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Putin Above Obama

02 September 2014 - 11:20 am
IT’S NO accident of fate that President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating hovers around 87 percent as opposed to President Obama’s which is at an all-time low of 34 percent, according to a recent Franklin and Marshall poll, while a mere 36 percent of Americans back his foreign policy. Those heady days when the Obama received rock star welcomes in Berlin and Cairo with his message ‘Yes, we can’ have faded into distant memory.
The fact is he couldn’t and he didn’t. With the world beset by crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Ukraine, the so-called Leader of the Free World took off on vacation and was pictured grinning on a golf course even as the FBI warned that ISIS posed a serious home-grown threat.
As one analyst put it, his legacy will be ‘a nation in retreat’; his political foes rightly accuse him of leading from behind. Obama has singlehandedly removed the word ‘super’ from the superpower. Obama’s counterparts in Europe are faring little better in the approval stakes with the exception of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel; at least one, the French President Francois Hollande, is hobbling along with a 17 percent job approval.

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Japan aims to double its investment in India over the next five years, along with the number of companies operating there, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will tell his counterpart, Narendra Modi, at a summit meeting on Monday.

     The two will discuss bilateral cooperation in economic development and regional security at Monday’s meeting in Tokyo.

     Infrastructure development in India, including subway systems, major roads and industrial parks, will be a key area of investment. Japan has already decided to provide yen-denominated loans totaling 50 billion yen ($477 million) for such purposes. And the Japanese public and private sectors are seen in the plan contributing several trillion yen over the next five years.

     For many Japanese companies, India is a potentially massive market with a population of more than 1.2 billion. As of last October, 1,072 Japanese businesses were operating there, and direct investment from Japan last year totaled 210.2 billion yen.

     Many Japanese companies, however, often see a lack of regulatory transparency as a challenge. To address this, Abe will request that India improve its transparency and quicken the process of approving business proposals. >> Read More

According to Reuters who are posting that a member of Putin’s human rights advisory council has told them she considers Russia’s actions in Ukraine are an invasion

Official line or not ? No further detail at present


Ella Polyakova says:

When masses of people, under commanders’ orders, on tanks, APCs and with the use of heavy weapons are on the territory of another country I consider this an invasion


Elsewhere Finland’s defence ministry says suspect Russian aircraft has violated Finnish air space. Third time in a week


First Russia and China, then UAE, Egypt, and Turkey… and now it appears Germany (following a phone call with Putin) is pulling the rug out from under US hegemony – just as Obama’s warmongery ramps up…


Which is odd because just yesterday, President Obama (who never lies) stated The United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world… adding that “no other nation can do what we do.” Perhaps he is wrong?

“Even a superpower can’t solve all of the problems alone anymore,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

Merkel did not stop there…


Seems like she is returning to the offensive from the defensive…


Ukraine’s president said Wednesday that Vladimir Putin accepts the principles of a peace plan for Ukraine but the Russian leader insisted that only Kiev can reach a cease-fire deal with the pro-Moscow separatists.

Following meetings between Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that included a one-on-one session that stretched into the night, there was no indication of a quick end to the fighting that has engulfed eastern Ukraine.

“This is not our business,” Putin said of any cease-fire plan. “This is Ukraine’s business.”

Russia “can only help to create an atmosphere of trust for this important and necessary process,” Putin said. “We in Russia cannot talk about any conditions for the cease-fire, about any agreements between Kiev, Donetsk, Luhansk,” the two rebel regions.

Although Poroshenko told reporters that he had secured support for a peace plan from leaders who attended the summit and Putin called the sessions “overall positive,” the first substantial encounter between the two leaders did not produce a breakthrough in efforts to end the fighting. >> Read More


Bloomberg notes:



At least 24 militants have been killed and 150 wounded in clashes with Syrian troops defending an air base in Raqa province, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

The clashes came as the Is­la­mic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) group lau­n­ched a new bid to capture the Tabqa base, the government’s last bastion in the northern province, the rest of which is in the hands of militants.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack began overnight when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to the base, prompting clashes that killed 14 ISIS fighters.

The two sides exchanged rocket, artillery and machinegun fire, and the army deployed air strikes against the attacking militants, the Britain-based group said.

The air raids continued into the morning, with eight strikes against the town of Tabqa that killed 13 people, among them an additional 10 ISIS fighters. >> Read More


Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha tightened his junta’s grip on Thailand, as the country’s puppet parliament nominated him to become the first prime minister since he overthrew the last one in a May 22 coup

In a surreal session in Bangkok’s once disputatious legislature, MPs hand-picked by the military including many serving officers stood up one by one to confirm the putsch leader as their choice without debate or dissent.

While Gen Prayuth hasn’t been formally appointed and wasn’t even present at the vote, it’s widely expected he will take on the post as part of the junta’s widening efforts to reshape Thailand’s turbulent politics and stuttering economy.

The unanimous parliamentary approval for the general was widely flagged and comes after the legislature this week rubber-stamped a draft budget proposed by the military that promises big spending increases for defence, education and transport.

Gen Prayuth must wait for the endorsement of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, but most analysts think that will be a formality in a country where the monarchy and military have historically been tightly bound.


alert_graphicUkrainian president Petro Poroshenko and Russian president Vladimir Putin will meet next week as part of a summit in Minsk between the Eurasian Customs Union, the EU and Ukraine. It will be the two leaders’ first encounter since brief talks during the D-day anniversary in Normandy in early June.

Both Kiev and Moscow confirmed their presidents’ attendance at the meeting on August 26, plans for which had first been announced by Kazakhstan last week. “A number of bilateral meetings will be taking place,” the Kremlin said.

The conference marks the latest attempt to reach a diplomatic solution to the escalating Ukraine crisis. A meeting between the chiefs of staff of Mr Putin and Mr Poroshenko last Friday indicated that such efforts were under way. However, the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France failed to make progress towards a political solution at talks in Berlin on Sunday.

The Kremlin did not confirm whether Mr Putin would hold one-on-one talks with Mr Poroshenko in Minsk, but a senior Russian government official said that top-level dialogue was necessary given the continuing humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine. >> Read More

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