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Cold War 2.0: A collection of alarming indications so far

Things are looking bad in the global geopolitical scenery as the new cold war escalates

globinfo freexchange

Most serious:

"A think tank connected to Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is calling for retooling the U.S. military in preparation of a 'great power conflict' with 'a newly aggressive Russia and rapidly modernizing China,' ..."


"Within 24 hours from the tragic MH-17 flight, US officials rushed to align with the Ukrainian government, based on 'evidence' that came out remarkably fast. While in other cases, the Western hypocrites 'recommend sangfroid' and suggest to every direction not to rush to make conclusions, this is a case where they completely violate their own 'calm down' policy as advice to others."


A British cross-party commission has voted in favor of keeping the Trident nuclear missile system, saying nuclear weapons could deter threats to UK's security. The report highlighted the re-emergence of Russia as a potential threat.”


The Japanese government says it will push ahead with plans to ease restrictions on its military, which have kept it from fighting abroad since World War II. Under the constitution’s Article 9, Japan’s military is banned from taking any military action except when the country is under attack. But the new plan will increase the country’s military options and allow its armed forces to fight on behalf of Tokyo’s allies.”


US lawmakers in the House of Representatives have approved $220 million in funding to help the Pentagon replace the Russian rocket engines used in its satellite launches. The measure, which faces opposition from the Obama administration, calls on the US military to use an American-built engine for launching military satellites into orbit. The US relies on Russian-made RD-180 and NK-33 engines to launch military and civilian satellites into space.”


"On Wednesday, June 11th, CNN headlined 'U.S. Sends B-2 Stealth Bombers to Europe,' and reported that 'they arrived in Europe this week for training.' Wikipedia notes that B-2s were 'originally designed primarily as a nuclear bomber,' and that 'The B-2 is the only aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration.'"


"The United States military’s top commander said during a security summit this week that the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine has prompted the Pentagon to revisit old contingency plans unused since the days of the Cold War. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum that the US Department of Defense has been 'looking inside of our own readiness models to look at things we haven’t had to look at for 20 years.'”


"The United States has concluded that Russia violated a landmark arms control treaty by testing a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile, according to senior American officials, a finding that was conveyed by President Obama to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia in a letter on Monday."


"The Chinese military is increasing efforts to beef up its nuclear capabilities and its nuclear missile technology, according to a new report. Stars and Stripes reported on Tuesday that China was developing the Dong Feng-41 missile, which is next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile capable of launching multiple nuclear warheads."


"Under the pretext of an 'overt' Russian threat, NATO is pushing for a ‘readiness action plan’ that will bring the Cold War military bloc closer to Russian borders than ever - despite objections from some NATO members. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the 28-nation military bloc, which meets next week in Cardiff, Wales, would attempt to overcome internal opposition and agree to the deployment of military bases near the Russian border."


Other:

The Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Japan's unilateral decision to name China's Diaoyu Islands was 'invalid' as it persisted in fueling lingering territorial tensions. Japan infuriated China and damaged ties two years ago when it said it was 'nationalizing' the islands in the East China Sea, which have been part of China's traditional territory and an important fishery for centuries.”


"The German government has cancelled an arms contract with Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, a new report says. Germany’s Economy Ministry revoked a permission to provide a fully equipped training camp to Russian forces, the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday."


"Japan has imposed additional sanctions against Russia for what it described as Moscow’s failure to defuse the crisis in Ukraine and its support for pro-Russian forces following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane ..."


"President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree on countermeasures to Western sanctions. [...] A list of goods the import of which may be restricted in response to the Western sanctions is being prepared and will be approved by the Russian government, its spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said on Wednesday."


"David Cohen, a top US Treasury Department official, said on Thursday that the US has warned Russia about a reported oil-for-goods swap with Iran, and that such a deal would be exposed to additional US sanctions."


"Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that Russia is considering an overflight ban for European and U.S. airlines to the Asia-Pacific region in retaliation for their sanctions targeting Russia's low-cost airline Dobrolet. A number of retaliatory steps are 'on the table,' such as a ban on European and American airlines using Russian airspace for transit flights to Southeast Asia or the Asia-Pacific region, Medvedev said at a government session."

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