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Germany supports Russian-Chinese ‘double freeze’ plan for North Korea crisis

Posted by seumasach on August 16, 2017

RT

16th August, 2017

Berlin supports the joint Russian-Chinese initiative for a “double freeze” to resolve the Korean crisis, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. The plan involves freezing missile launches in North Korea and South Korea’s drills with the US.

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The end of the ‘New American Century’ pronounced by the Pentagon

Posted by seumasach on July 29, 2017

Wayne Madsen

Strategic Culture

23rd July, 2017

The US Department of Defense is fond of issuing reports, many of which contain a massive amount of Pentagon jargon and gobbledygook terms. But, one recent report, while not lacking in typical gibberish, contains one clear and unambiguous message. The neo-conservative «New American Century» pet project, which saw the United States engage in quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an unending «global war on terror», is dead and buried.

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Putin and Trump stage-manage a win-win meeting

Posted by seumasach on July 8, 2017

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

8th July, 2017

From the start, the “positive chemistry” in the Mother of All Sit-Downs was a given. The format – with only the four principals, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and two translators – prevented any leaks. What was originally scheduled for 35 minutes went on for 2 hours and 16 minutes, and not even an impromptu appearance by First Lady Melania Trump – they were late for the Elphillarmonie pomp and circumstance – managed to stop the flow.

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Trump outmaneuvers the media — and sets the stage for détente With Russia

Posted by seumasach on May 14, 2017

Russia Insider

12th May, 2017

Within the Neoconservative ideology that holds sway over the American political establishment, it is axiomatic that democratic countries are peace-loving because they truly reflect in policy the peaceful and business-like mentality of the broad population.  By contrast, authoritarian regimes are warlike because they are inherently unstable, lacking as they do genuine grass-roots support, and must resort to external aggression or threats of violence abroad to keep their people in line. Authoritarian regimes should be brought down one way or another if we are to enjoy global peace. So the story goes.

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Don’t ask for whom bell tolls, it tolls for Russia sanctions

Posted by seumasach on January 31, 2017

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

31st January, 2017

Three things stand out in the respective readouts on the phone conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. One, they do not contradict each other in content, while the Russian readout is a more detailed version.

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Taking the long view

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2017

Justin Raimundo

Antiwar.com

24th January, 2017

The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.

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How Israel can align its strategy with China’s Silk Road

Posted by seumasach on January 22, 2017

Kevin Lim

Asia Times

21st January, 2017

When China’s President Xi Jinping articulated his idea of the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) in Astana in September 2013 and again a month later in Jakarta, 1what emerged was a vision to parlay large-scale economic dynamism into a foreign policy projecting Chinese influence overseas in the name of development. Inclusive and expansive at once, this is an ambitious vision and one which could seal ours as the Chinese century if it succeeds in weaving the loose ends of China’s overseas interests into a coherent whole. Three years into SREB, now better known as the “Belt& Road Initiative” (BRI), a part of the vision is slowly taking on flesh. The volume of media reports attests to this. What remains less clear is the strategic implications and opportunities of BRI on China’s partners. Occupying a slight sliver at the intersection of West Asia and the Middle East, Europe and Africa — regions of intimate relevance to BRI — Israel too has joined the new Silk Road caravan. Where does it fit in, and what difference does BRI make?

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Trump’s delusion: Halting Eurasian integration and saving ‘US World Order’

Posted by seumasach on January 17, 2017

Whereas all is seen through the prism of ideology, the reality behind the Trump phenomena is the failure of the unipolar project. Facts have hard heads and must ultimately impose themselves. The conveyor belt for this realism is ,logically, the armed forces who, on the hand, suffered directly from the futile wars and, on the other, survived the attempts of the neoconservative chickenhawks to isolate and diminish them. In this sense it is a patriotic movement. But, far from making America great again, the real challenge is to make of the USA a functioning nation state.

Federico Pieraccini

Stategic Culture

15th January, 2017

The failed foreign-policy strategy of the neoconservatives and neoliberals has served to dramatically reduce Washington’s role and influence in the world. Important alliances are being forged without seeking the assent of the United States, and the world model envisioned in the early 1990s – from Bush to Kagan and all the signatories of the PNAC founding statement of principles – is increasingly coming undone. Donald Trump’s victory represents, in all likelihood, the last decisive blow to a series of foreign-policy strategies that in the end undermined the much-prized leadership of the United States. The ceasefire in Syria, reached thanks to an agreement between Turkey and Russia, notably excluded the United States.

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Alibaba offers Trump 1 million US jobs, builds bridge for Sino-US ties

Posted by seumasach on January 11, 2017

South China Morning Post

10th January, 2017

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has offered the company’s e-commerce platform to help US businesses sell products to Asia, with the potential of creating up to 1 million American jobs, giving Donald Trump bragging rights of fulfilling his campaign vow even before he formally takes office.

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Why Trump believes in Julian Assange

Posted by seumasach on January 9, 2017

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

5th January, 2017

The US President-elect Donald Trump caught the attention of observers of international politics ever since he walked into the lion’s den, WaPo editorial board office, and began talking about US foreign policies soon after securing the Republican Party nomination. A Trump presidency instantaneously found appeal as good for world peace.

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Why they hate Rex Tillerson

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2016

Justin Raimundo

antiwar.com

14th December, 2016

While the Democrats morph into a neoconservative party of paranoiacs whose main issue is hating on Russia, and the John McCain-Lindsey Graham duo arises to make its last stand in a Trumpified GOP, Rex Tillerson is the perfect target of their ire. Seeking to delegitimize the President-elect as a Russian-controlled Manchurian candidate, the CIA-Clinton-Saudi axis of “resistance” is on the warpath, and Tillerson’s alleged ties to Vladimir Putin are taking center stage in what is bound to turn into a knock-down drag-out fight on the Senate floor.

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