Mês: outubro 2018

Khashoggi

Settling The Khashoggi Case Is A Difficult Matter   Moon of Alabama Oct. 14, 2018   The negotiation over the Khashoggi case will be extremely difficult. The protagonists are headstrong and dangerous people. The issue could easily escalate. The Ottoman empire ruled over much of the Arab world. The neo-Ottoman wannabe-Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan would like to regain that historic position for Turkey. His main competition in this are the al-Sauds. They have much more money and are strategically aligned with Israel and the United States, while Turkey under Erdogan is more or less isolated. The religious-political element of the competition is represented on one side by the Muslim Brotherhood, ‘democratic’ Islamists to which Erdogan belongs, and the Wahhabi absolutists on the other side. There are more tactical aspects to this historic conflict. When the Saudis cut ties with Qatar it was Turkey that sent its military to prevent a Saudi invasion of the tiny but extremely rich country. This gave Erdogan the financial backing he urgently needs. In response to that the Saudis offered several $100 millions to prop up the YPK/PKK proxy force the U.S. uses to occupy north-east Syria. These Kurdish groups fight a guerrilla war within Turkey and are a threat to its unity. The effective Saudi ruler, clown prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), made a huge mistake when he ordered the abduction (or murder)...

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Donald Trump

“Male Energy,” Authoritarian Whiteness and Creeping Fascism in the Age of Trump   Paul Street Oct. 19, 2018   “You Made a Superman Cape for Me” Who needs dystopian political fiction in the age of the orange-tinted monstrosity that calls itself Donald Trump [1]? Two Thursdays ago, as news came in of fatalities and massive destruction caused by a record-setting hurricane that slammed into the Florida Panhandle and Georgia the previous night, cable news buzzed with the story of a strange soap opera that had just unfolded in the Oval Office. In a bizarre reality television episode from the White House, the mentally disturbed Kardashian family member/victim Kanye West gave Trump a model “iPlane,” because, he said, “this is what our president should be flying in.” West delivered a strange 10-minute soliloquy touching upon his own bipolar disorder, the 13th Amendment, Adidas, Chicago, and Trump as a national father figure who embodied the “male energy” West had missed in his childhood.  While dozens of media personnel arrayed around the president’s desk snapped pictures, filmed, and took notes, the self-hating Black man West explained his decision to don the swag of a great white racist by wearing a Trumpian “Make America Great Again” ballcap: “You know they tried to scare me to not wear this hat. My own friends. But this hat gives me a different power in a way.  You...

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 15 OURO : PADRÃO : ANTÍDOTO PERFEITO AO FASCISMO : Jim Willie escreve : “O Estado fascista sequestrou a função monetária e o setor financeiro. O Estado fascista também transformou a função militar numa máquina predatória. Apesar dessa pegada, o Ouro age como antídoto perfeito, administrado pelas mãos do Oriente. Na verdade, o Ouro vai restaurar a ordem e a honestidade no sistema financeiro global. O Eixo do Fascismo pode ser retratado como [USUKI] Estados Unidos, Reino Unido e Israel. O triunvirato TPX está encarregado de ressetar o sistema financeiro global. Assim temos Trump, Putin e Xi a assegurar que o Padrão Ouro seja instalado sem guerra global. O Padrão Ouro vai desenrolar-se num longo esquema tático organizado e eficiente. O processo já começou e não é parável.” . . .   Ter. 16...

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Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 8 S-300 NA SÍRIA : Operado inicialmente por iranianos, em hipótese intrigante do sítio DEBKAfile, tido por alguns como veículo da inteligência israelense . . .   ARÁBIA SAUDITA E EsUs : JAMAL KASHOGGI : O dissidente saudita desaparece misteriosamente em visita ao consulado de seu país em Istambul : Melkulangara Bhadrakumar. . .   Ter. 9 ELEIÇÃO 2018 NO BRASIL : O Antagonista não podia estar mais contente com o resultado do primeiro turno das eleições, pois interpreta que foi uma derrota plebiscitária de Lula e Dilma, que o eleitor entendeu tudo, que a Lava Jato ganhou: fizeram reunião de pauta extra na qual se atropelavam comentando os números da apuração e Claudio Dantas discorreu sobre tudo de bom que veio deste primeiro turno e sobre a estratégia antipartidária do futuro regime Bolsonaro… Estamos vendo claramente uma virada na história do país, uma virada à direita . . .   ECONOMIA MUNDIAL : O VULCÃO DOS DERIVADOS : David P. Goldman . . .   ECONOMIA RUSSA : ARTICULADA SOBRE PIORES CENÁRIOS :  Kenneth Rapoza. Essa é a mentalidade de um país cercado e ameaçado de todas as formas, em contraste perfeito com a mentalidade descuidada dos brasileiros . . .   Qua. 10 A CHINA NO LÍBANO E NA SÍRIA : Um desafio para os Estados Unidos na região . . .   MEARSHEIMER E COHEN : NATO-OTAN, RÚSSIA, IRAN...

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Khashoggi

US-Saudi Relations Enter Unchartered Waters   Melkulangara Bhadrakumar Oct. 8, 2018   The disappearance of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in mysterious circumstances while on a visit to his country’s consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday still remains unexplained. The plot is thickening by the day. The latest reports suggest that he may not even be alive.   The Istanbul Prosecutor has ordered an investigation. President Recep Erdogan has called Khashoggi a “journalist and friend”. Turkey has a troubled relationship with Saudi Arabia, which has a complicated history dating back to the Ottoman era and is entangled with Erdogan’s brand of Islamism. A serious diplomatic rupture may ensue, depending on the outcome of the Turkish investigation. So far, the Khashoggi affair has been a matter between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. But Khashoggi has influential backers in the Washington Beltway too. A chorus of condemnation of the Saudi regime is building up to a crescendo in the US, portraying Khashoggi as a human rights activist meeting a tragic end. The US takes a selective approach to human rights. Which way will it act? In the present civil war conditions in the US, President Trump’s opponents will use the Khashoggi issue to draw attention to his erratic behavior – wildly swinging from obsequiousness to the Saudi ruler to rank contempt. But, there is also a lavishly funded Saudi lobby, which can pull...

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