I really like Pussy Riots new song and I read the feedback which was 100% negative accusing them of wanting to allow Muslims into the country to behead and rape people. There was little semblance of thought, truly is every Muslim a rapist? How can this be? Even in mainstream media there is disrespect toward Islam. We are being whipped into a frenzy, then you have Putin slowly being shown as the only guy willing to speak out at American hegemony. America has lost face since Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and soon Iran but they have some positives in allowing minorities some equal footing and allowing verbal dissent whereas Russia doesn’t. What Russia asks for is respect in the world stage then why don’t they allow some dissent from their own citizens like ‘Pussy Riot’? Seriously its one thing to ask for respect and in some ways everyone agrees America has been screwing up for years but stop being a homophobe. It seems to come down to the average Russian wanting to keep their own cultural ideals where they should be a lot more tolerant. “Pussy Riot” have been whipped in public just for doing a promotional video of their music, sure it is difficult material but can’t there be room for dissent? If Putin gets more respect then we really have lost our marbles. Putin is correct in that there is a shift in security and world power due to Western countries helping dismantle sovereign states then creating a vacuum which ends up back firing and creating even more powerful enemies such as ISIS. What we have now is an escalation of what were isolated wars with Russia trying to take advantage of the chaos and be part of establishing a new world order not simply run by Western interests. We are losing it, the commitment isn’t there and Russia is showing commitment so it stands to have a bigger say. Then we can all be proud of being a bunch of dissent hating homophobes. Russia isn’t the bad guy but they need to step up culturally and allow dissent. The world definitely needs more security and America has created a lot of insecurity and trouble with our own blind allegiance and bullying. America has also stripped back the power of dissent but you can make music and art about all types of topics without fear of being whipped in public. I am even starting to like Banksy and I always disliked his art as being super cliche and like something from a 90s art textbook. Obviously I respect his art and do like it personally but I always felt he was best when talking about Western hypocrisy like Guantanamo Bay or his latest creation Dismaland. Otherwise I felt he was just a negative pain in the neck but its people like him we need now more than ever. But he doesn’t offer any hope and that is the big trap, we hope that people have our best interests at heart but politicians and current world leaders don’t care about our needs and that is too obvious. Even Putin with his finger to the West is more interested in Russia and his own interests. Maybe that is the point, everyone is having a go and unfortunately America is not getting it right. The West wants more and the rest of the world wants more too, do we allow terrorists and criminal syndicates take over large amounts of territories? Probably not and that is what is happening and Russia is the only country showing some resolve mopping up the Wests mistakes but the price paid is huge. Millions displaced, countless innocent people slaughtered, borders closed, right wing fascists are making a come back and in the end we start to hate minorities and become what we hate. Obviously we want peace, we all want peace but we really are at war and it is on our door step.