Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications 11-17 April, 2010

China Against Google: the War Keeps Raging
“The relations between China and the US which grew colder during the past winter are showing no signs of thawing this spring… US President B. Obama triggered a new round of tensions between China and the US at the Ex-Im Bank conference on March 11 by reiterating the call to revalue the yuan. The theme is known to rank high among China’s sensitivities, and Beijing’s response followed immediately…”

Kosovo Serbs In Face of New Geopolitical Intrigue
“The UN International Court in Hague wants Serbs to be aware that a verdict on the status of Kosovo depends directly on the arrest of the former Chief of Staff of the Army of the Republika Srpska, Ratko Mladic… In the next few weeks the Serbian authorities may face a tough immoral choice…”

Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)
The Antithesis to the Tulip Revolution
“The events past week moved fast almost in a hurricane speed, baffling most of common anticipations in international politics. The Central Asian panorama appeared heading towards another period of chaos with turmoil in Kyrgyzstan… Putting it in a different way the Tulip Revolution turned on its head within just a period of five years…”

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
Kurmanbek Bakiev Left Kyrgyzstan by Russian Military Aircraft
“According to unconfirmed reports, the ousted Kyrgyz leader officially resigned. At night on April 15 Bakiev left Jalal-Abad for Taraz, Kazakhstan… In the meantime, the interim government opened criminal investigations against Bakiev’s closest relatives… There are further indications that Moscow is cautious about the new Kyrgyz administration…”


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Upcoming climate change summit could be decisive By Teo Ballve

15 April, 2010 — Bolivia Rising

An upcoming grassroots summit on climate change in Bolivia could mark a pivotal event in the fight against global warming.

Bolivian President Evo Morales was a leading voice of dissent at the global climate talks in Copenhagen last year. He accused wealthier countries of shutting out poor nations from negotiations and of offering only token, nonbinding reforms. Poor countries and small island nations deemed the accord a death sentence.

As Morales left the Danish capital, he promised to organize a bolder and more democratic initiative to address the climate crisis.

‘We have an obligation to save [all of] humanity and not just half of humanity,’ said Morales. He warned that if we don’t do more to curb global warming, ‘many islands will disappear and Africa will suffer a holocaust.’

In response, Bolivia is hosting the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth from April 19-22 in the city of Cochabamba. Around 15,000 people from across the globe are expected to attend, including some heads of state and delegations from about 100 governments, along with representatives from scientific bodies, nongovernmental organizations and indigenous groups.

‘Unlike Copenhagen, there will be no secret discussions behind closed doors,’ said Pablo Solon, Bolivia’s ambassador to the United Nations. Solon hopes that flexing some global grassroots muscle in Cochabamba will help generate alternative, actionable proposals and political momentum for the next round of climate talks slated for November in Mexico.

Working groups destined for Cochabamba have already begun discussions on a series of topics.

One of the bolder ideas is the creation of a global climate justice tribunal that could serve as an enforcement mechanism. And conference participants are already working on a ‘Universal Declaration of Mother Earth Rights’ meant to parallel the U.N.’s landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

The grassroots summit will also pay special attention to the links between climate change and increased scarcity of fresh water. Bolivia is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s tropical glaciers. In recent years, these glaciers have lost 40 percent of their mass, leading to growing strains on local water supplies.

On April 10, the White House retaliated against Bolivia — the poorest country in South America — by suspending millions of dollars in climate aid, the Bolivian government said.

It’s shameful that the smallest, poorest and least powerful of the world are the ones leading the fight for a sustainable global future.

If the tide begins to turn, we’ll have them to thank. And if it doesn’t, the globe will be swamped — thanks to us.

Teo Ballve is a freelance journalist and editor specializing in Latin American affairs. He can be reached at

Republished from The Progressive

Haiti: There Is Aid, and Then There Is US Aid By Paco Arnau

15 April, 2010 — MRZine/Monthly Review

Earthquake in Haiti
Soldiers Health Professionals Victims Assisted
United States

Source: Comparative figures of contribution to health in Haiti, as of 23 March 2010, based on Emily J. Kirk and John Kirk, “Cuban Medical Aid to Haiti” (CounterPunch, 1 April 2010) / Emily J. Kirk and John Kirk, “La cooperación médica cubana en Haití” (Rebelión, 7 April 2010)

This illustration was published in Ciudad Futura on 11 April 2010. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi.

The Bank Loan That Could Break South Africa's Back By Patrick Bond

13 April, 2010 — MRZine/Monthly Review

Just how dangerous is the World Bank and its neo-conservative president, Robert Zoellick, to South Africa and the global climate?

Notwithstanding South Africa’s existing $75 billion foreign debt, last Thursday the bank added a $3.75bn loan to Eskom for the primary purpose of building the world’s fourth-largest coal-fired power plant, at Medupi, which will spew 25 million tons of the climate pollutant carbon dioxide each year.

SA Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan repeatedly said that this is the bank’s “first” post-apartheid loan, yet its 1999 and 2008 Country Assistance Strategy documents show conclusively that Medupi is the 15th credit since 1994.

Gordhan also claimed the loan will now help South Africa “build a relationship” with the bank. He forgets the bank co-authored the 1996 Growth Employment and Redistribution (Gear) programme, which led us to overtake Brazil as the world’s most unequal major country, as black incomes fell below 1994 levels and white incomes grew by 24 percent, according to official statistics.

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Goldstone banned from grandson’s bar-mitzvah in South Africa By Ran Greenstein

16 April, 2010 — Writing Rights

Judge Goldstone has been banned by the South African Zionist Federation from attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah. The Chief Rabbi a neo-conservative who has betrayed the tolerant tradition of the late former Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris has blessed this travesty.

Silencing critics of Israel’s war crimes is not enough; they have to infringe Goldstone’s equal right to practice his religion and his family life. Every decent person will sign a protest against this injustice. The tactics of the Israeli neo-fascists should not be allowed to dictate policy in South Africa. These were the people who supported apartheid and now they support the apartheid state of Israel.

How many people would be prepared to join legal action in the Equality Court against the South African Zionist Federation?

Zackie Achmat

The following report comes from the South African Jewish Report

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Did Banned Media Report Foretell of Gaza War Crimes? By Jonathan Cook

15 April, 2010 —

Publish investigation, Israeli MP demands

An Arab member of the Israeli parliament is demanding that a newspaper be allowed to publish an investigative report that was suppressed days before Israel attacked Gaza in winter 2008.

The investigation by Uri Blau, who has been in hiding since December to avoid arrest, concerned Israeli preparations for the impending assault on Gaza, known as Operation Cast Lead.

In a highly unusual move, according to reports in the Israeli media, the army ordered the Haaretz newspaper to destroy all copies of an edition that included Mr Blau’s investigation after it had already gone to press and been passed by the military censor. The article was never republished.

Mr Blau has gone underground in London after the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret police, demanded he return to Israel to hand back hundreds of classified documents they claim are in his possession and to reveal his sources.

He published several additional reports for Haaretz in 2008 and 2009 that severely embarrassed senior military commanders by showing they had issued orders that intentionally violated court rulings, including to execute Palestinians who could be safely apprehended.

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AFRICOM and the Recolonization of Africa By Itai Muchena

15 April, 2010 – Global ResearchThe Herald (Zimbabwe) – 2010-04-07

The hodgepodge of geometric boundaries that today divide Africa into 50 plus irregular nations under Eurocentric subjugation all started in Berlin, Germany on November 15, 1884.

The infamous Berlin Conference still remains Africa’s greatest undoing in more ways than one, where colonial powers superimposed their domains on the African continent and tore apart the social, political and economic fabric that held the continent together.

By the time independence returned to Africa between 1956 and 1994, the African realm had acquired a colonial legacy of political fragmentation that could neither be eliminated nor made to operate wholly independent from the former colonial masters.

Some Africans had been too much battered, some bruised, some undignified and others brainwashed so much that up to today, Africa is battling to remain united due to continued and uncalled for interference, at every opportunity, by the imperialist hawks.

Today, the same Germany — the womb that gave birth to colonialism — is unashamedly hosting and developing AFRICOM, the United States of America superior military command formed to superintend on America’s milking of African resources, at the expense of not only Africa but other fair dealing countries of the world.

There is no doubt that Germany is seeking re-colonisation of Africa, this time, creating space for its big brother, the United States of America.

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– Briggs Bomba and William Minter discuss Zimbabwe’s sanctions
– Konstantina Isidoros on Morocco’s mistreatment of Saharawi activists
– Korir Sing’Oei Abraham on the Endorois’ legal victory
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– KANERE’s refugee free press under attack

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A Bailout For Arms Dealers: US Aid and the Israeli Budget By Rela Mazali and Jesse Bacon

16 April, 2010 — The Only Democracy

The US Congress has shamefully abdicated its oversight role in US foreign policy and has become an apologist for the worst policies of the Israeli Government, all the while sending Israel billions of dollars in aid. Fortunately activists are not waiting for the US Congress to act. They are staging their own investigation, a first of its kind event.

The Chicago Hearing is modeled after a Congressional hearing and will be webcast live from a link on the home page. The Chicago Hearing will bring together witnesses to tell seldom-heard stories from Israel-Palestine that raise critical questions about the effects of U.S. policies in the region. Does Israel’s explanation of security legitimize its violations of international law? Does the U.S. government condone Israeli policies and practices that would not be tolerated if replicated in America by the U.S. government?

The Hearing highlights voices of those on the other end of the pipeline of U.S. aid to Israel. Israeli, Palestinian and American witnesses will testify to lives lost, freedoms denied and property destroyed by Israeli policies buttressed by U.S. aid and support. The witnesses will testify to the collateral effects of U.S. policies toward Israel: military and financial aid that totaled over $3 billion in 2009 as well as unconditional diplomatic support for Israel in the United Nations”.

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