26 July 2019 — Indian Punchline
An exciting new template has appeared in the geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific last week when Russia’s Aerospace Force and China’s Air Force carried out their first-ever joint air patrol in the region.
28 February 2012 — Pakistan Observer
The last two decades witnessed the expression of unipolarity in terms of unilateralism with invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan and the endemic Global War on Terror (GWOT). We are now in a new, fast-evolving multipolar world in which some developing countries are emerging as economic powers; others are moving towards becoming additional poles of growth; and some are struggling to attain their potential within this new system where North and South, East and West, are now points on a compass, not economic destinies. A new global order is rapidly emerging where the United States will no doubt remain a very important player.
17 August 2011 — Stop NATO
18 August, 2010 — Eric Walberg
A new US military doctrine, war games, and ASEAN troops in Afghanistan have stirred up an oriental hornet’s nest, says Eric Walberg
“From a historical perspective, the US has continuously found enemies and waged wars. Without enemies the US cannot hold the will of the whole nation,” concluded Chinese Air Force Colonel Dai Xu, after perusing the 2010 US defense report. He points to the attempt to turn the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) into an Asian NATO — Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand already have troops in Afghanistan, and the ongoing military games in the South China Sea with Vietnam and in the Yellow Sea with Korea — employing enough firepower for a full-scale war.
7 August, 2010 — Stop NATO
The U.S. ended the four-day Invincible Spirit joint military exercise with South Korea on July 28, which consisted of 20 warships and submarines, 200 aircraft and 8,000 troops ‘in the sea, shore and the skies’  of South Korea and in the Sea of Japan near the coasts of North Korea and Russia.
On the same day the Taiwan News ran a feature entitled ‘China reports: the US means to set up another NATO in Asia,’ which cited Chinese news media, scholars and analysts warning that ‘The US is establishing another ‘NATO’ in Asia to contain China as evidenced in the ongoing high-profile naval exercise with South Korea and a perceived intrusion in South China Sea affairs. [T]hese moves including explicit intervention in Asian affairs underline the US’s schemes to challenge China over its growing presence in this area….’
Chinese scholar Shih Yongming is paraphrased as asserting that ‘The US is capitalizing on the contradictions among East Asian countries to form a front against China,’ in reference to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposing ‘to include the controversy over the issues of South China Sea into the mechanism of international laws and [speaking] explicitly about US stakes in the disputed sea’s areas,’  an allusion to her comments at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Hanoi on July 23.
10 July, 2010 — Stop NATO
Three news features appearing earlier this week highlight tensions between the United States and the People’s Republic of China that, at least in relation to the language used to describe them, would have seemed unimaginable even a few months ago and are evocative more of the Korean War era than of any time since the entente cordiale initiated by the Richard Nixon-Mao Zedong meeting in Beijing in 1972.
To indicate the seriousness of the matter, the stories are from Global Times, a daily newspaper published in conjunction with the People’s Daily, official press organ of the ruling Communist Party of China, and Time, preeminent American weekly news magazine. Both accounts use as their point of departure and source of key information a July 4 report in Hong Kong’s major English-language daily.
On July 6 writer Li Jing penned a news article for Global Times called “US subs reach Asian ports: report,” which detailed the following recent developments:
“Three of the largest submarines of the US Seventh Fleet surfaced in Asia-Pacific ports last week, the South China Morning Post reported Monday [July 5]. The appearance of the USS Michigan in Pusan, South Korea, the USS Ohio in Subic Bay, the Philippines, and the USS Florida in the strategic Indian Ocean outpost of Diego Garcia was a show of force not seen since the end of the Cold War, the paper said, adding that the position of those three ports looks like a siege of China.” 
The piece from the Hong Kong newspaper cited was entitled “US submarines emerge in show of military might: Message unlikely to be lost on Beijing as 3 vessels turn up in Asian ports,” and was in fact dated July 4.
Rafe MAIR (Canada)
As Tehran and Jerusalem Exchange Pleasantries
“As we remember, in January 2013, the US invaded Canada to divert to themselves oil destined to go by pipeline from the Tar Sands to the BC coast thence to China. In the fall of this year you’ll also recall that Mexico, under a coalition of rebels, the Zapatistas, and the old and corrupt PRI, seized power and immediately cut off oil supplies to the United States, following the same move by Venezuela six months earlier. As one of his last acts as President, Barack Obama sent the Marines into Mexico…”
Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)
Restoring Trust in India-Pakistan Relations
“…After the Mumbai attack India has insisted that Pakistan must act against its chief architect Hafiz Saeed… While India argues there is enough proof to arrest Saeed and initiate proceedings against him, Pakistan says the proofs are not sufficient enough to initiate legal proceedings against the chief of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, banned by the United Nations after the Mumbai terror attack. In a rally in Pakistan on 5 February 2010 he called all people to get united for jehad against India…”
Corvette “Cheonan”, or The way a new crisis is being prepared on the Korean Peninsula
“The Pyeongtack naval base near Seoul played host a few days ago to a maritime memorial ceremony for and the funeral of 46 sailors of South Korea’s Cheonan corvette, which sank in unclear circumstances when on a patrol mission in the Yellow Sea on March 26-th 2010… The tragedy around the South Korean corvette is being artificially brought into increasingly great prominence… The worst of all possible options would prove Seoul’s tough action against Pyongyang under the guise of retribution, to be followed by North Korea’s just as tough response. Both the first and the second could bring the developments to the verge of a dangerous confrontation…”
Hannes HOFBAUER (Austria)
Decision in Greece: Crisis in the European Union
“The greek term “crisis” means decision or turning-point. And indeed we actually face a turning-point in European politics after World War II… One state within the European Union declared itself unable to pay its debt… How it came that the leading figures of EU gave way to the IMF to play a main role in managing the Greek crisis, the archives may tell in some decades. Then it could also become obvious that the 25-th of March 2010 was the beginning of the end of the “Euro”…”
William BOWLES (United Kingdom)
And the winner is? The media
“…’Debates’ on television between the major candidates are a new feature of the UK’s alleged political life and clearly designed to whip up some kind of interest in the election given that around two-thirds of the electorate don’t bother to vote… With no appreciable difference between the three main parties, what difference does it make which one ‘wins’? And this view is reinforced by the opinion polls that tell us that very many people see no difference between the three and thus why there are so many ‘undecided’…”
Rafe MAIR (Canada)
It can’t happen here, can it?
“The birth of what is now the European Union was spawned by Winston Churchill’s speech in Zurich in June 1946 where he called upon Germany and France to come together and work towards a United States of Europe… It is not my purpose to trace the history of the EU; who joined when, and so on. What I’m concerned about is whether it will survive which, considering the problems faced by some of its member nations, is a serious concern for both prosperity and peace in Europe…”
12 March, 2010 — Mail & Guardian
20+ African countries are selling or leasing land for intensive agriculture on a shocking scale in what may be the greatest change of ownership since the colonial era.
March 11, 2010 “Mail & Guardian” — Awassa, Ethiopia — We turned off the main road to Awassa, talked our way past security guards and drove a mile across empty land before we found what will soon be Ethiopia’s largest greenhouse. Nestling below an escarpment of the Rift Valley, the development is far from finished, but the plastic and steel structure already stretches over 50 acres* — the size of 20 soccer fields.
The farm manager shows us millions of tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables being grown in 1,500 foot rows in computer controlled conditions. Spanish engineers are building the steel structure, Dutch technology minimises water use from two bore-holes and 1,000 women pick and pack 50 tons of food a day. Within 24 hours, it has been driven 200 miles to Addis Ababa and flown 1,000 miles to the shops and restaurants of Dubai, Jeddah and elsewhere in the Middle East.
So far this year the United States has succeeded in inflaming tensions with China and indefinitely holding up a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia through its relentless pursuit of global interceptor missile deployments.
On January 29 the White House confirmed the completion of a nearly $6.5 billion weapons transfer to Taiwan which includes 200 advanced Patriot anti-ballistic missiles. Earlier in the same month it was reported that Washington is also to provide Taiwan with eight frigates which Taipei intends to equip with the Aegis Combat System that includes the capacity for ship-based Standard Missile-3 interceptors.
The Aegis sea-based component of the expanding U.S. interceptor missile system already includes Japan, South Korea and Australia, and with Taiwan added China would be justified in being apprehensive.
On February 28 the U.S. House and Senate foreign affairs committees permitted the sale to Taiwan of missiles, helicopters and ships valued at about $6.4 billion despite weeks of protests from China. The U.S. Defense Department wants to sell Taiwan the most advanced Patriot anti-missile system.The system, valued at $2.8 billion, would add to Taiwan’s network of 22 missile sites around the country.