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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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Peace on Korean Peninsula within reach, if only Trump can remove Pompeo & Bolton (Video)

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss the results of the Putin-Kim summit in Vladivostok, Russia, aimed at boosting bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries, as well as working to contribute to a final peace settlement on the Korean peninsula.

Putin’s meeting with Kim may prove to be a pivotal diplomatic moment, as North Korea continues to work towards normalizing ties with the U.S. amidst ongoing denuclearization talks with the Trump White House.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un needs international security guarantees if he is to end his nuclear programme.

Such guarantees would need to be offered within a multinational framework, he added, following talks near Vladivostok in Russia’s far east.

Mr Kim praised the summit as a “very meaningful one-on-one exchange”.

Mr Putin said North Korea’s leader was “fairly open” and had “talked freely on all issues that were on the agenda”.

The meeting followed the breakdown of talks between the US and North Korea in February, when Mr Kim met US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Those talks reportedly stalled over North Korea’s demand for full economic sanctions relief in return for some denuclearisation commitments – a deal the US was not willing to make.

Speaking after the talks on Thursday, Mr Putin said he wanted to see full denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula.

But he said this could only be achieved through respect for international law.

“We need to restore the power of international law, to return to a state where international law, not the law of the strongest, determines the situation in the world,” he said.

Mr Kim greeted Russian officials warmly when he arrived in Russia on Wednesday.

The North Korean leader was entertained by a brass band in Vladivostok before he got inside a car flanked by bodyguards, who – in now familiar scenes – jogged alongside the vehicle as it departed.

What do we know about the summit?

According to the Russian presidential spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin believes the six-party talks on North Korea, which are currently stalled, are the only efficient way of addressing the issue of nuclear weapons on the peninsula.

Those talks, which began in 2003, involve the two Koreas as well as China, Japan, Russia and the US.

“There are no other efficient international mechanisms at the moment,” Mr Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

“But, on the other hand, efforts are being made by other countries. Here all efforts merit support as long as they really aim at de-nuclearisation and resolving the problem of the two Koreas.”

What do both sides want?

This visit is being widely viewed as an opportunity for North Korea to show it has powerful allies following the breakdown of the talks with the US in February.

The country has blamed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the collapse of the Hanoi summit. Earlier this month North Korea demanded that Mr Pompeo be removed from nuclear talks, accusing him of “talking nonsense” and asking for someone “more careful” to replace him.

The summit is also an opportunity for Pyongyang to show that its economic future does not depend solely on the US. Mr Kim may try to put pressure on Moscow to ease sanctions.

Analysts say the summit is an opportunity for Russia to show that it is an important player on the Korean peninsula.

President Putin has been eager to meet the North Korean leader for quite some time. Yet amid the two Trump-Kim summits, the Kremlin has been somewhat sidelined.

Russia, like the US and China, is uncomfortable with North Korea being a nuclear state.

How close are Russia and North Korea?

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union (of which Russia is the main successor state) maintained close military and trade links with its communist ally, North Korea, for ideological and strategic reasons.

After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, trade links with post-communist Russia shrank and North Korea leaned towards China as its main ally.

Under President Putin, Russia recovered economically and in 2014 he wrote off most of North Korea’s Soviet-era debt in a major goodwill gesture.

While it is arguable how much leverage Russia has with the North today, the communist state still regards it as one of the least hostile foreign powers.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a look at the historic meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the city of Vladivostok in the Russian Far East.

The meeting marks the first ever summit between the two leaders.

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Leaders of Russia and North Korea sat down for a historic summit in Vladivostok, expressing hope it will revive the peace process in the Korean Peninsula and talks on normalizing relations with the US.

The summit on Russky Island, just off Vladivostok, started a little late because President Vladimir Putin’s flight was delayed. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had made the trip by train, arriving on Wednesday.

In brief public remarks before the talks, the two leaders expressed hope the summit will help move forward the reconciliation process in the Korean Peninsula. Putin welcomed Kim’s contributions to “normalizing relations” with the US and opening a dialogue with South Korea.

Kim said he hoped the Vladivostok summit would be a “milestone” in the talks about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, but also build upon “traditionally friendly ties” between Russia and North Korea.

The North Korean leader also made a point of thanking Putin for flying all the way to Vladivostok for the meeting. The Far East Russian city is only 129 kilometers from the border with North Korea.

The historic summit takes place less than two months after Kim’s second summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi fell apart without a breakthrough on denuclearization. The US rejected North Korea’s request for partial sanctions relief in return for moves to dismantle nuclear and missile programs; Washington insists on full disarmament before any sanctions are removed.

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the main subject of the Kim-Putin summit, but there will also be talks about bilateral relations, trade, and humanitarian aid. The first one-on-one meeting is scheduled to last about an hour, followed by further consultations involving other government officials.

Following the summit, Putin is scheduled to visit China.

 

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Kim And Putin: Changing The State Of The Board In Korea

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

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Authored by Tom Luongo:


Today is a big day for Korea. The first face-to-face summit of Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un takes place.

At the same time the 2nd annual Belt and Road Forum kicks off in Beijing.

This meeting between Putin and Kim has been in the works for a while but rumors of it only surfaced last week. But don’t let the idea that this was put together at the last minute fool you.

It wasn’t.

The future of Korea could be decided by these two men today.

I know that sounds bold. But hear me out.

And while no one seems to think this meeting is important or that anything of substance will come from it I do. It is exactly the kind of surprise that Putin loves to spring on the world without notice and by doing so change the board state of geopolitics.

  • Russia’s entrance into Syria in 2015, two days after Putin’s historic speech at the U.N. General Assembly
  • 2018’s State of the Union address where he announced hypersonic missiles, embarrassing the U.S. Militiary-Industrial Complex which accelerated the Bolton Doctrine of subjugating the world
  • Flying 2 TU-160 nuclear-armed bombers to Venezuela, creating panic in D.C. leading to the ham-fisted regime change operations there.
  • Nationalization of Yukos.
  • The operation to secure Crimea from U.S. invasion by marines aboard the U.S.S Donald Cook during the Ukrainian uprising against Viktor Yanukovich.

Both Putin and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping are angry at the breakdown of the talks in Hanoi back in February. It was clear that everyone expected that meeting to be a rubber stamp on a deal already agreed to by all parties involved.

In fact the two meetings between Kim and Trump were only possible because Trump convinced them of his sincerity to resolve the ‘denuclearization’ of North Korea which would clear a path to rapid reunification.

It’s why they went along with the U.S.’s increased sanctions on North Korea as administered through the U.N. in 2017.

That John Bolton and Mike Pompeo destroyed those talks and Trump was unwilling or unable (who cares at this point, frankly, useless piece of crap that he is) to stop them embarrassed and betrayed them.

They are now done with Trump.

He’ll get nothing from either of them or Kim until Trump can prove he’s in charge of his administration, which he, clearly, is not.

And they will be moving forward with their own agenda for security and Asian economic integration. So I don’t think the timing of this meeting with that of the Belt and Road Forum is an accident.

And that means moving forward on solving the Korea problem without Trump.

It is clear from the rhetoric of Putin’s top diplomat, the irreplaceable Sergei Lavrov, that Russia’s patience is over. They are no longer interested in what Trump wants and they will now treat the U.S. as a threat, having upped their military stance towards the U.S. to that of “Threat.”

If Bolton wants anything from Russia at this point he best be prepared to start a war or piss off.

This is also why Russia took the gloves off with Ukraine in the run up to the Presidential elections, cutting off energy and machinery exports with Ukraine.

To put paid Putin’s growing impatience with U.S. policies, he just issued the order to allow residents of Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics to apply for Russian passports.

This will send Bolton into apoplexy. Angela Merkel of Germany will be none too pleased either. Putin is now playing hardball after years of unfailing politeness.

It’s also why Lavrov finalized arms and port deals all over the Middle East in recent weeks, including those with Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and India.

Bolton, Pompeo and Pence are ideologues. Trump is a typical Baby Boomer, who lives in a bubble of his own design and believes in an America that never existed.

None of them truly understand the fires they are stoking and simply believe in the Manifest Destiny of the U.S. to rule the world over a dim and barbaric world.

Putin, Xi, Rouhani in Iran and Kim in North Korea are pragmatic men. They understand the realities they live in. This is why I see Putin willing tomorrow to sit down with Kim and flaunt the U.N. sanctions and begin the investment process into North Korea that should have begun last year.

Putin would not be making these moves if he didn’t feel that Bolton was all bark and no bite when it came to actual war with Russia. He also knows that Germany needs him more than he needs Germany so despite the feet-dragging and rhetoric Nordstream 2 will go forward.

Trade is expanding between them despite the continued sanctions.

Putin may be willing to cut a deal with President-elect Zelensky on gas transit later in the year but only if the shelling of the LPR and DPR stops and he guarantees no more incidents in the Sea of Azov. This would also mollify Merkel a bit and make it easier for her politically to get Nordstream 2 over the finish line.

There are moments in history when people go too far. Bolton and Pompeo went too far in Hanoi. He will pay the price now. Putin and Kim will likely agree to something in Vladivostok that no one is expecting and won’t look like much at first.

But the reality is this summit itself marks a turning point in this story that will end with the U.S. being, in Trump’s transactional parlance, a “price taker” since it has so thoroughly failed at being a “price maker.”

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