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Stop saying that we are in a new Cold War
Americas, Brazil, U.S, Europe, Russia

Stop saying that we are in a new Cold War

Cartoon posted at Global Village Space It is common to see analyzes saying that we are entering a new Cold War. This usually happens with each more incisive move made by the Chinese government. Basically the idea is that the United States would be on a pole of power and China would come to occupy the opposite pole, questioning American power. While the question of tensions around power projections may be true, it is incorrect to say that this is a Cold War. What was the Cold War? In a more superficial way was the indirect clash between the United States and the Soviet Union (basically sustained in the atomic race). In more structural terms, the big question was the competition between two models of self-excluding political-economic organization. Ultimately i ...
Violence and Oppression: Protests in Belarus
Belarus, Europe, Russia

Violence and Oppression: Protests in Belarus

Presidente Alexander Lukashenko, picture Picture Alliance Since August 2020 Belarus faces strong instability and experiences a growing wave of protests against President Aleksandr Lukashenko. O descontentamento da população tornou-se evidente já no período que antecipou as eleições que garantiram a Lukashenko o seu sexto mandato, num processo marcado por suspeitas de fraudes eleitorais e opressão de oposições políticas. Considerado o “último ditador na Europa”Lukashenko é um ex-soldado da União Soviética e o único presidente que a Bielorrússia já possuiu. As últimas eleições aconteceram no dia nove de agosto. Inicialmente, Lukashenko concorria contra Sergei Tikhanovsky, blogger pró-democracia, mas sua prisão arbitrária levou à revogação de sua candidatura. Substi...
The BRICS as a rehearsal for the new Bretton Woods
Africa, South Africa, Americas, Asia, Brazil, BRICS, China, Europe, India, International Organizations, Russia

The BRICS as a rehearsal for the new Bretton Woods

Photo: Press Release / The Economist 2015 is a potentially important year for the Brazilian international positioning, was when the New Development Bank was created (https://www.ndb.int/) by the formed BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). The Bank came as an alternative to the already consolidated World Bank (https://www.worldbank.org/en/who-we-are/ibrd) and Inter-American Development Bank (https://www.iadb.org/pt/sobre-o-bid/visao-geral). Although the former is also under strong European influence, both are in a United States control sphere. Broadly speaking, the Bank of the BRICS focuses on supporting the development of structural works, especially linked to infrastructure. On the other hand, it also has an important political function..
The end of the Multilateral System, that was never multilareal
China, U.S, Russia

The end of the Multilateral System, that was never multilareal

The World Trade Organization is not an institution that was created at the Bretton Woods Conference, in 1944. But it is possible to say that it is the result of this process, insofar as it is a direct result of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (called GATT), from the so-called Uruguay Round. This is important to consider because, together with the entire United Nations System, the WTO is one of the great symbols of the multilateral system. Since the end of World War II, States have been pursuing the path of multilateralism as their main strategy for international interaction.. The peak of this path occurred in the 1990, marked by important international conferences (como Eco-92; Vienna Conference on Human Rights; Cairo conference on p ...
The Arctic beyond geopolitics
Canada, U.S, Russia

The Arctic beyond geopolitics

Recent research indicates that the ozone hole has narrowed in the Southern Hemisphere, but it opened up in the Northern Hemisphere. To get an idea, global warming in the region is twice as intense as the global average. In addition to the possible environmental impacts, this is a region that should attract the world's attention. The Arctic Region is recognized as the region of the Northern Hemisphere in which the average temperature of the hottest month of the year does not exceed 10ºC. Projections indicate that there is something around US $ 35 trillion in oil and gas reserves in the region, in addition to other mineral resources. Because of this, there is a dispute between countries in the region in terms of dominance over resources. Several countries border the arctic region. The two countries with the greatest fro ...
Forever Putin?
Russia

Forever Putin?

Mikhail Klimentyev, AP Em 15 last january, during his annual speech to the nation Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his desire to reform the Russian political system through a constitutional amendment. Soon after his speech Putin received from the hands of his Prime Minister, Dmitri Medvedev, his resignation and his entire cabinet of ministers. Hours later Putin was back on the news presenting his new prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, former head of the Russian federal revenue, while its predecessor, Medvedev, was appointed to the post of deputy head of the national security council. These three events in the same day demonstrated something unusual for the Putin government's decisions: hurry. Just five days later, in day 20 of January, Putin rose to the Duma, the lower legislative chamber ...
US-Iran conflict: Trump's bravado and risks to NATO and Brazil
Americas, Brazil, U.S, Will, Iraq, Middle East, Russia

US-Iran conflict: Trump's bravado and risks to NATO and Brazil

The year of 2020 just started and US President Donald Trump has already made the world tremble. In 03 Last January, the United States Armed Forces carried out a bold and spectacular military operation around the Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. The missiles launched by an unmanned and operated American ground aircraft - the MQ-9 Reaper, or reaper - culminated in the death of six people, among them the almighty Iranian Major General Qassim Soleimani and the Iraqi paramilitary and fugitive paramilitary Abu Mahdi al Muhandis. The assassination of Soleimani puts an end to a brief peace hiatus in Iraq and opens up a new stage in the Middle East conflict. Heads of State and Government, military officers and diplomatic legations around the world were terrified..
The paralysis of the WTO or the end of the world economic order that we know
Americas, Saudi Arabia, world Bank, Brazil, China, U.S, Studies, Europe, IMF, France, GATT, OIC, OMC, International Organizations, Russia

The paralysis of the WTO or the end of the world economic order that we know

WTO building, in Geneva The recent and profound crisis of the World Trade Organization (OMC) is just the latest sign of the wasting of the world economic order. In opinion article recently published by the Washington Post, the professor in international politics Daniel Drezner foresees the end of the liberal economic order as we know it.[i] In fact, there are indications that the world economy is entering a new (of)order protection-based economic. It is not just the end of liberalism as reasoned by Prof. Drezner, we also run the risk of reaching the end of the principle of economic cooperation. The world economic order we know was forged by iron and fire at the end of World War II and expanded since the end of the cold war. Set in motion in the west to ...
THE “affair” Xi Jinping @ Vladimir Putin
China, U.S, Russia

THE “affair” Xi Jinping @ Vladimir Putin

Russian oil pipelines, featured for "Power of Siberia" For years - and for years ... - China and Russia / USSR were the “best enemies”. Brothers of ideological faith, separated them which underlies many relationships between nations: to dispute hair power. That is, the communist creed was not enough to nuance such a geopolitical reality. The roots of this conflict go back to the time when Mao Zedong and his troops entered the Forbidden City, in October 1949. Remember, by the way, that at that time Moscow supported the nationalist government of Chiang Kai-shek, that the Maoists “expelled” to Taiwan. Furthermore, Mao had strayed from Soviet ideological orthodoxy and developed his own, based more on the conditions of the Chinese peasantry than on the urban workers of the USSR. A v...
A saga – or puzzles – from Syria…
U.S, Will, Middle East, Russia, Syria, Turkey

A saga – or puzzles – from Syria…

Donald Trump decidiu, in your "great and unmatched wisdom" (sic), order the withdrawal of American troops from northern Syria and end what he called "an endless war". This gave the ally "Democratic Forces of Syria" (FDS), Kurdish militia that controls part of the border between Syria and Turkey and holds thousands of ISIS members in captivity together with their families, to your own luck. Let us remember that the USA and the SDS have been partners in the fight against the extremist group that today is almost defeated. D.T's decision. triggered, internally, a series of reactions from the US parliament. His confrontation with the members of the Democratic Party reached great force when in a "briefing" for the members of the House of Representatives,...