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The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

Posted by seumasach on August 22, 2015

William Dalrymple

Guardian

4th March, 2015

One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was rarely heard outside the plains of north Indiauntil the late 18th century, when it suddenly became a common term across Britain. To understand how and why it took root and flourished in so distant a landscape, one need only visit Powis Castle.

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Victory in Vienna

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2015

Justin Raimondo

Antiwar

15th July, 2015

The historic agreement signed by the P5+1 and the government of Iran marks a turning point in America’s relations with the world. It reverses the momentum of nearly fifteen years of constant warfare and puts us on a path to peace.

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Middle East: The predictable defeat of France

Posted by seumasach on June 9, 2015

This analysis contains the following sensational revelation which I have no way of confirming but makes perfect sense in the context of the overall situation

“The signing of the agreement was threatened by the fall of Palmyra, which cut the « Silk Road », in other words the communications route between Iran on one side, and Syria and Hezbollah on the other [10]. In the event that Palmyra should remain in the hands of the jihadists (in other words the mercenaries who are fighting against the « Axis of Resistance » [11]), Teheran would be unable to transport its gas and export it to Europe, and would therefore have no interest in signing an agreement with Washington.

The Assistant Secretary of State thus informed the meeting that he had authorised the « Axis of Resistance » to bring fresh troops into Syria in order to defeat Daesh. By that he meant 10,000 Revolutionary Guards, who would reinforce the Syrian Arab Army before the 30th June. So far, the Syrians have been defending themselves alone, with help only from the Lebanese Hezbollah and the Turkish PKK, but without Russian or Iranian troops or Iraqi militia.”

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

8th June, 2015

While the signature of the agreement between Washington and Teheran draws ever closer, Thierry Meyssan retraces and analyses the policies of François Hollande in the Near East which uphold his support for the Gulf monarchies and Israeli apartheid. Indisputably, the author demonstrates the fact that this policy, which is contrary to the values of the Republic and the interests of the Nation, exclusively serves the personal ambitions of a few individuals and the social group they represent.

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Washington’s Great Game and why it’s failing

Posted by seumasach on June 9, 2015

Alfred McCoy

Tom Dispatch

7th June. 2015

It might have been the most influential single sentence of that era: “In these circumstances it is clear that the main element of any United States policy toward the Soviet Union must be that of long-term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies.” And it originated in an 8,000 word telegram — yes, in those days, unbelievably enough, there was no email, no Internet, no Snapchat, no Facebook — sent back to Washington in February 1946 by George F. Kennan, the U.S. chargé d’affaires in Moscow, at a moment when the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was just gaining traction.

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Dollar no more

Posted by seumasach on May 3, 2015

Sputnik

30th April, 2015

In early 2014, Justin Yifu Lin, the former World Bank Chief Economist, blamed the dominance of the US dollar for global economic crises and said it should be eliminated as the world’s reserve currency. According to Lin, the solution would be to replace the national currency with a global currency.

In the recent months, several countries, including Russia, China, India and Turkey, have decided to ditch the US dollar in their foreign trade, often paying for products in gold or other agreed on currencies.

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Britain’s fragile finances are a political no-go area

Posted by seumasach on May 3, 2015

Liam Halligan

Telegraph

2nd May, 2015

Aren’t financial assets “simply pumped up by printed money?” Don’t share prices “need to adjust downward by something like 50pc?” Is it “really the case that if Greece leaves monetary union, other countries won’t follow?” It must “surely be wrong to try solving a debt problem by taking on even more debt?”

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The dwindling US economy

Posted by seumasach on May 2, 2015

Paul Craig Roberts

Institute For Political Economy

29th April, 2015

The announcement today (April 29) of a barely positive GDP first quarter 2015 growth rate of 0.2 percent (two-tenths of one percent) is an intentional exaggeration.

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China ploughs £1bn into Docklands

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2015

“The investment is a strategically important beginning for our exploration in the European market,” Li Huaizhen, Minsheng’s CEO, said in Shanghai

Telegraph

15th February, 2015

A Chinese investment firm has announced it is to invest £1bn in a homegrown development project to create a third financial district in east London.

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Cracks In Washington’s empire

Posted by seumasach on March 23, 2015

Paul Craig Roberts

17th March, 2015

Washington’s EU vassals might be finding their backbone. Britain, Germany, France, and Italy are reported to have defied Washington’s orders and applied to join the Chinese-led Asian Investment Bank. Australia, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and Luxembourg might also join.

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Prince William meets China’s president Xi Jinping

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2015

as he invites Queen to visit Beijing

The meeting, by far the most heavyweight diplomatic mission the Duke has ever attempted, not only heralded a new beginning for relations between China and the Royal family, but also symbolised the extent to which Britain is desperate to court what will soon be the world’s biggest economy.

Telegraph

2nd March, 2015

His father the Prince of Wales famously referred to China’s leaders as “appalling old waxworks”, and has never been back to the country since.

But his son the Duke of Cambridge pulled off something of a diplomatic coup, and a major thawing of relations between Beijing and the Royal family, by gaining an unexpected audience with President Xi Jinping.

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Obama trying to marginalize the intransigent anti-Syrians

Posted by seumasach on February 16, 2015

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

16th February, 2015

After long hesitating, the Obama administration has adopted its new defense doctrine. For the Levant, it is no longer a question of “reshaping the broader Middle East”, nor of overthrowing President Bashar Assad, but only of “reducing” the Islamic Emirate. The White House hopes to put its military machine in order and running. To do this, President Obama is trying to get the support of Congress.

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