Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Computin' Putin

I've read plenty about the Ukraine crisis, and learned a lot about the history of the area, the languages spoken there, the conflicting nationalism, and the seemingly endless supply of ethnic groups vying for control and sovereignty. And all of that is essential to understanding what is going on there. But one thing missing from most of the material I've read is the money question — and that involves banking, loans, subsidies, pensions, standard of living, and trade policies. It's no accident that the current Ukrainian Prime Minister is a banker, Arseniy Petrovych Yatsenyuk (Ukrainian: Арсеній Петрович Яценюк, Arseniy Petrovych Yatseniuk, or was the last time I checked.  And the bankers of Europe and America, according to Ron Paul, are key players in all this. Economics isn't the only thing, but it's a big thing.

Over at the Glaswegian Observer, this commentary by Simon Petrovich:

The Man Who Would Be Czar

By Simon Petrovich

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the consummate bad neighbor. The man who would be Czar held all the cards in Ukraine until Viktor Yanukovych didn’t create martyrs for the Maidan movement. Back in January, at Maidan there was feeling the movement was over. They sang songs, burned candles, gave speeches, but it looked like it was all coming to an end.

The USA/EU did little to raise questions of his previous adventurism, but now as he is moving next door to NATO, the proverbial neighborhood watch program has begun in Ukraine.

Putin and Ukraine are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. If Ukraine doesn’t put down the insurrection in the east of the country, they will not receive much needed money for the country to remain solvent. On the other hand, Putin has found himself in the Zbigniew Brzezinski’s doctrine web. The isolation of a rogue could be in his future. In light of the enormous propaganda in Russia (allegedly with a fascist behind every bush in Ukraine), Putin cannot retreat without losing face at home, but if he continues to meddle in Ukrainian affairs, it will push Russia into the Pariah nation status of the Brzezinski doctrine.

Admittedly, under Putin’s leadership Russia’s standard of living has been raised, but where will the money come from if the USA/EU continue to apply economic sanctions? The hammer hasn’t been dropped on Russia with total banking sanctions as yet. We have to ask ourselves whether it is in our national interest to destabilize Russia by bankrupting the country. Will continued punishment of a rogue nation lead Putin to lose power? Where will the Oligarchs stand if they continue to see their own revenues decline?
(Read the rest HERE.)
Quibcag: The girl with the money is Nakuru Narumi (鳴海 ナクル Narumi Nakuru) of Mayo Chiki! (まよチキ!)