A New Cold War?—No, But It Could be Worse than the Cold War

A New Cold War?—No, But It Could be Worse than the Cold War

From Russia, from China, and from NYU's Stephen F. Cohen in the United States, experts are speaking about the beginning of a new Cold War—and with it, the danger of hot war involving the superpowers, and even nuclear strikes. Now for many of us who lived through it, the phrase "Cold War" conjures up the image of an endless, one-dimensional nightmare with no escape. It kills the thinking process—which we can ill-afford right now.

In reality, the historical parallel is all wrong—BUT the results of the neocons' and neoliberals' wildly throwing the U.S. into confrontation with Russia and China today, may actually be much worse than the old Cold War of the last century.

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Hillary Clinton: The War with Russia (and China?) Candidate

The Russia Analyst watched Hillary Clinton's nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Committee, or at least tried to, before leaving the room in disgust around the time Ms. Clinton vowed to in an applause line (targeting Donald Trump's criticism of the Atlanticist Pact) to defend America's NATO allies from an aggressive Russia. As IF the Russians have nothing better to do than risk thermonuclear annihilation to lord over a few million pissed off Balts or Poles! 

My disgust over Clinton, a warmonger who pushed for illegal and aggressive wars against the peoples of Serbia, Iraq and Libya portraying herself as the candidate of international stability and peace is only exceeded by my loathing of fellow members of the fourth estate who relentlessly kiss her wrinkly rear end on the same topic, while portraying Trump as some sort of lunatic who will nuke or bomb a country over a tweet as opposed to falsified pretenses like 'ethnic cleansing', 'imminent genocide' or 'WMDs'.

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Putin Adviser Sergey Karaganov Warns Germany's Der Spiegel NATO Will Get 'Punished' if It Picks a Fight with Russia

Putin Adviser Sergey Karaganov Warns Germany's Der Spiegel NATO Will Get 'Punished' if It Picks a Fight with Russia

Sergei Karaganov is the honorary chairman of the influential Council on Foreign and Defence Policy which advises the President of the Russian Federation. Therefore when he speaks, at least someone in the (post)Western media in the form of Germany's Der Spiegel magazine takes notice.

Although Der Spiegel may exaggerate with what a Reddit translator calls a 'clickbait headline' in declaring that Karaganov 'threatens NATO openly', the reality as acknowledged by many on both sides is that the 'tripwire force' of four battalions the Alliance is deploying to the Baltic states is sufficient to anger Moscow and provide scary footage for the Russian television narrative of (post)Western aggression. 'Kremlin TV' can now honestly tell the Russian people that the same American soldiers who invaded Iraq and a few left around who occupied the Russians' Serbian Orthodox 'brothers' in Kosovo are at Mother Russia's doorstep. Paradoxically, four battalions consisting of barely more than 4,000 men remains far too small a contingent to avoid getting crushed quickly in an actual war with Russia -- and U.S. generals and the RAND Corporation admit it.

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Cold War 2: Who's Provoking Whom? And Washington's Greater Romania Moldovan Play for the Black Sea Region

Cold War 2: Who's Provoking Whom? And Washington's Greater Romania Moldovan Play for the Black Sea Region

With NATO's deployment of potentially offensive use on-shore AEGIS launcher systems close to the Black Sea and soon in Poland, and the announcement that German troops will provide one of several battalions planned for permanent rotation in the Baltic states bordering Russia just days before Moscow celebrated its victory over Nazi Germany in WWII, just who is provoking whom in Cold War 2?

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