Mês: julho 2018

Russophobia

Why Trump doesn’t hate Russia?   Tim Black Jul. 16, 2018   US president Donald Trump is in Helsinki for a one-on-one (plus translators), no-advisers-allowed meeting with Russian premier Vladimir Putin. And seemingly everyone is convinced that Russia is undermining liberal democracy, indulging in nefarious interventions around the world, and even dead-set on reviving some larger Russia, for which the annexation of Crimea was only the start. Everyone, that is, except Trump. So, on the eve of this most black-boxed of presidential tête-à-têtes, his own Justice Department issued an indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. Senators and 18 Democratic members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs have called on Trump to abort the meeting. And, perhaps most remarkable of all, Trump’s own team constantly expressed a fear of Russian aggression. Just this past week, Trump’s director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, compared the danger of Russian cyberattacks to the terrorist threat posed to the US in the run-up to 9/11. In his trepidation, Coats was merely following Trump’s former national security adviser, General HR McMaster, who warned last year: ‘Russia and China are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.’ Likewise, defence secretary Jim Mattis, secretary...

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira   Seg. 9– OTAN-NATO, NATO-OTAN : A Polônia quer porque quer uma guarnição americana em seu território para combater por ela os agressivos russos e Doug Bandow, não com pouca ironia, recomenda que seja a Alemanha a guarnecer a Polônia. . . M. K. Bhadrakumar fala do clima sombrio do encontro da OTAN-NATO, na quarta e na quinta, tudo por causa do gigante Donald Trump. . .   Ter. 10– OS ESTADOS UNIDOS ESTÃO NA SÍRIA ILEGALMENTE: Sabemos disso. O mundo inteiro sabe disso. Recentemente porém, Alexander Neu, membro do Parlamento alemão, solicitou aos Serviços Científicos do Parlamento sua opinião sobre a legalidade da presença e das ações da Rússia, dos Estados Unidos e de Israel na Síria. Resultado: dos três países estudados, somente a Rússia está lá legalmente, em conformidade com a legislação internacional; Estados Unidos e Israel estão e agem ilegalmente. Esse é o entendimento científico dos Serviços Científicos do Bundestag. . .   Qua. 11– CÚPULA DA OTAN : Os argumentos falsos de Donald Trump. . . E a economia falsa da América. . . A guerra comercial só produz perdedores e o governo Americano não deve agir sob a ilusão de que a China é mais frágil do que os Estados Unidos. O calcanhar de Aquiles da economia americana está no já esticado orçamento de seus consumidores. Quer dizer, a recuperação precisará ser...

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USA Illegal

German Parliament Report: U.S. Presence in Syria Is Illegal   b Jul. 10, 2018   The Scientific Services of the German Bundestag are the equivalent to the Congressional Research Service in the United States. Members of Parliament can ask the services to give their neutral expert opinions on legal questions and other issues. Opinions by the Scientific Services are held in high regard. Alexander Neu, a Member of Parliament for the Left Party in Germany, requested an opinion on the legality of the military presence and operations by Russia, the United States and Israel in Syria. The result (pdf, in German) is quite clear-cut: – Russia was asked by the recognized government of Syria to help. Its presence in Syria is without doubt legal under International Law. – U.S. activities in Syria can be seen as two phases: Regime Change The provision of arms to insurgents in Syria by the U.S. (and others) was and is illegal. It is a breach of the Prohibition on the Use of Force in international law specifically of the UN Charter Article 2(4): All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations. Fight against ISIS The U.S. argues that its presence in Syria is...

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World Cup 2018

Sinister Discovery: Russia Isn’t Mordor   Rob Slane Jul. 12, 2018   To many, the 2018 World Cup seems to have been a resounding success. After warnings in the media of potential hooliganism, poisoning, and football ultras ready to engage in street battles to the death, many fans who went to Russia, nervous of what might happen, have reported that they have been pleasantly surprised with the welcome that they have been given. Indeed, the atmosphere in the stadiums, streets, and bars, as well as the organisation, has been described by many in glowing terms. But beneath the exterior of impeccable organisation, safe and reliable transport, and the warm glow of friendly, welcoming Russians, has something sinister been taking place? This is the view at the British Foreign Office, where an official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, commented: “Before the tournament, our intelligence assessment was that the whole event would be disastrous, and we did everything we could to warn people to stay away. Unfortunately, our advice was ignored by many, and now tragically we are hearing England fans, and fans from other nations, saying nice things about the country. They even appear to be enjoying themselves, and this has only raised our suspicions that something is up.” When asked what that something could be, the official described it as a sinister plot created by Russian President, Vladimir...

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NATO/OTAN

“Craziness Becoming Strategic” NATO Leaders In Panic Mode   Zero Hedge Jul. 9, 2018   The Washington Post asks ‘Will NATO survive Trump?’ ahead of a summit with NATO leaders this week as bureaucrats in Brussels voice concern over his potentially disruptive ‘America first’ rhetoric, and as the president is set to meet with Vladimir Putin only days later in their first one-on-one meeting. In a characteristically over-dramatic tone, WaPo answers concerning NATO leaders, “Now they’re worried about something bigger: a full crackup of the alliance, or at least such a weakening of Washington’s security commitments that NATO would emerge deeply damaged.” “It’s one thing if he goes to the G-7 and is rude to people,” a senior NATO diplomat told the Post while speaking on condition of anonymity. “It’s another thing to derail NATO.” Among the foremost driving concerns that might “derail NATO” is the possibility that Trump could seek to mend relations with Russia and deescalate tensions when he sits down with Putin for their July 16 meeting in Helsinki, Finland. According to the Post, “European leaders worry that Trump could bargain away their security in the name of better relations with the Kremlin.” This, after Trump continued his theme in recent remarks of NATO allies “freeloading” for not paying their dues and treating the US like “schmucks” and further that NATO is “as bad as NAFTA”. Lately he’s repeatedly berated other member states for...

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