Mês: agosto 2019

Lula, ‘Estadista Global’

BRICS was created as a tool of attack   Pepe Escobar Aug. 29, 2019   In a wide-ranging, two-hour-plus, exclusive interview from a prison room in Curitiba in southern Brazil, former Brazilian president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva re-emerged for the first time, after more than 500 days in jail, and sent a clear message to the world.   Amid the 24/7 media frenzy of scripted sound bites and “fake news”, it’s virtually impossible to find a present or former head of state anywhere, in a conversation with journalists, willing to speak deep from his soul, to comment on all current political developments and relish telling stories about the corridors of power. And all that while still in prison. The first part of this mini-series focused on the Amazon. Here, we will focus on Brazil’s relationship with BRICS and Beijing. BRICS is the grouping of major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – that formed in 2006 and then included South Africa in their annual meetings from 2010. My first question to Lula was about BRICS and the current geopolitical chessboard, with the US facing a Russia-China strategic partnership. As president, from 2003 to 2010, Lula was instrumental in formatting and expanding the influence of BRICS – in sharp contrast with Brazil’s current President, Jair Bolsonaro, who appears to be convinced that China is a threat. Lula...

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Lula, ‘Estadista Mundial’

Lula Tells the World He’s “Back in the Game” from Jail   Pepe Escobar Aug. 28, 2019   Brazil has always been a land of superlatives. Yet nothing beats the current, perverse configuration: a world statesman lingers in jail while a clownish thug is in power, his antics now considered a threat to the whole planet.   In a wide-ranging, two-hour, world exclusive interview out of a prison room at the Federal Police building in Curitiba, southern Brazil, former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva not only made the case to global public opinion for his innocence in the whole Car Wash corruption saga, confirmed by the bombshell leaks revealed by The Intercept, but also repositioned himself to resume his status as a global leader. Arguably sooner rather than later – depending on a fateful, upcoming decision by the Brazilian Supreme Court, for which Justice is not exactly blind. The request for the interview was entered five months ago. Lula talked to journalists Mauro Lopes, Paulo Moreira Leite and myself, representing in all three cases the website Brasil247 and in my case Asia Times. A rough cut, with only one camera focusing on Lula, was released this past Thursday, the day of the interview. A full, edited version, with English subtitles, targeting global public opinion, should be released by the end of the week. Lula is a visible embodiment...

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As the Neo-Liberal Order Crumbles…

South American Shockwaves Bring BRI Into the Americas   Matthew Ehret Aug. 25, 2019   Over the past several years Latin America has become a strategic battleground which involves much more than merely “geopolitical power plays” between the USA vs China as many commentators are asserting. Of course this is not to say that there are no geopolitical battles occurring. The entire western sponsored regime change operation in Venezuela couldn’t be understood unless one realized that China and Russia see Venezuela as a strategic ally in the Americas and a future zone for Belt and Road projects which are sweeping across the world… but something more is happening. Over the past three years, over 17 Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations have signed onto the new operating framework of the Belt and Road Initiative which extends far beyond the limited China-to-Europe corridor which many presumed it to be when it was announced in 2013. With its focus on long term planning and interconnectivity, China is already number one in vital infrastructure investments globally and while not number one in overall trade in the Americas, has now produced over six times more investment into Latin American energy infrastructure than the World Bank. This new paradigm has been a breath of fresh air for many nations of the south that have been gripped by Western drug money laundering, poverty, debt slavery and...

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SI

Situação Internacional   João da Silveira     Seg. 19 GUERRA COMERCIAL :  TRUMP JÁ PERDEU E NÃO SABE : (Lance Roberts)….   SÍRIA :  RÚSSIA E TURQUIA COLIDEM NA BATALHA POR IDLIB : (MoonOfAlabama)….   Ter. 20 SÍRIA :  RÚSSIA E TURQUIA COLIDEM NA BATALHA POR IDLIB : (Alex Christoforou com Alexander Mercouris, Vídeo)….                                                                 Qua. 21 JULIAN ASSANGE :  AS TRAIÇÕES DO GUARDIAN  E DO NEW YORK TIMES  : (Oscar Grenfell)….   MACRON A PUTIN :  UMA EUROPA DE LISBOA A VLADIVOSTOK : (Drago Bosnic)….   HUAWEI :  CEO REN ZHENGFEI AOS ESTADOS UNIDOS : “Sobreviveremos sem vocês” (Rick Sanchez, Vídeo)… Para o correspondente ocidental (Gordon Watts), vale a palavra do chefe Ren de que sua companhia vai “dominar o mundo”. Tudo isso é muito interessante quando lido em conjunto com os artigos de Marx e Engels sobre o colonialismo no século xix. É possível observar que os chineses derrotavam os ingleses frequentemente em suas agressões à China e, no entanto, a China foi duramente sacrificada ao longo dos séculos xix e xx. As batalhas daqueles dois séculos continuam, agora não mais sob o comando da Inglaterra, mas sob a liderança dos Estados Unidos….   USAMÉRICA :  IRONIA-IRONIA : O globalismo transferiu a economia dos Estados Unidos para a China (Paul Craig Roberts)….   Qui. 22 GOVERNO BOLSONARO :  GABINETE DE CRISE PARA A AMAZÔNIA : (Poder360)…   AMAZÔNIA...

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Bill Bonner on Weirdness

When Weird Becomes the New Normal   Maria Bonaventura Aug. 25, 2019   As our editor muses this week, America peaked around the turn of the century. And it’s been going downhill since then. The lies have gotten bigger. Deficits larger. Politics nastier and stupider. And the public is now easier to bamboozle than ever. Can Trump make America smart again? How the World Reaches Peak Weirdness Just when we thought things couldn’t get any weirder… From negative rates to “free” houses in Denmark, world leaders are trying to outdo each other in the bizarre. But as our editor points out on Monday, the weirder things get, the more people want to think they aren’t weird at all… Brace Yourself: Good News Coming Who knew managing the economy just right was so simple? Turn up the music. Dump in some more Jim Beam. And let the party rage on. There’s only one small problem… and it involves an explosion of fakery… 21st-Century America: Rotten but Gluten-Free If you listen to the geniuses on TV, you’d think the boom on Wall Street can go on forever. But as Bill reminds us on Wednesday, every bubble pops eventually. And this one is getting damn close to the pin… Start the Presses, Let the Good Times Roll Good news! The economy is in the doghouse. That means the Fed can fire up the printing...

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