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Monat: März 2021

Ozeanien: Ende des pazifischen Regionalismus?

Ozeanien: Ende des pazifischen Regionalismus?

Autor: Dr. Anne-Marie Schleich 2021 sollte eigentlich ein Jahr der Feierlichkeiten im Pazifik sein, da das Pacific Island Forum (PIF) mit 18 Mitgliedsstaaten vor 50 Jahren im Jahr 1971 gegründet wurde, vier Jahre nach der Etablierung von ASEAN. Abgesehen von Australien und Neuseeland teilendie meisten anderen pazifischen Inselmitglieder ähnliche Herausforderungen wie kleineBevölkerungen, gefährdete Volkswirtschaften und Ökosysteme, knappe Ressourcen, Anfälligkeit für steigenden Meeresspiegel, verlängerte Dürreperioden und erhöhte Zyklonintensität. Ein halbes Jahrhundert lang war das PIF ein regionales Forum für Dialogund Zusammenarbeit…

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OCEANIA: END OF PACIFIC REGIONALISM?

OCEANIA: END OF PACIFIC REGIONALISM?

Author: Dr. Anne- Marie Schleich 2021 was supposed to be the year of celebration in the Pacific as the 18-member Pacific Island Forum (PIF) was founded 50 years ago in 1971, four years after ASEAN. Apart from Australia and New Zealand, most of the other Pacific island members share similar challenges such as small populations, vulnerable economies and ecosystems, scarce resources, vulnerability to rising sea levels, lengthening droughts and increased cyclone intensity. For half a century, the PIF provided a…

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Suez Canal and TSMC: Linchpins of global economy

Suez Canal and TSMC: Linchpins of global economy

The Ever Given container ship affair in the Suez Canal once again made clear how dependent the world economy is on the few geopolitical strategic choke points, transport and trade hubs for the supply chains. While the Covid crisis and shortages in the imports of drugs, pharmaceutical material and vaccines already lead to a debate to diversify the dependence from foreign imports, to reorganize the supply chains and foreign trade,to upgrade selfresilience and even ideas of decoupling, gloregionalization and partly…

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Biden on Iran: Reset of the Iran deal, Three-Pronged U.S. Strategy or let Israel do the job?

Biden on Iran: Reset of the Iran deal, Three-Pronged U.S. Strategy or let Israel do the job?

While Biden offended China, Russia and North Korea, it is interesting that he is so silent on Iran. Trump focused on China and Iran, Biden on China, Russia and North Korea, but not yet on Iran. Biden confronts North Korea because it launched some harmless short range missiles in the Japanese Sea, not harming anyone, just a show to gain some attention as the USA under Biden didn´t listen to KIm as Trump did. Trump silently accepted that North Korea…

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Jedes Jahr wieder: Stunk beim ESC-diesmal Belarus

Jedes Jahr wieder: Stunk beim ESC-diesmal Belarus

Wie schon desöfteren kommt es im Vorfeld des European Song Contest mal wieder zu Verstimmungen: „Belarus von Eurovision Song Contest ausgeschlossen Die Band Galasy ZMesta sollte beim Eurovision Song Contest für Belarus ins Rennen gehen – und macht sich in Songtexten über Proteste gegen Staatschef Lukaschenko lustig. Die Europäische Rundfunkunion zog jetzt Konsequenzen.ist vom Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) im Mai ausgeschlossen worden. Das hat die Europäische Rundfunkunion entschieden, wie sie am Freitagabend mitteilte Auch das neu eingereichte Lied verstoße gegen…

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Eurasia: Biden proposes Western New Silkroad

Eurasia: Biden proposes Western New Silkroad

Global Review has since a long time pushed for a European New Silkroad Marco Polo 2.0.- on its blog , on the RIAC blog, as a proposal within the Green party during the EP elections. A European Silk Road Marco Polo 2.0 would be needed, a project that in addition to the systematic development of a high-tech industry in research, development and production by a EU hightechfund also removes the investment backlog in the analog and digital infrastructure in Europe,…

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Burma/Myanmar: Revolution by a people´s army and a Silent strike?

Burma/Myanmar: Revolution by a people´s army and a Silent strike?

The Burmese opposition radicalizes. The times of civil disobedience seem to be over. First there was a call for revolution.In his first video message to the population, the incumbent deputy chief of the underground goverment fromed after the coup called for resistance to the coup regime and spoke of revolution. Mahn Win Khaing Than said in his video posted on Facebook on Saturday evening, according to a translation by the AFP agency: “In order to shape a federal democracy that…

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Quad meeting: Bright future for an anti-Chinese colossus or failure?

Quad meeting: Bright future for an anti-Chinese colossus or failure?

Besides US Secretary of State Blinken´s and US Secretary of Defense Auistin´s visits in Asia, Blinken´s  Anchorage meeting with the Chinese coutnerparts, another important event was the Quad meeting between the USA, India, Australia and Japan. While the Indian and the US think that it was a successful meeting, the mouthpiece of the CCP Global times claims that the US didn´tget their hoped-for anti-Chinese containment coalition as India and Australia refused officially to call China a common rival and that…

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China´s New Silkroad and the control of the world island Eurasia: Has the CCP read more Zuozhuan or Mc Kinder?

China´s New Silkroad and the control of the world island Eurasia: Has the CCP read more Zuozhuan or Mc Kinder?

In his article “How China Sees the International Order: A Lesson from the Chinese Classics “ at War on The Rocks, David K. Schneider claims that Chinese state craft, strategy and perception of the international anarchic order is more originating form classical thinking of the Spring, Autumn and Warring States period of Chinese history and the classic book Zuozhuan than only in Sun Tzu or the strategems. John Sullivan in his article “Trapped by Thucydides? Updating the Strategic Canon for…

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PLA reform and China´s strategy: A short review

PLA reform and China´s strategy: A short review

The Chinese government is working to make its military stronger, more efficient, and more technologically advanced to become a top-tier force within thirty years. With a budget that has soared over the past decade, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) already ranks among the world’s leading militaries in areas including artificial intelligence and anti-ship ballistic missiles. Experts warn that as China’s military modernizes, it could become more assertive in the Asia-Pacific region by intensifying pressure on Taiwan and continuing to militarize disputed islands in…

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Global Britain and the USA “tilt to the Indo-Pacific”

Global Britain and the USA “tilt to the Indo-Pacific”

Great Britain’s foreign policy relations with China go back historically to the Opium Wars, the Unequal Treaties, the Crown Colony of Hong Kong and its return to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. Under David Cameron and Theresa May, GB was still engaged in the general engagement of the West with China, David Cameron declared the Asian Pivot for GB, as Obama had already done, emphasizing that future economic growth will no longer be generated in Europe, but in…

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Burma/ Myanmar: Call for a revolution

Burma/ Myanmar: Call for a revolution

In his first video message to the population, the incumbent deputy chief of the underground goverment fromed after the coup called for resistance to the coup regime and spoke of revolution. Mahn Win Khaing Than said in his video posted on Facebook on Saturday evening, according to a translation by the AFP agency: “In order to shape a federal democracy that cares about all ethnic brothers who have suffered from various oppressions of the dictatorship for decades, this revolution is…

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Genderneusprech- links und rechts

Genderneusprech- links und rechts

Seit den 90ern gibt es eine neue linke Studentenschaft und Identitätsbewegung von links, die im Geiste von Judith Butlers Genderfeminismus, der Geschlechter nur noch als „soziale Konstruktion” behauptet, Postmoderne und postkoloniale Studien zu einem Dreiklang vereinigt,nun an führende Stellen im Bildungswesen, Medien und Politik und nun auch die Wirtschaft drängt. Diese Identitäts- Genderisten wollen die heterosexuelle weiße Patriachalität, die als gesellschaftliche Normalität gilt herauszufordern, während rechte Identitätspolitiker von AfD, Achse des Guten, COMPACT bis auch die Identitären dagegen polarisieren und…

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Burma between China, martial law and ethnic conflicts

Burma between China, martial law and ethnic conflicts

While Western media only report about the attrocities of the Burmese military against the NLD and the Burmese democratic opposition, they often forget about the oppression of the ethnic minorities by the military which never stopped. Aung San Suu Kyi tried her best to come to a peace deal with the ehtnic minorities and had peace talks with them before the military coup, when Rohingya activists attacked a Burmese police station and sparked an escalation spirale and crack down and…

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Will the farmers´mass protests in India create a new party and do they mark a new epoch?

Will the farmers´mass protests in India create a new party and do they mark a new epoch?

At the moment you have a really great rebellion against the Indian Modi government. The Modi government wanted to implement some neoliberal land reform laws, which should bring in multinational agro companies and market elements in the Indian agricultural sector which still occupies most of the workforce of India and is such a desperate sector with high suicide rates.. The peasants now protest against this law as they fear that their state-subsidized agricultural incomes would be reduced or they could…

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NATO and EU: Progress in space war, quantum computing and strategy

NATO and EU: Progress in space war, quantum computing and strategy

According to earlier NATO findings, Russia wants to “threaten American and allied capabilities in space”. The states of the alliance now react. At the end of 2019, Russia launched the Cosmos-2542 satellite. The Americans quickly realized that something was wrong with the system. It not only synchronized with the orbit of one of their reconnaissance satellites and came up to 150 kilometers close to it. After two weeks it released a subsystem (Cosmos-2453). That in turn ejected an object on…

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Lieferkettengesetz: Eine Plüschgranate gegen weltweite Ausbeutung

Lieferkettengesetz: Eine Plüschgranate gegen weltweite Ausbeutung

Autor: Gegenstandpunkt 4-2020 „Globale Wertschöpfungsketten machen 80 Prozent des Welthandels aus und sind Existenzgrundlage für über 450 Millionen Menschen. Keine zweite große Industrienation ist so intensiv in internationale Lieferketten eingebunden wie Deutschland… Im Zuge der weiteren weltwirtschaftlichen Verflechtung wanderten die umweltschädlichen, mit schmutziger Arbeit verbundenen Industrien in andere Weltregionen ab, beispielsweise nach Südostasien. Die hochproduktiven Industrien sind hier geblieben, wie beispielsweise die Verarbeitung von Rohstoffen. Die Produktion verursacht nun in den Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern sehr hohe Belastungen von Mensch und…

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Climate protection: Towards a selective ecological coooperation between the US, EU and Russia?

Climate protection: Towards a selective ecological coooperation between the US, EU and Russia?

US climate special envoy Kerry proposed a “selective cooperation”with Russia, especially for climate protection. Now Germany issued a non-paper for the EU which also supports this idea of a selective cooperation with Russia (see below). Global Review and the Vicepresident of the Club of Rome Germany, Frithjof Finkbeiner already wrote a programmatic paper for a EU-Russian ecological cooperation which was published on May 2020 at the think tank of the Russian foreign ministery Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). At first…

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Sino-American conflict: Latest developments before the Quad meeting in March

Sino-American conflict: Latest developments before the Quad meeting in March

While the German media are preoccupied with Corona and Harry, Meghan and the racist Royals and you don´t get much information about the new US foreign policy in Asia, here a little Global Review from the South China Morning Post, the Hindustan Times, Moscow Times and the Strait Times. Besides the decision for a new election law for Hongkong which abolishes the last elements of semidemocracy and only allows “patriots”to be elected, the CP China decided its 14 th year´s…

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Interview with Alexander Rahr: “Presumption: How Germany is gambling away its reputation with the Russians”? ”The EU is losing its monopoly on Europe”

Interview with Alexander Rahr: “Presumption: How Germany is gambling away its reputation with the Russians”? ”The EU is losing its monopoly on Europe”

Global Review had again the honor of interviewing Prof. Alexander Rahr, expert on Russian affairs, political scientist, member of the Valdai Club, Putin advisor for Gazprom to the EU and author of the new book “Presumption”. After an initial complaint that we hadn’t read the book carefully, there is some praise again at the end. Alexander Rahr is an honorary professor at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations and School of Economics. He studied at the State University of…

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