New at Strategic Culture Foundation 18-24 November 2012: USA / Israel / Syria / Gaza / Obama

24 November 2012 Strategic Culture Foundation

The American Gulag as the latest form of capitalism (II)
24.11.2012 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

The American example of the use of prison labor in the interests of private capital was contagious. Private prisons also appeared in a number of other states – the UK, Sweden, Estonia, Australia, and Brazil… In Japan, in May 2007, the first new prison in 50 years opened, which immediately gained the status of «private».  In Estonia, which has the highest percentage of prisoners in Europe (relative to the total population – 0.34), there are two private prisons. In Latvia, a few years ago, the Justice Department was considering construction of private prisons as a way to bring the country out of crisis. Similar projects are also being discussed in Lithuania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. We are witnessing the birth of «prison capitalism» worldwide…

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The American Gulag as the latest form of capitalism (I)

23.11.2012 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

An interesting paper was recently published on «Democracy in America today», and it commented in particular, on an aspect of the American prison system. It mentioned the so-called «commercial prisons»: «In the U.S. this is a thriving» business «, which operates using prison labor. One in 10 prisoners in the country is held in a commercial prison. In 2010, two private prison corporations made about $ 3 billion in profit.  This is quite a new social phenomenon in American life and deserves to be described in more detail…

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Israeli ?rimes Expose US Arab Despots

23.11.2012 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s hasty diplomatic shuttle from Southeast Asia to the Middle East this week can be seen as reflecting Washington’s priority to shore up stability in the region. It is a deep apprehension to maintain a shaky status quo that motivates Washington’s concern, not negotiating an end to appalling violence and human suffering in Gaza

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Syria the Bleeding and Spreading Wound (III)

22.11.2012 | 11:28 | Najmuddin A. SHAIKH

As was expected the meeting of Syrian insurgents / opponents of the Bashar regime in Doha hosted by Qatar but having the strong backing of the USA and its allies along with the GCC countries came up with a creation of a new Syrian Opposition group called «The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces»… The 12 point agreement to set up the Coalition would create a Supreme Military Council, a Judicial Committee and a transitional government-in-waiting of technocrats. It was also agreed that the parties work «for the fall of the regime and of all its symbols and pillars,” and would rule out any dialogue with Assad’s government…

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US Armed Forces Go Through Robot Revolution

22.11.2012 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

During the Iraq invasion in 2003 the US Armed Forces inventory numbered just a few unmanned devices, none of them armed, none on the ground. A dozen years have passed. Now it has 7000 robots in the air and over 12,000 on the ground. US military policy documents reflect clear plans to increase the autonomy of weapons systems… These new weapons are not covered by any international legal boundaries. It’s not an issue to turn a blind eye on. There is obvious expediency to address it internationally in an urgent manner before it’s too late…

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The geopolitics of the conflict in Gaza: U.S. calculations and miscalculations (III)

21.11.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

As soon as Obama was re-elected president of the USA, many came to expect that the relationship between Israel and the U.S. would deteriorate sharply, as everybody remembers the swordplay between the head of the White House and the Israeli Prime Minister, as well as the outright bet on the Republican candidate Mitt Romney by Netanyahu. It appears, however, that those who thought so greatly exaggerated. Those who were right were mindful of the strategic nature of relations between the two countries and the enormous influence of the Jewish lobby in the U.S….

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The geopolitics of the conflict in Gaza: Hamas’ calculations (II)

20.11.2012 | 16:13 | Dmitry MININ

Israeli experts point out that as a result of the “Arab Spring” Hamas has significantly increased in military-technical and political terms. Moreover, in recognizing their responsibility for launching rockets at Israel, which it avoided until recently, Hamas has demonstrated that it no longer fears a direct confrontation with the Israeli military machine…A ground operation against Hamas in Gaza can be a repeat of the sad experience of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 2006. The Islamists in Gaza are no less powerful, trained and motivated than Hezbollah, which forced the then Israeli army, perhaps for the first time in its history, to withdraw due to high battle losses in southern Lebanon, and without solving any of the objectives…

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The Assads: Washington’s one-time favorite family in Damascus

20.11.2012 | 08:36 | Wayne MADSEN

Archived declassified files from the Central Intelligence Agency point to successive U.S. administrations supporting Syria’s long-serving President Hafez al-Assad, the father of current President Bashar al-Assad, as a bulwark against Arab radicals. Israel also recognized Hafez al-Assad as the “most pragmatic” of all the Arab leaders of his day…
 

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The Geopolitics of the Conflict in Gaza: The Israeli Plans (I)

20.11.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

The whole course of events  proves that the Israeli military and the state machine operate in accordance with a predetermined plan, and it consciously and deliberately provoked the conflict in Gaza…Events around Gaza have, on the one hand, intimidated the Palestinian leadership, and on the other, served as a dress rehearsal for its removal…Consequently, from December a truly great war against the Palestinians may begin…

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Obama II and the Middle East

19.11.2012 | 07:18 | Rafe MAIR

As it has for decades, the Middle East is a simmering pressure cooker and the causes are too many to list…Israel is nuclear armed and quite prepared to use force against any threat to the balance of power which at this moment is Iran. The issue is not a fair deal for Palestinians – no one really cares for them although a settlement would obviously cool tempers. In fact for Israel the Palestinians are a buffer. This is President Obama’s challenge – how would you handle it?

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The fight against “banksters” or a bomb under America?

19.11.2012 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

After the financial crisis of 2008-2009, there were constant “nagging attacks” on the U.S. banking system. It all started with the action of the billionaire Michael Bloomberg against the Federal Reserve System, who demanded the disclosure of information about how much and to which banks the Federal Reserve gives credit. Then a storm arose in the U.S. Congress… America has not seen this for almost a century since the creation of the Federal Reserve in December 1913. Even President Obama has allowed himself sometimes to be sharply critical in statements addressed to the banks. Finally, last year in various cities in America, like mushrooms after the rain, protest groups appeared under the name “Occupy Wall Street»…

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Obama – Version 2.0 (II)

18.11.2012 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

 The first term foreign policy heritage and the relationship with other countries of the world before the second term starts appear to be no less complex than the internal issues, which are of primary concern for the US President at present…

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