Tuesday, December 24, 2013

21st Century Imperialism



God dammit, I thought we ditched imperialism centuries ago.

Russia recently announced that they were going to expand their military presence in the Arctic. Why would they want to do that? Well Canada, just claimed that it had sovereignty over the North Pole. The other Arctic countries are sure to follow suit, including the US, Norway, and Denmark. Ah, I love me a good old fashioned land grab.

Why the hell these countries are doing this? Wouldn’t the Arctic just be too expensive to maintain presences there? Well apparently, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, 30% of the world’s undiscovered Natural Gas and 15% of the undiscovered Oil is there. No really imperialism, but close.

Then there is China. The ADIZ it established is an essentially a military land grab from Japan. Then there are its disputes with India, the Philippines, and the ASEAN countries for insignificant islands that contain petrochemicals. It has even started putting military garrisons on several of the disputed territories. That I’m sure constitutes imperialism. Threatening to constantly invade Taiwan seems similar to imperialism. Even though, Taiwan is a de facto independent nation.

In addition China has been putting increased science infrastructure in Antarctica and is investing heavily in Africa. Both not necessarily imperialism, but could be the lead up to some form of de facto take over.

To finish this off, Russia is still holding on tight to Ukraine and bullying them with energy threats if they attempt to join the EU’s sphere of influence. As Ukraine drifts even more to the West, Russia may try something with its military.

While not every I mentioned is imperialism per say, they are pretty damn close.

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