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If you think Russia annexed Crimea, wait until you see Trump push Putin to securing the land bridge between the Donbass and Crimea. Because that cannot be ruled out here.
If the U.S. does not keep its promises and continue supporting the Kurds, the Turkey's contract for the purchase of Russias S-400 will remain in force. If the Kurds leave Manbij and other areas specified by Ankara, Turkey will receive American anti-missile systems, sacrificing relations with Moscow.
In his most recent marathon Q & A session with Russian citizens, Russian President Vladimir Putin hit hard and long on the logicality of Russias geopolitical position today. The eternal pragmatist, Putin showed renewed confidence and vigor in painting for the audience the reality of the current American strategy. Putins professions and a growing anti-America trend may show us a reversal of the tides soon. Here are some key points and indicators from the Russian front.
With Donald Trump on the veritable tariffs warpath with world nations, Vladimir Putin did not miss the chance to take a stab at the way America now seems to run roughshod over the rest of the world. Referring to Trumps new tariffs levied onto neighbors as sanctions by another name, Putin said:
The introduction of US tariffs on steel, on aluminum, not only for Europe but also for Canada and Mexico, are sanctions disguised in other terms.
Russias leader went on to ask (referring to Canada and Mexico), Did they also allegedly annex Crimea? His point could not have been made more plainly or aptly, for successive U.S. administrations have had nothing but ambitions for strategies against all foreign partners since decades now. America is a partner to no other land unless the benefit flows to American businesses are threefold. Friends and enemies are handled in the same fashion and Putins narrative is now surfacing outside Russia and the CIS.
Down home on the farm in America, news distributed by Associated Press and used by media such as the News & Observer in North Carolina is (again) uncut news of the new Russia-China cooperation. The story, unlike so many out there, does not even go so far as to warn Americans and wes...
A range of options and angles should be explored to find a resolution to the most serious crisis in the 55-year history of nuclear arms control since the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963.
The U.S.-Saudi-UAE plan is to destroy the Yemenese port city of Al Hudaydah, which is the only entry-way by which food reaches approximately seven million Shiites, members of the Houthi tribe, who occupy the western third of Yemen, and who had recently ruled all of Yemen.
It is the SCO, which provides a unique platform for India to restructure its problematic relations with both China and Pakistan.
The G7 summit highlighted the limits of the Atlantic alliance, while the SCO meeting opens up unprecedented possibilities for Eurasian integration.
Clumsily attempting to manage a multinational war effect at the spur of the moment after an unexpected outbreak of hostilities might even hold the US back from its full potential, with it being much more effective just going it alone with its massive military instead of wasting time trying to get insignificant countries to jump on board with it.
The post What Does It Really Matter If NATO Wont Help Israel Against Iran? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.
Separating the political and the trade and economic factors when analysing the relations between two states is artificial as such. It makes sense only in cases when this or that factor becomes predominant in the given time period.
Over the recent months, the relations between the two global leaders (the US and China) saw the predominance of the kind in the trade and economic sphere. By early May this year, the situation clearly reached the verge of a real trade war.
However, the US-Chinese economic interests are intertwined to a great degree. The annual bilateral trade volume amounts to about $ 600 billion. Besides, the annually increasing Chinese trade surplus exceeded $ 370 billion in 2017.
The aforementioned fact is the main point which accounts for the US Presidents outspoken anger, which manifested itself on May 17 during the meeting with the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, when the US President (without much discretion in the choice of language) accused China of robbing the US.
To be more precise, we shall have to note that the US allies also rob the US of a comparable sum, so one cannot help remembering the Soviet classics (the film Wedding in Malinovka, 1967): Them chinks come n rob, them allies come n rob just as well. What ya reckon should the poor American do?
Let us also note that China is at the same time one of the largest US bond holders, financing the US economy in this fashion.
Actually, all those bad words (protectionism, nationalism, antiglobalism) that were spoken about the Donald Trump administration over the last year are in fact a reaction to its unilateral attempts to restore justice in foreign trade. As a result, let us repeat, China found itself on the verge of a trade war with the US. But the 2 other US main trade partners (and key allies), the EU and Japan, are underway, too.
Let us reiterate that, on the whole, both the US and China (or another trade partner of the US) have sufficient motives to make a joint effort to resolve the various trade and economic issues of their bilateral relations.
To achieve that goal, on May 3-4 the Chinese capital saw the meeting of the representative delegations, which, however, was practically reduced to exchan...
This report was first published in Voice Blog by Zack Lee, Linking and Learning Officer for Voice Indonesia and The Philippines with inputs from EngageMedia.
Voice Indonesia just had its first annual Linking & Learning (L&L) event last 15-19 April 2018 in Bali. There were 38 participants, including representatives from all 15 Voice Indonesia partners, EngageMedia (the L&L facilitator), and the country team. It was 5 days packed with activities which started in the morning and on most days stretched into the night. Participants had many opportunities to learn from each other as well as share what they know. There were a handful of serious discussions about individual work and how everyone can move forward together. There were also lighter moments of fun and laughter, especially lots of dancing as energizers and icebreakers. Everyone had kind words to say on the last day. One person simply said "Wow!" when asked what their final thoughts were. Another said, "It's like a movie in my head that I keep rewinding over and over again."
Looking back, it would have been presumptuous of me to say that I knew the event would be a success. But I knew it would. This does not mean I did not have my own worries. Certainly far from it. I wasn't sure if the program was coming together. I didn't know if all the details were ironed out. I had many questions in mind because I wasn't involved in the minute details of the planning as I have been before.
I knew the L&L event would be a success because I knew everything works out in the end. We had a great team in EngageMedia who had organized similar eventsbefore. I knew they regularly communicated with grantees through calls and emails explaining what is L&L and what were the intentions behind the event. They continuously asked what the participants wanted to learn and what can the participants share with others. Plus early on, we intentionally adopted an open approach to the event. This meant coming to terms wi...
Famed Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol couldnt get Israeli theaters to produce his latest play, The Last Act. So he took it to Boston, where American Jewish audiences are finding it no less difficult to digest. Sobol and Israeli-American director Guy Ben-Aharon discuss the backlash, the clampdown on criticism of Israel, and whether an American audience is more willing to engage with portrayals of the occupation.
By Marcelo Svirsky
Joshua Sobol is the most famous living Israeli playwrights. Known for controversial work that challenges the dominant narrative in the country, Sobol has written over 75 plays, which have been translated and performed in over 25 countries.
Two years ago Sobol wrote a political thriller titled The Last Act. Despite being one of Israels most well-known artists, Sobol couldnt find a home for the play in Israeli theater houses due to the gravity of its subject matter: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, it was Bostons Israeli Stage, a production company that has put on more than 30 staged readings and productions of Israeli plays since 2010, which premiered the play.
Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon, an Israeli who moved to Massachusetts as a child, The Last Act is set in present day Israel and tells the...
The public prosecutors office in Klaipeda has recently finished an investigation of numerous instances of human trafficking and filled all related documents to the Lithuanian court, notes BaltNews Among the accused one can come across a married couple from the United Kingdom and a Lithuanian resident, who deceived into believing that he could assist them in emigrating to the UK, only to sell them latter on into slavery to his above mentioned English accomplices.
Those successfully tricked were smuggled to the UK, without any command of English and no resources to support themselves with. With no social guarantees, long night shifts, with no rest to enjoy, had wages than were far inferior to those that are described as minimal in Britain. Kept in slams, with no medical assistance to right home about, some of those modern slaves received no pay at all.
Some people could shrug off this report as yet another instance of modern day propaganda, but unfortunately facts listed in this report are the findings of an official investigation, which shows that slavery is alive and well in the UK these days!
Everybody knows that such colonial powers as Great Britain used to be actively engaged in exploiting slave labor and slave trade, but few had any clue that old habits die hard. And even though slavery has been officially abolished in modern world, with Mauritania being the last state to put an end to it officially in 1981, it turns out that it hasnt gone anywhere, finding refuge in such champions of democracy as the UK.
Theres been all sorts of reports of people being mercilessly exploited in Britain that have forced the sitting UK prime minister, Theresa May to admit that slavery is a day-to-day reality in modern Britain, by making the following statement:
They look around London and see all the positives of a dynamic, prosperous city. But hidden underneath are a lot of people who are suffering because slavery, sadly, is never very far from us.
However, these facts are of little surprise of anyone who possesses even the basic knowledge of British history that became the first industrial nation to establish banks and law firms on the wealth generated by slavery. The fr...
The IDF Spokesperson to the Arabic media publishes a video quoting a medieval Muslim scholar who has inspired jihadists from Bin Laden to ISIS.
By Yossef Rapoport
The latest video published by Avichai Adraee, the IDF Spokesperson for the Arabic media, shows the major quoting the writings of medieval Sunni Muslim scholar Ibn Taimiyyah, in an attempt to expose the danger that Shia pose to the Muslim community. According to Adraee, Ibn Taimiyyahs warnings from the 14th century were only a previous incarnation of the current Iranian threat.
The video is entirely dedicated to portraying the Shia as infidels in Sunni Islam. Adraee opens with a verse from the Quran before quoting from the scholars and religious experts who clearly and openly warned you (the Sunni) of the Shia danger of the Iranian regime. Adraee first quotes Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahab, the father of the strict, puritanical interpretation of Islam that dominates Saudi Arabia, according to which Shia are more harmful to Islam than Jews and Christians.
Adraee relies on the writings of Sheikh al-Islam Ibi Taimiyyah in his book Manhaj al-Sunna (The Way of the Sunni), which Ibn Taimiyyah wrote to debunk Shia theology. Ibn Taimiyyah, says Adraee, warned the Sunnis of the danger Shiism poses.
The fact that Adraee relies on these writings puts him squarely al...
Does Donald Trump read New Eastern Outlook? You would not think so, but whatever we say about his relationship with North Korea seems to come true. Perhaps he finally understands what this journal is telling him, but it may be too late.
We told him that the only reason the US now understands the threat North Korea poses is that the secretive Communist state is no longer strange, because Trumps US has become increasingly like it without North Korea changing at all
Its been pointed out that holding a nuclear summit with Kim Jong-un was the stupidest thing ever done by any politician at any time, as it made this bankrupt state a member of the most powerful international club, justified its policies to its own people and made a maniac into a statesman who had to be treated as such, just as the US voters did.
Now Trump has cancelled the summit, claiming North Korea is threatening him
This is after Trump himself went to the UN last September and violated its Charter by making a speech threatening to blow North Korea to smithereens, which would have got the US expelled from the UN, and now he subject to all kinds of sanctions. If the UN had any teeth He has then had the cheek to write to Kim lamenting this missed opportunity, which he himself has spurned, thereby achieving the seemingly impossible feat of making the murderous oppressor into the good guy.
It would be nice to think that Trump was listening to New Eastern Outlook, but his actions are not motivated by suddenly agreeing with NEO articles. Either he or his advisers now seem to have realised where not heeding the same warning signs have led them. They want a dignified way out before further damage is done, but cannot seem to find one. This is why Trump is now suggesting that the summit might be back on: nothing has changed since he cancelled it, but he has found...
The formation of this bloc can be used for propaganda purposes, but in reality its nothing but a flash in the pan that will soon be forgotten. It has no future.
Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: there is no Get Out of Jail Free card just for being president. According to Trumps Twitter feed, he believes that he has an absolute right to pardon himself of any crimes for which he might be charged while serving in office.
The need for Russia to be active is most definitely there, particularly after Trump violated ongoing international norms of no unilateral actions on the issue of the future of Jerusalem.
Did President Trump choose Singapore as the site for next Tuesdays summit with North Koreas Kim Jong Un by accident? No way. One of Trumps wildest cards in his unorthodox path to this meeting with Kim Jong Un is his vision of a prosperous North Korea.
A new American-encouraged Great Power constellation is therefore in the process of forming all across the Indo-Pacific Rimland in seeing India, Indonesia, and Japan deepening their multilateral strategic integration with one another, with Washington desiring for New Delhi to play the role of regional hegemon in the Indian Ocean.
The post The Indo-Pacific Command Is All About Containing China Through India appeared first on OrientalReview.org.
Aside from North Korea, and his trade wars impact on jobs, the average American doesnt care if Donald Trump loses his European allies over demands that they cease all business with Iran. During the recent school graduation season, former oil man Rex Tillerson, Trumps short-lived Secretary of State, and his successor, Mike Pompeo, gave speeches that illustrate the fracture in Americas attitude toward the world at large.
At the graduation ceremony of the Virginia Military Institute, Tillerson said: If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom. He added that citizens must demand that Americas future be fact-based, not based on wishful thinking, not hoped-for outcomes made in shallow promises, but with a clear-eyed view of the facts as they are and guided by the truth that will set us free to seek solutions to our most daunting challenges.
Meanwhile, Mike Pompeo, the new Secretary of State, who formerly headed the CIA, promised Americas diplomatic back office, whose ranks had been decimated under Tillerson, that he would bring the State Departments swagger back. He defined this as an aggressiveness born of the righteous knowledge that our cause is just, special and built upon Americas core principles, adding that: We should carry that diplomatic swagger to the ends of the Earth, humbly, nobly and with the skill and courage I know you all possess.
President Trumps other appointees, including federal judges and the cabinet secretaries who head the US governments various Departments (the equivalent of Ministries), are all hard-line conservatives, who can be counted upon to pursue the agenda brazenly announced by Alt-right former advisor, Steve Bannon, to dismantle the State (in pure Leninist tradition). If this sounds strange, Bannon is just back from Italy where he encouraged and learned from the populist coalition that just came to power, claiming it had overcome the left-right divide in order to fight immigration. Verifying this dubious claim in the Corriere della Sera, Italys daily of record, it turns out th...
Camiguin schedules FastCat 2018
After the first euphorie had disappeared in Camiguin, FastCat had to adapt their schedules and fares. Since May 1, 2018 new fares and schedules apply.
And a short explanation:
Jagna is the port on the south-east coast of Bohol. Traveltime from Tagbilaran to Jagna is 1 to 2 hours depending on the vehicle. Vans are fastest.
Balbagon is the Camiguin port near Mambajao. Think of typical 20 to 30 minutes transfer time fro or to your resort.
Opol is the temporary port near Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao. It is abaout half way between Cagayan de Oro City and Laguindingan airport. Travel time from to the city depends on traffic and is something between 20 and 45 minutes.
From Jagna to Opol it is a night trip. Please make sure that you have transportation from and to the ports. Camiguin is deeply sleeping usually from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. . We therefore recommend to contact your hotel or resort in advance. Check with your host for transfers from and to the port in Balbagon.
In East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestinians have virtually no civil rights. What rights they do have can be revoked at a moments notice.
By Zak Witus and Sasha Belenkiy
Even when the cameras of the big international news agencies disappear, the occupation grinds on. One day in the West Bank and East Jerusalem demonstrates how precarious Palestinians physical safety and rights are under Israeli military rule.
On May 13 Jerusalem Day and the day before the U.S. Embassy move we documented Israeli forces violating the rights of Palestinian civilians and their allies, first in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, then in East Jerusalem.
In 2006, Rabbis for Human Rights, successfully petitioned the Israeli High Court to compel the military to escort Palestinians into agricultural areas in the West Bank. Twelve years later, we went with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, formerly of Rabbis for Human Rights and now director of Torat Tzedek, to Turmus Aya to accompany farmers as they planted olive trees on their private land. When we arrived that morning, the border police were already there as were young settlers, periodically running into the field and uprooting trees. Ascherman approached an officer who confirmed that the army intended to fulfill...
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