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Washington ‘Won’t allow rapprochement between Russia and Germany’

Posted by seumasach on February 1, 2016

The possibility of a close German-Russian alliance would certainly send shivers down the spine of representatives of the Anglo-American hegemonic interests. It also implies that what we are looking at is not so much a European Union but a Eurasian one with  Germany,Russia and China at its core.

Sputnik

31st January, 2016

Washington is closely monitoring the relations between Russia and Germany and will do anything to prevent the union between the two countries, founder of the global intelligence company Stratfor, George Friedman, said.

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Pound plunges to five-year low as manufacturing performance is worse than expected

Posted by seumasach on January 12, 2016

The exposure of the chronic weakness of the UK economy is long overdue: a bombed-out high street, empty pubs, falling share prices, the collapse of the property bubble and local government insolvency are all on the horizon. But the negative current account is the icing on the cake. Presumably, this reflects lack of interest in UK government bonds and the continued need to monetise them i.e print money to buy them: hence the inevitability of a sterling crisis with an accompanying inflationary surge or rising interest rates which will trigger the collapse of the financial sector. We are indeed cursed by interesting times!

Telegraph

12th January, 2016

Sterling plunged to a five-and-a-half year low against the US dollar on Tuesday, as the UK’s manufacturing sector shrunk unexpectedly.

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Russia, Turkey on collision course

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

31st December, 2015

The Russian-Turkish tensions following the shooting down of a Russian warplane on November 24 are nearing a new threshold of mutual hostility. An interview by a Turkish dailythree days ago with a Turkish citizen by name Alparslan Celik who apparently had killed the Russian pilot in cold blood, cannot but be seen as taunt by Ankara, virtually hinting at its complicity in the killing.

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As the East creates, the West tries to destroy

Posted by seumasach on January 2, 2016

William Engdahl

New Eastern Outlook

28th December, 2016

I’m feeling more and more in recent months that, as difficult as it may be to believe, our world is moving away from seemingly endless wars. Make no mistake, we haven’t seen the end of wars at all. The dynamic and the war energy is changing, however. Not without a frenzy of self-conceit does the so-called Western World throw forks, china, pots, pans, rolling pins–anything it can get its bloody hands on–like a spoiled child throwing a gargantuan temper-tantrum. It tries to deny this reality over which it has less control by the second. The world is moving away from wars, from an, if-you-will, patriarchal psychosis of control–a matrix of fear, shame, guilt, rage, hate. What is beginning to emerge in what we in the West have egoistically termed the East, is construction, building new great projects to uplift a sector of mankind ignored for more that a thousand years. This transformative positive motion is what, if anything, will save our humankind from the mass death and destruction some in the West so devoutly wish for us.

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Saudi Arabia rallies Sunni boots to fight terror

Posted by seumasach on December 17, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

16th December, 2015

The announcement by Saudi Arabia on Tuesday regarding the formation of an Islamic military alliance to fight terrorism has caught everyone by surprise. The announcement came in the nature of a ‘joint statement’ purportedly by 34 Muslim states (here and here). The Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has personally identified himself with the initiative and held a rare press conference to claim that Riyadh would “coordinate efforts to fight terrorism” in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and Afghanistan. MbS announced that the alliance will be headquartered in Riyadh.

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Biden calls on Turkey to withdraw from Iraq

Posted by seumasach on December 17, 2015

“The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity and called on Turkey to do the same by withdrawing any military forces from Iraqi territory that have not been authorized by the Iraqi government.”

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call With Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi

The White House

Office of the Vice-President

16th December, 2015

The Vice President spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi yesterday following his December 14 call with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The Vice President noted the recent deployment of Turkish forces into northern Iraq had occurred without the prior consent of the Iraqi government. Both leaders welcomed initial indications of the withdrawal of some Turkish forces and agreed this should continue, reiterating that any foreign forces can only be present in Iraq with the coordination and permission of the Iraqi government. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity and called on Turkey to do the same by withdrawing any military forces from Iraqi territory that have not been authorized by the Iraqi government. The Vice President encouraged continued dialogue between Iraq and Turkey to address any outstanding grievances in the spirit of mutual cooperation. Both leaders reaffirmed their continued commitment to the fight against ISIL in Iraq.

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Russia’s campaign in Syria

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2015

Assad emphasized that French and British participation in the US-led airstrike campaign in Syria is illegal under international law and will not be instrumental in defeating Daesh.

“It is legal only when the participation is in cooperation with the legitimate government in Syria. So, I would say they don’t have the will and they don’t have the vision on how to defeat terrorism,” Assad said.

Assad seems to be implying that the US is working in cooperation with the Syrian government. The upcoming ISSG meeting in Vienna will be very interesting. Could France and Britain find themselves isolated over the issue of a Russian UN resolution?

 

Assad Explains Why Terrorists Are Losing

Sputnik

6th December, 2015

President Bashar al-Assad praised Russia for its efforts aimed at defeating terrorist groups, which are trying to establish an Islamic state in Syria. The US-led coalition, in his view, has failed to deliver on the promise to tackle Daesh, also known as ISIL.

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Britain in its bubble

Posted by seumasach on December 5, 2015

Cailean Bochanan

5th December, 2015

When Bassar-al Assad is re-elected as president of Syria in about 18 months time it is unlikely that David Cameron will still be in office. He is no doubt delighted to have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Wednesday in the House of Commons but it may turn out to be a pyhrric, pig in a poke.

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Russia pushes own antiterror UN resolution

Posted by seumasach on November 23, 2015

Russia to push for adoption of its draft antiterror resolution in UN Security Council

TASS

21st November, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, November 21. /TASS/. Russia will push for the soonest possible adoption of its draft resolution on the fight against terrorism in the United Nations Security Council despite the adoption of a France-proposed document, Russia’s Permanent Representaive to the global organization Vitaly Churkin said Friday.

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U.S.-Russia cooperation key to fighting Islamic State in Syria – EU

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2015

 

Reuters

15th November, 2015

Belek, Turkey. The United States and Russia must cooperate in fighting Islamic State in Syria, the president of the European Council said on Sunday, stressing Russia should focus its military actions there on the radical Islamists and not the Syrian opposition.

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India’s Modi faces an existential choice

Posted by seumasach on November 9, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

8th November, 2015

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which rules India, has suffered crushing defeat in the provincial elections in the populous northern state of Bihar on the Gangetic plains. Almost all estimates forecast a neck-and-neck fight between the Hindu nationalist BJP and the opposition alliance of secular parties. However, the results were a landslide in favor of the opposition alliance, which won two-thirds seats in the 244-seat state assembly.

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