Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Abby Martin | Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A.

submitted by Gabrielle Jones-Price

[courtesy of Telesur English] The increased aggression towards Russia from US politicians and media is made more clear when taking into account the real history of the post-Soviet period. The hidden story of Boris Yeltsin’s presidency explains how deeply the US government, along with Western capitalist institutions, cheered, shaped and exploited the country after the fall of the Soviet Union, paving the way for the political system they all condemn today.

To uncover just how much the US Empire has interfered in Russia’s political evolution, Abby Martin interviews Mark Ames, an American journalist who spent a decade reporting from Yeltsin’ and Putin’s Russia and witnessed the country’s transformation from an American “colony” to it’s “number one threat."

[Note: TRC would also recommend reading archives from Dmitry Orlov, who has a distinctly different view of the collapse of the Soviet Union, having witnessed it firsthand. He has been sharing warnings for years that we should heed now. The current administration has just been handed the keys to a massive surveillance state, courtesy of the neoliberal project that brought you the collapse and 'fire sale' of Soviet Russia. I learned of Dmitry's work through my peak oil research.

Dmitry has often spoken directly to the need of subsistence farming that occurred after the collapse of the Soviet Union for the Russian people to survive the aftermath of the neoliberal experiment that destroyed many lives. America is not going to recover from the last 8 years of the same experiment by the same oligarchs, after a mobster was elected. It behooves us all to have critical thinking caps on. Those who do not believe that Hillary and the Democratic establishment wouldn't rig the primary need to do some homework on geopolitics, and this interview is a great start. What this new president will do is a bit of a wildcard geopolitically, but we can safely assume what to expect about loss of 'rights' at home. Hold on to each other. Build bridges not walls. ~ G]

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