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The Trump-Kim summit: can the Donald make the Deal?

Posted by seumasach on March 10, 2018

This is also an opportunity to turn China-US relations in a positive directions. China has obviously answered Trump’s exhortations to use its influence to resolve the Korea crisis and it may be able to respond to similar exhortations to deal with the US-China trade deficit with the thorny issue of Chinese investment into the USA facilitated by China’s enhanced image.

Alexander Mercouris

The Duran

10th March, 2018

The key to understanding Kim Jong-un’s summit offer to Donald Trump is that it is the product of negotiations which have been underway since October.

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Why Is the GOP Terrified of Tariffs?

Posted by seumasach on March 7, 2018

“The idea is not to keep foreign goods out, but to induce foreign companies to move production here.”,

I also assume that is the idea: otherwise it can only be pure madness. America’s rapid growth towards the end of the 19th century was also the result, not just of tariffs but of inward investment- in that case, from Britain who had decided to outsource the empire after the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War. Today, foreign investment provides the key to the reindustrialization of the USA and it is China in particular who can play that role. Prepare to hear Trump ringing out the slogan”The jobs are coming home!”

Patrick J.Buchanan

5th March, 2018

From Lincoln to William McKinley to Theodore Roosevelt, and from Warren Harding through Calvin Coolidge, the Republican Party erected the most awesome manufacturing machine the world had ever seen.

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Australia distances from US on China, Russia threat

Posted by seumasach on January 30, 2018

“We have a different perspective on Russia and China, clearly. We do not see Russia or China as posing a military threat to Australia,” Bishop told Sky News.

We continue to see the fruits of Trump’s neo-isolationist policy. Australia openly contradicting the basic premise of the US national security strategy is the latest, dramatic reaction. We also have the re-engagement of the UK with Europe, the discord between the EU and the USA over Iran and over trade, the further shift of Turkey towards the SCO and Japan’s convergence with China and Russia.


29th January, 2018

Australia’s Turnbull government has distanced itself from a central theme of the Donald Trump administration’s new national defence strategy, which defines growing Russian and Chinese military might as greater threats than terrorism.

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In from the cold: CIA gesture indicates thawing US-Russia ties

Posted by seumasach on December 20, 2017

Since any attempt by Washington to normalize relations with Russia will inevitably, anyway, have a markedly schizophrenic character, it is important not to jump to conclusions as certain commentators have regarding Trump’s supposed capitulation to the neocons. The president must address different lobbies, his base of support and the Russians with different voices. Having done so much to undermine the post-war US led order it over the last year it defies credibility that Trump does not plan to edge towards the new- multipolar order: the worldview outlined in the latest National Security Strategy offers no such perspectives for the US and , indeed, no useful perspectives whatsoever. There simply has to be something else unless we are to believe the US elite has completely lost its bearings. These astonishing CIA moves are likely the tip of the iceberg of that “something else”.


Asia Times

In the annals of Russian-American relations, it is difficult to recall a precedent for the Kremlin leader calling his White House counterpart to convey his personal gratitude and appreciation for the profound contribution made by the US’ Central Intelligence Agency and its director to Russian national security.

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The OIC Declaration enables Russia to lead the Two-State Solution

Posted by seumasach on December 14, 2017

Andrew Korybko

The Duran

13th December, 2017

The OIC Summit in Istanbul saw its members agree to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, implying that West Jerusalem exists and could potentially be the capital of Israel following its formal recognition, which is in essence exactly what Moscow proposed in April of this year and thus enables Russia to take the lead in seeking a two-state solution to the long-standing conflict.

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Trump says US will stop arming Kurds in phone call to Turkey’s Erdogan

Posted by seumasach on November 25, 2017

Trump has just moved to disengage from Syria!

The Duran

24th November, 2017

According to the Associated Press, US President Donald Trump has issued a commitment to Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan, that the US will cease arms shipments to Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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Modi fine tunes ‘Act East’ policy

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2017

The self-isolationism of the US under Trump is spurring the integration of South -East Asia as well as, together with Brexit, European integration. The Trump presidency is serving as a catalyst for the emergence of a multipolar world. The big question remains: how can the USA integrate itself into the multipolar process?


Indian Punchline

15th November, 2017

Static diplomacy, like stale fish, stinks. Therefore, it is gratifying to see the delightful vagueness of the formulation in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s opening statement at the 15th ASEAN-India Summit at Manila on Monday, while referring obliquely to the South China Sea. PM Modi said: India’s Act East Policy is shaped around the ASEAN, and its centrality in the regional security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region is evident… India assures the ASEAN of its steady support towards achieving a rules-based regional security architecture that best attests to the region’s interests and its peaceful development.

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China may be Trump’s best hope to ‘make America great again’

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2017

This is the key issue of the Trump presidency behind all the rhetoric, the posturing and the threats. If Trump can consolidate a partnership with China we will know that there is method in his madness. Otherwise it is simply madness with Trump breaking America’s old partnerships whilst failing to create new ones.

Asia Times

13th October, 2017

China is not America’s enemy or competitor or whatever name the US anti-China crowd labels it with. It is not challenging US global supremacy or stealing its jobs, as many in America claim. On the contrary, the Chinese and US economies are increasingly intertwined, becoming each other’s largest trade partners and major investors.

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US envoy to Japan: Trump surrounded by cool heads

Posted by seumasach on October 1, 2017

Asia Times

30th September, 2017

People anxious about Donald Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea should be reassured that the US president has surrounded himself with “disciplined and thoughtful” advisers who won’t rush towards war, according to his new ambassador to Japan.

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Overwhelming resistance to Trump’s plan to scuttle the Iran deal

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2017

I don’t think Trump is about to scupper the Iran deal: the resistance to doing so is indeed “overwhelming”. Were he to do he would isolate the USA completely and cripple US diplomacy. The immediate consequence would be to rule out a diplomatic solution the the Korea crisis.  That would explain why, in what is now a familiar pattern, the military have been to the fore in appealing for reason. Thus

“on Wednesday afternoon, the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, General John Hyten, in a speech at the Hudson Institute, said, “The facts are that Iran is operating under the agreement that we signed up for under JCPOA… We have an agreement that our nation has signed and I believe that if the United States of America signs an agreement, it’s our job to live up to the terms of that agreement, it’s our job to enforce that.” “

Cato Institute

21st September, 2017

This has not been a good week for President Trump’s Iran policy. As the president has indicated, he plans in mid-October to decertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), negotiated and signed in 2015, which rolled back Iran’s nuclear program, placed severe restrictions on it for the foreseeable future, and imposed the world’s most intrusive inspections regime on what remained.

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US, Iran break ice at UN Hqs.

Posted by seumasach on September 22, 2017


Indian Punchline

21st September, 2017

The US President Donald Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday has drawn attention to the Iran nuclear deal of July 2015. Will the deal survive? Or, will it perish in a sudden death?

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