1. Icy Start To Russia-NATO Talks As US Calls Moscow’s Central Demand “A Non-Starter”
As expected, after eight ours of talks between the US-NATO side and Russia in Geneva on Monday, there were no breakthroughs; instead, the opposite with the American delegation reportedly deeming Moscow’s request of no further eastward NATO expansion as a “nonstarter”.
The Associated Press cited the US side as “firmly rejecting the demands as a nonstarter” which led to each side digging into their positions. Later, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov confirmed “no progress” was made but still asserted that “We have no intention to invade Ukraine.”
Leading the US representatives was Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who on a positive note said that it involved a “frank and forthright discussion” which led to “a better understanding of each other and each other’s priorities and concerns.”
2. In The Face of Moscow’s Threats to NATO, the U.S. Must Support Polish Rearmament
Putin has spent more than a decade building up the Russian military and positioning it to be, at the very least, a military Sword of Damocles over the heads of Europe. His recent proposals for an agreement with the West are nothing short of an attempt at armed extortion. If the U.S. and its NATO allies are to deter Moscow’s threats of aggression, they must do more to strengthen their military posture. Washington should make it a priority to ensure that Poland, a NATO ally, has all the U.S.-made military equipment and training it has requested.
3. Europe at greatest risk of war in 30 years, Poland warns
VIENNA, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Europe is nearer war than it has been in 30 years, Poland’s foreign minister warned during the third round of diplomacy this week aimed at defusing tensions over Russia’s demand that Ukraine never be allowed to join NATO.
Addressing envoys from the 57 members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Zbigniew Rau did not name Russia, but listed a string of conflicts in which Moscow’s involvement has been alleged.
4. War in Europe Could Be Imminent.
The Bulwark spoke with the former commander of U.S. Army Europe about what’s at stake in Ukraine and what American can do to help.
5. U.S. Senators say sanctions on North Stream 2 could harm relations with Germany
WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Several Democratic U.S. senators said late on Monday, after meeting with Biden administration officials, that they believe sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline backed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz could harm relations with Germany.
Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and President Joe Biden’s global energy security adviser Amos Hochstein met on Monday behind closed doors with about 10 Democratic senators who have been undecided on the Cruz bill.
6. What Is the Great Reset?
The following is adapted from a talk delivered at Hillsdale College on November 7, 2021, during a Center for Constructive Alternatives conference on “The Great Reset.”
Is the Great Reset a conspiracy theory imagining a vast left-wing plot to establish a totalitarian one-world government? No. Despite the fact that some people may have spun conspiracy theories based on it—with some reason, as we will see—the Great Reset is real.
Indeed, just last year, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF)—a famous organization made up of the world’s political, economic, and cultural elites that meets annually in Davos, Switzerland—and Thierry Malleret, co-founder and main author of the Monthly Barometer, published a book called COVID-19: The Great Reset. In the book, they define the Great Reset as a means of addressing the “weaknesses of capitalism” that were purportedly exposed by the COVID pandemic.
The specific phrase “Great Reset” came into general circulation over a decade ago, with the publication of a 2010 book, The Great Reset, by American urban studies scholar Richard Florida. Written in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Florida’s book argued that the 2008 economic crash was the latest in a series of Great Resets—including the Long Depression of the 1870s and the Great Depression of the 1930s—which he defined as periods of paradigm-shifting systemic innovation.
Four years after Florida’s book was published, at the 2014 annual meeting of the WEF, Schwab declared: “What we want to do in Davos this year . . . is to push the reset button”—and subsequently the image of a reset button would appear on the WEF’s website.
Michael Rectenwald is the chief academic officer for American Scholars. He has a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University. He has taught at New York University, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of numerous books, including Nineteenth-Century British Secularism: Science, Religion, and Literature; Google Archipelago; Beyond Woke; and Thought Criminal.
7. Congressional committee statement by Representative Victoria Spartz, a Ukrainian-American politician and businesswoman
Impassioned Congressional committee statement by Representative Victoria Spartz, a Ukrainian-American politician and businesswoman who is the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 5th congressional district. She grew up under the boot of Soviet totalitarianism, and knows what she is seeing in America today.
“In a totalitarian country, where individuals didn’t have rights, law-abiding individuals didn’t have rights to own guns. And that is the first thing a totalitarian country understands, is to take away guns.
“So only two groups of people had guns — it was the police, and bandits. So the government used police to suppress people, and if they couldn’t, they used bandits. And that is what suppression is.
“So this right [to bear arms] empowers the individual, and it’s a very important right. Why don’t we talk about issues that really increase violence and why we have this increase in violence, and not try to take away rights from law abiding citizens, and suppress (them)?
“Because unfortunately now, our government is using the FBI for surveillance, and the Department of Justice to intimidate parents at school board meetings, we have the IRS going to collect information on people… we are becoming a surveillance state. Like a totalitarian regime. And it breaks my heart to see that.
“Let’s … protect Constitutional rights, protect the rights of the individual, and write laws that don’t infringe on our rights, because this is the only difference between our country and any other country in the world … the only function we legislators have, the reason people give us the right to be here, is to protect their rights, lives, liberty and property!”