The Obama Admin is sanctioning Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 election cycle:
Obama administration announces measures to punish Russia for 2016 election interference. The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-administration-announces-measures-to-punish-russia-for-2016-election-interference/2016/12/29/311db9d6-cdde-11e6-a87f-b917067331bb_story.html?utm_term=.0e858081468a&wpisrc=nl_headlines&wpmm=1Proof of the means and effects of the alleged election hacking have not been disclosed.
I've blogged previously about the absolute strangeness of the allegations and the equivocations produced across US national intelligence agencies. For example, see What is Real and Who Decides?
Film Director Oliver Stone's observations and commentary about the alleged role of Russian hacking of the election are well worth reading at his Facebook account. (hat tip: ZeroHedge).
Stone points out that "When one group-think controls our national conversation, it becomes truly dangerous...."
Stone recommends several articles as an antidote to the rising jingoism that is turning the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post scarlet (I read these papers daily and agree strongly with Stone's assessment):
Robert Parry, “Making Russia ‘The Enemy’,” Consortiumnews
Joe Lauria, “Russia-Hack Story Another Media Failure,” Consortiumnews
Justin Raimondo, “Stop the CIA Coup,” Antiwar.com
Robert Parry, “The Need to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable,” Consortiumnews
Ray McGovern, “US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims,” Consortiumnews
Mark Ames, “Site behind Washington Post’s McCarthyite Blacklist,” Naked Capitalism
Robert Parry, “A Sour Holiday Season for Neocons,” Consortiumnews
I don't understand what is driving the Democratic Party to escalate tensions with Russia, particularly given recent, hostile US and NATO policies, as noted by Mikhail Gorbachev, who with US President Ronald Reagan ended the first Cold War:
Will Worley and Matt Payton. July 9, 2016. Mikhail Gorbachev says Nato is escalating Cold War with Russia 'into a hot one'. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nato-chief-russia-soviet-mikhail-gorbachev-ukraine-eastern-europe-tensions-jens-stoltenberg-unified-a7128521.html
Former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev has accused Nato of preparing for "offensive operations" against Russia. As the Western alliance held a summit in Warsaw, Poland, Mr Gorbachev criticised Nato’s decision to deploy 4,000 more international troops in Eastern Europe. Tensions have been mounting between Russia and Nato member states, in particular the US, as diplomatic spats and military excercises have increased in frequency.
Mr Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, said: “Nato has begun preparations for escalating from the Cold War into a hot one. “All the rhetoric in Warsaw just yells of a desire almost to declare war on Russia. They only talk about defence, but actually they are preparing for offensive operations.”
What is the point of this new cold war?
Energy expert Michael Klare suggests its a function of the race to secure what is left of the world's resources:
No one wins this war and human resources are the most quickly dispensed with, because population is no longer considered a source of wealth, as it was under early capitalism.
In the new era, human resources are transformed into liabilities, as I have documented in my published book monographs and research articles. For example, see my journal article here: http://www.mediatropes.com/index.php/Mediatropes/article/view/15747/12840
Unfortunately, the population is too fractured and at war with itself to confront the ecological collapse that threatens our species. And the population is too easily led on matters beyond the pragmatic realities of everyday lives.
Of course, who can tell what is true in this new fun house of mirrors we have forged for perhaps the last time.
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