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Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 1 GOVERNO BOLSONARO : ECONOMIA : O boletim Focus do Banco Central projeta um crescimento de 1,98% para 2019. Três meses atrás, na posse de Jair Bolsonaro, a projeção era de 2,55%… Com os caminhoneiros a ameaçar greve, governo cancela a instalação de oito mil radares…. O poder tutelar ou poder moderador tenta mudar discurso do governo; no lugar do combate à “velha política”, Santos Cruz recomenda aos ministros que é preciso “dar crédito para o Congresso”… Jair está entre Olavo de Carvalho, que nas últimas nove horas publicou 24 mensagens detonando Santos Cruz, e os generais… Olavo dá-se crédito pela eleição de Bolsonaro e pela ascensão do próprio Santos Cruz ao seu atual posto… Enquanto isso, em Israel, a prometida embaixada em Jerusalém transforma-se em escritório de negócios por força dos generais. . . gerando mal-estar diplomático tanto com palestinos quando com Netanyahu… Fernando Gabeira chama de “retropia” a “crosta” teórica de Bolsonaro. Não seria melhor chamar a coisa de “retrotopia” e o dono da coisa de “retrótopos” ou “retrotopós”?….   A ORDEM MULTIPOLAR : SOBERANIA NA AMÉRICA DO SUL: Um grande projeto de soberania está sendo destruído, mas a luta pela ordem multipolar no mundo continua. PROSUR X UNASUR….   Ter. 2...

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Venezuela

A New Syria   Israel Shamir Apr. 2, 2019   A few days ago, an Ilyushin IL-62M liner carried over a hundred Russian soldiers and officers to Caracas. Symbolically, they made a stopover in Syria, as if saying that Venezuela is the next country after Syria to be saved from ruin and dismemberment. The military mission was led by the Head of General Staff, General Tonkoshkurov (“Thin-Skinned”, a name that would thrill Vladimir Nabokov). ‘Don’t you dare, exclaimed John Bolton, meddle in the Western Hemisphere! Hands off Venezuela! It is our back yard!’ The Russians didn’t buy it. Some time ago they tried to object to the US tanks being positioned in Estonia, a brief drive from St Petersburg, and all they’ve got was preaching that sovereignty means sovereignty, and Estonia does not have to ask for Russian permission to receive American military assistance. Now they repeated this American sermon verbatim to John Bolton and his boss. Get out of Syria first, they added. This is a new level in the Russian-American relations, or should we say confrontation. For a very long time, the Russians convinced themselves that their liking for the United States was mutual, or at least would be returned one day. However, this stage is over, the scales fell off their eyes and they finally realised America’s implacable enmity. ‘These Russians are really dumb if it...

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China’s PLA Troops in Venezuela

Game Changer   M.K. Bhadrakumar Apr. 2, 2019   The reported arrival of Chinese military personnel in Venezuela last weekend is undoubtedly a major event in world politics.  Unlike Russia, which has a history of force projection abroad, this is an extremely rare Chinese move. Although vital Chinese interests are at stake in the war against terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Syria, China refrained from publicising any such deployment.  The reports mention that the group of Chinese military personnel is 120-strong and arrived on the Margarita Island in the Caribbean Sea off the Venezuelan mainland on March 28 ‘to deliver humanitarian aid and military supplies to the government forces.’ After delivering the humanitarian supplies, the Chinese PLA troops were apparently transferred to a Venezuelan military facility. While the delivery of aid is one of many expected shipments, according to government officials, the arrival of Chinese military personnel was under-reported in international press. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Venezuela imported $349 million worth of arms from China between 2010 and 2014 alone — initially, with less sophisticated equipment such as radars and aircraft to train pilots, reinforced vehicles and replacement parts, etc. but military goods that arrived in 2017 including armoured tanks, ammunition, uniforms and infantry equipment, as well as replacement and service parts for Russian-made pieces.  A week ago, around 100 Russian military personnel were deployed...

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Vladimir Putin : Family Memories of WWII

‘Life Is Such a Simple, Yet Cruel Thing’   Vladimir Putin May 2015   (This article originally appeared at Russian Pioneer  Translated by Kristina Aleshnikova)   Frankly, my father did not even like to touch on the subject of the war. It was more like I was simply nearby when the adults were discussing or recalling things among themselves. All my knowledge about the war – about what happened to my family – arose out of those overheard conversations between adults. Still, there were times when they spoke to me directly. My father was a sailor. He was called up in 1939 and served in a submarine squadron in Sevastopol. On his return, he worked in a factory in Peterhof where he lived with my mother. I think they even built some kind of little house there. When war broke out he was working in a military company, which entitled him to an exemption from conscription. However, he applied first to join the party and then again to be sent to the front. He was dispatched to a NKVD sabotage squad. It was a small contingent of 28 people who were sent into the nearby rear to carry out acts of sabotage – blowing up bridges, railway tracks, etc. Almost immediately they ran into an ambush – someone betrayed them. They entered a certain village, then left it, and...

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Tulsi Gabbard on Mueller Report

Trump’s Exoneration Prevented CIVIL WAR   Joaquin Flores Mar. 29, 2019     HONOLULU – The specter of Civil War has just been raised by a leading American politician. Just hours ago, U.S Democratic Party presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard stated that Trump’s exoneration in the Mueller investigation has probably prevented a civil war. This speaks strongly about the times Americans live in, what many commentators are expressing as “surreal”. Across social media, tweets and comments were observed expressing support for her statement, while a decade ago such a statement may have been considered shocking, relative to the pace and tempo of what was considered mainstream candidate discourse less than a decade ago. At the same time, the entire Russiagate hysteria and the mainstream national discourse has been quite surreal itself. The allegation that Trump was in fact some Manchurian Candidate of the Russians has been put forward by mainstream television infotainment hosts, as well as mainstream print journalism connected to the Atlantic Council – all who have a broad-but-shrinking reach on legacy media networks. While such a campaign in itself constitutes ‘Fake News’, because the corporations behind the mainstream media, which include the military-industrial-complex, oppose Trump and support the neo-conservative Democratic Party, these conspiracy theories have become not only common and mainstream, but in fact have become the mandated views required to maintain basic employment and use of social...

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