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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Dictators like Putin surround themselves with liars and propaganda. That leads to very bad decisions

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Dictetrz lîc Pūtin srǎnd ɖmslvz wɖ layrz n propganda. Ɖt līdz t vri bad dsiźnz

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on Friday 1 April 2022)

Trump, Pūtin, Śí – ɖz men r’nt stypid. Bt ɖe hv no we v iliṣtñ, recgnîzñ, or asesñ ysfl criṭsizm

Robert Reich

Roḅt Rîć, Frîde 1 Epril 2022

It apirz ɖt Vḷdīmir Pūtin’z eidz hv misinformd him abt ɖ wor, firfl v hiz riax́n.

On Wnzde, Americn ofiślz rvild ɖt, acordñ t Americn intelijns, Pūtin’z strict îṣleśn jrñ ɖ pandemic n wilñnis t pubḷcli casṭget advîzrz hv cntribytd t him gtñ incmplit or ovrli opṭmistic rports abt ɖ progres v Ruśn forsz.

“W b’liv h’z biyñ misinformd bî hiz advîzrz abt hǎ badli ɖ Ruśn militri z pformñ n hǎ ɖ Ruśn icoṇmi z biyñ cripld bî sañśnz,” Cet Bedñfīld, ɖ Ẃît Hǎs cḿṇceśnzd’rectr, tld rportrz. “Bcz … ɖ sīńr advîzrz r tù afreid t tel him ɖ truʈ.”

Az a rzult, ɖ atac hz bn a ctastṛfi fr Pūtin. H badli oṿesṭmetd ɖ Ruśn militri n unḍesṭmetd Ycren’z cpaṣti t rzist.

Instd v wìc̣nñ Nato, hiz atac hz streñʈnd it. N nǎ ɖt ɖ wrld’z dmocṛsiz hv cut of Ruśa’z axes t ɖ wrld bancñsistm, Ruśa’z icoṇmi z in frīfōl.

Dictetrz lîc Pūtin r ptiklrli vulnṛbl t inakṛt fīdbac. Instd v indipndnt truʈtelrz, ɖe r ofn srǎndd bî truʈ dnîrz.

Rɖr ɖn xprts n invstgtiv jrṇlists, ɖer wrld z fild wɖ sūdosayntists n propganda. In ples v a fri pres, ɖe hv ajitprop n disinḟmeśn.

Ɖ hayr y rîz in eni hîrarci, ɖ hardr it z t gt akṛt fīdbac abt yr dsiźnz bcz ppl r afreid t tel y ɖ truʈ.

I’v wrct wɖ sevṛl prezidnts. Ol hv md big blundrz. I’v olso noun n ritn abt ĆEOz v big corṗreśnz hu hv md teṛbl mstecs. In evri ces, ɖe hd flwd sistmz fr gtñ ysfl, akṛt n rlaybl fīdbac.

Doṇld Trump (hūm I dd’nt wrc wɖ, bt huz evri muv I woćt) md amñ ɖ dumist dsiźnz v eni Americn prezidnt in hisṭri. Sm mt se ɖs wz inevitbl; it wz bilt intu Trump’s caṛctr. Bt hiz ci caṛctr flw wz hiz unwilñnis t hír enʈñ neġtiv.

Trump srǎndd himslf wɖ tǒdiz n sic̣fants hu dd’nt der tel him ɖ truʈ. H dmandd ɖt evrwn arnd him cnfrm hiz prifŕd slf-imij v invinsbiḷti. Hiz Ẃît Hǎs wz fild wɖ fōnñ laciz (h fîrd enwn hu dd’nt grovl). H rfyzd t hír bad nyz. H rjctd ɖ vlidti v neġtiv mīdịcuṿrij.

Trump cd hv acumpliśt eni numbr v golz far mor īẓli hd h nt cept digñ himslf intu evr-dīpr houlz. H wz hiz ǒn wrst eṇmi.

Or lc at Ćîna’z Śí Jinpñ. Ẃ wd h dsîd t entr intu a “no limits” partnrśp wɖ Mosco on ɖ īv v Pūtin’z dzastṛs militri campen? Tōc abt blundrz.

Śí’z alayns wɖ Ruśa hz unḍmaind Ćîna’z repyteśn n agṛvetd cnsrnz amñ its nebrz abt Ćîna’z globl ambiśnz. It hz olrdi promtd Tîwan t streñʈn its dfnsz n pśt uɖr rījnl pǎrz sć az Ostreła n Jpan t dcler ɖer ǒn inṭrests in Tîwan’z s’kṛti.

Trump, Pūtin, Śí – ɖz men r’nt stypid. Ẃt’s stypid z ɖer sistmz fr mcñ dsiźnz.

Ɖe d’nt includ nêseyrz. Ɖe hv no we v iliṣtñ, recgnîzñ or asesñ ysfl criṭsizm. Ol r trapt in hōlz v mirrz ɖt rflect bac at ɖm ẃt ɖe wont t si n hír.

Ɖ invrs rleśn btwn hǎ hî ppl rîz in a hîrarci n ɖ akṛsi v ɖ fīdbac ɖe rsiv cn b oṿcm f a līdr agresivli sīcs ǎt dsntñ vyz.

Bt it’s olmst imposbl t fînd dsntñ vyz in a ttaḷterịn sistm ẃr dsnt z ofn puniśt. Wn v ɖ gret vrćuz v a dmocṛsi z its multipl fīdbac lūps – its mni ćanlz fr xpresñ oltrṇtiv vypônts n vôsñ uncumftbl truɖz.

Aftr ol, Americn dmocṛsi stopt Trump fṛm dwñ īvn mor damij ɖn h dd.

Yt ẃn ppl lîc Trump, Pūtin, n Śí mc teṛbl dsiźnz, ɖ wrld sufrz. Ɖ wrld cd īvn b anayletd.

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Roḅt Rîć, a formr YS secṛtri v lebr, z pṛfesr v public poḷsi at ɖ Yṇvrṣti v Caḷforńa at Brcli n ɖ oʈr v Sevñ Capiṭlizm: Fr ɖ Mni, Nt ɖ Fy n Ɖ Comn Gd. Hiz ny bc, Ɖ Sistm: Hu Rigd It, Hǎ W Fix It, z ǎt nǎ. H z a Gardịn YS coḷmnist. Hiz nyzletr z at robertreich.substack.com

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In Ñspel │ The Observer view on Russia’s crimes against humanity in Ukraine

A pregnant woman is carried on a stretcher as she is evacuated from a maternity hospital in Mariupol, south-eastern Ukraine, following a Russia army bombardment on 9 March, 2022. Photograph: EyePress News/REX/Shutterstock
A pregnnt wmn z carid on a strećr az ś z ivaketd fṛm a mtrṇtihospitl in Mariupol, sǎʈ-īstn Ycren, folowñ a Ruśa armibombardmnt on 9 Marć, 2022. Foṭgraf: ÎPress Nyz/REX/Śuṭstoc

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on Ruśa’z crîmz agnst hymaṇti in Ycren

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Observer on Sunday 13 March 2022)

Vḷdīmir Pūtin’z reźīm wl b hld t acǎnt fr ɖ atroṣtiz it z mȉting ǎt t dfnslis sviłnz

Súnde 13 Marć 2022

Ɖ  wor in Ycren hz entrd its ʈrd wīc, yt stl Ruśa’z wns vōntd armd forsz r struġlñ t cntrol mć v ɖ cuntri. Ɖz blunḍrñ érz t ɖ Red Armi r sd t b tîṭnñ ɖer grip on Cyīv, bt ɖ ǎtcm rmenz dīpli unsrtn. Ɖ ōra v invinsbiḷti ɖt wns inveḷpt Ruśa’z militri z dstroid. Its repyteśn lîz in ruinz amd ɖ rubl v inveźn. Fṛstreśn ovr ɖ slo pes v advans hz léd t a ćenj in tactics. Instd v d’recli ingejñ ɖ rzistns, ɖ Ruśnz hv bsijd mejr sitiz n tecn t loñ-renj śelñ n bomñ bî artiḷri, misîlz n erstrîcs. Prezidnt Volodimir Zelensci sz mor Ycreńn sviłnz ɖn soljrz r biyñ cild az a rzult.

Ɖs cawdli, reclis poḷsi hz inevitbli léd t atroṣtiz, sć az last wīc’s līʈl atac on a mtrṇtihospitl in Mariupol. Ɖt vîl act n ɖ ofn rpitd, dlibṛt, indiscrimiṇt tarġtñ v sviłn eriaz n ɖ hymaṇterịn coṛdorz s’pozidli pṛtctd bî locl sīsfîrz slf-evidntli consttyt worcrîmz n crîmz agnst hymaṇti.

Cmpǎndñ its ofns, Ruśa hz rzortd t ɖ ys in ŕbn eriaz v mas-caźlti wepnz sć az clustrḿniśnz, ẃć scatr hundṛdz v smōl, dleid-ax́n bomlits. Ɖ YC’z Miṇstri v Dfns alejz Ruśa z olso fîrñ ʈrmobaric rocits, noun az vakmbomz, ẃć suc oxijn fṛm ɖ er (n ppl’z luñz) t jeṇret an xploźn.

Ɖs barbaric aproć t fîtñ, prīvịsli sìn in Ćećnia n Siria’z sivl wor, n Ruśa’z unpṛvoct wor v agreśn brīć inṭnaśnl lw az coḍfaid in 1949 bî ɖ Jnīva Cnvnśnz n ɖ YN ćartr, n upheld, in ʈiyri, bî ɖ YN s’kṛticaunsl n ɖ inṭnaśnl cort v justis in Ɖ Hêg.

It z vîṭli importnt, az wz ɖ ces in Siria n bfr ɖt in Boznia, ɖt ɖ YN, wstn guvnmnts n hymn-rîts grūps gaɖr evidns n recordz v Ruśn ax́nz in ordr ɖt p’liticl līdrz wɖ “cmand rsponsbiḷti” n soljrz on ɖ grǎnd me b hld t acǎnt. Proṣktrz at ɖ inṭnaśnl criminl cort hv olrdi bgun ɖs proses.

Mni v ɖ orġnîześnl n l’jisticl dificltiz fesñ ɖ invedrz r v ɖer ǒn mcñ. Contṛdictñ Prezidnt Vḷdīmir Pūtin’z dnaylz, Mosco nǎ admits inixpirịnst, il-trênd conscripts hv bn ʈroun intu batl. Ʈǎzndz hv daid. Ɖs z anɖr crîm – cmitd bî Pūtin agnst hiz ǒn ppl. Yt it z ɖ vałnt, unixpctidli ifctiv rzistns mǎntd bî Ycren’z armd forsz n sviłn voḷntirz ɖt hz cōzd ɖ bigist probḷmz fr Ruśn trūps. Ɖe wr tld bî Cremlin proṗgandists ɖe wd b welcmd az liḅretrz. Ɖ oṗzit z haṗnñ. Pūtin’z big lî, ɖt Ycreńnz lac frīdm, z xplodd. Instd, ɖe r fîtñ t b fri v him.

Pūtin’z fṛstreśn n impeśns nǎ apir t b tecñ an īvn mor sinistr trn. Wstn ofiślz wornd last wīc ɖt, jujñ bî its prīvịs ax́nz in Siria n rīsnt intelijns, Ruśa cd sn rzort t ilīgl ys v noncnvnśnl wepnz – mīnñ cemicl, bạlojicl or lo-yīld, tacticl ńclir wepnz – t brec Ycren’z rzistns.

Cemicl wepnz, noṭbli ɖ sarin nrv ejnt n clōrīngas, dlivrd bî rocits or dropt az bomz, wr rpitidli yzd agnst Sirịn sviłnz. In Gūtā, ǎtsd Dmasc̣s, az mni az 1,700 ppl daid in sarin atacs in 2013. Ɖ Sirịn n Ruśn guvnmnts dnaid rsponsbiḷti n dscrîbd ɖ atroṣti az an opziśn “fōls flag” oṗreśn t dscredit ɖm.

YS n Britiś ofiślz fir hisṭri me b rpitñ itslf folowñ fabṛcetd clemz bî ɖ Cremlin, irisponsbli rpitd bî Ćîna, ɖt ɖ YS z sīcṛtli oṗretñ bîowepnz l’boṛtriz in Ycren. Ruśa z nǎ sjstñ eni rlis, dlibṛt or axdntl, v cemicl or bạlojicl ejnts jrñ ɖ fîtñ wd ɖus b America’z fōlt.

Ɖ fir z ɖt ɖ conṿlutd lîz at ɖ hart v ɖs lêtist “fōls flag” oṗreśn r intndd t obskr ɖ iminnt ys v bánd cemicl or bạlojicl wepnz bî Ruśa itslf. Ɖ teṛbl inɉriz t victimz asd, sć wepnz hv prūvn cpaṣti t terrîz intîr popyleśnz. Ɖs z ɖer tru valy t a mas-cilr sć az Pūtin, despṛt t privel bî eni mīnz.

Hvr dludd or crezd h me b, Pūtin mst b md t unḍstand hǎ un’xptbl eni sć esc̣leśn wd b. Poṣbli h rcōlz Barac Obama’z l’mntbl fełr in 2013, aftr ɖ Gūtā atac, t impoz ɖ “inorṃs consiqnsz” h hd ʈretnd f hiz “red lîn” opozñ cemicl-wepnz ys wz crost. Poṣbli Pūtin ʈncs ɖ wst wl botl it agn.

Boris Jonsn n Jo Bîdn evidntli rmembr ɖ “red lîn” fiasco, tù. Ẃl xpresñ grev cnsrn, Britn n ɖ YS hv rfyzd t se xacli ẃt ax́n, f eni, ɖe mt tec. Ɖt’s snṣbl, fr nǎ. W mst hop ɖt Pūtin z biyñ tld in no unsrtn trmz, ʈru dipḷmatic bacćanlz n phps bî Frans’z prezidnt, Emmanuel Macron, hu stl tōcs t him, ɖt h gz dǎn ɖs paʈ at hiz utmost peṛl.

It’s plen ɖt worcrîmz, crîmz agnst hymaṇti n jeṇsîd r biyñ cmitd dêli bî Ruśa. Ol ɖoz rsponsbl śd unḍstand ɖe wl b hld t acǎnt, hvr loñ it tecs. Ɖr wl b justis fr Ycren.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Trump, Putin and Bolsonaro have been complacent. Now the pandemic has made them all vulnerable

Simon Tisdall
Sîmn Tizdl

Trump, Pūćin n Bolsonaro hv bn cmplesnt. Nǎ ɖ pandemic hz md ɖm ol vulnṛbl

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 17 May 2020)

Ɖ wrld’z stroñmen me wel end p peyñ a p’liticl prîs fr ɖer siṇsizm n incompitns

Sîmn Tizdl, Súnde, 17 Me 2020

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, centre, and his ministers arriving in Brasilia. Photograph: Joédson Alves/EPA
Bṛziłn prezidnt Jair Bolsonaro, sntr, n hiz ministrz arîvñ in Bṛziła. Foṭgraf: Joédson Alves/YPA

F  Boris Jonsn z mshanḍlñ ɖ pandemic, h z nt alon. Fōlsli clemñ evrʈñ z undr cntrol, dojñ rsponsbiḷti, hîdñ fṛm public vy, xplôtñ ɖ crîsis fr p’liticl gen, mǎntñ arṭfiśl dstrax́nz n blemñ ɖ mīdia: ɖz r comn bhevyrpatnz xibtd bî sm v ɖ wrld’z most pǎrfl – n śifti – līdrz.

Wl ɖe pe a prîs fr ɖer līʈl incompitns n siṇsizm? It’s poṣbl sm wl, ɖo it me tec a ẃl. Ɖ pandemic z ćenjñ p’liticl calkleśnz arnd ɖ glob. Līdrz hu lct invulnṛbl sudnli apir les so. Ɖt in trn cd śift ɖ stṛtījic calkḷs n oltr ɖ baḷns v pǎr btwn cuntriz in wez bʈ unixpctd n prṃnnt.

Doṇld Trump’s pformns z a lésn in hǎ nt t handl an imrjnsi. It me bcm a cmpulsri ceștudi fr fyćr stydnts v crîsismanijmnt. Trump miṇmîzd ɖ ʈret rli on, ofrd foni aśuṛnsz, n feld t mc a plan. H hz sins akzd Ćîna v dlibṛtli spredñ “pleg” ẃl weṗnîzñ ɖ crîsis t smir hiz Deṃcratic rîvl, Jo Bîdn.

Ɖ prezidnt’s mirịd caṛctrflwz nīd no rhrsl hir. Bt it sīmz a despṛt Trump wl stop at nʈñ t rībūt hiz riilex́nprospects. F ɖt mīnz f’mntñ a cold wor wɖ Ćîna, or stǒcñ reśl dviźnz n anti-mîgṛnt, anti-Mŭzlim bays, h’z p fr it. N f ol ɖt felz, h me trî t dle Nvmbr’z ilex́n, a s’nario nt rūld ǎt bî hiz sic̣fantic sun-in-lw.

C’roṇvîṛs hz md a sort v lepr v Trump. A lac v fedṛl līdrśp n hiz s’port fr preṃtyrli endñ stet locdǎnz h nvr trūli s’portd apirz t b pṛpelñ a rîz in Covid-19 cesz in smōl mid-wst tǎnz n rṛl cḿṇtiz fṛm Aywa t Texs. Ɖz r ɖ hartḷndz v Trump’s America, ẃr hiz most loyl votrz liv.

Az a rzult, Rpublicnz runñ fr Congres r runñ awe fṛm Trump, firfl v infx́n fṛm ɖ miazma v lîz n dstrust inveḷpñ ɖ Ẃît Hǎs. Az jobz dis’pir bî tnz v miłnz, Deṃcrats’ hops v winñ ɖ Senit r rîzñ. Bîdn’z līd in ci batlgrǎnd stets z wîḍnñ, fyld bî ic̣nomic meltdǎn n Trump’s gafs.

Vlajīmir Pūćin z anɖr līdr in sirịs vîṛl dificlti. Onli munʈs ago, h lct invinsbl. Ol ɖ tōc in Ruśa wz v consttyśnl “rformz” ɖt wd ifctivli mc him prezidnt fr lîf. Ɖoz planz r nǎ on hold, phps prṃnntli. Pūćin’z dsiźn t śīld himslf fṛm harm, îṣletñ awe fṛm Mosco, hz badli dntd hiz imij az firlis tuf-gai līdr.

Aftr wīcs v cmplesnsi at ɖ top, Ruśa fîndz itslf wɖ ɖ secnd fastist ret v Covid-19 infx́nz in ɖ wrld. Pūćin’z hand-pict prîm̦inistr, Miħîl Miśŭstin, z in hospitl, az z ɖ Cremlin spocsmn Dmitri Piskov. In vidioconfṛnsz hld t dscus ɖ crîsis, Pūćin hz lct mor bord ɖn cnsrnd. Emṗʈi wz nvr hiz stroñ sūt.

People wear face masks and gloves on the Moscow Metro. Russia now finds itself with the second fastest rate of Covid-19 infections in the world. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Ppl wer fes mascs n gluvz on ɖ Mosco Metro. Ruśa nǎ fîndz itslf wɖ ɖ secnd fastist ret v Covid-19 infx́nz in ɖ wrld. Foṭgraf: Alexander Zemłańićenco/AP

Ɖ p’liticl impḷceśnz r ptnṣ́li far-renjñ. Añśs t avôd prsnl blem fr twin hlʈ n ic̣nomic dzastrz, Pūćin hz śiftd rsponsbiḷti fr maṇjñ ɖ crîsis t ɖ rījnz, ẃć hv ifctivli bn left t fnd fr ɖmslvz. Wlʈi biznisṃn – ɖ so-cōld oligācs – hv stept intu ɖ brīć. In sć wez dz a līdr’z pǎr irod n slip awe.

Uɖr poḷtiśnz r śowñ a dgri v reclis insūsịns ɖt mcs Boris Jonsn lc poztivli swićt on bî cmparisn. Bṛzil’z prezidnt Jair Bolsonaro hit a ny lo fr irisponsbiḷti bî ridklñ public-pṛtx́n meźrz. Bṛzil hz ɖ hîist Covid deʈret in Latin America. Bt Bolsonaro prifŕz barḅkpartiz t hospitlvizits. H me yt pe wɖ hiz job in a cuntri ẃr preẓdnśl impićmnt acć̣li wrcs.

In Trci, mnẃl, ɖ vîṛs hz bròt a gret mni pijinz hom t rūst. A strucćṛli frajîl icoṇmi, a holoud-ǎt sivl ssayti n mīdia, n a clîṃt v fir crietd bî Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hz nt pruvd cndysiv t a yṇfaid naśnl ef̣t – līdñ aṇlists sjst ɖ sultnprezidnt’s rên me b drw̃ t a cloz.

Mjoṛti Crdiś eriaz in īstn Trci, fr xampl, ɖ sīn v frīqnt conflict wɖ ɖ sntṛl guvnmnt, hv rportidli bn hard hit. Diyarbakir-best acṭvist n oʈr Nurcan Baysal tlz a fmiłr têl v hlʈwrcrz afreid t g t wrc dy t a lac v pṛtctiv iqipmnt. Bt it’s a p’liticl probḷm, tù.

“Tde, ɖr r nt inuf tsts, nt inuf doctrz, no sivl ssayti, no mẹrz, n nt inuf meźrz t tacl ɖ c’roṇvîṛs in Crdiś sitiz,” Baysal sd – partli bcz mni Crdiś doctrz n nrsz wr sact in Erdoğan’z prjz.

A sntṛl actr in ɖs globl drama, Ćîna’z modn-de emprr Śí Jñpñ z nt abt t fōl – olɖo h rićli dzrvz ɖ sác. Rɖr, an imboldnd Śí riscs ovr-pleyñ hiz hand az h sīcs t trnsform a c’laṃti intu a PR vicṭri fr Ćînīz soft pǎr, streñʈ̇nñ Bêźñ’z clǎt at ɖ xpns v wìcnd wstn cuntriz.

Americn fumḅlñ, plus Ruśn n Yṛpiyn dbiḷti, ofr Śí a mcābra oṗtyṇti t advans hiz viźn v Ćîna az dominnt globl pǎr. Bt ɖ agresiv, Boxr Rbełn-stîl provceśnz v hiz “wlf-worịr” dipḷmats n parti cādraz r fīdñ an inṭnaśnl baclaś.

Preśr z growñ t rtaliet bî qoṛntīnñ Bêźñ, p’liticli n ic̣nomicli. N ɖt, in trn, būsts Trump’s confṛnteśnl, slf-xculṗtri campeņaṛtiv.

Trump clemz Ćîna wonts t dnî him a secnd trm. Yt ɖ oṗzit me b tru. Śí nz a ysfl idịt ẃn h siz wn – n ɖs YS prezidnt z īẓli ǎtfoxt. Ɖ ʈt ɖt Ćîna’z oṗziśnl tactics cd hlp gt Trump riilectd z inuf t mc enwn sic.

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