On Thursday, Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan signed the Eurasian Economic Union which will come into effect in January 2015. The new bloc will cut down trade barriers and comprises of over 170 million people, making it the largest common market in the former Soviet space.
RT: Just how big a deal is this?
Patrick Young: This is a very interesting deal. It is one huge step, part of the pivot to the East that Russia has been behind, and of course we have seen in recent weeks really come together. Think about it this way — amongst these three countries alone in the customs union they’ve had over the last few years they’ve increased their trade between themselves by the equivalent of the entirety of Russia’s trade with the US. It has multiple possible impacts - some possibilities for every business, small and large, whether you are sitting in Minsk or Almaty, or wherever you are in Russia to profit from the opportunity. Eurasian economic union is a new power-trading bloc. It has many resources, a huge number of people. We are talking about 170 million people - 1.5 percent of the world’s population. They are covering thought 15 percent of the world’s land, 20 percent of the world’s gas resources, 15 percent of the world’s oil resources and a great deal of industry and also agriculture.
RT: Europe is Russia’s biggest trading partner at the moment, should it be worried?
PY: Europe has to start looking at things from the competitive sensible perspective. Europe was not going to be the only union in the world, just as the same as NAFTA in America was never going to be the only trade agreement there. Europe needs to understand the idea that just because you happen to be on the eastern fringes of the European Union, it doesn’t automatically mean that you are going to try to fight your way into the EU as it currently is. Why not go with something like this Eurasian union, where you’ve got effectively all the benefits of the first stage of the European economic community, i.e. free trade, but you don't have to worry about the silly regulation, plutocratic red tape, which plunged the EU community into crisis.
RT: What impact will this have on US economy?
PY: This is a high wake-up call. This is part two or part three for the US over the course of the last few weeks. Obviously the gas pipeline deal – that was the whole pride of Siberia project – was absolutely fascinating. The point about whether America needs to get worried is:
a) America needs to realize that just because it is the world’s largest economic power; it is no longer the uni-power in the world in terms of economics. Russia and the rest of the world have alternatives in how they trade.
b) And the most significant thing - and this is a very long-term trend for the US - is that none of it will be conducted in US dollars. People will find another way to trade. That is a big impact because the US dollar reserve currency status is the thing whereby it is the most dominant money on Earth ultimately is under threat. As soon as US dollars are under threat, the hegemony of the US project is going to find itself in problems. This is a big pivot and the US ignores it at its peril long term.
Pepe Escobar is the roving correspondent for Asia Times/Hong Kong, an analyst for RT and TomDispatch, and a frequent contributor to websites and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia.
“I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.”
|PLEASE OH ALMIGHTY ZIONIST$ DON'T TAKE AWAY MY BRAIN CHEMISTRY POISONS ... CAN'T THINK ANYMORE FOR YOU ABSENT THE CRIMINALLY INSANE IDEOLOGIES PROGRAMMED NOW|
So there it is, straight from the lion’s mouth, as in US President Barack Obama.
The rest are details: deadly details, as in the US military remaining “at the core” of the exceptional worldview; the Pentagon reserving for itself “the power to launch unilateral attacks when America’s interests are directly threatened”; eight or nine proxy wars deployed in the immediate future with no end in sight; and the most startling admission – that the “fulcrum” of US foreign policy from now on will be to curb “aggression” by Russia and China.
So going after the dregs of Al-Qaeda, predictably, was always an interregnum kindergarten play; now it’s all about the grown-ups, the dragon and the bear.
Still, Obama remains a helpless captive of the Dick Cheney regime “war on terror” logic, emphasizing “the capacity of terrorists to do harm.” But now the modus operandi is softened: call it the Take It to the Morgue – Quietly doctrine.
Take it to the Morgue - Quietly, will be applied to the renewed “support” for “moderate” Syrian opposition fighters, which will keep dragging Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq down. Leslie Gelb, former president of the ultra-establishment Council on Foreign Relations, suggests the Obama administration may have finally understood that the real fight is against jihadis of the Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) kind, and not Bashar Assad, but that remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Take it to the Morgue – Quietly is happening right now in Donetsk, with the Kiev regime changers – fully backed by Washington – denying, Pentagon-style, that any civilians have been killed by the current “anti-terrorist” operation. Donetsk civilians are the new targets in vogue, replacing Pashtun marriages in the Pakistani tribal areas.
All about ‘take it to the morgue – quietly’Obama wants Congress to approve a new “Counter-Terrorism Partnerships Fund” of up to $5 billion, which translates as Take it to the Morgue - Quietly, awash in taxpayer money, applied to Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Mali and assorted unspecified latitudes to be ploughed by AFRICOM.
There will also be “appeals to international law, and, if just, necessary, and effective, multilateral military action.” Translation: “international law” will be openly mocked, as in instances of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) scam; and if all fails, a “just” war, coalition of the willing-style, is back in the cards.
The whole planet should take all this lying down, because, after all, this administration will “be transparent about both the basis for our actions and the manner in which they are carried out, whether it is drone strikes, or training partners.”
Of course, one should never forget that “the US should lead by example” and cares nothing but to “extend peace and prosperity around the globe.” So shut up, everyone, and no questions about the covert CIA drone scam in Pakistan, or about “collateral damage” in Donetsk.
Panic at BilderbergRight after Obama announcing his recycled, convoluted, Pentagon-driven pivoting-with-himself, the Masters of the Universe are gathering at the annual and still very secret Bilderberg conference at the Marriott in Copenhagen. Bilderberg is essentially Atlanticist exceptionalism in action. Here is a delicious appraisal of the early proceedings.
And what a juicy guest list Bilderberg yields – from Breedlove, Lagarde and NATO “Fogh of War” Rasmussen to Petraeus, Kissinger and Zoellick, the Gotha of Western banking, the usual media suspects from The Economist to the Financial Times, Google’s Eric Schmidt, the Prince of Darkness Richard Perle, and even – quite fascinating – for the first time, a key Chinese official.
That’s Liu He – the deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission and the real eminence grise behind Beijing’s complex network of committees and policy makers in charge of implementing ambitious, wide-ranging economic reform. So was Liu He invited by Bilderberg as a seducing operation? Or did Beijing manage to infiltrate him via its wide-ranging Atlanticist contacts?
The ‘masters of the universe,’ anyway, are scared. There are two main interconnected themes to be discussed in Copenhagen, both with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the center: the clash between Russia and NATO in Ukraine, and the BRICS push to build a multipolar world order.
So picture a series of meetings discussing, for instance, how the Bank of China and VTB, Russia’s second largest bank, now settle everything in yuan or rubles, and established a bilateral investment committee. Not to mention how the BRICS and the 115-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) are developing non-exceptionalist strategic partnerships, which crucially include trading in their own currencies and not the US dollar.
Then there’s the anti-EU mass revolt crystallized this past Sunday at the European parliament elections. With many shades of grey, that’s an anti-exceptionalist revolt. It threatens a key new Bilderberg plank, the coming of a massive US-Europe free trade area symbolized by the secretly negotiated Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), widely opposed by average European citizens.
It’s no accident that the key negotiator both in the TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which aims to sideline China in Asia – is the Obama administration’s Trade Representative, Michael Froman, your typical Wall Street exceptionalist.
Meanwhile, in Shangri-La…And then, there’s the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which I described last year as the Spielbergs and Clooneys of the military universe all in one Star Wars room (actually a ballroom at the Shangri-La Hotel). This is exceptionalism marinated in Asian spices.
And once again China is drawing attention, by sending the formidable Fu Ying, a.k.a. the Iron Lady, who currently is Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the National People’s Congress. She is an awesome, take-no-prisoners negotiator and it will be fascinating to see her directly clash with this year’s Shangri-La guest of honor, the militaristic Japanese prime minister and American protégé, Shinzo Abe.
Translation: both in Copenhagen and Singapore, Beijing gets a seat at privileged tables of the current unipolar, exceptionalist order. Yet it aims, self-confidently, not to simply indulge in the banquet, but to undermine it, little by little, from within. The exceptionalist crowd is clever enough to acknowledge the evolving Russia-China alliance and the push towards an alternative order are slowly dissolving its brave old world dream. No wonder they’re so scared.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT. Published time: May 30, 2014
[sidebar:B: Why aren't the members of American JURISPRUDENCE ashamed of this awful display of pure ignorant-moronic-imbecile .... ACT$ and ACTION$ of the U$A?
China and Russia came in as partners and did what was done to them, and now the new world order is ready to see how the planet earth can do, absent:
ZIONI$T$' CRIMINALLY INSANE NAZI NATO GLOBAL GOV TOTALITARIANISM
The IS RA HELL and ITS' Owner/$ the Houses of Rothschild and Rockefeller, Et Al, set up a system that was the most perfect way to manufacture what we have. Take and make people of lots of consumer flavors.
Make certain there really isn't any BRAIN CHEMISTRY in the happening synapses, replace the cognitive reasoning with dissonance and we have the UNITED STATES OF SCOTUSES, POTUSES, FLOTUSES, COTUSES AND NATO NAZI GLOBAL.
The CRIMINALLY INSANE that decided to be the GODS OF EARTH, again, did IT AGAIN. What did and do they do? Act like the earth isn't round and that there aren't countless energies sharing the life, called ENERGY.
George W. Bush "Jr." was placed into position as POTUS#43, BECAUSE the Agenda was well-known. Has been an ongoing agenda since the KISSINGER CULT of METZITZAH B'PEH PAEDOPHILIC PRACTITIONERS took hold of the CRIMINAL FRAUD, called "FEDERAL CREDIT".
They came in and made up a country. Stole the land and the wealth from the Indians.
FEDERAL THIS AND FEDERAL THAT AND WE CAN KILL YOU RIGHT WHERE YOU STAND SAYS JOHN V. ACOSTA, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, DISTRICT OF OREGON, DIVISION OF PORTLAND: HE IS MAFIA? What gave a FEDERAL MAGISTRATE the 'KNOW' TO DO WHAT HE AND ANN L. AIKEN ET AL DID AND DO?!
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The humans slave and then WAR to MASS MURDER, because that's the quickest way to continue growing the CRIMINALLY INSANE METZITZAH B'PEH PAEDOPHILIAC PRACTITIONERS by keeping the planet earth into the most despicable GHETTO HELL, and then? Well these freaks get to do what they do and have done. We know them by the way the earth isn't HEAVEN and could be absent the freaks of nature in charge.
AMERICAN JURISPRUDENCE: You're either with US or against US, and the devil in the details appears to be, the not with THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION, but rather with the DIGITAL CRIMINAL FRAUD, that has now been found to be, NOT PASSING THE CONSTITUTIONAL MUSTER.
... to be continued ...]