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Chinese political donations highlight Australian anxieties

Posted by seumasach on August 25, 2016

Since the anglo-saxon economic model is simply incapable of generating investment in the real economy Australia, like the UK and the USA, has become dependent on inward investment from China. It is now rebelling against this dependence, biting the hand that feeds it, along with it’s kith and kin in the USA and Britain in an alliance of losers. In this Oceanic dystopia “security concerns” trump economic interests. At the same time the notorious role of big money in running the political system suddenly becomes a problem when it’s a question of China rather than the homegrown oligarchy, or the Americans, buying politicians.

Asia Times

24th August, 2016

MELBOURNE–An influx of political donations from Chinese concerns has focused anxieties about the rising superpower’s growing influence here, while sparking calls for reform of the country’s lax political finance laws.

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Could Trump pull off a post-party coalition?

Posted by seumasach on August 19, 2016

I think this is a credible outline of the Trump agenda: it ties in with the Brexit agenda and the emergence of an anti-China front which curiously replicates the Oceania of Orwell’s 1984. Essentially, it envisages a reconstruction policy without engagement with China. It is extremely questionable that such an Listian economic nationalist program can work in today’s conditions. It presupposes that capital goods and commodities can be imported for an ever devalued dollar. It presupposes that the USA still possesses the skills base and the national ethos for such a program, that it can accept sacrifice and a massive shift from consumer to capital spending. It presupposes that the US financial system can be adapted to productive capital investment and that the managerial, bureaucratic basis for a centrally directed economy can be put in place. And, above all, it presupposes that oligarchical interests can reconcile themselves to the dirigiste model which has hitherto been a taboo, that the political conditions for a latter-day New Deal exist. Is this, in the end, the last illusion of a USA which is rejecting a globalisation which it no longer controls?

Pepe Escobar


17th August, 2016

Hillary Clinton, Queen of Chaos, Queen of War, Golden Goldman Girl, for all practical purposes is by now the official bipartisan candidate of US neocons and neoliberalcons alike.

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China warns ‘protectionist’ Australia on investment

Posted by seumasach on August 17, 2016

Asia Times

SYDNEY/BEIJING (Reuters) – Australia’s decision to block the A$10 billion ($7.7 billion) sale of the country’s biggest energy grid to Chinese bidders was a protectionist move that would negatively affect investment in the country, China’s Ministry of Commerce said on Wednesday.

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Three-quarters of Australians back naval challenge to China in South China Seas

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2016

It was once faith versus reason but now it’s identity versus reason and identity is winning hands down. Never mind that their relationship with China is a core economic interest for Australians, thev are prepared to jeopardise it on the basis of a pro-western, anglo-saxon identity.

Sydney Morning Herald

21st June, 2016

Three-quarters of Australians believe the country’s Navy should follow the United States in challenging Beijing’s expanding military activity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea by carrying out so called “freedom-of-navigation” operations, a poll has found.

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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.


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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UK seeks Anglo-Saxon block against Europe

Posted by seumasach on September 24, 2012

“For all the grandiose talk of European unity, we have so much more in common with many Commonwealth countries than the EU”

UK hopes NZ will join sharing initiative


24th September, 2012

The British Foreign Secretary hopes New Zealand and Australia will join an initiative to share diplomatic missions with Britain and Canada in remote countries.

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Welcome to Oceania! Britain and Canada to share embassies

Posted by seumasach on September 24, 2012

Britain and Canada will establish joint diplomatic missions and share embassy offices abroad, William Hague will announce later today.


24th September, 2012

Mr Hague is due to disclose more details of the plans when he meets hisCanadian counterpart, John Baird, in Ottawa later today, a Foreign Office spokesman said.

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British poodle bites the hand that feeds it

Posted by seumasach on August 11, 2012

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Team GB, Arise!

Posted by seumasach on August 9, 2012

Cailean Bochanan

9th August, 2012

For a long time British radicals of various hues have voiced fears of Britain becoming merely a US aircraft carrier off the coast of Europe, a proxy for our transatlantic cousins, the “airstrip 1” of Orwellian fame. At the same time some US radicals saw Britain as the dark, hidden hand manipulating the US government. Both may be right in as far as the real power centres lurking behind the scenes of both governments are translantic and transnational: they constitute an imperial elite rather than a national one. Thus the time may be approaching when the above-mentioned fears of radicals of both nations are to be realised.

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Norway: NATO Rehearses For War In The Arctic

Posted by seumasach on April 23, 2012

Rick Rozoff


23rd April, 2012

To the world’s military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over. They are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources and long-dreamed-of sea-lanes. Rick Rozoff scrutinizes the feverish military activity taking place in the High North, under the official label of a joint Norwegian-NATO-Partnership for Peace endeavor, including preparedness drills against terrorist threats, mass demonstrations…and spies coming in from the cold!

The largest military exercise in the High North, inside and immediately outside the Arctic Circle, since the end of the Cold War (and perhaps even before) was completed on March 21 in northern Norway.

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The transformation of the U.S.-Canada border

Posted by seumasach on April 7, 2012

The world after – Integration of regional blocs: the Transformation of the U.S.-Canada Border

Dana Gabriel


6th April, 2012

Through a series of bilateral meetings, U.S. and Canadian officials are busy working out the details of the perimeter security action plan. This includes a recent joint crime forum that dealt with border and law enforcement issues. These various discussions are part of the implementation process which when finished would bring about the complete transformation of the northern border and another step closer in the creation of a fully integrated North American security perimeter.

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