Has the unipolar world finally come to an end?

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Lieutenant Prokhorenko actions were heroic and legendary, many of the veteran sites I belong to speak highly of his final deed.

fyi ... "President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree to award the Hero of Russia title to Senior Lieutenant Aleksandr Prokhorenko (posthumously) for courage and heroism displayed in performing his military duty, the Kremlin said. Prokhorenko was killed on March 17, 2016, while directing the strikes of Russian planes in the area of Tadmur, in Syria’s Homs province. When surrounded by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, he requested friendly fire, TASS said." (from RT)

TASS wrote:
Prokhorenko was born to a working class family in the Orenburg Region on June 22, 1990.

In 2007 he graduated from a secondary school with honors (silver medal) and applied for and was admitted to the Orenburg Higher Air Defense Missile Academy. In 2008, when the Academy was closed, he was transferred to the Academy of Ground Troops Air Defense Academy of the Russian Armed forces. Graduated with top honors. His latest position was in the Special Operations Force. Participated in the Russian military operation in Syria. The Orenburg authorities have made a decision to give his name to a city street.

More: http://tass.ru/en/defense/868788

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The Post-Western World and the Rise of a Parallel Order


...rather than directly confronting existing institutions, rising powers—led by China—are quietly crafting the initial building blocks of what we may call a “parallel order” that will initially complement, and later possibly challenge, today’s international institutions. This order is already in the making; it includes, among others, institutions such as the BRICS-led New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (to complement the World Bank), Universal Credit Rating Group (to complement Moody’s and S&P), China Union Pay (to complement Mastercard and Visa), CIPS (to complement SWIFT), the BRICS (to complement the G7), and many other initiatives. These structures do not emerge because China and others have fundamentally new ideas about how to address global challenges or because they seek to change global rules and norms; rather, they create them to better project their power, just as Western actors have done before them

Not entirely true the last point; China and others, like Russia facing barbaric Western spiteful sanctions, have had to create new institutions that are rigged to favour certain countries. Case in point: the IMF has long had a policy of refusing to loan to states that default on state-to-state loans. Except Russia now, it seems. Ukraine gets another 3 billion tranche from the IMF ... and still reneges on billions it owes to Russia. That's western imperialism for you. So new institutions are a necessity.

The last here is good:


... while the transition to genuine multipolarity—not only economically but also militarily and regarding agenda-setting capacity—will be disconcerting to many, it may be, in the end, far more democratic than any previous order in global history, allowing greater levels of genuine dialogue, broader spread of knowledge, and more innovative and effective ways to address global challenges in the coming decades.

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The Valdai International Discussion Club is taking place in Sochi, Russia. The event draws all sorts of public intellectuals, politicians, etc., and a number of Western intellectuals overcome the foaming prejudices of their governments and MSM to take part.

One such public intellectual is John Mearsheimer, probably the best US expert on Russia after Stephen Cohen. Both of these public figures have, naturally enough, been excoriated in a venemous chorus of hate, Orwell-style, in the MSM, since they've had the "temerity" to diverge from the approved hatred of all things Russian, Chinese, and, well, un-American. 

That aside, the event is usually punctuated by a lengthy, revealing, and interesting talk and Q&A with the Russian President.

It's worth paying attention to. Except if you hate everything Russian. Then maybe not.


Politicians and experts from 35 countries, including Russia, the United States, China, India and Australia are meeting in Sochi from Oct. 24-27 for the 13th annual gathering of the Valdai Discussion Club. The group meets every year at different locations in Russia to share views on the problems facing the global community today.

This year, participants have stressed the irreversibility of the changes currently taking place in world politics, predicting tectonic shifts in the global political order in the very near future.

During the first session of the meeting, John Mearsheimer, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, said that the current world order is going through a period of transformation, moving from a unipolar structure to a situation in which key issues depend not only on the U.S. but also on the political course of the two rising superpowers — Russia and China.

Russia, the U.S. and China will determine the future of the world

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More from Valdai ... from a Canadian participant.

The 24th Valdai paper argues for a new academic discipline, geopolitical economy, which is better to understand the multipolar world, reconstruct its historical evolution and assess its progressive potential.

With growth in China and other emerging economies spreading productive and political power far beyond its original strongholds in the West and Japan, the idea that the world is fast becoming multipolar should be uncontroversial. But nevertheless, to the author’s mind, the two disciplines that study world affairs in the Western world, international relations (IR) and international political economy (IPE), failed to anticipate or explain this phenomenon. The author suggests to found a new discipline – geopolitical economy, best suited to informing institutions and practices that might exploit multipolarity’s potential for a more equal and just world.

The author of the article is Radhika Desai, Professor at the Department of Political Studies, Director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group, University of Manitoba,Winnipeg, Canada.


from the author ...

"With growth in China and other emerging economies spreading productive and political power far beyond its original strongholds in the west and Japan, the idea that the world is fast becoming multipolar, if it isn’t already, should be uncontroversial. But it isn’t. The two disciplines that study world affairs in the western world, international relations (IR), which focuses only on politics and international political economy (IPE), which was founded in the 1970s with the explicit purpose of taking account of economics, failed to anticipate or explain multipolarity. And once compelled to confront it in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, which, by miring the west in stagnation while the emerging economies continued their fast growth, accelerated the advance of multipolarity, they have responded largely with denial and hostility, rather than equanimity and inquiry. Insisting on the reality and/or desirability of US and western supremacy against mounting evidence, they cannot discern the progressive potential of multipolarity. No surer sign of the obsolescence of these disciplines can be had.

This paper argues for a new academic discipline, geopolitical economy, which is better able to understand the multipolar world, reconstruct its historical evolution and assess its progressive potential. The following sections make the case for it and outline its key elements: the centrality of states’ economic roles in the modern world or what I call ‘the materiality of nations’, the dialectic of uneven and combined development (UCD) between them, how it has led to multipolarity and what potential for progressive change it contains."

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Trump's election victory: a sign of the Apocalypse or ... the End of the Empire?

Saker wrote:
I have always said that the choice for the lesser evil is morally wrong and pragmatically misguided.  I still believe that.  In this case, however, the greater evil was thermonuclear war with Russia and the lesser evil just might turn out to be one which will gradually give up the Empire to save the USA rather than sacrifice the USA for the needs of the Empire.  In the case of Hillary vs Trump the choice was simple: war or peace.

Trump can already be credited with am immense achievement: his campaign has forced the US corporate media to show its true face – the face of an evil, lying, morally corrupt propaganda machine.   The American people by their vote have rewarded their media with a gigantic “f*ck you!” – a vote of no-confidence and total rejection which will forever demolish the credibility of the Empire’s propaganda machine.

I am not so naive as to not realize that billionaire Donald Trump is also one of the 1%ers, a pure product of the US oligarchy.  But neither am I so ignorant of history to forget that elites do turn on each other, especially when their regime is threatened.  Do I need to remind anybody that Putin also came from the Soviet elites?! ...

Make no mistake – even if Trump does end up disappointing those who believed in him what happened today has dealt a death blow to the Empire.  The “Occupy Wall Street” did not succeed in achieving anything tangible, but the notion of “rule of the 1%” did emerge from that movement and it stayed.  This is a direct blow to the credibility and legitimacy of the entire socio-political order of the USA: far from being a democracy, it is a plutocracy/oligarchy – everybody pretty much accepts that today.  Likewise, the election of Trump has already proved that the US media is a prostitute and that the majority of the American people hate their ruling class.  Again, this is a direct blow to the credibility and legitimacy of the entire socio-political order.  One by one the founding myths of the US Empire are crashing down and what remains is a system which can only rule by force.

Trump elected as President - Risks and Opportunities




Eurasian Media Forum 2019


Crisis of Trust: Global Power Balance

On the 'rules based order', Trumpism, liberalism, populism etc. Includes a battle royal between Steve Bannon and George Galloway.