New at Strategic Culture Foundation 16-22 December 2012: Egypt / Venezuela / US Space / Asia-China / N Korea / Syria Obama

22 December 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Aleut Internment Camps

22.12.2012 | 00:00 | Vladislav GULEVICH

…The movie called Aleut Story has hit the screens recently. This is the story devoted to the horrible events of 1942, when the population of the Aleutian Islands and the island of Pribilof was replaced and interned… The story of Japanese internment is more or less known in the United States… After the Japanese bombing of Dutch Harbor in Unalaska in 1942, the Alaska’s Aleuts followed the fate of Japanese Americans. The U.S. government required anyone with one-eighth of Aleut blood or more to be evacuated from the islands. Nobody told them where they were taken to. They were just forcibly moved to ships and taken to special camps (in all there were four of such locations). The living conditions were terrible: hunger, cold, deceases, death…


Chavez. Venezuela is on the Threshold of New Tests

21.12.2012 | 00:43 | Nil NIKANDROV

We cannot yet have complete confidence in a successful outcome of the fourth operation, which Hugo Chavez has undergone. Cuban oncologists and surgeons are doing their best to suppress the disease, and the metastases which appear despite the grueling sessions of chemotherapy. Chavez is optimistic, but this time, on December 9, this year, before flying to Havana, he did not exclude the possibility of his standing down early from the presidency, and he named his successor…


US Space Militarization Policy

21.12.2012 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

On December 11, 2012 the aircraft, a Boeing X-37B, was launched from Cape Canaveral to start its third test flight… The Orbital Test Vehicle (X-37B) was birthed by NASA in 1999… It’s an unmanned robotic reusable vertical take-off, horizontal landing spaceplane. The X-37B can re-enter Earth’s atmosphere and land autonomously with no pilot. The robot can even adjust its course in space instead of following the same predictable orbit once it’s aloft… The project’s total cost is unknown because the budget has been classified since the X-37B project was transferred to DARPA. The specific identity of the payload has not been revealed…


Kerry’s Southeast Asia war experience and U.S. – China ties

20.12.2012 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The United States has invited Myanmar to participate in military exercises in the region… The U.S. and India also conduct an annual joint special operations exercise called Yudh Abhyas 2012. The last was held in the desert of Rajasthan near the Pakistani border and there was little doubt about the identity of the fictitious country being attacked in Operation Desert Lark. The U.S. and Indian armed forces have conducted joint jungle warfare training as part of exercise Balance Iroquois at the Indian Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Vairengte in Mizoram, northeastern India. The exercises have not only involved U.S. and Indian troops, but also those from Bhutan, Bangladesh, Singapore, Nepal, and Israel. And in a move that threatens to inflame China, the U.S. military exercises have included members of the Indian Special Frontier Force, ethnic Tibetans who engage in counter-intelligence activities within historical Tibet, which extends beyond the borders of the Tibetan Autonomous region of China


Egypt erupts in anger. US harmonizes «moderate» Islamism (III)

19.12.2012 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

…If Obama’s nascent doctrine of harmonizing the forces of ‘moderate’ Islamism works in Egypt, US’ regional policies in the Greater Middle East will have entered a transformative phase. This doctrine has immense consequences for the US policies vis-à-vis the emergent situations in Jordan and Syria – and even in Central Asia or Afghanistan. As the Arab Spring progresses toward the Persian Gulf eventually, as is bound to happen, the US could hope to be on the ‘right side of history’…


North Korea’s Missile Launch: What Does it Mean in Practice?

19.12.2012 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

After several failures, including one this April, North Korea successfully launched a rocket on December 12, 2012 stoking international protests. The Unha-3 (also called Galaxy-3 in the West), which is the same vehicle as its Taepo Dong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), appeared to reach as far as the Philippines, as its first stage appeared to fall into the Yellow Sea and the second stage into the Philippine Sea. It is an apparent success for the country’s new leader, Kim-Jong-un, and a step toward the nation’s goal of mastering the technology needed to build an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)…


American child murder and the «Magnitsky Act»

18.12.2012 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

…In the U.S., «adoption» of children from Russia has long since become a very profitable business. Numerous intermediaries make many millions of dollars out of Russian children… It is worth mentioning last year’s official recognition by the Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, who said that 1260 «foster» children from Russia that went «missing» in recent years, had been found in private hospitals for organ transplants. That is why the symmetrical and fair Russian answer to the American «Magnitsky Act» should be a conviction and admission of guilt for: a) sadists from the U.S., that abuse children from Russia and b) the American judges and others «in law enforcement» who do not apply justice to these rapists and murderers…


Syria: Rebels Could Resort to Chemical Weapons Provocation

17.12.2012 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Multiple reports have appeared recently revealing that the US and its allies attack against Syria is imminent. A new propaganda story is getting more and more coverage today. According to unconfirmed reports, citing Western intelligence agencies, Syrian technicians are already loading artillery shells and airborne munitions with unconventional agents… The whole story makes the 2003 events, that had provoked the US and «the coalition of the willing» invasion of Iraq, come to mind. There was the same kind of weapons of mass destruction hype prior to launching the war that turned out to be an outright fabrication later…


A Stillborn Second Term? Obama Atop a Non-Viable System

16.12.2012 | 00:00 | David KERANS

In US history, second presidential terms have had a pronounced tendency to disappoint. The causes have ranged widely, from political scandal (think Nixon and Watergate) to personal scandal (think Clinton and Lewinsky) to a loss of credibility (think George W. Bush). But the upshot has been quite similar in all cases: an inefficacious second term of office. What would efficacy for President Barack Obama‘s second term mean, and how likely is he to accomplish it?..


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