Rhetorical war has far-reaching consequences, including a potential economic slump via the disruption of global oil supplies By Pepe Escobar The key take away from the BRICS summit in Johannesburg is that Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – important Global South players – strongly condemn unilateralism and protectionism. The Johannesburg Declaration is unmistakable: … Continue reading How BRICS Plus clashes with the US economic war on Iran
Neil Clark The first time I saw Imran Khan he was a young student playing cricket (very well), for Oxford in the University Parks in the 1970s. The next, around forty years later, was when he signed my copy of Wounded Tiger - a History of Cricket in Pakistan, at my friend Peter Oborne's book … Continue reading Imran Khan’s Greatest Test
By Patrick Lawrence Given the unexpected pace of events in recent weeks, the end of Syria’s seven-year agony appears to be very near. It is now all but certain that Bashar al-Assad’s government will win its long war against Sunni jihadists and their foreign supporters. The focus in Syria is already turning from conflict, casualty … Continue reading What’s going to happen when Assad wins the war in Syria?
by Marco Fontana I feel a deep shame at the behavior of the West today. In this behavior, I see the crash of the last remains of what Europe always declared to be its ideals and values. The expulsion of Russian diplomats from a number of EU countries on March 26, a day of national mourning, showed that, for my generation, there are only ruins of morality left … Continue reading ‘I Feel Deep Shame for the Behavior of the West Today’
By Ken Moak Lack of an understanding of China’s history, institutions and leadership style coupled with ideological arrogance explain why the US media, some analysts and some scholars are wrong about the country’s economy, polity and civil society. The world has indeed lost count on how many times Western pundits have incorrectly predicted China’s economic … Continue reading Some Western pundits have no clue about China