In These New Times

A new paradigm for a post-imperial world

Archive for the ‘Drive to Global War’ Category

Facing total economic meltdown at home US/UK, spear-heading NATO, have chosen the path of confrontation with the rest of the world, a path which will lead us to the brink of war with Russia and China

Bashar al-Assad is west’s ally against Isis extremists, says Syria

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2014

The West’s problems in Syria lie, as in Libya and Ukraine, with the criminal folly of their engagement. Here the Syrians are offering them a diplomatic way out. However, Western policy is probably too divided and incoherent for them to be able to accept it. The enemies of our enemies will continue to be our enemies.

Guardian

14th July, 2014

Syria is determined to “eliminate” the Sunni extremist group Isis, according to a senior minister, who urged western countries to recognise “new realities” by joining the battle against terrorism and ending their support for rebels trying to overthrow president Bashar al-Assad.

Read more

Posted in Syria | Leave a Comment »

US, Iran – so close, yet far apart

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

13th July, 2014

The absence of the foreign ministers of Russia and China from the conclave of the P5+ 1 and Iran at Vienna today would suggest two things. One, they have better things to do elsewhere and, two, they don’t expect any big outcome at Vienna other than, perhaps, an extension of the stipulated deadline of July 20 for reaching a deal.

Read more

Posted in Iran | Leave a Comment »

Kerry’s ‘Mission Impossible’ in Kabul

Posted by seumasach on July 11, 2014

“To be sure, Iran has taken a transparent and helpful stance. The Obama administration ought to take note that Iran could be its ‘natural ally’ as regards the stabilization of the Afghan situation.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

11th July, 2014

To be at two different places at the same time is humanly impossible — even for a US secretary of state. John Kerry took off from Beijing no sooner than the two day US-China Strategic Dialogue got over and arrived in Kabul early Friday morning on a dicey mission to mediate the results of the Afghan runoff, but then, he is badly needed in Vienna in the weekend for a far more crucial diplomatic mission, namely, to explore how to salvage a nuclear deal with Iran amidst speculation that the going’s got tough in the P5+1 and Iran negotiations

Read more

Posted in Afghanistan | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Saudis brace for ISIL blowback

Posted by seumasach on July 4, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

4th June, 2014

The deployment of additional 30000 Saudi forces on the border with Iraq underscores that in Riyadh’s perception, a protracted conflict has erupted across the border and it wants to insulate itself from fall-outs. It’s inconceivable that Saudis want to take advantage of the growing anarchy in Iraq to grab some territory across the border. Nor is it the Saudi style to render help to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] directly across the border; the Jordanian route has served the purpose so far.

Read more

 

Posted in Iraq | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Militants’ advance to Baghdad ‘stalled’

Posted by seumasach on June 27, 2014

Manila Times

26th June, 2014

UNITED NATIONS: The once-relentless advance of a fearsome Sunni-based insurgent group that took over major cities in Iraq on its way to the capital has “stalled,” according a United Nations envoy who briefed journalists on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

Read more

Posted in Iraq | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki: Russian jets will turn tide

Posted by seumasach on June 27, 2014

BBC

26th June, 2014

Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has told the BBC that he hopes jets from Russia and Belarus will turn the tide against rebels in the coming days.

Read more

Posted in Iraq | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Will Sikorski be the next EU foreign policy chief?

Posted by seumasach on June 24, 2014

According to some sources, Sikorski was proactive in the overthrow of Yanukovitch. In any case, as one German source, cited below, put it:

 “The Germans know how much Poland cares about completing the unfinished ‘Colour Revolutions’ in eastern Europe, and somehow they feel uncomfortable about this.”

In this context, the leaking of Sikorski phone call, expressing his sense of betrayal by Obama, is hardly likely to be accidental and we can safely predict that Sikorski will not succeed Ashton, thereby confirming Germany’s rejection of the New Cold War

EU Observer

23rd June, 2014

BRUSSELS - With leaders haggling over EU top jobs this week, Polish FM Radek Sikorski is the most talked-about candidate for the next foreign policy chief.

His reputation just took a blow in a Polish eavesdropping scandal.

 

Read more

Posted in Coup d'état in Ukraine, New Cold War | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Did Turkish army change its strategy?

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

Voltairenet

17th June, 2014

The Syrian Arab army has taken back the town of Kassab, which was occupied by mercenaries attached to the Al-Nusra Front (Al-Qaeda) and the Army of Islam (pro-Saudi).

Read more

Posted in Syria | Leave a Comment »

Obama abandons notion of moderate rebels in Syria

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

He said there was no “ready-made moderate Syrian force that was able to defeat Assad”.

Obama: US arms could help defeat Assad is ‘fantasy’

BBC

21st June, 2014

President Obama has dismissed the idea that supplying US arms to Syrian rebels would have toppled President Assad, calling it a “fantasy”.

Posted in Syria | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Neo-cons, hawks fail to gain Iraq traction

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

Jim Lobe

Asia Times

23rd June, 2014

WASHINGTON – Despite their ubiquity on television talk shows and newspaper op-ed pages, neo-conservatives and other hawks who propelled the US into war in Iraq 11 years ago are falling short in their efforts to persuade the public and Congress that Washington needs to return. Indeed, in contrast to the uncritical position taken by virtually all of the country’s media in the run-up to the 2003 invasion, a number of mainstream outlets are openly questioning the advice now being dispensed by the hawks about what to do about the dramatic advances by radical Sunni Islamists across northern and central Iraq over the last 10 days.

Read more

Posted in Iraq | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Moscow to play negotiator, Riyadh holds the keys

Posted by seumasach on June 22, 2014

These perspectives are consistent with Obama’s statement to the  effect that ” the key to both Syria and Iraq is going to be a combination of what happens inside the country… and us laying down a more effective counterterrorism platform that gets all the countries in the region pulling in the same direction.” They are also consistent with the Blair/Annan call for co-operation with Russia, China, Iran and Saudi to resolve the crisis.”

Al-Arabiya

22nd June, 2014

A flurry of diplomatic activity is occurring between Riyadh and Moscow over not only Iraq but Syria. Russia is seeking to play the role of negotiator on all questions and Saudi Arabia holds the keys. If successful, Russia stands to gain substantially at the expense of the United States. The Kingdom engagement policy with the Russians may indeed produce peace dividends and further alter the geopolitical landscape.

Read more

Posted in Iraq | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 929 other followers

%d bloggers like this: