Thursday, 21 June , 2018

Asia

American Power at the Crossroads

In the strangest election year in recent American history – one in which the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson couldn’t even conjure up the name of a foreign leader he “admired” while Donald Trump remained intent on building his “fat, beautiful wall” and “taking” Iraq oil – the world may be out of focus for many Americans right now. So a little introduction to the planet we actually inhabit is in order. Welcome to a multipolar world. One fact stands out: Earth is no longer the property of the globe’s “sole superpower.”

Russia Reasserts Itself

The Russian Foreign Ministry Lavrov speaks of “radical changes” in relations with the United States. Russia is upgrading its military presence in the Middle East. Moscow is also considering the reopening of its military bases in Cuba and Vietnam

Rogoff on China, IMF predictions and central Banks

The biggest threat to the global economy is not Brexit, but an impending crash in China, according to one of the world’s most eminent economists. Speaking to the BBC, Harvard professor, Ken Rogoff warned that China was facing a “pretty sharp landing already” after years of rapid economic growth. The real picture is much worse than the official one

A terrible warning from US Generals

Any future war with Russia or China would be "extremely lethal and fast" and produce violence on the scale not seen for 60 years, according to US generals. Artificial intelligence and automated weapons systems will accelerate any future conflict, Major General William Hix has warned.

How to organize a resistance economy

The World Bank was always dominated by the United States, but in its earlier years and up to the 1980’s – the time when neoliberalism and the Washington Consensus – started their merciless ascent, the World Bank financed and carried out some real ‘grass-roots’ projects

National sovereignty: for what purpose? By Samir Amin

The defence of national sovereignty, like its critique, leads to serious misunderstandings once one detaches it from the social class content of the the strategy in which it is embedded. The leading social bloc in capitalist societies always conceives sovereignty as a necessary instrument for the promotion of its own interests based on both capitalist exploitation of labour and the consolidation of its international positions.

LE BREXIT ET L’IMPLOSION DE L’UNION EUROPEENNE, PAR SAMIR AMIN

La défense de la souveraineté nationale, comme sa critique, donne lieu à de graves malentendus dès lors qu’on la détache du contenu social de classe de la stratégie dans laquelle elle s’inscrit. Le bloc social dirigeant dans les sociétés capitalistes conçoit toujours la souveraineté comme un instrument nécessaire pour la promotion de ses propres intérêt

La Tricontinentale : qu’en reste-t-il 50 ans après ?

In the following interview Said Bouamama speaks on the importance of the "Tricontinentale" for the struggles of the Third World and not only, as...