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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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China’s yuan takes leap toward joining IMF currency basket

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2015

Reuters

14th November, 2015

 

China’s yuan moved closer to joining other top global currencies in the International Monetary Fund’s benchmark foreign exchange basket on Friday after Fund staff and IMF chief Christine Lagarde gave the move the thumbs up.
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Time Is running out for Pax Americana’s apologists

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2015

Oriental Review

11th November, 2015

The paradox of the current global crisis is that for the last five years, all relatively responsible and independent nations have made tremendous efforts to save the United States from the financial, economic, military, and political disaster that looms ahead. And this is all despite Washington’s equally systematic moves to destabilize the world order, rightly known as the Pax Americana.

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Brief note on the Xi/Ma summit

Posted by seumasach on November 10, 2015

Asia Times

8th November, 2015

The historic meeting between the leaders of Mainland China and Taiwan is the first ever of its kind. All previous meetings were between leaders of the two parties, the Communists of the Chinese Communist Party and the Nationalists of the KMT.

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Xi-Ma summit has changed the status quo

Posted by seumasach on November 10, 2015

Asia Times

9th November, 2015

My good friend, a university mathematics professor and keen observer of Taiwan politics, pointed out to me that by virtue of the Xi-Ma historic summit having taken place, the goal posts of Taiwan’s status quo has already moved a step farther from independence.

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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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UN chief, China, Germany, prioritize Syrian stability to resolve refugee crisis

Posted by seumasach on November 9, 2015

 

“He also noted that Berlin’s interests are “more in line with those of Russia and China than those of the US,” echoing what German political scientist Matthias Küntzel in 2009 referred as the emergence of a “new constellation” of powers with USA/UK/France on one side and Russia/China/Germany on the other.[8]

With the recent upgrade of Sino-British relationship to “comprehensive strategic partnership” and EU members clamoring to join China’s AIIB and ‘One Belt One Road’ initiatives earlier this year, the Beijing-Moscow-Berlin based constellation may actually be expanding.[9]

Asia Times

9th November, 2015

In 2003, Germany opposed US invasion of Iraq, and again in 2011 when US bombed the Gaddafi regime that tragically transformed Libya from a relatively stable country to a failed state.[1]

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World yuan-ization thanks to the City of London

Posted by seumasach on November 5, 2015

Voltairenet

5th November, 2015

The Government of China promotes the internationalization of «the people’s currency» (‘renminbi’) through a policy of alliances that does not take ideological barriers into account. In a first moment the diplomatic forces of the yuan were concentrated in Pacific-Asia, but in a second moment, it became necessary to gain the support of the West. After the President Xi Jinping visited London, between the 19th and the 23rd of October, the bases of the «golden age» between China and the United Kingdom were established, with which both countries looked to push the yuan-ization of the world economy.

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David Cameron warned against Syria vote by Commons committee

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2015

Cameron’s plans were dead in the water from the moment the Russians intervened. However, unilateral, illegal action is not the only option: we could respond to Putin’s appeal for a UN authorised coalition against ISIL. Corbyn should be backing this and probably would do so but for his Russophobic leftist base.

BBC

3rd November, 2015

An influential Commons committee has urged David Cameron not to press ahead with a vote on UK air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Foreign Affairs Committee – which has a Conservative majority – said the prime minister should instead focus on efforts to end Syria’s civil war.

 

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US, Russia hold joint military training exercise in Syria

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2015

Albawaba

4th November, 2015

US and Russian fighter jets conducted a joint training exercise above Syria on Tuesday, according to an American defense official.  

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Egyptian President Sisi tells UK: finish job in Libya

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2015

As I have been saying: the Libya debacle will return to haunt Cameron

Egyptian President Sisi tells UK: finish job in Libya to stop another Syria

Telegraph

4th November, 2015

 

David Cameron should complete the “mission” he started in Libya to prevent the country becoming another Islamist-dominated state like Syria, Egypt’s President will demand when he visits Downing Street on Wednesday.

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