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Pivot Insanity: Why Is Obama Goading China?

By Mike Whitney US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is willing to risk a war with China in order to defend  “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea. Speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, Carter issued his “most forceful” warning yet, demanding “an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation” by China in the disputed … Continue reading

Iran To Build 48 Hydroelectric Power Plants In Indonesia Over Next Five Years

Iran and Indonesia have agreed to build 48 small-scale hydroelectric power plants as the two nations look to improve ties that have been hindered by sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear program. The hydroelectric power plants will be constructed in Indonesia by Iranian companies over the next five years, Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said following a conference with Indonesia’s Economy … Continue reading

5.6 Earthquake Shakes Buildings In Tokyo: No Tsunami Warning

“A 5.6 magnitude earthquake has struck Tokyo and nearby areas, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, setting off alarms and halting the city’s subway system,” RT reports. The earthquake struck at about 2:28pm local time at a depth of 50km, weather services reported. USGS, however, put the Japanese earthquake at a magnitude of 5.3. The tremor … Continue reading

Argentina’s Growing Dependency On Beijing

By Martin De Angelis Cash-strapped Argentina relies on China for everything from currency swaps to investments in nuclear infrastructure. Moreover, Argentina’s primary exports and sources of state funding are and will stay bound to the Chinese demand. After the 2001 financial crisis and the emergence of the Kirchner’s administration in 2003, Argentina has tried to avoid … Continue reading

Why NATO Is Terrified Of Russia – OpEd

By Pepe Escobar The twin-pronged attack – oil price war/raid on the ruble – aimed at destroying the Russian economy and place it into a form of Western natural resource vassalage has failed. Natural resources were also essentially the reason for reducing Iran to a Western vassalage. That never had anything to do with Tehran developing … Continue reading

The Pentagon’s “Long War” Pits NATO Against China, Russia, Iran – OpEd

By Pepe Escobar, Sputnik News Whatever happens with the nuclear negotiations this summer, and as much as Tehran wants cooperation and not confrontation, Iran is bound to remain — alongside Russia — a key US geostrategic target. As much as US President Barack Obama tried to dismiss it, the Russian sale of the S-300 missile system to Iran is a … Continue reading

Why Obama Wants To Lift Sanctions On Iran – OpEd

“It is essential to recognize that Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapons program, nor does it possess a nuclear weapon. On February 26, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Ayatollah Khomenei, the supreme leader of Iran, ended his country’s nuclear weapons program in 2003 and … Continue reading

Russia, Argentina To Establish Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez will ink a deal to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership in addition to signing 20 cooperation agreements during a meeting at the Kremlin on Thursday, Russia’s TASS news agency reports. Russia and Argentina will sign a document which is geared to raise the level of bilateral relations, Russian president’s … Continue reading

China To Approve Six To Eight Nuclear Reactors This Year

China is set to approve six to eight nuclear reactors this year, the China Nuclear Industry Association (CNIA) said in an annual report on Wednesday, as it races to reach an ambitious capacity target by 2020. Another eight reactors will go into commercial operation this year, said Zhang Huazhu, the association’s general secretary.  This would be the … Continue reading

The U.S. Is Being Hit On The Head By BRICs

By Scott Firsing As the 2016 United States (US) presidential race heats up, it looks as though foreign policy will attract more of the limelight than usual. Republicans have heavily criticized US President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party over recent foreign policy decisions. From improving relations with Cuba and the spread of violent Islamic … Continue reading

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