Mês: agosto 2017

Putin and Trump

Vladimir Putin is more trusted globally than Donald Trump, survey shows   Adam Garrie Aug. 16, 2017   The results contain many surprises especially from South Korea, India and Turkey The American Pew Research Center has conducted a survey across the world which asked citizens of various countries which leader they trusted more: Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump? The survey excluded the United States and Russia. The results show that in the majority of countries surveyed, Putin is the clear winner. Here’s the chart breaking down the results:   While one might expect traditional American allies to have more trust in Trump and traditional Russian allies to have more trust in Putin, this was not always the case. While Greece is technically a member of NATO and the EU, the people of Greece overwhelmingly trusted Putin in far more favourable numbers vis-a-vis Donald Trump. Greece has fraternal ties to Russia as a fellow Orthodox nation which has been on the same side of conflicts against Turkey as well as on the same side in both World Wars.  By contrast the relationship between Greece and the EU  has become openly hostile and Athens’ relationship with NATO has delivered little for Greece. President Putin’s recent visit to Greece was hailed as a success as the Russian leader proved to be highly popular among ordinary Greeks. Russia of course helped Greece to...

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Russiagate

A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack   Patrick Lawrence Aug. 09, 2017   Former NSA experts say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak—an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system. It is now a year since the Democratic National Committee’s mail system was compromised—a year since events in the spring and early summer of 2016 were identified as remote hacks and, in short order, attributed to Russians acting in behalf of Donald Trump. A great edifice has been erected during this time. President Trump, members of his family, and numerous people around him stand accused of various corruptions and extensive collusion with Russians. Half a dozen simultaneous investigations proceed into these matters. Last week news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had convened a grand jury, which issued its first subpoenas on August 3. Allegations of treason are common; prominent political figures and many media cultivate a case for impeachment. The president’s ability to conduct foreign policy, notably but not only with regard to Russia, is now crippled. Forced into a corner and having no choice, Trump just signed legislation imposing severe new sanctions on Russia and European companies working with it on pipeline projects vital to Russia’s energy sector. Striking this close to the core of another nation’s economy is customarily considered an act of war, we must...

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O Projeto (9)

Contra a Unipolaridade   João E. da Silveira 07/08/2017   Os Estados Unidos, a propósito, enveredaram pela trilha unipolar como já vimos, convencidos da sua superioridade, da sua excepcionalidade, da sua modalidade exemplar. Superioridade, excepcionalidade e bonitezas mil lhes davam a prerrogativa de conduzir o mundo para o caminho do bem. Bem que era, obviamente, eles mesmos, deles mesmos, o bem da Ordem Americana. Eles tanto gostaram da situação quanto se iludiram em se ver como o centro do mundo. Acontece que o centro não se segura, já tinha dito o poeta W. B. Yeats no entre guerras. E nós ainda não temos um centro, acrescentou Kenneth Clark nos anos 70 com algum pessimismo, em seu famoso documentário sobre a civilização ocidental, sobre o “materialismo heroico” dessa civilização e sobre a falência intelectual e moral do marxismo, produto integral dessa civilização.[1] Assim íamos nos entendendo até que Bill, George e Barack foram alçados ao poder e acharam que não, sim, os Estados Unidos eram mesmo o centro do Universo. Do governo de Bill Clinton (1993-2001) até o de Barack Obama (2009-2017), passando pelo de George W. Bush (2001-2009), os Estados Unidos praticaram uma política externa de promoção da democracia e de regime change com vistas a fazer o mundo à sua imagem e semelhança, no exercício de todo o seu vigor imperial. Uma política bi-partidária unipolar. A descrição mais...

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De BRICS de RIIC de CIRUS de BRICUS ou BRICUSA   João E. da Silveira 07/08/2017   O acrônimo BRIC para Brasil-Rússia-Índia-China (mais tarde BRICS com o acréscimo da África do Sul) foi criado em 2001 pelo economista Jim O’Neil, chefe de pesquisa em economia global do grupo financeiro Goldman Sachs. A identificação do grupo foi feita para orientar investimentos mais lucrativos no mercado global. Note-se: economista britânico e grupo financeiro americano: note-se que a teoria dos BRICS não nasceu dos BRICS: note-se por último que a teoria não nasceu deles, mas fez sucesso entre eles ao longo duma década, até se reconhecerem e se formalizarem como grupo de atuação e de cooperação. A noção desse grupo tem, portanto, um fundo genuinamente capitalista de mercado e um fundo geopolítico. Outros acrônimos ou grupos de investimento criados por bancos e seus consultores financeiros: The Next 11 : Bangladesh, Egito, Indonésia, Iran, South Coreia, México, Nigéria, Paquistão, Filipinas, Turquia e Vietnam. Criado em 2005, também pelo banco Goldman Sachs. CIVETS : Colômbia, Indonésia, Vietnam, Egito, Turquia e África do Sul. Fundo criado em 2011 pelo banco HSBC Global Asset Management, baseado em agrupamento proposto pela Economist Intelligence Unit em 2009. EAGLES (Emerging and Growth-Leading Economies): China, Índia, Brasil, Indonésia, Coreia do Sul, Rússia, México, Egito, Taiwan e Turquia. Grupo de 10 países criado pelo BBVA Research. MINT : México, Indonésia, Nigéria,...

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US Sanctions

US SENATE STRIKES FOR RUSSIAN EQUALITY – THE OLIGARCHS TARGETED IN NEW SANCTIONS BILL   John Helmer Jul. 03, 2017     Not since the German government arranged for Vladimir Lenin to return to Russia, crossing German territory in a sealed train on April 16, 1917, has a foreign state at war with Russia done something as revolutionary as the US Senate did on June 15, 2017.  That is when, by a vote of 98 to 2, the senators  began the process of attacking the Russian oligarchs. They are the men who have dominated the Russian economy for more than twenty years, concentrating more national wealth in their  hands than can be found in any other major state in the world today. Unremarked by the senators themselves;  unreported by the American press;  and unnoticed, almost, in Russia, the new measure —  if adopted by the full Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump —  will target the oligarchs’ lines of credit to international banks; the brokers,  repositories and clearinghouses of  their shares and bonds; their trade with the US and Europe; their US companies, bank accounts, boats on the high seas and homes abroad. If targeting the oligarchs is followed by formal sanctions, the aim will be to destroy their power at home and abroad. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation hasn’t contemplated this much. Senate...

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