7 December, 2010 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Russia’s Pak tilt
03.12.2010 | 12:01 | BHADRAKUMAR Melkulangara (India)
The Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov’s consultations in Delhi on Monday came as traditional run-up to the annual India-Russia summits. President Dmitry Medvedev is due to visit India on Dec 21-22… Russia, being a global player, has no alternative but to respond to the US regional strategies apropos of long-term western military presence in Russia’s extended neighbourhood, Washington’s Great Central Asia strategy (aimed at rolling back Russian and Chinese influence)…
UNASUR Countries Against the Empire
02.12.2010 | 16:36 | NIKANDROV Nil
The highlight of the 4th UNASUR summit was the unanimous approval of “The Additional Protocol to the Constitutive Treaty of UNASUR on Commitment to Democracy” which stipulates that the UNASUR countries would mount collective resistance to any attempts to displace legitimate governments on the continent… It is time to put an end to Washington’s meddling in the domestic affairs of Latin American countries regardless of the pretexts cited by Washington such as struggle against terrorism, drug trafficking, smuggling, and human trafficking. Latin Americans can handle their own problems independently…
The US Electorate Moving Right? Or Just the US Administration?
30.11.2010 | 16:26 | KERANS David (USA)
The US government will not be willing to take the lead on the international stage in controlling global warming, limiting social inequality, bringing the financial sector to heel, or restraining its (since renamed) Global War on Terror. It will in fact try to obstruct healthy initiatives on all these critical issues. Happily, many countries are showing more spine to the US than they have in the past.
The Korean Peninsula: a Territory of Recurring Crises
29.11.2010 | 17:34 | VORONTSOV Alexander, REVENKO Oleg
On November 23 Pyongyang subjected the Yeonpyeong Island located 12-15 km away from the inter-Korean border to massive shelling… US-S. Korean military exercises involving a US marine group are to take place in the Yellow Sea on November 28-December 1. The exercises can be regarded as provocative in character given that they are conducted in the proximity of N. Korea’s coast and that landing operations are a part of the exercise plan… Washington will almost certainly take advantage of the crisis situation to exert greater pressure on China and indirectly on Russia…
Russian Presence on Tajik Border
29.11.2010 | 08:26 | SHUSTOV Aleksandr
Fightingdrug trafficking from Afghanistan has become one of the prior tasks for Russia in recent years as up to 30,000 Russians die from drug use every year… When Russian troops left Tajikistan in 2005 (only a small group of experts stayed to consult the border services), the situation got worse. Though very soon Tajikistan saw assistance from the U.S. and Europe, the Republic became one of the most active drug trafficking zones. When opium production in Afghanistan increased almost 40-fold, it was no longer possible to control the flow of drugs via Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan to Russia…
As hope of euro fails, Europe’s fate depends on Germans
28.11.2010 | 10:42 | NESTEROV Vladimir
On November 23, the German newspaper Die Welt wrote: “Hopes that euro will unite the society have failed”. On the contrary, the gap between the countries, which earlier had unstable currencies, and the countries, which were heading to stability, has become wider. Germans do not understand the love for consumption, which led Greece and Spaniard to debts. At the same time, in Southern Europe people have allergy to Germans’ appeals to save money and to set clear rules of the game. What will be further?
NATO and South Asian security
27.11.2010 | 10:35 | BHADRAKUMAR Melkulangara (India)
The Strategic Concept adopted at Lisbon envisages NATO’s prerogative to mount expeditionary operations globally. The Lisbon summit confirmed that the NATO military presence in Afghanistan will continue even beyond 2014… Overarching these considerations comes the U.S. strategy visualising NATO as the provider of security to the Silk Road that transports the multi-trillion dollar mineral wealth in Central Asia to the world market via the port of Gwadar…
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