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Monday, December 10, 2018

Putin's latest Ukraine stunt may blow up in his face

With such rogue behavior, it is increasingly difficult for Germany’s Putin Versteher to argue that NS2 is simply a normal commercial deal. It should be increasingly clear that Gazprom is not a commercial business but an arm of Russian geopolitical policy.
Another twist: Russia purportedly supported the anti-immigrant AfD party, whose electoral successes crashed Germany’s stable political equilibrium and caused electoral disasters for the SPD, its most reliable ally in the NS2 saga. Was this another mistake by master strategist Putin? 
Yet another twist for Washington to consider: With increasing doubts about NS2, U.S. sanctions of the five European energy giants that are partnering with Russia on NS2 could frighten them into abandoning ship.

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Russia’s Re-Stalinization: Father of Nation or Mass Murerer?

Here’s how the Kremlin argument goes:  Stalin was a complex figure. Granted, he killed and imprisoned many innocent people, but in the process he eliminated a potent Fifth Column. Stalin had to use political terror to protect the world’s first socialist state from foreign agents, class enemies, and supporters of the old regime. He had no choice but to apply terror indiscriminately. Yes, Stalin’s forced industrialization imposed hardship – famine, work quotas, and extreme labor discipline – but his harsh measures toughened the Russian people for a war that was sure to come. The USSR could not have beaten Hitler without the Gulag camps that mined the resources of the godforsaken East and produced the tanks and airplanes that won the war. The death squads of political prisoners sent out into German minefields saved the lives of loyal Russian soldiers. Yes, Stalin did bad things, but he did them for the good of his nation – so goes the argument.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Putin Wags the Dog to Raise Sagging Popularity

Putin’s current ratings are almost identical to those leading up to the Crimean annexation and Russia’s invasion of Eastern Ukraine. The most significant threat to Putin came in December 2011 through March 2012, when Putin announced his return to the presidency, prompting mass demonstrations and a slogan: “Russia without Putin.” 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Republicans Lost the House by Conceding Medical Care to the Democrats

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HR676 bill, also called “Medicare for All, would end the entire American health-care system as we know it, including its most popular features, such as employer health insurance. All medical services will be nationalized or provided by non-profits. Private suppliers of medical care must be converted into government or non-profit enterprises.  Seniors on Medicare must complete with 250 million other claimants of scarce medical providers.

Monday, October 29, 2018

One Person can (In)validate the Steele Dossier and No One Seems to Bother

By some odd circumstances, those “experts” who dissect every word of the Steele dossier have overlooked the fact that the dossier’s key source can be identified and questioned.
He (Let us assume he is male) is identified in the dossier as Source D or E or as an “ethnic Russian close associate of Republican US Presidential candidate Donald Trump.” Trump’s “ethnic Russian associate” is a sole or a corroborating source for the dossier’s most scandalous, incriminating, and salacious charges against Trump.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

'Medicare for All' is as scary as it gets

I  read the Democrat Medicare for All bill. It abolishes all private health insurance, allows only public and non-profit organizations to supply medical care, and it covers all "residents." Get ready to stand in line along with 330 million others for some bureaucrat to decide on your health care.

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