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Trump’s delusion: Halting Eurasian integration and saving ‘US World Order’

Posted by seumasach on January 17, 2017

Whereas all is seen through the prism of ideology, the reality behind the Trump phenomena is the failure of the unipolar project. Facts have hard heads and must ultimately impose themselves. The conveyor belt for this realism is ,logically, the armed forces who, on the hand, suffered directly from the futile wars and, on the other, survived the attempts of the neoconservative chickenhawks to isolate and diminish them. In this sense it is a patriotic movement. But, far from making America great again, the real challenge is to make of the USA a functioning nation state.

Federico Pieraccini

Stategic Culture

15th January, 2017

The failed foreign-policy strategy of the neoconservatives and neoliberals has served to dramatically reduce Washington’s role and influence in the world. Important alliances are being forged without seeking the assent of the United States, and the world model envisioned in the early 1990s – from Bush to Kagan and all the signatories of the PNAC founding statement of principles – is increasingly coming undone. Donald Trump’s victory represents, in all likelihood, the last decisive blow to a series of foreign-policy strategies that in the end undermined the much-prized leadership of the United States. The ceasefire in Syria, reached thanks to an agreement between Turkey and Russia, notably excluded the United States.

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Alibaba offers Trump 1 million US jobs, builds bridge for Sino-US ties

Posted by seumasach on January 11, 2017

South China Morning Post

10th January, 2017

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has offered the company’s e-commerce platform to help US businesses sell products to Asia, with the potential of creating up to 1 million American jobs, giving Donald Trump bragging rights of fulfilling his campaign vow even before he formally takes office.

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Why Trump believes in Julian Assange

Posted by seumasach on January 9, 2017

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

5th January, 2017

The US President-elect Donald Trump caught the attention of observers of international politics ever since he walked into the lion’s den, WaPo editorial board office, and began talking about US foreign policies soon after securing the Republican Party nomination. A Trump presidency instantaneously found appeal as good for world peace.

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The Electric Universe

Posted by seumasach on January 8, 2017

Wal Thornhill

Wake-up World

28th January, 2015

We live in an electric world. Our cities are visible from space at night, blazing with electric lights. The electricity courses invisibly in the darkness over great distances along thin power lines. We find electricity indispensable. Nature does the same since all matter is electrical. Yet astronomy is stuck in the gas-light era, unable to see that stars are simply electric lights strung along invisible cosmic power lines that are detectable by their magnetic fields and radio noise.

It is now a century since the Norwegian genius Kristian Birkeland proved that the phenomenal ‘northern lights’ or aurora borealis is an earthly connection with the electrical Sun. Later, Hannes Alfvén the Swedish Nobel Prize winning physicist, with a background in electrical engineering and experience of the northern lights, drew the solar circuit. It is no coincidence that Scandinavian scientists led the way in showing that we live in an Electric Universe.

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Health effects of wireless radiation

Posted by seumasach on January 7, 2017

EMF Wise

There is ample research on nonionizing, nonthermal wireless radiation showing health effects. Please see the BioInitiative report (2007)Pathophysiology Issue on EMFs (Aug 2009), and the Environmental Reviews (2010) article by Levitt/Lai to get an idea of the volume of scientific research which has been done on the topic of wireless radiation and health.

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End of the US empire: Russian warships just arrived in the Philippines

Posted by seumasach on January 7, 2017

The Anti-Media

6th January, 2016

Notable American foreign policy critic and linguist, Professor Noam Chomsky, has stated numerous times that the United States’ power has steadily been declining since the end of World War II. As Chomsky notes, in 1945, the United States had “literally half the world’s wealth, incredible security, controlled the entire Western Hemisphere, both oceans, [and[ the opposite sides of both oceans.”

In that context – and in the context of the United States waging war in multiple countries across the globe with the most advanced military technology in the world – it is hard to understand how this has happened. But Chomsky is not wrong.

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Liberation of Aleppo represents US’s most serious setback in 15 years

Posted by seumasach on December 22, 2016

Tim Anderson

Khamenei

21st December, 2016

In late 2016, at the cost of many young lives, Syrian forces took back the eastern part of the city of Aleppo, occupied by NATO and Saudi backed terrorists for more than four years.

The liberation of Aleppo, Syria’s second city and an ancient marvel, represents the most serious setback for the 15-year long Washington-led aggression on the entire region. An effective re-colonization of the region has stretched from Afghanistan to Libya, under a range of false pretexts. Invasions and proxy wars have been backed by economic sanctions and wild propaganda.

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China dumps treasuries

Posted by seumasach on December 17, 2016

Foreign Central Banks Liquidate A Record $403 Billion In US Paper

Zero Hedge

16th December, 2016

One month ago, when we last looked at the Fed’s update of Treasuries held in custody, we noted something troubling: the number had continued to drop sharply, declining by another $14 billion in one week, and pushing the total amount of custodial paper to $2.788 trillion, the lowest since 2012. One month later, we refresh this chart and find that in last week’s update, there is finally some good news: foreign central banks finally bought some US paper held in the Fed’s custody account, which following months of liquidation, rose over the past two weeks by $23 billion, the biggest two-week advance since November of 2016, pushing the total amount of custodial paper to $2.816 trillion, the highest since early October.

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Peace in Syria – it’s the last thing the US wants

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2016

Neil Clark

RT

12th December, 2016

Last week US President Obama waived military aid restrictions for “foreign forces” and others in Syria. When hopes were raised for an end to the Syrian conflict following the recapture of most of eastern Aleppo, the US is pouring more petrol on the fire.

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Why they hate Rex Tillerson

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2016

Justin Raimundo

antiwar.com

14th December, 2016

While the Democrats morph into a neoconservative party of paranoiacs whose main issue is hating on Russia, and the John McCain-Lindsey Graham duo arises to make its last stand in a Trumpified GOP, Rex Tillerson is the perfect target of their ire. Seeking to delegitimize the President-elect as a Russian-controlled Manchurian candidate, the CIA-Clinton-Saudi axis of “resistance” is on the warpath, and Tillerson’s alleged ties to Vladimir Putin are taking center stage in what is bound to turn into a knock-down drag-out fight on the Senate floor.

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Trump’s looming showdown with the ‘secret government’

Posted by seumasach on December 5, 2016

Boston Globe

1st December, 2016

Many incoming presidents learn quickly that the managers of the military, intelligence, and law enforcement departments of our government are largely self-governing, virtually immune from democratic accountability and the checks and balances described in civics books.

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