Mês: junho 2019

Tulsi Gabbard in US Election 2020

Tulsi Gabbard Blazes Impressive Trail At First Democratic Primary Debate   Curwen Ares Rolinson Jun. 29, 2019   It has been said by political minds far more astute than my own [read: pretty much every candidate going into today’s 1st Democratic Primary debate] that a ‘win’ here is securing ‘cut-through’. Standing out from amidst the crowded, twenty-candidate field and managing to reach out through the television-camera’s silvery lense to make that all-important connection with the ordinary American voter on the other side of the screen. Now, before this debate had even begun, there were several clear ‘favourites’ amidst the DNC’s 2019 stable; figures who were supposed to make that all-important salience. And, due to a microphone-gaffe part-way through, it now seems like the DNC is once more prepared to help ‘guide’ attention towards their ‘designated winners’. Nothing new there, then. But here’s the thing. Even though the questions, the moderation, and the overarching tactical terrain were arrayed against her from well before the start … Tulsi Gabbard looks like she’s managed to make a positive impact, a splash. Below, we’ve got search analytics data for the Congresswoman both during and after the debate. I’ve also seen immediate post-match polling which has Gabbard a clear ‘winner’ – in fact, the clear Winner – edging out even predicted ‘people’s-choice-but-establishment-bete-noir’ Elizabeth Warren.   What’s even more interesting – to me, anyway – is the seeming dysjunction between some of the immediate reception...

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M.A.D.

Putin, Lavrov and Xi Call for an End to MAD. Lord Russell’s Spectre Frowns   Matthew Ehret Jun. 16, 2019   The spectre of nuclear war has long hung over the world like a nightmarish sword of Damocles offering humanity much cause for despair at the dual nature of science as a beautiful source of creative power that uplifts and ennobles on the one hand and acts as a harbinger of death and chaos on the other. However, it would be wrong to blame science for the crisis which mankind unlocked with the atom, when the reality is that we have never freed ourselves from the pest of oligarchical systems of rule. Going back to records of the Roman, Persian and Babylon empires, such systems have always sought to manipulate the masses into patterns of behaviour of self-policing and constant conflict. Whether we are talking about the Crusades, European religious wars, Napoleonic wars, Crimean War, Opium Wars, or WWI and WWII, it has always been the same recipe: Get victims to define their interests around material constraints, diminishing resources, or religious/ethnic/linguistic biases that prevent each person from recognizing their common interests with their neighbor and then get them to fight.Classic divide and conquer. By the close of WWII, that ancient recipe for managed chaos no longer functioned as a new ingredient was introduced into the geopolitical “great game”. This...

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Russia’s S-400

Why Indian-Turkish Embrace of Russia’s S-400 Is So Important for Global Affairs   Matthew Ehret Jun. 26, 2019   India and Turkey’s recent embrace of Russia’s advanced S-400 defense system represents a major turning point in the international battle now underway between two opposing paradigms of global affairs. Both nations are standing up to immense pressure by an Anglo American empire which has been working desperately since 2007 to build a vast military infrastructure around Russia under the utopian doctrine of “Full Spectrum Dominance” (aka: the belief that a nuclear war can be won with a first strike monopoly). This missile shield began to target China and Russia’s South Pacific flank in 2011 when Obama unveiled the military branch of the anti-Chinese “Pivot to Asia” (1). The S400 Solution to Full Spectrum Dominance However if nations like India, and Turkey who were meant to be participants of the encirclement of Russia and China were to adopt next generation defensive radar/missile systems like Russia’s S400, then the entire formula for unipolar dominance breaks down. Already, China has adopted the S400 as of 2015 which features short to long range supersonic interception of missiles, aircraft and bombs at altitudes of 38 km and at distances of 400 km. Other nations which have expressed interest in the S400 include Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and Vietnam. The rise of the S400...

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 17 IRÃ E ÍNDIA :  O presidente Rouhani, do Irã, “fala de Donald Trump como ‘uma verdadeira ameaça à estabilidade regional e mundial’ e oferece tratamento preferencial às empresas da SCO [Organização para Cooperação de Xangai] que investem em seu país”. (Pepe Escobar)….   ÍNDIA E CHINA : DECLARAÇÃO DE BISHKEK DA SCO : A declaração apoia a BRI (Belt and Road Iniciative) numa sentença. A Índia ficou calada. Antes a Índia falava contráriamente à BRI. Agora não disse nada. Sinal de que os tempos estão a mudar. Modi vadeia no eurasianismo. (M. K. Bhadrakumar)….   Ter. 18 PRESIDENTE BOLSONARO : FUGA PARA FRENTE : “Desgastado nas ruas e em atritos com partes de sua base, presidente ataca: demite três generais e um banqueiro.” (Gilberto Moringoni)….   LAVA JATO E SUA INTRICADA GEOPOLÍTICA : “Para sociólogo português, vazamentos do The Intercept podem provar ingerência na política nacional: em conflito com a China, EUA teriam usado a Lava Jato para conseguir alinhamento total do Brasil e liquidar Pré-Sal e Embraer” (Boaventura de Souza Santos com Henri Figueiredo).  Souza Santos traz o conceito de conluio para o caso, isto é, conluio entre o juiz Sergio Moro e o procurador Deltan Dallagnol, o que não foi correto… Precisamos voltar a credibilizar o judiciário brasileiro… Alguns juristas e sociólogos sabiam que o ex-presidente Lula estava inocente… “Fluxos de...

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Bill Bonner and “Economic Patriotism”

Catnip for Scalawag Politicians   Van Brian Jun. 16, 2019   The collapse of the Soviet Union is no mystery… As Bill has written, the Soviets’ corrupt government “managed” their economy right into the ground… But today, Americans seem to be suffering from economic amnesia. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren… Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… and yes, even Donald Trump, want to manage America’s economy into rubble. Bill connected the dots… from American Bolsheviks… to the “ Hermann Göring” from Massachusetts… and why Elizabeth Warren might be the intellectual successor of “Trumpismo.” And be sure you check out Saturday’s Diary. One of Bill’s old colleagues just placed a $100,000 bet on our editor’s trade of a lifetime. Read on… How Hot Money Put America in Hot Water For decades, America has been speculating with “hot money.” That’s fake money lent at artificially low rates, which is then used to bid up stocks… real estate… you name it. Hot money is good for speculators. But it’s eroding the foundations of what made America truly great… The American Bolsheviks Are Coming… Bolshevism is on the rise in America… That’s Bill’s poignant observation on Tuesday. The failed Soviet experiment – allowing a corrupt government to “manage” an economy – is becoming a popular idea among some Washington politicians. And the most vocal supporter appears to be none other than Comrade Trump… How Elizabeth Warren Out-Trumps Trump...

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