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The New World Order is not turning out as planned. Instead of all power emanating from London and Washington, new power centres are emerging to the South and East: a new global equilibrium raises the possibility of a new post-imperial age of peace and equality between nations.

The G7’s Build Back Better spending plan to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a glorified PR stunt that’s destined to fail

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2021

Tom Fowdy

RT

14th June, 2021

At first glance, the West’s proposal for a global infrastructure investment programme similar to China’s looks impressive. But its intention to use private finance makes it impossible to take seriously.

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China’s foreign policy is rooted in non-alignment

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2021

Tom Fowdy

30th March, 2021

China.org

China’s foreign policy is in fact traditionally rooted in the idea of “non-alignment” that states should not form “power blocs” that divide the international system or single out other countries. This is a well-established tradition. China became an observer of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1992, a diplomatic grouping of countries originally founded in 1955 to protect their common interests, national sovereignty and avoid the confrontation brewing between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This organization was founded on the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty, common development and opposition to the idea of “hegemony.” 

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Russia to eliminate US dollar from sovereign wealth fund

Posted by seumasach on June 4, 2021

RT

3rd June, 2021

Speaking later on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov backed the decision, saying that “the de-dollarization process is constant. It is, in fact, now visible to the naked eye.” He added that the move away from financial dependence on Washington “is taking place not only in our country, but also in many countries around the world, which have begun to experience concerns about the reliability of the main reserve currency.”

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Biden wants to remain engaged with Russia, China

Posted by seumasach on May 30, 2021

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

28th May, 2021

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Jacinda Ardern is now the West’s woke weak link

Posted by seumasach on May 9, 2021

Welcome to the Multipolar World Order! Arden’s crime is to choose strategic autonomy rather than hanging on to the dead end of the post-WW2 system. The New Cold War benefits no one but a small coterie linked to the military/industrial complex. Despite a huge ideological offensive peace risks breaking out!

Con Goughlin

Telegraph

21st April, 2021

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United States of Europe

Posted by seumasach on May 3, 2021

In his History of the Second World War, Churchill expressed his opposition to the United Nations post-war order promoted by Roosevelt and supported by Stalin. This would , of course, be a re-militarised Europe, confirmed by his support for war with the Soviet Union in 1945, Operation Unthinkable, and the fact that this proposal formed the seed of NATO. Of course, this NATO-to-be did contradict the UN, contrary to what he claimed in this speech, since NATO institutionalised the Nazi-“iron-curtain” also championed by Churchill, paralysing the workings of the global body. Not enough has been made of the rift between Churchill and Roosevelt. Whereas Roosevelt was surprisingly pro-Soviet, perhaps due to the impact on him of the oligarchical pro-fascist coup attempt against him in 1934 Churchill by his actions enabled Hitler and obviously sought through him the destruction of the Soviet Union. Neither of the two maritime powers, the USA and the UK, was capable of winning without sponsoring one of the great land powers but crucially they chose different ones. Roosevelt also sought the dismantling of the British Empire in direct conflict with Churchill who continued to champion it. Roosevelt sought a partnership with the Soviet Union as the central axis of the post-world order. As well as his virulent hostility to the Soviet Union Churchill also sought to instrumentalise the USA towards the fulfilment of his own goals. Roosevelt made derisory reference in his correspondence with Churchill to the State Department which he sought to bypass as a nest of pro-British elements, a sort of pro-British deep state. 1944 saw both Churchill’s attack on pro- Soviet, Greek partisans and the election of Truman to the vice-presidential candidacy in place of the pro-Soviet Henry.A.Wallace, both events foreshadowing the Cold War. The death of Roosevelt before the end of the war left Churchill as the most influential voice within the West. On the one hand, Roosevelt’s four pillar UN , to become five with the addition of France, remained in place but NATO emerged as a counterpoint to it representing the Western hegemony which the war itself had failed to bring about. That fundamental conflict remains with NATO now superceeding UN in it’s “peace-keeping” role in such far-flung corners as Afghanistan. Under cover of covid there has been a push to extend and intensify NATO influence notably with an Asian NATO based on the Quad grouping of India, Japan and Australia. Ironically, Brexit does not aim for the withdrawal of Britain from Europe but, rather, for the reframing of Europe as a military alliance against Russia, just as Churchill would envisaged it. This is seen in the E-3, the UK, France and Germany to be constituted in the European Security Council. The London-Washington conflict of the war years is back in the form of the anti-Trump campaign run from London and seems set to continue under Biden who has already disappointed Western militarists. Perhaps the best way to look at the global situation today is that WW2 never finished and that the nature of the world order to come, be it based on diplomacy and partnership or wars and regime change operations , is yet to be resolved.

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Biden losing friends and gaining enemies

Posted by seumasach on April 27, 2021

Biden’s unforced errors are killing America in the grand geopolitical game of the 21st century

Biden appears to represent Trumpism without Trump: the key here may be that all the Joints Chiefs of Staff are Trump appointees and remain at their posts under Biden. Behind all the smoke and mirrors lies the realist current within the USA and nothing could be more realistic than ending America’s extensive network of bases, alliances, covert operations, client states etc., in short ending America’s informal empire. This is necessary work as this empire’s raison d’être, global hegemony, the New World Order is now, more than ever, clearly a chimera. Since retreat from empire contradicts America’s special status it must be carried through covertly, unannounced creating facts on the ground which open the doors to a multipolar world order

Brandon J.Weichert

Asia Times

27th April, 2021

US President Joseph R Biden rose to power promising to restore America’s purportedly ailing alliances. Allies are needed to assist the United States in curbing the rise of China, Russian aggression, and Iranian revanchism. Yet in the last several weeks, the Biden administration has gone out of its way to alienate potential allies across the world. 

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Swamp fails to drain Trump

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2021

Cailean Bochanan

1st March, 2021

Trump’s triumphant return at the CPAC can only accentuate the despair felt in Atlanticist circles, especially those emanating from London. After 4 years trying to tame the beast he is back and Biden’s election turns out to be a Pyrrhic victory. In fact, Trump looks in a stronger position than ever, continuing to highlight the blatant electoral fraud which denied him victory ( with three dissenters on the Supreme Court openly sympathetic), pushing for quicker reopening of schools (with falling “cases” due to a suspiciously timed intervention from the WHO curbing PCR testing excesses), a plank of Biden’s programme, lamenting Biden’s failure to withdraw the military from the Middle East and escoriating the treacherous republican leadership to the delight of the crowds, a Republican leadership which now has no choice but to endorse the man they queued up to stab on Capitol Hill. There is nothing here to suggest that the greatly feared Democratic Party dictatorship has become a realty. Trump has not been driven from political life, his supporters haven’t been hunted down, the far-left, rather than being empowered, are in despair at having been sold down the river so soon. The drive to open up the economy as the so-called covid epidemic tails off is becoming irresistible.


While Trump exudes strength, Biden exudes weakness. True, he has presided over a piece of gratuitous aggression, a missile attack on Syria, a traditional blooding of the new incumbent, but it’s questionable whether he was even informed, let alone consulted about it. His Vice-President Kamala Harris certainly wasn’t and complained vociferously. In office, but not in power. Extraordinarily, leading members of the Democratic Party want to take away Biden’s power to press the nuclear button. I would suggest that is symptomatic of a situation where power is escaping their hands. They want to control the president but someone else is already doing that. Quite explicitly, in fact. Shortly before Biden’s inauguration the Joints Chief’s of Staff made the unprecedented announcement that they would guarantee the Biden succession. So he owes his position to them in a sort of managed transition. Is this a soft military regime being signalled to us also through the occupation of Washington DC by the National Guard, at Trump’s command remember! General Michael Flynn spoke openly of a military intervention but not quite in this way. The fact that he is not facing treason charges, which undoubtedly would have been the first move of a Democratic single party dictatorship following on a coup by electoral fraud, confirms that the coup hasn’t happened. The appointment of his brother to head Asia Command confirms it doubly. It is as if MacBeth, after killing Duncan, continued to encounter his ghost in the corridors of the castle, failed to kill Banquo and the rest of the Duncan supporters, promoted some of them and even allowed them to continue to propagate conspiracy theories about Duncan’s death.

If we are in a period of military stewardship of the United States what would their goal be? To keep the states unified, in the first instance. They would seek to prevent the slide into civil war so confidently predicted in certain circles. Blocking normal politics would then be an essential step since normal politics is driven by irreconcilable extremes. Having a puppet Democratic president is then ideal to take the wind out of the sails of the loony left whose identity nonsense if incompatible in principle with any stable body politic. They do indeed seem to have gone quiet and the Trots are in despair, always a reliable marker. As WSWS puts it : “Biden and the Democratic Party leadership have strengthened Trump and his fellow Republican plotters.”


They would also have grasped by now that China has emerged victorious from Coronawars and that the USA better open up quickly before even more damage has been done to its standing in the world. They would also seek to salvage something of the middle class as some kind of stable base to the political system.


They would also seek to strengthen the military, of course, through the time honoured method of generating tension against imaginary enemies. At the same time the realists would be in charge as they have tended to be since the Iraq debacle and the overthrow of Rumsfeld, checking any temptation towards reckless conflict. This, of course, is contradictory but the trend towards non-engagement by US troops spread out around the world will likely continue. Any realist would also realise that US levels of defence spending are incompatible with diminished US economic power and the looming financial blowout. Perhaps, bringing the troops home and curbing the Military/Industrial Complex might be the twin planks of future Trump foreign policy. Meanwhile, London will continue its amateur propaganda campaign to bounce the USA into conflict with the evil Russians

The great losers in these developments are precisely these the warmongers and neo-imperialists in London. As I have argued within the anti-lockdown movement, the immediate goal of lockdown is not a NWO, as advocated by Klaus Schwab, already a figure of fun and general derision, but the NOW, the New Order of the West, a remilitarised, streamlined West under the leadership of a re-empowered NATO and Johnson’s D-10, a grandiose Freedom Alliance of the Western democracies with the Eastern democracies, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India underpinned by the strict denial of basic democratic rights under the pretext of an imaginary epidemic. Significantly, the ten leading countries in terms of covid “cases” are members of NATO. By Covid will they stand or fall. They will fall.

Trump has not drained the swamp but neither has the swamp drained Trump. The USA is in an unstable equilibrium that has to resolve itself either through its refoundation as a nation state or a disastrous, renewed bid for global hegemony.

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Why Russia is driving the West crazy

Posted by seumasach on February 14, 2021

Pepe Escobar

Zero Hedge( Article from Asia Times)

13th February

This is a great article by Escobar a man with long , hands-on expertise on Asian affairs. It is an antidote to all the piss-poor stuff we get from the Libertarians about “authoritarian” Russia. That word no more characterises Russia than “free” characterises Britain. In fact, a nation which bases its freedoms on Magna Carta, 1215, and the Bill of Rights, 1789, is not only not free, it’s a joke. To my way of thinking two great powers straddle the world, Russia the Eurasian pole and the USA, the Euramerican pole. Their convergence represents the great hope for global peace and prosperity. It has precedent in Lincoln’s Russian alliance and the Roosevelt-Stalin, anti-Churchill pact. Trump, and even Obama, attempted to move in this direction. Resistance to this. orchestrated from London, was feral. As Escobar shows, there are so many dimensions to Russia and even to the Soviet Union. Stalin now begins to look like an Asia despot, he was Asian, who tried to marginalise the communist party but failed. However, Russia has now succeeded completely in defining its place in the world, straddling Europe and Asia. Meanwhile, in the USA things remain obscure. Trump seems to have emerged stronger than ever after “losing” the election and being gifted an absurd attempt at impeachment which defies belief. The hawkish anti- Russia and China stuff doesn’t seem to be coming from Biden. Instead we have series of military leaders making hostile pronouncement on foreign policy: General Kenneth MacKenzie on Iran; Admiral Charles Richard making senile nuclear threats against Russia and China and our very own General Sir Nick Carter hyping cyberwars and an Asian NATO, no less. And, talking of NATO, we have , of course, the belligerent bureaucrat, the supreme warlord, the Shogun of the West, Jens Stoltenberg pontificating provocations such as getting Ukraine to join NATO( They are Nazis so I suppose that gives the proposal some rationale). All in all, certain elements in the West have never recovered form the failure of Barbarossa at the gates of Moscow in 1941. Stalin broke the hearts of Western imperialism and it has just been madness ever since. Can it end? Can a sane and rational leadership emerge in the West to finally put an end to three thousand years of war and inaugurate a new, peaceful epoch in the human story.

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What’s driving Australia’s China policy U-turn

Posted by seumasach on December 7, 2020

Johnson’s grandiose plans for a D-10 alliance against China are already running into trouble. Germany is not banning Huawei, Japan’s position is ambivalent and Australia seem hesitant to self-destruct for the dubious privilege of a war with their closest trading partner, China. What is more France is following it’s own interests in the Brexit negotiations rather than the EU or Atlanticist position. Multipolarity is showing itself as a reality as nations pursue strategic autonomy rather than imperial dictates

Ken Moak

7th December, 2020

Asia Times

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has toned down his tantrum over Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian’s posting of a piece of art depicting soldiers about to slit an Afghan child’s throat. China not only refused to delete the picture, it demanded that Australia investigate and apologize for its soldiers’ alleged atrocities in Afghanistan. But unexpectedly, Morrison was reported by the South China Morning Post on December 3 as saying he wanted a “happy co-existence” with China.

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Gridlock – Biden may or may not win, but Trump remains ‘President’ of Red America

Posted by seumasach on November 8, 2020

Alistair Crooke

Strategic Culture

7th November, 2020

“The fracturing of the ‘One Normal’, by contrast, provides some kind of respite to much of the globe.”

A crucial element of the reset, rarely mentioned, is the formation of a global alliance against Russia and China. In the absence of a clear cut Democratic victory that has suddenly become a lot less doable. In particular, reducing Europe to a NATO outpost against Russia is inconceivable;e with America wobbling at the helm.

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