US in denial over new economic order
From Russia Insider, with introduction by Don Hank
Years ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin, at an economic conference in Shanghai, said that the only way to prevent the US from waging war perpetually is to dethrone the dollar as the world reserve currency. Since then there has been a concerted effort by Russia and its allies to use only rubles, RMB (Chinese yuan), euros and local currencies to settle international debts. BTW, this is no doubt why Putin also said at the last meeting of the Valdai Club that Russia supports a strong Europe, even though in his heart he no doubt supports the anti-EU parties that seek improved relations with Russia. The thing is, he needs a strong euro to compete with the dollar. Thus his goal is not to directly influence the ruble but simple to keep the US from blowing up the rest of the world, now that we have almost totally destroyed the Ukraine with our support for the Maidan coup, have laid waste to Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan and almost completely destroyed Syria by supporting the “rebels,” who in turn have generously shared US weapons with ISIS and the various rebrandings of Al-Qaeda, and by bombing Kosovo, mostly killing civilians, to create a Muslim quasi-state out of a Christian country, and all the while disseminating propaganda to convince people that we were somehow the good guys.
China and Russia understand more clearly than Westerners how to assess and analyze US actions and they have concluded from their research that the world can no longer afford to let the US rampage across the globe like this.
The RI article (cut and paste link):
Congress declares war on Russia, China and allies
The Saker shares at his site a really scary and kookie report on a new bill before Congress that seems designed to destroy Russia and China economically.
This news comes at a time when China is hosting a forum on its One Belt One Road Initiative, attended by over 100 countries. This is a unique project that will unite the East with the West in a system of high-speed rail coupled with sea transport in an effort to offer the little guy of Europe, Asia and Africa cheaper prices on everything thanks to a more-efficient logistics system. It stands in contrast to the Western myth of a post-economic world in which supposedly finance and electronics can replace the older elbow grease economies – a system that works best on paper but in the real world has led to a $20 trillion debt in the US and equally unwieldly sovereign debts in the rest of the Atlanticist Empire, debts that clearly will never be paid down.
If ever a bill was designed to start WW III, it is this new one before the US Congress, which threatens to lay economic waste to China and Russia in retaliation for their refusal to join us in our mad provocations against nuclear-armed North Korea! It occurred to me as I read this: instead of trying to take down our competitors in Asia and Eurasia by force, why does the US not apply the laws of the free market to them and compete economically by manufacturing our own things for export, making them cheaper and better than their goods, perhaps even developing an answer to the Chinese transport system? That would be the fair free market way if we are to continue labeling ourselves the leader of the free world. Of course, if you don’t think your country is competitive enough, then this kind of rule is a confession that you can’t succeed on a level playing field. Suppose sports were run like this and the home team refused to let the visiting team have the ball? They could make a rule that anyone from the visiting team would lose 20 points every time one of their team members touched the ball. But who would go to view a game with childish rules like that? Yet here we are, the great USA, the richest and strongest player on the planet, and our rules are every bit as childish as those of a hypothetical football team that penalizes the other team for winning fairly.
Here is the Saker’s detailed report (remember that our links no longer are hot. You will need to cut and paste. Sorry. Yes, I know this inconvenience cannot be tolerated for long and I am exploring alternatives).
Russian researcher on Russophobia
The next article is part one of a historical analysis of Western Russophobia by a researcher at the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies. Mr. Nemenskiy provides an important contribution to this topic. However, he omits an aspect of modern Russophobia that few Russians are aware of, and that is the Russophobic religious beliefs of modern Christians in both Europe and the US, based on a tragic misinterpretation of certain key Bible passages. Since the 1800s Bible “scholars” have believed implicitly that the Gog and Magog mentioned in Ezekiel are Russia – based in part on a very questionable and scant similarity of names and a convoluted theory that they were somehow related to the Scythians who wound up migrating to the steppes of Russia before dying out. These places were prophesied as coming against Israel. My old copy of the Schofield Bible declares, in a footnote in Ezekiel, that “most scholars agree” with this now-debunked myth. Like the Russian hacking myth, no investigation was required. Then a scholar recently discovered the names Gog and Magog in ancient manuscripts of Syrian court records that researchers turned up. They turned out to have been located in what is now Turkey. The myth had lasted over 150 years. How long will our Russian hacking myth last? Well, take heart. The deadly myth that blood-letting cures ills lasted at least 2300 years. Most doctors once sanctioned the practice, since at least the Greeks of about 500 BC right up until the 1800s in some countries. What does this tell us? As long as there are humans, the majority of us will believe without question the opinions of “experts” when they team up to unanimously promulgate “truth.” Humankind is perhaps the wrong species for this construct called democracy.
My translation (the division into 3 parts was necessary to make the article wieldly) follows:
Russophobia is a fundamental and inseparable part of Western identity
A leading researcher of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies Oleg Nemensky reports on the phenomenon of traditional western (and not only) Russophobia in an interview with EADaily.
Oleg Borisovich, what is Russophobia? What are the origins of this phenomenon?
Russophobia can be considered in two ways. You can view it simply as a manifestation of dislike for Russians and Russia and the fear arising from it. Such negative feelings are in part natural for any neighboring peoples, or peoples who have ever fought each other. But you can also look at it differently and see a whole ideology, in many respects similar to anti-Semitism, but against the Russians. And then it can be investigated more specifically: how and when it developed, how it spread, what forms it has and how it relates to us. There are very few studies of this phenomenon, unfortunately — only recently (at the earliest – in the 1990s, and in fact even later) did we Russians begin to pay attention to it, and it has not yet been systematically studied. As for the study of anti-Semitism, a whole science and a great political practice of counteracting this phenomenon, have arisen. But as for Russophobia, no one cares.
I can tell you about some of my conclusions, which I have described more than once in my scientific articles on this topic. First, Russophobia is a specifically Western ideology. In other civilizations, a negative attitude toward Russia is either non-ideological in nature or is due to the direct influence of Western information. Secondly, in terms of its main features, this ideology was formed in the 16th-17th centuries, but mainly during the years of the Livonian War, when the Russian state first encountered a whole coalition of Western powers. Thirdly, the most important role in its creation was played by a country that we hardly ever think about at all, and that is Poland. It’s just that, of all Western peoples in terms of culture, the Poles are historically the closest and most important neighbor, who have waged numerous wars with us for centuries. The basic information about our country that the West had available, was transmitted by the Poles, and they are still considered the main experts on Russia. And they also spread their views on Russia and the Russians there, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, thanks to several large waves of Polish emigration – from the events in the divisions of the Commonwealth, then the Napoleonic wars and two large Polish uprisings, and then as a result of the First and Second World Wars and the formation of the Polish People’s Republic.
But, I must say, all these ideas fell on fertile soil. In a sense, we were doomed to Western Russophobia simply for objective historical reasons. All Western self-consciousness, as it began to take shape even in ancient Rome, was built on opposition to the “East,” as the eastern part of the empire, the Hellenistic world of the eastern Mediterranean, was then called. For us, the East is only Asia, that is, the predominantly Muslim peoples and peoples living even farther eastward. But for the Romans, the East was primarily Greece. In the Middle Ages, alienation from the Greeks grew only due to the divergence of Eastern and Western Christianity. Byzantium – the Eastern Roman Empire – was seen in negative hues. And we – Orthodox Russia – were part of this Greek world, and then its primary heirs. And we inherited all the negativity towards the Greeks. We were and remain the most important “Other” for Western culture, in relation to which the Western peoples perceive themselves as the West. And the absolute-positive western self-perception has as its counterpart the absolute-negative perception of Russia. All these negative characteristics (on the same principle of binary oppositions) were also applied to the Muslims, but the West clashed with them later, when it already had the image of an essential Other in the person of the Greek world. I remember that in the mid-90s a French politician was asked if Russia had a prospect of joining the EU, to which he responded in surprise: “If Russia becomes part of Europe, then what is Europe?” This is a very accurate answer, aptly illustrating this identity, which we somehow fail to fully grasp, namely: the West (and Europe) is the West because it has a border with Russia.
To be continued