“Putin’s New Year Address 2018” 

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Putin’s New Year address 2018 – ‘Tell words of love and care to each other’

“Let the New Year bring changes for the better in the life of every person and every family,” Putin told Russians in a speech aired by state television.
Residents of the country’s most easternly region of Kamchatka will be the first to hear the speech that is shown a few minutes before midnight in each of Russia’s eleven time zones.
The Russian leader addressed “special wishes” to “all of those who are working now, fulfilling their military or professional duty,” agencies reported.
He also thanked Russians for “believing in themselves and in our country.”
He also wished “peace and prosperity to our great Russia, the dear and only one.”

The Economists Who Stole Christmas ~ Yanis Varoufakis

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How might opposing schools of economic thought – from neoclassical and Keynesian to Libertarian and Marxist, view Christmas presents? Levity aside, the answer reveals the pompousness and vacuity of each and every economic theory …

https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/economists-clash-on-christmas-gift-giving-by-yanis-varoufakis-2017-12

Early stages of regime change in Iran (Video)

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Now that Syria has been lost, the United States is going straight for the main prize, an overthrow of the current government in Iran.

This is standard American regime change 101.

  • Demonize using mainstream media soft power.
  • Ramp up economic sanctions.
  • Cause internal strife.
  • Foster, fund and promote protests.
  • Rinse and repeat.

Are we witnessing the beginnings of regime change in Iran?

http://theduran.com/early-stages-regime-change-iran-video/

A woman protested on a street corner without her hijab on Thursday is now conveniently being turned into a symbol of revolution.

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Protests broke out in several Iranian cities this week.

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The New Year is one full of economic, political, and war threats.

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by Paul Craig Roberts

I will be examining  issues as they unfold in 2018. From the perspective of today, it is unlikely that the New Year will be a happy one. Nowhere in the West is there a sign of leadership toward peace and the well-being of humanity …

https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/12/30/much-death-destrution-awaits-us-2018/

This Infographic Shows Which Languages Are The Hardest For English-Speakers to Learn

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Just in case you’re thinking of taking up a second language soon, language-learning website Voxy put together this handy infographic breaking down which languages are hardest for English speakers to learn.

http://www.sciencealert.com/which-languages-are-the-hardest-for-english-speakers-to-learn-infographic

Tradition vs. Transition? Alexander Dugin

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Oksana Boyko is joined by Alexander Dugin, Russian philosopher, and public intellectual.  “The Western mind doesn’t understand the Russian mind. They blame us for not being Western, and praise any aspect of us that resembles the Western way of life. That’s a very unproductive attitude,” Dugin told ‘Worlds Apart’ host Oksana Boyko during a half-hour sit-down talk in Moscow.

https://www.rt.com/news/414586-russia-democracy-rt-interview/

Letter to the American People on Ukraine

In this difficult hour of serious trouble on our Western borders, I would like to address the American people in order to help you understand better the positions of our Russian patriots which are shared by the majority of our society.

Alexander Dugin: Letter to the American People on Ukraine

 

Russia says it sticks to UN sanctions on North Korea amid reports of illegal oil supplies

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Russia is fulfilling the UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions against North Korea, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in response to media reports on illegal shipments of oil.

“Russia fully and strictly observes the sanctions regime,” the ministry said in a statement on Saturday. It also stressed the UN resolution does not fully ban oil supplies but only caps them, while a special ministry committee observes the commitment to the sanctions regime …

https://www.rt.com/news/414625-moscow-north-korea-oil-supplies/