New at Strategic Culture Foundation 19-25 February 2012: Kosovo / Syria / UN / Arab League / Russia / China /Venezuela / Afghanistan

25 February 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Kosovo Serbs Caught in Crossfire from Three Points

25.02.2012 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The debates over Serbia’s bid for the status of a EU candidate, which are due to open in Brussels in March, will likely provoke a new round of destabilization in the Serbian districts of the province. The February 14-15 referendum in four Serbian communities in northern Kosovo confirmed the obvious: their populations continue to overwhelmingly reject the Albanian ethnic rule… One gets a distinct impression that the Kosovo Serbs are in the process of switching to a completely independent role in the Balkan politics, challenging Pristina, Brussels or, if necessary, Belgrade…


The Syrian Crisis and World Politics

24.02.2012 | 00:00 | Boris DOLGOV

On February 24 a “Friends of Syria” meeting is to take pace in Tunisia. The Syrian leadership received no invitation and, as Washington said, Russia’s participation is “not needed”. Russia refused to take part. The USA, Great Britain, France, Turkey, the Arab League and the “Istanbul opposition” are among participants. They concentrate forces for a military action. The US reconnaissance aircraft already fly over the Syrian airspace, some sources say, the British special operations forces are already operating in the territory of Syria.


The sheep look down

23.02.2012 | 00:00 | William BOWLES

“The Sheep Look Up”, John Brunner’s remarkably prescient ‘science fiction’ novel, first published in 1972 concerns the destruction of the entire environment in the US and the rise of a ‘corporately sponsored government’ leading to the eventual total breakdown of US society…


The UN General Assembly Vote Threatens Palestine as much as Syria

22.02.2012 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

It was very apparent that the aggressive U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, and her staff worked behind the scenes to achieve the 137 vote in favor of the anti-Syria resolution. The vote came amid fears that Syria would end up in the same predicament as Libya, also the target of UN-manipulated Western intervention and now wracked by civil war. As they did in Libya, U.S.-supported “Al Qaeda” elements entered Syria to foment insurrection against Assad…


Arab League As An Anti-Arab Weapon

21.02.2012 | 00:00 | Elena PUSTOVOITOVA

The Arab League lauded the West’s new onslaught on the Middle East and volunteered a blessing to unspecified “peacekeeping forces” that would be dispatched to Syria to dislodge Assad. Who, under the scenario, would take his place? Either the Arab League is moving too fast while the Western intelligence services are unprepared to offer a candidate or those leave it entirely to the Arab League to dispose of Assad… Unlike the Arab League, Damascus has no chance to get heard in the West. Considering that Syria was among the founders of the League, it would be interesting to get an idea from whose name the group might be speaking under current circumstances…


«Kill Every Russian and Every Chinese in Syria…»

20.02.2012 | 10:51 | Dmitriy SEDOV

…What is the likely result of encouraging Syrian rebels to target Russians and Chinese in terrorist strikes? In a quest for global publicity, sooner or later, the new terrorists will be indiscriminately hunting US and British citizens along with Russians. As in the case of Afghanistan, the West’s own policies will boomerang, and then the US may see some sort of September 12 as a replay of September 11.


US Trojan Horses in Venezuela

20.02.2012 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

Several days ago, representatives of 55 Venezuelan NGOs called the international community to rise to the defense of democracy in the country at a media event in Miami, charging Hugo Chavez with threatening democracy, neglecting human rights, and igniting a civilian conflict in Venezuela. The participants of the event pledged that the campaign built around the demand to put the Venezuelan leader on trial would continue in order to keep Chavez’s regime under permanent pressure, and its coordinator Carlos Fernandez announced that an appeal had been supplied to the Hague Tribunal to make Chavez face justice over nothing less than alleged crimes against humanity…


UN Cardsharpers or Bloodthirsty Resolution

19.02.2012 | 00:00 | Alexander MEZYAEV

The UN General Assembly voted on the Syria draft resolution on February 16 in New York… The Syrian ambassador emphasized the resolution didn’t mention the need for the Syrian opposition to disassociate themselves from the armed groups and condemn terrorist acts what goes to show true intentions of the draft co-authors… The gist of the resolution becomes clear in the clause «c» of paragraph 6 that envisages that the Syrian government «withdraw all Syrian troops and armed forces from cities and towns, and return them to the original home barracks». This is the most bloodthirsty condition aimed at making civilian deaths numbers as great as possible against the background of mass terror against peaceful population. Everyone who voted «yes» should understand it…


Afghan Peace Talks in Qatar: Coping with Frogs

19.02.2012 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

The two-day trilateral summit of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran, which concluded in Islamabad on Friday, has exposed the fault lines in the Afghan peace process… There is recognition today that the Barack Obama administration’s Afghan ‘surge’ at best produced patchy results that are not sustainable and the Afghan forces’ capacity to shoulder the responsibility for security is in doubt… To be sure, Taliban sense victory. And so does Pakistan…


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