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US – and Trump’s – drone attack on Iranian security chief Qasem Soleimani the other day could provide a contemporary illustration of Daniel’s vision about the ram and the goat in Daniel’s eighth chapter:

 “Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.

 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.

 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.

And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.

And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.”    – Book of Daniel 8:3 -7

The interpretation of the vision that Daniel received is, that the goat is Greece, and the ram is Media and Persia, or Iran. The goat comes from the west, “without touching the ground”. This seems to be more true about Donald Trump than about Alexander the Great.
But it also says that “ there was no power in the ram to stand ” before the goat.

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…   the last questions that were asked by an AP journalist, during the press-conference after the summit the 16th of July, 2018 with the US president, Donald Trump, and the RF president, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki .

Words that are now discussed in wide circles .. did you catch it ? Social media and tweets contains a lot of caricatures. Are caricatures needed ?

 


  • (english, swedish and russian subtitles added – did I catch it ? )

 Oliver Stone’s 4-hour interview with Putin,  sent / released around three weeks ago, is dealt with in different ways on the web. Surely, criticism have been heard . Mikhail Khodorkovsky‘s bulletin “Otkrytaya Rossiya” (= “Open Russia”) contents a critical response on 25/6.

I bring some of that article here, as far as to the mentioning of  an interesting observation:

 A cynic in the Kremlin

“Otkrytaya Rossiya” about why it’s not worth it that Putin is proud over Oliver Stone’s film about himself.

Just the fact that Vladimir Putin has entered the row of  “Stone Heroes” – a definite milestone in his biography – can hardly please Putin himself, says “Otkrytaya Rossiya” – journalist,  Stanislav Kuwaldin.

 

Oliver och Vladimir

Putin and Oliver Stone

In his documentary interview films, Oliver Stone has left some of the technical details from the recordings in the movies. So it was in the movie “The Commander”, dedicated to Fidel Castro, and according to the same principle he is working also in the film about Yasser Arafat – “Persona non grata”. The film “Interview with Putin” is no exception.

While talking with the Russian president, either in the dacha in Novo-Ogarevo or in the Kremlin Palace painted halls, or in the Sochi residence, Stone does not only picture Putin, but he also leave space for different workstations – a microphone on a long stick, camera movements, co-workers  trying not to end up in the camera , and other episodes from the recording process.

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In conjunction with the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg between 1 and 3 June, Fox journalist Megyn Kelly participated in a plenary session including, among others, the Prime Minister of India, the Chancellor of Austria, Presidents of Moldova and Russia, and 5,000 other participants. She was quite a moderator – I really enjoyed her bold and straightforward way of asking questions to the host of that meeting – Vladimir Putin. And Putin responded, plainly annoyed, yet in a strange way, patiently.

I read a stenogram from that Friday afternoon the 2nd of June, watching a video recording (and blogging) a bit. I have seldom witnessed such a true encounter between Russians and Americans as it became – in front of such an audience.

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M. Kelly also made a special TV interview with Putin (see below ) , which for some reason has been published in more unprocessed form on Russian RT, but in more processed (and shorter) form – with pictures, illustrative elements and comments – on Kelly’s own TV show, Channel NBC (again – see below – Putin in translation sounds harder than the original) – The program was broadcasted on Sunday evening 4/6.

Here, she might have been slightly enchanted by Putin, for which she has been severely criticized by American TV reviewers. But the same questions are asked, and some or a few more (and some fewer, that’s true). And basically the same answers were given.