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Irish-America concerned over Brexit impact on North

Posted by seumasach on September 12, 2016

Anphoblacht

9th September, 2016

THE British government should listen to the views of Irish-America and respect the vote of the majority of people in the North to remain in the European Union, Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd MLA has said.

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Russia-China military ties take a leap forward

Posted by seumasach on September 12, 2016

What this reveals is that the new US doctrine of detente with Russia alongside containment of China is already dead in the water. The assumption behind this strategy would have been that Russia and China could be set at odds rather as they were by Kissinger in 1972. China’s deployment in Syria and Russia’s support for China over the South Seas have essentially laid to rest such delusions. As a result, I would predict that the Brexit project will be very short-lived, that Temer will be hoisted on his own petard of Facebook protest, that Macri will reverse his anti-China shift, that the oppositional movements Venezuela, South Africa and Zimbabwe will fail and that Australia will not end up preferring a security alliance with the USA to it’s vital economic interests in a trade deal with China. At the same time, all the logic of this situation points to a Trump victory in the US. There will be no comeback for the neo-con elements purged by Obama now gathering around Clinton. We are at a remarkable conjuncture with the moment of truth to come with the raising of interest rates in the US. Then we will know exactly the potential for East-West cooperation and a reset of the global financial system: whether what is to come will be merely painful or totally catastrophic.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

11th September, 2016

The wrap on the long-awaited China-Russia naval exercise in the South China Sea has been lifted, finally. From what Beijing disclosed today regarding the eight-day exercise (codenamed Joint Sea-2016), beginning on September 12, it is anything but a routine exercise. Make no mistake, it marks a leap forward in Sino-Russian military ties and signals a significant show of strategic congruence.

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“The Boss” at the G20

Posted by seumasach on September 7, 2016

Pepe Escobar

Telesur

6th September, 2016

The G20 in China was immensely impressive—in a way that very few in the West are able to understand. I’ve been living in Asia on and off for 22 years now—and other experienced, trusted Asia hands have had the same impression.

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Europe forges ahead with plans for ‘EU army’

Posted by seumasach on September 6, 2016

Who said good things wouldn’t come out of Brexit! The end of NATO is one of them. Without the UK European integration has received a shot in the arm and Europe begins to cast off US tutelage and emerge on the global stage as an independent force. As I have argued for some time this is a necessary step towards a multipolar world.

Telegraph

6th September, 2016

Europe is planning to forge ahead with plans for an EU Armythat some fear could eventually displace Nato, with senior officials in Brussels urging EU member states to capitalise on the “political space” left by Britain’s decision to vote to leave.  

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Lloyd’s may move out of London without Brexit ‘clarity’

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2016

Business Reporter

5th September, 2016

Insurance market Lloyd’s may be forced to move some of its business to continental Europe as a result of the vote to leave the EU, chairman John Nelson has warned.

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The Brexit Carnival

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2016

Huffington Post

5th September, 2016

For some time now people have been portraying the EU referendum as a model of democracy. In his resignation speech, for example, David Cameron said that “the country has taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history”, a view that was echoed by Andrew Marr, who described the referendum as “this country’s single biggest democratic act in modern times”.

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Russia wins poker game with Japan over Kuril Islands

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2016

“Without doubt, China has taken note that there is a significant change in Japan’s thinking toward Russia. An editorial in the Global Times newspaper viewed this shift as an attempt by Tokyo in concert with the US with a view to “impose geopolitical pressure on China.”

The great thing about the USA’s containment of China strategy is that it gives full scope to Russian diplomacy on multiple fronts without really doing anything to undermine the Russia-China relationship which is solidly based on shared interests. Thus, Russia is fully engaging with both Japan and the UK in resolving outstanding differences. At the same time, the containment of China strategy looks like being short-lived: the brexit agenda is already unravelling, the Brazilian oligarchy under Temer may be hoisted on its own petard of Facebook revolution and Australia has been confronted by a stark choice between China and the USA which it must ultimately resolve in favour of the former. Is China really as concerned as it makes out?

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

4th September, 2016

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There can be no “special deal” with the United Kingdom

Posted by seumasach on September 5, 2016

Paul De Grauwe

LSE

5th September, 2016

What should the EU’s priorities be in negotiations with the UK over Brexit? Paul De Grauwe writes that the EU should offer the UK two options: either following a Norwegian style model, or leaving entirely and negotiating a free trade agreement in the same way as other nations such as the United States and Canada. He argues that offering any concessions outside of these two options would risk fatally weakening the EU and should be avoided at all costs.

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Britain cannot easily dismiss Japanese Brexit warning letter

Posted by seumasach on September 4, 2016

At first clash with reality the Brexit agenda will simply disintegrate- this is just the beginning. Britain is not a “great trading nation” but a great debtor nation. Any path which leads us into conflict with our major creditors, investors and suppliers is simply madness.

Guardian

4th September, 2016

The Japanese government letter setting out its Brexit demands is deeply troubling to the UK since it is clear Japanese companies want Theresa May to negotiate a deal that leaves Britain not just in the EU customs union, and single market, but also retains a free flow of workers between the EU and the UK.

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Japan issues Brexit warning

Posted by seumasach on September 4, 2016

Independent

4th September, 2016

European economies will be thrown into “great turmoil” if the UK and EU cannot agree on a deal for Brexit that includes an element of free movement of labour, the Japanese government has warned.

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Australia must choose between US and China

Posted by seumasach on September 1, 2016

Asia Times

 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A senior U.S. soldier said on Thursday Australia must choose between a stronger U.S. alliance or closer ties with China, and urged Canberra to take a tougher stance against Chinese claims in the South China Sea.

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