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Game, set and match to Russia

Posted by seumasach on September 6, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

6th September, 2014

The unfolding events in Ukraine are of world-historic significance and the West has responded as unconscious players do: with a stunned silence and the delusion of business as usual. In one fell swoop the entire Western narrative on Ukraine has fallen apart.

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The Grand Saudi Reversal

Posted by seumasach on September 1, 2014

To complete the picture presented here by Meyssan we have to look at the conflicts inside the USA. It is interesting to see how Hagel comes to the fore now and Kerry fades from the scene, the one playing a winning game against the IS and the other taking the booby prize after the disastrous intervention in Ukraine. So on the one hand we have the constitutional or national state with the military at its core and , on the other, the deep or imperial state with the State department at its core. Between the two Obama equivocates but as commander-in-chief will ultimately go with the former. It wasn’t for nothing that the British backed the Confederacy and opposed the Presidential Republic! The deep state is now outmaneuvered in Iraq where the  dirty game of backing Al-Qaida networks can no longer be played. As Meyssan points out things have turned around so fast that some players are still dancing even though the music has stopped.

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

1sr September, 2014

While for the past 35 years Saudi Arabia has supported all the jihadist movements to the most extremist, Riyadh seems suddenly to have changed policy. Threatened in its very existence by a possible attack grom the Islamic Emirate, Saudi Arabia has given the signal for the destruction of the organization. But contrary to appearances, the EIS remains supported by Turkey and Israel who sell their looted oil.

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Gotcha!

Posted by seumasach on August 16, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

16th August, 2014

Finally, the smoking gun: journalists from the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, two western news sources of unimpeachable integrity, have spotted a Russian military column inside Ukraine. According to an update in today’s Guardian:

“It was impossible to verify the destination or ultimate fate of the convoy, or monitor how long it stayed on the other side of the border.”

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The West on the wrong path

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2014

The publication of this article could be a key moment in this unfolding crisis. It reveals not only German self-interest but German self-awareness, the latter a much rarer commodity amongst today’s nations.

Gabor Steingart

Handelsblatt

9th August, 2014

Düsseldorf. Every war is accompanied by a kind of mental mobilization: war fever. Even smart people are not immune to controlled bouts of this fever. “This war in all its atrociousness is still a great and wonderful thing. It is an experience worth having“ rejoiced Max Weber in 1914 when the lights went out in Europe. Thomas Mann felt a “cleansing, liberation, and a tremendous amount of hope“.

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Modi’s WTO stance annoys US

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

4th August, 2014

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has drawn big criticism from the United States on account of the firm stand India took at the World Trade Organization negotiations, insisting that its concerns about food security needed to be accommodated if India were to go along with the so-called trade facilitation agreement. Overnight the smile has vanished from Uncle Sam’s face.

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Heads must roll!

Posted by seumasach on July 26, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

26th July, 2014

Within a week or so, we have seen the resignation of Hague and Yatsianuk as well as strong indications that Merkel will be standing down rather than completing her current term as promised. Is the stress of backing a faltering Nazi “anti-terrorist operation” in Ukraine beginning to tell?

Things do indeed look desperate on the Eastern front in the West’s attempt to rerun WW11 with a different outcome. Last week the Kiev authorities gave the go-ahead for a civilian airliner to fly over a war zone and then immediately “knew” the identity of the culprit after it was shot down. The culprit, of course, was Russia. Am I alone in finding this all rather transparent? Still, let’s not preempt the findings of the inquiry that the Anglo-Americans are going to try and cook. But, if, for the sake of argument, we assume that it was an  false flag, then that would indicate that things on the military front were going very badly indeed. If Kiev’s military really were advancing as portrayed in the media then it would only be a matter of time before Russia was forced into direct intervention and the the neo-cons would have  their pretext for further conflict without the need to resort to murky stratagems. As it happens, there are reports on the ground which reveal catastrophic reverses for the Ukies, as they’re known.

The collapse of the Ukraine project is indeed bad news for its sponsors, but it could be very good news for those who wish to see Europe finally cast off its vassalage to the “United States of America and Britain”. Such a desirable outcome would of course involve changes of personnel: heads would have to roll, heads such as those of Hague and Merkel, but of many others also. Names such as Barroso, Ashton, Rasmussen(already coming to the end of their terms), Hollande, Fabius and Steinmeier come immediately to mind.

The utter, destructive uselessness of the NATO entity is being laid bare for all to see. Its life span has been artificially extended well past senility. How the hell can this monster still be stalking planet earth over twenty years after the end of the cold war? Here the right to die is indeed appropriate although not the right to be forgotten- may their abominable crimes be remembered forever!

The Western media is also on the way out having imploded into an infantilism which cannot correspond to popular opinion, however negative your views on Western citizenry are- we deserve better than this! The collapse of the Kiev regime is the collapse of the West as we know it: the Western unipole is set to be relegated to the status of a pole amongst others in a multipolar world order.

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Assad: end support for terrorism

Posted by seumasach on September 18, 2014

President al-Assad: Combating terrorism begins by pressuring the states that support and fund terrorist organizations

Syria Online

17th September, 2014

Damascus,  President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday received Faleh al-Fayyad, the Iraqi National Security Advisor and envoy of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Al-Fayyad briefed President al-Assad on the latest developments in Iraq and the efforts exerted by the Iraqi government and people to confront terrorists, with emphasis during the meeting on the need to bolster cooperation and coordination between the two countries in the field of combating the terrorism which is affecting Syria and Iraq and which poses a threat to the region and the world.

President al-Assad said that combating terrorism begins by pressuring the states that support and fund terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq and that are now claiming to combat terrorism.

The President expressed satisfaction over the level of the standing cooperation with the Iraqi leaderships in terms of confronting terrorist organizations, noting that this cooperation has produced positive results for the two countries and the region.

For his part, al-Fayyad asserted the strength of the relations between Syria and Iraq and the need to remove any obstacle that hinders counterterrorism in order for security and stability to prevail in the region.

The meeting was attended by Syria’s Ambassador to Iraq Sattam Jada’an al-Dandah.

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‘Free Syrian Army no longer exists’

Posted by seumasach on September 18, 2014

CNSNews

17th September, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”

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Joint statement of Chinese and UK governments

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

Joint Statement from Government of the People’s Republic of China & Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Gov.uk

16th June, 2014

I. At the invitation of the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, H.E. Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China paid an official visit to the UK from 16 to 19 June 2014 and held the Annual Prime Ministers’ Meeting. The two sides had in-depth discussions on bilateral relations, practical cooperation in various fields and international and regional issues of mutual interest. Both sides underlined that since the establishment of the China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership ten years ago, bilateral relations have made significant progress, with frequent political exchanges and substantial cooperation in economics, trade, education, climate change and energy, science, technology and culture. As P5 members, both sides believe that deepening China-UK relations is not only in the fundamental interests of both countries but is also conducive to maintaining world peace and stability. They agreed to work together to push forward bilateral cooperation in growth, reform and innovation.

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Farage demands West work with Moscow to defeat ISIS

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

RT

16th September, 2014

The West must desist from its staunch opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy in Ukraine, and form an alliance with Moscow in order to defeat Islamic State (IS), UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has said.

 

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Modi says sky’s the limit with Xi

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

“Modi visualizes the development of India-China relationship as far beyond a bilateral partnership. He wishes it to develop as a major factor in regional and world politics and the emerging world order, augmenting the capacity of the two Asian powers to influence the international system in a profound fashion”. 

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

17th September, 2014

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with the Chinese media on Tuesday in New Delhi was a customary practice that was to be expected on the eve of the visit of President Xi Jinping. But such occasions often serve a purpose in setting the right mood for the upcoming event for the visiting dignitary. 

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Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

Yahoo News Digest

16th September, 2014

Kerry spoke after Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the U.S. had in fact requested that Tehran join the fight against the Islamic State group but it rejected the overture because of Washington’s “unclean intentions.” Kerry did not respond directly to questions about that claim. He said there are often discussions on the sidelines of nuclear talks.

 

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Right Sector rallying in Kiev

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

RT

16th September, 2014

A rally outside the Ukrainian Parliament building has turned violent as activists set tires on fire. Meanwhile, MPs have adopted a law that bans the closest allies of Ukraine’s deposed President Yanukovich from politics.

 

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UK hints at next reserve currency

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

To Issue Chinese Yuan-Denominated Bond

Zero Hedge

15th September, 2014

Yuanification continues around the world. As The USA attempts to corral its allies in a ‘broad coalition’, an increasing number of people – including domestic economic policy advisors – are shifting away from the USD as primary reserve currency. However, the move by British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, announced Friday, is likely the most notable yet in the world’s de-dollarization. As Xinhua reports, the British government intend to be the first nation (ex-China) to issue Renminbi denominated bond and to use the proceeds to finance the government’s reserves of foreign currency. Osborne described this dialogue outcome as “a historic moment” and a statement of British confidence in the potential of the RMB to become “the main global reserves currency”.

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Ukraine submits bill on self-rule for separatist east

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2014

NDTV

KIEV:  Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Tuesday formally submitted to parliament a bill offering limited self-rule for the country’s separatist east.

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Key general splits with Obama over Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2014

As is now clear Obama won this one, wisely opting for strong words rather than strong action NATO has been left hanging out to dry

Daily Beast

11th April, 2014

The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans.

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City speculates on Chinese buyer for Balfour Beatty

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2014

Global Construction Review

Rumours have been circulating in the City of London that an Asian company, possibly Chinese, may be interested in buying Balfour Beatty, the UK’s biggest contractor, since talks over a merger with Carillion broke down.

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