First, RAGA wants to welcome the Americans who recently visited peace-loving groups in Russia. As Sharon Tennison reports on July 2, 2016
Yesterday our CCI group arrived back in the US from Russia. Twenty of us traveled to six Russian cities where we interacted with citizens from many levels of Russian society. It was an amazing experience.
Our group meets with local government and NGO representatives in Simferopol, Crimea.
We witnessed street life, businesses, NGO’s, youth groups, private medical clinics, new housing developments surrounding the cities, and well-kept city parks. We met with city officials and traveled by metro and taxis. We met in homes with Russian people from many walks of life.
Continue reading: http://ccisf.org/just-arrived-back-russia/
Lozansky followed up with an article published on the site of Echo of Moscow, a leading liberal outlet in Russia. Here he was even more explicit in calling for a fundamental change of US foreign policy. In fact, he has called for American "Brexit" from unnecessary globalist over-commitments, especially NATO, which should be replaced by a sort of International Anti-Terrorist Organization working jointly with Russia and China. I let the curious translate the below into English with the help of Google.
<<В Америке Brexit пробудил некоторые схожие чувства у тех, которые помнят, что 240 лет назад их предки совершили своего рода AmerExit из Британской империи и теперь, вдохновленные событиями в своей бывшей метрополии, начинают подумывать о другом выходе, на этот раз, из «евро-атлантического» блока НАТО.
Несомненно, что во времена СССР НАТО играла полезную роль для сдерживания агрессивной советской политики, но в настоящеt время эта организация полностью утратило весь смысл своего существования, кроме, разумеется, обслуживания собственной бюрократии. Не только Трамп, но и все большее число американцев понимают, что этот блок должен быть либо распущен, либо трансформирован в некую новую структуру, например МАТО — международную анти-террористическую организацию.
В этом случае, логичным было бы тесное взаимодействие МАТО и Шанхайской организации сотрудничества ШОС для решения общих проблем и возвращения к тому, к чему призывал еще Джордж Буш старший в 1991 году — созданию новой дуги безопасности от Ванкувера до Владивостока.>>
Speaking of inter-cultural communications, here is the link to my own translation of Ambassador Chas W. Freeman's brilliant June 9, 2016 talk U.S. Policy and the Geopolitical Dynamics of the Middle East at the Center for the National Interest. It contains a detailed analysis of US errors in the Middle East, the Mother-Board of All Errors. It also offers suggesions for the errors' correction.
My Russian translation is available at: http://www.raga.org/1053105410421054105710581048/-charles-w-freeman-jr It can be switched to the English original.
Finally, I let Professor Michael Brenner entertain you with his a satire on of where US foreign policy is currently heading, a sort of Declaration of US Right and Obligation to Intervene anywhere anytime in the world..
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It is a purloined draft of a petition circulating in and around Congress of a formal Resolution stating the sentiment and will of that venerable institution. The ultimate goal, I understand, is to have it anointed as an official declaration of the Republic destined to be placed in the Library of Congress under glass next to the Declaration of Independence. It is rumored that a coarser version sponsored by Senators Cotton and Cruz is lurking in the background. An unauthorized copy has come into my possession and is available upon request.
THE DECLARATION OF INTERVENTION
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one nation to invade and occupy another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the superior station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle it, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to do so.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all nations were created equal but since have diverged, that one enlightened nation among them is charged by its Creator with certain Duties and Obligations to promote Peace, Prosperity and the pursuit of Personal Preference. That other nations are beseeched by their Creator to accept the tutelage of a more Progressive nation so as to ensure their peoples what is judged to be their Liberty, Freedom and such Lives as remain to them. That this power is derived from the consent of Providence. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of its citizens welfare, That to meet these obligations, one Government was Created to judge whomsoever endangers the security and wellbeing of its people and its neighbors, it is the Right of the Chosen Nation to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to it shall seem most likely to effect the Safety and Happiness of themselves and others.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes - with the exception of our Latin American neighbors; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of indolence renders them indifferent to such abuse, reducing them to objects of absolute Despotism, it is our right, it is our duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security and our own.
For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Careers, our Consultancies and our Profane Interest.
Lest someone doubts the seriousness of Professor Brenner's concern, here are his credentials:
Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh; a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, SAIS-Johns Hopkins (Washington, D.C.), contributor to research and consulting projects on Euro-American security and economic issues.Publishes and teaches in the fields of American foreign policy, Euro-American relations, and the European Union.
Author of numerous books, and over 60 articles and published papers on a broad range of topics. These include books with Cambridge University Press (Nuclear Power and Non-Proliferation) and the Center For International Affairs at Harvard University (The Politics of International Monetary Reform); and publications in major journals in the United States and Europe, such as World Politics, Comparative Politics, Foreign Policy, International Studies Quarterly, International Affairs, Survival, Politique Etrangere, and Internationale Politik. His most recent work is Toward a More Independent Europe Egmont Institute, Brussels.
Directed funded research projects with colleagues at leading universities and institutes in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, including the Sorbonne, Bonn University, King’s College – London, and Universita di Firenze.
RAGA is proud to associate with the best minds of America, Russia and the world.
Now forget all wars, conflicts, sanctions, counter-sanctions, the ugliness of politics etc and enjoy the beauty of the Summer, as I enjoy mine, not far from the place which attracted the attention of my colleague and Rus Lit buff Professor William Brumfield of Tulane University. Thank you, William!
<<My current article for Russia beyond the Headlines is devoted to the restoration of an elaborate late 19th-century wooden mansion (dacha) in the forests near Chukhloma in Kostroma Province: http://rbth.com/special_projects/discovering_russia_1/2016/07/01/the-terem-at-astashovo-grand-dacha-in-the-chukhloma-forests_608137 To see the slide show full screen, click the 4-arrow icon at lower right of photo window.
This is the 153 rd of my articles and photo essays on Russia's architectural and cultural heritage for the foreign-language service of the Russian national newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta. A unified link to the series can be found at: http://rbth.ru/ discovering_russia Through this link a total of 4,407 photographs from my documentary work in Russia are now accessible.>>
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