Comments on: The continuing Soviet collapse http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Axadental http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1118803 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:20:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1118803 Rule by wealthy oligarchs, unchecked corruption, and fear of more wars don’t sound too different from many aspects of so-called “Western Democracies.” There are king makers in the US who buy senators, representatives, and major stock in most elected presidents. We even had one president (Does anyone remember or care?) who was “selected” by the Supreme Court. After extensive brokering by the powerful, he was installed as if he had been chosen by free ballots not murky “hanging chads,” and the swampy and vague process of the Florida election process, plus the divination of the US Supreme Court. When that happened I saw democracy struggling and gasping for breath in the USA or the self-proclaimed paragon of freedom.

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By: HelCabak http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1118615 Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:27:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1118615 The amazing quote: “With much smaller Belarus to Ukraine’s north, these were the core of the Soviet state, the Russians seeing the other two… as… big buffers against an always-feared (and often suffered) Western invasion.”
I have not understood: the author considers the former repeated Western invasions to be “Russian fantasies”, in reality not taken place?

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By: ruffsoft http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1118509 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:21:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1118509 It is an indisputable fact that Russia, even under the conditions of economic warfare by the West, is more prosperous and democratic than ever in its history. There are thousands of independent media, harshly critical of the government, unlike the US where 5 corporations control 90% of the media.

I challenge anyone to provide evidence of a time when Russia was more prosperous and enjoyed more civil rights. The claims of a dictatorship based on imperialistic ambition is pure Western propaganda. The US has troops in over 150 nations, bombing in 7 nations (all Muslim); Russia has troops in 6 nations and is bombing only against ISIS in Syria. Since Putin was elected in 2000, the GDP has tripled and wages, adjusted for inflation, have doubled. This is the basis of the support of the government by over 80% of the citizens, compared to a 10% approval of the US Congress.

Repeating US propaganda is a sure recipe for more failed policies.

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By: AmericanDude55 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1118491 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:44:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1118491 “It’s commonly believed that Russia is diving head-first into an ever-deeper authoritarianism.”

This is a remarkable way of starting of a news article. It is dripping with bias, and the most damage will be done to those of us who are already poorly informed about global events and the long history of that region of the world.

Russia and Putin are definitely NOT saints – but neither is any country involved in this madness. We have over 600 military bases worldwide. They have ten (10) and only around their borders. And they believe that events are closing in on them.

It would be a good idea to remember that they have nuclear weapons. They aren’t going to simply fall like Iraq and Libya. They have Nuclear Weapons.

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By: Aranhas http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1118359 Tue, 17 Nov 2015 02:15:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1118359 Attempting to create a democratic form of government in totalitarian states like the Mideast, Russia, China, and all of the countries that have never had government by the people is a waste of time. Democracy has to evolve over time. The small city states of Greece had a form of democracy, but they were tiny – more like towns. American democracy arose from very specific circumstances that have not been repeated anywhere else. You need people who think for themselves and who want to take personal responsibility for their lives. That is a rare thing. It doesn’t exist in nature. The majority of humans do not want to think for themselves. They don’t know how to make decisions. They are willing to give up freedom for security. That’s why Russians still revere Stalin, why many Germans would still accept a Hitler, why Mao’s face is plastered all over China. You can see the same thing in this country with sycophantic supporters of wackos like Obama who will dance to any tune he plays. Only a few people actually think and make decisions based upon knowledge of what they are voting for. The rest are praying to their masters.

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By: bagart http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1118335 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:37:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1118335 Good summary of depressing Russian coexistence with neighbors. One historical mistake- in difference to other European continental countries, invaded countless times and recovering, Russia was invaded three times only- 16/17 C. by Poles, 19th C. by European coalition under Napoleon, and by Germans in WWII (Poland recovering Polish historical territories of western Ukraine and Austrian and German troops in south eastern Ukraine in the end of WWI were result of crumbled monarchy and anti bolsheviks upraising in the region, and as such can’t be called invasion.) Constant danger is a myth cultivated by soviets and now post soviet Russia as useful propagandist tool. Up to demise of Nicholas II such term as encirclement didn’t exist in Russian mentality- In literature before Stalin vise, you will find a lot of praise for Russian way of living of slaving nationalities, murder, dark intellect- yes, encirclement- not.

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By: bagart http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1118318 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 22:36:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1118318 And at the moment notice Putin plays “mercy” card, agreeing to 3 installments on Ukraine 3 bill. debt. Putin “The Merciful” thinks, rightly so, US and other “meddlers” in his affairs will ease sanctions slightly, but obviously crippling Russia. If this happen, this would be cheapest purchase of prime touristic property (mind Crimea).

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By: owlafaye http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1118138 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:38:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1118138 Amazing how dishonest Reuters is…News?….laughter

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By: Laster http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1117892 Sun, 15 Nov 2015 04:02:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1117892 One simple fix for the problem of corruption would be to implement a Whistleblower program modeled on the succesful program the US has put in place.

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By: JeremyCrumb http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/08/the-continuing-soviet-collapse/#comment-1117678 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:33:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44678#comment-1117678 If Russia didn’t have nukes they would be NOTHING on the world stage.

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