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The end of the Syrian war Is the beginning of a new middle eastern order

Posted by seumasach on November 29, 2017

Federico Pieraccini

28th November, 2017

Strategic Culture

In the Middle East and beyond, we are witnessing a series of high-level political meetings between dozens of nations involved directly or indirectly in the Syrian situation. It is crucial to understand all this in order to understand the direction in which the region is going and what the new regional order is.

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BRICS countries mulling formation of single gold trade system

Posted by seumasach on November 26, 2017

TASS

24th November, 2017

BRICS countries are discussing the possibility of establishing a single gold trade system, First Deputy Chairman of Russia’s Central Bank Sergey Shvetsov said Friday.

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Trump says US will stop arming Kurds in phone call to Turkey’s Erdogan

Posted by seumasach on November 25, 2017

Trump has just moved to disengage from Syria!

The Duran

24th November, 2017

According to the Associated Press, US President Donald Trump has issued a commitment to Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan, that the US will cease arms shipments to Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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China’s overture to Wall Street

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2017

Greanville Post

14th November, 2017

For all the pomp and circumstance of Donald Trump’s Beijing trip, its most interesting outcome was a Chinese overture to the titans of global finance, currently ensconced in Wall Street and London. Given the big banks’ position at the apex of of the Western power structure, the move is highly strategic and bears close watching.

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China may be Trump’s best hope to ‘make America great again’

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2017

This is the key issue of the Trump presidency behind all the rhetoric, the posturing and the threats. If Trump can consolidate a partnership with China we will know that there is method in his madness. Otherwise it is simply madness with Trump breaking America’s old partnerships whilst failing to create new ones.

Asia Times

13th October, 2017

China is not America’s enemy or competitor or whatever name the US anti-China crowd labels it with. It is not challenging US global supremacy or stealing its jobs, as many in America claim. On the contrary, the Chinese and US economies are increasingly intertwined, becoming each other’s largest trade partners and major investors.

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Who’s really trying to overthrow Mohammed Bin Salman?

Posted by seumasach on October 2, 2017

Andrew Korybko

Oriental Review

September, 30th, 2017

Saudi Arabia arrested between 16-30 people in a broad crackdown across the Kingdom.

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US envoy to Japan: Trump surrounded by cool heads

Posted by seumasach on October 1, 2017

Asia Times

30th September, 2017

People anxious about Donald Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea should be reassured that the US president has surrounded himself with “disciplined and thoughtful” advisers who won’t rush towards war, according to his new ambassador to Japan.

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Ron Paul hits the nail on the head

Posted by seumasach on September 19, 2017

Ron Paul captures the essential unreality of the both  liberal left hand nationalist right thinking. In world terms their’s is a remarkably provincial conflict, an inward-looking local spat “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”.

Zero Hedge

17th September, 2017

“Neither side will face up to the economic reality of a deeply flawed economic system and the pending collapse of the American Empire. Sadly neither side complains about the danger of the Bush Doctrine of preemptive strikes and decisions being made to go to war without congressional approval, the dependency on deficit spending, and the monetary mischief of the Fed. The bills are now coming due and the political chatter associated with the current social strife serves to distract from the philosophical impurities from which we have been infected for many decades. The number of enemies that we have generated by our foreign policy is ignored and the problem made worse by our economic and military meddling around the world our inability to pay our bills and meet our unfunded liabilities will be the limiting factor.”

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America could win a war against Russia and China (but at what cost?)

Posted by seumasach on September 18, 2017

It is suddenly fashionable among certain luminaries of the left to see the Trump presidency of having conceded control to the neocons. But the US military top brass who now hold sway in Washington don’t sound at all like neocons: within the context of the obligatory US triumphalism  these assessments of are remarkably realistic and negative. There is no sense that the military leadership is about to embark on any rash military adventures- quite the opposite. This realism concerning US unreadiness “to confront a peer-level threat such as Russia or China in a high-end conflict” combined with the defeat of US proxy forces in Syria leaves the Wolfowitz doctrine a dead letter.

National Interest

7th September, 2017

“If we get into one of those conflicts, we’ll win, but it going to take a lot longer than we’d like and it’s going to cost a lot more in terms of dollars and in casualties.” The United States military is not ready to confront a peer-level threat such as Russia or China in a high-end conflict. As it currently stands, while the United States would ultimately prevail in a hypothetical high-end war, Washington would pay a high price in blood and treasure. That’s what the nation’s top uniformed officers told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 15.

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The Russia-China plan for North Korea: stability, connectivity

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2017

“Largely unreported by Western corporate media, what happened in Vladivostok is really ground-breaking. Moscow and Seoul agreed on a trilateral trade platform, crucially involving Pyongyang, to ultimately invest in connectivity between the whole Korean peninsula and the Russian Far East.”

Pepe Escobar

13th September, 2017

Moscow has been busy building agreements that would extend Eurasian connectivity eastward. The question is how to convince the DPRK to play along…

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Trump’s Compromise with the Democrats from a Catholic Perspective

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2017

The real question here is why the Democrats want a deal with Trump rather than the other way round. After all,  he’s a “Russian agent” who they intend to impeach. Aren’t they somewhat weakening their case? Is the revival of  discussions on a new START treaty with Russia connected with this? Has the focus shifted from what the Democrats have got on Trump to what Trump has got on the Democrats?

Catholic Filter

9th September, 2017

On September 6, President Trump surprised many political observers when he agreed to compromise with Congressional Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi and make a three-part deal that provided hurricane relief to Texas, raised the national debt ceiling, and funded government operations until December. Trump justified his decision to strike a bargain with Democratic Congressional leaders rather than work with those of his own Republican Party by saying it was “very good” for the country.

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