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2015: The world is defecting to the East

Posted by seumasach on October 28, 2014

LEAP 2020

15th October, 2014

Two important facts emerge from the past four weeks’ news. First, China is becoming the world’s largest economic power, officially overtaking the US, based on GDP measured in purchasing power terms (IMF figures) of $17.61 trillion (compared to $17.4 trillion for the US). If the official media hasn’t raised the slightest eyebrow to this information, our team believes that it’s an historic event: the US is no longer the world’s largest economic power and, inevitably, that changes everything ! (1)

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Will China ride to the rescue of Britain’s dilapidated infrastructure?

Posted by seumasach on October 28, 2014

Telegraph

27th October, 2014

China could plough more than £100bn into Britain’s ageing infrastructure by 2025, according to economic forecasters, as questions are raised over the costs of a third high speed rail link across the Pennines in the North of England, connecting Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Hull.

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Obama snubs Israel

Posted by seumasach on October 28, 2014

Israel Says Relations With US Coming Under Strain: Israeli Defence Minister Feeling Snubbed During Visit To The US

IB Times

27th October, 2014

Israel, considered to be closest strategic ally of the United States, has expressed concern that a crisis is brewing in its relations with the U.S. The flash point was the alleged snub meted out to Israel Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon by the Obama administration during his visit to Washington, last week.

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Wal Thornhill and David Talbott on Rosetta

Posted by seumasach on October 27, 2014

26th October, 2014

Today, the chief principals of the Thunderbolts Project, Wal Thornhill and David Talbott, take a closer look at the latest information from the Rosetta mission to Comet 67P.

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Who cooked the Hong Kong broth?

Posted by seumasach on October 27, 2014

Now that Britain is a strategic partner of China they have gone rather quiet on the Dalai Lama and so-called democracy protests. Now they are going a step further: the BBC report referred to below is as deadly as it is understated. Linking the Hong Kong protests as well as Pussy Riot and so much else to the Oslo Freedom Forum leaves little doubt as to who is really behind such movements: a brief google search into the family tree of that body suffices.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th October, 2014

The sensational report by the BBC that the protests in Hong Kong known as Occupy Central were in reality not spontaneous or indigenous, but were choreographed carefully two years ago and executed by foreign forces and that around 1000 Chinese activists could be “trained demonstrators” would corroborate the reports from Moscow to this effect a few weeks ago — expect that the Russian reports unwaveringly pointed finger at the US as mentoring the entire enterprise.

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Towards the world’s first supranational parliament

Posted by seumasach on October 26, 2014

“Les mouvements citoyens anti-austérité ou simplement soucieux de démocratisation du système décisionnel européen seraient bien inspirés de joindre leurs voix pour exiger des élections trans-Euroland. Cela pourrait accélérer la transition.”

The protest movements across Europe remain stuck in the familiar vagaries of “another world is possible”. They need to leave aside their “anotherworldlyness” and find concrete goals. Given that they are not anti-European, for the most part, they should focus on the issue of European or, more specifically, Eurozone construction. The creation of sovereign, democratic structures at Eurozone level is urgent required especially given the failure of national governments to break out of the Atlanticist stranglehold dramatically illustrated by the fiasco of their dealings with Ukraine. The eurozone still has to create an independent foreign and defense policy, deal with the insolvency of its financial institutions and rebuild the real economy.

Un Super-Comité de l’Euroland au sein du Parlement européen ? En route vers le premier Parlement supra-national du monde

Marie-Hélène Caillol

LEAP 2020

24th October, 2014

La crise de l’Euro a permis de déployer l’embryon institutionnel de la zone Euro : de la BCE au Sommet de l’Euro via l’Eurogroupe, l’UE et les Etats-Membres se sont rendu compte à partir de 2009 qu’ils avaient omis de doter d’un système de gouvernance ce nouveau souverain apparu en 2002 au sein de l’UE, l’Euroland. Ni l’UE ni les états-membres n’étaient donc en mesure de prendre les décisions qui s’imposaient, encore moins de les mettre en oeuvre. Alors il a fallu créer à toute vitesse les mécanismes et les instances nécessaires. Ce fut fait et cela sauva, temporairement, l’euro.

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Dominique De Villepin Valdai speech

Posted by seumasach on October 25, 2014

Spiral of Mistrust Needs to Be Reversed

Valdai Club

The situation with the sanctions is neither good for Russia, nor good for the rest of the world. It’s a spiral of mistrust that needs to be reversed. It’s important to face the fact that today we have the possibility to change the situation. We need to go back to the stronger dialogue.

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The forgotten coup

Posted by seumasach on October 23, 2014

-how America and Britain crushed the government of their ‘ally’, Australia

John Pilger

23rd October, 2014

Across the political and media elite in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.

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Speech by Cristina Fernandez, President of Argentina at UN

Posted by seumasach on October 9, 2014

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New silk roads and an alternate Eurasian century

Posted by seumasach on October 6, 2014

Pepe Escobar

Tom Dispatch

5th October, 2014

During Iraq War II (2003-2011), I used to imagine that the Chinese leadership would gather weekly in the streets of the Forbidden City, singing and dancing to celebrate American idiocy.  Year after year, when the U.S. might have faced off against a rising China, as its leaders had long had the urge to do, it was thoroughly distracted by its disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq.  I can’t help but think that, with a bombing campaign revving up in Iraq and now Syria, the boots of 1,600 military personnel ever closer to the ground, and talk of more to come, with Iraq War III (2014-date unknown) predicted to go on for years, they are once again rejoicing.  For all the talk in recent years about the Obama administration’s military “pivot” to Asia, there can be no question that its latest Middle Eastern campaign will put a crimp on its Pacific “containment” planning.

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Europe, NATO (re)engage Russia

Posted by seumasach on October 3, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

3rd October, 2014

I wrote ten days ago that I could hear the faint sound of the West beating the retreat in Ukraine. Now I can say the retreat is gathering momentum. The Barack Obama administration may have signaled that the worst is over in the standoff with Russia.

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