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China’s foreign policy is rooted in non-alignment

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2021

Tom Fowdy

30th March, 2021

China.org

China’s foreign policy is in fact traditionally rooted in the idea of “non-alignment” that states should not form “power blocs” that divide the international system or single out other countries. This is a well-established tradition. China became an observer of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1992, a diplomatic grouping of countries originally founded in 1955 to protect their common interests, national sovereignty and avoid the confrontation brewing between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. This organization was founded on the principles of mutual respect for sovereignty, common development and opposition to the idea of “hegemony.” 

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Russia to eliminate US dollar from sovereign wealth fund

Posted by seumasach on June 4, 2021

RT

3rd June, 2021

Speaking later on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov backed the decision, saying that “the de-dollarization process is constant. It is, in fact, now visible to the naked eye.” He added that the move away from financial dependence on Washington “is taking place not only in our country, but also in many countries around the world, which have begun to experience concerns about the reliability of the main reserve currency.”

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Why the EU is lining up against China

Posted by seumasach on June 3, 2021

“The United States is pursuing its plan to transform the Atlantic Alliance from a super-army against Russia to one against China. The European Parliament has just quietly placed the European Union on this political line, even before the governments have taken a decision.”

Manlio Dinucci

Voltairenet

1st June, 2021

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Syria’s victory stuns NATO enemies

Posted by seumasach on June 2, 2021

Finian Cunningham

Sputnik

28th May, 2021

Syria’s presidential elections this week were a resounding success against a backdrop of 10 years of brutal, relentless war imposed on the Arab country by the United States and its NATO partners.

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Biden wants to remain engaged with Russia, China

Posted by seumasach on May 30, 2021

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

28th May, 2021

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An Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals

Posted by seumasach on May 14, 2021

American Greatness

This is certainly a significant statement. They are right to see in identity politics a threat to the Republic, as it is, indeed, to any body politic. But rather than being a product of Marxism, it precedes the influence of Marxism. It’s presence was notable in the revolutions of 1848 and in the works, for example, of John Stuart Mill:

“While the importance of moral and national pluralism to John Stuart Mill and later liberals has been the subject of recent debate, little attention has been paid to Mill’s arguments that class and gender ascription fundamentally construct individual identity. Mill argues that the analysis of society in terms of its constituent groups and the power relations between them requires the representation by groups of their own identities and interests in politics — and thus lays the liberal foundations for modern identity politics.” John Stuart Mill and the Social Construction of Identity

Both identity politics and the largely property-based rights espoused by the generals are both a product of the marked individual/society dilemma characteristic of Anglo-Saxon thinking. Didn’t the supreme individualist, Thatcher, say that there was no such thing as society? The real significance of the general’s statement comes in their rather threatening response the the China “threat”. The dark side of upholding American rights is starting wars with authoritarian nations which, by definition, deny these rights. As the in the Declaration of the Rights of Man, drawn up by H.G.Wells under the auspices of the Sankey Commission(both Wells and Lord Sankey were part of the Cecil/Milner Round Table circle) “It is the duty of every man not only to respect but to uphold and to advance the rights of all other men throughout the world.” In their case, the motivation was to impose a Anglo-American New World Order according to the premise that the “history of the western peoples has a lesson for all mankind”. Here, the generals, in accusing China of seeking world domination reveal their own still-enduring aspirations towards the same.

10th May, 2021

Our nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a constitutional republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of socialism and Marxism versus supporters of constitutional freedom and liberty.

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Nuclear reactions are smoldering again at Chernobyl

Posted by seumasach on May 13, 2021

There are the fake panics and the real ones, the latter being generally of no interest

Richard Stone

Science

5th May

Thirty-five years after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded in the world’s worst nuclear accident, fission reactions are smoldering again in uranium fuel masses buried deep inside a mangled reactor hall. “It’s like the embers in a barbecue pit,” says Neil Hyatt, a nuclear materials chemist at the University of Sheffield. Now, Ukrainian scientists are scrambling to determine whether the reactions will wink out on their own—or require extraordinary interventions to avert another accident.

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US fiscal profligacy and the impending crisis

Posted by seumasach on May 11, 2021

David P.Goldman

Asia Times

10th May, 2021

“Today the US Treasury market is the weak link in the financial system, supported only by the central bank’s monetization of debt. If the extreme fiscal profligacy of the Biden administration prompts private investors to exit the Treasury market, there will be no safe assets left in dollar financial markets.”

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Guidance on criteria for assessment of freedom from infection in covid-19

Posted by seumasach on May 9, 2021

Official recognition that the PCR test doesn’t provide a reliable indication of infection. It is , however, very good for providing a flexible tool for the manipulation of case statistics and spreading panic and alarm

The Swedish Public Health Agency

21st July, 2020

The Swedish Public Health Agency has developed national criteria for assessing freedom from infection in covid-19.

The PCR technology used in tests to detect viruses cannot distinguish between viruses capable of infecting cells and viruses that have been neutralized by the immune system and therefore these tests cannot be used to determine whether someone is contagious or not. RNA from viruses can often be detected for weeks (sometimes months) after the illness but does not mean that you are still contagious. There are also several scientific studies that suggest that the infectivity of covid-19 is greatest at the beginning of the disease period.

The recommended criteria for assessing freedom from infection are therefore based on stable clinical improvement with freedom from fever for at least two days and that at least seven days have passed since the onset of symptoms. For those who have had more pronounced symptoms, at least 14 days after the illness and for the very sickest, individual assessment by the treating doctor.

The criteria have been developed in collaboration with representatives of the specialty associations in infectious disease medicine, clinical microbiology, hygiene and infection control. These have most recently been discussed in the group at a meeting on 19 April 2021 due to the new virus variants. The assessment was then that no update was needed. The recommendations will be updated as new knowledge about covid-19 infectivity is added.

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Jacinda Ardern is now the West’s woke weak link

Posted by seumasach on May 9, 2021

Welcome to the Multipolar World Order! Arden’s crime is to choose strategic autonomy rather than hanging on to the dead end of the post-WW2 system. The New Cold War benefits no one but a small coterie linked to the military/industrial complex. Despite a huge ideological offensive peace risks breaking out!

Con Goughlin

Telegraph

21st April, 2021

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NATO Allies Take Over Black Sea for Military Exercise

Posted by seumasach on May 9, 2021

Rick Rozoff

Antiwar.com

7th May, 2021

The title is courtesy of the Transylvania Now new site. The Pentagon’s Special Operations Command Europe kicked off the Trojan Footprint 21 exercise on May 3; what is identified as its premier special operations forces drills.

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