French Kissing NATO’s Global Mission Creep By DIANA JOHNSTONE

NATO, the main overseas arm of the U.S. military-industrial complex, just keeps expanding. Its original raison d’être, the supposedly menacing Soviet bloc, has been dead for twenty years.  But like the military-industrial complex itself, NATO is kept alive and growing by entrenched economic interests, institutional inertia and an official mindset resembling paranoia, with think tanks looking around desperately for “threats”. 

This behemoth is getting ready to celebrate its 60th birthday in the twin cities of Strasbourg (France) and Kehl (Germany) on the Rhine early in April. A special gift is being offered by France’s increasingly unpopular president, Nicolas Sarkozy: the return of France to NATO’s “integrated command”. This bureaucratic event, whose practical significance remains unclear, provides the chorus of NATOlatrous officials and editorialists something to crow about.  See, the silly French have seen the error of their ways and returned to the fold.

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Yana AMELINA Saakashvili vs. Opposition

13 March, 2009

Georgian opposition hopes to oust the country’s President M. Saakashvili who has no intention to step down until his term in office expires in 2013. Saakashvili’s major opponents are, for the most part, a bunch of hyperactive and absolutely disunited individuals lacking strategic vision, and, importantly, at least so far they have no financial backing from the West. At the same time Moscow has no reasons to support any of the Georgian opposition figures as neither of them can be regarded as pro-Russian or even be credited with an adequate perception of the recent and current developments.

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Boris DOLGOV Middle East Settlement the Brzezinski Style

8 March, 2009

In Late February the French newspaper ‘Le Figaro’ published a detailed interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski timed with the publication of his new book ‘America and the World’ co-authored by Brent Scowcroft, a former US national security adviser

Brzezinski is a well-known character. A bright US political analyst and statesman, with a bookshelf of books of apologies of the US global leadership and hegemony to his credit. From 1977 to 1981 he was the national security adviser in Jimmy Carter administration. Despite his being advanced in years[1] Brzezinski acting as a consultant of the Centre for Strategic International Studies and professor at the School of Modern International Studies at the J.Hopkins University in Washington he continues to influence the shapes of US foreign policies. It should be mentioned that even though Brzezinski was not an official member of Barack Obama, he supported him, to quote Brzezinski ‘to preserve independence of judgements.’

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