New at Strategic Culture Foundation 16-22 June 2013: Iran / Syria / Turkey / Obama’s Nukes / Glass-Steagall? / Colombia-Venezuela / Israel / Georgia

22 June 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The East is a Delicate Matter: Iran Goes against All Predictions

22.06.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

Admittedly, nobody in the world, not even Iran, was able to predict the victory in the presidential elections, a victory even more decisive since Hassan Rouhani, the «reformers’ protégé», had not even been reckoned a favourite. It really is true that «Persia is a country of miracles». Now that the initial delight of pro-Western liberals and the sprinkling of ashes on turbans among Iranian conservatives («principalists») has died down, the time has come to take stock. So was it the defeat of the ruling regime, as had been desired in the West, or in many ways a brilliant manoeuvre by the country’s Supreme Leader («rahbar») Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?..


Syria: Looming Sunni-Shia Crisis

22.06.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitriy SEDOV

…Those who support a direct intervention into the conflict strike the keynote of Washington and Brussels’ stance on Syria. The militarily intervention will continue to be discussed for some time. It will stop as soon as rebels will flee the country under the strikes of Syrian army. Then the West will have to take a decision. Not much time is left…


Disturbances Continue, Schism in Society Intensifies

21.06.2013 | 19:08 | Dmitriy SEDOV

…It seems that the price Recep Erdoğan will have to pay for his attempt to banish Kemal Atatürk from Turkish history is becoming higher and higher. Soon rapidly developing events will show whether or not he will be able to pay it…


Russia Right to Dismiss Obama Nuke Fakery

21.06.2013 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

The tenor of Western media coverage in the wake of Obama’s «historic» speech in Berlin was «bravo» for the American president… now why doesn’t Russia reciprocate? Following Obama’s panegyric to world peace, Moscow responded with a cool dismissal… Only last month, the Obama administration announced that it was embarking on a $10 billion upgrade of its tactical nuclear arsenal in Europe over the next 10 years… Obama is therefore making the Russians an unreasonable, if not insulting, proposition. This is because the US will still retain, in fact increase, its arsenal of tactical nukes in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Turkey – that is, near the borders of Russia. This is a lopsided strike advantage arrogated by the US, which has long been protested by Moscow…


«A Deal with the Devil»: the West in Syria

21.06.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

So the White House has actually decided to supply arms to Syrian rebels. London and Paris announced the same even earlier. And although everyone can see that at the heart of this decision is the fear that if Damascus wins, they will end up losing a war that they themselves started in the first place, leading Western capitals are once again justifying their actions by suggesting that chemical weapons are being used. It is interesting how the information on the alleged use of chemical weapons by Damascus was presented by the White House…


The Return of the Glass-Steagall Act?

20.06.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

A report flashed through the media recently about Iowa Democrat Senator Tom Harkin, who has introduced to the US Senate Bill No.985 on the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act. This took place on 16 May on the 80th anniversary of the original Glass-Steagall Act. Its adoption, as well as its subsequent repeal, had an enormous influence on the development of both America’s and the world’s financial and banking systems…


Colombia: A Stepping Stone for U.S. Operations against Venezuela

20.06.2013 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

The arrests of Colombian paramilitares on the territory of Venezuela are not seen as anything sensational. There are more and more cases like that. And nobody asks why the fighters are methodically infiltrating the country, cleverly disguised as seasonal workers or tourists. They are being used by the enemies of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as part of a wide-reaching conspiracy, coordinated by U.S. and NATO intelligence agencies, to overthrow the lawfully elected authorities…


Israel Lobby Controlled Size of UN General Assembly

19.06.2013 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

…The litmus test for support for Israel has kept out of the UN Western Sahara, Somaliland, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia. Among the pro-Israeli bloc’s first actions was repealing the UN Zionism is racism resolution in 1991. Except for last year’s Palestine state observer resolution, this bloc has largely served the interests of Israel and the United States, culminating this past March with klezmer music blaring throughout the General Assembly hall.


Cameron insults our intelligence over Syria… and gets a slap from Putin

19.06.2013 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

They say a picture paints a thousand words. The photograph of British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin in London recently certainly does. When the two leaders gave a press conference at the weekend in Downing Street ahead to the G8 summit, Cameron had the excruciating look of a desperate man. Putin, by contrast, appeared in control. The latter spoke in measured tones and with discernible contempt in his voice… When Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in London of organ-eating terrorists supported by the NATO powers, he was right to rhetorically slap Britain’s Cameron in the face…


A tipping point in Syrian conflict

18.06.2013 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

…Unlike in Libya where Obama led from the rear, in Syria’s case he is upfront in this case and may even have outstripped his allies for the time being. Obama can be trusted to use the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland to bridge the gap between the US and its allies so that the western alliance system can be brought into the picture to force the regime change in Syria. Russia faces an uphill task to bring about a diplomatic breakthrough at the G8 summit…


Georgia’s North Caucasus Policy: continuity with tactical adjustments?

18.06.2013 | 00:00 | Vladimir IVANOV

…The situation regarding the outgoing Georgian president at the moment is, at the very least, unenviable. However, this far from means that Georgia’s focus on export instability in Russia’s North Caucasus will not be in demand once again. Moreover, the traditional channels and mechanisms for such exports could be improved in view of both the positions that have already been won and new organisational, technological and psycho-emotional developments…


Are the Boston Marathon Bombings tied to a New American Campaign into the Caucasus

17.06.2013 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

Many questions remain unanswered about the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place on April 15, 2013… The murder of Russia’s Muslim leaders in the North Caucasus coincides with notions that the United States is planning to destabilize Russia’s North Caucasus. After Syria, in fact, there are strong fears that Russia’s North Caucasus, along with Lebanon and Iraq, will be the next targets of anti-government militants in Syria…


Unrest in Turkey: Broader Outlook

17.06.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

…In the context of the Arab Spring little attention has been devoted to a large and populous regional power. Algeria has remained largely unaffected by the Arab Spring having a history of civil war behind. The government tries to prevent challenges to domestic and regional stability. It supported the Gaddafi regime, opposed NATO intervention and never recognized the Libyan new transitional government. The leaders of Algeria were perspicacious enough to see the events in Libya would create instability in the Maghreb and the Sahel, the fears vindicated by subsequent events…


Israel’s «Golan Poker»: Tel Aviv and Doha vs. Damascus

16.06.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitriy SEDOV

Events in the Golan Heights have given the Syrian side cause to say that Qatar and Israel are collaborating with the rebels… А strong terrorist foothold behind which Israel is hiding de facto already exists in the buffer zone. Israel’s collaboration with terrorists is becoming clearer and clearer. Besides their activity in the buffer zone, they play the role of special forces which conduct reconnaissance and prepare the way for air strikes… The Israeli air strikes against military sites near the Syrian capital in May were well synchronized with the activities of FSA fighters and Islamist terrorist groups… Russian peacekeepers are undesirable in the «Golan poker» the West is playing together with Israel…


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