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Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-9

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2021

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th August, 2021

The horrific terrorist strikes in Kabul on Thursday which killed at least 12 US servicemen and dozens of civilians will lead to a higher level of cooperation between the US and the Taliban. 

The commander of CENTCOM Gen. Kenneth McKenzie disclosed to journalists on Thursday that  the US was already sharing information on terror threats in Afghanistan with Taliban. As he put it, “We share versions of this information with the Taliban so that they actually make searches… We think they’ve thwarted some.”

The US is finally coming round to the Russian view that the real terrorist threat in Afghanistan stems from the Islamic State and not the Taliban — and, more importantly, Taliban can be a useful partner in the fight against the ISIS. 

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How China’s Gorbachev Was Flushed in 1989

Posted by seumasach on August 20, 2021

Matthew Ehret

The Duran

20th August, 2021

To this day, many people are still unclear as to the nefarious role that Hungarian mega speculator-turned philanthropist-turned color revolutionary George Soros has played in international affairs over the past 40 years. Sadly, many of those who have woken to the systematic carnage created by the elderly sociopath tend to make the mistake of either 1) assuming that the man has run an international conspiracy to rid the world of nation states all by himself or 2) believe him to be a stooge for the “evil Chinese Communist Party” which seeks to overthrow the western Christian-based order.

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New Cold War: Some Western pundits want to break up Russia & China

Posted by seumasach on August 5, 2021

In fact, the destruction of Russia and China is the goal along with the destruction of their own countries. At the heart of Western policy is a shocking nihilism and the vain hope of a New World Order built of the rubble of national sovereignty.

Paul Robinson

RT

5th August, 2021

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US Doubts Returning to Iran Nuclear Deal Is Possible

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2021

It can hardly then be a coincidence that the UK and Israel are unilaterally declaring Iran responsible for the recent drone attack on an Israeli-owned ship. Both have an interest in drawing the USA back under their influence after the setback of US-Russian detente

Jason Ditz

Antiwar

1st August, 2021

It wasn’t so long ago that the US was reportedly close to rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, and diplomats were saying many of the terms had been worked out. Now, the US is growing pessimistic, suggesting that the return may be politically impossible.

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Will China bail out Biden?

Posted by seumasach on August 2, 2021

The USA has three choices: to uncouple form China defaulting on its debt; to defeat China militarily; or to do a deal with China. The first two are self-defeating, and so a deal would seem inevitable. But can the USA realistically eat humble pie and join a China-lead multipolar world? That is the question

David Goldman

Asia Times

31st July, 2021

Professor Jin’s warning on Friday at the “Observer” (guancha.cn) website that US inflation might lead to the bankruptcy of the US government will be read carefully in Washington – especially because Jin claims that China can help America out of its economic problems.

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America’s ‘Great Retreat’ is well underway

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2021

Stephen Bryen

Asia Times

29th July, 2021

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BRICS could be the world’s economic beacon

Posted by seumasach on June 25, 2021

The intersection between the BRICS and Johnson’s D-10 or D-11 is fascinating. Do countries like South Korea, South Africa and Australia rally around a twilight project of the British Empire or strive ahead together to play leading role themselves in creating the 21st century global system

Ken Moak

Asia Times

25th June, 2021

The BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – could recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and its induced recession more quickly if India and Brazil work with China instead of fight it. In doing so, the BRICS could pull the world economy on an upward trajectory for a number of reasons. 

One, the five countries’ economies are highly complementary. For example, Brazil, Russia and to some extent South Africa and India could guarantee the natural resources China needs to sustain its manufacturing prowess. China, for its part, has the capital, know-how and technology to invest in its fellow members’ infrastructures and help their industrialization, taking them to the next stages of development. 

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Russian-US strategic stability talks expected to begin in July

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2021

Tass

23rd June, 2021

“We need to re-engage with the United States and we’ll start probably next month, I hope, talks on strategic stability,” he said. “It will be a prolongation of the START treaty and I hope it will involve all components necessary for that.”

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Russia is concerned about the build-up of NATO’s military infrastructure near its borders

Posted by seumasach on June 23, 2021

I expect that Moscow will now focus more on NATO than on the USA with whom They appear to have reached an understanding. With the USA likely detaching itself from engagement with Europe it is up to Europe to redefine its foreign policy and to break out of the Cold War mindset. The whole post-WW2 framework is in question: Can European diplomacy respond?

Sputnik

23rd June, 2021

He also stressed that the recent NATO summit in Brussels confirmed that the bloc is being transformed into a global military and political alliance, aimed at containing Russia and China.

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NATO expansion risks tearing Europe apart once again

Posted by seumasach on June 22, 2021

RT

22nd June, 2021

Putin reiterated that “Russia is in favor of restoring a comprehensive partnership with the rest of Europe” and again proposed the idea of a “common space for cooperation and security from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.”

In April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov extended an invitation to EU nations to sign up to a Moscow-backed plan to form a ‘Great Eurasian Partnership’ that would be open to all states across the two continents. This would be driven by the values of unification and inclusivity, he said.

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Biden-Putin, a Yalta II rather than a new Berlin

Posted by seumasach on June 22, 2021

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

22nd June, 2021

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