Russia update: the end result of imperialism and Stalinism

Jurriaan Bendien bendien at tomaatnet.nl
Mon Sep 22 07:07:46 MDT 2003


( The British journal Living Marxism, always seeking to provoke, once ran an
article mentioning the re-emergence of bubonic plague in the CIS republics.
The reality is grimmer in some ways - JB).

Across the Russian Federation's vast expanse, which stretches from Japan to
the borders of Belarus, an entire history is slowly perishing. It comes as
little surprise to learn that Russia is not as populated as it is
geographically huge, but pockets of life - both remnants of the Soviet era,
when the industrial infrastructure was spread across the country, and
indigenous communities - are gradually disappearing. Russia's larger cities
are now having to rely on immigration to keep them going. In short, the
country is dying and, in 50 years, its population could halve in size.
Complete article:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/elsewhere/journalist/story/0,7792,1047319,00.html

[The] United Russia [Party] has nearly always supported Kremlin initiatives
in the Duma, which Putin acknowledged. "Thanks to our joint efforts, we have
managed to create both political and economic stability. For the first time
in many years, we no longer have the constant threat of a new economic
crisis and cataclysms hanging over our head," Putin said in a speech
interrupted by applause and shown at length on both state television
channels.

In wishing the party luck in the election, the president emphasized the
importance to him of having "a majority of responsible politicians" in the
Duma and expressed the hope that he would be able to count on them in the
next Duma as well. He said the Duma should work toward the long-term goals
that he had named in last May's state of the nation address: doubling gross
domestic product, defeating poverty and modernizing the armed forces.

Putin's appearance at the congress resulted in higher than usual security,
and only a few journalists, most from the state television channels and the
main Russian news agencies, were allowed in for his speech. According to
security guards, about 1,000 people attended the congress, which began at 9
a.m. and wrapped up by midafternoon. At a news conference held afterward by
all four party leaders, journalists questioned whether it was ethical for
the president to openly back a party.

The party leaders responded by saying they had not expected the president to
come. Gryzlov said Putin came as "one of our voters."

Complete article: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2003/09/22/001.html

President Vladimir Putin will meet with his U.S. counterpart George W. Bush
at Camp David this Friday and Saturday, two years after a shift in Russian
foreign policy that led to increased cooperation between the two countries.
The fall of 2001 was a honeymoon of sorts in U.S.-Russian relations, and a
year later it seemed that Russia was set to become one of the United States'
closest allies.

As the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and
Washington rolled around, however, the two countries were struggling to
overcome their differences over the U.S.-led military intervention in Iraq.
This crisis in bilateral relations revealed the Kremlin's lack of a
long-term policy on relations with the United States, as well as the Bush
administration's unwillingness (with the possible exception of the president
himself) to build a meaningful partnership with Russia.

Complete article: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2003/09/22/006.html

As for cloning of humans, science hasn't yet advanced in this respect. But
the very probability of human cloning causes much dispute among scientists
and ordinary people. Today this is rather an ethical problem than just a
technical one. Many people ask if people can do what has always been the
prerogative of God.

The history of mankind reveals what consequences experiments of this kind
may entail. Long ago there was only one people with one language on the
planet. That lasted until the people decided to build a pillar to reach the
skies and to become like God. As a result, they were scattered and couldn't
understand each other as they were given different languages. We don't know
yet how human cloning experiments may end, but it is not ruled out that they
may become the end of the present-day civilization.

The human cloning disputes are still burning; there are different opinions
voiced by supporters and opponents of the idea. Religious leaders and the
clergy are the main opponents to human cloning. The church strongly objects
to any kind of interference into the sphere of God's responsibility. But why
does the church so strongly object to experiments of this kind?

Priest Sergey Knyazev, the editor-in-chief of the Pravoslavnaya Udmurtia
(Orthodox Udmurtia) newspaper explains the opinion of the Russian Orthodox
Church.

Complete article: http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/90/364/10920_clone.html













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