Well the ‘US good, Russia bad’ propaganda drive has reached full-blown hysteria mode this week. My sincerest compliments to the usual suspects, you are absolutely playing a blinder.
I’m especially impressed by how quickly you all became such staunch humanitarians and tallied up the civilian casualties from the handful of Russian strikes mere moments after the bombs were dropped. That’s dedication.
I’m frequently amazed by how much of the media consistently omits Putin’s criticisms of the Soviet Union from its reporting while playing up the notion that it’s his solemn goal to “recreate” it.
The Daily Beast is not somewhere I would generally turn to for balanced coverage of Russia, and mostly, I scroll past it without reading. But occasionally they manage to prove that there apparently is no limit to the depths they will plunge for a good old anti-Russia story.
Every now and then it drifts from seething hatred of Russia as an entity and Putin as a leader to pure Russophobic insanity. Often they use Russian authors to disseminate the worst of it, as if that somehow makes it more acceptable.
Here’s my two cents:
The problem with our “Western values” is not the values in themselves, although some are certainly questionable. The real problem is the triumphalism that came with them after the West’s ‘victory’ at the end of the Cold War, a dangerous triumphalism that continues today. We have utterly convinced ourselves that everyone else wants what we have and we will use any methods, from the most bloody and overt, to the most quiet and covert, to pass them on. Continue reading
I’ve been anticipating former RT host Abby Martin’s new show Empire Files for a while — and it didn’t disappoint.
The first episode, The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire, is a must-watch. If you can put aside 25 minutes to watch it, please do. Martin has always been worth watching. Whether you agree with her 100% or the time or not, you have to appreciate that she says what she thinks and filters it for no one — and that by the way, was no different when she worked for RT. Continue reading
This interesting piece for Medium by Dominic Basulto delves into the world of Russian souvenir t-shirts. You know, the ones you can’t walk two minutes without seeing around most tourist attractions in Moscow.
Here’s a picture I took a while ago, to give you an idea of the array of choices. Continue reading