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It's Time to Get CNN Out of the Airports, etc.
Russia and China allying against America
Stratfor looks at major nations allying against America (other powers always organize against a hegemon), starting with Russia and China. How this plays out will shape the 21st century.
The strange Saudi – Israel alliance
Stratfor looks at the long-rumored tacit alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel — against Iran. It has slowly grown for years, and has already had great force on the region. Combined with its third member, the United States, they can reshape the Middle East. Or at least try to do so.
Israel is devising a strategy to deal with a rising Iran.
The Iranians have broken out of their box, and now all of the players in the region need to consider how this affects their strategy. What we saw this weekend seemed to be the start of Israel’s response. But the Israelis have not shown their full hand yet, and it seems to me that they don’t like the hand they are going to have to play.
Charles Hugh Smith
Where are Europe's Fault Lines?
Regardless of the era or players, security is a permanent priority: this includes defensible borders, alliances to counter potential foes, treaties to end hostilities and whatever is necessary to secure access to resources and trade routes.
China has no interest in controlling the seas
In fact they have taken a conscious decision to bypass the seas, to bypass the 7th, 8th and 9th US fleets that currently ring the Eurasian landmass. The US navy can sail the oceans to their heart’s content, the action is now on land. And to that end the first test train from China arrived directly in London in July this year; it took 20 days less than by sea. This is all pretty revolutionary stuff.
The Caucasus: A Rugged Land Bridge into Russia’s Heartland
In China, a Strategy Born of Weakness
The following analysis that lays out China’s grand strategy – an essential piece for understanding the changes the congress might portend.
Catalonia, Spain’s Internal Affair
Independence usually has to be won with the sword after it has been declared with the pen.
El Alamein: The British Empire’s Last Hurrah
The British had always had an interest in the Mediterranean, but after the opening of the Suez Canal, it became an obsession. The British had seized Gibraltar, the western entry to the Mediterranean, from Spain centuries before. The canal gave the Mediterranean an eastern exit, thus making control of the Mediterranean the key to controlling the Indian Ocean Basin, from South Africa to Singapore and the Pacific.
Minerals and War from Ugo Bardi’s “Extracted”
The 20th century started with the buildup to an unprecedented confrontation between the industrial nations, in great measure to define access to resources in the rest of the world. Empires are by their very nature unstable structures; they can exist only by either expanding or contracting.
Geographic Challenge of Germany (short video)
And other countries too.
Why Germans Are So Ambivalent About Russia
Germans and Russians share a long history of attraction and repulsion, fear and embrace, conflict and harmony. That endlessly complicates their relations today.
A Different Kind of Reset in Russia
It is difficult to imagine that they had control over Trump, because if they had sufficient information to control him, they would have protected him from any hint of connection to Russia. There are too many trails leading from the Russians to Trump to believe they had him. Phone calls and meetings would not have taken place, and contact with his staff would not have existed. But perhaps the Russians are getting clumsy, and perhaps they were seeking to discredit an American president.
In China, a Strategy Born of Weakness
Diverse interests and regional divides threaten to destabilize the country.
Beijing’s establishing a military base in Djibouti is mostly just for show.
China chose Djibouti as the location for its base because Beijing has an interest in ensuring the flow of trade from the Persian Gulf to China. Eighty percent of China’s seaborne oil imports pass through this route through the India Ocean, so it’s a vital part of keeping the country running.
The Russian Intervention in the U.S. Civil War
Far from being a domestic affair about the human rights of the slaves, Civil War was a momentous geopolitical event with massive international implications. In his 1960 book “War for the Union,” historian Allan Nevins wrote that, “It is hardly too much to say that the future of the world as we know it was at stake. … Anglo-French intervention in the American conflict would probably have confirmed the splitting and consequent weakening of the United States; might have given French power in Mexico a long lease, with the ruin of the Monroe Doctrine; and would perhaps have led to the Northern conquest of Canada."
Can Steve Bannon Realign American Politics?
What’s Bannonism? | FiveThirtyEight
The former Breitbart editor opposes broad international trade agreements and favors an adversarial relationship between the Trump administration and the news media, as well as between the administration and the federal bureaucracy. He wants very tough policies on illegal immigration, has called for limiting refugees from the Middle East from coming to the U.S., and has expressed deep concerns about the rise of Islam, both at home and abroad
“I’m proud to be a Christian Zionist,” Bannon repeated
Joining Bannon on the speakers’ list were a who’s who of American Zionists, including law professor Alan Dershowitz, Trump-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and Sen. Tom Cotton (D-AR) — a group ZOA President Morton Klein called “arguably the strongest group of public Zionists in America.”
Bannon Likely to Become America’s President
Why Progressives Hate Steve Bannon's Cyclical View Of History
Whether they realize it or not, progressives borrow their entire worldview from Christianity, and therefore have a fundamentally millenarian view of history. The idea of cycles makes them uncomfortable.
WBUR On Point
Steve Bannon is a big fan of “The Fourth Turning” and its dark message of political upheaval.
Steve Bannon’s Apocalyptic ‘Unravelling’
Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon sees apocalyptic days ahead, a harsh winter before society’s renewal.