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Britain must talk to Assad

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2014

I don’t think Assad would be interested in allowing British bombing raids on his country. He is doing very well fighting the NATO jihadis himself. However, we could make sure that support for the “rebels” is cut off and make it clear that Britain recognizes the Assad government as the legitimate government of Syria.

Britain must talk to dictator Assad to defeat Isil, says former head of the Army

Telegraph

22nd August, 2014

Britain must co-operate with President Assad, the Syrian dictator, in order to confront Isil, the former head of the Army has said.

General Lord Dannatt, the former Chief of General Staff, said the West must secure the permission of the Syrian government in order to launch airstrikes on Islamist militants.

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Serbia rejects sanctions on Russia

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2014

Serbia Says It Won’t Impose Sanctions on Russia

ABC News

22nd August, 2014

Despite pressure from the European Union, Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia or curb its food exports to that country, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday.

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Cameron wants an alliance with Iran

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2014

I am delighted that David Cameron has adopted the position long argued in these columns that Britain should form a strategic partnership with Iran. He should do the same with regard to Russia and China and , in general, move to fully embrace multipolarity

Independent

17th August, 2014

Britain must prepared to ally itself with Iran to combat the “shared threat” of Sunni Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria who want to create “a terrorist state” that could extend to “the shores of the Mediterranean,” David Cameron has said.

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Rifkind: US and UK should back Assad to defeat ISIS

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2014

“We have to deal with facts on the ground, not as we would want them to be but as they are,”

I totally agree with Rifkind here and the facts on the ground are that Assad with the overwhelming support of his people defeated our attempt to overthrow him and destroy Syria. The sooner we get used to that fact the better. As it happens the IS is probably largely drawn from our own Jihadi irregulars and veterans of that failed Syria campaign. They are , of course, dispensable and the need for their elimination forms a useful pretext for reversing our previous, fruitless policies of antagonism towards Syria and Iran

RT

22nd August, 2014

The US and UK must work with Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime if they are to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the chairman of Britain’s intelligence and security committee warns.

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​Right Sector threatens armed march on Kiev

Posted by seumasach on August 17, 2014

That was a smart move by Poroshenko sending the Right Sector/National Guard to the East and leaving them to their fate. But they’ve caught on and the survivors are on the way back to the Maidan for a very interesting showdown.

RT

§7th August, 2014

The far-right Ukrainian group Right Sector has threatened its armed forces will raid Kiev unless authorities release all its members and end all criminal investigations against them. They accused the police of being “anti-Ukrainian.”

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Can a peaceful outcome be salvaged in Ukraine?

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2014

Alexander Clarkson

Oriental Review

12th August, 2014

On 4th August, the world marked 100 years since World War I, a conflict that resulted in 16 million deaths and was in many ways a prerequisite for Word War II.

A century later, a new conflict is brewing, this time between Russia and Western countries, with Ukraine being the hotspot of military activity. Ever since a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest broke out in Kiev on 21 November 2013, Western leaders have blamed Russia for the escalation of conflict, imposingeconomic sanctions on the country. However one of the primary reasons for the intensification and continuation of this crisis is a complete lack of an attempt to understand Russia’s position. Instead of looking to communicate and engage with Russia to find a mutually beneficial solution, Western policy seems to be based on threatening Russia to do as the West tells them, or else bear the brunt of further sanctions. There has been a complete disregard towards Russia’s side of the story.

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Iran endorses transition in Baghdadh

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2014

For once, Obama finds himself on safe ground in his foreign policy.Clinton may huff and puff but the forces on whose behalf she wanted intervention in Syria are essentially the same as those who everyone opposes in Iraq. Where was Clinton, and the rest of the West, while Christians were being ethnically cleansed in Syria? Obama has brought things a full circle and what we see now is the Arab Spring in reverse with the CIA’s Islamic terrorists on the retreat. At the same time this has facilitated Obama’s rapprochement with Iran and covered Assad’s victory in Syria and the West’s corresponding humiliation. Where is “Assad must go!” now?

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

13th August, 2014

As I noted in an earlier blog, Tehran’s stance on the political transition in Iraq will be a decisive benchmark for judging the outcome of the shadow play in Baghdad that has been choreographed jointly in London and Washington. 

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Dmitri Trenin: Geopolitical analysis

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2014

New World Order at Stake of US-Russia Geopolitical Competition – Political Analyst

RIANovosti

1st August, 2014

The confrontation between Moscow and Washington over the Ukrainian internal strife will doubtlessly shift the global balance of power, believes Dmitri Trenin, a well-known Russian political scientist, author, and the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.

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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.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

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?

EUObserver

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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