Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Brasile, Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Geopolitica Mondiale, India, Russia

Arabia Saudita. Ha chiesto di aderire al Gruppo Brics. Calcio nei denti a Joe Biden.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-10-21.

Banca Centrale Cina

                         L’Arabia Saudita vuole entrare a far parte di un’alleanza che controlla un quarto dell’economia mondiale. Il principe ereditario dell’Arabia Saudita Mohammed bin Salman ha espresso il desiderio del Regno dell’Arabia Saudita di unirsi al gruppo BRICS. Va notato che l’Arabia Saudita non è l’unico Paese in cerca di adesione (BRIX). Il gruppo BRICS è stato fondato nel 2006 ed è l’abbreviazione delle iniziali inglesi dei nomi dei Paesi membri dell’organizzazione (Brasile, Russia, India, Cina, Sudafrica). Questo blocco è considerato quello con la crescita economica più rapida al mondo: i Paesi BRICS producono circa il 25% della produzione mondiale e occupano circa il 26% della massa terrestre.

                         Il piano della Cina di espandere il blocco commerciale dei BRICS preoccupa l’Occidente. Il blocco commerciale allargato dei BRICS, dominato da Pechino, viene promosso come una vera alternativa al G7 e solleva grandi preoccupazioni per l’Occidente. Arabia Saudita, Egitto e Argentina hanno presentato domanda di adesione. Il BRICS è attualmente composto da Brasile, Russia, India, Cina e Sudafrica. Insieme all’alleato russo, la Cina sta sviluppando il sistema bancario SPFS – l’equivalente russo del sistema di trasferimento bancario SWIFT – che, se offerto ai partner BRICS, consentirebbe a Pechino e ai suoi alleati commerciali di svincolarsi dal dollaro USA con il minimo disturbo per le loro economie.

                         La adesione dell’Arabia Saudita ai BRICS comporterà un cambiamento significativo nei Paesi che formano il blocco.

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Saudi Arabia wants to join an alliance that controls a quarter of the world economy.

«Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman has expressed the desire of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to join the BRICS group. It should be noted that Saudi Arabia is not the only country seeking membership (BRIX).

The BRICS group was founded in 2006 and is an abbreviation of the English initials of the names of the countries that are members of the organization (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).

This bloc is considered to have the fastest economic growth in the world, with the BRICS countries producing about 25% of world production and occupying about 26% of the world’s land mass.»

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China’s plan to expand BRICS trading bloc a major concern to West, says UK intelligence group.

«KCS Group Europe (KCSGE) says that an expanded BRICS trading bloc, dominated by Beijing, is being promoted as a real alternative to the G7 and raises major concerns for the West. ‏‏Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Argentina have applied for membership. BRICS is currently comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. ‏‏Together with its ally Russia, China has been developing the SPFS banking system – the Russian equivalent of the SWIFT banking transfer system.‏ ‏If offered to its BRICS partners, it would allow Beijing and its trading allies to decouple from the US dollar with the minimum of disruption to their economies.»

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Saudi Arabia expresses desire to join BRICS family.

The decision for Saudi Arabia to join BRICS will be discussed next year.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expressed a desire to join the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) family.

Ramaphosa visited Saudi Arabia at the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Royal Highness (HRH) King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and was hosted in Jeddah by HRH Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud on 15 and 16 October.

Saudi Arabia and BRICS

The president said Saudi Arabia’s joining of BRICS would mean significant change in the countries that form the bloc.

Pubblicato in: Brasile, Devoluzione socialismo

Brasile. Lula accusato di satanismo e di appartenere alla massoneria.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-10-12.

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I liberal socialisti mondiali si sono mobilitati contro Mr Bolsonaro, quello che quattro anni or sono hanno tentato di assassinare, tanto per non smentirsi.

Forti dei magistrati della loro ideologia, dapprima hanno tratto Lula dalla galera ove stava scontando la pena detentiva. Quindi lo hanno riabilitato, facendolo presentare alle elezioni presidenziali.

Ne prognosticavano un trionfo, ma il diavolo fa le pentole e non i coperchi.

I media di regime trasudano bile: la possibilità che Mr Bolsonaro vinca esiste, sempre che da bravi liberal socialisti non lo assassinino.

Su Lula in Brasile si sono concentrate tutte le forze dei liberal internazionali. Una sua sconfitta sarebbe per loro una vera e propria débâcle a livello mondiale.

Guidati da un presidente demente, i liberal internazionali dicono cose dementi, ma non demordono dalla loro ideologia.

«Questa negazione totale dell’uomo, la sovversione della fede e dei valori tradizionali, la soppressione della libertà assumono le caratteristiche di una religione al contrario – un vero e proprio satanismo.» [Putin]

Ed in Brasile Lula è attaccato sotto la accusa di essere un satanista e massone: più che una accusa è una costatazione.

La autority brasiliana per le elezioni ha proibito tale affermazione, essendo composta da liberal.

Inviperito è il commento di Bloomberg, che ripete in continuazione che questo sia un “false social media claims”.

Ma se per Bloomberg questa sarebbe una affermazione falsa, allora ciò significa che questa affermazione è verissima.

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La corsa alle presidenziali brasiliane ha preso una piega bizzarra questa settimana, quando lo sfidante di sinistra Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva e il candidato in carica Jair Bolsonaro sono diventati il bersaglio di false affermazioni sui social media riguardanti il satanismo, la massoneria e persino il cannibalismo. L’ondata di disinformazione è stata così dilagante che Lula, 76 anni, ha pubblicato su Facebook una dichiarazione in cinque punti in cui afferma di non aver fatto un patto con il diavolo e di non aver parlato con Satana.

Circa la metà del Brasile si identifica come cattolica, anche se alcune stime considerano i pentecostali come la maggioranza. Il loro sostegno è certamente cruciale per entrambi i candidati in vista delle elezioni presidenziali del 30 ottobre. È stato interpretato come un tentativo di indebolire la posizione del presidente presso gli evangelici, molti dei quali considerano la massoneria un abominio per il loro credo.

Su richiesta del Partito dei Lavoratori di Lula, mercoledì l’autorità elettorale brasiliana ha ordinato ai social network di rimuovere i contenuti che associano falsamente il candidato 76enne al satanismo.

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«Brazil’s presidential race took a bizarre turn this week when leftist challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro became the target of false social media claims about Satanism, Freemasonry — and even cannibalism. The flood of misinformation was so rampant that Lula, 76, posted a five-point statement on Facebook saying that he had not, in fact, made a deal with the devil, nor had he spoken to Satan.»

«About half of Brazil identifies as Catholic, although some estimates now consider Pentecostals to be the majority. Their support is certainly critical to both candidates as they stumble ahead of the October 30 presidential election. It was interpreted as an attempt to weaken the president’s position with evangelicals, many of whom view Freemasonry as an abomination for their beliefs.»

«At the request of Lula’s Workers’ Party, Brazil’s electoral authority on Wednesday ordered social media networks to remove content that falsely associates the 76-year-old candidate with Satanism»

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Satanism, Freemasonry Become Election Topics in Religious Brazil

(Bloomberg) — Brazil’s presidential race took a bizarre turn this week when leftist challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro became the target of false social media claims about Satanism, Freemasonry — and even cannibalism.

The flood of misinformation was so rampant that Lula, 76, posted a five-point statement on Facebook saying that he had not, in fact, made a deal with the devil, nor had he spoken to Satan. Later he took part in an event with Franciscans. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Bolsonaro attended the country’s largest religious festival, a Catholic celebration known as “Cirio de Nazare” in Belem, the capital of the northern state of Para.

Earlier this week, a series of viral videos and untrue political propaganda attempted to question each candidate’s faith after the first round of elections on October 2. Both men touted their Christian beliefs, but Bolsonaro, 67, has made much of his reelection bid to secure the support of evangelical voters.

About half of Brazil identifies as Catholic, although some estimates now consider Pentecostals to be the majority. Their support is certainly critical to both candidates as they stumble ahead of the October 30 presidential election.

On Tuesday, a 2017 video of then Congressman Bolsonaro speaking in a Masonic lodge surfaced and was widely circulated online. It was interpreted as an attempt to weaken the president’s position with evangelicals, many of whom view Freemasonry as an abomination for their beliefs.

A separate video of a 2016 interview also circulated on social media, with comments taken out of context by the president saying he would be willing to participate in an indigenous tribe’s ritual of eating human flesh.

The response on Twitter was quick: “Bolsonaro canibal” and “maçonaro,” a play featuring the word “mason” and the president’s last name, were popular in Brazil this week.

Bolsonaro pushed back criticism of the appearance at the lodge, calling it a “fuss.” However, his communications minister furthered the mudslinging by sharing a video of an influencer and alleged Satanist support for Lula.

At the request of Lula’s Workers’ Party, Brazil’s electoral authority on Wednesday ordered social media networks to remove content that falsely associates the 76-year-old candidate with Satanism or risks fines.

Pubblicato in: Brasile

Brasile. Elezioni. Il 30 ottobre il ballottaggio in un clima incerto.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-10-06.

Mela con il Coltello tra i Denti.

I liberal socialisti mondiali si sono mobilitati contro Mr Bolsonaro, quello che quattro anni or sono hanno tentato di assassinare, tanto per non smentirsi.

Forti dei magistrati della loro ideologia, dapprima hanno tratto Lula dalla galera ove stava scontando la pena detentiva. Quindi lo hanno riabilitato, facendolo presentare alle elezioni presidenziali.

Ne prognosticavano un trionfo, ma il diavolo fa le pentole e non i coperchi.

I media di regime trasudano bile: la possibilità che Mr Bolsonaro vinca esiste, sempre che da bravi liberal socialisti non lo assassinino.

Che poi il giudice Alexandre de Moraes sia uno stinco di santo, lo si racconti a satanasso.

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All’ex presidente il 48.43% dei voti, a Bolsonaro il 43.20%. Sarà il ballottaggio il prossimo 30 ottobre a decidere chi guiderà il Brasile. Il terzo posto nella scelta degli elettori è andato a Simone Tebet (Mdb, centro-destra) con 4,915,217 voti (4.16%)

Ma gli elettori brasiliani hanno votato anche per il rinnovo del Congresso, con i 513 deputati della Camera e gli 81 membri del Senato, e per governatori e organi legislativi in 27 territori. Il Partito Liberale di Bolsonaro ha eletto almeno 99 parlamentari, portando a casa il miglior risultato in 24 anni. Moro, candidato per Unione Brasile (di destra), ha ottenuto 1.9 milioni di voti, pari al 33%, mentre sua moglie Rosángela è stata eletta deputata federale per lo Stato di San Paolo (sud-est).

Il rischio è che Bolsonaro getti benzina sul fuoco, incendiando le piazze ed accelerando nei suoi attacchi senza tregua per screditare il Tribunale superiore elettorale (Tse) ed il suo presidente, il giudice Alexandre de Moraes, cuore delle procedure democratiche.

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Elezioni Brasile, Lula e Bolsonaro al ballottaggio. Al Congresso il miglior risultato dei conservatori in 24 anni

All’ex presidente il 48,43% dei voti, a Bolsonaro il 43,20%. A pesare sul risultato sono stati gli indecisi, il tasso di astensione, e quanti hanno creduto di abbracciare la scelta del cosiddetto ‘voto utile’. Si è votato anche per il rinnovo di Camera e Senato, oltre che per i governatori e gli organi legislativi di 27 territori.

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Sarà il ballottaggio il prossimo 30 ottobre a decidere chi guiderà il Brasile. Il Tribunale supremo elettorale (Tse) ha diffuso alle 2.15 (le 7:15 italiane) i risultati praticamente definitivi delle elezioni presidenziali da cui emerge la certezza di un confronto tra i due ex presidenti. Con lo scrutinio delle schede del 99,99% dei seggi, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Pt, sinistra) ha ricevuto 57.254.672 voti, pari al 48,43%, mentre Jair Bolsonaro (Pl, destra) ne ha ottenuti 51.070.672, equivalenti al 43,20%. Il terzo posto nella scelta degli elettori è andato a Simone Tebet (Mdb, centro-destra) con 4.915.217 voti (4,16%) e il quarto a Ciro Gomes (Pdt, sinistra) con 3.599.157 suffragi (3,04%). Il Brasile resta quindi in bilico.

                         I conservatori trionfano al Congresso

Ma gli elettori brasiliani hanno votato anche per il rinnovo del Congresso, con i 513 deputati della Camera e gli 81 membri del Senato, e per governatori e organi legislativi in 27 territori. E il nuovo Congresso nazionale del Brasile è il più conservatore nella storia del periodo democratico del Paese, visto che il Partito Liberale di Bolsonaro ha eletto almeno 99 parlamentari, portando a casa il miglior risultato in 24 anni. Successo anche per i due principali esponenti del pool ‘Lava Jato’ (Autolavaggio), la Mani Pulite locale, candidati al Congresso nazionale: oltre all’ex giudice Sergio Moro, eletto senatore, anche il pm Deltan Dallagnol ha conquistato un seggio alla Camera. Entrambi si presentavano nel Paranà, lo Stato da dove nel 2014 partì l’inchiesta anti-corruzione che portò in carcere decine di imprenditori, affaristi e politici. Un segnale che la popolazione non ha scordato il lavoro di quel team di magistrati, ha sottolineato Moro. Moro, candidato per Unione Brasile (di destra), ha ottenuto 1,9 milioni di voti, pari al 33%, mentre sua moglie Rosángela è stata eletta deputata federale per lo Stato di San Paolo (sud-est). Fu Moro a condannare in primo grado nel 2017 l’ex presidente di sinistra Lula, che nel 2021 ha visto annullate le sentenze a suo carico da parte della Corte suprema. Significativa anche la vittoria di Dallagnol, affiliato al partito conservatore Podemos, deputato più votato del Paranà con 325 mila voti, superando la presidente del Pt di Lula, Gleisi Hoffman, seconda con 261 mila voti.

                         Lo scontro Lula-Bolsonaro

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, 76 anni, icona della sinistra sudamericana, grande favorito ai sondaggi, non ha confermato i pronostici di vittoria della vigilia, che gli attribuivano fino al 51% di consensi già al primo turno. “La lotta continua fino alla vittoria finale“, ha detto Lula, secondo cui il ballottaggio non è che una “proroga”. Tornato a San Paolo da San Bernardo do Campo, sua roccaforte elettorale dove in mattinata aveva votato, il leader di sinistra ha atteso il responso al Novotel Jaraguà, con la moglie Janja, il vice designato per il suo futuro governo, Geraldo Alckmin, e l’ex presidente Dilma Roussef. Al termine della serata ha raggiunto l’avenida Paulista, prenotata per il bagno di folla della svolta, e ridotta invece a teatro per un abbraccio con qualche decina di migliaia di sostenitori. “Abbiamo vinto sulle menzogne” dell’istituto di sondaggi “Datafolha”. Ora “lavorerò per cambiare il voto della gente” ha promesso Bolsonaro, in giornata bersaglio di un attacco hacker alla pagina web. Anche lui è rientrato dalla trasferta per il voto, da Rio de Janeiro al Palacio da Alvorada, la sua residenza ufficiale a Brasilia, dove la recinzione attorno all’edificio è stata addirittura ampliata, per ospitare i suoi numerosi sostenitori.

Secondo gli analisti, a pesare sul risultato sono stati gli indecisi, il tasso di astensione, e quanti hanno creduto di abbracciare la scelta del cosiddetto ‘voto utile’ (quello cioè di chi avrebbe voluto vedere l’elezione chiusa al primo turno). Malgrado infatti il voto per i 156 milioni di brasiliani chiamati alle urne sia obbligatorio, il tasso di astensione è salito dal 20,3% del 2018 all’attuale 20,94. E proprio Lula sarebbe stato il più danneggiato da questo incremento di assenze. Il primo turno è stato seguito anche dagli osservatori internazionali dell’Organizzazione degli Stati americani, su invito del Tse. Il gruppo – composto da 55 esperti provenienti da 17 Paesi – è stato dispiegato in 15 dei 26 Stati federativi e nel Distretto di Brasilie, certificando che tutto si è svolto in modo corretto, come ha dichiarato il capo della missione- Ma a sorvegliare sulle urne sono stati anche i militari dell’esercito, in un’iniziativa spinta da Bolsonaro, che come il suo avversario Lula ora medita le sue prossime mosse per la vittoria.

Il rischio è che Bolsonaro getti benzina sul fuoco, incendiando le piazze ed accelerando nei suoi attacchi senza tregua per screditare il Tribunale superiore elettorale (Tse) ed il suo presidente, il giudice Alexandre de Moraes, cuore delle procedure democratiche. E in questo periodo di transizione il presidente uscente potrebbe varare misure provvisorie ad effetto immediato (con la pubblicazione sulla Gazzetta ufficiale), per dare nuovo impulso alla liberalizzazione della vendita delle armi, accrescendo così il rischio di violenza politica. Una polarizzazione estrema che nei 46 giorni di campagna elettorale al veleno, dal 16 agosto all’apertura dei seggi elettronici del 2 ottobre, ha già fatto contare tre morti, e vari episodi di intimidazione.

In Brasile il voto è obbligatorio per i cittadini alfabetizzati – un 10% di brasiliani è ancora analfabeta – di maggiore età, con piena capacità legale, ma è facoltativo tra i 16 ed 18 anni e dopo i 70. Al primo turno del 2018 l’affluenza è stata dell’80%. Chi non si reca alle urne rischia una multa. Le elezioni in Brasile si svolgono sempre la prima domenica di ottobre, e per le presidenziali, e le elezioni dei governatori, il ballottaggio, necessario se nessun candidato raggiunge il 50%, è previsto per l’ultima domenica, quest’anno il 30 ottobre.

Pubblicato in: Banche Centrali, Brasile, Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, India, Materie Prime, Russia

Algeria. È interessata ad entrare nel Club di Brics.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-08-09.

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È nella logica delle cose che l’Algeria confluisca nel Club dei Brics.

Questi sono un insieme di paesi emergenti, in parte già emersi, collegati da rapporti economici privi di imposizioni ideologiche, rispettosi delle altrui sovranità. È una parte di mondo libero.

L’ingresso della Algeria nel Club dei Brics assommerebbe in questo Club la maggior quota mondiale degli energetici estrattivi lasciando l’enclave liberal occidentale sostanzialmente immiserito, sempre che non scompaia.

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I BRICS ci interessano come alternativa ai centri di potere tradizionali, ha dichiarato il presidente algerino Abdelmadjid Tebboune in un’intervista televisiva. Il Presidente algerino Abdelmadjid Tebboune ha suggerito che il suo Paese, il più grande esportatore di gas naturale dell’Africa, potrebbe entrare a far parte del gruppo economico dei BRICS, che comprende Russia e Cina. Il commento di Tebboune arriva dopo che il presidente russo Vladimir Putin – il cui Paese è colpito da sanzioni occidentali per l’invasione dell’Ucraina – a giugno ha invitato i leader dei BRICS a muoversi verso la formazione di un vero sistema multipolare di relazioni intergovernative.

Il gruppo BRICS comprende anche le principali economie emergenti di Brasile, India e Sudafrica. Il presidente ha aggiunto che il Paese nordafricano soddisfa buona parte dei criteri economici per entrare nel blocco. I membri dei BRICS rappresentano attualmente quasi un quarto del prodotto interno lordo mondiale.

Tebboune ha partecipato a un vertice virtuale dei BRICS alla fine di giugno, quando Putin ha invitato i leader del gruppo a cooperare di fronte alle azioni egoistiche dell’Occidente. Algeri si è astenuta quando l’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite ha approvato a maggioranza una risoluzione a marzo che chiedeva alla Russia di ritirarsi immediatamente dall’Ucraina. Anche Cina, India e Sudafrica si sono astenuti. Durante una visita in Algeria a maggio, il ministro degli Esteri russo Sergei Lavrov ha dichiarato che l’anno scorso gli scambi commerciali tra il suo Paese e l’Algeria hanno raggiunto i 3 miliardi di dollari.

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«The BRICS interest us as an alternative to traditional power centres, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said in a televised interview. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has suggested that his country, Africa’s largest natural gas exporter, could join the BRICS economic group that includes Russia and China. Tebboune’s comment comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin — whose country is hit with Western sanctions over its Ukraine invasion — in June called on BRICS leaders to move towards formation of a truly multipolar system of inter-government relations»

«The BRICS group also includes the major emerging economies of Brazil, India and South Africa. The president added that his North African country meets a good part of the economic criteria for joining the bloc. BRICS members currently account for nearly a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product»

«Tebboune participated in a BRICS virtual summit at the end of June, when Putin called on leaders of the group to cooperate in the face of selfish actions from the West. Algiers abstained when the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution in March demanding Russia immediately withdraw from Ukraine. China, India and South Africa also abstained. On a visit to Algeria in May, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said trade between his country and Algeria had reached $3 billion last year»

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Algeria, Africa’s Largest Natural Gas Exporter, Talks Of Joining BRICS

“The BRICS interest us” as an alternative to traditional power centres, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said in a televised interview.

Algiers: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has suggested that his country, Africa’s largest natural gas exporter, could join the BRICS economic group that includes Russia and China.

Tebboune’s comment comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin — whose country is hit with Western sanctions over its Ukraine invasion — in June called on BRICS leaders to move towards “formation of a truly multipolar system of inter-government relations”.

The BRICS group also includes the major emerging economies of Brazil, India and South Africa.

“The BRICS interest us” as an alternative to traditional power centres, Tebboune said in a televised interview late Sunday. “They constitute an economic and political force.”

He underlined that there was no need to “get ahead of things” but promised “good news”.

The president added that his North African country meets “a good part” of the economic criteria for joining the bloc.

BRICS members currently account for nearly a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product.

Tebboune participated in a BRICS virtual summit at the end of June, when Putin called on leaders of the group to cooperate in the face of “selfish actions” from the West.

Sanctions over Ukraine have pushed Putin to seek new markets and strengthen ties with countries in Africa and Asia.

Algiers abstained when the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution in March demanding Russia immediately withdraw from Ukraine.

China, India and South Africa also abstained.

On a visit to Algeria in May, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said trade between his country and Algeria had reached $3 billion last year.

Pubblicato in: Brasile, Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Geopolitica America Latina.

Mercosur. Nega l’accesso ad uno Zelensky che lo impetra. Intanto la Siberia lo aspetta.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-26.

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Nella terminologia scientifica il rilassamento di una funzione indica il suo crollo quasi istantaneo. Ma questo tipo di comportamento è riscontrabile anche in politica e nelle scienze umane.

Basti pensare a quanto è accaduto negli ultimi due mesi.

Il vanaglorioso Macron ha avuto una severa débâcle con la perdita delle elezioni per il rinnovo della Assemblea Nazionale. Senza maggiorana parlamentare Macron conta meno del due di briscola, e le opposizioni ne approfittano per togliersi i molti sassolini che avevano nelle scarpe.

Boris Johnson è stato costretto alle dimissioni dalla rivolta che si era sviluppata proprio in seno al suo partito, che lo ha cacciato via a badilate nei denti. La superbia è una gran brutta bestia.

Di questi giorni Mario Draghi ha visto liquefarsi la sua maggioranza parlamentare ed anche lui è stato costretto a dimettersi, mentre il presidente Mattarella, obtorto collo, ha dovuto indire nuove elezioni politiche anticipate.

Caratteristica politica comune la fede nella dottrina liberal e l’essere andati di persona a sostenere a Kiev il presidente pro tempore Zelensky.

Questi, avvezzo ad un appoggio incondizionato da parte dei liberal occidentali, fu invitato con grandi onori a parlare in sedi di potere apicale quali, per esempio, le Nazioni Unite.

Già.

Ma adesso Macron, Johnson e Draghi non esistono più e Joe Biden ha i suoi grattacapi con una inflazione stroboscopica e midterm alle porte. Ancora tre mesi, e Biden farà la fine di Macron, sempre che Embolo non accorci i tempi.

Da ultimo

«South America’s Mercosur trade bloc has declined a request by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address its upcoming summit».

Serve solo avere ancora un pochino di pazienza.

Mr Putin e Mr Lavrov intanto si sganasciano dal ridere.

«despite international sanctions against Moscow».

I liberal sono di coccio. Il mondo libero se ne infischia delle loro sanzioni.

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Il blocco commerciale sudamericano Mercosur ha rifiutato la richiesta del presidente ucraino Volodymyr Zelensky di intervenire al suo prossimo vertice, ha dichiarato mercoledì il Paraguay, paese ospitante.

I membri del blocco Argentina, Brasile, Uruguay e Paraguay non sono riusciti a trovare un accordo sulla richiesta di Zejlensky, presentata al Paese ospitante la scorsa settimana.

Zelensky si è rivolto a diversi parlamenti nazionali e a forum regionali e internazionali dopo l’invasione del suo Paese da parte della Russia a febbraio.

Il leader ucraino ha parlato con il presidente del Paraguay Mario Abdo Benitez la scorsa settimana, chiedendo di poter intervenire a un vertice del Mercosur.

Il mese scorso, Bolsonaro ha dichiarato di aver ricevuto da Putin la garanzia che la Russia continuerà a fornire al gigante agricolo sudamericano i fertilizzanti di cui ha bisogno.

La settimana scorsa, il Brasile ha dichiarato che avrebbe acquistato quanto più gasolio possibile dalla Russia, nonostante le sanzioni internazionali contro Mosca.

Creato nel 1991, il Mercosur rappresenta un mercato di circa 300 milioni di persone, con un territorio di quasi 5,8 milioni di miglia quadrate (14,8 milioni di chilometri quadrati).

I ministri hanno anche concordato di ridurre del 10% la tariffa esterna comune (AEC) su una serie di prodotti importati, una richiesta chiave del Brasile.

Non è ufficialmente all’ordine del giorno della riunione il piano dell’Uruguay di negoziare unilateralmente un accordo di libero scambio con la Cina.

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«South America’s Mercosur trade bloc has declined a request by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address its upcoming summit, host Paraguay said on Wednesday»

«Bloc members Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay failed to reach an agreement on Zelensky’s request, made to the host country last week»

«Zelensky has addressed several national parliaments as well as regional and international forums since Russia’s invasion of his country in February»

«The Ukrainian leader spoke to Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez last week, asking to be allowed to address a Mercosur summit»

«Last month, Bolsonaro said he had received assurances from Putin that Russia would continue to deliver much-needed fertilizer to the South American agricultural giant»

«Last week, Brazil said it would buy as much diesel from Russia as it could, despite international sanctions against Moscow»

«Created in 1991, Mercosur represents a market of some 300 million people, with a territory of almost 5.8 million square miles (14.8 million square kilometers)»

«The ministers also agreed to reduce by 10 percent the Common External Tariff (AEC) on a range of imported products — a key demand of Brazil»

«Not officially on the agenda for the meeting is Uruguay’s plan to unilaterally negotiate a free trade agreement with China»

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Mercosur Declines Zelenskiy Request to Address Bloc’s Summit

South America’s Mercosur trade bloc has declined a request by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address its upcoming summit, host Paraguay said on Wednesday.

Bloc members Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay failed to reach an agreement on Zelensky’s request, made to the host country last week, according to deputy foreign minister Raul Cano, who declined to say which states were against it.

Zelensky has addressed several national parliaments as well as regional and international forums since Russia’s invasion of his country in February, including NATO, the G7, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations and even the Cannes Film Festival.

The Ukrainian leader spoke to Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez last week, asking to be allowed to address a Mercosur summit to be held on Thursday, following a ministerial meeting on Wednesday.

“There was no consensus,” said Cano, adding the decision had been communicated to Kyiv.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, whose presence at the summit has not been confirmed, has said his country would remain “neutral” over Russia’s war on Ukraine.

He had travelled to Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in February, just days before the invasion.

                         Deal with Singapore

Last month, Bolsonaro said he had received assurances from Putin that Russia would continue to deliver much-needed fertilizer to the South American agricultural giant.

Last week, Brazil said it would buy as much diesel from Russia as it could, despite international sanctions against Moscow.

Argentina’s Alberto Fernandez was also in Moscow in early February. On the day of the start of the invasion on February 24, Fernandez urged “all parties” in a tweet “not to use military force.”

“We call on the Russian Federation to put an end to the actions taken and for all parties involved to return to the dialogue table,” he said at the time.

Brazil and Argentina did not sign a February 25 Organization of American States (OAS) resolution condemning the war, while Uruguay and Paraguay did.

Mercosur announced Wednesday that it had concluded a free trade agreement with Singapore.

Mercosur exports to Singapore in 2021 amounted to $5.9 billion, and imports $1.2 billion, according to data provided by the four-member bloc.

Created in 1991, Mercosur represents a market of some 300 million people, with a territory of almost 5.8 million square miles (14.8 million square kilometers).

The deal could mean additional exports of about $500 million per year to Singapore, a country of about six million people, said Paraguay’s deputy economy minister Ivan Haas.

The ministers also agreed to reduce by 10 percent the Common External Tariff (AEC) on a range of imported products — a key demand of Brazil.

The bloc imposes common tariffs on imports from abroad, and Argentina — for whom Brazil is a major tariff-free market — has opposed a reduction of the AEC.

“It is a historic decision, an essential decision… particularly at a time of economic crisis and international inflation,” according to Brazilian Foreign Minister Carlos Franca, who said it would boost competitiveness and regional production.

Not officially on the agenda for the meeting is Uruguay’s plan to unilaterally negotiate a free trade agreement with China.

Mercosur introduced a rule in 2000 under which it is compulsory to jointly negotiate common trade deals with third parties.

Argentina is opposed to Uruguay’s proposal.

Pubblicato in: Brasile, Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, Diplomazia, Geopolitica Mondiale, India, Russia

Brics. Si espandono ad Iran, Argentina, Egitto, Arabia Saudita e Turkia. Club energetico maggiore al mondo.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-18.

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Il gruppo Brics ha ricevuto richieste di adesione da parte di Iran, Argentina, Egitto, Arabia Saudita e Turkia.

Si formerebbe in questa maniera un gruppo coordinato che insieme ai già membri Brasile, Cina, India, Russia e Sud Africa governerebbe quasi il settanta per cento delle risorse petrolifere ed energetiche mondiali e di gran parte delle materie prime.

Non solo.

Questo gruppo di dieci stati sovrani ma economicamente coordinati dispone di un Pil Ppp di 60,453.574 miliardi, contro quello americano di 25,346.805 miliardi e quello europeo do 23,730.275 miliardi.

In altri termini, i Brics sono diventati la potenza egemone mondiale. L’occidente ha ancora grandi risorse, ma è afflitto da una inflazione devastante, aggravata dal peso di immani debiti pubblici, non più a lungo sostenibili.

Ma questo non è tutto.

Il Club dei Brics è soprattutto un blocco economico nel cui ambito si rispetta in modo paritetico la sovranità nazionale altrui, senza interferenza alcuna negli altrui affari interni.

Questa è la carta vincente e rende ragione del fatto che molti altri stati sovrani stanno valutando se chiedere di essere ammessi nel Club.

L’enclave liberal occidentale sta devolvendo dissolvendosi: ci vorrà ancora qualche tempo, ma il destino è segnato. E proprio in un momento così delicato i governi occidentali sono traballanti, paralizzati, ed incapaci di prendere decisione operazionale alcuna.

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BRICS expects Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to join group soon

The president of the BRICS International Forum expects Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to join the group “very soon”. In an interview with Russia’s Izvestia, Purnima Anand said that China, Russia and India discussed this issue during the 14th BRICS Summit, which was held online last month.

“All these countries have shown an interest in joining and are preparing to apply for membership. I think this is a good step, because expansion is always perceived positively; this will clearly increase the influence of BRICS in the world,” explained Anand. “I hope that the accession of countries to BRICS will happen very quickly, because now all representatives of the core of the association are interested in expanding the organisation, so it will be very soon.”

She stressed that the accession of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey may not take place at the same time.

Earlier, Li Kexin, Director-General of the Department of International Economic Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said that several countries were “knocking on the doors” of the organisation, including Indonesia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Argentina.

The BRICS forum is a political organisation that began negotiations for its formation in 2006 and held its first summit in 2009. Its members were the countries with emerging economies, namely Brazil, Russia, India, and China, operating under the name BRIC, before South Africa joined the organisation in 2010, making it BRICS.

The organisation’s countries are characterised as being among the industrialised developing countries with large and emerging economies. Half of the world’s population lives in these five countries, and their combined gross domestic product is equivalent to that of the US ($13.6 trillion). Their total foreign exchange reserves are $4 trillion.

In 2017, during the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, there was talk of the BRICS expansion plan, whereby new countries are added to the BRICS group as permanent guests or participants in the dialogue.

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The Rise of BRICS: The economic giant that is taking on the West

The G7 summit in Elmau, Germany, June 26-28, and the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, two days later, were practically useless in terms of providing actual solutions to ongoing global crises – the war in Ukraine, the looming famines, climate change and more. But the two events were important, nonetheless, as they provide a stark example of the impotence of the West, amid the rapidly changing global dynamics.

As was the case since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war, the West attempted to display unity, though it has become repeatedly obvious that no such unity exists. While France, Germany and Italy are paying a heavy price for the energy crisis resulting from the war, Britain’s Boris Johnson is adding fuel to the fire in the hope of making his country relevant on the global stage following the humiliation of Brexit. Meanwhile, the Biden Administration is exploiting the war to restore Washington’s credibility and leadership over NATO – especially following the disastrous term of Donald Trump, which nearly broke up the historic alliance.

Even the fact that several African countries are becoming vulnerable to famines  – as a result of the disruption of food supplies originating from the Black Sea and the subsequent rising prices – did not seem to perturb the leaders of some of the richest countries in the world. They still insist on not interfering in the global food market, though the skyrocketing prices have already pushed tens of millions of people below the poverty line.

Though the West had little reserve of credibility to begin with, Western leaders’ current obsession with maintaining thousands of sanctions on Russia, further NATO expansion, dumping yet more ‘lethal weapons’ in Ukraine and sustaining their global hegemony at any cost, have all pushed their credibility standing to a new low.

From the start of the Ukraine war, the West championed the same ‘moral’ dilemma as that raised by George W. Bush at the start of his so-called ‘war on terror’. “You are either with us or with the terrorist,” he declared in September 2001. But the ongoing Russia-NATO conflict cannot be reduced to simple and self-serving cliches. One can, indeed, want an end to the war, and still oppose US-western unilateralism. The reason that American diktats worked in the past, however, is that, unlike the current geopolitical atmosphere, a few dared oppose Washington’s policies.

Times have changed. Russia, China, India, along with many other countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America are navigating all available spaces to counter the suffocating western dominance. These countries have made it clear that they will not take part in isolating Russia in the service of NATO’s expansionist agenda. To the contrary, they have taken many steps to develop alternatives to the west-dominated global economy, and particularly to the US dollar which, for five decades, has served the role of a commodity, not a currency, per se. The latter has been Washington’s most effective weapon, associated with many US-orchestrated crises, sanctions and, as in the case of Iraq and Venezuela, among others, mass hunger.

China and others understand that the current conflict is not about Ukraine vs Russia, but about something far more consequential. If Washington and Europe emerge victorious, and if Moscow is pushed back behind the proverbial ‘iron curtain,’ Beijing would have no other options but to make painful concessions to the re-emerging west. This, in turn, would place a cap on China’s global economic growth, and would weaken its case regarding the One China policy.

China is not wrong. Almost immediately following NATO’s limitless military support of Ukraine and the subsequent economic war on Russia, Washington and its allies began threatening China over Taiwan. Many provocative statements, along with military maneuvers and high-level visits by US politicians to Taipei, were meant to underscore US dominance in the Pacific.

Two main reasons drove the West to further invest in the current confrontational approach against China, at a time where, arguably, it would have been more beneficial to exercise a degree of diplomacy and compromise. First, the West’s fear that Beijing could misinterpret its action as weakness and a form of appeasement; and, second, because the West’s historic relationship with China has always been predicated on intimidation, if not outright humiliation. From the Portuguese occupation of Macau in the 16th century, to the British Opium Wars of the mid-19th century, to Trump’s trade war on China, the West has always viewed China as a subject, not a partner.

This is precisely why Beijing did not join the chorus of western condemnations of Russia. Though the actual war in Ukraine is of no direct benefit to China, the geopolitical outcomes of the war could be critical to the future of China as a global power.

While NATO remains insistent on expansion so as to illustrate its durability and unity, it is the alternative world order led by Russia and China that is worthy of serious attention. According to the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Beijing and Moscow are working to further develop the BRICS club of major emerging economies to serve as a counterweight to the G7. The German paper is correct. BRICS’ latest summit on June 23 was designed as a message to the G7 that the West is no longer in the driving seat, and that Russia, China and the Global South are preparing for a long fight against Western dominance.

In his speech at the BRICS summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed the creation of an “international reserve currency based on the basket of currencies of our countries”. The fact that the ruble alone has managed to survive, in fact flourish, under recent Western sanctions, gives hope that BRICS currencies combined can manage to eventually sideline the US dollar as the world dominant currency.

Reportedly, it was Chinese President Xi Jinping who requested that the date of the BRICS summit be changed from 4 July  to 23 June, so that it would not appear to be a response to the G7 summit in Germany. This further underscores how the BRICS are beginning to see themselves as a direct competitor to the G7. The fact that Argentina and Iran are applying for BRICS membership also illustrates that the economic alliance is morphing into a political, in fact geopolitical, entity.

The global fight ahead is perhaps the most consequential since World War II. While NATO will continue to fight for relevance, Russia, China, and others will invest in various economic, political and even military infrastructures, in the hope of creating a permanent and sustainable counterbalance to Western dominance. The outcome of this conflict is likely to shape the future of humanity.

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BRICS expands to build multipolar world: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey to join in
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey want to join the BRICS, Purnima Anand, President of the BRICS International Forum said, Izvestia reports.

The decision was discussed by Russia, China and India during the 14th BRICS Summit, she added.

“All of these countries have shown their interest in joining and are preparing to apply for membership. I think this is a good step, since expansion is always perceived positively, this will clearly increase the influence of the BRICS around the world,” Purnima Anand said in a statement.

The process to accept new members should not take long, Anand said, as the countries are already in the process of joining the group. However, the states will enter the BRICS gradually, one by one. Discussions on Iran, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey can be expected at the next summit in South Africa in 2023.

A high-ranking source told the publication that Saudi Arabia’s membership was reviewed during the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Riyadh on June 1-2. Moscow supported the government’s initiative. A diplomatic solution is currently being sought.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the leadership of the BRICS countries was in demand to build the multipolar world. One may also count on the assistance of African, Asian and Latin American countries that pursue an independent policy, he added.

Pavel Knyazev, Russia’s sous-sherpa at BRICS, confirmed that it was decided to start discussing the expansion of the group.

“At the last summit, a decision was made to start discussing modalities, principles and criteria for the expansion process. Once consensus is reached on these issues, all members of the five will have to decide when to start discussing potential candidates,” Knyazev said. Moscow welcomes the interest of all states in joining the BRICS, he added.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the process to prepare for the expansion of the BRICS association had been launched.

“Of course, both Argentina and Iran are worthy and respected candidates, just like a number of other countries that appear in discussions,” Lavrov said.

On June 27, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that the authorities of the republic had applied for BRICS membership. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Iran and Argentina intend to become members of the group.

BRICS is the acronym coined to associate five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS members are known for their significant influence on world affairs. Since 2009, the governments of the BRICS states have met annually at formal summits.

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G20 di Bali. I ministri di Cina, India, Brasile, Turchia, Argentina e Indonesia hanno ascoltato Mr Lavrov con deferenza.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-15.

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«They were saying that Nato isolated Russia, it was his party that isolated Boris Johnson»

«Dicevano che la Nato aveva isolato la Russia, è stato il suo partito a isolare Boris Johnson»

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Quando Mr Lavrov ha preso la parola hanno abbandonato l’aula i rappresentanti di una Francia il cui presidente conta nulla, della Spagna che vive nel’incubo delle prossime elezioni venture, della Germania terrorizzata dalla prossima chiusura del gas russo, degli Stati Uniti sull’orlo del collasso economico.

Si è allontanato il club dei derelitti perdenti.

I rappresentanti del mondo libero sono tutti rimasti.

I media liberal occidentali godono della grande caratteristica che è vero l’esatto contrario di quanto essi affermano.

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Lavrov è un paria all’evento del G-20, ma solo per alcuni.

Il ministro degli Esteri russo Sergey Lavrov ha partecipato venerdì (8 luglio) a Bali a una riunione dei ministri delle Finanze del Gruppo dei 20 Paesi industrializzati, nonostante lo status di paria del suo Paese in Europa.

Il Segretario di Stato Antony Blinken ha rifiutato di incontrare Lavrov, così come molti altri ministri degli Esteri occidentali.

Ma in un riflesso del motivo per cui la Russia continua a fare affari con il mondo esterno e a finanziare la sua implacabile macchina da guerra, Lavrov si è seduto con diversi ministri di nazioni che hanno rifiutato di unirsi alla coalizione guidata dall’Occidente contro il suo Paese.

Tra loro c’erano diplomatici di Cina, India, Brasile, Turchia, Argentina e Indonesia.

L’incontro si è concluso senza un tradizionale comunicato congiunto che esprimesse obiettivi condivisi.

Le attività di Lavrov sono state una delle numerose e drammatiche trame di un incontro del G-20, su cui hanno pesato anche l’annuncio del primo ministro britannico Boris Johnson, giovedì, di volersi dimettere e l’assassinio, venerdì, dell’ex primo ministro giapponese, Shinzo Abe.

Lavrov ha anche colto l’occasione per denigrare Johnson, un giorno dopo aver detto che si sarebbe fatto da parte per un nuovo leader. Johnson aveva guidato una delle risposte più aggressive dell’Occidente all’invasione della Russia, sostenendo con forza il governo dell’Ucraina.

Dicevano che la Nato aveva isolato la Russia, è stato il suo partito a isolare Boris Johnson.

Sebbene la presa in giro di Johnson e dell’Occidente da parte di Lavrov non sia stata condivisa da altri partecipanti, era chiaro che le opinioni americane ed europee nei confronti della Russia e dell’Ucraina non rappresentavano un consenso tra i ministri presenti a Bali.

Mentre a Lavrov potrebbe essere impedito di viaggiare negli Stati Uniti e nell’Unione Europea, si è mosso liberamente nell’hotel di lusso che ha ospitato l’incontro di Bali, apertosi giovedì.

Il ministro degli Esteri indiano Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, che è stato visto passeggiare e chiacchierare con Lavrov nella hall dell’hotel, ha dichiarato su Twitter che lui e Lavrov hanno “scambiato opinioni” su questioni che includono “il conflitto in Ucraina” e l’Afghanistan.

L’India ha relazioni amichevoli con Mosca, da sempre patrocinatore e fonte di vendita di armi. Ha anche aiutato la Russia a resistere alle sanzioni aumentando gli acquisti di petrolio russo, approfittando di uno sconto significativo offerto da Mosca.

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«Lavrov is pariah at G-20 event, but only for some»

«Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 industrialised nations in Bali on Friday (July 8), despite his country’s pariah status in Europe»

«Secretary of State Antony Blinken declined to meet with Lavrov, as did several other Western foreign ministers»

«But in a reflection of why Russia remains able to do business with the outside world and fund its relentless war machine, Lavrov sat down with several ministers from nations that have declined to join the Western-led coalition against his country»

«They included diplomats from China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina and Indonesia»

«The gathering concluded without a traditional joint communiqué expressing shared goals»

«Lavrov’s activities were one of several dramatic plotlines at a G-20 gathering also shadowed by the announcement of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Thursday that he plans to resign and the Friday assassination of Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe»

«Lavrov also took an opportunity to disparage Johnson a day after he said he would step aside for a new leader. Johnson had led one the West’s most aggressive responses toward Russia’s invasion, strongly supporting Ukraine’s government»

«They were saying that Nato isolated Russia, it was his party that isolated Boris Johnson»

«While Lavrov’s mockery of Johnson and the West was not seconded by other attendees, it was clear that American and European views towards Russia and Ukraine did not represent a consensus among the ministers in Bali»

«While Lavrov may be barred from travel to the United States and the European Union, he moved freely through the luxury hotel that hosted the Bali gathering, which opened on Thursday»

«India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who was seen strolling and chatting with Lavrov through the hotel lobby, said on Twitter that he and Lavrov had “exchanged views” on matters including “the Ukraine conflict” and Afghanistan»

«India has friendly relations with Moscow, a longtime patron and source of arms sales. It has also helped Russia weather sanctions by increasing its purchases of Russian oil, taking advantage of a significant discount offered by Moscow»

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Russia’s Lavrov is pariah at G-20 event, but only for some

Nusa Dua, Indonesia (Nytimes) – He was shunned by many, though by no means all.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 industrialised nations in Bali on Friday (July 8), despite his country’s pariah status in Europe and elsewhere over its brutal war in Ukraine.

His country’s invasion of its neighbour drove two central topics of discussion at the annual event: global disruptions of food and energy supplies.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken declined to meet with Lavrov, as did several other Western foreign ministers. So many attendees refused to pose with Moscow’s top diplomat that a customary group photograph was cancelled.

But in a reflection of why Russia remains able to do business with the outside world and fund its relentless war machine, Lavrov sat down with several ministers from nations that have declined to join the Western-led coalition against his country. They included diplomats from China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina and Indonesia.

Lavrov’s activities were one of several dramatic plotlines at a G-20 gathering also shadowed by the announcement of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Thursday that he plans to resign and the Friday assassination of Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, an act that Blinken called “shocking” and “a loss for the world”.

The gathering concluded without a traditional joint communiqué expressing shared goals, an impossible feat given that Russia would have had to sign off on any such document.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of 20 industrialised nations in Bali on Friday (July 8), despite his country’s pariah status in Europe and elsewhere over its brutal war in Ukraine.

His country’s invasion of its neighbour drove two central topics of discussion at the annual event: global disruptions of food and energy supplies.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken declined to meet with Lavrov, as did several other Western foreign ministers. So many attendees refused to pose with Moscow’s top diplomat that a customary group photograph was cancelled.

But in a reflection of why Russia remains able to do business with the outside world and fund its relentless war machine, Lavrov sat down with several ministers from nations that have declined to join the Western-led coalition against his country. They included diplomats from China, India, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina and Indonesia.

Lavrov’s activities were one of several dramatic plotlines at a G-20 gathering also shadowed by the announcement of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain on Thursday that he plans to resign and the Friday assassination of Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, an act that Blinken called “shocking” and “a loss for the world”.

The gathering concluded without a traditional joint communiqué expressing shared goals, an impossible feat given that Russia would have had to sign off on any such document.

Lavrov also took an opportunity to disparage Johnson a day after he said he would step aside for a new leader. Johnson had led one the West’s most aggressive responses toward Russia’s invasion, strongly supporting Ukraine’s government.

“They were trying to establish this new alliance – the UK, the Baltics, Poland and Ukraine,” Lavrov said, calling it an attempt to create “an English bridgehead on the continent” after Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“They were saying that Nato isolated Russia,” Lavrov said. “It was his party that isolated Boris Johnson.”

The news of Johnson’s planned resignation led his foreign minister and potential successor, Liz Truss, to return to London and miss Friday’s programme.

While Lavrov’s mockery of Johnson and the West was not seconded by other attendees, it was clear that American and European views towards Russia and Ukraine did not represent a consensus among the ministers in Bali.

In opening remarks as the event’s host, Indonesia’s foreign minister departed from Western rhetoric when she said that growing food and energy disruptions make it the world’s “responsibility to end the war sooner than later and settle our differences at the negotiating table, not the battlefield”.

US and European officials have generally tried to avoid the perception of pressuring Ukraine into peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they doubt would negotiate in good faith.

While Lavrov may be barred from travel to the United States and the European Union, he moved freely through the luxury hotel that hosted the Bali gathering, which opened on Thursday.

India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar who was seen strolling and chatting with Lavrov through the hotel lobby, said on Twitter that he and Lavrov had “exchanged views” on matters including “the Ukraine conflict” and Afghanistan.

India has friendly relations with Moscow, a longtime patron and source of arms sales. It has also helped Russia weather sanctions by increasing its purchases of Russian oil, taking advantage of a significant discount offered by Moscow.

Pubblicato in: Brasile, Cina, Geopolitica Mondiale, India, Russia

Iran. Ha chiesto di aderire al Gruppo Brics, Russia, Cina, India, Brasile, Sud Africa.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-07-02.

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Nota.

L’articolo calcola il peso economico usando i pil assoluti al posto degli usuali pil ppp.

Ne consegue che i valori riportati siano sottostimati rispetto alla realtà dei fatti.

Si noti anche come l’articolista sia diventato cauto nelle espressioni.

«Russia sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 to degrade its southern neighbour’s military capabilities, root out people it called dangerous nationalists»

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L’Iran, che detiene le seconde riserve di gas al mondo, ha chiesto di entrare a far parte del gruppo BRICS, composto da Brasile, Russia, India, Cina e Sudafrica, che Pechino e Mosca presentano come una potente alternativa dei mercati emergenti all’Occidente.

Il termine BRIC è stato coniato dall’economista di Goldman Sachs Jim O’Neill nel 2001 per descrivere la sorprendente ascesa di Brasile, Russia, India e Cina. Le potenze del BRIC hanno tenuto il loro primo vertice nel 2009 in Russia. Il Sudafrica ha aderito nel 2010.

La Russia ha dichiarato che anche l’Argentina ha chiesto di aderire

Mentre la Casa Bianca pensava a cos’altro spegnere nel mondo, vietare o rovinare, l’Argentina e l’Iran hanno chiesto di entrare nei BRICS.

La Cina è di gran lunga l’economia più grande del gruppo BRICS, con oltre il 70% della potenza economica collettiva del gruppo, pari a 27.5 trilioni di dollari. L’India rappresenta circa il 13%, mentre la Russia e il Brasile rappresentano ciascuno circa il 7%, secondo i dati del FMI. I BRICS rappresentano oltre il 40% della popolazione mondiale e circa il 26% dell’economia globale.

Xi ha criticato “l’abuso” delle sanzioni internazionali, mentre Putin ha rimproverato all’Occidente di fomentare la crisi globale.

Il presidente degli Stati Uniti Joe Biden ha dichiarato che l’Occidente è impegnato in una battaglia con i governi autocratici come Cina e Russia.

Il 24 febbraio la Russia ha inviato truppe in Ucraina per ridurre le capacità militari del suo vicino meridionale, estirpare coloro che definisce pericolosi nazionalisti e difendere i russofoni di due regioni dell’Ucraina orientale.

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«Iran, which holds the world’s second largest gas reserves, has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that Beijing and Moscow cast as a powerful emerging market alternative to the West»

«The term BRIC was coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in 2001 to describe the startling rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China. The BRIC powers had their first summit in 2009 in Russia. South Africa joined in 2010»

«Russia said Argentina had also applied to join»

«While the White House was thinking about what else to turn off in the world, ban or spoil, Argentina and Iran applied to join the BRICS»

«China has by far the largest economy in the BRICS grouping, accounting for more than 70% of the group’s collective $27.5 trillion economic might. India accounts for about 13%, with Russia and Brazil each accounting for about 7%, according to IMF data. BRICS account for more than 40% of the world’s population and about 26% of the global economy»

«Xi criticised “the abuse” of international sanctions, while Putin scolded the West for fomenting global crisis»

«U.S. President Joe Biden has said the West is locked in a battle with autocratic governments such as China and Russia»

«Russia sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 to degrade its southern neighbour’s military capabilities, root out people it called dangerous nationalists and defend the Russian-speakers of two eastern Ukrainian regions»

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Iran applies to join China and Russia in BRICS club

– Iran applies to join BRICS

– Russia says West is failing

– Argentina also applied to join BRICS – Russia

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Dubai/London, June 28 (Reuters) – Iran, which holds the world’s second largest gas reserves, has applied to join the BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa that Beijing and Moscow cast as a powerful emerging market alternative to the West.

The term BRIC was coined by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in 2001 to describe the startling rise of Brazil, Russia, India, China. The BRIC powers had their first summit in 2009 in Russia. South Africa joined in 2010.

Iran’s membership in the BRICS group “would result in added values for both sides”, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. Russia said Argentina had also applied to join.

Russia cast the applications as evidence that the West, led by the United States, was failing to isolate Moscow after the invasion of Ukraine.

“While the White House was thinking about what else to turn off in the world, ban or spoil, Argentina and Iran applied to join the BRICS,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

Argentine officials could not be reached for immediate comment but President Alberto Fernandez, currently in Europe, has in recent days reiterated his desire for Argentina to join BRICS.

China has by far the largest economy in the BRICS grouping, accounting for more than 70% of the group’s collective $27.5 trillion economic might. India accounts for about 13%, with Russia and Brazil each accounting for about 7%, according to IMF data.

BRICS account for more than 40% of the world’s population and about 26% of the global economy.

Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 swept U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi from power, Iran has been ostracised by the West and its economy crippled by a myriad of sanctions. It hold’s around a quarter of the Middle East’s oil reserves.

                         Chinese Power.

Chinese President Xi Jinping joined Russian President Vladimir Putin and other BRICS leaders for a virtual summit last week.

Xi criticised “the abuse” of international sanctions, while Putin scolded the West for fomenting global crisis, with both leaders calling for greater BRICS cooperation.  

Putin has said relations with China are the best they have ever been and touts a strategic partnership with China aimed at countering U.S. influence.

U.S. President Joe Biden has said the West is locked in a battle with autocratic governments such as China and Russia.

The United States and European powers blame Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine as the reason relations with the West have sunk to the lowest level since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis — including the severest sanctions in modern history.

But Putin says the West wants to destroy Russia, that the economic sanctions are akin to a declaration of economic war and that Russia will build ties with other powers such as China, India and powers in the Middle East.

Putin, who casts the Ukraine war as a “special military operation”, blames the United States for humiliating Russia in the aftermath of the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union and threatening Moscow by enlarging the NATO military alliance.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 to degrade its southern neighbour’s military capabilities, root out people it called dangerous nationalists and defend the Russian-speakers of two eastern Ukrainian regions.

Ukraine says Russia has launched an imperial-style land grab and will never surrender its territory to Russia.

Pubblicato in: Brasile, Cina, Devoluzione socialismo, India, Materie Prime, Russia

Russia. L’export verso i Brics è aumentato in tre mesi del 58%.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2022-06-26.

Lavron e Putin che ridono 001

Il presidente russo Vladimir Putin ha dichiarato che il commercio con l’India e la Cina si è rafforzato nonostante le sanzioni petrolifere occidentali.

Nonostante tutte le difficoltà dell’economia globale dovute alle “sanzioni politicamente motivate”, il commercio totale con Brasile, India, Cina e Sudafrica è aumentato del 38% nei primi tre mesi dell’anno, raggiungendo i 45 miliardi di dollari.

I produttori di petrolio russi hanno inviato più greggio agli acquirenti asiatici, soprattutto a Cina e India, con forti sconti, mentre gli acquirenti europei riducono gli acquisti.

All’inizio del 2022 circa due terzi del greggio russo veniva esportato in Europa, mentre ora circa il 50% del petrolio nazionale è destinato all’Asia.

La Russia sta anche lavorando con i paesi BRICS per creare una valuta di riserva internazionale basata su un paniere.

La Russia esporta volumi significativi di fertilizzanti verso i Paesi BRICS.

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Con una ripetitività ossessionante i media liberal di regime ripetono la solita frase stereotipata:

«amid Western oil sanctions».

Difficile capire se lo ripetano per impararlo a memoria oppure se questo altro non sia che una velina la cui pubblicazione sia loro imposta da alto loco.

In ogni caso sono proprio i media liberal occidentali a constare quanto poco valgano o diktat americani.

Al mondo nessuno ne tiene conto.

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«Russian President Vladimir Putin said trade with India and China has strengthened amid Western oil sanctions»

«Despite all the difficulties in the global economy due to “politically motivated sanctions,” total trade with Brazil, India, China and South Africa rose 38% in the first three months of the year to US$45 billion, he said»

«Russian oil producers have been sending more crude to Asian buyers, mostly to China and India, at steep discounts as European buyers reduce purchases»

«At the start of 2022 some two-thirds of Russian crude was being exported to Europe, now about 50% of nation’s oil is going to Asia»

«Russia is also working with fellow BRICS to create a basket-based international reserve currency»

«Russia exports significant volumes of fertilizers to the BRICS nations»

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Putin Sees Russia Oil Flows to China, India ‘Growing Noticeably’

(June 22): Russian President Vladimir Putin said trade with India and China has strengthened amid Western oil sanctions in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

“Russian oil supplies to China and India are growing noticeably,” Putin said in a video address to the BRICS Business Summit on Wednesday. Despite all the difficulties in the global economy due to “politically motivated sanctions,” total trade with Brazil, India, China and South Africa rose 38% in the first three months of the year to US$45 billion, he said.

Russian oil producers have been sending more crude to Asian buyers, mostly to China and India, at steep discounts as European buyers reduce purchases. The country didn’t want to turn away from Europe’s energy market, but it has been pushed out and will find other customers, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said last week.

At the start of 2022 some two-thirds of Russian crude was being exported to Europe, now about 50% of nation’s oil is going to Asia, according to Gazprom Neft Chief Executive Officer Alexander Dyukov.

Russia is also working with fellow BRICS to create a basket-based international reserve currency, Putin said. “Cooperation in agriculture is developing dynamically. Russia exports significant volumes of fertilizers to the BRICS nations,” he said.