New at Strategic Culture Foundation 3-9 March 2013: Venezuela / USA-Race / Resources / Libya / Obama / Empire

9 March 2013 Strategic Culture Foundation

Why US Cannot Forgive Chavez Easily (II)
09.03.2013 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

The legacy of Hugo Chavez is a many-splendored thing. Venezuela is a country with a population of around 30 million with limited national strength and yet Chavez’s death is being noted and discussed as an international event of much significance… Looking back, Chavez succeeded in his mission to undermine the US influence all over Latin America and he probably succeeded on a scale that even Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in their heyday could not have…

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Why US Cannot Forgive Chavez Easily (I)
08.03.2013 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

Chavez evokes strong feelings in the American mind. The Republicans on the Hill gloated that it is a good thing that Chavez died. Both the Democrats and the Republicans visualize that a chance has turned up to put behind the long period of strained US-Venezuelan ties and open a new page. However, as the day wore on, the US state department stepped in to hold a special briefing, which gave a nuanced American reaction, perhaps in an attempt to finesse the intemperate political outbursts of the Congressmen as well as to convey a complex set of signals to the leadership in charge in Caracas…

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Venezuela After Chavez
07.03.2013 | 09:56 | Nil NIKANDROV

The leader of Venezuela is gone at 58. He has not had time enough to fulfill even a half of his plans. A man of action, he has set an example for the left-wing forces of the continent. His demise will certainly slow down, perhaps temporarily, the reforms in the Western Hemisphere associated with his name… He was often called the Liberator of the XXI century and compared to Simon Bolivar, who fought against Spanish colonial yoke. He did a lot to free Venezuela from economic and political dependence on the United States: oil industry was nationalized; the process of Latin America’s integration was accelerated. The historic significance of Chavez will be becoming more distinct as time goes by…

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Black Jubilee of White America on Horizon
07.03.2013 | 00:00 | Alexander LEVCHENKO

There is a plethora of US public organizations created to defend racial, ethnic and religious rights. Few of them think the creation of their own state on the territory of the USA is the only way to achieve justice for colored Americans like the Nation of Islam… Created in 1930 it immediately attracted the attention of American special services… Since then, the FBI included the Nation of Islam into the list of extremely dangerous groups, though, unlike the leaders of Muslim radicals, its leaders never called for toppling the US government, terror actions, and not even street protests. Moreover, the members are forbidden to take arms… So, the US government opposes the Nation of Islam just because its members are Muslims and openly express their discontent with the authorities from point of view of their vision of social justice… Probably the Nation of Islam has made the US establishment remember what Zbigniew Brzezinski told the Council on Foreign Relations in Canada and again at Yaroslavl forum in Russia – the USA is facing a social storm threatening to become a social tornado razing it all to the ground…

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U.S. Eyes Rare Earth Elements under the Pacific
06.03.2013 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

With the scramble for rare earth elements in the Pacific now underway, it was no coincidence that the U.S. Navy recently deployed the USS Freedom, the first prototype littoral combat ship, on its maiden voyage across the South Pacific to Singapore, a burgeoning U.S. naval base in the region that is seeing as much U.S. naval activity as the former U.S. naval base at Subic Bay in the Philippines…

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Sequester: What Does It Mean for US Military Might?
06.03.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

On March 1, 2013 President Barack Obama signed into law a directive triggering the sequester… $42 billion in mandatory cuts to the U.S. defense budget has gone into effect… Defense consumes almost 20 percent of the U.S. budget. The country spends more on it than anything else. At present, the military expenditure exceeds combined military spending of all other countries in the world… No way the sequester puts to doubt the US global commitments, make it curb its foreign presence or cede the supremacy to anyone else. The fact that the special operations forces are immune from cuts is a good example…

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Venezuela: Decisive Rebuff to Outside Destabilization Efforts
05.03.2013 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

Obviously, the Venezuelan opposition emissaries coordinate their destabilization activities with the United States.  The acts of sabotage have been renewed in Venezuela. Hundreds of tons of foodstuffs are taken out of the country. Some food is taken by entrepreneurs to clandestine storages, some transported to neighboring countries, and some is doomed to rot. Electricity lines and substations are subject to subversive actions. Water supplies are regularly interrupted. Street violence, especially in workers districts, is on the rise… The hopes are pinned on inciting chaos…

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Remember Libyan Jamahiriya
04.03.2013 | 00:01 | Alexander MEZYAEV

Libya was a self-sufficient, prosperous state which collapsed two years ago. It makes remember the dramatic events and what it resulted in. First of all, it was a new type of war, a “virtual revolution” and the United Nations Security Council’s resolutions were based on…editing the stages of a TV movie… After the events in Libya, election results and adherence to internal law stopped being yardsticks for judging the legitimacy of state power. It was the statements by foreign leaders (the President of the United States, for instance) that mattered now… The elimination of Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya was the end of a large-scale world project, an alternative pattern of society…

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Obama, an Activist in His Last Term?
04.03.2013 | 00:00 | Rafe MAIR

In assessing the situation as President Obama begins his second term one very important point must be made – unlike most parliamentary democracies there is no leader of the opposition. Strangely, this works to the disadvantage of Mr. Obama… Probably the president’s biggest problem is to bring the American monetary situation under control… Perhaps Mr. Obama’s biggest problem is what to do with the Middle East…

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The Return of Empires (IV)
03.03.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

The rebirth of imperial policy in modern international life demands an answer to the question: why are seemingly long obsolete geopolitical projects being dragged into the light of day at all when there are organisations like NATO and the European Union?.. Many believe that NATO has entered a stage of entropy, artificially extending its existence at the expense of welcoming in new members. Strictly speaking, demand for the alliance fell away back when the Warsaw Pact collapsed…

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