SITREPs

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China This is why we study China. There is no point in believing we can make sense of China by a skin-deep knowledge of present-day China. We will be little the wiser. Chinese civilization is over 4,000 years old: as a political entity it is over 2,000 years old, the longest continuously existing polity in the world.

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Infrastructure The Three Gorges passed all its tests. Flood control, power generation, navigation and water resources utilization are running smoothly. The river dam, flood discharge, energy dissipation, water diversion and power generation, navigation facilities, protective buildings, mechanical and electrical systems are operating normally and stably. The reservoir accumulated 180 billion cubic meters of floodwater, reduced the flood peak by 40 percent, and the

Global arms embargo on Iran lifted, Tehran hails victory: Al Mayadeen TV Report

http://middleeastobserver.net/global-arms-embargo-on-iran-lifted-tehran-hails-victory-al-mayadeen-tv-report/ Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ASGm1z2e8 Description: Al Mayadeen TV report on the implications of the lifting of the international arms embargo on Iran. Source: Al Mayadeen TV (YouTube) Date: October 18, 2010 (Important Note: Please help us keep producing independent translations for you by contributing as little as $1/month here: https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver?fan_landing=true) Transcript: Reporter: The 13-year (UN) arms embargo on Iran has (finally) ended. Another (major) page in the (story) of international sanctions (on Iran) has been

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China The Huawei complete Google alternative is being built out – You will hear about Petal again – Maps, Docs, Search, Browser and probably every app you use. Huawei solved its map problem with Petal Maps and has just unveiled Huawei Docs, which, supports document viewing and editing of 50 formats including PDF, PPT, and DOC. With real-time syncing enabled by cloud capabilities,

USA SITREP: FBI indicted Russian trombone player as a “GRU hacker”

By Lilia Shumkova, a Moscow based independent journalist, for The Saker Blog A federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of the US state of Pennsylvania without citing any laws domestic or international, basing it’s decision purely on an opaque act of “violation of accepted norms” indited six Russian citizens. All six, as the FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich claims, are Russian military intelligence officers and their “crimes” go

Bolivia – The people won, against all the odds, the people still won

By Chris Faure for the Saker Blog Bolivia went to the polls yesterday for the first election since the coup d’état in November 2019, that removed Evo Morales from the leadership and from the country and put the country under a western backed right wing coup government.  This coup was carried out for lithium, as Morales was developing the Lithium sector and had made agreements to start the long road

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Editorial : Before we start with Godfree’s news, a short commentary on Pompeo’s attempt to create an type of NATO by way of the QUAD.  Plot Spoiler – did not work. From Moon of Alabama The US administration revived the 2007-2008 Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and rebranded it as the U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations Quad. The aim was to turn

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Editorial Comments Before we dive into Godfree’s newsletter for this week, those that are interested in space, satellites and imaging will enjoy this.  China’s new ‘multi-mode’ satellite releases first high-res images and they are truly magnificent.  Take a look as we do not have permission to post anything here. https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-09-30/China-s-new-multi-mode-satellite-releases-first-high-res-images-Ud2polxoWc/index.html This week from the Here Comes China

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Editorial Comments Now that the excitement of all the major Heads of Countries virtually speaking at the UNGA is over, we can come to initial conclusions.  The theme of this gathering was to investigate the UN itself, and to position it to be a better global gathering place where internal relations can be discussed, problems solved and

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China This week’s selection includes a separate explanation on just how the Chinese Communist Party and Government operates.  For those that visit these weekly Sitreps to learn, this may put an end to the regular discussion items of just how bad the CCP is.  You did know that China has six political parties, did you?  The people that

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China For this week, we chose issues around the Western War on China, which encompasses all areas of trade and business, the ownership of data which is behind the war on large Chinese technical companies, and the military strength that China is building rapidly, for example the news that China now has the biggest navy in our world.  

Serbia SITREP: Kosovo – the endless game

by Zoran Petrov for The Saker Blog UPDATE! Although I tried to predict possible outcomes from White House meeting, the results were more then a surprise! What is obvious from 2 (or 3 days) summit is that stakes of the actual three party meeting were different from those involving Belgrade-Pristina. Thanks to coming presidential elections in US, Serbia managed to get some concessions that were impossible before (see images from

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter Here Comes China Street Wisdom If you are born in a country with 1.4 billion people and thousands of years of history, you will know how important cooperation is. We need order more than freedom. We need collectivism more than individualism. Many Westerners don’t understand it. The per capita cultivated land of Canada is 18 times that of China, and the

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter: This week’s selection is only three pieces from the Here Comes China newsletter and this selection corresponds with recent essays and discussions on the Saker Blog. The first piece is Belarus and the New Silk Road, then a BRI update and finally the question that we face frequently: How does Russia and China cooperate. (No, you won’t see this in the

China Newsbrief & Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts from his extensive weekly newsletter with further up to date editorial notes: We start off with the Three Gorges Dam, a Wild Party in Wuhan and the always logical Nathan Rich with some views on Pompeo’s ‘clean networks’. We now see filtering through the Chinese media some news on the Three Gorges Dam as a result of a major flooding in China. News is widely available but

Canada today slipped beneath the waves, like the Titanic, but into deep dictatorship.

By Marcel Woland for The Saker Blog Today, the Minister of Finance, Morneau, was forced by Trudeau to resign, after he and Trudeau were caught (*see below) diverting one billion dollars to personal, non-governmental, associates. George Soros, through an Ukrainian agent/mole, is now the de facto head of Canada. George Soros’s designated ‘biographer’ (hagiographer) Ukrainian-Canadian Fascist, Chrystia Freeland, becomes Minister of Finance, (presumably de facto keeping her duties as Minister

Serbia SITREP: Kosovo – the endless game

by Mavro Orbini for The Saker Blog Although expected, call for Belgrade-Pristina dialogue at White House on 2nd of September[1] is suddenly getting on importance after Trump administration masterpieced (unexpected) Israeli-UAE Peace Deal.[2] It seems that US diplomatic coupe is on the way just before US presidential elections. Trump sent letters in 2018 and 2019 to Belgrade and Pristina urging them to reach a “historic accord” for a “comprehensive peace”

China Newsbrief & Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts from his newsletter This week we focus mainly on China’s development and business. We still see signs of an unrestricted and type of unformed war on China that is described by many names, examples cold war or, hybrid war.  The main characteristic of this war is where nothing that disrupts the enemy is off limits. Despite an unprecedented downturn in US-China relations during a pandemic, US businesses

Would Rudolf Steiner be a Vučić troll?

By Saker´s Johnny-on-the-spot in Belgrade for The Saker Blog Would Rudolf Steiner be a Vučić troll? I doubt it. But it was good of Zoran to take time off his busy schedule to comment on my reporting from Belgrade. I am sorry that my dispatches fall short of Australian journalistic standards. Serbian political language is probably more robust than anything that Zoran experienced down under. I suspect that returning to

Why empty can makes the most noise? Or how visible is hidden deep in invisible?

Note by the Saker: I want to express my deepest gratitude to Zoran for taking up my (always standing) invitation to express a point of view different than the one expressed by Johnny-on-the-spot in Serbia.  And, just in case, I want to remind everybody that I take NO personal position on this issue.  I hope that with Zoran’s column we can now have a discussion of substantive issues even if

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