These two are having a love-in in Beijing.
Moscow underground – crammed with all those magnificent stations – has launched a virtual library with over 100 titles of fabulous Russian literature, including Pushkin, Tolstoy and Chekhov, which you may access, for free, via a code entered in your smartphone or tablet. Passengers are encouraged to suggest other titles to be added to the library.
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Fresh out of his latest Congressional election shellacking delivered by the minority who bothered to vote in the United States, the formerly most powerful leader in the world, US President Barack Obama, will star in a thriller this weekend, appearing in the same room with China’s Xi Jinping, Japan’s Shinzo Abe and – fasten your seat belts – Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
What a drag – the Bomber-In-Chief must be musing. The global economy is mostly a disaster. China, even growing at “only” 7% a year, keeps eroding his “indispensable nation” aura. Japan has decided to copy the Federal Reserve and embark on its own kamikaze version of quantitative easing. Numerous Southeast.
Asian nations keep freaking out about a few rocks in the South China Sea.
And last but not least, Obama’s nemesis, pesky Vlad “the Hammer” Putin, has just been crowned Most Powerful Leader in the world – even if for the most stupid reasons (“unpredictable” head of a “rogue state”)  – while he, the Nobel Peace Prize leader of the exceptionalist, indispensable nation, is now nothing but a pitiful lame duck.
The get-together, extended to Monday and Tuesday, will be the highlight of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing – actually, outside of Beijing, so presumably unpolluted blue skies may also have a chance at the photo op. This is APEC’s 25th birthday. And the 20th birthday of the Indonesian summit in Bogor – I happened to be there – which, under Bill Clinton’s flowery charm, set the 21-member APEC nations a goal of “free” and open trade and investment by 2020. “Free” as in US corporations dictating the rules, of course.
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Hardly surprising. There’s a booming Chinatown in Raqqa, Syria – the capital of the Caliphate.
The absolute majority of these Chinese passport-holder jihadis are of course Uyghurs. They left China either to Cambodia or Indonesia and were regimented by – who else – Turkish intel, as in NATO, which facilitated their transit to Syria.
Over a thousand are being trained in the Waziristans, in Pakistan’s tribal areas. They are also Syria-bound – and afterwards they will be back to China.
When these jihadis return to East Turkestan – which China calls Xinjiang, its Far West – THIS is what happens: al-Qaeda-style bombings – such as the Urumqi market in May (31 dead) and a police station in Yarkand in July (96 dead).
The SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) is very much alert to all this.
No wonder, because the Caliphate’s long-term enemies are Russia and ultimately China. Sooooo convenient for the Empire of Chaos.
Islamic State leader Caliph Ibrahim – aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – never ceases to amaze us – and most of all his powerful petrodollar-stuffed backers. The Caliph is for all practical purposes now an oil major worth of membership of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). His takfiri/mercenary goons – in theory – have for some time been extracting, refining, shipping and/or smuggling and clinching juicy deals involving vast quantities of oil, reaping profits of roughly US$2 million a day.
The Caliph’s oil prices are to die (be beheaded?) for; after all, he’s implementing the same low-price strategy concocted by the people he wants to dethrone in Mecca, the House of Saud. The caliphate’s GDP across “Syraq” has only one way to go: up.
And oh, the irony Top customers for The Caliph’s cheap oil happen to be “Sultan” Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Earthly paradise, aka Turkey – a North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally – and that King “Playstation” Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein’s domain impersonating a country, aka Jordan.
Meanwhile, the awesome, immensely sophisticated military apparatus/intel agency acronym fest deployed by “free” US/NATO somehow is simply unable to register/intercept this racket.
Not surprising, when they somehow had not previously registered/intercepted The Caliph’s goons taking over large swaths of “Syraq” this summer with their cross-desert version of rolling thunder – that gleaming white Toyota promo ad.
As for the Empire of Chaos “solution” to intercept The Caliph’s oil profits, the only decision so far has been to bomb oil pipelines that belong to the Syrian Arab Republic, that is, ultimately, the Syrian people.
Never underestimate the capacity of US President Barack Obama’s “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” foreign policy doctrine to soar towards unreachable stupidity heights.
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Empire of Chaos is already available for PRE-ORDER on KINDLE – internationally.
The Kindle edition costs only $3.99.
You may pre-order almost everywhere – US, Canada, Western Europe and also Japan, Brazil, Australia. Unfortunately, not in Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan – places which are all over the book…
Book launch on 11/11
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