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Yalta Conference (1945)

The Last Formal Partition of the World   Rostislav Ishchenko Feb. 6, 2019 On February 4th-11th 1945 the second (of three) conference of the “big three” took place in Yalta (leaders of the USSR, US, and Great Britain) during which the basic principles of the future post-war world order were defined. Politicians, characterising the modern world, often use the term “Washington consensus”, meaning that after the collapse of the USSR the so-called Yalta or Yalta-Potsdam world order ended its existence, having given way to a new political organisation of the planet characterised by the absolute hegemony of the US. However, it is necessary to say that the US never reached absolute individual control over the planet, although it was very close to it. It especially didn’t manage to officially register its domination legally. The world of the “Washington consensus” can be called the world of spontaneously developed relations that all participants of the process try to revise in their own favour. On February 4th-11th 1945 the second (of three) conference of the “big three” took place in Yalta (leaders of the USSR, US, and Great Britain) during which the basic principles of the future post-war world order were defined. Politicians, characterising the modern world, often use the term “Washington consensus”, meaning that after the collapse of the USSR the so-called Yalta or Yalta-Potsdam world order ended its existence, having given way to a new political organisation of the planet characterised by...

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Syria Won the Revolution

The Jihadi Factor   Ghassan Kadi and Intibah Kadi Feb. 6, 2019   The “War on Syria” has had many unintended twists and turns that were unforeseeable at the time it began. The plotters had no reason to believe they were going to lose, and the defenders had no option other than doing all they could and risk and sacrifice all that was dear and precious. However, as frontlines are now being redrawn in Syria in preparation for the final showdown, a recapitulation of the events of the last eight years reveals that Syria did in fact end up having a revolution, but the group that embarked on the initial alleged revolution, the Free Syria Army (FSA) is nowhere to be seen. This brings us back to the initial “Anti-Syrian Cocktail” that I wrote an article about back in early 2011. The ring leader was Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, son of then Crown Prince Sultan, and the man who hoped he would be the first grandson of founding King Abdul-Aziz to become king. In two subsequent articles, “The Anti-Syrian Politics” and “The Anti Syrian Vendetta,” the articles focused on how Bandar tried to raise the largest army he could conjure, and with virtually bottomless funds, he put together a very loosely-united cocktail of groups who had nothing in common other than their hatred towards Syria. In more ways than one,...

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Venezuela

The Coming US-China Proxy War In Venezuela   Tyler Durden Feb. 2, 2019   China won’t give up on embattled Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro anytime soon even as the US-led international noose of “delegitimizing” hangs around the socialist strongman, according to government statements released on Friday. Beijing reaffirmed it maintains “normal state-to-state relations” and cooperation between the two sides “shouldn’t be undermined no matter how the situation evolves,” according to press briefing by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Or rather, we could more simply translate: with billions of dollars in credit on the line, “non-interference” is simply not an option for China. “China has maintained close communication with all parties through different ways,” a ministry spokesperson said in response to question about whether China has had contact with National Assembly leader Juan Guaido. “We are ready to work with all parties to promote peace talks, and create favorable conditions for the proper settlement of the Venezuelan issue,” the ministry added. But then there’s the not so minor issue of China over the past decade lending over $50 billion to Caracas as part of an oil-for-loan agreements program. It underscores just how quickly what appears a new White House full court press for regime change could bring Washington again into indirect conflict with both China and Russia. And in total Venezuela owes “more than $120 billion just to China and Russia” FOX reported this...

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Bill Bonner Travel Stories

Sooner or Later, This Government Is Going Away   Van Bryan Feb. 3, 2019   Fans of Bill’s travel stories were spoiled for choice this week: Helicopter adventures along the Pacific coast… a firsthand account of the political crisis in Nicaragua… and how the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) “deadened” 6,800 air travelers. Our editor capped off his travel essays on Thursday by revealing his “Grand Strategic Plan ” for real estate investing: Buy land when there is “blood in the streets”… just make sure it’s not your own. The Real Problem With AOC’s Tax Hike Recent polling shows that a majority of Democrats support Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to tax the ultra-rich at 70%. “Soak the rich,” say the Dems. But according to our editor, that’s not where the trouble starts. It’s here… Investors Will Fight This Trend… And Lose As Bill has said, when it comes to investing for the long-haul, all you can hope to do is spot the big trends, and catch a ride. The big trend in interest rates appears to have reversed. But nobody seems to have told stock investors that… On the Front Lines in Nicaragua In the middle of the week, Bill gives a firsthand account on the ground in Nicaragua. The country is torn apart by political chaos. And according to the locals, this can only end one way… Bill Bonner’s...

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Venezuela e Além

Coup Attempt Part Of A Larger Project   Moon of Alabama Jan. 31, 2019 The targets: Raúl Castro of Cuba, Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela.   The Trump administration has launched a large political project to remake several states in Latin America. The Wall Street Journal headlines: U.S. Push to Oust Venezuela’s Maduro Marks First Shot in Plan to Reshape Latin America  The Trump administration’s broader aim is to gain leverage over Cuba and curb recent inroads in the region by Russia, Iran and China. The plan includes regime change in Venezuela, Nicaragua and eventually Cuba. The removal of any Russian or Chinese interest is another point. It is a multiyear project that has bipartisan support. It will likely require military force. The project seems to echo the “New Middle East” plan then Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice launched in 2006. It largely failed due to U.S. incompetence but left behind severely damaged states. That the U.S. is going for such a wide ranging plan in the western hemisphere might explain why Trump is pressing to end the other military projects in the Middle East and Afghanistan. The starting shot for the new plan, the U.S. led coup attempt in Venezuela, is already in trouble. The U.S. selected puppet Juan Guaidó had called for demonstrations in support of his coup that were supposed to take place yesterday. But...

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