimea is wrong(-er) | PandoDaily
It’s not easy diagnosing the psychotic episode brought on in the western media by Crimea, because anti-Russian stories are pushing two totally contradictory lines at the same time. Sometimes the party line is that Putin has gone crazy, and Russia is a joke, “a gas station masquerading as a country” that will pay a “big price” for grabbing the Crimean Peninsula.

Then there’s the neocon version of Russophobia, peddled by shameless old Iraq-Invasion boosters like Eli Lake. According to Lake’s latest in the Daily Beast, “Russia is invading Ukraine in the shadows.” The proof? Eli don’t need no stinkin’ proof.
russia  politics  funny  writing  citation 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin has lost the plot, says German chancellor | World news | theguardian.com
Hague was meeting the new Ukrainian leadership in Kiev. He stressed he could not foresee a satisfactory outcome that left Crimea annexed once again by Russia.

He added: "Be in no doubt, there will be consequences. The world cannot say it is OK to violate the sovereignty of other nations." The costs would be imposed unless the Russians respect the sovereignty of Ukraine, he said.

"This clearly is a violation of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. If Russia continues on this course we have to be clear this is not an acceptable way to conduct international relations."

HA HA HA HA you plonker
iraq  russia  politics  germany 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot's prison letters to Slavoj Žižek | Music | The Guardian
Dear Nadezhda,

I felt deeply ashamed after reading your reply. You wrote: "You should not worry about the fact that you are exposing theoretical fabrications while I am supposed to suffer the 'real hardship'." This simple sentence made me aware that the final sentiment in my last letter was false: my expression of sympathy with your plight basically meant, "I have the privilege of doing real theory and teaching you about it while you are good for reporting on your experience of hardship …" Your last letter demonstrates that you are much more than that, that you are an equal partner in a theoretical dialogue. So my sincere apologies for this proof of how deeply entrenched is male chauvinism, especially when it is masked as sympathy for the other's suffering, and let me go on with our dialogue.
zizek  theory  politics  russia 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore | Hypocrisy and U.S. Foreign Policy | Foreign Affairs
As other countries followed its example and retreated to the defense of naked self-interest, the bonds of trade and cooperation that Washington has spent decades building could unravel. The United States would not prosper in a world where everyone thought about international cooperation in the way that Putin does.

A better alternative would be for Washington to pivot in the opposite direction, acting in ways more compatible with its rhetoric. This approach would also be costly and imperfect, for in international politics, ideals and interests will often clash. But the U.S. government can certainly afford to roll back some of its hypocritical behavior without compromising national security. A double standard on torture, a near indifference to casualties among non-American civilians, the gross expansion of the surveillance state -- none of these is crucial to the country’s well-being, and in some cases, they undermine it.
politics  surveillance  us  torture  china  russia 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer

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