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InvisibleGreat_Satan
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the most powerful superpower coalition in the world
    #3451027 - 12/05/04 07:51 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)


Russian President Putin planning to glue together the most powerful superpower coalition in the world - Inida, China, Russia and Brazil
Sudhir Chadda, Special Correspondent
November 10, 2004

Russian President Putin is taking a lead role in putting together the most powerful coalition of regional and superpowers in the world. The coalition consists of India, China, Russia and Brazil. This will challenge the superpower supremacy of America as well as the European Union. The Chinese are concerned about American and European influence over the world. So is India, Brazil and Russia. Russians need Brazil badly. Brazil is in South America in the American corridor. According to Startfor, a strategic think tank, when Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Brazil Nov. 21-23, he likely will talk economic issues with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva. However, Putin has bigger ambitions: He wants to establish a long-term Russian footprint in Latin America in order to expand Moscow's geopolitical influence in the region. Brazil is very open to the coalition concept where these large countries support each other in term of trade, economics, international politics and defense.

According other think tanks, this coalition will have an overwhelming influence over the United Nations. Russia and China are permanent members of the security council. India and Brazil are in the process of becoming the same. In terms of population, the coalition will have three quarters of the world population, largest amount of natural resources and largest pool of technical and scientific talent.


http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/11-10-04.asp


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Re: the most powerful superpower coalition in the world [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3451055 - 12/05/04 08:02 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

Odd how half of the most powerful coalition has decriminalized drugs, eh?

This doesn't seem too bad, as it gives more checks and balances in this international drama against those who otherwise would seem too powerful


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Re: the most powerful superpower coalition in the world [Re: Ravus]
    #3451063 - 12/05/04 08:04 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

What, you mean like getting the death penalty for possessing opiates in China?


Edited by Great_Satan (12/05/04 08:05 PM)


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Re: the most powerful superpower coalition in the world [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3451081 - 12/05/04 08:11 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

I realize China and India have very harsh penalties for drugs, that is why I said half of them have decriminalized it. Russia decriminalized usable doses of all drugs a while ago, and so did Brazil recently

It's not like countries make coalitions on their views about drugs, but I found it interesting that the two countries I had most recently heard about decriminalizing drugs decide to team up together along with two more oppressive countries


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Re: the most powerful superpower coalition in the world [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3451083 - 12/05/04 08:11 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

i certainly hope that India, China, and Brazil all have enough integrity to recognize that the enemy of their enemy is not their friend - he is a megalomaniac facist...

EDIT: now that i think about it, India (as long as the BJP is any significant political force) and China are quite facist as well... Well, anyways, I hope Lula and the Congress party in India are able to make intelligent decisions, not just pragmatic ones.


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Re: the most powerful superpower coalition in the world [Re: Krishna]
    #3451105 - 12/05/04 08:20 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

Chris Johnson
Vancouver Sun
September 10, 2004

Vancouver Police raided the Da Kine cafe on Thursday evening and closed down the 1800-block of Commercial Drive, while hundreds of onlookers jeered them from behind police lines. "It only took four months to figure it out," yelled some, referring to how long the shop openly sold pot to customers.

Dozens of Vancouver police officers arrested six people Thursday evening in a raid on a busy Commercial Drive cafe that openly sold marijuana.

Vancouver police spokeswoman Const. Sarah Bloor said the six arrested inside Da Kine cafe face charges of trafficking a controlled substance.

Outside, some in a crowd of over 200 people taunted police officers, who blocked Commercial between Parker and Napier streets for several hours after the 6 p.m. raid, stopping business at about 20 shops and delaying shooting of a Hollywood movie, The Fantastic Four.

The crowd cheered as The Peg General Store played Bob Marley's songs, Get Up, Stand Up, and I Shot the Sheriff, while others smoked marijuana or debated with police manning barricades.

More than 100 people continued protesting late into the night, blaming the media for putting Da Kine in the spotlight and accusing police of wasting money.

Bloor said the city's drug squad executed a search warrant at Da Kine after complaints by Britannia secondary school, the Grandview Woodland Community Policing Centre and others.

She said Da Kine had been "very blatant" about breaking the law. "It was obvious they made this a public event by flaunting their activity."

She said Thursday's raid did "not react" to B.C. Solicitor-General Rich Coleman's comments a day earlier that openly selling pot was unacceptable while city politicians took a "ho-hum attitude." Coleman does not direct police operations or investigations, but said Wednesday he was confident the law would be enforced.

But residents such as Tammie Tupechka, a member of the board that manages the Britannia Community Centre, called the raid a "message of force and intimidation" that was politically motivated and didn't reflect the wishes of most area residents and business owners.

Bloor said the police action had "overwhelming support by other neighbourhoods."

She said police were still gathering evidence in the cafe Thursday night. She did not say whether police would raid other shops on Commercial Drive and Hastings Street that also peddle marijuana and related products.

Near Da Kine, The Spirit Within shop was closed, while staff at Melting Point said they had no customers. A man who works inside the B.C. Marijuana Party's shop on Hastings was nearly in tears as he rushed to the scene on Commercial.

People in the crowd chanted: "We support Da Kine." Others mocked the police, yelling: "It only took four months to figure it out," referring to Da Kine's spring opening.

Howard Plummer, who gets marijuana from the Compassion Club on Commercial, said he saw Da Kine owner Carol Gwilt being taken from the cafe in handcuffs. "People looked shocked when it happened," he said. "They stopped all the transit and business here for nothing."

Some residents criticized the police for using overwhelming force. At least 40 officers were seen blocking off the area.

"This store didn't bother anybody. They didn't force anybody to buy," said Sylvia Salfate, a 78-year old immigrant from Chile. "We don't smoke, but this neighborhood is very open-minded. Now (the police) are pushing it into the street."

http://www.hightimes.com/ht/news/content.php?bid=1008&aid=10


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Re: the most powerful superpower coalition in the world [Re: Great_Satan]
    #3451837 - 12/05/04 10:45 PM (12 years, 2 days ago)

???

Why did you post that last article?


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