Sunday, January 11, 2015

What To Do About – Or With – Russia? - The Diplomat

What To Do About – Or With – Russia? - The Diplomat

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What To Do About – Or With – Russia?
The Diplomat
It is disturbing that Russia's behavior under Vladimir Putin looks like a sophisticated blend of Nazism and Stalinism. Even more worrisome is that most Russians seem to approve of Putin's brand of nationalistic imperialism. How to bring the world's ...
Russia's Economic Troubles Could Be Catalyst For ChangeForbes
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Биньямин Нетаньяху: нападения в Париже - лишь начало массовой волны террора - Вести.Ru

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Биньямин Нетаньяху: нападения в Париже - лишь начало массовой волны террора
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Нападения в Париже – это "только начало массовой волны террора", которая будет шириться, если мир не остановит исламский экстремизм. С таким предупреждением выступил премьер-министр Израиля Биньямин Нетаньяху. По его словам, "исламский терроризм ставит своей целью ...
Нетаньяху позвал евреев Франции эмигрировать в ИзраильVesti
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Нетаньяху призвал евреев покинуть Францию и эмигрировать в ИзраильРБК
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Вероятная сообщница парижского террориста бежала в Сирию - Главная | Deutsche Welle

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Вероятная сообщница парижского террориста бежала в Сирию
Главная | Deutsche Welle
Предполагаемая напарница захватившего заложников в Париже исламиста скрылась в Сирии. 26-летняя Хайят Бумеддьен подозревается в причастности к убийству пяти человек. Хайят Бумеддьен. Предполагаемая сообщница застреленного парижской полицией террориста Амеди ...
Подозреваемая в захвате заложников на востоке Парижа Хаят Бумеддьен, вероятнее всего, находится на территории СирииРадиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ
Подозреваемая в захвате заложников в Париже находится в СирииСводка Украинских и Мировых Новостей

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Комиссар французской полиции Элрик Фреду найден мертвым - Радиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ

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Комиссар французской полиции Элрик Фреду найден мертвым
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Известно, что он расследовал дело о расстреле журналистов еженедельника Charlie Hebdo. В настоящее время по факту смерти Элрика Фреду ведется расследование. 5 6 6 2114 7 · 0 · 0 · 0 рекомендовать · Комментарии. 6. Все, Последние, Популярные. Пожалуйста, авторизуйтесь ...

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В американской Москве злоумышленник расстрелял троих человек - Российская Газета

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В американской Москве злоумышленник расстрелял троих человек
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В американской Москве (штат Айдахо) вооруженный человек расстрелял троих и тяжело ранил еще одного, совершив нападение в трех разных местах. Об этом сообщили в субботу в местной полиции. читайте также. Фото: STEVE DIPAOLA/ Reuters Сообщение о захвате заложников в ... 
Число жертв стрельбы в американском Москоу возросло до трехНТВ.ru
В американском городке Москоу мужчина застрелил трёх человек, включая свою приёмную матьРИА
В американской Москве уличный стрелок убил одного человека, трое раненыНовая газета в Южном Федеральном
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Спецслужбы США предупредили европейцев о последующих терактах - РБК

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Спецслужбы США предупредили европейцев о последующих терактах
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Бывший директор разведки министерства обороны США генерал-лейтенант Майкл Флинн рассказал, что спецслужбы располагают данными о подготовке новых террористических атак в Европе. Ранее Агентству национальной безопасности США удалось вскрыть переписку лидеров ...
СМИ: АНБ выяснило, что ИГ планирует целую серию терактов в ЕвропеКоммерсантъ
Теракты в странах Европы могут продолжиться. Это позволяют предполагать данные разведслужбРадиостанция ЭХО МОСКВЫ
АНБ: ИГ планирует целую серию терактов в Европе, а Париж стал началомMail.Ru
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Merkel Tells Putin No Astana Summit Without Progress In Ukraine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that a four-way summit on the Ukraine crisis will not be held until progress has been made on the Minsk peace plan.

New Republican Majority Wants A Say On Obama's Iran Talks

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Fresh off an electoral victory, Senate Republicans are eyeing several measures to give Congress a say in an Iran nuclear deal, hoping to pick up a few Democrats in the process.

Putin Became a Fascist-Style Leader in Mid-2014, Eidman Says

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Paul Goble

 

            Staunton, January 11 – Some object to the application of the term “fascist” to Vladimir Putin and his regime because he was not the leader of a mass movement, something characteristic of fascist leaders in the past; but in mid-2014, Igor Eidman says, Putin became precisely “a genuine mass leader” and thus the term describes both him and his system.

 

            During the course of a discussion on Radio Liberty on Friday, Ilya Budraitskis expressed the widespread view that the term “fascist” should not be applied to Putin and his government because fascism traditionally involves the coming to power of “a reactionary movement from below” (svoboda.org/content/transcript/26784761.html).

 

            Putin, the commentator said, could not be considered “a leader of a fascist type” because “he did not emerge from such a mass movement, from ‘the streets,’ or from public politics.” Eidman who also took part in the discussion said he had a somewhat different view but did not have the opportunity to offer it at the time.

 

            He has now done so in a post on Facebook, and his argument deserves close attention.  “Of course, when Putin came to power,” Eidman says, “he was not a real public politician or his regime a fascist one. But the Putin system has undergone an essential evolution” (facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=861394667256847&id=100001589654713).

 

            “By the middle of 2014,” he argues, “Putin had become a genuine mass leader of precisely the fascist type;” and “in the future, the Russian ‘duche’ will have to meet the expectations of the population that have been generated by the chauvinist rhetoric and aggressive actions” of Putin and his entourage.

           

            Because of that, Eidman continues, his regime will “inevitably” become more fascist over time.

 

            “Even now,” he says, “Putin’s regime of personal power based on a corrupt bureaucratic oligarchy has many of the characteristics of a fascist dictatorship: authoritarianism, an aggressive and annexationist foreign policy, the dominance of state-monopoly capital in economics and of the force structures in administrations, chauvinism and clericalism in ideology.”

 

             The existence of private property and a market economy set it apart from the Soviet system, he continues, and the lack of “real representative democracy” and “the power of ‘a leader’ who can’t be replaced via elections” make Putin and his system something very different from “’bourgeois-democratic’ countries.”

 

            But precisely these qualities make Putin and his system “very close” to the fascist countries of the last century, especially if one considers fascism in its “broad interpretation” to include “not only the Mussolini regime in Italy but also Franco in Spain, Salazar in Portugal, Horthy in Hungary, Antonescu in Romania, Stroessner in Paraguay, and so on.”

 

            “The Putin regime completely deserves to be numbered among this anything but enviable group,” Eidman concludes.

 

 

 
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U.S. To Host Summit On Fighting Extremism

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that Washington will host a summit on February 18 on how to fight “violent extremism around the world” in the wake of the recent Paris terrorist attacks.

Russia Inflation Tops 11% in 2014 - The Moscow Times

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Russia Inflation Tops 11% in 2014
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Inflation in Russia soared above 11 percent at the end of 2014 as the value of the Russian ruble plummeted, and economists say the worst is still to come. Preliminary data from federal statistics agency Rosstat show inflation hitting 11.4 percent for ...

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Crisis in Ukraine could trigger nuclear war, warns Gorbachev

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The former Russian leader warns that Moscow does not trust the West, and the West does not trust Moscow








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Russia Must Stop Glorifying War in Ukraine - The Moscow Times

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Russia Must Stop Glorifying War in Ukraine
The Moscow Times
By occupying and annexing Crimea, covertly deploying troops to eastern Ukraine and arming and supporting separatists in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics,"Russia has not only become involved in a new war in Europe, but has ...
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Gorbachev’s Call for ‘Perestroika’ of International Relations His Latest ‘Cynical Scam,’ Ikhlov Says

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            Staunton, January 11 – Mikhail Gorbachev’s current call for the “perestroika” of the international system is just as much a “cynical political scam” as was his original one, something that led many to conclude he wanted something more than just a more effective form of “authoritarian modernization,” according to Yevgeny Ikhlov.

 

            With the passage of time and given what has happened in Russia over the last 15 years, Gorbachev’s reign has been “unusually romanticized” by those who prefer not to notice that “the essence of perestroika was the preservation of monopoly power of the communist nomenklatura while seriously broadening the opportunities for consumption for the elite and sub-elites.”

 

            And many still are inclined to forget that the Soviet president did so in order to “enter into the world democratic establishment and re-legitimate his power through a certain ideological maneuver” while avoiding “the danger of revenge from the neo-Stalinist ‘fundamentalist’ win in communist parties (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=54B2420D9E19B).

 

            Whatever democracy Russians received in August 1991 was the result not of Gorbachev’s plans but rather of “the democratic revolution which began two and a half years earlier.” This was the recapitulation of what happened in 1905 when civil society was legalized in the Russian Empire “not because of Witte’s reforms but the October political strike.”

 

            Gorbachev’s much-ballyhooed market reforms, Ikhlov argues, simply “gave the opportunity to directors and minister to privatize profit while leaving the state with the costs.” And his political reforms at bottom represented a chance for people to “freely choose between the first and second secretaries of the oblast party committees.”

 

            The place where Gorbachev’s perestroika was successful – as Andrey Amalrik anticipated in his writings – was in the non-European republics of the USSR where the regimes were converted from totalitarian to “market-totalitarian” combined with “a geopolitical and foreign economic re-orientation toward the West.”

 

            Ikhlov points out that there have been many examples of liberal and democratic reforms in “despotic non-market societies,” but trying to do what Gorbachev did, “replacing the decorations while preserving the totalitarian and non-market essence” of the state was “a scam” and one destined to fail.

 

             What Gorbachev was trying to do, the Moscow commentator says, was equivalent to what would have been the case if Mussolini had been replaced by “’the young and progressive’” Ciano who would then “begin to speak about excesses in foreign and domestic policy and invoke the words of Gramschi at meetings and erect a statue of him in the Grand Fascist Council.

 

            As far as Russia is concerned, Ikhlov says, “even Stolypin’s reforms were more radical than perestroika to the extent that they created in the country a new social category – a large class of free land owners.”

 

            Examined “outside of the cascade of democratic and national-democratic revolutions in the republics of the USSR and in Eastern Europe,” he continues, “perestroika was only and exclusively the change of political and ideological decorations significantly less broad in comparison with those which existed than were even the those of Khrushchev’s thaw.”

 

            This should have been clear at the time, but it wasn’t.  In October 1987, Boris Yeltsin began to speak out about what he called babbling about perestroika. He was immediately attacked by both conservative and progressive wings of Gorbachev supporters because Yeltsin “did not understand” that this babbling was “not the profanation of perestroika but its essence.”

 

            Now, Gorbachev is doing the same thing in foreign affairs, Ikhlov says. “On what basis should a totalitarian Soviet empire have a voice in the decisions of democratic nations, who defeated communism, on global issues?  On what basis should the Putin ‘federation’ … an aggressor country have the right to define the principles of a new world order?

 

            There is of course one way in which Gorbachev is “in principle correct,” Ikhlov concludes. “Only such cynical hypocrisy could deserve to be called ‘the perestroika of international relations.”

 

 

 
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Russia and Turkey: a conflict of influence - Middle East Monitor

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Russia and Turkey: a conflict of influence
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with his Russin counterpart Vladimir Putin during the latters visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent visit to Ankara put the finishing touch to an economic partnership making Turkey, according to the ...
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Paris March Against Terror Draws Huge Crowds and 40 World Leaders 

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Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of Paris, watched by hundreds of troops and police officers, to show solidarity after a series of terrorist attacks.






In Russia, Tears and Jeers After Charlie Hebdo Massacre - The Moscow Times

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In Russia, Tears and Jeers After Charlie Hebdo Massacre
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A mixture of genuine grief, petty political pandering and condemnation of a vaguely defined notion of blasphemy have dominated a broad array of Russian reactions to the massacre at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead. As much of the ...

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Oligarchs left pedalling into sunset as Putin's Russia cracks

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Russia's billionaire oligarchs could be about to feel the pain gripping the wider economy








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US to Host Anti-terror Summit

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The United States said it will host a summit in Washington next month on preventing violent extremism, as European and American leaders call for stronger measures to monitor people online and at borders. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the February 18 meeting from Paris on Sunday, where he joined an emergency conference on terrorism in the wake of a terror spree in France last week that killed 17 people. "We must deal not only with holding accountable those people who... 

Global outrage at Saudi Arabia as jailed blogger receives public flogging 

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Kingdom stays silent as protesters contrast its opposition to Paris attacks on free speech with its own attacks on free speech
Saudi Arabia is remaining silent in the face of global outrage at the public flogging of the jailed blogger Raif Badawi, who received the first 50 of 1,000 lashes on Friday, part of his punishment for running a liberal website devoted to freedom of speech in the conservative kingdom.
Anger at the flogging – carried out as the world watched the bloody denouement of the Charlie Hebdo and Jewish supermarket jihadi killings in Paris – focused on a country that is a strategic ally, oil supplier and lucrative market for the US, Britain and other western countries but does not tolerate criticism at home.
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Paris attacks updates / Over 3 million rally against terror, French official says - Haaretz

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Paris attacks updates / Over 3 million rally against terror, French official says
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Netanyahu, Abbas among world leaders attending mass rally; Jewish leader: Hollande says French army will guard schools, synagogues 'if necessary.' By Haaretz | Jan. 11, 2015 | 9:30 PM | 10. submit to reddit. French President Francois Hollande, right, ...
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Charlie Hebdo: the danger of polarised debate 

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Attempts to explain the Paris attacks are reductive. The truth is more complex and difficult to accept
In times of crisis, those who would like us to keep just one idea in our heads at any one time are quick to the megaphones. By framing events in Manichean terms – dark versus light; good versus evil – an imposed binary morality seeks to coral us into crude camps. There are no dilemmas, only declarations. What some lack in complexity they make up for in polemical clarity and the provision of a clear enemy.
A black man kills two policemen in their car in New York, and suddenly those who protested against the police killing unarmed black people across the country and going unpunished have blood on their hands. Sony pulls a film about the fictional assassination of a real foreign leader after threats of violent reprisals, and suddenly anyone who challenged the wisdom of making such a film is channelling their inner Neville Chamberlain. Straw men are stopped and searched in case they are carrying nuance and then locked up until the crisis is over. No charges are ever brought because a trial would require questions and evidence. You’re either with us or against us.
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After the terrorist nightmare, Paris heroically rallies - Telegraph.co.uk

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After the terrorist nightmare, Paris heroically rallies
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The hardest part – but also the most stirring – was watching the children. Little boys and little girls, each clutching a tricolour emblazoned with the words “Je suis Charlie”, and singing. What can this event have meant, to ones so young? And the events of ...
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David Cameron to visit Washington for Obama talks

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Pre-election fillip for PM as leaders meet to discuss Islamist threat, Russian invasion of Crimea and international trade
David Cameron will hold talks with Barack Obama over two days in Washington later this week as the US president gives the prime minister a helpful pre-election White House photo opportunity, it has been confirmed.
The president will host a working dinner for the British PM at the White House on Thursday night to be followed by talks in the Oval Office on Friday.
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