Opinion – David Cameron gets Angela Merkel’s backing on ‘two-speed’ EU and treaty changes – Europe – World – The Independent – John Gelmini

Dr Alf’s prognosis of the situation is spot-on, when he says it is early days and that David Cameron will have to keep his powder dry as he attempts to negotiate a better deal within the EU.

In the past, I have been harshly critical of his negotiating ability and his lack of focus on things that matter in that he used to “look into things” and come back empty handed.

During the election and since he seems to have developed some fire in his belly, so for now he deserves the benefit of the doubt in this attempt. If it fails after a solid attempt without fudging, then the UK needs to look at more radical solutions to its future, like becoming an offshore tax haven, probably cutting down the monarchy to basics and operating like a cross between Lichtenstein and Singapore.

If it succeeds, then the Monarchy still needs to be “right sized” in my view but we have to start trading much more globally, so that never again are we so dependent on Europe.

John Gelmini

Opinion – US sees need to build bridges with Russia – Lavrov — RT News – John Gelmini

President Obama’s policy towards Russia, and almost all of America’s other adversaries, has been deeply flawed and ineffective, based on any objective criteria.

Dr Alf’s question really has no other answer, which for most sensible people should be troubling.

Fortunately, Obama’s future successor will be selected out of perhaps four people, in a slate of candidates at the Interlapen hotel in Austria on 10th June, when the Bilderbergers meet in total secrecy with the BBC and the Economist in attendance but not reporting the proceedings.

Before then, we have the question of America’s double and triple game in the Middle East, and the game being played by the UK in the same region. Currently, America and the UK want to replace the Syrian regime, using rebel groups like Al Nusra at arms length. Then it still looks like we appear to want to “take down” Iran, as a precursor to de-stabilizing Russia’s Muslim underbelly, and then carving up Russia and its mineral wealth.

Meanwhile, Turkey, supposedly affiliated with NATO, wants, under the rule of President Erdogan, to recreate the Ottoman empire using questionable relationships, and the objectives of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan are far from clear in a geo-strategic sense.


Russia fears being encircled, which is why it supports President Assad and is putting Iskander missiles into Kaliningrad and areas facing Alaska and why it is building its army of cloaked fighter bombers, robot tanks, massive super-drones and already has an enhanced orbital fractional bombardment weapon in space.

As a message to us in the UK, it sends flotillas of battleships into the English Channel, and tests what air defenses we have left with ageing “Bear” bomber missions fitted with their new radar jamming devices that even the Americans cannot counter at this stage.

Currently, Russia finds President Assad to be a troublesome and difficult ally and sees that it might be better to replace him; secondly, they see what is coming next and do not want an Iran “taken down”.

One can see a deal between Kerry and Lavrov, whereby Assad goes into exile with a lot of money, into a Black Sea resort; Syria is stabilized and reconstructed with American and European money; and a new leader acceptable to both Russia and America.

Russia’s help would then be sought to deal with the threat of global terrorism.

Iran would in turn be pressured to drop nuclear centrifuge production, thus eliminating any immediate possibility of Benjamin Netanyahu trying to “take out ” Natanz and Fordo.

With the Ukraine, which America does not want in NATO and does not really want to defend, there is the possibility of a second deal, probably brokered by Germany by Angela Merkel.

Time will  tell, of course.

John Gelmini