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#1221 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 25 March 2019 - 1043 AM

Neither is Iran. But who's complaining?

 

Putin is like a conductor of an orchestra. He cant possibly play every instrument himself, but he lays down direction of the general thing he wants. And you can tell when he approves and when he doesnt, because the people he approves of get promoted, and the ones that dont are purged or even exiled. Or worse.

 

Or put another way, he is like a Mafia Don. Sure he might put the occasional horse head in the beds to remind everyone not to step out of line, but as long as the money rolls in, they all forgive him for it.

 

We shouldn't mistake control for authority here.


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Posted 26 March 2019 - 1415 PM

Neither is Iran. But who's complaining?

 

Putin is like a conductor of an orchestra. He cant possibly play every instrument himself, but he lays down direction of the general thing he wants. And you can tell when he approves and when he doesnt, because the people he approves of get promoted, and the ones that dont are purged or even exiled. Or worse.

 

Or put another way, he is like a Mafia Don. Sure he might put the occasional horse head in the beds to remind everyone not to step out of line, but as long as the money rolls in, they all forgive him for it.

 

We shouldn't mistake control for authority here.

 

Russian Federation is not a dictatorship. Who would have thought? And even in the USSR the control was far from absolute.


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#1223 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 0303 AM

It sure as hell is no Democracy. You really need to read what they are doing with their national guard and internet censorship before you write off the idea they are falling back on old times, because that is clearly what the Kremlin has in mind for them. Maybe worse.

 

In the USSR, control was not absolute, only because they didnt have the technology to monitor the dissident elements and keep them in line, despite having the worlds largest secret police. In an era when everyone and his uncle posts what they think on facebook, youtube and twitter, the difficulties are somewhat less.

 

Dont take my word for any of this, go and listen to any Russian commentator on Atlantic Council or CSIS. Anne Applebaum and Julia Ioffe. People far higher than my pay grade.


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Posted 27 March 2019 - 1426 PM


Dont take my word for any of this, go and listen to any Russian commentator on Atlantic Council or CSIS. Anne Applebaum and Julia Ioffe. People far higher than my pay grade.

   You are making the same mistake that most Western politicians and military planners always make: they base their judgment on Russian affairs on opinion of defectors or pro-Western opposition figures ..  Advising somebody to "listen to any Russian commentator on Atlantic Council or CSIS" to understand Russia is like advising to listen to anti-Trump radicals to understand USA
Another wrong choice  is Eastern Europeans who consider themselves experts on Russia just because they live nearby - listening to their advice on US is like asking Mexicans to describe USA.


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 0853 AM

At 1:17 by the way rare case of fingerless hand of President Eltsin shown


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Posted 15 April 2019 - 0859 AM


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Posted 30 April 2019 - 1125 AM

What happens, when a certain president steps through the closet that leads to Narnia?
 
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#1228 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 0234 AM

https://uk.news.yaho...R8_7-_CnVF-wbP5

Vladimir Putin has come under fire for suggesting that liberalism is ‘obsolete’ and has outlived its purpose.

The Russian President also suggested that LGBT rights are ‘overshadowing’ culture, traditions and traditional family values, as well as saying migrants can “kill, plunder and rape with impunity”.

In an interview with the Financial Times ahead of the G20 summit, Mr Putin said: "The liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population".

He said: “[Liberals] cannot simply dictate anything to anyone just like they have been attempting to do over the recent decades. This liberal idea presupposes that nothing needs to be done.”

 

He also said while Russia had “no problems with LGBT persons”....“some things do appear excessive to us”.

“They claim now that children can play five or six gender roles,” Mr Putin said.

“Let everyone be happy, we have no problem with that. But this must not be allowed to overshadow the culture, traditions and traditional family values of millions of people making up the core population.”

 

During the interview, the Russian leader also praised Donald Trump for his attempts to stop migrants entering the US from Mexico.

He said liberalism: "presupposes that nothing needs to be done. That migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected".

 

His comments have prompted anger from European Union president Donald Tusk, who hit out at the Russian president to reporters and via Twitter.

Mr Tusk said: “We are here as Europeans also to firmly and unequivocally defend and promote liberal democracy.”

He said Mr Putin’s comments suggested a belief that: “freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete”.

He added: “What I find really obsolete are: authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs. Even if sometimes they may seem effective.”

 

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I strongly disagree with President Putin that liberalism is obsolete. What I find really obsolete are authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs.


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#1229 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 0331 AM


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Posted 28 June 2019 - 1317 PM

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#1231 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 28 June 2019 - 1322 PM

Well said bd.
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Posted 07 July 2019 - 0955 AM


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Posted 18 July 2019 - 0819 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow expects to rebuild partnerships and launch constructive dialogues with the European Union (EU) after the European Commission elected its new president, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
 

http://www.globaltim...t/1158286.shtml

In a congratulatory message to Ursula von der Leyen on her election as the president of the European Commission, Putin said that her rich political experience and international standing will contribute to the European Commission's constructive work and help "restore the equal and mutually beneficial partnership between the EU and Russia," according to a Kremlin statement.

He also reaffirmed Russia's readiness to engage in constructive dialogue with the EU on major political, economic and humanitarian issues, it added.

On Tuesday, German Defense Minister Leyen was elected as the new president of the European Commission, making history as the first female chief executive of the European Union.

Relations between Russia and the EU soured in 2014 when Crimea was incorporated into Russia following a referendum. Western countries have since imposed various sets of economic sanctions on Russian entities and individuals.

 

What do you know, I guess that Russian farmers cheese has lost some of its luster.


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#1234 Chris Werb

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 1725 PM

One for you, Stuart :)

 

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 0143 AM

 

“They’ve thought up six or five genders – transformers, trans… I don’t even understand what it is myself,” he said at a press conference at the summit.

 

Putin at G20 summit :D


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#1236 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 0201 AM

 

Not to worry, they are trying to put that one right as we speak.

 

https://www.stopfake...h-false-claims/

 

 

 

 

“They’ve thought up six or five genders – transformers, trans… I don’t even understand what it is myself,” he said at a press conference at the summit.

 

Putin at G20 summit :D

 

Putin is the 6th Gender, Homo Sovieticus, with 12 inches of Urals steel as backbone.


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Posted 19 July 2019 - 0657 AM

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Posted 19 July 2019 - 0711 AM

I must admit, I do like the sound of a Kimburger. Does it come with extra relish, or just plenty of hubris? :)


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