Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Farid Ben Amor — How should we regulate the flow of online content?

Under a "free market system" platforms become the curators of content and its flow because "business decisions are best left to the private sector." However, the dynamics of this market limit competition and the tendency is toward concentration. This leaves just a few at the top in the drivers seat. Content creation and distribution are increasingly being combined as major players go vertical. The result is growing market asymmetry. 

Is this an issue that should be addressed politically and legally? The title below assumes that the answer is yes and asks how it should be managed.

The neoliberal solution is to legislate in favor of capital formation. The ordoliberal solution is to legislate against anti-competitive practices based on rent seeking through market power.

World Economic Forum
How should we regulate the flow of online content?
Farid Ben Amor | Knowledge and Community Lead, Future of Information and Entertainment Initiative, World Economic Forum

Thai Commercial

OffGuardian- “Yanks to the rescue”: Time’s not-so secret story of how Americans helped Yeltsin win 1996 presidential election

Steve keen tweeted this. So, Steve Keen is in with us on this one, and he reads the OffGuardian too. A great guy. KV

Imagine Izvestia ran a headline in January 2018 titled “Rescuing Donald”, in which it proudly boasted that a group of crack Russian election-fixers had been sent over to Washington to make sure Trump beat Hillary. Does anyone imagine it would stop short of impeachment for Trump and maybe even hot war with Russia? Yet 22 years ago Time magazine ran just such a feature on how four Americans and an ex-pat Russian had managed the 1996 Russian presidential election to ensure a win for Boris Yeltsin. And apparently that was something to openly boast about.

OffGuardian- “Yanks to the rescue”

Deeyah Khan - What We Don’t Know About Europe’s Muslim Kids and Why We Should Care

I'm a sort of liberal but I was really surprised by this. I expected Deeyah Khan to say how Muslims and Europeans can get along easily if we stop being prejudiced. I thought it would be a warm, nice, lecture, but I got a big surprise when it turned out to be the absolute opposite.

Deeyah Khan has a Muslim father and a Norwegian mother and her father told her she that even as an academic the white people won't properly accept her so she would have to become a top musician or sportsman instead, and so she learnt music. One day when she was young, she went to get her favourites sweets form a shop and a Norwegian man blocked her entrance and when she tried to get by he spat in her face and told her to go back to her own country. She was devastated and totally scared and she looked around the shop for people to help her but no one did. After that she run home crying.

So, she grew up to become a top singer and musician but Muslim men started coming up to her saying she was a disgrace because women should be at home serving their husbands. Then they started giving her death threats, and then, after that,  the hate mail started arriving where they she would be raped hundreds of times and her stomach cut out so she could never have children.

Eventually she left home deeply sad and went to the UK but the same thing started happening. Deeyah Khan talks about young Muslim girls who don't want an arranged marriage and run away only to be hunted down and beaten, or even killed. Honour killings. She says how the British police don't want get involved even when these young girls plead with them to give them safety. One young girl who repeatably told police that her family was going to kill her her found strangled and thrown under the floorboards of her house. 

Deeyah Khan gave up music and went to America, but eventually she went back to Europe to become a charity worker helping young Muslims who are having problems. When she first started interviewing young radicalised Muslim men she though she would find monsters, but instead she found broken, wounded, young men who felt alone and scared. Like the young Muslim women, they didn't fit in with their families but they didn't fit in with white society either, so extremist Muslim clerics would take them in and offer them companionship, love, and acceptance, but then go to radicalise them to become Jihadists or suicide bombers.

Deeyah Khan helps to bring these young men back into mainstream society and to obtain better relationships with their families. She warns them about the extremist Muslim clerics and how they are really using them for their own gain. I will have to put a link in the comments section to Nafezz Ahmed's article I just put out here. 

Nafeez Ahmed - ISIS recruiter who radicalised London Bridge attackers was protected by MI5

From collusion to blowback

Dr Nafeez Ahmed is a serious scholar and not a conspiracy theorist. He once worked for the UK Guardian but he started getting too close to the truth for them. He still sometimes writes for The Independent. KV 

Except - 

The terrorists who rampaged across London on the night of 3 June were part of a wider extremist network closely monitored by MI5 for decades. The same network was heavily involved in recruiting Britons to fight with jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
Police have confirmed that Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba were the three terrorists shot dead after participating in a brutal van and knife attack in the London Bridge area.

MI5 and ISIS recruiters, sitting in a tree

The official explanation of the failure to prosecute Bakri and Choudary for so long despite this track record is that the two were notoriously clever at appearing to staying on the right side of law. Supposedly, this meant that counter-terrorism officials found it difficult to build a case against them.
This narrative is problematic. Security sources speaking outside of official press statements have pointed to a somewhat different reality: that both Bakri and Choudary had ties to MI5.
In his book The Way of the World, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Ron Suskind recounts how he was told by a senior MI5 officer that Bakri had long been an informant for the security service, who “had helped MI5 on several of its investigations.”
Bakri confirmed the same in an interview with Suskind. “Bakri enjoyed his notoriety and was willing to pay for it with information he passed to the police,” wrote Suskind.
“It’s a fabric of subtle interlocking needs: the [British authorities] need be in a backchannel conversation with someone working the steam valve of Muslim anger; Bakri needs health insurance.”
Bakri’s ties with British intelligence to support foreign operations, moreover, go back decades.
As I wrote in the Independent on Sunday:
“According to a former US Army intelligence officer, John Loftus, three senior al-Muhajiroun figures — Mr Bakri Mohammed, Abu Hamza and Haroon Rashid Aswat — were recruited by MI6 in 1996 to influence Islamist activities in the Balkans.”
But the connection did not stop there.
In 2000, Bakri admitted training British Muslims to fight as jihadists abroad, boasting: “The British government knows who we are. MI5 has interrogated us many times. I think now we have something called public immunity.”
A year later, the private security firm set up by Bakri in cohorts with Abu Hamza — Sakina Security Services — was raided by police and eventually shut down. Speaking in Parliament at the time, Andrew Dismore MP claimed the firm sent Britons “overseas for jihad training with live arms and ammunition”. Bakri was not arrested, let alone charged or prosecuted.
In short, Omar Bakri’s utility to British state operations in foreign theatres, such as the Balkans, appeared to grant him immunity in extremist recruitment at home.
To this day, it is not widely known that Bakri and his al-Muhajiroun network played a key role in facilitating the recruitment, radicalisation and logistics behind the 7/7 London bombings. The ultimate suppression of crucial evidence of this from government narratives, despite being mandatory reading for all legal counsel during the 7/7 Coroner’s Inquest, has granted the group virtual free reign.
Thus, Omar Bakri’s acolyte and deputy, Anjem Choudary, led a similarly charmed life.
Days after Choudary’s terrorism conviction, a former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer who had investigated Choudary revealed that prior to the proceedings, Choudary too had been protected by MI5.
The Telegraph reported that despite being at “the forefront of radical Islam in Britain” for 20 years:
“The security services repeatedly prevented Scotland Yard from pursuing criminal investigations against hate preacher Anjem Choudary… Met counter-terror officers often felt they had enough evidence to build a case against the radicalising cleric, only to be told to hang fire by MI5, because he was crucial to one of their on-going investigations.”
It was only in August 2015, after Choudary posted YouTube videos online which openly documented his support for ISIS, that he was eventually prosecuted. Prior to that, the police believed they had a watertight case, but the decision not to prosecute had come from MI5.
The police source himself told the newspaper:
“I am gobsmacked that we allowed him to carry on as long as long as he did. He was up to his neck in it but the police can’t do full investigations on people if the security service say they are working on a really big job, because they have the priority. That is what they did constantly. While the police might have had lots of evidence they were pulled back by the security service because he [Choudary] was one of the people they were monitoring. It was very frustrating and did cause some tension but we were told we had to consider the bigger picture.”

The bigger picture: war

According to Charles Shoebridge, though — a former British Army and Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism intelligence officer — “nothing was done by UK authorities” to stop UK citizens “joining jihadist groups in Libya and Syria.”
This was despite the fact that these Britons “made no secret on social media of the fact, even sometimes posting evidence of their participation in acts of terrorism and war crimes.” There was an “obvious risk of terrorism blowback were such trained and experienced extremists to return to Britain.”

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Saker — Hilarious (and politically incorrect!) video to encourage Russians to vote (MUST SEE!)

I laughed my head off when I saw this. So I emailed Eugenia and begged her to subtitle this in English (press “cc” to see the English subs). Not only is this video really funny, it is blissfully politically incorrect. Just see for yourself! Truth be told, the message of this video is pretty clear: vote for Putin or brace for either Commie or Western hell. In a deeper sense it also shows how most Russians feel about Soviet or Western “values”. By the way, a lot of people in Russia (Communists and liberals) were absolutely enraged by this video. Which, of course, makes it even more politically effective and delicious to watch. Enjoy! The Saker
The Vineyard of the Saker
Hilarious (and politically incorrect!) video to encourage Russians to vote (MUST SEE!)
The Saker

Edward Harrison — James Montier: The Advent of a Cynical Bubble

James Montier is one of my favorite market strategists. He is really good on behavioral economics. And his work inspired one of my favorite posts here on 17th century philosophers Descartes and Spinoza. James is also very good on his macro because he understands modern money and the sectoral balances framework of the late Wynne Godley....
Credit Writedowns
James Montier: The Advent of a Cynical BubbleEdward Harrison

We are going from a market protected by the Fed to one in which the Fed is dragging the market in tow. As the Fed has begun lifting rates, the market has consistently proved to underestimate the Fed’s conviction. And I believe this trend will continue, driving interest rates higher. This will, in turn, create equity market volatility.
If this happens, the Fed will likely move aggressively to "prove" its determination. (It's about creating expectations, after all.)

Scott Adams — What if the News Reported Only Facts?

The business model of the news media has moved away from hard reporting and toward punditry and opinion. Viewers enjoy opinion-driven content and it costs a lot less to produce than hard news. And that means the news industry has moved from factual reporting to — for all practical purposes — some form of imaginary mind reading to fill the hours.
I’ll need some examples to make my point. Below I will imagine how several headline stories about President Trump could have been reported factually without the mind reading. I include the mind reading interpretations for contrast.
Scott Adams Blog
What if the News Reported Only Facts?
Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

Bill Mitchell — The ‘tax the rich’ call bestows unwarranted importance on them

Bill answers the main questions about MMT and a progressive agenda to address wealth inequality.

There is no need for a currency issuer to tax to obtain the funds it issues itself.

The reasons that a currency issuer should tax excessive wealth is political, in that wealth conveys political power.

Neoliberalism differs from classical liberalism (laissez-faire) by harnessing government to promoting the interests of capital rather than reducing government involvement in the economy as a matter of principle.

Bill Mitchell – billy blog
The ‘tax the rich’ call bestows unwarranted importance on them
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Lyle J. Goldstein — Status-6: What Russia Is Saying About Its 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo

The new Russian underwater doomsday weapon Status-6 is a fitting symbol of the New Cold War and its senselessness.
The National Interest
Status-6: What Russia Is Saying About Its 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo
Lyle J. Goldstein | Professor of Strategy in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI.

Zero Hedge — "The Petro Is Born Today" - Maduro Launches Oil-Backed Crypto "For The Welfare Of Venezuela"

More than two months after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his intention to launch the world's first state-sponsored cryptocurrency to try and help Venezuela raise some badly needed foreign capital, the Petro - backed by 5 billion barrels of oil that are still waiting to be pumped out of a local oilfield - is now a reality....
To fuel demand, the government guarantees that it will accept the Petro as payment for taxes and fees. It has also said it will seek to promote the Petro abroad....
Zero Hedge


Why Washington Struck Russian Contractors In Syria
Nauman Sadiq is an Islamabad-based attorney, columnist and geopolitical analyst focused on the politics of Af-Pak and Middle East regions, neocolonialism and petro-imperialism.

In a historic first, a poll published on Monday by German newspaper Bild put the anti-immigrant, Alternative for Germany (AfD) party at 16%, showing that they are currently the second most popular political organization in Germany and more popular than Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) , Merkel's "Grand Coalition" allies. The poll, conducted by INSA put the AfD on 16%, just ahead of the SPD on 15.
Anti-Immigrant AfD Now The Second Most Popular Party In Germany
Tyler Durden

Moon of Alabama "Russian bots" - How An Anti-Russian Lobby Creates Fake News — Moon of Alabama "Russian bots" - How An Anti-Russian Lobby Creates Fake News

Another detailed account.

This is nuts.
Last August, when the Hamilton 68 project was first released, the Nation was the only site critical of it. It predicted:
The import of GMF's project is clear: Reporting on anything that might put the US in a bad light is now tantamount to spreading Russian propaganda.
It is now even worse than that. The top ranking of the #merrychristmas hashtag shows that the algorithm does not even care about good or bad news. The tracked twitter accounts are normal people.
The whole project is just a means to push fake stories about alleged "Russian influence" into U.S. medias. Whenever some issue creeps up on its dashboard that somehow fits its false "Russian bots" and "divisiveness" narrative the Alliance for Securing Democracy contacts the media to spread its poison. The U.S. media, - CNN, Wired, the New York Times - are by now obviously devoid of thinking journalists and fact checkers. They simple re-package the venom and spread it to the public.
How long will it take until people die from it?
Moon of Alabama
"Russian bots" - How An Anti-Russian Lobby Creates Fake News

Matias Vernengo — Talk of military intervention in Venezuela is absurd

Gunboat diplomacy.

Naked Keynesianism
Talk of military intervention in Venezuela is absurdMatias Vernengo | Associate Professor of Economics, Bucknell University

PCR - Devin Nunes for President, Ray McGovern for CIA Director

This is an extraordinary and highly truthful article by former CIA official Ray McGovern who was the responsible official for the daily briefing of the President of the United States. Be sure to read it:
McGovern has proven over and over on many occasions that he is a person of integrity, honor, and intelligence. Ray McGovern should be the Director of the CIA. He would be welcomed by the CIA analysts who resent their political use, and we would have an honest intelligence agency, which is what we need.
Rep. Nunes, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said that those in the FBI and Obama Justice (sic) Department who intentionally orchestrated false charges against the President of the United States will be put on trial, if they have violated the law, as they are no longer tolerated as being above the law. In my opinion, it is a foregone conclusion that they have violated the law of the United States of America.
Rep. Nunes, who is likely to be assassinated by the FBI, CIA, military/security complex, or DNC at any time, said that:
•The committee is closing down its investigation into possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign; no evidence of collusion was found.
•The apparently widespread practice of “unmasking” the identities of Americans under surveillance. On this point, Nunes said, “In the last administration they were unmasking hundreds, and hundreds, and hundreds of Americans’ names. They were unmasking for what I would say, for lack of a better definition, were for political purposes.”
•Asked about Schiff’s criticism that Nunes behaved improperly on what he called the “midnight run to the White House,” Nunes responded that the stories were untrue. “Well, most of the time I ignore political nonsense in this town,” he said. “What I will say is that all of those stories were totally fake from the beginning.”
Adam Schiff is, in my opinion, clearly the CIA/FBI’s point man in the House. Everything Schiff says is supportive of the CIA/FBI plot against the President of the United States and the American people. Hopefully Schiff will be in the dock with Brennan, Comey, Mueller, Claper, Hillary and sent to prison with them.
I remember when the Democratic Party stood for the working class and justice. I rememer the great justices of the US Supreme Court from the Democratic Party—William Douglas, Willian Brennan, and Thurgood Marshall. These were real Americans who protected Americans’ civil rights and held the corrupt government to account.
No more. The Democratic Party under the Clinton’s money-grubbing influence is even more corrupt than the money-grubbing Republicans.
In the United States there is no one to represent the rule of law but Devin Nunes. Stand by him as he will be under heavy attack from the utterly corrupt presstitutes who never serve truth, only their pocket book enriched by their subsidies from the CIA.

Ray McGovern - Nunes: FBI and DOJ Perps Could Be Put on Trial

I've been listening to Ray Mcgovern interviews by Larouchepac. What a decent guy,  he voted for Jill Stein as well. He's a left leaning liberal, like me. KV

Ray Mcgovern

Throwing down the gauntlet on alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the Department of Justice and the FBI, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) stated that there could be legal consequences for officials who may have misled the FISA court. “If they need to be put on trial, we will put them on trial,” he said. “The reason Congress exists is to oversee these agencies that we created.”

Nunes took this highly unusual, no-holds-barred stance during an interview with Emmy-award winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, which aired on Sunday.

Attkisson said she had invited both Nunes and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) but that only Nunes agreed. She asked him about Schiff’s charge that Nunes’ goal was “to put the FBI and DOJ on trial.” What followed was very atypical bluntness — candor normally considered quite unacceptable in polite circles of the Washington Establishment.

Rather than play the diplomat and disavow what Schiff contended was Nunes’ goal, Nunes said, in effect, let the chips fall where they may. He unapologetically averred that, yes, a criminal trial might well be the outcome. “DOJ and FBI are not above the law,” he stated emphatically. “If they are committing abuse before a secret court getting warrants on American citizens, you’re darn right that we’re going to put them on trial.”

Ray McGovern - Nunes: FBI and DOJ Perps Could Be Put on Trial

Aaron Maté — Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11?

On how low the Democratic Party has fallen. RIP.

Any Democratic office holder that doesn't denounce this purely political farce should be primaried. Yes, I means all of them and at every level of the party, from national to state to local.

The real problem, however, is Democratic voters.
Unfortunately, we've seen, even before this indictment, that 82% of democrats, according to a CNN poll, believe that Facebook ads, Twitter ads by a Saint Petersburg troll farm were decisive in swinging the election in Donald Trump's favor. They're just swallowing this narrative whole. This is the same crowd that now has a favorable impression of George W. Bush. We can call them the George W. Bush Resistance.
They are all deep in denial. This is a psychological aberration.

Aaron Maté interviews Max Blumenthal

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Wilkerson: The Trump-Netanyahu Iran Plan Means War

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See if you can find any connection to Russia, let alone Putin.

The connection is to a "pro-Russian" Ukrainian political party and the charge is false statements to the FBI about contact with a member of the Trump campaign, Oh, and the guy's father-in-law is a "Russian billionaire" that founded privately-owned Alfa Bank.

Lawyer charged with lying in U.S. probe of Russia election role
Sarah N. Lynch

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After 18 months, the James Comey-Robert Mueller FBI investigation into the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta emails has yet to produce evidence of collusion.
Yet we do have evidence that a senior British spy and Trump hater, Christopher Steele, paid by the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC to dig up dirt on Trump, colluded with Kremlin agents to produce a dossier of scurrilous and unsubstantiated charges, to destroy the candidacy of Donald Trump. And the FBI used this disinformation to get FISA Court warrants to surveil and wiretap the Trump campaign.
Why is this conspiracy and collusion with Russians less worthy of Mueller’s attention than a troll farm in St. Petersburg?
Inquiring minds want to know.

Patrick J. Buchanan — Official Website
Is That Russia Troll Farm an Act of War?
Patrick J. Buchanan

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"If you’ve enjoyed the The War on Terror … you’re going to love The War on Dissent."
Russia Insider
The Bogus 'War on Terror' Has Morphed Into a War on Dissent (Part 1)
And this is just the beginning, folks. If you want to get a glimpse of our dystopian future, read this recent piece in The Atlantic. It’s by Representative Will Hurd, of Texas, but it conveys the sentiments of the corporate ruling classes and their loyal servants in government, generally. I won’t spoil it for you, but here’s one quote:

“To address continued Russian disinformation campaigns, we need to develop a national counter-disinformation strategy.
The strategy needs to span the entirety of government and civil society, to enable a coordinated effort to counter the threat that influence operations pose to our democracy.
It should implement similar principles to those in the Department of Homeland Security’s Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism, with a focus on truly understanding the threat and developing ways to shut it down.”
The emphasis is mine. The Orwellianism is Hurd’s. The message couldn’t possibly be clearer.
C. J. Hopkins, American playwright, novelist and satirist based in Berlin

The indictment is nothing more than a rancid puff pastry. It pretends to have a mountain of evidence of evil doing by the Russians. But if you simply ask probing questions about the underlying proof of the misdeeds you will quickly discover that this document is a piece of political theater rather than an actual listing of criminal deeds. What do I mean?..
This case is far from a slam dunk for the Mueller team. If it ever did come to trial there are significant gaps and vulnerabilities in the indictment that a competent defense attorney could savage. Nope. This is not about punishing lawbreakers. This is political theater designed to feed the meme promoting anti-Russian hysteria....
Sic Semper Tyrannis
Robert Mueller's America--A Farce Wrapped in Hypocrisy
Publius Tacitus

See also
Will every critic of our government policies soon be indictable?
The Unz Review
Russiagate Suddenly Becomes Bigger
Philip Giraldi, Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and former CIA officer


Mueller Bans Foreign Criticism of America
Anatoly Karlin


Here's the free PDF book.


Very brief review of Taleb's new book.

Marginal Revolution
*Skin in the Game*, the new Nassim Taleb book
Tyler Cowen | Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University and serves as chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center

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Why are U.S. firms holding more cash?

macromon — Karl, The Comeback Kid?

Why do we think the world is about to see the resurrection of the “comrade culture club” over the next ten years? 
Make no mistake; there will be a visceral political reaction to the coming acceleration of labor disrupting technology. We got a little taste of it in the 2016 election.
Just wait until it hits the doctoring, lawyering, and accounting class....
Technology replaced the farmers. Now it is coming for the industrial workers and many types of service workers, too. Soldiers and sailors are also increasingly being replaced by robots and drones and that is set to take off.

What are the new redundant people going to do?

Global Macro Monitor
Karl, The Comeback Kid?

David F. Ruccio — What, us worry?

Occasional Links & Commentary
What, us worry?
David F. Ruccio | Professor of Economics, University of Notre Dame

erablogdotcom — Bank income and spending

One of the most common difficulties many people encounter in understanding the mechanics of the financial system lies in their failure to understand the difference between stocks and flows.
Bank income and spending

Monday, February 19, 2018

Bill Mitchell — There is no European citizen – cultures and narratives diverge in the Eurozone

I have noted before that when someone asks me where I come from I immediately (and innately) respond Australia. If questioned further I might tell them I grew up in Melbourne, Victoria. Sure enough, I am a Victorian (with some of the cultural attachments that that denotes) but that affiliation is weak compared to my nationality. That doesn’t make me a xenophobe or a nationalist. It just says I am culturally from that geographic area. If I ask my friends from Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Norway, etc the same question, they will answer they are from those nations. They never immediately respond by saying they are European. I can get them to say they are European but that is not their innate cultural association. The point is that there is really no such thing as a European citizen. They are all citizens of their individual Member States with little shared culture and quite diverse histories (not to mention languages etc). An interesting study came out from European economics think tank Bruegel last week (February 15, 2018) – Tales from a crisis: diverging narratives of the euro area – highlights the consequences of these differences and concludes that it makes “for an extremely challenging context within which to conduct a uniform monetary policy across different countries”. I would add economic policy in general to that assessment....
Bill Mitchell – billy blog
There is no European citizen – cultures and narratives diverge in the Eurozone
Bill Mitchell | Professor in Economics and Director of the Centre of Full Employment and Equity (CofFEE), at University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Richard Sakwa: The Key Challenge for Russia is to Avoid Inflicting Damage on Itself – Rethinking Russia

Rethinking Russia sat down with University of Kent’s Professor Richard Sakwa to discuss his new book Russia Against The Rest, its relations with the West, its role in a new world order as well as its greatest challenges in 2018.
Richard Sakwa is on the level of Stephen F. Cohen and Paul Robinson as a Russian analyst — worth saying attention to.

Rethinking Russia
Richard Sakwa: The Key Challenge for Russia is to Avoid Inflicting Damage on Itself – Rethinking Russia
Interviewed by Pavel Koshkin

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Consortium News
Mutually Assured Contempt at 2018 Munich Security ConferenceGilbert Doctorow | European Coordinator of The American Committee for East West Accord Ltd.

Pepe Escobar — China’s ‘New Silk Roads’ reach Latin America

Beijing is turbo-charging its infrastructure connectivity across the region and the Caribbean.
"Who lost Latin America?"

Asia Times
China’s ‘New Silk Roads’ reach Latin America
Pepe Escobar

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Talk of four nation-led ‘alternative’ to Belt and Road picks up steam
Asia Times Staff

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Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence, the Australian Financial Review reported on Monday, citing a senior US official.
The Asian Age
India, US, Japan, Aus form ‘quad’ to compete with China’s BRI: report

Glenn Greenwald — A Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an “Act of War” on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response be Similar?

Whether intentional or not, this is preparing the American public for an overt conflict of US and Russian forces in Syria and a hot proxy war in Ukraine this spring.

This is now entering the high danger stage.

The Intercept
A Consensus Emerges: Russia Committed an “Act of War” on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Should the U.S. Response be Similar?
Glenn Greenwald

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The Mueller indictment against the Russians is a well-timed effort to distract Americans’ attention from the real collusion rotting the core of our public life by shifting attention to a foreign enemy. Many of the people behind it are the very officials who are themselves complicit in the rot. But the sad fact is that it will probably work.
Strategic Culture Foundation
The US-UK Deep State Empire Strikes Back: ‘It’s Russia! Russia! Russia!’
James George Jatras | Analyst, former U.S. diplomat and foreign policy adviser to the Senate GOP leadership

John Helmer — A Lesson in Political Sociology for Robert Mueller – a Lesson in Warfare for Dmitry Peskov

The three types of power which decide the fate of regimes are force, fraud and subversion; that’s to say, arms, money, media....
Detailed analysis of the indictments. Important if you are following this closely.

Dances with Bears
A Lesson in Political Sociology for Robert Mueller – a Lesson in Warfare for Dmitry Peskov
John Helmer, from Moscow

Russiagate gone wild

U.S.-Russian hostility is now inevitable, and the results could be tragic.
History of US election interference, regime change and coup d'etat. 

The American Conservative

Stop scapegoating Russia for America's divisions—and stop using Moscow as an excuse to call for restrictions on speech.
The Never-Ending Search for Foreign Subversives
Jesse Walker

Resistance leader? Not really. Democratic congressman Adam Schiff personifies the link between foreign policy hawks and deep-pocketed defense contractors.
Who Is Adam Schiff?
Branko Marcetic


Defense Secretary William Perry (1994-1997)

The Hill
Former Pentagon chief: US shares blame for poor relations with Russia
Rebecca Kheel


Los Angeles Times (Dec 21, 2016)
The U.S. is no stranger to interfering in the elections of other countries
Nina Agrawal


The Oklahoma Observer
The Russians Have Never Been Coming
Jeremy Kuzmarov


SundayReview | NEWS ANALYSIS
Russia Isn’t the Only One Meddling in Elections. We Do It, Too.
Scott Shane


Asymmetrical Rules
Paul Robinson | Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa

Lars P. Syll— Marx and Keynes on the contradictions of capitalism

Keeper John Elster quote.

Lars P. Syll’s Blog
Marx and Keynes on the contradictions of capitalism
Lars P. Syll | Professor, Malmo University

Oroville Dam analysis

Competent presentation and illustration by this well trained Youtuber of the events that led to the remedial activity that is now the largest engineering project in the US:

Deutsche Bank cutting at least 250 jobs at its corporate and investment bank

Yeah those old crafty "neoliberal banksters!" are just killing it these days: