The Alliances-2: Major Alliances in The World Today
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization brings together almost half the world’s population, several members have nuclear weapons, many are big energy suppliers, and it includes some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. The SCO emerged from the wreckage of the Soviet Union in 1996 and originally sought to provide social and economic cooperation between its members. Today, its members are Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In addition to Iran, Pakistan, India, and Mongolia are observer nations. A common thread running through the June 16, 2009 Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in the Urals city of Yekaterinbur , and the Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC) meeting which followed it, was discussion about a new world order less dependent on the United States. Medvedev told a news conference that existing reserve currencies, including the U.S. dollar, had not performed their function and said it was time for change. “We are likely to witness the creation of a supranational reserve currency…which will be used for international settlements”, Medvedev said. “The existing currency system is not ideal”. Information can be found at: http://www.cfr.org/publication/10883 and other sites.
The BRIC bloc brings together four of the world’s largest emerging economies, representing 40 per cent of the world’s population and 15 per cent of global GDP. The BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China have called for reform of international financial institutions, sweeping changes to the United Nations to give a bigger role to Brazil and India, and a “stable and predictable” currency system, according to a draft communiqué. On June 16, 2009, the leaders of the BRIC countries held their first summit in Yekaterinburg, and issued a declaration calling for the establishment of a “multipolar world order”, diplomatic code for a rejection of America’s position as the sole global superpower (timesonline.co.uk online posting June 17, 2009). Their goal: the establishment of a “multipolar world order”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRIC
The Organization of the Islamic Conference
In 2009 The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) launched a year-long media and publicity campaign to celebrate its 40-year anniversary. The campaign highlights the OIC as an entity that serves the aspirations and expectations of the peoples of the 57-member states and Muslim communities across the world as well as OIC achievements during the past 40 years since its establishment in 1969. There are 57 nations in the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). They constitute the most powerful bloc in the United Nations today. And they side with the regime in Khartoum. Russia and China, members of the U.N. Security Council, have made investments in Sudan’s oil fields and sell arms to Sudan’s military. Those interests override any humanitarian concerns. The members are: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain , Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros , Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti , Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana , Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives , Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Qatar , Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname , Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen. The official OIC website can be found at: http://www.oic-oci.org/home.asp.
The Group of 20
The Group of Twenty (G-20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors was established in 1999 to bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy. The inaugural meeting of the G-20 took place in Berlin, on December 15-16, 1999, hosted by German and Canadian finance ministers. Its current members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico. Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, The United States, and The European Union. The G-20 is the premier forum for international economic development that promotes open and constructive discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues related to global economic stability. By strengthening the international financial architecture and providing opportunities for dialogue on national policies, international co-operation, and international financial institutions, the G-20 helps to support growth and development across the globe. In June 2009, the G-20 came to historic agreements in London, some of which could have far-reaching implications for the governance of the global economy. In “the Communiqué” they state: “We face the greatest challenge to the world economy in modern times; a crisis which has deepened since we last met, which affects the lives of women, men, and children in every country, and which all countries must join together to resolve. A global crisis requires a global solution” (londonsummit.gov online posting). Gone are the days when the rich countries make the rules and everyone else follows. The official G-20 website can be found at: http://www.g20.org/index.aspx.
The Group of 8
The Group of Eight (G-8) [formerly G6 and G7] was created by France in 1975 for governments of the six richest countries in the world: France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 1976, Canada joined the group. In becoming the G8, the group added Russia in 1997. The G-8 agenda: respond to the global economic and financial crisis; boost to growth on a more solid and balanced basis, define new shared ground rules for economic activities; help weaker sectors of society in both industrially advanced and poorer countries; eliminate deregulation of world trade; eliminate protectionism; and to resolve crises in food security and safety and the struggle against climate changes. The official G-8 website can be found at: http://www.g8italia2009.it.
The world is changing and changes are happening so fast that one can’t keep up. Daily newspapers and online websites that track world news give hour by hour and even minute by minute updates. Although each group tackles world wide conditions in a different manner, one common thread can be seen in the goals and purposes of each of these groups: the institution of a new world order and a one world governing body. Each group, in its own way, helps to turn the heart of man away from God and towards a human solution.
Once the final world government is formed, the question must be asked: How much longer do we have before Christ returns?