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The News- 9 July 2015

I’ve been rather busy this week, so once again I’ve decided to aggregate the most interesting news stories I’ve seen this week and add my commentary.

But what about the Russian side of the story?

One of the biggest arguments against RT is their propensity for conveying expertise on people who lack it, as well as being extremely relaxed when it comes to who they let on the air. RT hands out titles like “political analyst” as though they were giving out candy on Halloween. This time they’ve given cred to a genuine Illuminati “expert,” who pontificates on the secret machinations of Freemasons and Zionists. This is hardlythe firsttime RT has put people with weird backgrounds on the air.

And this goes to the root of something that’s been bothering me lately. I keep hearing some people claim that the “mainstream Western media” totally shuts out “the Russian side.” Really? Which Russian side are you talking about? On almost every issue Russia has so many sides of the story you could play D&D with them. MH17 was simultaneously shot down by a Ukrainian Buk SAM and a Su-25 ground attack aircraft. Russia is a bastion of conservative traditional values and a progressive quasi-socialist resistance leader against neoliberal capitalism and neo-fascism. Please tell me how the “mainstream media” is supposed to deal with this.

And more to the point, how is the “mainstream media” supposed to react to the analysis of someone who believes in the Illuminati conspiracy? Are they supposed to treat this as a valid viewpoint? Is it really bias to dismiss this tin-foil hat wearer? Why should anyone take this network seriously with “experts” like that?

RT is run by adults, not children. If they want to be taken seriously, they can refuse to air the bullshit of people like Mr. Mason-hunter here. If they don’t want to be accused of being a propaganda bullhorn, they can introduce some actual objectivity to their coverage and invite guests who challenge the Kremlin’s narrative of events. There’s bias and then there’s propaganda. The Western media definitely has the former, but RT is the latter.

On a side note, rest assured that my Illuminati superiors are well aware of this “truthseeker” and have scheduled repeated chemtrail flights over his neighborhood.

Warmongering neocons in the US to cut army by 40,000 people.

This piece comes from a loyal reader in the Baltic region. Apparently the US army intends to cut its ranks by 40,000 personnel within two years. Keep in mind that this is after numerous base closures in Europe over the past few years. Prior to Putin’s little adventure in Ukraine, the US had about 30,000 military personnel in all of Europe, none of which were stationed in the new NATO members that border Russia. Many of those people were logistical personnel dealing with missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Remember how recently US leaders were talking about returning heavy armor units to Europe? Yeah, “returning” because they haven’t been there for some time.

Remember folks, this is the neoconservative war machine that is supposedly escalating its threatening presence in Eastern Europe and encircling Russia for the final blow, and yet it’s still looking at a rapid reduction of its army even after Putin started throwing his weight around in the region. All Putin’s flailing and flopping around has apparently provoked one big “meh” from some folks at the Pentagon.

Not everyone’s happy, of course. Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan for example:

“One person who’s going to be very pleased with this is Vladimir Putin,” Sullivan said.

Oh don’t worry, Dan. While the troop numbers are reduced, Putin’s media machine will be finding all kinds of “evidence” of a massive military buildup in Alaska, poised at seizing Siberia. Putin and many Russians know that America wants to do this because one time some KGB mindreaders gleaned this plan from the brain of Madeline Albright.

Anyway, just another example of how the US actually reduces its presence and military size and gets labeled a warmongerer while Russia significantly increases its military budget, its military size, and actually starts a war, and yet it’s all fine and dandy because Russia’s “threatened” by “NATO encirclement.”

Why the Russia-China Axis is Bullshit Article No. 3,427

Again and again, when you point out Russia’s economic weakness and growing stagnation, the geopolitical expert’s go-to answer is “But CHINA!” No, silly vatnik, China is not going to save Russia. China has its own interests, many of which are contradictory to the wacky fantasies of Russia’s leadership, and it is not running a charity. If this Russia-China relationship continues, it’s the latter who will be wearing the pants in that family.

Virtually every time Putin visits a country, or its foreign minister or head of state comes to Moscow, the Russian press beams with the same claims:

1. Country X is turning away from the West and embracing the Russian “alternative.”

2. Country X has expressed interest in trading in local currencies.

3. This represents a new strategic alliance between Russia and Country X!

Almost every time you can look at the details and see how idiotic this is. Take Turkey, an example of one of Russia’s latest BFF’s since last December, when Putin visited the country and announced the construction of a new gas pipeline whose construction may in fact be physically possible. Turkey is a NATO member. It does not recognize the annexation of the Crimea, nor does it recognize the the DNR or LNR in Ukraine. More importantly, in Syria Turkey is anti-Assad while Russia is enthusiastically pro-Assad. This isn’t just rhetoric; Turkey has been providing material support to the rebels, including those associated with the Islamic State. On that note, I know from personal experience that Turkey’s government has a soft-spot for Islamic fighters in the North Caucasus. Turkey is also against the Al-Sisi regime in Egypt, which Russia supports in spite of this little incident.

Getting back to China, Russia’s biggest BFF doesn’t recognize the Crimea as part of Russia, and has extended friendly overtures toward Ukraine’s new government almost from the very beginning. And contrary to Russian fantasies, China isn’t chomping at the bit to fuck over the USA, since it has a crucial, mutually beneficial economic relationship with that country. In fact, the relationship China has with the US, however strained it might appear at times, is no doubt far more important to Chinese leaders than the relationship with Russia.

As one friend pointed out, the idiocy of Putin’s little adventure is that he’s burning bridges with countries that have no territorial claims on Russia and running straight into the embrace of a country that has such claims. China has every incentive to watch quietly while Russia increasingly alienates all the nations which could potentially help it in the event that it has any sort of conflict with China. Eventually, China will be able to dictate terms to Moscow more and more brazenly, and should the latter balk, they will have nobody to turn to.

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China will grow larger!

As per Hollywood, any story which is about an increase in Chinese power should be accompanied by ominous Chinese music. For maximum effect, I recommend letting this video play in the background while you read. 

So it seems we’ve already seen another Tiger uppercut to the balls of this claim about how China will save Russia. In several recent articles I gave examples of this, from China paying for recent deals in dollars to reasons why Russia won’t be able to waste Chinese investors’ money without serious consequences.  What I learned yesterday, however, I never would have predicted. According to Gazeta.ru, China is more than happy to extend credit to Russian firms, but it comes with a lot of strings attached.

China is lending the money, on the condition that it be spent exclusively on Chinese goods. According to the article this condition is similar to their lending practices in Africa and Central Asia. I’m aware that the US has similar practices with its client states, including Israel. Russia and its banks need financing, and thus China is their only realistic option at the moment. China sees its obvious advantage and is clearly pressing it from the very beginning.  Russia’s giving them raw materials, China furnishes the products and sells them back, reaping that revenue plus interest on what they lent.  The relationship is practically colonial.

As stated before, China has been using similar tactics in Central Asia. They have been referring to this process as the construction of a new “Silk Road.” Like Russia, they are planning their own customs union type of agreement. Of course they have talked about inviting Russia into this union, but its clear who the leader will be. As Russia seeks to dominate Belarus and Ukraine via their own proposed union, China seeks to dominate Central Asia and Russia. Of course Russian officials speaking about this relationship always present it as an agreement between equal partners, but we also know from experience many Russian officials live in a magic fantasy land where up is down, houses are made from gumdrops, and hamburgers eat people.

Long story short, China’s got Russia by the balls and they’re going to do everything they can to press this advantage. Putin put Russia in this position as he scrambled for short-term, low-gain methods of preserving his power.  If at any point Russia balks at China’s demands, the Chinese can merely withhold investment. If they attempt to cheat China, the Middle Country can join the sanctions against them and even threaten military action. This is the reality of the situation in spite of how many Russian officials cluck their tongues about their “equal partnership.”  This is the price of living in fantasy land while you rob your nation blind.

The news sucks

Gee, I wonder what news there is from Russia today? Oh shit, it’s the same headlines we’ve been reading for fucking months now!

There’s a new Cold War! 

Wow! How original! And this time it comes from former Soviet leader Gorbachev, no less! This somehow makes it far more relevant than the other 12.6 million “Oh shit it’s a new Cold War” articles dating back to the early 2000’s or something.

Putin and Merkel bla bla bla….

Merkel whines about Russian involvement in Ukraine without considering her own country’s previous interference in Ukrainian politics.  Putin whines and pretends that Germany and all those European countries are under the control of the US. Of course he’s just looking out for the interests and human rights of the Donetskian Novorossiyan people, but he’s definitely not actually doing anything to support their cause. That’s just Western propaganda to justify their sanctions!

Oh no! China and Russia are getting closer together!

Our first story concerns claims that China and Russia are “considering” building a Moscow-Beijing high-speed railway line. First of all, Russia “considers” a lot of things. They’ve been considering this phantom electronic payments system for years now. Or perhaps they’ve been thinking about it but they need six months to develop it. Oh no wait, it’s already built, it just needs to be switched on. You’ll see! You’ll all see!

Second, let me explain exactly what will happen if this actually gets off the ground. Basically within the first phase of the project, the Chinese will get their part of the railway line in place, probably on schedule.  Sure, some bureaucrats will try to skim money off the budget; China is not immune to problems of corruption. But China also has a decent go-to remedy for corruption known as jail time. China will do its part because China gets shit done. That’s why China doesn’t lecture the world about “spiritual values” and other pseudo-intellectual bullshit.

Anyway, the wonderful project will suddenly run into major problems, coincidentally on the Russian side of the border.  Timetables will go awry, budgets shall runneth over many times. Lord help Russia if any significant portion of that missing money comes from the Chinese side.  As this article points out, China isn’t going to go running to some arbitration court if the Russian government tries to pull the kind of shenanigans it does with other foreign investors and domestic businessmen.

This is precisely what the media and the pro-Kremlin Russophiles simply don’t understand about the relationship between Russia and China. First of all, in many of these trade deals China is paying in dollars, not rubles. Secondly, assuming China invests in Russia to replace the massive capital flight from that country, they will expect results. The Kremlin can talk about seizing foreign assets of Western businesses all it likes, but what’s it going to do when it’s China’s money on the line?  There is no “China-Moscow” alliance; it is only China sensing Russia’s weakness and setting up its pieces for the kill.  Don’t believe me? Check out the other “Oh no China and Russia” story:

China Embraces a Russia Cut off From Western Capital

Yeah, embraces.

From the article:

The deepening ties between Russia and China may reverberate throughout East Asia as Putin meets his neighbor’s desire for state-of-the-art weaponry. Russia is likely to sign contracts for the delivery of S-400 missile systems and Su-35 fighter jets to China as early as the first quarter of next year, says Vasily Kashin, a China expert at the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow. Russia may also supply China with its newest submarine, the Amur 1650, he says.

Xie xie, tongzhi! Zhe hao! That means that China’s PLA will know all about Russia’s best weapons, and possibly be fielding more of those weapons than the Russian armed forces themselves, seeing as how Russia’s military modernization program has turned out to be a big bust. So I’m terribly sorry but the Moscow-Beijing Axis just isn’t happening. Sorry, Eurasianist dipshits. Sorry, Cold Warrior chicken littles.

And so that’s your news from this part of the world this week. Stay tuned for updates next week, when some other expert warns of a new Cold War, Putin cries about sanctions while simultaneously claiming that they are totally ineffective, and various pundits warn of a Sino-Russian Red Dawn-style invasion of the West Coast.  In other words, same bullshit, different day.