Nation By Nation (24Feb09)

19-24Feb09 -- Deloused from West bias, rinsed for data, and told straight as it is. (Mouseover flags for info)

B E L A R U S Belarus - Recognises Abhazia and South Ossetia. Seeing West diplomacy against Russia topple, EU chastised Luscenko with vulgarisms and threats.

B O L I V I A Bolivia - Ultimatum delivered to French oil vampires to do good on obligations or else.

C A N A D A Canada - Amalgamation of business and state continues, as in any West province, as post office, rails, airport security go on garage sale.

E C U A D O R Ecuador - Raids US fraud Stanford wank. "Surprising" links twixt Stanford and drug trade emerge.

E U EU - Ignoring stomped-down constitution moves ahead with the creation of 60K EU Army. If this isn't enough for the captive states to run like hell...
- Current prez, Klaus of Czech Rep, tells Brussels to shove the "freedom" pretense of the dictatorial EU. Looks like no EU flags will be waving over Prague anytime soon.
- New attempt by West to prod Russia is underway: EU begins vying for Belarus (This days after they told Luscenko off. Clearly West diplomacy is in the same state of disarray as West econ.), Ukraine, and Georgia.

F R A N C E France - 430K strong riots escalate to revolution force in Guadeloupe: Collective Against Extreme Exploitation (CAEE) opens fire on French authorities. "If Paris wants Beirut, they've got it" says a revolutionary.
- Uprising against the colonist France spreads to Martinique, French Guiana, and Reunion Island. Looks like a few Beiruts actually.
- Battered and fearful Sarkozy offers 2.6B, one time pocket change to each revolutionary with some tax cuts hastily thrown in in desperate attempt to stop the Caribbean revolt moving to France, to Paris, to his bedroom.
- 70% pretty angry, 60% expect massive strikes, and 40% want them.
- Last revolution gave us "Fraternite, Liberte, Egalite". Here's contemporary revolution French for you: "Casse-toi, pauvre con" meaning "Get lost, loser".
- GDP shrivels 1.2% (4Q08), unemployment touches 8% and keeps rising.
- State cops attack Sorbonne students calling for solidarity with uprising colonies, for "unification of struggles", and "people occupation of places of power and major roads". BTW, revolutions typically begin at universities.
- Opening a mil base in UAE. Apparently, the 500 troops in Abu Dhabi are gonna help assure the 50km-narrow Hormuz remains open and functioning in case of war with Iran.

G E R M A N Y Germany - Hour after Swedish Saab goes bankrupt, the bust Opel screams for justice demanding 3.3B EUR.
- German econ minister apparently read this blog and found out that Obama has a cash printer. He's on his way to USA to get the 3B printed.

G R E E C E Greece - Revolution continues: trucks block borders and roads (blockade called off on 23Feb); TV station under open fire in Athens; strikes and protest marches in Athens and Salonica; barricades make debut in the streets; clashes with police using flash grenades and tear gas; march on parliament; doctors on strike.


Triggered by the state killing of A Grigopoulos in Dec 08 Greece has led the revolt against the tyranny and madness of NWO.

I R A N Iran - Obama does another 180 degree flip and urges attack on Iran. It must be stated that USA signed NNPT which grants Iran nuke power. But violation of treaties is never among US chief worries.
- Will prosecute int'l crimes now like the attack on Gaza.
- Bushehr, 1st Iranian nuke power plant, goes online.

I R A Q Iraq - USA admits to 10K wrecked war-cars. Crew is typically 3-4. Relatively modest estimate confirms that just based on this single Pentagon data, US losses in Iraq eclipse their official numbers.

I R E L A N D Ireland - 120K fill the streets in Dublin on Sat, 21Feb joining the West revolt.

I S R A E L Israel - Gaza terror campaign continues: jets, gunboats, and tanks hit Gaza City and Jabalya.
- Evicting Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to expand illegal occupation.
- Missile attacks Lebanon.
- Arab League enquiry into war crimes in Gaza is underway.

J A P A N Japan - Toyota loses 5B but paints only 20% shriveling in 2009. 20%? LOL
- 65K jobs gone in Jan.
- Nissan will cut 12K jobs more and move out of Japan.

K Y R G Y Z S T A N Kyrgyzstan - Eviction notice delivered to USA. USA has 180 days to pack up and get out of Central Asia. Desperate USA in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, weaseling back in after USA got the boot there in 2005. This is a big deal to Washington since no Central Asia hold, no US foreign policy.

L A T V I A Latvia - Governance collapses.

P A K I S T A N Pakistan - Unhappy with low bribe level (it got ~3.5B from Bush II and NATO) asks USA for a raise on par with "Marshall Plan" for "fighting" the Taliban.

R U S S I A Russia - Gazprom truly global. LNG plant on Sakhalin cuts out middlemen and turns the entire world into Gazprom market. As ASEAN market is slated for 25% expansion over next decade, the 65% Moscow-dependent EU is told it will have to compete for Russian gas. Yes, that means that EU's looking at gas price hikes.
- Gazprom signs 25B deal with China.
- Problems with USA over nuke treaties arise. US proposal not submitted and difficulties expected as USA loves playing small print games in which nukes in stockpiles aren't really counted as nukes. This after the very recent desperate Washington plea in Moscow to disarm 80%. What Washington really wants is for Russia to disarm 100% so that the West can finally pounce on it again.
- Sinks Chinese boat.
- Gets rid of visas for Serbia.
- Not recognising Kosovo.
- Sukhoi's Superjet Int'l office opens in USA.
- Changes 1992 accord to begin exporting nuke mat'l/tech circumventing IAEA pesky approvals. First client is India. This is a blow to Washington since they've tried nuke-dazzle India for years now.
- Beats USA out of US own weapon market adding Qatar and Kuwait to its weapon/tech clients.

S O M A L I A Somalia - Ceases Greek ship. Some 40 ships get taken a year in Somalian waters. West feigns shock calling this "piracy". West is always shocked reaching for inane euphemisms when their wars turn on them.

S P A I N Spain - Judges on strike.

S W I T Z E R L A N D Switzerland - Right-wing part of gov't seeking "retaliation" on USA for plundering Swiss bank secrets. Proving that Swiss bank accounts aren't secret is as good as scrapping the lot. In sum, no secret accounts, no Swiss. But UK is already underway searching the accounts. The US/UK mad cash hunt could easily precipitate the end of Swiss banking.
UK says it does NOT condone torture. BULLSHIT! These nails were "removed" by UK.

U K UK - Follows USA (how else?) seeking to make some cash by plundering Swiss and Cayman tax hives.
- Report on UK tortures coming out next month. Watch it suicided like D Kelly or lost like thousands of US torture vids that US court had ordered publicised in 2005.
- Following USA mad cash printing, Brown pumps another 500B into the prolapsed island.
- US concentration camp survivour is coming home from US captivity. US mind-stopping cruelty of continuous beatings and senseless torture exposed and proven.


UK says it does NOT condone torture. Have a look at the brave UK troops take on kids.

U K R A I N E Ukraine - Gives heads-up to EU that it can't pay for Russian gas imports. Ukraine's only source of income is the 150M/mo from pipeline rent. No pipeline, no Ukraine.
- Protests in Crimea against NATO renewed attempt to have another go at chipping away at Russia.
- Kiev protesters tell Yuschenko, the US lame duck puppet, to pack up and go to USA.
- UK Londonderry battalion trains proper technique of kicking down doors for their upcoming Ukraine mission. Yes, EU is desperate to have gas shut off. Ukraine seems likely to be the next Georgia, West proxy in attack on Russia.

U N UN - Draft resolution declaring Israel "occupying state" with "racist policies" is tabled. Let's see the vote...
- UN/US fissures continue appearing. IAEA backs Iran's no capability for nuke bombs. But even so, if the entire West has nukes, why can't Iran? Anyone?

U S A USA - The wings of the mighty union are coming off. Oklahoma house and state of Washington vote for sovereignty.
- While USans are taxed even on downloads and tax filings, Obama unveils a new 3T bailout plan comprising of 2T crisp new print. Somehow is also plans to halve US deficit. Now, sure US baboons struggle with concepts like letters and numbers, but this? How is there not a single brain cell to question the Vegas sideshow magic of reducing obligation while borrowing more.
- GM stock hits 70-yr low. Let's smarm this up so it doesn't sound so sad. GM stock is as high as it's ever gonna be.
- Obama, after promising "no wars", moves war inside Pakistan.
- Snuck into the recent 800B bailout, Washington takes charge of US health now. No surprise then that cases of "assisted suicide" offers instead of approving available treatment are already USA reality.
- Obama staffs up his dept with Rhodes Institute agents from UK. This isn't as odd as it feels, since Rhodes Institute agenda includes US/UK reunification, or should we say "official" reunification.
- Some fun numbers give credibility to Putin's Davos outline for "US-free World": GDP shrivels 4% (Q408); Food bank demand up 30%; 200K stores incl JCPenney and Sears go bye bye; 5M unemployed per record (USA doesn't track "unemployment" however but only "unemployment benefits" meaning that once benefits end, the unemployed is no longer tallied so the real US unemployment is much larger since 5M lost their jobs in just 2008.)
- Federal gov't shuts of 100% of water for California.
- Obama stops all ammo/gun import to USA.
- USA troops seen in drills to repo guns house by house.
- GM, Swedish Saab office, topples.
- Obama does another flip and moves ahead with Poland/Czech nuke trench idea.
- Citigroup forces USA to buy 40%. Biz takeover of gov't is a classic textbook definitions of fascism.
- AIG, 80% nationalised, in red again. This time it's 60B.
- Amnesty Int'l confirming Israel use of phosphorous on civilians in Gaza, calls for USA to cease weapon export to Israel.

V E N E Z U E L A Venezuela - Revving up oil production to 3.4M bpd from 3M over the next years.
- Execs of Stanford, USA wank implicated in 8B fraud, suddenly wanted to leave Venezuela but Caracas persuaded them to stay awhile.

...to be cont'd as it all piles up.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a mad, mad world.
While we were all looking the other way, the Dow tumbled and both the FTS 100 and the Dax went below 4000. Citigroup, the B of A, -Wells Fargo AIG insurers all lined up to go the way of all flesh. Stanley Morgan, "the thriving bank" cuts dividends.

And the wars wind down. Bases are being shut in Iraq. Abu Ghraib prison has been given a new look, a new name, Baghdad Central Prison. and even boasts a brand-new library now. Extraordinary how a people who claimed to be civilised had only lock-ups, detention centres, jails and the like to leave behind as their lingering legacy.

As for Afghanistan, peace is returning on a wave of truces. Troops surge in, surge out and meet midway with an almighty crash.

Anonymous said...

HA, HA, GREAT QUIP!

How is there not a single brain cell to question the Vegas sideshow magic"

Aspartamus cerebrum reductus? Flouridius aquam?

Anonymous said...

Yes, The collaps is global:
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Anonymous said...

the collapse is indeed global and the world upside down. But still there are a few laughs available as Richard so smartly pointed out. Otherwise, we may begin to eye the razor blade as an escape from the mess.

Anonymous said...

"Aspartamus cerebrum reductus? Flouridius aquam?"

Obfuscation!

Anonymous said...

Fear is a tool of the fascists, Zionists and other scum

You've got to be taught to hate and fear,
You've got to be taught from year to year.
It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear.
You've got to be carefully taught!

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made
Or people whose skin is a different shade
You've got to be carefully taught!

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate.
You've got to be carefully taught!
You've got to be carefully taught!

-- South Pacific, 1949 Rodgers & Hammerstein

Anonymous said...

. Overdraft Obama promises fun and games recovery to his fellow-men.

. The Japs to be paying the 80.000 strong Afghan police now.

. Iran to invest in Nicaragua now.

. India's eternal rival China points out to US the Kashmir problem must be resolved.

Don't know about the rest of you, folks, but seems to me the world has turned just that tiny bit saner now that Bushie-Boo has gone.

Anonymous said...

Even Yemen hops closer to the Russian camp. We're getting there, are we?

poiuytr said...

to 9:28
west couldn't be accused of sanity. obama attacked pakistan, escalates afghan war, isn't pulling out of iraq, isn't closing concentration camps....

it's not sanity that's prying the world away from the clutches of the west saxonic evil monster, it's the simple fact that the west is run thanks to the 2006 petrodollar nuking.

the west prolapsed last summer. now it's in active collapse -- bailout is just a term for the bush cabal to sack the west before they run -- and likely looking at a geo break up.

obama's is just the "pull the plug" guy, the West's chief fall guy.

if you look at camps in US and EU, there is not an ounce of sanity in the west. they're not gonna go peacefully.

Anonymous said...

Carpe diem. Now tell me frankly, in the illustrious year of the Ox, don't you think the wars are fading away? All the Muslims ever wanted was to be left in peace. What they got instead was the entire west world on their innocent heads. So, disciplined freedom fighters that they are, they got up wearily and took on the enemy. Now those enemy forces are quietly quitting the battlefield. I read somewhere that all the surge stuff was just balderdash. Casualties among the enemy forces are simply being replaced. So there you are. The wars are soon to be over. The war, however, is still to come maybe, Muslims uninvolved, nuclear-powered and between erstwhile masters of the universe.

Anonymous said...

poiuytr, we do agree about the asylum inmates running the west. But there are degrees of madness, as you know. Instead of sanity, let's say a few neuroleptics might have been swallowed here and there and with it a faint sense of some reality returning.

Anonymous said...

Turkish plane breaks into three parts at Amsterdam airport. Is this really what it appears to be or some fiendish form of warning strike?

Anonymous said...

Hey, has anyone else noticed how suddenly a few more casualty figures are being released from the war theatre daily? Putting two and two together?

Anonymous said...

http://www.rusjournal.com/ruschina.html

Russia and China: A Natural Alliance
(26.02.09)

Matthew Raphael Johnson
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Today’s headlines are abuzz over the “threats” the U.S. is making to China over its currency. The issue is simple: American capitalists are angry that the Chinese government is pegging the Yuan at an artificially low rate via-a-vis the dollar, giving, so it is said, an indirect subsidy to Chinese exporters. Making it more simple, it is a move by the Chinese government that will maintain a cheap Yuan against the dollar, making Chinese imports cheaper.

Notice what I said: The U.S. capitalists said x, the Chinese government said y.
That’s no accident. In China, the state controls nearly all investment, and it is the state apparat that controls the value of the currency. Therefore, for anyone with any rudimentary political economy knowledge, what the U.S. capitalists are angry about is that the Yuan is being pegged at a rate that is good for China. In the U.S., a secretive private corporation called the “Federal Reserve” dictates U.S. interest rates for their good. This is the issue at hand.


Let us say that the Chinese permitted the Yuan to “float,” which means for the Chinese currency to permit “the market” to dictate currency relationships. If this were to happen, immediately, European, Japanese and American finance capital would quickly flock to buy up Yuans to manipulate the Chinese economy.

Now the issue should be clearer. Of course, the phrase “the market” is a mystification: this phrase refers to a handful of major currency profiteers such as George Soros and Warren Buffet, who, along with a few others, have the power to control currency values worldwide.


The amusing aspect of this is that the U.S. believes itself to be in a position to “threaten” the Chinese. American politicians, by and large, are a dull bunch, with often only a smattering of knowledge in these very complex fields,. However, they need to be informed that the Chinese government owns a rather uncomfortable share of American debt.


On the other hand, China desperately needs the U.S. to continue to finance its economic boom. But even that has its down side in that China’s rise to power has been the result of the American consumer permitting his level of debt to rise far in excess of his net worth. In the U.S., the middle class, for the first time in its history, has reached a level of debt roughly 115% percent of their collective worth. It is growing, and this figure is only measuring credit card debt. Without the cheap Chinese goods at the Walmart stores, not to mention rising oil prices, the U.S. economy would be set into a tailspin.
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What does this have to do with Russia?

Firstly, it should be clear that, in order to maintain Russia’s economic independence, the rouble should be made non-convertible.

This would protect it from predatory strikes such as the one George Soros launched against Thailand in 1996, nearly destroying all the Asian economies–except China’s.


Secondly, an alliance between the Chinese and the Russians stands in stark relief to the economic rapists of the New World Order.

They could be successfully challenged through an alliance of this kind. China needs oil and natural gas desperately. She also needs Russian military know how, equipment and spare parts. Russia’s impressive scientific establishment is also necessary for further Chinese growth and innovation.


Thirdly, the economic/military alliance between these two countries would serve as a major brake against American expansionism and military adventurism.


Russia and China need each other. Both countries are doing very well economically with a strongly state-centered investment policy; this model can serve as a mode of development for third world countries, many of which still nurse deep scars of exploitation and debt thought direct foreign investment.


Lastly, an alliance between the two countries will quickly silence the endless stream of hypocritical criticism from Washington. The two would make a superpower that could easily take on an overextended and arrogant U.S.
Keep in mind, that despite the overbearing rhetoric about being the “world’s only superpower,” the U.S. has not taken on a significant military power since Korea.
In Iraq, the U.S. has yet to face the Russian-trained Republic Guard, who, according to my sources, have moved to the extreme north of the country, waiting for the U.S. to extend its forces hundreds of miles beyond their supply depot at Kuwait City.

An exhausted, overextended and morale-less U.S. infantry will be easy pickins for a rested, elite trained and well armed Republican Guard.


It’s far from certain whether the war in Iraq has even begun as yet.
America’s superpower status is being challenged globally. Massive debt, unpopular war, imperial overstretch, vicious trade competition, the third-worldization of the southern U.S., outsourcing and an increasingly alienated population are just a few of the ills that show major gaps in America’s armor that challengers can exploit. A Russia/China alliance on top of this, with India as a wild card, would put an end to the delusions of the American neocons and capitalist bosses.


There is little doubt that this has been on the mind of Putin since he took office in 2000. Regular meetings between Russian an Chinese officials at all levels are a matter of course. American threats, and the saber rattling of the neocons are forcing the two giants together. Increasing polarization of Russia/China and the west can only be in the interest of Russia and her nationalist movements and parties. Many in the Russian “Eurasian movement” have long looked to China to begin building an alternative model of development that stresses solidarity, national pride and local community over profits and debt.
An infrastructure is already present. Self-interest is already at work. Soon, the endlessly pompous U.S. will see herself challenged significantly abroad as her internal rot worsens. The Islamic world is already permanently embittered against the U.S., and elite sources are predicting oil prices to top $150 a barrel.
Quote:

Many years ago, I predicted that Russia and China will attempt to monopolize global energy resources, keeping them out of the hands of Exxon, Mobil and Texaco, and thus ensuring the American domination of the globe.


As only a few people are saying, the wars in the Middle East, though undoubtedly connected with the Regime’s love of Zionism, more importantly have as its basis the salvaging of the terminal American economy. In other words, the control over Central Asian and Middle Eastern oil is the last gasp of American imperialism; the final, disparate attempt to shore up the American economy, based almost entirely on perceptions and debt.


Why should any of us Slavophiles be upset? The pompous, arrogant and ultimately cowardly uses of U.S. aggression are built into the very lifeblood of American capitalism. It is to world politics as genetics is to height and eye color. Recently, the always solid, Paul Craig Roberts reported that China is soon to take over building military ships for the U.S. Navy, without a peep from the same crazies who blame all of this on the Jesuits.


All of this is music to the ears of those of us who see the writing on the wall: the coming end of American domination of the globe, which means, as a matter of the globe’s political structure, the proportional increase in Russian, and therefore Orthodox, power abroad. Putin’s stroke of genius, deplored in the west, is his smooth and well maneuvered alliance with China. Why is China slowly but surely defeating America in the field of political economy? The answers are as simple as rare. Here are a few thoughts:

a) The Chinese are reproducing. Americans are not. American women, driven by shattered marriages and personal arrogance, find it more “fulfilling" to work for some boss than to raise a family. Therefore, they become part-time parents who have only one or two children.

b) The Chinese have a government that can only be called social nationalist, a state-centered economy that has a substantial percentage of privately owned capital. Though even the latter is under the tight leash of the state. Japan and South Korea also developed under this model.

c) Because of this state system, the Chinese government has been able to strategically manipulate the United States, buying up debt and attracting American investment.

d) Americans are, en masse, clinically insane. Americans care about nothing other than their own financial condition, and all American politics revolves around that nexus. Therefore, debt will be central to the economy. In China, as in Japan, fiscal strictness is the norm among the population, meaning that the yuan will always be strong and that trade balances will always be in China’s favor.

In sum, all what the conservative, liberal and libertarian economists have been telling American college students has been wrong.

Markets do not outperform state run economies, and further, that global economics remains national, and in the case of China, more national than ever. National interest is the primary engine of China’s economic boom, and all of it has been state directed.

Quote:

Many years ago, Imperial Japan, an extraordinary power staffed with extraordinary people, developed an ideology of the East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere. Its purpose was to throw out unwanted European invaders and replace them with Asian governments in a coalition with Tokyo, under their indirect control.

Today, the very same thing is happening, but under the system in Peking rather than Tokyo. As soon as China announced that it was no longer pegging to the dollar (as if, today, that was even a relevant factor), Malaysia announced the same. As the yuan moves up and up, more and more Asian economies will hitch their wagon to this brilliant star.

Finally, the arrogant, execrable American capitalist and foreign policy hack will have a brake put on his murderous dreams.


As China’s empire grows, Russia will become its primary supplier of energy and technical knowledge. A new superpower will emerge to challenge American hegemony, one already stretched to the limit, and based on a population largely held together by drugs, the legal system, debt and threats.


Making matters more interesting is China’s interest in Africa. Africa is the land of untapped natural resources and a rather unremarkable population who simply cannot get its own act together.

China both has the means and money to treat African oil, diamonds, tin and fertile soil the very same way the U.S. has treated the same from Latin America and the Middle East. Many American policymakers are aware that this would be the final nail in the Regime’s coffin.


As per usual, the pompous Chris Smith (R-NJ), referred to China’s involvement in Africa as “helping to support Africa’s dictators” and, in a more candid moment “possible taking Africa’s resources for themselves.” I’ll let that one sink in for awhile. Not only has dictatorship delivered the goods about as well as “democratic” systems in Africa have, but the U.S. record in resource extraction as well as “supporting dictators” would take a library of volumes to record.


The recent “forgiveness” of African debt has everything to do with fears of China.

Of course, governments cannot forgive debts, only banks can. And I found it humorous that the major banking families in the world, all of whom owned some African debt, permitted politicians to take the credit–and the blame–while, as usual, remaining on the sidelines themselves.



However, the forgiveness of African debt is a rather cynical poly to counteract the influence of Peking on African politics. The overthrow of African “dictators” as now being considered by neocons has everything to do with neutralizing this influence.


Many of my readers have heard of Stratfor.com. They are a rather well respected, albeit elite and somewhat “official” sounding, resource on international politics. Their services are not free, and are designed to assist international investors in evaluating the political situation in various parts of the world.
Quote:

Apparently, someone there has been reading my material, for there is a piece which, among other things, deals with Russia’s relations with China, specifically, the reasons why Russia cannot trust the Chinese, and how longings for a formal alliance against the west are ill-conceived.

Given the nature of Stratfor.com’s clientele, this conclusion can certainly shock no one.

However, I thought the arguments they put forth to be very good ones, and thus felt it necessary top comment upon them. Here is the paragraph dealing with this issue:

And while many Russians dream of a Chinese alliance against the West, China has been taking advantage of that mis-perception and preparing for a world in which Russia no longer matters. It is Beijing, not Moscow, which has been building rail lines and petroleum pipelines into Central Asia and acquiring Central Asian energy firms. It is Beijing, not Moscow, which is now pre-eminent in influence in North Korea. It is Beijing, not Moscow, which quietly sponsors an unofficial policy of encouraging migration of its citizens to resource-rich Russian Siberia. It is Beijing, not Moscow, which is purchasing component after component of Russian military technology as part of a broad-based modernization program. And it is Beijing, not Moscow, which likes to hold large-scale military maneuvers on the border named innocuous things like "Northern Sword."

Let me take this bit by bit:

“And while many Russians dream of a Chinese alliance against the West, China has been taking advantage of that mis-perception and preparing for a world in which Russia no longer matters.”

It is far from certain that China’s pursuit of its interests, either correct or not, can lead one to the conclusion that China wishes Russia no longer mattered. I suppose a strict realist would wish that no other country except one’s own actually mattered.

“It is Beijing, not Moscow, which has been building rail lines and petroleum pipelines into Central Asia and acquiring Central Asian energy firms.”

China is being supplied by Russia in terms of its energy needs. China is merely pursuing its interest in diversifying her energy sources. Either way one looks at it, both Russia and China are using energy as a weapon against the west. It is, after all, the west’s Achilles heel.

“It is Beijing, not Moscow, which is now pre-eminent in influence in North Korea.”
So?

“It is Beijing, not Moscow, which quietly sponsors an unofficial policy of encouraging migration of its citizens to resource-rich Russian Siberia. “

Yes, Russians have considered this a problem for some time. China, contrary to popular myth, is not overpopulated. The majority of her citizens are crammed into a few cities. Western and southwestern China are empty, as is inner Mongolia and outer Mongolia (that is, Mongolia proper). Unfortunately, Siberia is also largely empty as well.

“It is Beijing, not Moscow, which is purchasing component after component of Russian military technology as part of a broad-based modernization program.”

This is far from a problem. It is, on the contrary one of the central areas where Russia and China have cooperated against western imperial designs on the region (that is, Central Asia).

“And it is Beijing, not Moscow, which likes to hold large-scale military maneuvers on the border named innocuous things like ‘Northern Sword.’”

Yes, but, recently, such maneuvers have been done in concert with the Russians, with more planned on the way. This is one of the major reasons why I have written many times in the past that Russia “has the west quaking in its boots.”


Though Stratfor’s arguments seem compelling, and are very well stated, they ultimately fail. China and Russia under normal circumstances would be rivals for influence in Siberia and Central Asia. But these are not normal circumstances, and the result is that China and Russia have been thrown together, in spite of many disagreements, due to the manifest threat of the United States and other western powers and proxies.


Therefore, with much confidence, I predict that, so long as the western threat exists, cooperation rather than conflict will be the norm between Russia and China.

Things will change if and when such threats dissipate. So far, Russia and China have developed a rather pleasant symbiosis. China is in need of Russian technical expertise, as well as her energy resources. Russia, on the other hand, wants influence in Asia in order to counter western subversion in Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and all of Central Asia, and the Chinese vehicle may assist them in this regard. Further, China is a growing market used to Russian goods and is a substantial chip to play against the U.S. and the corporate, liberal oligarchy that current controls her institutions.


Now, this symbiosis may change, and then conflict will replace cooperation. But even here, the threat of U.S. domination may keep the alliance together even when the symbiosis breaks down. China, Russia, the Islamic states, Venezuela, some in the EU, Malaysia and many others are drawn together under one banner: multipolarity.
Therefore, with fits and starts, it might be rational to expect an increasing level of cooperation among these states and regions, as well as the increasing philosophical plausibility of Eurasianism among educated Russians.

poiuytr said...

to 10:17
yeah, maybe. good points. i kinda see it as Russia's diplomacy triumphing in the weapon market as well. not only Russia turned the dollar into paper, they've armed everyone against the west thieves and are still at it. that's why Somalia and Sudan are prying themselves from the west harrowing claws. that's why iran is untouchable. that's why the west is left to slake its blood thirst disease on defenceless kids of Gaza and their mums.

US/UK/Israel never attacked anyone armed so yes, arming the world will put an end to the hot war. but look at it, US/UK are working 24/7 designing subterfuge attacks everywhere now. the west realises that the next nation it touches will smash its baboon snout, but they're not going peacefully. that much is clear.

and if it's not commandos of child murdering scum terrorising nations, it's gonna be something else, inside terror, prying communities via the old divide and conquer mantra, arming oppositions, taking down planes, design disease (ie South Africa, Nigeria, etc), just terror havoc.

it's possible, the 17K may be no more than replenish the holes in the west ranks. Pakistan/Taliban are playing the West today like a fiddle.

but so long as the west vultures, be it under UK, NATO, US, or UN flag, are terrorising nations around the world, the war is not over.

Anonymous said...

Certainly the war is not over. And as the man says: It is far from certain the war in Iraq has even begun as yet. That is what Joe Vialls used to say. And he was seldom wrong about such things. Hence the rushing here and there for alternate routes of exit from the war zone. Some time to go before peace returns in a shape we can recognise.

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