What Next?

Sunday, 23 January 2022 — The Saker

Tarik in the Vineyard for the Saker Blog

I’m not sure even a NATO mosquito could cross the Russian border unmolested. And when a bear is lethally threatened, it doesn’t posture; it charges in a mighty roar. So why the Russian ultimatum? There are many plausible motives, many of which are not mutually exclusive. I’d like to focus on an aspect that hasn’t been discussed yet.

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Ukraine: Russian intervention highly likely

Sunday, 23 January 2022 — Indian Punchline

A radar vehicle of the S-400 Triumph surface-to-air missile system on the way to Belarus, Khabarovsk region, Russia, Jan 21, 2022

The US-Russia talks in Geneva in the last two successive weeks could not produce a breakthrough. Fundamentally, there is a contradiction that cannot be resolved easily.

Russia sees in existential terms the NATO’s advance into its immediate neighbourhood. For Washington, it’s geopolitics, stupid!

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Ukraine: The West Has Paved the Road to War with Lies

Saturday, 22 January 2022 — Dissident Voice

by Jan Oberg

The Three Big Lies Pertaining to Ukraine:

  1. The West’s leaders never promised Mikhail Gorbachev and his foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze not to expand NATO eastward. They also did not state that they would take serious Soviet/Russian security interests around its borders. And therefore, each of the former Warsaw Pact countries has a right to join NATO if they decide to freely.
  2. The Ukraine conflict started by Putin’s out-of-the-blue aggression on Ukraine and then annexation of Crimea.
  3. NATO always has an open door to new members. It never tries to invite or drag them in, doesn’t seek expansion. It just happens because East European countries since 1989-90 have wanted to join without any pressure from NATO’s side. That also applies to Ukraine.

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What Russia Says About Its Not-An-Ultimatum Demands To The U.S. And NATO

22 December 2021 — Moon of Alabama

Russia has detailed its security demands to the U.S. and NATO in form of two draft treaties.

Besides yours truly many knowledgeable bloggers and publicists have also written about the issue:

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Russia-China alliance at the tipping point

15 December 2021 — Indian Punchline

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping after their talks, Kremlin, Moscow, June 5, 2019.

The initiative by Beijing to propose a virtual meeting between President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday radically transforms the geopolitics of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation’s relentless eastward expansion and the Western military deployments on Russia’s borders.

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Biden White House spoofs the Kremlin

8 December 2021 — Indian Punchline

US President Joe Biden (R) and aides talking with Russian president Vladimir Putin, December 7, 2021

This must be a rare occasion when Russian President Vladimir Putin during his 18 years in the Kremlin came out second best in an encounter with an American president. And it had to be at the hands of President Joe Biden who has not yet completed one year in office. Yet, Putin has met with every sitting American president since Bill Clinton, in dire circumstances filled with awkward silences, icy stares and even professions of trust.

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The Ukraine Crisis Recedes – But A False Narrative Of It Leads To Bad Conclusions

22 April 2021 — Moon of Alabama

Some two month ago we discussed how the U.S. focus on narratives will let it collide with reality. It is certainly not only the U.S. government that creates narratives, comes to believe in them, and then fails when it is confronted with reality. Carried by think tanks and media the narrative mold has grown throughout the wider ‘western’ world.

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A School for Spooks: The London University Department Churning Out NATO Spies

17 April 2021 — Mint Press News

The Military-academic-media-nexus

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Alan Macleod uncovers the deep links between the British security state and the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, responsible for training a large number of British, American, and European agents and defense analysts.

by Alan Macleod

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A “win-win” for US, Turkey in Hindu Kush

11 April 2021 — Indian Punchline

Turkey is a pillar of NATO mission to Afghanistan (File photo)

The zeal with which Washington is soliciting Turkey’s services to plot the pathway leading to the mainstreaming of Taliban in Afghanistan raises some troubling questions. Acting on Washington’s request, Turkey will be hosting high-level talks on the Afghanistan peace process (likely April 16) to bring together the Afghan government and the Taliban. Turkey has appointed a special envoy to assume the mediation role.

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Wikipedia formally censors The Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing

10 June 2020 — The Grayzone

Wikipedia deprecated The Grayzone censorship

On Wikipedia, a small group of regime-change advocates and right-wing Venezuelan opposition supporters have blacklisted independent media outlets like The Grayzone on explicitly political grounds, violating the encyclopedia’s guidelines.

By Ben Norton

This is part 1 in a series of investigative reports on the systemic problems with Wikipedia. Read part 2 here: “Meet Wikipedia’s Ayn Rand-loving founder and Wikimedia Foundation’s regime-change operative CEO


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Libyan War Escalates as Regional Powers Attempt to Gain Stronger Influence

1 June, 2020 — Global Research

Alarms are sounding in Europe as Turkey, Russia and Arab states could potentially agree on shared influence in Libya, and therefore the entirety of the eastern Mediterranean, according to some experts. This comes as European states have no influence over the war in Libya despite it occurring on its southern doorstep and Turkey, Russia and Arab states continue to gain influence.

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Russians are coming — to the Indian Ocean

20 January 2020 — Indian Punchline

The 500-ft guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (file photo) was involved in an incident with a Russian navy ship in “northern Arabian Sea” on January 9, 2020.

The Cold-War hypothesis that the Soviet Union was hoping to “wet its toes” in the Indian Ocean was in reality an extension of the geopolitical construct known as the “Anglo-Russian Question” that was written about by Lord Curzon, onetime viceroy of British India (1899-1905). We now know that the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan was due to force of circumstances rather than as strategy.

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Review: Tim Anderson, Axis of Resistance: Towards an Independent Middle East

17 January 2020 — Eric Walberg

Anderson’s Axis of Resistancetakes on the leftist position of ‘a plague on all your houses’. Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, ‘the intellectual voice of the Syrian revolution’ (for westerners), presents a bleak portrait of “three monsters … treading on Syria’s corpse’: (1) the Assad regime and its allies, (2) DAESH/ISIS and the other jihadists, and (3) the West (the USA, UK, France, etc). This is the general view from outside the Syrian cauldron, but leads nowhere.

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S-400 and Turkey: A Middle Eastern Perspective

4 August 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Middle Eastern media outlets have been actively reporting on the delivery of Russia’s S-400 Triumph missile systems purchased by Turkey.

The authors of these articles have tried to assess the significance of this deal for Turkey, the reaction of Ankara’s NATO allies and the possible consequences in terms of the regional and global balance of power. The headlines of a number of these stories are quite telling: “Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?”, “Will Turkey leave NATO?”.

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Is it Washington’s Turn to Occupy Poland? By Jean Périer

18 June 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Washington’s latest decision to deploy a reinforced contingent of its military forces Poland has been received with an outcry of disappointment by the European pro-democracy public, as it means that the US is willing to roll back on the obligations it assumed back in 1997 within the NATO framework, thus undermining one of the last surviving deals designed to enhance Europe’s security.