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North Korean delegation arrives in Russia, to be joined shortly by South Korean President

The Eastern Economic Forum is a unique meeting which will be attended by delegations from Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea and North Korea.

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Hours after the 9th annual BRICS summit wrapped up in Xiaman, China, delegates from East and South East Asia have begun arriving in the Russian city of Vladivostok for the Eastern Economic Forum. 

The Forum is an event designed to enhance economic partnerships and cooperation between multiple Asian nations including Russia, China, Japan, Vietnam and the Korean states.

This year’s summit occurs days after North Korea tested what is thought to be a hydrogen-weapon. Russia and China have both condemned the move and support UN sanctions against Pyongyang, but are equally opposed to further crippling unilateral sanctions from Washington.

With many suspecting that North Korea would boycott the event, Russian officials have confirmed otherwise, stating that the North Korean delegation is already in Vladivostok.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is to arrive shortly along with the South Korean delegation. While the Korean crisis is set to dominate discussions that would otherwise have been reserved for discussing trade and economic matters, it is not yet clear if the North and South Korean delegations will interact at any level.

Many suspect that Russian President Vladimir Putin who hosts the event will attempt to conduct dialogue with the representatives of both Korean states in order to try and de-escalate regional tensions.

The Eastern Economic Forum officially begins on the 6th of September and runs through the 7th.

 

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RT reported yesterday that the US “allowed” the South Korean military to increase the payload capacity of their missiles from 500kg to more. IF that is so, is South Korea ruled by the US? Why does South Korea need permission to increase any thing on their own territory?
https://www.rt.com/news/401982-skorea-us-to-lift-warhead-limit/

Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew the real rules of the game that the countries are required to play with, instead of just watching the shadows on the wall, never allowed entrance or a seat at the table to find out?

seby
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seby

The US doesnt want allies, just vassals.

Patrice de Bergeracpas
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Patrice de Bergeracpas

Fr that to happen the US would have to be a REAL democracy and not the fraud it is, a plutocracy ruled by the filthy rich 0.00001%.

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

Northwestern/Princeton study proves it’s an Oligarchic Dictatorship: https://scholar.princeton.edu/sites/default/files/mgilens/files/gilens_and_page_2014_-testing_theories_of_american_politics.doc.pdf That’s why I hope beyond hope, when the counter revolution to take back the gov’t occurs by it’s citizens here in the US, some country tries to help the population, instead of watching us die while popping corks of champagne. I don’t hold out much hope for that. The population of the US is as captured as any drone struck wedding party or funeral procession in a desert. We can’t vote anyone out (over 97% of incumbents return to office, about the same as a communist dictatorship), we can’t organize (total surveillance… Read more »

Addison DePitt
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Addison DePitt

Jeffrey, you’re still profoundly confused. The brainwash you deplore and wish to rejects has also infected your mind. For starters, you have no idea what communism is really like, nor the way people lived their lives in the Soviet Union, for example, or China today. You won’t e able to get out of this mess by accusing the capitalists who run this plutocrats fraud of acting or being descendants of communist because that is plain absurd. Wacko. Like the old canard floated or a century now that Lenin was helped by the Rockefellers. Right. And I have a nice bridge… Read more »

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

So true what you said … especially as our lives and futures are in their self serving hands– because it is we, the collective taxpayers, who make the world go round. Wonder if we all refuse simultaneously to continue paying our taxes and keep their kitty full! — Jeez, the consternation as the wheels come off their plans, would be a hoot– our combined laughter would be so loud, it would shake the planet! After all what can they do, when the masses commit as one to ‘civil disobedience’ on a global scale? You want our money– change your global… Read more »

santiago
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santiago

They will find other ways to make you pay taxes, in some countries you do not pay taxes directly the company you work for or does business with you pay directly and they have no choice, or they get hefty fines and lose stock/ownership which gets sold by the government.

So how can you refuse to pay taxes if you are unable to do so?

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Ja– was just ragging of course… but still, one’s constantly thinking of some way one can peacefully send these mindless global warmongers packing!

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we knew the real rules of the game that the countries are required to play with”

Look up the US’s SOFA agreement to give yourself an idea.

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

I’ll look it up now. Ty.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

SK makes some of its own weapons and imports others. Here is the info on where it gets them from.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_equipment_of_the_Republic_of_Korea_Army

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

Like an Employer to Employee dictate. YOU do this, you do that, you don’t do this, you don’t do that SK was required by directive of the US to only have less than 500kg payloads on their missiles… That’s what I mean. I didn’t realize SK is not a sovereign country, but another vassal state of the US. Makes sense, given the women of SK know somethings wrong, and have literally closed their wombs for business at least as severely as the Japanese women making death rates exceed birth rates. White women are #1 though, having so few babies the… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

You can take for granted that ANY “nation” with a SOFA with the US is a vassal of the US. They are also used as bait and road kill in the US wars….you know their favourite saying regarding their wars…that they “lead from behind”. In other words, your citizens die in a war WE started, and when they have been wiped out we come in to save the day and “win the war”

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“IF Kim really does have miniaturized nuclear warheads, China will invade NK to preempt the US from taking the mineral resources. I forgot which intelligence source I got that from, but it seems spot on. The guy said, China would move within a week, if they determine Kim has what he says he has. So holy cow, Batman!” Do you have a link for that info?? What is your source for this: “Supposibly, there has already been talks between the US, China and Russia on the partitioning of the Korean peninsula after China invades ongoing for a while now…similar to… Read more »

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

Of course Syria refuses any partitioning of it’s country…at the same time the US over decorum, international law, and the universe’s just shaking it’s head, has at least 5 large air bases in Syria, without an invitation, and with a gtfo demand from Syria. But the US has the same gtfo demands in Iraq, and Afghanistan too (who knows about all the African countries, even Japan said gtfo at different times over the years), but they don’t seem to hear that either. I’m uncertain this time if I heard it or read it…I’ll try to find it again, I think… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

No problem. Take care of yourself!

Terry Ross
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Terry Ross

There are some indications that even a US President may not be accorded that privilege.

santiago
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santiago

I have a mixed opinion I believe they give the president certain leeway on some non-issues.

Che Serna
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Che Serna

Actually the facts stands on their own merit. The South Korean military takes orders (since the 50’s) from an American 4 star general. South Korea therefore is hardly an independent state!

Jeffrey Spinner
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Jeffrey Spinner

Great to know…I learned something today. ffs, this is bad news. The theory proffered is this: The US wants to encircle CHINA with THAAD missile systems. The US military is pretty sure they DON’T work, so they dared not take the shot to down the missiles Kim is shooting over Japan and everywhere else. I think they DID try and failed but kept that secret, but I have no info either way, other than a missile flying over Japan would never be allowed UNLESS they couldn’t stop it. The US military and their arms suppliers THINK they can play like… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

The US has 30,000 troops in SoKo. The US decides everything, don’t you think? Would an independent sovereign country have foreign troops on its soil? Would SoKo play brinkmanship nuclear armageddon off its own bat? It’s too obvious if you ignore the MSM and think.

RBHoughton
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The previous (corrupt) SK government agreed to one THAAD installation. The opposition rejected THAAD in favor of negotiations. Before the election result was announced, seven THAAD devices were imported and installed by USA without authorisation from SK. In spite of the new government’s policy they cannot be removed. That tells you everything you need to know about SK independence. After WWII the country was run by army and KCIA under the hideous Singman Rhee. Army law continued for decades. They still had curfews in 1970s. They have since developed their economy using the same trick as Japan so SK is… Read more »

louis robert
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louis robert

South Korea is quite simply an imperial outpost now threatening China at its very borders.

Eddy
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Eddy

Ask yourself Steve, why an ALLEGED Independent country has an America at the helm of their military forces who responds to the Pentagon, NOT the S.K. Government ???

Steve
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Steve

Hi Eddy, That is exactly the point I was trying to make. Look at NATO, which is exactly the same. As soon as a country joins it no longer has control of the troops and armaments on its soil.

dago dingo
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dago dingo

Vladimir Putin, the worlds number one statesman will of course try & create a dialogue between the 2 Korean delegations, that is what a smart politician does. Unlike those ignorant buffoons in Washington, England, Australia & France, who take their orders from their Zionist masters. Once again Mr. Putin, you have proven your status as truly, the planets number 1 strategist & statesman.

MissCostello
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MissCostello

Well said.

Nofearorfavor
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Nofearorfavor

Atta Boy! Good things happen where Putin is around!~ Although the world is already at a point, where, when it comes to the NK crisis, it seems every day is more disastrous than the next, as the US remains determined to scupper any sensible suggestions to take the situation out of deadlock– but if one man can move it forward, surely it is the president of Russia. Just the fact that the North Korean Delegation has already arrived in Vladivostok, bodes well.

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mulegino1 .

Trump could learn a lot from Vladimir Vladimirovich; unfortunately, he is now a prisoner of the White House and its deep state lamias, who only kowtow to Trump’s worse instincts and smack down his better ones.

The New Concert of Nations – under the guidance of leaders like Putin and Xi is simply bypassing the old Evil Empire of USRAEL, NATO and usurious hegemony and creating new models of strategic and economic cooperation which take fully into account concepts like national sovereignty and the general well being of all people, just not a hegemonic elite.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Wouldnt it be something if Putin can pull victory out of the jaws of defeat as he did when the US threatened to bomb Syria over chem weapons and the deal was made via Russia to get them out of Syria, thus avoiding all out WWlll at the time?

Andrew Pate
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Andrew Pate

My thoughts exactly. Russia can talk to both sides US exceptionals cant and only use guns like in the old wild west.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

Flashback: In 2013 North Korea made a number of proposals for replacing the 1953 armistice with a peace treaty, but the U.S. refused to discuss it. North Korea (rightly) believed the annual U.S. and South Korean exercises are provocative and threaten North Korea with nuclear weapons. U.S. vessels equipped with nuclear weapons were participating in the exercise, and the Pentagon publicly announced that B-52 bombers flown over South Korea were reaffirming the U.S. “nuclear umbrella” for South Korea. If there is no peace treaty between the North and the South, is only because the US do not want it, as… Read more »

Eddy
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Eddy

Absolutely, spot on, Daisy. In fact a few years back the North and South Koreans actually developed an Industrial Business park near the border, and N.K.’s and S.K.s worked there in harmony until the submarine (ALLEGED ) episode, wherein a S.K.’n fishing boat was allegedly struck by a torpedoe fired by ALLEGEDLY the N.K.’s from a sub. There was a lot of stink, blame was thrown around everywhere, but REAL culprits never found. No one questioned WHO BENEFITED THE MOST FROM THIS EVENT. As a result the Industrial park was closed, the gates across the railway were closed and everything… Read more »

louis robert
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louis robert

That, is political leadership and crisis management, to be compared with permanent hysteria and constant imperial begging for war.

Ian
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Ian

Mad insane men want a war, to thin out the rising population , the only way to reset the economy, all this has come about because of selfish people who breed like rats.

Herbert Dorsey
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Herbert Dorsey

Putin is up to his old tricks. He is trying to build partnerships. How is it possible that Putin can bring North Korea and South Korea together for constructive talks when the U.S. has failed so miserably? It is sad commentary on U.S. foreign policy which wishes to bomb it’s way forward to solve international disputes. I mean what good is it to have a military if you don’t use it?

Angelo Cinarelli
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Angelo Cinarelli

Devono mandare a casa quei guerrafondai di Americani. Voi giornalisti dovete smettere di leccare sempre il culo agli USA. Gli USA vogliono solo guerra per potere vendere e guadagnare dei bei dollaroni. Smettetela di scrivere quello che vi dicono gli americani. Se gli Americani se ne vanno via dal Medio Oriente e Asia sara’ pace per sempre in questo Mondo,

JJ Joseph
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JJ Joseph

Catalps, you’re not making much sense here.

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Macron cuts ski holiday short, vowing crack down on Yellow Vests (Video)

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the 18th consecutive week of Yellow Vests protests in Paris. Following last weeks lower participation, Saturday’s Yellow Vests in Paris gathered larger crowds, with various outbreaks of violence and rioting that has been blamed on extreme elements, who French authorities claim have infiltrated the movement.

“Act XVIII” of the protests has shown that the Yellow Vests have not given up. France’s Champs-Élysées boulevard was where most of the violence occurred, with the street being left in a pile of broken glass and flames.

One day after Paris was set ablaze, French President Emmanuel Macron cut his ski holiday short, returning to Paris and vowing to take “strong decisions” to prevent more violence.

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Paris awoke on Sunday to smouldering fires, broken windows and looted stores following the 18th consecutive Saturday of Yellow Vest protests.

Around 200 people were arrested according to BFM TV, while about 80 shops near the iconic Champs Elysees had been damaged and/or looted according to AFP, citing Champs Elysees committee president Jean-Noel Reinhardt.

The 373-year-old Saint Sulpice Roman Catholic church was set on fire while people were inside, however nobody was injured. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The riots were so severe that French President Emmanuel Macron cut short a vacation at the La Mongie ski resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées following a three-day tour of East Africa which took him to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Macron skied on Friday, telling La Depeche du Midi “I’m going to spend two-three days here to relax, to find landscapes and friendly faces,” adding “I’m happy to see the Pyrenees like that, radiant, although I know it was more difficult at Christmas” referring to the lack of snow in December.

In response to Saturday’s violence, Macron said over Twitter that “strong decisions” were coming to prevent more violence.

Macron said some individuals — dubbed “black blocs” by French police forces — were taking advantage of the protests by the Yellow Vest grassroots movement to “damage the Republic, to break, to destroy.” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Twitter that those who excused or encouraged such violence were complicit in it. –Bloomberg

The French President has family ties in the Hautes-Pyrénées, including Bagnères de Bigorre where his grandmother lived. He is a regular visitor to the region.

Emmanuel Macron (2ndL), head of the political movement In Marche! (Onwards!) And candidate for the 2017 presidential election, and his wife Brigitte Trogneux (L) have lunch April 12, 2017 (Reuters)

 

 

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Vesti calls out Pompeo on lying about Russia invading Ukraine [Video]

Secretary Pompeo displayed either stunning ignorance or a mass-attack of propaganda about what must be the most invisible war in history.

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After the 2014 Maidan revolution and the subsequent secessions of Lugansk and Donetsk in Ukraine, and after the rejoining of Crimea with its original nation of Russia, the Western media went on a campaign to prove the Russia is (/ was / was about to / had already / might / was thinking about / was planning to … etc.) invade Ukraine. For the next year or so, about every two weeks, internet news sources like Yahoo! News showed viewers pictures of tanks, box trucks and convoys to “prove” that the invasion was underway (or any of the other statuses confirming the possibilities above stated.) This information was doubtless provided to US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.

Apparently, Secretary Pompeo believed this ruse, or is being paid to believe this ruse because in a speech recently, he talked about it as fact:

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in eastern Ukraine an attempt to gain access to Ukraine’s oil and gas reserves.

He stated this at IHS Markit’s CERAWeek conference in Houston, the USA, Reuters reports.

Pompeo urged the oil industry to work with the Trump administration to promote U.S. foreign policy interests, especially in Asia and in Europe, and to punish what he called “bad actors” on the world stage.

The United States has imposed harsh sanctions in the past several months on two major world oil producers, Venezuela and Iran.

Pompeo said the U.S. oil-and-gas export boom had given the United States the ability to meet energy demand once satisfied by its geopolitical rivals.

“We don’t want our European allies hooked on Russian gas through the Nord Stream 2 project, any more than we ourselves want to be dependent on Venezuelan oil supplies,” Pompeo said, referring to a natural gas pipeline expansion from Russia to Central Europe.

Pompeo called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an attempt to gain access to the country’s oil and gas reserves.

Although the state-run news agency Vesti News often comes under criticism for rather reckless, or at least, extremely sarcastic propaganda at times, here they rightly nailed Mr. Pompeo’s lies to the wall and billboarded it on their program:

The news anchors even made a wisecrack about one of the political figures, Konstantin Zatulin saying as a joke that Russia plans to invade the United States to get its oil. They further noted that Secretary Pompeo is uneducated about the region and situation, but they offered him the chance to come to Russia and learn the correct information about what is going on.

To wit, Russia has not invaded Ukraine at all. There is no evidence to support such a claim, while there IS evidence to show that the West is actively interfering with Russia through the use of Ukraine as a proxyWhile this runs counter to the American narrative, it is simply the truth. Ukraine appears to be the victim of its own ambitions at this point, for while the US tantalizes the leadership of the country and even interferes with the Orthodox Church in the region, the country lurches towards a presidential election with three very poor candidates, most notably the one who is president there now, Petro Poroshenko.

However, the oil and gas side of the anti-Russian propaganda operation by the US is significant. The US wishes for Europe to buy gas from American suppliers, even though this is woefully inconvenient and expensive when Russia is literally at Europe’s doorstep with easy supplies. However, the Cold War Party in the United States, which still has a significant hold on US policy making categorizes the sale of Russia gas to powers like NATO ally Germany as a “threat” to European security.

It is interesting that Angela Merkel herself does not hold this line of thinking. It is also interesting and worthy of note, that this is not the only NATO member that is dealing more and more with Russia in terms of business. It underscores the loss of purpose that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization suffers now since there is no Soviet Union to fight.

However, the US remains undaunted. If there is no enemy to fight, the Americans feel that they must create one, and Russia has been the main scapegoat for American power ambitions. More than ever now, this tactic appears to be the one in use for determining the US stance towards other powers in the world.

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Ariel Cohen explains Washington’s latest foreign policy strategy [Video]

Excellent interview Ariel Cohen and Vladimir Solovyov reveals the forces at work in and behind American foreign policy.

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While the American people and press are pretty much complicit in reassuring the masses that America is the only “right” superpower on earth, and that Russia and China represent “enemy threats” for doing nothing more than existing and being successfully competitive in world markets, Russia Channel One got a stunner of a video interview with Ariel Cohen.

Who is Ariel Cohen? Wikipedia offers this information about him:

Ariel Cohen (born April 3, 1959 in Crimea in YaltaUSSR) is a political scientist focusing on political risk, international security and energy policy, and the rule of law.[1] Cohen currently serves as the Director of The Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics (CENRG) at the Institute for Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). CENRG focuses on the nexus between energy, geopolitics and security, and natural resources and growth. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, within the Global Energy Center and the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.[2] Until July 2014, Dr. Cohen was a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. He specializes in Russia/Eurasia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Cohen has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress, including the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the Helsinki Commission.[4] He also served as a Policy Adviser with the National Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Deterrence Analysis.[5] In addition, Cohen has consulted for USAID, the World Bank and the Pentagon.[6][7]

Cohen is a frequent writer and commentator in the American and international media. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, C-SPAN, BBC-TV and Al Jazeera English, as well as Russian and Ukrainian national TV networks. He was a commentator on a Voice of America weekly radio and TV show for eight years. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor to the National Interest and a blogger for Voice of America. He has written guest columns for the New York TimesInternational Herald TribuneChristian Science Monitor, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, EurasiaNet, Valdai Discussion Club,[8] and National Review Online. In Europe, Cohen’s analyses have appeared in Kommersant, Izvestiya, Hurriyet, the popular Russian website Ezhenedelny Zhurnal, and many others.[9][10]

Mr. Cohen came on Russian TV for a lengthy interview running about 17 minutes. This interview, shown in full below, is extremely instructive in illustrating the nature of the American foreign policy directives such as they are at this time.

We have seen evidence of this in recent statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding Russia’s “invasion” of Ukraine, and an honestly unabashed bit of fear mongering about China’s company Huawei and its forthcoming 5G networks, which we will investigate in more detail in another piece. Both bits of rhetoric reflect a re-polished narrative that, paraphrased, says to the other world powers,

Either you do as we tell you, or you are our enemy. You are not even permitted to out-compete with us in business, let alone foreign relations. The world is ours and if you try to step out of place, you will be dealt with as an enemy power.

This is probably justified paranoia, because it is losing its place. Where the United Stated used to stand for opposition against tyranny in the world, it now acts as the tyrant, and even as a bully. Russia and China’s reaction might be seen as ignoring the bully and his bluster and just going about doing their own thing. It isn’t a fight, but it is treating the bully with contempt, as bullies indeed deserve.

Ariel Cohen rightly points out that there is a great deal of political inertia in the matter of allowing Russia and China to just do their own thing. The US appears to be acting paranoid about losing its place. His explanations appear very sound and very reasonable and factual. Far from some of the snark Vesti is often infamous for, this interview is so clear it is tragic that most Americans will never see it.

The tragedy for the US leadership that buys this strategy is that they appear to be blinded so much by their own passion that they cannot break free of it to save themselves.

This is not the first time that such events have happened to an empire. It happened in Rome; it happened for England; and it happened for the shorter-lived empires of Nazi Germany and ISIS. It happens every time that someone in power becomes afraid to lose it, and when the forces that propelled that rise to power no longer are present. The US is a superpower without a reason to be a superpower.

That can be very dangerous.

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