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Economic globalization is the trend of the times. Though countercurrents are sure to exist in a river, none could stop it from flowing to the sea

World Economic Forum (WEF) started its annual meeting yesterday, and it will continue till Thursday this week. This is the first global in-person leadership event since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, and this time their theme is; «Working Together, and restoring Trust.»

But the annual meeting has never been confronted with so many unprecedented global issues as it is now in 2022. The WEF`s annual meeting is coming at a crucial time. The most crucial in its 50-year history.

The world is recovering from a global pandemic, struggling with a war in Ukraine, and facing huge challenges from climate change. On top of that, monkeypox is coming, and so are inflation and famine.

One of the topics is globalization, and as we all know, globalization is dead right now. But, I think it`s only set on «pause.»

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited WEF in 2017, and on his first trip he said; «Whether you like it or not, the global economy is a big ocean that you cannot escape from.»

This time, in 2022, Xi said; «Economic globalization is the trend of the times. Though countercurrents are sure to exist in a river, none could stop it from flowing to the sea.»

Xi is also the founder of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The Silk Road has always been important to the trade in the world. It was an ancient trade route that linked the Western world with the Middle East and Asia.

It was a major conduit for trade between the Roman Empire and China and later between medieval European kingdoms and China.

Established when the Han Dynasty in China officially opened trade with the West in 130 B.C., the Sild Road routes remained in use until 1453 A.D., when the Ottoman Empire boycotted trade with China and closed them.

Although it`s been nearly 600 years since the Silk Road has been used for international trade, the routes had a lasting impact on commerce, culture, and history that resonates even today.

I find it very interesting to see that Venetian explorer Marco Polo famously used the Silk Road to travel from Italy to China, which was then under the control of the Mongolian Empire, where they arrived in 1275.

Notably, they did not travel by boat, but rather by camel following overland routes. They arrived at Xanadu, the lavish summer palace of the Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan. (You can see the film about that relationship on Netflix. I think you will like it a lot).

In all, the explorer spent 24 years in Asia, working in Kublai Khan`s court, perhaps as a tax collector.

Marco Polo returned to Venice, again via the Silk Road routes, in 1295, just as the Mongolian Empire was in decline. His journeys across the Silk Road became the basis for his book, «The Travels of Marco Polo,” which gave Europeans a better understanding of Asian commerce and culture.

Khan`s Empire is gone. So are the Roman and the Ottoman Empire. Some historians say the start of the British Empire started around the 1490s, while others say the early 1600`s, but it all ended in the years after World War 2, with most of Britain`s colonies ruling themselves independently by the late 1960s. But what about the American Empire?

A New World Order started after World War 2, and the U.S became the leading Empire in the World. Now, we are all facing a revolution. A New World Order. Again. Globalization is dead, but it will come back, because as Xi said: «Economic globalization is the trend of the times. Though countercurrents are sure to exist in a river, none could stop it from flowing to the sea.»

On Friday, the S&P 500 briefly fell into a bear market, and the inflation in the UK hit a 40-year high in April. We are into a vicious cycle, and the WEF`s Chief Economists Outlook has warned of lower economic activity, higher inflation, lower real wages, and greater food insecurity globally in 2022.

They warn that this could have devastating human consequences as the global economy fragments.

As Saadia Zahidi, Head of the Centre for New Economy and Society and a Managing Director at the World Economic Forum explained:

«We are at the cusp of a vicious cycle that could impact societies for years. The pandemic and war have fragmented the global economy and created far-reaching consequences that risk wiping out the gains of the last thirty years.

Leaders face difficult choices and trade-offs domestically when it comes to debt, inflation, and investment. Yet business and government leaders must also recognize the absolute necessity of global cooperation to prevent economic misery for millions around the world.

The WEF`s Annual Meeting this week will provide a starting point for such collaboration.»

Four Futures for economic Globalization: Scenarios and their implications:

Globalization has created significant opportunities and lifted millions out of poverty, while also driving inequality and economic disruption. With many countries turning inward in search of new strategies to increase security and resilience, the convergence of physical and virtual forms of economic globalization is no longer a given.

As the traditional drivers of globalization have reached a critical juncture, we are entering a new phase of increased economic volatility, polarization, and structural reset of the global system. Ever-accelerating digitalization, however, means that the rivalry between global centers is rapidly expanding from the physical to virtual space, where competition over the control of technology and information networks is growing. How different economic centers of gravity will choose between physical and virtual integration, fragmentation or isolation will shape the fate of economic globalization in the years to come.

This White Paper outlines how the nature of globalization may shift as economic powers choose between fragmentation or isolation in both physical and virtual integration. The report calls for “no-regret actions” by policymakers: global cooperation on the climate crisis; investment in human capital to prepare populations for a range of economic futures, and returning to developing resilience through greater economic integration, knowledge-sharing, and diversification.

Globalization is at crossroads. It`s changing, but it isn`t ending.

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Putin honored all soldiers of the allied armies and all those who defeated Nazism and militarism in his annual Victory Day speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin had a speech on Monday. He marked Victory Day, celebrating the Soviet Union`s World War II triumph over Nazi Germany. President Vladimir Putin linked the war in Ukraine with that historic struggle in a speech that blamed the West for the conflict.

If you follow MSM in the West, which is a bunch of group thinkers, you will hear that Putin is to blame for the conflict. According to Politico, the Pope says NATO may have caused Russia`s invasion of Ukraine. This is what all the experts say too, so who do you trust? The Pope or MSM?

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Putin talked about all the people who were tortured and killed in the Maidan revolution in 2014. they have killed about 14,000 since 2014, and this is one of the reasons Putin started the war. It is a military operation where Putin and Russia want to protect civilians in Ukraine.

Many of the soldiers who fought in Donbas was seen in the parade on Red Square. Putin talked about Russia`s enemies who tried to use international terrorist gangs against them. How they tried to see inter-ethnic and religious strife so as to weaken Russia from within and divide them. They failed completely, Putin said.

«You are defending today what your fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers fought for. The well-being and security of their Motherland were their top priority in life. Loyalty to our Fatherland is the main value and a reliable foundation of Russia`s independence for us, their successors, too,» Putin added in the speech.

«We bow our heads to the memory of the Odesa martyrs who were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions in May 2014, to the memory of the old people, women, and children of Donbas who were killed in atrocious and barbaric shelling by neo-Nazis,» Putin said in the speech.

«Last December we proposed signing a treaty on security guarantees. Russia urged the West to hold an honest dialogue in the search for meaningful and compromising solutions and to take account of each other`s interests. All in vain. NATO countries did not want to heed us, which means they had totally different plans. And we saw it.

«Another punitive operation in Donbas, an invasion of our historic lands, including Crimea, was openly in the making. Kyiv declared that it could attain nuclear weapons. The NATO bloc launched an active military build-up on the territories adjacent to us,» Putin said.

«Thus, an absolutely unacceptable threat to us was steadily being created right on our borders. There was every indication that a clash with neo-Nazis and Banderites backed by the United States and their minions were unavoidable.

Let me repeat, we saw the military infrastructure being built up, hundreds of foreign advisors starting work, and regular supplies of cutting-edge weaponry being delivered from NATO countries. The threat grew every day.

Russia launched a pre-emptive strike at the aggression. It was a forced, timely, and the only correct decision. A decision by a sovereign, strong and independent country,» Putin said.

«Meanwhile, the West seems to be set to cancel these millennia-old values. Such moral degradation underlines the cynical falsifications of World War II history, escalating Russophobia, praising traitors, mocking their victims’ memory, and crossing out the courage of those who won the Victory through suffering.

We honor all soldiers of the allied armies – the Americans, the English, the French, Resistance fighters, brave soldiers and partisans in China – all those who defeated Nazism and militarism.» Putin added.

Below is the full transcript of Russia`s President Vladimir Putin`s Victory Day speech;

Dear veterans, Comrade soldiers and seamen, sergeants and sergeant majors, midshipmen and warrant officers, Comrade officers, generals, and admirals,

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Fellow Russian citizens,

I congratulate you on the Day of Great Victory!

The defense of our Motherland when its destiny was at stake has always been sacred. It was the feeling of true patriotism that Minin and Pozharsky’s militia stood up for the Fatherland, soldiers went on the offensive at the Borodino Field and fought the enemy outside Moscow and Leningrad, Kyiv, and Minsk, Stalingrad and Kursk, Sevastopol and Kharkiv.

Today, as in the past, you are fighting for our people in Donbas, for the security of our Motherland, and for Russia.

May 9, 1945, has been enshrined in world history forever as a triumph of the united Soviet people, its cohesion and spiritual power, an unparalleled feat on the front lines and on the home front.

Victory Day is intimately dear to all of us. There is no family in Russia that was not burnt by the Great Patriotic War. Its memory never fades. On this day, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of the heroes march in an endless flow of the Immortal Regiment. They carry photos of their family members, the fallen soldiers who remained young forever, and the veterans who are already gone.

We take pride in the unconquered courageous generation of the victors, we are proud of being their successors, and it is our duty to preserve the memory of those who defeated Nazism and entrusted us with being vigilant and doing everything to thwart the horror of another global war.

Therefore, despite all controversies in international relations, Russia has always advocated the establishment of an equal and indivisible security system which is critically needed for the entire international community.

Last December we proposed signing a treaty on security guarantees. Russia urged the West to hold an honest dialogue in the search for meaningful and compromising solutions and to take account of each other’s interests. All in vain. NATO countries did not want to heed us, which means they had totally different plans. And we saw it.

Another punitive operation in Donbas, an invasion of our historic lands, including Crimea, was openly in the making. Kyiv declared that it could attain nuclear weapons. The NATO bloc launched an active military build-up on the territories adjacent to us.

Thus, an absolutely unacceptable threat to us was steadily being created right on our borders. There was every indication that a clash with neo-Nazis and Banderites backed by the United States and their minions were unavoidable.

Let me repeat, we saw the military infrastructure being built up, hundreds of foreign advisors starting work, and regular supplies of cutting-edge weaponry being delivered from NATO countries. The threat grew every day.

Russia launched a pre-emptive strike at the aggression. It was a forced, timely, and the only correct decision. A decision by a sovereign, strong and independent country.

The United States began claiming their exceptionalism, particularly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, thus denigrating not just the entire world but also their satellites, who have to pretend not to see anything and to obediently put up with it.

But we are a different country. Russia has a different character. We will never give up our love for our Motherland, our faith and traditional values, our ancestors’ customs, and respect for all peoples and cultures.

Meanwhile, the West seems to be set to cancel these millennia-old values. Such moral degradation underlies the cynical falsifications of World War II history, escalating Russophobia, praising traitors, mocking their victims’ memory, and crossing out the courage of those who won the Victory through suffering.

We are aware that US veterans who wanted to come to the parade in Moscow were actually forbidden to do so. But I want them to know: We are proud of your deeds and your contribution to our common Victory.

We honor all soldiers of the allied armies – the Americans, the English, the French, Resistance fighters, brave soldiers, and partisans in China – all those who defeated Nazism and militarism.

Comrades,

Donbas militia alongside the Russian Army is fighting on their land today, where princes Svyatoslav and Vladimir Monomakh’s retainers, soldiers under the command of Rumyantsev and Potemkin, Suvorov and Brusilov crushed their enemies, where Great Patriotic War heroes Nikolai Vatutin, Sidor Kovpak, and Lyudmila Pavlichenko stood to the end.

I am addressing our Armed Forces and Donbas militia. You are fighting for our Motherland, its future, so that nobody forgets the lessons of World War II and so that there is no place in the world for torturers, death squads, and Nazis.

Today, we bow our heads to the sacred memory of all those who lost their lives in the Great Patriotic War, the memories of the sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, grandfathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, relatives, and friends.

We bow our heads to the memory of the Odesa martyrs who were burned alive in the House of Trade Unions in May 2014, to the memory of the old people, women, and children of Donbas who were killed in atrocious and barbaric shelling by neo-Nazis. We bow our heads to our fighting comrades who died a brave death in the righteous battle – for Russia.

I declare a minute of silence.

(A minute of silence.)

The loss of each officer and soldier is painful for all of us and an irretrievable loss for our families and friends. The government, regional authorities, enterprises, and public organizations will do everything to wrap such families in care and help them. Special support will be given to the children of the killed and wounded comrades-in-arms. The Presidential Executive Order to this effect was signed today.

I wish a speedy recovery to the wounded soldiers and officers, and I thank doctors, paramedics, nurses, and staff of military hospitals for their selfless work. Our deepest gratitude goes to you for saving each life, oftentimes sparing no thought for yourselves under shelling on the frontlines.

Comrades,

Soldiers and officers from many regions of our enormous Motherland, including those who arrived straight from Donbas, from the combat area, are standing now shoulder-to-shoulder here, on Red Square.

We remember how Russia’s enemies tried to use international terrorist gangs against us, how they tried to seed inter-ethnic and religious strife so as to weaken us from within and divide us. They failed completely.

Today, our warriors of different ethnicities are fighting together, shielding each other from bullets and shrapnel like brothers.

This is where the power of Russia lies, the great invincible power of our united multi-ethnic nation.

You are defending today what your fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers fought for. The well-being and security of their Motherland were their top priority in life. Loyalty to our Fatherland is the main value and a reliable foundation of Russia’s independence for us, and their successors, too.

Those who crushed Nazism during the Great Patriotic War showed us an example of heroism for all ages. This is the generation of victors, and we will always look up to them.

Glory to our heroic Armed Forces!

For Russia! For Victory!

Hooray!

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The Democratic world is backsliding, and people around the world are losing their freedom

People around the world are losing their freedom, and democracy is in decline all over the world for the 16th year in a row, according to a new report by Freedom House. The number of people living in societies that are considered free has declined by 25,7% as political freedoms have eroded.

Bad countries are getting worse, but over the last few years, we`ve also seen democracies getting worse, Amy Slipowitz, who is one of the authors of the report said.

Factors such as undermining the rule of law, attacking media freedom, perverting elections, and discrimination and mistreatment of migrants were internal issues impacting the functionality of existing democracies, the report found.

The US received a score of 2 out of 4 in the category of equal treatment of minority groups in light of its recent policies on asylum seekers. Only 25 countries improved in their freedom scores overall, and some of the most significant increases occurred in Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Ecuador, and Honduras.

The decline is not reversing, but there are still signs that this can be reversed because «there are so many places where people are risking their lives to demand freedom.» The protests in Myanmar and Sudan are examples of how people fight for democracy to persist.

«I think despite these crackdowns and pushback, there is still a very strong demand for democracy,» Slipowitz says. «I do expect that it`ll continue because ultimately, people do have a desire to live freely. So I think the key will be how democracy`s proponents can support these people, and global collaboration is really key to this.»

The difference between communist China and the United States is that the United States is one nation under God. The communists in China don`t believe in religion and God, so people in China believe in communists.

«If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under,» Ronald Reagan once said. He also said that America is the moral force that defeated communism and all those who would put the human soul itself into bondage.

What would Ronald Reagan say today, as the Democratic world is backsliding, also known as autocratization, democratic decay, and de-democratization, which means a gradual decline in the quality of democracy and the opposite of democratization?

If unchecked, democratic backsliding results in the state losing its democratic qualities, becoming an autocracy or authoritarian regime. The democratic decline is caused by the state-led weakening of political institutions that sustain the democratic system, such as the peaceful transition of power or free and fair elections.

Although these political elements are assumed to lead to the onset of backsliding, other essential components of democracy such as infringements of individual rights, especially freedom of expression, question the health, efficiency, and sustainability of democratic systems over time.

Since 2001, there are more autocracies than democracies in the world, and as a result, the «third wave of autocratization» is accelerating and deepening. In addition, apart from the transition to autocratization, democratic backsliding may also lead to authoritarian regressions, revolutions, to hybrid regimes as they enter political «grey zones.»

During a national crisis, there are unique risks of democratic backsliding. It can occur when leaders impose autocratic rules during states of emergency that are either disproportionate to the severity of the crisis or remain in place after the situation has improved.

Democratic backsliding occurs when essential components of democracy are threatened, and examples of democratic backsliding include;

  • Free and fair elections are degraded;
  • Liberal rights of freedom of speech, press and association decline, impairing the ability of the political opposition to challenge the government, hold it to account, and propose alternatives to the current regime;
  • The rule of law (i.e., judicial and bureaucratic restraints on the government) is weakened, such as when the independence of the judiciary is threatened, or when civil service tenure protections are weakened or eliminated.
  • An over-emphasis on national security as response to acts of terrorism or perceived antogonists.

Democratic backsliding can occur in several common ways, and you can see it in many places on this planet even today. Backsliding is often led by democratically elected leaders, who use «incremental rather than revolutionary» tactics.

It is difficult to pinpoint a single specific moment at which a government is no longer democratic, given that this process of decline manifests «slowly, in barely visible steps». Ozan Varol uses the phrase stealth authoritarianism to describe the practice of an authoritarian leader (or a potential authoritarian leader) using «seemingly legitimate legal mechanisms for anti-democratic ends….. concealing anti-democratic practices under the mask of law.

Together with Juan Linz, Levitsky and Ziblatt developed and agreed upon their «litmus test», which includes what they believe to be the four key indicators of authoritarian behavior. These four factors are; rejection (or weak comment to) democratic rules of the game, denial of the legitimacy of political opponents, toleration or encouragement of violence, and readiness to curtail civil liberties of opponents, including media.

Varol describes the manipulation of libel laws, electoral laws, or «terrorism» laws as tools to target or discredit political opponents, and the employment of democratic rhetoric as a distraction from anti-democratic practices, as manifestations of stealth authoritarianism.

We can also see strategic harassment and manipulation during elections, and this form of democratic backsliding entails the impairment of free and fair elections through tactics such as blocking media access, disqualifying opposition leaders, or harassing opponents.

This form of backsliding is done in such a way that the elections do not appear to be rigged and rarely involve any apparent violations of the law, making it difficult for international election monitoring organizations to observe or criticize this misconduct.

For example, Hitler gave a speech to the Reichstag in support of the Enabling Act. The decline of the Weimar Republic into Nazi Germany is one of the most infamous examples of democratic backsliding.

(The enabling Act of 1933, was a law that gave the German Cabinet, most importantly, the Chancellor, the power to make and enforce laws without the involvement of the Reichstag or Weimar President Paul von Hindenburg.)

Hitler persuaded Hindenburg to enact the Reichstag Fire Decree. The decree abolished most civil liberties including the right to speak, assemble, protest, and due process. Using the decree the Nazis declared a state of emergency and began to arrest, intimidate, and purge their political enemies.

By clearing the political arena of anyone willing to challenge him Hitler submitted a proposal to the Reichstag that would immediately grant all legislative powers to the cabinet. This would in effect allow Hitler`s government to act without concern for the constitution.

The world we live in today is very similar to the 30s, and the most important and serious issue is inequality. Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson have investigated the effect of income inequality on the democratic breakdown.

Studies of democratic collapse show that economic inequality is significantly higher in countries that eventually move towards a more authoritarian model.

In addition, political polarization, racism and nativism, and excessive executive power have alone or in combination provided the conditions for democratic backsliding.

The 2019 Annual Democracy Report of the V-dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg identified three challenges confronting global democracy:

  1. «Government manipulation of media, civil society, rule of law, and elections»,
  2. rising «toxic polarization», including «the division of society into distrustful, antagonistic camps», diminishing «respect for opponents, factual reasoning, and engagement with society» among political elites, and increasing use of hate speech by political leaders, and
  3. foreign disinformation campaigns, primarily digital.

Some countries move toward democracy, while other countries move away from democracy. Just take a look at the West and you will see it on the way to being a wild wild west. Man people are claiming that the United States is the last hope. Ronald Reagan said, «if we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth».

«Democracy is worth dying for because it`s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man».

On August 23, 1984, Ronald Reagan said; «Without God, there is no virtue, because there`s no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we`re mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we`re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under».

But the separation of church and state was never intended to separate public morality from public policy.

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The war in Ukraine could have ended long time ago

The war in Ukraine could have ended a long time ago. Putin has been giving Zelenskyy a great solution to the problems they have, but Zelenskyy rejected it. The reason is that the neo-Nazis are threatened to kill Zelenskyy if he signs a peace deal with Putin and Russia.

First of all I must say that many deep thinkers have predicted the war a long time ago, and believe it or not, President Joe Biden is one of them. He predicted the war in Ukraine 25 years ago. Henry Kissinger also warned on several occasions that NATO expansion would create tensions between Russia and the US as well as Russia and the rest of western Europe.

Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state of the United States, while writing for the Wall Street Journal in 2014 following the annexation of Crimea pointed out that Ukraine cannot act as an outpost for either party but rather should act as a bridge between the West and Russia.

Ukraine is an inalienable part of Russia`s history and identity. «To treat Ukraine as part of an East-West confrontation would scuttle for decades any prospect to bring Russia and the West, especially Russia and Europe, into a cooperative international system,» Kissinger wrote for the Wall Street Journal.

The most important thing, in this case, is NATO`s Final Declaration Bucharest Summit on April 3, 2008, that says; «NATO welcomes Ukraine`s and Georgia`s Euro Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO. We agreed today that these countries will become members of NATO.»

This is the deep cause: The aim of the United States and its European allies is to peel Ukraine away from the Soviet orbit and incorporate it into the West.

Jack Matlock said last month that NATO expansion would trigger an arms race. Matlock highlighted that the Soviet collapse was not because of western pressure but due to internal issues which led to its fall. He called the expansion of NATO a strategic blunder.

Naom Chomsky talked about Ukraine a year ago and said that the takeover of eastern Cuba is much worse than the situation in Ukraine today. But I`m not gonna talk about Cuba today. It`s all about Ukraine. Chomsky mentioned leading international relations specialist, John Mearsheimer who wrote an article in the main establishment journal foreign affairs with this headline;

THE WEST IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UKRAINE CRISIS.

What Mearsheimer points out in his article is in 1990, when the Russian Empire collapsed. The question was about how should the post-war system develop? Gorbachev made a remarkable concession. He agreed to allow unified Germany to join a Western military alliance. If you think about history, that`s pretty astonishing, because Germany alone had practically destroyed Russia a couple of times in the century.

He was saying that a unified militarized Germany can join a hostile military alliance. There was a «quid pro quo.» A condition that NATO would not move phrase was one inch to the east. That meant East Germany.

But what did they do? NATO immediately moved to East Germany. Gorbachev was pretty upset, but he was informed by president Bush and James Baker, that this was just a verbal agreement. There was nothing on paper. The implication is if you`re dumb enough to accept the verbal gentleman`s agreement with the United States, that`s your problem.

Then Clinton came in, and NATO moved further towards the right to the border of Russia. But the big question is rather; why does NATO even exist after 1990 throughout the whole history of the cold war?

They say NATO is necessary to defend Western Europe from the Russian hordes. But what happens to NATO? It explodes. It expands to the east. Its mission changed. Its official mission now is not to defend Europe from the Russian hordes.

It`s to control the global energy system. Sea lanes and pipelines, and to serve as a US-run intervention force. We can all ask ourselves; «What was the nature of the propaganda we were fed all those years?»

If NATO was there to defend the west from the Russians, why is it now expanding the right to the borders of Russia, becoming a global and US intervention force protecting sea lanes and pipelines, and so on.

What that talk about the Cold war was just a pure lie, and there`s plenty more evidence for that.

Noam Chomsky said seven years ago that after a dangerous proxy war, keeping Ukraine Neutral offers a path to peace with Russia. So did John Mearsheimer. But who is listening? MSM? Nope. You never see people like this on MSM.

Mearsheimer said that Ukraine and NATO would be a security threat to Russia. But he said that many years ago. You all knew it. Deep thinkers told you all about it. The solution is a Neutral Ukraine.

Putin offered Zelenskyy that solution. A Neutral Ukraine, which is a buffer state between NATO and Russia, but Zelenskyy rejected it. Why? It`s probably the neo-Nazis. They will kill him if he agrees with Putin.

In 2013, Putin wanted an Economic Rescue Plan for Ukraine with Russia, the IMF, and the EU, but the EU said no foolishly.

The real losers in this war are the Ukrainians. Ukrainians are led down the primrose path. NATO has pushed very hard to encourage the Ukrainians to be part of NATO. They are pushed to be a western bulwark on Russia`s borders. Despite the fact that the Russians made it clear that this was unacceptable to them.

What the West did is to take a stick and poke the bear in the eye. And if you do that, that bear is not going to smile and laugh at what you`re doing. That bear is probably going to fight back, and that`s exactly what`s happening here. And that bear is going to tear apart Ukraine. That bear is in the process of tearing apart Ukraine.

So, who is responsible for all this? Russia? Of course not. The Russians are doing the dirty work. What caused the Russians to do this? According to John Mearsheimer, the answer is very simple; The United States of America.

Putin and Russia have repeatedly said that Georgia and Ukraine will never become part of NATO. In August 2008, you had a war involving the Russians and the Georgians over the whole issue of whether or not Georgia would become part of NATO.

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The plan is to turn Ukraine into a pro-western liberal democracy, and it started with the Orange revolution in 2014. They want Ukraine to be a part of the West while sitting on Russia`s border. The crisis in Ukraine started on February 22, 2014, and that was a coup, supported by the United States.

The Revolution of Dignity is also known as the Maidan Revolution. It took place in Ukraine in February 2014 at the end of the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv.

It resulted in a pro-Russian leader; president Yanukovych, being overthrown and being replaced by a pro-American prime minister. The Russians found this intolerable. At the same time, they were debating with the West and the Ukrainians over EU expansion, and always in the background at that time was NATO expansion.

A civil war started in Ukraine in 2014, and this is also where the neo-Nazis are starting to grow. In 2017, President Trump decided to arm the Ukrainians. They also got training help. It also formed closer diplomatic ties with the Ukrainians. That spooked the Russians.

MSM is telling us all that Putin is the main cause of the war in Ukraine. They say Putin is crazy and irrational. Putin is bent on creating a greater Russia. Putin is a new Hitler, they say. I must say that it`s hard to believe that serious people can say things like that. It`s ridiculous.

They also say that Putin is an aggressor. He is expanding. He is trying to build a new USSR. I don`t understand how serious people can say things like that. It`s all nonsense. Russia doesn`t have enough resources to do that. Nor do they have money to expand. It`s deceit. A lie. they turn things upside down. Who acts like USSR? Russia? Of course not.

So, what we see here is NATO expansion. EU expansion. Promoting democracy. Is this war vital to the US? No. Is this war vital to Russia? Absolutely yes.

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Nikita Khruschev gave Crimea to Ukraine for free in 1954

Vladimir Putin is doing exactly what Boris Johnson and Joe Biden are doing; «Building back better.» Putin is working very hard to fix all the problems that the communist Bolsheviks made during their revolution: October Revolution.

The Russian Revolution was a period of political and social revolution that took place in the former Russian Empire which began during World War I. The Bolsheviks killed the Royal family Romanov that has ruled Russia for 302 years.

This period saw Russia abolish its monarchy and adopt a socialist form of government following two successive revolutions and bloody civil war. This socialist revolution ended the Russian monarchy and Tsar Nicholas II abdicated and stepped down, ushering in a new government led by the Russian Duma (parliament) which became the Russian Provisional Government. This government was dominated by the interests of prominent capitalists, as well as the Russian nobility and aristocracy.


People were killed by The Provisional Government, with the support of Socialist-Revolutionary Party-Menshevik leaders of the All-Russian Executive Committee of the Soviets, in Petrograd in a peaceful demonstration.

During this chaotic period, there were frequent mutinies, protests, and strikes. Many socialist and other leftist political organizations were engaged in daily struggle and vied for influence within the Provisional Government and the Soviets.

One such faction was the Bolsheviks («Ones of the Majority») led by Vladimir Lenin. The Bolsheviks gained support by campaigning on a slogan of peace, land, and bread which promised to cease war with Germany, give land to the peasantry, and end the famine caused by Russia`s involvement in WWI. These slogans had a direct effect on the growing Bolshevik popularity.

Under pressure from German military offensives, the Bolsheviks soon relocated the national capital to Moscow. The Bolsheviks had secured a strong base of support within the Soviets and, as the supreme governing party, established their own government, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR).

The RSFSR began the process of reorganizing the former empire into the world`s first socialist state, to practice soviet democracy on a national and international scale.

The Great October Socialist Revolution under the Soviet Union, also known as the Bolshevik Revolution (1917 – 1923), almost destroyed Russia as we know it today. This is why Putin is working hard to restore what the Bolsheviks destroyed.

This is where the problems in Ukraine and Crimea start. it`s also called the Soviet-Ukrainian War, or Ukrainian Civil War, which is the term commonly used in post-Soviet Ukraine for the events taking place between 1917 – 1921, nowadays regarded essentially as a war between the Ukrainian People`s Republic and the Bolsheviks. The war ensued soon after the October Revolution when Lenin dispatched Antonov`s expeditionary group to Ukraine and Southern Russia.

Soviet historical tradition viewed it as an occupation of Ukraine by military forces of Western and Central Europe, including the Polish Republic`s military, the Bolshevik victory constituting Ukraine`s liberation from these forces.

Conversely, modern Ukrainian historians consider it a failed war of independence by the Ukrainian People`s Republic against the Bolsheviks.

In Soviet historiography and terminology, the armed conflict is depicted as part of the greater Russian Civil War in Ukraine, this war was fought between the national government and the Bolshevik government (led by Lenin).

The war may be divided into three phases:

  1. December 1917 – April 1918: Revolutionary days, Bolshevik uprisings, invasion of the Red Guards formations, signing of protectorate treaty, and liberation from bolsheviks.
  2. December 1918 – December 1919: Civil war in Ukraine, invasion of the Red Army, unification of Ukraine, anti-Soviet peasant uprisings, Denikin’s Volunteer Army and the Allied intervention, loss of West Ukraine to Poland.
  3. Spring 1920 – Autumn 1921: Polish-Soviet War (Treaty of Warsaw), Russian Civil War (between Bolsheviks armies and the armed Forces of South Russia), Ukrainian guerrilla operations (First and Second Winter Campaigns), government in exile.

In October 1917 the government of Ukraine denounced the Bolshevis’ armed revolt and declared it would decisively fight against any attempted coup in Ukraine. The Kyiv Military District command tried to prevent a Bolshevik coup, leading to street fights and eventually surrendering of pro-Bolshevik troops in the city.

On November 20, 1917, the Rada declared Ukraine the Ukrainian People`s Republic as an autonomous part of the Russian Republic and scheduled on January 9, 1918, elections to a Ukrainian Constituent Assembly.

The Russo-Ukrainian War is an ongoing war primarily involving Russia, Belarus, and pro-Russian forces on one side, and Ukraine on the other. The war we see today isn`t a new one. It has been going on since February 2014 in the wake of the Revolution of Dignity and focused on the status of Crimea and parts of the Donbas, which are internationally recognized as part of Ukraine.

Nikita Khruschev gave Crimea to Ukraine for free in 1954. That transfer was illegal under Soviet law and violated both the Constitution of the Soviet Union and the Constitution of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. This is how Putin and Russia now are building back better.

They want to have Crimea and Ukraine back again because it has been a part of Russia. How legitimate is it that Crimea is given to Ukraine by a drunken Nikita Khruschev? It is also given to Ukraine that is also stolen during the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. The communists have done so damage to Russia, and Putin is trying to fix it. By diplomatic solutions or by war and bombs.

In a speech live on TV, on 24 February, Putin said; «The goal is to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years. And for this, we will strive for the demilitarisation and denazification of Ukraine, as well as bringing to justice those who committed numerous, bloody crimes against civilians, including citizens of the Russian Federation.»

Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the first Jewish President of Ukraine. He is a former actor and comedian. Another puppet on the scene with a lot of neo-Nazis hiding behind the scenes. A trick to make people blindsided.

Zelenskyy is a populist. He has also positioned himself as an anti-establishment, and anti-corruption figure. He became a President in 2019, promised to end Ukraine`s protracted conflict with Russia as part of his presidential campaign, and attempted to engage in dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The US government has alluded to intelligence indicating that the Kremlin is preparing lists of Ukrainians to be killed or put in camps. The alleged lists include journalists.

So, what Putin is talking about is what NATO and the West don`t want to talk about; Azov Battalion, which is a group of a neo-Nazi unit of the National Guard of Ukraine. Azov initially formed as a volunteer militia on 5 May 2014 during the Odessa clashes. On 12 November 2014, Azov was incorporated into the National Guard of Ukraine, and since then all members are contract soldiers serving in the National Guard of Ukraine.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the Azov Battalion`s extremist politics and professional English social media pages have attracted foreign fighters, including people from Brazil, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, the United States, Greece, Scandinavia, Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Russia.

About 50 Russian nationals are members of the Azov regiment. The group has used Facebook to recruit far-right individuals from other countries within Europe. In 2019, under Facebook`s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, support for the group was not allowed, although this was temporarily relaxed during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Reports published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have connected the Azov Battalion to war crimes such as mass looting, unlawful detention, and torture.

An OHCHR report from March 2016 stated that the organization had «collected detailed information about the conduct of hostilities by Ukrainian armed forces and the Azov regiment in and around Shyrockyne from the summer of 2014 to date.

Mass looting of civilians’ homes was documented, as well as targeting of civilian areas between September 2014 and February 2015.

MSM doesn`t talk about this. What they talk about is people supporting Ukraine and that some people are moving to Ukraine to join the Nazi forces. We also see that many countries like Germany are supporting Ukraine with weapons.

This war is also a war against the European globalists.

The U.K is out of the EU with a Brexit slam dunk, and PM Boris Johnson is building back better. Biden is also building back better, but what happens if the U.S is pulling out as a leader from the West? If so, and Europe is building its own weapon arsenal, then this world will become even more dangerous, and Europe will be changed forever.

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