Strategic Culture Foundation 6-12 October 2013

12 October 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

US: Debts and Back Up

12.10.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

The published piece called America’s Debt: Upper and Lower Tips of Iceberg offers a wide range of assessments to determine the size of US debt. Today the country has to raise the debt ceiling again, otherwise the United States will lapse into a coma. But are there any limits to raising the ceiling? What is used as the debt backup? Is America able to serve the debt?.. The US economy assets (including financial assets) are not enough to cover even a half of consolidated debt… The total interest rates expenditure goes beyond the US national debt limits, states municipalities, banks, corporations, and households have debts of their own. The last years the experts have tried many times to estimate the total US debt service expenditure… Continue reading this...

The Abdication of the Emir of Qatar Due to the Collapse of Anti-Syrian Forces By Dmitry MININ

30 June 2013 – Strategic Culture Foundation

On 25 June, following «consultations with his closest relatives and leading members of society», the ruling Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, announced his abdication in favour of his son, 33-year old Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Local analysts believe that the decision is a result of gathering problems with the policy the emirate has been carrying out over the last 3-4 years, especially regarding the Syria issue. The Emir does have problems with his health (he had a kidney transplant in 1997 and needs constant dialysis), but he is perfectly competent and his state of health has nothing to do with his departure.

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The Geopolitics of Gas and the Syrian Crisis By Dmitry MININ

31 May 2013 – Strategic Culture Foundation

What has one of the most democratic countries of the Middle East, Syria, done to tick off some of its neighbors in the West, the fierce fighters for democracy? The irrationality and unscrupulousness of the approaches Western countries have taken to the Syrian crisis, when the same people who in Europe are considered terrorists are declared «freedom fighters» when it comes to Syria, becomes clearer in light of the economic dimension of the Syrian tragedy.  Continue reading this...

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The Syrian Pendulum By Dmitry MININ

23 May 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The situation surrounding Syria is like a pendulum; first it swings in the direction of a major war, then suddenly a peaceful resolution glimmers. Observers barely have a chance to evaluate the new tendency before the pendulum starts to swing in the opposite direction again. The amplitude of its swing is so great that it sweeps through the center almost without pausing. In recent days on the battlefield, the scales have clearly been tipping in favor of the government forces. Western strategists are faced with a choice: either admit that the attempt to establish a puppet regime in Syria has failed, or set aside all their «soft power» gimmicks and switch to an open and expensive military intervention.

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The Return of Empires (VII) By Dmitry MININ

21 March 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Why does the United States need an empire?

Historian Niall Ferguson states that the majority of modern-day academics see an entirely appropriate parallel between the “imperial rule” of the USA and the British Empire as it was 100 years ago.[1] Joseph Nye, meanwhile, believes that “not since Rome has one nation loomed so large above the others… Respected analysts on both the left and the right are beginning to refer to “American empire” approvingly as the dominant narrative of the twenty-first century.”[2]

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The Return of Empires (VI) Dmitry MININ

16 March 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Modern-day empires in the West

The rebirth of the imperial spirit in the West is moving along two sometimes converging, but in recent times increasingly diverging, lines. Looking at Europe’s relations with its neighbours, one can see that the European Union initially pursued an imperial policy with regard to countries in Central and Eastern Europe that had joined the EU, but then began to extend the same policy to other countries. Continue reading this...

The Return of Empires (V) By Dmitry MININ

13 March 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Modern-day empires in the East

A peculiarity of the formation of «larger spaces», or modern-day empires in the East, is that some of them were themselves, until quite recently, objects of colonial ambition. Other imperial projects, meanwhile, are part of even larger schemes and are being built into an intricate system of hierarchical relations and vassal dependencies, over which the shadow of Washington is discernible. 

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 24 February – 2 March 2013: Empires / Kosovo / Iraq / Cuba / Niger-Uranium / Bulgaria

2 March 2013Strategic Culture Foundation

Kerry Brings Image of Dapper Diplomacy to Ugly Face of Washington’s Imperialism
02.03.2013 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Any illusions about a possible change in direction for American foreign policy were blown away this week with Kerry’s visit to Europe. And it was Kerry himself who blew away such illusions with his own words. The US secretary of state may have sounded multi-lingual and looked urbane in his pinstripe suit, with all its hints of diplomacy, but what he had to say on the issues of Iran and Syria, and by extension Russia, revealed Kerry to be a consistent operator of the same openly militarist agenda that has become such a hallmark of post-9/11 Washington…

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The Return of Empires (IV) By Dmitry MININ

3 March 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Modern-day military-political alliances and coalitions as analogues of empires

The rebirth of imperial policy in modern international life demands an answer to the question: why are seemingly long obsolete geopolitical projects being dragged into the light of day at all when there are organisations like NATO and the European Union?

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The Return of Empires (III) By Dmitry MININ

28 February 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

«Smart power» in the service of the American empire

The dissociation of the United States from a number of international problems by shifting these problems onto allies and delegating authority to them, a result of the United States«imperial overheating», is based on the currently popular concept of «smart power», the very emergence of which suggests that America‘s former sources of power have been exhausted… The time when America‘s leadership went unquestioned has passed. Nowadays, maintaining leadership demands considerable intellectual and political efforts from the rulers of the American empire

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The Return of Empires (II) By Dmitry MININ

26 February 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

A World of Postmodernism or the Newest Middle Ages?

The process already taking shape in the world of consolidating «larger spaces», and the return of the empires of by-gone eras may not, at first glance, seem to respond to the spirit of the times. However, we are living in an age which, in view of its uncertainty in people’s minds, is indiscriminate to such an extent that it is no stranger to the most improbable policy prescriptions. 

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The Return of Empires (I) By Dmitry MININ

25 February 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

«Larger spaces» versus chaos in international relations?

The recent expeditions of the French in Africa clearly smack less of neoimperialism than they do neocolonialism, and have prompted many to wonder whether the events are the start of a new cycle of world politics in which an outgoing unipolarity is perhaps being replaced by a forthcoming multipolarity not hailed by everyone, or something different, something new or maybe a repeat of history, but in new packaging? Maybe something that would allow, for example, the United States «to leave without actually leaving», to continue implementing their global plans in a more complex system of interstate relations? If so, then the imperial projects and vassal relations of by-gone eras that had seemingly vanished forever will turn out to be much in demand… 

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Israel Strikes Syria: First Act of «Endgame»? By Dmitry MININ

6 February 2013Strategic Culture Foundation

Speaking at the defense chiefs meeting in Munich, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak finally confirmed what the news agency had been raising ballyhoo about for the previous few days: the Israeli Air Force had launched a military operation against the legitimate government of Syria. It gave rise to speculations about a large-scale military intervention to start pretty soon. Continue reading this...

Zbigniew Brzezinski as a mirror of American devolution (II) By Dmitry MININ

30 December 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Part I

Is the glory of Gorbachev proving contagious?

We are halfway through the time allotted by Zbigniew Brzezinski in his landmark book «The Grand Chessboard», when he predicted that U.S. dominance in the world would remain unchallenged for a period of thirty years. Now just 15 years on and in his new book «Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power», he states that the devolution of American power is accelerating. Continue reading this...