New at Strategic Culture Foundation 29 January – 4 February 2012

4 February 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Iran against West: Air Defense Chance of Success

04.02.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitri TYMCHUK
There are two possible options on the table in case Israel and the West attack Iran. One envisages a missile strike launched by Tel Aviv followed by an adequate Iranian response. Then Nato steps in playing its favorite role of a “peacekeeper”. The other presupposes a clash between the US 5th operational Fleet and Iranian Navy in the Hormuz Strait. In both cases it’s missiles and aircraft that will strike Iran. It means air defense will bare brunt of the burden repelling the attack…

What the Taliban Readiness to Talk Means for Afghanistan

03.02.2012 | 00:00 | Najmuddin A. SHAIKH
The Taliban spokesman’s announcement that the Taliban are prepared to open an office in Doha Qatar and to hold talks with the Americans at that site has been the headline story in the international media for the last few days… A National Intelligence Estimate prepared by America’s 16 intelligence agencies for President Obama reportedly states that the Taliban have not given up on their ambition to rule all of Afghanistan… 

TeleSur closely watched by U.S.

02.02.2012 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV
The Latin American TV channel TeleSur (The New Television Station of the South) was launched in July of 2005. It became the first project of television broadcasting suggested by President Hugo Chavez… The WikiLeaks web site says that from the very first days when TeleSur was launched, the U.S. State Department and the CIA had demonstrated a very aggressive approach to what they described as ‘Chavez`s private TV channel’. Dozens of messages were sent from US embassies across Latin America to Washington, expressing concerns about ‘efforts’ made by the channel to stir up public protests, criticize the U.S. and its allies in the region, and ‘praise populist leaders and Cuban government’…

Postscript to Genocide

01.02.2012 | 14:04 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV
This week, French leader Nicolas Sarkozy will likely sign into law the controversial bill making it a criminal offense to deny that genocide was committed by Ottoman Turks against Armenians during World War I…Debates over the legislation are raging with unwavering intensity even though at the moment Sarkozy’s signature on it is in essence an accomplished fact.

Under the Jackboot of an American Secretary General, INTERPOL Now Tracking Dissidents

01.02.2012 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN
Welcome to the new INTERPOL – the International Criminal Police Organization — a carbon copy of the INTERPOL that was briefly headquartered in Berlin under the Nazi regime. Today, INTERPOL, an international law enforcement agency composed of 190 members nations,.. is tracking political dissidents while leaving gangsters and other criminals, especially those wanted by Russia, remain at large…

Currency Warfare: What are the Real Targets of the E.U. Oil Embargo against Iran?

31.01.2012 | 00:03 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA
The end of Iranian oil exports to the European Union and the decline of the euro will directly benefit the United States and the American dollar. What the European Union is doing is merely weaken itself and giving the American dollar the upper hand in its currency rivalry against the euro. Moreover, should the euro collapse, the American dollar will quickly fill much of the void… Moreover, the rise in everyday prices, ranging from food to transportation, will not be limited to the European Union, but will have global ramifications. As prices rise on a global scale, the economies in Latin American, Caribbean, African, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Pacific countries will face new hardship…

Uzbek-Tajik Relations at a New Low

31.01.2012 | 00:00 | Aleksandr SHUSTOV
The permanently tense Uzbek-Tajik relations sank to a new low in November 2011 – January 2012… There is firm belief in Dushanbe that the rail blockade imposed by Tashkent on Tajikistan came as a response to the intensification of construction of the Rogun Dam… At the moment, Uzbekistan seems to regard the Rogun project as the key threat to its national security as the dam has a potential to reduce the availability of water resources downstream the Amu Darya…

«Shoot First, Ask Questions Later»

30.01.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitriy SEDOV
The news of a plea deal for US Marine squad leader Frank Wuterich charged in connection with the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in 2005 neither caused a sensation nor even grabbed the headlines for a considerable period of time in the US media and the Internet. Initially, Wuterich faced three months of confinement… In stark contrast, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, for example, was locked up behind bars for 21 months in 2007 for arranging deadly dog fights at his house in South Virgina, but obviously the US justice finds it appropriate to value the lives of America‘s dogs above those of Iraqi civilians…

Missile Defense Deadlock: What Will It Lead To?

30.01.2012 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV
Moscow does not intend to propose any initiatives on missile defense, which the U.S. could interpret as concessions. This was stated by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, speaking on Ekho Moskvy radio station. He emphasized the negotiations on this subject proceed with difficulty, but they are not at an impasse. “A political decision is feasible, if there is a will to seek compromise,” – said the official. We cannot simply adopt the American position. This would amount to action in detriment of one’s own interests,” – added Ryabkov…

The Failed Coup in Bangladesh

29.01.2012 | 00:00 | Aurobinda MAHAPATRA
The Bangladesh army late this month revealed that it foiled a coup attempt against the democratically elected government, led by Sheikh Hasina. The army further revealed that the coup was organized by some middle ranking officers and some retired officers, who were mainly motivated by ‘fanatical religious views.’ Extremist and banned organizations played critical role in radicalizing some of the officers of the army with the ostensive motive of establishing an ‘Islamic Emirate of Bangladesh

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