22 October 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation
Can the US “contain” Pakistan?
21.10.2011 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR
…The US’s expectation would be that the kaleidoscope of US’s ties with Pakistan can always be tilted once the Washington-Kabul strategic agreement and the NATO summit in Chicago in May go through, irrevocably establishing the western military presence in Afghanistan. Precipitating a crisis in the relationship with Pakistan at this juncture becomes a geopolitical necessity for the US despite its apparent madness. It is a dangerous game.
Britain’s Public Worker Protest
20.10.2011 | 00:00 | Jeffrey R. KERR-RITCHIE (UK)
The British Chancellor of the Exchequer is scheduled to deliver his semi-annual statement on the economy on November 29. The Trades Union Congress (TUC), Britain’s umbrella labor organization representing 58 trade unions with nearly 6.5 million workers, has called for a nation-wide protest the following day… The government rejects the labor movement’s call for a national day of action…
Prospects for Russia-China geopolitical cooperation
20.10.2011 | 00:00 | Leonid IVASHOV
The geopolitical situation in the Middle East is even worse. Look at the so-called Arab Spring and you will see a strange role of the US in supporting the radical Islamist movements there. On doing so, Washington topples what have always considered as pro-American regimes meant to ensure stability in the region. Moreover, Turkey, not without the US approval, exchanges fire with Israel. The US develops the confrontation with Saudi Arabia and Iran, creating a kind of a coalition surrounding Iran in order to get ready for an attack…
Why did Admiral Stavridis come to Moscow?
19.10.2011 | 00:00 | Yuriy RUBTSOV
…The US plans are quite simple. In 2012 they are going to deploy in Poland nearly 100 Patriot missiles, prior to sending there its mid-range SM-3 interceptors. In May, 2011, Romania joined the US Third Site program, allowing the placement of SM-3 on its territory. Last month Turkey agreed to place the US AN/TPY-2 radar… Before visiting Russia, Admiral Stavridis went to Romania and Turkey, where he discussed the US and NATO missile plans in Europe…
Occupy The World! To the barricades comrades?
18.10.2011 | 00:00 | William BOWLES (UK)
…Sounds a bit like my favourite kind of socialism, William Morris’s version and not an overly ambitious objective given the political will to carry it out. But who will break up Shell or Goldman Sachs? Who will smash the military-industrial-media complex? Only a state owned and managed by the working class can undertake such a momentous task. OTY OTW…
Putin in Beijing: testing new political course
18.10.2011 | 00:00 | Igor TOMBERG
Though Vladimir Putin planned his two-day visit to Beijing (from October 11 to 12) as the current Prime Minister in the result but arrived there as the future president. It is quite symbolic that in his new status Putin made his first foreign to China where he definitely could not avoid speaking about changes in the Russian foreign policy, which is by all accounts turning towards the East. The receiving party, which traditionally gives Putin a warm welcome, has seized the shift of Moscow’s foreign policy and the commonality in setting strategic tasks on the global level…
India’s nuclear debate broadens
17.10.2011 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR
The national debate in India about the use of nuclear energy took a giant leap forward… The low-key “agitational” part of the Indian debate, meanwhile, has acquired a degree of militancy when on Friday protestors stepped up their campaign against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant, which is being built by Russia. The simmering agitation against the plant’s construction is showing signs of shifting gear. The agitators have blockaded access to the construction site. A confrontational situation may develop, with risk of violence…
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