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The Common Market of the South and the Eurasian Union

Posted by seumasach on April 15, 2015

How the Common Market of the South and the Eurasian Union defy the United States and the hegemony of the dollar


20th March, 2015

The economic containment strategies against Moscow and Caracas stimulated by Washington hasted the reconfiguration of alliances in the world system. Although Russia is geographically located in the northern hemisphere, its diplomatic agenda shows more connection to that of emerging economies. The same is happening in Latin American countries. According to the Russian chancellor, Serguey Lavrov, Latin America is called on to become a centrepiece in the development of a multipolar world order.

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La Russie, par-delà l’Europe ?

Posted by seumasach on May 3, 2014

La Voix De La Russia

3rd May, 2014

A la fin de l’année 2010, j’écrivais un texte intitulé Moscou, capitale de l’Europe dans lequel j’appelais à la réalisation d’un projet politique reposant sur la création d’une entente approfondie entre Paris, Berlin et Moscou.


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Europe dragged into a division of the world between debtors and creditors: the United States’ desperate solutions for not sinking alone

Posted by seumasach on April 18, 2014

A new cold war led by the USA has become a fashionable theme. However, core US diplomacy has consistently contradicted such a scenario. The USA, more than Europe, needs to reach out to the BRICS for its own salvation. The problem is that vested interests, the imperial state if you like, continue to rely on a strategy of geopolitical tension. But the CIA, the neo-cons, the Israel lobby, the Military Industrial Complex and their congressional representatives have emerged from the fiascos in Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine embittered and weakened. This should enable Obama to pursue policies in accord with US national interests whereby US retreat from empire is rewarded by inward investment from China and others. For that surplus to be available a new motor of global development must emerge which can only be the Eurasian economic space from Shanghai to Lisbon. The resolution of the Ukrainian crisis, the first step of which was completed at Geneva yesterday, will facilitate this happy development. Certainly Russia and China are emerging as leading global players but their prime goal is geo-strategic partnership with the USA. By an agonised path Obama is positioning himself to reciprocate

LEAP 2020

17th April, 2014

In the present confrontation between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the image of the Cold War inevitably comes to mind and the media are obviously fond of it. However, contrary to what it gives us to understand, it’s not Russia that seeks the return of an iron curtain but really the US. An iron curtain separating the old powers and emerging nations; the world before and the world afterwards; debtors and creditors. And this in the crazy hope of preserving the American way of life and the US’ influence over “its” camp in the absence of being able to impose it on the whole world. In other words, go down with as many companions as possible to give the impression of not sinking. 

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Russia will consider Scottish membership of Eurasia Union!

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2014

Ukraine: Don’t blame us says Russian Ambassador to EU


1st March, 2014

Russia has nothing to do with what is happening in Crimea, according to the Head of the Russian mission to the EU, Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov, who noted that there is “a deliberate attempt to shift attention to Crimea” while what is happening there is “a natural result of events unfolding in Kiev”.

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Ukrainian President: Opposition crossed line with call to arms

Posted by seumasach on February 19, 2014

This kind of mob violence recalls Britain’s own turbulent and violent political past. In 1780 mobs  marched on parliament and rioted for a week leaving massive death and destruction in their wake. Like this violence in Ukraine it was clearly orchestrated from above, in that case with a view to intimidating the Whigs’ great enemy, George 3rd, who they wished to replace with the Prince of Wales who had been groomed to rule on their behalf. Only a fool would see this mob rule as some kind of democratic process. Western support for attempted coup d’etats in other people’s countries makes a complete mockery of the ideas of sovereignty and democracy everywhere and leading mob cheerleaders will be completely discredited.


19th February, 2014

KIEV, February 19 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Wednesday that opposition activists had crossed the line by calling for supporters to take up arms at mass protests intended to oust him from power.

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Ukraine implodes, options dwindle

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2014

“The West sees ahead a crucial juncture in post-Cold War era for countering what it perceives as Moscow’s strategm to pit Eurasian integration against European integration. 
Moscow maintains that the two integration processes can co-habitate and can have overlapping geo-strategic space, but Europe rejects that notion, which it equates as acquiescence with Russian hegemony in Eurasia.” 


Indian Punchline

25th January, 2014

Ukraine is on the boil. The anti-government protests have become confrontational and have drawn blood in the past few days. President Viktor Yanukovich has been so far insisting that a change of leadership is possible only through the presidential election scheduled for March 2015, but that stance has come under growing pressure.

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Russia trumps US in Ukraine poker game

Posted by seumasach on December 18, 2013


Indian Punchline

18th December, 2013

Russia may have made its most significant foreign-policy gain in the entire post-cold war era when the Kremlin decisively moved in on Tuesday to offer a rescue package for the beleagured Ukrainian economy and may have taken a leap forward in leading that country into the Eurasian Union, which Moscow is planning as the umbrella organization bringing together the former Soviet republics.

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US loses lone base in Central Asia

Posted by seumasach on June 27, 2013


Indian Punchline

26th June, 2013

The geopolitics of Central Asia has begun shifting in anticipation of the NATO forces ending their combat role as well as their pullout from Afghanistan and the proposed establishment of the nine American military bases in that country. Kyrgyzstan today gave the final touch to its strategic decision to demand that the US should vacate the Manas military base near the capital Bishkek by July 11, 2014.

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Pipelineistan and the New Silk Road(s)

Posted by seumasach on June 3, 2013

Pepe Escobar

Asia Times

31st May, 2013

This is a version of a paper presented this week at the annual conference of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore. 

SINGAPORE – Ask Western elites – oh, those were the days, in the 17th century, when the rise of European sea powers led to the collapse of the caravan trade and the end of the Silk Road as Europe found a cheaper – and safer – way of trading between East and West.

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Pakistan gets a cuddle and a hug

Posted by seumasach on June 4, 2012

Russia is gearing up to play an effective role in world affairs. Its assertive stance on Syria and Iran can be expected to extend to Pakistan and Central Asia. Russia kept its participation over the NATO summit on a low-key and saw to it that none of the Central Asian leaders who were invited – from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – attended either. Meanwhile, Moscow also hosted a summit of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Putin is undertaking visits to Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan during the week ahead and is virtually launching his Eurasian project.


Asia Times

2nd June, 2012

The back-to-back visits to Pakistan this week by China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and the Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, are rich in political symbolism and strategic content.

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Russia tightens Ukraine bonds

Posted by seumasach on May 8, 2012

Not so long ago Ukraine was one of the main focuses of US foreign policy. But the empire is ebbing away and overstretch leads them to neglect crucial frontier outposts.

Taras Kuzio

Asia Times

9th May, 2012

The Ukrainian government is negotiating the issue of rouble-denominated government bonds, making the country no longer reliant on International Monetary Fund assistance. Ukraine’s 2010 IMF assistance package of US$15.6 billion was suspended in March 2011 because of the country’s refusal to continue with IMF reforms, in particular raising household utility prices to reduce subsidies to the state gas company Naftohaz Ukrainy. This confirms what the Nikolai Azarov government has been discussing since summer 2011.

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