"A New Battlefield for the United States": Russia Sanctions and the New Cold War
By Jeremy Kuzmarov
In late August 2020, the Trump administration extended its Russia sanctions policy into the small East German town of Sassnitz. The town was supporting an $11 billion Russian pipeline, Nord Stream 2, which would double the capacity for natural gas to flow directly from Russia to Germany. Sassnitz's port supplied a Russian pipe-laying ship involved in Nord Stream 2. Residents feared that the sanctions, which the Biden administration waived, would cut their town off from the US commercially and exclude it from the global financial system, causing a new recession. The Trump administration, with backing from Poland and the Baltic nations, had long opposed the pipeline, seeing it as an instrument for Russian leverage over Germany, Ukraine and Central Europe. Defenders of the project said that Washington was really angling to sell Europe its more expensive liquified natural gas. Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister stated that "the U.S. administration was disrespecting Europe's right and sovereignty to decide itself where and how we source our energy" (Eddy and Erlanger 2020).
Maas' remarks underscore how economic sanctions are part of a global "great game" for control over energy resources, which results in the trampling of nations' sovereignty. In the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, the Trump administration announced new punitive measures on a nearly daily basis, with one-fourth of people on Earth now living in countries suffering from US sanctions (Norton 2020; Tétrault- Farber 2020). The sanctions targeting Russia have extended to the Russian Defense Ministry's 48th Central Research Institute, which worked with other non-military medical centers to develop and test the world's first covid-19 vaccine, called Sputnik 5. The research institute was targeted because of its alleged role in Russia's chemical and biological warfare program, though the institute successfully developed and tested vaccines against Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (mers), and a universal flu vaccine.
Russia to keep its dominance in European gas market | Atradius - July 2018 |
From the diaries ...
Kerry Preaching Policy Contra Russia @Atlantic Council
Kerry should experience a warm bath here as I have referred to the right-wing Atlantic Council and its harsh statements of containment for Putin's Russia in a New Cold War. The US wants to reduce its military presence in Europe and has set policy for NATO members to increase investments in its military: Navy, Air Force and Army. The Ukraine is an ideal nation to illustrate the "Imperial Danger" of the Russian bear.
A dangerous path to create division between new and old Europe, when did we take this path before? Rumsfeld in the lead-up to the Iraq War ...
War Powers Act and the Imperial Presidency | Aug. 2, 2007 |
Even so ardent a Cold Warrior as NR's James Burnham recognized that "by the intent of the Founding Fathers and the letter and tradition of the Constitution, the bulk of the sovereign war power was assigned to Congress." Burnham doubted that congressional control of the war power could be maintained, given the demands of modern war. But he wrote a book defending Congress's centrality to the American constitutional system and warning that erosion of congressional power and the rise of activist presidents risked bringing about "plebiscitary despotism for the United States in place of constitutional government, and thus the end of political liberty."
NATO Summit of Bucharest - A Declaration of War (2008)
The development of extremism and hatred in The Netherlands
Iraq War Blowback ¶ Islam Terror in Europe | July 14, 2007 |
Chalmers Johnson: Imperial Collapse - 2007
Excellent comment to diary by DeAnander ...
The ever-reliable Chalmers Johnson -- how trying it must be to be an intelligent political analyst in an age of such aggressive idiocy:
Betting Pool: Imperial Collapse | May 17, 2007 |
The reckoning will be economic and the account will be reckoned in dollars and oil.
The US will simply be unable to afford to fuel their colossally far-flung outposts.
Those who think the US economy is a house of cards are correct in financial terms.
But the sheer scale of US human resources in terms of ingenuity, knowledge and sheer entrepreneurial spirit are phenomenal. So too, the massive agricultural and other resources currently given over to monoculture and cash crops.
If the US could turn their phenomenal capacity to constructive use, instead of using it to drain the lifeblood of so many regions through conflict and debt, then anything is possible.
And what gives me hope was the fact that within 18 months a 19 year old single-handedly destroyed the (US-dominated) business model of the global music industry.
This process of peer to peer connection and disintermediation is beyond the point of no return, and I believe that a "tipping point" is approaching.
China, Japan, Russia and the rest will soon be holding their dollar bills up to the light and seeing them for what they are: worthless pieces of paper.
Then it will not matter how powerful the US is in military terms: their government will not be able to save their economy - but I believe their people can.
"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
By. By Chris Cook on May 16th, 2007
"military Keynesianism" - the determination to maintain a permanent war economy | by Mattes - Jan. 23, 2008 |
much US militarism these days is (implicitly) promoted as Keynesian economic stimulus. If we cut back on useless or destructive military projects we would toss many people out of work. There is no room in the political spectrum to discuss whether this stimulus could be applied to other sectors instead.
American foreign policy hasn't changed through the years, the "1984" totalitarian state is performing so much better through the Internet of Things, disinformation, Big Tech, censorship and very effective propaganda, or in Cold War terms brainwashing.
Consumerism, Conformity, and Uncritical Thinking in America | Harvard Library - 2000 |
A Rant over @BooMan
Welcome to One Party Rule | by NN - May 25, 2007 |
Our Democratic Party is a fraud. Our two-party system doesn't exist anymore. Oh, they'll try to tell you it does. Kerry will e-mail you a request to help end the war which links to his "donations" page. So will the others. They still want our money. It's all part of the smoke and mirrors.
After all, nothing makes us feel like we're active and doing something quite like shelling out a few of our hard-earned dollars! By God, if I paid for something, I expect to have something to show for it!
But can anyone tell me how this country is any different now than the old Soviet Union? We've got total political control by one corrupt party, which is funded by an empire the size of which the world has ever seen -- the U.S. Pentagon and the War Toys and War Support Industry.
Imperial Pathologies - Comparing America to Rome and Britain | by populist - March 14, 2007 |
...The US Republic has yet to collapse, but an imperial presidency now places great strain on it with a dominant Pentagon and culture of militarism undermining Congress, the courts and our civil liberties...
Chalmers Johnson, in his new book Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic, makes his case citing ancient Rome to show how imperialism and militarism destroyed the Republic. He notes after its worst defeat at the hands of Carthaginian general Hannibal in 216 BC, Romans vowed never again to tolerate the rise of a Mediterranean power capable of threatening their survival and felt justified waging preemptive war against any opponent it thought might try.
That was Paul Wolfowitz's notion as Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the GHW Bush administration in 1992 that he began implementing as Deputy Secretary of Defense in 2001 and made part of the National Security Strategy in 2002. It was an ancient Roman megalomanic vision called Pax Romana that post-WW II became Pax Americana with illusions of wanting unchallengeable dominance to deter any potential rival, and, like ancient Rome, wage preemptive or preventive war to assure it.
A culture of corruption and militarism eroded the Roman Republic that effectively ended in 49 BC when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River in Northern Italy plunging the country in civil war that left Caesar victorious when all his leading opponents were dead. The Republic died with them as Caesar became the state exercising dictatorship over it from 48 to 44 BC when his reign ended on the Ides of March that year after his fateful meeting in the Roman Senate with Brutus, Cassius and six other conspirators whose long knives did what enemy legions on battlefields couldn't. It led to the rise of Caesar's grandnephew Octavian. In 27 BC, the Roman Senate gave him his new title, Augustus Caesar, making him Rome's first emperor after earlier ceding most of its powers to him. He then emasculated Rome's system of republican rule turning the Senate into an aristocratic family club performing ceremonial duties only.
Key words | Neocons | Bush era | Pax Romana | Imperialism | Pax Americana | Democrats | war hawks | Ukraine |
Big Oil Competition for Shale and Fracking in Ukraine
Agreement Shell Exploration in Yuzivska area of Dnipro-Donetsk
Yuzivska licensed area covers the territory of 7 886 square kilometers within Dnipro-Donetsk basin. Tight sand gas extraction is planned at the Yuzivska area.
Shell was granted the priority right to sign product sharing agreement for Yuzivska area based on the results of the first tender for the priority rights to conclude PSAs for unconventional gas extraction projects in Ukraine, which was held in 2012.
Production sharing agreement between Shell Exploration and Production Ukraine Investments B.V., LLC Nadra Yuzivska and the state of Ukraine was signed on 24 of January 2013. The term of the agreement is 50 years. The text of the agreement was not made public due to confidentiality issues.
People in the embattled Donbass know the shale beneath their feet could be the real reason for conflict in their towns | Al Jazeera - Aug. 10, 2014 |
Canada signs Landmark Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine | July 8, 2016 |
Canada’s PM Trudeau to sign FTA with Ukraine, interested in promoting fracking
An anti-fracking protest in Ukraine. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sign a 'free trade' agreement with Ukraine when he visits Kyiv.
Adding to this the Canadian Press now reports, “Canada is deploying what the Liberal government describes as its largest military contingent to Europe in more than a decade, as NATO prepares for a protracted standoff with a resurgent Russia. [At the NATO summit, Trudeau announced] that Canada will send [up to 1,000] troops and [up to six] fighter jets to eastern Europe, where tensions between NATO and Russia have reached levels not seen since the Cold War. A Canadian frigate will also operate in the region.
The commitments are part of an alliance effort to show resolve after Russia annexed Crimea and started supporting separatist forces in eastern Ukraine two years ago.”
Radio Canada International notes, “The deployment goes contrary to the NATO-Russia Founding Act signed in 1997 where the military alliance explicitly agreed not to station troops along the Russian border in former satellite states. …But NATO officials now argue Russia effectively tore up the treaty with the annexation of Crimea and that it has a duty to defend new members, including the Baltic states, Poland and Romania.”
US Ups Tension with Russia
Ukraine is An Open Society
Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy | BBC News |
The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite. So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.
Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens| Cambridge - Sept. 18, 2014 |
The two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here's how they explain it:
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.
NATO War Planning -- In 2021 Ukraine
Pépé Escobar Uncensored, a nice collection of his writings ...
EMPIRE OF CHAOS
The Roving Eye Collection Vol. 1 2009-2010