Keyword: geopolitics

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  • Dropping the bomb

    03/12/2015 7:17:13 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 137 replies ^ | Thursday, March 12, 2015 | Steve Hays
    I'm going to comment on the ethics of nuking Japan. This is one of those perennial issues that America-bashers constantly raise. There are two extremes we need to avoid: "my country right or wrong," and "blame America first." For me the war has a personal dimension. My late father was a WWII vet who served in the Pacific theater. He was radio operator in the Air Force. His squadron conducted reconnaissance over Japan. He had some interesting stories to tell: i) He trained on B-17s in Alaska, then flew on B-29s in Florida. ii) Our pilots discovered the jet stream....
  • Garry Kasparov says ‘Obama and Merkel sounded delusional’ on Ukraine

    02/10/2015 11:33:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 2/9/15 | twitchy staff/Garry Kasparov
    The situation on the ground in Ukraine has been described as a high-stakes chess game, and Garry Kasparov, world chess champion and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, expressed little confidence in the players yesterday.
  • Kremlin: Don't Issue Ultimatums To Putin

    02/09/2015 10:47:14 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Sky News ^ | 2/9/15
    The words come as the EU suspends new sanctions - including visa bans and asset freezes - to give peace efforts a chance Vladimir Putin will not be spoken to in the language of ultimatums, a Russian radio station has quoted the Kremlin as saying. Reports suggest German Chancellor Angela Merkel had given him until Wednesday to agree a peace plan over Ukraine or face new sanctions.
  • The Assembly of a New World Order

    08/29/2014 10:34:50 AM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Henry Kissinger
    The concept that has underpinned the modern geopolitical era is in crisis Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan's young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept of order that has underpinned the modern era is in crisis. The search for world order has long been defined almost exclusively by the concepts of Western societies. In the decades following World War II, the...
  • Putin Doesn't Care About the Rules Anymore

    07/30/2014 2:52:11 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 9 replies
    Atlantic Sentinel ^ | 30 July 2014 | Nick Ottens
    The United States on Monday accused Russia of violating a Cold War arms treaty governing both powers’ use of intermediate range missiles. If true, it marks the latest in a series of Russian breaches of international norms since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012. Russia’s violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibits both America and Russia from deploying ballistic and cruise missiles that are launched from the ground and have a range of between 500 and 5,000 kilometers, was first reported by The New York Times in January. An American government official confirmed the...
  • To bolster its claims, China plants islands in disputed waters

    06/25/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9
    The Times of India ^ | 17 June 2014 | Edward Wong & Jonathan Ansfield
    “In principle, Ukraine does not independently exist,” said Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill i during a June 18 address. Ukraine is instead part of “the historical territory of Russia,” the patriarch said, according to a report by the Kiev-based Espreso tv. Such a stance on Ukraine mirrors that of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2005, Mr. Putin said the demise of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Ever since, his prime objective has been the rebuilding of Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery—especially in Ukraine. Although Putin never tried to hide what he...
  • Does Vladimir Putin Have God on His Side Regarding Ukraine?

    06/25/2014 12:56:56 PM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 16 replies ^ | 25 June 2014 | Jeremiah Jacques
    “In principle, Ukraine does not independently exist,” said Russian Orthodox Church leader Kirill i during a June 18 address. Ukraine is instead part of “the historical territory of Russia,” the patriarch said, according to a report by the Kiev-based Espreso tv. Such a stance on Ukraine mirrors that of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2005, Mr. Putin said the demise of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the [20th] century.” Ever since, his prime objective has been the rebuilding of Russia’s influence in its former Soviet periphery—especially in Ukraine. Although Putin never tried to hide what he...
  • The Basics of War and How the U.S. Went Wrong

    09/25/2012 3:46:18 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 49 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 9/24/12 | Col. Thomas Snodgrass (Ret)
    In view of the public frustration with a decade of largely unsuccessful U.S. war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the impending cuts to the U.S. military budget, there is an active debate at present as to what military strategy and force structure should be fashioned for the future. Unfortunately, many taxpayers and most politicians are totally illiterate when it comes to the subject of warfare. (Judging from the dismal results in the last ten years, a similar conclusion might to drawn concerning the U.S. officer corps.) In an attempt to fill this critical knowledge void and perhaps raise the level...
  • The State of the World: A Framework [Which Candidate Is Strongest On Meta-Geopolitical Issues?]

    02/21/2012 10:34:42 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay
    Stratfor ^ | February 21, 2012 | 0959 GMT | By George Friedman
    The evolution of geopolitics is cyclical. Powers rise, fall and shift. Changes occur in every generation in an unending ballet. However, the period between 1989 and 1991 was unique in that a long cycle of human history spanning hundreds of years ended, and with it a shorter cycle also came to a close. The world is still reverberating from the events of that period. On Dec. 25, 1991, an epoch ended. On that day the Soviet Union collapsed, and for the first time in almost 500 years no European power was a global power, meaning no European state integrated economic,...
  • When will North Korea open up?

    01/10/2012 8:44:29 PM PST · by robertvance · 8 replies
    The Voice of North Korea ^ | 1/10/2012 | Voice of North Korea Staff
    Will North Korea ever open up? Not if China has a say. And China does have a say. A big say. China is North Korea’s best friend in the world – a friendship that was cemented with blood when Chairman Mao sent hundreds of thousands of soldiers to their deaths in North Korea in 1950. Back then it was all about showing the world that a young People’s Republic of China could throw her weight around in Asia. It was also about doing the bidding of Stalin – the man who created the Korean war and played his two biggest...
  • The Emperors’ Clothes (Pakistan Knew About OBL)

    05/08/2011 7:16:21 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Dawn ^ | 4-6-2011 | Cyril Almeida
    The Emperors’ ClothesCyril AlmeidaMay 6, 2011 PAKISTAN this week has been confronted with a deeply unsettling question. Could the self-appointed custodians of the national interest themselves be the greatest threat to national security? There is no joy in asking this. Pakistan exists in a tough neighbourhood. A strong and vibrant army is necessary and desirable. But as the initial shock and disbelief wears off, there is a deep, deep sense of unease here. Did they know he was here? Surely, they knew he was here? Nobody has come out and said it openly yet. It’s too early, the story still...
  • The Sinai Singularity

    05/05/2011 5:21:57 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 4 replies ^ | May 4, 2011 | Wendy Wippel
    The nation of Israel accounts for only 1/10000 of the earth’s land mass. It could fit inside the borders of Texas 33 times. Svalbard and Tokelau are bigger. (Who? Exactly.) Yet one-third of the UN's resolutions focus on Israel. Why is this microscopic country the ongoing focus of world politics? The next world war (inching inexorably closer) would seemingly hinge on nothing more than the validity of this tiny country's existence. Amazingly, the words of Jewish prophets --writing more than 2500 years ago from an Israel that was a scrappy, backwater upstart in comparison to the grandeur of the successive...
  • Weekly Geopolitical Summary: Iran Lashes Out, Washington Eyes Billions

    10/25/2010 8:32:59 AM PDT · by bananaman22
    Global INtelligence Report ^ | 21/10/2010 | Jen Alic
    68 Dead in Karachi, Pakistan Political Killing Spree Russia, Venezuela Sing Nuclear Power Station Deal Washington Eyes Billions in India Deals Netherlands Antilles Ceases to Exist Iran Lashes Out at BP for Refusing to Refuel Commercial Jets Tajikistan Attempts to Buy Russian Help over Uzbek Water Dispute -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 68 Dead in Karachi, Pakistan Political Killing Spree Violence began over the weekend in Karachi, Pakistan, by Tuesday the death toll had risen to 68, according to Pakistani media reports. On Tuesday, at least 10 people were killed and more than a dozen others injured by gunmen on motorbikes who stormed the...
  • Germany to help Japan obtain vital rare earths

    10/17/2010 2:09:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    AFP ^ | October 16 2010 | AFP
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia — Germany will help Japan gain access to vital rare earth minerals which are being withheld by China in a territorial dispute, German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Saturday. Bruederle was speaking on his way home from a visit to Tokyo where he had talks with Japanese trade and economy ministers Akihiro Ohata and Banri Kaieda. He said they had raised the possibility of Japan running out of stocks of the commodities vital for the manufacture of electronic goods such as mobile telephones. In turn Bruederle spoke of eventual joint efforts to explore for new resources of the...
  • Weekly Geopolitical Summary, 14 October 2010

    10/15/2010 9:42:16 AM PDT · by bananaman22
    Global Intelligence Report ^ | 15/10/2010 | Jen Alic
    •Head of Turkmengaz Fired and Replaced with Deputy •CYBERCOM to Go Operational This Month •Govt Takes over Hungarian Plant after Deadly Toxic Spill •French Transport and Oil Industry Strikes Risks Radicalization •Bolivia to Start Lithium Production in October •ISAF’s Torkham AfPak Border Crossing Reopened •Iran’s President Visits Lebanon in Clear Attempt to Boost Hezbollah Head of Turkmengaz Fired and Replaced with Deputy Local media in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat reported on 8 October that Turkmenistan’s President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov fired the head of the state-run Turkmengaz for mismanagement (specifically for “serious miscalculations”), and replaced him with Dovlet Mommayev, who until...
  • G-8 'fully believes' Israel will attack Iran, says Italy PM

    06/27/2010 10:10:27 AM PDT · by honestabe010 · 45 replies · 1+ views
    World leaders "believe absolutely" that Israel may decide to take military action against Iran to prevent the latter from acquiring nuclear weapons, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Saturday. “Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react preemptively,” Berlusconi told reporters following talks with other Group of Eight leaders north of Toronto...
  • Hush! Spain's Back to Iraq

    06/27/2010 9:47:07 AM PDT · by J Aguilar · 13 replies
    Libertad Digital ^ | 15 April 2010 | Libertad Digital
    Yes to the war, but only with Obama.The "No to War” Government Prepares to Send Civil Guards to Iraq After the “mother of all withdraws" carried out by Zapatero and the former Defence minister, Jose Bono, it seems that after the arrival of Obama to the White House the War of Iraq is no longer so illegal, immoral and unjust: agents of the Civil Guard have travelled to Iraq. Libertad Digital The news broke out last Wednesday in the Congress, when answering a question from the [right wing] PP member of parliament, Ignacio Cosidó, the Secretary of State of Security,...
  • N. Korea may formalize power transfer from Kim Jong Il to 3rd son, analysts say

    06/27/2010 9:09:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 06/27/10 | Chico Harlan and John Pomfret
    N. Korea may formalize power transfer from Kim Jong Il to 3rd son, analysts say By Chico Harlan and John Pomfret Sunday, June 27, 2010; A09 TOKYO -- North Korea announced Saturday that it would hold a rare meeting that analysts predicted would herald the rise of Kim Jong Un, a son of ruler Kim Jong Il, as the new leader of the isolated Stalinist dictatorship. Official state news media reported that delegates from the ruling Korean Workers' Party would meet in September to select a new party leadership. Analysts said the gathering had all the hallmarks of a similar...
  • Sugar Daddy China Should Dock Kim’s Allowance: William Pesek(link only)

    05/30/2010 6:07:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 183+ views
    Businessweek ^ | 05/31/10 | William Pesek
  • The Istanbul-Moscow Axis of Evil

    05/24/2010 10:27:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 523+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 24, 2010 | Joel J. Sprayregen
    I logged over 15,000 air miles in the past three weeks, my ports of call including Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, and London. I enjoyed opportunities to exchange views with informed leaders of government, business, and think-tanks. Changes -- many repugnant to believe -- are proceeding rapidly in each country I visited. I choose to focus on changes in Turkey and Russia which are harmful to the national interests of the United States. Turkey presents the more immediate concern. Atatürk's secular republic, established after the Ottoman collapse in World War I, was long hailed as the enlightened model for Muslim countries. Turkey...
  • Where would we be without offshore oil?

    05/03/2010 3:44:16 PM PDT · by Faketan · 3 replies · 128+ views ^ | 03/05/2010 | James Hamilton
    As oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, I thought it might be helpful to review how we got where we are today. The graph below shows total U.S. consumption of petroleum products (in red) and oil production from U.S. fields (in green). Consumption has been growing pretty steadily since 1981 while production has been declining. About 3-1/2 million barrels per day of the gap between these two lines is made up by refinery process gain, natural gas plant liquids, and other liquids. But most of the gap must be met by U.S. imports. Each year that our...
  • Europe’s Latest Tinder Box and Global Mega Trends – The EU’s Failure (Part 1)

    04/10/2010 1:19:37 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 5 replies · 234+ views ^ | 04/10/2010 | Yossef Bodansky
    The Greater Black Sea Basin (GBSB) – the region between the middle of the Adriatic Sea in the west and the middle of the Caspian Sea in the east, between the Russian landmass in the north and the Turkish-Persian landmass in the south – is fast becoming Europe’s latest tinderbox. Although traditional geographic textbooks identify the borderline between Europe and Asia as the line stretching westwards along the water-crest of the Caucasus Mountains and then arching southwards through the center of the Turkish Straits and then hugging the Greek littoral westwards, the legacy of the Cold War and the dissolution...
  • India Worries as China Builds Ports in South Asia (encircling India)

    02/17/2010 4:47:58 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 528+ views
    NYT ^ | 02/16/10 | VIKAS BAJAJ
    India Worries as China Builds Ports in South Asia By VIKAS BAJAJ HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka — For years, ships from other countries, laden with oil, machinery, clothes and cargo, sped past this small town near India as part of the world’s brisk trade with China. Now, China is investing millions to turn this fishing hamlet into a booming new port, furthering an ambitious trading strategy in South Asia that is reshaping the region and forcing India to rethink relations with its neighbors. As trade in the region grows more lucrative, China has been developing port facilities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and...
  • The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen

    01/09/2010 11:54:07 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 719+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | Joe Weisenthal
    The Secret Anti-China Message Behind Obama's Mission To Yemen Joe Weisenthal Jan. 9, 2010, 11:13 AM The war on terror is back, though the story has moved from Afghanistan (which is ostensibly now in nation-building mode) to Yemen, which up until recently, many Americans probably had never heard of. Asia Times has an excellent overview of the situation written by former Indian ambassador M K Bhadrakumar. What's most interesting is his analysis of Yemen through the lens of the broader tension between the US and China. Most important, however, for US global strategies will be the massive gain of control...
  • Syrian Politician Urges the West to Face Reality

    01/07/2010 12:00:16 PM PST · by Tamar Rush · 7 replies · 649+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Jan.07, 2010 | Farid Ghadry
    Syrian-Iranian-led alliance’s clear aim is to destroy all regional democracies Farid Ghadry MEMRI just enlightened us with a small Blog entry in al-Thawra (The Revolution) Syrian newspaper, which relates, indirectly, the ultimate aim of the Syrian-Iranian and recently added Turkish alliance. For the unwitting policy makers who engineered the Syrian and the Iranian engagement policy, this is no longer about defending the free nations in the region but now has become about survival of those nations. Subjugating Lebanon to the terror of Assad is the least of your problems. To the dreamers who are still riveted to the...
  • Iran to Surge to a Hegemonic Position in the Middle East Without a Major War

    01/03/2010 4:25:10 PM PST · by staffjam · 13 replies · 830+ views ^ | 01/01/2010 | Yossef Bodansky
    Despite the lingering demonstrations and disorder in Tehran, Iran’s ruling mullahs are confident anew in their country’s ability to surge to a hegemonic position in the Middle East without a major war. The main reason for the mullahs’ confidence is their interpretation of the appeasement policies of the US Barack Obama Administration. Most significant is the undeclared – yet widely projected – profound change in US policy regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran and all other regional governments are convinced that the US now strives to “contain” a nuclear Iran rather than continue the declared objective to prevent the nuclearization of...
  • Pamir Mountains, the Crossroads of History

    12/24/2009 9:59:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 441+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 20, 2009 | ANDY ISAACSON
    BY 9 in the morning, the bazaar on a rocky island in the Panj River was a frenetic scene of haggling and theatrics. Afghan traders in long tunics and vests hawked teas, toiletries and rubber slippers. Turbaned fortune tellers bent over ornate Persian texts, predicting futures for the price of a dollar. Tajik women bargained over resplendent bolts of fabric. All were mingling this bright Saturday at a weekly market held throughout the year and, in one form or another, for thousands of years here in the Wakhan Valley, which divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan. “Mousetraps, mousetraps, mousetraps, oooowww!” crooned a...
  • Iran: Oil Field Is Ours, Not Iraq's

    12/19/2009 10:10:42 PM PST · by Fennie · 45 replies · 2,664+ views
    Ynet News ^ | December 19, 2009
    Tehran denies Iraqi claim to borderline oil field, says troops are 'on Iranian soil, as defined by known international borders'. Iran confirmed Saturday that its forces had taken over East Maysan oil field, located on the Iran-Iraq border. The move caused a 2.4% spike in oil prices. "The Iranian forces are on Iranian soil, as defined by known international borders. This oil field is Iran's" said an Iranian armed forces statement quoted by the Islamic Republic Arab-language television station, al-Alam.
  • Iranian forces take over Iraq oil well

    12/18/2009 8:43:07 AM PST · by null and void · 60 replies · 3,633+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/18/09
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) – Iranian forces took control of a southern Iraqi oil well on a disputed section of the border on Friday, US and Iraqi officials told AFP. "There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of Iraq and Iran," a US military spokesman told AFP at Contingency Operating Base Adder, just outside the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. "The oil field is in disputed territory in between Iranian and Iraqi border forts," he said, adding that such incidents occur quite frequently. Well 4 lies...
  • Iraqi general: Iranian troops 'occupy' oil well on Iraqi border

    Al-Amara, Iraq - Iranian troops have claimed an oil well on the border of southern Iraq, a senior Iraqi military officer said Friday. Iranian troops on Thursday "occupied" the "Number 4" oil well in the Eastern Maysan oil field, located in the border district of al- Fakah, Brigadier-General Dhafir Nadhmi said in a statement Friday. Nadhmi said that Iranian forces had taken control of the well, dug a trench around it, deployed armoured vehicles, and raised the Iranian flag over the well.
  • Afghan War a Subset of U.S. Efforts to Secure Central Asian Energy Riches

    12/10/2009 12:36:27 PM PST · by staffjam · 11 replies · 597+ views ^ | 01/10/2009 | John CK Daly
    Operation Enduring Freedom, on Oct. 7 will begin its ninth year. At $4 billion per month, a National Priorities Project has determined that the total cost of military operations in Afghanistan by the end of the year will be almost $200 billion. Thoughtful American taxpayers may ask why the Obama administration has not only embraced the Central Asian ground war that it inherited from Bush, but is seeking to expand not only the U.S. military footprint, but subject its NATO allies to contribute more troops and funding as well. Shorn of post 9/11 patriotic and fervor against the perpetrators of...
  • Gas Bridge Between Asia and Europe to Bring New Energy Supply

    12/04/2009 3:50:36 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies · 270+ views
    CIS Oil and Gas ^ | December 04, 2009 | CIS Oil and Gas
    Currently, Europe's ability to power itself is almost completely dependant on Russian energy supplies. Today, almost half of the EU's natural gas imports come from Russia along with 30 percent of its oil supplies. As such, there is an increasing desire to diversify the continent's energy suppliers -- enter the Nabucco Pipeline. Dubbed the 'Gas bridge between Asia and Europe', the €7.9 billion, 3300km-long pipeline will attempt to break Russian dependency by exploiting the gas reserves in the Caspian and Middle East regions. Snaking through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and into Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic, the Nabucco Pipeline...
  • The Great Geopolitical Battle Over Energy Transit Routes

    11/18/2009 2:58:01 PM PST · by staffjam · 221+ views | 18/11/2009 | Philip H. de Leon
    The Great Geopolitical Battle Over Energy Transit Routes As we all live in the present, it is very hard to fully assess the future implications of decisions supported or made by political and business leaders. An extraordinary game of geo-strategy is under way to lock in long-term agreements, notably in the energy sector. At a global level, the transit routes of future oil & gas pipelines become the object of a power struggle involving not only the suppliers and end-users but also the transit countries. Intensive courtships are under way where a ménage à trois, or more, may be the...
  • The Untapped Energy Riches of Uzbekistan

    11/11/2009 10:17:24 AM PST · by staffjam · 6 replies · 330+ views | 11/11/2009 |
    While many Western investors remain fixated on somehow acquiring a slice of Turkmenistan’s natural gas riches, despite a recent scandal over the country’s actual reserves, there is another country further east whose energy and mineralogical reserves have been overlooked – Uzbekistan. While a number of factors are responsible for this oversight, including relative geographical isolation (Uzbekistan, along with Liechtenstein, is one of the world’s doubly landlocked nations, requiring crossing two other nations to gain access to the oceans), which currently limits energy exports available for the global market, there are a number of pluses that the country has for investors...

    10/29/2009 3:57:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 1,211+ views ^ | October 27, 2009 | n/a
    Quote: October 27, 2009 MAYBE MULLAH OMAR IS SIMPLY AFRAID OF THE CHINESE Vahid Brown has the lowdown on the dustup between al-Qaida Core and the Afghan Taliban Posted on 27 October 2009 @ 13:11 GMT
  • A Hitch in Iran's Nuclear Plans?

    Since you're probably not a regular reader of the trade publication Nucleonics Week, let me summarize an article that appeared in its Oct. 8 issue. It reported that Iran's supply of low-enriched uranium -- the potential feedstock for nuclear bombs -- appears to have certain "impurities" that "could cause centrifuges to fail" if the Iranians try to boost it to weapons grade. Now that's interesting. The seeming breakthrough in negotiations on Oct. 1 in Geneva -- where Iran agreed to send most of its estimated 1,500 kilograms of low-enriched uranium abroad for further enrichment -- may not have been exactly...
  • The next 100 years (Poland America's closest ally)

    09/12/2009 1:57:16 PM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 1,578+ views
    New Statesman ^ | 27 August 2009 | George Friedman
    The next 100 years George Friedman Published 27 August 2009 Japan and Turkey form an alliance to attack the US. Poland becomes America’s closest ally. Mexico makes a bid for global supremacy, and a third world war takes place in space. Sounds strange? It could all happen. . . In 1492, Columbus sailed west. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. These two events bracketed the European age. Once, Mayans lived unaware that there were Mongols, who were unaware there were Zulus. From the 15th century onwards, European powers collectively overwhelmed the world, creating the first truly global geopolitical system in...
  • Think Again: Asia's Rise

    08/13/2009 3:53:01 PM PDT · by BGHater · 30 replies · 1,284+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 22 2009 | Minxin Pei
    Don't believe the hype about the decline of America and the dawn of a new Asian age. It will be many decades before China, India, and the rest of the region take over the world, if they ever do. "Power Is Shifting from West to East." Not really. Dine on a steady diet of books like The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East or When China Rules the World, and it's easy to think that the future belongs to Asia. As one prominent herald of the region's rise put it, "We are entering a...
  • Gazprom seals $2.5bn Nigeria deal

    06/25/2009 10:02:47 PM PDT · by FromLori · 14 replies · 854+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/25/09
    Russia's energy giant Gazprom has signed a $2.5bn (£1.53bn) deal with Nigeria's state operated NNPC, to invest in a new joint venture. The new firm, to be called Nigaz, is set to build refineries, pipelines and gas power stations in Nigeria. Analysts say the move could further strengthen Russia's role in supplying natural gas to Europe. The agreement comes during a four-day African tour by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. As well as forming Nigaz, Russia is keen on developing a trans-African pipeline to transport Nigerian gas to Europe. This could further reinforce Gazprom's already-strong influence over Europe's energy supplies. 'Commodity-rich'...
  • The end of Western hegemony ("..Europeans may well find ourselves missing..Bush before too long.")

    05/25/2009 9:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies · 2,892+ views
    The UK Guardian via The ^ | Monday 25 May 2009 16.00 BST | Paddy Ashdown
    <p>We are on the edge of one of those periods of history when the gimbals on which the established order is mounted shift and a new world order begins to emerge. And these are, almost always, the most frightening and turbulent of times.</p>
  • AIG: Adventures in Geopolitics

    03/19/2009 11:28:52 AM PDT · by BeaPlourde · 7 replies · 638+ views
    GlobalPost ^ | 03/19/09 | Thomas Mucha
    “We are very concerned about the economic developments in the U.S. economy,” the Chinese leader told reporters late last week. “We have lent a huge amount of money to the United States and of course we’re concerned about the security of our assets and, to be honest, I am a little bit worried.” In the rarefied and reserved world of public diplomacy, this is a smackdown. It’s like your banker calling you into his corner office and saying: “Cool it on the spending. Now.”
  • Mr. Iran envisions 'major' war in coming months

    03/15/2009 4:17:39 AM PDT · by Strategy · 27 replies · 3,500+ views
    Press TV ^ | March 14, 2009
    The soon-to-be prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that "a national emergency" such as Israel's involvement in a major war would help him in his frantic attempts to form a new ruling coalition. Netanyahu, who is known as "Mr. Iran" in Israeli circles, has so far failed to gain the trust and support of opposition parties of Kadima and Labor. According to a report carried by Debka, which is believed to have close links to the Israeli intelligence service Mossad, Netanyahu is planning to settle for a provisional administration before calling for another early election in six months. "His main consideration...
  • Nationalist Rising Fast In Israeli Politics

    03/13/2009 4:04:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 18 replies · 1,000+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 12, 2009 | By STEVEN GUTKIN Associated Press Writer
    JERUSALEM - An Israeli politician who based his election campaign on baiting the country's Arab minority, drawing accusations that he is racist demagogue, now seems likely to become the Jewish state's top diplomat. U.S., European and moderate Arab officials have maintained public silence on the issue of Avigdor Lieberman's ascent, but privately acknowledge serious concern. An emerging coalition deal expected to be wrapped up in the coming days would anoint Lieberman foreign minister at a time when Israel's international image is suffering from its bloody war in Gaza and last month's election of a hawkish government likely to be at...
  • Economic Crisis Poses Threat To Global Stability

    02/19/2009 8:21:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 381+ views
    NPR ^ | 02/18/09 | Tom Gjelten
    Economic Crisis Poses Threat To Global Stability by Tom Gjelten Morning Edition, February 18, 2009 · Around the world, unemployment is rising and incomes are falling, and it isn't clear how long the recession will last or how deep it will get. The global economic situation is so serious that the head of U.S. intelligence agencies now says it has surpassed terrorism as the top threat to national security. National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair's dramatic report last week — that the economic crisis is now the United States' top "near-term security concern" — caught some members of Congress by surprise....
  • China ups ante with new flattops

    02/13/2009 8:13:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,021+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | February 14, 2009 | Kenji Minemura
    In a move likely to stoke concerns in Tokyo, Washington and throughout Asia, China plans to greatly expand the reach and firepower of its navy by building at least two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Analysts believe China is expanding its naval power as part of a push toward strategic dominance over the western Pacific, including the waters that surround Japan. Military sources said the first nuclear-powered flattops would be constructed in 2020 or later. China will begin construction of two conventional aircraft carriers this year. According to sources, a meeting was held in Beijing on Dec. 30 among military officials. A...
  • Time Running Out To Attack Iran - Israeli Expert

    02/05/2009 9:26:08 AM PST · by Fennie · 16 replies · 1,049+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 4, 2009 | By Dan Williams
    HERZLIYA -- Israel has a year or so in which to attack Iran's nuclear facilities preemptively, an Israeli legislator and weapons expert said on Wednesday. Israeli forces could pull off successful strikes independently, Isaac Ben-Israel said, though these would only delay, rather than end, Iran's progress towards atomic weaponry. Echoing government assessments that Iran is about a year away from making enough enriched uranium for a bomb, Ben-Israel, a member of parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, said the window for last-ditch military action was closing. "Last resort means when you reach the stage when everything else failed. When is...
  • Moscow Worried By Georgian Buildup Near South Ossetia, Abkhazia

    01/24/2009 10:01:40 AM PST · by Fennie · 8 replies · 577+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | January 23, 2009
    MOSCOW - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday Georgia's expanding military presence on the borders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia continued to be a matter for grave concern. It said the Georgian military and police presence called for "special attention on the part of the UN and other international organizations operating in the region." A week ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference that, "EU monitors working in areas adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia have been reporting a buildup of Georgian military units and special forces near the borders with South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and...
  • Iran In Scramble For Fresh Uranium Supplies

    01/23/2009 9:31:30 PM PST · by Fennie · 10 replies · 441+ views
    The Times ^ | January 24, 2009
    Western powers believe that Iran is running short of the raw material required to manufacture nuclear weapons, triggering an international race to prevent it from importing more, The Times has learnt. Diplomatic sources believe that Iran's stockpile of yellow cake uranium, produced from uranium ore, is close to running out and could be exhausted within months. Countries including Britain, the US, France and Germany have started intensive diplomatic efforts to dissuade major uranium producers from selling to Iran.
  • US-Egyptian Red Sea Hunt For Iranian Ship Carrying 60 Tons Of Arms For Hamas

    01/20/2009 8:56:00 AM PST · by Fennie · 16 replies · 1,475+ views
    DebkaFile ^ | January 20, 2009
    US and Egyptian warships were scouring the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea Tuesday, Jan. 20 to waylay an Iranian freighter carrying scores of heavy rockets for delivery to Hamas. DEBKAfile's exclusive sources report they were acting on intellligence that a ship loaded with an estimated 60 tons of arms to replenish Hamas depleted war stocks had set out from the Iranian Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas on Jan. 17. Our sources reveal that the arms-smuggling vessel started its voyage as the Iran-Hedayat and changed its name in mid sea to Famagustus registered to Panama. The captain was ordered...
  • New PC Game COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF Launches On Inauguration Day; Players Become President Obama

    01/19/2009 8:37:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 687+ views
    Gaming Nexus ^ | January 19, 2009
    Commander in Chief, a PC game that puts players in President Obama’s shoes, launches tomorrow, Inauguration Day. Just like the President, players immediately face the same problems and challenges as in the real world – the economy, controlling the military, national security and terrorism, natural disasters, alternative energy sources, and many others – all with the persistent threat of a terrorist attack on a major U.S. city. A game trailer can be seen at The game can be played alone, or, with an Internet connection up to 16 friends. Commander in Chief is played on a detailed 3D world...