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BRICS Under Attack: Western Banks, Governments Launch Full-Spectrum Assault On Russia (Part I), by Eric Draitser

source: MintPress News

Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare — each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin.

This article is part of a series on Western meddling to foment unrest and destabilize BRICS nations in an effort to ensure the continuation of Western economic and political control over the Global South. The first two parts, focusing on Brazil and South Africa, can be found here and here. Up next: Part II on the assault on Russia, which focuses on the political, psychological and military aspects that run in tandem with the economic war on Moscow.

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U.S. Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles line up by the Trondheim Fjord, Norway, Jan. 9. These vehicles from the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway will support exercise Cold Response 16, scheduled for later this month, with crisis response equipment including M1A1 battle tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, artillery, and logistics equipment drawn from Norwegian caves.
U.S. Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles line up by the Trondheim Fjord, Norway, Jan. 9. These vehicles from the Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway will support exercise Cold Response 16, scheduled for later this month, with crisis response equipment including M1A1 battle tanks, amphibious assault vehicles, artillery, and logistics equipment drawn from Norwegian caves.

NEW YORK — The U.S.-NATO Empire, with its centers of power in Washington, on Wall Street, and in the city of London, is on the offensive against the BRICS countries. This assault takes many forms, each tailored to its specific target.

The ongoing soft coup in Brazil has recently entered a new stage with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff of the left-wing Workers’ Party. Simultaneously, the destabilization of the ANC-led government in South Africa continues as political forces align to remove President Jacob Zuma. These two situations illustrate clearly the very potent forms of subversion via Western-funded political formations and movements being employed against Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the bloc of emerging economies also known as BRICS.

However, when it comes to a country as large as Russia, with its vast military capabilities, consolidated and wildly popular political leadership, and growing antagonism toward the West, the tools available to the Empire to undermine and destabilize are in some ways more limited.

Indeed, in the context of Russia, the popular mobilization pretext does not apply, and so that weapon in the imperial arsenal is blunted considerably. But there are other, equally potent (and equally dangerous) methods to achieve the desired effect.

Russia is the target of a multi-faceted, asymmetric campaign of destabilization that has employed economic, political, and psychological forms of warfare, each of which has been specifically designed to inflict maximum damage on the Kremlin. While the results of this multi-pronged assault have been mixed, and their ultimate effect being the subject of much debate, Moscow is, without a doubt, ground zero in a global assault against the BRICS nations.

Economic war: Hitting Russia where it’s vulnerable

People walk past a sign indicating the US dollar, top, and euro, bottom, rates of a currency exchange in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009.  Russia's ruble fell to its lowest point in more than a decade against the dollar as the Central Bank continued a policy of controlled devaluation. The decreases marked the 16th devaluation of the ruble since Nov. 11, when the government launched a controlled slide that has seriously depleted its currency reserves.  (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
People walk past a sign indicating the US dollar, top, and euro, bottom, rates of a currency exchange in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. Russia’s ruble fell to its lowest point in more than a decade against the dollar as the Central Bank continued a policy of controlled devaluation. The decreases marked the 16th devaluation of the ruble since Nov. 11, when the government launched a controlled slide that has seriously depleted its currency reserves. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

While Russia is a world class power militarily, it is highly vulnerable economically. For that obvious reason, this area has been a primary focus of the destabilization thrust. Continue reading BRICS Under Attack: Western Banks, Governments Launch Full-Spectrum Assault On Russia (Part I), by Eric Draitser

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Insight from an island far from Donbass

Source: DoniPress

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By David Simpson

Ed note: As a part of the DONi Newsteam coverage of the war in Donbass we are reaching out to persons in Donbass and worldwide to share their views on a wider level. If you have a story or would like to be interviewed in person or by email, contact Dave Simpson at: d.simpson@dnipress.com

In today’s interview we visit with a guest from New Zealand, an exotic Island far away in the South Pacific Ocean. Tate Ulsaker and his family live on a farm with sheep, fruit trees and wooded areas. Not all that different from parts of our area. Interestingly, he and his family know a little about Russia and the Donbass situation.

DONi: Tell us a little about your life in your country. Age? What do you do for a living? Size of family? Pets? Hobbies or interests? What do you think about the country you live in? it’s strengths? weak points?

Tate Ulsaker: Hello Dave, thank you for this opportunity to address the situation in Donbass. It is really great to see other Americans who care about the state of our planet. There are many of us growing in awareness but few of us taking effective steps to do anything about it. The human race owes a big thank you to people like you and many others who risking their reputations and in many cases, also risking their lives to stand against warmongers for the sake of the innocent getting killed. I am happy to provide you with an interview but I am not a hero. I am just more informed than average and have strong feelings about the matter. My name is Tate Ulsaker. I am half a century old. Our family is bilingual Russian/English. I have lived and worked in Russia for 14 years from 1993 to 2007 inclusive. One day in Moscow, my wife and I decided to move to a place where we can truly enjoy the rest of our lives with our children also in mind. After 2 years of investigation, our destination was selected in 2005 – New Zealand. We currently reside on a 10 acre lifestyle farm in Nelson, the sunniest city of New Zealand. I live with my wife and two children and quite often grandparents. We have a dog, a cat, 20-something sheep, 100 fruit trees and a small forest for firewood. In many ways, this existence is idealistic. Compared to our previous life, we relatively stress free, happier and healthier. New Zealand has many strengths and quite minimal weak points relative to other countries. The positives are easy to immediately experience if you visit even for just a short time. The first thing you will notice is that New Zealand has beautiful nature. If you google images, you can see amazing and diverse beauty. And imagine that much of that scenery is not even occupied by people. New Zealand sheep have some of the best views on the planet because there are very few people per square kilometer compared to most countries. We have abundant wildlife, a peaceful society, clean cities, healthy food, lots of arable land per person, lots of fish per person, lots of lamb per person, and much good weather for everyone.The society here is generally open-minded. New Zealanders are generally very self-sufficient. They are a “can do” people. It is easy to find a person who knows about building houses, or building boats, or farming, or fishing, or exporting logs. There is resilience here and a diverse economy that would survive a global economic crash. Some weak points of New Zealand include the cost of living. People who immigrate into this society need to be aware that their income will generally drop and their expenses will generally rise. Also, not everything is clean and green in New Zealand. We have a chemically driven agriculture industry like everyone else, subject to poisonous runoffs. The big orchards are always spraying dangerous chemicals to control pests. But pollution is less. The politics of New Zealand are certainly better than in larger western countries, but many of the same features are here, and in the mainstream media. For example, New Zealand mainstream media is promoting everything that the American media promotes regarding the wars and bailouts and trade agreements. However, since New Zealand society is more awake, the media can’t be so outrageously obvious in their warmongering as they are in the US.

DONi: How did you first learn about the situation in Donbass? How do you get your news about Donbass? What opinions do you have about the conflict?

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Disruptive ideas from the ether abound, Max Keiser leads the way!

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

 

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Conversation: Help give courage to a voice rising in fascist occupied Ukraine

Source: Vineyard of the Saker (German edition)

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We had stayed here several times mentions the case of Ruslan Kotsaba which in Ukraine has been sitting now nine months in prison because he has taken a position in a video against the mobilization. Here are links to our previous coverage:

The case Grossheim (February 10) Long live the freedom of the press! (April 18) journalists and prisons (August 25th)

Previously, shows the Ukrainian government neither sonderliche hurry to actually let it come to a process, moreover, to release him from custody.

In his last interview, Ruslan was very discouraged.

He does not give up, I want to ask you to do the following:

Writes him a postcard. Best postcard with a picture of the place in which you live. Because a collection of postcards from many different places at best helps to make courage.

The address is:

Ruslan Kotsaba, Ivano-Frankivsk Detention Center, E. Konovalets 70, Ivano-Frankivsk 76018, Ukraine

Addendum – a small tip of a reader, if you want to make sure that the card also matters: leave at the nearest branch of the German Red Cross. This registers the card, so it can not just disappear.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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The US provokes with a permanent presence in the Black Sea, by Stratediplo

Source: Stratediplo

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At the opportunity of the Sea Breeze naval exercise, vice-admiral James Foggo, commanding officer of the USA Sixth Fleet, declared on September 2 that the USA will tend to maintain a presence as permanent as possible in the Black Sea, which the US naval magazine Navy Times calls, nicely enough, “to wave its flag at Russia’s front door”.

It is actually a provocation.

The USA have been running yearly joint maneuvers with the Ukraine for years, without so far considering a permanent presence. Last year they have been reminded the existence of the Montreux Convention. And on the other hand they realised the vulnerability of their navy, first thanks to the Russian Sukhoï 24 that really blinded, desarmed and paralysed the Donald Cook in the very Black Sea (april 2014), and then thanks to the French attack submarine Saphir which virtually (during an exercise) destroyed half of the naval group of the Theodore Roosevelt, included that aircraft carrier just recently modernised, in Florida (february 2015); without any budgetary constraint, the USA do equip their armed forces with their best technology, but their technology is not the most advanced. These two warnings, therefore, could have incited them to a lower profile on global seas, but it seems that tactical superiority (the ability to win a confrontation) doesn’t interest them as much as the assertion of their omnipresence, at sea as well as on land where, for example, they violate every day the Minsk agreements prohibiting the presence of foreign troops in ex-Ukraine (in Malorussia as well as in Novorussia).

Therefore, the intention of a permanent US presence in the Black Sea must be considered as a new and determined policy. The USA may have not signed the Montreux Convention, but they accept it while crossing the Straits, since it was conceived, by the Black Sea bordering countries, as the condition for the opening of this sea to non-bordering countries who don’t have anything do do there since it is a locked sea and not a passing way like the Malacca strait or the English Channel. They are not totally right when pretending that these are international waters where transit is free, since they are multinational waters opened to non-bordering states under certain conditions. The Black Sea is not a navigation corridor, even if the Montreux Convention makes a favour to commercial fleets, that only underlines the specific regime of military vessels, which are precisely the ones that the USA, not geographically prone to Bulgaro-Romanian commerce, intend to deploy permanently… and if the bordering countries were to offer them an exception to the Convention, the next US step would, with no doubt, be the Azov sea, “international” since it is bordered by Russia and the ex-Ukrainian Malorussia (and now Novorussia too).

Indeed the USA are putting  their allies in a difficult position, on one hand Turkey which is obliged, by the Convention, to control the straits (otherwise they would not have been left to Turkey), and on the other hand France which is obliged, by the same Convention, to warn all bordering countries in case a non-bordering power infringes the text, that is, either lets a military vessel for more than 21 days, or introduces (what Turkey is supposed to prevent) a total tonnage above 30000 tonnes.

Since the USA, who already violated this rule last year, are now announcing their intention of a permanent installation, although they know that their fleet is vulnerable and that this announcement puts their allies in a difficult position, it can only be a provocation, like all the ones seen for already a year and a half in Europe, as for example the multiplication of aerial missions likely to provoke incidents.

If the systematic disregard of the Montreux Convention by the USA was to become permanent, and if the partners of Russia were to refuse to play their role in the application of the Convention, it would be difficult not to see there a direct provocation and, in the current state of declared war, an invitation to Russia to adopt the Just Cause solution applied by the USA to the Panama Canal in 1989.

Delenda Carthago.

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Eastring vs. Balkan Stream: The Battle For Greece, by Andrew Korybko

Russia wasn’t bluffing when it said that Turkish Stream would be the only route for Ukrainian-diverted gas shipments after 2019 , and after dillydallying in disbelief for over six critical months, the EU has only now come to its senses and is desperately trying to market a geopolitical alternative. Understanding that its need for gas must absolutely continue to be met by Russia for the foreseeable decades (regardless of trans-Atlantic rhetoric), the EU wants to mitigate the multipolar consequences of Russia’s pipeline plans as much as it feasibly can. Russia wants to extend the Turkish Stream through Greece, Macedonia, and Serbia, in a project that the author has previously labelled as “ Balkan Stream ”, while the EU wants to scrap the Central Balkan route and replace it with one along the Eastern Balkans via Bulgaria and Romania, the so-called “Eastring” line.

Although Eastring could theoretically transit Caspian gas being shipped through the TAP pipeline, the proposal being thrown around most lately is for it to link to Turkish Stream instead, likely because the possibly projected 10-20 bcm a year from the former (Azerbaijan’s reserves may not be capable of meeting the demand without Turkmen assistance, which is far from assured at this point) is dwarfed by the guaranteed 49 bcm from the latter. If Europe does intend for Eastring to connect to Turkish Stream, then Russian gas supplies would reach the continent regardless of the route involved (Central Balkans or Eastern Balkans), meaning that it’s a win-win for Russia…supposedly. The strategic differences between Eastring and Balkan Stream are actually quite acute, and coupled with the implied motivational impetus revealed by the EU’s Eastring-Turkish Stream connective proposal in the first place, it means that they must be analyzed more in-depth before anyone jumps to a predetermined conclusion about Eastring’s ‘mutually beneficial’ nature.

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