On June 17, G8 leaders began two days of talks in Northern Ireland. Seven nations want escalated war on Syria. Putin's alone. He's an outlier for peaceful conflict resolution.
By Dave Zirin - June 16, 2013
Putin has staked his reputation on the smooth hosting of the winter games. Based on the planning, it either speaks to how little he values his reputation, or more likely, that beneath the steely glare and martial arts muscles, he’s being exposed as little more than a thuggish front man for a kleptocracy.
Israel gives chutzpah new meaning. War on humanity defines its agenda. It warned Russia about supplying Syria with sophisticated defensive anti-aircraft missiles. It said Israel will react in response.
CIA agents operate most everywhere. They don't promote friendly relations. They're up to no good. Some pose as diplomats.
Russian condemnation of Israeli air strikes preceded Kerry's arrival. Moscow's Foreign Ministry called them "a threat to regional stability."
By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
If ever there was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the Obama administration’s indicting of Moscow for human rights violations is it.
In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply criticized US foreign policy. He pulled no punches. He called it: "very dangerous (in its) uncontained hyper-use of force - military force - in international relations, force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts." US imperialism, he stressed, "overstepped its national borders in every way."
A stunning Ministry of Foreign Affairs report on Prime Minister Medvedev’s agenda at the World Economic Forum this week states that Russia will warn President Obama that the “time has come” for the world to know the truth about aliens, and if the United States won’t participate in the announcement, the Kremlin will do so on its own.
By Clara Weiss - 18 January 2013
Against a background of growing social tensions, the Russian government is stepping up its anti-immigrant measures in close collaboration with fascist groups. The opposition parties, whether liberal, nationalist or pseudo-left, have also joined the calls for tightening immigration controls.
Cold War politics have returned. Vladimir Putin is prime target.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stresses that neither side can prevail in armed conflict. Unless resolved peacefully, the Syrian conflict will continue long-term.
By DIANA JOHNSTONE - Counterpunch
Since the end of the Cold War, the work of Amnesty International has become more complicated and more difficult...This has brought an organization whose core is Anglo-American under conflicting pressures...In the case of U.S.-backed “color revolutions”, human rights organizations such as AI and Human Rights Watch are enlisted...to denounce general abuses which may or may not be seriously documented. The United States has increasingly managed to take control of AI for its own foreign policy campaigns.
By Clara Weiss - 25 August 2012
[Pussy Riot's] sentencing...clearly reveals the authoritarian nature of the Russian state. The prosecution of the group is an attack on basic democratic rights, which must be rejected...The support given to the three women by leading western imperialist politicians, however, serves a different purpose. Their statements of support are cynical to the core...They are all quite prepared to ride roughshod over democratic principles when it serves their reactionary policy objectives.
By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS - August 17-19, 2012
The morons who rule the American sheeple are not only dumb and blind, they are deaf as well. The ears of the American “superpower” only work when the Israeli prime minister, the crazed Netanyahu, speaks. Then Washington hears everything and rushes to comply...Israel is a tiny insignificant state, created by the careless British and the stupid Americans. It has no power except what its American protector provides.
Since re-elected in March, Putin and Obama met for the first time on Monday at the Los Cabos, Mexico G20 meeting. Discussions focused on major geopolitical and economic issues. Differences on Syria remain unresolved.