This week in MSM propaganda:
Some cogent, and I think, very important commentary on the Valdai conference speech:
This is a tragedy of lost love.. for America:
We loved America. I remember, we did. When we were teens, growing up in the early 90s; most of my friends the same age did not even question their attitude toward Western civilization. It was great, how could it be otherwise?
This is rather remarkable document addresses global cooperation, international currencies, the prospects for peace with Russia and other topics. An important read:
A Russian convoy to deliver humanitarian aid has reached the Ukrainian border. Some western journalists were given the opportunity to monitor its progress, as well as being allowed to see what they were carrying.
The Ukrainian government had been adamant that this was little more than a ‘Trojan Horse’ being used to transport Russian military hardware to anti-government troops in the east of the country. Trucks ‘inspection’ showed they were carrying quiet a different load.
Tweet: Looked inside several trucks, found buckwheat, sleeping bags and a mechanics workshop.
The video is awesome, and Saker’s analysis right on, IMO:
It is very hard to change a system which works, a system upon which people depend for their salaries, a system which has been stable for years and which, while not perfect, at least is understood by all parties. This is why for all its imperfections, sometimes bordering on dysfunctions, what I would call the “Western financial-economic system” was so important and, frankly, so attractive: it was there and it worked. But then the USA did something extremely dangerous: they began to use and abuse this system for their very narrow political goals: MasterCard, Visa and the rest of them suddenly dropped Wikileaks, Iran was excluded from SWIFT, the French were told to be billions to Uncle Sam because of the Mistral sales to Russia, the Russians were told to compensate Khodorkovsky, the Swiss were blackmailed into given up their traditional banking secrecy, etc.
Of course, the dollar and the western economic interests did not only attract with a tasty carrot. They also came with a big stick: the US military. But at the same time when the US began using and abusing the Western financial-economic system, they also began a long streak of lost wars.
I would like to add to this also the shift to congressional deficit-cutting and the shift to austerity. Besides reducing demand for imports and forcing other nations to find other markets, it seems to me that reducing the availability of dollars may also be making other currencies more attractive. The strength of the US has historically been the sheer size of it’s markets coupled with the safest, most well-regarded financial system on earth. Deregulation and the dominance of “free-market” ideals have been an object lesson to the rest of the world on what *not* to do.