Tag: Cold War

The war in Ukraine: Nuclear power, weapons and winter – » The Australian Independent Media Network

And the Australian government’s pursuit of submarines powered by weapons-useable, highly-enriched uranium undermines global non-proliferation efforts. If it’s okay for Australia’s military to have access to weapons-useable nuclear material, then it’s okay for the world’s other 190-or-so countries to have access to weapons-useable nuclear material. What could possibly go wrong? Detailed information on nuclear threats resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is posted at https://nuclear.foe.org.au/ukraine/

Source: The war in Ukraine: Nuclear power, weapons and winter – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia Is Lobbying for a New Cold War Between China and America

The LNP has used war as a weapon to maintain it’s political power domestically. Used it ‘against’ Australia not ‘for’ us. Korea, Russia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have been tools of fear to promote and retain power. The same can’t be said of the ALP who in most instances withdrew us from these conflicts. Should we be surprised at the degree to which we have attached ourselves increasingly to the American hip. Our domestic politics, our culture, every aspect of our post WW2 lives has the star spangled banner imprinted on it. Close examination shows it to be no accident much of the planet has been its pawns. They have 150 bases outside their borders.

Currently history has been a domestic struggle between Democracy and Autocracy between the Australian Labor Party and those that have always believed they were born to rule the LNP. Any true Liberal views in the LNP gone and swung Right. To attempt to mainframe our history in any other terms blurs the underlying reality. The Morrison government is certainly not a reflection of any Democratic progress being fine tuned or even imagined.

Paranoia about Chinese influence in Australia is on the rise — and the Australian ruling class is stoking tensions between China and the United States. For the sake of world peace and prosperity, they have to be stopped.

Source: Australia Is Lobbying for a New Cold War Between China and America

US pushing ties near brink of ‘new Cold War’

He said China was “open” to international scientific cooperation to identify the source of the novel coronavirus, but stressed that the process must be professional, impartial and constructive.

By being “professional,” it means that the process should be based on science, led by the World Health Organization, and conducted on a global scale by scientists and medical experts. The goal should be to enhance the scientific understanding of this type of virus so that people can deal more effectively with major infectious diseases in the future, he said.

By being “impartial,” Wang said source identifying should be free from political interference, respect the sovereign equality of nations, and oppose any presumption of guilt. The research should cover all countries closely related to the virus. The whole process should be open, transparent, objective and rational, he said.

By being “constructive,” it means that the research should not hamper the work of saving lives, which clearly is the top priority at the moment. It should not harm the international cooperation against COVID-19 or undermine the statutory role of the WHO, Wang said.

Instead, it should be conducive to enhancing performances of various UN systems, to strengthening international solidarity and cooperation among countries, and to improving the global public health system and governance capacity, Wang said.

Regarding China’s aid to the global fight against the pandemic, Wang said China has never pursued geopolitical goals and economic gains, or attached any political strings.

“We Chinese are always ready to reciprocate acts of friendship and kindness from others,” Wang said.

via US pushing ties near brink of ‘new Cold War’

Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

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The level of Trump’s mendacity is far grosser than that used to sell the Iraq War by claiming that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Then too there were stories of secret laboratories developing biological weapons. Though Trump is purging US intelligence chiefs and replacing them with Trump loyalists, even they could not stomach his latest conspiracy theory. “The intelligence also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the Covid-19 virus was not man-made or genetically modified,” said a statement from the office of the director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell.

The purpose of Trump’s lies is not to convince by rational argument but to dominate the news agenda by outrageous allegations. This simple PR trick has previously worked well for him, but scapegoating China may not be enough to divert attention away from the price Americans have paid for his calamitous mishandling of the pandemic. The casualty figures tell their own grim story: in China there have been 84,373 cases of the illness and 4,643 deaths while in the US there have been just over 1.1 million cases and 64,460 deaths. Trump loyalists will claim that the Chinese are lying, but then they must also explain away the lower loss of life in South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan.

via Donald Trump is igniting a cold war with China to win the election, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

COVID-19: A Diabolical US Anti-China Plot? – Stephen Lendman

Two women wearing protective facemasks stand inside a shopping mall in Bangkok on 5 February 2020.

It was a Cold War against the USSR, Afghanistan,Liya,Iraq,Syria Cuba Venezuela and now the same propaganda is being applied to China all for political advantage and power.(ODT)

In February, the Trump regime “designated five Chinese media entities in the US as ‘foreign missions’ and imposed a cap on the number of their employees, in effect expelling Chinese journalists from the US.”

Beijing imposed “reciprocal measures” on US correspondents because of “unreasonable oppression the Chinese media organizations experience in the US” — what the Times and other establishment media failed to explain, including the following Chinese Foreign Ministry remark:

“What we reject is ideological bias against China, fake news made in the name of press freedom, and breaches of ethics in journalism.”

“Should the US choose to go further down the wrong path, it could expect more countermeasures from China.”

US fake news about China and other sovereign independent countries on its target list for regime change is longstanding.

A WaPo editorial last week falsely accused China of spreading COVID-19 globally, along with “cover(ing) up the truth as the virus spread (sic).”

A WSJ report was similar, quoting Senator Rick Scott, calling for a congressional investigation into the alleged WHO’s “role in helping Communist China cover up information regarding the threat of the coronavirus.”

Over the weekend, Trump warned of “consequences” if China was “knowingly responsible” for spreading COVID-19, adding:

“It could have been stopped in China before it started and it wasn’t, and the whole world is suffering because of it (sic).”

His weekend and earlier remarks were all about falsely shifting blame to China for his own failings and malfeasance.

via COVID-19: A Diabolical US Anti-China Plot? – Stephen Lendman

Jere Van Dyk: The Trade The author discusses his time in Afghanistan both as a reporter and as a hostage.

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Jere Van Dyk has reported on Afghanistan since the 1970s and has written extensively about the nation’s evolution from a hippie haven to a battleground for the war on terror. His most recent book is The Trade: My Journey into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping, which details his search for answers after being kidnapped by the Taliban in 2008. Van Dyk talks about his years in a surprisingly progressive Afghanistan in the early 1970s and the United States’ funding of the mujahideen in the 1970s and 1980s with the hopes of turning Afghanistan into the Soviet Union’s Vietnam. He also discusses harrowing experience of being held captive by the Taliban and explains why he returned to the country years later in spite of great personal risk.

Jere Van Dyk: The Trade | Scheer Intelligence | KCRW

Downing of Russian jet by Turkey could push us back to ‘darkest hour’ of Cold War: expert

The shooting down of a Russian fighter jet on the Turkey-Syria border is a grave development that could push the world back towards the darkest hour of the Cold War, a foreign policy expert has warned.

Source: Downing of Russian jet by Turkey could push us back to ‘darkest hour’ of Cold War: expert

Mean what you say: The current cold war developing is far more serious than the Middle East

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Earlier this past summer, when he found the time and managed to tear himself away from another arduous day on the links, U.S. President Barack Obama said this about the deepening Ukraine crisis: ‘All options are on the table’. Ostensibly that cryptic line was Obama’s response to Crimea’s unanimous vote for secession from Ukraine and to join the Russian Federation. Obama went further. Before stepping on the gas pedal aboard Golf Cart One, Obama added the foreboding sentence: ‘We’ve already ‘teed-up’ those options’. Whatever that is supposed to mean in presidential golf parlance!

Anyone one with a little imagination would surmise Obama meant in addition to enacting punitive economic (though illegal) sanctions against Russia, the U.S. President also consulted with the Pentagon to do what they do worst: spread their incessant wars, through regime change. More likely the scenario: the ‘chicken hawks’ in his State Department and the Pentagon already had those plans at the ready, decades ago. Now all that is required was to pull those DOD top secret files from the dusty shelves, dip in the slush jar and the U.S. military-industrial machismo democracy spreading machine was ‘good to go’. Congress need not apply. Neither would they be apprised. Go it alone; business as usual.

Absent from my missive’s title is the usual preface to that old but meaningful adage: ‘Say what you mean’. Well, one could say that Obama fulfilled the first premise. Not so sure that he succeeded with the second part though. The problem lies with the operative word: ‘All’. And given President Obama’s status as Commander-in-Chief of the armed services as well the informal title of ‘Leader of the Free World’ by extension it seems right and just if any one private citizen or Member of Congress would hold Obama’s ‘feet to the fire’ so to speak over that all inclusive ‘All’ word.

So far, that litmus test has not happened; not by the Congress; nor from the mainstream media; neither by the business and financial communities. Suffice it to say, that I’ve not read or heard everything reported in re Obama’s rendering of that all important ‘All’ word. Moreover, in a democracy like the U.S. paradigm somewhere in that presidential ‘all’ litany you would expect to find at least one diplomatic option. One would also hope that ‘diplomacy’ sat atop the hierarchy of presidential priorities regarding solving the worsening crisis in Ukraine as well as those in other ‘hot spots’ around the globe.

 

And there is much historical precedent to embrace the diplomatic option, first and foremost. All one needs to do is re-visit the 1960’s. During October of 1962 the young Kennedy Administration was in a similar position as Obama is today but much closer to home. The ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ had the world on the brink of disaster, at the point of staring into the abyss. With both the U.S.S.R.’s and America’s nuclear weapons already proliferating, the whole world was held hostage as the potentially deadly crisis ‘played’ out.

At the crisis’ height, the two sides were well past the breaking point. Critical mass had already been reached when President John Kennedy authorized a naval blockade around Cuba. This high seas American maneuver, to many experts and scholars alike, was in fact a declaration of war on the Soviets. Their flotilla of navy war and supply ships was denied access to Cuba and forced to turn away. The Americans claimed that their enemy, Communist Cuba was building missile launch sites with hardware supplied by the Soviets. U.S. spy satellite imagery confirmed America’s and Kennedy’s worst fears.

Each passing day, for most people, meant that mankind was one step closer to a catastrophic nuclear conflagration. The world press feared that if indeed ‘push came to shove’ then for certain we all, would

Earlier this past summer, when he found the time and managed to tear himself away from another arduous day on the links, U.S. President Barack Obama said this about the deepening Ukraine crisis: ‘All options are on the table’. Ostensibly that cryptic line was Obama’s response to Crimea’s unanimous vote for secession from Ukraine and to join the Russian Federation. Obama went further. Before stepping on the gas pedal aboard Golf Cart One, Obama added the foreboding sentence: ‘We’ve already ‘teed-up’ those options’. Whatever that is supposed to mean in presidential golf parlance!

Anyone one with a little imagination would surmise Obama meant in addition to enacting punitive economic (though illegal) sanctions against Russia, the U.S. President also consulted with the Pentagon to do what they do worst: spread their incessant wars, through regime change. More likely the scenario: the ‘chicken hawks’ in his State Department and the Pentagon already had those plans at the ready, decades ago. Now all that is required was to pull those DOD top secret files from the dusty shelves, dip in the slush jar and the U.S. military-industrial machismo democracy spreading machine was ‘good to go’. Congress need not apply. Neither would they be apprised. Go it alone; business as usual.

Absent from my missive’s title is the usual preface to that old but meaningful adage: ‘Say what you mean’. Well, one could say that Obama fulfilled the first premise. Not so sure that he succeeded with the second part though. The problem lies with the operative word: ‘All’. And given President Obama’s status as Commander-in-Chief of the armed services as well the informal title of ‘Leader of the Free World’ by extension it seems right and just if any one private citizen or Member of Congress would hold Obama’s ‘feet to the fire’ so to speak over that all inclusive ‘All’ word.

So far, that litmus test has not happened; not by the Congress; nor from the mainstream media; neither by the business and financial communities. Suffice it to say, that I’ve not read or heard everything reported in re Obama’s rendering of that all important ‘All’ word. Moreover, in a democracy like the U.S. paradigm somewhere in that presidential ‘all’ litany you would expect to find at least one diplomatic option. One would also hope that ‘diplomacy’ sat atop the hierarchy of presidential priorities regarding solving the worsening crisis in Ukraine as well as those in other ‘hot spots’ around the globe.

And there is much historical precedent to embrace the diplomatic option, first and foremost. All one needs to do is re-visit the 1960’s. During October of 1962 the young Kennedy Administration was in a similar position as Obama is today but much closer to home. The ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ had the world on the brink of disaster, at the point of staring into the abyss. With both the U.S.S.R.’s and America’s nuclear weapons already proliferating, the whole world was held hostage as the potentially deadly crisis ‘played’ out.

At the crisis’ height, the two sides were well past the breaking point. Critical mass had already been reached when President John Kennedy authorized a naval blockade around Cuba. This high seas American maneuver, to many experts and scholars alike, was in fact a declaration of war on the Soviets. Their flotilla of navy war and supply ships was denied access to Cuba and forced to turn away. The Americans claimed that their enemy, Communist Cuba was building missile launch sites with hardware supplied by the Soviets. U.S. spy satellite imagery confirmed America’s and Kennedy’s worst fears.

Each passing day, for most people, meant that mankind was one step closer to a catastrophic nuclear conflagration. The world press feared that if indeed ‘push came to shove’ then for certain we all, wouldMean what you say

fall over the cliff into extinction; winners and losers included. Soon many media sources abandoned all hope for a solution. Some key players in the Administration were of the same persuasion; they urged American citizens to build ‘fallout shelters’ wherever they could afford to: basements, backyard, underground tunnels, etc.

The Kennedys (John and Attorney General Bobby) though eschewed the pessimists. Instead, they worked the problem. The Oval Office candles now burnt well past the midnight hour. Working tirelessly, the brothers pulled ‘all nighters’; one time for a week straight. Their adversary, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was a formidable foe; a feisty, desk pounding character and one not to be trifled with. No surprise; the always effusive Khrushchev in the past vowed to America, ‘We will bury you’. However, under the present circumstances, he could not ‘stand down’, faced with the prospect, make that a certainty, the hardliners at the Kremlin would plot Khrushchev’s immediate ouster if he capitulated to the young American President.

With that knowledge the Kennedys’ discerned a novel strategy. Using a pragmatic ‘lettered’ approach they responded to Khrushchev’s earlier conciliatory communiqué while ignoring the latter missive which was an ultimatum. Even though the Kennedy’s were in a ‘defensive mode’, they took the moral high ground and conceded to Khrushchev’s demand s to remove American missiles in Turkey. The Soviet leader sensed ‘an out’. He agreed. Straight away Khrushchev ordered the dismantling of all Cuban missile installations.

There is a poignant message to be learned here. President Obama has made his intentions clear: he wants a positive legacy for his Presidency. And now that the GOP controls Congress after the mid-term elections, the prospects look dim for a good result from his domestic policies. Moreover, it is almost a certainty that the Affordable Care Act and his Immigration Amnesty Bill will wind up as dead ducks.

What better way is there to cement Obama’s legacy than to invoke the ‘Kennedy Option’? Doing so would bring his counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin back to the Minsk table for honest and productive discussions. More important, the world would breathe a sigh of relief and a major, protracted global recession could be avoided or at least shortened. So what if Putin keeps Crimea? It was Russia’s all along.

And who knows? Maybe next year those good housekeeping folks over at Forbes Magazine may even bestow on him the honor of ‘the world’s most influential person’. And that achievement comes with a silver lining: President Putin would be denied the ‘three-peat’.

Not holding my breath…

Montresor