MOSCOW -- In general, a medieval spirit reigns, with its internecine wars and in which the only great strategy, if one exists at all, is to indulge the passion for blood. This desire to repay the enemy a hundredfold -- even if he is yesterday's neighbor or friend -- is often mixed with religious fanaticism or blind nationalism.
Does Putin want Europe and the United States to feel threatened by a possibility of a larger war with Russia -- in order to push them into continuing talks with him? If the talks fail, Putin might want the West to believe Russia will have no choice but to expand militarily. Or does Putin really care about the negotiations, not the war? By pushing the rebels to take more territory in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin is trying to create new facts on the ground that Putin can use as leverage in the impending talks.
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Under the American global system, the principal actors are "monitors" -- various civil society groups and organizations, whose mission is to hold governments accountable. These watchdogs can even initiate the overthrow of democratically elected leaders deemed to have abused their power. They are often supported -- financially and politically -- by the U.S. and allied governments. This is also the case with global "democratic" movements, most of which are actually "pro-systemic" in the sense that their activities are fully compatible with the interests of American world empire. Truly anti-systemic voices, such as ecofeminism, Zapatismo, pan-Islamism and Marxism, "have been marginalized, contained, or worse."