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CONFIRMED: Cambodia disbands opposition for conspiring with the United States

Cambodia moves against faction which was preparing a US funded “colour revolution”.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has delivered on his promise to outlaw and disband the former opposition faction Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The CNRP has been accused of colluding with the United States to foment a colour revolution against Hun Sen of the left wing Cambodian People’s Party.

After coming to power in 1985, Hun Sen, who initially attained his position due to Vietnam’s victory over China in 1979, has steered Cambodia in a direction which has seen China become a top international partner in trade and investment.

As I recently wrote,

“Hun Sen’s personal history in terms of political loyalists is something of a pendulum. While he once was a member of the China backed and covertly US armed and sponsored Khmer Rouge government, in 1977 he switched sides and backed pro-Vietnamese (Soviet backed) forces.

He first took office in 1985 during the period of Vietnamese occupation following the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War which was won by Hanoi, thus resulting in the fall of the Khmer Rouge in what was then Democratic Kampuchea.

Since 1985, Hun Sen has worked to consolidate his power. Since effectively purging his opponents in 1997, he has worked to develop increasingly good relations with China, in spite of his history of being backed by Vietnam.

While some of Hen Sen’s opponents still accuse him of being too close with Vietnam, the reality is that under Hun Sen, Cambodia is moving towards a decidedly pro-Chinese geo-economic position. China is now the key investor in Cambodia and Hen Sun’s anti-US comments seem clearly motivated by a sense of confidence that US investment falls flat of the potential offered by China.

By East Asian standards, Cambodia is small, with a population of just over 15 million. Since the 1990s, Cambodian goods, particularly finished textiles have become increasingly common throughout the world, including the west. This helps explain why many in western business circles are reticent to sanction Cambodia, even though as Phnom Penh moves closer to Beijing, many in Washington want to sanction Cambodia, using internal political consolidation moves by Hen Sen as the tired excuse justifying such actions.

Realistically, Cambodia’s path could pose problems for US designs on Vietnam. Ever since the 1990s, the US has worked hard to establish closer ties with Hanoi. The rationale behind rapprochement with a Communist Vietnamese government that the US fought for 20 years is simple enough. Vietnam remains the most outwardly anti-China government in the region and the crux of US policy in Asia is that ‘whatever is bad for China is good for the US’. This also is the overt rationale behind Washington’s new bonds with India, a traditional Soviet/Russian ally whose increasingly vocal anti-Chinese sentiments have caught the ear of an exploitative United States.

In spite of this, China remains Vietnam’s number one trading partner and during the recent APEC summit, Vietnam offered vague commitments to de-escalation in the South China Sea dispute in which America has staunchly backed the Vietnamese position vis-a-vis China.

However, to understand how the events in Cambodia might relate to future US-Vietnam relations, one must turn to Philippines.

Philippines has traditionally been Washington’s number one ally in South East Asia, but since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, Manila has openly and rapidly pivoted towards both China and Russia. In many ways, not having taken a side in the Sino-Soviet split of the Cold War, Philippines is better placed than Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos to make such a pivot towards the allied super-powers whose former conflict still resonates in some parts of South East Asia, although increasingly little.

Duterte also took the bold step to be the first South East Asian leader to engage in a fully-fledged commitment to peace and cooperation with China over the South China Sea. This game-changing cooperation initiative now provides a new model for all of South East Asia. While Vietnam’s history of antagonism vis-a-vis China dates back to ancient history, according to contemporary considerations, it is not wide of the mark to say that if a country as formerly pro-American as Philippines can pivot away from Washington and towards both China and Russia, so too could a country like Vietnam which retains virtually unbroken good relations with Moscow.

Cambodia was South East Asia’s most unfortunate political football that the US used to exploit the Sino-Soviet split. Now though, Cambodia seems to have secured China’s place in its economic future, while telling the US that its conditional economic investment is effectively surplus to requirements…the subtext being, ‘because of China’.

If countries that used to be unabashedly in Washington’s corner ranging from Turkey to Philippines can ‘pivot east’, and if Cambodia whose fraught internal and geo-political history can pivot (back) to China, there is every possibility that Vietnam could one day do the same.

If Vietnam can be convinced that China has no designs on Vietnam’s internal affairs which in 2017, it most certainly does not and if along with this, Hanoi and Beijing can reach an understanding similar to that which was reached between Manila and Beijing, the US will have to settle for a relationship with Vietnam that due to recent history, will be far more limited than present relations with Philippines, which still technically remain strong because of the residual effects of a substantial shared (though totally unevenly shared) 20th century history.

If this happens, the US will have lost its ability to use substantial amounts of geo-political leverage on South East Asia. China will have asserted its model as superior to that of the US model for South East Asian economic development and the US will simply have to strike deals in accordance with broadly Chinese style guidelines. Russia which maintains its good post-Cold War relations with countries like Vietnam while building new bridges to Philippines, is another clear winner and one which could  play a vital role in stimulating a more meaningful rapprochement between Hanoi and Beijing.

Against this backdrop, it is no wonder the US has attempted to rename South East Asia the ‘Indo-Pacific’. The fact of the matter is, in the area that actually is South East Asia, the US is becoming increasingly isolated as China’s model is becoming far too attractive for even former foes of Beijing to ignore or oppose”.

Political changes in Cambodia should make the US nervous about its Vietnam policy

After today’s announcement, the US confirmed it will cease its formerly promised funds for Cambodia’s forthcoming legislative elections, something which Hun Sen anticipated and said he is not concerned with.

In a spirit of national unity, Hun Sen celebrated the disbanding of the pro-US group by praying for peace with a group of Buddhist spiritual leaders.

New elections will take place on the 29th of July, 2018.

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Russia’s economy continues to outperform as gold takes center stage (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 118.

Alex Christoforou

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how US and EU sanctions have continued to provide a huge boost to Russia’s economy. Russia’s food sovereignty has practically been achieved, as the Russian central bank continues to buy gold and lower its exposure to western financial markets.

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Via TASS…

Outside pressure in the form of sanctions has become an incentive to resolve various issues of Russia’s economy, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev stated in an interview with the Izvestiya daily.

He noted that through introducing sanctions against Russia, “the West aims to destabilize Russia’s economy and to create social and political tensions in society.”

“But during the difficult times, Russians have always stuck together and mobilized their resources in order to ensure the country’s sovereignty. This is what is happening now – the outside pressure has become an incentive to resolve many problems in Russia’s economy,” he said.

“Before the sanctions, it seemed that we would never be able to feed ourselves and that we are doomed to be dependent on Western import. However, right now, Russia’s food sovereignty in crucial sectors has practically been achieved, and in some areas, Russia has become the leading exporter,” Patrushev noted.

Those who apply the sanctions “can see that they (the sanctions – TASS) are ineffective and often achieve the opposite goal,” the Russian security chief concluded.

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US Neocon Foreign Policy and the War Waged Against Serbia

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign.

Richard Galustian

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The ‘witch-hunt’ against President Trump over Russian collusion has officially ended, following the submission of the Mueller Report, enabling us to now focus on the real problems of America that effects the whole world.

In the hope of a waining of the Russophobia in America, let’s look at the US’s recent war history by starting with the 20th anniversary this month of the NATO war on Serbia in 1999 which amounted to almost 100 days of bombing of historic cities and infrastructure.

Firstly, these problems are, in the main caused by the Neocons, or Deep State, whatever you wish to call them, and the continuing promotion, by the US Military-Security Industrial Complex, of wars and regime change and secondly, Trump’s unreserved support for Israel, regardless of war crimes they may continue to commit against the Palestinians.

Incredibly after that one sided unjust and illegal war that NATO executed, NATO has the audacity to invite Serbia to join it! Something that will never happen. What do they smoke in DC, in the Pentagon and Brussels based NATO?

To compound these overall problems, the US Military and Israeli Defence Forces collaborate on these US regime change policies on all continents evidenced most recently by the arrival of crack Israeli troops last month in Brazil, prepared to support an attack potentially by Brazil and Columbia on Venezuela.

As, has now come to be expected, America pursues its Venezuelan regime change with full main stream media (MSM) cooperation, using well proven sophisticated propaganda techniques along with a variety of pretexts.

From Serbia to Iraq to Libya, where does it end? Observe that Trump is now seeking a ‘NATO alliance’ offering NATO status, to President Bolsonaro of Brazil to back the invasion of Venezuela.

So it is important to remember, as an example, that after a long war of economic and financial destabilization ended with the bombing of Serbia.

Serbia was previously a part of Yugoslavia, a country which had successfully evolved after 1945 to solve the old rivalries of the 19th and early 20th Century Balkan ethnic animosities which was, prior to the advent of power of President Tito, its past history.

The United Nations, instead of supporting, in effect, so called ‘humanitarian wars’ and ‘regime change wars’ by the US, using NATO, helped and relentlessly driven home by MSM outlets like CNN and FOX NEWS into people’s heads, must finally take a stand.

So too, Yugoslavia, once the envy of many in the world, given its then ‘non-aligned’ status under President Tito, was destroyed and broken up; ‘Balkanized’ in the early 1990s.

The Serbian assault began first by a ‘financial war’; by sanctions and finished off by an aggressive unprovoked incessant NATO bombing campaign. That’s what we can expect in Venezuela next.

This ‘Balkanization’ strategy similarly applies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria et al. It serves US Neocon interests to dismember States in the world and create smaller more ‘manageable’ countries.

‘Regime change’ runs against the intent, the very words contained in the US Constitution. No one in MSM ever reminds us of that fact. Nevertheless America’s ambition to overthrow other States continues, which they arrogantly now make no secret of. The next States will probably be Nicaragua then Iran to name but two.

A very noteworthy most recent outrageous unilateral declaration was made by President Trump, not yet formally agreed by US institutions, ‘giving’ something he has no authority to give; Syrian territory, the Golan Heights to be precise, to Israel. Something that one day could trigger a full scale Arab-Israeli War.

This is of extreme importance yet no real outcry comes from world leaders; well not so far.

The main reason for that decision given by senior US Administration figures is that “God anointed Trump to save the Jews”.

Not forgetting Trump’s need (which we the people don’t understand exactly why) to support Prime Minister Netanyahu in his difficult upcoming elections in Israel – in part because both countries failed to ‘regime change’ Syria – but more importantly to help the ‘financial terrorists’ who formed a company jointly that has already started drilling for oil in the Golan Heights. You might like to know who owns such oil drilling company which should answer a plethora of questions in one go that you must be asking yourselves.

The shareholder’s names tells us everything; Dick Cheney; Baron Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch. The titular heads of neocons, bankers and media on the planet.

In ending there is no more evidence required for us, the people of the world, to rise up against the globalist dark forces wherever they exist, be it in Brussels, London, France or Washington. We must demand democratic elections or start revolutions, the latter has already begun in France in the form of ‘the yellow vests’. And Brexit, by definition, is a rejection by the British people of globalism and American Hegemony.

The pattern of US destabilization and destruction of States to loot them of their sovereign resources is the unseen history of the last 100 years, not taught in any university, anywhere in the West.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, its government was taken down by the CIA and replaced by an ultra fascist regime that has full backing from America. This is no secret. But the MSM simple don’t report it.

US led NATO is ‘the transnational war machine’ of the world, devouring almost all free countries wealth. It can extort to terrorize all into conformity to the global ‘carcinogenic’ US Neocon imperialistic strategy.

A total estimated 20m people around the world have died since the end of WW11 at the hands of US Forces. Think about that for a moment.

One of the most famous sayings attributed to America’s great President Abraham Lincoln is about deception: “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”

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‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU approves controversial copyright reform

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

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The European Parliament has voted to adopt the highly controversial Article 13 provision which would govern the production and distribution of content online under the auspices of increasing copyright protections.

Tuesday’s move will update the EU’s 20-year-old copyright rules and will govern everything from audiovisual content to memes, much to the dismay of many social media users who have already begun outpouring their grief online.

MEPs passed the legislation by 348 votes to 274 Tuesday. Opponents had hoped for last-minute amendments to be made but their efforts were in vain.

Julia Reda, a German MEP with the Pirate Party, described it as a “dark day for internet freedom.”

Article 13 or ‘The Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market’ makes all platforms legally responsible for the content hosted and shared on their platforms.

The process of updating the bloc’s copyright laws began in the European Commission two years ago, ostensibly to protect Europe’s publishers, broadcasters and artists and guarantee fair compensation from big tech companies.

By essentially forcing companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to pay artists and publishers for the reproduction of their work online, include in meme format, the EU is effectively clamping down on online memery.

The onus will now be on tech companies to clamp down on content-sharing on their platforms, which will likely ensure yet more draconian policing of speech and content.

EU member states now have two years to pass their own laws putting Article 13 into effect.

Tens of thousands marched in protest across Germany ahead of the vote, decrying what they viewed as severe online censorship.

Tech giant Google said that while the directive is “improved” it will still lead to legal uncertainty and will damage Europe’s creative and digital economies.

Critics have argued that the only way for Article 13 to be effectively enforced would be through the use of upload filters which automatically check content to see if it’s copyrighted or not, at least in theory. However, the exact mechanics of such a system have yet to be fully debated and the potential for abuse is immediately clear.

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