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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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Russia, US officials revive dialogue on arms control

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2017

The military leaders appear to have a different view. Gen. John Hyten, the head of US Strategic Command, told Congress in March that he is a “big supporter” of the treaty. According to him, “bilateral, verifiable arms control agreements are essential to our ability to provide an effective deterrent.”

This seems to confirm the prominent role of the military under Trump and that it is bringing a note of realism to US foreign policy.


14th September, 2017

The New Start Treaty was in focus of the talks held in Helsinki between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon on September 11-12. The parties agreed that the treaty should be implemented without exception. It was revealed that expert consultations on the future of the agreement had begun. A meeting of the US-Russian bilateral commission on implementing the New START would take place in the near future so that the two sides could continue their discussion of the technical aspects of implementation.

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Venezuela stops accepting dollars for oil payments

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2017

Zero Hedge

13th September, 2017

Apparently confirming what President Maduro had warned following the recent US sanctions, The Wall Street Journal reports that Venezuela has officially stopped accepting US Dollars as payment for its crude oil exports.

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Blowing off the roof

Posted by seumasach on September 11, 2017

This actually ties in logically with declarations at the recent BRICS conference concerning an alternative system of international payments involving, most notably. a gold-backed Yuan. The dollar’s demise as the global reserve currency is imminent and Trump’s deal with the Democrats merely brings it closer but with the advantage that the Democrats can’t blame Trump for it now.

Peter Schiff

Euro Pacific

8th September, 2017

Of all the absurd Washington pantomimes none has been as reliably entertaining and maddening as the annual debates to raise the debt ceiling. Although the outcome was always a foregone conclusion (the ceiling would be raised), the excitement came when fiscal conservatives bemoaned the perils of runaway debt and “attempted” to exact spending restrictions through threats “to shut down the government,” (which often led to news coverage of tourists being turned away from national parks.) On the other side of the aisle Democrats would rail that the ceiling must be raised “because America always pays her bills.” Lost was the irony that “paying” bills with borrowed money was fiscally responsible, and that raising the ceiling actually enabled America to continue to avoid paying its bills. After these amateur theatrics, the ceiling would be lifted and Washington would go on as if nothing happened. But at least the performance threw occasional light on the nation’s debt problems.

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Trump’s threat likely to bolster Venezuela’s struggling Maduro

Posted by seumasach on September 4, 2017

Trump’s threat has indeed changed the balance of forces in favor of Maduro as confirmed by James Petras. Are we really expected to believe that Trump was not aware of that reaction. Trump’s modus operandi is indeed most unusual but it has an underlying pattern: behind over-the-top, belligerent rhetoric moves are made against neocon, CIA interests. Put it another way: does anyone really believe Trump will intervene militarily in Venezuela?

Jason Ditz


13th August, 2017

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was in tough shape this time last week. Public protests and violence have been soaring, the nation’s economy is on life support, and virtually all of the rest of Latin America is unified in opposing his recent attempts to consolidate power in his party.

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