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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

Prince Bandar steps down

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2014

Under pressure from John Kerry, he was divested of the Syria dossier in February 2014.

Voltairenet

17th April, 2014

Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has, by royal decree, been relieved of his duties as national security adviser and director of Saudi intelligence services. According to the national news agency, the decision was made “at his request.”

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Assad’s staying power on show

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

“All global and regional indicators underline how Assad is there to stay. Change will come only under his leadership or his guidance. The sooner the United States realizes this the better for all concerned parties.”

Nicola Nasser

Asia Times

11th April, 2014

Long gone are the days when the so-called “Friends of Syria” could plausibly claim that two thirds of Syria was controlled by rebel forces, that Damascus was under siege and that the days of President Bashar al-Assad were numbered. 

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Kerry clashes with Pentagon over Syria

Posted by seumasach on April 8, 2014

John Kerry, U.S. Military Clash on Approach to Syria’s Rebels

Wall Street Journal

7th April, 2014

WASHINGTON—Frustrated by the stalemate in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerryhas been pushing for the U.S. military to be more aggressive in supporting the country’s rebel forces. Opposition has come from the institution that would spearhead any such effort: the Pentagon.

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Nasrallah: phase of bringing down Syria regime over

Posted by seumasach on April 8, 2014

Middle East Online

7th April, 2014

BEIRUT – Syria’s regime is no longer in danger of being toppled and the risk of the country being divided has passed, the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said in remarks published Monday.

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Global Peace vs. Global Interventionism and Imperialism

Posted by seumasach on April 6, 2014

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Germany: No Ukraine NATO membership

Posted by seumasach on April 2, 2014

Ukraine NATO Membership Is Denied as Germany Seeks Easing

Bloomberg

1st April, 2014

Germany’s top diplomat said Ukraine won’t join NATO and urgedRussia to move troops away from the Ukrainian border, saying it would be a “small signal” that the crisis is easing.

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Karzai supports Russia over Crimea

Posted by seumasach on March 25, 2014

Moving Finger writes Afghan future, and ‘having writ, Moves on’

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th March, 2014

 

On the face of it, Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s endorsement of the right of self-determination of the people of Crimea does not come as surprise because the principle is important to Kabul in its application to the Pashtuns who live on the Pakistani side of the Durand Line (which Afghanistan never recognized). But, having said that, Karzai is not a one-dimensional man.

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Washington admits “foreign fighters” “wreak havoc” in Syria

Posted by seumasach on March 25, 2014

“In terms of the terrorist activity inside Iraq, we believe it’s a direct result mostly of the situation in Syria and the destabilizing impact that Syria has had on Iraq in terms of foreign fighters being able to flow into Iraq and really wreak havoc there as well. We’re working with the Iraqi Government to increase their capacity to fight these threats on their own,” she concluded.

Washington: Situation in Syria has destabilizing impact on Iraq

Iraq News

25th March, 2014

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The US Department of State denounced killing the professor and Journalist, Mohammed Shammari, in Baghdad by a guard within the Presidential Protection Forces.

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Russia’s countermove in Iran

Posted by seumasach on March 24, 2014

Consortium News

23rd March, 2014

Neocons hoped the Ukraine-Crimea crisis, which they encouraged, would drive a spike into the Obama-Putin collaboration and restore neocon dreams of a U.S. military attack on Iran. But the scheme could instead push Russia and Iran closer together, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

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Grandmaster takes on novice

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

2nd March, 2014

What exactly the EU leadership thought they were doing in Ukraine is a puzzle for the historians to grapple with. Even though  Manlio  Dinucci has pointed to networks involving the likes of Barroso centered round a leading Ukrainian oligarch as likely suspects in the Western backed attempt to destabilize Ukraine, the question remains why would they activate such a programme at time when its likelihood of success was minimal. Were they not aware of a growing interdependence of US and Russian foreign policy evident in the resolution of the outstanding issues of the Middle East from Syria and Iran to the Palestinian question itself? Perhaps they were and wanted to roll history back fearing that a final end to the cold war would also see an end to their own political usefulness.

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U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2014

“This is a world where we need to work with the Russians,” a senior State Department official said Tuesday. “This is not about the United States versus Russia.”

Senior State Department officials said there was no “point in making hollow threats” toward Moscow. In the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American public has no interest in getting into a direct — or indirect — military confrontation with Russia in the Ukraine, Syria or virtually any other nation.

Notwithstanding the presence in the State Department of the likes of Clintonites like Samantha Power, Susan Rice and Victoria Nuland, these briefings do not indicate New Cold War perspectives

Japan Times

28th February, 2014

Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as Ukraine’s leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000-troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine’s border. The fall of Yanukovych — and Putin’s potential response to it — has reignited a debate in Washington on how to respond to the assertive Russian leader.

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