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Face it, Obama. Without Assad, you’ve got no strategy in Syria

Posted by seumasach on January 26, 2015

Gelb, president emeritus and board senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), recommends “a strategy that includes Assad and Iran as the key players in countering the jihadis.” All in all, this article provides great insight into the conflicts within the US administration, specifically between the Pentagon and the State Department.

Leslie H.Gelb

The Daily Beast

22nd January, 2015

If the administration does not come up with a clear plan to defeat the jihadis and end the Syrian war, Congress should not sign on to it.

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Moscow will not allow new cold war

Posted by seumasach on January 21, 2015

TASS

21st January, 2015

MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. Russia will not allow a new cold war as it is impossible to ensure global security through unilateral actions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told an annual press conference on Wednesday.

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Charlie Hebdo and Fredou: Who’s awake, who’s still in bed?

Posted by seumasach on January 17, 2015

Asia Times

16th January, 2015

On Thursday, January 8, France 3, the second-largest French public TV channel, reported the death that morning of a police commissioner who had been investigating the January 7 attack on the French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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CNAS, the democratic version of conquest imperialism

Posted by seumasach on January 7, 2015

By characterising the divisions within the US elite as between “one favourable to the imperialist division of the world with China and possibly Russia (President Obama’s position) and, on the other hand, the expansionist imperialists (gathered around Hillary Clinton and General David Petraeus)” Meyssan reveals the utter confusion on the left concerning imperialism.  On the one hand, the imperial project requires the destruction of Russia and China and on the other there are no anti-expansionist imperialists: empire is all or nothing. The confusion arises from Lenin’s “economic” interpretation of imperialism as a stage in the development of “capitalism”(See my article Globalisation: Multipolar World or New World Order? Although the left cannot concede it, Obama is, in fact, embracing the multipolar world order, as shall soon become quite evident to all. This article is, however, of the highest interest in pinpointing the foci of opposition to him inside the US elite and confirms his prescience in sidelining Petraeus and Clinton.

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

6th January, 2015

The Syrian crisis, which had already been solved by the first conference in Geneva in June 2012, continues despite all the agreements negotiated with the United States. Clearly, the Obama administration does not obey its leader, but is divided between two political lines: one favourable to the imperialist division of the world with China and possibly Russia (President Obama’s position) and, on the other hand, the expansionist imperialists (gathered around Hillary Clinton and General David Petraeus).

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Russia to launch high speed railway between Moscow And Beijing

Posted by seumasach on January 6, 2015

Between Moscow And Beijing With Travel Time Of 48 Hours

IBTimes

5th January, 2015

 Russia will build a high speed railway line between Moscow and Beijing. This will cut down the travel time to about 48 hours. The existing travel time is seven days, and it will be a revolution when it will be cut to two days.

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Chinese auto industry looks to Detroit

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2015

Chinese auto industry looking to strengthen ties with Detroit automakers, parts suppliers

Detroit Free Press

13th June, 2014

China’s automotive industry needs to increase its spending on research and development and strengthen its joint venture ties with U.S. automotive manufacturers, a top Chinese automotive official said today in Troy.

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Obama renounces imperialism

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2015

“America’s never been in the business of colonizing other countries and grabbing their resources; we’ve never been in the business of bullying folks into doing things that we can’t do for ourselves. Where we have done that, by the way, it’s never worked out all that well. That’s not our best tradition.”

NPR

29th December, 2014

NPR’s wide-ranging interview with President Obama covers recent executive actions on Cuba and immigration, race relations in the U.S., health care, the midterm elections and extending democracy in the Middle East.

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Ice cracking in US-Russia ties

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

1st January, 2015

The fascinating thing about the Russian-American relationship is that it is seldom what it seems to outsiders. The two powers dissimulate so often like cats snarling – you never know whether they are actually fighting or are getting into a romantic foreplay. One reason why China could be very cautious about the Ukraine crisis is this real difficulty to be judgmental. The safe thing is, perhaps, to keep a wary distance.

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Thereby Hangs a Tail

Posted by seumasach on December 18, 2014

Thunderbolts

17th December, 2014

Direct statements concerning dramatic changes in the appearance of planets are few and far between in ancient sources.

A classic example is a fragment from the obscure Greek astronomer Castor of Rhodes (1st century BCE), as cited by his contemporary, the Roman grammarian Marcus Terrentius Varro, who was in turn cited by the church father Augustine of Hippo (354-430 CE). According to this tantalisingly brief passage, the planet Venus once “changed its colour, size, shape and course, a thing which has never happened before or since.” This information, frequently considered in catastrophist theories, presents quite a puzzle.

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Congratulations Rosetta, shame about the science…

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2014

Wallace Thornhill

The Electric Universe

15th December, 2014

Congratulations to the team responsible for the success of the Rosetta mission to comet 67 P Churyumov-Gerasimenko (henceforth 67 P). However, it’s a shame that scientists misled the engineers with their cherished story of icy comets, which resulted in an inappropriate design for the lander, Philae. Chris Reeve writes, “We train all physicists to adopt the same basic scientific framework — at the expense of also teaching them how to analyze the same phenomenon from multiple perspectives — and then we wonder why certain problems remain unresolved despite the investment of massive resources, people and time. The very act of rigidly training everybody in the same framework seems to me the problem which precludes their solution.”

 

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Russia, India on new course for partnership

Posted by seumasach on December 13, 2014

Putin: nuclear deals set Russia, India on new course for partnership

TASS

11th December, 2014

NEW DELHI, December 11. /TASS/. Long-term partnership between Russia and India lies ahead in the wake of major deals in nuclear engineering, Russian President Vladimir Putin said after talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday.

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