Requiem for an Empire: A Prequel

31 July 2021 — Asia Times

By Pepe Escobar

The inexorable imperial rot will go on, a tawdry affair carrying no dramatic, aesthetic pathos worthy of a Gotterdammerung.

Assaulted by cognitive dissonance across the spectrum, the Empire of Chaos now behaves as a manic depressive inmate, rotten to the core – a fate more filled with dread than having to face a revolt of the satrapies.

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Blinken’s single-point agenda in Delhi – China

30 July 2021 — Indian Punchline

by M. K. BHADRAKUMAR

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (R) welcomes the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, New Delhi, July 28, 2021.

The overnight visit by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to New Delhi has been an eye-opener in many ways. It highlighted how much India has changed through the searing pain and suffering it underwent in the past one-year period and how that tumultuous period also led to a reset in the government’s calculus.

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US Fingerprints on Terrorism Aimed At China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

23 July, 2021 — NEO

Brian Berletic

In April of this year and then again in July, two attacks in Pakistan, west of the Indus River, appear to have targeted Beijing’s partnership with Islamabad.

In April a terrorist bombing targeted a hotel in Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province hosting China’s ambassador to Pakistan, Nong Rong. Ambassador Nong Rong was not at the hotel at the time of the bombing, but the attack still ended up killing 4 and wounding several more.

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U.S. – China Talks Point To A Longer Conflict

26 July 2021 — Moon of Alabama

The U.S. wants to slice and dice its approach to China. It will use all means to take advantage of China where it can, while restricting China in those fields were it can no longer compete with it. The Chinese reject that approach. The U.S., they say, should not see China as an enemy. It should stop lecturing China, accept it as an equal and cooperate with it in all fields.

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China explains its Afghan motivations

15 July 2021 — Indian Punchline

Flag of Afghan Taliban (in white) was raised on the Afghan side of the border with Pakistan at the major border crossing at Chaman, 14 July 2021.

The ministerial meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan working group at Dushanbe on July 13-14 have thrown light on the templates of China’s approach to the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

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Countering the “China Threat” – At What Price?

26 June 2021 — Space4Peace

The Pentagon is upgrading its full-spectrum dominance, >with China as the primary target.

By Koohan Paik-Mander

In early June 2021, in a classified directive to Pentagon officials, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin slammed the former Trump administration for talking big but never taking action to counter “the China threat.”

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Horn of Africa — Washington’s Next Arab Spring?

1 July 2021 — — Origin: New Eastern Outlook

F. William Engdahl

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The Biden State Department has just named career diplomat Jeffrey Feltman to be Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa. Given the geopolitical powder keg in the region and given the dark history of Feltman, especially in Lebanon and during the infamous CIA Arab Spring interventions after 2009, the relevant question is whether Washington has decided to explode the entire region from Ethiopia down to Egypt into a repeat of the Syria chaos only far more dangerous. And it’s not only the US which is active in the region.

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CPC transforms China as a world class power

1 July 2021 — Indian Punchline

Zhou Enlai (left) and Mao Zedong (second from left) at Chinese Communist capital of Yan’an, c.1936. Photo by Edgar Snow.

This is the season to reread Edgar Snow’s Red Star Over China, the classic work on the birth of the communist movement in China. Alongside John Reid’s Ten Days That Shook the World, the gripping eyewitness account of the Bolshevik Revolution, Snow’s book was compulsive reading in the first flush of revolutionary enthusiasm as college students.

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Chinese Communist Party: a party of workers or capitalists?

1 July 2021 — Michael Roberts Blog

by michael roberts

It’s 100 years today since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was first formed by just 50 members, mostly intellectuals, but including railway and mine workers.  100 years later to the day, the official membership figure is 95m and there are 4.8m party branches.  This is surely the largest political party the world has ever seen. A quarter of the membership is under 35 years; 29% are female, up from 12% in 1949 and over half of members have college degrees (that means half don’t!).

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Pentagon Whistleblower Under Investigation For Trying To Prevent War With China Over Taiwan

24 June 2021 — The Dissenter

BY KEVIN GOSZTOLA

Franz Gayl (Screen shot from Government Accountability Project)

Pentagon whistleblower Franz Gayl has been part of the United States Marine Corps for over four decades. He spent the last months trying to warn U.S. government officials and the public of the threat of becoming entangled in a war with China over Taiwan.

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