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Pakistan PM praises China, condemns India and cautions US attitudes in bold UN speech

The eloquently delivered address left little room for ambiguity.

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi delivered a wide ranging speech to the United Nations clarifying his country’s position on key issues including its burgeoning partnership with China, its desire to bring “hostile” India to the peace table and explanatory warnings against false US assumptions about Pakistan’s role in the war against terrorism, specifically as it relates to the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani Prime Minister began his speech by praising the United Nations for preventing large scale wars from breaking out. However, in a statement alluding to the United States and its allies, Abbasi lamented that “some countries have shown a proclivity to use force against (other) states to settle differences”.

He also warned against building walls against the Islamic world, both in a physical and meteorically sense. This could easily be interpreted as a reference to Donald Trump’s plans to build a controversial border wall between the US and Mexico as well as Donald Trump’s occasionally Modi like defamation of Islam.

After warning of a new Cold War in Europe and conflicts raging from South East Asia to the Middle East, Abbasi turned to specific issues facing Pakistan.

Jammu and Kashmir

The Pakistani Premier stated that “India brutally suppresses Jammu and Kashmir” and in so doing, is engaged in one of the most prolonged illegal military occupations in modern history.

Abbasi stated that from Pakistan’s inception as a nation 70 years ago, it  has faced hostility from India.  Because of India’s intransigence on the Kashmir issue, Abbasi called on the UN Security Council to aid the people of Jammu and Kashmir in realising their democratic right to self-determination and their day to day desire to live free from military occupation.

In spite of multiple attempts on Pakistan’s part to bring India to the bilateral negotiating table, Abbasi said the India’s refusals means that it is of the utmost importance for the UN to bring about a resolution to the situation.

India 

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called on India to “stop the use of rape as an instrument of state policy”. This is a clear reference to the rape epidemic which has raged in India, particularly against minorities since the electoral victory of the BJP lead by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Premier further stated that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons are merely a deterrent to Indian aggression and that Pakistan seeks to maintain its nuclear arsenal only as a deterrent to what Abbasi characterised as an unpredictable and aggressive Indian regime.

Afghanistan

Turning to Afghanistan, Abbasi proclaimed that apart from the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan has suffered more from the series of wars in Afghanistan dating back to the 1970s,  than any other country on earth. He stated that the suffering has manifested itself in the form of terrorism, an influx of refugees, an influx of drugs and an influx of weapons upon Pakistan’s territory.

The Premier then remarked that “no one desires peace in Afghanistan more than Pakistan”. He then offered an admonishment which directly relates to Donald Trump’s recent criticisms of Pakistan in respect of Afghanistan. Abbasi said,

“Neither the (US led) coalition nor Taliban can impose a military solution on each other”.

Abbasi then called for direct negotiations between the current government in Kabul and Taliban factions as a means to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Relations with the United States 

When US President Trump announced his troop surge in Afghanistan, his remarks at the time heavily criticised Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harbouring terrorists who destabilise Afghanistan. These remarks were taken as deeply offensive to Pakistan and at the time both Russia and China strongly defended Pakistan’s record of fighting and opposing all forms of local and regional terrorism. China and Russia continue to stand by Pakistan on the whole in respect of its perspective on the crisis in Afghanistan.

Abbasi stated,

“Pakistan’s anti-terrorist credentials cannot be questions….

We took the war to the terrorists and we have paid a heavy price”.

He also said that it is “especially galling to be blamed” for the proliferation of regional terrorism before adding “we are not prepared to be anyone’s scapegoats”.

This latter most statement was clearly directed to anti-Pakistan voices within the United States.

China 

Turning to China, Abbasi stated that China’s President Xi Jinping has clearly articulated the model for economic growth and development that both is appropriate for and embraced by Pakistan.

Saying that eliminating terrorism is vital for Pakistan’s economic future, in words surely crafted to assure China of Pakistan’s commitment to building a stronger, more robust and safer society, Abbasi spoke of Pakistan’s rapid economic growth over the last four years.

The Premier stated that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor has and can further “contribute to our economic upsurge”. He also praised the One Belt–One Road initiative as being particularly crucial and helpful to Pakistan’s future.

After praising Pakistan’s economic partnership with China, Abbasi offered a message of peace and good will to his audience at the United Nations.

SUMMARY 

This was among the most stridently pro-Chinese and anti-US speeches delivered to the UN by a Pakistani head of government in recent memory.

The overall message was that Pakistan is not prepared to accept the blame for America’s failures in South Asia and Afghanistan specially, nor will Pakistan step back from its pragmatic proposals for a Taliban-Kabul dialogue as the most realistic solution to ending the violence in Afghanistan.

For India the message was clear: unless the BJP government ceases its anti-Muslim and by extrapolation, its anti-Pakistan position, Pakistan will have no choice but to sternly implore international organisations such as the UN to intervene in the ongoing disputes between the neighbouring countries.

Finally, Abbasi made it abundantly clear that Pakistan’s most crucial and fraternal partner in economic development as well as geo-political cooperation is China.

The overall message is clear: India cannot get away with aggression, China is now far more important to Pakistan than the United States and lastly, Islamabad is not prepared to accept unfair and nonfactual insults from the inexperienced Trump administration.

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Pakistan is now facing something it once supported, it’s own balkanization. The US wants an independent Balochistan. To avoid this they must purge the ISI.

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Drain their swamp ??

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Worldwide.

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Presuming of course that the US wants to end the war in Afghanistan …
I personally doubt they do. There’s the poppy crop, and the minerals to plunder, and the MIC profits …

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The business model is spread war and instability (and finance operations through plunder of local resources), Afghanistan is a wonderful place in this regard. Destabilize China, Russia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Central Asia – spread CHAOS. PNAC strategy means the goal is to destroy all competing nations, and turn them into mini states, micro states (lacking strategic depth- for defense), and fiefdoms, warlord regions. It’s been done in Yugoslavia (that’s the model).

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European Court of Justice rules Britain free to revoke Brexit unilaterally

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that Britain can reverse Article 50.

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The UK is free to unilaterally revoke a notification to depart from the EU, the European Court has ruled. The judicial body said this could be done without changing the terms of London’s membership in the bloc.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) opined in a document issued on Monday that Britain can reverse Article 50, which stipulates the way a member state leaves the bloc. The potentially important ruling comes only one day before the House of Commons votes on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU.

“When a Member State has notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, as the UK has done, that Member State is free to revoke unilaterally that notification,” the court’s decision reads.

By doing so, the respective state “reflects a sovereign decision to retain its status as a Member State of the European Union.”

That said, this possibility remains in place “as long as a withdrawal agreement concluded between the EU and that Member State has not entered into force.” Another condition is: “If no such agreement has been concluded, for as long as the two-year period from the date of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU.”

The case was opened when a cross-party group of British politicians asked the court whether an EU member such as the UK can decide on its own to revoke the withdrawal process. It included Labour MEPs Catherine Stihler and David Martin, Scottish MPs Joanna Cherry Alyn Smith, along with Green MSPs Andy Wightman and Ross Greer.

They argued that unilateral revocation is possible and believe it could provide an opening to an alternative to Brexit, namely holding another popular vote to allow the UK to remain in the EU.

“If the UK chooses to change their minds on Brexit, then revoking Article 50 is an option and the European side should make every effort to welcome the UK back with open arms,” Smith, the SNP member, was quoted by Reuters.

However, May’s environment minister, Michael Gove, a staunch Brexit supporter, denounced the ECJ ruling, insisting the cabinet will not reverse its decision to leave. “We will leave on March 29, [2019]” he said, referring to the date set out in the UK-EU Brexit deal.

In the wake of the landmark vote on the Brexit deal, a group of senior ministers threatened to step down en masse if May does not try to negotiate a better deal in Brussels, according to the Telegraph. The ministers demanded that an alternative deal does not leave the UK trapped within the EU customs union indefinitely.

On Sunday, Will Quince resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Ministry of Defense, saying in a Telegraph editorial that “I do not want to be explaining to my constituents why Brexit is still not over and we are still obeying EU rules in the early 2020s or beyond.”

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Seven Days of Failures for the American Empire

The American-led world system is experiencing setbacks at every turn.

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On November 25, two artillery boats of the Gyurza-M class, the Berdiansk and Nikopol, one tugboat, the Yany Kapu, as well as 24 crew members of the Ukrainian Navy, including two SBU counterintelligence officers, were detained by Russian border forces. In the incident, the Russian Federation employed Sobol-class patrol boats Izumrud and Don, as  well as two Ka-52, two Su-25 and one Su-30 aircraft.

Ukraine’s provocation follows the advice of several American think-tanks like the Atlantic Council, which have been calling for NATO involvement in the Sea of Azov for months. The area is strategically important for Moscow, which views its southern borders, above all the Sea of Azov, as a potential flash point for conflict due to the Kiev’s NATO-backed provocations.

To deter such adventurism, Moscow has deployed to the Kerch Strait and the surrounding coastal area S-400 batteries, modernized S-300s, anti-ship Bal missile systems, as well as numerous electronic-warfare systems, not to mention the Russian assets and personnel arrayed in the military districts abutting Ukraine. Such provocations, egged on by NATO and American policy makers, are meant to provide a pretext for further sanctions against Moscow and further sabotage Russia’s relations with European countries like Germany, France and Italy, as well as, quite naturally, to frustrate any personal interaction between Trump and Putin.

This last objective seems to have been achieved, with the planned meeting between Trump and Putin at the G20 in Buenos Aires being cancelled. As to the the other objectives, they seem to have failed miserably, with Berlin, Paris and Rome showing no intention of imposing additional sanctions against Russia, recognizing the Ukrainian provocation fow what it is. The intention to further isolate Moscow by the neocons, neoliberals and most of the Anglo-Saxon establishment seems to have failed, demonstrated in Buenos Aires with the meeting between the BRICS countries on the sidelines and the bilateral meetings between Putin and Merkel.

On November 30, following almost two-and-a-half months of silence, the Israeli air force bombed Syria with three waves of cruise missiles. The first and second waves were repulsed over southern Syria, and the third, composed of surface-to-surface missiles, were also downed. At the same time, a loud explosion was heard in al-Kiswah, resulting in the blackout of Israeli positions in the area.

The Israeli attack was fully repulsed, with possibly two IDF drones being downed as well. This effectiveness of Syria’s air defenses corresponds with Russia’s integration of Syria’s air defenses with its own systems, manifestly improving the Syrians’ kill ratios even without employing the new S-300 systems delivered to Damascus, let alone Russia’s own S-400s. The Pantsirs and S-200s are enough for the moment, confirming my hypothesis more than two months ago that the modernized S-300 in the hands of the Syrian army is a potentially lethal weapon even for the F-35, forbidding the Israelis from employing their F-35s.

With the failed Israeli attack testifying to effectiveness of Russian air-defense measures recently deployed to the country, even the United States is finding it difficult to operate in the country. As the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War confirms:

“Russia has finished an advanced anti-access/area denial (A2AD) network in Syria that combines its own air defense and electronic warfare systems with modernized equipment. Russia can use these capabilities to mount the long-term strategic challenge of the US and NATO in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East, significantly widen the geographic reach of Russia’s air defense network. Russia stands to gain a long-term strategic advantage over NATO through its new capabilities in Syria. The US and NATO must now account for the risk of a dangerous escalation in the Middle East amidst any confrontation with Russia in Eastern Europe.”

The final blow in a decidedly negative week for Washington’s ambitions came in Buenos Aires during the G20, where Xi Jinping was clearly the most awaited guest, bringing in his wake investments and opportunities for cooperation and mutual benefit, as opposed to Washington’s sanctions and tariffs for its own benefit to the detriment of others. The key event of the summit was the dinner between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump that signalled Washington’s defeat in the trade war with Beijing. Donald Trump fired the first shot of the economic war, only to succumb just 12 months later with GM closing five plants and leaving 14,000 unemployed at home as Trump tweeted about his economic achievements.

Trump was forced to suspend any new tariffs for a period of ninety days, with his Chinese counterpart intent on demonstrating how an economic war between the two greatest commercial powers had always been a pointless propagandistic exercise. Trump’s backtracking highlights Washington’s vulnerability to de-dollarization, the Achilles’ heel of US hegemony.

The American-led world system is experiencing setbacks at every turn. The struggle between the Western elites seems to be reaching a boil, with Frau Merkel ever more isolated and seeing her 14-year political dominance as chancellor petering out. Macron seems to be vying for the honor of being the most unpopular French leader in history, provoking violent protests that have lasted now for weeks, involving every sector of the population. Macron will probably be able to survive this political storm, but his political future looks dire.

The neocons/neoliberals have played one of the last cards available to them using the Ukrainian provocation, with Kiev only useful as the West’s cannon fodder against Russia. In Syria, with the conflict coming to a close and Turkey only able to look on even as it maintains a strong foothold in Idlib, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States are similarly unable to affect the course of the conflict. The latest Israeli aggression proved to be a humiliation for Tel Aviv and may have signalled a clear, possibly definitive warning from Moscow, Tehran and Damascus to all the forces in the region. The message seems to be that there is no longer any possibility of changing the course of the conflict in Syria, and every provocation from here on will be decisively slapped down. Idlib is going to be liberated and America’s illegal presence in the north of Syria will have to be dealt with at the right time.

Ukraine’s provocation has only strengthened Russia’s military footprint in Crimea and reinforced Russia’s sovereign control over the region. Israel’s recent failure in Syria only highlights how the various interventions of the US, the UK, France and Turkey over the years have only obliged the imposition of an almost unparalleled A2AD space that severely limits the range of options available to Damascus’s opponents.

The G20 also served to confirm Washington’s economic diminution commensurate with its military one in the face of an encroaching multipolar environment. The constant attempts to delegitimize the Trump administration by America’s elites, also declared an enemy by the European establishment, creates a picture of confusion in the West that benefits capitals like New Delhi, Moscow, Beijing and Tehran who offer instead stability, cooperation and dialogue.

As stated in previous articles, the confusion reigning amongst the Western elites only accelerates the transition to a multipolar world, progressively eroding the military and economic power of the US.

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Is Silicon Valley Morphing Into The Morality Police?

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

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Silicon Valley used to be technology companies. But it has become the “morality police,” controlling free speech on its platforms.

What could go wrong?

In a speech Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

“Hate tries to make its headquarters in the digital world. At Apple, we believe that technology needs to have a clear point of view on this challenge. There is no time to get tied up in knots. That’s why we only have one message for those who seek to push hate, division and violence: You have no place on our platforms.”

Here’s the goliath problem:

Who gets to define what words and phrases protected under the First Amendment constitute hate — a catchall word that is often ascribed to any offensive speech someone simply doesn’t like?

Will Christians who don’t support abortion rights or having their tax dollars go toward Planned Parenthood be considered purveyors of hate for denying women the right to choose? Will millions of Americans who support legal immigration, as opposed to illegal immigration, be labeled xenophobes or racists and be banned from the digital world?

Yes and yes. How do we know? It’s already happening, as scores of conservatives nationwide are being shadow banned and/or censored on social media, YouTube, Google and beyond.

Their crime?

Running afoul of leftist Silicon Valley executives who demand conformity of thought and simply won’t tolerate any viewpoint that strays from their rigid political orthodoxy.

For context, consider that in oppressive Islamist regimes throughout the Middle East, the “morality police” take it upon themselves to judge women’s appearance, and if a woman doesn’t conform with their mandatory and highly restrictive dress code — e.g., wearing an identity-cloaking burqa — she could be publicly shamed, arrested or even stoned in the town square.

In modern-day America, powerful technology companies are actively taking the role of the de facto morality police — not when it comes to dress but when it comes to speech — affecting millions. Yes, to date, those affected are not getting stoned, but they are being blocked in the digital town square, where billions around the globe do their business, cultivate their livelihoods, connect with others and get news.

That is a powerful cudgel to levy against individuals and groups of people. Wouldn’t you say?

Right now, unelected tech billionaires living in a bubble in Palo Alto — when they’re not flying private to cushy climate summits in Davos — are deciding who gets to enjoy the freedom of speech enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and who does not based on whether they agree with people’s political views and opinions or not.

You see how dangerous this can get — real fast — as partisan liberal elites running Twitter, Facebook, Google (including YouTube), Apple and the like are now dictating to Americans what they can and cannot say online.

In communist regimes, these types of folks are known as central planners.

The election of Donald Trump was supposed to safeguard our freedoms, especially regarding speech — a foundational pillar of a democracy. It’s disappointing that hasn’t happened, as the censorship of conservative thought online has gotten so extreme and out of control many are simply logging off for good.

A failure to address this mammoth issue could cost Trump in 2020. If his supporters are blocked online — where most voters get their news — he’ll be a one-term president.

It’s time for Congress to act before the morality police use political correctness as a Trojan horse to decide our next election.

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