23:46 [Moon of Alabama] (E)
Today the Financial Times published a long and wide ranging interview with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. A full transcript is currently available through this link. The talk is making some waves: Putin: Russian president says liberalism `obsolete` - BBC. Vladimir Putin says liberalism has ‘outlived its purpose’ - Irish Times. Russia`s Vladimir Putin: Liberalism in Europe is `obsolete` - NBC News.
18:36 [The Saker] (E)
By Pepe Escobar - With the dogs of war on full alert, something extraordinary happened at the 19th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) late last week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Virtually unknown across the West, the SCO is the foremost Eurasian political, economic and security alliance. It’s not a Eurasian NATO. It’s not planning any humanitarian imperialist adventures. A single picture in Bishkek tells a quite significant story, as we see China’s Xi, Russia’s Putin, India’s Modi and Pakistan’s Imran Khan aligned with the leaders of four Central Asian “stans”.