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The Left Leaves

from Peter Zeihan

A terror attack in the United Kingdom May 23 killed at least 22, and injured dozens more. As the attack targeted a youth pop concert, a high proportion of the deaths were among children and teenagers. United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May immediately cancelled all her ruling Tory Party’s campaign events -- national elections are June 8 -- so her government could focus on the crisis. The country’s other parties quickly followed suit.

Turkey: Directionless and Friendless

Tayyip Erdoğan


By Burak Bekdil 
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 460, May 7, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Optimists thought Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inflammatory, anti-Western pre-referendum rhetoric was just election talk that would disappear after the ballots were counted, but that was a vain hope.

Gulen casts a large shadow over Turkey’s ties with West

Fethullah Gulen

Author Semih Idiz

Fethullah Gulen, the self-exiled Islamic cleric residing in Pennsylvania who Ankara accuses of masterminding July’s failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has become one of the main obstacles to improving Turkey’s ties with the United States and Europe.

CHINA MILITARY POWER: WORLD'S LARGEST ARMY TO EXPAND FROM ASIA TO AFRICA

CHINA MILITARY POWER

China revealed plans to increase its marine force by 400 percent, focusing on strategic intercontinental trade routes.
BY TOM O’CONNOR

US Defence Secretary sees no need for US military action in South China Sea
The world's biggest military is about to grow. Beijing announced last week it would increase military spending by about 7 percent, totaling about $147 billion. Beijing also plans to increase its marine corps by 400 percent in a bid to expand the nation's economic and military influence across Asia and into Africa, according to News Corp. Australian Network. With 2,3 million soldiers, Chinese leaders already command the largest standing army on the planet.

Oh, That Traitorous WikiTrump

WikiTrump

Nothing so trivial as the technical proof we’re all being spied upon can be allowed to threaten or add nuance to established narrative

By Pepe Escobar
 "Information Clearing House" - "Asia Times" - The massive WikiLeaks Vault 7 release is an extremely important public service. It’s hard to find anyone not concerned by a secret CIA hacking program targeting virtually the whole planet – using malware capable of bypassing encryption protection on any device from iOS to Android, and from Windows to Samsung TVs.

Anger and protest votes across the West

Anger and protest votes

Why the system will still win
Brexit, Trump’s win, Europe’s populist movements: the West is protesting, from the left and the right, against the neoliberal, globalist orthodoxies of the past 40 years.
by Perry Anderson
Le Monde diplomatiqueWhy the system will still win

The term ‘anti-systemic movements’ was commonly used 25 years ago (1) to characterise forces on the left in revolt against capitalism. Today, it has not lost relevance in the West, but its meaning has changed.

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