by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author)
East vs. West: the contrast between the “dueling summits” this weekend was something for the history books.
All hell broke loose at the G6+1, otherwise known as G7, in La Malbaie, Canada, while all focused on divine Eurasian integration at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in China’s Qingdao in Shandong, the home province of Confucius.
US President Donald Trump was the predictable star of the show in Canada. He came late. He left early. He skipped a working breakfast. He disagreed with everybody. He issued a “free trade proclamation”, as in no barriers and tariffs whatsoever, everywhere, after imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe and Canada. He proposed that Russia should be back at the G8 (Putin said he has other priorities). He signed the final communiqué and then he didn’t.
Trump’s “I don’t give a damn” attitude drove the European leaders assembled in Canada crazy. After the official photo shoot, the US president grabbed the arm of new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and said, in ecstasy, “You’ve had a great electoral victory!”
The Euros were not pleased and forced Conte to abide by the official EU, as in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s, policy: no G8 readmission to Russia as long as Moscow does not respect the Minsk agreements. In fact it is Ukraine that is not respecting the Minsk agreements; Trump and Conte are fully aligned on Russia.
Merkel, in extremis, proposed a “shared evaluation mechanism”, lasting roughly two weeks, to try to defuse rising trade tensions. Yet the Trump administration does not seem to be interested.
Meanwhile, over in Qingdao, the stunning takeaway was offered predictably by Chinese President Xi Jinping; “President Putin and I both think that the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership is mature, firm and stable.”
This is a massive game-changer because officially, so far, this was a “comprehensive partnership.” It’s the first time on record that Xi has put the stress on “strategic”. Again, in his own words: “It is the highest-level, most profound and strategically most significant relationship between major countries in the world.”
And if that was not far-reaching enough, it’s also personal. Xi, referring to Putin and perhaps channeling Trump’s bonhomie with leaders he likes, said, “He is my best, most intimate friend.”
Heavy business, as usual, was in order. The Chinese partnered with Russian nuclear energy giant Rosatom to get advanced nuclear technologies and diversify nuclear power contracts beyond its current Western suppliers. That’s the “strategic” energy alliance component of the partnership.
In a trilateral Russia-China-Mongolia meeting, they all vowed to go full steam ahead with the China-Mongolia-Russia Economic Corridor – one of the key planks of the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
Mongolia once again volunteered to become a transit hub for Russian gas to China, diversifying from Gazprom’s current direct pipelines from Blagoveshchensk, Vladivostok and Altai. According to Putin, the Eastern Route pipeline remains on schedule, as does the US$27 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Yamal being financed by Russian and Chinese companies.
On the Arctic, Putin and Xi went all the way for developing the Northern Sea Route, including crucial modernization of deep-water ports such as Murmansk and Arkhangelsk, and investment in infrastructure. The added geopolitical cachet is self-evident.
Putin had said last week that annual trade between Moscow and Beijing will soon reach US$100 billion. Currently, it stands at US$86 billion. Now Russian businesses venture the possibility of reaching US$200 billion by 2020 as feasible.
All this frenzy of activity is now openly described by Putin as the interconnectivity of BRI and the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU). Not to mention that the SCO itself interconnects with both BRI and the EAEU.
Putin told Chinese TV channel CGTN that though the SCO began as a “low-profile organization” [back in 2001] that sought merely to “solve border issues” between China, Russia and former Soviet countries, it is now evolving into a much bigger global force.
In parallel, according to Yu Jianlong, secretary general of the China Chamber of International Commerce, the SCO has now gathered extra collective strength to harness BRI expansion to increase business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
So it’s no wonder companies from SCO nations are now being “encouraged” to use their own currencies to seal deals, bypassing the US dollar, as well as building e-commerce platforms, Alibaba-style. So far, Beijing has invested US$84 billion in other SCO members, mostly in energy, minerals, transportation (including, for instance, the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan highway), construction and manufacturing.
Putin also met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the SCO and vowed in no uncertain terms to preserve the Iranian nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.
Iran is a current SCO observer nation. Putin once again reaffirmed he wants Tehran as a full member. The SCO charter determines that “a dialogue partner status can be granted to a country that shares the goals and principles of the SCO and wants to establish relations based on equal and mutually profitable relationship.”
Iran, as an observer, fulfills the commitment. The spanner in the works happens to be tiny Tajikistan.
Enter the trademark convoluted internal politics of the Central Asian stans, in this case revolving around Tajik president Emomali Rahmon accepting Saudi Arabia’s acquisition of a 51% stake in Tajikistan’s largest bank. Nobody else wanted it; Riyadh was just buying influence.
All SCO full members must be approved unanimously. Still, that won’t prevent larger economic integration between Iran, Russia and China. The talk in the SCO corridors was that Chinese companies expect an extra bonanza in the Iranian market after the unilateral Trump pullout of the JCPOA.
Behind closed doors, as diplomats told Asia Times, the SCO also discussed the crucial plan devised by the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, an Asia-wide peace process with Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan trying to finally solve the decades-long tragedy without Western interference.
So what about a G3?
The “dueling summits” clearly set the scene. The G7 meeting at La Malbaie represented the dysfunctional old order, dilacerated by largely self-inflicted chaos and its apoplexy at the Rise of the East – from the integration of BRI, EAEU, SCO and BRICS, to the yuan-based gold-backed oil futures market.
In contrast to the G7’s full spectrum dominance doctrine of total military superiority, Qingdao represented the new groove. Implacably derided by the old order as autocratic and filled with “democraships” bent on “aggression”, in fact it was a graphic illustration of multi-polarity at work, the intersection of four great civilizations, an Eurasian Café debating that another, non-War Party conducted future is possible.
In parallel, diplomats in Brussels confirmed to Asia Times there are insistent rumbles about Trump possibly dreaming of a G3 composed of just US, Russia and China. Trump, after all, personally admires the leadership qualities of both Putin and Xi, while deriding the Kafkaesque EU bureaucratic maze and its weaklings, currently represented by the M3 (Merkel, Macron, May).
In Europe, no one seems to be listening to informed advice, such as provided by Belgian economist Paul de Grauwe, who’s pleading for Frankfurt and Berlin to manage a common debt, without which the EU won’t survive the sovereign crises of individual members.
Trump, for all his dizzying inconsistencies, seems to have understood that the G7 is a Walking Dead, and the heart of the action revolves around China, Russia and India, which not by accident form the hard node of BRICS.
The problem is the US national security strategy, as well as the national defense strategy, advocate no less than Cold War 2.0 against both China and Russia all across Eurasia. All bets are off, however, on who blinks first.
Thanks for the update I was wondering why next to nothing has been said about Iran becoming a full member. In the press RT never mentioned the Iranians at all. If their membership was blocked by Tajikistan as you state then the voting format needs to be adjusted . I kind of reminds me of the ‘Liberum Veto’ which is not necessarily a wise method . Pepe is there any info as to why the Tajiks opposed the membership.
Tajikistan: Did you not read and understand the comment about the Saudis buying the bank?
Yeah I read that . Who in their right minds would allow that!!
Someone who was happy to get a pile of Saudi money into their accounts.
Yes, I read this:
“Enter the trademark convoluted internal politics of the Central Asian stans, in this case revolving around Tajik president Emomali Rahmon accepting Saudi Arabia’s acquisition of a 51% stake in Tajikistan’s largest bank. Nobody else wanted it; Riyadh was just buying influence.
All SCO full members must be approved unanimously. ”
And that’s all she wrote about that. I did not quite get the upshot. Is Pepe saying that because Rahmon allowed the SA bank acquisition, the other SCO members blocked Taj’s membership?
If I got the upshot, its that Iran’s membership in the SCO requires a unanimous vote. Tajikistan is a member of the SCO, and with Saudi money there the Sauds have bought a blocking no vote to keep Iran out.
However, Pepe does not that this does not stop Russia, China and others in the SCO from making their own deals with Iran. Its just that the Saudi money is keeping the SCO from having its unanimous vote to bring Iran in as a full member.
Tajikistan is already a member of the SCO Iran is an ‘Observer’ . The question I have is why did Tajikistan block ‘it’.
Tajikistan is essentially playing the spoiler at the request of the Saudis
The Saudis are jealous of Iran and do not wish to see Iran become a member of SCO.
Both Saudi Arabia and its new bff Israel, are pursuing a delusional policy of “isolating” Iran.
The SCO is rapidly becoming an organization of prominence, and if Iran gets full membership, isolating and attacking Iran will get even more complicated and delusional, so effort is being by way of bribery to keep Iran from getting full membership.
This effort will ultimately fail however, because Iran’s full membership is inevitable.
Iran is destined to be one of the major nodes in China’s BRI, and as such China will ensure that Iran secures full membership in the SCO.
Its that simple.
So what your basically saying is that Iran is so important to China and the BRI that China let or allowed Tajikistan to veto Iran’s membership. Somehow this doesn’t add up especially when Iran is of more value to the BRI compared to Tajikistan .
I agree that the new members -Pakistan and India- are welcome additions and that this will mix the cards in the region especially if they can solve the border disputes regarding Kashmir. The other question with regards to this region is how are the Americans going to react especially since their logistics are dependant on Pakistani cooperation in their so called perpetual war against terror the Taliban and all that other nonsense. The US originally entered Afghanistan to surround Iran but today the US presence is more at containing the BRI and its economic potential . Iranian energy to Pakistan and onward to India is definitely a thorn in the Petrodollars side and a threat to SA profit margin not to mention pipelines would relieve a lot of tanker traffic.
I am beginning to wonder if the Western GCC backed terrorists are going to relocate from Syria especially since so many of them have been ‘bussed out ‘ of encircled pockets and allowed to leave . Now only time will tell if they somehow show up in Tajikistan.
” The US originally entered Afghanistan to surround Iran ”
I thought the US orig. entered Afghanistan to get control of Central Asian pipelines.
There was an article in The Nation about this shortly after the American invasion started:
That is was all about pipelines, not the Taliban, Osama, etc.
Your question is a Segway from the Pepe article so I won’t dwell on it in depth. As far as preventing pipelines at the time they could easily have be contained with sanctions or a handful of cruise missiles. It would not necessitate the participation of almost the entirety of NATO and other western allies and it certainly didn’t require the invasion of Iraq which by the way is on Iran’s western front.
“As far as preventing pipelines ”
Not “preventing pipelines.”
Controlling territory for potential pipelines.
I really do not understand why you continue to “not get it.” Putin, for one, is totally committed to the rule of law, so he is not going to abrogate the unanimous rule of entry by brute force. I would suspect in time that Putin and Xi will withhold many juicy contracts and infrastructure improvements from Tajikistan to the point that it will cost them more to veto Iran’s membership than the Saudi bribe is worth, and Tajikistan will suddenly see the Putin/Xi point of view.
They made up a bunch of rules that they follow. Stop gaming.
Do you watch soccer and ask, “if he really wants to score, why doesn’t he just kick the goaltender in the head?”
Because the Sordid Arabians paid the Tajik Boss of Bosses to block Iranian membership. It’s the ‘Rules Based International Order’ in action. The Sordids, like their allies in the Israeli elite, are experts at spreading hatred and division through the use of money.
Seems like Tajikistan is majority Sunni – rivals of Shia Iran. (from Wikipedia demographic info)
Also Tajikistan is the country whose head of state security (or something to that effect) crossed over to the ISIS in 2015…………(just did a web search for Tajikistan Security Head IS)
Pretty simple………..SA being the “leader” of Sunni Islam buys the vote to block Irans entry to SCO.
“In parallel, diplomats in Brussels confirmed to Asia Times there are insistent rumbles about Trump possibly dreaming of a G3 composed of just US, Russia and China. Trump, after all, personally admires the leadership qualities of both Putin and Xi, while deriding the Kafkaesque EU bureaucratic maze and its weaklings, currently represented by the M3 (Merkel, Macron, May).”
Uhm, is it very ungracious and even impolite to think that Putin and Xi will say *no thank-you* to a Trump membership? Or send him a set of application forms or something? Just something you know … (grins).
What a wonderful piece by Pepe!
Absolutely not ungracious. Take a look at Putin’s latest brush off to the G7:
On re-integrating Russia:
“We would love to see everyone here in Moscow” but no indication of when or even a hopeful “soon” .. so don’t call us, we will call you.
And then: The combined purchasing power of SCO is greater than the G7.
And even better: the G7 statement is “creative babbling”
So a momentary schadenfreude is in order while I’m eating a piece of beautiful chocolate cake. Yes yes, I know .. I’ll turn back into an adult momentarily. ;-)
Putin and Xi, were they given the ”G3” offer, would actually be wrong to dismiss their esteemed Pindo ”colleague”. Taking advantage of stupid, obnoxious people in power is immensely rewarding — and funny too!
No doubt that Trump is obnoxious when he wishes to be, which is quite often, but I am beginning to doubt just how stupid he is despite speaking English like a second semester student. Speaking of obnoxious, I am grateful to Trump for making this year’s G7 so entertaining. And a tip of the hat to soy boy Trudeau and his failing pasty eyebrow. Too bad Trump couldn’t be at Bilderberg as well.
I don’t know about who blinks first, but the rising sands of Eurasia are blinding the G-7 (G for Goonies?). Across the vast Eurasian lands, there is leadership, natural resources, civilizational stability and the will for Peace and Mutual Prosperity. Those sands swirl around the predatory eyes of the US and its vassals.
Soon there will be a perimeter, not just the US containment but the inner defenses built primarily upon the S-400 and S-500 and Russian EW. The US may be containing with naval alliances, NATO and the QUAD, but the reality is the OBOR will have high speed rail, its own currencies (backed by gold), its own food supplies, unlimited oil and gas, all the rare earth and high tech metal ores needed for any weapon or scientific apparatus on land, sea or Space.
SCO is just one major feature of Eurasian ascension.
The Double Helix grows more integrated each year. It has become an impossible object for the Hegemon.
With Russia’s doomsday weapons, even the lunatics of DC and Brussels (and Tel Aviv) know suicide by hypersonic nukes ends the Empire. They cannot overthrow by color revolution and cannot dare to attack Russia or China or any nation the Double Helix chooses to defend. We see that with Syria and we see that with North Korea. And it becomes more clear each day that Iran will soon be protected by the dynamic duo.
Now, we have overt statements from President Xi and President Putin of the affinity and deep friendship that they share. It’s another historic development that overwhelms the buffoonery of Trump and fecklessness of the effete Continentals and the Canadian metrosexual.
This report, a SitRep by Pepe, is a keeper. It records perfectly all that went down the last 72 hours between the Polars. It may be the official ending of UniPolarity. (splendid timing, right before the World Cup in Russia!)
445, I only fret over Putin’s mortality. Some day he must retire or die, and who follows? He is a once in 50 years leader, irreplaceable in the Russian system. China is better off, because leaders are tried out, over and over again, at higher levels of responsibility, so Trojan Horses or outright Quislings are weeded out. Still, as Bo Xi-lai’s case shewed, accidents can still happen, particularly if a Lady Macbeth is involved.
I keep thinking, from recent history, of Ecuador. Moreno has turned out to be plainly either a long-term US asset, or been purchased recently, but Correa’s hand-picked successor has turned into a neo-liberal, Imperial stooge of the vilest type, and Assange will join the Ecuadorian people as victims of his treachery. And Russia only a generation ago somehow had one of the most Evil Quislings in history, Yeltsin, foisted on them, with catastrophic consequences.
I think the determining factor of Putin-post-Putin will be the economy. If it is going well for all Russians, the pressure internally, socially and within his core Kremlin group will be great to keep him in power for life.
After Putin, a true successor will come from the power group behind him now. Why would they all retire and leave the Kremlin to chance? They all share in the success of saving the nation.
Sergei Ivanov was always thought as the One. He has stepped away, but still is in the mix of the Security Group. He may rebound. And though Dmitri Rogozin has been demoted instead of promoted, his ambition and taste for politics will place him in the mix. Especially, if he succeeds with rebuilding the Space industry and has many successful launches and develops weapons. He’s been close and wants it.
Russia needs wisdom at the helm. So, it is hard to see a young province governor or Kremlin deputy rising to the role of President. Anton Vaino, now Putin’s number one assistant who replaced Ivanov, doesn’t seem to have the gravitas for the Presidency. However, when Putin took over 18 years ago, he did not seem to be the strongest man. We found out soon that he was.
These six years will be a race to produce economic success and to maintain technological advantage. Whoever does the best job executing Putin’s six-year plan may ascend naturally.
Would like to see Nikolai Starikov in the mix as well.
“change the Russian constitution to allow Putin another tern if necessary…a one-time thing. when Putin is done revert back to terms limited policy of the presidency” is that possible..likely?
but I imagine all sorts of deep games are going on to try ensure a western oriented succession in Russia. but I would do a lot short of murder and crime to have a real true leftist emerge from that quiet but all out storm surely roiling away as we speak.
would be a real intelligent person..male or female..ridiculously strong and urgent..who would make quick work of the ‘Atlanticists’, deport the NGO’s while securing the Russian central bank. I think Putin has been somewhat tardy in this regard.
the enemy of humanity investing Russia will not relent or change perspective and course. it is them or Russia..them or us globally.
there is going to be a war about that ultimately..the Sampson option – unavoidable…the parasite cant be anything but..
PCR is absolutely right. PCR is one of the few who have mined that insight and is fearless in expressing it. playing games and dancing with that devil is pointless. see IT early, middle and late and win a chance to go on. all else is courting suicide
“And though Dmitri Rogozin has been demoted instead of promoted, his ambition and taste for politics will place him in the mix. Especially, if he succeeds with rebuilding the Space industry and has many successful launches and develops weapons. He’s been close and wants it.”
Read an interview with Rogozin not long ago (in the last 6 months) where he was asked what would his next project choice be, now that the work he had been doing cleaning up the civilian-military interface was largely finished. His reply was he wanted to work on the space industry and that that subject was one he had a lot of enthusiasm for.
So rather than being demoted, I would say Rogozin was rewarded with the job he desired after a successful completion of his previous one.
Anyone with the first name of Lenin would never get my vote. Cursed since emerging from the birth canal. Maybe Russia could send Moreno Lenin’s mummy as a Trojan gift.
A clear and perfect example of “derivative world summit” vs. “real world summit”. There is an underlying basis which reveals the difference between these two. It is in the way each denominates value. One system is a rigged world of betting on infinite possibilities to generate wealth inequality and the other is a system of equity partnerships that builds real world infrastructure to build the prosperity of working classes.
“One system is a rigged world of betting on infinite possibilities to generate wealth inequality and the other is a system of equity partnerships that builds real world infrastructure to build the prosperity of working classes.”
Wealth inequality is starker in Russia and similar countries such as Ukraine or Kazakhstan, then in India, then in the United States, then in China, then in Western European countries, Canada and Japan.
If the US leave the G6 and join Russia and China, there will be a clear divide indeed between starkly unequal countries and less unequal ones. The latter being G6 members.
Alexis, if you really think that inequality is greater in Russia than the USA or India, for crying out loud, then I have a bridge you might be interested in buying.
you said this in November 2015 https://thesaker.is/lets-lay-down-our-arms-my-fellow-oppositionist-letter-from-a-bona-fide-putin-hater/#comment-168847
“Bob, inequality is the ultimate aim of capitalism. It has grown like topsy since the ‘threat’ of the USSR vanished, and the Western parasites felt free again to pursue their true ambitions. And their greed is insatiable and their hatred of others unbounded, so inequality, poverty, misery, deprivation and elite wealth and power MUST grow until the parasites are disempowered. Russia and China will only survive if they create fair, equal and just societies, otherwise it is just a matter of time before their local parasites make a deal with the West, and neo-feudalism is entrenched everywhere, forever (which won’t be long). I’ll have no real faith in Putin’s long-term success until I see him recognise this reality and act on it.“
Do you have any more faith today than almost 3 years ago & why?
Not true. If you look at the Gini coefficients- the usual measure of wealth/income inequality- you will find the following. Russia 38, US 41, China 42.
Is looking for the highest common denominator among the greatest bunch of crony capitalists who have ever existed all we are left with?
I wonder if the red diaper babies frequenting these parts are starting to wake from their programing regarding the Trump fenomena in light of recent happenings and the significant statement by Soros: ‘everything that could go wrong, has gone wrong.’
This is not gonna end up pretty for the globo home gay multiplex.
I do not believe, that an attempt on Trums’ or Putins’ life is feasable anymore, as they would result in immediate and massive reprisals.
The times have sure changed.
Now, I do not think they will give their goals so carefully laid and meticulously executed though the century burning so much wealth and spilling so much blood, but there are now multiple wrenches in the gears of the machine.
They will have to make a move soon. Very soon.
“I wonder if the red diaper babies frequenting these parts ”
Do you think that the Saker community is full of red diaper babies?
I never got that impression.
Many in this community speak up in defense of aspects of Trump—or even unintended positive consequences of the spinning Trump whirlgig. As indeed does Pepe in this great, entertaining, lively, and very informative piece.
“Do you think that the Saker community is full of red diaper babies?”
You surely are kiddn”.
Look bro, what counts theeze deiz as main stream oppinion might have gotten you a prominent seat in the central comitee back when :-).
Basically all the tenets of the komintern are integral parts of the zeitgeist. Do not take my word for it, go, look it up. For all intents & purposes, cultural marxism has won, all major branches of vielding power are under tight control -‘cept da innernets…
Fortunately, they cannot stop, they ALWAYZ overreach!
But bro, seriously, just one step: read anything by that Ramin Mazahiri guy, whose pieces appear here weekly, and the comment section he commands. You’ll see…my replys do not make it in those threads for some reason…
As far as Trump is concerned, by destroying the cred of the msm he has already accomplished more, than any other prez excluding Andrew Jackson.
For that alone, He is my hero.
“That Ramin Mazaheri guy” happens to be a regular contributor and a friend. Feel free to disagree with him, but the next time you write about him with contempt your comment will be trashed. If you cannot disagree with somebody politely, you should refrain from posting here.
“For that alone, He is my hero.”
Oh, are you a red diaper baby, then?
He’s also a hero to his other MSM half from FOX NEWS http://insider.foxnews.com/tag/sean-hannity-israel
Host on the conservative US TV network which is basically the voice of the Republican Party referred to the meeting between Trump and Kim as a “meeting between two dictators”.
Gee, I guess some people in the media have noticed the 75 year prison terms being threatened against those who protested Trump’s inguration. Or that Trump is assuming unconstitutional war powers. Amazing what just slips out sometimes.
Interesteeng, these citizens of the obamination have never noticed the dronestrikes ordered by their their emperor…
They must have been wearing their alinsky-shades those dayz.
Its worth remembering that what Trump says at this point really doesn’t seem to matter. Trump is not in power. We learned that in Syria, when Trump said he was getting out soon, but was contradicted by the real power of the US military the very next day. Within a few weeks, Trump was launching missiles at Syria. Which just goes to show who’s in power and who simply is a showman with a big mouth.
We know as a fact right now that Trump is incapable of improving relations with Russia. Same with China. Trump does not have the power to accomplish either. And if anything, Trump seems likely to lose more power in the fall elections. What you will not see in the fall is the sort of Tea Party mass victory that changes the balance of power in Congress. Trump does not have the power now and he’ll be lucky to hang on to what power he has in the fall elections.
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) rules USA. The President must be aligned with them.
After reading this (excellent) article I still find myself feeling unsure about the issue of Iran’s admittance as a full-fledged SCO member.
Why wasn’t Iran admitted this year? (I know that there is an issue with the central bank of Tajikistan being majority owned by SA, but why is that a deal-breaker? Iran’s UN sanctions are gone and I thought that was the hold up.)
Given how things are going it seems like Iran becoming a full SCO member would have been strategically profitable to Iran, Russia, China, Syria… Seems like a good time to have included Iran. Does this mean that the SCO failed to admit Iran or that they didn’t intend to? If they didn’t want them in yet, why?
Iran has a friend in India now. But Pakistan is a border problem that has to be smoothed. When economic and/or security work in the SCO, the new member is brought in. Iran has to work on making deals with the holdouts.
Maybe in another year.
Is the SCO another type of capitalist neoliberal alliance? Has the problem of rising inequality been discussed at all at Qingdao? What about organized labor and democratic worker cooperatives, does the working class have any future in the SCO? Or will the SCO be another paradise for the banksters and the oligharchs? I don’t know, tell me.
“I don’t know, tell me.”
Instead of demanding others do the work for you, why don’t you look up the information you seek yourself? If you are genuinely interested, I mean.
“If you are genuinely interested, I mean.”
Here’s an example for you and Zalamander8 – http://thesaker.is/russia-gets-a-much-deserved-slap-in-the-face-saker-rant/#comment-237714
One of my main problems is actually, that I meanwhile have my doubts, if RF is honestly attempting to (at least begin to) reverse this process. “Massive work is ongoing”??? Maybe militarily, which is certainly important. But I don’t see the income disparity getting dealt with. Rather in contrast Putin now even continues the privatization of valuable public state property.
Privatization Is the Atlanticist Strategy to Attack Russia — Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson
Also I cannot see any evidence (what are the Gold purchases for as long as the central bank stays under B.I.S. and therefore under Rothschild control?)
Rouble Nationalization – the Way to Russia’s Freedom
Your excellent books: Tnx, I’m already one of your Kindle customers.
But unfortunately I don’t see the CCCP getting re-created.
See my countless other rants, such as here: http://thesaker.is/victory-day-parade-on-the-beautiful-square-in-moscow/#comment-235854
Much more important than the question if Russia should or shouldn’t take part in this ESC would have been to forbid and IP-Filter block Facebook, Twitter and other spying and color revolution networks. Also note that yandex, mail.ru and vkontakte are Oligarchy owned.
The G-7 summit in Canada was by far the more superior summit.
All the exceptional countries were represented. And all the cool fashionable rulers were at the G-7: Donald Trump (USA), Emmanuel Micron (France), Justin Trudeau (Canada), Shinzo Abe (Japan) and of course the fetching Theresa May (United Kingdom).
The G-7 Summit was the epitome of statesmanship, diplomacy, leadership, and even elegant decorum!
In fact, here is a insider view of the proceedings at the G-7 Summit.
It is a must-see video!
yes, the Video is impressive!
one can clearly identify the relevant participants…
I am very impressed by the clarity of the statements
Trump is doing (see minute 0:26) out in the Speaker´s Podium
State of the Art Material.
Best coverage to date of the G7 summitt. Thanks for sharing!
Xi Jinping: China Ready to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation With Iran
“China-Iran relations have the potential to further and deeper development. China is ready to jointly advance China-Iran relations of comprehensive strategic partnership,” Xi Jinping was quoted as saying during the meeting by Chinese Foreign Ministry.
He stressed that the parties need to constantly improve the level of strategic mutual trust, strengthen contacts at all levels, continue to provide mutual support in matters of each other’s fundamental interest.
Xi Jinping again confirmed that China stood for the full implementation of the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iranian nuclear deal.
“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program is the result of multilateral efforts that contribute to the maintenance of regional peace and stability, as well as the protection of the international non-proliferation regime. The agreement should be fully implemented,” the Chinese leader stressed.
Xi Jinping also expressed China’s readiness to strengthen cooperation with Iran within the framework of multilateral mechanisms. Chinese leader met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday in Qingdao within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.”
A very interesting piece, I’ll post the beginning and end parts.
Korea, Russia, China: The Neocon-Trump’s Strategy
“More than 15 years ago, while I was covering one of the annual Munich Forums on Security, as a journalist, I asked Brent Scawcroft, former US National Security Advisor, what should be the relations of the West with China and Russia. He told me:
We have to entertain with both of them better relations than they can have between themselves.
Given our level of ignorance about what is going on behind the scenes around Kim, Trump and their meeting, we must remain very reserved about what is all that about.
But if we ignore what can happen in this summit and most of what made it possible, we can be near to certain as to what are the aims of the Neocon Party of War most probably has contributed to its election and is controlling Mr. Trump.
For them, what is happening with North Korea and its nuclear weapons is important, but it is not the most important. As Mr. Harris, the US envoy to South Korea put it, the real long-term challenge behind North Korea is China and, even Russia, the states but also their regimes. From the imperial point of view the North Korean problem has to be addressed in such a way, as to facilitate Imperial policy towards China, Russia and the smaller nations-targets, undermining their unity, helping the emergence of pro-western, regime change forces in both countries and in North Korea, changing their regimes and dislocate them.
Why they are so radical? Because of a very, very simple reason, because no center of Western Imperialism is ready to accept such huge relatively independent and strong entities as China and Russia are today. They do not have the slightest wish to just be sitting idle watching China becoming the Global Economic Superpower, adding one Italy every year to its economy. The last thing they would like to see is Russia coming back to the role one had the USSR in world affairs. They cannot sleep at night thinking of half of the Middle East dominated by Iran in alliance with Russian Army!
You may have any opinion you wish about the Chinese or the Russian regimes, how much of “progress” and how much of “reaction” they represent. Still, one would be foolish not to understand that without the mere existence of those two big and relatively independent entities, without their military and, more and more, economic parity of China with the US, the Totalitarian Empire of Finance would already dominate the Planet, in a way it would make extremely difficult any resistance to it. That concerns both nations of the Global South and forces struggling for social and political democracy inside the West, the Global North.
Twenty years ago they were dreaming of a new American Century, meaning not a century, and probably not an American one, but the eternal Kingdom of Money. Now you think they are ready to accept a Chinese-Russian-Iranian century? No, they are not.”
“A Neocon Conspiracy Behind Trump’s Election
The election of Trump is the result of the convergence of many objective and subjective factors. Still, it is difficult to imagine it possible without a huge Neocon conspiracy. Such a conspiracy was not sufficient, but it was necessary, because without it, it would be just impossible for Trump to overcome the obstacles the US “system” would put to his way to the Presidency. We don’t think that in the country of John Kennedy and his brother or of Martin Luther King, it is possible for somebody to become President only based on popular support, without commanding a strong behind the scenes protection and support. Who, and for what reason, except the Neocons, can be the force which provided Trump with such protection and support?
This huge conspiracy which we believe has existed behind Trump’s election, included also two equally important “sub-conspiracies”: First to make it look as a result of Russian “intervention”, with the results we all know. Second, to persuade Russians Trump is indeed their friend, or at least, his election can help their interests. Especially the forces inside Russia which want desperately to be included in the Global West, but they are unable to find a way. The fact that Trump was probably, in a way, really, a friend of Russia, does not alter anything to this analysis, because his feelings do not play any role in his policies, on the contrary they make him more vulnerable. The real or supposed friendship of Trump to Russia has in fact helped and is helping the conspiracy to attain its aims, including its anti-Russian ones!”
I recently stumbled onto few articles with the similar message
“Now you think they are ready to accept a Chinese-Russian-Iranian century? No, they are not.”
I see them all as propaganda: “let me tell you the super-secret neo-con plan” while
the article is actually a war-mongering piece – “be afraid, the neo-cons are coming”
Truth is, the multi-polar century is happening, with or without US acceptance.
You know wha sappenin’ mydoode dontcha?
5d underwater chess squared.
Can’t beat them, join them, or even better: lead them.
‘5d underwater chess squared’ ???
we all know Trump enjoys ‘watersports’
Btw, ratm, I was addressing the previous commenter FYI. Jes the peculiarities of the board ya got in the middle…
ratm & jd
“I see them all as propaganda: “let me tell you the super-secret neo-con plan” while
the article is actually a war-mongering piece – “be afraid, the neo-cons are coming”
“You know wha sappenin’ mydoode dontcha?
5d underwater chess squared.”
“5d underwater chess squared’ ???
we all know Trump enjoys ‘watersports’
“Btw, ratm, I was addressing the previous joker FYI. Jes the peculiarities of the board ya got in the middle…”
When I initially read the article by Konstantakopoulos I didn’t see any of the sort of defeatism you two are attributing to it. So I read it again. I still don’t see any. What I read was a multi subject discussion of the power pushing trump, zionazia, essentially, their strategies and tactics, their simularities to previous historical events, etc.
While I didn’t agree with everything the author claimed, I thought he did a good job describing the neocon role and the tone was definitely not defeatist. Informative instead. But then, perhaps I missed something? You two seem to have a much better command of the English language than I do, judging from your skillful usage of it in your comments, so maybe you are able to see hidden meanings or something in the article I failed to see?
Would you be so kind to point out (quote) the passages where this defeatism you attribute exists in the article. Thanks in advance.
the author is spot on. that’s not my issue – the timing of that article is.
maybe it’s just me, but everything written isn’t new to me.
we both know trump is undeniably a zionazi bitch. so why write nowabout
neo-con plans when it is soooo obvious that all their plans failed?
then, there is this line:
“Now you think they are ready to accept a Chinese-Russian-Iranian century? No, they are not.”
i read that line as warmongering (not defeatism): “they are coming, so obey or else…”
then on this very comment section we have ‘jd’ write:
“They will have to make a move soon. Very soon.” — more warmongering aka “obey or else…”
then you have another warmongering article like
add to that all PCR articles etc…
for me, the empire already lost. whatever next they do is immateriel: the multipolar world
is here. so my issue is, why waste time on failed neo-con plans, and trump topics and so on.
i am just not interested. better spend the time and energy on positive topics, like BRI and the like.
ignore the west. everything they say or do. the west is irrelevant.
RATM, thanks for explaining that, now I can see where you are coming from.
”/…/ there are insistent rumbles about Trump possibly dreaming of a G3 composed of just US, Russia and China. Trump, after all, personally admires the leadership qualities of both Putin and Xi, while deriding the Kafkaesque EU bureaucratic maze and its weaklings.”
Personally, my feeling is that El Trumpo is, to quote Theresa May, ”highly likely” dreaming of a G1 composed of His Highness Himself in all-out splendid isolation. Incredibly more pleasurable than keeping company with the EU or even Putin and Xi. While — unlike the God-awful Euro-trash — the latter two are men from which El Trumpo could well learn something, Indispensable and Exceptional as El Trumpo is he shouldn’t have to, right?
Humour aside, Pepe’s submissions are hard-hitting, highly perceptive material. They show irrefutably what’s happening to Western imperialism in general and its decadent power structures in particular. Keep up the good work!
Bit more re Yamal in arctic…same distance to Beijing as Paris from Yamal………next railway project after Crimean bridge is completion of Russian north latitude railway making a shorter route from huge arctic gas fields to Moscow and onwards.
G7 is a 1973 vanity that is now obsolete. G20 is the key Forum