As Antidote # 5 against Western anti-Russian propaganda, I'm happy to forward what I got from Ed Lozansky:
<<Today, roughly 40 percent of the supplies for US troops in Afghanistan move through the Northern Distribution Nethrk across Russia.As the US military prepares to draw down in Afghanistan, the NDN likely will continue to grow in importance>>
<<according to the latest polls the solid majority of Americans disapprove Obama’s foreign policy and only 13 % approve the job done by Congress. This is the good sign which shows that perhaps the Western civilization still has a chance to bring back the world’s respect and admiration but this could happen only if American political landscape changes dramatically and finds the strength to recover from the devastating policy f a i l u r e s o f C l i n t o n , Bu s h a n d O b a m a a d m i n i s t r a t i o n s .>>
Sharon Tennison sends her greetings from Russia:
<<MOSCOW, September 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Anti-Russian trade sanctions imposed by Western countries and Moscow retaliatory restrictive measures against European countries did not split Russian society, says a poll conducted by Russia's state-run All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) on request by ITAR-TASS Political Analysis Center in August 2014. As many as 1,660 respondents from half of the country's regions participated in the public opinion poll. The results show most Russians take the harsh current situation with understanding and do not attach much importance to the sanctions war. The survey showed that 92% of those asked did not notice after-effects of sanctions imposed on Russia. Only 4% have noticed price growth.>>
Martin Sieff sends from Washington DC his insights about NATO Summit in Wales
<<"It is essential for the peace of Europe and the world that the United States and NATO return to the policy of seeking constructive dialogue and partnership with Russia," Sieff underlined.>>
Lisa Atfield echoes the recent US-Russia Moscow Forum from London:
<<The main message at the Forum was that the USA, Europe and Russia should focus their efforts on creating “peace and prosperity in all of the Northern Hemisphere from Vancouver to Vladivostok.”>>
As to the guiding symbol of this Peace and Prosperity effort, Lisa liked RAGA's attitude that the choice should not be between the American Bald Eagle or Russian Double-Headed Eagle, nor any other European bird of prey but rather "the Pelican the Provider who teaches the needy how to fish"
While the standard of living in Russia, while still relatively low, has been steadily rising, this cannot be said of the US:
The Crisis of the American Middle Class
<<The median household income of Americans in 2011 was $49,103. Adjusted for inflation, the median income is just below what it was in 1989 and is $4,000 less than it was in 2000. Take-home income is a bit less than $40,000 when Social Security and state and federal taxes are included. That means a monthly income, per household, of about $3,300. It is urgent to bear in mind that half of all American households earn less than this. It is also vital to consider not the difference between 1990 and 2011, but the difference between the 1950s and 1960s and the 21st century. This is where the difference in the meaning of middle class becomes most apparent.>>
And the situation is hardly much better in 2014
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