Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 2 (3 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   8 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Russian sanctions as war and farce

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 2 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Valuable 2   Must Read 1   Well Said 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 3/22/14

Become a Fan
  (105 fans)
Already barred from entering Russia is a nasty bunch including the senile John McCain, plus Robert Menendez, Daniel Coats, Mary Landrieu, Harry Reid, John Boehner and Obama advisers such as the cosmic mediocrity Ben Rhodes. Vicky "F**k the EU" Nuland has not made the list -- yet. 

Moscow is playing it cool because it may choose among a staggering array of counterpunches. It enjoys the support of the BRICS group of emerging powers, the non-aligned movement (NAM) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Composing with the US, Moscow agreed to impose sanctions on Iran, and is a key player in the P5+1 nuclear negotiations. If the sanction comedy goes on, Moscow has already announced it will play hardball with the P5+1, will cease to sanction Iran, and may even, finally, weaponize Tehran with jewels of the S-400 variety. 

Moscow -- the number one oil and gas exporter on the planet -- can also play further hardball with Europe's dependency on Gazprom; clinically target US companies working in Russia; speed up the BRICS-coordinated escape from the US dollar, as in a new international payment system in a basket of currencies for the BRICS as well as other emerging markets; and even activate the ultimate economic nuclear bomb -- which is to accept payment for Russian oil and gas in ruble, yuan, euros or gold, thus delivering a terminal blow to the petrodollar. 

And that, ladies and gentlemen, will be the end of the comedy hour. 

Next Page  1  |  2

 

Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times. His regular column, "The Roving Eye," is widely read. He is an analyst for the online news channel Real News, the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why Putin is driving Washington nuts

All aboard the New Silk Road(s)

It was Putin's missile?

Where is Prince Bandar?

Why Qatar wants to invade Syria

The IMF goes to war in Ukraine

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
6 people are discussing this page, with 8 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

American sanctions are bull shots. Right. Russians... by Ethan Hollow on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 2:52:40 AM
_RIGHT___Foreign funded NGO,s are forbidden by law... by urb musak on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:40:14 PM
Interesting Article by Pepe ___ References : infor... by urb musak on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 12:47:40 PM
Soros had to teach someone how to use Twitter and ... by Samson on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 7:28:19 PM
Revoking Putin's Visa and Mastercard privileges ha... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 9:38:18 AM
Now Putin and the Colorado medical marijuana dispe... by Samson on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 7:29:39 PM
Other sanctioned include the head of the Fede... by DAVID GOLDMAN on Saturday, Mar 22, 2014 at 11:50:07 PM
Wow I hope Russia chooses the latter sanction. the... by Archie on Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 at 11:27:42 PM