Mês: janeiro 2018

Kurds

Uncle Sam Dumps the Kurds (Yet Again)   The Saker Jan. 26, 2018   The drama which is unfolding in northern Syria is truly an almost ideal case to fully assess how weak and totally dysfunctional the AngloZionist Empire has really become. Let’s begin with a quick reminder. The US-Israeli goals in Syria were really very simple. As I have already mentioned in a past article, the initial AngloZionist plan was to overthrow Assad and replace him with the Takfiri crazies (Daesh, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, ISIS – call them whatever you want). Doing this would achieve the following goals: Bring down a strong secular Arab state along with its political structure, armed forces and security services. Create total chaos and horror in Syria justifying the creation of a “security zone” by Israel not only in the Golan, but further north. Trigger a civil war in Lebanon by unleashing the Takfiri crazies against Hezbollah. Let the Takfiris and Hezbollah bleed each other to death, then create a “security zone”, but this time in Lebanon. Prevent the creation of a Shia axis Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon. Breakup Syria along ethnic and religious lines. Create a Kurdistan which could then be used against Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. Make it possible for Israel to become the uncontested power broker in the Middle-East and forces the KSA, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and all others to have to go...

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Turkey

America’s Syrian humiliation is worse than it looks   Turkey’s attack on US-backed Kurds this week comes as a new set of economic relationships emerges to bankroll Ankara’s regional ambitions   David P. Goldman Jan. 26, 2018   Turkey’s “Olive Branch” incursion against Kurdish positions in Northern Syria this week looked bad for Washington. It’s worse than it looks: Turkey cemented a new set of strategic and economic relationships after defying the United States, its erstwhile main ally. Ankara now has financial backing from China and Qatar and the strategic acquiescence of Russia and Iran. Most of all, it has the financial backing to pursue its regional ambitions. Turkey reportedly killed several hundred Kurdish and allied Arab fighters this week, reducing an American-supported force that had done most of the fighting against ISIS in Syria. US-Turkish relations are at an all-time nadir, but Turkey’s financial markets remain unruffled. Washington has hard words for Turkey, but no sticks and stones. Money is the decisive variable for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose domestic position depends on his ability to hand out economic benefits in the traditional style of third-world dictators. During 2016, Erdogan spurred Turkish banks to increase their lending to business and consumers, and set in motion a credit boom that inevitably led to a bigger trade deficit. Import booms driven by credit-fueled demand have been the undoing of...

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Bridge/Tunnel Sakhalin-Hokkaido

Another Multi-Billion $ Russian Bridge   Paul Goncharoff Jan. 12, 2018   Russia is on an infrastructure roll, along with the rest of Asia and Eurasia. The final feasibility study for the land bridge between Russia’s mainland and the Island of Sakhalin is to be announced by the end of this month. The final study will include all updated data, including financials, as it will have to be supported in large part by the Russian federal budget. Russian Railways already has set aside and deposited into its investment program one billion rubles for design and planning. In addition, talks have already been ongoing with the Japanese Government to participate and extend this route from the eastern tip of Sakhalin through to Japan via Hokkaido. It might be worth reflecting back on Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “new deal for the American people” as he described it, uniting the United States of America through infrastructure. In the post-great depression years, that massive effort transformed the United States. Roads, Ports, Railways, Bridges, Tunnels, Airports and Power lines were built networking the country from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This quite simply allowed for a competitive, productive America and the returns on this investment fed the country’s coffers through the postwar boom years and into the 1980’s. However, eight decades later, America’s arteries of transportation, the lifeblood of the US economy and way of life,...

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Fake News

Russia and Other Official Enemies (The New York Times, 1917-2017)   Edward S. Herman Jul.-Aug., 2017   It has been amusing to watch The New York Times and other mainstream media outlets express their dismay over the rise and spread of “fake news.” These publications take it as an obvious truth that what they provide is straightforward, unbiased, fact-based reporting. They do offer such news, but they also provide a steady flow of their own varied forms of fake news, often by disseminating false or misleading information supplied to them by the national security state, other branches of government, and sites of corporate power. An important form of mainstream media fake news is that which is presented while suppressing information that calls the preferred news into question. This was the case with “The Lie That Wasn’t Shot Down,” the title of a January 18, 1988, Times editorial referring to a propaganda claim of five years earlier that the editors had swallowed and never looked into any further. The lie—that the Soviets knew that Korean airliner 007, which they shot down on August 31, 1983, was a civilian plane—was eventually uncovered by congressman Lee Hamilton, not by the Times. Mainstream media fake news is especially likely where a party line is quickly formed on a topic, with any deviations therefore immediately dismissed as naïve, unpatriotic, or simply wrong. In a dramatic...

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Kim Jong-un

Little Rocket Man Wins the Round   Patrick J. Buchanan Jan. 12, 2018   After a year in which he tested a hydrogen bomb and an ICBM, threatened to destroy the United States, and called President Trump “a dotard,” Kim Jong Un, at the gracious invitation of the president of South Korea, will be sending a skating team to the “Peace Olympics.” An impressive year for Little Rocket Man. Thus the most serious nuclear crisis since Nikita Khrushchev put missiles in Cuba appears to have abated. Welcome news, even if the confrontation with Pyongyang has probably only been postponed. Still, we have been given an opportunity to reassess the 65-year-old Cold War treaty that obligates us to go to war if the North attacks Seoul, and drove us to the brink of war today. 2017 demonstrated that we need a reassessment. For the potential cost of carrying out our commitment is rising exponentially. Two decades ago, a war on the Korean Peninsula, given the massed Northern artillery on the DMZ, meant thousands of U.S. dead. Today, with Pyongyang’s growing arsenal of nuclear weapons, American cities could face Hiroshima-sized strikes, if war breaks out. What vital U.S. interest is there on the Korean Peninsula that justifies accepting in perpetuity such a risk to our homeland? We are told that Kim’s diplomacy is designed to split South Korea off from the...

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