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EU/UK/US – union, dislocation, reinvention: The great systemic transformation of the West

Posted by seumasach on May 17, 2015

GEAB

15th May, 2015

For the fourth consecutive month, accompanied by all the usual precautions, our team continues to believe that the crisis’ peak is now behind us. It’s clear that two photos taken five minutes before and five minutes after this peak can be identical. On the other hand the film isn’t comparable; it’s that the perspective is radically different. The mountain walker knows, after crossing the pass that the descent seems easier than the climb: clear direction, gravity on one’s side, shelter in sight… But be careful all the same, before reaching the tarmac road obstacles and risks of a fall are still very present, perhaps even aggravated by the comfortable feeling associated with the fatigue of the climb. This impression of the end of the walk is exactly what our team feels after four months now. Some of our readers are surprised to see us put on rose tinted spectacles; are the spectacles rose tinted or is it really this crisis’ setting sun shining through?

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U.S. wakes up to New (Silk) World Order

Posted by seumasach on May 15, 2015

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

15th May, 2015

The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.

History may signal it all started with this week’s trip to Sochi, led by their paperboy, Secretary of State John Kerry, who met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin.

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U.S. puts Russia-China entente to litmus test

Posted by seumasach on May 15, 2015

Just when the left intelligencia thought they had found a Manichean struggle they could really get their teeth into Kerry goes swanning into Moscow to exchange high fives with Lavrov, metaphorically speaking, and in the blink of an eye the much-vaunted New Cold War is dead. The conflict with Russia was invaluable in covering the retreat in Syria and Iran: now a bit more rough wooing of China with some gratuitous and utterly vacuous threats thrown in is covering the retreat from Moscow. Obama really wants a close engagement with both Russia and China and the capital inflows and the easing of the military budget which will flow from it, buts wants to make it clear that there will be “consequences” if his overtures are rejected. He also has one eye for the various dead-enders and nostalgics at home, in Wall Street, in the military-industrial complex, the lobbies and, above all ,the media who still haven’t grasped that the unipolar moment has passed. All in all, Obama is playing a masterful game in steering the good ship America and, consequently, the whole of humanity to safer waters, a journey which could culminate in new beginnings and much needed national and global reconstruction.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

14th May, 2015

There is no need to second guess the identity of the third party present in the room in Sochi on Tuesday when the U.S. secretary of state John Kerry met the Russian leaders. Most certainly, if a strong stimulus is to be accounted for as working on the U.S. president Barack Obama’s cerebral mind prompting him to break the ice in the relations with Russia, it is the Sino-Russian entente that has emerged in global politics. See my blog Obama’s overture to Putin has paid off.)

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George Osborne offers devolution route to cities with elected mayor

Posted by seumasach on May 14, 2015

The Tory program to end “big government” nows goes ahead although, of course, it was scarcely discussed in the election campaign. Central government will no longer be able to play its traditional role in terms of spending and, at least potentially. standing as a barrier to oligarchy.

Guardian

14th May, 2015

George Osborne will on Thursday invite England’s big cities to join Manchester in bidding for devolved powers, as long as they agree to be governed by a directly elected mayor.

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US admits that Kiev fails to honor Minsk accords

Posted by seumasach on May 13, 2015

“I think Kerry’s visit was intended not just to signal a shift in the US stance but, above all, to try to partially restore the dialogue that had been practically severed. Naturally, if the United States wants to resume dialogue, it must take into account Russia’s stand, at least on some issues,” Pushkov said. 

TASS

13th May, 2015

MOSCOW, May 13. /TASS/. The United States has acknowledged for the first time that Kiev doesn’t comply with the Minsk agreements, Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Alexey Pushkov told reporters on Wednesday. He commented on the remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry, which he made following talks in Sochi with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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India flaunts strategic autonomy on Red Square

Posted by seumasach on May 12, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

6th May, 2015

The seventieth anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany falls this weekend. The World War II erupted when India’s freedom struggle was nearing the high noon and the demand was rising to a crescendo that Britain should “quit” India. There were two opinions in India at that time as to who was India’s bigger enemy – Britain or Japan. Unsurprisingly, in zero sum terms, it appeared to many that Britain’s defeat meant India’s victory.

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Is Wi-Fi making your child ill?

Posted by seumasach on May 10, 2015

Powerful interests are behind the role out of Wi-fi in schools but the interests of children’s education and health are not one of them. Despite overwhelming evidence spanning over 50 years the likes of Dr Simon Mann can still come out with this:“We do not think the balance of available scientific evidence on radiofrequency has shifted and, as such, our position remains that PHE [Public Health England] sees no reason why Wi-Fi should not continue to be used in schools and in other places,”

Dr Erica Mallery-Blyhte is a brave woman who deserves the support of all right-minded people

Telegraph

9th May, 2015

Six years ago, Dr Erica Mallery-Blythe moved to the country, stopped carrying a mobile phone and sacrificed a successful career in emergency medicine to focus on a new medical interest – radiation emitted by Wi-Fi, mobiles and other wireless devices.

She is now one of the country’s few professional advisers on medical conditions related to radiofrequency (RF) radiation and other electromagnetic fields (EMFs).

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Will spying for US be the end of Merkel?

Posted by seumasach on May 9, 2015

Russia Insider

8th May, 2015

The blame game has long since begun in the German capital, as have efforts to determine who knew what and when and who misled which supervisory authority and when. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has become entangled in inconsistencies. Chancellery head Peter Altmaier and several of his predecessors are under fire.

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Kerry ‘issuing a warning’ to EU on Russia sanctions

Posted by seumasach on May 5, 2015

It is hard to see what Kerry expects to achieve from this other than another own goal. At it’s height the US empire didn’t threaten, they acted- everyone who mattered knew why. Now they are highlighting division and almost encouraging the breaking of ranks.

RT

30th April, 2015

John Kerry admitted the EU and the US have disagreements by issuing a warning and letting them know that if Europe doesn’t keep the sanctions against Russia “there is going to be something to pay,” Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Peace Institute told RT.

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‘Italy can’t afford to close doors to Russia’

Posted by seumasach on May 5, 2015

RT

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has said that “Italy can’t afford to close the doors to Russia” and “can’t cut ties” with Moscow. His statements come just days after Italian officials postulated that the sanctions against Russia may be lifted.

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Russian missile sale to Iran involves unseen deals with Israel

Posted by seumasach on May 5, 2015

Bloomberg

4th May, 2015

Last month, when President Vladimir Putin of Russia announced plans to sell a powerful anti-missile system to Iran before the lifting of international sanctions, Israel was quick to join the U.S. in expressing shock and anger.

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