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Russia and the United States in 2017: Just which country is commemorating a revolution?

Russia’s commemorations of the October Revolution of 1917 were subdued and anti-ideological. The US by contrast continues to tear itself apart over the revolutionary 2016 US Presidential election.

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Many have remarked that the 100 year anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution has been more discussed in foreign circles than in Russia itself. In many ways this is unsurprising. The current Russian government has taken an approach to all periods of Russian history which seeks to highlight events which emphasise unity, while downplaying those which emphasise ideology and consequently, division.

But just as Russia is coming to embrace history as either academic or patriotic rather than ideological or divisive, the west is taking the opposite approach both to its own history and incidentally to Russia’s.

If in 1990, in the long shadow of Reagan years, one were to remark that in 2017, the US would be more obsessed with last year’s election than Moscow would have been with honouring the events of October 1917, one would probably be told that they are simply out of touch. After all, the Soviet Union held a grand parade every 7th of November (new style) to honour the October Revolution, while no electoral events in the US are ever celebrated after the fact.

Of course this year in Russia, Communists marched with pictures of Lenin and Stalin, while anti-communists held events to solemnly mark the end of the Orthodox Russian Empire, but on the whole, these events were relatively small and completely peaceful.

Meanwhile, one year to the day since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States and American politicians, mainstream media and social media are still arguing over the results of last year’s vote. The FBI and Congress meanwhile continue to investigate the vote all the while the shrieks from the peanut gallery grow louder.

What’s more is that the US has combined every point of western ideological hatred for Russia into a debate about a US election between two American candidates. The US media is full of everything from anti-Orthodox hatred of Russia, to rehashed conspiracies from the McCarthy era about ‘Soviet conspiracy” to caricatures of the current Russian President as both a Tsar and as Stalin.

CONFIRMED: The west continues to seek Russia’s destruction although Trump tried his best to shift this

Just while Russia has become generally calm and placid about its history, the US is going off the wall about both Russian history and its own. It isn’t just Tsar Putin or Stalin-Putin cartoons which grace the pages of US newspapers and MSM websites. There are also cartoons of Trump as a Confederate soldier in the US Civil War, in spite of his very New York yankee heritage. People are talking about the Ku Klux Klan, reliving the so called ‘sexual revolution’ and arguing about New Deal style policies versus traditional capitalism, thus blowing out both the Great Society consensus and the Reaganomics consensus all at once.

It is not in Russia where statues coming down or tombs and mausoleums are being removed, it is the United States where such things are happening. It is not in Russia where people are arguing about Stalingrad versus Volgograd, but the United States where a news broadcaster of Asian background was not allowed to be on air because his name happened to be Robert Lee, although the man clearly no relation to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Is Russia really that much more contended than the US? The answer is yes and no. Russians are notoriously dissatisfied with local politicians, in the same way that a Russian grandmother always thinks her grandchild isn’t eating enough of the right foods and makes her worries known to everyone within ear shot and more. This is a stereotype, but it exists for a reason.

Russians will be the first to tell you that at a local and regional level, they have a lot to constructively and peacefully say about how to improve their country. But at a national level, the President remains popular, most people think Russia is generally going in the right direction and no one’s patriotism is challenged when making contentious points, whether they support the ruling United Russia party, the conservative/anti-communist LDPR or the far-left Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

In the US, it is the opposite story. The President trashes his opponents on Twitter, the President is called a foreign agent but his opponents, radical leftist groups commit acts of violence against people and property and Trump supporters, while generally less violent than the new American left, also have not at all nice things to say about the ‘snowflake left’.

For a country that had no formal revolutions in the 20th century, this is saying quite a lot, especially when compared to Russia, a country which in the 20th century had 5 very different and difficult revolutions: 1905, February 1917, October 1917,1991, 1993. Some would even argue that the Khrushchev reforms of 1956 were yet another revolution, thus bringing Russia to a total of 6 revolutions in the 20th century.

There are several explanations for this.

The best argument against revolutions is having too many of them. After a long 20th century, the Russian nation has revolution fatigue. Russians do not want stagnation but they are willing to settle for gradual change in exchange for not facing any more social or economic upheavals. After a long and turbulent 20th century, Russians want stability and President Vladimir Putin has accomplished this which is the primary reason, along with economic growth, why he remains popular among notoriously sceptical Russian voters.

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By contrast, Russians often mock Americans who think their government is right even when it isn’t. The domestic exceptionalism of many US voters who think it treasonous to challenge the government on things that every Russian home, bar, park or university echoes with on a daily basis, tends to stun many Russians who would think that in a land that calls itself ‘free’, people would be free to bitch and moan about the things that Russians tended to always take for granted in private and now take for granted in public also.

Instead, the “you can’t say that”  so-called politically correct culture in the land of the 1st amendment, is anathema to Russians whose culture of organic straight talking long predates Anglo-Saxon concepts of legal free speech.

There is an element of tragi-comedy to the entire state of affairs. Russia has suffered greatly in the 20th century, often at the hands of the United States. This was true not only in respect of Wall Street helping to fund the Bolshevik Revolution and then the US deep state of its day conspiring to thwart it just after, but also in the 1990s when the Russian super-power became little more than a client state to the US deep state and financial machine.

The West has always sought Russia’s destruction

Today, Russia is once again an independent superpower which has yet to even reach its full potential by a long way. Russia continues to progress in this respect and the Russian President has stressed his commitment to improving Russian living standards at home while making Russia more powerful in the name of peace and stability abroad.

By contrast, the victorious candidate in the 2016 US election ran on a platform of four words: “Make America Great Again”. The clear implication is that, like every country on the brink of a revolution, something is wrong–greatness has been lost and it must be restored, come hell or high water.

While Trump and the US as a whole, continue to run and re-run the 2016 election, an event which is beginning to feel like a revolution for some of the right and all of the wrong reasons, Russia is a country increasingly putting the ghosts of her past to peaceful slumber while focusing on a hopeful, strong, prosperous and peaceful future.

The contrast could not be greater.

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4 resignations and counting: May’s government ‘falling apart before our eyes’ over Brexit deal

The beginning of the end for Theresa May’s government.

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Four high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett, predicted that this is the beginning of the end for May’s government.

The government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the prime minister’s Brexit plan. This so-called deal has unraveled before our eyes

Shailesh Vara: UK to be stuck in ‘a half-way house with no time limit’

Kicking off Thursday’s string of resignations, Vara didn’t mince words when describing his reservations about the cabinet-stamped Brexit deal.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in a “halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally become a sovereign nation,” his letter of resignation states. Vara went on to warn that the draft agreement leaves a number of critical issues undecided, predicting that it “will take years to conclude” a trade deal with the bloc.

“We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he added.

Dominic Raab: Deal can’t be ‘reconciled’ with promises made to public

Announcing his resignation on Thursday morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

Raab claimed that the deal in its current form gives the EU veto power over the UK’s ability to annul the deal.

No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said that Raab’s resignation as Brexit secretary is “devastating” for May.

“It sounds like he has been ignored,” he told the BBC.

Raab’s departure will undoubtedly encourage other Brexit supporters to question the deal, political commentators have observed.

Esther McVey: Deal ‘does not honor’ Brexit referendum

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey didn’t hold back when issuing her own letter of resignation. According to McVey, the deal “does not honour” the result of the Brexit referendum, in which a majority of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Suella Braverman: ‘Unable to sincerely support’ deal

Suella Braverman, a junior minister in Britain’s Brexit ministry, issued her resignation on Thursday, saying that she couldn’t stomach the deal.

“I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by cabinet,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter.

Suella Braverman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU © Global Look Press / Joel Goodman
Braverman said that the deal is not what the British people voted for, and threatened to tear the country apart.

“It prevents an unequivocal exit from a customs union with the EU,” she said.

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Five Saudis Face Death Penalty Over Khashoggi Killing; Crown Prince Cleared

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime.”

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Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to “interrogate” Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had “no knowledge” of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

The charges were handed down after the kingdom dismissed five senior intelligence officers and arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Saudi insider-turned-dissident journalist disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents that would have allowed him to marry his fiance. Khashoggi was a legal resident of Virginia.

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime,” according to CNN.

The prosecutor said that the former Saudi deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, ordered a mission to force Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia and formed a team of 15 people.

They were divided into three groups, the Saudi Public Prosecutor said: a negotiation team, an intelligence team and a logistical team.

It was the head of the negotiating team who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, the prosecutor said.

The Saudis stuck by latest (ever changing) narrative that the Washington Post columnist was killed after a mission to abduct him went awry. The deputy chief of intelligence ordered that Khashoggi be brought back to the kingdom, Shaalan said. The team killed him after the talks failed and his body was handed to a “collaborator” in Turkey, he said.

Asked whether Saud al-Qahtanti, an aide to Prince Mohammed, had any role in the case, Shaalan said that a royal adviser had a coordinating role and had provided information. The former adviser was now under investigation, the prosecutor said, declining to reveal the names of any of those facing charges.

Al-Shaalan did reveal that a total of 21 suspects are now being held in connection with the case. Notably, the decision to charge the 5 comes after National Security Advisor John Bolton repudiated reports that a recording of Khashoggi’s murder made by Turkish authorities suggested that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the murder plot.

But as long as OPEC+ is planning to do “whatever it takes” to boost oil prices, the US’s willingness to give the Saudis a pass could always be tested if crude prices again turn sharply higher.

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U.S. May Impose Sanctions Against Turkey Over S-400 “Threat” To F-35

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform.

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Turkish officials have repeatedly insisted that Ankara’s purchase of the advanced Russian air defense system poses no threat whatsoever to the NATO alliance. Last month, the Turkish defense ministry announced that delivery of S-400s to Turkey would begin in October 2019.

The United States continues to consider the S-400 air defense system a threat to its F-35 fifth generation stealth fighter platform, and may impose sanctions against Ankara, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency has reported, citing a high-ranking source in Washington.

“I can’t say for certain whether sanctions will be imposed on Ankara over the S-400 contract, but the possibility is there. The US administration is not optimistic about this issue,” the source said.

While admitting that Turkey was a sovereign state and therefore had the right to make decisions on whom it buys its weapons from, the source stressed that from the perspective of these weapons’ integration with NATO systems, the S-400 was “problematic.”

The source also characterized the deployment of S-400s in areas where US F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighters are set to fly as “a threat,” without elaborating.

Emphasizing that negotiations between Washington and Ankara on the issue were “continuing,” the source said that there were also “positive tendencies” in negotiations between the two countries on the procurement of the Patriot system, Washington’s closest analogue to the S-400 in terms of capabilities.

Designed to stop enemy aircraft, cruise and ballistic missiles at ranges of up to 400 km and altitudes of up to 30 km, the S-400 is currently the most advanced mobile air defense system in Russia’s arsenal. Russia and India signed a ruble-denominated contract on the delivery of five regiments of S-400s worth $5 billion late last month.

Last week, the Saudi Ambassador to Russia said that talks on the sale of the system to his country were ongoing. In addition to Russia, S-400s are presently operated by Belarus and China, with Beijing expecting another delivery of S-400s by 2020.

Washington has already slapped China with sanctions over its purchase of S-400s and Su-35 combat aircraft in September. India, however, has voiced confidence that it would not be hit with similar restrictions, which the US Treasury has pursued under the 2017 Counter America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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