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Jun 02 08:33

Hegemony Games: USA vs. PRC

The most important political relationship in today’s world is between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Whichever way the relationship goes will have a major impact on global developments for many decades. Big changes are beginning to take shape. Matters of peace or war are involved.

Jun 02 04:13

China launches construction of Power of Siberia gas pipeline extension on its territory

The two sides gave big points to the process of implementation of the project on Russian gas deliveries to China via the eastern route. The operations on the Russian territory are on schedule.

Jun 02 01:26

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of Power

Or should that be the language of ‘assumed’ power?

Jun 02 01:14

Australian government “actively considering” dangerous provocation in South China Sea

Amid escalating tensions between the US and China over the South China Sea, the Australian government is “actively considering conducting its own ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises near artificial islands built by China in disputed territory,” according to a front-page article featured in today’s Australian.

Jun 01 15:10

US policies against Russia, China will start World War III: Investigative journalist

Washington’s belligerent policies against countries like Russia and China will eventually start World War III, says American investigative journalist Wayne Madsen.

He said measures taken by NATO Commander General Philip Breedlove and his friends in Washington as they are approaching Russian waters in the Black sea and also provocations against China in the South China Sea could lead to a major conflict.

Jun 01 10:59

US planning to deploy advanced weapons near China: Carter

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has unveiled the Pentagon’s plans to deploy advanced weapons, including the newest stealth destroyer, near the borders of China.

Jun 01 10:33

What China's New Facial Recognition ATM Says About the Future

By Nicholas West

In what has become a common refrain in all security circles, the elimination of privacy is a necessary tool needed to provide a solution.

China is invoking the threat of financial fraud to usher in a new system of facial recognition ATMs that not only will link to an "identity database" but also will scan cash for counterfeit currency...

May 31 16:33

Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-Semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

May 31 15:04

Russia and China mock divide and rule

Divide et impera? It’s not working. And it’s bound to fail miserably.

As it stands, what we do know is that 2015 will be a hair-raising year in myriad aspects... we all still remain under the sign of a fearful, dangerous, rampantly irrational Empire of Chaos.

Russia could outmaneuver Western financial markets by cutting them off from its wealth of oil and natural gas. The markets would inevitably collapse – uncontrolled chaos for the Empire of Chaos (or “controlled chaos”, in Putin’s own words).

In a different vein of the “soft beds of the East” seducing Marcus Aurelius, the silky splendors of chic Beijing offer a glimpse of an extremely self-assured emerging power. After all, Europe is nothing but a catalogue of multiple sclerosis and Japan is under its sixth recession in 20 years.

May 31 14:59

US preparing for war with China and Russia to save the banks

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” Billington said.

“And the view from London and Washington and New York is we have to go to war, we cannot allow this BRICS alliance between Russia, China, India, South Africa and most of Latin America creating new financial institutions to take away our ability to loot the resources in the developing sector,” Billington noted.

May 31 14:58

China Backs Putin on FIFA, Slams US

An editorial in China’s state-run Xinhua on Saturday accused the US of pursuing “geopolitical objectives” in disguise of a probe into corruption in football’s top governing body, FIFA.
In growing signs of an entente between Russia and China, portions of the Chinese editorial have said the US is “killing two birds with one stone” by trying to “act like a hero” and wrecking Russia and Qatar’s hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.
Beijing is allying with Russian President Vladimir Putin who has accused the US of using the corruption probe to try to block the re-election of FIFA chief Sepp Blatter for resisting attempts to remove Russia’s right to host the 2018 World Cup.

May 31 13:31

Decrepit US Resorts to the Viagra of Militarism

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

US deteriorating relations with China are the latest manifestation of America’s self-declared «manifest destiny» to behave like a global hegemon.

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

China, for its part, says that its own military presence in the region is to protect its voluminous trade routes. Beijing has pointedly refused to cease its maritime development projects, mainly land reclamation in shoals and reefs that it says are strictly within its territorial limits.

May 31 06:56

China resets Latin America

China is busy doing the things that Russia can not do for economic reasons - the Celestial Empire is changing the world order. One can say that China is conquering the world with loans. Latin America is of special importance for China at this point. Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is touring South America and signed landmark agreements with Brazil.
China is conquering the world not with weapons, but with loans. After the events on Tiananmen Square in 1989, the Chinese leadership understood what Wall Street's globalization may bring. China still lives under numerous Western sanctions. For example, Chinese companies are not allowed to deliver advanced technologies. Therefore, the Celestial Empire has been developing everything on its own. The country has a national payment and financial systems, as well as a favorable business investment climate for ambitious national projects.

May 31 02:36

POETS’ TALK — Where do we fit in in ‘the march of Time’?

The gatekeepers have, I believe, crucified American poetry upon a cross erected by “language poets,” “identity poets,” “politically correct poets,” “apolitical poets” and general nincompoops -- Gary Corseri

The Arts have fallen into an era of petite academicism, crass commercialism and manipulated populism. So, our challenges are many; they are harsh; let us hope they will be invigorating!

Poets who do not see, who do not confront what is out there and around them-- are cowards! Which needn’t mean that that is ALL we must do! But… we must see and confront what surrounds us at some point! Not always…, but when it’s right to do so. To advocate that we always do it is asking us to be propagandists.José M. Tirado

May 30 01:56

Pivot Insanity - Why is Obama Goading China?

US powerbrokers know that bullying China involves significant risks for themselves and the world. Even so, they have decided to pursue this new policy and force a confrontation. Why?

May 30 01:47

The US and China can avoid a collision course – if the US gives up its empire

The problem isn’t China’s rise, but rather America’s insistence on maintaining military and economic dominance right in China’s backyard.

May 30 01:38

Patrolling the hood from (China) sea to shining sea

This South China Sea exceptionalist adventurism could alarmingly get out of hand.

May 29 17:50

A Critique of “US Grand Strategy toward China”

We will have a very strong (military) presence, very strong continued posture throughout the region to back our commitments to our allies, to protect and work with our partners and to continue ensuring peace and stability in the region, as well as back our diplomacy vis-à-vis China on the South China Sea.

— David Shear, US Department of Defense’s Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs

Indian President Modi ‘seals $22 billion of deals on China visit … China had already promised $20 billion of infrastructure investment during (Chinese President) Xi’s visit to India last year’

— Financial Times

May 29 14:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 14:01

A Critique of US “Grand Strategy toward China”

If one were to propose a realistic and reasonable ‘US Grand Strategy toward China’ one would have to start by shedding all the false assumptions and bellicose proposals that have been put forth by the CFR and the authors of the Report under review.

The US should not attempt to block China’s growth and expansion; it should assist and share in its ascendancy, especially in the face of great global climate and energy challenges. Washington is much more likely to strengthen its Asian – Pacific partnership and succeed in its diplomacy if it replaced its military posturing with robust economic growth.

May 29 13:14

US preparing for war on China, Russia to save banks: Analyst

The United States is preparing for a possible war against China and Russia aimed at preventing the collapse of the Western banking system, an American political commentator and activist says.

Michael Billington, Asia editor for the Executive Intelligence Review and author of Reflections of an American Political Prisoner: the Repression and Promise of the LaRouche Movement, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday.

“The point that has to be made is that the Chinese, like the Russians, are very, very clear that the United States and their NATO allies are in a war mobilization, preparing for war on Russia, preparing for war on China,” Billington stated.

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the Pentagon, the White House, and State Department: a war against Russia and China (and yes, we are looking at a war with BOTH countries), is a really, really bad idea.

The reality is (and Mr. President, if you haven't been informed of this by now, you should have) the US military doesn't have the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure a positive outcome to such a war.

May 29 11:19

China Scheming to Topple U.S.

According to China expert Michael Pillsbury—author of a new book called The Hundred-Year Marathon—the Chinese secretly plan to supplant America as the world’s superpower by 2049.

May 29 09:36

8,000 Chinese students were expelled from US universities last year, mostly for cheating and bad grades

As tens of thousands of Chinese students prepare to study in the U.S., they might reflect on the experience of some of those who went before them. According to an estimate by a U.S. education company, some 8,000 Chinese students were expelled from American universities last year alone – and the main reasons were poor grades and cheating.

May 29 08:53

Patrolling the hood from (China) sea to shining sea

If only Mad Men in real life were like Don Draper – channeling his true inner self, after many a rocky season, to finally click on “I’m OK, you’re OK.”

Instead, we have a bunch of (Pentagon) madmen provoking every major geostrategic competitor all at once.

The Masters of War at the self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration are now announcing they’re ready to dispatch military aircraft and ships within 18 kilometers of seven artificial islands China has built up in the Spratly Islands.

May 28 10:15

With IMF Approval, China Nears Global Reserve Status: “There Will Be a Reset of the Financial Industry”

The world is anticipating a new global reality with huge implications: China’s yuan is poised to get recognized as a global reserve currency.

The IMF just gave is approval to bump China's global status via the yuan:

China’s yuan currency, which Washington has long alleged was manipulated, is “no longer undervalued”, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday.

Read more at SHTFplan.com.

May 28 10:01

Army begins training for the next war, which may be much different — and bigger

For more than a decade, troops here have been schooled in counterinsurgency.

“Mission-specific” training, they call it: going house to house, busting down doors, rooting out terror cells, recognizing crude explosives.

Now, after a pair of mission-specific wars, an Army in transition aims to get back to the future.

The training needed to fight full-scale, more conventional battles has suffered, Army leaders contend. So Fort Riley is putting soldiers such as Staff Sgt. Gilbert Monroe back into big tanks and simulating wars on a scale grander than Iraq or Afghanistan.

May 28 09:36

China Warns World War 3 Is ‘Inevitable’ If U.S Refuses To ‘Stop Meddling’: ‘We Do Not Want It, But We’ll Accept It’

China has issued a stark warning to the United States that World War 3 is “inevitable” if the U.S continues to meddle in the activities of the emerging superpower.

The Daily Express reports that in a new military white paper published today, China has stated its intention to concentrate less on its defensive capabilities and to increase its focus on its offensive capabilities.

Beijing highlighted the reasons for its tactical switch because of a “grave and complex array of security threats.”

May 28 09:32

China’s New Roads to Russia

I know of no comparable global Great Project to equal what is now unfolding, bit-by-bit, as China reveals more about her Silk Road Economic Belt high-speed railway infrastructure network. And it’s now clear that the road will be filled with entire new cities, industrial zones, construction, improving standards of living for hundreds of millions of people previously abandoned. The implications for founding a new global alternative to the bankrupt dollar system are immense.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2015/05/28/china-s-new-roads-to-russia/

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is now facing the consequences of handing over control of the currency to a private central bank in 1913.

May 28 08:55

To beat ISIS, kick out US-led coalition

It is time to cut these losses and bring some heavyweights into this battle against extremism.

Baghdad and Washington are pointing fingers, each accusing the other of being asleep on the job.

An objective look at US interests in the region paint an entirely different picture. The Americans seek to maintain absolute hegemony in the Mideast, even as they exit costly military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their primary interests are 1) access to low cost oil and gas, 2) propping up Israel, and more recently, 3) undermining Russian (and Chinese) influence in the region.

May 28 08:28

The ‘war’ word is being increasingly heard as Europe, Russia, China and the United States adopt provocative postures

IS the world going mad? Military posturing is quietly reaching new extremes in Europe, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. And the provocative bluster has just reached new heights.

The source was anonymous. But the mouthpiece has a measure of credibility. High profile military analyst and former US Naval War College lecturer John Schindler tweeted last week: “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: ‘We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.’ Let that sink in.”

May 28 08:25

Australian Media Spies Imaginary Weapons in South China Sea

As tensions continue to rise in the South China Sea, Australian media outlets are reporting that China has installed weapons on its artificial islands. This despite citing no evidence, and despite the fact that Beijing has consistently stressed that the islands will be used for peaceful purposes.

May 27 07:36

WHY IS THE U.S. DESPERATE TO OK SLAVERY IN MALAYSIA?

America’s First Black President Throwing Slaves Under the Bus on TPP? ign Relations

May 26 20:16

China Warns of ‘Inevitable’ War with US Over South China Sea

China’s State Council just announced a new 'active defense' military strategy in a white paper criticizing 'external countries…meddling in South China Sea affairs.' After Chinese state media warned that war with the United States may be “inevitable,” Beijing has published a policy paper detailing how the military will shift its focus from land and coastlines to the open seas. China’s State Council released a white paper today that criticizes “external countries…busy meddling in South China Sea affairs” and sets out an “active defense” military strategy for the country.

May 26 19:54

US-China war 'inevitable' unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea

Warning from state-run China newspaper as Beijing reveals plans for development of disputed South China Sea islands

May 26 11:05

Beijing warns: 'We will fight back'

May 26 11:05

Threat of 'Inevitable' War Looms Between US and China Over Pacific Island Row

Tensions between China and United States continue to rise over the South China Sea as a Chinese government newspaper warns that war may be 'inevitable' if the U.S. and its allies do not back off from the heavily disputed territory.

May 26 10:55

Shocking Road Rage Beating Caught On Camera

May 26 10:43

US Shoots Itself in the Foot Escalating Tensions With Russia, China, Iran

The Obama administration has repeatedly sent wrong signals to Russia, China and Iran, slamming the countries for non-existent expansionism and so far showing the disheartening dysfunction in America’s foreign policy, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer Philip Giraldi underscored, according to Sputnik.

US President is shooting himself in the foot, but he should wake up and realize what is going on "before Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush arrives on the scene to make everything worse"the former CIA officer Philip Giraldi concluded.

May 26 09:36

US-China war 'inevitable' unless Washington drops demands over South China Sea

China has vowed to step up its presence in the South China Sea in a provocative new military white paper, amid warnings that a US-China war is "inevitable" unless Washington drops its objections to Beijing's activities.

May 26 08:35

Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

Be careful what you wish for

Regime change is full of unintended consequences.

In the case of Syria, our opposition to the Assad government is so obstinate that we are apparently promoting the defeat of a government that is not our enemy in order to replace it with one that is.

May 26 08:31

CrossTalk: China’s South Sea? Pepe Escobar

Beijing and Washington are not mere ships passing each other in the South China Sea – they are the two countries vying to play the commanding role in Asia.

While China seeks to redress what it sees as violations of its sovereignty, Washington does have policy options, but are any of them effective?

May 25 21:58

The Subversion of Life, Liberty and Happiness - The Global Elite’s Crimes Against Humanity

As societies become hollowed out, with empty echoes of patriotism ringing out, they increasingly resemble boxes. The only thing inside however is a giant, brutal mechanical hand. There is nothing else apart from it. And it’s only function is to pull the lid shut if anyone ever dares to tear it open and shed light into the box. If successful, they will see the immorality, the lies, the hypocrisies. The social control based on the subversion of life, liberty and happiness.

May 25 11:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 25 08:39

Philippines seeks stronger commitment from U.S. in South China Sea dispute

The Philippines is seeking a "stronger commitment" from the United States to help its ally, the defense minister said on Monday, as China asserts its sovereignty over disputed areas of the South China Sea.

China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year, and the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims.

China said on Monday it had lodged a complaint with the United States over a U.S. spy plane that flew over parts of the disputed South China Sea in a diplomatic row that has fueled tension between the world's two largest economies.

May 25 08:39

The World's Top Gadget Show Comes to China

May 23 12:36

China Rising - Red Dawn in October???

May 23 11:00

Jeb Bush, James Baker, and the Pro-Israel Mega-Donors

What is the issue, that gets little attention in the mainstream, is that the presidential candidates find it necessary to pay obeisance to ultra-powerful individuals who represent the interests of Israel, not the United States.

What exists now is a “passionate attachment” to a foreign country on steroids that undercuts American security.

For while the mainstream media is analyzing in microscopic detail Jeb’s stumbling over his Iraq war response, it naturally ignores that third rail in contemporary American politics, the power of the Israel lobby.

May 22 13:18

Pentagon: Challenging China Over South Sea Islands ‘The Next Step’

In the latest indication yet that the US military intends to challenge China’s claims to a series of islands in the South China Sea, Pentagon officials are saying today that direct naval and aerial patrols over the islands are likely the “next step.”

The islands, near the Spratly chain, are unquestionably China’s, since the islands are man-made and were created by the Chinese themselves.

The Obama Administration has made challenging Chinese claims in the South China Sea such a go-to policy, however, that they are deciding to challenge China over islands that couldn’t possibly belong to anyone else.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the Pentagon, White House and State Department; please, you do not need to reinforce the reality for the American people, that just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly thing you could collectively possibly do, is absolutely no guarantee that you will not do it.

Let us look at the reality: the US military, at this point in its existence, does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

And BTW, I do not know if you had a chance to look at photos of Putin and Xi Jinping, standing shoulder to shoulder, during the Victory Day celebration in Moscow, but the message in the body language was thoroughly clear: war with one country is war with both countries.

So please, those in national leadership, do chew on that for a little while, won't you?!?

May 22 09:29

Israel’s Descent into Barbarism — Norman Finkelstein

“Israeli troops go on a rampage in the West Bank, kill Palestinians, demolish Palestinian homes”

Paul Jay of the Real news Network interviews Norman Finkelstein about his new book: Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.

May 22 09:28

US making arms for possible China war: American author

The United States is manufacturing weapons which are considered by the American military officials as “plausible” for a possible war on China, says an analyst.

May 22 08:29

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity

The new apparent Hope – is it what my friend Finian Cunningham says – the first ‘eye blinking’ by Washington facing Russia?

We are so thirsty for hope, hope for another, more just, more equitable world, we see hope in the first ‘blinking of an eye’. Hope is good. Hope is the basis for action. And action must be the consequence of hope – hope that not all is lost. Action to break that impasse of neoliberal all-engulfing greed must be simple. We have become strangers to ourselves. We must return to our roots, recognizing where and why we failed to diagnose the beast. Our awakened, re-kindled sense of consciousness may lead us to what we have lost – our inherent sense of solidarity.

Let’s hope together for that to happen – to happen soon, for the suffering is too great to endure much longer. We, the 99.99 % have it in our power to stop this misery and save our planet.

May 22 08:08

Pentagon: Sending jets, warships near China islands ‘next step’

The Pentagon says the United States is ready to deploy surveillance aircraft and naval ships to test China’s territorial claims over man-made islands in the South China Sea.

May 22 08:03

China Jamming U.S. Drones

May 22 07:42

US brings charges of economic espionage against six Chinese engineers and businessmen

The US Justice Department has brought charges of economic espionage against six Chinese citizens, including three who studied together at the University of Southern California (USC) a decade ago.

May 21 11:14

China's Secret Gold Accumulator Strategy

May 21 10:01

China's richest man lost $15 billion in one hour

The chairman of solar panel firm Hanergy (HNGSF) lost $15 billion on Wednesday when shares in the company plummeted 47% in Hong Kong trading -- in about an hour. The company saw $18.6 billion wiped off its market value.

May 21 09:13

"This is the Chinese navy...You go!" U.S. Surveillance Plane Warned to Leave Airspace

The Chinese navy yesterday issued eight warnings to a U.S. surveillance plane that was flying over artificial islands Beijing is building in the South China Sea.

(video)

May 21 08:52

US spy aircraft defies Chinese warnings, swoops over disputed islands

The US military has carried out its threat to fly over disputed islands in the South China Sea, defying multiple warnings by China’s navy for the surveillance aircraft to leave the area.

May 21 07:53

Indonesia Just Sank "A Large Chinese Vessel" And 40 Other Fishing Boats In The South China Sea

The boats, seized from Chinese, Malaysian, Philippine, Thai and Vietnamese fishermen, were blown up on National Awakening Day, which commemorates the first political movement toward Indonesia's independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a clarification of the story. The boats were already in the possession of Indonesia, having been confiscated for sighing in Indonesian waters over the last few months, and were blown up as a public display.

May 20 16:16

Look Homeward, Hegemon Part 1: Cold War 2.0 Abroad, Cold Civil War Between the U.S. Government and Its People At Home

To summarize the domestic and international situation — not only is the U.S. government waging a new Cold War abroad with Russia and China, but there’s abundant evidence it’s also entering a ‘cold war’ with large parts of the American population. As during the first Cold War, with the rise of what President Dwight Eisenhower called ‘the military industrial complex’,27 the external ‘Cold War 2.0’ is supplementing the post-9/11 ‘War on Terror’ as a driver of enhanced government power at home. Consider:

1) The U.S. is in a second Cold War with Russia and China it initiated in Syria, Ukraine and now with the ‘pivot to Asia’, in order to defend the dollar’s world reserve currency status.......

May 20 15:37

China Issues WARNING Over U.S. Surveillance Plane

May 20 09:16

Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert

The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau slavishly responds to unfolding Israeli stories as though the computers there are set on robotic control to: “Divert, Divert”.

Pope Francis has presented President Abbas with “a bronze medal that represents an angel of peace”, canonized two Palestinian nuns, and recognized Palestine as a state.

That is the big news out of the Vatican.

Not so for the NYTimes. After its initial report on canonization and recognition, the Times turns quickly to the “importance ” of the difference between “may you be” and “you are an angel of peace”...

May 20 09:11

Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card

The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA.

A soccer ban doesn’t kill anyone. A boycott spills no blood. It is a legitimate weapon to establish justice and apply international law. Israel supported and supports boycotts, and encourages them: against Hamas, against Gaza, and, of course, against Iran. It even joined the boycott against South Africa, albeit in spite of itself. Now its turn has come.

May 20 09:07

Song for Yemen

A short video and song by Finian Cunningham - Inspiration by Bente Petersen, dedicated to the children of Yemen.

Song for Yemen (Lyrics)

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When kings and presidents say they’re right
To bomb the poor day and night

And the whole damn world just stays quiet
And the whole damn world bows to might is right

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

And the whole world looks away
And the whole world looks away

May 20 08:21

US to Deploy Strategic Bombers in Australia as Chinese Concern Grows

The United States announced that it will deploy nuclear-capable strategic bombers in Australia as China becomes increasingly concerned about US interference at its borders.
The United States will station B-1 strategic bombers in Australia, US Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.

The move comes amid increasing Chinese concern over the United States' military activities in the South China Sea. On Wednesday, China's ambassador to Washington said that the US has "no right whatsoever to intervene in the legitimate activities conducted by China in the South China Sea."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, this will UNDOUBTEDLY calm down tensions in the region!!

And folks, picking a fight with China means picking a fight with Russia.

but unfortunately, even though something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly wrong thing for this government and its military to do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

May 19 15:19

China and Brazil confirm trade and investment deals worth billions

Chinese premier Li Keqiang lifted the wraps Tuesday on a multibillion-dollar series of trade and investment deals with Brazil, as Beijing looks to invest $50bn in South America’s largest economy.

The news unveiled on the Chinese official visit is a huge boon for Brazil as it endures a fifth straight year of low growth after a period of rapid expansion fueled by an Asian demand for commodities that has since slowed.

May 19 14:44

US indicts 6 Chinese citizens with economic espionage

The US government has charged six Chinese citizens with economic espionage and stealing valuable technology from two American companies for the benefit of the Chinese government.

May 19 11:25

Losing the American Republic

Decades of letting neocons dictate a hawkish foreign policy have put the American Republic in profound danger, just as presidents from George Washington to Dwight Eisenhower predicted, warnings that Americans must finally take to heart...

We may lament our poverty of leadership, but there are ways to make it function. “Princes,” since long before Machiavelli have always used advisers; some even listened to them. Surely the capable people among us — like the “wise men” who whispered in the ears of those earlier leaders — can guide today’s leaders toward more viable policies and away from the chaos that engulfs us.

May 19 08:37

U.S. Wakes up to “New Silk World Order”

The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.

History may signal it all started with this week’s trip to Sochi, led by their paperboy, Secretary of State John Kerry, who met with Foreign Minister Lavrov and then with President Putin.

Arguably, a visual reminder clicked the bells for the real Masters of the Universe; the PLA marching in Red Square on Victory Day side by side with the Russian military. Even under the Stalin-Mao alliance Chinese troops did not march in Red Square.

As a screamer, that rivals the Russian S-500 missile systems. Adults in the Beltway may have done the math and concluded Moscow and Beijing may be on the verge of signing secret military protocols as in the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. The new game of musical chairs is surely bound to leave Eurasian-obsessed Dr. Zbig “Grand Chessboard” Brzezinski apoplectic.

May 19 08:33

Russian-Chinese energy cooperation reaches strategic level, says expert

Decrease of demand for energy resources on the European market and the anti-Russian sanctions introduced by the West have given a new impetus to Russian-Chinese cooperation in oil and gas, Xia Yishan, the director of the center for energy studies at the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday at a conference titled ‘Russia-Asia Energy Summit 2015’.
The two countries’ energy cooperation has reached a strategic level, he said. It acquired special importance amid the sanctions and the shortage of technologies.
Xia Yishan also stressed the lucrative financial terms offered by China.
Over the past years, cooperation has evolved away from the simple export/import formula to the supplies of technologies, prospecting, research, marketing of oil products, and the issuance of loans. Also, Chinese companies received permission to buy stakes in Russian enterprises, Xia said.

May 18 14:43

US Bombers to Australia: Washington’s Deployments in the Pacific

The language never reflects the actual conduct. Deploying weapons to a region in greater numbers is not seen as provocative, even if placing such items in a theatre of operations is bound to get neighbours nervous. This is particularly the case about the US “rebalance” in the Asia-Pacific. “The ongoing deliberations,” notes John J. Hamre of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, “are shaped more by the legacy of the past (for example arguing about where to relocate particular facilities) than by the security imperatives of the next thirty years.”

May 18 14:20

Is the US planning a “Gulf of Tonkin” incident in the South China Sea?

Following weeks of scaremongering by American officials over China’s activities in the South China Sea, US Secretary of State John Kerry used his visit to Beijing last weekend to issue an ultimatum to Chinese leaders to halt land reclamation on islets and shoals. His Chinese counterpart Wang Yi bluntly refused, insisting that China would safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity “as firm as a rock.”

May 18 14:19

This October The World Will Change: “China Is Preparing For Something Big”

This October may see the beginning of the end for the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. Twice every decade the International Monetary Fund meets to discuss their Special Drawing Rights (SDR) currency basket. Currently comprised of the dollar, Japanese Yen, British Pound and Euro, if China has their way a few months from now, we may well see the Chinese Yuan take its place among the world’s most trusted currencies.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says, “China isn’t ready for currency reserve status,” and would certainly like to see the Chinese blocked from entry, preserving the dollar’s status as the world’s go-to currency and primary mechanism of exchange for global international trade.

May 18 13:43

The rise of a multi-polar Asia – a view from India

Continuing tensions over Ukraine notwithstanding, including a US-led boycott of the Victory Day Parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Germany’s surrender in World War II, Russia under President Vladimir Putin has retrieved much of its eminence as a great power and even managed a handsome recovery of its sanction-hit rouble. By tweaking its West-centric gaze towards Siberia and the Arctic (which Putin likely visited during a mysterious absence some weeks ago); towards Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa, Moscow straddles a multipolar world and a multipolar Asia. Given that the bulk of its vast territories embrace the Asian landmass, it would be a mistake not to think of Russia as an Asian power.

May 18 13:25

Chinese leaders take tough stand on South China sea in meeting with Kerry

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and senior leaders held talks with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday in downtown Beijing amid escalating tensions about the South China Sea.

May 18 11:52

US Blinks in Face-Off with Russia

After staring Russia in the face for the best part of a year, the poker-faced Americans finally realized they are holding a bunch of worthless cards. And the Americans blinked.

Last week started with US Secretary of State John Kerry coming to Russia to lay a wreath for the millions of Soviet soldiers who gave their lives in the historic defeat of Nazi Germany. Then the week ended with Kerry’s deputy at the State Department, Victoria Nuland, flying to Moscow to meet Russian officials to discuss implementation of the Minsk ceasefire in Ukraine.

That’s what you might call «America blinking first» in its high-stakes and reckless face-off with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

May 18 09:33

Belligerent US Refuses To Cede Control Over IMF In Snub To China

So while the AIIB certainly represents an attempt on China’s part to realize its regional ambitions (what we’ve described as the establishment of a Sino-Monroe Doctrine) and carve out a foothold for the yuan on the global stage, it’s also a product of Washington’s failure to adapt to a changing world. That is, the establishment of new supranational lenders suggests the US-dominated multilateral institutions that have characterized the post-war world are proving unable (for whatever reason) to meet the needs of modernity.

Nowhere is this more apparent than the IMF, where reforms aimed at making the Fund more reflective of its membership have been stymied by Congressional ineptitude for years.

May 18 08:19

Ukraine and China ink $2.4 bn currency swap

Ukraine and China have signed a currency swap agreement worth $2.4 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). Ukraine expects it will relieve pressure on its currency which has lost above 40 percent against the US dollar in a year.

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This will not please Poroshenko's masters one bit!

May 17 13:51

1421: The Year China Discovered America?

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di’s loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was “to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas” and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last more than two years and circle the globe.

May 17 11:49

UN Official Breaks Down Over Shelled Gaza School

UN official Chris Gunness could not contain his grief while on camera with Al Jazeera Arabic.

The interviewer appears to thank him for appearing, upon which Gunness breaks down and weeps.

Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing.

“This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”

May 17 11:42

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses? — Paul Craig Roberts

There is much speculation about US Secretary of State John Kerry’s rush visit to Russia in the wake of Russia’s successful Victory Day celebration on May 9. On May 11, Kerry, who was snubbing Russia on the 9th, was on his way to Russia, and Putin consented to see him on May 12.

As time passes we will find out why Kerry was snubbing Putin on May 9 and 3 days later was criticizing Washington’s puppet regime in Ukraine. For what is known at this time, a possible explanation is that Washington is coming to its senses.

May 17 08:50

US, China clash over building projects in disputed areas

The United States and China have clashed over Beijing’s construction projects in disputed parts of the South China Sea.

After a private meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was concerned about the pace and scope of what he called Beijing’s “land reclamation” in the disputed waterway, The Associated Press reports.

May 17 04:00

Russia-China talks: Silk Road leads to Eurasia

Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping last week ended with the signing of several deals. Perhaps the most important document concerns the leaders' joint declaration on their readiness to unite the Moscow-backed Eurasian Economic Union with the Chinese Silk Road Economic Belt.

May 17 03:50

America’s new nightmare: India, China plus Russia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to China on Thursday May 14, for negotiations with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China. As part of the three day visit Modi hopes to achieve a breakthrough in relations with China, which have so far been hindered by a boundary dispute and territorial claims from both parties. Judging from indirect indicators, the visit might be a game changer in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.

May 17 03:29

U.S. wakes up to New (Silk) World Order

The real Masters of the Universe in the U.S. are no weathermen, but arguably they’re starting to feel which way the wind is blowing.

May 16 22:38

India, China sign economic cooperation agreements worth $22 billion

New Delhi and Beijing have signed economic agreements on cooperation worth $22 billion on Saturday in the framework of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China.
India’s Embassy in China said that agreements cover such spheres as alternative energy, finances, construction of port infrastructure and industrial parks.
During his three-day visit to China, Modi met with China’s President Xi Jinping and State Council Premier Li Keqiang. The talks focused on expanding investment cooperation between the two countries, as well as on border control.

May 16 20:51

Is Washington Coming To Its Senses?

The celebration in Moscow made it clear that Washington has failed miserably to isolate Russia. What Washington has done is to make the BRICS more unified.

With the President of China sitting at the right hand of Putin, the celebration also made it completely clear even to the morons in the Obama regime that Washington is no longer the Uni-power.

May 16 08:49

How to fight western propaganda

First they manufacture monstrous lies, and then they tell us that we should be objective!

I truly believe that there is not much time for “objectivity” in any battle, including those ideological ones, especially when these are battles for the survival of humanity!

I strongly believe no! We are obliged to fight those who are burning our dwellings, to hit with full force those who are attempting to rape our women, and to confront fire with fire when innocent beings are slaughtered.

May 15 14:29

China to invest $50 bn in Brazil infrastructure projects

In a move that could be a massive boost to bilateral ties, China will invest $50 billion in infrastructure development projects in Brazil, announced the country’s deputy Foreign Minister.

May 15 11:04

Pentagon Building Up Forces, Alliances in South China Sea

In a major policy shift, the Pentagon declared Wednesday the United States will directly defend U.S. national security interests in the South China Sea against China’s expansive and illegal maritime claims.

David Shear, assistant defense secretary for Asia and Pacific affairs, told a Senate hearing that China’s claims over almost all of the Southeast Asian sea are destabilizing and risk a regional conflict with states such as Vietnam, Philippines, and Malaysia.

“DoD is taking action to protect U.S. national interests in the South China Sea: peaceful resolution of disputes, freedom of navigation and overflight and other internationally lawful uses of the sea related to these freedoms, unimpeded lawful commerce, respect for international law, and the maintenance of peace and stability,” Shear told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

May 15 10:02

Chinese Government Inc. has Invested $81 Billion in U.S. in Last 10 Years

One of China’s great resources is its seemingly endless supply of American dollars to put in the world economy. Much of that money has been returned to the United States in the form of investments.

Over the past 10 years, China has invested or contracted to invest more than $81 billion into U.S. companies, according to data compiled by the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

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China has those dollars to invest because China understands that for a nation's economy to operate, that nation must have products to export equal to the products that it imports. China is a manufacturing powerhouse. The US financial system sees itself as financier to the world because of Bretton-Woods and the Petro-dollar, and allowed US manufacturing to decline on volume, quality, and expertise. As a result, the US imports far more products that it has to export, due both to the decline of manufacturing and avoidance of US GMO produce. In March of this year the trade imbalance was $51 billion dollars.

China is on the other side of that equation, exporting more products than it needs to import, and in March of this year, sold $31 billion more in products to the US than it bought from us.

A major part of the PPT and TTIP treaties is to arm-twist other nations to balance trade with the US by buying more products, even if they don't really want them (including the GMOs).

But this is not a solution. If we are ever to get the United States back on track, we need to end the slavery to the money-junkies, stop waging war on everyone who is better at commerce than the US, and redirect the nation's energy into developing new technologies on which new products and industries can be based.

A good model for that is the 1960s race to the Moon. Contrary to critics who portrayed the costs of Apollo as money just shot into space, the technological innovations created by solving the problems of going to the Moon powered the economic and tech booms of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Sadly, short-sighted CEOs decided that their own paychecks and bonuses were better served by selling the technology to other nations, which is why those nations, China in particular, now make vast fortunes manufacturing products based on US innovations!

But, we did it before, and we can do it again.

As long as we can force new leaders into power for whom America is their top priority, rather than Wall Street, their own personal fortunes, and a certain foreign nation!

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