New at Strategic Culture Foundation 24-30 March 2013

30 March 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

BRICS: New Geopolitical Model and Russia’s Foreign Policy Priority
30.03.2013 | 00:00 | Alexander MEZYAEV

Another annual BRICS summit wrapped up on March 27 in South Africa… The BRICS states recognized the right of Palestine to statehood. They emphasized the resolution of the conflict in Syria should be based on the Geneva Communiqué instead of the decisions taken by the League of Arab Nations, they stressed that the African conflicts management is the priority for Africa, the leaders also pointed out that Iran has a right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It’s important BRICS supported the activities of African Union and ECOWAS in Mali, ostensibly shying away from buttressing France and some other Western states which intervened without the United Nations approval…


Obama and Middle East: Gap between Plans and Reality
29.03.2013 | 10:40 | Dmitry MININ

President Obama has wound up his Middle East trip, which included Israel, Palestine and Jordan, the region where conflicts are raging. There had been hopes there would be a breakthrough in the Israeli – Palestine deadlock, perhaps thanks to involvement of king Abdullah II of Jordan. It had been clear before the visit President Obama had nothing to offer that would be acceptable for the both sides, so the assistants focused on enhancing his image in the countries included into the trip’s plan…


The Crisis in the EU and the Rise of Germany
29.03.2013 | 00:00 | Natalia MEDEN

«This year could be the most difficult of the crisis for Europe», predicts Germany‘s Foreign Affairs Minister, Guido Westerwelle (1). Amid news from Brussels and a number of other EU countries, this conclusion comes as a surprise to no-one. Reports that European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton declined to remain in their posts for the next term are only aggravating the confused impression being given by Europe’s political elite. Horses are not usually changed midstream but if they are, it means they are no longer offering any kind of hope… And it is becoming increasingly evident that Germany‘s key role in settling problems in the Eurozone is creating a special relationship between Germany and its partners…


Venezuela: Maduro Taking Lead
28.03.2013 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

210 thousand policemen and traffic inspectors are tasked with the mission to preserve law and order before the April 14 presidential election. The military have already boosted security around industrial facilities. Everyone, who doesn’t belong to law enforcement agencies, is banned to have firearms. Alcohol is prohibited. The authorities say the screws will be tightened even more as the election day is drawing closer. As polls say, opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has no chances. This very fact poses threat to stability… Capriles needs dramatic exacerbation of the situation to turn the tide…


Xinjiang in Focus of US Foreign Policy
28.03.2013 | 00:00 | Vladislav GULEVICH

The US intervention into Afghanistan has exacerbated the situation near the southern part of Russia. In case the US gets a foothold in the Xinjiang Uygur Region, the things will exponentially worsen, there are many Uyghurs living in Central Asia (250000 in Kazakhstan, 60000 in Kyrgyzstan, 50000 in Uzbekistan etc)… The US goes to any length to support the Uygur separatists abroad, for instance the World Uyghur Congress headed by Rabiya Kadir , one of the richest Chinese in the world…


Europe: Time for a Reappraisal of Values
27.03.2013 | 00:00 | Olga SHEDROVA

Without any exaggeration, the events that have unfolded in the countries of the European Union following the global economic crisis can be called a humanitarian catastrophe. Not according to economic indicators, which remain high. The catastrophe for people living in the EU has been the collapse of the world they are used to, the destruction of a seemingly natural social partnership between state and society, society and capital. The scale of the decline in Europe’s social standards is really quite impressive…


Cyprus: Rescued and Attacked. Who is Behind it?
26.03.2013 | 08:55 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The Eurogroup’s decision on financial aid for Cyprus had been taken just one day before the X- hour, late on March 25. Destined to rescue Cyprus, it may become a delayed action mine capable to undermine the whole edifice of the European Union… There are three players, who have special interest in enticing panic in world stock and currency exchanges; they are well-known stock exchange profit-eer George Soros, the International Monetary Fund and Germany, the country facing general elections in September…


US Boosts Africa Presence
26.03.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

It’s an open secret AFRICOM was created to counter the growing presence of China in Africa. The Chinese African performance is a story of success… In terms of development lending, as opposed to conditional lending by the World Bank, Chinese aid is rendered with no strings attached and usually spent on infrastructure projects that raise grass roots living standards… Just a few months before the US decision to establish AFRICOM, China hosted an historic Beijing summit, the Forum on ChinaAfrica Cooperation (FOCAC), which brought nearly fifty African heads of state and ministers to Beijing in October 2006… In July 2012 China offered African countries $20 billion in loans over the next three years, double the amount pledged in the previous three-year period…


Obama Unleashes Dogs of War in Syria
25.03.2013 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

…In sum, Obama’s mediatory mission to Israel and his stunning success in healing the Turkish-Israeli rift resets the compass of Middle Eastern politics. In a way, American regional policies are returning to their pristine moorings of perpetuating the western hegemony in the Middle East in the 21st century, no matter how… The resuscitation of the Turkish-Israeli strategic axis gives the unmistakable signal that the Obama administration is shifting gear for an outright intervention in Syria to force «regime change». Thereupon, the strong likelihood is that Iran will come in the US-Israeli-Turkish crosshairs…


Universal Dynamics of Tumor Growth and Demise of Chavez
25.03.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

In mid-March acting President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro announced that planning was in the works for a commission to investigate whether Chavez had been poisoned… Indeed, there has been a string of rather mysterious cancer cases among acting left-wing anti-US Latin American leaders during the last 3-4 years. The lethal list already includes nine leaders by now… Many US commentators and researchers say separate incidents put together indicate there is a dangerous trend. It all testifies to the fact that hi-tech assassinations leaving no trace become a reality of global politics. Slow and painful death of those, who oppose the policies of some powerful states is becoming the preferable way to deal with the out-of-favor leaders…


Chavez Knew US Special Services Were After Him
24.03.2013 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

Hugo Chavez was not the man obsessed by the thought he was being followed and watched, that’s what the propaganda tried to make him look like. He was a politician who faced the reality and knew how hated he was in Washington for opposing the United States on all political or economic issues. He treated seriously the threats coming from presidents Bush and Obama, the State Department and the Pentagon. He knew well the Western special services had a diverse arsenal of means to physically liquidate people…


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