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RAGA Antidote Newsletter 39 - Thanksgiving 2017

Dear friends of the Russia & America Good Will Association
( <>) and antiwar colleagues!

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I wish to express gratitude to the
American people on behalf of dozens former Soviet dissidents and
defectors, myself included , who found refuge and hospitality in the USA
from persecution in the USSR.

Most of the survivors are now happily ensconced in their native Russia,
including Lyudmila Alekseeva
<>, a human rights
activist, whose story I briefly mentioned in my July newsletter when
President Vladimir Putin visited her home to give her an award on her
90th birthday.

Another such person was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), the famous
Russian writer and 1970 Nobel Prize winner for literature who was
expelled from the USSR in 1973 and then settled in Cavendish, Vermont,
staying there for over twenty years before returning to free Russia in
1994. As it happens, President Putin likes to quote Solzhenitsyn,
particularly his non-ideological definition of Russian patriotism.

En route from Russia to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family in
Northern California (where I used to teach at Monterey Institute of
International Studies) I came across a welcome news: Solzhenitsyn's last
major work, a two volume book published in Russia way back in 2002, is
finally translated to English.

_1--_The Crucifixion of Russia: A History of the Russians and the Jews
new English translation of Solzhenitsyn’s 200 Years Together
Paperback – Large Print, July 5, 2017. by Columbus Falco (Author)

Below is Amazon ad: Revised Editions are Larger Print--- UNCENSORED
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008), winner of the Nobel Prize for
Literature, is considered by many to be the greatest writer of the
20th Century, with the arguable exception of George Orwell.
Significantly, both Solzhenitsyn and Orwell were former Communists
who became bitterly disillusioned with Marxism through their own
up-close-and personal experience, and spent a large part of their
literary lives denouncing the Marxist monster which so brutally
disfigured their lives and their century. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s
fiction and non-fiction classics include One Day In The Life Of Ivan
Denisovich, The Gulag Archipelago, The First Circle, and an immense
body of other work which is considered instrumental in breaking down
the Communist system in the Soviet Union and leading to the end of
Communist rule in Russia and Eastern Europe. His life and work is
living proof that it is still possible for a single great mind to
affect world events and bring about change in the human condition.
spent roughly ten years toward the end of his life researching and
writing a monumental and definitive work entitled 200 Years
Together: Books by Columbus Falco - The Crucifixion of Russia.

I feel rather partial to this news as I was probably one of the first to
defend a Ph.D. thesis about Solzhenitsyn's great novel "The First
Circle" which was later published by the University of Georgia press
under the title "Solzhenitsyn and Dostoesvsky: A Study in the Polyphonic
(1979). Being fully aware of Solzhenitsyn's outstanding contribution to
the West's shedding illusions about Communism, I wondered why his last
work dealing directly with the emergence of Communism in Russia was
being ignored, that is, until 2017. Well, one person who might
appreciate Solzhenitsyn's last book is Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli
dissident now settled in UK where he plays jazz and thinks profoundly on
how to extricate the World from the current Dystopia. Please read his book:

2--Being in Time: A Post-Political Manifesto Paperback
– 24 May 2017/. By Gilad Atzmon. Amazon's ad:

The events of 2016 - Brexit and Trump - broke the mould which shaped
ideas of democracy, politics and social identity. In this book Gilad
Atzmon argues that Left and Right have become indistinguishable and
meaningless in the post-political universe in which we now live, and
much of humanity has been reduced to serving the interests of big
money and oligarchies. The freedom to think openly is now just a
distant memory. Our Western liberal 'utopia' has turned into an
Orwellian catastrophe, and the people are left bewildered and
impoverished, and out in the cold. Being in Time is a courageous
attempt to grasp the intellectual developments that led towards the
current dystopia. The book delves into the bankruptcy of the
ideological grand narratives. It explores the colossal failure of
the media, academia and politics to detect and address the events
that led us towards destitution. It identifies the ideologies that
have planted Identitarian politics and the tyranny of political
correctness in our midst. We, the people, have been demoted into
mere audience in a Greek tragedy that happens to be the story of our
own destruction. The time is ripe to understand it all.

Gilad Atzmon's sentiments resonate with me. Just at the time when we
need a greater freedom of expression, a dialogue between Left and Right,
West and East, indeed a polyphony of various ideologies and religions,
"/much of humanity has been reduced to serving the interests of big
money and oligarchies. The freedom to think openly is now just a distant
memory. Our Western liberal 'utopia' has turned into an Orwellian

Next person on RAGA's alternative list underscores our dilemma.

3--Dr. Gideon Polya's global warning.

He has published some 130 works
in a five decade scientific career as a biochemist. He is also a
leading expert on comparative holocausts and genocides–and has
estimated that 32 million Muslims have been murdered due to the wars
of aggression triggered by the 9/11 false flag operation. According
to Dr. Polya, the holocausts and genocides of the past could be
dwarfed by a possible oncoming “terracide.” Scroll down for his
latest warning.

Here is the voice from Down Under speaking for thousands of scientists:

/Dear fellow humanitarian, Below is an abbreviated version of a
shocking, quantitative and dire terracide warning from over 15,000
scientists (coincident with the 2017 Bonn COP 23 UN Climate Change
Conference) that we are badly running out of time to save the
Planet. Science-informed people – and especially those of already
climate change-devastated Island Nations and mega-delta nations, and
the young who are most threatened by climate change, climate
injustice and intergenerational inequity – must (a) inform everyone
they can of the need to urgently reverse man-made climate change by
a return to a safe and sustainable 300 ppm CO2, this involving 100%
renewable energy, cessation of fossil fuel burning, and cessation of
methanogenic land use, (b) urge dumping of deadly, climate genocidal
and terracidal neoliberalism by supporting the pro-equity, social
humanist and Terraphile Greens and Socialists, (c) demand sidelining
climate genocidal climate criminals from public life, (d) demand
national and international judicial trial and punishment of climate
criminals involving inescapable dispossession and custodial
retribution with the same rigor as that applied to murderers and
robbers in civil society, and (e) demand zero tolerance for climate
criminals by urging and applying Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions
(BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, countries, companies
and corporations disproportionately conspicuous in the War on Terra,
the greed-driven, terracidal destruction of Humanity and the
Biosphere through unaddressed, man-made global warming./ Yours
sincerely, Dr Gideon Polya, scientist, Melbourne, Australia.

4--Robert Parry: Russia-gate Spreads to Europe

The Russia-gate hysteria has jumped the Atlantic with Europeans
blaming Russia for Brexit and Catalonian discontent. But what
about Israeli influence operations or, for that matter, American
ones, asks Robert Parry who has been alert, brave  and
conscientious contributor to RAGA.

    By Robert Parry
    Global Research, November 17, 2017

...It’s also true that Israeli leaders have often advocated policies
that have proved disastrous for the United States, such as *Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu*’s encouragement of  the Iraq War, which
Russia opposed. Indeed, although Russia is now regularly called an
American enemy, it’s hard to think of any policy that President
Vladimir Putin has pushed on the U.S. that is even a fraction as
harmful to U.S. interests as the Iraq War has been.

*5--Helga Zepp-LaRouche: Disregard the lies and blackouts about President Trump’s trip to China November 17, 2017*

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute, today called on
the American people to disregard the lies and blackouts about President
Trump’s trip to China prevalent in the media of the United States and
Europe, and to find out for themselves about the historic development
that took place. Speaking on her regularly weekly webcast shown on
<>, Zepp-LaRouche said:

“/I think it’s very important that our viewers around the world really
take a look at this themselves; do not go by what the media is
reporting. Try to get the speeches, which are all archived; listen to
them yourself. View the Chinese TV coverage of Trump’s trip
I appeal to your reason not to be fooled by the media, not to fall into
the trap of Cold War propaganda. The opposite of what the media is
saying is happening. Please, dear listeners and viewers—meaning you—take
the time to inform yourself; build your own judgment. You don’t have to
believe us, but go to the sources and get the first-hand opinion of what
is really happening, rather than relying on media reports./”

*6--The American Conservative: Congressional Realists ‘Could Caucus in a Phone Booth’*

Meet the eight: _They may be scarce, but they're indomitable_.
By Finlay Lewis
<> • November
13, 2017

They could caucus in a phone booth. They are known as “realists,” and
their default position on questions of foreign policy and national
security is one of skepticism about the value of interventions abroad
and of respect for privacy at home. In a debate largely being litigated
within the ranks of the Republican Party on Capitol Hill, the realists
don’t have a prayer of prevailing in an up-or-down vote against the
neoconservative wing of the party, proponents of an interventionist
ethos to embed American values in lands far removed from domestic shores
and traditions. And yet the realists soldier on.

*7--This AFL-CIO report needs to be taken very seriously.*

*Incidentally, the AFL-CIO was one of the first to invite Aleksandr
Solzhenitsyn to address American people*
/WHEREAS, while the United States ranks first by far/
/in military spending, it ranks 7th in literacy, 20th in/
/education, 25th in infrastructure quality, 37th in quality/
/of health care, 31st in life expectancy, and 56th in infant/
/mortality; and/
/THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO promotes and advocates for
a foreign policy based on international solidarity of all workers,
mutual respect of all nations and national sovereignty, and calls upon
the president and Congress to make war truly the last resort in our
country’s foreign relations, and that we seek peace and reconciliation
wherever possible; and/

*8-- Professor Stephen Cohen, a colleague Sovietologist, maligned and blacklisted*

     Is This Professor ‘Putin’s American Apologist’?
How Stephen F. Cohen became the most controversial Russia expert in America

*9--Anatol Lieven: Here is What I Saw at the Valdai Club Conference*

October 30, 2017
One hundred years from now, our descendants are likely to look back on
disputes over Crimea, the Donbas and Syria with the same combination of
incomprehension and contempt with which we regard the European elites
who went to war over geopolitical issues in 1914. They, too, failed to
see that the real threats to their comfortable, civilized world came
from within their own societies.
    Anatol Lieven is a professor at Georgetown University in Qatar and
a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC. He is
author among other books of /Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry/.
Anatol is also my colleague whom I befriended in Washington in early 2000.

*10--Philip Giraldi: Israel's American Money Machine*

Putin and RT are pikers compared to Israel. Giraldi pulls the curtain
back on the people manipulating American 'democracy' on a grand scale.
Philip Giraldi, Wed, Nov 15, 2017| 2,509112
   Hollywood Jewish royalty was thick on the ground, the grub was
strictly kosher and billionaires competed to see who could give the most
to such a worthy cause. The 1,200 attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
donated a record $53.8 million, with Oracle founder Larry Ellison
leading the pack with a contribution of $16.6 million. Israeli media
mogul Haim Saban, Hillary Clinton’s most generous supporter, served as
host of the event and donated $5 million. Two weeks ago, a similar
gathering of 1,200 in New York City dubbed “A Night of Heroes,” attended
by GOP major donor casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, raised $35 million,
$7 million coming from Adelson personally. FIDF reportedly was sitting
on $190 million in contributions for the year before the Hollywood and
New York events. Donations to FIDF are tax deductible as the
organization is registered with the U.S.


      As a veteran anti-communist from the late Cold War era, and
bitter critic of the USSR, I never dreamt I’d see the day that America
and Russia traded places. But it has progressively happened. Is Vladimir
Putin the real deal? I believe he is. The corporate media’s continual
demonizing of him (most recently with totally unproven claims that he
hacked the 2016 election) greatly supports that. Some will say that
Putin is only acting; if so, I say give us more such actors. The spirit
of the czar and of Christ, which the Rothschild-backed Zionists thought
they had forever destroyed in Russia, is rising from the ashes.

*12--Patrick Armstrong, a former Canadian diplomat, expertly reviews the latest news from Russia*

Such as: SYRIA. The Syrians have libe
the last urban hold of Daesh in Syria; 25 months after Russia
intervened. Some American talking heads are still in denial
<> (more

Finally, I am happy to thank William Brumfield, my friend and Russian
Lit prof from Tulane University, who comes up with pictures of Russian
churches most of which were not available for the Russians just a
generation ago as the majority of church buildings were destroyed or
desecrated in the USSR. On this Thanksgiving Day, one should thank the
United States and the Library of Congress for preserving the heritage of
Sergei Prokudin-Gorskywho was driven to emigration from the Bolshevik Russia

*Seventeenth-century monument: Church of John the Baptist at Tolchkovo

Juxtaposition of early 20th-century photographs from the
Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky Collection (Library of Congress) with photos
from William C. Brumfield Collection (National Gallery of Art, Dept. of
Image Collections). 184-th article in "Discovering Russia" series for
"Russia Beyond"General


W George Krasnow
President, RAGA <> <>