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US Foreign Policy Mirrors A Failed Empire

by Oui Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 07:54:00 AM EST

One can't bully the World representing the "other" 95%.


In Alaska, Blinken was joined by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan for what turned into an airing of grievances with top Chinese Communist Party diplomat Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

At the meeting, Yang said US had a "cold war mentality" and used its military and economic power to "incite other countries to attack China."

Blinken accused China of "threatening the rules-based order that maintains global stability" with its policies on Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang.

No thaw for frosty US-China relations

China had portrayed the event as the first step towards a détente, following four years of tension under former US President Donald Trump.

Ahead of the talks, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the Chinese diplomats were "invited by the US for a high-level strategic dialogue," which seeks to "bring the China-US relationship back to the right track of sound and steady development."

However, Blinken rejected that notion in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week.

"This is not a strategic dialogue. There's no intent at this point for a series of follow-on engagements," he said.

Biden continues Trump's hard line on China

At this point, "tangible outcomes" from Beijing over Washington's concerns about human rights, democracy and strategic stability seem far off.

The US recently slammed Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

Blinken also did not change the Trump administration's designation of "genocide" [Jan. 19, 2021] applied to China's mass-internment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province.

On strategic issues, the US says Beijing continues to defy international maritime law in the South China Sea by claiming sovereignty over most of the waterways and building up the People's Liberation Army to back up these claims.

US military officials are also warning of the threat of military conflict over Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province, and has long been a sore point in US-China relations.

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The Sickness in the System: When Capitalism Fails to Save Us from Pandemics or Itself

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by Oui on Fri Mar 26th, 2021 at 01:55:52 PM EST
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by Oui on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 03:53:51 PM EST
"The Quad" (US, AU, JP, IN) is the latest reactionary alliance assembled by US in the past decade as cooperation among unaligned nations, or "Third World" governments, have materialized into regularly scheduled trade and financial plenaries, including but not limited to the TPP "pivot" that effectively ostracized the US. Probably every pubic intellectual, operating within NATO's labor market, has an opinion about which of BRICS (BR, RU, IN, CN, SA) was once or still is the "softest touch" in the foundation of so-called multi-polar world order, sabotaged by overt-, covert-, and proxy-wars and assassinations, supervised by "First World" state department functionaries.

MSM inspection of the multi-national conference (US, RU, AF, IN, PK, CN) to promote peace with Taliban in Afghanistan (this year) are rote PR. So Sputnik reportage appears to me simultaneously to vent the BRICS legacy and furnish figurative and literal venues where US admin's overtures ostensibly align with MODI's capricious investment in the trans-continental BRI-- now Trump's been sacked yet US faux R2P fintech sanctions have not.

On 20 February this year, the Taliban pledged in Ashkhabad to fully support the 1,814-kilometre Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline that will transfer 33 billion cubic feet of natural gas from Turkmenistan to energy hungry Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The ambitious $10-billion project has been riddled with problems, mainly security issues in Afghanistan, for years.
Because US media scarcely consults IN popular press, much less IN diplomats, "Approach with caution: cleaning the Afghan mess" featured by an attentive RU broadcaster may be of limited interest to US until IN burns that $5.43-billion deal with Moscow for S-400s.
by Cat on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 06:54:34 PM EST
Austin hints India's purchase of Russian missile system could trigger sanctions
U.S. officials have said the S-400 cannot co-exist with U.S. equipment, as it can be used to collect intelligence on U.S. systems. They are particularly concerned about Russia using the S-400 to learn about the F-35 fighter jet's advanced capabilities.
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"If India chooses to go forward with its purchase of the S-400, that act will clearly constitute a significant, and therefore sanctionable, transaction with the Russian defense sector under Section 231 of CAATSA," [Sen. Bob] Menendez wrote in a recent letter to Austin, referring to the law called Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.
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During the media briefing, Austin also addressed questions on Afghanistan, noting that President Joe Biden had not yet made a decision about the timing of any potential drawdown even as a May 1 deadline to withdraw all U.S. troops from the country LOOMS.
by Cat on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 08:33:25 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat Mar 20th, 2021 at 07:07:44 PM EST
Misogyny and renouncing Climate Change, not fossil fuel ...

by Oui on Sun Mar 21st, 2021 at 08:44:23 AM EST

NSW flooding: state pounded by rain as residents along Hawkesbury brace for worst event in 50 years

Australia floods: rain forces evacuation of 18,000 people on mid-north coast and Sydney's west

by Oui on Mon Mar 22nd, 2021 at 05:45:42 AM EST
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They should now move on and vote to make pi equal to 3.  

All that .1459265blah-blah-blah nonsense is annoyingly untidy.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Mar 22nd, 2021 at 02:43:21 PM EST
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Many school children were saved through the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns and closures ... 👯‍♂️

by Oui on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 02:25:56 PM EST
That statistic is dependent on how you define "mass shooting." The CNN definition says there's one just about every day, with 7 in the past 7 days.
by asdf on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 06:15:12 PM EST
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Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa was identified by authorities as the gunman who opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store

The family emigrated from Syria in 2002, the brother said. They lived in the Arvada area since 2014.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, who was born on April 17, 1999, attended Arvada West High School starting in March 2015 until he graduated in May 2018, according to Jeffco Public Schools.

by Oui on Tue Mar 23rd, 2021 at 06:47:01 PM EST
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Arvada is a generic suburb of Denver, virtually identical to the nearby Columbine suburb where a previous shooting took place. The grocery store involved in the shooting is also in a generic suburb and has little to do with the university. The National Center for Atmospheric Research is nearby.

Colorado has lax firearm regulation, in large part due to the state GOP being under the direct control of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners--a group that makes the NRA look like a bunch of snowflakes.

by asdf on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 05:51:20 PM EST
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Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro makes top judge Sergio Moro justice minister | BBC News - Nov. 1, 2018 |

by Oui on Wed Mar 24th, 2021 at 04:48:27 AM EST


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