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There’s more to Turkey’s failed coup than meets the eye

Posted by seumasach on July 19, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

18th July, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin did on Sunday what no major western leader from the NATO member countries cared to do when he telephoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan to convey his sympathy, goodwill and best wishes for the latter’s success in restoring constitutional order and stability as soon as possible after the attempted coup Friday night. (Kremlin website)

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Winners, losers in Turkey’s coup bid

Posted by seumasach on July 18, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

16th July, 2016

The bloody coup attempt in Turkey by a section of the military has failed and the night of the long knives is about to begin. The geopolitics of the coup makes it inevitable that reverberations will be felt far and wide beyond Turkey.

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Erdogan has nine lives, survives Gulen’s coup

Posted by seumasach on July 17, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

16th July, 2016

Turkish authorities have just stopped short of alleging that the abortive military coup last night has geopolitical significance. The hints are coming in driblets.

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Europe goes soft with China over South China Sea ruling

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

“It is doubtful that the European bloc and its single state members will welcome recent calls from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies for a transatlantic initiative to inflict economic and financial penalties on China over its refusal to obey the arbitration court’s legal decision”

We may now see the EU moving closer to China and even reviving the 2003 strategic partnership. At the same time Brexit frees EU diplomacy for closer engagement with Russia and , potentially, with the Eurasian Union. Britain’s step back could prove salutary and at a certain point reengagement will be possible and necessary. In the meantime the USA will hide its detente with Russia with some saber rattling in the China Sea.

Asia Times

14th July, 2016

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US to offer Russia ‘synchronized airstrikes on ISIS, guided from joint HQ’

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2016

Britain spurns China and moves closer to the USA. The USA moves closer to Russia. Therefore, it would appear that Anglo-American detente with Russia is on the horizon whilst China is the new enemy in a move which reverses Nixon’s famous diplomacy of the early seventies.

RT

14th July, 2016

The US reportedly seeks to create a joint HQ with Russia to share intelligence and conduct “synchronized” strikes on Islamists in Syria. The plan, if approved, would see unusually deep military-to-military ties for the two nations amid uneasy relations.

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US-Saudi: Yesteryear days are gone forever

Posted by seumasach on April 24, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

22nd April, 2016

President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday has boomeranged. His good intentions were never in doubt – mend fences between the two countries. But what emerges is that it will need much more than one visit – maybe, even one full presidency cannot fulfill such a mission. According to Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief, all the King’s horses and all the King’s men cannot put Humpty Dumpty together again.

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Washington’s dog-whistle diplomacy supports attempted coup in Brazil

Posted by seumasach on April 24, 2016

Huffington Post

22nd April, 2016

The day after the impeachment vote in the lower house of Brazil’s congress, one of the leaders of the effort, Senator Aloysio Nunes, traveled to Washington, D.C. He had scheduled meetings with a number of U.S. officials, including Thomas Shannon at the State Department.

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Hybrid war hyenas tearing Brazil apart

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2016

Pepe Escobar

RT

19th April, 2016

The gloomy and repulsive night when the female president of the 7th largest economy in the world was the prey of choice fed to a lynch mob of hyenas in a drab, provincial Circus Maximus will forever live in infamy.

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Brazil- Report from Zombieland

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2016

A radicalização política e a intolerância chegaram hoje a um ponto perigoso. Não há mais debate, apenas bate-boca e gritaria. Neste cenário dominado pelas paixões, tudo pode acontecer, mesmo um sério conflito social.( Political radicalism and intolerance have today reached a dangerous point. There is no more debate, just a shouting match. In this scenario dominated by emotion anything can happen, even a serious social conflict)

Jose Murilo de Carvalho talking to the BBC

The report below which a friend sent me from Brazil gives a strong sense of the extremely disturbed atmosphere prevailing in Brazil.

RELATÓRIO DA ZUMBILÂNDIA – O DAY AFTER IMPEACHMENT
(Um brasileiro exilado no seu próprio país)

Gui Mallon

English translation at bottom

Estou escrevendo escondido no meu refúgio, em uma terra cada vez mais tomada por zumbis. O vírus vidiótico se espalha velozmente através de uma mosca azul hipnótica que faz “plim-plim”. Chama-se TV Globo. A única maneira de escapar do seu alcance é vestir a alma de vermelho. Mas com cuidado para não transparecer, porque os zumbis andam em grupos e se reconhecerem qualquer nuance desta cor, mesmo em cabelos ruivos, são capazes de atacar, gritando: FORA IGUALDADE !
FORA LEGALIDADE ! FORA FRATERNIDADE !
Temo principalmente pela minha família…

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Brazil- Anything could happen, even a serious social conflict

Posted by seumasach on April 19, 2016

‘Tudo pode acontecer, até um sério conflito social’

BBC

22nd March, 2016

Um dos mais conhecidos historiadores brasileiros, em especial pela publicação, em 1987, de Os Bestializados: O Rio de Janeiro e a República que Não Foi (livro que fez uma análise crítica sobre o processo de proclamação da República no Brasil), José Murilo de Carvalho oferece uma visão pessimista do atual momento político do país.

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Use google to translate from Portuguese

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Modi takes left turn, heads for India’s impoverished villages

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2016

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

1st March, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi coasted to a magnificent victory in the 2014 parliamentary poll in India winning an absolute majority and punctuating the ‘coalition era’ in the country’s politics on a platform of ‘development agenda’, which the world applauded as a mandate for accelerating market reforms.

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