Exit Nord Stream 2, Enter Power of Siberia 2

25 December 2021 — The Saker

Military superpower Russia, having had enough of U.S./NATO bullying, is now dictating the terms of a new arrangement.

By Pepe Escobar posted with permission and widely cross-posted

Coming straight from President Putin, it did sound like a bolt from the sky:

“We need long-term legally binding guarantees even if we know they cannot be trusted, as the U.S. frequently withdraws from treaties that become uninteresting to them. But it’s something, not just verbal assurances.”

And that’s how Russia-U.S. relations come to the definitive crunch – after an interminable series of polite red alerts coming from Moscow.

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Nord Stream 2 is a double-edged geopolitical tool

21 December 2021 — Indian Punchline

Germany has suspended Nord Stream 2 certification; and, Russian gas stops flowing into Germany from December 21, 2021

When Pavel Zavalny, the chairman of Russian parliamentary committee on energy, made the forecast last Friday that Nord Stream 2 pipeline could start shipping natural gas to Germany as early as next month, it was received with disbelief. But Zavalny was categorical, and was quoted by Reuters as saying, “I can say with a high degree of certainty that the first gas via Nord Stream 2 will go in January.”

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US Continues Crusade Against Nord Stream 2

6 March, 2021 — — Origin: New Eastern Outlook

 (Brian Berletic – NEO) – Despite the partisan political theater taking place in Washington – in terms of foreign policy – virtually nothing has changed with a new US president taking office. Even the rhetoric of the new administration is hardly discernible from that of its predecessor.

From US tensions with China and Iran to continued pressure on Russia – the US continues to pursue a singularly belligerent foreign policy as part of a continued effort to maintain a US-led “international order” and to reassert US hegemony everywhere on Earth it is challenged.

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The Unexpected Poisoning and the Unsuspecting Victims

24 September 2020 — American Herald Tribune

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When the BBC’s “Salisbury Poisonings” went to air in the UK, it seemed inevitable that it would be screened in Australia, giving us at least a chance to prepare for this new propaganda onslaught. But just as it was “unclear” why the BBC had chosen to screen it in June, or for that matter to produce the “drama based on true events” in the first place, so it was hard to imagine what particular event or circumstance would make the rather ridiculous “Russian Novichok” story relevant again. One might have thought it foolish to remind people of it in case they weren’t so easily fooled a second time round, though for many people in Australia the first time mostly passed them by. “Putin did it again” was about the extent of their memory of the Skripal affair.

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Gangster Economics Against Huawei & Nordstream 2 By Caleb Maupin

4 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Many Americans base their entire view of the world, and their understanding of the relationship of the United States to other countries, on the contents of a college-level “Economics 101” course. They view the world market as a land of “free competition” in which different countries and international corporations “compete.” They then believe that consumers, communities and countries “vote with their dollars” rewarding the best products and services.

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