The Taliban will not accede to the Saudi-Emirati joint proposal for talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government – Asia Times

The will not accede to the Saudi-Emirati joint proposal for talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government but they are ready for third round of talks with US, writes .

Trump Pulls Troops Out of Syria in Desperate Attempt to Save His Presidency, Causing Geopolitical Earthquake

Federico PIERACCINI | 26.12.2018 Strategic Culture Foundation

Federico PIERACCINI: Iran, Russia, Syria are the only ones who do not need to bluff, because they occupy the best position – the commanding heights. They view Trump’s decisions and his allies with distrust.

Quelle: Trump Pulls Troops Out of Syria in Desperate Attempt to Save His Presidency, Causing Geopolitical Earthquake

Warum hauen die USA plötzlich von Syrien ab?, von Valentin Vasilescu


Die US Air Force ist zum Scheitern verurteilt, wenn sie sich jetzt mit der syrischen arabischen Armee misst, welche nun russische Flak-Geräte besitzt, und zwar die besten der Welt. Sie hat keine andere Wahl als zu gehen, um eine Erniedrigung zu vermeiden. Die Geschichte wiederholt sich. Einst hatten die Vereinigten Staaten kurdische Kämpfer im Irak verwendet, denen sie einen Staat versprachen, bevor sie sie von Saddam Hussein abschlachten ließen. Heute lassen sie andere Kurden, denen sie auch (…)

Quelle: Warum hauen die USA plötzlich von Syrien ab?, von Valentin Vasilescu

Valentin Vasilescu

Valentin Vasilescu Militärexperte. Ehemaliger stellvertretender Kommandant des Militärflughafens Otopeni.

No matter how it appears, Trump isn’t getting out of Syria and Afghanistan

what's left

He’s just shifting the burden to allies and relying more on mercenaries

December 23, 2018

By Stephen Gowans

The announced withdrawal of US troops from Syria and the drawdown of US occupation forces in Afghanistan very likely do not represent the abandonment of US aims in the Middle East, and instead more likely reflect the adoption of new means of achieving longstanding US foreign policy goals. Rather than renouncing the US objective of dominating the Arab and Muslim worlds through a system of veiled colonialism and direct military occupation, US president Donald Trump is merely implementing a new policy—one based on shifting the burden of maintaining the US empire increasingly to allies and private soldiers bankrolled by oil monarchies.

Trump’s foreign relations modus operandi have been guided consistently by the argument that US allies are failing to pull their weight and ought to contribute more to the US security architecture…

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Vollständiges transkript von Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference December 20, 2018

President Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference December 20, 2018

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President Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference

December 20, 2018

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues, friends.

Let us begin our traditional end-of-year meeting that we call a news conference.

As always, I will spend just a few brief seconds to sum up the results of the outgoing year. A lot has been said already, but I have the latest data reflecting the most recent results, some just a couple of days old.

In the first nine months of 2018, GDP increased by 1.7 percent, while the Economic Development Ministry expects the annual increase to total 1.8 percent. Industrial output was growing at a faster pace, totalling 2.9 percent in the first ten months of 2018, with the annual results expected at 3 percent, up from a 2.1 percent growth in 2017. In addition, processing industries have been growing at a somewhat faster pace of 3.2 percent.

In the first three quarters fixed capital investment increased by 4.1 percent. Cargo shipments and retail trade are on the rise, having increased by 2.6 percent. Consumer demand growth has been apparent. This is a positive factor. After a lengthy interval, the population’s real income has shown some, albeit very moderate, growth. According to the latest statistics, real incomes will increase by 0.5 percent. I hope that this momentum will be maintained, since real pay levels are on the rise, having grown by 7.4 percent in the first nine months, which is expected to give us 6.9 or 7 percent by the end of the year.

Inflation remains at an acceptable level, although it has increased a little in the past week, by 0.5 percent, I think. Therefore, we will be able to reach the Central Bank’s reference rate of 4 percent and will have an inflation rate of 4.1 percent to 4.2 percent – somewhere just over 4 percent.

The unemployment rate is going down, which is good news. If last year it hit a historical low of 5.2 percent, this year it will be even lower – 4.8 percent.

The trade balance surplus is growing. In 2017, if you remember, it was around $115 billion. Over the three quarters of this year we already achieved $157 million. As of the end of the year, we expect it to reach $190 billion.

Our finances are growing stronger. Our gold and foreign currency reserves have grown by over 7 percent. In the early 2018, they amounted to $432 billion while now they stand at almost $464 billion.

For the first time since 2011, we will have a budget surplus. We are about to reach the federal budget surplus of 2.1 percent of the GDP. The National Welfare Fund has grown by around 22 percent.

The average annual insurance component of the retirement pension stood at 13,677 rubles in 2017. By the end of this year, it will be 14,163 rubles.

Life expectancy has also increased slightly compared to 2017, from 72.7 to 72.9 years.

These are the general results that I wanted to mention in the beginning. Let’s not waste our time and proceed to your questions and my attempts to answer them. (…)

Ein Riss in der Matrix – Swiss Propaganda Research


Der aktuelle Fall Relotius dürfte im deutschsprachigen Raum einer der größten Journalismus-Skandale der letzten Jahrzehnte sein. Doch den wahren Grund für den langjährigen Erfolg des Protagonisten …

Quelle: Ein Riss in der Matrix