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Another case of China using sea to hide its submarines

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ON September 13, the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings published a hair-raising account from its Malaysian correspondent of a submerged submarine “believed to be Chinese” off the coast of Japan.

“The Japanese Ministry of Defense detected a Chinese submarine operating in the contiguous zone of Japan’s southern islands, they announced in a Sept. 12 press release, and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) air and naval units are maintaining surveillance on the submarine.”

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Battle of the Atlantic: Citing Nazi Germany as model, US military chief hails new NATO command

Get Canada out of the U.S. war machine!! Canada needs an anti-war government, not as an aspiration, but for real, NOW.

RCN frigate HMCS Halifax (FFH 330), aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) and guided-missile destroyer USS Forest Sherman (DDG-98) participate in a formation exercise off coast of Halifax on September 11, 2018 | USN photo

By RICK ROZOFF

General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in Norfolk, Virginia on July 15 to mark the second NATO command in America achieving full operational capability. NATO’s Joint Force Command – Norfolk (JFC-Norfolk ) joined NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in the same city as the only NATO commands outside Europe.

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The German Bundeswehr’s next area of operation

The German Government plans to increase military operations in the “Indo-Pacific” in the strategic competition with China.

Poster from anti-NATO rally in Munich, February 18, 2017

BERLIN/CANBERRA (german-foreign-policy.com) – The German government plans to send a frigate for patrol in the Indian Ocean and to deploy German naval officers on Australian warships, announced German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on the occasion of her talks with her Australian counterpart. A training expedition of the frigate Hamburg to the Indian Ocean was originally planned for this year but had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Continue reading

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Research notes: The militarized Atlantic – From Norfolk and Halifax to the Irish and Baltic seas

Work in progress by Tony Seed

A report conducted by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) – published in July – found that the two vessels came within 50-100 metres of each other during the horrific incident on November 6, 2018. The investigation revealed that it was the third time in four years that a submerged Royal Navy submarine had narrowly missed a calamitous collision with another vessel. Continue reading

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British Navy’s dangerous disregard for Irish sovereignty displays arrogance of the highest order

The Marliona

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Defence John Brady expressed his anger at the revelation that a Killybegs-registered trawler, the MFV Marliona, was confronted by the British Royal Navy vessel HMS Lancaster and ordered away from a fishing area (to the west of Tory Island) off the Donegal coast. Continue reading

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Hiroshima and Halifax

Painting of the Halifax Explosion

By Tony Seed

The 75th Anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on the Sixth of August 1945 is a historic universal event with profound immediate significance to present international relations, the danger of war and even nuclear war. For Haligonians, the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has a special meaning ,which is even more poignant in the wake of the hugely destructive explosion in  Beirut, Lebanon on August 4. Continue reading

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World container routes

This map provides a general look at the main container routes around the world. Click to enlarge | southfront.org

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The Arctic: Militarization, collusion and contention and resistance (4 articles)

• Trudeau government moves to militarize the Arctic 

• Northwest Passage dispute

• The Inuit and the struggle for an Arctic Zone of Peace

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• The Arctic –  An overview

• Arctic Council and the military issue
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International Court of Justice rules British occupation of the Chagos Islands illegal

Refusal to uphold international rule of law is a serious matter of concern | Three articles from TML Weekly, John Pilger and Craig Murray

Britain Chagos Islanders

Protest outside British Parliament after a court ruling barring Chagos Islanders from returning to their homeland, October 22, 2008.

TML Weekly welcomes the February 25 ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the Chagos Islands. In a majority decision of 13 to 1, with all the judges from EU countries amongst those finding against the UK, the ICJ ruled that the continued British occupation of the Chagos Islands is illegal and ordered the UK to return the islands to Mauritius “as rapidly as possible.” The islands were seized by the British in 1965 and the people forcibly removed in 1971 to permit the U.S. to build a military base on the island of Diego Garcia. This base plays a criminal role in the U.S. striving for world hegemony. Continue reading

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Warship Watch. RIMPAC war games heighten tensions in Asia Pacific

2018.07.11-Hawaii-RIMPAC-protest-MaluAina-04Three articles on the world’s largest naval war exercise and Canada’s participation, the opposition by the people of Hawai’i and the geopolitical context.

By YI NICHOLLS

The U.S.-led naval war games, Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), are underway from June 27 to August 2 around the Hawaiian Islands and southern California. The last RIMPAC exercise was held in 2016. A May 30 U.S. Navy press release informs, “Twenty-six nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise […]”[1] Canada is one of the participating nations. Continue reading

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Billions in state funds for transportation corridors to serve US-dominated empire-building

Federal government marches further into dead end of nation-wrecking. The working class is determined to affirm its right to build the new! Report from WORKERS’ FORUM

Transport Canada has announced another $2.1 billion of state funds for the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative to serve the global oligopolies and their control of the Canadian and international economy.[1]

A Ministry press release on July 4 states the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative is “[to] build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to international markets…. Canadian businesses will be able to better compete, grow and create even more jobs well into the future.” Continue reading

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Russian-Iranian canal could connect Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf

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(April 8) – Russia and Iran are discussing building a navigable canal from the Caspian sea to the Persian Gulf, announced the ambassador of Iran in Russia Mehdi Snai at the meeting with students of St. Petersburg State University, reports TASS. Continue reading

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Maritime strategy of the Quebec Liberals: Serving the interests of the United States of North American monopolies

For your information: two articles on the Maritime Strategy of Quebec – the latest plan of the ruling circles to build infrastructure and establish Gateways and Trade Corridors across Canada to facilitate the transportation of energy resources and manufactured goods to North America, Europe and Asia.

The Couillard government promotes its Maritime Strategy.

By LOUIS LANG

The statements of the Couillard Liberals promise economic growth and thousands of jobs all over Quebec. In fact, it would seem that what is being proposed is a new version of the Security Prosperity Partnership (SPP). The SPP, in which the Paul Martin government was involved, was a plan integrating the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican economies into the United States of North American Monopolies. This was to form a trade and military bloc in the inter-imperialist striving over control of world markets, spheres of influence, cheap labour and resources and zones for the export of capital. The Maritime Strategy being put forward by the Quebec Couillard government as a “pivotal project“ to develop the economy of Quebec is not a plan to build an independent national economy for the benefit of the people of Quebec but rather it is to put the resources and transportation infrastructure of Quebec in the service of North American monopolies. Continue reading

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Strategic significance of Pak-China highway

Pakistan-China Economic Corridor (PCEC)Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seems to have hit a jackpot: the recently announced Chinese plan to invest $46 billion in Pakistan’s infrastructure – roads, railways and power plants – to facilitate transport of Chinese goods to markets worldwide. It will also allow China to largely circumvent the threat of a maritime blockade of Chinese energy imports from the Middle East by the United States and its “Asia Pivot” strategy designed to isolate and contain China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
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Lessons from the bunker fuel spill in Vancouver’s harbour

King Stephen – “Canada For Sale” by Royal Prerogative | Tim O’Brien, The Muse

King Stephen – “Canada For Sale” by Royal Prerogative. Photo is from a June 25, 2011 rally of some 3,000 Newfoundlanders on the St. John’s waterfront against the decision of the Harper government to close the Marine Rescue Centre. | Tim O’Brien, The Muse

Sometime in the afternoon of April 8, bunker fuel started leaking from a ship anchored in English Bay in the outer harbour of the Port of Vancouver as it waited to load its cargo of grain at the docks. At 5:10 pm, a recreational boater noticed a large oil slick and called 911. The call was passed on to the Canadian Coast Guard, the designated lead agency for incidents like this. A Port Metro Vancouver boat appeared on the scene around 6:00 pm. Continue reading

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Workers’ Forum – Seafarers boldly declare: No quarter for neo-liberal free traders!

Annul the Canada-Europe Free Trade Agreement!

Annul the Canada-Europe Free Trade Agreement!
• Seafarers Boldly Declare: No Quarter for Neo-Liberal Free Traders!
• What the Workers Had to Say
• CETA Opens the Door to Dismantling the Marine Transport Sector – Interview, Patrice Caron, Executive Vice-President, Seafarers’ International Union of Canada
• European Seafarers’ Solidarity Statement
• U.S. Seagoing Unions’ Solidarity Statement

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• CETA Breakdown – Seafarers’ International Union of Canada Continue reading

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Sealanes: Nicaragua approves new Atlantic-Pacific canal

Nicarague Canal.mapOn Monday, the Nicaraguan government approved the route for the future canal that will cross the country and unite the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Continue reading

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Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal

Russia and Nicaragua to cooperate on construction of interoceanic canal

Two ports, an airport, an oil pipeline, and other facilities are also to be built as part of the project, the cost of which is estimated at $40 billion. Source: AP

Yuri Paniyev, Russia Beyond the Headlines (May 14) – Moscow and Managua are to cooperate over the next few years on the construction of the so-called Interoceanic Grand Canal, a new alternative to the Panama Canal. Deeper, wider, and longer than its rival in Panama, the new canal will challenge U.S. control over the region, though experts are divided on its geopolitical benefits for Russia.
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Ukraine: Strategic and geopolitical implications of Crimea’s decision

Prof Michel Chossudovsky explains the strategic and geopolitical significance of the referendum results. The union of Crimea with Russia redefines both the geography as well as the geopolitical chessboard in the Black Sea basin, Professor Chussudovsky writes. “It constitutes a major setback for US-NATO, whose longstanding objective has been to integrate Ukraine into NATO with a view to undermining Russia, while extending Western military presence in the Black Sea basin,” he adds. An excerpt of Professor Chussudovsky’s article follows.

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WITH the March 18, 2014 Treaty signed between Russia and Crimea, the Russian Federation will extend its control over the Black Sea as well over the Sea of Azov, the West coastline of which borders on Eastern Ukraine and the Donesk region. (see map below) Continue reading

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US-NATO’s drive into Asia

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ASIAN NATO CONCEPT FLAG | Pnyxblog

A global military bloc | RICK ROZOFF

(January 29, 2009) – With the sixtieth anniversary summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to occur jointly in the French city of Strasbourg and and the German one of Kehl on April 3-4, the world should take note of how far from its original area of operations this, history’s first international military bloc has expanded in the interim since its creation in 1949. Continue reading

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Sea lanes: Nicaragua’s plan for an inter-oceanic canal

A proposed new canal wll traverse Nicaragua from the Pacific to the Caribbean Sea and thus the Gulf of Mexico, Venezuela and South America, and the Atlantic Ocean. The project has caused consternation in both Washington and Ottawa.

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Implications of Asia Pivot military strategy for Atlantic Canada

Note to readers. This material has been separated out from its original source, the article titled “Halifax International Security Forum: US officially integrates Harper war government into Asia pivot strategy,” and made into a distinct article. Additional infographics and information have been added to illustrate the geopolitical significance of Canadian ports, shipping and sealanes from Asia. See also the companion article “Sea lanes: Nicaragua’s plan for an inter-oceanic canal,” in which China is heavily involved, that I have posted on this bog. – TS.

DIFFERENT analysts have underlined various economic factors behind the U.S. offensive in Asia with its Asia Pivot military strategy, of which Canada is an integral part, as China has now become the major trading partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The big banks and oil-energy and mining monopolies in Canada have their own self-serving interests to expropriate the resources of foreign workers and lands.

The ports of Halifax, Saint John and Maritimes Canada, though bordering the Atlantic Ocean, are not remote from the aggressive offensive of these vested interests in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Continue reading

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Hagel: Asia ‘top of the list’ of Pentagon priorities

In June then Defence Minister Peter MacKay flew to Washington where, among other things he met with Obama’s latest Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel. Peter Van Praagh, President of Halifax International Security Forum, then confirmed that the American warmonger will give the keynote speech opening the war conference on Friday, November 22nd. 

The USS Gerald Ford, the Pentagon’s lethal weapon designed to menace Asia, was inaugurated on November 11, at Norfolk in the state of Virginia, in a triumphal ceremony. Yet the nuclear carrier is only 70 per cent complete.

The USS Gerald Ford, the Pentagon’s lethal weapon designed to menace Asia, was inaugurated on November 11, at Norfolk in the state of Virginia, in a triumphal ceremony. Yet the nuclear carrier is only 70 per cent complete.

By CARLOS MUNOZ

The Hill (Oct. 28) – THE Obama administration’s military shift to Asia still tops the Pentagon’s budget blueprint as the department girds for another round of budget cuts under sequestration.

The planned pivot “remains at the top of the list” of the department’s investment strategy for the coming years, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday at the Pentagon. Continue reading

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Syrian crisis shows Mediterranean still geopolitically crucial

Washington, London and Paris are “readapting the old colonial Sykes-Picot plan to current times and establishing new spheres of influence without any regard for local populations, their rights and their sovereignty,” reports ANDREA FAIS*. But the crisis over Syria and the covert and overt aggression by the U.S. and its NATO allies under the pretext of “humanitarian interventionism” is also bringing to the fore increasing conflicts amongst the imperialist powers, especially Germany, over just who will rule the root in the Middle East. 

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Italiano: Antonio Millo, Bacino del Mediterraneo, dall’Atlante manoscritto del 1582-1584 ca. Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II, Roma (cart. naut. 2 – cart. naut 6/1-2)

Global Times (Oct. 17) – THE SYRIAN CRISIS and its repercussions demonstrate that politicians and analysts cannot ignore the Mediterranean if they really want to face global challenges.

After the Egyptian military coup against former president Mohamed Morsi, the media consensus on Syria has shifted, with people becoming more aware of the dangerous role of Islamic extremism among elements of the Syrian rebel movement. Continue reading

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Sighting. How many ships can a shipping ship ship?

David Miller: This is a ship-shipping ship, shipping shipping ships

Asks Jennie Meigs: How many ships can a shipping ship ship?

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Trade routes: Russia dreams of creating an alternative to Suez

Railways across Siberia and the Far East might become alternatives to the sea route.

Russia dreams of creating an alternative to Suez

Eastern promise: freight trains at 
sidings in Siberia. The expansion plans have been criticised as ‘utopian.’ Source: Max Avdeev

Ilya Dashkovsky, RBTH (Aug. 26.) –  An ambitious program of railway expansion in Russia’s Far East opens up the prospect of creating rapid new trade routes between Asia and Europe. At least $17bn is to be invested in modernising the ageing Baikal-Amur (BAM) and Trans-Siberian railways. Supporters of the plan say that it will create a total of half a million jobs and boost industry in Siberia and the Far East region, pointing out that there is already a shortage of rail capacity for transporting freight. Continue reading

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Obama Doctrine or the Asia Pivot: Control over strategic sea lanes to China

By VADIM VIKHROV (Edited by Rick Rozoff), Strategic Culture Foundation

THE PROGRAM MANIFESTO US President Barack Obama voiced in the Australian parliament on November 17 and his statements on January 5 make it clear to everyone that Washington has outlined a new strategy of its foreign policy.

“After a decade in which we fought two wars that cost us dearly, the US is turning its attention to the vast potential of the Asia-Pacific”, the president said. The decision of commander of US military forces Obama to deploy 2,500 marines in the Northern Territories (an administrative district in Australia, which borders Southern Asia) became the first concrete manifestation of the new course. Continue reading

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Militarization of the Arctic – Canada: Battle line in East-West conflict

By RICK ROZOFF, Stop NATO

(June 3, 2009) – REFERRING to newly released documents, though not revealing what they were, a major Canadian press wire service reported on May 26 that the government plans to acquire a “family” of aerial drones over the next decade.[1] Continue reading

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Canada’s transport infrastructure taken hostage

The U.S. Customs Service is sending “special agents” to the ports of Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver. GARY ZATZMAN

HALIFAX (19 March 2002) – More than 40 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) derives from exports, and more than 85 per cent of that is with the United States. With their road-rail links and container-handling facilities, the ports of Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver play an especially crucial role in providing essential transportation infrastructure. As of March 25, the US Customs Service is sending “special agents” to each location to monitor cargo handling in the name of stepping up the so-called “war against terrorism” of the Bush administration. Continue reading

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The Suez Crisis of 1956: Canada the peacemaker – A myth

“CANADA THE PEACEMAKER” is a myth fostered and nurtured by the Canadian government, bourgeois politicians, the mass media, educational institutions, and international agencies in order to camouflage Canada’s participation and assistance in imperialist aggression, intervention and subversion and its participation in the imperialist war preparations of the two superpowers. The myth mainly originates from the glorification of the reactionary activities of the former Canadian Minister for External Affairs, Lester Pearson, during the Suez Crisis of 1956. Pearson is credited with bringing about the cessation of hostilities between Israel, France and Britain, on the one hand, and Egypt, on the other hand, through the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF), which he proposed to the United Nations General Assembly on November 4, 1956. Consequently, he was awarded the Nobel. Peace Prize in 1957 – the first Canadian to win such an award – and was elected Prime Minister of Canada. Continue reading

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