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A new paradigm for a post-imperial world

Belt and Road Initiative in full swing in Europe

Posted by seumasach on April 4, 2019

Federico Pieraccini

Strategic Culture

3rd April, 2019

The multipolar transformation that is occurring across the Eurasian continent confirms the industrial and diplomatic cooperation between China and the European continent in spite of strong opposition from the United States.

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Merkel draws the line against Trump

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2019

Tom Luongo

21st february, 201

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has turned the corner on relations with the United States. Her speech at the Munich Security Conference should be considered Germany’s divorce filing from the U.S.-led post-WWII institutional order.

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Pompeo, Pence & the alienation of Europe

Posted by seumasach on February 25, 2019

Patrick Lawrence

Consortium News

19th february, 2019

What a job Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did in Europe last week. If the objective was to worsen an already critical trans–Atlantic rift and further isolate the U.S., they could not have returned to Washington with a better result.

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Gavin Williamson’s post-Brexit military plans are a dangerous fantasy

Posted by seumasach on January 15, 2019

Coinciding as it does with appeals for a hard Brexit from senior security state people, Williamson confirms Brexit as a neo-imperial project gone wrong.

Peace Pledge Union

30th december, 2018

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been accused of living in the nineteenth century after promising to build new military bases around the world following Brexit.

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Ex-MI6 and defence chiefs warn Tory MPs to vote down Brexit deal that ‘threatens national security’

Posted by seumasach on January 15, 2019

Explaining why they oppose the new relationship with the EU in the agreement, they write: “Buried in this Agreement is the offer of a ‘new, deep and special relationship’ with the EU in defence, security and intelligence which cuts across the three fundamentals of our national security policy: membership of NATO, our close bilateral defence and intelligence relationship with the USA and the Five Eyes intelligence alliance.”

The geopolitical stakes in Brexit couldn’t be put more starkly. However, short of Trump’s removal from office, they appear totally unrealistic.

Sky News

10th January, 2019

A former top spook and an ex-defence chief have taken the unprecedented step of urging Tory constituency bosses to order their MP to vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

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Entering a major regional re-set – the Syria outcome will haunt those who started this war

Posted by seumasach on January 15, 2019

Alastair Crooke

Strategic Culture

14th January, 2019

The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault-lines are emerging, yet Trump’s foreign policy ‘hawks’ still try to stage ‘old movies’ in a new ‘theatre’.

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EX-UK diplomat: US lacks power to curb Arab states’ rapproachment with Syria

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2019

Ford stressed that it’s about time to restore normal relations with Damascus, stating that “we will witness the return of the British and French ambassadors to Damascus possibly next year”.

Fars News Agency

31st December, 2018

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington is not powerful enough to block restoration of Arab states’ diplomatic relations with Syria, former Britain’s Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford said as Arab states have rushed to resume ties with Damascus.

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Trump scores, breaks generals’ 50-year war record

Posted by seumasach on January 1, 2019

Gareth Porter

The American Conservative

28th december, 2018

The mainstream media has attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria as impulsive, blindsiding his own national security team. But detailed, published accounts of the policy process over the course of the year tell a very different story. They show that senior national security officials and self-interested institutions have been playing a complicated political game for months aimed at keeping Trump from wavering on our indefinite presence on the ground in Syria.

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Syrian Kurds throw Americans under the bus

Posted by seumasach on December 28, 2018

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

28th December, 2018

The Syrian government forces have entered the northern town of Manbij on the Turkish border earlier today. The Syrian military command announced in Damascus that the operation stemmed from the commitment to “impose sovereignty to each inch of Syrian territories and in response to calls of locals of Manbij city.”

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Working with China is more beneficial than fighting it

Posted by seumasach on December 26, 2018

Ken Moak

Asia Times

25th December, 2018

It appears the political and security elites in the United States are preparing for an OK Corral-type showdown with China. On December 1, the US Justice Department asked (some would argue pressured) Canada to arrest Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, on a provisional warrant. It went on to charge two Chinese government employees with stealing information from firms and governments in 12 countries.

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Delhi shouldn’t panic that Afghan war is ending

Posted by seumasach on December 25, 2018

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

25th december, 2018

Panic has seized the Indian analysts – mixed with fury and frustration – that the Americans are marching out of Afghanistan. Yet, the fact of the matter is that no such decision has been announced yet by President Trump, who actually has nothing to lose and everything to gain politically by taking credit for any such formal decision, which would be a hugely popular one in the domestic opinion. After all, it will be a double whammy for Trump after Syria to ‘bring the boys home’ from another futile war, which also happens to be the longest war America ever fought in its history. Candidate Trump had repeatedly, emphatically had promised that he’d terminate America’s imperial overstretch.

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