Category: AMERICAN PARTY DUOPOLY

The West’s real interest in Chechnya isn’t gay rights

MAX PARRY—Although its population had always been fundamentalist Sunnis and the conflict had already seen the use of brutal terrorist tactics, the secessionist movement gradually descended into a jihadist majority by the Second Chechen War (1999–2000). The cause had initially been mostly nationalist until foreign mujahideen volunteers began to be imported into the rebel forces by the thousands and its character was transformed to Salafism. The Second Chechen War catapulted Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and Russia responded in an uncompromising crackdown on the insurgency.

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Coming Coup Against Trump

FINIAN CUNNINGHAM—Admittedly, Trump has many flaws and much of his foreign policy is in keeping with the usual criminal conduct of American imperialism. But one thing that can be said in his favor is that he is not driven by an irrational Russophobia nor a hellbent determination to have a confrontation with Moscow — unlike many in the US establishment.

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Should Alex Ward be fired by vox.com?

ERIC ZUESSE—The neocon ‘journalist’ Alex Ward, at the neocon ‘news’-site vox.com, criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for having supposedly allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to get away with 7 specific alleged bad things that Ward thinks Trump should have publicly lambasted Putin for during the joint Trump-Putin summit press conference that occurred on June 16th.

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The Sexual Passion of Winston Smith

ED CURTIN—In “Defence of Poetry,” Percy Bysshe Shelley writes: “The great secret of morals is love; or a going out of our nature, and an identification of ourselves with the beautiful which exists in thought, action, or person, not our own. A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasure of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.”    

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Freedom Rider: British Collusion and Criminality

MARGARET KIMBERLEY—While Russia is vilified at every turn the British government conducts very public and very shady business which could conceivably impact both countries. The case of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal has the British government’s finger prints all over it. There is no reason for Russia to poison a former spy whom they had swapped eight years earlier. The only logical conclusion is that the act was carried out with the goal of embarrassing Vladimir Putin and creating a possible pretext for war.

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