Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 25 April – 1 May, 2010: Terror, Petrodollar Warfare and Plan B for Iraq…

Terror, Petrodollar Warfare and Plan B for Iraq
“The death toll in Iraq is surging after more than 7 years of international occupation. The ballots cast during the March 7 parliamentary elections still have not been completely counted, and the tide of terror of some obscure origin in the country is raising as we watch. Blasts took over 70 lives in Baghdad on April 23, and, as predicted by the US military, under the circumstances the withdrawal of the US forces from Iraq is likely to be suspended if not altogether abolished…”

NATO’s Green Light to Sarajevo Muslim Leadership
“The decision to extend the Membership Action Plan to Bosnia and Herzegovina was the only serious result produced by the April 22-23 informal gathering of foreign ministers of 28 NATO countries in Tallinn, Estonia. Though practical aspects such as timetables or admission guarantees were never discussed, Bosnia and Herzegovina officially became a NATO candidate… the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina is loaded with complexities and risks, from Russia’s perspective in particular…”.

Aleksandr SALITZKY
Is Yuan Really Underrated?
“The Yuan exchange rate remained in the spotlight over the past months as the US Congress and Administration exerted increasing pressure on China over the issue. The problem was discussed during the recent Chinese-US Summit in Washington, but, predictably, Beijing did not capitulate and retained the right to decide independently on its currency value…”.

What Appears Disquieting to Europe’s “Democratic Conscience”
“The spring, 2010 Ordinary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is opening in Strasbourg on April 26. Surprisingly, the PACE has no intention to discuss the recurrences of Nazism in the Baltic countries, Ukraine, Croatia, Albania and Kosovo on the eve of the anniversary of the main event of the XX century – the victory of the anti-fascist coalition in World War II. Nor will it focus on the socioeconomic ills currently overwhelming the entire Europe from Iceland to Greece…”.

South Stream: A Finalized Picture or an Unfolding Story?
“Originally, South Stream was meant to avoid the risks carried by the transit of natural gas from Russia across Ukraine, but in reality the configuration of the project breeds even greater transit risks. The natural question in the context is: rather than build a $25 bn pipeline including a marine section, would not it be a better option to convince Ukraine to adjust its constitution and to partner the country in the upgrade of its gas transit network? This may be difficult to achieve, but the approach should be less costly – and more appropriate strategically. In any case, upon leaving Milan Russian Prime Minister V. Putin headed for Kyiv…”

Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)
Peace, Stability and Taliban in Afghanistan
“The President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai during his visit to India (26-27 April 2010) ensured that in the forthcoming peace conference, to be held in Kabul, no extreme elements will be allowed in the power sharing arrangement. The power sharing agreement aims at, among other things, reintegration of Taliban with the mainstream society… the power vacuum in coming months will surely put forth new challenges and as well as constraints not only before Afghanistan but also the regional and global players in the region…”

Karzai mobilizes regional support
Any Indian military deployment in Afghanistan is bound to be a potentially exhausting military mission and needs to be avoided. The Indian stance in this regard is similar to that of Russia, which also refuses to get drawn into the military conflict… India and Russia could collaborate with local Afghan partners in reviving some of the Soviet era economic projects in Afghanistan. Any enterprise that leads to employment generation will be particularly useful for stabilizing the Afghan situation…”

William BOWLES (United Kingdom)
Parliamentary democracy – a triumph of Victorian engineering
“To understand what’s going on with Britain today we have to look back to the 19th century and the rise of industrial/mercantile capitalism, for it was during that period that the Victorians got into the business of myth-making in a big way, rewriting our history almost completely. Truly a triumph of Victorian engineering… And we need only look at the USA for a current example of how Empire corrupts totally…”

«Russia’s Deepest Interests Are Linked to the Arctic»
“Developments concerning the Arctic region have been a recurrent theme in politics this April. Russian President D. Medvedev and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg reached a breakthrough agreement on the demarcation of the long-contested maritime border between Russia and Norway in the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean, and Russian Prime Minister V. Putin visited Franz Josef Land where he stated that geopolitically Russia’s deepest interests are linked to the Arctic…”

US military enforces attacks on Haitian unions Pt2 By Didier Dominique

30 April, 2010 — The Real News Network

Didier Dominique: Deliberate US policy weakened Haitian farming to create pool of cheap textile labor

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Didier Dominique is a trade unionist and a prominent spokesperson for Batay Ouvriye. BATAY OUVRIYE is an organization that regroups factory unions and committees, workers’ associations and militants, all struggling in Haiti for the construction of an independent, combative and democratic union movement, and to organize wage-workers, self-employed workers as well as the unemployed for the defense of their rights.

Power2010: They didn’t think we could get this far

30 April, 2010 — Power2010 – Let’s fix it not fiddle it

Dear Friend,
POWER2010 started as one idea: fix our broken politics. 

From that idea – and all the people who were inspired by that idea – came others, thousands of submissions from people all across the country.

Those ideas became the POWER Pledge, our manifesto for a better Britain. The story of POWER2010 is your story.  Watch our video and share it with your friends:

As the election draws closer, more and more people are crying out for change, but they don’t know what to do about it. To many, it seems inevitable that we will return to politics as usual after the election.

But it’s not inevitable. That’s just what the politicians want us to believe – you know that our best hope for change lies in us. If we organise and rally together as an undeniable force for reform, the politicians will have to listen.

POWER2010 is your movement and it’s up to you to make sure that it reaches everyone in Britain. We’ve already beaten the odds by growing as large as we have – now I need you to take it further.

Share our campaign’s story with your friends and family so the MPs we elect on 6 May will truly represent us and the reforms we demand.

Thank you,

Mark Ross
Head of Campaigns


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FEATURES – Zo Randriamaro on Madagascar’s hidden crisis of women’s rights and human rights abuses – Khadija Sharife says carbon trading schemes value cash over sustainable development – Sudanese Group for Democracy and Elections and the Sudanese Network for Democratic Elections assess Sudan’s electoral process and elections – Beth Maina and Cenya Ciyendi on church leaders’ ‘dishonest’ opposition to the Kenyan constitution’s clauses on abortion – Alemayehu G. Mariam calls for press freedom in Ethiopia + more

COMMENT & ANALYSIS – Lucy Hovil examines Tanzania’s offer of citizenship to Burundian refugees – Chambi Chachage says there’s no such thing as ‘plain Kiswahili’ – Yash Ghai makes the case for Kenya’s constitution to recognise Kadhi’s courts + more

PAN-AFRICAN POSTCARD – Horace Campbell on how new developments in physics could reinvigorate African conceptions of the universe + more

ADVOCACY & CAMPAIGNS – We will not stand for the grab for our land! – Arbitrary arrest and torture of Kenyan human rights defender

BOOKS & ARTS – Anna White reviews Rasna Warah’s ‘Missionaries, Mercenaries and Misfits’ – Oakland Institute launches report on IFC’s role in global land grab

AFRICAN WRITERS’ CORNER – Tola Ositelu interviews Nigerian writer Lola Shoneyin + more

BLOGGING AFRICA – South Africa 2010: The countdown is on!

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Roger Rashi, "Cochabamba Eyewitness: A Great Boost for Ecosocialism"

29 April, 2010 — MRZine-Monthly Review

I attended the alternative Climate Conference in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba as part of an eight-person Quebec activist delegation. I came back convinced that we witnessed a turning point in the global Climate Justice movement.

Up to now it has been very difficult to link environmental demands to social justice issues. The mainstream ecological movement, spurred by many NGOs, has generally avoided linking these issues under the spurious notion that a ‘realistic’ approach of working with governments and the UN would yield significant results.

But as the spectacular failure of the UN-sponsored Copenhagen Conference of last December has clearly demonstrated, nearly 20 years of government summit-hopping and no less than 15 international conferences have yielded absolutely nothing in terms of binding international agreements. The Kyoto Accord lies in tatters and greenhouse gas emissions are rising dangerously, threatening the world with major ecological catastrophes by the end of this century.

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Palestine Return Centre – Report on Israeli Mass Expulsion

30 April, 2010 — Palestine Think Tank

The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) in London issues a report on the recent Israeli order of mass expulsion.

expulsions.jpgBriefing on the Israeli Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 2) and the Order regarding Security Provisions (Amendment No. 112) passed on Tuesday April 26th 2010. Behind the euphemism ‘prevention of Infiltration’ lies a truth which Israeli officials are trying desperately to conceal. This simple truth has been cardinal throughout Israel’s existence and continues to be so. It is a truth that connects the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948 and the recent military order that would result in the forced expulsion of many thousands of Palestinians. It is the truth that Israel was founded on a policy of systematic population transfer and it has been committed to this policy ever since its inception.

This simple fact is a natural outcome of Israel’s central creed: “redemption of the land with as few of the indigenous people as possible’. Since its inception its central strategy has been efficiently carried out through modern methods of population transfer and land appropriation. This explains why, even as rhetoric and politics change, expulsion and dispossession continue through various methods.

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Haiti Newslinks 30 April, 2010: Food Aid Hurts Haiti's Farmers

30 April 2010

US Jewish communities building ties to Haiti
Cleveland Jewish News
By Larry Luxner PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti (JTA) — Not a single Jew lives among
the 170000 inhabitants of Petit-Goâve, nor among the 20000 refugees from

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Arizonans React to New Immigration Law By Rachel Winch

29 April, 2010 — North American Congress on Latin America

On April 15, armed federal agents, some in black ski masks, set up checkpoints in the largely Latino neighborhood of South Tucson. The ICE and DEA agents carrying out Operation in Plain Sight, billed as the largest operation against human-smuggling networks, raided commercial transportation companies, sparking a panic in the community just two days after the Arizona legislature passed what The New York Times has described as the ‘broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations.’

Perhaps this is a preview for what’s to come in Arizona, now that Governor Janet Brewer has signed into law the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, better known as SB1070. Arizona police will be required to ask people whom they have a ‘reasonable suspicion’ are in the country ‘unlawfully’ to provide their documentation and, without a warrant, arrest them if they cannot prove their legal status.

Although the bill states that authorities will not ‘investigate complaints that are based solely on race, color or national origin,’ the governor herself could not identify what, beyond having brown skin and speaking Spanish, constitutes reasonable suspicion. ‘I do not know what an illegal immigrant looks like,’ she explained. ‘I can tell you that there are people in Arizona who assume they know what an illegal immigrant looks like.’

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Obama's Militarized Status Quo in Latin America

27 April, 2010 — North American Congress on Latin America

Obama’s Militarized Status Quo in Latin America – Panel Discussion From the 2010 Left Forum with Christy Thornton, Joseph Nevins, Suzanna Reiss, Mark Weisbrot

“The Future of Palestine: Righteous Jews vs. the New Afrikaners” with Professor John J. Mearsheimer

29 April 2010 — The Palestine Center, Washington, DC

Professor Mearsheimer delivered the Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture at the Palestine Center on 29 April, 2010. Undoubtedly the most extensive talk on this issue ever made by the renowned scholar and bestselling author, Mearsheimer discusses the inevitability of full-fledged apartheid in Israel-Palestine.

A brief excerpt from the sobering and thought provoking speech appears below:

“Regrettably, the two-state solution is now a fantasy. Instead, those territories will be incorporated into a Greater Israel,which will be an apartheid state bearing a marked resemblance to white-ruled South Africa. Nevertheless, a Jewish apartheid state is not politically viable over the long term. In the end, it will become a democratic bi-national state, whose politics will be dominated by its Palestinian citizens. In other words, it will cease being a Jewish state, which will mean the end of the Zionist dream.”

You can read the entire transcript here.

New on 29 April, 2010: Arizonans React to New Immigration Law

Arizonans React to New Immigration Law by Rachel Winch
On April 23 Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed into law what is being billed as the “broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations.” The law requires Arizona police to ask people for documentation based on a “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the country “unlawfully,” it targets day laborers and their employers, and sets up trespassing charges for those in the state without correct immigration papers, for which they could face jail time. This harsh new law has not only ignited condemnation inside and outside of the United States, but also in Arizona where many have taken to the streets in protest.

Obama’s Militarized Status Quo in Latin America – Panel Discussion From the 2010 Left Forum with Christy Thornton, Joseph Nevins, Suzanna Reiss, Mark Weisbrot

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