"Putin’s new Asian pivot involves not only China. It also envisions potentially significant economic deals with both Japan and both Koreas that could considerably lessen Washington’s recent efforts to create deliberate tensions and frictions between China and both Japan and South Korea. Putin’s Russia has recently quietly settled outstanding debt disputes with North Korea (DPRK), forgiving some $10 billion of debts and giving very generous terms for a remaining $1 billion.The presstitutes have really been working overtime on North Korea: "Girls playing on the beach, hair salons and bored commuters: Tourist who took camera inside North Korea expecting to find 'really, really sad people' is shocked to discover a happy country"
Moscow’s Gazprom and the DPRK’s Ministry of Energy have now reached an understanding to build a natural gas pipeline that would enter North Korea from Russia at the Khasan crossing of the Tumen River on the Russia-North Korea. The pipeline would then extend through the DPRK to the Republic of Korea (Korean Gas Co). Then, in what is shaping up to be a new case of Russian “gas diplomacy,” the pipeline would supply gas both to the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea.
The project has been discussed for more than a decade, but the new element is the recent decisive role of Moscow to actively push it, clearly also part of Putin’s “peaceful Asia Pivot.” And in September, Putin will go to Japan where the Abe government has been engaged in US-encouraged provocations with China over a group of uninhabited islands, which China calls the Diaoyu Islands in the South China Sea, believed to hold vast energy reserves.
More importantly, a related project of Russia includes building a modern train line from South Korea through North Korea into Russia where it would connect to the Trans-Siberian Railway. It would allow high-speed rail connections directly from South Korea to the markets of Europe for the first time, leaving the US Navy control of the high seas less threatening."
"I love the BBC (again and again!)" The Ukrainian government is engaging in some quite nasty war crimes, nasty enough that they require covering up.
"War Nerd: What’s happening in Eastern Ukraine is very simple, rational, and straightforward" Putin's hard-nosed rationality.
"Return of the living (neo-con) dead" by Pepe Escobar. Kagan appears to be no less than severely mentally retarded unless you realize that he does not work for American interests, but for the interests of the violent supremacist collective of Jews.