Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (I)


Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (I)


(Please reference the entire Law of Hybrid War series in order to get acquainted with the strategic themes of this article)

The Crossroads Of The Multipolar World

Redefining The Heartland:

The “Greater Heartland” acquires its premier strategic and economic importance due to being the supercontinental fulcrum of multipolar integration. As was mentioned at the end of Part III, there’s a direct overlap between Russia’s Eurasian Union and China’s New Silk Road, and the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan presently fall under both connective umbrellas. To those attuned with geopolitical theory, these three states noticeably correlate with the broad territory that early 20th-century British strategist Halford Mackinder termed the “Heartland”, which he defined as the geopolitical pivot of Eurasia. More contemporary strategists narrowed the region down to the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia, but the author feels that this is presently insufficient to accommodate for the changing dynamics of the evolving world order, and thus proposes a modification of the concept to include Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan as well. This redefined version of Mackinder’s original thesis moves the center of geopolitical gravity in a more southwards direction (by contrast, Mackinder’s broad contours included all of Siberia and most of the Russian Far East) in order to reflect more relevant areas of geopolitical competition between the unipolar and multipolar worlds in the context of the New Cold War.

Connecting Eurasia:

Central Asia

b083fe96fac217b9f70c13Corresponding to the Greater Heartland, there are four generalized zones of connectivity, and each has them has their own geo-economic role in the large framework. (…)

Hybrid Wars 4. In the Greater Heartland (I)

The full article attached as PDF:In the Greater Heartlands 20160325



Great Game & Partitioning Of Syria

Report by Shelley Kasli, Founder & Editor of GreatGameIndia, India’s only quarterly journal on Geopolitics and International Affairs.EDITOR’S CHOICE | 20.03.2016Russia’s decision to greatly reduce its military presence in Syria, coming as it did with little warning, has left the world struggling for explanations. Russia is to maintain a military presence at its naval base in Tartous and at…


John PILGER: A WORLD WAR HAS BEGUN. BREAK THE SILENCE; address at the University of Sydney – published 20 March 2016

globalcrisis/globalchange NEWS
Martin Zeis, 23.03.2016

Dear all,

in a striking address at the University of Sydney John Pilger roasts the US foreign policy 1945 ff, the nationwide systemic record of violence and the ideology of a messianic Americanism, claiming „a world substantially made over in [America’s] own image“ (as 1947 described in a series of National Security Council directives).
Similar to other globally wellknown writers like Pepe Escobar, Michel Chossudovsky, John Whitehead, Paul Craig Roberts etc. he’s warning the public of a presidency of Hillary Clinton who’s epitomising „the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted „exceptionalism“ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face“.

He finishes angry and troubled:

„What has happened to the great tradition of popular direct action, unfettered to parties? Where is the courage, imagination and commitment required to begin the long journey to a better, just and peaceful world? Where are the dissidents in art, film, the theatre, literature? Where are those who will shatter the silence?“


Einblick | So haben Gewerkschaftsmitglieder gewählt, Einblick

Fee Striefler gab den Hinweis auf diese Umfragewerte bei den letzten Wahlen zu drei Landesparlamenten. Die Zahlen belegen, dass trotz völlig gegenläufiger Interessenlage verhältnismäßig mehr Gewerkschaftsmitglieder AFD gewählt haben. Die Einschränkung am Ende des Artikels in Rechnung gestellt.
Ciao Stephan Best


Einblick | So haben Gewerkschaftsmitglieder gewählt



So haben Gewerkschaftsmitglieder gewählt

Gewinner der Landtagswahlen vom 13. März ist fraglos die rechtspopulistische AfD. Aus dem Stand heraus konnte sie in allen drei Ländern zweistellige Prozentanteile bei den WählerInnen für sich gewinnen.


Das Wahlverhalten der Gewerkschaftsmitglieder unterscheidet sich nicht vom allgemeinen Trend. Die Stimmen von ArbeitnehmerInnen und Gewerkschaftsmitgliedern für die AfD sind insbesondere angesichts der gewerkschaftsfeindlichen Grundhaltung der AfD wenig nachvollziehbar – zumal DGB und Gewerkschaften im Vorfeld der Wahlen über die arbeitnehmer– und gewerkschaftsfeindlichen Positionen der Partei informiert haben. Selbstkritisch stellt der DGB fest, dass das offensichtlich nicht gereicht hat.


Es gibt aber auch Lichtblicke. „Die AfD hat viel Zuspruch an der Urne gefunden, aber auch noch weitaus mehr entschiedene Ablehnung“, schreibt die Mannheimer Forschungsgruppe Wahlen (FGW) in ihrer Wahlanalyse. „Die meisten, die sie nicht wählten – und das ist in allen Ländern die ganz überwiegende Mehrheit – lehnen die AfD ganz entschieden ab“, so die FGW. Das gilt auch für die gewerkschaftlich organisierten WählerInnen. In Baden-Württemberg etwa haben sich 50 Prozent von ihnen für eine Fortsetzung der grün-roten Koalition ausgesprochen, in Rheinland-Pfalz votierten 43 Prozent für Malu Dreyer und die SPD.


Die Grafiken beruhen auf der Wahltagbefragung der Forschungsgruppe Wahlen vom 13. März. Insgesamt wurden in Baden-Württemberg 19076 WählerInnen interviewt, in Rheinland-Pfalz 17964 und in Sachsen-Anhalt 15537. Je nach Bundesland gaben zwischen 13 und 15 Prozent der Interviewten an, Mitglied einer Gewerkschaft zu sein. Ob das tatsächlich stimmt, wird bei der Befragung nicht überprüft.

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TTIP: "Regulatory Cooperation" a threat to democracy – Statement on the new EU proposal on Regulatory Cooperation; CEO et. al. 21.03.2016

globalcrisis/globalchange NEWS
Martin Zeis, 22.03.2016

Dear all,

on March 17, The Independent published an article on a new infamous attempt to implement a major say in EU trade deals by big business and the US.
(See: TTIPDocument obtained by campaign group shows legislation will be influenced before it reaches European Parliament, by Paul Gallagher; The Independent, 17 March 2016 – URL: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/ttip-big-business-and-us-to-have-major-say-in-eu-trade-deals-leak-reveals-a6937141.html. )

Yesterday 45 organisations (see attachment) adressed a Statement on the new EU proposal on Regulatory Cooperation to EU-Commissioner Malmström:

„The undersigned organisations are writing to express our deep concern with
the new EU proposal (1) on horizontal regulatory cooperation (dated 21. March
2016) in the EU-US TTIP negotiations . We consider it a threat to democratic
decision-making and regulation in the public interest.

The new EU position paper on “regulatory cooperation and good regulatory
practices“ offers an insight into how negotiators hope to avoid future „nontariff“
and „technical barriers“ to trade. While it is unclear precisely what form
such “cooperation” would take, we understand that the proposals would entail
several changes to EU and US law-making processes.

Here is our critical assessment of the new EU proposal:

1. The proposal makes it possible for the US to exert undue influence at a very
early stage of decision-making, before any proposal is considered by elected
bodies, namely the Council and the European Parliament. Judging from past
experience, such an approach can have a detrimental impact on regulation in
the public interest. It also undermines democracy.

2. The proposal provides big business groups with the tools to influence
legislation that they have been demanding, including a mechanism by which
transatlantic business coalitions can include their own preferences in the
regulatory cooperation working programme. The establishment of a broad
advisory group with the presence of public interest groups does not offset this
institutionalisation of lobbying.

3. The new proposal clearly identifies the European Commission and US
regulatory agencies as drivers and responsible actors for transatlantic
regulatory cooperation. The question of how it is supposed to function is
postponed until after the ratification of TTIP and thus to a moment when it gets
less public attention is on it. So we see no major improvement here. It implies
an unacceptable power grab by the Commission, strengthens the US impact on
EU regulation and weakens the role of the European Parliament. Even though
the proposal does not contain a Regulatory Cooperation Body (RCB) any
longer, its functions still remain.

4. The proposal gives immense powers to „regulatory authorities“ (the
European Commission in the case of the EU) to decide on the development of
regulatory cooperation, including on the selection of areas which the two sides
are to cooperate on.

5. The new proposals imply an importation of elements of the US regulatory
system to the EU, among them an enhanced role for impact assessment by
means of cost-benefit analyses in the planning phase of legislation. The
balance between trade criteria and environmental and social issues is not met.

This could lead to the watering down and delay of important legislation in the
public interest.

Given the five points mentioned above, we ask you to end the TTIP
negotiations, as trade agreements are not the appropriate fora to decide on
our public interest laws.

Signers (…)“

(1) http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2016/march/tradoc_154377.pdf


Presseschau vom 20.03.2016

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Presseschau vom 19.03.2016

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