Mês: maio 2017

Angela Merkel

Frau Europe Backtracks   Germany’s future lies in its Atlanticist past   M. K. Bhadrakumar May 30, 2017   The German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s remarks on Sunday following her return home after the summit meetings of the NATO and G7 last week, voicing what could be construed as disenchantment with the United States’ trans-Atlantic leadership under President Donald Trump, created a furor in western capitals. Were those remarks made with a purpose? What could be Merkel’s calculus? Merkel is a seasoned politician who is intensely conscious of her vast influence and high stature in the western world. Time magazine once dubbed her on its cover as “Frau Europa” (Ms. Europe). First, therefore, it is useful to examine what she said on Sunday. In Merkel’s words, The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days. And so, all I can say is that we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands… Of course we need to have friendly relations with the US, and with the UK, and with other neighbours, including Russia. But we have to fight for our own future ourselves, for our destiny as Europeans. Merkel chose a Munich beer hall as her venue to speak out and she was on the campaign trail for the elections to the Bundestag in October....

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War in Syria

New Syrian Hotspot: Al-Tanf Published on May 25, 2017 The US would strike pro-government positions in Syria again if threatened – that’s according to the commander of the coalition’s Operation Inherent Resolve. He was speaking about the recent incident in the city of Al-Tanf, where US-led forces bombed a convoy of government soldiers. Since then the area’s became a new hotspot in the war-ravaged country. RT’s Murad Gazdiev digs deeper into why the area’s so important for all sides in the conflict....

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THE SVENGALI OF JIMMY CARTER’S PRESIDENCY IS DEAD…   John Helmer May 28, 2017 Former President Jimmy Carter, who employed Brzezinski as his National Security Advisor between 1977 and 1981, the only high official post Brzezinski reached, said he “helped me set vital foreign policy goals, was a source of stimulation for the departments of defense and state, and everyone valued his opinion.”  Of Carter’s three claims, only the first is true; the second is ironic hyperbole; the third is completely false. If Carter cannot tell the truth now about Brzezinski, after having 36 years to reflect on it, Carter reveals the principal source of Brzezisnki’s power, when he exercised it.   For Carter was no innocent ventriloquized by the evil Svengali (lead image, left), as in the original Svengali tale. Carter was simply more mendacious than Brzezinski, and is entirely to blame for doing what Brzezinski told him to do.   Brzezinski was an obsessive Russia-hater from the beginning to the end. That led to the monumental failures of Carter’s term in office;  the hatreds Brzezinski released had an impact which continues to be catastrophic for the rest of the world.   To Brzezinski goes the credit for starting the organization, financing and armament of the mujahideen, the Islamic fundamentalists who have metastasized —  with US money and arms still —  into Islamic terrorist armies operating far from Afghanistan and...

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A rook exits the global chessboard   M. K. Bhadrakumar May 28, 2017   Zbigniew Brzezinski, who died Friday, Henry Kissinger and Madeline Albright have been three foreign-born scholars who significantly influenced American policies and impacted global affairs through the past half century. For better or worse, Brzezinski and Kissinger were grand strategists too. Both left a trail of influence through their protégés. Brzezinski was an indefatigable ‘Cold Warrior’ and was in danger of becoming an anachronism. The leitmotif of his “doctrine” was his virulent anti-Russian outlook, which could have been due to his Polish origin. (Albright, another hardliner on Russia, was Czech.) He and Albright – apart from Strobe Talbott, who served as deputy state secretary in Bill Clinton administration – were instrumental in burying whatever prospects existed for a historic rapprochement between the West and Boris Yeltsin’s Russia (which the latter was keenly seeking). Clinton’s decision to expand NATO to the former Warsaw Pact territory was the turning point. (George Kennan, the architect of the Cold War, was prophetic in warning Clinton that such a move would be a catastrophic blunder and shut the door on any prospect of friendly ties with Russia.) Plainly put, Brzezinski and Albright ensured that Cold War flames were kept burning in the post-cold war era – although Ronald Reagan or George HW Bush were open to accommodating Russia. Kissinger, who advocated...

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