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Red Flag, MH17 and the new world disorder

I discovered a new magazine, Red Flag, today. It describes itself as "Australia's top radical newspaper" and provides a pretty refreshing break from the radical media here in the United States. Despite some significant victories such as that of the election of Kshama Sawant in Seattle, radicals are not pushing themselves in to the mainstream quite as forcefully as is common practice in countries like Australia.

Anyways, the analysis on the Russia situation by writer Alex Chklovski is what really stood out to me. Take a peek:

A new world

The conflict in Ukraine shines a spotlight on changes in global imperialist relations. Since the collapse of the USSR, the US has been the world’s undisputed imperialist power. Yet its incursions in Iraq and Afghanistan have left it weakened. Russia has at least partially recovered from its economic collapse in the 1990s, and is starting to challenge Western interference in its sphere of influence. The rising powerhouse of China also has imperialist ambitions. Where these intersect, Russia and China have found in each other useful allies – as in the signing of a deal for a new $400 billion deal to pipe natural gas to China.

Russia has supported Syrian butcher Assad, forged new relations with Saudi Arabia and created a new customs union to bring closer its former Eastern European satellites. Together with the other so-called BRICS countries, Russia has recently signed a deal for a new development bank that would counter the influence of the World Bank and the IMF.

The recent conflagration in Iraq is resulting in a realignment of imperialist alliances. And a host of small and medium sized imperialist powers are beginning to jostle for influence. More regional conflicts are flaring up, aided by the protracted global economic crisis.

This portends little but further misery and death as the imperialist generals wage their battles. The spark of hope is the spark of popular uprisings and revolutions which can put an end to this infernal setup.

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