Strategic Culture Foundation 22-28 September 2013

28 September 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

East Ghouta: False Flag Chemical Attack

28.09.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

The International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights (ISTEAMS) has just published a comprehensive report on the chemical attack in the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta. The document is called The Chemical Attacks on East Ghouta to Justify Military Right to Protect Intervention in Syria… The author is ISTEAMS President and International Coordinator Mother Agnes Mariam of the Cross (el-Salib), the Mother Superior of the Monastery of St. James the Mutilated (Syria). A fearless faithful, she has been collecting the evidence related to bloody events in the conflict zone since the very start of Syrian rebellion: the militants running rampant, the staged fakes and instances of one-sided highlighting of the events in Syria by Western media…

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Syria and Lithuanian Mercenaries. On the Preparation of a New Provocation

27.09.2013 | 11:39 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

For many years now, hundreds of Lithuanian guys have been signing up for «peacekeeping operations» and getting killed in hotspots like Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan. At the present time, Americans are currently organising the recruitment of mercenaries in Lithuania for dispatch to Syria… In mid-September, nearly 50 Lithuanian mercenaries were selected and are getting ready to board chartered flights from Lithuania to Turkey together with small groups of tourists. A preference is given to people aged between 25 and 40 who have carried out contracted military service in Western armies. Special forces operatives, military engineers, radio and electrical engineers and HGV drivers are the most sought after… Among those being sought for enlistment in Lithuania, they want people who can speak Russian fluently and have both Lithuanian and Russian citizenship…

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Will Afghanistan Follow Syria’s Scenario?

27.09.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

With ISAF to leave Afghanistan in 2014, the Taliban exercising control over large portions of the country against the backdrop of raging civil war is quite a probable scenario… Mullah Omar controls military operations in southern Afghanistan, specifically in the Helmand, Zabul, and Kandahar provinces… The executive leadership, known as the Quetta Shura Taliban (QST), is reportedly based out of Quetta, Pakistan. Taliban Commander Gulbuddin Hekmatyar controls military operations in much of northern Afghanistan, mainly in the Kunduz, Baghlan, Kunar, Kipsa, and Laghman provinces. Though not officially part of the Taliban, the Haqqani Network operates Taliban operatives in the regions around Kabul…

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Brazil to End US Spying on its Soil

27.09.2013 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

…President Dilma Rousseff took steps to display her protest against insufficient and scanty explanations she received from the White House concerning the US special services surveillance efforts in Brazil. She cancelled the planned visit to Washington. Speaking at the opening of the 68th United Nations General Assembly’s session, she lashed out against the United States. In unusually strong language, Rousseff launched a blistering attack on U.S. surveillance, calling it an affront to Brazilian sovereignty and totally unacceptable…

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Who is Violating Human Rights in Syria?

26.09.2013 | 06:00 | Dmitry MININ

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, which was set up by the UN, has submitted its latest report to the 24th Session of the Human Rights Council. Although it is biased in terms of laying the primary responsibility for the massive human rights violations taking place in Syria on government forces, at the same time it provides an enormous amount of information indicating that there have also been crimes and violations committed by the rebels who are being supported by the West. It is a reality which is no longer possible to ignore…

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Obama at the UN. The Syrian Blues and a Persian Puzzle

26.09.2013 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

…Obama’s narrative never once acknowledged the huge contribution made by the US’ regional allies in stoking the fire of the Syrian civil war. His lamentation, therefore, that «extremists» might take advantage of the conflict does not sound convincing, because who are the extremists fighting in Syria? There are serious contradictions in the US position. Obama claimed it is for the Syrian people themselves to decide their future but then he also dismissed it as «fantasy» that Bashar could ever have a role in it. Obama named Russia and Iran for «insisting on Assad’s rule», but then, he ignored the active role of the US Central Intelligence Agency and of America’s close allies such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar in the execution of the covert regime change project through the past two to two and a half years…

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«We’re all Kenyans»

26.09.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitriy SEDOV

The Nairobi operation wound up with rather unexpected results… According to the passports found, they crime perpetrators were the nationals of the United States, Great Britain and the Netherlands. It proves the fact that the criminal act was committed by an Al Qaeda affiliated international terrorist network. Its activities are coordinated and spread around the whole world; it would be erroneous to think that the terrorist acts in different countries (Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan and Kenya) were isolated cases… The intelligence data on the Al Qaeda’s strategic goals is not made public. The world is simply intimidated with a bogey that it just hates the human kind, so it kills people wherever it is possible. Willy-nilly one gets the impression that this kind of image is created for some purpose…

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Obama and the Usual American ‘DAM’ Exceptionalism – Delusion, Arrogance and Mendacity

25.09.2013 | 09:48 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

President Barack Obama addressed the opening of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations with his usual oratorical formula. Admittedly, the man is a good speaker with flawless technical delivery. But by now this has become a tiresome act of grandiloquence and lofty idealism with no substance… All in all, Obama’s performance at the UN was another triumph of arrogance and delusion in the face of outrageous American lawlessness – a lawlessness that has become chronic and incorrigible, infused with even more exceptionalism. The ultimate exception is that the US leaders obviously view their country as above and beyond the law…

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Americans Believe in National Exceptionalism: from Obama to McCain

25.09.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

…The irrational unfounded faith in the exceptionalism does not let Americans see why others reject the United States hegemony or why its foreign policy evokes such indignation in different corners of the globe. It is viewed as hypocrisy, be it the issue of human rights or the US propensity to condemn others while turning a blind eye to the slip ups and gaffs of its foreign policy course, the defects of American society or the crimes committed by the military…

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Who Should Represent Syria at Geneva-2?

25.09.2013 | 00:00 | Boris DOLGOV

…Syria should have a broad and diversified representation at the Geneva-2 conference. First of all it concerns internal opposition. Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov underscored that’s what is envisioned by the resolution of the Geneva-1 conference held on June 30 2012. The outside opposition should have its representation at the round table too. In case it refuses the talks and continues the fight against the government it would be justified to demand that the United Nations formally put it on the terrorist organizations list with the consequences such decision will entail.

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Obama, Kerry, Al Qaeda, and Al Shabaab: One big happy family

24.09.2013 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The attack by a cadre of Islamist Al Shabaab gunmen on the Israeli-owned Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi has focused attention, once again, on American and British links to Muslim terrorist groups, from Al Nusra Front and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists fighting the Bashar al Assad government in Syria to the Somali government of Hussein Sheik Mohamed, a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer in a country where Al Shabaab has its political and religious roots…

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Iran-US Relationship: First Signs of Thaw?

24.09.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

There is a chance US and Iranian officials will meet each other at the coming United Nations General Assembly session, including a meeting at top level between President Barack Obama and Hassan Rouhani. The bilateral tensions are running high but the event may become a turning point for the relations. Not a single US president has met his Iranian counterpart since the Shah of Iran was overthrown in 1979. The diplomatic ties between Washington and Tehran were severed on April 7 1980… At any rate, this year the President of Iran is the one to capture attention at the General Assembly. His address scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 24, is expected globally with great interest. 

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Bloody Weekend Explodes Washington’s Contradictions over Al Qaeda and War on Terror

23.09.2013 | 06:06 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

It was a busier and bloodier weekend than usual for Islamic extremists linked to the Al Qaeda franchise, with hundreds killed in bomb and gun attacks in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Kenya, as well as the ongoing war in Syria, where the same brand of jihadists form the dominant fighting groups trying to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad. This synchronicity is unfortunate for Washington and its Western allies… The so-called war on terror and Al Qaeda are back in the headlines as a global specter of menace – just at a time when Washington and its allies are trying to launch a war on Syria in support of Al Qaeda militants…

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Syria and Information Warfare

23.09.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

…We witness the growing gap between the policy of extremely militarized North-American state and the leading countries of Latin America adopting a more independent stance. Or the gap between the White House, blowing hot and cold trying to achieve the goal of regime change in Damascus with the help of military force, and the US public opinion. The common denominator for all the gaps is becoming more tangible: now and for the times to come the United States has lost the power it had in the days of old, it’s not as strong anymore as it used to be. The country is just one of world poles, and these other poles are on the way of gaining strength: the Eurasian heartland, East Asia, Latin America and the ancient Persian land…

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US Senators Versus Russian Banks

23.09.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

A bipartisan group of four senators asked Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in a letter to put sanctions on Russian banks that have helped Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria… It’s not economic war we’re talking about; informally this type of war has already been waged against Russia for a long time. The matter is that the senators shamelessly tell a lie in the letter, the very same way Barack Obama lied about the use of chemical weapons by Damascus. They lie about the fact that the Russian banks have violated the sanctions regime allegedly imposed by the United Nations… First, the Organization of United Nations has never imposed any sanctions against Syria. Second, Russia is not a United States colony and not a European Union member-state, so the decisions taken by Washington or Brussels on Syria cannot affect Russia in anyway…

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Degradation of Superpower or Obama’s Vitamin Cocktails

22.09.2013 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

Some instances of hoodlum-like behavior (no other words to describe it) of the United States administration on the international arena could be construed as impotence and a fix of anger impossible to hide. Everything has gone contrary to what had been planned recently. The main thing is that the plans for prompt “retaliatory strikes” against Syria have failed. The data offered by Washington as the testimony to the crimes committed by the Assad’s regime and concocted by the special services of the United States, Turkey and Saudi Arabia was exposed as fake. The ins and outs of the ominous anti-Syrian intrigue and the involvement of Al Qaeda are coming to public spotlight…

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