Ex-Soviet Dissident: Putin Offers a ‘Win-Win’ Strategy to the World

Dmitry Mikheev is a former Soviet dissident, imprisoned for 6 years in a Gulag in the 1970’s for his ‘anti-state activities’.

After emigrating to the United States in 1979, he soon joined the Hudson Institute, an influential neoconservative think tank, working there as a Senior Fellow from 1988 to 1996 .

After the collapse of communism and the USSR, he came to the conclusion that for the US foreign policy and security establishment Russia had remained the arch-rival. He returned to Russia and became a vocal critic of neocon ideologies and policies.This article was written exclusively for RI. A personal interview with Mr. Mikheev covering his life and experiences will be published on RI in the near future.

Source: Ex-Soviet Dissident: Putin Offers a ‘Win-Win’ Strategy to the World

Russia’s “Bombing” of Syrian Hospitals: The Incredible Expanding Lie | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

In any war, collateral damage is inevitable. And no matter how careful Russia attempts to be, one cannot avoid eventually killing innocent civilians. That is why it is so important to make sure any war fought is justified to begin with – so that when a tragic mistake is made it is not compounded by the fact that the war within which it took place shouldn’t have been fought in the first place.Russia’s intervention in Syria, however, is justified. The sovereign nation of Syria is openly being dismembered by foreign states, led by the US, joined by Syria’s neighbors, Turkey, Israel, and Jordan, as well as regional state-sponsors of terrorism including the despotic regimes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.The potential loss of human life in confronting the proxy army of terrorists this coalition of multinational military aggression has arrayed against Syria pales in comparison to the outcome should Syria fall entirely to these forces. The perpetual chaos that has unfolded after America’s successful dismemberment of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya are but warnings of the fate that could befall Syria should order not be restored, and Syria’s sovereignty not protected. What’s more is that for each and every nation the US destroys, the terrorist organizations and all accompanying infrastructure that fill the void left behind by toppled governments has an accumulative effect. The strength of this threat and its ability to project violence further increases exponentially.

Source: Russia’s “Bombing” of Syrian Hospitals: The Incredible Expanding Lie | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Evictions Throwing More Families Into Homelessness | Al Jazeera America

New York City is proposing legal representation for all low-income tenants who end up in housing court

October 23, 2015 4:00AM ETby Haya El Nasser @hayaelnaLOS ANGELES

— The national campaign to end chronic homelessness in America’s cities has focused on veterans and the chronically homeless. But there is another class of newly homeless: Evicted tenants, often families with children, who can’t afford a roof over their heads after they lose their lease.Evictions have reached epidemic proportions and created a new homeless crisis born out of an affordable housing shortage.New York City is bringing the problem to the fore. The City Council introduced legislation sponsored by Democratic Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson that would ensure that all low-income tenants have a right to counsel when they face evictions.

Source: Evictions Throwing More Families Into Homelessness | Al Jazeera America

MIDDLE CLASS BECOMING “RADICALIZED” IN BACKLASH AGAINST MIGRANT INFLUX, WARN GERMAN SECURITY EXPERTS

Domestic unrest may occur if Merkel’s open border policy isn’t checked

by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | OCTOBER 27, 2015

A letter obtained by German newspaper Die Welt written by top security experts warns that the middle class in Germany is becoming “radicalized” in response to the migrant influx and that domestic unrest may occur as a result.

“The high influx of people from other parts of the world will lead to instability of our country,” a security official told the newspaper, adding that the middle class is becoming, “radicalized because they mostly do not want this immigration and it is forced by the political elite.”

The official notes that tension is so fraught over the situation that some Germans may even resort to breaking the law the express their grievances.
“The German security authorities are not and will not be able to fend off these imported vulnerabilities and the reactions they trigger among the German population,” states the letter.

The security experts warn that the integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants is simply not possible and that Angela Merkel’s policy will cause Islamist extremism and anti-Semitism to soar.

The letter is unsigned but has been “circulated among high-ranking security officials in the federal government,” according to the report.

Former President of the German Secret Service (BND) August Hanning has issued a ten point plan in order to resolve the crisis.

The plan includes rejecting immigrants who arrive from a safe country of origin, as well as the “strict application of the national and supranational law” to regain control of Germany’s borders.

“The absorption capacities in Germany are exhausted until further notice and Germany can take no additional migrants,” asserts Hanning.

Meanwhile, a similar backlash in Austria has led to a surge in firearms sales, with citizens fearing attacks by Muslim invaders.

“A Czech TV report confirms that long guns – shotguns and rifles – have been flying off the shelves in Austria, and Austrians who haven’t already purchased a gun may not have a chance to get one for some time. They’re all sold out,” writes WND’s Leo Hohmann.

Mormon leader speaks out against Kim Davis, urges balance in religious freedom disputes – The Washington Post

This womans predicament reminds me of that chapter in the Bible where a woman was caught in the very act of adultery (note the man was no where to be found that was with her) and was brought before Jesus with the people telling him that she was caught and that she should be stoned according to the Law of Moses. Jesus wrote in the sand and kept writing in the sand and then stood up and said “He which is without sin among you cast the first stone”.  Every man walked away in shame….as should this man.  Whom is he or anyone else to judge that woman, irregardless of her past, he and no one else has the right to stand up in judgement against her is how I feel.

The Mormon Church has been among the most vocal in expressing worry that the expanded rights of LGBT people — among other liberalizing changes in the United States — are trumping those of religious Americans who may disagree with gay equality. On Tuesday, the church offered its first high-level comments on perhaps the most contentious case in that realm, saying through a top leader that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis erred and that more balance, tolerance and civility are needed when it comes to protecting religious freedom.Dallin Oaks, a member of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, laid out what should be seen as the church’s official view in a lecture Tuesday to the Sacramento Court-Clergy Conference, an event sponsored by Sacramento area judges and the Sacramento Superior Court. Oaks was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, a prosecutor in Illinois and a Utah state Supreme Court justice.[Here is a link to Oaks’ lecture]

Source: Mormon leader speaks out against Kim Davis, urges balance in religious freedom disputes – The Washington Post