User Profile: Dagny Dukach
This user has submitted 60 translations to Watching America.
Most commodities are traded in dollars, and Russia, as we know, is a commodity and exports-oriented power. As such, the rejection of the dollar in favor of other currencies is completely justified, and this idea should be allowed to be pursued. [Read more]
American society knows that this chaos is the result of the White House’s deliberate provocation. [Read more]
[T]his conflict ... could bring about a crisis with a serious transformative impact on global politics and economics. [Read more]
China has no intention of challenging America’s global influence ... Chinese society simply doesn’t have that kind of ambition. [Read more]
[T]he U.S. has competitors. At the very least, Macron in his speech was clearly asserting leadership. [Read more]
Russia is unable to agree with the United States and its allies about almost anything at the United Nations Security Council. Each side persists in vetoing resolutions proposed by the other. Does this mean that the U.N. has outlived its usefulness and that there’s no longer any point in its existence?
America is now undertaking a debate and reconsideration of its strategy toward China on an unprecedented scale. [Read more]
<i>The president has stated that in every area that matters, Russia will always be one step ahead. How is the West reacting to the demonstration of Russia’s latest weapons, and did they understand Putin’s main message?</i>
I would have liked to see the faces of the leaders of NATO, the Pentagon and the Western [Read more]
If China dances to the tune of ... America’s Nuclear Posture Review, it will inevitably get sucked into the vortex of a completely pointless nuclear arms race. [Read more]
Beijing is paying close attention to any spillover effects from Trump’s tax cuts and will not remain indifferent.
Right now, the so-called “Big Seven,” the Group of Seven leading industrial nations, the club of great powers from which Russia was excluded in 2014, wields a whole lot more power in international relations than does the expensive toy that is the U.N. [Read more]
China must plan for the worst. If we are prepared for the worst, we’ll have nothing to fear, no matter what happens. This isn’t alarmist; this is something that very well could happen. In a world where “Trump First” exists, anything is possible. [Read more]
Many in the U.S. are unable to forgive Fidel his fidelity and his personal weaknesses. [Read more]
<i>In a column for Argumenti i Facti, political analyst Sergei Markov suggests that because the two countries view one another as rivals for power, relations between the U.S. and China will continue to worsen.</i>
On Wednesday, China issued a harsh statement regarding Washington’s position on the South China Sea [Read more]
The new year marks a new phase of relations between Russia and the West. Between the media’s widespread coverage of the Litvinenko affair and recent corruption charges against Vladimir Putin, it is becoming clearer and clearer that these waves of information are not accidental.
While reports on the Litvinenko [Read more]
If we make too many concessions to the U.S. ... it could become a weak, “toothless” law. [Read more]
The largest pension fund in the U.S., CalPERS, is planning to invest in the ruble. [Read more]
<i>The Duma might consider the possibility of placing Russian military equipment in the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.</i>
Franz Klintsevich, deputy head of the Duma’s Defense Committee, spoke about this move on Sunday in response to a statement by U.S. President Barack Obama about the fact that [Read more]
Many American politicians are coming to the conclusion that unconditional support for Israel is detrimental to U.S. interests. [Read more]
In light of the recent onslaught of American and pro-American accusations that blame Russia for all of Ukraine’s woes, the situation in Ferguson — a suburb of St. Louis, where on August 9, 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown was killed by a white policeman — has become increasingly resonant over the last [Read more]
Barack Obama suggests that Russia put a large portion of her remaining warheads 'under the knife.' [Read more]
The murder of Trayvon Martin, at first hardly noticed by anyone, is now perceived in the United States as a national catastrophe. As is traditional, politicians are using this great scandal in the time of a presidential campaign. [Read more]
Russian-American relations under Putin’s third term were off to an exciting start. The president of Russia informed his American colleague that he wouldn’t be coming to the G-8 Summit at Camp David, because he was very busy. In response, those surrounding Barack Obama have begun to question whether it is necessary [Read more]
Winston Churchill once said, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing, after they've tried everything else." [Read more]
The U.S. House of Representatives has repealed the Jackson-Vanik amendment, but has adopted in its place the “Magnitsky List.” The Senate vote could take place by the end of November, and Obama could approve the bill before the end of this year.
It was mentioned previously that the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which [Read more]
As of yet, the actions of the leader of the White House have not incited the complaints of his fellow countrymen. Moreover, even the Republicans are admitting that the president is doing everything right. Obama has put aside his presidential campaign and declared it a top priority to ensure the safety of the nation’s residents and minimize the negative effects of the hurricane. [Read more]
Romney and Obama’s presidential election campaigns are now reaching fever pitch. The bilateral television debates comprise discussions of whether or not we ought to give Big Bird, of PBS’s veteran television show Sesame Street, the axe. This sounds a little ridiculous, but it in fact illustrates a very real [Read more]
After the assassination of the American ambassador in Libya, contradictions that could worsen the already difficult situation were intensified. In the capitol, crowds of demonstrators disrupted procedures for the adoption of a new parliament; a general battle is planned for tomorrow in Bani-Walid; and in Benghazi, [Read more]
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that if provocations continue, the territorial disputes in East Asia could result in the spreading of conflict, reports the BBC.
“I am concerned that when these countries engage in provocations of one kind or another over these various islands, that it raises the [Read more]
The U.S. Democratic Party has announced its program for the next four years. The plans of the “donkeys” were announced on Monday night in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, during the party’s convention, at which President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will become the official candidates in the [Read more]
The real reason for the U.S. action in the Asia-Pacific region is the strengthening of China, although the Americans will never admit it. [Read more]
The reopening of the Pakistani route for transporting U.S. and NATO cargo into Afghanistan promises great profits for the Taliban movement. [Read more]
It seems that the West has collectively found an ally in the representatives of Salafi Islam, particularly in the Middle East.
This might seem an impossible combination. At first glance, it would appear that the West, with its secularist and notoriously pro-human-rights rhetoric, has nothing in common with those who [Read more]
Several Russian generals are firmly committed to the creation of the nation’s military police, ... But an automatic transfer of the American experience to Russian soil is not possible. [Read more]
The new steps taken by the United States in the military sphere, in connection with the expansion of their naval presence in Southeast Asia, should be considered in the context of the overall global situation.
<b>China will seek opportunities for economic expansion into other regions</b>
The rivalry between China and [Read more]
The U.S. attempted to plunge a knife into the backs of Russia and China when it invited the presidents of four Central Asian countries — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — to the NATO summit in Chicago, although the Uzbek president declined the invite. This is demonstrative of the great confidence [Read more]
Mitt Romney has formally won the votes necessary to become a U.S. presidential candidate at the Republican Convention this August. It was clear even earlier that he would be nominated, but the Texas primaries made it official. Now preparations begin for the final leap: the actual presidential campaign this fall. [Read more]
The human rights organization Freedom House has advised the White House to abandon “reset” policies and change the tone of its interactions with Russia. Freedom House experts believe the course being taken by Vladimir Putin is proof of his definitive refusal to enact liberal reforms. According to the activists, [Read more]
The next four years will play a large part in determining whether future relations between the U.S. and China become more peaceful or more strained. [Read more]
The White House sees no reason for the media to publish exaggerations of the difficulties in relations between Russia and the United States. U.S. Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated this message last Tuesday, in response to a question on the topic posed by an Itar-Tass correspondent at a regular press [Read more]
The media would have us believe that Sino-American relations have recently become extremely calm. According to the logic that no news is good news, this might indeed be a good thing. There are two reasons why the media no longer holds that every American must be exterminated. The first aspect, I believe, is that both [Read more]
U.S. authorities are preparing to officially recognize the rebels who organized the new Syrian opposition as the legal representatives of the Middle Eastern nation. This information comes on the heels of the announcement that the West is planning to offer the insurgents military training to help in the war against the [Read more]
Numerous international organizations have issued warnings that the U.S. is hanging on the edge of a cliff and its negative influence upon the global economy might become just as grave as the Eurozone crisis. [Read more]
America’s most acclaimed and emulated cultural achievement is its universities. However, under the present financial crisis and increasingly deep impact of globalization, American colleges and universities are considering change in their attempt to retain their position as the global leader in higher education. One [Read more]
America has a plethora of human rights issues. [Read more]
But after this whole carnival, one unpleasant aftertaste remains: the prohibiting of Americans from adopting Russian children. [Read more]
Over the course of the Iraq War, America has sunk into a moral depression. [Read more]
“Why do I hate America?” the typical Russian citizen asks. “Because they, the bastards, live better than us! We hate America because of our own impotence. She won’t speak to us as equals!” [Read more]
Having swept up several awards at the Golden Globes, “Argo” aspired to the Oscar for best picture of the year. Lead actor and director Ben Affleck’s opus has caught everyone’s attention.
The movie’s plot is not complicated. To summarize it in a sentence, the movie tells the story of how the CIA used a fake [Read more]
Edward Snowden’s act of making information regarding the complete surveillance by American intelligence services of Internet users public is viewed by Russians as the desire to open the world’s eyes to the truth. This view is held by 52 percent of Russians surveyed, and about a quarter of these — 26 percent — [Read more]
China and the U.S. are currently constructing a new kind of relationship between major powers, with several aims. One intrinsic aim is especially worthy of attention, namely that China and the U.S. will not go to war today, nor in the future, and will forever maintain a peaceful association. The Chinese and American [Read more]
<i>Why there is no good choice for Moscow in the story of the American fugitive.</i>
The Edward Snowden affair has put Russia in an uncomfortable situation. Perhaps Putin meant it when he said in Helsinki that he’d rather not deal with such matters.
Thanks to information provided to the press by Snowden, it became [Read more]
Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who escaped to Hong Kong, revealed that the American National Security Agency surpasses the rest of the world in hacking activities with 61,000 incidents, including several hundred targets within China and Hong Kong. The U.S. government has invaded the backbone of the Internet. [Read more]
<i> Russia has achieved remarkable results with its policies relating to Syria. The media reports that a meeting has taken place between the foreign ministers of the European Union countries. The ministers were unable to negotiate the terms to extend the embargo on arms supplies to Syria, resulting in the lifting of [Read more]
It has been customary for a long time now for ethnic Chinese people to maintain silence in the face of discriminatory remarks and treatment, and American society also seems to be in the habit of approaching the Chinese community with the doctrine of temporarily 'forgetting' political correctness. [Read more]
Political analyst and journalist Boris Mezhuev discusses what might save the U.S. from catastrophe.
On Sept. 25, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo delivered a speech in New York. His statement that “if everyone wants to call me a right-wing militarist, that’s fine with me”* momentarily attracted the attention of the entire media. In actuality, Abe does not really care whether he is a rightist; he is much more [Read more]
America’s attitude of suspicion with regard to chemical weapons in Syria has hardened more and more with each day. On Aug. 27, an American high official claimed that Aug. 29 was the earliest possible date when the U.S. government would consider launching a military strike against Syria.
A United Nations [Read more]
Lavrov concluded his Latin American tour with visits to Chile and Peru. Before that, he inspected the positions of Russia’s allies, Cuba and Nicaragua. Havana and Managua share Moscow’s position on Crimea, and as such, they vetoed the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the territorial integrity of [Read more]
As the Internet levels the global playing field, let’s hope our thinking process doesn’t also get leveled. [Read more]