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A way out glimmering in the obscurity

Posted by seumasach on November 12, 2022

Cailean Bochanan

12th November, 2022

Suddenly there are two possible deals emerging: on the one hand, Washington agrees to recognise the four regions which have been incorporated into Russia on the basis of a vote which the West had declared invalid and the Republicans, the GOP, agrees to recognise the result of an election  which the OSCE was not permitted to monitor. The two are logically connected: the USA accepts it’s defeat in Ukraine and at the same time US ruling class pulls together abandoning any semblance of democracy as it negotiates the dangerous rapids of imperial retrenchment.

The problem I have with this scenario is how Russia can accept a rump Ukraine which can still be weaponised as an anti-Russian state. In other words, if they cannot denazify it themselves, how can they trust the Americans to do it for them? The question could be put in another way: is the collective West prepared to denazify itself, to sideline the mad warmongers, the neocon, and address all the Russian concerns expressed before the Ukraine war began? That would be a turn-up for the books!

However, something extraordinary has to happen. If Sullivan has given the Russians an ultimatum not to launch a final, decisive winter offensive then the prospect of nuclear war looms large and terrifying. If the war is allowed to run it’s course, the rout of NATO would have revolutionary consequences for the West- no ruling elite in history has survived anything comparable. If elite survival is the goal then neither of these scenarios is credible and the only remaining option of a fudged compromise, no matter how unlikely, remains the only solution, the only way out of the labyrinth in which the illusory manifest destiny loses itself while the lights go out on the City on the Hill.

Stranger things have happened: who would have imagined that the last Roman emperor Romulus Augustalus would do a deal with the Goths: but it preserved the ascendancy of the Senatorial elite. If elites hang together they  won’t hang separately. The US ruling class has given an object lesson in class solidarity as millions of popular votes disappear. Kali Lake has had to be censured for taking it personally. She should remember that the democracy stuff only ever was talk. But the time for such talk is over. It’s time to walk the walk- and the walk is a retreat.

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Michael Hudson: Keynote speech at the David Graeber anthropology conference in France

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2022

The Saker

12th July, 2022

“It may seem strange to invite an economist to give a keynote speech to a conference of the social sciences. Economists have been characterized as autistic and anti-social in the popular press for good reason.   They are trained to think abstractly and use a priori deduction – based on how they think societies should develop. Today’s mainstream economists look at neoliberal privatization and free-market ideals as leading society’s income and wealth to settle at an optimum equilibrium without any need for government regulation – especially not of credit and debt.”

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Vaccine Narrative Collapses as Harvard Study Shows Jab More Dangerous than COVID

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2022

Florida Standard

14th September, 2022

As boosters that have not been tested on humans are being rolled out across the country, a new study indicates that the jab is far more dangerous than COVID-19 itself. And the CDC has provided false information regarding their tracking of adverse events linked to the vaccines.

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Soros’ dream: To turn China into a neoliberal grabitization opportunity

Posted by seumasach on September 6, 2021

Michael Hudson

Counterpunch

2nd September, 2021

Soros gives his game away by stating that “Xi does not understand how markets operate.” What he means is that President Xi rejects rapacious rent-seeking, exploitative free-for-all, and shapes markets to serve overall prosperity for China’s 99 Percent. “As a consequence, the sell-off was allowed to go too far,” Soros continues. What he means is, too far to maintain the dominance of the One Percent. China is seeking to reverse economic polarization, not intensify it.

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Biden gives green light to US-China thaw

Posted by seumasach on September 3, 2021

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

3rd September, 2021

Significantly, Kerry also held talks with Politburo member Yang Jiechi, China’s most senior diplomat. It does look already that a confrontational approach toward China may have become highly improbable during the Biden presidency. The geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region is on the cusp of change.

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UK gunboat diplomacy fires blanks at China

Posted by seumasach on September 1, 2021

Andrew Salmon

Asia Times

31st August, 2021

The delusional Global Britain agenda is set to run for some time, always on the road to nowhere

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Blowback: Taliban target US intel’s shadow army

Posted by seumasach on August 30, 2021

Pepe Escobar

The Cradle

27th August, 2021

So we have the CIA Director William Burns deploying in haste to Kabul to solicit an audience with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, the new potential ruler of a former satrapy. And he literally begs him to extend a deadline on the evacuation of US assets.

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Why the loss of Afghanistan ultimately ends the Empire

Posted by seumasach on August 30, 2021

Akrainer

29th August, 2021

This episode and its implications will not be lost on other servants of the Empire. Will the its corrupt puppets in the Middle East, Africa, South America and elsewhere be comfortable following the Empire’s dictates? Will they obediently “build back better,” ploughing over their economies and social fabric, destroying their people’s lives? After Afghanistan they will have to think about making nice with their own people and seek cooperation with other global powers, primarily China and Russia. The Empire has already been check-mated in Ukraine; it lost Syria and their hold on Iraq has all but slipped away. Afghanistan may well prove to be its mortal wound.

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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-9

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2021

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th August, 2021

The horrific terrorist strikes in Kabul on Thursday which killed at least 12 US servicemen and dozens of civilians will lead to a higher level of cooperation between the US and the Taliban. 

The commander of CENTCOM Gen. Kenneth McKenzie disclosed to journalists on Thursday that  the US was already sharing information on terror threats in Afghanistan with Taliban. As he put it, “We share versions of this information with the Taliban so that they actually make searches… We think they’ve thwarted some.”

The US is finally coming round to the Russian view that the real terrorist threat in Afghanistan stems from the Islamic State and not the Taliban — and, more importantly, Taliban can be a useful partner in the fight against the ISIS. 

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How China’s Gorbachev Was Flushed in 1989

Posted by seumasach on August 20, 2021

Matthew Ehret

The Duran

20th August, 2021

To this day, many people are still unclear as to the nefarious role that Hungarian mega speculator-turned philanthropist-turned color revolutionary George Soros has played in international affairs over the past 40 years. Sadly, many of those who have woken to the systematic carnage created by the elderly sociopath tend to make the mistake of either 1) assuming that the man has run an international conspiracy to rid the world of nation states all by himself or 2) believe him to be a stooge for the “evil Chinese Communist Party” which seeks to overthrow the western Christian-based order.

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New Cold War: Some Western pundits want to break up Russia & China

Posted by seumasach on August 5, 2021

In fact, the destruction of Russia and China is the goal along with the destruction of their own countries. At the heart of Western policy is a shocking nihilism and the vain hope of a New World Order built of the rubble of national sovereignty.

Paul Robinson

RT

5th August, 2021

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