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The Daily Vertical: Austerity, But For Whom?i
January 15, 2016
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By Brian Whitmore

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by: elmer
January 15, 2016 16:10
Brian, you are absolutely right.

The criminal sovok mafia Kremlinoid thugs will keep themselves in supreme comfort.

Here are 2 articles along the lines of what you said:

It was icy cold and snowy in Moscow, but warm and sunny in Sochi, the Black Sea resort, where President Vladimir Putin was surrounded with magnolias, palms, and cypress trees. Here in Moscow, you needed a thick overcoat if you dared a walk in the snow, while in Sochi a shirt and a light jacket were good enough. Truly, the Russian president lives in his own world, wholly different from most of Russia’s reality, and his world of the moment is subtropical.

“Even if governors and other state officials are corrupt, we are not going to fight that, as a real war against corruption would mean another revolution, and that is what Russian society does not desire,” Markov told The Daily Beast.

Those who criticized the president’s point of view have been cast as provocateurs or liars or foreign agents, fighting against Russia in “the hybrid war” being waged against it at different levels by Western powers.

by: Yoshua
January 15, 2016 17:29
The austerity and poverty imposed on the Russian people due to Russia's coming economic problems will in the end bring down the Russian corrupt, socialist regime and return the power to the oligarchs.

That would of course be a better long time solution for the West.

by: James from: US
January 15, 2016 23:32
Brian Whitmore, let's talk about our American problems which are much more serious and tragic than the Russian ones. With Obama signing into law the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), we citizens can have our homes broken into in the middle of the night by US military without a warrant, detain us indefinitely without charges, legal representation, due process or even a trial for as long the deep state desires.

The Constitution and its once guaranteed rights to our civil liberties and privacy are on paper only, no longer practiced by our crime cabal government. Additionally, with his dictatorial executive orders circumventing both Congress and the American people, Obama has singlehandedly undermined the Founding Father’s checks and balances system. The federal government no longer operates as a democratic republic but in recent years has rapidly degenerated into a full-blown oligarchy, clearly serving the interests of the 1% ruling elite and no longer the interests of its own citizen electorate.

This is only possible when "We the People" remain ignorant, indifferent and silent.
In Response

by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
January 16, 2016 18:49
James, the text of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act is here, I see the following item related to your concern.

(b)(1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States.

And this of course is what is expected. Law has to be upheld by the courts, who on your interpretation would hardly agree.

by: Rob from: New York, USA
January 15, 2016 23:42
I see that RFE/RL turned into a cheap tool in the hands of American Zionists, for whom Putin is the biggest obstacle in the implementation of their dirty geopolitical plans. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has recently accused the US of trying to universally apply its own laws and control other countries as part of a practice of "lawfare" - seen through Washington's pursuit of people like himself, Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom.
In an interview with Radio NZ, Assange explained the academic concept of "lawfare", which describes how one state can technically acquire territory and exert influence over others by applying its own laws in overseas countries.
The concept explains that intricate legal developments are used as a substitute to a military occupation in order for countries like the US to control certain decisions and outcomes in overseas states.
In Response

by: Neil Nelson from: UT, USA
January 16, 2016 19:17
Rob, Our U.S. lawfare has not worked very well against Snowden so far. Clearly, efficient flow of commerce between nations requires laws that business parties in those separate nations can depend on. This law has been going on for centuries.

Let's see, Assange states vague generalities that unsurprisingly reflect his well known anti-establishment agenda. What we need are verified instances that support the position and some credible basis for generalizing those instances if we intend to make such wide-reaching claims. Supposing that a perspective may be the case does not make it so.

by: James MacDonald from: USA
January 23, 2016 07:15
Sometimes we forget all the innocent people that will be paying and paying and paying again while their country tilts at windmills. When the truth come crashing in the chaos could be worse than the years of being robbed by Putin and his gang. I hope we will remember that the Russian people were victims , and extend a helping hand when the time comes.

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