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China proposes peace process for Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Posted by seumasach on November 21, 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

20th November, 2017

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called for a three step peace process in order to put an end to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, which has seen many refugees flee from Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh.

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Modi fine tunes ‘Act East’ policy

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2017

The self-isolationism of the US under Trump is spurring the integration of South -East Asia as well as, together with Brexit, European integration. The Trump presidency is serving as a catalyst for the emergence of a multipolar world. The big question remains: how can the USA integrate itself into the multipolar process?

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

15th November, 2017

Static diplomacy, like stale fish, stinks. Therefore, it is gratifying to see the delightful vagueness of the formulation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opening statement at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit at Manila on Monday, while referring obliquely to the South China Sea. PM Modi said: India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident… India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.

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EU takes step towards closer defence cooperation

Posted by seumasach on November 14, 2017

“Similar efforts to build up military links have been unsuccessful in the past. Britain, the bloc’s biggest military power, has long sought to thwart EU defence cooperation, opposing anything that might lead to a European army.”

British and American self-marginalization have finally allowed Europe to begin to caste of it’s vassalage to the Anglo-Americans and a key piece in the multipolar jigsaw falls into place. Of course, an “enemy” is required to serve as a justification for any military project and this role, of course, falls to the usual suspect: Russia.

Euractiv

13th Novemebr, 2017

The EU took a major step towards building closer defence ties on Monday (13 November), with 23 member states signing a landmark agreement, promoted by France and Germany, to fund and boost cooperation following Britain’s decision to leave the bloc.

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Syrian Arab Army and Iraqi units liberate final ISIS held town in Syria

Posted by seumasach on November 9, 2017

The Duran

8th November, 2017

ISIS is now officially destroyed as fighting force in both Syria and Iraq. While small pockets of ISIS terrorists and lone-wolf attackers are still roving in both countries, as a battle capable force, ISIS is now effectively dead and along with it, the notion of its always illegitimate so-called “Islamic State”.

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EU takes aim at UK tax perks

Posted by seumasach on November 8, 2017

“With the future of the City of London at stake, British chancellor Philip Hammond has previously hinted the UK could become an offshore tax haven if the UK’s financial centre was locked out of the single market.”

EUObserver

26th October, 2017

EU competition authorities have sunk their teeth into UK tax perks for multinationals amid a wider crackdown on aggressive tax avoidance. The European Commission said on Thursday (26 October) it had opened an “in-depth investigation” into a British law that let big corporations shift profits to offshore subsidiaries. It said the opening of the probe did “not prejudge the outcome of the investigation”.

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Russia and China actively collude to bring down the only thing America cares about: THE DOLLAR

Posted by seumasach on November 1, 2017

A soft landing for the dollar is by far the best option. That implies negotiations. As the incumbent the US has certain advantages- it wouldn’t be negotiating entirely from a position of weakness. But Russia/China must be able to find reliable interlocutors in the US and, given the internal turmoil and division within the US ruling class, it is by no means certain they can be found. In order to take advantage of the win/win scenarios which multipolarity undoubtedy offers them the Americans have to sort themselves out.

Adam Garrie

The Duran

31st October, 2017

Russia is not actually interested in undermining American “democracy”. In fact, the United States isn’t particularly concerned either. But Russiagate continues to give mainstream media a narrative that it can sell to its dwindling core audience. However, when it comes to the real linchpin of American power, the almighty Dollar, things are very different.

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5 reasons why no deal could mean no Brexit

Posted by seumasach on October 26, 2017

May’s position of chaperone for Brexit looks certain to be coming to an end. The logic of things is that the Brexit hardliners will bid for power if they are not already completely demoralized. Lacking a sufficient base of support for a no deal Brexit they will then burn out quickly leading to a Labour government. The strange irony here is that Labour probably could successfully negotiate the three outstanding , thorny issues of the divorce agreement but would they want to? By then the public mood will have changed as reality begins to dawn on all but the most blinkered. The jolly, little Brexit venture may be coming to an end and may be remembered as a curious aberration a bit like the Gallipolli campaign. A historical inquest would reach a verdict of death by misadventure.

Politico

22nd October, 2017

LONDON — A specter is hanging over Westminster — the specter of “no deal” killing off Brexit altogether.

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ASEAN to hold maritime exercise with China

Posted by seumasach on October 25, 2017

“All in all, the US attempts to create friction in the South China Sea area by instigating the ASEAN countries are floundering. Equally, it signifies the continuing decline in the US influence on the ASEAN as a regional group.”

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

24th October, 2017

The 11th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting at the Clark free port in Pampanga, Philippines, turns out to be Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s first exposure to ‘rising China’. In certain ways, it becomes a reality check, too.

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The US has two realistic options: save itself or destroy the world in trying to do so

Posted by seumasach on October 20, 2017

Adam Garrie

The Duran

19th October, 2017

Yesterday’s marathon speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping was not only a blueprint for China’s future, but for the future of the 21st century. Not only will all roads lead to China by century’s end, but in many ways, the new and most vibrant roads in the world already do.

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More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas

Posted by seumasach on October 19, 2017

PLOS

18th October, 2017

Abstract

Global declines in insects have sparked wide interest among scientists, politicians, and the general public. Loss of insect diversity and abundance is expected to provoke cascading effects on food webs and to jeopardize ecosystem services. Our understanding of the extent and underlying causes of this decline is based on the abundance of single species or taxonomic groups only, rather than changes in insect biomass which is more relevant for ecological functioning. Here, we used a standardized protocol to measure total insect biomass using Malaise traps, deployed over 27 years in 63 nature protection areas in Germany (96 unique location-year combinations) to infer on the status and trend of local entomofauna. Our analysis estimates a seasonal decline of 76%, and mid-summer decline of 82% in flying insect biomass over the 27 years of study. We show that this decline is apparent regardless of habitat type, while changes in weather, land use, and habitat characteristics cannot explain this overall decline. This yet unrecognized loss of insect biomass must be taken into account in evaluating declines in abundance of species depending on insects as a food source, and ecosystem functioning in the European landscape.

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China expected to work with Europe to preserve Iran nuclear deal

Posted by seumasach on October 17, 2017

SCMP

16th October, 2017

China is expected to step up cooperation with European countries to preserve the Iran nuclear deal reached two years ago after US President Donald Trump indicated that he might decertify the agreement, analysts said.

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