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So has the State Department anything intelligent to say? Apparently not.
The estimates are that the total value of the deals signed during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India last week could work out to a whopping amount of a hundred billion dollars.
"They will always try to chain the bear," he said. "And once it's chained, they'll rip out its teeth and claws."
The mood in Tehran bazaar is “bullish”, according to New York Times, sensing that a deal with the US is in the works.
Putin has declared that he is highly satisfied with his visit and its results, while Modi has stated that the summit had reinforced his conviction in the extraordinary value and strength of the India-Russia partnership.
Contrary to the spin, the American handlers didn’t underestimate anything. Baghdadi and his future IS role went to plan.
The heart of the matter is that Russia is the big stumbling block in the way of the US’ global hegemony.
We will never enter the path of self-isolation, xenophobia, suspicion and the search for enemies. All this is evidence of weakness, while we are strong and confident.
Essentially, it’s very simple. It’s up to Germany. And it’s all about undoing Stalin.
For now, the supply of Russian gas to Turkey will be raised by 3 billion cubic meters via the already operating Blue Stream pipeline, Vladimir Putin said during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Last year, 13.7 bcm of gas was supplied to Turkey via Blue Stream, according to Reuters.
Official Washington’s “group think” on Ukraine holds that the crisis is all about Russian “aggression” and “expansionism” even with comparisons to Hitler. But such a hyperbolic interpretation of intent can create its own dangerous dynamics, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.
The United Nations General Assembly adopted six resolutions regarding Israeli occupied territories through a recorded vote last night, addressing the areas of Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan.
The Vienna talks this week, involving US secretary of state John Kerry, came unstuck because the Western position suddenly hardened at the last hour, according to the British Guardian. Only last week, Russian officials expressed cautious optimism that a breakthrough could be attained.
These are bleak times. I’ve been in serious conversation with some deep sources and interlocutors – those who know but don’t need to show off, privileging discretion.
Bob Carr is a former NSW premier and foreign minister. This is part of an address he gave to the Australian Friends of Palestine Association in Adelaide.