April 14th 2007


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Articles from this issue:

COVER STORY: Howard's Coalition - fewer options left as election looms

EDITORIAL: The high cost of 'symbolic' politics

THE ENVIRONMENT: Bushfire victims take NSW, Vic govts to court

WATER: Details of PM's water plan - disaster for farmers

NSW STATE ELECTION: When will Liberals, Nationals ever learn?

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Why young people read less / NSW's Knight with the Mournful Countenance / Journalistic hooliganism / The Easter Rising

INTELLIGENCE CORNER: Losing the war on the home front / Assessing the terrorist threat

SCHOOLS: Labor's standard threat to schools

MEDICAL SCIENCE: New developments in stem-cell science

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Australia caught between Beijing and Washington

SRI LANKA: Bloodbath looms in war-torn Sri Lanka

OPINION: An ABC of the ABC - a listener's guide

AS THE WORLD TURNS

Millions squandered (letter)

Regional rail networks (letter)

Labor's Mugabe dilemma (letter)

David Hicks (letter)

Russia's Putin should not be demonised (letter)

CINEMA: Story to scare the daylights out of you - Lives of Others

BOOKS: How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

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Russia's Putin should not be demonised (letter)


by David M. Abbott

News Weekly, April 14, 2007

Sir,

I have been a subscriber to the News Weekly for a long period of time. However, I feel that the editorship and such commentators as Max Teichmann and lately John Miller are on a "bum steer" in their near paranoia with regard to Russia and its present leader Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin
in KGB uniform

Russia was an economic and political basket case in the '90s, and not much better under Boris Yeltsin. Has Putin no credit in the eyes of these commentators for the latter-day turn-around in Russia's economic fortunes and financial stability?

And all this harping on "former officer in the KGB", every single time without fail, is rather like the casting of stones at "former member of the Hitler Youth" syndrome in the case of Germans - who wasn't, under the circumstances?

Finally, Max Teichmann's toying with the over-the-top insinuations that Putin could have perpetrated the blowing up of 300 inhabitants in an apartment block so as to blame the Chechens (Straws in the Wind, News Weekly, February 2, 2007) just shows the realms of fantasy he is willing to entertain in the cause of denigration for its own sake … shame!

Strange, is it not, that this demonic scheming man enjoys the undisputed voter support of the Russian people - how very misguided of them!

David M. Abbott,
Scarborough, WA




























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