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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT OBAMA IN ASIA US 'pivots', China reaps dividends
"Our first objective is to prevent the reemergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere ... ". Thus spake the United States in 1992, and it is all one needs to know about the Obama administration's "pivot" to Asia - or to anywhere else - and the president's present tour there. How does Beijing react to such hysterics? Simple: by reaping dividends. - Pepe Escobar (Apr 24, '14)
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Steps toward trust in South China Sea
Concerns about increased militarization over China's claims in the South China Sea amid US determination to "pivot" to Asia serve as a worrying backdrop to President Obama's visit to the region. Reversing the present intensification of tension is nevertheless possible without either side having to retreat from their overall goals. - Lyle Goldstein and Wu Xinbo (Apr 24, '14)
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Rationality deserts Pakistani military
Pakistan's long record of military coups stands as testament that those with the power to impose martial law in the country do not require any rationality or public approval to do so. That mindset sets the scene for what could transpire if the army closes ranks to protect Pervez Musharraf from the weight of civilian law that the generals feel does not apply to them. - Malik Basharat Awan (Apr 24, '14)
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT From Flanders to Helmand
Poppies are flourishing across Helmand in Afghanistan as the British Army prepares to leave a province that became central to its stated mission to develop a "self-sustaining, stable and democratic Afghanistan". But as followed battles such as Flanders in World War I, there are whispers that the British boys killed and maimed in Helmand were lions led by donkeys. - Brian Cloughley (Apr 24, '14)
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT US choppers carry mixed message on Egypt
US Secretary of State Chuck Hagel this week told Egypt that he doubts whether the country is taking steps to support a democratic transition. At the same time, he confirmed the delivery of Apache attack helicopters to support military chief and presidential shoo-in Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's counter-terror operations. The arms delivery, according to rights groups, destroys the credibility and impact of US condemnation of Egypt's crackdown on legitimate dissent. - Jasmin Ramsey (Apr 24, '14)
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT SPEAKING FREELY Obama empty-handed in Asia
As questions hang large over whether the US has the resources to back its rhetoric of standing firm behind China's neighbors, President Barack Obama has turned up in the region empty-handed. The White House is attempting to cool expectations over its proposed trans-Pacific trading bloc, and its allies and partners see reasons to doubt America's military staying power. - David J Karl (Apr 24, '14)
 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:00:00 GMT Aging Japan seeks more foreign workers
Desperate for more workers to support a construction boom, Japan has proposed to expand its controversial foreign trainee program to permit more unskilled labor from Asia to work in Japanese companies for five years from the current three years. - Suvendrini Kakuchi

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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:23:01 +0300 An Oslo Criminal
THE DEATH of Ron Pundak, one of the original Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo agreement, brought that historic event back into the public eye.

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 10.3.2010 12:25 Da geht mir der Hut hoch!
Was hier im Gewand von Wissenschaft daherkommt ist reine Ideologie. http://www.heritage.org/Index/ Wäre sie auf die Vereinigten Staaten beschränkt, könnte dies der Rest der Welt verschmerzen. Das ist jedoch nicht der Fall. Und so besteht die ökonomische Freiheit nicht in der Freiheit souveräner Staaten, die ihren jeweiligen kulturellen Traditionen und spezifischen gesellschaftlichen Bedingungen gemäßen Wirtschaftsmodelle zu entwickeln. Vielmehr werden sie durch die Dominanz des Dollarsystems und seine global wirkenden Institutionen gezwungen, das angelsächsische Modell der „freien Wirtschaft“ zu übernehmen, für das sich der Begriff „Washington Consensus“ eingebürgert hat. Dieses Modell wurde nach 1945 zunächst schleichend und nach dem Vertrag von Maastricht mit zunehmender Beschleunigung von der Europäischen Union übernommen und ist seit 1. Dezember 2009 kodifiziertes Recht. Damit ist die EU päpstlicher als der angelsächsische Papst.

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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:30:50 +0000 America’s Surge Toward Oligarchy
Exclusive: With the rapid concentration of wealth in a few well-manicured hands and the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court declaring money to be speech, the American surge toward oligarchy has gained what looks like an unstoppable momentum, as JP Sottile explains. By JP Sottile Is America an oligarchy? Thanks to a new study from Martin Gilens…

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 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:50:00 +0400 Im confused, can anyone help me?
Im confused. A few weeks ago we were told in the West that people occupying government buildings in Ukraine was a very good thing. These people, we were told by our political leaders and elite media commentators, were pro-democracy protestors.

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