Mês: fevereiro 2016

Oil Price Treachery: Are the Saudis Blackmailing Putin for Concessions on Syria?

  by MIKE WHITNEY FEBRUARY 3, 2016 Here’s what you need to know about the Syria peace talks: Four of the most powerful militias currently operating in Syria have been excluded from the negotiations. The Islamic State (ISIS), Jabhat al Nusra, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have all been banned from the talks. What this means is that even if all the delegates agree to a ceasefire, it’s not going to matter. The fighting is going to continue.  Everyone in the Obama administration already knows this, which is why we think the peace talks are a fraud designed to conceal Washington’s real objectives.  (More on this later.) The meetings that were supposed to begin on Friday, did not actually start until Monday following a series of diplomatic miscues over the weekend. As it happens, the main Syrian opposition groups, most of who operate under the aegis of the High Negotiations Committee, refused to come to Geneva until Russia met their demands concerning humanitarian relief, prisoner release and stopping the bombing of enemy positions. Not surprisingly, the matter wasn’t settled by Moscow caving in to the HNC’s demands, but by Kerry bending-over-backwards to placate the group by making a number of commitments that he’ll never be able to keep. What commitments? According to Reuters: “In separate comments before heading to Geneva, Assad al-Zoubi, (chief negotiator for the HNC)...

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Iran Completes Eurasian Golden Triangle

F. William Engdahl 03/02/2016 Sometimes profound tectonic shifts in the global politics arise from least noticed events. Such is the situation with Iran and the recent visit to Teheran of China’s President Xi Jinping. What emerged from the talks confirms that the vital third leg of what will become a genuine Eurasian Golden Triangle, of nations committed to peaceful economic development, is now in place. Now Iran, Russia and China have all indicated a will to cooperate that has the potential to change the current Western course of wars and destruction in favor of peace and cooperation. Consider some aspects of recent events since lifting of economic sanctions on Teheran only days ago. What emerges in the public announcements following talks between China’s President and all top Iranian leaders from Prime Minister Rouhani to Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, merely hints at what is clearly a profound shift in the relations between China and Iran. On January 23, an official Chinese Xinhua news agency statement on Xi’s Iran trip, the first by any Chinese leader in fourteen years, declared the visit will, “lift their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership.” In Teheran the Chinese President noted, “China stands ready to work with Iran to seize the momentum and further elevate our relationship and practical cooperation, so as to usher in a new chapter...

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Anti-Russia Narrative

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent Jon Hellevig 10.02.2016 Or, the topics that disappeared from the anti-Russian narrative One of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s most famous philosophical aphorisms is “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent”. Now, this is a saying that accurately describes the Western propaganda narrative against Russia. They keep treasure hunting for ugly facts about Russia, and whenever anything promising comes up, the global propaganda center is conveyed to evaluate its potential for mass distribution through their worldwide distribution channels. It is in this way we have throughout the years taken part of one more hideous than the other “fact” about Russia. Russia being a huge country in transition, it used to provide a lot of material for this kind of activity. Twisting things around and skewing the angle, the propaganda center has never failed to supply a story empty enough for the trusted Western propaganda machine to reject. During periods of exceptional drought the pure-fiction department has chipped in regaling us, for example, with the global human rights cause next-to-none, the plight of the members of the punk rock group, Pussy Riot. Never mind that this “rock group” never turned out a single recording and never performed before an audience, except at American talk shows and awards ceremonies. The girls received a light sentence of two-year detention in a penal colony. Whatever...

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Produção industrial recua (-0,7%) em dezembro e fecha 2015 em queda (-8,3%)

  Comunicação Social 2 de fevereiro de 2016 Produção industrial recua (-0,7%) em dezembro e fecha 2015 em queda (-8,3%) Dezembro 2015 / Novembro 2015 -0,7% Dezembro 2015 / Dezembro 2014 -11,9% Acumulado em 2015 -8,3% Acumulado em 12 meses -8,3% Média móvel trimestral -1,2% Em dezembro de 2015, a indústria recuou (-0,7%) em relação a novembro, na série com ajuste sazonal. Frente a dezembro de 2014, a indústria também caiu (-11,9%). No acumulado do ano, o setor industrial mostrou o maior recuo (-8,3%) da série, iniciada em 2003. Já o acumulado em 12 meses teve sua maior queda (-8,3%) desde novembro de 2009 (-9,4%). A publicação completa da Pesquisa Industrial Mensal (PIM-PF) pode ser acessada aqui. Em dezembro de 2015, a indústria prossegue com o quadro de menor ritmo produtivo, expresso não só no sétimo resultado negativo consecutivo em relação ao mês imediatamente anterior (maior sequência de quedas da série histórica), mas também no predomínio de taxas negativas em dezembro, quando a maior parte das atividades pesquisadas reduziu a produção. Com isso, a indústria encontra-se 19,5% abaixo do nível recorde alcançado em junho de 2013. Ainda na série com ajuste sazonal, os sinais de menor intensidade da atividade industrial ficam evidenciados pela média móvel trimestral (-1,2%), que manteve a trajetória descendente iniciada em outubro de 2014. Indicadores da Produção Industrial por Grandes Categorias Econômicas Brasil – Dezembro de 2015...

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