Mês: junho 2016

Michel (Dilma) & Vladimir

João da Silveira 30/06/2016   Michel (Dilma) na Quinta Semana de Junho Eduardo Giannetti da Fonseca publica Trópicos utópicos. “O desafio a que se propôs foi descobrir como o Brasil pode confrontar os mitos da modernidade e apresentar ao mundo dos ‘poderosos civilizados’ um modelo alternativo de vida, uma existência de justa medida, em que a razão apolínea possa conviver pacificamente com a paixão dionisíaca dos nativos e africanos que contribuíram para a formação cultural do povo brasileiro.” É o que escreve Antônio Gonçalves Filho, o resenhista. Trópicos utópicos é um livro otimista nesta hora de decepção, de desilusão, por que passam os brasileiros. É um livro contra a corrente também no sentido de ser prospectivo e não retrospectivo como vários ensaios já existentes que falam de raízes. É pena que Giannetti tenha se proposto fazer o que fez graciosamente; é pena que o Brasil não tenha lhe pedido para descobrir como confrontar os mitos da modernidade; e é pena que os “poderosos civilizados” desse mundo também não lhe tenham solicitado um modelo alternativo da vida que levam. Isso significa que Trópicos utópicos é um dom de Giannetti que, imagino, existirá entre nós como mais uma utopia, mais uma visão do que não tem lugar. Da utopia de Giannetti passamos à realidade de Michel Temer, alguns senadores que votaram pela admissibilidade do processo de impeachment agora dizem que estão...

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RUSSIA’S “CHINA DREAMS” ARE LESS OF A FANTASY THAN YOU THINK

Alexander Gabuev June 28, 2016 In the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing for a summit with Xi Jinping, the reaction in the Western media has been predictably skeptical. Snickering about the Russia-China axis has been a fixture in Washington and most European capitals for far too long. Western media and policymakers commonly react to the Kremlin’s “pivot to China” in the wake of the Ukraine crisis with derision. The dominant view in these circles is that there is much more dividing China and Russia than uniting them. Moscow is afraid of its giant neighbor, which increasingly holds the dominant position in the relationship, according to the standard line of argument. With a gross domestic product that dwarfs that of Russia and an army growing progressively more capable and assertive, China seems to present a threat with which the Kremlin is ill-equipped to deal. Further, China depends far more on the West for markets and technology, and its trade with the European Union and the United States is nearly ten times larger than trade with neighboring Russia. In short, the argument goes, the partnership between Moscow and Beijing is a shallow one, so the West shouldn’t fret too much about it. For understandable reasons, a sharp drop in bilateral trade in 2015 and the distinct lack of progress on high-profile investment and energy deals are cited as evidence that Russia’s “China dreams” were totally unrealistic from the outset. However,...

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Russian Surprise Attack Blows Up Kerry’s Delaying Tactic

Moon of Alabama June 18, 2016   The U.S. is unwilling to stop the war on Syria and to settle the case at the negotiation table. It wants a 100% of its demands fulfilled, the dissolution of the Syrian government and state and the inauguration of a U.S. proxy administration in Syria. After the ceasefire in Syria started in late February Obama broke his pledge to separate the U.S. supported “moderate rebels” from al-Qaeda. In April U.S. supported rebels, the Taliban like Ahrar al Sham and al-Qaeda joined to attack the Syrian government in south Aleppo. The U.S.proxies broke the ceasefire. Two UN resolutions demand that al-Qaeda in Syria be fought no matter what. But the U.S. has at least twice asked Russia not to bomb al-Qaeda. It insists, falsely, that it can not separate its “moderates” from al-Qaeda and that al-Qaeda can not be attacked because that would also hit its “moderate” friends. The Russian foreign minster Lavrov has talked wit Kerry many times about the issue. But the only response he received were requests to further withhold bombing. Meanwhile al-Qaeda and the “moderates” continued to break the ceasefire and to attack the Syrian government forces. After nearly four month Kerry still insists that the U.S. needs even more time for the requested separation of its proxy forces from al-Qaeda. Foreign Minister Lavrov recently expressed the Russian consternation: The Americans are now saying that...

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An Eyewitness Tells How The U.S. Ambassador Instigated “Revolution” In Syria

Moon of Alabama June 20, 2016   S. Rifai, also known as @THE_47th, is a Syrian “activist” from Homs. He was involved since early 2011 when the U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford  (@fordrs58) fomented the “revolution” in Syria. He has since tweeted about the “revolution” and has shown lots of insider knowledge. Below S. Rifai corrects the U.S. propaganda record. The former ambassador Ford allegedly had a hand in last weeks “dissident” letter by some State Department employees. The letter urges launching an open U.S. war against Syria and its government. Ford was recently interviewed about the letter for an exculpatory piece in the New Yorker. In the New Yorker interview Ford asserted: We all learned from Iraq that regime change is not the way to bring about positive political change. In the case of civil war, there needs to be negotiation between the opposition and the government. The question is how you increase the likelihood that it will succeed. And ever since Secretary Clinton and Sergei Lavrov concluded the communiqué, in June, 2012, Administration policy has failed to create the conditions necessary to succeed. Quoting the above S. Rifai responded to former ambassador Ford’s assertions (emphasis added, edited to expand Twitter shorthand): S. Rifai @THE_47th 5:02 AM – 19 Jun 2016That’s not what u told us in meetings in Damascus Ambassador @fordrs58 ..that’s not the message you conveyed Ambassador Ford @fordrs58 you have had more freedom in Damascus in 2011...

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Palmyra

How 100 Syrians, 200 Russians and 11 Dogs Out-Witted ISIS and Saved Palmyra Franklin Lamb June 27, 2016   Something just didn’t feel quite right to Syrian army brass as they penciled in final plans to liberated Palmyra in early March 2016 and as they debated how best to drive Daesh (ISIS) out of Palmyra and deep into the surrounding unwelcoming Syrian desert. This, according to army intelligence officials and commanders who this week briefed this observer at various locations around Palmyra. Some generals were puzzled. “Why did Daesh not do even more damage at the ancient ruins, given their widely broadcast iconoclasm and their targeting as heresy ancient pre-Islamic sites,” one officer remembers asking his colleagues. Daesh (ISIS) certainly had the means and their perverted Koranic motivation to destroy the whole ancient ruins area. This puzzlement was widely held by officials and military strategists who increasingly wondered what was really going on as it became evident that Daesh’s military positions at Palmyra were untenable and they surely would be driven out. Many archeologists and others wondered the same thing as the horrors shown on ISIS U-tube videos began to appear on the Internet. The Syrian army was soon to learn the answer to their question of why didn’t the Islamic State (Daesh) do more damage among the acres of ruins? A bit of background. Before waging its final...

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