In These New Times

A new paradigm for a post-imperial world

Archive for the ‘Drive to Global War’ Category

Facing total economic meltdown at home US/UK, spear-heading NATO, have chosen the path of confrontation with the rest of the world, a path which will lead us to the brink of war with Russia and China

US-Russian deal: ‘DoD openly saying It may or may not obey Obama’

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2016

Sputnik

It is a little hard to believe that the US Air Force’s attack on the Syrian Arab Army was a mere accident, Professor Stephen F. Cohen noted, warning the US party of war, which is adamantly opposed to any cooperation with Russia, is growing more and more influential in Washington.

Read more

Posted in Syria | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Russia calls U.S. bluff on Syria

Posted by seumasach on September 26, 2016

Alexander Mercouris

The Duran

26th September, 2016

With the Kerry – Lavrov agreement having collapsed and the US military ruling out imposition of a no-fly zone, the US can only rage as the Syrian army with Russian backing closes in on the Jihadis in eastern Aleppo.

Read more

Posted in Syria | Leave a Comment »

Why the recent developments in Syria show that the Obama Administration is in a state of confused agony

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2016

The Saker

23rd September, 2016

The latest developments in Syria are not, I believe, the result of some deliberate plan of the USA to help their “moderate terrorist” allies on the ground, but they are the symptom of something even worse: the complete loss of control of the USA over the situation in Syria and, possibly, elsewhere.  Let me just re-state what just happened:

Read more

Posted in Syria | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Washington experiencing ‘mutiny’ over Syrian conflict

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2016

. “What we are seeing now is the sinking of President Obama’s attempt at a détente with Russia. He is facing a concerted opposition of the Department of Defense, the CIA, the New York Times, Washington Post and the Democratic candidate. Can he prevail against that? I don’t think so.”

Crooke’s analysis is absolutely spot on! The implications of what has happened are immense. The USA is fragmenting at the top. It is very difficult for the Russians to see whoever is in the White House as a negotiating partner. We therefore enter into a  dangerous stand-off. As in Brexit Britain, the military-industrial-financial complex consolidates it’s hold on power at the expense of peace and the prosperity of it’s people. I do not say there will be war with Russia but a continuation of the peace process Obama had initiated looks very unlikely. Clinton doesn’t want it and Trump will run into the same obstacles as Obama.

RT

Interview with Alastair Crooke

23rd September, 2016

The US Defense Department effectively rebelled against the president’s authority when it said it may or we may not comply with the ceasefire, says former MI6 agent and founder of the Conflicts Forum Alastair Crooke.

Read more

Posted in Syria | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

France and Germany propose EU ‘defence union’

Posted by seumasach on September 15, 2016

The UK had in the past opposed steps toward the creation of an EU army or duplication of Nato structures.

But the Franco-German paper says that “taking into account the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU, we have to henceforth act as 27 [member states]”.

EUObserver

12th September, 2016

Germany and France have drawn up plans for closer EU defence cooperation, including a new military HQ and swifter deployment of overseas missions.

Posted in Battle for Europe, brexit crisis, Disband NATO! | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

‘Australia woos U.S., Canada after rejecting Chinese bids for Ausgrid’

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2016

“While China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and a major investor, Canberra cooperates closely on intelligence matters with Canada and the United States.”

As with Brexit the message is clear: never mind trade and investment, lets cement security ties with the Americans. Australia can now take it’s place in Oceania, an extreme right-wing neo-feudal remake of Orwell’s dystopia alongside kindred spirits such as Brazil’s Michel Temer and our own Theresa May. The end of globalisation is the talk of the town now that it is being led by China.

Asia Times

14th September, 2016

SYDNEY (Reuters) – North American bidders will not need an Australian partner to bid for Australian electricity distributor Ausgrid, an advisor on the potentially A$10 billion ($7.46 billion) deal said, after the government rejected sole offers from Chinese interests.

Posted in Containing China, Oceania | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Russia-China military ties take a leap forward

Posted by seumasach on September 12, 2016

What this reveals is that the new US doctrine of detente with Russia alongside containment of China is already dead in the water. The assumption behind this strategy would have been that Russia and China could be set at odds rather as they were by Kissinger in 1972. China’s deployment in Syria and Russia’s support for China over the South Seas have essentially laid to rest such delusions. As a result, I would predict that the Brexit project will be very short-lived, that Temer will be hoisted on his own petard of Facebook protest, that Macri will reverse his anti-China shift, that the oppositional movements Venezuela, South Africa and Zimbabwe will fail and that Australia will not end up preferring a security alliance with the USA to it’s vital economic interests in a trade deal with China. At the same time, all the logic of this situation points to a Trump victory in the US. There will be no comeback for the neo-con elements purged by Obama now gathering around Clinton. We are at a remarkable conjuncture with the moment of truth to come with the raising of interest rates in the US. Then we will know exactly the potential for East-West cooperation and a reset of the global financial system: whether what is to come will be merely painful or totally catastrophic.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

11th September, 2016

The wrap on the long-awaited China-Russia naval exercise in the South China Sea has been lifted, finally. From what Beijing disclosed today regarding the eight-day exercise (codenamed Joint Sea-2016), beginning on September 12, it is anything but a routine exercise. Make no mistake, it marks a leap forward in Sino-Russian military ties and signals a significant show of strategic congruence.

Read more

Posted in Containing China, Multipolar world | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Europe forges ahead with plans for ‘EU army’

Posted by seumasach on September 6, 2016

Who said good things wouldn’t come out of Brexit! The end of NATO is one of them. Without the UK European integration has received a shot in the arm and Europe begins to cast off US tutelage and emerge on the global stage as an independent force. As I have argued for some time this is a necessary step towards a multipolar world.

Telegraph

6th September, 2016

Europe is planning to forge ahead with plans for an EU Armythat some fear could eventually displace Nato, with senior officials in Brussels urging EU member states to capitalise on the “political space” left by Britain’s decision to vote to leave.  

Read more

Posted in Disband NATO!, Multipolar world | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Russia wins poker game with Japan over Kuril Islands

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2016

“Without doubt, China has taken note that there is a significant change in Japan’s thinking toward Russia. An editorial in the Global Times newspaper viewed this shift as an attempt by Tokyo in concert with the US with a view to “impose geopolitical pressure on China.”

The great thing about the USA’s containment of China strategy is that it gives full scope to Russian diplomacy on multiple fronts without really doing anything to undermine the Russia-China relationship which is solidly based on shared interests. Thus, Russia is fully engaging with both Japan and the UK in resolving outstanding differences. At the same time, the containment of China strategy looks like being short-lived: the brexit agenda is already unravelling, the Brazilian oligarchy under Temer may be hoisted on its own petard of Facebook revolution and Australia has been confronted by a stark choice between China and the USA which it must ultimately resolve in favour of the former. Is China really as concerned as it makes out?

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

4th September, 2016

Read full article

 

Posted in Containing China | Leave a Comment »

Australia must choose between US and China

Posted by seumasach on September 1, 2016

Asia Times

 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A senior U.S. soldier said on Thursday Australia must choose between a stronger U.S. alliance or closer ties with China, and urged Canberra to take a tougher stance against Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

Read more

Posted in Containing China, Oceania | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Joe Biden came, saw, but failed to conquer Turkey

Posted by seumasach on August 26, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

26th August, 2016

If US Vice President Joe Biden hoped for a trade-off with Turkish President Recep Erdogan – US assurances over Euphrates River ‘red line’ for Kurdish militia in lieu of Turkey’s acquiescence with Islamist preacher Fetullah Gulen remaining in Pennsylvania – that was not to be. ‘Euphrates Shield’ pre-empted Biden’s bidding. Erdogan thereby made Gulen’s extradition a ‘stand-alone’ issue. US’s Syria policies are in free fall and Turkey is increasingly eyeing Russia and Iran as its key interlocutors to resolve the Syrian problem.

Read more

Posted in Multipolar world, Syria | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

 
%d bloggers like this: