New at Strategic Culture Foundation 13-19 January 2013: Middle East / Israel / Mali / Syria / Lithuania / India-Pakistan / Obama / Venezuela

19 January 2013Strategic Culture Foundation

In which good news is very bad

19.01.2013 | 10:52 | Rafe MAIR

To get down to basics, we have in the Middle East, a four pronged budding crisis, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel. Israel has nuclear weapons, Iran will soon have them and the royal family in Arabia are not long for this world. My crystal ball tells me that Egypt will end the 1979 peace treaty with Israel, Saudi Arabia will be governed by Wahabbi militants, and Iran will become a nuclear power with eyes on Israel which will continue to build, provocatively, settlements on occupied land. What will the US do? The better question is what can the US do?..


Are Israel’s fears about Chuck Hagel justified?

19.01.2013 | 10:41 | Dmitry MININ

Shortly before his inauguration, President Obama nominated Republican Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, showing his ability to make unexpected decisions to the surprise of many. Some are even worried – especially in Israel… Hagel was reminded about his refusal to sign a letter in support of Israel, his refusal to support action against the meeting between U.S. President George W. Bush with Yasser Arafat, and accusing Israel of aggression against the Lebanese people (in 2006), for his refusal to support the demand to recognize “Hezbollah” as a terrorist organization, his speeches in opposition to the inclusion of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, and against Iranian sanctions…


Mali: New Flashpoint on World Map

18.01.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

The battle to retake Mali‘s north from the al-Qaida-linked groups began in earnest on January 10 after hundreds of French forces deployed to the country and began aerial bombardments… Leaders from a number of countries, including NATO allies the United States and Canada, have said they’ll send troops or provide logistical support for the fight… The NATO’s intervention spurred a domino-like effect across Africa’s Sahel region… A dangerous chain reaction has been started. Now Mauritania, Niger and Algeria are targets for intervention. Should Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb be successful in carving out holdings in northern Mali, it will only be a matter of time before they begin crossing into Algeria… The next country at risk could be Morocco with regards to its Western Sahara issue…


Aleppo: Tragedy Continues

18.01.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitriy SEDOV

For the last one and a half year Aleppo has become a scene of large-scale battle, the major part of the city is under control of the so called Free Syrian Army. There is scarcity of food, especially bread; many areas are left without electricity. In a recent mopping up operation in a city quarter a large depot of medicine was found. It had been stolen from a city hospital and medical centers. Many a time “the friends of Syria” resort to provocations while waging an information war. Their main goal is to possibly increase the number of civil casualties and then blame it on the Syrian government. That’s what the Western response to the Bashar Assad’s peace proposals is like…


Gung-ho French in another fatal African attraction

17.01.2013 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

With France’s ignominious track record for disastrous military adventures on the African continent – the 1956 Suez Crisis comes most to mind – one would think that the former colonial power would have learned some prudence by now… With hundreds more French troops on the way and French tanks arriving from neighbouring Cote D’Ivoire, President Francois Hollande is in danger of leading his country into a fatal no-man’s land…


Lithuania: Stamped out Truth

16.01.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

The contemporary Lithuania uses the official interpretation of bloody events that took place in Vilnius on January 13 1991 as an ideological foundation for Russophobia-based confrontation with its eastern neighbor. It says “the Soviet soldiers committed an intentional murder of 13 unarmed people and one special operations serviceman”. The truth about what really happened, as well as the doubts over the official interpretation, are punishable crimes… Still, the truth about provocateurs-nationalists, who used automatic rifles and shot-guns to shoot at people down the street from the rooftops of buildings situated in front of TV tower, is coming into the open to be known by common people…


Indo-Pak Border Skirmishes

16.01.2013 | 00:00 | Aurobinda MAHAPATRA

India and Pakistan fought four wars in the past. The wars killed hundreds of thousands of people on both the sides of the border, and wasted many opportunities for peace. It was only in early 2000s that both the countries came together, and initiated people-centric confidence building measures… The skirmishes last week have affected the peace process of the past decade, and may lead to its derailment unless swift actions are taken to defuse the tension…


President Obama’s Crystal Ball

15.01.2013 | 00:00 | Rafe MAIR

President Obama has accomplished something that few could have foreseen a mere decade ago – not only is he the first black president, he’s the first to be re-elected taking away the argument that he was just one of those political accidents that come along once  in awhile. He has been re-certified as the Commander-in-chief of the world’s richest and most powerful nation. It is, frankly that which delineates his major problem. He must foresee the day when the US is no longer numero uno. He must foresee that which the Soviet Union could not – a diminution of power and prestige…


U.S. intelligence agencies are preparing for the developing crisis in Venezuela

15.01.2013 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

Vice President Nicolas Maduro, speaking at a rally in Caracas, warned Venezuelans that the enemies of the revolution are planning a series of «targeted killings» to provoke riots in the streets of the towns and cities to test the strength Bolivarian leadership.  In various parts of the country, stores of smuggled weapons and ammunition have been found, which indicates the involvement of Langley in the Venezuelan crisis… Back in September 2012, the former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy recommended to the U.S. administration that they intervene in the internal affairs of the country to help the process of «transition to democracy»… Now Washington is focused on the dramatic conclusion of Chavez’s disease…


Military Intervention in Mali: Special Operation to Recolonize Africa

14.01.2013 | 00:00 | Alexander MEZYAEV

The military operation in Mali launched on January 11 is another vivid example of special activities aimed at recolonization of the African continent. It’s an orderly and consistent capture of new African territories by Western powers. They have got hold of Sudan by dismembering it (taking away the oil deposits from the major part of the country), the Nigerian oilfields have been captured in accordance with the International Court of Justice rulings, Libya has been captured as a result of direct military intervention, Cote D’Ivoire has been conquered thanks to a small-scale military action conducted under the aegis of the United Nations. The way to do the things differ, but the result is the same. The process of recolonization picks up momentum in Africa…


Afghan President Karzai Pays Visit to Washington

13.01.2013 | 08:56 | Andrei AKULOV

The views on Afghanistan’s future may differ, of course. But they all agree the likelihood of plunging into the quagmire of political and military turmoil is great. With US troops gone, the chances of Taliban control of large portions of the country and a civil war are the most probable scenario… It’s clear the US has lost the war. It’s just testifies to the fact that the era of US dominance in the world is over, its rearguard is just shooting back. The time comes for a new kid in town on the world map. But that’s a different story with a scenario impossible to predict…


Israeli spy was central cog in nuclear weapons proliferation alliance

13.01.2013 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

It is clear that during the middle of December of last year that the Obama White House had settled on former Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be the Secretary of Defense… The pro-Hagel circles needed a secret weapon to counteract the Israel supporters who would stress that Hagel was not supportive of the «special relationship» between the United States and Israel. There was no better way to demonstrate that Israel was no special ally of the United States but a longtime hostile intelligence threat to America by declassifying a large part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Damage Report arising from the intense espionage carried out by one-time U.S. Naval Intelligence spy Jonathan Jay Pollard on behalf of Israel…


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