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US gives up on Central Asian base

Posted by seumasach on October 21, 2013

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

21st October, 2013

The United States has turned its back on what could have been a thrilling episode in the Great Game in Central Asia. The Pentagon announced on Friday that the US is vacating Manas airbase in Kyrgyzstan by July 2014, as demanded by Bishkek.

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How AIPAC lost its grip

Posted by seumasach on October 5, 2013

M.J.Rosenberg

Intifada-Palestine

3rd October, 2013

have always believed that, at some point, the Israeli prime minister and his lobby would lose their grip on U.S. Middle East policy. At least I’ve believed that since 1982 when Tom Dine, AIPAC’s most successful executive director, explained how it would happen.

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Wal-Mart ‘Made in America’ drive follows suppliers’ lead

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2013

Reuters

25th September, 2013

(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc, whose focus on low-cost sourcing helped to fuel the offshoring of U.S. manufacturing, has been promoting a patriotic new image in recent months.

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Rouhani surfs the new WAVE

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2013

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

25th September, 2013

He came. He listened. And he surfed.

“I listened carefully to the statement made by President Obama today at the General Assembly… [I’m] hoping that they will refrain from following the short-sighted interests of warmongering pressure groups and we can arrive at a framework to managing our differences.”

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Obama v. Wall Street

Posted by seumasach on September 21, 2013

Cailean Bochanan

21st Septemebr, 2013

I’ve already been called mad for my assertion over the last nine months or so that Obama is actually engaged in some kind of peace process involving a historic compromise with Russia in working a resolution of the Syria crisis as well as a broader Middle East settlement. I seem to be the only one who doesn’t know that Obama is a bad guy and that bad guys do bad things, like rocketing Syria at the first available opportunity. My detractors assessment of my mental health is about to become a lot worse since I now propose to suggest that Obama is readying to pit himself against Wall Street- yes, that’s right. Obama, the Manchurian Candidate with a chip in his brain. is about to take on the financial oligarchy of whom he is nothing other than a puppet! What could be the basis for such an exorbitant thesis?

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Obama again puts military strike – and vote in Congress – on hold

Posted by seumasach on September 10, 2013

Obama again puts military strike – and vote in Congress – on hold to give Russian proposal a chance

Debka

10th September, 2013

US president Barack Obama went against the words of his advisers, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice Monday, and offered in TV interviews early Tuesday, Sept. 10, to “absolutely” put on hold military action against Syria, as well as the vote in Congress,  if Bashar Assad abandoned chemical weapons. He said he found some positive signs in the Russian proposal [for Assad to hand over his chemical arsenal to international control] and said he was willing to run it to ground in the next few days to see if the Syrian issue can’t be solved without the military option.

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No banker left behind

Posted by seumasach on August 19, 2013

[This is very interesting coming from a source which Fox News describes as “a virtual mouthpiece for the administration”. Is Obama’s new direction leading to the inevitable clash with Wall Street?]

“Detroit’s problems are a reminder of broader challenges, identified but still unmet: protecting pensions; protecting municipalities from Wall Street; and, at long last, revoking the obscene privileges of banks that allow them to prosper on the failings of others.”

Editorial Board

New York Times

15th August, 2013

The Detroit bankruptcy case has been cast as a contest between bondholders and pensioners that can be resolved only by shared sacrifice.

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Ankara reconsiders backing for islamist Syrian rebels

Posted by seumasach on August 17, 2013

[Although widely unnoticed the shift in US policy in the region is deep and far-reaching. This back down by Turkey is one result of it, the marginalisation of Qatar, Hamas and the the Muslim Brotherhood is another.  The stage is being set for the Geneva 2 conference.]

Voice of America

16th August, 2013

ISTANBUL — Earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan openly criticized al-Qaida-linked terrorist groups operating in Syria.  Previously, Turkey’s government had been reluctant to criticize such groups, and has been frequently accused of supporting them tacitly, if not openly. But Ankara now appears to be distancing itself from them.

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Obama reforms Patriot Act

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2013

Obama touts NSA surveillance reforms to quell growing unease over programs

Guardian

9th August, 2013

Barack Obama announced the first public review of USsurveillance programs since 9/11 on Friday, in what amounts to the president’s first concession that the mounting public concern in response to disclosures by whistleblower Edward Snowden justifies reform.

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Obama to urge congress to shutter Fannie, Freddie

Posted by seumasach on August 7, 2013

And so will these debts be financed via the bailout of the banks?

Money News

6th August, 2013

Buoyed by an improving housing market, President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed a broad overhaul of the nation’s mortgage finance system, including winding down government-backed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He declared that taxpayers should never again be left “holding the bag” for the mortgage giants’ bad bets.

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US lawmakers call for review of Patriot Act

Posted by seumasach on June 11, 2013

So this whole affair serves as a cue for Obama to “review” the Patriot Act which correlates with his apparent sidelining of Homeland Security

US lawmakers call for review of Patriot Act after NSA surveillance revelations

Guardian

10th June, 2013

The White House has said it would consider congressional calls to review the Patriot Act after conceding that revelations over the scale of US surveillance activity had sparked “an appropriate debate”.

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