Strategic Culture Foundation 3-10 March 2012: Africa / India-Pakistan / Arab Socialism / Russia-USA / Syria /

9 March 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Africa on the Brink of New Shocks

10.03.2012 | 11:33 | Alexander MEZYAEV

The state powers of North Africa and the Middle East overtly routed, the process of destabilization in Nigeria and some other Africa South of Sahara countries moved a little away from the radar screen. But the recent events taking place in the most populated country of Africa make themselves be viewed against the backdrop of the «Arab spring», or «Arab leprosy» to be more precise… Today Nigeria has entered the period of abruptly intensified efforts of outside forces to turn the country’s internal contradictions to their own advantage. The same thing threatens other countries, first of all Algiers, Niger and Mali…

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Positive Reckoning of India-Pakistan Relations

09.03.2012 | 00:00 | Aurobinda MAHAPATRA

Developments in past few weeks provide enough indication that India-Pakistan relations have changed significantly mainly owing to a sea change in the mindset of leaders of both the countries. Mutual understanding on various complex issues such as Kashmir, free trade regime and cross border trade clearly reflected the increasing pragmatic nature of relations…

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«Arab Spring» is Arab Socialism’s Fall

07.03.2012 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The fall of autocratic regimes in the Arab Middle East and North Africa, which had more to do with skyrocketing unemployment and inflation than in a desire to «democratize,» gave the circling vultures of Western «pro-democracy» think tanks and foundations the opportunity to put stakes in the hearts of governing pan-Arab socialist political parties long seen as a threat to the goals of «uber-capitalist» globalization. The Ba’ath socialist party of Saddam Hussein in Iraq was the first victim of a desire by the global forces of extreme capitalism to re-make the Middle East’s financial, demographic, political, and social construct… Now, history is repeating itself in Syria where another faction of the Ba’ath Party has been in power for decades. Syria is the birthplace of Ba’athist socialism…

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Two Worlds, Two Truths

07.03.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitriy SEDOV

After the old bipolar world was destroyed and the balance of power between the USSR and the USA no more served as a foundation, the West was quick enough to say goodbye to the spirit of equality in interstate relations and embarked on the way of establishing unilateral global dominance. In his article Russia and the Changing World Vladimir Putin clearly showed it is not the trend in international politics that Russia is going to support…

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BRICS – The Basis of Multipolar World

06.03.2012 | 00:00 | Tiberio GRAZIANI

…The new prospects emerging thanks to the BRICS international cooperation pattern may become an alternative to the Anglo-Saxon “global governance” model. It’s quite possible the new pattern may be a harbinger of reshape (if not the end) of the UN as well as the decline and inevitable restructurization of such international bodies as IMF, World Bank and WTO.

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A BRICS initiative on Syria

06.03.2012 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

The crisis in Syria shows that Russia and China are creatively adapting the tenets of ‘non-alignment’ to the prevailing world order. This has brought the two countries closer together than at anytime in modern history. They share a common aversion toward Cold-War era ‘bloc mentality’. Neither is prescriptive as to how others should order their national life… What happens in Syria is going to determine the fate and character of the multipolar world order in the coming decades… If India joins hands with Russia and China in an endeavor in search of peace and reconciliation, the prospects of success will remarkably improve. Other influential voices in the world community – the ‘silent majority’ – will also feel encouraged to express their deep disquiet about what is happening in Syria so soon after the West’s bloody war in Libya…

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Russia’s National Interests and Foreign Policy

05.03.2012 | 00:00 | Victor PIROZHENKO

It is clear that the majority of the challenges confronting Russia internationally stem from the US tendency to maintain at any cost its monopoly in global affairs, including the “right” to occasionally tailor the political map of the world to Washington’s liking. Russia, as a result, faces recurrent attempts to exclude it from the process of shaping the international policy agenda and to subject its geopolitical status to fundamental downgrade. As of today, the US seems to reject the very idea that other countries must be treated as equal partners in handling the world’s problems…

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Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Map of the Battle Over Dominance in Europe

04.03.2012 | 13:28 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina stands out as exceptionally ferocious even in the grisly context of Yugoslavia’s collapse… These days, the West increasingly puts to work in the world’s strategic regions the humanitarian intervention scenarios and subversion techniques tested in the Balkans in the 1990ies… Speaking of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it obviously stays ethnically divided and scarred by the bloody past conflict even two decades since rolling out its independence…

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It’s about Geophysical Vulnerability of Civilization

03.03.2012 | 19:11 | Sergey GAVRILOV

According to information agencies reports about 30 people died when new waves of mighty tornados hit the Midwest and Southern states of the USA on March 2… The facts and conjectures make scholars think more and more often about the vulnerability of many countries geographic structures that could come to life due to natural processes without human intervention under the influence of relatively minor external environmental factors…

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