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New Silk Road Meets Eurasian Union – Pepe Escobar

April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Any — exceptionalist — wishful thinking that Russia and China will abandon their solid “win-win” strategic partnership, fully crafted to their mutual national interests, was dispelled by a crucial visit to Moscow by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. In Moscow, Wang stressed both Russia’s Look East policy and China’s Go West — which essentially encompass the massive New Silk Road(s) project — “have created historic opportunities for docking the two countries’ development strategies.” And fully “docked” they are. Russia’s Look East strategy is not only about China. It’s as much about Eurasian integration as China’s New Silk Roads — as Moscow needs Asia-Pacific to develop Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East. The always-evolving strategic partnership is not only about energy — including the possibility of Chinese-controlled stakes in crucial Russian oil and gas projects — as well as the defense industry; it’s increasingly about investment, banking, finance and high technology. The partnership’s reach is extremely wide, from Russia-China cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to the Russia-China stake in the new BRICS development bank, and to Russian support to the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Silk Road Foundation. Beijing and Moscow, along with the other BRICS nations,

Saudis Pour Oil on the Mideast Fire – Anthony F. Shaker

April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

While denouncing Iran and its supposed Yemeni “Shi’a” allies in a recent speech, the governor of Saudi Arabia’s eastern province, Saud ibn Nayyef bin Abdel Aziz, put his country’s Shi’a community — fellow citizens — squarely in his sights. “While our country is going through what it is going through and standing together as one bloc,” he ranted, “we find the descendants of the Safavid Abdullah ibn Saba who try to divide that bloc.” “Abdullah ibn Saba” refers to a Seventh-Century Jewish convert to Islam whose existence is uncertain but who has become a useful myth. True to every other brand of Salafist takfiris, Wahhabi clerics and Saudi government officials alike insist that a Jew “founded” Shi’ism and that his purpose was to destroy Islam from within. Happily for them this unsavory and, to historians, comically false claim connects “Iran” and “Shi’ism” to the “Jews.” Read

Hyping the Iranian ‘Threat’

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

The idea of Iran as a regional marauder that is gobbling up other countries in the Middle East and against which pressure must therefore be unrelenting has become one of the favorite themes of those determined to kill the nuclear agreement with Tehran. As an argument for rejecting the nuclear deal, this approach has always suffered from major factual and logical flaws. Given the casual and automatic manner in which references to Iran supposedly sowing mayhem all over the region are routinely worked into almost any discussion of policy toward Iran, it perhaps is too much to expect many people to stop and study the flaws. Perhaps we should just remind people who make those casual references that if Iran really were bent on causing all that mayhem, that is all the more reason to support an agreement to assure that the marauder does not get a nuclear weapon. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei sitting next to President Hassan Rouhani and addressing the cabinet. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei sitting next to President Hassan Rouhani and addressing the cabinet. But let’s not abandon facts and logic just yet. The main fact on this subject is that Iran hasn’t been doing

Iran: The Leading Proponent for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World – Stephen Lendman

April 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

As long as these weapons exist, humanity’s survival remains up for grabs. Sooner or later they’ll be used. Armageddon may follow. The world’s entire nuclear weapons stockpile must be eliminated to prevent it. The consequences otherwise are too potentially catastrophic to ignore. Albert Einstein deplored nuclear weapons. “I have always condemned the use of the atomic bomb against Japan,” he said. Five months before his November 1954 death, he stressed: “I made one great mistake in my life…when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made…” Separately he said: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” On Wednesday, Iran’s deputy UN envoy Gholam Hossein Dehghani addressed the UN Disarmament Commission. He accused the world’s nuclear powers of failing to reduce their nuclear weapons stockpiles responsibly. He urged negotiations for a treaty to achieve total nuclear disarmament by a designated date – “a comprehensive, binding, irreversible, verifiable” one as the most effective and practical way to eliminate these weapons of mass destruction. He accused world nuclear powers of disarmament talk with no action. He spoke days after Iran and P5+1

BLOWBACK AS NATIONAL POLICY

April 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Empires are lost when inadequate men become leaders and wage war for base reasons or no reason at all.” - Sun Tzu   The chorus of hawks and neocons, for whom Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham serve as poster children, have rarely met an international issue that doesn’t require some American muscle. From Iraq to Syria, to Ukraine and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, they mistake the willingness to use force for sagacity on foreign policy. These gray hairs have been joined by younger voices in the Senate. Senator Ted Cruz recently terrorized a little girl during his visit to New Hampshire by talking about the world being “on fire” because Obama “leads from behind.” Then there is the rank newcomer, Senator Tom Cotton, whose infamous letter to Iran’s Ayatollah seeks to derail the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program by positing a choice between concessions from Iran that no one believes are attainable and the likelihood of another American war against a Muslim country. Senator Cotton first appeared in the New York Times as an Army lieutenant demanding the imprisonmentof three journalists for violating espionage laws, but as of this writing has not stretched out his arms for handcuffs for

Ukrainian Government Condemns Russia’s Celebration of Victory Against Nazis

April 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Ukrainian Government said on April 7th that any country sending representatives to Russia’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of their victory against Adolf Hitler, will be blacklisted by Ukraine. That celebration will take place on May 9th. According to the Russian news report, “Over the weekend, Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov noted that the leaders of at least 25 states from across the world will attend Moscow’s celebrations. … The leaders of China, Vietnam, the Czech Republic, Cuba and North Korea have confirmed their attendance. Meanwhile, the leaders of Germany, Britain, Poland, the Baltic States and the United States have confirmed that they won’t be attending.” The United States and Ukraine were two of only three countries that voted at the United Nations against a recent resolution condemning the resurgence of fascism or racist fascism (nazism), or of Holocaust-denial. The resolution didn’t name or identify any particular country or countries. The U.S. representative to the UN said that she voted against it because Ukraine’s UN representative voted against it. The third nation that voted against it was Canada, which voted against it because the U.S. voted against it. Germany, Britain, Poland, and the Baltic States, abstained from voting on it. Ukraine’s

The Mark Riley Show – 04.09.15

April 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

South Carolina officer charged with murder in man’s death. This one’s on video for all to see. And in this case, the judicial system acted swiftly in arresting and charging the cop. So many questions….why shoot the man 8 times in the back? Why did system in North Charleston work so differently than on Staten Island and in Ferguson?

America’s Safari to Nowhere

April 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Every Soul is captive Of its own Deeds – Qur’an  74:38 From late 2007 through 2010, the United States and its Israeli partner ruled the roost in the Middle East. It was the best of all worlds – for them. With that construct now shattered, they are trying desperately to put Humpty-Dumpty back together again. Sadly for them, their only tools are gorilla glue and prayer beads. Moreover, they are laboring without architectural design or engineering blueprints. Let’s look back at that earlier structure so as to identify its sustaining features. That will serve as a point of reference for understanding why it collapsed with what implications for the hoped-for reconstruction. A main element was the clearing of the site of potential threats to American-Israeli dominance. Saddam Hussein, as leader of the Arab “rejection” bloc, had been violently removed from the scene and his regime uprooted. Al-Qaeda was hanging on by its fingertips in the high ridges of the Hindu Kush unable to strike any serious blows at America or its friends. The Palestinians had been neutered. Abba’s PLO had been coopted through seduction and intimidation to the point where it was little more than a Quisling auxiliary to Israeli occupational

Yemen – the Big Picture. US Sponsored Civil Wars

April 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Yemen is a patchwork of tribes, the result of former colonies, therefore made vulnerable for conflicts; easily ignitable conflicts. A situation left behind on purpose by the old British colonial masters, today servants to the Washington Empire. That’s the name of the game throughout the Middle East – and eventually throughout the world. Divide and rule,  – by Zionist-Anglo-Saxon organized and never-ending chaos. It is certainly true, where ever the US and its NATO cronies put their heavy boots, they create lasting misery and chaos. But these never-ending implanted internal conflicts and civil wars in far-away countries are produced by design, not to end soon. They are multi-benefit endeavors, lubricating the US war machine, assuring the ‘need’ for US intervention and occupation, and they are paving the way for US / western transnational corporations’ unabated and merciless exploitation of the victims’ riches, looting their natural resources and enslaving their people. The globalized warriors, the emperor’s proxy armies, NATO and NATO-CIA trained mercenaries encounter little resistance from the population. People oppressed by civil strife have no time and energy to defend their rights, resources and country. They must fight for their sheer survival. The current conflicts and proxy-wars in the Middle East are complex

Saudi Dictator’s US-Coordinated Terror-Bombings in Yemen: Updates

April 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

As the Saudi dictator continues his US-coordinated aggression against Yemen: “Erich Ogoso, a spokesman with the United Nations’ humanitarian agency, reported 182 dead and hundreds more wounded just between last Wednesday and Sunday. Some 75,000 people have been displaced in the past week… Saudi Arabia’s navy now controls all Yemeni ports” (CNN) The UN human rights office in Geneva reports that more than half of those killed are civilians, and UNICEF found that at least 62, or about a third, are children. As he bombs, the Saudi dictator is blocking humanitarian relief from entering Yemen: “One day after Saudi warplanes killed scores of civilians in an attack on a refugee camp in Yemen, the Red Cross has confirmed that the Saudi military is now preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa.   Read
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