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Russian Argentinian economic collaboration

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2014

Turning crisis into opportunity

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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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Maliki defies Sistani as his party abandons him

Posted by seumasach on August 13, 2014

“The West, especially the US is are responsible for the success of the ISIS. The West supported the rebels in Syria against the Assad regime. Extremist groups took over most of the rebel movement, out of which ISIS emerged.”

That’s indisputable, but the West appears to have changed sides and is now opposing them. Their bombing of ISIS positions has not been condemned by Iran. Indeed, according to M.K.Bhadrakumar, Iran is broadly supportive as long as there is no US troop deployment on the ground.

FOAB

11th August

Nouri al-Maliki, outgoing Prime Minister, will claim that his party betrayed him. His party will claim that they are working for the national interest, and obeying Ayatullah Ali al-Sistani. 65 out of 92 MPs of the Maliki-led State of Law Coalition (SoL) left the SoL and backed Haider al-Abadi as PM.

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US analysts conclude MH17 downed by aircraft

Posted by seumasach on August 12, 2014

New Straits Times

7th August, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: INTELLIGENCE analysts in the United States had already concluded that Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down by an air-to-air missile, and that the Ukrainian government had had something to do with it.

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EU wants to avoid vicious circle of sanctions

Posted by seumasach on August 11, 2014

EU Wants to Avoid Getting Trapped in Vicious Circle of Sanctions – Foreign Policy Expert

RIANovosti

8th August, 2014

MOSCOW, August 8 (RIA Novosti) – The European Union does not want to get trapped in a vicious circle of sanctions and countermeasures, in which the countries feel obliged to exchange more and more restrictions, foreign policy expert at Carnegie Europe, Richard Youngs, told International Information Agency Rossiya Segodnya.

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EU infighting over Russia retaliation

Posted by seumasach on August 11, 2014

Sanctions bite-back: Bickering, EU infighting over Russia retaliation

RT

11th August, 2014

There is growing dissent in the EU over policies that led to a de fact trade war with Russia. Meanwhile the countries not toeing the line are reaping the benefits, irritating those who jumped on the sanctions bandwagon.

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India’s ‘Look East’ policy in times of change

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2014

“The fact of the matter is that the headlong plunge into a new level of military involvement in the Middle East (Iraq) and Eurasia (Ukraine) incapacitates the US from advancing the rebalance strategy in Asia and China is taking advantage of it. Wang’s meeting with the US secretary of state John Kerry in Myanmar yesterday gives a flavor of the Chinese confidence that the Barack Obama administration has its hands full during the remaining period of the presidency (until end-2016) and comes under compulsion to “respect China’s legitimate rights and interests” in the Asia-Pacific and to enter into a constructive engagement with China.” So much for Obama’s grand pivot to China initiative!

M.K.Bhadrakumar Indian Punchline 10th August, 2014 The frequency of high-level interaction between India and China has perceptibly increased since the new government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in late May. This cannot but be viewed as signaling the Modi government’s foreign-policy priority, although Beijing set the ball rolling with the extraordinary diplomatic move to depute China’s foreign minister Wang Yi to Delhi in early June in a manifest desire and sense of urgency to open lines of communication with the new Indian leadership.

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America’s losing strategy in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2014

Something is going wrong- a noted Western media outlet is telling the truth about Ukraine!

Nation

August, 2014

The international crisis in Ukraine, which has escalated into a civil war between pro-Russia separatists in the East and the pro-West government in Kiev, has taken a turn for the worse since the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Immediately, despite the fact that investigations had not even begun, the United States accused rebels of having shot the plane down. This increased tensions between Russia and the West, as both the United States and several European countries held Moscow responsible and called for more sanctions against Russia.

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Why have so many Ukrainians fled to Russia?

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2014

All these non-existent Ukrainian refugees fleeing from non-existent bombing by non-existent neo-fascists who aren’t tools of NATO!

Investment Blog Watch

8th August, 2014

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The West on the wrong path

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2014

The publication of this article could be a key moment in this unfolding crisis. It reveals not only German self-interest but German self-awareness, the latter a much rarer commodity amongst today’s nations.

Gabor Steingart

Handelsblatt

9th August, 2014

Düsseldorf. Every war is accompanied by a kind of mental mobilization: war fever. Even smart people are not immune to controlled bouts of this fever. “This war in all its atrociousness is still a great and wonderful thing. It is an experience worth having“ rejoiced Max Weber in 1914 when the lights went out in Europe. Thomas Mann felt a “cleansing, liberation, and a tremendous amount of hope“.

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The Euro-BRICS project

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2014

NKI BRICS-LEAP meeting in Paris (27/07/2014)

LEAP 2020

4th August, 2014

On July 27th, in Paris, as part of the Euro-BRICS project, representatives of NKI BRICS and LEAP met in order to discuss interesting perspectives of cooperation. NKI-BRICS’ website reports:

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