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The Daily Vertical: Another Freedom At Risk

The Daily Vertical: Another Freedom At Riski
March 22, 2016
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.
The Daily Vertical: Another Freedom At Risk
By Brian Whitmore

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. 

A transcript of today's Daily Vertical can be found here.

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by: Banana Republic
March 22, 2016 13:08
This global economy needs freedoms. We need free trade, since without it this global economic network collapses and then everything collapses. We need freedom to travel, freedom of speech, political freedom and religious freedom. We need human rights and freedom to seek asylum.

The problem is that Islam will never accept our Jahiliyyah society (from ignorance or not according to God) and therefor they will force us into submission. Islam will force us to obey Shariah Law... and we do little by little. Our freedom of speech is gone a little bit since we can not criticize Islam or the Prophet. And if we do... well... then they will kill us... since that is what the Quran demands.

It would make perfect sense to ban Islam in the western world... if it wasn't for our freedoms... if it wasn't for the oil in the Middle East... which we need to keep the global economy intact... since without it everything collapses.

by: Alan Black from: UK
March 22, 2016 20:14
Given the present Russian regimes present paranoia regarding the threat of western invasion, and their nostalgia for the cold war, wouldn't it be a good idea for them to start constructing the type of 'defences' that they had running down the middle of Europe, 30 years ago. And if permission to travel abroad is also to be curtailed, well that's just an added bonus.

by: Mark Fellows from: UK
March 22, 2016 21:43
It was ever so. Most of Russia's intellectual life has always involved those overseas, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. From Prince Shuisky, through Turgenev, to Solzhenitsyn and Guriev, their exposure to the West has always enriched Russia in countless ways.

But stagnation has always resulted when Russia turns her back on the world and seeks to find solutions to her problems from some alleged unique "Russianess." It never works, and always makes her far weaker in the long run.

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