Russian Tensions

May 2024 Forums General discussion Russian Tensions

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  • #251250

    https://www.intellinews.com/bofit-russian-population-in-decline-316095/

    The Russian state is concerned by demographic decline (current article in RT, which I won’t be able to link to here): there’s been plenty on the demographic issues of Ukraine, which does lack men in their 20’s, which is hindering call up to fight. This is part of the background radiation of this fight (certainly, it will take decades for Ukraine to recover from its losses as it is).

    #251439
    Thomas_More
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    #251442
    Thomas_More
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    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2024/03/29/ukraine-russia-war-news-latest-poland-power-plant/

    Can NATO forever hold back the war-mongering eastern European members on the Russian border?

    #251468

    https://theconversation.com/farmers-protests-why-eu-wants-to-increase-tariffs-on-russian-imports-but-wont-impose-sanctions-226647

    EU cannot sanction Russian foodstuffs, but can impose tariffs (given the strife over tariffs for Ukraine, these may be substantial).

    “In a call between Von der Leyen and the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, on March 15 – where the possibility of trade restrictions against Russia was raised – the stated concern was “how to support agriculture in Poland and Europe”. Or put another way, how to address Polish farmers’ protests about EU imports of Ukraine grains, which are hurting the internal EU market. The call was not about how to punish Russia, although it could be argued the two are inextricably linked.”

    Let’s remember our case that Tariffs are a fundamental cause of strife between capitalist factions.

    Pointedly, the EU will not prevent transit of Russian foodstuffs.

    #251613
    james19
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    Seen this a while ago.

    Ukrainian PM buys £600,000 new Rolls Royce*.

    Ukrainian workers are being called upon by western politicians sitting in their armchairs to fight and die for Ukrainian oligarchs.

    *He has a vast array of expensive cars.

    https://x.com/amuse/status/1769448742975918527?s=46

    #251936
    Thomas_More
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    Georgia, the next Ukraine?

    #251937
    ALB
    Keymaster

    You mean the USA has plans to get Georgia to join NATO so it can move its missiles closer to Russia?

    #251938
    Thomas_More
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    Does it?
    Well, that’ll start WW3, won’t it?

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    #251940
    Lizzie45
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    Georgia, the next Ukraine?

    Still working on your almanac, Theophilus Moore?

    #251941
    Thomas_More
    Participant

    I read on today’s news that turmoil has begun again in Georgia, similar to Ukraine in 2014. The same pattern could repeat itself, if NATO wants Georgia.

    #251943
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Old Moore has a rival. This, from the mayday statement in Aurora, the paper of the left-communist CWO:

    “The new scramble for Africa, and the Chinese and US manoeuvres in the Pacific, will not be limited to military moves by their proxies for ever. The future that imperialism is preparing for us is a future full of destruction, death and cruel barbarism never seen before”.

    A real mayday message if ever there was one.

    Their argument is that capitalism needs a world war to destroy capital so to enable capital accumulation to continue as reconstruction. If that’s true we may as well eat, drink and be merry (even with the lads).

    Fortunately, their understanding of how capitalism works is wrong. Capitalism doesn’t need a world war for capital accumulation to continue.

    #251944
    Thomas_More
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    No, i don’t believe that, because after a nuclear war any reconstruction would be impossible.

    Maoists believe a nuclear holocaust to be inevitable.

    #251946
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I know that’s not what you believe but the CWO at least have a theory about why the End is Nigh even if a completely mistaken one. You have no theory of why there’s going to be another world war, this time involving nuclear bombs. Just your own irrational fear unless your talk about those in charge of states going to war to avoid losing face can be called a theory.

    #251951
    Thomas_More
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    I hope you are right.

    #251952
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Well, the CWO theory has been disproved by the facts. The last world war (which ended with a couple of atom bombs being dropped) ended in 1945. That’s nearly 80 years ago. Meanwhile capital accumulation has continued way beyond replacing what was destroyed in WW2. Yet while wars have continued there has been no world war.

    80 years is a long time. 80 years before 1939 is 1859. Capital accumulation since 1945 is many times greater than in the period 1859 to 1939.

    Clearly there is something wrong with a theory that says that capitalism needs the destruction caused by world wars to keep going.

    Hopefully, you are at least reassured that a world nuclear war does not have to break out for the reasons they give.

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