Strategic Culture Foundation 11-16 March 2012: Europe / Russia / Middle East / Qatar / SCO / USA / Latin America

17 March 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Europe on the Brink
16.03.2012 | 00:00 | Vladimir NESTEROV

At the moment, it is open to debate whether the Greek default is a fairly inescapable outcome or an accomplished fact, but, clearly, getting the Greeks out of trouble is not the point for those who handle the situation. What Brussels, which has recently approved a new 130b bailout for Athens absent the reasons to believe that the previous one did any good, worries about are the financial sector’s potential losses, not the problems confronting the Greek population…

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Third Putin Term Poses New Foreign Policy Challenges for Russia and Eurasia

15.03.2012 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The third presidential term of Vladimir Putin will increase pressure on Russia from Western nations that have overtly and covertly sought to foment unrest throughout the Russian Federation. While such a threat is of the most immediate concern to Russia itself, another threat posed by the West will be the attempt by the West to pry more nations away from what is now considered by the military-industrial-intelligence complex in the United States and other NATO countries to be an emerging Russo-Sino bloc in Eurasia…

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Tensions Continue Darkening the Middle East and Menace World Peace

15.03.2012 | 00:00 | Carlos Pereyra MELE

…All these events pave the way to an explosive scenario in the Middle East towards the next move which could be an attack or the suffocation, fall, or consolidation of the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran, key piece in this chess game of world politics in the Middle East

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Qatar Rises to Become a New Center of Power in the Middle East

14.03.2012 | 00:00 | Roman KOT

Qatar‘s foreign policy reflects a plan to convert the country into a regional center of power with the backing from its Western partners… Doha seems to have sensed a novel model of expansion blending a generally pro-Western orientation with rigid traditionalism in the form of reliance on fundamentalist groups or even openly terrorist organizations. A seizable benefit of this line of conduct for Qatar is that it guarantees to the country’s investors the admission to the Arab and African markets where they successfully rival the EU and China.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization Trapped in Identity Searches

13.03.2012 | 00:00 | Alexander KNYAZEV

The US military presence in Afghanistan and Central Asia bears an increasingly corrosive effect on wider Eurasian stability… At the moment virtually every small country in Eurasia, from Kazakhstan to Georgia, is more of a pawn than of a player on the chessboard of global politics and has to adapt to the strategies pursued by more powerful trendsetters. It must be bluntly taken into account that only two countries – Russia and China – can be regarded as such in the post-Soviet Central Asia.

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John McCain beats the drum of war

12.03.2012 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

On March 5 Republican Senator John McCain urged the United States to launch airstrikes against Syria to force the government out of power. The Senator called for military intervention without further delay. McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and the GOP’s senior member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the U.S. should start arming Syria’s rebels and spearhead military efforts to support them… John McCain stated the USA needs no UN resolution to launch the attack. He said the historic precedent is more important than a mandate and adduced the example of NATO’s military action in Kosovo in 1999 without formal U.N. authorization…

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Putin’s Progress

12.03.2012 | 00:00 | Rafe MAIR

Mr. Putin will flex Russia’s muscles in days to come… President Putin will not act hastily because he doesn’t have to. He has lots of time… What should get Washington’s attention is that Russia will return to the Middle East where the Arab Spring is putting a lot of new players into the game… What about Russia’s relationship with the US? This depends upon the US election next November… Thus the overwhelming concern is what will Russia be like with a strong, disciplined president who, with at least 6 years ahead of him, will brand his image on national and world affairs.

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Laws vs. Color Revolutions in Latin America

11.03.2012 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

At present, all forms of foreign support for Venezuelan NGO‘s are outlawed… By the law, Venezuelan NGO leaders caught getting money from abroad lose the right to engage in political activities for a term of five to eight years. The right to take part in electoral campaigns can be revoked or serious measures of fiscal character are applicable for repeated offense. The law includes specific provisions – a combination of large fines and deportation – for foreigners invited to Venezuela by NGOs and publicly expressing disregard for the Venezuelan government institutions or statesmen…

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