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Sitrep: Here Comes China: Elephants, Finance and Trade, RCEP

Selections from Godfree Roberts’ extensive weekly newsletter: Here Comes China. You can get it here: https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Further selections and editorial and geopolitical commentary by Amarynth. If you do not know about the wandering elephants that are firing up imaginations, you cannot possibly be up on your reading on China.   The launch of the Huawei Harmony operating system is the first serious competition for Apple and Google in the world. 

Israel must choose between civil war or regional war : Senior Lebanese Analyst

  Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/israel-must-choose-between-civil-war-or-regional-war-senior-lebanese-analyst/ Description:   In a recent appearance on a political talk show, senior Lebanese political analyst Nasser Qandil said that Israel is currently going through a sensitive and dangerous period of its history, in which it must choose between “civil war or regional war”. Source:  Al Mayadeen TV : Date:  June 8, 2021 (Help us keep producing independent translations for you by donating a small monthly amount  here: https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver?fan_landing=true)

Propaganda and the Media — Let’s Tell Some Lies — Part 5

By Larry Romanoff for The Saker Blog, June 13, 2021 I stated in earlier articles that we are subjected – more often than we might imagine – to news articles that were entirely fictitious, reporting on news events that either never occurred, or where the description bore no resemblance to the actual event. One of the most common ploys is to fabricate an event – usually an atrocity tale of some nature –

What’s in a mere premise?

by Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog Almost every adult believes that he or she is rational, because he or she can easily cite many simple but important examples of personal rational behaviour in daily life. Selecting one from several packs of cereal in a store, for example, or making sure that a child is properly dressed and equipped to go to school. Any civilized society in the world rests

Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/06/11 … Open Thread

2021/06/11 13:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at the Primakov Readings International Forum, via videoconference, Moscow, June 9, 2021

https://www.mid.ru/en/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/4779515 Mr Dynkin, Ladies and gentlemen, Friends, I am grateful for the invitation to speak again at the Primakov Readings International Forum. It is one of the most highly respected international venues for a committed professional dialogue, although probably the youngest. I would like to thank the leadership of Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) for suggesting the idea of this forum and for the commendable organisation of

Another sad incident of Islamophobia in Canada

by Zamir Awan for the Saker Blog A Pakistani-Canadian family recently fell victim to another hate crime against Muslims in Canada. Five members of a Muslim family became the latest target of anti-Islam attacks in Canada. The hate crime claimed the lives of four family members and critically wounded a child. Police said the victims were two women aged 77 and 44, a 46-year-old man and a 15-year-old girl. A

Nasrallah: Gaza’s victory paves the way for the total Liberation of Palestine (full speech)

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2021, on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon. Note: This is not a literal translation of Nasrallah’s speech, but a detailed summary of its whole content. Source: video.moqawama.org Translation: resistancenews.org Transcript: Praise be to God. Greetings on the Prophet and his family. Peace be upon you, as well as the Mercy of God. I

G7: Desperately Seeking Relevancy

A G7 rebooted as a Sinophobic crusade will have few if any takers due to members’ rising dependence on Chinese goods and markets by Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times The upcoming G7 in Cornwall at first might be seen as the quirky encounter of “America is Back” with “Global Britain”. The Big Picture though is way more sensitive. Three Summits in a Row – G7,

TV report on how Yemeni UAVs are changing course of Saudi war

Original link: http://middleeastobserver.net/tv-report-on-how-yemeni-uavs-are-changing-course-of-saudi-war/   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbjR_xU8-lQ&t=13s Description: A Yemeni TV report on the “game-changing effects” of low-cost attack drones on the course of the Saudi military campaign in Yemen. Source: Al Masirah TV (YouTube): Date: May 2, 2021 (Please help MEO keep producing independent translations for you by contributing a sustainable monthly amount https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver?fan_landing=true) Transcript: Eight drone strikes have targeted King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait since the start of the holy month

Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/06/08 … Open Thread

2021/06/08 01:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

‘Exorbitant Privilege’ Under Siege

By Francis Lee for the Saker Blog It was the French politician Valery Giscard D’Estaing who first coined the phrase ‘Exorbitant Privilege’- a reference to the many advantages enjoyed by the US ownership and control of the world’s reserve currency. This was a situation dating back to the agreement reached in 1944 between the allied powers and established in Bretton Woods a town in New Hampshire; it was to become

Book Review – Joint Criminal Enterprise: Why everything you were told about Slobodan Milosevic and the Serbs was wrong. By Andy Wilcoxson.

Book by Andy Wilcoxson and review written by Amarynth for the Saker Blog Does one review a book of this nature on its meticulous scholarship and factual depictions of events? Because the book is factual and the scholarship is meticulous. Or does one review a book of this nature on the extreme political justifications used to instigate what amounts to four wars, depending on how you count? Or even when

Spirit of the Srebrenica narrative

by Ljubiša Malenica for the Saker Blog When one speaks of Srebrenica and events which transpired in that town, especially within context of Western media, a biased interpretation of events has already become the norm. The narrative, backed for years by media outlets, NGOs and The Hague tribunal, has focused on crimes and alleged crimes by Serb forces against the Muslim population, deliberately deciding to ignore two years of crimes

Propaganda and the Media: All you have to do is think – Part 4

By Larry Romanoff for The Saker Blog, May 21, 2021 If I were a dictator, one of my first dictates would be that every adult must take at least one university-level course in logic. In today’s world, with what is essentially an international criminal element in control, one which effectively manages public perception through their leverage over the mass media, readers would benefit immensely from some exposure to the principles of logic. The main

How St. Petersburg is mapping the Eurasian Century

By Pepe Escobar with permission and first posted at Asia Times It’s impossible to understand the finer points of what’s happening on the ground in Russia and across Eurasia, business-wise, without following the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). So let’s cut to the chase, and offer a few choice examples of what is discussed on top panels. The Russian Far East – Here’s a discussion on the –

Vladimir Putin at the plenary session of the 24th St Petersburg International Economic Forum.

http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/65746 This year’s forum, with the theme A Collective Reckoning of the New Global Economic Reality, is one of the biggest events since the start of the pandemic. Heads of state and government, heads of major Russian and international associations, companies and banks, leading experts and politicians are taking part in discussions at the SPIEF in person or via videoconference. * * * Stanislav Natanzon, plenary session moderator: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am happy to welcome you all at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. This is the first global event of this level that

Moveable Feast Cafe 2021/06/04 … Open Thread

2021/06/04 14:00:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of the issues of the day. The ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’ will have two new open threads each week. The Saker stated moderation policy will apply eg ‘no caps’, no obscenity … etc to all post. The Cafe is now open for

North Macedonia Asked Russia to Not Retaliate Diplomatically (Ruslan Ostashko)

Translated by Sasha and subtitled by Leo. One of the pieces of former Yugoslavia, the Republic of North Macedonia has decided to join the leap against Russia. This geopolitical misfortune expelled a Russian diplomat and, having heard from Moscow about reciprocal measures, they shrieked: “Daddy, don’t beat me!” Do you know what the European solidarity is? It is when the spiritual midgets who owe their existence to the Western “divide

Islamic Republic of Iran’s Presidential Election 1400

by Mansoureh Tajik for the Saker Blog The list of candidates for the 1400 Islamic Republic of Iran Presidential Election has shocked and surprised only those analysts and reporters whose investigative skills have been rendered dull perhaps by covidus lifeosis (abnormal life caused by covid) or by sourcepenia crediblerrhexis (ruptured credibility due to an abnormal reduction in the number of informed sources) or by some other malady of unknown etiology.

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