New at Strategic Culture Foundation 3-9 February 2013: Suyria / Turkey / CIA-Paraguay / USA-Russia / IMF / Israel / Cuba / UK-EU / Water

9 February 2013Strategic Culture Foundation

OIC Summit at Cairo and the Syrian Crisis

09.02.2013 | 11:03 | Aurobinda MAHAPATRA

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit at Cairo indicates that the 57-member Islamic body has endeavored to evolve a dialogue format to resolve the crisis in Syria. Despite differences among members on sectarian lines, the summit, held on 6th and 7th of February 2013, posed a common front in urging the Syrian government and opposition to engage in ‘serious dialogue’ for the resolution of the conflict… The meeting of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi, the first ever meet between the highest officials of the two countries after a gap of 34 years, was one of the major focus of national and international media. Morsi gave a red carpet welcome to Ahmadinejad…


Turkey: Facing International Responsibility
09.02.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitriy SEDOV

…The stability of Middle East has always been intertwined with interethnic and interconfessional relations in the region. General order and Ankara’s siding with radical extremist forces engendered by the Arab Spring are incompatible things.  The Turkey-fuelled rebellion in Syria will hardly be limited by the territory of one country; it could spill over and destabilize Turkey itself.   Today Ankara coordinates activities with Washington’s Persian Gulf puppets on strings.  But Turkey is a major actor in West Asia; it has much greater international responsibility in comparison with the Gulf oil monarchies. Will Turkey be able to be up to par and face its international responsibility with dignity?


CIA Orchestrates Pre-Election Campaign in Paraguay
08.02.2013 | 09:34 | Nil NIKANDROV

The marked increase in numbers at the US embassy in Asunción over the past year is being necessitated by the need to maintain control over the Paraguayan government. The pre-election campaign is in full swing and in order to «manage it by hand», the intelligence apparatus operating under the roof of the US embassy need staff reinforcements. Political forces potentially hostile to the interests of the United States must not be allowed to come to power… The Robinson 44 helicopter crash that killed Lino Oviedo, one of the Paraguayan presidential candidates, briefly became a world sensation…


Back on Track to Normalcy Instead of Reset. In the Wake of Munich Conference
07.02.2013 | 09:44 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The 49th Munich international security conference had some hidden obstacles. First of all, it took place at the time of utter uncertainty concerning the Syria’s situation. A solution requires close cooperation between the USA and Russia just exactly when the bilateral relations go through hard times… A practice of mutual concessions is not a part of US diplomacy’s traditions. It’s something else they are accustomed to…


IMF Information Leaks: Central Banks Gold Manipulations
07.02.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

By the end of XX the most meticulous, nit-picking experts started to suspect there was something wrong with the gold market operations. To be exact: even if the gold prices were not getting lower, still they were evidently lagging behind the price hikes for all other world market commodities. Gold prices went down against the stock exchange indices, real estate etc. No large deposits were discovered at the time, no golden meteorites fell on earth. Underestimated prices were hard blows against gold producers. Some of them wanted to make head or tail of it, so they created GATA (Gold Anti-Trust Action). They suspected there was a group of wrong doers conducting activities on the world market who were united in a trust that manipulated gold prices to bring them down…


Israel Strikes Syria: First Act of «Endgame»?
06.02.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

Speaking at the defense chiefs meeting in Munich, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak finally confirmed what the news agency had been raising ballyhoo about for the previous few days: the Israeli Air Force had launched a military operation against the legitimate government of Syria. It gave rise to speculations about a large-scale military intervention to start pretty soon. Barak acknowledged the fact in his usual ambiguous manner leaving a lot of ground for different interpretations…


Obama Keeping Guantanamo as a Staging Area for Occupation of Cuba
05.02.2013 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

President Obama ran for president in 2008 on a promise of closing down the U.S. prisoner detention center at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Recently, Obama went back on his word by ordering closed down the State Department office in charge of closing down the detention camps. On January 22, 2009, two days after Obama was sworn in as president, he issued an Executive Order that stated; «The detention facilities at Guantánamo for individuals covered by this order shall be closed as soon as practicable, and no later than one year from the date of this order.» Four years later, the Guantanamo detention centers remain open…


Odd Man in, Odd Man Out
05.02.2013 | 00:00 | Rafe MAIR

The UK will, within the next couple of years, hold a referendum on whether or not to continue its membership in the EU and will vote to get out – if they’re not booted out first. To understand Britain one must remember that they have never really been in… 


Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan: Rising Menace
04.02.2013 | 00:00 | Aurobinda MAHAPATRA

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has become a concern in Eurasian region…  As northern Afghanistan borders Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, it has become convenient for IMU to use porous borders and play havoc in Central Asia. Its cousins in Central Asia like Jundullah (soldiers of Allah) have recently been active in countries like Kazakhstan. Like IMU, the Jundullah has its base in border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan…


World Banking Business: Shocking Data
04.02.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) was created at the G20 summit in April 2009, the time the world financial crisis was in full swing. By the end of 2012 it issued its Global Shadow Banking Monitoring Report, assessing the information on the activities of banks and other financial bodies in 2011 1. The global shadow banking system grew to $67 trillion, a figure comparable to the same year’s global GNP. It strikes imagination and drastically changes the whole vision of the world economy…


Water: the Next Frontier for Crisis Capitalism?
03.02.2013 | 00:00 | David KERANS

…We know, of course that very powerful monied interests are happy to fuel denial of global warming. Meanwhile, other powerful monied interests are devising ways of profiting from some dimensions of the developing climate crisis. Arguably the most important theater of operations in this respect is water… The list of investors acquiring or preparing to acquire water-related assets is long, and it is imposing: big banks, SWFs, multinational corporations, targeted hedge funds, tycoons, and pension funds all figure in large numbers…


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