The US is threatening to label Taiwan a currency manipulator on the grounds that they are intentionally devaluing their currency, which is worsening the US trade deficit from the US perspective. The accusation doesn’t make sense anyway, given that the Taiwan dollar reached a “23-year high against the U.S. dollar” back in Jan.
Pretty obvious that Israel was responsible for the terrorist attack that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear facility in Natanz on Sunday. The explosion took place, “below more than 20 feet of reinforced concrete, which destroyed the power supply that keeps the centrifuges spinning at supersonic speeds, enriching uranium” according to the NYT.
The Saudis are proposing a ceasefire in Yemen but the terms haven’t changed unfortunately. Saudi FM: “We will do all we can to put the necessary pressure on the Houthis to accept and to come to the negotiating table and to lay down arms, because we believe that a stop to the fighting and a focus on a political solution is the only way forward”…
So obvious now that the Saudis are covering up the damage being inflicted upon them by Yemeni resistance drone strikes on their military and oil infrastructure. On Friday the resistance hit an oil refinery in Riyadh, and a week ago Samad 3 drones struck King Khalid military base located in the historically Yemeni but today Saudi occupied province of Asir.
Delhi, India: Raids have been conducted on the homes and offices of Newsclick editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha whose network does some of the best journalism in the country. These raids have been carried out by the Enforcement Directorate, which is controlled by Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. This is happening in a climate in which the Modi government and its influencers have been busy accusing anyone who supports the farmers protests of being ‘anti-national’…
How are the farmers protests in India related to India? As many of you will know, the one-way net-transfer of wealth from India to Britain amounted to $45 trillion USD. This plunder happened largely at the expense of the Indian farmer who paid taxes to the British colonial regime, which then used one-third of those taxes to purchase goods from India for export while pocketing the exchange earnings (read Utsa Patnaik’s piece
Before winning in 2016, Trump was the anti-war candidate *relative* to Hillary Clinton who wanted to impose a no-fly-zone over Syria, which could only necessitate shooting down Russian planes. By contrast, Trump was openly praising Russia for eliminating ISIS. Given the information available at that time, Trump was the lesser evil on foreign policy relative to Clinton, hands down.
The rise of China has prompted many US geostrategic thinkers over the past decade to talk about the degree to which another ‘world war’ is inevitable, including most recently Henry Kissinger, who warned that if the leaders of the US and China did not discuss the limits of their confrontation then world war would ensue.
Recently Andrew Korybko wrote an article essentially defending, “Pakistan’s extremely vocal support of Azerbaijan’s counteroffensive against Armenian forces in Occupied Nagorno-Karabakh”…my only point is, that which is legal isn’t always moral, and that which is moral isn’t always legal. Regarding the question of legality, Korybko ignores that India’s position on granting the plebiscite has many parallels to Azerbaijan’s position.
Back in September 2007, one of the leading Iraqi resistance movements of the time, the nationalist 1920 Revolution Brigades, released a video called ‘The Hidden Facts’ which made some serious predictions about the trajectory of the US occupation. Back when it came out, you could download it off P2P file sharing with relative ease, but now, it gets taken off YouTube…