New at Strategic Culture Foundation 2-8 October 2011: Tar Sands / China / Russia / Chavez / Pakistan / USA

8 October 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Tar Sands in Alberta and the Future of Obama
08.10.2011 | 00:00 | Rafe MAIR (Canada)
There is no question that Mr. Obama is being beaten up by the Republicans, especially the right wing “Tea Party” group… Mr. Obama is already being pummelled for bailing out big banks and brokerage houses, by his party, the Democrats, while the Republicans, under whose watch the market crashed blame him for not bailing out enough and, get this, for bailing out the big banks and brokerage houses in the first place…

Shaky prospects for the Eastern Partnership
07.10.2011 | 10:48 | Vladislav GULEVICH (Ukraine)
The meeting in late September of the member states of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) project (initiated by Poland and Sweden and targeting six post-Soviet states – Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) showed that Warsaw is still interested in the Euro-Atlantic integration of these countries, especially of the first three ones… Actually, the EaP project is aimed at breaking long cultural and historical traditions which used to unite Russia and it’s the former Soviet republics. The aim is also to let the West expand its military presence in the region, an initiative also launched by Poland…

Did Russia and China put end to the Arab Spring?
06.10.2011 | 00:00 | Irina LEBEDEVA (US)
On Tuesday, October 4th, Russia and China vetoed the UNSC resolution on Syria, which – if adopted – would have offered the implementation of the Libyan scenario in the country… 

Public component of Russia-China Energy dialogue
06.10.2011 | 00:00 | Igor TOMBERG
The coming visit of Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to China on October 11-12 will be aimed at giving stability to the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership in the economy. Energy industry traditionally tops the list of complicated and sometimes pressing issues of the Russian-Chinese partnership…

Shifting Power Alignments in South Asia
05.10.2011 | 00:00 | Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India)
The two-day visit of Afghan president Hamid Karzai to India starting from 4 October 2011 will play a key role in moulding power alignments in South Asia. His visit is taking place amidst tumultuous atmosphere aftermath of the Pak-US spat over the Haqqani network and the Chinese assurance of support with the visit of Vice Premier Meng Jianzhu to Islamabad last week…

US Demographic Revolution and Its Global Impact
04.10.2011 | 00:00 | Vladimir KOTLYAR
The breakneck US demographic dynamics and its potential global impact have been the subjects of intense debates over the past couple of decades. As can be understood from the US Census Bureau estimates, the share of White Europeans’ descendants in the US dropped from 83.4% in 1970 to 65% in 2010 and will further shrink to 46%-48% by 2050… In California, for example, only 40.1% of the residents were of European descent in 2010. At the moment Europeans do remain the majority in New York with 57%, but their part in the wider metropolitan area has decreased from 54.3% to 49.6% over the past decade…

US Out to Topple Chavez
03.10.2011 | 12:56 | Nil NIKANDROV
US media reports about Chavez’s health problems altogether read as a message persistently sent by Washington that the epoch of Chavez is over… The elections in Venezuela are slated for October 7, 2012… The US embassy in Caracas is busy implementing a broad plan supposed to help the opposition rise to power in Venezuela… Chavez said he expects to fully recover and retake an active role in politics in December. He has 9 months to brace for the most important elections in his whole life…

Next Stop is Pakistan
03.10.2011 | 00:01 | Wayne MADSEN (USA)
It does appear that for some Pentagon brass, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; the CIA under former U.S. Central Command and Afghanistan commander General David Petraeus; and top Republican and Democratic politicians that, indeed, Pakistan is next on the target list of nations that will soon be feeling the military muscle of the United States. Unlike other Muslim nations that have been subjected to U.S. military intervention, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya, Pakistan’s ultimate prize for the West is its nuclear weapons arsenal…

A Structural Decline in US Legitimacy
02.10.2011 | 00:00 | David KERANS (USA)
This recession reflects structural weaknesses in the US economy which are more liable to intensify than to recede. The salient structural weakness is the erosion of mid-level white collar jobs that provided several generations of Americans with good wages and opportunities to rise up the career ladder… Slowly but surely, it is dawning on more and more people that enrichment of the few at the expense of the many is much more than a function of impersonal forces like globalization and technology…

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