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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

Independent

 

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

Wazars

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

GEAB

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

M.K.Bhadrakumar

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.

Telegraph

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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Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2015

Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin, says West should ‘abandon zero-sum mentality’

Independent

28th February, 2015

China has voiced its support for Russia’s handling of the Ukraine crisis, with prominent diplomat Qu Xing calling on the West to “abandon its zero-sum mentality”.

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Forget all our other troubles – the Russians are coming!

Posted by seumasach on February 26, 2015

I think Neil Clark is spot on in identifying Trident as a key motive behind the current wave of lunatic, anti-Russian hysteria. All the more reason to campaign for its termination!

Neil Clark

RT

24th February, 2015

The gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow. Train and bus fares continue to rise. Twice as many people are living in poverty than 30 years ago. And our National Health Service is being privatized before our very eyes.

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General Clark reveals that Daesh is an Israeli project

Posted by seumasach on February 22, 2015

Voltairenet

22nd February, 2015

General Wesley Clark, former Supreme Commander of NATO, told CNN that the Islamic Emirate (“Daesh”) had been “created by our friends and allies to defeat Hezbollah.”

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Russia might bailout Greece

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2015

RT

31st January, 2015

Greece hasn’t outright asked Russia for a loan, but Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Moscow wouldn’t rule it out. His statement comes days after Greece openly opposed further economic sanctions against Russia.

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