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"WILL SYRIA OVERCOME..";
"ROLLING OUT THE BRI"
BE AFRAID... BE VERY AFRAID
Whilst the full horrors of the Donald Trump presidency, now well into its
second year, are still being revealed to a hardly comprehending world, it
is about to get worse.
On April 9th,the somewhat notorious US foreign affairs commentator John
Bolton, who came to achieve international notoriety in 2004 as the
splenetic US Ambassador to the UN, was formally appointed national
security advisor as selected by Trump. His reputation is fairly consistent
as an extreme warmonger, a diplomatic grenade of a man. He favours
military intervention and forcible regime change. He said last month that
it would be perfectly “legitimate” for the US to launch a first nuclear
strike against Pyongyang.
But although that will colour the forthcoming Trump negotiations with Kim
Jong Un, before that it seems he will first attend to his master’s will in
dismantling the existing Iranian nuclear deal and thereby be at odds with
the US’s European allies who co-negotiated and signed the Obama negotiated
treaty agreement and have been content with it.
Thus does Trump exercise his Islamophobia? Saudi is course ‘a US Ally’ and
client for megabucks worth of weaponry. Iran has very little interaction
with the US. It is of course the nation identified as hosting the main
alternative branch to Sunni Islam. Trump is probably only vaguely aware of
any important eschatological difference, but what matters to him is that
Israel is the main proponent – an important support base for Trump in the
US of a military crushing of Iran and reimposing sanctions on Iran-so long
as it is US Troops and military hardware doing the crushing – much the
position the Saudis have long taken ref the US and their long term
enemies, the Iranians.
It all bodes ill for the world.
The forthcoming North Korea meeting, if it happens, where the script tells
us that Trump will seek North Korea’s agreement to surrender its nuclear
capacity, is indeed intriguing, since by demonstrating by its recent space
rocket tests, that Pyongyang really does have the capacity to launch and
probably hit US target cities; the North Koreans have already achieved
what most observers thought to be their priority –that is to be able to
brandish the stick of retaliation towards any attack on them. Mutually
Assured Destruction –MAD as it was known- but it does seem to have worked
around the world historically. It’s hard to see for what this could be
Trump has proved to be an even greater disaster than had been predicted,
not helped by his vast inconsistencies. He has now announced that he is
reviewing a cornerstone policy of his election campaign whereby the TTIP
agreement, negotiated by Obama over some nine years would be dropped by
his administration, which he has already repudiated on taking office. This
time, he is exploring the possibility of rejoining. It has probably come
as a shock to him that other nations do not feel any need to do as the US
Undoubtedly dismayed by the fact that the other partner nations in TTIP
decided to go on without him, - heavyweights such as Japan and Australia -
it seemed that he was giving up the acknowledged ‘economic leadership’
that the US has enjoyed for decades, but perhaps ‘wiser’ counsels have
prevailed- it’s too soon to say.
Of course, he has had major upsets in his government appointments also,
which are ongoing. The Republican party whose president he is, are also
struggling in the wake of Trump’s progress. The government carries on,
driven by its own momentum. The question is do things get better or worse?
With Mr Bolton at his right hand it can be assumed that they can only get
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This Newnations Bulletin for May 1st 2018 also includes a closer look at
SYRIA and the events associated with the region: “Will Syria Overcome the
Threat of Chemical weapons to achieve Peace?” by our middle east
contributor Alessandro Bruno. He also considers the role of ‘the
Deep State’ in the situation so far.
"WILL SYRIA OVERCOME..."
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Our third article by Sara Bielecki, sheds more light on what is
probably world’s biggest trade deal – the ‘Obama’ TTIP that the US walked
away from, but whilst this was designed to better integrate China into
vast US- led world trade deals, it is now China that will be the principal
beneficiary, or, the US will be admitted on not quite so good terms that
it had originally.
"ROLLING OUT THE BRI" the massive investment Chinese scheme that
will travel as far as Europe. Here we see the ambition of China’s well
prepared economic development trade plan. It promises to open up the
geopolitical “heart of the world” - that is the vast area known as Central
Asia, both land routes and sea routes.
China is already deeply involved and demonstrated its possibility and
civil engineering capacity, some years ago with the Karakorum Highway,
following the Indus river basin through the previously impenetrable
mountains, with a modern highway to open up trade with Pakistan and access
that nation’s ‘warm waters’ port, for the export of Chinese manufactures
Clive Lindley - Publisher/Editor