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The time of regional superpowers: with whom we will rule the world

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2013 year, according to most experts, in the first place will be remembered for serious geopolitical defeats of America, which more and more resembles the late Roman Empire. The United States was retreating on all fronts, while verbally defending its “exceptional” position. The main event of the year was the triumphal march of Russia, which won several impressive foreign policy victories in a row. And, of course, it was impossible not to draw attention to the growth of China’s ambitions, which proclaimed its “Monroe Doctrine” this year, according to which Southeast Asia is becoming a “patrimony of the PRC”.


Death of chavez

The year began with an event that caused euphoria in Washington: Venezuelan Comandante Hugo Chavez, the main critic of the “hypocritical gringo empire”, died. The most extravagant of the modern world leaders, one of the main instigators of the integration processes in Latin America - for the USA it was an eternal thorn in the eye. He managed to captivate and rally around himself regional leaders in opposition to Washington, create the so-called Bolivarian alternative, stressed that Latin America is not a “miscarriage of Europe”, that it is an independent civilization, developing according to its own laws, история which began not with the "great geographical discoveries."

Chavez largely contributed to the fact that the idea of ​​the United States to create a free trade zone in the Western Hemisphere failed. He sought to unite all countries that oppose American one-sided policy, established excellent relations with Iran, Belarus, China, but pinned his main hopes with Russia. “The United States does not want a revival of this power,” he said in 2008, “but Russia is reborn, and the world needs a strong Russia.”

It is quite natural that in America no one wept about Chavez. As the head of the international committee of the House of Representatives Republican Ed Royce said, “his death is a blow to the anti-American alliance of leftist leaders. Well, good riddance! ”However, as it turned out later, nothing really changed with the departure of the charismatic Venezuelan commandant. It is simply that Venezuela, a country dependent on energy exports, has become the leader of integration in Latin America — but an economic giant like Brazil.

Coup in Egypt: the collapse of political Islam

Another change of power in Egypt has become a big disappointment for the American political elite. In Washington, they were confident that President Mohammed Mursi was firmly seated in his chair. He was called "the ruler, faithful to the ideals of the February date revolution." However, the Egyptians judged differently.

It is curious that even in 2011, an American political scientist Zbigniew Brzezinski, a man with a wealth of life experience, answered the question of how the situation will develop in Egypt, said: “In this country, the army has always controlled and will continue to rule. Let's wait". He was immediately accused of thinking in the old categories. And when, after becoming president, Mursi dismissed the leaders of the military junta, and they took the visor and left, many proclaimed that the Egyptian generals were weakened and broken psychologically. But in reality, it seems, the military did not flatter themselves about the leadership qualities of the Muslim Brotherhood and were confident that the people would even turn to them for help.

As during the date revolution, the crowd in Tahrir Square, despite its telegenicity, turned out to be a minor player in the Egyptian drama. The goals of the military and the demonstrators coincided again. Both those and others dreamed of getting rid of Mursi. And the army actually took advantage of popular protests to retain the power that had belonged to it in Egypt ever since Colonel Gamal Abdel Naser carried out a military coup in 1952. Nasser built a state in the image and likeness of Kemalist Turkey, making the military its main support.

After the overthrow of Mursi, political analysts started talking about the fact that the large-scale transformation that the Middle East region is undergoing is far from complete. And if last year it seemed that Arab countries were slowly but surely moving towards the creation of a caliphate, now it turns out that the “Islamic awakening” caused a backlash from supporters of secular values ​​and representatives of the so-called “deep state”. Barack Obama’s bet on radical Islamists does not seem to justify itself.

But in order to reach out to them, the American president, without a twinge of conscience, surrendered such loyal US allies as Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Ben Ali in Tunisia, did not object to the government in Libya coming to power, consisting of half the members Al-Qaeda, and recognized the former terrorists as "moderate secular politicians." According to Gallup, during Obama's rule, attitudes toward America in the Middle East became even worse than in the era of the late Bush. And this despite the Cairo speech, flirting with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Libyan and Syrian epic.

It is worth noting that the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad welcomed the military coup in Egypt and declared that the idea of ​​political Islam had "collapsed." “Before the events in Cairo,” the British newspaper Independent noted, “Assad was considered the last Arab nationalist leader who opposes the Islamists and defends secular values.” But this summer, the pendulum swung in the other direction.

Of course, the official position of Washington was that in Egypt we watched the revenge of the “military”, which overthrew the country's first democratically elected president. However, the Americans understood that sooner or later they would have to adapt to the situation and re-make bets in the Middle Eastern game.

Syria: Obama vs Putin

The turning point, of course, was Syria. Obama almost got involved in another Middle Eastern adventure on the side of radical Islamists, fighting with the secular state in the face of Assad. And it was only at the very last moment that he grabbed Putin’s proposal for the elimination of stocks of the Syrian chemical weapons. “Brilliant improvisation, which shows that Moscow is regaining influence on the world stage and again can conduct a dialogue with the United States on an equal footing”, - this is how the Russian initiative was commented in the world media.

And if at the beginning of August, Obama snicked out that at the last meetings of world leaders, Vladimir Putin “had the bored look of a bad student in the back row”, after a month he had to bite his tongue and even say thanks to the Russian president. Touchy, narcissistic leader of the United States, who hates when someone puts his weak-willed weak-willed, obviously will not forget this moment. And those two years that he has yet to spend in the White House, will devote to settling accounts with Putin, who so easily and naturally managed to beat him, temporarily taking the place of the main character on the world stage. For star-suffering Obama, this is a real blow.

“Despite the fact that many are now talking about a successful resolution of the Syrian crisis, in reality the situation has only become complicated,” writes The American Thinker, “and the main problem here is not even in the geopolitical confrontation of the“ great powers ”, but in the psychology of the leaders. Obama is used to acting as the ruler of New Rome and will not tolerate competition. He has a narcissistic personality type. Recall his pursed lips, crossed arms, offended naughty facial expression. American presidents have never looked like this - it looks more like stubborn youths and newly minted provincial teachers. And most likely, we will see how he will scold the careless student of Putin, who dared to challenge him. ”

Big Deal with Iran

After Putin’s Syrian triumph, Obama also wanted to try on the laurels of a peacemaker, and he began to prepare a “big deal” with Iran. At the talks in Geneva in exchange for the obligation of the IRI to freeze work at nuclear facilities for half a year, Western countries suspended the effect of international sanctions.

Political scientists have talked about the fact that the United States is preparing the ground for the revival of an alliance with Tehran. Indeed, as the experience of the war on terrorism has shown, the strategic interests of the two countries coincide in many respects. The US military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq were useful to the Iranians, because as a result, their main rivals in the region, Saddam Hussein and the Taliban, were destroyed. Thanks to the American soldiers, for the first time since the formation of the Iraqi state, the Shiite majority, which has fallen to the former metropolis, has come to power in Baghdad. It was after this that the version emerged that the United States secretly plans to replace its Sunni allies with Shiite partners. As former CIA agent in the Middle East, Robert Baer, ​​noted, “America should not interfere with Iran in its quest for domination of Islam. Two states are ripe for an alliance modeled on what Nixon and Mao created at the time. ”

According to some, the Obama administration expects to “turn the page in a dragged out drama,” recognizing Iran as a regional superpower and shifting responsibility for the fate of the Middle East to it. It is no secret that this has long been an idea of ​​a fix for the American president. After all, the United States, experiencing a shale revolution, will soon overcome its dependence on Middle Eastern oil, and it would be highly unwise to maintain the former system of alliances in Washington, which requires incredible efforts and large financial investments in the region. However, it should be understood that it is not so easy to get off Obama. He has yet to fight with influential oil and military corporations, as well as lobbying structures interested in maintaining the status quo.

And most importantly, the new American policy is perceived as hostile in two states that have traditionally been considered the key Middle Eastern allies of the United States: in Israel and Saudi Arabia. Both countries oppose the reformatting of American policy in the region, which implies the rejection of a military solution to the Syrian problem and dialogue with Tehran. The existing system, they assure, is well-adjusted, has a high ability to adapt, and a strong Iran that has escaped isolation, does not fit into it. Politicians in Jerusalem and Riyadh in a harsh tone reprimand Washington: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu talks about "Obama's historical mistake," and Saudi Prince Bandar, the very Bandar president Bush called his son, talks about "a sharp turn" in the foreign policy of Saudi Arabia and the gap with the United States.

It is possible, of course, that, as a result, the West will once again return to traditional anti-Iranian policy, especially if in Tehran (and this is very likely) the Geneva agreements will be perceived only as an opportunity to “pull time”. But we must understand that in the event of the breakdown of the “big deal”, Obama can finally forget about his ambitions in the international arena.

Russia is returning

After all, the main foreign policy project of his first term, the “reset” in relations with Russia, seems to be completely buried. This became apparent in the summer, when the incident of Edvardd Snowden, which in the American media was called "a heavy slap in the face to Washington." “In the United States, it seems, they finally understood,” political analyst Dmitry Simes argued, “that Russia is not a bobby who stands at attention and sticks out the tongue at the command of the American chief.”

It has also become obvious that the current leaders of Russia and the United States are unlikely to be able to find a common language, because they have practically no points of contact. Putin lives in the real world, Obama - in the idealistic. Putin upholds conservative, in fact, values; Obama has long been an icon of postmodern. Putin for Obama is too harsh and straightforward, Obama for Putin is too lightweight, naive and focused on minor issues that appear to the Russian president as political tinsel.

After Putin returned to the presidency, Russia made it clear that it does not consider that the development option offered by the West is an axiom and intends to focus on its own value ideas. A new identity has emerged: diplomats and political scientists are increasingly appealing to the experience of nineteenth-century Russia, a country of great culture that has achieved high rates of economic growth. It is curious that this image is also being returned in the West. The sharp ideological opposition of the second half of the 20th century - in the past, modern Russia, like the Romanov empire, is considered a reactionary neighbor, which, alas, has to be dealt with. As in the 19th century, the cult of personal freedom prevailing in the West is opposed to Russian traditions, according to which state interests prevail over private ones.

After beating the United States in the Middle East, literally two months later, Putin was celebrating a victory in Ukraine. The EU-proposed association, in the opinion of most experts, would lead the country to default and economic collapse. Moscow, without furnishing it with any political conditions, was able to provide much-needed assistance to Kiev. Even the head of the German Foreign Ministry, Frank Walter Steinmeier, was forced to admit that "the EU offered such a package of financial and economic assistance, which was completely insufficient to permanently tie Ukraine to Europe."

For many years, Putin was exposed in the West as a “persecutor” of such “freedom fighters” like Mikhail Khodorkovsky (at one time a former oligarch who planned to sell most of his company's assets to an American oil giant, managed to create an influential lobby in Europe and the USA) and participants so-called "Pussy Rayot Group". Now all these prisoners of conscience released from the dungeon. And although it would be beneficial to present it as a result of pressure from other great powers, or as Putin’s forced move on the eve of the 2014 Olympiad, Western political media saw in the political amnesty, rather, an indicator of the strength of the Russian president, his self-confidence. “This year, Vladimir Putin, both in domestic and in international politics, feels at the top of his power. And that’s why he decided to get rid of the old political problems now, ”says the head of the Russian edition of Deutsche Welle Ingo Mannteufel. - From the point of view of Putin, Snowden, Syria and Ukraine are his main successes in the outgoing year. Proclaiming Russia a stronghold of traditional values, he launched a counter-offensive on the ideological front. For the first time after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he managed to form a Russian political ideology that finds supporters both inside the country and abroad. ” “Russia is returning,” the refrain sounds in the world's leading media.

Chinese Monroe Doctrine

What is curious: in almost all matters of international politics, Moscow is now supported by Beijing. And in the West one can more and more often hear that the latent confrontation between the USA and the PRC is gradually moving towards an open confrontation. In Europe and America, of course, the myth of the hegemonic ambitions of the PRC is unwound, but this is a propaganda trick just like the speculations about the “Russian threat”. In fact, Russia and China are two regional superpowers that are striving to establish their leadership: one in Eurasia, and the second in Southeast Asia.

As you know, back in 2011, the United States announced that at any price they would maintain their military and political superiority in the Asia-Pacific region, which means that it seems that they cannot avoid a clash with China. And in this sense, the year ends with a symbolic event: in the East China Sea, the Chinese Navy ship from the escort group of the aircraft carrier Liaolin almost rammed the American cruiser Cowpens, which the Chinese suspected of spying. (As a result, the cruiser was forced to turn out of its way in order to avoid a collision with a Chinese vessel).

Beijing is feeling more confident. And the reason for this is not only a gradual weakening of the United States, but also an increase in the power of the PRC. In terms of purchasing power parity, China’s GDP already stands at three-quarters of the US: it reached 12 with a half trillion dollars against 15 and a half with the United States. At the same time, Americans are in debt, like silk, - the US national debt exceeds GDP and is 17 with a half trillion dollars, and China has huge foreign exchange reserves - 3 with more than trillion dollars, that is, the first place in the world.

At the end of November, Beijing introduced an air defense zone over the East China Sea and demanded that foreign aircraft report in advance on their targets and route when entering this zone. The PRC is having several territorial disputes with its neighbors, and experts are increasingly wondering how strong the Chinese are militarily. “If three or four years ago,” says Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, “any Chinese delegation - humanitarian or military - during a visit to European countries raised the issue of lifting the arms embargo on China, now - how it cut off. Experts explain this by saying that the technologies that were needed by the People's Republic of China have already been either stolen or obtained independently. ”

Not so long ago, in the Gobi Desert, successful tests of a DF-21D ballistic missile capable of hitting aircraft carriers passed. This rocket breaks the entire American strategy of local wars, because the US has long been accustomed to bombing opponents from its invulnerable aircraft carriers (recall that in Taiwan’s 1996 during the elections in Taiwan, Beijing gave a demonstration of power, but when the Americans sent two aircraft carriers to the conflict area, the Chinese were forced retreat. And in the PRC it was perceived as a painful blow).

Yes, at the official level in China, they talk about a “strategic dialogue” with America, but the media unleash the theme of national humiliation to which the Western powers, including the United States, subjected China to the era of “opium wars”. At the same time, the policy of realizing the “Chinese dream” - the Great State, the great nation - is being proclaimed. The Chinese Institute of Marxism has released a must-see film “Think about the dangers in peacetime: the historical lessons of the fall of the CPSU”, designed even for an illiterate peasant.

It is curious that recently Chinese political scientists are actively studying the experience of Russia during the 2008 war with Georgia. “Look,” they say, “Georgia was an ally of the United States, but the Americans could not do anything to protect it. And when the other ally of Washington, the Philippines, challenges us, why can't we deal with them, just like the Russians did with Georgia? ”

An interview with a professor at the University of Chicago, John Mirshaymer, was recently published in the newspaper “Huangqiu Shibao”. To the question "Can China come to greatness peacefully?" he replied in the negative. “China has its own Monroe Doctrine,” he said. “And this country is not interested in allowing America into its“ patrimony ”.” The Monroe Doctrine, as is known, for two centuries allowed the United States to feel the master in the Western Hemisphere, China is now seeking to dominate Southeast Asia. And many experts are convinced that sooner or later this will lead to a clash with the United States. At least, influential American political analysts have recently identified the 12 causes of a possible conflict between the two powers. And the US-Chinese conflict is much more serious than the Middle Eastern wars. This is actually the beginning of the third world.
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  1. AVV
    AVV 9 January 2014 15: 08
    +12
    Now Russia and China for the USA and Western Europe, like a red rag for a bull !!!
    1. alone
      alone 9 January 2014 22: 46
      +4
      Better to have an honest enemy than a friend like China. Proven over the years.
      1. A.YARY
        A.YARY 9 January 2014 23: 59
        -5
        QUOTE
        Time of regional superpowers: with whom we will rule the world?
        I would like to ask the author Alexander Terentyev-ml. mm much dear are you sitting on crack?
        Famously "covered" you!
        To argue on a similar topic, having what we (RUSSIA) have today and in the near, as well as fellow, distant future, at least the clinic.
        Accordingly, the topic is nothing.
        1. saber1357
          saber1357 10 January 2014 00: 28
          +1
          Exactly! You read a phrase like "The United States, experiencing a shale revolution, will soon overcome its dependence on Middle Eastern oil", nothing else but something the author took for the new year ...
          1. sledgehammer102
            sledgehammer102 10 January 2014 07: 29
            +2
            Quote: A.YARY
            To argue on a similar topic, having what we (RUSSIA) have today and in the near, as well as fellow, distant future, at least the clinic.


            You write as if the Russian Federation is some kind of Colombia, which has no army, no economy, no science ...
            I understand your prism through which you look at the world and the Russian Federation, but not to the same extent.

            Especially your message sounds stupid when in 2013 on the foreign policy front we played the first violin, and the fact that this is impossible without reliance on the domestic political and economic component does not bother you in principle)))

            You are famously covered with alarmist omnipresent ....
        2. Civil
          Civil 10 January 2014 06: 20
          +2
          This is probably the weakening of the United States than the strengthening of Russia, especially given the ongoing export of assets8
          1. sledgehammer102
            sledgehammer102 10 January 2014 07: 31
            -4
            Quote: Civil
            This is probably the weakening of the United States than the strengthening of Russia, especially given the ongoing export of assets8


            Do you not notice the dependence of one on the other? After the collapse of the USSR, the United States intensified exactly as much as we fell.
            Now, after the United States got into a puddle and farted there several times, it was not without the participation of the Russian Federation and China that it was our turn.
      2. apollo
        apollo 10 January 2014 00: 28
        0
        and what's wrong with China?
        1. sledgehammer102
          sledgehammer102 10 January 2014 07: 33
          +4
          Quote: apollo
          and what's wrong with China?


          Yes, that's right, there are just people who associate China with the same militant red state, and not with a country with a completely pragmatic foreign policy. They just know that they don’t have to look for friends far, their knowledge would be, yes to the Ukrainians in the head.
          1. Sid.74
            Sid.74 10 January 2014 07: 44
            +1
            Quote: apollo
            and what's wrong with China?



            China is not okay either! Fitch downgraded China's long-term local currency rating from AA- to A +, citing a number of “underlying structural weaknesses!
            That’s why China and Russia decided to shake this rating topic, but it’s not fair, they’re dumping us and we cannot spit back!
            The announcement of the birth of the new Universal credit rating group, the fruit of a collaboration between the Chinese agency Dagong, the Russian RusRating and the small American Egan-Jones Ratings, is suggestive. The new agency will provide an alternative assessment of the state of global finance and should seriously compete with the three American rating agencies (Standard and Poor's, Moody's and Fitch), which today together control over 90% of the market.
  2. Yeraz
    Yeraz 9 January 2014 21: 49
    -4
    Russia and China, no, I don’t believe in this union. And that is, in 2013, with fallen economic indicators, they took to finance Ukraine, Armenia, Tajikistan,
    Kyrgyzstan and further Belarus yes. Errors of advice do not teach anything.
    1. KG_patriot_last
      KG_patriot_last 10 January 2014 00: 12
      +6
      I don’t remember being financed. There are Russian energy projects (most likely to deter sales of energy to China), there is a military alliance to control Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, which are not members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and other Russian organizations. Also squeeze out NATO (uncontrolled NATO and its superbase) from the frontiers of life. Well, also control migrants and Turkish nationals.

      That is, everything is in the sphere of interests of Russia itself.
    2. apollo
      apollo 10 January 2014 00: 18
      +10
      Russia and China are certainly competitors in the region, but there are common interests.
      regarding advice: advice raised industry despite two wars, defeated illiteracy, ensured education for everyone, and the best in the world, flew into space, had the strongest army in the world ... you can spend a long time
      NATO is scared if only at the thought that it could at least partially return
      1. Yeraz
        Yeraz 10 January 2014 00: 27
        -7
        Quote: apollo
        can last a long time
        NATO is scared if only at the thought that it could at least partially return

        Yeah, I’ll just remind you that NATO and the United States have remained, but there’s no advice.
        1. apollo
          apollo 10 January 2014 00: 36
          +9
          the councils lost in terms of propaganda, a card was drawn with brainwashing from the outside (for some reason no one hindered it at the end) plus a national card plus no luck with old people and new reformers as a result a single organism ordered a long life, torn apart in parts decays in the liberal sun
  3. Stiletto
    Stiletto 9 January 2014 21: 51
    +5
    Quote: AVV
    Now Russia and China for the USA and Western Europe, like a red rag for a bull !!!


    But has it ever been different? hi
  4. TUNISIA
    TUNISIA 9 January 2014 21: 52
    +11
    Why rely on a certain alliance between China and Russia? China in itself in this geopolitical game, Russia in itself. The fact that we once found ourselves on one side of the barricades does not make us allies, in principle, in the future.
  5. Arhj
    Arhj 9 January 2014 21: 53
    +6
    Exporting Democracy in American Style "The crew of the tank received severe mental trauma, the demonstrators escaped with light deaths."
  6. anarh
    anarh 9 January 2014 21: 54
    +32
    Russia is returning.

    Norwegian teachers are sounding the alarm. Norwegian babies respond in Russian and adopt the language of children from Russia.

    The liberal migration policy of the Norwegian authorities has led schools in Norway to become international.
    However, despite all the European tolerance, education is still not in Arabic, not in Urdu, and not even in English, but still in Norwegian, and the fact that half of the students do not understand what the teacher says is of little concern - children are grouped according to the national sign, and while the black-haired children play their toys in the far corner or pray to their Allah, the blond-haired girls carefully listen to the teacher.
    This situation suited everyone until Russian-speaking children began to appear in many Norwegian schools.
    Norwegian teachers are sounding the alarm. Norwegian babies answer in Russian and adopt the language of children from Russia
    Being racially Europeans, they naturally gravitate more towards Norwegian peers than to Arab ones.
    However, not all of them knew the Norwegian language by the time they entered school.
    However, Norwegian children, by the age of six, do not speak their native language very well, since they begin to speak later than Russians - up to four years old they walk in diapers with a pacifier in their mouth.
    And when the question arises of which language to speak, the children accurately choose Russian, and after a week of being in the class of a Russian first-grader, teachers cease to understand not only Arabic, but also native Norwegians, and they begin to answer questions asked in Russian, sincerely perplexed why teachers do not understand them.
    Norwegian teachers are sounding the alarm. Norwegian babies answer in Russian and adopt the language of children from Russia
    Of course, the parents of Russian children are summoned to school, they are accountable for the behavior of the child, but the parents themselves, having said a few words in Norwegian, switch to English - almost everyone knows it in Norway. Even more alarming is the situation in kindergartens - where Norwegian children say their first words. If there is at least one Russian child in the kindergarten group, the whole group will speak Russian.
    The phenomenon of adopting the Russian language by children is noted not only in schools and kindergartens of Norway, but also in Germany, Belgium, Canada and, of course, in Israel. Moreover, in Canada, in areas of mixed residence of Quebec and Anglo-Canadians, Russian in children's groups often becomes the language of interethnic communication of childish and garrisoned people.

    Drink where the Horse drinks: The Bad Water Horse will never drink. Make a bed where the cat fits. Eat the fruit that the worm touched. Feel free to take the mushrooms that the midge sits on. Sadi the tree where the mole digs. Build a house on the spot where the snake is warming. Dig a well where birds nest in the heat. Lie down and get up with chickens - you will have the golden grain of the day. Eat more green and you will have strong legs and a hardy heart, like a beast. Swim more often and you will feel on the earth, like a fish in water. Look at the sky more often, and not under your feet - and your thoughts will be clear and light. Be quieter than say more - and Silence will settle in your Soul, and the Spirit will be Peaceful and Calm.
    Serafim Sarovsky
    1. not good
      not good 9 January 2014 22: 38
      +10
      In the USA in the 80-90s in the Russian districts of cities, American police officers were forced to learn Russian because Russian visitors did not need English. It seems like it's time for Norwegian teachers to learn Russian. After all, not knowing the language is their problem laughing .
      1. saber1357
        saber1357 10 January 2014 00: 33
        +2
        It’s time for them Germans to learn Russian ... A joke, of course
      2. Egoza
        Egoza 10 January 2014 00: 39
        +8
        Quote: Negoro
        In the USA in the 80-90s in the Russian districts of cities, American police were forced to learn Russian

        Incidentally, there in New York, the Russian language is already included in the state languages.
        M in general, the Norwegians don’t need to be so scared ... They proposed to use the Russian language in the EU at the official level
        France intends to collect signatures in order to use the Russian language at the official level in the EU. This proposal came from French associations that advocate forging ties with the Russian Federation.
        What if they get approved? Can you imagine what a blow to our "Svidomo" will be !!! laughing
    2. saber1357
      saber1357 10 January 2014 00: 30
      +10
      Urraaa! What wonderful kids "If there is at least one Russian child in the kindergarten group, the whole group will speak Russian." Bear cubs, go ahead !!!
      1. VOLCHOXURAL
        VOLCHOXURAL 10 January 2014 03: 02
        +3
        Quote: saber1357
        Urraaa! What wonderful kids "If there is at least one Russian child in the kindergarten group, the whole group will speak Russian." Bear cubs, go ahead !!!

        So you look in a couple of generations will not be Norway, but the Norwegian region of the Scandinavian region))) wassat
    3. kaktus
      kaktus 10 January 2014 05: 35
      +2
      smile pleased!
    4. Ustian
      Ustian 10 January 2014 10: 20
      +4
      Quote: anarh
      If there is at least one Russian child in the kindergarten group, the whole group will speak Russian.

      Kids know what language speaks the truth. smile
  7. Arkan
    Arkan 9 January 2014 21: 55
    +2
    The conflict between the US and China, a matter of perspective. China is not yet strong enough to deal with all US satellites in Southeast Asia alone, not to mention America itself. An escalation of the conflict is very possible, but most likely, China will slowly and surely win its place under the sun.
  8. Gardamir
    Gardamir 9 January 2014 21: 58
    +2
    Why so positive? Even with Syria, not everything is clear yet. We cannot recapture the fishing vessel "Oleg Naydenov" from Senegal. Our scientific vessel got stuck in the ice of Antarctica, everyone saved it, except Russia. I would like to be a positivist, but for now it all looks more like a funny expression on a bad game.
    1. Stix
      Stix 10 January 2014 01: 27
      +7
      I used to be a sailor in the past. Driving icebreakers from the other side of the world icebreakers is the height of stupidity when there is an Australian and a Chinese nearby - the guys were out of luck with the wind and got stuck - they got stuck, the captain didn’t want to risk passengers most likely didn’t take any active measures, only he crossed the passengers and took the risk of winning ice - swimming in ice resembles a labyrinth but a labyrinth where the ice is weaker, where it is hummock - experience a reasonable risk will win
      1. Gardamir
        Gardamir 10 January 2014 08: 08
        0
        I, too, in the past were almost a sailor, or rather an oceanologist. But there are still polar stations (formerly Soviet), that is, not only Russian, but also Ukrainian, Belarusian and even Kazakh ones. And keeping icebreakers there is probably possible.
  9. andrei332809
    andrei332809 9 January 2014 22: 00
    +2
    with whom we will rule the world

    Something nobody in the world wants even a small part to belong to Russia. I did not observe exceptions. and you edit recourse
    "and the battle continues again"
  10. mad
    mad 9 January 2014 22: 02
    +6
    One hand poked a negro in his own Syrian poop, and the other helped to wash, right! You need to keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer. But China is a dark horse, who is he to us? Or is it the third pole of power and a political maneuvering awaits us - to prevent those forces from uniting and trying to get close to someone in order to grind into powder the remaining in the minority ... But this will suck up so much money that the Cold War will seem like a childish prank. And then they stirred up a Middle Eastern anthill .. Oh, this geopolitics :(
  11. anarh
    anarh 9 January 2014 22: 05
    +2

    For many years, Putin was exposed in the West as a “persecutor” of such “freedom fighters” as Mikhail Khodorkovsky (at one time the former oligarch, who planned to sell most of his company's assets to one of the American oil giants, managed to create an influential lobby in Europe and the USA) and participants the so-called "Pussy Riot Group". Now all these prisoners of conscience have been released from prison.


    All right
    Only CONSCIENCE in connection with its interpretation of these characters should be used only in quotation marks.
  12. DPN
    DPN 9 January 2014 22: 21
    +1
    Quote: Gardamir
    Our scientific vessel was stuck in the ice of Antarctica, all but Russia saved.


    This name is ours, only it painfully many foreigners escaped from it, so to whom does this ship belong? Heroic epics ended, it was only the Union from the Northern Fleet that could distill icebreakers to its rescue.
    1. Gardamir
      Gardamir 10 January 2014 08: 03
      0
      In the commercial age, a scientific vessel was used as a tourist one. The crew is Russian.
  13. Semurg
    Semurg 9 January 2014 22: 23
    +3
    The title of the article is interesting "With whom we will rule the world."
    1. alone
      alone 9 January 2014 22: 48
      +3
      laughing The main thing is that they want to control the world in a couple. Judging by the title, this is excluded by the author. But in vain. It’s worth a look at this option.
  14. platitsyn70
    platitsyn70 9 January 2014 22: 26
    +1
    pidos will devour themselves and China do not what will not be necessary
  15. SPACE
    SPACE 9 January 2014 22: 27
    +3
    Bleeding China and Russia is a dream of the West, as the USSR and Germany were in due time, on the other hand, it is inevitable.
  16. not main
    not main 9 January 2014 22: 29
    +4
    The main task for the USA and the EU in this period is to push Russia and China! And they will spare no effort to achieve this goal!
  17. Rurikovich
    Rurikovich 9 January 2014 22: 30
    +5
    The spiral of time flows inevitably, destroying old and creating new empires. Only the distances between the loops are sometimes so great that the mistakes of the past teach nothing to the real powers that be. All they do is play their games, sometimes sacrificing their subjects ... And we can only express our opinion on such forums and play our politics. Which cannot be compared with the real one and is absolutely not taken into account from above. An attempt to predict what China will do tomorrow here can anyone without the slightest fear of losing someone's life for the sake of politics, because there are different levels of responsibility. And even if someone's opinion in the future coincides with the real alignment in some political or military mess, then it will be just an annoying coincidence, because. there are many opinions and the fact that someone will turn out to be a "seer" is just a matter of probability theory.
    We are all commanders, presidents, admirals with generals here - we are boiling on our planet. Internet.
    And this is an interesting question. After all, it’s harmless to dream. Only when they give a machine gun and say Homeland is in danger, then you have to go down to the ground and enjoy the fruits of REAL politics. Then we will understand how we differ from real politicians and generals. Like me, many of us ...
  18. apollo
    apollo 9 January 2014 22: 50
    +8
    Russia needs to prepare for the worst-case scenario, but in order to be ready it is necessary to be a self-sufficient country, there are resources, brains are, it is necessary:
    1. crush the defense
    2. eradicate corruption
    3. provide normal medicine
    4. return adequate education
    5. remove managers from power, return professionals
    6. stop investing your money in State Department paper, invest in the real sector of your economy
    7. stop looking back at Europe and copy the west, their system is not compatible with our mentalities

    Now the states will look for the next cash cow for themselves, the principle of separation and rule once worked, the collapse of the Soviets is a good example, we need to start uniting and this is a real opportunity, only then you can hold on to the situation.
    1. smersh70
      smersh70 9 January 2014 23: 04
      +1
      Quote: apollo
      Russia needs to prepare for the worst scenario,


      sage advice fellow there truly is no prophet in his own country ....... wassat first do it yourself, and then advise smile
      1. apollo
        apollo 10 January 2014 00: 04
        +1
        go to the insult?
        1. smersh70
          smersh70 10 January 2014 00: 16
          +2
          Quote: apollo
          go to the insult?

          They carry water on the offended wassat
          This expression appeared during the reign of Peter the Great, when there were no city water pipelines yet and water was brought to the population in barrels. The horses were harnessed and thus drinking water was delivered to people in the cities, and special people were engaged in this, who received payment for this from the state treasury - water carriers. It was a fairly prestigious and well-paid job. Water was delivered to the townspeople free of charge, but unclean water carriers, contrary to the order of the sovereign, began to trade in water illegally, in a word, they began to sell water to the population. The sovereign, having learned about this lawlessness, became terribly angry and ordered to issue another decree on the punishment of dishonest water carriers. And the punishment was simple. Instead of a horse, a water carrier caught in the sale of water was harnessed to a cart with a barrel, and he had to carry this water around the city all day. Naturally, the water carriers were very offended, as it was hard physical labor. Hence the expression “they carry water to the offended”. Like this! And most importantly, do not be offended, otherwise the same fate awaits you.
          1. apollo
            apollo 10 January 2014 00: 21
            +4
            5 on the history of Russia, if they also knew their own ...
      2. sds555
        sds555 10 January 2014 00: 56
        +1
        smersh70 Yes, let them advise, why such a thing?
    2. Power
      Power 9 January 2014 23: 04
      +1
      You forgot point zero to remove the "fifth column"
    3. sds555
      sds555 10 January 2014 00: 54
      0
      A good list, but still have to gather all the liberals, force everyone to undergo retraining for really needed professions and let society benefit
    4. kaktus
      kaktus 10 January 2014 05: 38
      +1
      "1. to crush the defense industry" You wanted to say "raise"? yes
      1. apollo
        apollo 10 January 2014 14: 07
        0
        raise everything correctly ... she was already crushed :)
  19. Alex Nick
    Alex Nick 9 January 2014 23: 14
    +1
    If the printing press were with us, and not overseas, everything would be different.
    1. ele1285
      ele1285 10 January 2014 00: 12
      +4
      The Chinese also have no machine, nothing out of the way.
      We have no sin to learn from them.
      1. Alex Nick
        Alex Nick 10 January 2014 02: 15
        +1
        But some do not learn anything and do not want to learn. Keen American looked good. (Stalker)
  20. waisson
    waisson 9 January 2014 23: 58
    0
    while we are sailing in one direction and it’s profitable to China, as soon as he realizes that it’s stronger and there’s nothing to take from us, he will swim in another direction, looking for a better partner for himself, the main task of China is to become the most powerful country in the world, and we, with our economy, are killed by a weak army and he will no longer need total corruption; just China, through our corrupt officials, will take whatever it takes
    1. apollo
      apollo 10 January 2014 00: 28
      +1
      now it is, an example of the Far East
  21. konvalval
    konvalval 10 January 2014 00: 14
    0
    Foreign policy pleases.
  22. Stalker
    Stalker 10 January 2014 01: 33
    +1
    Quote: saber1357
    Exactly! You read a phrase like "The United States, experiencing a shale revolution, will soon overcome its dependence on Middle Eastern oil", nothing else but something the author took for the new year ...

    Trying to put to sleep the vigilance of Russia ??
  23. Leopold
    Leopold 10 January 2014 02: 03
    +1
    Quote: Alex Nick
    If the printing press were with us, and not overseas, everything would be different.

    You do not know what you are talking about. If the machine was with us, the country would be taken out with the earth their own virtuous moles.
    1. Alex Nick
      Alex Nick 10 January 2014 02: 10
      0
      Yes, then no one would leave anywhere. What is the point then.
    2. old rocket man
      old rocket man 10 January 2014 02: 25
      +1
      Quote: Leopold
      Quote: Alex Nick
      If the printing press were with us, and not overseas, everything would be different.

      You do not know what you are talking about. If the machine was with us, the country would be taken out with the earth their own virtuous moles.


      The third world currency is still a long way off, but I would suggest trying a partial barter option: for example, Germany pays for half of gas and oil with engineering products, primarily modern machines and equipment for the chemical and steel industry, this could serve as the basis for the revival of its own industry and, to some extent, curb the oligarchs.
      ?? 7 I think this is more realistic than selling oil for rubles, although the result is practically the same.
  24. Iamfromrurik
    Iamfromrurik 10 January 2014 02: 29
    +2
    China is in the long run an enemy of Russia. And the enemy is very strong and treacherous.
    China has the largest population on the planet (about one and a half billion people). With such a large population, China has a fairly small, habitable territory and scarce resources. Also, China is the largest economy in the world and one of the strongest armies in the world, with the largest mobilization reserve.
    On the other hand, the population of the Russian Far East is minimal, only a few million people. And on the other side of the Amur River, already on Chinese soil, there are several large Chinese cities, the total population of which is almost 300 million people (2 times the total population of the Russian Federation).
    And nature, as you know, does not tolerate emptiness. And the voids of the Far East and parts of Siberia are best suited to fill them with the Chinese.
    If the situation does not change, then China will annex part of the territory of the Russian Federation. And nothing we can not oppose them.
    1. sasha.28blaga
      sasha.28blaga 10 January 2014 09: 02
      0
      Well, it's you in vain. A very secret weapon is located in the Far East: ... a rubber bomb specially designed for the war with China. I think everyone understood the principle of operation of this bomb. Once they dropped it and she went to jump to jump, but to destroy China.
  25. Goodmen
    Goodmen 10 January 2014 03: 27
    +4
    With the author of this video .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JeKdTrv0Q0 .... already shoulder to shoulder.
    true in my early youth I was angry at them ...)))) but this one will not sell !!!
    1. Iamfromrurik
      Iamfromrurik 10 January 2014 04: 53
      +4
      Quote: Goodmen
      With the author of this video .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JeKdTrv0Q0 .... already shoulder to shoulder.
      true in my early youth I was angry at them ...)))) but this one will not sell !!!

      Well, Armenia needs to stick together ... we belong to the same civilization.
  26. stranik72
    stranik72 10 January 2014 06: 15
    0
    "The main event of the year was the triumphant march of Russia, which has won several impressive foreign policy victories in a row."
    Well, while this is not so, it may only have won one stage of the battle, but there is no victory either in Syria or even more so in Ukraine. For a complete victory, you need to become stronger in the economy in the first place, to raise industrial production.
  27. ochakow703
    ochakow703 10 January 2014 06: 16
    +2
    Quote: Yeraz
    Yeah, I’ll just remind you that NATO and the United States have remained, but there’s no advice.
    And it always happens in a game with cheaters. They always win, but they will never stand an honest fight. Example: Syria, Ukraine. It’s also unnecessary to forget the personality factor. Well, it turned out that the hunchbacks were a coward and a traitor ... so now we forget about our Russian greatness. Forget Suvorov, Kutuzov, Zhukov, Pokryshkin, Matrosov !? Yes, figs with two. Russia, if properly managed, is invincible to anyone.
  28. Bigriver
    Bigriver 10 January 2014 07: 08
    +1
    Quote: apollo
    now it is, an example of the Far East

    And what is wrong with the Far East?
    Tell me, maybe you can see from afar.
    1. apollo
      apollo 10 January 2014 15: 01
      0
      it's about the expansion of China ...
  29. anarh
    anarh 10 January 2014 10: 41
    +3
    Quote: Goodmen
    With the author of this video .... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JeKdTrv0Q0 .... already shoulder to shoulder.

    I looked. I agree.
    If an Armenian (or an Armenian) decided (for any reason) to accept Orthodoxy, then they "join it with the second rite, through the Sacrament of Confirmation. If they want to remain members of the Armenian Apostolic Church, then this not an obstacle to their Wedding with an Orthodox husband (wife) in the Orthodox Church.
    This is the question of the absence of dogmatic contradictions between the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church.
  30. rocketman
    rocketman 10 January 2014 10: 49
    0
    Quote: apollo
    Russia needs to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and in order to be ready it is necessary to be a self-sufficient country, there are resources, there are brains, it is necessary: ​​1. to crush the defense industry2. eradicate corruption 3. provide normal medicine 4. return adequate education 5. remove managers from power, return professionals6. stop investing your money in State Department paper, invest in the real sector of your economy7. stop looking back at Europe and copy the west, their system is not compatible with our mentalities

    All this has already been implemented by Comrade. Stalin I.V., Beria L.P.
    In other words, it is necessary to return the socialist system and revive the renewed USSR.
  31. sashka
    sashka 11 January 2014 00: 09
    0
    A strange formulation of the question. What and with whom to share? We ourselves imagine sufficient strength not to look back at the "partners". It is well known (there are a lot of you, and we are a host) It's time to shake things up and get dressed up. If only this "den" had enough gunpowder .. What personally I deeply doubt. A gift to the "iPhone" from the Apple who tracks movements and conversations is the best example of this. I remember we made such a gift for the USA in the form of children's creativity. Our "bear" doesn't want to learn anything.
  32. mashine
    mashine 11 January 2014 18: 06
    0
    It seems to me that China now can not stand a direct war, not with Russia, not with the United States. This is a very important point, because if you finish off the USA now, then Russia will destroy China and vice versa, if you fight the USA against Russia, then the USA will destroy China. If you fight directly with Russia, then the option of victory is very doubtful, and even if it happens, then again, the United States will destroy China. therefore, a global war is possible only if China is confident that after it it will be able to cope alone with its previous ally. To do this, China needs to withstand time and develop. Although judging by the pace, they do not have much time for this. Therefore, we need to be especially vigilant and pay great attention to our defense capabilities, be careful, and strengthen ourselves.