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Russia seeks united anti-ISIS front

Posted by seumasach on May 26, 2015


26th May, 2015

Moscow has condemned the massacre of civilians in the ancient city of Palmyra, urging the international community to denounce double standards in its approach to fighting terrorists, and unite against IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL) aggression.

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Russian missile sale to Iran involves unseen deals with Israel

Posted by seumasach on May 5, 2015


4th May, 2015

Last month, when President Vladimir Putin of Russia announced plans to sell a powerful anti-missile system to Iran before the lifting of international sanctions, Israel was quick to join the U.S. in expressing shock and anger.

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China overtakes US as Australia’s top foreign investors

Posted by seumasach on May 2, 2015


1st May, 2015

China has surpassed the United States to become Australia’s largest foreign investor, official data show.

Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) said in its annual report on Thursday that China spent over AUD 27.7 billion (USD 21.8 billion) in Australia’s market in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014, far outstripping the United States and Canada with AUD 17.5 billion and AUD 15.4 billion, respectively.

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Britain must give the West a lead on defence

Posted by seumasach on April 6, 2015

John Bolton epitomizes the views of those whose attachment to the fading hopes of Anglo-American hegemony in the world leads them to grasp the prospect of a “New Cold War” without end with all the desperation of a drowning man. Behind them of course is the Military Industrial Complex, the ultimate lobby. But the perversity of the view that the West can only prosper within the context of a permanent military standoff against enemies who endlessly renew themselves renders Bolton’s efforts merely a kind of devils’ advocacy. What better argument for ending Trident and demilitarizing the bankrupt empire than this grim argumentation so out of tune with prevailing aspirations for peace and international cooperation. Bolton also confirms what I have been arguing in these columns for over two years now, namely, that Obama is leading the retreat from empire. In despair, Bolton looks to Britain.


6th April, 2015

Strengthening Britain’s defence capabilities is critical in a turbulent world, to protect not only the United Kingdom, but the West and its global allies more broadly. Rather than seeking ever-deeper military budget cuts, the UK – and the US – should be planning on sharp increases in manpower, weapons systems, and information technology.

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Russia high speed railway to connect Europe and America

Posted by seumasach on March 26, 2015

Russia unveils plans for high speed railway and superhighway to connect Europe and America



Plans for a new high-speed transport corridor that could potentially link London and New York by rail and superhighway have been unveiled.

The idea, dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TERP), would see a high speed railway and motorway built from Eastern Europe, across Siberia and over the Bering Strait to Alaska.

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Matteo Boato, our cultural ambassador in Putin’s Russia

Posted by seumasach on March 21, 2015


12th December, 2014

I paint the things that appeal to me, that capture my imagination as I fly above the world in my vessel, I paint the things I love, as though I were writing my autobiography. Painting allows me to pursue dreams, to give life to the people and places I would like to touch, interact with. It is a simple and primary need for expression; a need to tell, to tell about myself. The series on historic centres and rural landscapes presents another trait: the presence-absence of people in the various canvasses. This is partly due to the fact that human stories are told exclusively through the use of colour, and partly due to the hope that in future man will truly deserve a place on this earth and will create a world which is happier, more industrious, honest, clean, respectful and colourful.

Matteo Boato, Land and Water

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China’s factories are building a robot nation

Posted by seumasach on March 11, 2015


10th March, 2015

Every day, two quality-control supervisors monitor four robots tirelessly assembling remote-control devices for home appliances at a Midea Group  factory in Foshan, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

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Russia’s remarkable renaissance

Posted by seumasach on March 11, 2015

F.William Engdahl

New Eastern Outlook

9th March, 2015

Something remarkable is taking place in Russia, and it’s quite different from what we might expect. Rather than feel humiliated and depressed Russia is undergoing what I would call a kind of renaissance, a rebirth as a nation. This despite or in fact because the West, led by the so-called neo-conservatives in Washington, is trying everything including war on her doorstep in Ukraine, to collapse the Russian economy, humiliate Putin and paint Russians generally as bad. In the process, Russia is discovering positive attributes about her culture, her people, her land that had long been forgotten or suppressed.

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How US attempt to create EU-Russia rift backfired

Posted by seumasach on March 11, 2015

Russia Insider

10th March, 2015

One of the most obvious aims of the US in orchestrating their coup in Ukraine last February was to create a permanent and lasting rift between the EU and Russia. It seems to me that a statement made back in 2010 by the Russian President (then Prime Minister) in the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, set the alarm bells ringing in Washington, and paved the way for much of what is happening right now. This is what he said:

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A crisis of trust in Iraq

Posted by seumasach on March 9, 2015


Indian Punchline

4th March, 2015

We will never get to know what painful thoughts raced through the soldierly mind of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, when he testified before the US senators in Washington on Tuesday, but it certainly wouldn’t have been easy for him to bring himself to compliment Iran’s “most overt conduct… in the form of artillery and other things” in the military operation currently going on to retake the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit from the control of the Islamic State.

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Prince William meets China’s president Xi Jinping

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2015

as he invites Queen to visit Beijing

The meeting, by far the most heavyweight diplomatic mission the Duke has ever attempted, not only heralded a new beginning for relations between China and the Royal family, but also symbolised the extent to which Britain is desperate to court what will soon be the world’s biggest economy.


2nd March, 2015

His father the Prince of Wales famously referred to China’s leaders as “appalling old waxworks”, and has never been back to the country since.

But his son the Duke of Cambridge pulled off something of a diplomatic coup, and a major thawing of relations between Beijing and the Royal family, by gaining an unexpected audience with President Xi Jinping.

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