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Shanghai Cooperation Organization turns Pan Asian

Posted by seumasach on July 11, 2015

Asia Times

11th July, 2015

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) finally delivered on its earlier pledges to enlarge the grouping. The organization — that currently includes Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan — accepted major South Asian nations thus moving towards a new reincarnation of Pan-Asianism.

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Russia through the Saudi looking glass

Posted by seumasach on June 25, 2015

Nonetheless, Rashed sums up: “Of course, we shouldn’t read into any new developments outside political frameworks, because I can hardly imagine that Saudi Arabia has decided to turn against its alliances (with the West) – but it probably wants to get out of the narrow US corner and expand its options”.

The Saudis can downplay this as much as they want- the simple fact is that getting out of “the narrow US corner” is tantamount to ending the reign of the petrodollar

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

24th June, 2015

The latest bunch of diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks as part of the half a million files relating to Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry contains a revealing document on an “arrangement of reciprocal support to the candidature of the Government of Russia to the Human Rights Council on the understanding that the Government of Russia would also extend its valuable support to the candidature of Saudi Arabia” in the elections to the body held in May 2013.

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Sino-Russian rapid rapprochement to undermine dollar

Posted by seumasach on June 21, 2015

Sino-Russian rapid rapprochement giving Western financiers the shivers

Sputnik

19th June, 2015

The Sino-Russian rapid rapprochement, accelerated by anti-Russian sanctions, gives Western financiers the shivers and prompts fears for the West’s economic fortunes and the future of the US dollar.

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St. Petersburg in the heart of the action

Posted by seumasach on June 21, 2015

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

20th June, 2015

The dogs of western fear and sanctions bark, while the Eurasian caravan passes.

And no caravanserai could possibly compete with the 19th edition of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Thousands of global business leaders – including Europeans, but not Americans; after all, President Putin is “the new Hitler” – representing over 1,000 international companies/corporations, including the CEOs of BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total, hit town in style.

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PERSPECTIVE NATO, the IMF, divisions, Grexit…

Posted by seumasach on June 18, 2015

Looking out to 2020: the return of European wars ?

GEAB

15th June, 2015

In the face of some rather worrying indicators in recent months, we have got to the point of asking ourselves the question of the likelihood of a return of European wars looking out to 2020. Actually, it’s not because our team continues to see the crisis’ exit tracks falling into place, that it doesn’t keep watch over the remaining obstacles on the path to these exits; obstacles which to us seem to be of two kinds essentially :
. first, the efforts of the world before’s masters to keep control, anachronistic conflicts and rooted in the past, caused by increasingly isolated, but also increasingly aggressive powers, amongst whose number there remains especially, but not only, the US military ;
. second, what are the « natural » sparks, likely to give birth to enormous friction between tectonic plates, the best image evoking the geopolitical rebalancing underway.

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Bank of China to help set London’s gold price

Posted by seumasach on June 18, 2015

Bank of China becomes first Asian firm to help set London’s gold price

Telegraph

16th June, 2015

A Chinese bank will become the first Asian firm in history to join a group of Western institutions that help set the price of gold in the London market.

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Collaborating with China is in America’s national interest

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2015

Asia Times

14th June, 2015

As reported in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, there are two contending schools of thought on how to deal with China’s rise. One school is to raise the pressure in confronting China such as increasing the surveillance flights over South China Sea.

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China? Have Grandmaster, will travel

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2015

Pepe Escobar

12th June, 2015

As intellectual acumen and cross-cultural expertise go, it would be hopeless to expect self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration foreign policy advisers — as well as Pentagon functionaries/hacks — to understand the complexities of China.

For instance, they would be incapable of evaluating all the myriad ramifications included in Professor Alfred McCoy’s masterful deconstruction of US-China geopolitics.

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Euro-BRICS summit of young leaders in Helsinki on June 8-9

Posted by seumasach on June 11, 2015

GEAB

June, 2015

Helsinki will host the first two-day Euro-BRICS Summit of young leaders beginning on June 8, 2015, said a press release.
The event will bring together youth delegations from the EU, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, Russia and the candidate countries for accession to the EU and partner countries.
In addition to youth leaders, diplomatic session will be attended by members of parliament and ministries of Europe and BRICS.

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Washington’s Great Game and why it’s failing

Posted by seumasach on June 9, 2015

Alfred McCoy

Tom Dispatch

7th June. 2015

It might have been the most influential single sentence of that era: “In these circumstances it is clear that the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies.” And it originated in an 8,000 word telegram — yes, in those days, unbelievably enough, there was no email, no Internet, no Snapchat, no Facebook — sent back to Washington in February 1946 by George F. Kennan, the U.S. chargé d’affaires in Moscow, at a moment when the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was just gaining traction.

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New Silk Road could change global economics forever

Posted by seumasach on May 25, 2015

Zero Hedge

23rd May, 2015

Beginning with the marvelous tales of Marco Polo’s travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world’s imagination.

China is building the world’s greatest economic development and construction project ever undertaken: The New Silk Road. The project aims at no less than a revolutionary change in the economic map of the world. It is also seen by many as the first shot in a battle between east and west for dominance in Eurasia.

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