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The week that ushered in new Cold War

Posted by seumasach on July 29, 2014

The USA fought the the Cold War from a position of strength, having emerged from WW2 as the world’s leading power. The USA is now in a position of weakness. A new Cold War cannot resolve their problems. They can either launch a hot war or embrace the new multipolar reality. I suspect a hot war is not a real option since the military oppose it. This new Cold War is therefore a half-way house representing a stalemate between the president and the Pentagon, on the one hand, and the State Department, the CIA and the Deep State on the other. Obama cannot embrace multipolarity because of the opposition of the latter, who , in turn, cannot bounce the military into WW3. The position of the Deep State is steadily being eroded as their various covert programmes, in Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine run into the ground.


Indian Punchline

29th July, 2014

If future historians were to pinpoint the transition when the post-cold war era morphed into the new Cold War, they are bound to take a close look at this week. The Barack Obama administration is in a triumphalist mood after the success, finally, in rallying the US’s major European allies — UK, France, Germany and Italy — behind its concerted strategy to isolate Russia from Europe and impose biting sanctions against it. 

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Nato puts brakes on enlargement

Posted by seumasach on July 16, 2014

“Calls to disband Nato, unthinkable in the past, have multiplied.”

Despite the continuing CIA/NAZI provocation in Ukraine aimed to draw Russia into a conflict with the West, Europe is backing away from  such a conflict, hot or cold? What then is the point of NATO?


16th July, 2014

BRATISLAVA – Nato announced earlier this July that it is shelving plans to welcome any new members during its forthcoming Wales summit.

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Erdogan allies himself with military against CIA

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2014

Azerbaijan: Gülen Schools & NATO Seminar Cause A Stir, Russia Steps Up Fight against Washington’s Fifth Column & More!

The New Great Game Round-Up

Christoph Germann

22nd June, 2014

The power struggle between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and CIA puppet Fethullah Gülen continues to dominate the headlines in Turkey. At the beginning of this week, Turkish police detained 11 suspects, including Erdogan’s former chief bodyguard and an ex-police chief, in a probe into the wiretapping of the Turkish PM. Gülen’s shadowy network has tried to topple Erdogan by all available means, one of which was the leaking of incriminating conversations. Up to this point, all efforts have failed and Erdogan is fighting back with a vengeance. Ever since the conflict intensified, the Turkish PM has made the case for a retrial of the military officers, who were purged in a joint AKP-Hizmet operation, fueling speculation that Erdogan intends to join forces with his old enemies against Gülen. On Wednesday, Turkey’s highest court paved the way for this alliance by ordering the release of 230 military officers convicted in the Sledgehammer trial. The power struggle has spread to several countries affecting even the annual Washington conference of the infamous American-Turkish Council (ATC). As previously discussed, the main battleground besides Turkey is Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani authorities did Erdogan another favor this week

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Major terrorist attack spoils gas deal celebrations

Posted by seumasach on May 31, 2014

Christoph Germann

The New Great Game Roundup

Boiling Frogs Post

25th May, 2014

The Great Game Round-Up brings you the latest newsworthy developments regarding Central Asia and the Caucasus region. We document the struggle for influence, power, hegemony and profits in Central Asia and the Caucasus region between a U.S.-dominated NATO, its GCC proxies, Russia, China and other regional players.

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Erdogan hails Russia’s efforts to improve situation of Crimean Tatars

Posted by seumasach on May 31, 2014

Fars News Agency

31st May, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday discussed the situation of Crimean Tatars and the crisis in Ukraine in a phone call.
Erdogan praised Russia’s actions to improve the living conditions and legitimate rights of Tatars residing on the Crimean Peninsula, RIA Novosti reported.

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Goodbye Afghanistan, hello Asia-Pacific

Posted by seumasach on May 28, 2014

A good analysis with the proviso that the Asia pivot itself amounts to nothing:

The US pivot: Rebalancing as retreat

Jim Lobe

Asia Times

28th May, 2014

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama announced Tuesday his intention to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. In a statement from the White House Rose Garden, Obama said he expects to reduce US troops levels from the roughly 32,000 which remain there now to 9,800 by the end of this year, and to cut that number by about half by the end of 2015. 

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Putin: I don’t think new Cold War will start, no one wants it

Posted by seumasach on May 25, 2014

Isolation of Russia is “impossible,” Putin stressed, adding that there is a “mutual dependence” between Russia with both the US and EU.


24th May, 2014

The Russian president believes a new Cold War is unlikely as no one is interested in it. Vladimir Putin cited Crimea as Moscow’s “reasonable response” to “the language of force” the West was trying to use, but added it should not happen again.

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A chocolate king rolls back new Cold War

Posted by seumasach on May 24, 2014


Indian Punchline

23rd May, 2014

The presidential election in Ukraine on Sunday promises to be a turning point in the Ukraine crisis. Both the West, especially Europe, and Russia peered down the abyss, didn’t like what they saw and would appear to be gradually pulling back in tandem, which in turn is investing the outcome of Sunday’s election with much importance. 

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Foro económico destaca colaboración Rusia-Alba

Posted by seumasach on May 23, 2014


22nd May, 2014

San Petersburgo, Rusia, 22 may (PL) El embajador de Cuba en Rusia, Emilio Losada, resaltó hoy aquí las posibilidades que ofrece la Alianza Bolivariana Para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA) de establecer con Rusia fuerte relación económica.


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Bipolar Relations?

Posted by seumasach on May 23, 2014

The Ukraine crisis has caused yet another standoff between the U.S. and Russia, and with talk of further sanctions against Russia abounding, a thaw in the relationship doesn’t seem to be on the horizon. How can the two sides rekindle a spirit of mutual understanding, and what’s needed to solve their grievances in a pragmatic way? Oksana is joined by former US Secretary of Commerce, Michael Kantor, and Dr Jerrold Green, the President of the Pacific Council on International Policy, to explore these issues.

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No more liberal apologies as Elizabeth Warren takes the offensive

Posted by seumasach on May 20, 2014

“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own,” she said. “Nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.” It was all part of “the underlying social contract,” she said, a phrase politicians don’t typically use.

Washington Post

18th May, 2014

Elizabeth Warren is cast as many things: a populist, a left-winger, the paladin against the bankers and the rich, the Democrats’ alternative to Hillary Clinton, the policy wonk with a heart.

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