Mês: maio 2019

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The Trend Is Not Your Friend   James Howard Kunstler May 13, 2019   The be-Muellered, bothered, and bewildered American public may find US-China trade talks about as interesting as a rain delay in an Orioles-Chisox game, but the Friday collapse of negotiations may be marked by historians as the day that the global economy died. The Big Box blue-light-special orgy of bargain shopping ran about thirty years, with China exuberantly pumping out cheap consumer goods to feed the US beast-of-Mammon. Americans happily payed for it all with IOUs based on long daisy chains of previous IOUs. Tom Friedman of The New York Times said it would last forever. Alas…. The paradigm kicked off for one simple reason: energy flows dictated capital flows. By the mid-1980s, the non-OPEC world was once again swimming in oil from the last great bonanzas of the oil age: The Alaska North Slope and the North Sea. Twenty years later, they were running down. Meanwhile, the USA had fecklessly “offshored” its factories in the mistaken belief that we had entered a shimmering new digital economy of virtual business were nobody had to make real stuff. China became the world’s workshop and the USA became the world’s financial bucket-shop, churning out endless swindles and frauds. The predictable result was the financial crisis of 2008, which coincided with oil prices rising to over $140-a-barrel (and six...

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USAmérica, Russia and China

What Putin and Pompeo did not talk about   Pepe Escobar May 15, 2019   Even veiled by thick layers of diplomatic fog, the overlapping meetings in Sochi between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov still offer tantalizing geopolitical nuggets. Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov did his best to smooth the utterly intractable, admitting there was “no breakthrough yet” during the talks but at least the US “demonstrated a constructive approach.” Putin told Pompeo that after his 90-minute phone call with Trump, initiated by the White House, and described by Ushakov as “very good,” the Russian president “got the impression that the [US] president was inclined to re-establish Russian-American relations and contacts to resolve together the issues that are of mutual interest to us.” That would imply a Russiagate closure. Putin told Pompeo, in no uncertain terms, that Moscow never interfered in the US elections, and that the Mueller report proved that there was no connection between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. This adds to the fact Russiagate has been consistently debunked by the best independent American investigators such as the VIPS group.    ‘Interesting’ talk on Iran Let’s briefly review what became public of the discussions on multiple (hot and cold) conflict fronts – Venezuela, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran. Venezuela – Ushakov reiterated the Kremlin’s position: “Any steps that may...

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Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 13 BRASIL : GOVERNADORES VÃO À CHINA : (ValorEconômico)… Sergio Moro irá para o Supremo, diz Jair Bolsonaro. (Poder360)… Tendo afirmado, ontem, que Sérgio Moro estava “perdidão” e destruía a si próprio, o filósofo se atualiza dizendo que Jair comprometeu Moro para o resto da vida, destruindo-o e deitando por terra outras narrativas. (Paulo Ghiraldelli)… CORRUPÇÃO : O filósofo Ghiraldelli fala de corrupção no Brasil, explicando ainda como foi que criamos o Godzilla Moro, combatente da corrupção, e menciona pesquisas feitas pela ONU sobre o tema…. De O Globo: “A Justiça do Rio de Janeiro autorizou a quebra de sigilo do senador Flávio Bolsonaro (PSL-RJ), filho do presidente Jair Bolsonaro. A decisão também contempla sua esposa, Fernanda Bolsonaro, seu ex-assessor Fabrício Queiroz e familiares, outros 88 ex-funcionários do parlamentar na Assembleia Legislativa do Rio e três empresários de origem americana. O que sabemos: a decisão foi tomada no dia 24 de abril. Foram quebrados sigilos bancários entre 2007 e 2018 e sigilos fiscais entre 2008 e 2018.”….   USAMÉRICA : MIKE POMPEO VAI A MOSCOU : A Casa Branca agenda a primeira visita do Secretário de Estado a Moscou. (M. K. Bhadrakumar)… POMPEO NÃO VAI A MOSCOU, VAI A SOCHI : Lavrov e Putin encontrarão Pompeo em Sochi. Para quê, se os Estados Unidos não são mais capazes de fazer e sustentar acordos? A resposta certa é:...

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Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 6 PRESIDENTE BOLSONARO : General Villas-Boas sobre Olavo de Carvalho, Trotski da direita : “O recado foi dado. Villas Bôas é bom na arte de dar recados. Espera-se que Jair Bolsonaro e os seus filhos entendam.” (O Antagonista). Não entenderão nada. Nãoprecisam… Hamilton Mourão, o vice-presidente, sugere ignorar os ataques de Olavo… Bolsonaro diz que Mourão é amigo dos momentos difíceis… Em Santos Cruz, Jair viu insubordinação… E Bolsonaro mistura todos e tudo, um time só, se conhecem, sabem um do outro. Assim começa a semana, com panos quentes….   VENEZUELA : JORGE ARREAZA EM MOSCOU DEFENDE DIPLOMACIA E DIÁLOGO : “…mas ponderou que se os [us]americanos ‘optarem pela via militar, temos uma Força Armada, um povo, uma milícia nacional, que seria capaz não só de resistir e lutar, mas também de vencer e derrotar qualquer exército, por mais poderoso que seja no mundo’.” O Antagonista está irreconhecível nessa nota, pois dá a notícia sem editora-la, sem chamar Arreaza de chanceler do “ditador”. Já a CNN afirma, falsamente, que Juan Guaidó foi “eleito presidente” da Venezuela, em janeiro deste ano. Bem, de certa forma ele foi mesmo escolhido por um único “eleitor”, que foi o senhor Donald Trump… Enquanto isso, a embaixada da Venezuela em DC continua ocupada por ativistas usamericanos….   CHINA x USA : A CHINA PREVALECERÁ : (Federico Pieraccini)….  ...

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The USSR Had the Best National Anthem Ever

Listen in Russian and English   Russia Insider May 9, 2019   Victory Day   Here’s the Russian version with English subtitles with very cool scenes of the USSR:   Here is an English language version recorded by the great celebrity black American singer Paul Robeson in 1943. He was a committed Communist. The words are different from the Russian:   And here is Putin leading a stadium in a rousing version of the current Russian national anthem, which uses the same melody, with new lyrics. (The video is subtitled) Interestingly, the words to the new anthem (2000) were written by the same man who wrote the words to the Soviet anthem, Sergey Mikhalkov (1944). He is the father of famous Russian movie director Nikita Mikhalkov, and is shown in the video singing the anthem. Russians generally agree that the words to the old Soviet version are much more moving than the 2000 version. Most people still know the old words by heart, and still sing it instead of the modern version, which lacks vitality.    ...

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