Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker website, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews Russia’s ongoing nuclear threat to the national security of the United States and the craven failure of the Obama administration to address it. America needs a new Ronald Reagan, and it has a new, poor man’s Jimmy Carter!
Putin is always late, like a schoolboy, embarrassing his country.
Putin has failed Russia’s villages, and is now reduced to bribing people to leave them as ghost towns.
Despite a personal appeal in halting English by Putin, Russia loses its World Expo 2020 bid.
While obsessing in a paranoid manner about threats from abroad, Putin is recklessly ignoring the virulent toxins with the body Russia that look poised to destroy the country.
These are these are stories that the BBC, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Telegraph, USA Today, the Moscow Times and the Financial Times are telling about Russia. They speak for themselves, don’t they?
Over on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews the current public battle between Russian “prime minister” Dmitri Medvedev and “president” Vladimir Putin, emphasizing that Medvedev is not the liberal savior of Russian politics but instead just another corrupt flunkie of the Putin regime out for all he can get.
Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder shows how Vladimir Putin’s policies on gays and environmentalists shows that he governs a weak, craven, squalid, small little country, not a great and mighty one.
LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog exposes Russia’s latest neo-Soviet land grab, which this time takes place at sea. Just as Russia is seeking to grab portions of the Arctic Sea, it is simultaneously and for the same reason, control of oil resources, seeking to plunge its grimy mitts into the Sea of Okhotsk. Why grimy, you ask? Because as Kim shows Russia’s environmental record around the world is one of pollution and desecration, not protection and support which it falsely claims as a justification for its imperialism in Okhotsk.
LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld correctly predicted back in October 2012 that Putin’s Russia was headed for an economic tailspin. She has now published her fith installment on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog regarding the collapse of Putinomics.
Here are the links to the full series so far:
In Putin’s Russia, the average monthly wage is 30,000 rubles, or $917. That works out to $5.73 per hour and $11,000 per year.
In Obama’s America, the income below which a person is considered “poor” is $11,500.
That’s right: The poverty wage in the USA is higher than the average wage in Russia.
And don’t forget this: ”average” means than many Russians earn much less than $11,000 per year. In fact, since Russia is a nation famous for billionaires who skew the average, there are a lot more people earning less than a less elitist country might have. As we reported, for instance, the average wage in the city of Vyazma, Russia, is one third the national average.
The horrific bad news inundating Russia in recent days has been truly breathtaking.
First, Georgia’s new president Georgy Margvelashvili declared that it is his intention to pursue the same pro-Western course followed by the departed Mikheil Saakashvili, much despised by Russia for his pro-West policies. Just like Ukraine, Margvelashvili wants integration with the EU and NATO membership for Russia.
Then, Russia’s only doping laboratory was embroiled in a massive scandal just months before Russia is to host the 2014 Olympics, another devastatingly humiliating blow to Russia’s reputation.
And finally, yet another passenger airliner dropped out of the Russian skies, killing more than four dozen people. Reuters reported: ”IATA said last year that global airline safety had improved but that accident rates had risen in Russia.”
On top of all this, of course, Russia is facing a massive economic downturn, and the Kremlin’s own economic gurus have admitted that it won’t recover within the next decade.
Russians asked to be ruled by a totally unqualified KGB spy, and these are the rewards they reap for that decision.
In typically dishonest and deeply misleading fashion, the Kremlin’s propaganda mouthpiece Russia Beyond the Headlines recently touted Russia as being ranked by the UN as a top-ten tourism destination. As usual, if you look critically at the actual facts, something RBTH almost never does, you find quite a different story than the one RBTH is telling.
RBTH quotes Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the World Tourist Organisation (UNWTO), as follows: “Last year 26 million foreign tourists visited Russia. It is now the world’s number 9 most popular tourist destination. It is a result of hard work, including work on a political level.”
This uncritical, breathless quotation is wildly, hysterically, recklessly misleading.
It’s true that Russia ranks #9 in tourist arrivals for 2012 as measured by UNWTO. But Russia doesn’t rank in the top ten in the criteria that actually matters, receipts from tourists. Not even close. In 2012, Russia netted less than $12 billion from incoming tourists, while Australia, which ranks #10 on the receipts list, netted $30 billion, three times more than Russia. The USA, which leads all countries in tourism receipts, netted over $125 billion from tourism, ten times more than Russia, although it has only three times more arrivals. (The revenues generated by the USA from tourism alone are slightly more than Vietnam’s entire GDP.)
Russia’s tourism receipts are so puny because Russia does not have true international visitors the way Australia and the USA do. Instead, the people who enter Russia are mostly the impoverished people of former Soviet space and Africa, people who have very little to spend. For this reason, when evaluated for tourism competitiveness across the worldwide tourism market by the World Economic Forum, Russia places an appalling #63 out of 140 countries under review.
To ignore these facts precludes RBTH from being taken seriously. But that’s only the start of the problems with RBTH’s propaganda.
Amazingly, RBTH also totally ignores the issue of Russian and racism and homophobia. Recent footage of Russian skinheads torturing a young black student in the city of Belgorod, including forcing him to kiss a watermelon, gives vivid insight into the way Russians view those who are different from themselves. How is it possible that RBTH could fail to explore how racism and homophobia impair Russia’s tourism revenues? In fact, RBTH does not address any of the numerous extremely negative features of life in Russia, from corruption to violence to smoking and drinking to rudeness, which would cause Russia to be very unattractive to people from civilized countries.
RBTH does at least touch superficially upon one hot-button issue where tourism and Russia is concerned, namely xenophobia. RBTH admits that Russia has erected a horrific web of visa-related hurdles which actively prevent many tourists from even considering a trip to Russia, hurdles which are holdovers from the old Soviet era when xenophobia was official state policy and every foreign guest was considered a dangerous spy. It’s hardly a surprise, however, that RBTH doesn’t pause even for a second to ask whether having a proud KGB spy as president might be playing a negative role in promotion of tourism, much less to ask whether that spy, Vladimir Putin, even wants foreigners present in Russia. The recent announcement that Russia would ban the use of cell phone video and photography and would only permit recording by licensed journalists using professional equipment is a clear indication that Putin is a big part of the problem. To publish an article that doesn’t even try to explore this topic moves RBTH from the arena of journalism to the pit of state-sponsored propaganda.
The simple truth is this: RBTH knows it can’t report facts where Russia is concerned, because facts make Russia look horrible. It can only spin, distort, lie and mislead, because that’s the only hope Russia has.
The Keystone Cops fiasco that is known as the nation of Russia is moving into high gear. What were the Russians thinking?
The Miss Universe pageant Russia is staging in Moscow this month gives the world the jaw-dropping opportunity to see the worst Russian can be.
First, Russia attacked its own contestant, Elmira Abdrazakova, with a crude and brutal racist onslaught.
Then, it attacked the host. Regular Miss Universe co-host Andy Cohen, and open homosexual, refused to travel to Russia because of the country’s equally crude and brutal assault on homosexuals. Miss Universe named Thomas Roberts as the replacement for Russia, and Roberts is another open homosexual who has openly condemned Russia’s backwardness and brutality.
What were the Russians thinking? How could they possibly have imagined they could get away with hosting Miss Universe without being brutally humiliated, and how can they think anything similar about the Winter Olympics? Such events only give the world the opportunity to scrutinize Russia and gape slack-jawed at its backwardness.
UPDATE: When the dust cleared at the competition, Russia did not even make the top 16 Miss Universe contestants. Both the USA and Ukraine did, however.