By: Michaell Lange,

London, 08/03/18 –

Last Sunday (04), Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were victims of a chemical attack in Salisbury, England. Both are critically ill in hospital. A police officer which helped when they collapsed near the restaurant they were in, was also hospitalised, but thought to be now, out of danger.

Last Sunday’s attack reminds us of a similar case when another double Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned at a hotel in London in 2006, which investigators concluded it most probably had been carried out with the approval of the Kremlin.

Soon after the identity of the victims of this attack became public, the media jumped at the speculation that it was just another case of state style assassination. Both Alexander Litvinenko killed in 2006, and Sergei Skripal, now fighting for his life after Sundays chemical attack, were accused by the Kremlin to have passed information to the British Secret Service, the MI6. Although, the agents always denied these accusations.

It is not a surprise that the British media was quick to assume that Russia must be behind the attack. However, we also know now that Sergei was working on cyber security, which will almost certainly give more food for thoughts to the investigators. It seems the British media loves any opportunity to criticise Russia and its president Vladimir Putin. But, how much different from other states Russia’s behaviour really is?

The first thing one must understand is that we cannot analise Russia differently than the way we analise any other country. Countries behave in a way to protect and pursuit their interests. Realism thinking explains well state behaviour. States compete against each other and they never trust each other. Even within the so called Five Eyes, a group of countries made by The USA, The UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, there are mistrust and competition. States always compete for power and therefore, against each other!

Russia, like any other country in the world, has the right to defend itself. However, the media appears to treat Russia in a different way as if Russians should follow a different rule from the rest of the world. The Media poses president Vladimir Putin as a bad guy who wants to invade the whole world and make Russian the world’s number one language. But, let’s be honest, to believe that Putin has the will or even the power to take on the rest of the world is nothing but a bad joke.

The state of Russia behaves just like any other country in the world. They want to stay alive, protect their interests and when possible, yes, pursuit their importance in the world stage.

Here in Britain, just a few weeks ago we were debating whether we should kill British nationals or non-nationals abroad, whenever they pose a threat to the UK. The fact is, when we identify a threat we send a drone to blow them up, and in many cases, we blow up innocent women and children together with our target. We invade other states air space to kill people we don’t like, so if Russia is doing the same we should not be surprised. Of course we are all horrified with the possibility of Russian agents killing people on the streets of Britain. It’s totally unacceptable! But, this is just the way International Relations works. Diplomacy followed by, or together with, direct or proxy actions.

States will do whatever they need to do to defend their interests, either for instance, by arresting Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, or killing, using secret service agents and drones. Dr kelly’s death still causing questions as wether he killed himself or was assassinated for exposing the truth about Iraq weapons of mass destruction.

If Russia is found to be behind this attack, we must respond with actions such as visa restrictions, and possibly banning Russians from buying property, companies or invest in the UK, though it is very unlikely since conservatives receive hundreds of millions of Pounds in Russians donation.

Although, so far we know very little about last weekend attack in Salisbury, most of us would agree that there is a high probability that Russia could well be behind this attack. Nevertheless, no matter how unacceptable this behaviour might be, we should not judge Russia’s behaviour any differently than the way we judge ourselves. All we know so far is that Sergei is a former Russian spy and was victim of a chemical attack. Anything beyond that is pure and simple opportunistic speculation.



By: Michaell Lange,

London, 26/02/17 –

Firstly, when Trump challenged the main stream media, I thought it was a good thing. The media is too powerful and don’t like to be challenged. The media protect their interests and must be challenged. So, criticism coming from an American president was the perfect match. There is no doubt that fake news is a huge problem throughout the media spectrum, and it was clear that the media, especially in America, did everything they could to destroy Trumps campaign. It didn’t work. The media was in fact, pivotal for Trumps victory. They were the victims of their own rating ambition. But, the way Trump has carried out his anti-media campaign went from what should’ve been positive criticism, to an outright full force attack. That’s not only bad for democracy, it’s highly dangerous!

Secondly, I thought he was going to challenge the so called establishment, and in doing so it would be normal to see the entire structure of the system shaking to the core. But, Trumps speech at CPAC is so far, the clearest evidence that Trump has decided to live in his own echo chamber by allowing in only people he likes. He completely disregards everyone else who don’t agree with him. Moreover, his plans for America Army is toxic and can drag the world back to the Cold War. That’s also not good for America!

Thirdly, when Trump had his Ban on citizens from seven muslims countries overturned by a federal judge, he should’ve appealed and followed the legal process of justice, instead, he attacked one of the core foundations of the Nation, by referring to the Judge as “the so called judge”. To any American citizen who praise their Constitutional rights, this should be enough to realise that Donald Trump isn’t really worried about their citizens rights and the Rule of Law.

Now, Trump announces he is doing another thing he promised during his elections campaign. He said during the CPAC, he believes in Peace by strength (a concept that never worked), and that he will make “American Military, bigger, better and stronger like never before”. He also said “it will be one of the greatest military buildups in American history”. The fact is, American military power is already the biggest military force the world has ever seen. The second best is centuries behind. But, his speech at CPAC has made me think about Vladimir Putin. The guy whom the West like to refer to as “the crazy guy”, “the dictator”, “the dangerous man” etc. I watched Trumps speech imagining what would be the reaction of the West if that exact speech was coming from the mouth of Vladimir Putin, under the ovation of the Russian people? Imagine Putin saying he will make Russia win again and no one will dare to mess with Russia again. Imagine that?

On the other hand, I was waiting for Vladimir Putins reaction to Trumps speech, and like most of us, I was waiting for something strong as like many of you, I also believe Putin has indeed a couple os loose screws in his head, though he’s far from being stupid. But, there was nothing from the man itself. The only response coming from Russia was from a concerned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, saying that an American military buildup could restart the cold war, and that’s very true. It is also true that a replay of an arms race will again, ends with no winners.

What also concerns me is the efficacy of Trump’s “Peace by Strength”. In fact, an American military buildup will not make America greater or safer again. The risks of total armageddon during the cold war should have been a lesson for Donald Trump. More military power does not mean more security. Buildup the military, specially the nuclear power, will increase the chances of accidental war as well as nuclear terrorism. It will make nuclear countries to feel even more nervous, and it will be used as justification for other countries to develop their own nuclear weapons. It’s a mad idea! And, there is another big problem. Money! The US total debt stands as a colossus $66 trillion Dollars, or $809 thousand Dollars per family, which in return has only $10 thousand Dollars in savings per family. Where the money will come from Mr President? That’s a question only an adviser with balls can dare to ask Mr Trump. I don’t think Mexico will pay for that too.

I can’t stop looking back in time, more precisely to the beginning of the 20th century and draw parallels to what is happening today. Nationalism rising rapidly all around the world especially in America and Europe. The Arms race that will follow a buildup of American military. The Political and Military Alliances between Russia and China to face NATO. The conflicts in North Africa as well as the Ukraine crisis can be compared to the conflicts in the Balkans, and a possible collapse of the European Union could be the catalyst for total disaster. Frankly, we are heading that way!

In the 1930s when Hitler came to power, the Germans saw him as their saviour, just like millions of Americans see Trump today. The Germans had no idea that in 10 years time, their saviour would be dead and their country would be devastated by war and hated by the world. The Brits and millions of Americans would never believe Brexit and Trump had any chance to happen. The Germans would never thought their saviour could bring so much devastation to the world and to themselves. In fact, the Germans believed Hitler would be good to all German people. If you think I am comparing Trump to Hitler, that is exactly what I am doing. The potencial to world disaster under Trumps seems just as equal. There is a lot of similarities between Trumps atitude to Hitler and Mussolinis. They share the same mix of selfishness and egocentrism which is characteristics of all dictators. Like Hitler, Trump negotiates by intimidation. The violence is different of course, but the time is different too. However, the rhetoric is the same. The thing is, the less we believe that very bad things can happen again, the bigger is the chance it will happen again. Its important to consider that the comparison between Hitler and Trump must be regarded to their moment in time. Therefore, the comparison here is limited to the rise of Hitler and not to the end of his regime. Hitler cannot change his past, but Trump can still change his future.

It seems that American government is following exactly everything they criticise about authoritarian governments. The arrest of Journalists during Trumps inauguration, the censure of CNN, BBC, NYT and other, from White House as well as the rhetoric promoted by Trump in just over a Month in power, is very similar of those of dictators we criticise so much. The White House never looked so similar to the Kremlin. Perhaps similar to an early Hitler or Mussolini, ruthless dictators nevertheless. Trump is dividing America and the world. He is creating a lot of tension and division in just over a month of his first term. This cannot be good for America. His ultra nationalistic approach and attack on immigrants and religion, has created chaos around the world. This is not the American way! Trump could have been the American president of the century, but he blew everything in just over a month. God knows what he is going to do in the next 4 years. God Bless America! and God Bless us all!