Russian Orthodox Church welcomes sanctions

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sanctions provide new opportunities to build an indigenous Russian society.

Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Department of Russian Orthodox Church responsible for social relations said Western sanctions against Russia "is not a bad thing."

The punitive sanctions against the country can accelerate the project to build a new socio-political system in Russia, which is based on Russian tradition.

In an interview with the Russian news agency Wednesday night, Chaplin remarked that sanctions create a unique opportunity to the country to rethink the raw material export-based Russian economy and invest more money in science and advanced technologies.

Later on, the new Russian model could provide an opportunity to the country to influence not only internal affairs but to help creating a new world order based on the indigenous Russian model, which could be an alternative to countries dissatisfied with the western profit based system. For example, on the basis of the Russian model a much fairer banking system could be developed similar to what the Muslims have.



Anonymous said...

Sanctions are an opportunity - get out of the Globalist trade agreements. How ironic - the Communist party had the sense to protest Russia's entry into the WTO.

No to WTO: Communists to stage protest rally - June 18, 2012

...On July 3, Russia’s Communist Party (KPRF) is set to hold a nationwide protest against the country joining the World Trade Organization (WTO).
...WTO accession will create a real threat to national sovereignty and state security,”...

Sanctions and Counteractions or Challenge and Response

...The United States is the leading driving force in the process. It keeps on pushing the European allies to toughen the sanctions against Russian bureaucrats, journalists, as well as the country’s financial and industrial infrastructure. Steps are taken to destabilize the Russian Federation from inside under the slogans of defending human rights, civil society and fight against corruption.
...One of the options is to invite Asian companies to fill the space left vacant by the Western business. For instance, there are willing competitors in Japan, China and Thailand to rapidly substitute for McDonalds. Asian fast food is popular in Russia; it’s by far healthier than the notorious hamburgers. The same could be applied to US and European companies joining the sanctions regime.
...The Russian legislative acts should include the notion of “an aggressor state” meaning those who implement unilateral sanctions. It will broaden the wiggle room for taking retaliatory steps. For instance, getting out of some international agreements within the framework of WTO. The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is an international agreement administered by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that sets down minimum standards for many forms of intellectual property (IP) regulation as applied to nationals of other WTO Member.If Russia leaves TRIPS it will hurt the aggressors badly.
...Anyone who follows the WTO proceedings knows that intellectual property is a burning issue for the United States and the European Union. Western pharmaceutical companies fight against production of cheaper analogues. It results in millions of dead in the countries where people cannot afford the “brand” price for medicine...

Anonymous said...

The Western puppet governments are are foolishly undermining their own economies. The counter sanctions will simply replace Western suppliers with other suppliers more than willing to do business - without using the US dollar as exchange.

Russia Publishes List of Foods Banned for Import From Australia, Canada, EU, US, Norway

The Russian government published on Thursday the list of agricultural products banned for import for one year from the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and Norway.

"A list of agricultural produce, raw materials and food products, which country of origin are the United States of America, the European Union countries, Canada, Australia and the Kingdom of Norway, and which are banned for import into Russia for a period of one year has been approved," the government said.

The list of the banned products includes:

- Fresh, chilled and refrigerated beef;

- Fresh, chilled and refrigerated pork;

- Poultry meat and all edible poultry by-products;

- Salted, pickled, driedand smoked meat;

- Fish and shell fish;

- Clams and other water invertebrates;

- Milk and dairy products;

- Vegetables, edible roots and tuber crops;

- Fruits and nuts;

- Meat by-products or blood, as well as products made of them;

- Ready-to-eat products including cheeses and cottage cheese based on vegetable fats.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin singed an order on economic measures to protect the country's security. The decree banned for a year imports of agricultural and food products from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia.

The European Union, the United States and some other countries have compiled sanctions lists against Russian companies, banks, politicians, as well as the financial, energy and defense sectors of the Russian economy. The move has been linked to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Moscow has repeatedly called the measures counterproductive and stressed that Russia was never involved in the Ukrainian conflict.

Russia is working on measures to close its airspace to Asia, Pacific-bound flights

...The Russian government is ready to introduce protective measures in the aircraft building, shipbuilding and automobile manufacturing industries, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday...

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Anonymous said...

How The World Bank & IMF Plan to "Dismantle" Ukrainian Economy by Michael Hudson

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Anonymous said...

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization SCO may be getting some new members as a counter balance to the Anglo-American-Zionist Empire.

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

...The Shanghai Cooperation Organization or a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Modi Rewrites India’s Tryst with Destiny (I)

... The reports quoting Indian officials in New Delhi and Russian pundits in Moscow speak about a decision having been taken at the SCO foreign ministers meeting last Thursday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, that the grouping will formally invite India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia as members at its next summit in September.

To be sure, Russia would be immensely pleased and a sigh of relief is audible in Moscow. A Russian pundit estimated that India’s admission into the SCO, which has been a long-cherished goal for Moscow, will pave the way for the grouping to hold itself out as “a centre of power in world politics.”

Make no mistake, the tectonic plates of the geopolitics of a huge arc that comprises the Asia-Pacific, South and Central Asia and West Asia are dramatically shifting and that grating sound in the steppes will be heard far and wide – as far as North America...

On the contrary, Modi’s meetings on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have been remarkably warm and cordial and they underscored his conviction that India's long term interests are best served by forging closer strategic partnerships with these two world powers.

Again, most expectedly, instead of beating war drums, Modi has let loose peace doves into the South Asian skies, including above Pakistan.

And, least of all, his latest audacious decision to demand that without reasonable assurances regarding India's food security, Delhi cannot ratify the World Trade Organization's so-called trade facilitation agreement has been seen as an unhelpful act by the Barack Obama administration and it clearly annoys the Washington establishment.

What emerges out of all these is that Modi has a world vision that perfectly well understands the co-relation of forces internationally today and can fathom where it is that India's core interests would lie at such a juncture of great volatility.

Modi is a reclusive and enigmatic personality and has spoken hardly anything on world politics, but he’d seem to have thought through a great deal in the privacy of his mind. That much is a safe guess.

Suffice to say, Modi has supported the emergence of the BRICS development bank with great deliberation, while understanding fully well that such a move frontally challenges the dominance of the US dollar in the world economy and will seriously undermine the Bretton Woods system that provided a vital underpinning for the advancement and preservation of the United States' global hegemony for the past several decades.

If an ideological construct needs to be put on such trends as are available that might eventually go into a perceived ‘Modi Doctrine’ in India’s diplomatic history, its templates would probably consist of the following elements:...

India slams door on $1tn WTO deal over customs rules
(August 01, 2014)

... India, with its large number of poor and new nationalist government, had demanded the exclusive right to subsidize and stockpile grains which is not permitted by WTO rules.

The WTO, experiencing what may be its worst setback in its 19-year history, reluctantly admitted defeat.
...Some analysts are of the opinion the failure represents the beginning of a new era of trade deals, which will depend more on individual economies forging their own initiatives, as opposed to attempting to force global reform...

Anonymous said...

Western plutocracy goes bear hunting By Pepe Escobar

The post-Cold War status quo in Eastern Europe, not to mention in Western Europe, is now dead.

For Western plutocracy, that 0.00001% at the top, the real Masters of the Universe, Russia is the ultimate prize; an immense treasure of natural resources, forests, pristine water, minerals, oil and gas. Enough to drive any NSA-to-CIA Orwellian/Panopticon war game to ecstasy. How to pounce and profit from such a formidable loot?

Enter Globocop NATO. Barely out of having its collective behind unceremoniously kicked by a bunch of mountain warriors with Kalashnikovs, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is now fast "pivoting" - that same old Mackinder to Brzezinski game - to Russia. The road map will be put in place at the group's summit in early September in Wales...
...Moscow, allied with the BRICS, is actively working to bypass the US dollar - which is the anchor of a parallel US war economy based on printing worthless pieces of green paper. Progress is slow, but tangible; not only the BRICS but BRICS aspirants, the G-77, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the whole Global South is absolutely fed up with the Empire of Chaos's non-stop bullying and want another paradigm in international relations. The US counts on NATO - which it manipulates at will - and mad dog Israel; and perhaps the GCC, the Sunni petro-monarchies partners in the Gaza carnage, which can be bought/silenced with a slap on the wrist...The leaked German-Russian peace plan will be implemented over Washington's collective dead body. This New Great Game, to a great extent, is also about preventing Russia-EU economic integration via Germany, part of a full Eurasian integration including China and its myriad Silk Roads.

If Russia's trade with the EU - about US$410 billion in 2013 - is due to take a hit because of sanctions, then that also spells out a Go East movement. Which implies a Russian fine-tuning of the Eurasian Economic Union project. No more a Greater Europe from Lisbon to Vladivostok - Putin's original idea. Enter the Eurasian Union as a brother in arms of China's myriad Silk Roads. Still, this spells out a strong Russia-China partnership at the heart of Eurasia - and still this is absolute anathema to the Masters of the Universe.

Make no mistake, the Russia-China strategic partnership will keep evolving very fast - with Beijing in symbiosis with Moscow's immense natural and military-technological resources. Not to mention the strategic benefits. A case could be made this has not happened since Genghis Khan. But it's not like Xi Jinping is pulling a Khan to subdue Siberia and beyond.

Cold War 2.0 is now inevitable because the Empire of Chaos will never accept Russia's sphere of influence in parts of Eurasia (as it doesn't accept China's). It will never accept Russia as an equal partner (exceptionalists don't do equality). And it will never forgive Russia - alongside China - for openly defying the creaking, exceptionalist, American-imposed order.

If the US deep state, guided by those nullities who pass for leadership, in desperation, goes one step beyond - it could be a genocide in Donbass; a NATO attack on Crimea; or worst case scenario, an attack against Russia itself - watch out. The Bear will strike.

Anonymous said...

Eurasia needs a Sino-German axis

...Without thinking of Mackinder, the inventor of modern geopolitics, or even recalling the more modern Zbigniew Brzezinski with his "Great Chessboard", it is clear that the geographic continuum of the Eurasian continent is the strategic heart of the world - the scale that ultimately will weigh the power of politics... Eurasia must be considered as whole, it can't be broken up artificially, who does it is bound to lose the continent and the world.
...This creates a spiral of chaos and rising costs for both Beijing and Washington. In this spiral, if the US remains involved with the continent, it is likely to be drawn deeper and deeper and then drown; if it withdraws from the competition, the continent (about 60% of world population) is likely to crystallize around the centripetal force of China and thus expel US from Eurasia and marginalize it in the world.

On the other hand, China would like to expand in Central Asia, but does not dare to do so, only by negotiating terms with Russia. Beijing fears Russian traps in the region and that Chinese advances in Central Asia could raise the already high sensitivity of the Central Asian countries. Therefore Beijing would like some Western (European and American) support, also because the purpose of its adventure in Central Asia is to get closer to Europe with the construction of a Eurasian railway.

On the other hand, Russia dreams of Europe and the Mediterranean and knows that this dream is the one that can best protect its huge but weak Asian tail. That is, the more Moscow is strong in its relationship with Europe, the stronger Moscow's position when dealing with Beijing without needing to consume whole of Siberia.
...Today, the Russian-Ukraine crisis has instead created a different space for convergence. Moscow has an objective interest in trying to play China against Europe, and vice versa, over energy supplies, or at least hedging risks on either sides of its east-west border. Berlin and Beijing now have an interest in close coordination on a range of agendas for Eurasian energy in order not to be played by Moscow.

This convergence of geopolitical interests will grow on the basis of very strong commercial interests and trends that point to land transportation lines including a superfast train journey from Beijing to Berlin. This could create a new dynamic across the Eurasian continent and might even put Russia in a vice (something that is not in the interest of any of the current players), but mostly creates economic and political relations within Eurasia that will drive all other countries to gravitate around the Berlin-Beijing league.

That is to say, in the case of a strong Sino-German economic and political relationship, countries such as South Korea or France (or many others) might find it objectively convenient (in terms of infrastructure, relationships, and the like) to align with Berlin-Beijing rather than seek alternative ties, which might be objectively more complicated and expensive.
...For America, the current perspective on a Berlin-Beijing league passing through Moscow (and in many ways it also involves India, historical an ally of Russia) is that it is worse than a Berlin-Moscow league. That is, an opposition front to this league may perhaps strengthen the ties and end up really expelling America from Eurasia and poisoning all relations in the meantime...

Anonymous said...

What do wars in Ukraine, Gaza, Syria and Libya have in common ?

For Mexican geopolitical expert, Alfredo Jalife-Rahme, the simultaneity of the events illuminates their meaning: soon after announcing the creation of an alternative to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, that is to say the dollar, Russia is having to face at the same time the accusation of having downed the Malaysia Airlines jet, the Israeli attack on Gaza backed by US and UK military intelligence, the chaos in Libya and the Islamic State offensive in the Levant. In addition, in each of these war theaters, the fighting revolves around the control of hydrocarbons, which until now were traded exclusively in dollars...

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Modi Rewrites India’s Tryst with Destiny (II)

... It does not need much ingenuity to figure out that the SCO is taking the decision to admit India at a defining moment in the post-cold war era politics...The message is clear: India is unavailable as a ‘counterweight’ against China or as a silent partner to ‘isolate’ Russia.

India being a major power in Asia, its policy of ‘non-alignment’ takes the wind out of the US’ rebalance strategy. India has also recognized that Russia’s interests in Ukraine are “legitimate”.

On a more fundamental plane, it needs to be noted that if the SCO has often been called ‘NATO of the East’, it was not without reason – although the grouping is far from a military alliance in the classic sense.

The heart of the matter is that the SCO has disallowed a security vacuum appearing in Central Asia, which the NATO could have used as an alibi to step in. Put differently, so long as the SCO is around, NATO’s eastward expansion beyond the Caucasus runs into formidable obstacles...

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India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture

...GRAIN found that around 56 percent of Russia’s agricultural output comes from family farms which occupy less than 9 percent of arable land. Russia does not need or want GM crops, which the Russian Prime Minister has described as amounting to little more than a form of biological warfare weapon [19]. And here lies the real heart of the matter. Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger once said that if you control oil you control nations, but if you control food you control people. GMOs are not needed to feed the world. Science cannot justify their use. They are a weapon.
...Russia is correct to conflate bio-terror and GMOs. The oil-rich Rockefeller family set out to control global agriculture via the petrochemical-dependent ‘green revolution’. The destruction of traditional farmer-controlled agriculture was actively supported by the US government and its Trojan horse agritech corporations under the agenda set out by Kissinger. GMOs now represent the ultimate stranglehold over food via ‘terminator’ seed technology, seed patenting and intellectual property rights...

Anonymous said...

The Sinking of The Lusitania, America’s Entry into World War I, A Bonanza for Wall Street

...“Cui bono?” “Who benefits?” ...the banksters who benefitted...
...In the early stages of the War, England and France had borrowed heavily from American investors and had selected J P Morgan, partner and front man for the Rothschilds, to act as sales agent for their bonds. Morgan was also selected as a purchase agent to buy war materials when the bond money was returned to the States. Morgan was in the happy position of receiving lucrative commissions in both directions, which, in the case of England and France amounted to some $30 million. That’s not counting commissions on hundreds of millions of dollars of business done with Russia, Italy, and Canada.
...Furthermore, through holding companies, the House of Morgan directly owned many of the manufacturing firms receiving production contracts for military goods from England and France. (Undoubtedly these firms were the foundation of the ‘military-industrial complex’ later referred to by President Eisenhower.) Soon, J P Morgan became the largest consumer on earth, spending up to $10 million per day. Morgan was in the privileged position of being buyer, seller, and producer and amassing profits from all sides.
However, when the War began to go badly for England and France, Morgan found it impossible to get new buyers for the Allied war bonds. There was a real fear in Whitehall at the time that England was about to lose the war. If the Allies were to default, Morgan’s large commissions would come to an end and his investors would suffer gigantic losses (some $1.5 billion). On top of that, Morgan’s war production companies would go out of business. Something needed to be done urgently.
As the RMS Lusitania departed Pier 54 in New York on May 1st, 1915, Morgan surmised that if the cruiser were to be sunk by a German submarine, the resulting furore would certainly bring America into the War on the side of the Allies. Not only would Allied bonds be in great demand but Morgan’s war production companies would have to go into overdrive to outfit over four million American soldiers who would be mobilized for the European War.
...The sinking of the Lusitania was a major catalyst for America’s later entry into the World War. Total deaths from the War are estimated between 9 and 15 million souls; American casualties of dead and wounded were in excess of 300,000.
But the House of Morgan, House of Rothschild, and other banksters were thoroughly pleased at America’s entry into the War. It meant that they continued to benefit hugely from the wholesale slaughter and misery of millions of programmed human beings.

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Anonymous said...

Shanghai Cooperation Organization SCO to admit new members

Draft documents on the procedure of the admission new members to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization have been adopted. This is one of the main outcomes of the meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, China, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kirgizstan held in Dushanbe on Thursday.

The adoption of these documents at the next SCO summit will give the green light for admitting the four observer-states, India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia, to the six-member organization.

Documents will be submitted to the SCO summit for the adoption. The summit will be held in Dushanbe in September. At present, Tajikistan holds the SCO presidency.

The quartet has expressed their desire to join the SCO in the past few years. The four countries have taken part in economic and cultural projects of the organization as observer-states. The desire of India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia reflects the growing authority and influence of the SCO in the eyes of Asian countries, says expert at the Higher School of Economics Alexei Maslov.

“At present, the SCO has started to counterbalance NATO’s role in Asia. Consequently, these countries want to take part in the SCO in the capacity of safeguard of their interests. At present, the SCO is strengthening because the American policy towards Asia has been excessively tough and is aimed at suppressing their interests. The American policy contradicts the interests of Asian countries. In this sense, it’s quite natural that India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia expressed desire to join the SCO. There is another aspect that has to be taken into account. The growing role of China in the world shows that many countries are afraid of directly cooperating with it without outside backing. In this context, SCO enters in the capacity of guarantor that China will honour the interests of these countries in the framework of the existing SCO guidelines,” Maslov said.

The admission of India, Pakistan, Iran and Mongolia will pave the way for the SCO to hold itself out as the centre of power in global politics, says expert at the Institute of International Studies, Leonid Gusev.

“If these countries become the SCO permanent members, this means that the organization will turn into a powerful structure. If other countries join the SCO, then we can say about the appearance of an alternative powerful global organization because it will be seriously reckoned,” Gusev said.

By giving green light to the admission of the quartet, the SCO shows that it is organizationally developing and capable of upgrading itself and rejecting exhausted norms, says Alexei Maslov.

“It has long considered that the admission of new members to the SCO, which have serious problems between them, for example India and Pakistan, would be dangerous for its future. The reason here was that this might led to grow strain between members. However, there are special relations between China and Pakistan. For one, China lobbies the admission of Pakistan to the SCO. Meanwhile, Russia actively supports the SCO membership of India, Iran and Mongolia. At present, owing to the admission of the quartet, the SCO will be able to create a powerful organization in Asia and it will be a powerful economic, cultural and educational network,” Gusev said.

The foreign ministers adopted a draft strategy for the development of the SCO up to 2025. It was submitted by Russia. It has set the task of minimizing the negative influence of global and regional processes on the SCO territory. It is also aimed at upgrading its role and significance in solving global issues.

Anonymous said...

Latin America Eyes Russia

...Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Uruguay will soon start to export all kinds of meat, fish and other ocean products, fruits and milk. Trade offices of Latin American countries have intensified their activities to seize the rare chance to leave European competitors behind. European producers are concerned: the rash act of joining US-initiated sanctions has led to the loss of Russian market; it’s easy to go but hard to return...

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