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Trump may need Japanese, Chinese help to rebuild American infrastructure

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2017

Asia Times

8th February, 2017

The Donald Trump administration in late January unveiled a 50-project list that’s the first follow-up to the president’s campaign pledge to pour US$1 trillion into rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure.

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After Washington and London, Berlin changes its foreign policy

Posted by seumasach on January 30, 2017

Voltairenet

29th January, 2017

The Chancellor Angela Merkel has moved her Minister of Economy, Sigmar Gabriel, to the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Trump administration asks top State Department officials to leave

Posted by seumasach on January 28, 2017

In addition Victoria Nuland has resigned

CNN

27th January, 2017

Two senior administration officials said Thursday that the Trump administration told four top State Department management officials that their services were no longer needed as part of an effort to “clean house” at Foggy Bottom.

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Trump’s looming showdown with the ‘secret government’

Posted by seumasach on December 5, 2016

Boston Globe

1st December, 2016

Many incoming presidents learn quickly that the managers of the military, intelligence, and law enforcement departments of our government are largely self-governing, virtually immune from democratic accountability and the checks and balances described in civics books.

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Flynn, Pompeo, and the paradox of the New Nationalism

Posted by seumasach on December 3, 2016

Justin Raimundo

antiwar.com

21st November, 2016

These two appointments underscore the contradictions at the heart of Trumpism

Life is full of contradictions: that’s what ideologues of all persuasions don’t get. And politics – with its inevitable vagaries, compromises, and unforeseen events – exemplifies this reality. You can multiply that principle by at least ten when analyzing President-elect Donald J. Trump and his nationalist supporters.

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New study confirms that mercury Is linked to autism

Posted by seumasach on December 1, 2016

Robert F.Kennedy Jr.

Ecowatch

Two new studies by international teams, including Egyptian scientists, have validated the link between autism and mercury.

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A Zimbabwe politician says all the Chinese in his country should be deported

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2016

Quartz

16th May, 2016

A member of a Zimbabwean opposition party has called for all Chinese nationals to be kicked out of the southern African country.

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Brazil’s Temer says Mercosur needs revision

Posted by seumasach on August 1, 2016

It’s not just Brexit putting regional integration projects in question. Already after the coup in Brazil Mercosur’s future is being put in doubt by coup leader Temer:

“We need to rediscuss Mercosur at this moment, not to eliminate it, but to give us a safer position to seek to broaden our relations with other countries,” Temer said.

Which other countries might these be? Mercosur is negotiating a trade deal with the EU but that seemingly isn’t broad enough. Unsurprisingly, he is also blocking Venezuela’s upcoming presidency of Mercosur.

Then we have Trump’s wall effectively ending NAFTA, Australia bringing into question it’s partnership with China and it’s Asian future and the question of Hong Kong secession suddenly raised. We seem to be witnessing an emerging anglosphere which would look very much like Oceania in Orwell’s 1984.

Reuters

24th June, 2016

Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer said the Mercosur trade bloc poses an obstacle to other trade agreements and needs to be revised, but not ditched altogether.

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Treasury minister ‘considering quitting’ over Hinkley Point delay

Posted by seumasach on August 1, 2016

A bio of O’Neill is interesting: he is both an Osborne man, Goldman Sachs and pro-BRICS- in fact, he coined the phrase. He is the classic representative of the pro-China, pro-EU faction which I assumed would win the referendum, but lost.

Politics Home

1st August, 2016

Treasury minister Jim O’Neill is said to be considering his future in the Government in light of Theresa May’s decision to review the new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point.

According to the Financial Times, Lord O’Neill believes the pause reflected a shift in the new administration’s attitude towards China, which is set to finance £6bn of the Hinkley Point deal.

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For Xi, a ‘China Dream’ of Military Power

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2016

2010-2013 may be seen in retrospect to mark the beginning of a prolonged confrontation between China and the USA seeing both the coming to power of Xi, according to this article under the influence of the 2010 book “China Dream”, and the publication in 2011 of Clintons essay Asia’ Pacific Century. I had always tended to regard the famous “pivot to Asia” with some skepticism seeing it as merely a response to US failure in the Middle East. However, Brexit has made me rethink since it seems essentially to be a realignment of the UK with the USA with regard to China. Cameron called for the referendum on the EU in early 2013 but subsequently the UK appeared to be entering into an unprecedented strategic partnership with China. However, Cameron’s role in this was viewed with evident skepticism by the Chinese and it was George Osborne who took the leading role culminating in President Xi’s visit to London last year. Osborne is the main victim of post-Brexit vote machinations as well as the leave campaign’s neoconservative leaders who seemed to be under the illusion that victory would bring them to power. Power has instead fallen to May who has already put dampeners on the China partnership and brought the UK out of the sphere of influence of Chinese soft power. Not for the first time in its history Britain has abandoned its own national interest in deference to that of US imperialism.

WSJ

13th March 2013

Soon after taking over as Communist Party and military chief, Xi Jinping launched a series of speeches referring to “The China Dream.”

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The media against Jeremy Corbyn

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2016

Jacobin

July, 2016

The British media has never had much time for Jeremy Corbyn.

Within a week of his election as Labour Party leader in September, it was engaging in a campaign the Media Reform Coalition characterized as an attempt to “systematically undermine” his position. In an avalanche of negative coverage 60 percent of all articles which appeared in the mainstream press about Corbyn were negative with only 13 percent positive. The newsroom, ostensibly the objective arm of the media, had an even worse record: 62 percent negative with only 9 percent positive.

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