Roadblocks persist to capping Russian crude exports

Roadblocks persist to capping Russian crude exportsThe EU is split on the price to charge for Russian exports There are less than two weeks left, but the decision to cap Russian seaborne crude exports at a ‘certain price level’ still faces significant roadblocks. And the G7 and the European Union have not yet made a final decision as to the price…

Russian false flag operations: Telling truth from lies

Russian false flag operations: Telling truth from liesHistory is replete with false flag operations The 2022 Russia-Ukraine war is being waged on the battlefield and in cyberspace. In the propaganda war, false flags abound. The term false flag describes either: An act of self-harm undertaken to cast an enemy in a bad light and garner sympathy and material support from allies, or…

The world needs Russian resources

The world needs Russian resourcesThe earlier world leaders acknowledge that fact, the better it will be for the entire world Fatih Birol, the guru of the energy world and executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), recently told Euronews that Russia will (ultimately) lose the energy battle it is waging against the West. But take that conclusion with…

The role Russian history plays in Putin’s War with Ukraine

The role Russian history plays in Putin’s War with UkraineRodric Braithwaite’s book, Russia Myths and Realities, a perfect segue into Putin's brain Prior to the February invasion of Ukraine, my knowledge of Russian history pretty much started with the early 19th century. Everything before that was vague and fragmentary, enlivened only by titillating tales of Catherine the Great’s purported sexual appetite. But there’s much…

We are at great risk of a nuclear holocaust

But our leaders are failing us, and they are putting all of our lives at risk

We are at great risk of a nuclear holocaustWe are potentially living in the most dangerous time in history since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The world owes a great deal to American President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev who were able to back away from global nuclear destruction during that crisis through skillful negotiation. Reflecting on the event…

Genocide denied is genocide repeated

Russia continues to deny the Holodomor; Turkey continues to deny the Armenian genocide

Genocide denied is genocide repeatedThe world is facing trying times. How did we get here? Did we not learn anything from the death and destruction of the 20th century? Jewish philosopher Martin Buber told us, “One gains power over the nightmare by calling it by its real name.” Another Jewish writer, Raphael Lemkin, coined the name for the nightmare:…

The Russian blitz may lead to an earlier Ukrainian victory

The Russian President likely anticipated his blitz would undermine Ukrainian morale. It didn't

The Russian blitz may lead to an earlier Ukrainian victoryIn May 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin drove a truck across the Kerch Strait Bridge, the Russian Federation’s new link with Crimea, illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. On Oct. 8, 2022, an improvised explosive device, possibly hidden inside a truck, was detonated on the bridge, bringing down a roadway and damaging a freight train.…

Net zero has been a boon to dictators

Worshipping at the net-zero altar has led to two dictators controlling both energy security and the supply of manufactured goods

Net zero has been a boon to dictatorsMark Twain famously said that “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Seldom have those words been more clearly illustrated than by the West’s attempt to rid the world of fossil fuels. In a supreme irony, the location of the first gathering aimed at that goal took place in the country now suffering the worst consequences of…

Putin’s War threatens Germany’s competitive advantage

Limiting gas imports from Russia has thrust the country into its biggest energy crisis since the Second World War

Putin’s War threatens Germany’s competitive advantageGermany is stuck between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand is its decision to limit crude and gas imports from Russia. On the other, its industrial might is under threat. Berlin’s political decision to limit gas imports from Russia has thrust the country into its biggest energy crisis since the Second…

Putin’s War is the root cause of the cost of living crisis

The West won’t dig itself out of the crisis unless it decisively responds to Putin’s strategic aim

Putin’s War is the root cause of the cost of living crisisThe cost of living crisis is being misrepresented and mishandled by the political class. Misrepresented because only occasionally do politicians link the crisis to the Russia-Ukraine War and Putin’s use of hybrid warfare to destabilize the West; mishandled because, fundamentally, the solution lies not in economic measures but in ensuring first that Russia is defeated…
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