Has Russia Overplayed Its Hand In This Gas Crisis?

    Over the past couple of weeks, your humble correspondent has been writing regularly about various aspects of the ongoing gas crisis that’s been kicked off by Russia, directed at Ukraine, and causing fallout all over Europe – in the middle of winter, and a cold one at that. You can find previous scribblings here, here, here, here, and here. As events unfold, is it possible | Read More »

    Russia Wishes Europe A Merry Christmas

    The Orthodox Church in eastern Europe still uses the un-reset Julian calendar (Gregorian modifications added, but no resetting to account for the temporal drift that had occurred), leaving the two calendars offset by some 13 days. Thus, in the Orthodox liturgy, today (January 7th) is Christmas Day. Most of the Orthodox countries and churches long ago reset their official Christmas holiday to December 25th; ecumenical | Read More »

    Russia’s “Gas Offensive” Expands

    One of the supposed side-benefits of the collapse of the price of hydrocarbons is that various noxious jurisdictions – which had been flush on petro-dollars – have much lower cash-flow and thus much less ability to cause trouble. However, one overlooked economic error involves focusing solely on the “price” of something in the open marketplace. If you need something but can’t get it, the price | Read More »

    At Last! Something Resembling A Russia Policy!

    There were reasons why I was happy to see that Robert Gates would continue on as Defense Secretary in the incoming Obama Administration. This article touches on one of them: A longtime Russia analyst during his years with the CIA, Gates today sees Moscow as less of a threat than do many inside and outside the U.S. military establishment. On PBS’s “Charlie Rose Show” Dec. | Read More »

    A Lousy Start To 2009 . . . For Ukraine And For Much Of Europe As Well

    For those who still have doubts concerning Russia’s desire to bully its neighbors, I refer you to this story, which reveals the degree to which Russia is willing to go to show just how much hegemonic power it can exercise over other former Soviet states–and by extension, over Europe itself: Russia was preparing to turn off gas deliveries to neighbouring Ukraine on Thursday, raising the | Read More »

    Germany – Russia’s Facilitator

    Speaking from too much ugly experience, the most astonishing thing about dysfunctional organizations isn’t what goes on inside them – it’s that those transgressions go unpunished by those in positions of responsibility for enforcing discipline and good behavior. Yesterday, I posted some extended musings about some emerging trouble-points for 2009, with considerable emphasis on the growing difficulties posed by Russia. Wasting no time, this morning | Read More »

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    Russia Wishes Ukraine A Happy New Year

    In yesterday’s pondering-2009 essay, I devoted a bit of time to the likely troubles that Russia is likely to be causing on the world scene. One key problem Russia now faces is that the price of hydrocarbons has collapsed – which will of course weaken its nice revenue stream. However, there is one factor that basically is beyond money. For almost the entirety of “Europe,” | Read More »

    Some Macro-Thoughts on 2009

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    Shedding The Wimp Factor

    This is worth watching–Dmitri Medvedev has decided he is sick of playing Robin to Vladimir Putin’s Batman: It was an innocuous sounding comment in what appeared to be a routine television interview. But in the six days since Dmitry Medvedev, Russia’s president, described his feelings about taking the oath of office in May, the corridors of power have been buzzing. “The final responsibility for what | Read More »

    The Russian Government’s Stalin Fandom

    It’s been happening for quite a while but it is worth noting anew. One can only imagine just how enraged Vladimir Putin would be if Angela Merkel tried to rehabilitate Hitler. This is no different. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And of course, one cannot learn from history if one is not properly taught it in the first | Read More »

    Russian death rattle to echo off Panamanian canal walls

    Originally published by Mike gamecock DeVine as Legal Editor for The Minority Report Many of the terminally ill that are diagnosed in time; physically fit to travel; and able to liquidate large amounts of their assets, cash in their pensions and throw one last blow out party before the Grim Reaper arrives. Some even take world tours and resort to risk-taking criminal behavior, given that | Read More »

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    Iran’s Push Into Nicaragua

    Last night on Rocky Mountain Alliance Radio, RMA host Joshua Sharf and co-hosts Ben Degrow, and yours truly welcomed guest Todd Bensman, writer for the San Antonio News-Express. Todd has been working on an investigative reporting Breaching America Series about the increase of illegal immigration of people from Islamic countries through Guatemala and Mexico. Since 9-11, homeland security agencies have caught thousands of “special interest | Read More »

    Little Misguided Congeniality

    Gorby has decided to weigh in on the election like a Little Misguided Congeniality.www.foxnews.com/politics/2008/11/27/gorbachev-looks-forward-new-policy-obama/ He tells us that we need to improve relations with Russia by urging “Obama to muster his courage” and reconsider the decision to station missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic.” We shouldn’t take it personal that about five minutes after the election “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev threatened to | Read More »

    Good News: Russia to complete Iran nuclear plant in 2009.

    Happy days are here again. Russia to complete Iran nuclear plant in 2009 The last line of the two-page article: “Russian and U.S. officials point to cooperation over Iran as an area where Moscow and Washington have been able to work together despite a general cooling of ties.” Here’s the skinny: The Germans (through The Siemens Corporation) couldn’t keep productivity and material on track to | Read More »

    Drudge: RUSSIAN ANALYST PREDICTS DECLINE AND BREAKUP OF USA

    http://drudgereport.com/flashrur.htm Tue Nov 25 2008 09:04:22 ET A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts. Professor Igor Panarin said in an interview with the respected daily IZVESTIA published on Monday: “The dollar is not secured by anything. The country’s foreign debt | Read More »