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Johnson seeks “great” free trade deal with Australia

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2017

“Mr Johnson said he expected a “great” free trade deal with Australia which would cover the issue of visas.” Wow! “Great deals” all round! It’s looking very much like TTIP-Trans-Oceanic Trade and Investment Deal, a new British Empire based on the old values of “free trade”. But there may be a fly in the ointment:

Ms Bishop said: “We discussed Brexit and the potential for Australia to enter into a free trade agreement with the European Union, and subsequently a free trade agreement between Australia and the UK.”

Britain’s TTIP -type deals are not compatible with free trade deals with the EU since the EU will not allow the UK to become a conduit for GM crops and other dangerous or substandard products. Johnson looks full of confidence but as Britain crashes out of the EU we will see if they have any realistic basis.

Express and Star

27th July, 2017

Australia’s foreign minister has said the country is hoping to strike a “high-quality, comprehensive free trade agreement” with the UK following Brexit.

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The end of the ‘New American Century’ pronounced by the Pentagon

Posted by seumasach on July 29, 2017

Wayne Madsen

Strategic Culture

23rd July, 2017

The US Department of Defense is fond of issuing reports, many of which contain a massive amount of Pentagon jargon and gobbledygook terms. But, one recent report, while not lacking in typical gibberish, contains one clear and unambiguous message. The neo-conservative «New American Century» pet project, which saw the United States engage in quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as an unending «global war on terror», is dead and buried.

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Trump shows realism toward Iran

Posted by seumasach on July 19, 2017

Trump, like his predecessor, Obama, seems destined to preside over the demise of all neoconservative plans. At the same time, like Obama, he appears unable to break free of the “swamp”, the deep state quagmire, and actually define US interests in positive terms through an embrace of the emerging multipolar reality. Thus, the neocons have made sure that if they can’t lead no one can. If it continues, this paralysis means that there is no soft landing for bankrupt America, no reset of the global financial system: the next phase of the financial crisis is imminent and the US economy and the dollar will be right in the eye of the storm.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

18th July, 2017

The United States’ regional strategies in the Middle East face multiple challenges and it needs strong nerves and robust realism not to overreact. Importantly, the temptation to display ‘muscular’ diplomacy must be curbed. Thus, the decision by the Trump administration on Monday to certify for the second time Iran’s compliance with the July 2015 nuclear deal signifies strategic maturity.

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US faces historic setback in the Middle East

Posted by seumasach on June 24, 2017

 

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

23rd June, 2017

The bloc of four Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia that imposed an embargo against Qatar on June 5 has finally presented their charter of demands. An AP dispatch, here, lists the 13 demands. The most striking demands include Doha reducing ties with Iran, severing relationships with Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood, closing a Turkish military base in the country, and shuttering state broadcaster Al Jazeera and several news outlets.

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Petrodollar faces growing threat from the East

Posted by seumasach on April 29, 2017

Asia Times

27th April, 2017

While the recent raft of Sino-Saudi trade agreements benefited Chinese soft power in protecting Xinjiang, and the Saudis by diversifying their economy, China’s slow intertwining with Saudi Arabia complements the Sino-Russo alliance. Primarily, its benefits could lead to a realistic threat to the petrodollar.

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May sends gunboat in “dramatic show of strength”

Posted by seumasach on January 30, 2017

30th January, 2017

After centuries of gunboat diplomacy this pathetic move, this  “dramatic show of strength” as the Mail puts it without irony, is a fitting epilogue, the end of a long, bloody and, eventually, failed imperial project.

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Lavrov warns West will have to pay dearly for stoking revolutions in Middle East

Posted by seumasach on January 30, 2017

TASS

25th January, 2017

MOSCOW, January 25. /TASS/. The West will have to pay dearly for violent regime change and the instigation of revolutions in the Middle East that have plunged the region into chaos, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

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Taking the long view

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2017

Justin Raimundo

Antiwar.com

24th January, 2017

The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.

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Foreigners are dumping U.S. debt at a record pace

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2017

The dollars will also be coming home. What this is leading too is the non-acceptance of dollars as international payment. However, Trump can resolve the debt issue through international agreement, above all, with China: a global reset,  a trade-off between the declining hegemon and the new leader of globalization.

Economic Collapse

22nd January, 2017

While most of the country has been focused on the inauguration of Donald Trump, a very real crisis has been brewing behind the scenes. Foreigners are dumping U.S. debt at a faster rate than we have ever seen before, and U.S. Treasury yields have been rising. This is potentially a massive problem, because our entire debt-fueled standard of living is dependent on foreigners lending us gigantic mountains of money at ultra-low interest rates. If the average rate of interest on U.S. government debt just got back to 5 percent, which would still be below the long-term average, we would be paying out about a trillion dollars a year just in interest on the national debt. If foreigners keep dumping our debt and if Treasury yields keep climbing, a major financial implosion of historic proportions is absolutely guaranteed within the next four years.

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Wagenknecht: ‘Dissolution of NATO, military alliance with Russia’

Posted by seumasach on January 24, 2017

RT

17th January, 2017

A military security system, which would include Russia, should be set up instead of NATO, Sahra Wagenknecht, leader of the German Left party said in an interview, echoing Trump’s recent statements on NATO.

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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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