It is most unusual for a Chinese ambassador to write an official letter of complaint to a foreign newspaper. It seems particularly inept to do so on a subject that Beijing would rather see buried than highlighted: namely mass human rights violations. It would appear that the government in Beijing protested to the authorities in … Continue reading Russian Newspaper Receives Complaint from China
No one has actually said that an alliance between Moscow and Beijing is on the cards. The previous alliance forged in 1950 paved the way to the Korean War and effectively broke up in the autumn of 1962. It never worked well because the new Communist China rejected Soviet leadership. The Soviet Union was always … Continue reading China Rejects Russian Alliance
The United States Department of the Treasury today itemised those, other than the President himself, directly responsible for the maltreatment of Alexi Naval'ny, including the attempts to poison him, his sentencing and his detention in Russia today. They are banned from holding assets in the United States or doing business with any American citizens. The … Continue reading Who Plotted Naval’ny’s Removal?
The Biden administration has returned to the Obama administration's policy of appeasing Iran, allowing it time off to develop nuclear infrastructure provided it delays building the bomb. Peculiar reasoning, but then not unlike the US policy of printing endless amounts of paper debt in the hope that the long term never ends. The Kerry policy … Continue reading American Amateurism Has Consequences
World commodity prices have been rising at an alarming rate, which shows that all this money printing which has been going on for the past decade is fundamentally destabilising. It is finally having an impact, but not exactly the kind of impact the Central Banks wanted or anticipated. The Russian economy is not doing well, … Continue reading Nervous About Inflation? Moscow Annoyed at Bloomberg
The current German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, reflecting the values of what is fundamentally the German money-making machine (a Geschlossene Handelsstaat), shifted over time from an instinctive aversion to President Putin, born of her years in the Russian zone of Germany, into a path of discreet collaboration based on common commercial interests, the driving force in … Continue reading Russian Hopes for Next German Chancellor
In the blog on 4 February we noted that Russia had divested itself of unprecedented quantities of gold, which has inevitably meant large accretions of dollars to its reserves. This seemed to indicate that Russia has a touching faith in the enduring value of America's fiat currency that might well be tested by the massive … Continue reading Russia To Cut its Dependence on the Dollar
Whenever Moscow falls out with the states of Europe, as at present over the brutal breach of human rights in respect of leading oppositionist Naval'ny, those pushing for isolationism rear their heads to say we told you so. Why should we hang out with these people? Yesterday Nezavisimaya gazeta published an article by Veniamin Popov, … Continue reading Russia’s Eurasian Lobby: Here We Go Again
It is reported today that the lord and masters of Twitter, evidently now an adjunct of the Biden State Department, have cancelled 100 Russian accounts on their website because the accounts were deemed to be undermining NATO! In Britain we rejected the nanny state. Now we have a nanny corporation. I really had no idea … Continue reading Twitter’s Devastating Blow for Freedom?
A very strange report appears today in Nezavisimaya gazeta that does not normally associate itself with hearsay. If there ever appeared to be an unlikely occurrence in Afghanistan it would be that the Chinese intelligence agencies assisted by the Pakistani equivalent are engaged in gun running to Islamic terrorists. But that is what special correspondent … Continue reading China Aiding Islamic Terrorism in Kabul?