Six months into Ukraine’s collapse, the world has changed forever

Wednesday, 24 August 2022 — The Cradle

The inevitable transfer of power away from the west is leading to a surge in state-sponsored terrorism, but this will do little to reverse the trend

By Pepe Escobar

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Six months after the start of the Special Military Operation (SMO) by Russia in Ukraine, the geopolitical tectonic plates of the 21st century have been dislocated at astonishing speed and depth – with immense historical repercussions already at hand.

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US is Trying to Drive Erdogan into a Corner – but Without Success

Saturday, 23 July 2022 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Author: Vladimir Platov

ERD934Joe Biden’s administration is currently losing on all its foreign policy fronts, but he is still hoping for success, if nowhere else, in his confrontation with the Turkish leader Recep Erdoğan, so that he can demonstrate to the world and the US public, that there is still some “gunpowder left in the barrel.” This consideration took on a special importance for Joe Biden and his team in the days leading up to the US President’s Middle East trip, which promised little chance of victory for the White House. Joe Biden’s trip to Saudi Arabia did, in fact, turn out to be a total failure – it did nothing to improve his image and yielded no positive results either in terms of oil deals or in terms of reining in Russia’s influence in the region. In view of this failure, Washington needed to find a scapegoat, and picked on Recep Erdoğan.

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U.S. Attempts To Make China An Enemy Require A Lot Of Fantasy

Friday, 22 July, 2022 — Moon of Alabama

The U.S. weapon industry needs U.S. enemies. Without those it is hard to justify an ever growing war budget. The most lucrative enemy, besides Russia, is of course China.

But there is a problem. China has no interest in being a U.S. enemy and certainly not in being THE enemy. In its view that only takes away resources that are better used elsewhere.

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Michael Hudson: The End of Western Civilization – Why It Lacks Resilience, and What Will Take Its Place

Monday, 11 July 2022 — Michael Hudson

By Michael Hudson, a research professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and a research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.

The greatest challenge facing societies has always been how to conduct trade and credit without letting merchants and creditors make money by exploiting their customers and debtors. All antiquity recognized that the drive to acquire money is addictive and indeed tends to be exploitative and hence socially injurious. The moral values of most societies opposed selfishness, above all in the form of avarice and wealth addiction, which the Greeks called philarguria– love of money, silver-mania. Individuals and families indulging in conspicuous consumption tended to be ostracized, because it was recognized that wealth often was obtained at the expense of others, especially the weak.

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A Lemming Leading the Lemmings: Slavoj Zizek and the Terminal Collapse of the Anti-War Left 

Just Beyond the Pale

Sunday, 13 March 2022 – The New Dark Age

By Supratim Barman

In a Globalised World, when we see images of the conflict that is currently occurring in Ukraine on our News Feeds, Whatsapp Groups, Telegram Twitter and Instagram; as well as of course on our TeleVision sets; we tend to lose sight of the human element and how close it could have been us instead. We sit far away and analyse it, show our support for the Corporation side by posting stickers and flags on our social media profiles and we feel good; as if we have done something worthwhile with our day. As if we have somehow “helped”.

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Talking Russia-Ukraine with Ben Norton of Multipolarista

Wednesday, 9 March 2022 — TheAltWorld

Ben Norton of Multipolarista joins us to discuss Russian military operations in Ukraine including the role Nazism plays in Ukraine’s current regime, how it was cultivated deliberately by the US and its allies since 2014, and how the Western media is attempting to deflect away from just how serious this threat is to both the Ukrainian people and Ukraine’s neighbors.

NATO Ready to Fight in Seven-Year Black Sea Conflict

16 May 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Rick Rozoff

The Romanian press, in reporting on the ongoing U.S. Army-led 30,000-troop, 27-nation war games codenamed DEFENDER-Europe 21, cited an American commander in the country characterizing them as “mutual intra-NATO defense.” A suggestion: NATO should publish a Militarese-English dictionary for the uninitiated.

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When Did the “Cold War” End? Part II

21 April 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Vladimir Acosta

Part I: When Did the “Cold War” End?

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I have said on other occasions that our humanity, and not exclusively its youngest members, tends to live not only in the world of images, but also in the world of the immediate, and that its inclination to read is increasingly reduced. The current world power, its deceitful media, its websites and its networks are also determined, through confusion and the trivialization of everything, to ensure that the information we seek therein leaves us with little, everything muddled, and that our already disorganized memory becomes increasingly reduced, volatile and insecure. Therefore, as we continue the critical review of the Cold War begun in the previous article, it would not be superfluous to provide, not a useless summary, but a simple enunciation of its main facts, which today are confused or forgotten.

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Govt-Linked CSIS Urges DC To Partner with Social Media Firms To “Promote Protests Movements”

8 March, 2021 — Mint Press News

Widespread protests were a feature of 2020, engulfing 68 nations. However, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a pro-regime-change think tank based in DC, is most preoccupied with those in China and Russia.

Historical undercurrents in Nagorno-Karabakh

18 November 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Armenian cemetery (1579) in Surat, India. 16th century onwards, Armenians from Iran formed an important trading community in Surat port city which had sea borne trade with Bandar Abbas.

The analysts focusing on the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis through the prism of regional politics fail to factor in that the Caucasus comprises ancient peoples. The Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted this in remarks to the media in Moscow yesterday when he brushed aside the perception that Moscow could be harbouring a grudge against Armenian prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, who came to power through a ‘colour revolution’ in 2018.

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Iran has a plan for Nagorno-Karabakh

3 November 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Armenian shelling on Ganja, Azerbaijan, near Iran’s border  

Iran has unveiled a regional initiative to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi returned to Tehran in the weekend after a regional tour to Azerbaijan, Russia, Armenia and Turkey to discuss the peace plan. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has since explained Tehran’s thinking. Continue reading

Twitter spreads paid US gov’t propaganda while falsely claiming it bans state media ads

10 August 2020 — The Grayzone
Twitter VOA Persian US state media ads propaganda
Twitter says it bans ads from state-affiliated media outlets. However, US government propaganda organs like Voice of America’s VOA Persian pay the social media corporation huge sums of money to spread disinformation against Iran and other foreign adversaries.

By Ben Norton

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Libyan War Escalates as Regional Powers Attempt to Gain Stronger Influence

1 June, 2020 — Global Research

Alarms are sounding in Europe as Turkey, Russia and Arab states could potentially agree on shared influence in Libya, and therefore the entirety of the eastern Mediterranean, according to some experts. This comes as European states have no influence over the war in Libya despite it occurring on its southern doorstep and Turkey, Russia and Arab states continue to gain influence.

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Latest MH17 Documentary By SBU Whistleblower Shares Some Shocking Truths

4 January 2020 — One World
By Andrew Korybko American political analyst

Latest MH17 Documentary By SBU Whistleblower Shares Some Shocking Truths

The latest MH17 documentary, “MH-17: In Search Of Truth” by Ukrainian SBU whistleblower Vasily Prozorov, shares some shocking truths about that tragedy which strongly make the case that the UK conspired with Kiev to take down that civilian aircraft as part of a preplanned Hybrid War plot against the Donbas rebels that was also intended to frame Russia as the West’s main geopolitical competitor.

NATO Splits Reveal Alliance is Redundant

6 December 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

If the NATO summit this week marking the 70th anniversary of its foundation in 1949 was meant to be a resounding celebration, it backfired spectacularly, more as a resounding farce. Amid all the pomp and ceremony afforded by an official reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by the British Queen, the two-day gathering descended into squabbling, sneering and back-stabbing.
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Western Zero-Sum Geopolitics is a Dead-End

4 October 2019 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Editorial

The US and its Western allies are creating more international tensions and instability in a futile bid to carve the globe into “spheres of interest” and “exclusivity”. That’s the way Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov views it, and few objective observers of international relations could disagree with his admonishment.

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All along the watchtower: The follies of history

18 August 2019 — Asia Times

The ultimate American imperial dream is to engineer a Chinese vassal state

By Pepe Escobar, Cambodia

There must be some kind of way outta here
Said the joker to the thief
There’s too much confusion
I can’t get no relief

Business men, they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None were level on the mind
Nobody up at his word

-Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower (immortalized by Jimi Hendrix)

Nothing beats the beguiling, stony smiles at the Bayon temple near Angkor Wat in Cambodia’s Siem Reap to plunge us back into history’s vortex, re-imagining how empires, in their endless pursuit of power, rise and fall, usually because they eventually get the very war they had sought to avoid.

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Israeli attack on Syria is a message for Russia BY M.K. Bhadrakumar

1 July 2019 — Indian Punchline

(Russian President Vladimir Putin met US President Donald Trump at Osaka on June 29, 2019)

Although G20 summit in Osaka achieved nothing and there were no breakthrough decisions, a pleasant feeling had appeared momentarily that in the disjointed world situation, all the participants in the event at least reconfirmed their commitment to continue efforts to improve the global trade system, including work to reform the WTO. The G20 summits are generally convergent occasions and Osaka was no different.

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