With the fragile ceasefire in Ukraine holding for another week, last evening John and Steve recorded a discussion that was straight out of Turdville. This podcast focuses upon the BRICS Summit last week in Ufa, Russia as well as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and what all of this means for the future of "the west".
Among the topics covered last evening:
- The Iran Nuclear Deal vis a vis Russia/BRICS/SCO
- This Iran Deal could not have happened without Russia's support yet, just this week, top US leaders branded Russia as "the greatest threat to US national security": https://www.thenation.com/article/is-russia-really-the-greatest-threat-t...
- How we are all witnessing a transformation of the post Cold War world order with the US not involved. "Living through an epic change", as Professor Cohen puts it.
- The symbolism of Putin's trip to Beijing for China's V-J Day in September
In the final segment, a discussion of what we've been following here, namely a growing Right Sector rebellion in Ukraine that Professor Cohen describes as "a direct threat to the Poroshenko presidency". Not only is the US still 100% behind the Poro/Yats junta in Kiev, they've actually doubled-down this week. After Yatsenyuk visited Washington, an announcement was made that the US might soon begin full training for the regular Ukrainian army. Ugh. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/07/13/u-s-mulls-t...
As always, please be sure to give this show a thorough listen in order to stay on top of this very dangerous situation.