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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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NATO Proclamation at Annual Summit Threatens The Peace

Posted by seumasach on June 19, 2021

John Quigley

Global Research

17th June, 2021

The NATO proclamation—promoted at its annual summit this week—that a cyber attack could trigger Article 5 of the NATO treaty heightens the risk of military confrontation with Russia or China.

So does a new stipulation—announced at the summit—that space attacks could trigger Article 5. Russia has already been accused of testing space-based anti-satellite weapons, which could be adopted as a justification now for war.

Article 5 says that the NATO alliance regards an attack on one of its members as an attack on all of them. That is supposed to come into play only in case of an armed attack, since that is the only kind of attack under the UN Charter that warrants responsive use of force.

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NATO declares China as global security challenge

Posted by seumasach on June 17, 2021

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

16th June, 2021

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) summit in Brussels on Monday reminds us once again of what a hoax the United States had perpetrated on the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990 by assuring him that the western alliance would expand “not one inch eastward” once Moscow allowed German Unification and disbanded the Warsaw Pact.

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CARBIS BAY G7 SUMMIT COMMUNIQUÉ

Posted by seumasach on June 16, 2021

White House

13th June, 2021

“In Cornwall we have revitalised our G7 partnership. Our Shared Agenda for Global Action is a statement of our shared vision and ambition as we continue to collaborate this year and under future Presidencies. As we do so we look forward to joining with others to ensure we build back better, in particular at the G20 Summit, COP26, and CBD15 and the UN General Assembly, and reiterate our support for the holding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in a safe and secure manner as a symbol of global unity in overcoming COVID-19.”

This is the concluding paragraph of a document which reveals a G7 rediscovering its own irrelevance. Good to see its repeated references to the G20 which should have replaced it long ago. Nothing however about Johnson’s grandiose plans for a D-10 alliance of so-called democracies. No mention at all of NATO but plenty of mention of the UN and international law which will bring groans of dismay in Downing Street with their “rules-based international order”, the rules made up by themselves, being undermined. The usual childish anti-Russian propaganda although with a worrying reference to defending the recognised borders of Ukraine- does that include Crimea? Wisely, the G7, which includes Japan, has desisted from its attempts to get the Olympic Games cancelled.

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Why a Yalta II ?

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2021

It would appear that subsequent to the G8 summit, Global Britain is dead in the water. The draught of the New Atlantic Charter signed by Biden does not correspond to the joint statement, the former affirming only NATO as the instrument of the New World Order whereas the latter reaffirms the centrality of the UN. Biden failed to mention the New Atlantic Charter in his press conference. He also pushed the British back towards the EU whereas the Britain seeks to remain outside subordinating it to NATO, creating a military block to counter the Russians just as proposed by Churchill. At the following NATO summit India was not mentioned as a prospective NATO partner. Johnson, following Churchill in 1945, sought to attain decisive influence over Washington, empower a United Europe against Russia and reinforce the British Empire, in today’s terms, to extend NATO to include India and Australia. None of these goals looks achievable.

Thierry Meyssan

Voltairenet

15th June, 2021

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The G7’s Build Back Better spending plan to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a glorified PR stunt that’s destined to fail

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2021

Tom Fowdy

RT

14th June, 2021

At first glance, the West’s proposal for a global infrastructure investment programme similar to China’s looks impressive. But its intention to use private finance makes it impossible to take seriously.

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NATO Summit: Confronting China, Russia, and the World

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2021

The failure to mention India as a “partner” is excellent news suggesting that the “Asian NATO” project is dead in the water. Perhaps that is also why China is being less targeted?

Rick Rozoff

Antiwar

14th June, 2021

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization ended its summit in Brussels on June 14 and issued a communiqué listing achievements since the last summit and a blueprint to take the military bloc to its next one in 2022. The representatives of the thirty-nation alliance also endorsed the 67-page document used to prepare the summit’s discussions and decisions, NATO 2030: United for a New Era. In turn the summit tasked NATO with elaborating a new Strategic Concept to replace that adopted at the Lisbon summit in 2010.

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