Autor: João

Weird and weirder things…

Things Are Only Going To Get Weirder   Caitlin Johnstone Nov. 01, 2019   Things are getting stranger and stranger. If you would have told someone ten years ago that Dennis Rodman would one day be helping to negotiate peace between North Korea and President Donald Trump, they would have assumed you were describing some weird movie cooked up in the mind of Mike Judge or the South Park guys. But in this timeline it’s an actual news story.   Everything about the last few years has been weird. The mass media’s behavior has been weird, Russiagate was weird, Ukrainegate is weird, a former presidential candidate accusing a current presidential candidate of working for the Kremlin was weird, people constantly accusing strangers on the internet of being Russian agents is weird, factions of the US government constantly leaking information against other factions of the US government is weird, the DNC getting caught rigging their primary was weird, Hillary Clinton losing the election was weird, the Skripal poisoning was weird, US government officials openly tweeting about their Venezuela coup is weird, the breakdown of the entire mainstream Syria narrative is weird, Assange’s arrest was weird, the campaign to censor the internet is weird, and this is just stuff off the top of my head from the areas I’ve been looking at in my own narrow spectrum of focus. Anyone else could list dozens...

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Middle East

New Post Regime-Change Future   Matthew Ehret Nov. 01, 2019     With the transformation of the rules of the “Great Game” in the Middle East emerging out of President Trump’s recent Syrian surprise pullout and Putin’s brilliant manoeuvres since 2015, a sweeping set of development/reconstruction programs led by China now have a chance to become hegemonic across the formerly hopeless, terrorist-infested region. The fact that the Arab states of the Middle East were targeted for destruction by western geopoliticians over the last 40 years is not un-connected to the region’s historic role as “cross-roads of civilizations” which were once the bridge between East and West along the ancient Silk Road (c. 250 BC). Today’s New Silk Road has brought 150 countries into a multipolar model of cooperation and civilization-building which necessitates a stabilized Middle East in order to function. When asking “how could a reconstruction of the Middle East be possible after so many years of hell” I was pleasantly surprised to discover that both great projects once derailed have been given new life with the new prospects for peace and also new projects never before dreamed possible have been created as part of the New Silk Road (Aka: One Belt One Road). Just to get a sense of this incredible potential that is keeping western oligarchs up at night, I want to quickly review just a few...

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War in Syria

Revisiting the win-win-win-win outcome in Syria   The Saker Oct. 23, 2019   In his recent article “The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War Was Won” Pepe Escobar summarized the outcome of the war in Syria in the following way: “It’s a quadruple win. The U.S. performs a face saving withdrawal, which Trump can sell as avoiding a conflict with NATO ally Turkey. Turkey has the guarantee – by the Russians – that the Syrian Army will be in control of the Turkish-Syrian border. Russia prevents a war escalation and keeps the Russia-Iran-Turkey peace process alive. And Syria will eventually regain control of the entire northeast.” This otherwise excellent summary overlooks two out of three members of the “Axis of Kindness”, including Israel and the KSA.  Of course, later in his analysis Pepe does address these actors, and also includes Kuwait. Furthermore, a thorough discussion of what took place would have to also include China, Hezbollah, Yemen and the EU (well, the ones that matter, the UK and France.  The rest are just voiceless colonies of the USA). Most of the analyses of what just took place focused on the “what”.  I will try to look into the “why” and the “how” of what just happened in Syria.  Still,  I don’t propose to make such a detailed analysis, but I do want to re-classify the actors in a...

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 21 SÍRIA :  ALIANÇA ENTRE SAA E CURDOS PREVINE INVASÃO TURCA : (VestiNews)….   A CHINA E O OCIDENTE :  SPENGLER OU DAVID P. GOLDMAN : ‘Você nunca pode ser amigo da China’ (Urs Gehriger). Spengler (David P. Goldman) – filósofo, economista, matemático e musicólogo – votou em Trump para presidente em 2016 e deverá votar nele novamente em 2020. O título dessa entrevista – ‘Você nunca pode ser amigo da China’ – me faz lembrar de importante livro que li na juventude, Red Star Over China, de Edgar Snow, cuja primeira edição foi de 1937. Snow será sempre lembrado lá e cá como amigo da China. Então fico a pensar que Edgar Snow personificou o espírito daquele tempo e David P. Goldman, que nunca vai ser amigo da China, personifica o espírito atual….   Ter. 22 POLÍTICA EXTERNA DOS ESTADOS UNIDOS :  O PRESIDENTE E OFICIAIS DO GOVERNO : Quando se desencontram o resultado é o caos (MoonOfAlabama)….   USA ELEIÇÃO 2020 :  DOS MALES O MENOR NA NAÇÃO ZUMBI : Todo o mundo sabe que o Partido Democrata está morto, menos os Democratas (HelenOfDesTroy)….   BOLÍVIA :  ELEIÇÃO 2019 : Evo Morales é reeleito presidente, mas a oposição não aceita o resultado (Paul Antonopoulos)….   Qua. 23   Qui. 24   Sex. 25 BOLSONARO NA CHINA :  “Bolsonaro...

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Russian Federation

SitRep   Patrick Armstrong Oct. 24, 2019   SYRIA. A master class on patient, intelligent diplomacy engaging all players combined with the judicial application of force, supported by the bravery and skill of its military culminating in the recent screenplay in seven acts. 1 Ankara says it will invade; 2 Washington pulls out (helped along with stones, jeers and vegetables, note the contrast with the Russian reception); 3 Kurds instantly do a deal with Damascus; 4 Syrian army and Russian MPs immediately move; 5 Trump sends some minions to “negotiate” a “ceasefire”; 6 Putin and Erdoğan wrap it up; 7 Ankara says no need for more fighting. Trump announces. Everybody wins except the war party. I have two questions: how involved was Trump in writing the script? (certainly he outwitted the war party) and did any Turkish troops actually cross the border? (don’t see why they needed to). Next stop Idlib. (Russian MP video – Syria owes these men (and women) a lot – usually the first into no man’s land.) I can’t resist saying that consumers of the Western corporate media would have been dumbfounded by every act of the play – still are; NATO and the US Senate ditto. The Four A’s of American Policy Failure in Syria. Saker’s analysis. DELAMINATION. Did US Secretary of State Pompeo just threaten military action against a NATO ally? Where would that...

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