Europe’s Third Attempt at Suicide and Generation Z+

27 June, 2022 — The Saker

By Batiushka for The Saker Blog

‘The next war in Europe will be between Russia and Fascism, except that Fascism will be called Democracy.’

Fidel Castro, c. 1992

Introduction

Europe is a serial suicide. The first attempt began in Sarajevo in 1914 and finished in Versailles in 1919. The second began a generation later in Warsaw in 1939 and ended in Berlin in 1945. Having very nearly succeeded at the second attempt (it missed atomic bombs by mere months), Europe sobered up and slowed down, waiting till the centenary of 1914 before it tried for the third time. This attempt began in Kiev, again in Eastern Europe, in 2014 and is continuing in the Special Military Operation (SMO). At every attempt Europe has lost. The first time it lost three empires (the Russian, the Austro-Hungarian and the German), the second time two Empires, the fatally weakened British and French, so ensuring the supremacy of the American Empire in Europe, as in the rest of the world.

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Lavrov gets it right by comparing European Union and NATO to Hitler’s old Axis

Tuesday, 28 June 2022, — The Saker

By Guilherme Wilbert for the Saker Blog

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on 06/24/2022 that the European Union and NATO appear to be carrying out a military coalition for a war against Russia. The statement was given in Baku in Azerbaijan during an interview.

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No, NATO Will Not Get Ready For War

Thursday, 30 June 2022 — Moon of Alabama

I had a good laugh when I read this nonsense:

NATO to boost troops on high alert to over 300,000 -Stoltenberg

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO will boost the number of troops on high alert by more than sevenfold to over 300,000, its secretary-general said on Monday, as allies prepared to adopt a new strategy describing Moscow as a direct threat four months into the Ukraine war.

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Behind the Tin Curtain: BRICS+ vs NATO/G7

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 — The Cradle

The west is nostalgically caught up with outdated ‘containment’ policies, this time against Global South integration. Unfortunately for them, the rest of the world is moving on, together.

By Pepe Escobar

https://media.thecradle.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/IMG-20220627-WA0014.jpgPhoto Credit: The Cradle

Once upon a time, there existed an Iron Curtain which divided the continent of Europe. Coined by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the term was in reference to the then-Soviet Union’s efforts to create a physical and ideological boundary with the west. The latter, for its part, pursued a policy of containment against the spread and influence of communism.

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Russia is Left with Few Options Other than to Defend Itself, “As Always!”

Monday, 9 June 2022 — New Eastern Outlook

Author: Henry Kamens

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One prince rides out from the West, the other from the East, destined to do battle until Judgment Day decrees there must come a time of peace. Ancient legends have always fascinated me, and it has always seemed that this is always with us: the past, the present and the future all knotted together in a repetitive loop.

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Empire To Expand NATO In Response To War Caused By NATO Expansion

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

Caitlin Johnstone

Listen to a reading of this article:

Turkey’s President Erdoğan has officially withdrawn Ankara’s objection to the addition of Finland and Sweden to NATO membership, with the three countries signing a trilateral memorandum at a NATO summit in Madrid.

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G7: Cracks in Western unity on Russia

Wednesday, 29 June 2022 — Indian Punchline

A show of unity, as G7 and European Union leaders met, Schloss Elmau, Bavaria, Germany, June 27, 2022

Ottoman Sultan Abdulmejid spared no expense to build the sumptuous Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul during 1843 and 1856, which was constructed to impress the world. It had the largest Bohemian crystal chandelier ever installed and fourteen tonnes of gold to gild the ceilings.

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Madrid and other Matters

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 — The van says…

It takes a special kind of stupid to grin like this when you’ve just been blackmailed by one of your members.

Preamble

This week sees the NATO summit being held as Russia continues its Special Military Operation in the Ukraine, words and war happening in the same week. This article, alongside other issues, will compare the announcements that are apparently going be made in Madrid with both current events and those that could occur in the future. No official statement will be made until the end of the summit, yet very reliable sources indeed have been saying the same things over recent days, leading the author to presume their veracity.
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Calls by Western Socialists for a Russian Retreat from Ukraine Amount to De Facto Support for NATO Aggression

22 May 2022 — Internationalist 360°

Roger Annis

On May 11, the online news journal Mediapart in France interviewed Olivier Besancenot following his recent return from a fact-finding mission to Ukraine. The interview was translated into English and published in a French Trotskyist journal that publishes in English and French.

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Megalopolis x Russia: Total War

Friday, 6 May 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Pepe Escobar

After careful evaluation, the Kremlin is rearranging the geopolitical chessboard to end the unipolar hegemony of the “indispensable nation”.

But it’s our fate / To have no place to rest, / As suffering mortals / Blindly fall and vanish / From one hour / To the next, / Like water falling / From cliff to cliff, downward / For years to uncertainty. 

Holderlin, Hyperion’s Fate Song

Operation Z is the first salvo of a titanic struggle: three decades after the fall of the USSR, and 77 years after the end of WWII, after careful evaluation, the Kremlin is rearranging the geopolitical chessboard to end the unipolar hegemony of the “indispensable nation”. No wonder the Empire of Lies has gone completely berserk, obsessed in completely expelling Russia from the West-centric system.

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Southern Ukraine is the priority in NATO’s planning

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 — Indian Punchline

The desolate Snake Island in the Black Sea off Odessa has become a major theatre of contestation between Russia and NATO

On the night of February 24, when Russian forces crossed the western and northern borders of Ukraine, the world’s attention was riveted on the fate of Kiev. Hardly anyone paid attention to the far south in the Black Sea, some 140 kms from Odessa, when Russian Navy attacked that night and captured the entire Ukrainian garrison on Snake Island, an obscure small clump of rock with little obvious value, just 46 acres of rock and grass.

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West at inflection point in Ukraine war

Sunday, 19 June 2022 — Indian Punchline

(L-R) Romanian President Iohannis, Italian PM Draghi, Ukrainian President Zelensky, French President Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 16 June 2022.

Henry Kissinger predicted some three weeks ago that the Ukraine war was dangerously close to becoming a war against Russia. That was a prescient remark. The NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in a weekend interview told Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper that in the alliance’s estimation, the Ukraine war could wage for years.

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NATO runs into multipolar world order

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 — Indian Punchline

Joint press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and Prime Minister of Sweden, Magdalena Andersson (R), June 13, 2022

Germans say the moment of truth for most children comes at the end of Grade 4 when primary education ends in Grundschule. By that reckoning, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) at 73 is in “second childishness and mere oblivion / Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything” — to borrow from Jaques’ famous soliloquy in Shakespeare’s As you Like It.

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The World Doesn’t Work That Way Anymore

Monday, 6 June 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Alastair Crooke

The fixation with Ukraine essentially is but a gloss pasted over the realities of a global order in decomposition.

The First World War signalled the end to a mercantilist order that had evolved under the aegis of European powers. One hundred years later, a very different economic order was in place (neoliberal cosmopolitanism). Believed by its architects to be universal and everlasting, globalisation transfixed the world for an extended moment, but then started the subsidence from its zenith – precisely at the moment the West was giving vent to its triumphalism at the fall of the Berlin Wall. NATO – as the order’s regulatory system – addressed its attendant ‘identity crisis’ by pushing for eastward expansion toward Russia’s western borders, disregarding the guarantees it had given, and Moscow’s virulent objections.

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How Russia Can (And Will?) De-NATO-ize Europe

Mnoday, 6 June 2022 — Moon of Alabama

In a video published yesterday Gonzalo Lire, currently under house arrest in Karkov, is asking a very interesting question:

What Happens To Europe When Russia Wins? (vid)

Lira states, and I agree with him, that Russia will win the war in the Ukraine, take the south and east to likely create a new country and leave the rest of the cadaver for Poland, Hungary, Romania, Lithuania and others to feast on.

But then what?

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Biden & NATO Lackeys Escalate Danger of Nuclear Apocalypse

Friday, 3 June 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Us weapons© Photo: Flickr/Wyoming National Guard

The present crop of Western political puppets don’t seem to be cognizant of the Pandora’s Box they are potentially unleashing.

This week the Biden administration green-lighted delivery of long-range rocket systems to Ukraine capable of hitting Russian territory. Russia condemned it as a “direct provocation” and warned that the U.S. move was widening the war.

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Indo-Pacific power dynamic in radical shift

Thursday, 27 May 2022 — Indian Punchline

A Russian Tu-95 strategic bomber takes off during a 13-hour joint air patrol with China in Asia-Pacific region, at an unidentified location (image released by Russian MOD on May 24, 2022)

The joint air patrol over the waters of the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on Monday by an air task force composed of Russian Tu-95MS capable of carrying nuclear weapons and Chinese H-6K strategic bombers couldn’t have been a knee-jerk reaction to US President Joe Biden’s Asia tour, leave alone his provocative remarks conjuring up an apocalyptic US-China war over Taiwan.

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