A tectonic geopolitical shift happened in Astana, Kazakhstan, only a few days ago, and yet barely a ripple registered in Atlanticist circles.
At the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001, both India and Pakistan were admitted as full members, alongside Russia, China and four Central Asian “stans” (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan).
Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor Berto Jongman.
So now the SCO not only qualifies as the largest political organization – by area and population – in the world; it also unites four nuclear powers. The G-7 is irrelevant, as the latest summit in Taormina made it clear. The real action now, apart from the G-20, also lays in this alternative G-8.
Phi Beta Iota: The US Government continues to implode for lack of intelligence and integrity. President Donald Trump, while legitimately elected, appears to be under control of the Deep State and deeply impotent. He is breaking all of his campaign promises about putting America First instead of Israel First, and he is completely ineffective at grand strategy, public communications and outreach, budget management, and preparing for the certain crash in September. Evidence mounts daily that his Vice President may be a murdeous pedophile soon to be exposed along with two Republican Governors and no fewer than four Republican Senators. The treason — and incompetence — and personal irresponsibility (the black community speaks often of the “black wench” spending time in his personal quarters) is going to lead to a breaking point — Donald Trump is headed for a mix of impeachment proceedings and joint Alt-Right to Alt-Left repudiation.