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Global Anti-Western Agitprop?

Eurasia Review, a global information site, aggregates a range of anti-American writings.

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Michel Gurfinkiel

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September 2, 2014 - 11:07 pm
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The Cold War was won by the West in 1989. It was an absolute but short-lived victory. Almost immediately, a revisionist coalition — both anti-American and anti-Western — emerged. It has now turned into a major geopolitical player, centered on the two post-communist Great Powers: Russia and China. It includes many emergent powers in the former Third World, from Iran and Turkey to India, Brazil, and South Africa.

The new anti-Western coalition works either through bilateral or multilateral agreements, or regimes or older international networks like the Non-Aligned Movement. One important multilateral regime is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which started in 1996 as a common strategic forum for China, Russia, and Central Asian countries, and was later on strengthened by the accretion of  “observers,” (India, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia), dialogue partners,” (Belarus, Sri Lanka, Turkey) and guest attendances” (the CIS, ASEAN, and Turkmenistan). Kazakhstan’s president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, boasted at one SCO conference that it was comprised of “half of humanity.”

A lot about the new anti-American and anti-Western coalition is to be learned from Eurasia Review, an intriguing global online information site that claims a few thousand daily visitors. Eurasia Review was founded in 2009 and is currently reportedly owned by Buzz Future LLC, an American company based in Albany, Oregon. However, earlier information points to addresses in Australia, Spain, and Switzerland. The founder and president, Robert Duncan, is a journalist with both educational and professional roots in Spain.

Eurasia Review describes itself as:

[A]n independent journal and think tank that provides a venue for analysts and experts to disseminate content on a wide-range of subjects that are often overlooked or under-represented by Western dominated media.

It elaborates:

Despite the combined Eurasia and Afro-Asia areas containing over 70% of the world’s population, analysis and news continues to be dominated by a U.S. slant, and that is where Eurasia Review enters the picture by providing alternative, in-depth perspectives on current events.

Such words are echoing both Nazarbayev’s contention about half of humanity and older Soviet-style, Third World-style, or radical critics of imperialist (i. e., Western or American) domination in the media and culture. In fact, the publication’s very name is suggestive of some Russian influence. Since the 1980s, Eurasia has been an alternative appellation among Russian nationalists for the Soviet Empire and then post-Communist Russia, and among the broader Russian geopolitical sphere. It has been used in the same way, more recently, by the Putin administration itself, which launched an Eurasian Economic Union project in 2011, slated to include most former Soviet countries by 2015.

Eurasia Review is modeled after global news sites such as RealClearPolitics that relay and agglomerate features and op-eds from other media on a daily basis, and provide some original investigation or opinion as well. It may include, for good measure, factual reports or even articles from the mainstream American or European press. The bulk of its material, however, stems from the anti-Western coalition’s media or from radical left-wing Western media. Either out of design or by accident, it thus conveys a unified, Manichean, anti-Western, and anti-American perspective.

Thus, on August 23, 2014, Eurasia’s Review’s summary lists an op-ed from the libertarian American economist Randall G. Holcombe that most readers will understand as a proposal to starve Russia, even if Holcombe just says that Putin boasts Russia can withstand a food boycott from the West. Further articles on the same summary include “American Terror Lives On,” an op-ed from Margaret Kimberley, a columnist for Black Agenda Report (a mouthpiece for the black Left), characterizing the recent events in Ferguson and other places in the U.S. as a legacy of America’s terrible history of conquest, genocide and enslavement” and a continuation of the pre-Civil War ”slave patrols.” A third article by Graham Peebles, an English educational activist involved in projects “in Palestine, India and Ethiopia,” is aptly titled: “Corporate Capitalism vs. Human Happiness.”

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Many conservatives in the US or in Europe have a soft spot for Putin and believe he is one of them. The sad truth is that he is a former KGB general and that Russia is still under him an essentially Soviet State : a de facto single party dictatorship, no private property as we know it in the West, and a paranoid hatred for American "hegemony". An interesting question is how far Putin's new KGB is infiltrating the conservative media. Gurfinkiel provides some answers.
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K&C, your are right about Russia infiltrating the conservative media. I am not sure Kissinger (remember, the guy who lost Vietnam ?) is a true conservative, but conservatives like to quote him. He is now advocating cooperation with Russia against islamism. At the very moment the Russians are back in Cuba, to operate a new electronic espionage facility against the US.
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Every word in this report is worth a lot of attention. Very few people are aware, as Gurfinkiel is, of the strength and determination of the new anti-American axis. And even fewer are those who can describe, as Gurfinkiel does, the way it works and the tools it uses.
Moreover, I think he is right about Russia's role. Americans tend to focus on China, because they see her as an economic competitor and a future rival in world politics. By the same token, they underestimate Russia and fail to understand that she still is America's most formidable strategic enemy and will have no rest until she recovers every bit of the former Soviet Union.
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Read "Disinformation" by Ion Mihai Pacepa
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It could be a Russian front organization. But there appears to be some energy behind this that you can’t buy, even with someone else’s currency. If the latter it’s a forum for those feeling disenfranchised because positive world shaking events do not originate in their countries, but a slew of negatives ones certainly do. If what these people have to say was intrinsically important and not motivated, ironically, by some misplaced notion of ‘democratic’ fairness we would pay them the attention that is due to them. But, alas, these are people complaining about not be held by western populations with the same high regard that they hold themselves. If the Nobel committee could award the science prizes each year to someone not of western European origin they certainly would, but they don’t because it would turn these still prestigious prizes into a travesty. And there is the little fact that many people from these non-western countries are desperate to get into a western country in any way they can and there is a very good reason why these aspirations do not flow in the opposite direction.
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Have you ever read Asia Times? Same deal. The comments section tells an ever bigger story of the loser malcontents full of hatred for US and the West. The fact is there are plenty unemployed losers in the world with nothing to do. The number of losers is growing WAY faster than the number of winners. This does not bode well for the winners.
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