New at Strategic Culture Foundation 6-12 January 2013: US / Syria / Christianity / Hagel / Russia-EU-US

12 January 2013Strategic Culture Foundation

From Lower Class to Prison Caste: the US Shackles Itself

12.01.2013 | 00:00 | David KERANS

The economic hardships of the past few years and the rise of the Occupy Wall Street movement have made Americans more aware than at any time in living memory of the extraordinary inequalities of wealth that have built up in their society. From bloggers’ datapoints to professors’ treatises, a steady stream of publications has been feeding the nation’s growing appetite for information on inequality and explanations for its emergence…


Syrian Endgame. Quick victory in Middle East or Big Regional Fire?

11.01.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

Many think the events in Syria are nearing the climax. The West and Israel are openly talking about the «endgame» soon to come. Any peace initiatives put forward by Bashar Assad are flatly refused from the start, like the one he came up with at the beginning of 2013. The only thing demanded is his resignation and transfer of power to the opposition that enjoys the Western support. The indications of an imminent foreign intervention are becoming more tangible… The presence of Russian Naval flotilla in the region is expedient, it has a sobering effect. The ships have Marines on board…



10.01.2013 | 00:00 | Alexander MEZYAEV

The desecration of Islam and Muslim discrimination are widely debated by media. The cartoons in Denmark, the ban on hijab in France, the Innocence of Muslims movie and the desecration of Quran by US servicemen in Afghanistan etc. – all these kind of stories were going around being by agencies newswires. The plight of Christians is not so much in the focus of public attention, but in reality it’s terrifying: every five minutes a Christian is killed for his faith, over one hundred million Christians are being persecuted nowadays. At the beginning of 2011 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted the Resolution «On the Situation of Christians in the Context of Freedom of Religion» condemning the killings and discrimination against Christians in several countries… Yet, in the period of 2011-2012 the persecutions against Christians have been considerably on the rise…


Obama’s choice of Hagel as US defence secretary

09.01.2013 | 10:57 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

Hagel is an extraordinary person for the US president to walk with at this point in America’s trajectory as the world’s lone superpower with a military spending that outstrips the rest of the world added up… Hagel is someone who opposed the Iraq war and in fact he went on to seek an investigation over the reasons given by the George W. Bush administration to justify the 2003 invasion. He is someone who questioned the ‘surge’ in Afghanistan and drew parallels with Vietnam and who is a strong critic of economic sanctions in general. And, by the way, he favors talks with Hamas…


013 Defense Budget – No Real Cuts

09.01.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

On January 2, 2013 President Obama signed the new FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The law, which has passed for 51 straight years, sets Defense Department policy and authorizes $633.3 billion in defense spending… Defense consumes almost 20 percent of the U.S. budget… The huge debt is damaging the basis of US might – its economy, it’s much more of a national security threat than terrorists, or so called rough states with primitive rockets, the goal of keeping up global leadership may lead to overstretching and final collapse. The FY 2013 defense budget proves the dangerous trend is continuing unhampered…


Russia: an Indispensable Vector for Economic Recovery in Italy and in the European Union

09.01.2013 | 00:00 | Tiberio GRAZIANI

The current economic recession that pervades the entire European Union has virulently hit some of its member countries, including Greece, Italy and Spain, with the effect of contributing further – on the geostrategic and geopolitical level – to the instability of the entire Mediterranean quadrant… The time seems ripe, therefore, accelerated by crisis in the Western system, to field a macro-regional strategy shared by Moscow and Rome for the modernization/industrialization of the Eurasian landmass, with the Italian contribution in terms of scientific knowledge, technology and experience in the context of long-term investments ensure success…


U.S. punitive law targets Russian government

06.01.2013 | 15:29 | Wayne MADSEN

The imposition of a Cold war-style law by the United States, the Magnitsky Act, which bars certain Russian officials believed by the United States government to have been responsible for the death of Russian accountant-lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, is a replacement for the Jackson-Vanik Act, which anchored U.S.-Soviet relations to the granting of exit visas for Soviet Jews to move abroad. The Magnitsky Act’s formal name, «Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012», links Magnitsky directly to the repeal of Jackson-Vanik, the latter a bill that gave the Israel Lobby virtual veto authority over every aspect of U.S.-Soviet relations: primarily trade but also disarmament; scientific, technical, and cultural exchanges; and airline landing rights…


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