Friday, August 29, 2014

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 29, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the all-Russian youth forum Seliger, held in Tver region August 29, 2014. (Reuters / RIA Novosti / Mikhail Klimentyev)

Putin Mocks The West, Puts His Own Prestige On The Line -- Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

By proclaiming his support for Novorossiya, the old imperial name for eastern and southern Ukraine, Putin signals he won’t back away from the fight.

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin ratcheted up his rhetorical-historical claims on eastern Ukraine Friday, even as pro-Russian rebels and their allies among the separatist rebels pushed forward there with a new offensive.

The lead headline on the Kremlin’s own Web site declared that Putin had “addressed the Novorossiya militia,” a clear and unequivocal sign that Putin is putting his own prestige on the line to back the separatist movement. That fact will make it harder for him to back down (if he had any such inclination) and therefore much harder for an increasingly fretful Europe and the United States to come to terms with him.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- August 29, 2014

Russia's Slow-Motion Invasion of Ukraine -- Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

Mr. Putin Tests the West in Ukraine -- NYT editorial

The West must make Mr. Putin pay for his aggression -- Washington Post editorial

Media mull Western response to Ukraine crisis -- BBC

The World Will Watch This NATO Summit -- Jan Techau, RCW

A second Sunni Awakening? -- Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

Crossing paths with James Foley in Syria’s desperate war -- James Palmer, Reuters

Analysts: France, Germany at Forefront of EU Foreign Diplomacy -- Lisa Bryant, VOA

Islamic State's Popular Appeal Presents Challenge for Jordan -- Reuters

Should President Obama Have Said There's No Strategy Yet Against ISIS? -- Erik Ortiz, NBC

Can Saudi Arabia help combat the Islamic State? -- David Ignatius, Washington Post

Why Militant Groups Succeed -- Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

Battle of Ideas Moves Online -- New York Times

The Global Terrorist Arms Race -- Pete Hoekstra, NRO

Why the US swaps prisoners but doesn't pay ransom -- Brian Michael Jenkins, The Hill

U.S. Influence Drip-Dripping Away -- Adam Garfinkle, American Interest


Unknown said...

Putin does not have to bring back the Russian economy all the way.

He just needs the "cleanest dirty shirt".

People have wondered why so much cash has flowed to the U.S. when its' economy is anemic and the government has a growing mountain of debt. The explanation is that other places are worse.

With Russia's gas deals to China India and Europe and with de-dollarization around the globe, the U.S. might not have the cleanest dirty shirt. To put it another way Russia might not be th fastest runner, but it just has to be faster than the U.S.

If Putin enlarges Russia making Ukraine a rump state and the bounce back due to continued trade with Europe, India, China and the rest, Putin could very well pull this off.

After all Obama said he did not have a plan for anything that was not a domestic issue.

Rhaegar said...

Thanks for your conclusion, i agree, Putin has BRICS and they are slowly but surely getting rid of the dollar, so wonder what the next reserve currency will be, i also read that Russia now has more gold than China.

War News Updates Editor said...

The money that resides in the Russia is unbelievable and never properly reported in the West. Here is a good example of it.

The Daily Mail does not reveal who owns this stash, but the Russian government did indicate during this time that it actually belong to a Russian national who has remain anonymous (and no it is not me). :)