Monthly Archives: July 2015

Poll: 84% of Ukrainians would entrust Putin with Ukraine

OffGuardian

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Photo AP

by Systematic

A new information tragedy in Ukraine. It started so innocently: the nationally conscious patriotic website Nedelya.ua organized a survey. The question was: which politician would you entrust with governing your country?

41664 votes were cast. The results were a knock-out blow for the organizers–a full and crushing victory for Vladimir Putin. Treason!

Let’s look at the results:

Putin: 84% (34,905 votes)
Lukashenko: 5% (2032)
Xi Jinping 2% (820)
Zhirinovskiy 2% (708)
Poroshenko 1% (538 votes)
Merkel 1% (430 votes)
Marie Le Pen 1% (426 votes)
Nazarbayev 1% (318 votes)
Obama 1% (244 votes)
Timoshenko 0% (176)
Lyashko 0% (170)
Yatsenyuk 0% (158)
Kolomoysky 0% (150)
Simonenko 0% (130)
Kuchma 0% (86)
Yanukovych 0% (116)
Tigipko 0% (76)
Kravchuk 0% (32)
Yushchenko 0% (32)

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J.Hawk’s Comment:I’d add that even it was “bots and trolls” voting for Putin, where is the pro-Poroshenko/Yatsenyuk/Lyashko/Timoshenko enthusiasm? Right? That, in…

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Are we Sure that Tsipras Caved In?

Sparse Thoughts of a Gloomy European Economist

Germany did not speak yet, and until then nothing is certain. But it looks like the new Tsipras proposal may turn into an agreement between Greece and its creditors.

We’ll see what happens in the next days, but I want to make a few remarks

At first sight, this does not look good for Tsipras. On all the points that remained contentious when negotiations were interrupted, the new proposal substantially accepts the creditors requests (labour law being an important exception): On VAT, privatizations, retirement age, we are now very close to the original creditors’ requests, and very far from the Greek ones.

And in fact the new package is even more “austerian” than the Juncker plan, as it contains deficit reduction for 12 billions instead of 8.

This said, if Tsipras manages to link the package to the obtention of a new loan (plus unblocking of structural funds) for a…

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The Plunder of Russia in the 1990s

The Happy Wanderer

An old Russian gold mining town…….

The other day I was surprised to learn that Jeffrey Sachs, the creator of “shock therapy” capitalism, who participated in the looting of Russia in the 1990s, is now NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top adviser for health care. So we in NY will get shock therapy, much as the Russians did two decades ago. Here is a story I wrote for The Wanderer in 2000:

How Clinton & Company & The Bankers Plundered Russia

by Paul Likoudis (May 4, 2000)

In an ordinary election year, Anne Williamson’s Contagion would be
political dynamite, a bombshell, a block-buster, a regime breaker.

  If America were a free and democratic country, with a free press and
independent publishing houses (and assuming, of course, that Americans were a
literate people), Williamson’s book would topple the Clinton regime, the
World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the rest of…

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