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St. Petersburg International Forum: Story of Great Success The 2015 International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has gone down in history as an unprecedented success story. A total of 205 contracts estimated at $5.4 billion (293.4 billion rubles at current exchange rates) were signed at the annual forum said Anton Kobyakov, the executive secretary of this year’s SPIEF organizing committee. The figure does not include agreements kept away from public as commercial secrets. The event was attended by the delegations from 120 countries. The level of representation was high. No matter the United States and the European Union have been instigating tensions by driving anti-Russia sentiments recently, big business expressed its desire to develop the relationship with Moscow. The list of guests included: BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Enel, Eni, Pirelli, Lloyds, Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce giant that provides consumer-to-consumer, business-to-consumer sales services via web portals.

GRTV Report Produced by James Corbett, Featuring Michel Chossuodvsky With tensions growing in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, a new generation of nuclear weapons technology is making nuclear warfare a very real prospect. And with very little fanfare, the US is embarking on the privatization of nuclear war under a first-strike doctrine. “On August […]

Unbeknownst to the general public, their elected politicians do not create the policy that binds their national destiny domestically or within the arena of geopolitics. Instead, corporate-financier funded think tanks do – teams of unelected policymakers which transcend elections, and which produce papers that then become the foundation of legislation rubber stamped by “legislators,” as […]

China UnionPay, China’s only domestic bank card organization, is now also claiming to be the world’s largest bank card organization, reports the Beijing Youth Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Youth League committee in Beijing. Latest figures released by China UnionPay suggest that in the first quarter of 2015, the total transaction volume of […]

Vladimir Putin on France and Europe: “The NATO members have renounced their sovereignty” “As you know, the modern world, especially the Western world, is highly monopolised and many Western countries – whether they want to hear this or not – have voluntarily given up a considerable part of their sovereignty. To some extent, this is a result of the politics of blocs. Sometimes we find it very difficult to come to terms with them on geopolitical issues. It is hard to reach an agreement with people who whisper even at home for fear of being overheard by the Americans. This is not a joke or a figure of speech.” Vladimir Putin denounces, more and more explicitly, the servility of France and Europe towards the United States, whether in the case of wire-tapping French leaders or that of Mistral ships.

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is willing to risk a war with China in order to defend “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea. Speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, Carter issued his “most forceful” warning yet, demanding “an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation” by China in the disputed Spratly Islands. Carter said: “There should be no mistake: The United States will fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows, as we do all around the world.” He also added that the United States intended to remain “the principal security power in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come.”

We all remember how, in early June, President Putin announced that Russia would deploy more than 40 new ICBMs “able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.” Oh dear; the Pentagon and their European minions have been freaking out on overdrive ever since. First was NATO Secretary-General, Norwegian figurehead Jens Stoltenberg, who condemned it as “nuclear saber rattling.” Then there’s Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, the head of US Global Air Strike Command – as in the man responsible for US ICBMs and nuclear bombers – at a recent briefing in London; “[They’ve] annexed a country, changing international borders, raising rhetoric unlike we’ve heard since the cold war times…”

“U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe: A Message to Russia,” ran the headline in The New York Times. “In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in […]

“China is reaching deep within the world island in an attempt to thoroughly reshape the geopolitical fundamentals of global power…… Its two-step plan is designed to build a transcontinental infrastructure for the economic integration of the world island from within, while mobilizing military forces to surgically slice through Washington’s encircling containment…….If China succeeds in linking […]

It’s Official: America Has a China-Containment Policy Actually, that was a title of a post I wrote in July 2010, before island-building, before the Senkaku crises, before the rare earths brouhaha, even before Hillary Clinton declared that the US had a “national interest” in freedom of navigation at the 2010 ASEAN foreign ministers’ conference in Hanoi and formally kicked off the “pivot”. I offer it as a reminder to the indignant commentators who declare we’re just out in the South China Sea responding to the PRC threat, a theme serendipitously sounded in an op-ed in The Australian by the Lowy Institute’s Alan Dupont after I thought I had finished this piece, but not too late some last-minute cut and paste:

SPIEF: St. Petersburg in the Heart of the Action The dogs of western fear and sanctions bark, while the Eurasian caravan passes. And no caravanserai could possibly compete with the 19th edition of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Thousands of global business leaders – including Europeans, but not Americans; after all, President Putin […]

The announcement by Beijing that it will pledge a multi-billion euro investment in Europe’s new infrastructure 315 billion euro’s fund at a summit on June 29 in Brussels, signals not only a milestone in financial diplomacy, injecting dramatic vitality to EU-China ties at the expense of the US. It is also the latest step in […]

<img src=”http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=8&c2=14880948&c3=3&c15=&cv=2.0&cj=1″ /> <p>I believe I have the most accurate diagnosis for America, as well as the best solution. In a previous post (Diagnosis for America (Version 3)), I presented my diagnosis. In this post, I will present the solution. But first, let me briefly defend my diagnosis: self-serving career politicians who work for one […]

Increasing tension in the Asia-Pacific between China and nations surrounding its territory, appears to be an unstoppable and inevitable lead-up to regional conflict and perhaps even global war. In reality, for those who have studied history, this is a familiar rerun. Change the characters and place current events in the context of the early 1900’s and we see the lead up to World War II and more specifically, the events that set the stage for the fighting in the Pacific. Some may believe this is a rerun of when Japan was the sole aggressor in the region, expanding beyond its means before finally meeting its match. Predicated on this misconception, these same people would believe that China has now traded places with Imperial Japan, and is expanding recklessly at the expense of regional and global peace and stability.

A curtain of military censorship is preventing physicians, medical researchers and South Korea’s public health officials from accessing information needed to halt the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The nation’s first MERS infection was pinned on an 68-year-old Korean businessman who returned to his native Gyeonggi province, 40 km south of the capital Seoul, after visiting an undisclosed location in the Mideast. This first patient remains anonymous and out of reach of the public eye. Ignored in the worldwide media hysteria is a trail of evidence linking the MERS pandemic to virus research under the Pentagon’s biological warfare program. The following facts indicate the South Korean pandemic, which started in late May, may have been caused by a laboratory accident at the JUPITR biowarfare project at Osan U.S. Air Force Base, 40 km south of Seoul. This writer’s opinions are bracketed.

Researchers predicting[E.L.E.] Extinction Level Event for Pacific   6/09/15 – US Gov’t Contractor: Fukushima so fragile it can turn globally catastrophic at any moment – Concern about impact to West Coast from another meltdown, Danger of something “far worse” than initial event,“Substantial risk to stability of Asia-Pacific”,National Lab: Fukushima already a global disaster   6/08/15 […]

Petro Poroshenko never stops calling himself a president of peace since the day he took office. During his tenure fierce fighting took place with the death toll measured in thousands, mainly civilians. In August-September 2014 and February 2015 the Ukrainian military suffered a crushing defeat. But it has failed to cool down the fervor of war mongers. Today they are shelling the urban areas of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics (Novorossia) and prepare armor units for offensive. Poroshenko is not the only who decides if a cleansing operation should launched. Neither he, nor Prime Minister Yatsenyuk, nor all those holding top positions in the contemporary Ukraine have enough authority to take decisions. Ukraine is governed from outside and its parliament votes upon the instructions from Washington.

A boy from the Druze community, threatened by militants, holding a Syrian flag with the image of Bashar al-Assad during a rally marking Independence Day in a village on the Golan Heights (Reuters) The Syrian army is faltering in the face of determined onslaughts by extremists who have no fear of death. But it may […]

Russia-Vietnam ties that seemed to be cooling after the end of the Cold War are warming up all over again. More than 20 years after Moscow abandoned its largest foreign base, Russian military aircraft are once again welcome visitors at Cam Ranh Bay. The renewed Russian presence in Vietnam has predictably set the alarm bells […]

As intellectual acumen and cross-cultural expertise go, it would be hopeless to expect self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration foreign policy advisers — as well as Pentagon functionaries/hacks — to understand the complexities of China. For instance, they would be incapable of evaluating all the myriad ramifications included in Professor Alfred McCoy’s masterful deconstruction of US-China geopolitics. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha is currently visiting Singapore, where he is discussing with his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong the intricacies of ASEAN-China concerning the formidably complex South China Sea disputes.

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