49: Tim Kirby | The American who left it all for Russian citizenship
The hysteria in the West over Russia, and its leader, Vladimir Putin, is difficult to understand rationally.
Russia -- and by extensions Russians -- have re-emerged in the US and the UK particularly, as a country and people that you are officially allowed to publicly hate, ridicule, and slander.
It's like George Orwell's Hate Week in 1984, with Russia now taking the place of the last offically hated group: al-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
But the world is changing drastically from the old Western-dominated Imperial Order with the emergence of Russia and China and perhaps still India and Brazil, and maybe Turkey.
We need to understand this change from perspective outside of the West, which obviously wants to hold on to its dominance, and demonise those that are rising.
For us in the rest of the world, we have a vested interest in understanding the new power dynamics and where we fit into it.
I am pleased to have on my show today Tim Kirby, independent journalist, TV and radio host, Analyst for The Strategic Culture Foundation.
Ideological Director, Eurasia Research Fellow, & Multimedia Project Director at the Center for Syncretic Studies.
He is an American living in Moscow, with a valuable and insightful perspective on both countries.