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Dire Straits: What is behind Donald Trump’s UN General Assembly Speech

A menacing mixture of bluff and bluster conceals a strategy to gain control of the choke points of world trade

Haneul Na'avi

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Republished with permission; this article was first published by Global Village Space

The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category. —Adolf Hitler

US president Donald Trump’s intimidating, hawkish UN General Assembly speech was, at best, an unflinching reaffirmation to US jingoism, despite his election promises to do the opposite.

Trump hurled his 41-minute tirade of diplomatic gaffs and gaslighting at self-determined governments and brazenly guilt-tripped the United Nations’ in a manner not seen since Hitler’s 1937 address regarding the defunct League of Nations.

Despite the inconsolable depravity of his words, one should focus more on their timing and intentions in order to decipher the US president’s subversive agenda.

Trump’s UN call for ‘unity and obedience’ reveals several pressing urgencies for the US military dictatorship behind him, who grow more desperate than ever to fulfil their geopolitical agendas sat behind the claptrap of ‘human rights, peace, democracy, and national sovereignty’.

It has been firmly established that the current US administration is solely in charge of managing dollar diplomacy around the world, and, in the wake of the 9th annual BRICS Summit in Xiamen and flagship Belt and Road Summit held in Hong Kong, are terrified of a massive global divestment in dollar-denominated oil driven by Chinese-led development.

Nearly Trump’s entire cabinet—a roster consisting of seasoned military generals—allows him more intimate coordination with its bloated coercive apparatus (military) to enforce dollar hegemony.

Underneath its harsh, superstructural rhetoric, the Trump administration is attempting to seize two strategic oil shipping routes, the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca, in order to usurp the lion’s share of global oil trade from the Asian continent and underpin its petrodollar hegemony.

In order to do this, Trump wishes to rally support for a military intervention on Pyongyang and later, Iran, in order to occupy indispensable maritime shipping lanes to indefinitely frustrate China’s access to the South China Sea, which is inextricably connected to both straits.

The US Energy Information Administration asserts,

The Strait of Hormuz, leading out of the Persian Gulf, and the Strait of Malacca, linking the Indian and Pacific Oceans, are the world’s most important strategic chokepoints measured by volume of oil transit, accounting for a combined 57% of all seaborne oil trade. [EIA]

With a military presence near the Korean peninsula, the Trump administration, with help from its vassals Japan and Taiwan, can eventually obstruct oil transit flowing from the Malacca and Hormuz Straits, which would stymie China’s access to critical Pacific-Atlantic bottlenecks vital to the One Belt, One Road initiative into Europe, southern Africa, and the Western hemisphere.

This would force the Chinese to rely on land transit and secondary shipping routes, incurring a costly and dangerous journey for OBOR resources and significantly hampering the initiative.

Additionally, one must stress the baselessness of American casus belli. It is not in Pyongyang’s material or ideological interests to turn South Korea into a “sea of flames” as many corporate media outlets typically report, but to reunify the peninsula using its’ five-point initiative, put in place since DPRK founder Kim Il-Sung spearheaded it to comply with UN Resolution 377.

The Kim Jong-Un administration has begun procuring several nuclear deterrents as a response to the joint US-South Korean Ulchi Freedom Guardian and Foal Eagle military drills, which, over the last 40 years, have continuously violated this resolution by inflaming tensions.

Furthermore, the DPRK consistently states that the drills are the primary motivation for its nuclear programme. A DPRK delegate addressed this to the 9 Aug. Geneva Disarmament Conference,

As long as the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat continue, the DPRK, no matter who may say what, will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table nor flinch an inch from the road chosen by itself, the road of bolstering up the state nuclear force.

The Rodong Shinmun seconded this in a 22 Sept. article,

The final goal of our State is to achieve equilibrium of force with the U.S. so that the U.S. chief executive may not talk about military option against the DPRK.

US militarism against Pyongyang merely expresses the fear that North Korea will attack its vassals or a major American city, not Seoul. This is precisely why it has installed Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) systems to target medium and long-range attacks, and not short-range attacks, which are as dangerous to Seoul as Pyongyang; a Duran article outlines this in detail.

The increased hostility against North Korea also reflects just how few options the US truly has, now that the Philippines and Indonesia, two key positions along the Strait of Malacca, have aligned themselves with China and joined the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.

America’s hasty attacks on North Korea and Iran reveal another imperative for the US—new developments on the Diaoyu islands, which demonstrate the industriousness of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in securing the islands, effectively ending the territorial dispute.

The Brown Review highlighted that,

In February of 2017, satellite photos surfaced indicating that China was close to completing the construction of surface to air missile (SAMs) systems on the [Diaoyu] Islands [which] allow China to move significantly closer to establishing an Air Force Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the area, which would secure Chinese air sovereignty.

America’s presence near the South China Sea also endangers long-established core shipping routes with Venezuela, who wields the world’s largest proven oil reserves.

A 2015 Oilprice article notes that,

With an estimated 298 billion barrels of oil, [Venezuela] is endowed with the world’s largest proven oil reserves, eclipsing Saudi Arabia (266), Iran (157) and Russia (80).

By blocking secure access to South America, the US wishes to prevent Venezuela’s inclusion into China’s rapidly expanding repertoire of oil sources and further denomination of oil sales in yuan.

It continues, drawing a correlation to Venezuela’s ever increasing trade with China,

Since 2007, Beijing has extended $50 billion in long-term loans to be repaid through oil deliveries of 600,000 barrels per day [and] provide Caracas with an additional $20 billion loan. In addition, China is building a refinery in Guandong province in order to process 400,000 barrels of Venezuelan crude oil per day.

Interfering with the Strait of Malacca also blackmails another BRICS member—India—by blocking its Andaman Sea conduit via the strait, preventing it from receiving critical oil from none other than, of course, Venezuela.

Oilprice continues,

India […] imports 72 per cent of its oil requirements, with this figure set to rise to 88 per cent over the coming decades. Imports from the perennially unstable Persian Gulf currently meet about half of India’s total oil requirements – a statistic that New Delhi would like to change. As a result, New Delhi has taken initial steps to establish a long-term energy relationship with Venezuela.

Fascism is capitalism at gunpoint, and Trump’s aspirations are no exception. By monopolising global oil trade with gunboat diplomacy, Trump, Inc. aspires to thwart the successes of the OBOR, potentially inciting a full-scale conflict that will be economically, militarily, and politically disastrous for all parties. Despite his calls for rapprochement with China and Russia, the endgame is to supplant them with the petrodollar; this is the reason for America’s latest round of Russian sanctions and meddling in the South China Sea.

It is important that Beijing and Moscow take the necessary steps to prevent this from happening. The world depends on it.

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That was interesting and insightful, but I still remain sceptical. We should explore the ideas in this article further. 🙂

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Precisely, the “Rohingya crisis” used against Myanmar is an attempt to prevent China’s alternate bypass of the Strait of Malacca. While the Yemeni crisis (Genocide) is to control Bab el Mandab. It seems the Chinese are being blocked at every corner. The Balkan route for Chinese goods to the EU is also being taken out, with only Serbia (The unfinished business in Europe – according to Killary Clinton) standing “barely” . This is PNAC strategy against all competitors.

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You are correct, and if the world is not willing to fight back then the world can live as vassals of the greater Anglo Zionist empire.

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America has 5 to 8 trillion (yes, TRILLION) barrels of recoverable hydrocarbons within the continental US. ExxonMobil (my past employer) is investing 26 to 30 billion U$D in construction, and improvements to refining, and chemical processing facilities within the US. The US hopes to destroy the world’s capacity to produce, and transport hydrocarbon products without destroying the world’s need for said products. Of course, these products are supposed to be paid for in U$D. When you put it all together it’s more or less impossible, but for a delusional has been super power it’s as good a dream as any.… Read more »

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Clinton-Yeltsin docs shine a light on why Deep State hates Putin (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 114.

Alex Christoforou

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Bill Clinton and America ruled over Russia and Boris Yeltsin during the 1990s. Yeltsin showed little love for Russia and more interest in keeping power, and pleasing the oligarchs around him.

Then came Vladimir Putin, and everything changed.

Nearly 600 pages of memos and transcripts, documenting personal exchanges and telephone conversations between Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin, were made public by the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dating from January 1993 to December 1999, the documents provide a historical account of a time when US relations with Russia were at their best, as Russia was at its weakest.

On September 8, 1999, weeks after promoting the head of the Russia’s top intelligence agency to the post of prime minister, Russian President Boris Yeltsin took a phone call from U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The new prime minister was unknown, rising to the top of the Federal Security Service only a year earlier.

Yeltsin wanted to reassure Clinton that Vladimir Putin was a “solid man.”

Yeltsin told Clinton….

“I would like to tell you about him so you will know what kind of man he is.”

“I found out he is a solid man who is kept well abreast of various subjects under his purview. At the same time, he is thorough and strong, very sociable. And he can easily have good relations and contact with people who are his partners. I am sure you will find him to be a highly qualified partner.”

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the nearly 600 pages of transcripts documenting the calls and personal conversations between then U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin, released last month. A strong Clinton and a very weak Yeltsin underscore a warm and friendly relationship between the U.S. and Russia.

Then Vladimir Putin came along and decided to lift Russia out of the abyss, and things changed.

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Here are five must-read Clinton-Yeltsin exchanges from with the 600 pages released by the Clinton Library.

Via RT

Clinton sends ‘his people’ to get Yeltsin elected

Amid unceasing allegations of nefarious Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, the Clinton-Yeltsin exchanges reveal how the US government threw its full weight behind Boris – in Russian parliamentary elections as well as for the 1996 reelection campaign, which he approached with 1-digit ratings.

For example, a transcript from 1993 details how Clinton offered to help Yeltsin in upcoming parliamentary elections by selectively using US foreign aid to shore up support for the Russian leader’s political allies.

“What is the prevailing attitude among the regional leaders? Can we do something through our aid package to send support out to the regions?” a concerned Clinton asked.

Yeltsin liked the idea, replying that “this kind of regional support would be very useful.” Clinton then promised to have “his people” follow up on the plan.

In another exchange, Yeltsin asks his US counterpart for a bit of financial help ahead of the 1996 presidential election: “Bill, for my election campaign, I urgently need for Russia a loan of $2.5 billion,” he said. Yeltsin added that he needed the money in order to pay pensions and government wages – obligations which, if left unfulfilled, would have likely led to his political ruin. Yeltsin also asks Clinton if he could “use his influence” to increase the size of an IMF loan to assist him during his re-election campaign.

Yeltsin questions NATO expansion

The future of NATO was still an open question in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and conversations between Clinton and Yeltsin provide an illuminating backdrop to the current state of the curiously offensive ‘defensive alliance’ (spoiler alert: it expanded right up to Russia’s border).

In 1995, Yeltsin told Clinton that NATO expansion would lead to “humiliation” for Russia, noting that many Russians were fearful of the possibility that the alliance could encircle their country.

“It’s a new form of encirclement if the one surviving Cold War bloc expands right up to the borders of Russia. Many Russians have a sense of fear. What do you want to achieve with this if Russia is your partner? They ask. I ask it too: Why do you want to do this?” Yeltsin asked Clinton.

As the documents show, Yeltsin insisted that Russia had “no claims on other countries,” adding that it was “unacceptable” that the US was conducting naval drills near Crimea.

“It is as if we were training people in Cuba. How would you feel?” Yeltsin asked. The Russian leader then proposed a “gentleman’s agreement” that no former Soviet republics would join NATO.

Clinton refused the offer, saying: “I can’t make the specific commitment you are asking for. It would violate the whole spirit of NATO. I’ve always tried to build you up and never undermine you.”

NATO bombing of Yugoslavia turns Russia against the West

Although Clinton and Yeltsin enjoyed friendly relations, NATO’s bombing of Yugoslavia tempered Moscow’s enthusiastic partnership with the West.

“Our people will certainly from now have a bad attitude with regard to America and with NATO,” the Russian president told Clinton in March 1999. “I remember how difficult it was for me to try and turn the heads of our people, the heads of the politicians towards the West, towards the United States, but I succeeded in doing that, and now to lose all that.”

Yeltsin urged Clinton to renounce the strikes, for the sake of “our relationship” and “peace in Europe.”

“It is not known who will come after us and it is not known what will be the road of future developments in strategic nuclear weapons,” Yeltsin reminded his US counterpart.

But Clinton wouldn’t cede ground.

“Milosevic is still a communist dictator and he would like to destroy the alliance that Russia has built up with the US and Europe and essentially destroy the whole movement of your region toward democracy and go back to ethnic alliances. We cannot allow him to dictate our future,” Clinton told Yeltsin.

Yeltsin asks US to ‘give Europe to Russia’

One exchange that has been making the rounds on Twitter appears to show Yeltsin requesting that Europe be “given” to Russia during a meeting in Istanbul in 1999. However, it’s not quite what it seems.

“I ask you one thing,” Yeltsin says, addressing Clinton. “Just give Europe to Russia. The US is not in Europe. Europe should be in the business of Europeans.”

However, the request is slightly less sinister than it sounds when put into context: The two leaders were discussing missile defense, and Yeltsin was arguing that Russia – not the US – would be a more suitable guarantor of Europe’s security.

“We have the power in Russia to protect all of Europe, including those with missiles,” Yeltsin told Clinton.

Clinton on Putin: ‘He’s very smart’

Perhaps one of the most interesting exchanges takes place when Yeltsin announces to Clinton his successor, Vladimir Putin.

In a conversation with Clinton from September 1999, Yeltsin describes Putin as “a solid man,” adding: “I am sure you will find him to be a highly qualified partner.”

A month later, Clinton asks Yeltsin who will win the Russian presidential election.

“Putin, of course. He will be the successor to Boris Yeltsin. He’s a democrat, and he knows the West.”

“He’s very smart,” Clinton remarks.

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New Satellite Images Reveal Aftermath Of Israeli Strikes On Syria; Putin Accepts Offer to Probe Downed Jet

The images reveal the extent of destruction in the port city of Latakia, as well as the aftermath of a prior strike on Damascus International Airport.

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An Israeli satellite imaging company has released satellite photographs that reveal the extent of Monday night’s attack on multiple locations inside Syria.

ImageSat International released them as part of an intelligence report on a series of Israeli air strikes which lasted for over an hour and resulted in Syrian missile defense accidentally downing a Russian surveillance plane that had 15 personnel on board.

The images reveal the extent of destruction on one location struck early in attack in the port city of Latakia, as well as the aftermath of a prior strike on Damascus International Airport. On Tuesday Israel owned up to carrying out the attack in a rare admission.

Syrian official SANA news agency reported ten people injured in the attacks carried out of military targets near three major cities in Syria’s north.

The Times of Israel, which first reported the release of the new satellite images, underscores the rarity of Israeli strikes happening that far north and along the coast, dangerously near Russian positions:

The attack near Latakia was especially unusual because the port city is located near a Russian military base, the Khmeimim Air Force base. The base is home to Russian jet planes and an S-400 aerial defense system. According to Arab media reports, Israel has rarely struck that area since the Russians arrived there.

The Russian S-400 system was reportedly active during the attack, but it’s difficult to confirm or assess the extent to which Russian missiles responded during the strikes.

Three of the released satellite images show what’s described as an “ammunition warehouse” that appears to have been completely destroyed.

The IDF has stated their airstrikes targeted a Syrian army facility “from which weapons-manufacturing systems were supposed to be transferred to Iran and Hezbollah.” This statement came after the IDF expressed “sorrow” for the deaths of Russian airmen, but also said responsibility lies with the “Assad regime.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to express regret over the incident while offering to send his air force chief to Russia with a detailed report — something which Putin agreed to.

According to Russia’s RT News, “Major-General Amikam Norkin will arrive in Moscow on Thursday, and will present the situation report on the incident, including the findings of the IDF inquiry regarding the event and the pre-mission information the Israeli military was so reluctant to share in advance.”

Russia’s Defense Ministry condemned the “provocative actions by Israel as hostile” and said Russia reserves “the right to an adequate response” while Putin has described the downing of the Il-20 recon plane as likely the result of a “chain of tragic accidental circumstances” and downplayed the idea of a deliberate provocation, in contradiction of the initial statement issued by his own defense ministry.

Pro-government Syrians have reportedly expressed frustration this week that Russia hasn’t done more to respond militarily to Israeli aggression; however, it appears Putin may be sidestepping yet another trap as it’s looking increasingly likely that Israel’s aims are precisely geared toward provoking a response in order to allow its western allies to join a broader attack on Damascus that could result in regime change.

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“Transphobic” Swedish Professor May Lose Job After Noting Biological Differences Between Sexes

A university professor in Sweden is under investigation after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are “biologically founded”

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A university professor in Sweden is under investigation for “anti-feminism” and “transphobia” after he said that there are fundamental differences between men and women which are “biologically founded” and that genders cannot be regarded as “social constructs alone,” reports Academic Rights Watch.

For his transgression, Germund Hesslow – a professor of neuroscience at Lund University – who holds dual PhDs in philosophy and neurophysiology, may lose his job – telling RT that a “full investigation” has been ordered, and that there “have been discussions about trying to stop the lecture or get rid of me, or have someone else give the lecture or not give the lecture at all.”

“If you answer such a question you are under severe time pressure, you have to be extremely brief — and I used wording which I think was completely innocuous, and that apparently the student didn’t,” Hesslow said.

Hesslow was ordered to attend a meeting by Christer Larsson, chairman of the program board for medical education, after a female student complained that Hesslow had a “personal anti-feminist agenda.” He was asked to distance himself from two specific comments; that gay women have a “male sexual orientation” and that the sexual orientation of transsexuals is “a matter of definition.”

The student’s complaint reads in part (translated):

I have also heard from senior lecturers that Germund Hesslow at the last lecture expressed himself transfobically. In response to a question of transexuallism, he said something like “sex change is a fly”. Secondly, it is outrageous because there may be students during the lecture who are themselves exposed to transfobin, but also because it may affect how later students in their professional lives meet transgender people. Transpersonals already have a high level of overrepresentation in suicide statistics and there are already major shortcomings in the treatment of transgender in care, should not it be countered? How does this kind of statement coincide with the university’s equal treatment plan? What has this statement given for consequences? What has been done for this to not be repeated? –Academic Rights Watch

After being admonished, Hesslow refused to distance himself from his comments, saying that he had “done enough” already and didn’t have to explain and defend his choice of words.

At some point, one must ask for a sense of proportion among those involved. If it were to become acceptable for students to record lectures in order to find compromising formulations and then involve faculty staff with meetings and long letters, we should let go of the medical education altogether,” Hesslow said in a written reply to Larsson.

He also rejected the accusation that he had a political agenda – stating that his only agenda was to let scientific factnot new social conventions, dictate how he teaches his courses.

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