Chuck Spinney: Deconstructing Russia & Avoiding False Narratives — Interview with Segei Ivanov, Chief of Staff to Vladimir Putin

Categories: 06 Russia
Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Below is the abbreviated transcript of a wide-ranging interview with Segei Ivanov, chief of staff to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Ivanov, a former KGB officer, is a long-time colleague of Mr. Putin dating back to Leningrad in the 1970s. The interview was conducted in Russian and translated by Kathrin Hille  for the Financial Times.  The summary analysis of this interview by the editors of the Financial Times can be found at this link.  (H/T to Patrick Foy for bringing the interview to my attention.)

This is a long complex interview but well worth the reader’s time.

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Jun 23

Berto Jongman: US-Russian Combat Losses Over Arctic in March? Repeated in May?

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

It is Sorcha Faal so have to take it with a grain of salt. But it would be  frightening stuff if it was really true.

US General Who Stopped World War III After Massive “Arctic Sky Battle” Targeted For Death

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Jun 22

Sepp Hasslberger: Greek Debt Truth Committee Finds Debt to be Illegal, Illegitimate, and Odious — Should Not Be Paid

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

The bankers want their pound of flesh, but the Greek people, even their parliamentarians, resist…

Hellenic Parliament’s Debt Truth Committee Preliminary Findings – Executive Summary of the report

EXTRACT

The research of the Committee presented in this preliminary report sheds light on the fact that the entire adjustment programme, to which Greece has been subjugated, was and remains a politically orientated programme. The technical exercise surrounding macroeconomic variables and debt projections, figures directly relating to people’s lives and livelihoods, has enabled discussions around the debt to remain at a technical level mainly revolving around the argument that the policies imposed on Greece will improve its capacity to pay the debt back. The facts presented in this report challenge this argument. All the evidence we present in this report shows that Greece not only does not have the ability to pay this debt, but also should not pay this debt first and foremost because the debt emerging from the Troika’s arrangements is a direct infringement on the fundamental human rights of the residents of Greece. Hence, we came to the conclusion that Greece should not pay this debt because it is illegal, illegitimate, and odious.

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Jun 21

Kevjn Lim: Why Iran Matters to China

Categories: 02 China,05 Iran
Kevjin Lim

Kevjin Lim

Iran Seen from Beijing

China views Iran as a central element in its much-touted Silk Road Economic Belt, which aims to extend Beijing’s influence overland through Central Asia to the Persian Gulf and Europe.

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Jun 13