TASS: BRICS NATIONS SIGN SATELLITE DATA SHARING AGREEMENT
This one was spotted and shared by K.M., who shared it along with a bit of high octane speculation. The article is short and sweet, but I suspect the implications - along the lines of K.M.'s high octane speculations - are neither so short nor possibly so sweet. Here's the article from Russia's TASS news agency:
The article title says it all, but just in case you wanted the details - such as they are - here they are:
Heads of the space agencies of BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) inked an agreement on exchanging Earth remote sensing data, the Russian Federal Space Agency said on Wednesday.
The videoconference meeting of the heads of BRICS space agencies was held on August 18, the agency said. "The heads of the space agencies signed the agreement during the meeting on cooperation in exchange of satellite data of Earth remote sensing," it added.
All of this is being done under the cover of - you guessed it - concern for the environment and "climate change":
This will help in "solving such problems as climate change and environment protection," the Russian space agency said.
I do not for a moment doubt that the "climate change" meme will be milked by all and sundry for all it's (or is that, its) worth. After all, some are talking about "de-extinctionating" the woolly mamouth... to find climate change (see this week's "honourable mentions").
But like K.M., I suspect that there is more - a lot more - to this agreement, and that it is a first step among many more to come, and that there may be a few "secret protocols" to that agreement, the sort of "secret protocol" that doesn't appear in agreements where nations with very divergent interests decide to "cooperate" on something; think of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact in this regard, and the "secret protocols" thereto which were basically a "you take this half we'll take that half" of Poland. Here I suspect that K.M.'s email, which briefly mentioned the possibility hiding in invisible ink between the lines of the agreement, are true, but reconstructing the reasoning behind it may be warranted, so here it goes:
During the last few years we've heard a lot about the "Five Eyes," the nations who agree to share their signals intelligence, much of it of course being based on satellites. Each nation party to this agreement is one of the "eyes", and they are: (1) The United States, (2) The United Kingdom, (3) Canada, (4) Australia, and (5) New Zealand. In other words, the "Five Eyes" are a kind of intelligence clearing house cum nerve center for the Anglo-Sphere, which one may also infer is also the nerve center for the Anglo-Sphere's financial dominance of "the West."
In the case of the BRICS nations, we again have five countries, with four of them having their own space capabilities (Russia, China, India, and Brazil), and three of those have significant satellite espionage capabilities (Russia, China, and India). As China seeks to build out its one belt one road initiative, and to integrate the Asian economies, the BRICS nations will need two things, the first of which I've mentioned in recent years: an system for financial clearing independent and parallel to that of the West and the SWIFT system, and if you've followed the news of the past few years, that is already well under way. But the second thing they will need to buttress that system is a real system of intelligence sharing...
... and that, submits K.M., is what we may be seeing here...
... and I concur, that first step in "data-sharing" has just been taken. After all, earth satellites can be used to sniff out more than just "climate change," they can also be used to discover places of likely mineral deposits, and this is, after all, about commerce...
See you on the flip side...
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