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The Russia-China plan for North Korea: stability, connectivity

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2017

“Largely unreported by Western corporate media, what happened in Vladivostok is really ground-breaking. Moscow and Seoul agreed on a trilateral trade platform, crucially involving Pyongyang, to ultimately invest in connectivity between the whole Korean peninsula and the Russian Far East.”

Pepe Escobar

13th September, 2017

Moscow has been busy building agreements that would extend Eurasian connectivity eastward. The question is how to convince the DPRK to play along…

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Brexit: Japanese companies set to leave London

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2017

As I have argued from the start Brexit simply meant throwing away our geo-political Trump card, namely. the UK as a hub for foreign investment seeking access to the EU single market. Such deals as Osborne’s with China would thus have facilitated the UK’s transition from an economy based on imperial privilege and parasitic finance to that of a nation state amongst others in new multipolar, post-US/UK hegemony world order. As it is we have embarked on a terrifying journey into the abyss of global irrelevance.

Deutsche Welle

16th September, 2017

 

Japan’s largest car-maker and a major finance firm have announced that they are reconsidering their operations in Britain after the UK completes its divorce from the European Union, a serious setback to the British government’s efforts to convince companies here that it will be business as usual after Brexit.

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Trump’s Compromise with the Democrats from a Catholic Perspective

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2017

The real question here is why the Democrats want a deal with Trump rather than the other way round. After all,  he’s a “Russian agent” who they intend to impeach. Aren’t they somewhat weakening their case? Is the revival of  discussions on a new START treaty with Russia connected with this? Has the focus shifted from what the Democrats have got on Trump to what Trump has got on the Democrats?

Catholic Filter

9th September, 2017

On September 6, President Trump surprised many political observers when he agreed to compromise with Congressional Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi and make a three-part deal that provided hurricane relief to Texas, raised the national debt ceiling, and funded government operations until December. Trump justified his decision to strike a bargain with Democratic Congressional leaders rather than work with those of his own Republican Party by saying it was “very good” for the country.

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Russia, US officials revive dialogue on arms control

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2017

The military leaders appear to have a different view. Gen. John Hyten, the head of US Strategic Command, told Congress in March that he is a “big supporter” of the treaty. According to him, “bilateral, verifiable arms control agreements are essential to our ability to provide an effective deterrent.”

This seems to confirm the prominent role of the military under Trump and that it is bringing a note of realism to US foreign policy.

Strategic-Culture

14th September, 2017

The New Start Treaty was in focus of the talks held in Helsinki between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon on September 11-12. The parties agreed that the treaty should be implemented without exception. It was revealed that expert consultations on the future of the agreement had begun. A meeting of the US-Russian bilateral commission on implementing the New START would take place in the near future so that the two sides could continue their discussion of the technical aspects of implementation.

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China calls US bluff on North Korea – again

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2017

Alexander Mercouris

The Duran

13th September, 2017

The North Korean crisis took a further twist on Monday with a significant climbdown by the US at the UN Security Council and a further diplomatic victory by China.

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From “Biancheri Athens 1998″ to “Macron Athens 2017″: Upgrading democracy takes 20 years

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2017

Association des amis de Frank Biancheri

September, 2017

Emmanuel Macron’s recent speech in Athens puts on the table the great political challenges facing the EU. Rebuilding citizens’ trust, democratising the EU, opening the European election to trans-European lists, politically refounding the Eurozone… These ideas are truly echoeing another speech, delivered 20 years ago, in Athens too, by Franck Biancheri, at the time when, together with his road-companions, he was launching the Project Europe2020 (which gave birth to think tank Europe 2020, followed by LEAP2020). Not only are the ideas the same, but the deadline set to transform the EU the time was perfectly estimated: 20 years. As Nathalie Loiseau, the new French Minister of European Affairs, wrote when Franck passed away : “Franck was a sower. His ideas have germinated and leave a deep print in each of us. If his passing away is a schock, let’s be attentive to carry on his work. Europe needs his intellectual heritage” (In Memoriam, 2012, #68). Today indeed, we, and many more heirs of his thought, now converging, are ready. With #CitizenRoute73, iCAN, the 1Head2Votes campaign,… to name a few, we are making sure that the citizens are up to the confidence Mr Macron is granting them, getting mobilised to grow the debate, ideas, figures, movements, lists, media… required for the next 2019 election to enter into History books as the first real trans-European election,… the kind of election we demanded in July 2017 in our Countering the British nationalist Coup d’Etats with a European democratic blow: Towards a first real trans-European election. Thank you Mr Macron! You can count on us!

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Turkey pivots from NATO

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2017

Zero Hedge

13th September, 2017

Turkey pivots from NATO and signs Russia missile deal confirming, and sending the clearest sign of his previously discussed pivot toward Russia and away from NATO and the West, on Tuesday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey had signed a deal to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system, and paid the first installment. The deal cements Turkey’s recent rapprochement with Russia, despite differences over the war in Syria, the downing of a Russian fighter jet over Turkey in late 2015 and the assassination of a Russian ambassador earlier this year, and comes as Turkey’s ties with the United States and European Union have become strained to the point of breaking.

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Venezuela stops accepting dollars for oil payments

Posted by seumasach on September 14, 2017

Zero Hedge

13th September, 2017

Apparently confirming what President Maduro had warned following the recent US sanctions, The Wall Street Journal reports that Venezuela has officially stopped accepting US Dollars as payment for its crude oil exports.

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Blowing off the roof

Posted by seumasach on September 11, 2017

This actually ties in logically with declarations at the recent BRICS conference concerning an alternative system of international payments involving, most notably. a gold-backed Yuan. The dollar’s demise as the global reserve currency is imminent and Trump’s deal with the Democrats merely brings it closer but with the advantage that the Democrats can’t blame Trump for it now.

Peter Schiff

Euro Pacific

8th September, 2017

Of all the absurd Washington pantomimes none has been as reliably entertaining and maddening as the annual debates to raise the debt ceiling. Although the outcome was always a foregone conclusion (the ceiling would be raised), the excitement came when fiscal conservatives bemoaned the perils of runaway debt and “attempted” to exact spending restrictions through threats “to shut down the government,” (which often led to news coverage of tourists being turned away from national parks.) On the other side of the aisle Democrats would rail that the ceiling must be raised “because America always pays her bills.” Lost was the irony that “paying” bills with borrowed money was fiscally responsible, and that raising the ceiling actually enabled America to continue to avoid paying its bills. After these amateur theatrics, the ceiling would be lifted and Washington would go on as if nothing happened. But at least the performance threw occasional light on the nation’s debt problems.

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Venezuela Is about to ditch the dollar

Posted by seumasach on September 9, 2017

Anti-media

8th September, 2017

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday that Venezuela will be looking to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, Reuters reports. According to the outlet, Maduro will look to use the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes (essentially the way Venezuela will manage its currency in relation to other currencies and the foreign exchange market), along with a basket of currencies.

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Pour Berlin, prendre le leadership de l’Otan, ça en vaut la peine

Posted by seumasach on September 9, 2017

This report contains the highly significant conclusion that the USA is not adopting “leur rôle traditionnel en tant que leader dans l’Alliance ou tout au moins pas de manière fiable” [it’s traditional role as leader of the NATO Alliance, or. at least, not in a reliable manner]. As a consequence of this conclusion Germany seeks to take on the leadership role. Of course, a NATO not led by the USA is no longer NATO but something else: it appears it may become the foundation of an independent European defense capability.

Voltairenet

7th September, 2017

Alors que la chancelière Merkel et le président Macron sont déjà convenus de gouverner ensemble l’Union européenne, le think tank officiel de l’Allemagne fédérale, la SWP, préconise que Berlin prenne le leadership militaire de l’Union et de l’Otan. Prenant acte de la position du président Trump qui limite l’influence états-unienne au sein de l’Alliance transatlantique, les experts gouvernementaux considèrent comme possible pour Berlin de prendre la tête de l’Otan face à la Russie en investissant massivement dans le développement de son armée et la création de forces multinationales.

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