The NATO brings to mind the classic paradigm of someone all dressed up and nowhere to go. It has to constantly reinvent a reason for its existence.
The NATO is a lucrative hunting ground for the American arms industry. The bigger the NATO’s threat perceptions, the greater the scope for US exports of weaponry.
In the final analysis, NATO’s naming of China as a systemic challenge, for the first time in the alliance’s history,would have profound implications for international security. Prima facie, it will draw China and Russia even closer together.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said North Korea should prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, particularly confrontation, state media KCNA reported on Friday.
It was Kim’s first direct comment on the Biden administration. The remarks came during Thursday’s plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s central committee, after an earlier session where Kim called for measures to tackle the “tense” food situation arising from the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim had made a detailed analysis of the policy of the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden towards Pyongyang and laid out “appropriate strategic and tactical counteraction” with the United States, KCNA said.
Pictured above: Jeff J. Brown on the left and Pepe Escobar on the right, cover news and events on every continent on Earth, except the Antarctic, but especially Asia and East v West.
This is Jeff’s most recent conversation with one of our dearest colleagues, the well-known geopolitical analyst and (genuine) journalist Pepe Escobar. The focus is on the tug of war between the US empire and its vassals in the EU and elsewhere, and the emerging bloc of truly independent powers led by Russia, China and Iran. As the talk of war and all sorts of interventions increases on the American side, the world is watching the birth of a new order. American global hegemony, enforced by lies, hypocrisy, economic blackmail and brutal military power is on the way out, largely victim of its own arrogance and excess, and the incurable problems of capitalism Meanwhile, Moscow and Beijing are busy constructing a multilateral order based on mutual benefit and respect for every nation’s sovereignty.
The need to globalize solidarity and international cooperation were emphasized yesterday, during the 18th meeting of the Cuba-Russia Intergovernmental Commission for economic-commercial and scientific-technical collaboration, which concludes today, and is headed by co-chairs Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, deputy prime minister of the Republic of Cuba, and Yuri Ivanovich Borisov, vice president of the Russian Federation’s government.Read More »
This Tuesday, March 30, the Vice President of the Russian Federation, Yuri Borisov, paid a high-level visit to Venezuela to strengthen the ties of friendship between the two nations. Russia’s high-ranking official highlighted cooperation and solidarity as vital.
In addition, new agreements were signed to accelerate the bilateral agenda for mutual benefit. “We have taken the opportunity to sign new alliances in energy, mining, and health sectors for the development of both economies,” said Borisov.Read More »
The coronavirus pandemic has added $24 trillion to the world debt over the last year, said the Institute of International Finance (IIF).
The IIF study said: Government spending has accounted for about half of the increase. Corporations added $5.4 trillion to the total, while banks and households accounted for $3.9 trillion and $2.6 trillion respectively.
With the world debt now totaling a record $281 trillion, the ratio of debt to world GDP has risen 35 percentage points to over 355 percent, the study said.Read More »
China is clearly a civilization on the march. Bathed in optimism about the future, as America itself once was; fueled by a genuine fraternal and egalitarian philosophy, it continues to set new records for human accomplishment in innumerable areas. But its new ascendancy to global power status, which it enjoyed once for many centuries, instead of harming humanity, benefits it. The images below illustrate why she is feared by those whose own squalid thinking prevents them from believing peaceful coexistence is not only possible but imperative in the 21st century.