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Conversation: Syria, Empire, Russia, Portugal and more!

Sunday 25 Oct 2015, CPR Sunday’s Geopolitical Talk Show

Eric Draitser with security analyst Mark Sleboda and journalist/broadcaster Don DeBar.

Introduction by Eric Draitser:

This week we discuss the election in Portugal and the anti-democratic actions of the Portuguese president who has refused to recognize the results. We also discuss the rise of the far left and new right in Europe, and what this means for European politics and organizing. The conversation also touches on the latest developments in the war in Syria, and other regional issues. All this and much more in this hour-long weekly conversation.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Oceania Saker.

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Ufa at the Center of the World, by Mark Sleboda

Source: The Brics Post

For the week of July 6-10, the city of Ufa, Russia will have been at the center of the world, or more particularly the very center of the emerging multipolar world order.

Russia, with host and presidency duties of the annual heads of state’s summits of both BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization), has taken advantage of the opportunity to hold both summits in concert.

The occasion is also being used to hold a meeting of the heads of the newly formed EAEU (Eurasian Economic Union). This is no coincidence or mere convenience – this is a definitive statement about world order and international relations.

Ufa was surely chosen by Russia for two reasons beyond simply pumping needed infrastructure money into the city. First, Ufa, as the capital of the Islamic majority Bashkortostan Republic will highlight the summits’ – and Russia’s multi-confessional – character.

Second, Ufa’s location in central Russia on the verge of the Urals – also stresses Russia’ enormous size, bridging both the West and the East.

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