China’s Military Interests Along The Silk Road Stretch From Sea To Shining Sea

ANDRE KORYBKO—China must avoid being drawn into “mission creep” all across the world in defending its Silk Road interests, to which end it’s likely to avoid having any significant military presence overseas, let alone in actual conflict zones apart from the Hybrid War experiences that its peacekeepers are presently learning from. Thus, China will probably step up its training, advisory, and assistance missions to its many partners as part of its own multipolar version of the US’ “Lead From Behind” strategy, which could for example see future aircraft carrier deployments off the African coast in order to help its in-country allies respond to anti-Silk Road militants.

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Russia hysteria reached fever pitch in US media as Trump-Putin summit loomed

RT.COM—But even more brazen Russia-baiting can be found on television. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow – the poster girl of ‘Putin ate my homework’ journalism – rarely goes without launching into a tirade about Moscow’s nefarious plots against America. As Gazdiev points out, her program was the most-watched US news show in March. Journalism, it seems, has become just another form of entertainment. (Of the malignant sort.—Ed.)

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Politicians —including Sanders—& Media Scoundrels Jump on Phony Indictments of Russian Nationals

STEPHEN LENDMAN—They blasted Trump for intending to hold summit talks with Putin on Monday. They lied saying “the Russian government undertook a coordinated campaign to help swing the election in his favor.”  A litany of further Big Lies followed about what didn’t happen – no Russian interference, no election meddling. Hillary lost because she’s more widely despised than Trump.

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OPINION: Deep State Sideswipes Helsinki Summit With Mueller Indictments

TOM LUONGO—Trump continues, in his circuitous way, to stick a fork in the eye of the globalists whose water politicians like Angela Merkel and Theresa May have carried for years.  Now with Trump prepared to sit down with Putin and potentially hammer out a major agreement on many outstanding issues like Syria, arms control, NATO’s purpose, energy policy and terrorism the Deep State/Globalist/Davos Crowd needed something to saddle him with to prevent this from happening. The reasoning will be (if not already out there as I write this) that Trump would be a traitor for sitting down with Putin after these indictments.

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Trump Is Right – NATO Is Obsolete, and if Europe Wants to Fight Imaginary Enemies, It Should Pay Its Own Way

PEPE ESCOBAR—As a preamble to Helsinki, Trump’s spectacular NATO blitzkrieg was a show for the ages; assorted “leaders” in Brussels simply didn’t know what hit them. Trump didn’t even bother to arrive on time for morning sessions dealing with the possible accession of Ukraine and Georgia. Diplomats confirmed to Asia Times that after Trump’s stinging “pay up or else” tirade, Ukraine and Georgia were asked to leave the room because what would be discussed was strictly an internal NATO issue.

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‘The Death of Stalin’ & ‘sweet’ Hitler? Comparing postwar European cinema

RAMIN MAZAHERI—But humanising the literal Hitler-lover Eva Braun? For one thing – that is not feminism at all. It is no more pro-feminist than this week’s absurd article from The New York Times: Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer? No, Empress Cixi (reign 1861-1908) was not. At all. Empress Cixi was a disaster for China during her 50-year rule. Drugs, foot-binding, colonial domination (for which she was the willing puppet), social disarray – all were rampant under her reign. Not every woman in power is a feminist, nor good to nor good for women…but this is simply not the view of the West in 2018.

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America

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE—Giant wars left Europe a mess many years ago, so America rose to the top. Now it’s where many rich and powerful influencers centralize their operations. America is the cattle prod used to compel the world to march along with the interests of western aristocrats. Governments which comply are rewarded with military “protection”, while noncompliant governments are sanctioned and bombed. The Mafia does this also.

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