Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Posted by nickglais on 1/18/2017 12:26:00 PM
A big lie can make us all kids again - people run to the High Priest of Fraud
Posted by nickglais on 1/18/2017 10:29:00 AM
Chinese state media say incoming US President Donald Trump is “playing with fire” by challenging China’s sovereignty over Taiwan, promising that Beijing would strongly respond to any reconsideration by the US of the so-called One China policy.
The English-language newspaper Global Times published an article on Monday warning that Trump’s repeated threats to abandon the policy, which recognizes Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan, could no longer be dismissed as “bluster or miscalculation” and that Beijing would be ready for a “costly” battle.
The daily also published a cartoon (see above) that shows the businessman holding a hand grenade labeled “Trump’s China policy.”
Trump, who will take the oath of office on Friday, has said he does not see why he should be committed to the “One China” policy — a longstanding US practice in foreign policy — unless Beijing made concessions in trade. Washington has been maintaining only unofficial ties with Taiwan since 1979.
“If Trump is determined to use this gambit on taking office, a period of fierce, damaging interactions will be unavoidable, as Beijing will have no choice but to take off the gloves,” read the article by Global Times, which is published by China’s ruling Communist Party.
Trump first angered China after his election win in November 2016 by taking a congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen in a major break from US diplomatic protocol in 37 years.
“In the past, Trump infuriated us, but now we find him risible,” the article on the Chinese daily read.
The US president-elect repeated his anti-China remarks in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday. He said the “One China” policy was “being negotiated.” China has said its sovereignty over Taiwan is “non-negotiable.”
Democracy and Class Struggle says that Trump with his smoke and mirrors foreign policy which will be more continuity than rupture with past US Foreign Policy is confusing (even deluding) Russia but not China or Iran or North Korea.
If Russia wants to play games with Trump at expense of Iran, China and North Korea - Kissinger's wet dream then they play at their own future cost.
Posted by nickglais on 1/18/2017 07:16:00 AM
Posted by nickglais on 1/18/2017 05:36:00 AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
US Marines Landing in Norway a provocation to Russia : Both Norway and the US claimed that the deployment was not aimed at Russia !
After angering Russia by sending thousands of troops to Poland, the United States has now deployed nearly 300 Marines to Norway, prompting serious warnings from Moscow.
The troops arrived in Norway on Monday and will be stationed at a garrison in Vaernes, nearly 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) from Russia. They will be replaced on a six-month rotational basis for at least a year, as part of an agreement between American and Norwegian military officials in October.
This is the first time since World War II that foreign troops are being permanently stationed in Norway, marking a break from a long-running agreement with Russia.
As a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Oslo had pledged not to host foreign forces on a permanent basis in order to dispel concerns in Moscow that the Scandinavian country might be used as a platform for a surprise attack against its Arctic neighbor.
“The relationship between Norway and Russia is put to a test now,” said Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday, warning that the move “certainly will not improve relations.”
“Instead of developing economic cooperation, Norway is choosing to deploy United States troops on Norwegian soil,” she added.
Back in October, Russia warned Norway against finalizing the agreement, saying the move was “very dangerous.”
Both Norway and the US claimed that the deployment was not aimed at Russia.
Democracy and Class Struggle says practice is worth more than a thousand words - there is a lot of wet dry diplomacy but practical reality is that the build up on the Russian border makes one think of 1941.
Smash NATO the Imperialist Global War Machine Now !
Posted by nickglais on 1/17/2017 01:34:00 PM
US intelligence agencies have been actively attempting to recruit senior Russian diplomats over the past several years.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says US diplomats in Russia have engaged in espionage in the past few years and participated in opposition protests.
Lavrov said at a news conference on Russian diplomacy in 2016 on Tuesday that US Embassy diplomats have been engaged in spying and “have repeatedly been seen taking part in the rallies of opposition, anti-government forces, unauthorized rallies, including times when they wore disguise.”
He also stressed that US intelligence agencies have been actively attempting to recruit senior Russian diplomats over the past several years.
“If we talk about recruitment techniques, we did not publicize the full statistics on that. But most recently, in the past few years, especially during the second term of [US President Barack] Obama’s administration, that unfriendly activity toward our diplomats has been growing in scale,” Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday.
Lavrov said the Russian authorities have managed to thwart several attempts by US spies disguised as diplomats to gather intelligence on Russia. “We’ve curbed the intelligence activities of US officials who were working under diplomatic cover.”
Lavrov also slammed the allegations of Russian cyber attacks against the US as fabricated.
American officials, including outgoing President Obama, have accused the Kremlin of carrying out cyber attacks against US political organizations to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
Democracy and Class Struggle says looking at the welcome given to Kissinger Trump Foreign Policy which is a continuation and not a rupture with previous US Foreign Policy despite the smoke and mirrors it looks as if the US has had some success in subverting the hard headed and normally cynical Foreign Policy Establishment in Russia with Trump Euphoria.
Euphoria is always a dangerous state and is followed by depression and then realism.
With respect to Lavrov it is difficult to imagine him being euphoric about anything - he is more like Stalin's dry water diplomat.
Posted by nickglais on 1/17/2017 06:44:00 AM
Democracy and Class Struggle says your commemoration warms the hearts of proletarian fighters all over the world - in particular a Red Salute for Jugendwiderstand.
Democracy and Class Struggle has serious political disagreements with Rosa Luxemburg on the National Question but regard her has a valued revolutionary comrade.
Mao Zedong encouraged largeness of mind amongst communists something the narrow minded sectarians have long forgotten.
Posted by nickglais on 1/17/2017 03:01:00 AM
Trump's Biggest Donor Firm Bankrolls Israeli Right Extremism plus the Great Illusion of Imperialist Peace
Democracy and Class Struggle says the Oligarchs of the world like Sheldon Adelson from US to Russia to China are the traitor class - it will become more apparent in 2017 than in previous years when the money interest will clash violently with the national interest.
Trump's deceptive nationalistic words will be tested against reality and found wanting and the Great Illusion of the 21st Century will be shattered.
It is basically the 21st Century Norman Angell Illusion of 1909 that Oligarchs and capitalism would bring peace - Angell argued that war between industrial countries was futile because conquest did not pay.
Capitalism and its final Imperialist form means War as Lenin clearly pointed out in 1916 in his study Imperialism as reality hit home in 1914 -1918 and the Great Illusion was destroyed.
Posted by nickglais on 1/17/2017 01:20:00 AM