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Posts Tagged ‘Death of Nato’

Russia, Turkey, Iran: Adversaries of the West’s NATO alliance

Posted by seumasach on August 7, 2019

Telegraph hawk Con Coughlin laments the demise of the Western Alliance. But don’t they still have Oceania- as in Orwell’s 1984? If so, it’s a motley crew under the erratic leadership of Trump with Dad’s Army bringing up the rear under Captain Johnson, Brazil’s thirty families representative Bolsonaro hoping for some rich pickings and an increasingly sceptical ANZAC division hoping they don’t completely destroy good business with China.

Con Coughlin

Gateston Insitute

5th August, 2019

Germany’s outright rejection of Washington’s request [to support Washington’s proposal for a maritime protection force in the Arabian Gulf to protect shipping from attacks by Iran] is likely to inflame tensions further between Washington and Berlin. U.S. President Donald J. Trump is already at odds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a range of issues, from Germany’s obstinate refusal to meet its Nato funding commitments to its pursuit of closer energy ties with Russia through the construction of the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

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Germany seeks closer military ties within EU after Brexit

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2016

Brexit has already had dramatic geopolitical consequences. This is the first one: an independent Europe logically leading to the demise of NATO. Meanwhile “independence day”, as you might expect, means for Britain an even deeper integration into the US security sphere.


Berlin and Paris will push for closer military ties with EU member states, the German defense minister said, adding that the long-contended issue was let loose by UK’s vote to leave the bloc. It comes as Germany is looking for a new global role for its military.

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Polish military police raid Nato centre in Warsaw

Posted by seumasach on January 3, 2016

As Obama’s retreat from empire becomes more evident the revolt on the imperial periphery gains momentum : Turkey, Saudi and now Poland- it’s everyone for himself.


18th December, 2015

Polish military police have raided a Nato-affiliated counterintelligence centre in Warsaw in the latest of a series of moves by the country’s new rightwing government to consolidate its hold on power.

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Rasmussen: ‘No role for NATO in Mali’

Posted by seumasach on January 22, 2013

There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark- but things are looking up! How anomalous and un-NATO- like for them not to plunge into a new bombing campaign.

NATO can’t be the world’s policeman, travelling from country to country, solving all the problems.

Wonderful news!


18th January, 2013

Against the backdrop of an unfolding hostage drama in Algeria, euronews spoke to Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretary general of NATO.


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L’OTAN magnifie son déclin

Posted by seumasach on May 23, 2012

Thierry Meyssan


22nd May, 2012

Le 25e sommet de l’OTAN n’est pas parvenu à répondre à la question lancinante qui hante l’Organisation depuis l’effondrement de l’URSS : en quoi peut-elle être utile à ses membres, hormis au Royaume-Uni et aux USA ? Toute question sur le massacre de 160 000 Libyens ou sur l’annulation de l’attaque de la Syrie étant écartée, les chefs d’États et de gouvernement ont simplement été sommés de financer le complexe militaro-industriel US.

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If Afghanistan is its test, NATO is failing

Posted by seumasach on September 30, 2009

John Feffer

Asia Times

1st October, 2009

Celebrating its 60th birthday this year, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [1] is looking peaked and significantly worse for wear. Aggressive and ineffectual, the organization shows signs of premature senility. Despite the smiles and reassuring rhetoric at its annual summits, its internal politics have become fractious to the point of dysfunction. Perhaps like any sexagenarian in this age of health-care crises and economic malaise, the transatlantic alliance is simply anxious about its future.

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Moscow, Tehran force the US’s hand

Posted by seumasach on February 9, 2009

M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

6th February, 2009

It may seem there could be nothing in common between the blowing up of a bridge in the Khyber, the usage of an air base nestling in the foothills of the Pamirs and the launch of a 60-pound (37.2 kilogram) satellite into the night sky that will circle the Earth 14 times a day.

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Turkey cannot afford disruption in ties with Russia, says Erdoğan

Posted by alfied on September 2, 2008

“Our relations with the Russian Federation have actually gone beyond the special,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters at the Victory Day reception in Ankara.

It’s amazing what results the application of a little gentle pressure can have. Expect Turkish vessels back in their own ports by Friday.

Monday, September 1, 2008

ANKARA – Turkish Daily News

Under the convention, vessels from countries that do not have a coastal area on the Black Sea can stay in the sea for up to 21 days.

Dependent on Russian natural gas and oil to meet its growing energy needs, Turkey cannot risk bilateral ties with Moscow due to the recent economic tension that has hit Turkish exports, said the prime minister over the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

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