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During the Cold War the main geopolitical optic relied upon by policymakers and diplomats was associated with a bipolar structure of hard power. There were supposedly two superpowers with overwhelming military capabilities compared to all other sovereign states, and each controlled an alliance of subordinate states that staked their survival on global crisis management and territorial containment skills of either the United States or the Soviet Union.

 

http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2012/08/17/toward-a-new-geopolitics/

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JIM HEINTZ

Associated Press= MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Monday accused the West of effectively trying to use blackmail to secure a new U.N. Security Council resolution that would authorize the use of force in Syria.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s comments came ahead of a meeting with Kofi Annan, the United Nations and Arab League envoy for Syria whose plan for halting the fighting is weakening amid escalating violence.

The council is debating a new resolution on Syria, spurred by the July 20 expiration of the mandate for the U.N. observer force there and the failure of the Annan plan.

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/10338375

Oceans and seas cover 70% of the earth’s surface. In the decades and centuries to come, the seabeds of this vast area – more than two-thirds of our planet – will become an immense source of oil, natural gas, and rare and essential minerals. If we do not ratify LOST, America will be free in the future – as in the past – to use our advanced technology, our enterprising spirit, and our national vigor to develop the seabeds of these waters as we choose. But if we ratify LOST, many aspects of our exploration, development, and production of these resources will be controlled by the bureaucracy established by this treaty. And we will be required to pay LOST many billions, possibly trillions, of dollars in fees, royalties, and profit-sharing.

 

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Ratification_of_%27Law_of_the_Sea%27_advances_world_government/20557/0/38/38/Y/M.html

“The more warships the US moves [to the region], the more threatened Iran is going to feel and there is more chance of triggering some kind of mistake,” explains Patricia DeGennaro, professor of politics at New York University.

She says the act of sending more warships to the region is a dangerous game of “dare”.

 

http://www.rt.com/news/us-provoke-iran-strike-180/

 

 

by Pepe Escobar
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running out of rhetorical ammunition in the US’s  Holy War against Syria. Perhaps it’s the strain of launching a NATO war bypassing the UN Security Council. Perhaps it’s the strain of being eaten for breakfast routinely by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  Hillary has just called on “Western powers” and their Arab stooges – the NATOGCC compound [1] that passes for the “international community” – to “make it clear that Russia and China will pay a price because they are holding up progress” regarding weaponized regime change in Syria.
In non-newspeak, this means, “If you block our new war, there will be payback”.
Why do we give positions of power to such immature, war mongering sociopaths?  – naked wayne

Source: Tony Cartalucci, BLN Contributing Writer

As difficult as it might be for some to believe, Syria’s problem is not violence, armed insurrection, or political upheaval. Neither is it economic or social. These are but symptoms, many purposefully induced from abroad, of Syria’s real problem, and therefore any solution aimed at treating only these symptoms will provide only but the most superficial and temporary relief.

Many geopolitical analysts know this, and yet champion for the immediate treatment of these symptoms, particularly the end of violence, which makes perfect sense in a sense of “triage,” but will ultimately fail if the root of the problem is not also exposed and a solution for “digging it out” not formulated and appropriately promoted.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/Solving_Syria_%28and_more%29_at_the_Root_of_the_Problem/20470/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan has urged the UN Security Council to break the political deadlock on Syria. He said ‘unity over the crisis will help his peace mission’ – comments he made during his briefing to the body about his findings following his recent visit to Damascus. William F. Engdahl, researcher and author of “Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order”