Phil Butler

It’s About Time to Kick Back Google and the Rest

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It’s hardly a secret that we were happier consumers before the big boys in America propped up the most mediocre of emerging video channels. And I should know, they used all of us tech journalists to further their evil ways. The current row between Russian officials and the technocrats running the digital show involved YouTube dumping RT Germany from it’s channels…

NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg Thinks We’re All Idiots

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is either a nincompoop, or he thinks the rest of us are. A recent statement about Russia concerns over the march eastward of the militarist organization proves on, the other, or both. “The whole idea that you know, it’s a provocation to Russia that small neighbors join NATO is absolutely wrong. That’s the provocation — that anyone…

Damning Reports Find Russia Protecting Herself: Put On Your Ushankas!

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In the news recently, Russia and China are seen as “gripping” Asia at a time when the United States seems to have eased off having the region in her clutches. And other stories Polish military commanders say Vladimir Putin’s legions are out to reclaim a Soviet Empire. And here’s what else is new. Super sleuths Bradley Jardine…

The Real Eye Opener From the 3rd BRICS Summit

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On September 9th, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the much-anticipated 3th BRICS Summit in virtual format. This iteration of the summit was carried out under the theme “Intra-BRICS cooperation for continuity, consolidation and consensus.” The heads of state of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa were on board discussing issues from…

The Vladimir Putin They Never See: Ordinary As You and Me

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We live in a whacky world made much more zany by journalists who cook up headlines to appease their bosses, and a public numbed by information overload. This week’s case in point, all the hub-bub about Vladimir Putin going fishing in Siberia. It’s amazing, that with the world ablaze with wildfires, islands sinking into the sea, and the atmosphere becoming…

When Rusty Navies Collide Which Rust Buckets Will Sink First?

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When I was stationed aboard the USS Iowa (BB-61DahJTkfw for pre-commissioning of the battleship in the 1980s, the Ticonderoga class Aegis cruisers were the pride of the US Navy. I remember seeing several docked across the quay in Pascagoula Mississipi, and how fast, sleek, and intimidating they looked. Almost forty years on, and these…

Get It: A True Understanding of American Policies

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There’s a blazing truth staring Russia in the face. It’s a truth 193 other countries have been forced to face too. Americans, by and large, do not give a damn what wars we are in, or if we win or lose. The plight of other nations, or even our next door neighbors’ catastrophes, are too far outside our empowered exceptionalism. I know, I know, it’s a shocking revelation…

Power in Words: Convicting the Cabal That Hurts Us All

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Did you know that Russia is in a ruthless pursuit of geopolitical, strategic, commercial, and economic interests in Africa and beyond? This is how western think tanks and other organizations aligned with the liberal order frame Russian foreign policy, Russians, and especially Vladimir Putin. Funny, isn’t it, how one word can make all the difference. (see bolded termsDahJTkfw Look what…

Russia Strategy: In Order to Exist, Not to Prevail

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The caption under a photograph of a familiar public figure on a boat somewhere reads, “Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the modernization of Russia’s navy.” In my ever more cynical geopolicy brain I hear echoing, “Good God people, stop him before he manages to do his job!” I mean, just what the hell else should Russia’s president be doing in the face of a trillion…

The Real Reason Biden Abandoned Afghanistan So Fast

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The scenes from Kabul prompted ten thousand newspapers to frame Saigon evacuation images alongside those from Afghanistan. Only this time Youtube was available to show human bodies falling from US Air Force planes, as Afghans clung to landing gear to escape the Taliban. The scenes, the bitter reality of it all, brought back the memory of America’s Southeast Asia…

One Good Reason To Put Down The New York Times Forever

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Why does it always start with the same weak lead-in, the Russophobia, I mean? This time the mighty New York Times overrode journalism 101 to let author Julian E. Barnes properly propagandize what publisher A. G. Sulzberger needs to say about those pesky Russians. The “story” begins like this: “A new campaign appears to be spreading falsehoods about the potential…

News From the Sahel: France and the US Still Helping Themselves

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The more idiotic geo-policy analysis I read, the more I wonder where my honorary Ph.D. is. Take a recent Euronews bit concerning “bad old” Russia against “sweet little” France and the Americans in Chad, Mali, and the Sahel region overall. Former Aspen Institute director Nicolas Tenzer now blames Russia for France’s yo-yo policies…


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