The Need to Respect, not Scorn, Putin

Having been ostracised by Western world leaders for many months, Putin may smile to find himself the focus of desperate attention from those who have scorned him, as the war in Ukraine worsens and the need for a solution intensifies.

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Putin, the Western Obsession with Markets, and Compassion

President Putin was right when he said, yesterday, that any attempt to impose sanctions on Russia would hurt the West as much as his own country: he knows that sanctions would impact markets everywhere and that, because the developed world has made making money the most important focus of government, there is little it is able, practically, to do about the Crimean takeover without hurting itself badly.

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Karma in Ukraine – and Putin’s Revenge

As events in Ukraine spiral out of expectation, while President Putin speaks his mind, other countries seem content to observe and to comment but with the clear intent of non-involvement. It is easy to stand back and utter platitudes that achieve nothing, but not so easy to accept the share of responsibility for this critical situation that is due from all of us. We have created karma, and Ukraine too is in its own distinct karmic pattern.

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America’s Exceptionality?

The chiding by Putin to Americans that theirs is not an exceptional country has precipitated anger and denial, just as his indirect reference to Britain’s present irrelevance in the world annoyed David Cameron and many Britons just before.

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Britain – Putin’s “Small Island…” More or Less

It is being denied, today, that the official spokesman for President Putin, spoke of Britain as “being a small island no-one listens to”, but in the abrasive atmosphere of the Russian G20 Summit, such rude honesty towards one of its guests would be unsurprising.

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Putin: a Blessing in Disguise over Syria

It is not often that I feel gratitude for President Putin, but his intransigence over Syria and its effect on future Western involvement in the war could be called a blessing in disguise.

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