AEC to strengthen Asean region
With all these issues at play, it is hard to perceive that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement will not lend bigger problems to the member countries of the US controlled trade-investment pact. The AEC represents a market of 600 million people, and it goes beyond the region thanks to several ASEAN+ initiatives that opens the markets of China, the EU and the US or Russia and Australia to the ASEAN member states.
Under the AEC, countries like Malaysia and Vietnam will stand to benefit even more than what they are bargaining from the TPP.
TPP: Japanese activists want transparency
China therefore might be accepted by the TPP after all rules were made, especially since Japan has decided that it should be part of the rule-making process – which is what is happening these days – before any other economic giant were to join the pact.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, criticized for its lack of fluidity and its pro-foreign investors regulations, is facing a hard time in Japan. Wfol.tv talks to Japanese anti-TPP activist AM-Net, director Hiroshi Kanda.
Hiroshi Kanda, Director AM-Net: Transparency and accountability lacking in TPP talks
Energy War: US starting strangulation tactics against Moscow
By Abdel Jabber
Global Research, January 18, 2009
WorldFutures.info 16 February 2009
Region: Europe, Russia and FSU
In view of the recent Ukrainian ploy in joining the Americans to attempt at boycotting Russian gas transportation to Europe, Moscow could study and implement a new strategy and logistics for its gas sale to its European consumers, experts said to WorldFutures.info. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Thursday Russian media reports that Kiev was planning to involve the United States in modernizing its Soviet-era gas pipeline network. Continue reading
Biden-Medvedev: No mention of economic sanctions
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Medvedev explained to Biden that Russia had to “take action to protect the interests of all Ukrainian citizens, including including people in the Crimea, as well as the citizens of Russia, located on the territory of Ukraine.”
The United States, in its usual attitude, is brandishing the possibility of imposing American sanctions on Russia in the wake of Moscow’s move to secure its position in Crimea. Continue reading
Obama should let Crimea decide its future
The US-EU move in Ukraine, and soon in Crimea, has only one thing in common: Weakening Russia at its own footstep by removing (by force or otherwise) the Russian troops from Sevastopol. But will the West give peace a chance?
A peaceful panorama of the Sevastopol port entrance (left) with its monument to Russian ships which were sunk in the Crimean war (far right side).
US President Barack Obama, in a hasty speech said Russia’s actions in Ukraine is a ‘breach of international law’ but the US-EU support for the overthrow of the Ukraine regime is deem legal. If that is the case, will the West let Crimea decide for its future? Continue reading
West, Nato hands-off Crimea!
It is now up to the EU, NATO and USA not to meddle in the Russian affairs in the Crimea region, and to forget their intentions to get rid of the Russia in Sevastopol.
Why the West, Nato should stay-off Crimea. There are many reasons for the Western nations, the EU and the United States together and their mercenary forces of NATO to stay away from the events in the Crimea. The most daunting for the Western forces will be to allow peace to settle in Ukraine. Can they do that? Continue reading
Time urged to project ‘positive’ image of PM
Time Magazine was urged, in a meeting with several people, to report on ‘more positive’ aspects of Najib Razak’s leadership, the source said.
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Time Magazine, which came under scrutiny last week for an article depicting the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Najib Razak apparent failure to deal with race relations and growing religious intolerance, will have to watch its columns.
The international weekly is said to be under ongoing scrutiny, with the matter of the article written by Zoher Abdoolcarim still under investigation by a unit tasked to monitor foreign publications at the Home Ministry. Continue reading