Author Archives: Dante Ruffalo

PROGRESSIVE CHURCH

Anathema to the Catholic church is gender equality along with an antiquated anti-gay stance.  The new Pope seems to be on a mission to change this denominational perspective on the roles played in our society by those oppressed or formerly oppressed but the pace at which change of this nature takes place at an institutional […]

The Politics of Red Lines: Putin’s takeover of Crimea scares U.S. leaders because it challenges America’s global dominance

Originally posted on Ahaa:
http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/top10_military_planes_alt/b2_spirit.jpg The current Ukraine crisis is serious and threatening, so much so that some commentators even compare it to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.Columnist Thanassis Cambanis summarizes the core issue succinctly in The Boston Globe: “[President Vladimir V.] Putin’s annexation of the Crimea is a break in the order that…

May 17

DILUSIONS OF A DONETSK REFERENDUM

According to Western media, on May 11th, the people of Donetsk ‘overwhelmingly’ voted in favor of a referendum for independence granting Mr. Putin yet another score in his exhaustive and successful information war.  The palimpsest of cold war propaganda, revitalized through control of Russian media, had once again afforded the voracious Russian president another jewel […]

May 17

TORTURE CONTINUES AT GUANTANAMO

No President has lived up to all campaign promises, but Mr. Obama trumpeted that he would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) and his failure to do so will leave a lasting mark on his record as leader of the free world. The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been held for 12 years […]

May 09

MONEY LAUNDERING 101

What do drug cartels, terrorists and the ultra-rich have in common?  Their savvy understanding of ‘transfer-pricing.’ Transfer-pricing is the new word for money laundering.  The Treasury department says trade-based money laundering is the new frontier in international money laundering.  What is surprising, is how easy it is.  Here is how it is done. To get […]

May 02

MRS. MERKEL’S SECRET CRUSH ON PUTIN

Germany’s Chancellor is in Washington today to discuss among other things the NSA wiretap on her cel phone. The privacy concern is to distract the viewer from her real reason for crossing the Atlantic. German business lobby is pushing Mrs. Merkel to abstain from the U.S. Imposed sanctions against Russia. Why would the leader of […]

May 02

WHY DOES CHINA WANT ROCKS?

Off the coast of Taiwan (a country whose sovereignty is not officially recognized) there are a group of uninhabited islands consisting of nothing more than rock jutting up in the South China Sea. Until 1968, nobody cared about the barren Senkaku islands but then something changed. It was discovered the abandoned isle sits atop a […]

April 30

WHY U.S. WON’T SANCTION RUSSIA

Quick note on why the U.S. is so reluctant to invoke more stringent sanctions against Russia, Vladimir Putin and those involved in anarchy of Eastern Ukraine. If the U.S. imposes sanctions on accounts of Russian provocateurs any action intentional or otherwise with these accounts by the bank that holds them could result in the Federal […]

April 21

SYRIA’S SUFFERING CONTINUES

The role of U.S. Secretary of State is to be the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser and to conduct negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs.  It is distinctly not a decision making role.  However, on September 9th, John Kerry was asked by a reporter if a strike in Syria (to stop the Assad regime) could […]

Dante Ruffalo April 13

EVIDENCE OF RUSSIA DESTABILIZATION OF UKRAINE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 13, 2014 MEDIA NOTE Evidence of Russian Support for Destabilization of Ukraine On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many of the militants were outfitted in bullet-proof vests […]

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UKRAINE- WHAT THE MEDIA MISSED

FOR THOSE WHO QUESTION THE ACCURACY OF MY ANALYSIS OF THE UKRAINE, COMPARE THE DATES OF MY POSTINGS WITH THE FACTS LISTED BELOW FROM THIS APRIL 13, 2014 STATEMENT FROM A SPOKESPERSON AT THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT.   U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 13, 2014 FACT SHEET Russian […]

April 13

HERE COME THE RICH THAI PROTESTERS AGAIN!

Thai protest leader (and shrimp farm and palm oil magnate) Suthep Thaugsuban has thus far failed to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck.  Now he hopes the newly minted Supreme Court will finish the job for him. The Thai Supreme Court is appointed by the King and was created after the 2006 coup that overthrew Ms. Yingluck’s […]

April 07

DON’T ASK DONETSK- PUTIN PROPAGANDA CONTINUES

Today U.S. media report ‘pro-Russia’ demonstrators take over government buildings in the Ukraine city of Donetsk.  Why American journalists believe what Russia state TV tells them is baffling.  It is nothing but a further extension of Mr. Putin’s fanciful propaganda campaign. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there is strong evidence FSB operatives (the […]

April 06

CUBA- OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

This week Cuba announced surprising economic liberalisation allowing for the first time foreign investment in certain sectors, lowered corporate tax rates and slightly reduced government intrusion.  Raul Castro hopes to revitalize his country’s economy and in so doing, thaw U.S.- Cuban relations. This begs the question- what threat does the diminutive communist island pose to […]

April 06

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT HIGHEST PAID POLITICIAN IN WORLD

Today, the Nigerian finance minister announced total GDP for 2013 increased to $318 billion USD ($510B PPP) making Nigeria Africa’s biggest economy, even larger than the modernized South Africa. Nigeria is roughly twice the size of California and has a population of 174 million.  For a comparison, the entire U.S. has a population of slightly […]

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