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Friday, 12 October

16:59

Putins Visit to India and the Joint Russian-Indian Statement "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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At the very beginning of September, Russias president Vladimir Putin paid a visit to New Delhi to hold talks with Indias prime minister Narendra Modi. The outcome of this meeting looks extremely remarkable both for the bilateral relations for Russia and India and for the political puzzle that is evolving in the region of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

First of all, one should poi note that along with a number of other landmark events of recent months, this trip demonstrates that Russia accelerates its movement past a fence with a sign that reads the West, while an ever increasing number of curse words can be heard from behind it.

Its is heading directly into the region to where the center of the post-Cold War world gravitates,which looks like a perfectly logical step. In turn, India is becoming one of the major players in this center, and its position on a wide range of topics will be directly determined by the nature of developments taking place at the geopolitical gaming table.

This notion is being illustrated by the fact that within month the pendulum of Indian foreign policy has made two sharp deviations of the exact opposite orientation from its usual equilibrium. For instance, in a matter of years India and China came from announcing that the process of accumulation of negative sentiments in the bilateral relations of the two Asian giants was to be stopped and reversed, to finding themselves on the verge of a direct military conflict.

Then, this pendulum swung would swung in the opposite direction one more time and New Delhi would hold talks in the 2+2 format with Washingtons representatives.

In this regard, the main outcome of the visit of the Russian president to India, apparently, will be an attempt to downplay the consequences of the excessive swings of the Indian foreign policy. This step is an important contribution to the much-needed process of maintenance of strategic stability in the regional game, that is being played by the United States, China, Russia, India, and Japan.

Only when stability of this whole system is achieved can other regional players find themselves a convenient niche to occupy, among which one can names such countries as Australia, Korea (quite possibly, united in the future), Pakistan, and Iran. As for Moscow, it needs the same stable regi...

15:08

The Russian-Pakistani $10 Billion Pipeline Will Promote Eurasian Integration "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Both partnered Great Powers have years of experience surviving under different manifestations of American pressure, though Iran certainly takes the cake from both of them when it comes to this, and all three will have to pool their collective resolve to resist the increased pressure that theyll surely come under by the US if they do indeed go forward with these pipeline plans.

The post The Russian-Pakistani $10 Billion Pipeline Will Promote Eurasian Integration appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:49

US "Investigates" Genocide in Myanmar, Commits Genocide in Yemen "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 12, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Rarely is US hypocrisy so cynical and overt as a recent US State Department investigation into ongoing violence in Myanmar, all while the US continues its full spectrum support of Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen.


In addition to Washington's role in Yemen, the US also occupies Afghanistan and Syria while carrying out drone strikes and covert military interventions in territory stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

In Myanmar specifically, the US has openly and for decades funded and supported groups and individuals involved directly on both sides of ongoing ethnic violence. Now, it is leveraging that violence to single out obstacles to US influence in Southeast Asia and in Myanmar specifically. 

Reuters in their article titled, "U.S. accuses Myanmar military of 'planned and coordinated' Rohingya atrocities," would claim:
A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmars military waged a well-planned and coordinated campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Southeast Asian nations Rohingya Muslim minority. 
Reuters admits the US State Department's report, titled "Documentation of Atrocities in Northern Rakhine State," was in fact merely interviews conducted with alleged witnesses in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Was it Really an Investigation? 

Imagine a fight breaks out between two groups of people. The police are called in. But instead of arriving at the crime scene, the police instead interview only one group, and do so at their home before drawing their final conclusions. Would anyone honestly call this an "investigation?" The US State Department apparently would, because this is precisely what the State Department has done in regards to ongoing ethnic violence in Myanmar.

The full report, found here on the US State Department's website, would admit:
The Bureau of...

13:45

American Meddling in the Maldives is Aimed at China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 12, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The United States was exuberant after its proxies took power in the Maldives during the September 24th elections.  Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) came out with 58% of the vote over incumbent, President Abdulla Yameen.


Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power would exclaim on social media:
The people of the Maldives (turnout: 89%!) showed extraordinary bravery in ousting their repressive president at the ballot box. They join Ethiopians, Armenians, Malaysians & others in making clear the enduring power - and necessity - of democratic values.

The American media also did little to hide its excitement, and linked the victory directly to a wider US-led effort to set Beijing's regional influence back.

The Wall Street Journal in its article, "More Belt and Road Backlash: The Maldives turns away from China and back toward democracy," would claim:
On Monday President Abdulla Yameen conceded defeat to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a longtime member of parliament. Some 90% of eligible voters turned out. Mr. Solih won with 58% of the vote after promising to restore democracy and improve relations with the West. He also vowed to take a harder line against Chinese investment. 
The Wall Street Journal would repeat a now familiar narrative promoted by the US regarding China's One Belt, One Road initiative, claiming:
Alarmists say climate change means the Maldives will be underwater soon, but predatory loans could drown the nations finances first. China began investing heavily in the countrys public works in recent years. A 2017 International Monetary Fund report found that its debt-to-GDP ratio rose nearly 11.5 percentage points from 2014-16. Its external debt could hit 51.2% of GDP by 2021 thanks to Chinese proje...

13:45

American Meddling in the Maldives is Aimed at China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

October 12, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The United States was exuberant after its proxies took power in the Maldives during the September 24th elections.  Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) came out with 58% of the vote over incumbent, President Abdulla Yameen.


Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power would exclaim on social media:
The people of the Maldives (turnout: 89%!) showed extraordinary bravery in ousting their repressive president at the ballot box. They join Ethiopians, Armenians, Malaysians & others in making clear the enduring power - and necessity - of democratic values.

The American media also did little to hide its excitement, and linked the victory directly to a wider US-led effort to set Beijing's regional influence back.

The Wall Street Journal in its article, "More Belt and Road Backlash: The Maldives turns away from China and back toward democracy," would claim:
On Monday President Abdulla Yameen conceded defeat to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a longtime member of parliament. Some 90% of eligible voters turned out. Mr. Solih won with 58% of the vote after promising to restore democracy and improve relations with the West. He also vowed to take a harder line against Chinese investment. 
The Wall Street Journal would repeat a now familiar narrative promoted by the US regarding China's One Belt, One Road initiative, claiming:
Alarmists say climate change means the Maldives will be underwater soon, but predatory loans could drown the nations finances first. China began investing heavily in the countrys public works in recent years. A 2017 International Monetary Fund report found that its debt-to-GDP ratio rose nearly 11.5 percentage points from 2014-16. Its external debt could hit 51.2% of GDP by 2021 thanks to Chi......

13:25

US Intelligence Had a "Duty to Warn" Khashoggi Why Didn't That Happen? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If U.S. intelligence acquired the information through the British GHCQ, a warning to Khashoggi might have revealed that the GHCQ has bugged all those Cisco telephones the Saudi royals so proudly display.

13:10

The Killing of Saudi Journalist Khashoggi Could Spell the End for Mohammad bin Salman "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The death of famous journalist Saudita Jamal Khashoggi is likely to have important repercussions, revealing the hypocrisy of the mainstream media, tensions inside the Saudi regime, and the double standards of Western countries.

12:35

Italy Declares War on Merkel and the EU "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If there were ever any doubts that the leaders of the Euroskeptic coalition that now runs Italy has a plan to defy the European Union its proposed budget should quell them.

12:25

America"s Disastrous Occupation of Afghanistan Turns 17 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

America has now passed the 17-year mark in Afghanistan. The blame falls primarily on three successive presidents who embraced a quixotic crusade to remake Afghanistan. In contrast to his predecessors, Donald Trump seemed to understand how hopeless the Afghanistan war is.

12:00

Your Questions for Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A special Question-and-Answer period at the Mises Institute's 2018 Supporters Summit in Auburn, Alabama. Recorded on September 28, 2018. Emceed by Mark Thornton.

11:55

The Self-Defeating US Empire "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump is trying to square a globalized world through a national-based American capitalism. It wont work.

11:53

How Bad Global Warming Science Hurts the Environmental Movement "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Jim Steele was the Director of the Sierra Nevada Field Campus of San Francisco State University from 1985 to 2009. Having taught courses on plants, natural sciences, bird banding and bird identification, his research into the causes of the declines in local bird populations led him to the understanding that natural climate cycles and landscape changes were causing disruptions of wildlife populations. He went on to author a book, Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism, and a website, LandscapesAndCycles.net where he explores how faulty, over-hyped C02-driven climate change fears are misdirecting environmental researchers and activists away from the true cause of environmental disruption.

10:55

PACE Rejects Resolution on Reform: No Legitimate Decisions Are Possible If Russia Is Excluded "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If PACE is to serve as a platform for exchanging opinions and launching initiatives, no members rights can be restricted. The CoE along with PACE needs Russia as much as Russia needs it.

08:55

Malaysias Anwar on an impatient comeback trail "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Politician's popularity as prime minister-in-waiting will be tested at this weekend's poll, a forced contest some feel puts undue pressure on incumbent premier Mahathir Mohamad


Months after being pardoned and released from prison, the man seen as Malaysias prime minister-in-waiting is staging a grand comeback to propel his political ascent. Unable to contest in Mays historic general election, veteran politician Anwar Ibrahim is looking to clinch a decisive majority in Saturdays (October 12) parliamentary by-election in the seaside constituency of Port Dickson.

While the twice-jailed former opposition leader will by nearly all projections emerge victorious, a crowded field of seven candidates are vying to win the federal parliamentary seat in Negeri Sembilan, a coastal state roughly an hours drive from the capital Kuala Lumpur.

Thousands flocked to a campaign rally earlier this week to see Malaysias Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad publicly endorse the man tipped to succeed him, sharing a stage with Anwar for the first time in two decades. From political allies to bitter rivals and back, the two men have retaken their places at the apex of Malaysias politics against all odds.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

Nile Bowie is a writer and journalist with the Asia Times covering current affairs in Singapore and Malaysia. He can be reached at ...

08:11

The Next Financial Crash Is Imminent, And Chinas Resource Crisis Could Be The Trigger "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Over three decades, the value of energy China extracts from its domestic oil, gas and coal supplies has plummeted by half. Chinas economic slowdown could be a key trigger of the coming global financial crisis, but one of its core driversChinas dwindling supplies of cheap domestic energyis little understood by mainstream economists.

The post The Next Financial Crash Is Imminent, And Chinas Resource Crisis Could Be The Trigger appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

07:18

American Meddling in the Maldives is Aimed at China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The United States was exuberant after its proxies took power in the Maldives during the September 24th elections.  Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) came out with 58% of the vote over incumbent, President Abdulla Yameen.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power would exclaim on social media:

The people of the Maldives (turnout: 89%!) showed extraordinary bravery in ousting their repressive president at the ballot box. They join Ethiopians, Armenians, Malaysians & others in making clear the enduring power and necessity of democratic values.

The American media also did little to hide its excitement, and linked the victory directly to a wider US-led effort to set Beijings regional influence back.
The Wall Street Journal in its article, More Belt and Road Backlash: The Maldives turns away from China and back toward democracy, would claim:

On Monday President Abdulla Yameen conceded defeat to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a longtime member of parliament. Some 90% of eligible voters turned out. Mr. Solih won with 58% of the vote after promising to restore democracy and improve relations with the West. He also vowed to take a harder line against Chinese investment. 

The Wall Street Journal would repeat a now familiar narrative promoted by the US regarding Chinas One Belt, One Road initiative, claiming:

Alarmists say climate change means the Maldives will be underwater soon, but predatory loans could drown the nations finances first. China began investing heavily in the countrys publi...

Thursday, 11 October

22:59

On Naval Blockades and A Hard Days War "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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On the 22nd of October 1962 the US 2nd Fleet began the blockade of Cuba, an action that immediately threatened the world with nuclear war and annihilation. Those of us old enough to remember President Kennedys statement on live television will never forget the fear we all felt as the images of mushroom clouds swept across the TV screens and air raid sirens began their haunting screams as we were told to duck and cover.

The blockades objective was to force the USSR to withdraw nuclear weapons from Cuba that it had placed there in order to guarantee Cubas security from American attack. Fortunately the crisis ended a few days later with the missiles being withdrawn in exchange for the US withdrawing similar missiles from bases in Turkey that threatened the USSR, and a US pledge not to invade Cuba. The blockade proved to be not only a dangerous provocation but also a humiliating fiasco for the US. A year later President Kenned was assassinated.

But today the US leadership is threatening another blockade, this time of Russia, as well as threatening pre-emptive strikes to neutralise Russian cruise missiles, not located in Cuba, but in Russia itself. And the same fleet that conducted the Cuban blockade, that took part in the invasion of Grenada in 1983, the 2nd Fleet, has once again been reactivated with all the ships necessary to attempt just such a blockade.

The 2nd fleet was broken up in 2011 when the US thought it controlled the world and decided it was not needed. Today it has been reassembled to threaten Russia once again, a Russia that refuses to acknowledge US world hegemony and or permit US control of it or its allies sovereignty, economies and resources. Based in Norfolk, Virginia, the fleets declared mission is to help protect the sea lanes between the United States and Europe, as well as to help allies deal with increased Russian military activity in the Greenland-Iceland-U.K. gap.

It was agreed at the NATO Summit in Brussels that the 2nd Fleet will also become a NATO command should hostilities break out. It is so important to them that the NATO officer commanding the massive Trident Junction military exercises taking place in Norway this month is an American admiral, Admiral James Foggo, who also serves as NATOs commander of Joint Force Command in Naples.

The Trident Junction war games posit an imaginary invasion of Norway by Russia. Sin...

16:00

Britain is More of a Fake State than Anything Else "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Blatant lies have been a feature of the British political system for a long while. Whitehalls tried and tested ways of manipulating the general public are used to distract attention from crucial topics. But whats even more curious is that inside the Whitehall bunkers where they come up with their own definitions for such manipulations, there is even a term for this kind of propaganda. They call it a term of art.

That would hardly be a surprise if one is to recall that modern British oligarchies have grown out of yesterdays slave owners and high seas pirates, for whom deception was nothing but a tool of their trade. We must not forget that millions of people died in the wars unleashed by the United Kingdom. One can recall that only a handful of native Tasmanians escaped being slaughtered by the English in the 19th century. In less that two decades of British military presence in Bengal, the population of the region has decreased by almost 20 million people which constitutes more than a half of the indigenous population of the region. The absolute majority of wars Anglo-Saxons unleashed over the course of the last two centuries began with a provocation and then were sold to the UK population together with an extensive amount of military hysteria in the media.

And it doesnt seem that things have changed much in the ways that London operates on the international stage, as it carries on voicing its dubious accusations against Moscow for its alleged involvement in the Salisbury incident. Previously, it would try to prevent British sports fans from traveling to Russia to attend FIFA World Cup 2018 by claiming that it was a terrible and dangerous place to visit. For sure, those accusations were proven wrong by those fans who dared to make a trip but no apologies was offered to Russia by London.

But why bother with presenting facts before voicing any actual accusations, if the Telegraph could as well announce that the chief executive of BP was poisoned in a plot believed to have been orchestrated by the Russian security services.

To provide this publication with some air of credibility, t...

13:25

Future of Western Democracy Being Played Out in Brazil "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Stripped to its essence, the Brazilian presidential elections represent a direct clash between democracy and an early 21st Century neofascism, indeed between civilization and barbarism, writes Pepe Escobar.

12:55

Trident Juncture 2018 Is About to Kick Off: NATO"s Big War Games Near Russia"s Borders Never End "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The never-ending and provocative exercises are needed to keep tensions high and justify the allocations of funds. This state of constant confrontation with Russia and China rakes in profits.

12:25

Blanket Silence: Corporate Media Ignore New Report Exposing Distorted And Misleading Coverage of Corbyn "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In the careful MRC study, articles and news segments on Labour and antisemitism from the largest UK news providers, both online and television, were subjected to in-depth analysis. The research was undertaken by Dr Justin Schlosberg, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck, University of London...

11:55

The Two Brett Kavanaugh Stories "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The important issue of Kavanaughs likely comportment as a judge was subjected to too little inquiry while his character as evidenced by tales from his past life received far too much attention.

10:55

Dear Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Where Have You Buried the Great European-American Inventors? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It is high time to pull back the curtain on Google to ascertain whether or not it is playing fair and square with the American people.

08:06

Mohammed Bin Salman: The Character Behind The Caricatures "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has been caricatured by friends and foes alike who either depict him as a noble reformer or a bloody tyrant, but the reality is that hes actually both and thats why Great Powers from America to China and even Russia are competing to court him.

The post Mohammed Bin Salman: The Character Behind The Caricatures appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

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