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EU’s new sanctions against Russia delayed

Posted by seumasach on September 9, 2014

 

Apparently, it doesn’t occur to the Europeans that their own actions have an influence on the course of the ceasefire. By continuing to target Russia they may embolden Right Sector deadenders.

The News

9th September, 2014

The EU’s ambassadors agreed on the new restrictions last Friday in Newport, Wales, and the sanctions were due to be approved on Monday so that they would come into force on Tuesday. However, the representatives of some countries argued that the enforcement should be pushed back in the light of the ceasefire announced in eastern Ukraine. 

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Arctic Convoy veterans honoured

Posted by seumasach on September 7, 2014

Russia Beyond The Headlines

22nd May, 2014

It’s been a long time coming but, on May 9, 2014, 19 British veterans who served on the Arctic Convoys finally received their prestigious Ushakov medals from a grateful Russia. The Victory Day ceremony, on former convoy escort HMS Belfast in London, marked another step in the campaign to recognise the heroism and sacrifice of British sailors who manned 78 convoys that took millions of tons of supplies and munitions to Russia from 1941 to 1945.

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We should know by now that NATO kills

Posted by seumasach on September 4, 2014

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We should know by now that NATO kills

Cailean Bochanan

We should know by now that NATO kills

Killing in Serbia and Iraq

In Afghanistan the plan of attack

Bombing weddings in the hills

We should know by now that NATO kills

Taking away the child’s breath

In tribute to the cult of death

Is this really what God wills?

We should know by now that NATO kills

What is it?What is this beast

That amidst the carnage comes to feast

as in its bloody trough it swills?

We should know by now that NATO kills

The image of Obama smirking there

Reminding me of Tony Blair

With deep disgust my soul it fills

We should know by now that NATO kills

Ever there the news to manage

Telling us of collateral damage

Their army of despicable, lying shills

We should know by now that NATO kills

What exotic locations to destroy!

What wonderful weapons to deploy!

Is this how they get their thrills?

We should know by now that NATO kills

What kind of mind could spawn

Weapons meant to kill the unborn

And the marrow of my bones chills

We should know by now that NATO kills

So now the moment to end its reign

To be subject never again

To all its crimes and attendant ills

We should know by now that NATO kills

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Britain must talk to Assad

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2014

I don’t think Assad would be interested in allowing British bombing raids on his country. He is doing very well fighting the NATO jihadis himself. However, we could make sure that support for the “rebels” is cut off and make it clear that Britain recognizes the Assad government as the legitimate government of Syria.

Britain must talk to dictator Assad to defeat Isil, says former head of the Army

Telegraph

22nd August, 2014

Britain must co-operate with President Assad, the Syrian dictator, in order to confront Isil, the former head of the Army has said.

General Lord Dannatt, the former Chief of General Staff, said the West must secure the permission of the Syrian government in order to launch airstrikes on Islamist militants.

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Serbia rejects sanctions on Russia

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2014

Serbia Says It Won’t Impose Sanctions on Russia

ABC News

22nd August, 2014

Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.

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Cameron wants an alliance with Iran

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2014

I am delighted that David Cameron has adopted the position long argued in these columns that Britain should form a strategic partnership with Iran. He should do the same with regard to Russia and China and , in general, move to fully embrace multipolarity

Independent

17th August, 2014

Britain must prepared to ally itself with Iran to combat the “shared threat” of Sunni Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria who want to create “a terrorist state” that could extend to “the shores of the Mediterranean,” David Cameron has said.

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Rifkind: US and UK should back Assad to defeat ISIS

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2014

“We have to deal with facts on the ground, not as we would want them to be but as they are,”

I totally agree with Rifkind here and the facts on the ground are that Assad with the overwhelming support of his people defeated our attempt to overthrow him and destroy Syria. The sooner we get used to that fact the better. As it happens the IS is probably largely drawn from our own Jihadi irregulars and veterans of that failed Syria campaign. They are , of course, dispensable and the need for their elimination forms a useful pretext for reversing our previous, fruitless policies of antagonism towards Syria and Iran

RT

22nd August, 2014

The US and UK must work with Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime if they are to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the chairman of Britain’s intelligence and security committee warns.

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​Right Sector threatens armed march on Kiev

Posted by seumasach on August 17, 2014

That was a smart move by Poroshenko sending the Right Sector/National Guard to the East and leaving them to their fate. But they’ve caught on and the survivors are on the way back to the Maidan for a very interesting showdown.

RT

§7th August, 2014

The far-right Ukrainian group Right Sector has threatened its armed forces will raid Kiev unless authorities release all its members and end all criminal investigations against them. They accused the police of being “anti-Ukrainian.”

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Can a peaceful outcome be salvaged in Ukraine?

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2014

Alexander Clarkson

Oriental Review

12th August, 2014

On 4th August, the world marked 100 years since World War I, a conflict that resulted in 16 million deaths and was in many ways a prerequisite for Word War II.

A century later, a new conflict is brewing, this time between Russia and Western countries, with Ukraine being the hotspot of military activity. Ever since a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest broke out in Kiev on 21 November 2013, Western leaders have blamed Russia for the escalation of conflict, imposingeconomic sanctions on the country. However one of the primary reasons for the intensification and continuation of this crisis is a complete lack of an attempt to understand Russia’s position. Instead of looking to communicate and engage with Russia to find a mutually beneficial solution, Western policy seems to be based on threatening Russia to do as the West tells them, or else bear the brunt of further sanctions. There has been a complete disregard towards Russia’s side of the story.

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Iran endorses transition in Baghdadh

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2014

For once, Obama finds himself on safe ground in his foreign policy.Clinton may huff and puff but the forces on whose behalf she wanted intervention in Syria are essentially the same as those who everyone opposes in Iraq. Where was Clinton, and the rest of the West, while Christians were being ethnically cleansed in Syria? Obama has brought things a full circle and what we see now is the Arab Spring in reverse with the CIA’s Islamic terrorists on the retreat. At the same time this has facilitated Obama’s rapprochement with Iran and covered Assad’s victory in Syria and the West’s corresponding humiliation. Where is “Assad must go!” now?

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

13th August, 2014

As I noted in an earlier blog, Tehran’s stance on the political transition in Iraq will be a decisive benchmark for judging the outcome of the shadow play in Baghdad that has been choreographed jointly in London and Washington. 

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Dmitri Trenin: Geopolitical analysis

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2014

New World Order at Stake of US-Russia Geopolitical Competition – Political Analyst

RIANovosti

1st August, 2014

The confrontation between Moscow and Washington over the Ukrainian internal strife will doubtlessly shift the global balance of power, believes Dmitri Trenin, a well-known Russian political scientist, author, and the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

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