Nobody expected Putin to show up at the World Economic Forum this time. Putin`s virtual address at the WEF was unexpected. But, they’re all there to make a better world and Putin warned that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated preexisting global problems and imbalances.
All these problems can come out of control, and these could deteriorate to a point where there is a fight of «all against all.» «We have every reason to believe that the tensions might be aggravated even further,» Putin warned.
Not only that. Putin also said that the times we are living in right now is similar to the ’30s, and I think he is so right. This is what I have pointed out for a very long time now. Just take a look at the history.
It`s similar to when it comes to the scale and scope of what he called systemic «challenges and potential threats.» Putin said the crisis had increased social stratification, populism, right- and left-wing radicalism, adding that domestic political processes were becoming more violent.
«All of this cannot but impact international relations, making them less stable and predictable,» Putin said.
«In the 20th century, the failure and inability to centrally resolve such issues resulted in the catastrophic World War II. Of course, nowadays such a heated conflict is not possible, I hope that it`s not possible in principle, because it would mean the end of our civilization.
But I would like to reiterate, that the situation might develop unpredictably and uncontrollably if we will sit on our hands doing nothing to avoid it.
And there is a possibility that we may experience an actual collapse of global development that might result in a fight of all against all,» Putin said.
Putin and Biden had a meeting on the phone on Tuesday. They come to an agreement to extend their current nuclear arms pact, the NEW START treaty, for another five years.
It`s time for the world leaders to come together in Davos once again. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is the Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.
The WEF agenda is scheduled to be held between January 25 and 29. Mukesh Ambani, Anand Mahindra, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, and others will attend the online event. The decision to host the event online comes amidst the Covid 19 pandemic situation, but WEF will host its physical annual meeting in May in Singapore.
As the WEF writes in its statement, the pandemic has accelerated systemic changes that were apparent before its inception. The fault lines that emerged in 2020 now appear as critical crossroads in 2021.
They will talk about «How to save the world,» and topics around that issue will be Covid 19 and climate change. Fairer economic; financial and monetary systems of different countries. Tech for good; big data and other tech disruptions. Society and future of work; remote work culture and gender parity. Better business, healthy future, and beyond geo-politics.
The «Davos Agenda» will also mark the launch of WEF`s Great Reset Initiative and begin the preparation of the special Annual Meeting during the spring.
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States of America today. In his speech he said; «Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause, the cause of democracy. The will of the people has been heard and the will of the people has been heeded.
We have learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.» (big applause)
Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their governing legislator. Joe Biden was the most popular candidate in the US and won the election in 2020. It is the people`s will. The people decided.
The most popular president in US history was inaugurated today. He got more votes than Obama and Clinton. Biden won despite the fact that Trump got 10 million more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016.
The streets in Washington during the inauguration ceremony were empty. Instead of thousands of Americans cheering, we saw thousands of flags on the streets. Instead of happy American people on the streets in Washington we saw 30,000 armed soldiers behind a massive 12-foot electric wall.
The love for Joe Biden was huge in the Hate Trump Media today. «The reason Biden has to do this is that he`s just so incredibly popular,» Don Lemon said on CNN. «The lights from Lincoln Memorial were like Joe Biden`s arms stretching out to all American,» CNN said.
The incredibly popular president is considered to construct economic policy around issues like race, gender, equality, and climate change, rather than around traditional indicators like GDP or deficit ratios.
According to Axios, Biden is charting an economic policy that`s visible to the left of Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama. Biden proposed a $1,9 trillion economic stimulus plan and a $15 minimum wage. Employers, employees, and economists warned it will kill millions of jobs.
Joe Biden signals a shift away from fossil fuels and rejoins WHO and Paris climate agreement. Trump walked away from Paris agreement because he said it was too expensive for American workers. He wanted people to keep their jobs.
It will be difficult for Biden to balance the need to address the climate crisis without worsening the jobs crisis facing the United States. But his plan calls for pouring trillions of dollars into clean energy, creating millions of union jobs while slashing carbon emissions.
European commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen tweeted this; «The United States is back. And Europe stands ready. To reconnect with an old and trusted partner, to breathe new life into our cherished alliance. I look forward to working together with @JoeBiden.
Abraham Lincoln saved America for the first time in 1864. Donald Trump tried to do the same for the second time. What happens today is similar to what happened under Lincoln. In January 1838, Abraham Lincoln said this;
Citizens seeing their property destroyed; their families insulted, and their lives endangered; their persons injured, and seeing nothing in the prospect that forebodes a change for the better. They become tired of, and disgusted with, a government that offers them no protection.»
If you see people in your own country do things like that, you have to react. You must do something. You must punish those who are responsible for the crime you see. If you face fascism right in front of your eyes without doing something, you deserve to live in chaos, and that`s what we can call the U.S for right now.
When Abraham Lincoln stood for re-election in November 1864 he knew that defeat could bring the civil war to a premature end and shatter his dreams of abolishing slavery. Lincoln fixed the problems and saved America.
Now, we know that the middle class is wiped out and they do not recover. This is a sign of a weak government because their rule number one should be the safety of their own people. That is not what we see today.
The United States is at war with its own people. It is so much corruption and people don`t care. We know how they treated their own president. We know what they have done to other presidents. The United States went from cold war to a war on terror, but that cannot continue.
We can all see the tension in the U.S Congress. We can all see how divided the U.S is, but we have seen similar things like this before. In 1973. On 11 September 1973 in the Chilean coup d’etat, it was a military coup in Chile that deposed the Popular Unity government of President Salvador Allende.
After an extended period of social unrest and political tension between the opposition-controlled congress and the socialist President, as well as economic warfare ordered by U.S president Richard Nixon, a group of military officers led by General Augusto Pinochet and Admiral Josè Toribio Merino seized power in a coup, ending civilian rule.
The military established a junta that suspended all political activity in Chile and repressed left-wing movements, especially communist and socialist parties and the Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR).
Augusto Pinochet rose to supreme power within a year of the coup and was formally declared President of Chile in late 1974. The Nixon administration, which had worked to create the conditions for the coup, promptly recognized the junta government and supported it in consolidating power.
Before the coup, Chile had been hailed as a beacon of democracy and political stability for decades, a period in which the rest of South America had been plagued by military juntas and «caudillismo.»
The collapse of Chilean democracy ended a succession of democratic governments in Chile, which had held democratic elections since 1932.
An internationally support plebiscite in 1988 held under the auspices of the military dictatorship was followed by a peaceful transition to an elected civilian government.
Allende contested the 1970 presidential election with Jorge Alessandri Rodriguez of the National Party and Radomiro Tomic of the Christian Democratic Party. Allende received 36,6% of the vote. Alessandri was a very close second with 35,3%, and Tomic third with 28,1%. Allende received the highest number of votes, according to the Chilean constitution and since none of the candidates won by an absolute majority, the National Congress had to decide among the candidates.
The 1925 constitution did not allow a person to be president for two consecutive terms.
The U.S feared the example of a «well-functioning socialist experiment» in the region and exerted diplomatic, economic, and covert pressure upon Chile`s elected socialist government.
At the end of 1971, the Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro made a four-week state visit to Chile, alarming American observers worried about the «Chilean Way to Socialism».
In 1972, economics minister Pedro Vuskovic adopted monetary policies that increased the amount of circulating currency and devaluated the escudo, which increased inflation to 140 percent in 1972 and engendered a black market economy.
The governments of Argentina (1966), Bolivia (1969), Brazil (1964), and Peru (1968) were all overthrown in coups and replaced by military governments. In June 1973 Uruguay joined the coup wave that swept through the region.
The United States of America know how to replace a government. They are experts and have been involved in multiple coup dètat`s around the world.
United States involvement in regime change describes actions taken by the United States government, both overt and covert, to alter, replace, or preserve foreign governments. In the latter half of the 19th century, the U.S government initiated actions for regime change mainly in Latin America and the Southwest Pacific, including the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars.
At the onset of the 20th century, the United States shaped or installed governments in many countries around the world, including neighbors Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
The U.S was also involved in the coup in Egypt a few years ago. In February 2011, Hosni Mubarak resigned after 18 days of mass demonstrations that ended his 29-year rule of Egypt. The 2013 Egyptian coup dètat took place on 3 July 2013.
Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi led a coalition to remove the President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, from power and suspended the Egyptian constitution of 2012. The move came after the military`s ultimatum for the government to «resolve its differences» with protesters during widespread national protests.
The military arrested Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood leaders and declared Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court Adly Mansour as the interim president of Egypt. The announcement was followed by demonstrations and clashes between supporters and opponents of the move throughout Egypt.
In June 2012, Mohamed Morsi won the presidential election with 51,73% of total votes to become the first democratically elected president of Egypt. In June the same year, prior to Morsi being sworn in as President, the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the election law was unconstitutional and ordered the elected bodies dissolved.
President Morsi appointed additional members to the advisory council from 35 political parties and invited the elected bodies to discuss the ruling of the court.
During World War II, the United States helped overthrow many Nazi Germany or imperial Japanese puppet regimes. Examples include regimes in the Philippines, Korea, the Eastern portion of China, and much of Europe.
United States forces were also instrumental in ending the rule of Adolf Hitler over Germany and of Benito Mussolini over Italy.
75 years later, the U.S was attacked by Neo-Nazis at the Capitol Hill.
Today, Monday 18 January, it is Martin Luther King Jr day. People all around the world honor and celebrate him. A giant of the civil rights movement whose nonviolent resistance to the injustices of his era, racial segregation, employment discrimination, and the denial of the right to vote, enlighted the U.S and the world.
This day is coming only days after white supremacists stormed Capitol Hill, and killed five people. Jake Angeli, better known as «Qanon Shaman,» is one of those who stormed the Capitol, and he is also one of those we remember best from the storming.
Qanon Shaman is the man with his fur robes and horned helmet possibly the most photographed insurrectionist of the day, bore his position on his bare chest. What`s interesting to see is that he is tattooed with Norse and Viking symbols, in a far-right context, which evokes the whiteness of ancient Scandinavians.
Sloppy tattoos of Yggdrasil, or tree of life, covered his left pectoral. The Mjolnir, Thor`s hammer, emerged from his waistband. The walnut, the Viking «knot of the slain,» was inked over his heart. These are ancient Scandinavian symbols revived and twisted by 19th-century European nationalists and 20th-century Nazis, and their appropriation infuriates contemporary pagans and Heathens.
In the riotous crowd that stormed the Capitol, the «militant masculinity» of the Vikings has appeal. It`s very telling these are warrior images, at least in their heads.
Among the flags hoisted at the Capitol by insurrectionists, we saw the stars and bars of the Confederate battle flag, the defiant «Don`t Treat On Me» exhortation of the Gadsen flag, revived in the 2000s by the Tea Party.
Proud Boys was there with Viking-inspired tattoos as well. They were marching through the streets of D.C, bearing a shirt emblazoned with 6MWE: Six million wasn`t enough.
People are so confused by the bizarre appearance of some of the insurrectionists. Qanon Shaman remote from the disciplined masses we associate with, say, Hitler`s brownshirts.
The toxic combo of goofiness and fascism is simplicity American and has its roots in the Ku Klux Klan, whose members donned white hoods and robes as «ghosts» to intimidate African-Americans, who were seen as uneducated and superstitious.
This is not what the Republican Party stands for. What the Republican party stands for are Law and Order. Those who stormed the Capitol are not patriots, they are terrorists.
The insurrectionists came to the Capitol with symbols. Most of the were Trump-flags, but some of them had the Confederate flag, first swung on the country`s battlefields by secessionist states who saw their future in the enslavement of others; the gallows and noose, shorthand for the terrorization of African-Americans under Jim Crow as well as quick and dirty frontier justice.
The contrast to the Martin Luther King Jr day couldn`t better. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr led more than 200,000 Americans in a March on Washington in pursuit of jobs and freedom for all people.
Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he called on Americans «to sit down together at the table of brotherhood» and meet our promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr, and throughout his life, exemplified the quintessential American belief that we will leave a brighter, more prosperous future for our children.
In the face of tumult and upheaval, Dr. King reminded us to always meet anger with compassion in order to truly «heal the hurts, right the wrongs, and change society.»
It is with this same spirit of forgiveness that we come together to bind the wounds of past injustice by lifting up one another regardless of race, gender, creed, or religion, and rising to the first principles enshrined in our founding documents.
Indeed, Dr. King described America’s Constitution and Declaration of Independence as promissory notes left by America’s Founding Fathers for «every American to fall heir.»
His dream, rooted in the American Dream, was that our children might be «judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.»
This dream, he hoped, would finally let freedom ring for all people.
As Dr. King stated in 1961, at the heart of his dream s «equality of opportunity.» For Dr. King, Trump said in a speech last year, the march toward civil rights is intertwined with economic empowerment.
Trump`s Administration has fully embraced this spirit, taking historic action to create jobs and uplift every community across the U.S and reaching the lowest unemployment rate for Black Americans ever recorded. (Editor: but that was before the virus destroyed everything).
Through the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Trump`s Administration created nearly 9,000 Opportunity Zones that have produced more than $75 billion in new investment in distressed neighborhoods.
It is clear now more than ever before that we can no longer allow the American Dream to be deferred for Black Americans, Trump said. However, in this march toward equality, we cannot permit any «creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.»
As a student of nonviolence, Dr. King called on us not to «satisfy the thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.» In the national effort to achieve freedom and equality, and in this shared love of country, we must endeavor with all our might to meet the promissory notes endowed to us by our Founding Fathers, as Dr. King fervently wished, Trump said.
Last year, Mike Pence quoted King during an interview with CBS; «Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy,»
Dr. King is best known for his «I have a dream» speech, and a lot of people around the world share his idea of «dreams,» but some people on this planet think they could kill the dream by slaying the dreamer, but as the example of Martin Luther King`s life shows;