Region news Index – recent news reports BY REGION

African Union, Subregions: ECOWAS, EAC, ECCAS, COMESA, SADC
Arab League
ASEAN  (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
EAU (Eurasian Union)
EU (European Union)
GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council)
NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)
PIF (Pacific Islands Forum)
SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation)
UNASUR (Union of South American Nations)

Post-pandemic: welcome to the multi-speed world of regional disparities
Global Geneva, April 26, 2020 – The coronavirus swept across the world from Asia to Europe to the US along the same supply chains that deliver our electronics and clothing. But even as it serves as a reminder that we live in an interconnected world, it does not signify that we are all going to be in the same boat moving forward. On the contrary, the multi-speed global economy will continue to diverge as North America, Europe, and Asia focus more on regional self-sufficiency than far-flung global supply chains….
Regionalism was already overtaking globalism before COVID-19. Owing to the US-China trade war, by 2019 America’s trade with each Canada and Mexico had risen to above US$300 billion per year, while US-China trade had fallen to $270 billion. Meanwhile, China’s trade with its Southeast Asian neighbors in ASEAN had nipped $300 billion, showing how Asia continues to integrate…. For its part, Europe had also announced in 2019 an EU-wide strategic industries initiative to support more national champions in clean-tech and other industrial areas to stave off competition from China.

Why the World Is Not Falling Apart as Much as You May Think
‘Not fragmentation of countries but integration within regions’
The World Post (Huffington Post, Berggruen Institute), April 22, 2016 – By most accounts, the world is splintering. Geopolitical blocs are forming once again, the nuclear arms race is reigniting and religious war rages. Globalization is in retreat as publics across the planet suspect trade agreements, politicians talk about building walls and refugees are turned away. Yet, as Parag Khanna, author of the new book, “Connectography,” writes this week from Singapore, “the same world that appears to be falling apart is actually coming together.”
“It turns out,” says Khanna, “that what most defines the emerging world is not fragmentation of countries but integration within regions.” He illustrates with maps how “major world regions are forging dense infrastructural connectivity and reorienting their relations around supply chains rather than borders” and speculates that, “a peaceful world may emerge as a collection of such stable regions and continents.”
History has demonstrated that such larger geopolitical jurisdictions will not bring a “peaceful world,” but an oppression of populations by the fascist-minded feudal lords of this “new mercantilism.”

European Union model
‘This is a lesson for all other regions of the world’
Daily Times (Pakistan), Jan 18, 2016 – ….However, the region has integrated itself into one of the most economically integrated regions of the world, known as the European Union. Some of the salient features of this Union are free trade, a common currency and a single visa policy for all the member countries…. This is a lesson for all other regions of the world, which are struggling towards integrating themselves due to political reasons.
A region which can learn from the European Union is South Asia…. All countries in this region blame the political tensions between Pakistan and India to be a major hurdle towards economic integration in South Asia…. But the question arises, how did Europe managed to set aside all its differences and integrate? If Europe can do it, why can’t we?

What are the ties that bind us?  
British Empire/Commonwealth members form basis for global network of regional blocs
WrldEmpires-BritCommonwealthGroupIOL News (South Africa), Sept 9, 2015 – The British Empire began evolving into the Commonwealth between the two world wars…. Economically, Commonwealth countries are divided between those who are members of the European Union (EU), the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS, Southern African Development Community and the East African Community, and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation…. Pan-Africanism and the African Union also form strong bonds between states who are also Commonwealth members.

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Crisis and Strategic Integration: Towards a world of blocks
By Kintto Lucas, Radio La Primerisima (Nicaragua), August 5, 2013 (Google Translate) – Given the crisis of traditional multilateralism emerges a new multilateralism that is strengthened in new expressions such as the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China), and integrative processes as occurring in Latin America, Eurasia, Asia and Africa. Strategic processes into a world of blocks, multipolar. UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) is one of the best examples of strategic integration process of new type.
Writer, journalist. Former Vice Chancellor of Ecuador. Uruguay currently Ambassador-to UNASUR, CELAC and ALBA.

Is the old world order breaking down? Perhaps
The Daily Star (Bangladesh), Sept 28, 2014 – So it is assumed that a new world order may slowly replace the old. Unless there is a coherent strategy to establish a world order within regions, there is likely to be chaos and world disorder….. It is, therefore, important that our regional organisation Saarc discusses the matter of world order in future.

Putin: Key Player in the “New World Order”
By Alex Newman, The New American, Sept 23, 2014 – ….But what if everything is not quite as it seems? What if — despite the “East vs. West” and “New Cold War” hysteria whipped up by politicians and the mainstream media — both sides are actually working toward the same goals using largely the same means? Sounds impossible, right? The evidence, however, suggests it is not only possible — it is exactly what is happening….
Putin’s saber rattling over Ukraine is providing a rationale for continued Western integration — via the EU, NATO, and the “transatlantic partnership” — to counter the Russian bear. But in addition, Putin is also pursuing a “New World Order” via the regionalization approach. Chief among the schemes, for now at least, is the “Eurasian Union,”….
Preferential bilateral agreements should not replace global trade system — Russian PM
World trade rules must be universal and should be developed within the framework of the WTO, Dmitry Medvedev says
Tass (Russia), Nov 18, 2015 – Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has voiced confidence that preferential bilateral agreements must not replace the global trade system.
“Russia has consistently advocated the deepening regional integration. All preferential trade agreements reached within its framework are important, of course, but, nevertheless, they should not replace the multilateral trade system. Moreover, they should not destroy the existing economic ties, they should only enrich them,” Medvedev said speaking at the APEC CEO summit. He recalled, in particular, that the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) had existed for almost a year now, adding that it comprised five full-fledged members. “We are committed to establishing mutually advantageous cooperation with all partners across the globe. This is our contribution to such integration,” Medvedev said.

In African Union, Globalist Agenda Becomes Clear
Kissinger Book - 'WORLD ORDER'AU - African Union & Sub-RegionsKissinger: world order  will require ‘concept of order [regional government] within the various regions and to relate these regional orders to one another’
By Alex Newman, The New American, Sept 21, 2015 – In Africa, owing to a lack of infrastructure and communications, unifying the entire continent all at once is simply not practical. So, globalist planners — both from the “West” and from the “East” — are making use of sub-regional governments that will eventually all be merged under the emerging single African regime….
That, in essence, is what globalist forces eventually hope to do to the entire world. Once national governments worldwide finish surrendering their sovereignty to regional regimes — the EU, the AU, Vladimir Putin’s Eurasian Union, the Union of South American States (UNASUR or UNASUL), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Middle-East Union, and more — all of the regional blocs will be subsumed under a single global authority.
None of this is a secret, and those involved in the agenda have openly boasted of their machinations. “The contemporary quest for world order [world government] will require a coherent strategy to establish a concept of order [regional government] within the various regions and to relate these regional orders [governments] to one another,” explained senior globalist Henry Kissinger in his latest book, World Order.

BRICS Development Bank an Instrument for Globalization
Foreign Policy Journal, July 14, 2015 – The concept of BRIC was floated within Goldman Sachs in 2001 by Jim O’Neil, in his Global Economics Paper, “Building Better Global Economic BRICs”.[3] He called it the “BRICs dream,” in a 2003 paper, “Dreaming with BRICs: The Path to 2050.” So far from the BRICS development bank being in so-called “rivalry” with the International Monetary Fund, the BRICS call for the reform of the IMF and the world economic system originates within the international financial system…. During the 1970s the same push for reform of the IMF and the world financial system, with the “third world” as the focus, was being sold as a supposed initiative from the “developing economies.” It was called the “new international economic order,” and behind the façade of helping the “third world,” the actual purpose was to have the developed economies assume the burden of debt accrued by the “third world” to the international financiers….
The developing economies, which have historically been suspicious of “Western” capital, are—it seems—going to be opened up through the back door. It will be the BRICS bank rather than the IMF imposing the same types of economies…. BRICS could serve as the means of penetrating the “developing economies” of states that have suspicion and resentment towards the IMF…. In this case, it is being done behind the façade of assisting the “developing economies” to achieve parity. Who better to lead this than China, the totalitarian capitalist state par excellence, still posing as the champion of the “third world” against the “West.”
Every BRICS member, (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) except China, is a dominant anchor nation in a regional bloc, within the structure of the Western financial system. Recent reports indicate China’s possible entry into either SAARC (South Asia) or Putin’s Eurasian Union.

Forget ‘Nation-Building’ – Now it’s ‘Region-Building’

By Tim Porter, Dec. 26, 2011 – What exactly are the U.S. objectives in all of these military deployments? President Obama’s latest deployment announcements shed broader light upon this habitual misuse of our military.

REGION-BUILDING: The Global Proliferation of Regional Integration
This two-volume text was published in July, 2010. It’s author, Bonn University political science professor Ludger Kühnhardt, is a European Union advocate and insider, having been a consultant for the secretary general of the Council of Europe and for the president of the European Parliament.

The text describes the globalists’ motives for regionalization, gives an overview of all the world’s major regions and sub-regions, and describes the agreements and treaties that have incrementally phased these regions into existence. The book summary begins with the following:

After two centuries of nation-building, the world has entered an era of region-building in search of political stability, cultural cohesion, and socio-economic development. Nations involved in the regional structures and integration schemes that are emerging in most regions of the world are deepening their ambitions, with Europe’s integration experience often used as an experimental template or theoretical model.

Kissinger Book - 'WORLD ORDER'Globalist Henry Kissinger Outlines “New World Order”  – By Alex Newman, The New American, Sept 1, 2014 ….Kissinger hints at what may be in store for humanity if it continues to resist the imposition of a “structure of international rules and norms” — a phrase that sounds suspiciously like world government. “The penalty for failing will be not so much a major war between states (though in some regions this remains possible) as an evolution into spheres of influence identified with particular domestic structures and forms of governance,” he said. “At its edges, each sphere would be tempted to test its strength against other entities deemed illegitimate. A struggle between regions could be even more debilitating than the struggle between nations has been.”
Using opaque language, Kissinger also essentially spelled out the globalist road map going forward: Rather than creating a global government all at once, dividing up the world’s peoples and nations into various “regions” ruled by regional regimes must come first.

Henry Kissinger on the Assembly of a New World Order – By Henry Kissinger, Wall Street Journal, Aug 29, 2014
The contemporary quest for world order will require a coherent strategy to establish a concept of order within the various regions and to relate these regional orders to one another….
The European Union’s current crisis with Putin’s Eurasian Union over Ukraine is a prime example of Kissinger’s emerging regional “spheres” testing strength against one another in a “struggle between regions.” Such crises only serve to consolidate power further at the regional level, away from the sovereignty of each region’s member nations. In his 2009 New York Times op-ed, The Chance for a New World Order,” Kissinger described this coming stage toward world order as a “new mercantilism” of “competing regional units.”

Hagel Warns Against Isolationism – Defense One, May 6, 2014 – [Defense Secretary] Hagel’s remarks come as a recent Wall Street Journal poll found Americans increasingly want their government focused more on domestic issues and less on foreign entanglements…. Pivoting to partnerships, the secretary said military personnel will continue to engage with foreign militaries, citing state National Guard’s long-term relations with specific countries, humanitarian assistance abroad, and deeper involvement in military institutions like NATO, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, and the Mideast’s Gulf Cooperation Council.
“Independence” from foreign entanglements is what globalist Chuck Hagel deviously brands as “isolationism,” but a nation can and should remain independent while maintaining full bilateral engagement with other nations.

The world’s message to Benjamin Netanyahu: Play with us  – GulfNews (Dubai, UAE), Dec 7, 2013 – With the entire world, including the European Union, Russia, China, the Union of South American Nations and the Brics countries still in full support of the Oslo Accord signed almost 20 years ago, it is unconceivable – one would assume — that Netanyahu can resist the pressure.

EA states pass Bill for one-stop border posts – The Citizen (Tanzania), Feb. 26, 2012 – The East African Community (EAC) partner States have cleared the draft One Stop Border Post (OSBP) Bill and adopted a draft EAC Protocol for ICT Networks….This would ultimately lead to efficiency as the Customs and Immigration checks, among others, will be conducted under a ‘common control zone’ and would eliminate the current practice that involves checks on both sides of the common border….“At the same time, border agencies stand to gain through improved information sharing and risk management – leading to more effective controls”, the EAC secretariat said in a statement yesterday.
[Note: The East African Community’s stated goal is a political federated union by 2015 with a common currency, and their “common control zone” perimeter, within which the member nations harmonize customs and immigration mechanisms, is a means to that end. What do you suppose is the ultimate goal of the Obama-Harper “Beyond the Border” agreement with its North American security perimeter?]

Eastern Europe, a Cold War Relic, Still Alive at U.N. – ISP, April 11, 2012 – Paul told IPS the battles around regional representation at the U.N. are a sign that something big is happening. “There has been a major evolution towards regionalism in the real world, as new institutions arise and existing ones gain rapidly in strength,” he said. The African Union, the European Union, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) are the major players in this game, but there are many others as well.

Regional multilateralism: The next paradigm in global affairs – CNN, Jan. 14, 2012 – For instance, in the Far East the U.S. and the EU both cooperate with ASEAN. China and Russia have extended their ties through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This however did not prevent Russia from establishing the Eurasian Union, in a way reclaiming its sphere of influence. The Middle East, on the other hand, is in dire need of broader – albeit imaginative – regional integration.

The utopian evil of free trade – WND, October 14, 2012 – Free-trade advocates often point to the free movement of goods, capital and labor in the domestic economy and ask why the same system cannot work internationally since it works so well within the national borders. The reason is simple: The nation cannot continue to exist if the same degree of labor movement takes place across the borders as it presently does within them.

Socialist International Congress Demands Global Gov, Wealth Redistribution – The New American, September 10, 2012 – To accomplish its broad objectives, Socialist International hopes to use existing multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, the South American Union, and various other organs of coercion.

G20: How many around the table? – The Interpreter (Australia), September 11, 2012 – To broaden involvement and reflect geography, regional bodies such as ASEAN, the African Union, MERCOSUR, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Economic Cooperation Organisation were invited. The UN also found a place, with the Secretary-General and the heads of various specialised agencies also invited.

“NATO should help other regions help themselves through training, assistance, exercises, and exchanges. Some of most important security institutions of the 21st century are likely to be regional ones – such as the Gulf Cooperation Council, the African Union, the Association of Southeast Asia States, and the Union of South American Nations. NATO should be investing in the efficacy of these regional bodies. In pursuit of this objective, NATO should intensify and expand the numerous programs it already maintains to advance these goals…”
Prepared statement by Charles A. Kupchan, before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate Hearing:
NATO: Chicago and Beyond, May 10, 2012
Charles A. Kupchan is a Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Professor of International Relations, Georgetown University.
[Globalist officials in the U.S, through  financing NATO and the World Bank, will continue to aid in the “efficacy” of the world’s geopolitical regions as economic and political competition. They will then point to these competitive threats as reasons for the economic and political integration of North America.]

WHITE HOUSE TOUTS WAR-TESTED GLOBAL NATO FORCE – Media Monitors Network, May 17, 2012 – President Barack Obama and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen met at the White House on May 9 to discuss the military bloc’s summit in Obama’s political home base of Chicago on May 20 and 21….The brief White House release stated:
“NATO is now a hub for a global network of security partners which have served alongside NATO forces in Afghanistan, Libya, and Kosovo. Recognizing the important contributions provided by partner nations, the President and Secretary General welcomed the recent decision by allies to invite a group of thirteen partner nations to Chicago for an unprecedented meeting to discuss ways to further broaden and deepen NATO’s cooperation with partner nations.”
….Partners across the globe, as its very name suggests, is a mechanism that NATO can employ to foster bilateral and regional partnerships with any of the 126 countries that are not already NATO members or partners. Or groups of nations like the Arab League, the African Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
[All the BRICS nations, with the exception of non-aligned China, are the economic and political anchors of  their respective geopolitical regions:  UNASUR (Brazil), the Eurasian Union (Russia), SAARC (India), and the African Union (South Africa). Other geopolitical regions and their main anchors are: the European Union (Germany), the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia), North America (U.S.A.), ASEAN (Indonesia), and the Pacific Islands Forum (Australia). The Arab League overlaps both the African Union and the oil-rich GCC, which may absorb other Arab nations over time.]

Toward New Glory of Silk Road – China Daily, September 4, 2012 – Wen Jiabao, Premier of China – China Daily, September 4, 2012 – Regional and sub-regional cooperation has flourished, and the influence of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Arab League, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has been on the rise. The ancient Silk Road has regained its past vigor and vitality….A multi-dimensional silk road consisting of roads, railways, air flights, communications and oil and gas pipelines is taking shape.regained its past vigor and vitality….A multi-dimensional silk road consisting of roads, railways, air flights, communications and oil and gas pipelines is taking shape

East Africa eases flow of imports with new tax model – Business Daily (Kenya), May 1, 2012 – The East African Community (EAC) heads of state have endorsed a revenue management model where tax will only be collected at the point of entry and imported goods transported to the final destination without stopping at national border points for customs charges or inspection.
[This is exactly the objective of the U.S.-Canada “Beyond the Border” agreement, and is a goal common to all of the world’s geopolitical regions.]

U.S.-EU Statement on the Asia-Pacific Region  – Press Release: US State Department –, July 13  2012 – Secretary Clinton and High Representative Ashton welcomed the progress being made in regional cooperation and integration in the Asia-Pacific. This enhances the capacity of the region to address complex trans-national issues, while contributing to strengthened governance. The United States and the European Union particularly welcome the central role played by ASEAN and its promotion of wider regional fora, such as the ASEAN Regional Forum and the East Asia Summit….The United States and the European Union intend to continue engaging on key governance and development challenges with the Lower Mekong and Pacific Islands sub-regions, both bilaterally and through the Friends of the Lower Mekong Initiative and the Pacific Islands Forum.

U.S. Military Steps Up ‘Sustained Engagement’ With Africa – AllAfrica, July 13, 2012 – Ambassador Anthony Holmes, the deputy Africom commander for civilian-military activities, outlined what he describes as a ‘concerted’ American effort to strengthen the capacity of African militaries to handle their own security, using a ‘by, with and through’ approach’. Excerpts:….”This can’t be done overnight. Essentially what we are doing is building institutions at the national level, at the sub-regional level and at the continental level. So we work with the African Union, we work with the regional economic commissions to develop their peace and security architecture and to promote the cooperation of African countries among themselves.”

TO WHAT END, ASEAN? – Jakarta Post, May 23, 2012 – While it is arguably easier to put up and sustain the UN, putting up ASEAN, just like putting up the EU, is a more realistic path in creating institutions from the bottom up if our dream is to create wider, more prosperous and peaceful international communities.
“The hope for the foreseeable future lies, not in building up a few ambitious central institutions of universal membership [like the UN] and general jurisdiction as was envisaged at the end of the last war, but rather in the much more decentralized, disorderly and pragmatic process of inventing or adapting institutions of limited jurisdiction and selected membership to deal with specific problems on a case-by-case basis….In short, the ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. It will look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion,’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.”   
Richard N. Gardner, ‘The Hard Road to World Order,’ Foreign Affairs Journal    (Council on Foreign Relations), April 1974, p. 558

The UN Versus Regional Organizations: Who Keeps the Peace? – The Internationalist (Council on Foreign Relations – CFR), March 23, 2012 – ….The United States must adapt its diplomacy to rising regionalism. The State Department tends to approach conflict management through the lens of bilateral relationships, while giving short shrift to relevant regional organizations. (Indeed, it was only in 2009 and 2011, respectively that the United States sent its first resident ambassadors to the AU [African Union] and ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations]). Meanwhile, State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, continues to focus overwhelmingly on the United Nations, though it is beginning to reach out to some regional entities. More effective U.S. engagement will also require changing the professional incentives of foreign service officers, to reward expertise in and diplomatic postings to regional organizations.

Compelling reasons for US to continue engaging Asia – Channel News Asia, May 10, 2012 – The US can play a constructive role in its engagement with regional organisations and vehicles, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)….[Singapore’s Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong] said it would be a mistake to focus only on the US military presence in East Asia to the exclusion of other dimensions of US policy. He cited ASEAN as an example of how countries can build a more peaceful world, based on fostering understanding and constructive co-operation, much like what the European Union did earlier.

Africa: ICC Plays Useful Role on Continent – AllAfrica, April 30, 2012 – The ICC [International Criminal Court] has now become a genuine deterrent against wrongdoing. That is why ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States] is threatening Guinea Bissau with the spectre of the ICC. And whether or not the ICC has unfairly targeted the Ocampo Four, there will be a sword hanging over the head of anyone who tries to tamper with the Kenyan election next year.

Putin’s Eurasian Union: Just another Union? – Global Policy Journal, May 9, 2012 – Yet the Eurasian Customs Union (ECU) and its envisaged development into a political and economic Eurasian Union (EAU) is met with scepticism in the West….This could turn out to be a dangerous underestimation. The ECU is on a qualitatively different level than previous integration projects. It is explicitly modelled on the EU and has a strong institutional framework which includes a governing commission, directly binding legal agreements, and a court to enforce these.

EEU – the moment of truth for President – Vestnik Kavkaza (Russia), May 12, 2012 – If EurAsEC stopped its existence on March 19th and the Eurasian Economic Union established, establishment of the Eurasian Interparliamentary Assembly would take place. It is a supernational structure, precursor of the future Eurasian Parliament which will be established when the Eurasian Economic Union will be founded, just like the EU and the European Parliament.”


Marine Le Pen’s success reveals populists’ appeal to European voters

London Guardian, April 23, 2012 – Leading France’s Front National to its best ever first-round result in her first presidential campaign, Marine Le Pen counts herself as the big winner even if she vanishes from the ballot papers in a fortnight….In any case, there is nothing new about the Front National’s pivotal position in French politics. The FN has been well-established for 30 years and Le Pen’s 18% of the vote on Sunday confirms that, if anything, its influence is growing.
From Wikipedia: Marine Le Pen
As a eurosceptic MEP, she holds globalization, intergovernmental organizations, ‘euro-mondialism’, free trade and ultra-liberalism responsible for the decline of agriculture and the fishing industry, deindustrialization, offshoring and structural unemployment…. Advocating a ‘Europe of the nations’ like a loose confederation of sovereign nation states, she opposes supranationalism, the euro and the eurozone, the technocracy of Brussels, and the European Union’s federalism….She pledged to pull France out of NATO, saying that the National Front has from day one been opposed to NATO membership.
Marine Le Pen advocates to “vote for the abolition of the law enabling the regularization of the illegal immigrants.”….Marine Le Pen seeks to establish a moratorium on legal immigration….In her view, citizenship is indivisible from nationality and rests on the equality of all people before the law; the latter should preclude preferential treatment based on the membership of a social, ethnic or religious category. As a result, she favours the repeal of affirmative action…Marine Le Pen is opposed to the repeal of the 1975 Veil Law (Loi Veil) which framed abortion in a restrictive legislative provision….She is strictly opposed to any softening of the law against euthanasia.

Argentina Calls On EU And Lat Am UNASUR Bloc To Discuss Falklands Dispute – Bernama, March 1, 2012 – Argentine’s Foreign Ministry has suggested that the European Union (EU) and the Union of South American nations (UNASUR) discuss the Falklands-Malvinas islands conflict. The announcement follows Britain’s request to the EU to express concern regarding the Argentine plea to its companies not to buy British products, local media reported.

US presses Pakistan to allow transit facility to Indian goods for Afghanistan Pakistan Observer, Feb. 28, 2012 – The strengthening of Indian influence in Afghanistan would inflict huge loss not only to Pakistanis economic interests but would also endanger Pakistan’s western border…. Under SAFTA (South Asia Free Trade Agreement), Pakistan committed a big mistake during Musharraf regime by including Afghanistan in the SAARC family and under SAFTA, every country will be given the transit facility.

North America: FMCSA recruiting Mexican motor carriers into pilot program – Land Line, Feb. 27, 2012 – In response to the underwhelming participation in the U.S.-Mexico cross-border pilot program, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration officials are in Mexico drumming up business. Anna Amos, director of safety programs, and Marcelo Perez, a transportation safety investigator for the agency….told Mexican motor carriers that if participation did not increase, the agency wouldn’t be able to statistically justify opening the border to all Mexico-domiciled motor carriers. “It makes no sense that the Department of Transportation would spend our tax dollars to beg for Mexico-based companies to participate in the program,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer.

Could a New ‘Commonwealth of Nations’ Lead the Developing World? – The Atlantic, Feb. 24, 2012 – India, once considered the jewel in the crown of the British empire, is a member of the fossilized skeletal remains left behind, the Commonwealth of Nations — but is also a member of the BRICS, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the G-20…the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization….Lord Michael Ancram, also known as Lord Lathian…has proposed a ‘Neo-Commonwealthianism’ to kick-start the hopes and aspirations of both elder powers (like the UK), rising powers like India and South Africa…

U.S. Trains Ugandans for Somalia Mission – TIME | Associated Press, May 14, 2012 – About 3,500 Ugandan troops are currently undergoing training at Singo under the State Department’s Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program, which also trains soldiers from Burundi and several other African nations. The training should allow the soldiers from different countries to operate with each other more smoothly after they’re deployed to Somalia. The contractors have been training African Union forces since 2007.

Central Africa: Lord’s Resistance Army Response to Kony 2012 – AllAfrica, April 9, 2012 – The following is a copy of a statement written by the rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army in response to the online video, “Kony 2012″….In 2009, an extra-territorial law was enacted in the US, on the advocacy of the Invisible Children and other US based organizations known to front for US AFRICOM in Africa, to provide the requisite legal foundation in the US law for US military intervention in Uganda and Central Africa. The African Union (AU) through its Peace and Security Committee is now mindlessly being made to lend political and legal legitimacy to the said extra territorial US law after the fact.

Region’s Secretary General Receives U.S. Senators – AllAfrica, April 14, 2012 – The delegation led by Senator James Inhofe, …also included Senator John Boozman (Arkansas), Congressman Jeff Miller [Florida], Congressman Steve Pearce (New Mexico) and Congressman Vernon Buchanan (Florida). Senator Inhofe…remarked that it was important for trade as a founding precept of the Customs Union to be at the forefront of the EAC [East African Community] as an economic bloc.

South America eyes $21bn infrastructure projects – Business Recorder, April 24, 2012 – The scheme, which will require more than $21 billion in private and public investment, was unveiled at a seminar organized by the powerful Federation of Sao Paulo State Industries (FIESP), the 12-nation Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Brazilian government. It calls for the construction of 2.4 kilometers (1.6 miles) of bridges, 14 kilometers of tunnels, 57 kilometers of ring roads, 360 kilometers of transmission lines, 379 kilometers of river dredging, 1,500 kilometers of gas pipelines, 3,490 kilometers of waterways, 5,142 kilometers of highways and 9,739 kilometers of railway lines…..Noting that a key challenge for Brazil was to defend its domestic industries in the face of aggressive Asian competition and a “currency war” waged by rich countries, [Brazil’s deputy minister] Simoes said South America, with its 400 million people, offered the best outlets for Brazilian goods.
Doesn’t this sound like the Keystone Pipeline and North American Highway system? Similar efforts are underway in the ASEAN region, SAARC, the Arab League, the GCC and the African Union.

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