On September 16, 2014, RAGA issued the antidote # 3 in order to minimize the effect of anti-Russian info war by Western mass media. As a cure we suggested a sort of American Committee for East-West Accord (that was effective during the Cold War) to be re-created under the name of East-West Dialog.
I am forwarding the article NGOs Shouldn't Suffer in Sanction War by RAGA associate Dr. Gilbert Doctorow. The article appeared in The Moscow Times, a newspaper not known for warm feeling for the place where it is published.
We hope this signals a change of climate at The Moscow Times. RAGA is one of those NGOs suffering in sanction war that Gilbert describes:
<<All of these dedicated and idealistic people have their eyes open and know the weaknesses of Russian society; none is a dupe of Putin. But what they all have in common now is a very adverse climate back in the U.S. for their activities. Not only has administrative support from U.S. agencies been withdrawn, but the information war has poisoned the atmosphere in which they operate. >>
Although RAGA never received any support from U. S. agencies, we do inhale the "poison in the atmosphere". That's why we rely on the antidotes. That's why we eagerly participated in the US-Russia Forum in Moscow on September 8 and 9, 2014 which <<ended its deliberations with a unanimous vote in support of re-creating the premiere platform for detente from the period of 1974 to 1992, the American Committee on East-West Accord. The added value of that body will be to help dampen the information war by challenging the lies coming from all sides involved. It will arrange neutral platforms for genuine debate of the key issues determining state-to-state relations, most immediately the sanctions policy and the expansion of NATO to Ukraine and Georgia.>>
RAGA will continue to foster Good Will on both sides no matter what, because "We are an association of American and Russian citizens who believe it's in the U.S. and Russia's national interests to develop mutual friendship and cooperation on the basis of Good will" as our front page has always proclaimed.
For a fuller version of Gilbert's Moscow Times article see RAGA site .
I also recommend the following articles:
September 25, 2014
RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP
by Patrick Armstrong
September 19, 2014
Russia Sanctions Report By Sharon Tennison
How sanctions are hastening the world without the West
September 13, 2014 By Rakesh Krishnan Simha
Ed Lozansky's article was published both in English and in Russian
"Just How Civilized Is the Western Civilization?"
КАРТ-БЛАНШ. Насколько цивилизованна западная цивилизация?
Америка не использовала шанс интегрировать Россию в западные структуры
Professor Gvosdev shows historical background of Russian-Ukrainian relations which have been so complicated and intertwined that the likes of Henry Kissinger and Jack Matlock Jr. advised President Obama to steer away from meddling:
Ukraine's Ancient Hatreds
Nikolas K. Gvosdev 's June 29, 2014 article in The National Interests
Nikolas K. Gvosdev is a professor of national-security studies at the U.S. Naval War College and a contributing editor at The National Interest and co-author of Russian Foreign Policy: Interests, Vectors and Sectors (CQ Press, 2013).
At the Forum in Moscow I met a number of interesting people, such as Raymond McGovern, a disaffected former CIA official, Anja Maria Estrada, a peace activist from Germany; Iben Thanholm, a journalist from Denmark; Austin Ruse, Center for Family & Human Rights, USA; and Jan Wondra, National Chair of Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption.
Speaking at the Forum, Jan pointed out that while there are some regrettable and tragic cases of abuse among 60,000 adopted children, the vast majority of families are doing a good job in fostering the adopted children whom they want to be proud of their heritage. Therefore, the current anti-Russian media campaign needs to be countered by a more positive view of both Russia and Ukraine, even for childrens' sake.
And there were at the Forum those who accepted the challenge. One of them was Charles Bausman who edits Russia Insider, a new portal for informed, unbiased and independent opinion of Russia. I immediately got their free subscription and am happy to share with you what I got:
Sep 24, 2014 08:38 am | RI Staff
Meet 'Mr. Yuan': The Currency Trader Helping Russia Defy Western Sanctions
Moscow’s ‘Mr. Yuan’ Builds China Link as Putin Tilts East, originally from
Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus finds "US/EU Propaganda Against Russia Ridiculous". By Neil Clark (The Spectator - excerpt)
Funny and Touching youTube: A Russian Grandma's Advice to Obama (viral video)
I especially liked Grandma's invitation to Obama to go with her to a Russian Church to pray jointly for keeping the "fascists" away from Ukraine. In 2012 I myself sent Obama a letter of invitation to re-visit my native Perm which he had visited as then-Senator jointly with Senator Lugar to review Russian compliance with the mutually agreed upon program of nuclear arms controls. The visit was to take place after Obama's presidential term ended. One cafe in Perm was named in honor of Barack Obama, so I promised to take him there, all treats on me. But the latest I heard is that, although cafe is still in existence, it had to "introduce sanctions against the American Dream"! Which most certainly means there would be no hamburgers served, nor Coca Cola. Otherwise, my invitation stilI stands.
After attending the Forum in Moscow, I went to another conference, The All-Russian Forum-Dialog on inter-ethnic and inter-religious relations that took place in my native city of Perm on September 17-18 and 19. All emphasis was on dialog.The consensus among the scholars was that Western sanctions had the effect of enhancing the unity of the Russian nation across diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. It was also agreed that a dialog should be used not just among scholars but also between the government and civil society. When I spoke, I quoted Mark Twain:
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”
"Патриот должен поддерживать свою страну всегда, а правительство только тогда, когда оно этого заслуживает".
My quoting the famed American writer won an applause especially because Twain is as well known in Russia as the USA.
The antiwar rally in Perm announced last Sunday September 21, 2014, had fewer than 200 people. It was organized as a protest against Putin's foreign policy, as part of several demonstrations in major Russian cities. But the rally was very small for the city of million people. Besides, many of those who came, protested not the Russian, but against Ukrainian government.
As I am now heading from Perm to Moscow, I cannot resist inviting those near the Russian capital to a couple of lectures given in native-fluency English at English Language Evenings (ELE Moscow) at the Chekhov Cultural Center downtown Moscow. This NGO has been run by the tireless American philosopher "idealist" Stephen Lapeyrouse, for more than fifteen years. Check the link: http://www.elemoscow.net/
October 3, 2014 NOTE: This lecture will take place in the "reading room" of the Chekhov Library; the entrance is from Strastnoi Bulvar 8. "Custine and Co: Foreign Writers in Russia through the Ages" By Jennifer Eremeeva, an American Author, Blogger
and October 17, 2014 lecture by David Wansbrough, an Australian philosopher, painter, and anthropologist (and friend of RAGA and myself).
"What is 'Truth'?" (Following on his talk on "Beauty" last ELE season, and his talk on "Goodness" on September 19 -- in this lecture David will address the final of the three verities of many philosophers.)
Stephen does a tremendous job of promoting mutual cultural understanding and cooperation by setting up interesting topics and speakers, successfully steering away from unnecessary political confrontations.
I wish we had Russian Language Evenings in Washington DC to encourage Americans to learn Russian.
Pics in attachment are: the first one is me, Anja Maria Estrada of Germany, and Ray McGovern of the USA; 2nd is Ray speaking at the Forum; the 3rd is opening the Forum Dialog in Perm, the 4th is Perm's famous cannon said to be heavier than the Tsar Cannon in the Moscow Kremlin, and it was operational too, it is shown at a Cannon-and Rocket Museum under open sky where all visitors to Perm are invited, I am sure Senators Obama and Richard Lugar saw it too; the 5th is the break dance scene after the Moscow Forum on Arbat Street.
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Malice to None. Good Will to All.
Peace and Justice to the World.
миру мир и благоволение в сердцах
From RAGA site:
"We are an association of Americans who believe it is in the U.S. national interests to foster friendship with Russia on the basis of mutual Good Will and non-interference in each other's affairs. RAGA is a gathering of people who share common interests in Russia's history, culture, religion, economy, politics and the way of life. We feel that Russian people have made outstanding contributions to humankind and are capable of greater achievements. We envision Russia as a strong, independent, proud and free nation and as a partner in achieving peace in the world."
W George Krasnow (=Vladislav Krasnov)
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