Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from13-16 June, 2010

Natalia MEDEN
The Specter of German Revanchism
“Czech president Václav Klaus must be credited with far-sightedness – employing the tactic of delaying the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, he forced Brussels to limit the scope of the Charter of Fundamental Rights so as to shield his country from property claims filed by the Germans from the Sudetenland. Nevertheless, the creed of the territorial association of the Germans from the Sudetenland remains the same. The group states openly that since 1919 the Sudetenland had been occupied by Czechoslovakia which never had any right to the territory…”

American democracy and Iraqi economy
“On comparing the economic state of Iraq under Saddam Hussein and now we can conclude that the export of the US democracy turned out to be destructive for the Iraqi economy. The Western democratic models do not work in the Arabic world…”

The Best-Known Afghan Business
“The parts of the world hit hardest by the best-known Afghan business – the drug business – are Europe, Russia, and Iran, which absorb some 80% of the drugs produced in Afghanistan. Currently the country is responsible for 90% of the global narcotics output… The US-led invasion of Afghanistan bred unprecedentedly favorable conditions for the country’s drug business which is presently flourishing in the NATO-controlled oasis…”

The Afghan Drug Industry — a Threat to Russia and an Instrument of Geopolitical Gains
“No settlement in Afghanistan is possible as long as the international occupation of the country continues… Otherwise, there will be more talk that the US imports Uranium ore from the Paktika province, the US Air Force is involved in drug trafficking, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization only creates favorable conditions for the drug business by building bridges and roads in the northern part of Afghanistan…”

Alexander MEZYAEV
Srebrenica Seven
“Every summer, on the eve of July 11th commemorating the Srebrenica massacre, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announces verdicts ‘on the genocide case’ as if they were making a sacrifice to the murderers of Srebrenica Serbs… It is worth mentioning that the verdict on ‘Srebrenica Seven’ mainly targeted Radovan Karadzic…”

Iran and “used handkerchiefs”
“The struggle for leadership in Eurasia is on between China and the Islamic world. Strategically, Iran is now on the crossroad between Europe and China, between the US and Russia. Teheran is facing dilemma – whether to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) or to launch a new regional organization in South Western Asia?.. Now when the sanctions have been imposed an option to join SCO is temporarily closed for Iran. The second option to set up an Asian analogue of the EU is uncertain. That is why it is necessary to look for new options…”

The Osh Massacre in the Light of International Politics
“The 2001 Western invasion of Afghanistan turned the country into a permanent source of global drug supply and proliferating instability. At the moment the instability is sweeping over the post-Soviet Central Asia, the coup in Kyrgyzstan and the Osh massacre being episodes of a wider drama…”

Hannes HOFBAUER (Austria)
Germany: Trapped in the Euro-zone
“Slowly but consequently the European Union turns out to be a trap for Germany. The outcome of the current economic crisis puts the question of pure existence for the EU on the agenda… As long as the fleet of US-bombers heading for Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia/Kosovo start from Bavarian Ramstein and the main European centre for military logistic lies in Germany, Polish politicians may express themselves more “American” than America, but Germany will stay Washington’s main and most important partner. To put it clear: Angela Merkel remains the closest ally of Barack Obama…”

Aleksandr SHUSTOV
Replay of the 1990 Osh Drama
“Two decades after the 1990 interethnic clashes in Osh – some of the worst in a series of bloody conflicts that marked the collapse of the USSR — we are witnessing a recurrence of fighting between the local Uzbek and Kyrgyz communities. How likely is it that the development presages a new round of statehood disintegration in the post-Soviet space?..”

“The War is Worth Waging”: Afghanistan’s Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas
“…”The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe. An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys. The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said…”

The Afghan Drug Threat As It Is
“Riots in different parts of the world – in Western Europe, in Russia, in Central Asia (recently – in the Ferghana Valley), and in the North Caucasus – have been paid with the money raised through illegal drug trade… the West has not yet become fully aware of the Afghan drug threat. Central Asia manages to stop 5% of the heroin flow from Afghanistan; Russia – up to 40%, but when it reaches the Balkans, it becomes almost impossible to seize. Kosovo is a classical example of another NARCO-STATE, a safe haven for drug dealers, the province is the world’s major distributor of Afghan drugs…”

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