Mês: março 2018

India

Congress struggles to articulate on foreign policy   M. K. Bhadrakumar Mar. 19, 2018   The foreign policy resolution adopted at the 84th plenary session of the Congress Party on March 18 at New Delhi makes a revealing document. The Congress has a long tradition dating back to the pre-independence era of elevating itself from its mofussil/parochial roots by adopting an internationalist outlook. The focus of the present document is once again on differentiating the Congress from its existential rival, Bharatiya Janata Party. This a brave attempt, because it is not so easy to allege major departures in the Modi government’s foreign policies, which are by and large signifying continuity. In some ways, arguably, Modi government brilliantly outperformed the UPA – eg., breathing new life into relations with Russia and Iran or prioritizing the West Asian region. The deficiencies today are largely due to flawed inheritance. Fundamentally, the foreign policy served the class interests of the Indian elite, and Congress and the BJP represent the same interests more or less. The foreign policies do not operate in a vacuum. They must be co-related with the rapidly changing international environment. The period since 2014 is marked by unprecedented volatility even as an entire slice of post-Cold War era broke loose and began drifting away following the US-backed “regime change” in Ukraine. Do not overlook that the Modi government came to...

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China

Some Western pundits have no clue about China   Ken Moak Mar. 19, 2018   Lack of an understanding of China’s history, institutions and leadership style coupled with ideological arrogance explain why the US media,  some analysts and some scholars are wrong about the country’s economy, polity and civil society. The world has indeed lost count on how many times Western pundits have incorrectly predicted China’s economic and political collapse since Deng Xiaoping took the country on to a reform path. Their wrong if not ridiculous assessments are largely based on wild speculations derived from the forecasters’ own values or ideological biases. Attempts to provide a positive picture on China are dismissed as propaganda or worse. Wrong about China’s economy and polity Since China’s opening up to the world and reforming its economy and polity in 1978, China critics have predicted the country’s demise. They were certain that China would implode like the Soviet Union because of the violent crackdown on the 1989 Tiananmen Square “pro-democracy” protests and the implosion of the Soviet Union. Mainstream Western media, respected analysts and scholars were equally sure that the Chinese economy would collapse because “communists” know nothing about economics and it was “drowning in a sea of debt,” propagating the same message for more than 30 years. However, history and evidence point to the contrary, in that China is getting wealthier, stronger...

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China

Missing the Forest for the Xi   Jim O’Neill Mar. 12, 2018   For the past month, Western commentators have been wringing their hands over Chinese President Xi Jinping’s strengthening hold on power, which contradicts the long-held assumption that China would eventually embrace Western democracy. But just as China’s economic-development model has proven the West wrong, so, too, might its political model.  LONDON – In recent weeks, Western media commentators have focused extensively on the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) decision to abolish presidential term limits, which will allow Xi Jinping to remain in power indefinitely. Unsurprisingly, they have generally responded to the news with disappointment and skepticism about the Chinese political model. What is surprising, though, is the claim that China is reneging on some implicit promise to become more like the West. Many observers assumed that China would inevitably embrace Western-style liberal democracy. But even though I, too, was slightly taken aback by the CPC’s latest decision, I never considered that simplistic interpretation of modern-day China to be particularly sensible. Now, let me be clear: I am not going to argue that unelected strongman leadership is superior to Western-style democracy. If I believed that Xi was preparing to rule China with an iron fist for the next 20-plus years, I would share the doubts of many other commentators. But allow me to suggest a more open-minded interpretation....

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Destruction

Will Russia Wake Up?   Russians are having a difficult time comprehending their Western enemy or even understanding that Russia has an enemy that seeks the destruction of Russia.   Paul Craig Roberts Mar. 14, 2018   Has it occured to Russia that it is very strange that the UK, a country of no military significance, a country that could be completely destroyed forever in a few minutes by Russia, would concoct false charges against the Russian government, announce these charges publicly without providing any evidence whatsoever, bring the unsupported charges to the UN, issue an ultimatum to Russia, dispel Russian diplomats and seize Russian assets on the basis of mere allegations, all the while refusing any evidence and any cooperation with Russia, as required by law, in the investigation of the charges? Russians, both government, media and youth brainwashed by American propaganda and the Washington-funded NGOS that the Russian government permits to operate against itself in Russia, seem to think that the many accusations and threats issued against Russia are some kind of mistake that can be rectified by recourse to evidence and law. Apparently, after all these years the Russians still do not understand that Washington and its vassals have no interest whatsoever in facts or law. At the UN the Russian ambassador, in response to the evidence-free accusation by the UK prime minister that the Russian...

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Ghouta

Will Washington Launch a “False Flag” on Russia’s Election Day?   Mike Whitney Mar. 17, 2018   “We have reliable information at our disposal that US instructors have trained a number of militant groups in the vicinity of the town of At-Tanf, to stage provocations involving chemical warfare agents in southern Syria…They are preparing a series of chemical munitions explosions. This fact will be used to blame (Syrian) government forces. …Strike groups of US naval carriers with cruise missiles are being formed in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean, in the Persian Gulf and in the Red Sea….We note the evidence of preparation for possible attacks.” General Sergey Rudskoy, Russian General Staff spokesman, March 17, 2018 The United States is closer to a war with Russia than anytime since the Cuban missile crisis, but brainwashed Americans don’t have a clue about what’s going on. Here’s what’s happening: The US’s situation in Syria has significantly deteriorated in the last two weeks. Washington hoped that its CIA-backed militants would be able to maintain a toehold in East Ghouta allowing them to continue to fire mortars and rockets into the urban center of Damascus thus putting additional pressure on the Syrian government. But the flow of jihadists from Raqqa and al Tanf in the east, was unexpectedly cut off by battle-hardened combat troops from the Lebanese militia, Hezbollah. That blockade was followed...

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