President Xi Jinping invokes Ming dynasty heroes, geopolitical development strategies and wild Asian geese analogies to portray China’s New Silk Roads initiative as the flagship of a trade-focussed new world order.
President Xi Jinping used the two-day New Silk Road international forum in Beijing to establish China as the flagship of a new, benign trade-focussed world order. This was, said Xi, a “new model of win-win and cooperation” that will prevail over gunboat diplomacy.
At the start of the conference, China’s state broadcaster Xinhua made clear that the initiative — officially first called One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and now Belt and Road (BRI) — was not “neocolonialism by stealth.”
“China needs no puppet states,” said Xinhua, while essentially repeating what Xi delivered in his keynote delivery.
“China is willing to share its development experience with the rest of the world” said Xi, “but we will not intervene in other nations’ internal affairs, export our social system and development model, nor force others to accept them.”
The Forum communiqué – a summary of the main points developed in Xi’s keynote speech – reported that the nations represented in Beijing had pledged to promote “practical cooperation on roads, railways, ports, maritime and inland water transport, aviation, energy pipeline, electricity and telecommunications”.
Big business too was represented and, reportedly, is enthusiastic.
Alibaba’s Jack Ma, so committed to advancing an electronic World Trade Platform, spoke to Chinese media at the Forum and hailed BRI’s “inclusion of young people, women, smaller enterprises and developing countries.”
On the final day of the forum, Beijing even engineered a sort of New Silk Road United Nations, in the form of a Leaders Roundtable, with the microphones open equally to all. The event was a nifty illustration of how Xi wants the world to see this initiative.
“The primary intention and the highest goal of the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ is to allow each member to jointly address global economic challenges, find new growth opportunities and drivers, achieve a win-win situation and keep moving toward a community with joint destiny,” said Xi.
Xi went onto offer exhortations for Ming dynasty navigation master Admiral Zheng He – as a “friendly emissary” – before delivering a metaphor for the new world trade order that he had just outlined.
“Wild swan geese,” he said of the large, rare and wild bird found in Asia but not in Europe, “are able to fly far and safely through winds and storms because they move in flocks and help each other as a team.”
I will always remember my encounter with the writer and cultural icon Susan Sontag, largely because it was on the same day that I met the great Benoit Mandelbrot. I took place in 2001, two months after the terrorist event, in a radio station in New York. Sontag who was being interviewed, was pricked by the idea of a fellow who “studies randomness” and came to engage me. When she discovered that I was a trader, she blurted out that she was “against the market system” and turned her back to me as I was in mid-sentence, just to humiliate me (note here that courtesy is an application of the Silver rule), while her female assistant gave me the look, as if I had been convicted of child killing. I sort of justified her behavior in order to forget the incident, imagining that she lived in some rural commune, grew her own vegetables, wrote on pencil and paper, engaged in barter transactions, that type of stuff.
No, she did not grow her own vegetables, it turned out. Two years later, I accidentally found her obituary (I waited a decade and a half before writing about the incident to avoid speaking ill of the departed). People in publishing were complaining about her rapacity; she had to squeeze her publisher, Farrar Strauss and Giroud of what would be several million dollars today for a book advance. She shared, with a girlfriend, a mansion in New York City, one that was later sold for $28 million dollars. Sontag probably felt that insulting people with money inducted her into some unimpeachable sainthood, exempting her from having skin in the game.
It is immoral to be in opposition of the market system and not live (like the Unabomber) in a hut isolated from it
But there is worse:
It is even more, much more immoral to claim virtue without fully living with its direct consequences
and this will be the main topic of the chapter: exploiting virtue for image, personal gain, careers, social status, these kind of things –and personal gain is anything that does not share the downside of a negative action.
By contrast with Sontag, I have met a few people who live their public ideas. Ralph Nader, for instance, leads the life of a monk, identical to the member of a monastery in the sixteenth century.
The dice have been rolled and it looks like French electors may buck the political narrative
The Decline of the West; the destiny of Western civilization; the unraveling of the EU; the future of democracy itself. All stops are pulled when it comes to how the French presidential elections will shape the geopolitics of a young and turbulent 21st century.
And it’s about to come down to the fate of three men and one woman – not exactly rising to the occasion, rather overwhelmed by it.
The run-up to the first round this coming Sunday turned out to be an immensely entertaining Gallic House of Cards.
On the right, burdened by his massive unpopularity, the conqueror of Libya, former president Nicolas Sarkozy, a.k.a. Sarko The First, was eliminated right from the get-go alongside the conservative favorite, Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé.
The winner of the right’s primaries was former Prime Minister François Fillon – emblem of provincial Catholic France drenched in uncompromising neoliberalism (low corporate taxes mixed with an assault on social welfare). But just when Fillon seemed to be comfortably cruising towards a second round victory, he was spectacularly derailed back in January by pugnacious satirical weekly Le Canard Enchainé; a mysterious source, with devilish timing, took Mr Clean to the cleaners.
Last September the Times of Israel announced that Greece, India, Russia, Cyprus, China and Honduras were upgrading economic and defence ties with Israel as a joint Hudson Institute-Haifa University Report speculated about what a new, extended ‘maritime’ rôle for the Israeli Navy might entail, as the USA disengages from the region (sic). We savour daily the joys of Pax Judaica in France where «nation» and «sovereignty» are dirty words among journalists whose success is gauged by their enthrallment with the ‘Jewish bubble experience’.
Our media pundits trumpet thus the merits of life in a ‘Post-Holocaust Community’ and we learn that – tasked with suppressing ‘fake news’ and with smoothing over strained ties to the ‘official news outlets’ – Facebook has hired a former NBC correspondent and CNN anchor turned education advocate. Her name : Campbell Brown.
She converted to Judaism to marry Daniel Samuel ‘Dan’ Senor, author of Start-up Nation : The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. One-time advisor on foreign policy to former US president GW Bush, he was likewise chief spokesman and spin doctor emerite to Lewis Paul Bremer III of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. A right hand man of Republican Mitt Romney – a US exceptionalism enthusiast – this archetypal radical zionist is blessed with being both a founding partner of Rosemont Capital and a partisan of a military strike against Iran.
With their favourite websites now monitored by Décodex, a ‘NATO service‘ technically bankrolled by Google and Facebook – to fight alleged Russian influence in the West – French electors and internauts are gratified to learn that such founts of ‘editorial discernment’ along with Five Eyes spooks, are sifting diligently through the contents of their correspondance and all that courses through the conduits of this ‘social networking service’.
The following analysis was mostly in the bag after events at Orly and in Westminster and before brinkmanship climaxed again with the unprovoked attacks on the Sha’irat airfield in Syria and the Saint Petersburg Metro.
A recent Saker article pinpoints the current fragility of Russia whose independence hinges essentially upon Vladimir Putin’s personal vigilance and charisma, as well as upon the quasi-monarchical rôle he and his party ‘United Russia’ play in fending off a hostile environment orchestrated by the Atlanticists and their proxies who operate both outside the Russian Federation and within its national territory as a Fifth Column. As the latest terrorist violence ratchets up the pressure exerted to silence opposition to the oligarchy, readers should be made aware of the basis of a profound antipathy towards Gentile nations now threatening world peace and security.
Europe is sick – in mind and body. Hardly had the dead and injured been extracted from the wrecked carriage underneath the former capital of Imperial Russia, before BBC Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford was
given to speculating in her coverage that the explosion might be a plot to distract from anti-corruption protests facing the Russian government. Western journalists repeating unfounded rumours from CIA sponsored social media is a feature of NATO’s psyops warfare manual. So, while famous landmarks the world over were lit up in response to the attacks on Paris, London or Berlin, nobody’s surprised that gestures of public sympathy or solidarity with Russia or Syria are singularly lacking in the capitals of most of our so-called ‘democracies’.
Illuminated with the colours of the Russian flag, Tel Aviv’s city hall was the exception. But then Israel is home to many Russian expatriate Jews and this piece of window dressing cannot fool us as to who or what lies behind the task of fostering a global climate of mass fear. Hence the urgent need to identify unequivocally the ideology behind the Empire of Terror. This signifies joining the dots between individuals and structures performing acts of ‘Muslim’ extremism and the fundamentalist financial doctrines of the Anglo-Zionists and their agents on the Arabian peninsula who provide the wherewithal to keep the militaro-industrial complex on a war footing.
Franco-Syrien analyst Dr Ayssar Middani, a former Syrian MP Dr Maria Saadeh, a French barrister Damien Viguier and Hussam Eddin Ala, Syria’s Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva, testify to the extent to which efforts to destroy the national identity and material and cultural heritage of Syria progress and how the heroism of the Syrian people remains the principle obstacle to the regional and global hegemony advocated by Britain and Israel and their partners France, USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Such testimony indicates the serious knock-on effects of these criminal policies for other regions, notably Europe, Russia and China, while the Golan Area of Separation is used to facilitate the movement of terrorists, their weapons and equipment, as flagrant Israeli attacks against Syrian territory and military sites underscore the strategic alliance between the Israeli régime on one hand and the likes of Jabhat al-Nusra and other murderous organizations on the other.
Seven Laws of Noah : whose enforcement may provide you with a loophole : Brit milah [circumcision]
«At Mount Sinai, G-d charged the Children of Israel to serve as His “Light unto the nations” by bringing all of humanity to a recognition of their Creator and adherence to His laws. For most of Jewish history, however, circumstance did not permit our people to spread these principles, other than by indirect means. When the Lubavitcher Rebbe began speaking about publicizing them as a preparation for a new era, he was reviving an almost lost tradition». Universal Morality : The Seven Noahide Laws
Ms. Yayoi Segi is based in Beirut, Lebanon, and she has worked in Syria for almost 3 years. She is extremely passionate about the country, which she admires and tries to support in her position as an accomplished specialist in national education development.
She agreed to share her collection of personal photos from Damascus, Homs and Aleppo.
I asked about her impressions regarding Syria and its people, and she replied, frankly:
“Syria is not what the mainstream media wants us to believe it is. One has to see it, to understand. Seeing is believing! It is an extraordinarily exceptional country. All that we have been told about Syria and its people is a lie.”
And what is the war doing to the country?
“The war… it is devastating the country. Life is of course tough now, but it never stopped; it definitely goes on. Electricity is cut often and water supplies are limited, but still life goes on. People endure; they even socialize. Syrians are very humble, very caring, warm and gentle people. They like to joke. They believe in their nation, in themselves; they are truly remarkable.”
Yayoi has been literally dedicating her life to the Syrian nation. She is ‘building schools’ there, and she is defending the nation whenever she goes. She is drawn to the Syrian people and she admits that she is philosophically close to them. She says:
“It is extremely important, what goes on in Syria, especially on the ideological front in highly politicized field of education, because ideology shapes education, and vice versa.”
“Even in the time of crises that was implanted from outside, the Syrian people still maintain tremendous sense of solidarity towards those whose lives have been shattered for decades, mainly Palestinians.”
Today, Iraq is plagued by violence and extreme poverty. But this wasn’t always the case.
The country in the Fertile Crescent has a long and rich agricultural history that has been decimated since the 2003 U.S. invasion. Once the country’s invaluable seed bank was destroyed and its institutions turned to dust, it set the stage for foreign agribusiness giants to swoop in and forever change the face of Iraqi agriculture.
Join Mnar Muhawesh for this segment of ‘Behind the Headline’ as she speaks to Iraqi agriculture expert Dr. Nakd Altameemi. They explore the devastating tolls that war, sanctions and Western corporations have had on Iraq’s once-bustling agriculture sector.
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While walking through the city of Damascus at around 11.36 today a missile went over my head , passed a school yard with close to 200 children from ages 6-10 and exploded down the street ,luckily none of the children were hurt ,but to witness 200 children in shock and terror is not a pleasant sight ,children shaking some crying, running in all directions some just frozen to the spot , now I know you have only been in office for a meagre 100 days ,and have been ineffective in both domestic and foreign policy , the only action you have done is to bomb Syria in support of your so called moderate rebels , well these so called moderate rebels ,target populated areas at the time when children are playing , or during rush hour for maximum damage , listen to children scream in fear is not a good thing , I wonder what your reaction would have been if the missile had hit the school playground ?
But then you would not know as MSM would not report it ,please do what you said during your election campaign and put America first, and stop supporting terrorism, build a better America and never bomb a sovereign state ,to improve your popularity among the American public ,or listen to lies from advisors ,you should change the advisors you have, as sooner or later they will make you look more foolish than you are at this moment.
One very angry English man.
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The average western mainstream ‘good citizen’ is in a state of satanic trance. In between the yoga classes and eco friendly living they still feel a thirst.
This thirst is shared by their fellow red necks too. The common man in the west has absorbed the propaganda dished out by their governments and media from cradle to school to adulthood and will keep drinking the koolaid to their graves.
But this thirst requires a ritual sacrifice in far away lands of brown and black people ruled by ‘brutal dictators’ as their media constantly trumpets. The lure is too strong, the thirst too deep…they need a feed.
And so they – like a cult – want more war, more blood and gore ! Then they will go in a few years and cast a ballot to cleanse their conscience by participating in ‘democracy’ as they ‘elect’ another bloodhound.