New at SCF 10-17 November 2012: Japan-China-Korea / Syria / Obama / Myanmar / Russia / DEA / USA / Bahrain

17 November 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Once again on the territorial dispute between Japan and China and Korea (II)

17.11.2012 | 10:11 | Alexander VORONTSOV

Almost simultaneously with the aggravation of the territorial dispute between China and Japan, a long-standing dispute has sharply escalated between Japan and South Korea over  ownership of the Dokdo Islands (Korean name), they are also called Takeshima (Japanese name). If in the case of the Senkaku archipelago Japan carries administrative control, the Dokdo islands are under the sovereignty of the Republic of Korea (ROK)…To date, the picture is very dramatic. At the same time, albeit from different viewpoints, Japan`s territorial conflict with neighboring countries is really important for, the ROK, China and Taiwan, Russia …

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New Phase of Syrian Crisis

17.11.2012 | 00:00 | Boris DOLGOV

Political solution of Syrian crisis is the only viable way out of the crisis, provided the terrorist activities are quelled in the country. No need to say “it’s up to the Syrians to decide”. Nobody will give them a chance to tackle the issue on their own. Al Qaeda militants will do it for them. Then Transcaucasia, the North Caucasus, the Volga region and other parts of Russia will be directly threatened. An “Islam spring” will come to Moscow. The interests of Syrian people and Russia coincide; the goal is to prevent the defeat of Syria and collapse of its statehood, the ensuing destabilization of the Middle East and unimpeded expansion of Islamism…

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Obama – Version 2.0 (I)

16.11.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

The Obama’s victory seems to be convincing, still he received only 50% of all the voters – 3% less than in 2008. The situation when an incumbent president gets less votes than at the previous election while being elected for the first term, hasn’t taken place in America since WWII.  Moreover, the country is divided between Anglo-Saxon nexus of population predominantly voting for Romney and the minorities who rendered mass support to Obama. The Clash of Civilizations predicted by S. Huntington, can start in America

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Once Again on the Territorial Disputes between Japan, China and Korea (I)

15.11.2012 | 07:43 | Alexander VORONTSOV

The position of the main opponents. The crisis in Sino-Japanese relations broke out on Sept. 10, 2012, after Tokyo`s decision to buy out the Senkaku islands (in Chinese they are called the Diaoyu islands) from their private Japanese owner, over which the Land of the Rising Sun is currently implementing administrative controls, but are contested by China (and both Beijing and Taipei at the same time), remains at the center of international attention. It has been more than two months, but the new focus of the conflict, despite intense diplomatic efforts, it seems, is far from subsiding…

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Myanmar: New Geopolitical Status

15.11.2012 | 00:00 | Igor IGNATCHENKO

…The US started its efforts to create an anti-China military alliance during the Obama’s first term. Aptly instigating the neighbors apprehensions related to rapid economic rise of Chinese giant, Washington is pursuing the goal to cut China off necessary resources and potential allies. According to these plans, Myanmar is becoming an arena for a “big game” played to gain geopolitical influence in South-East Asia…

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Russia Faces New Missile Defense Threat

14.11.2012 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Japan is planning “to develop the drone, which will be equipped with an infrared sensor to seek out low-altitude missiles that could help detect a North Korean nuclear missile attack and to counter China’s military buildup”, the Japanese defense ministry report said on November 4… Being a US strategic ally and having a special agreement on missile defense technology cooperation, Japan’s will provide full access to whatever it comes up with to the United States. It means an advent of a new killing component for Russian intercontinental strategic ballistic missiles (ICBM) is to be expected pretty soon. Now the issue of US (and allies) – Russia divergence on the issue is becoming much more complicated than it has been until now…

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DEA Lends a Hand to Drug Traffickers in South America

14.11.2012 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

Think of a cozy piano bar on a quiet street in downtown Santiago de Chile, a romantic spot where dating couples, artsy types, and tourists hang out half-listening to old-time hits. Such must have been the place where a DEA agent stationed at the US embassy met with his contact, a high-ranking Investigations Police (PDI) officer, to discuss the arrangements – quantities, disguise, routes, and protection – for a business-as-usual drug trafficking operation, the supply of a shipment of cocaine from Bolivia via the Paso de Colina passage…

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012 Election in the US

13.11.2012 | 11:01 | David KERANS

The stakes in the 2012 presidential election in the US were quite real… The majority of American voters rejected the Republican agenda, that much is clear. But if that is what they voted AGAINST, what were they voting FOR? Were they voting for a traditional Democratic Party menu of protecting the social safety net, reversing galloping inequalities of wealth, and challenging the dominion of corporations, etc.? Or were they condoning the prevailing trajectory of Obama‘s first term, namely rolling concessions to the Right, in the interest of enlisting «bipartisan» support for modest reforms?…

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The U.S.A`s big problem

13.11.2012 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

Today, the America of the white Anglo-Saxons has won an «Enduring victory» over the «colored» poor and marginalized «global South» around the world. However, in the U.S., where the fastest-growing part of the population (including black radical Muslims) somehow associate themselves with these very poor and marginalized, these victories threaten to turn into a crushing defeat that puts an end to maintaining the shaky racial balance in the United States…

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High Stakes in Bahrain’s Repression

12.11.2012 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Connecting the dots of recent dramatic events in Bahrain spells one unmistakable message – the US-backed Al Khalifa regime is on the political ropes… The Western-backed monarchy has been facing continuous street protests over the past 21 months – since February 2011 – calling for an elected government to replace decades of misrule and corruption under one family…

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Obama Fights Terror: Results and Lessons Before Second Term

11.11.2012 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Now, when President Obama is re-elected for the second term, the time is propitious to review the concrete results of war waged by US and coalition forces against world-wide terror… The current developments strengthen the position of radical Islamists in the Middle East. The unsettled Arab-Israeli conflict and US actions in Afghanistan and elsewhere promote the growth of anti-American feelings… The question is how many more tragedies and human suffering is required for the United Sates ruling elite to understand its terror fighting policies are flawed? Will newly elected President Obama draw lessons and try to rectify the situation?

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Obama for a «second time» and Latin Americans: with no illusions

10.11.2012 | 14:02 | Nil NIKANDROV

Surfing the internet of about three dozen on line Latin American newspapers, I found that the reaction of the continent to the re-election of Barack Obama is generally positive, though far from any illusions… There is pessimism about the possibility of «breakthrough initiatives» from Obama in Latin America

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