New at Strategic Culture Foundation 12-18 August 2012: Italy / Syria / Kosovo / China-Africa / Egypt / USA / UN

18 August 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Rethinking Italian National Interest and Strategy in a Changing World

18.08.2012 | 00:00 | Tiberio GRAZIANI, Daniele SCALEA

The world is rapidly changing. For some years now, even more rapidly. Systemic crises (and the following «great depressions») have historically caused an acceleration of the already existing dynamics of the rise and fall of powers: the 1873 crisis facilitated the rise of the USA and Germany relative to Great Britain, that of 1929 helped the German recovery and the USSR to cross its industrial gap. The crisis started in 2008 accelerates the rise of the so called «emerging powers» (in truth often already «emerged» for quite a while), particularly the BRICS, and above all China, while the until now dominant Western system of USA, Europe and Japan is losing ground…


Authors and Producers Behind the Blueprint for the Syrian Drama

17.08.2012 | 00:00 | Olga CHETVERIKOVA

…The «death triangle» comprising Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar plays games in Syria in tight coordination with the CIA… The multiplication of the brands of militants in Syria serves to reinforce the impression that the country is overwhelmed and, therefore, makes it easier for the West to sell what is happening as a full-blown civil war. The time is coming to call a spade a spade and to unmask those who inspire the Syrian bloodshed as the nation is trying to survive the clash with the global evil.


«Independent Kosovo»: Pathological Criminal Case – Global Scope (I)

16.08.2012 | 00:00 | Anna FILIMONOVA

The Western power centers use the «Republic of Kosovo» as a testing ground for working out the ways to create a quasi-state that could be defined as an «abnormal criminal case of global scope»… The Kosovo criminal organizations are far from being a shadow govenment, quite to the contrary the dysfunction of the «Republic of Kosovo» state structures makes them the only real ruling power… The Albanian mafia is the fifth organized structure in the world that distinguishes itself by «immense potential of growth»… The family connections let the Albanian mafia create an unbreakable criminal chain: the clans members have their daughters married to the «comrade in arms» from Afghanistan and Turkey. They create a producer-consumer chain…


Will soldiers be next?

15.08.2012 | 00:00 | Rafe MAIR

China has, it seems to me, only one option – gunboat diplomacy followed with force. This is the way it’s always been done and why should it be any different in this situation? The words “ah, hell, it can’t happen”, have historically been heard just before it in fact happens. Given China using force in Africa, what then would The United States and/or Russia do? What could they do?


Egypt’s Brothers stage pre-emptive coup

15.08.2012 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi has done the unthinkable – asserting civilian supremacy over the military. This was an act that was supposed to be way beyond the capacity of the Muslim Brotherhood for quite a while. Something precipitated it. Six decades of Egypt’s political history have been punctuated. But this is more than a turn in the tide of history. Countries far and near – United States, Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, in particular – will be keenly watching…


The Push to Ignite a Turkish Civil War Through a Syrian Quagmire

14.08.2012 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

…Erdogan’s government has managed to alienate Turkey from its most important neighbours, hurt the Turkish economy, and destabilize their country’s own borders. This, however, is only the tip of the iceberg compared to the damages they could unleash on Turkey. The Turks have been walking into a trap, where they are slated for a self-destructive kamikaze operation against Syria. The US-led siege on Syria intends to create chaos across the entire Middle East and ignite multiple regional conflicts. Violence and conflict from Syria are intended to consume Lebanon and Iraq too. Within this mêlée, Turkey has been slated to be weakened and divided – just as the US, NATO, and Israel have envisaged in their project to create a «new Middle East».


Who Will Replace Kofi Annan?

13.08.2012 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the UN and the League of Arab States joint peace envoy to Syria, announced his resignation before his tenure expires on August 31. The decision raised the issue of replacement… According to the information at hand, someone much more odious can take his place… Will Ahtisaari get the position and become an “undertaker” of Syrian statehood? There is information the Western capitals were inclined to choose this option some time ago but had to pause due to tough opposition from Russia…


Will the US Presidential Election Finally Become A Struggle between Left and Right?

12.08.2012 | 11:00 | Rafe MAIR

Those not well versed in US politics have a hard time understanding how it works, if that’s the appropriate word, including a lot of Americans. I suppose the hardest part for most is the absence of strictly left wing and right wing political parties. To understand that, to the extent it’s understandable, one must go back to the nation’s origin when Parties first appeared on the political scene…


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