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  • Israel pivots to Russia's Eurasian Economic Union (EEU)

    12/09/2015 5:26:30 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    RT.com ^ | 8 Dec 2015 | RT
    The Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) is planning to hold talks with Israel on establishing a free trade zone. The agreement is likely to strengthen Tel Aviv's economic ties with the union and improve Russia's investment climate. "There has been a decision to kick-off talks on the free trade zone with Israel," said the director of the EEU's Integration Development Department Victor Spassky. The EEU is a Russia-led trade bloc established in 2015 on the basis of the Customs Union of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. It currently has five members: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, while Tajikistan is a prospective...
  • Vladimir Putin calls for 'Eurasia' currency union

    03/24/2015 5:42:51 AM PDT · by mykroar · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/20/2015 | Reuters
    Vladimir Putin proposed on Friday creating a regional currency union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, Russia's partners in a political and economic union made up of former Soviet republics. Mr Putin made his proposal at a meeting with the Belarussian and Kazakh presidents which highlighted the challenges facing the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union following the fall in global oil prices and the decline of the Russian rouble. "The time has come to start thinking about forming a currency union," Mr Putin said after the talks in the Kazakh capital Astana with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.He gave...
  • "Great Surprise"—Native Americans Have West Eurasian Origins

    11/27/2014 11:09:18 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    nationalgeograph ^ | November 20, 2013 | By Brian Handwerk
    Nearly one-third of Native American genes come from west Eurasian people linked to the Middle East and Europe, rather than entirely from East Asians as previously thought, according to a newly sequenced genome. Based on the arm bone of a 24,000-year-old Siberian youth, the research could uncover new origins for America's indigenous peoples, as well as stir up fresh debate on Native American identities, experts say. The study authors believe the new study could also help resolve some long-standing puzzles on the peopling of the New World, which include genetic oddities and archaeological inconsistencies
  • The evil of political correctness

    10/04/2012 4:18:21 PM PDT · by Milagros · 8 replies
    TheNorthernEcho (UK) ^ | Aug. 7, 2012
    The evil of political correctness 1:33pm Tuesday 7th August 2012 in Columnists I KNOW that this is pretty old news by now, and we journalists and columnists are expected to be bang up to date, but I just can’t get out of my head the horrific account of how the parents of Shafilea Ahmed murdered their 17-year old daughter because she wanted to live a normal teenage life. And then they lied about it. If they were sincere in their “religious” beliefs, why didn’t they own up, with pride? Fundamentalist Islamic bigotry should have no place in a northern English...
  • Red China’s Economic Strategies for Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources

    09/25/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/21/2012 | Zabikhulla S. Saipov
    Recent Chinese diplomatic maneuvers in Central Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, show that Beijing’s strategy treats the region as a corridor for reaching resource bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. Central Asia is thus part of China’s broader blueprint of securing strategic resources and supplies to feed its developing economy (Z. Saipov, China Oil & Gas Monitor, Week 21, Issue 396, News Base, May 31, p. 3–4). Hu Jintao (L) and Islam Karimov Illustratively, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s two-week official tour of Congo, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on September 1–13 (English.sina.com, September 6) supports the premise that...
  • Putin’s Grand Plan for Asia

    03/13/2012 12:05:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 3/14/2012 | Richard Weitz
    Vladimir Putin, Russia’s current prime minister and future president, has shown a strong interest in Asian affairs. In his second term, Putin would undoubtedly like to maintain good ties with China, consolidate Moscow’s first-among-equals status in Central Asia, manage the regional repercussions of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan, prevent a war or major crisis in the Koreas, and deepen Russia’s integration into East Asia’s more dynamic and prosperous economic networks. At the same time, Putin is eager to strengthen Russia’s position in Europe. It’s a big to-do list, but Russia has already succeeded in raising its profile in Asia...
  • America and Eurasia 'to meet at north pole' (in 50-200 million years.)

    02/08/2012 10:58:52 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/8/12 | Neil Bowdler - BBC News
    America and Eurasia will crash into each other over the north pole in 50-200 million years time, according to scientists at Yale University. They predict Africa and Australia will join the new "supercontinent" too, which will mark the next coming together of the Earth's land masses. The continents are last thought to have come together 300 million years ago into a supercontinent called Pangaea. Details are published in the journal Nature. The land masses of the Earth are constantly moving as the Earth's as tectonic activity occurs. This generates areas such as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where Iceland has formed, and...
  • Putin’s New Vision of Eurasia

    10/10/2011 10:42:49 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 4 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 10/05/2011 | John C.K. Daly
    Many western politicians have harbored deep suspicions of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Vladimorovich Putin since he first emerged on the Russian political stage in 1999. This is hardly surprising, given his KGB background, though those with longer historical memories will recall that Yuri Andropov came from the same organization and that the West grudgingly found a way to work with him. While the worst aspects of the Cold War faded away with the peaceful collapse of the USSR in late 1991, twenty years later, trying to figure out Kremlin politics remains as vital an exercise as ever, and the “Putin...
  • Vacant shops hit 33% in some towns ( UK )

    09/08/2011 6:17:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 8 September 2011 | Alan Jones
    One in three shops are empty in some parts of the UK after an increase in the gap between the best and worst performing towns, a new report shows. Nationally, one in seven shops have remained vacant in the past year and there is unlikely to be a significant improvement because of the economic climate
  • Russia pushing for control of fuel supplies to crucial US airbase

    06/24/2010 12:05:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/22/2010 | Richard Orange
    The Russian and American governments are discussing a bilateral government deal, under which Russian state-controlled oil companies Rosneft and Gazpromneft would supply kerosene directly to the Manas Transit Centre, a crucial logistics hub for the war in Afghanistan. "Ultimately it's in the security interests of Russia for the US to be using this base for its operations in Afghanistan, but under a very, very strict mandate," said Ana Jelenkovic, Central Asia analyst at Eurasia Group. "If Russia is able to monitor the destination of the fuel, it limits the ability of the US to stay there in the base long-term....
  • Turkey’s Pact With Russia Will Give It Nuclear Plant

    05/13/2010 10:47:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 336+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/12/2010 | Sebnem Arsu
    Turkey and Russia signed 17 agreements on Wednesday to enhance cooperation in energy and other fields, including pacts to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant and furthering plans for an oil pipeline from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. The pipeline would allow Russia to expand its oil exports from the Black Sea, bypassing the Bosporus, whose shipping lines are already at capacity. The deal follows several rounds of agreements between Russia and Turkey in recent years that have helped Russia maintain its dominance of Eurasian energy routes. On his first official visit to Turkey, the Russian president, Dmitri A....
  • China And America Jostle In Middle East

    05/11/2010 7:15:08 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 291+ views
    Eurasian Review ^ | 5/12/2010 | Richard Javad Heydarian
    This century has witnessed China's emergence as the main challenger to the superpower status of the United States. In a dramatic fashion, China is beginning to establish its foothold in the highly strategic, energy-rich region of the Middle East by forging strong ties with regional powers and gradually challenging the U.S.-Israeli regional dominance. Thanks to decades of double-digit economic growth and accelerating military modernization, China now has both the need for and the capability of engaging the Middle East. Confined to the sidelines during the Cold War, the Chinese leadership finally found a window of opportunity to enter the regional...
  • Syria in China’s New Silk Road Strategy

    04/17/2010 2:31:35 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 278+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 4/16/2010 | Christina Lin
    While the international community is fixated on Iran’s nuclear program, China has been steadily expanding its political, economic and strategic ties with Syria. Since Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited China in 2004 on the heels of the 2003 U.S. intervention in Iraq, there have been increased economic cooperation and more recently, a flurry of high-level exchanges on political and strategic issues. On April 5, while at the 7th Syrian International Oil and Gas Exhibition “SYROIL 2010” to attract local, Arab and foreign investors, Syrian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Sufian al-Allaw told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that he...
  • Kyrgyzstan extends U.S. lease of air base

    04/16/2010 4:51:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 263+ views
    UPI ^ | 4/16/2010 | UPI
    Kyrgyzstan's interim government said it will extend the U.S. lease of a key air base by another year. "Kyrgyzstan is extending by one year the validity of the agreement with the United States over the Manas transit center," Omurbek Tekebayev, the deputy leader of the opposition, was quoted as saying by BBC News. Washington is using the air base in Manas to fly troops and equipment in and out of Afghanistan. After the bloody unrest that ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev last week, the U.S. government had been worried that the opposition would throw the Americans out. The move to keep...
  • China, US, Russia eye Bishkek

    04/14/2010 10:40:14 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 435+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 4/12/2010 | richard Weitz
    Kyrgyzstan may be a landlocked country with a population of less than 5.5 million, but it still looms large in the regional calculations of China, Russia and the United States. The Kyrgyz Republic is the only country to host both a Russian and a US military base. The Russian base at Kant symbolises Moscow’s preeminent security role in the region, while the US base at Manas plays a vital role in sustaining NATO military operations in Afghanistan. And Kyrgyzstan also borders Xinjiang, prompting concerns among Chinese policymakers over infiltration by terrorists and narcotics smuggling into this sensitive province as well...
  • An ancient textile factory? (New discoveries push human technologies back to the "earliest times")

    10/01/2009 2:51:37 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 39 replies · 2,527+ views
    CMI ^ | October 1, 2009 | Robert W Carter, Ph.D.
    A recent report of an ancient textile facility, of sorts, is turning heads.[1] Sifting through the debris on a cave floor in the Republic of Georgia, scientists recently discovered evidence that the early cave dwellers processed textiles in the cave. While searching for ancient pollen grains, they found tiny flax fibers in the dirt. Some of these fibers were woven, some were cut, and some were dyed black, gray, turquoise, or pink. They also discovered evidence that these people were processing fur (for clothing) and animal hides. What is surprising about the find is that this was supposedly happening 30,000...
  • OSCE RIP in Georgia

    07/06/2009 8:10:10 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 7/1/2009 | Vladimir Socor
    On June 30 the OSCE officially terminated its Mission in Georgia, which had for 17 years monitored the situation in and around South Ossetia. Russia forced the OSCE to close the Mission by vetoing the prolongation of its mandate in the OSCE's Permanent Council. Also on June 30 the U.N. Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), which had for 15 years monitored the situation in and around Abkhazia, began evacuating its personnel, following Russia's veto against that Mission's mandate in the U.N. Security Council (EDM, June 2, 12, 17). OSCE military monitoring officers on patrol in Georgia, in 2008 Moscow wants...
  • NATO MEMBERSHIP ACTION PLANS: “NOT IF BUT WHEN”?

    03/26/2008 10:02:20 AM PDT · by hanfei · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | March 26, 2008 | Vladimir Socor
    Ahead of NATO’s April 2-4 Bucharest Summit, the alliance is preoccupied with maintaining the principles on which it interacts with aspirant countries. The core principles may be summed up as: the open door, membership action plans on the road to that open door, merit-based assessment of aspirant countries, and no external inputs into Allied decisions on membership or membership prospects. The alliance as a whole is alert to the risk of compromising those principles in the event that Membership Action Plans (MAPs) are denied to Georgia and Ukraine in a manner perceived as deferring to Russia. Even Germany, the leading...
  • Russia and China: The Mechanics of an Anti-American Alliance

    04/29/2007 10:53:35 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies · 791+ views
    The Journal of International Security Affairs ^ | Fall 2006 | Dr. Alexandr Nemets
    Russia and China: The Mechanics of an Anti-American Alliance Fall 2006 - Number 11 Alexandr Nemets Conventional wisdom has it that China’s expanding military capabilities, and Beijing’s growing regional ambitions, will one day soon pose a challenge to the United States in Asia. Likewise, Russia under Vladimir Putin has shed any ambiguity about its post-Cold War direction, become increasingly assertive, powerful and anti-American. Yet perhaps the greatest threat to U.S. interests and objectives in the years ahead will not come from Beijing or Moscow alone, but from the ominous alliance that is emerging between the two. It is a partnership...
  • Russia as friend, not foe

    02/20/2007 12:16:08 PM PST · by vertolet · 19 replies · 475+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | Feb 17, 2007 | Nicolai N Petro
    Rarely has Russia's leadership been so widely reviled in the West, yet rarely has the West needed Russia's friendship more. The most obvious reason the West needs Russia is the latter's abundance of natural resources, which Western governments have for decades assumed would always be at the disposal of their industries. Indeed, Europe has almost learned to take its dependence for granted, relying on its good fortune that, for the past three centuries, the Russian elite has identified itself wholeheartedly with European culture and values. The occasional voices that arose to call for a reorientation eastward to Siberia, or southward...