New at Strategic Culture Foundation 8-14 December 2013

14 December 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Ukraine: The Myth of its Salvation through Western Investment (I)

14.12.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

Street demonstrations in small areas of central Kiev and the delicacy with which the authorities are dealing with the subject of who created this chaos in the country’s capital city at some point overshadowed the infinitely more serious situation, namely: considered objectively, and in view of existing trade links and cooperation ties, Ukraine is expanding to the East rather than the West. And the same applies to a financial and economic sphere like investment…


Russia – EU: A Dubious Partnership Twenty Years Later

14.12.2013 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The signing of a Joint Political Declaration on Partnership and Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the European Union twenty years ago in Brussels had great significance for its time. This document laid the foundation for the further development of relations between Moscow and Brussels on key issues of European security, cooperation and development. In the following year, 1994, the parties signed a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which took force on December 1, 1997 and was planned to last for ten years. But the parties have not been able to sign a new document which could make Russia and the EU strategic partners for the past six years…


The West’s Alliance with «Jihad Warriors» in Syria: Sinister Fruits

13.12.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

The British Independent reports that the terrorist threat to Europe and the United States from the «jihad warriors» in Syria is growing rapidly. MI5 and Scotland Yard have detected the first case of rebels sent from Syria to London for the purpose of carrying out terrorist attacks there «when needed»… According to U.S. intelligence, over half of the 17,000 foreign insurgents fighting in Syria against the government are part of the Islamic State of Iran and Syria group.  The Russian-speaking wing of this group, which numbers several hundred fighters, is led by a Chechen from the Pankisi Gorge in Georgia, Tarkhan Batirashvili, also known as Sheikh Omar al-Shishani…


France is not Kiev!

13.12.2013 | 00:00 | Vladimir NESTEROV

Social protests are on the rise in France. At the beginning of November a wave of Bonnets Rouges (red caps) meetings hit the region of Brittany in the north-western part of France. Thirty thousand people held a demonstration in Rennes, the capital of the region, to protest unemployment and «ecology tax». There were clashes with police, which used water cannons and tear gas, one of the protesters lost his hand when a gas grenade was tossed. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the violations of law and order were inadmissible. It’s not Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, where everything is allowed! Some say France will have to get out of the crisis with other politicians at the helm. If it will ever get out of it…


Syria: Strike Probability Increases as Chemical Disarmament Proceeds

12.12.2013 | 00:00 | Alexander MEZYAEV

…The process of Syria’s chemical weapons elimination is making headway fully in accordance with the plan worked out by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The United Nations Secretary General said the Geneva-2 talks are to kick off on January 22 (8). The fact that the plan is being successfully implemented evokes fury among those, who, as before, rely exclusively on the use of force and toppling the SyriPresident as the ways to solve the issue…


Afghanistan in the Strategic Plans of Iran

12.12.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

…The inevitability of an escalation of the situation in the country after the Americans leave frightens everyone, but it seems that Tehran considers it to be the lesser of two evils. For the Iranians it is more important not to allow the continued long-term American occupation of Afghanistan up to the year 2024, as provided for in the draft agreement which so far Karzai does not want to sign…


Joe Biden Wraps-up Asia-Pacific Trip: Rebalancing Policy Going Strong (II)

11.12.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

…2,500 Marines are to be deployed to Australia by 2016. According to the DOD strategic guidance of January 2012 the Pentagon is shifting weapons like the B-1 and B-52 long-range bombers, MV-22 Ospreys and Global Hawk drones to the Pacific from the Middle East and Southwest Asia as the war in Afghanistan winds down. The four US littoral combat ships have started their rotational deployment to Singapore. According to stated plans, the US will have 60 percent of its ships in the Pacific and 40 percent in the Atlantic by 2020, compared with the current 50-50 split…


The Eastern European Islands of the Global GULAG

11.12.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

Among the first to report the existence of CIA special prisons and concentration camps in a number of countries, for example, in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and on the territory controlled by the Kosovar Albanian regime, were the Swiss media. In December 2005 the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza confirmed that the “main European secret CIA prison” is located in Poland. The scandal which was at that time hushed up has now resurfaced. In Strasbourg hearings have begun in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on a suit brought by two prisoners of the American Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Palestinians Al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah, who assert that in the early 2000s U.S. intelligence agencies detained them in a Polish military prison…


Joe Biden Wraps-up Asia-Pacific Trip: Rebalancing Policy Going Strong (I)

10.12.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Mideast conflicts, Snowden revelations and domestic woes, the U.S. remains true to its course of being a dominant Asia-Pacific power committed to increasing America’s influence in the region as a hedge against the increasingly assertive China… Recently the US diplomatic activities in the region are on the rise. This includes the October visits by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and State Secretary John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew visiting the region last month, the just wrapped-up Biden’s trip, as well as the Obama’s planned visit in April. Tensions in the region are at their highest in years…


Ukrainian Opposition: What do they Mean?

10.12.2013 | 00:00 | Natalia MEDEN

On December 8 the statue of the Soviet Union’s founder Vladimir Lenin was demolished capping the climax of anti-government protests, according to German Bild. The same thing happened in the days of French revolution when the statue of Louis XVI was toppled in the heart of Paris not far from Louvre. People were raptured. Instead a guillotine was erected to behead Louis, Marie Antoinette and around two thousand more in the name of liberté, égalité, fraternité (freedom, equality, fraternity). What did the Ukrainian protesters mean when a poster was stuck on the plinth where the red granite statue of Lenin had stood reading «Yanukovych, you’re next»? It may be a European-style, but the action is two hundred years late…


From Bahrain to Ukraine: Hail the Western Salesmen of Subversion and Deception

09.12.2013 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

…The protests in Kiev have evidently been driven by a determined minority, using violent and organized subversion, and calling for the overthrow of the elected authorities.  This is not the exercise of international human rights, as in Bahrain; in the case of the Ukraine, it is a call to sedition. Furthermore, the agitating groups in the Ukraine, such as the Fatherland Party and the neo-fascist Freedom Party, are known to have well-established logistical links to foreign agencies that are committed to fomenting regime change in targeted nations. These agencies include the American CIA and the benign-sounding National Endowment for Democracy. Certainly, the methodical tactics of disruption deployed recently against government buildings in Kiev strongly imply a covert military input…


Ukrainian Maidans: Separatist Trends as Hidden Motive

09.12.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

…Aside from internal factors that foster the process of the Ukraine’s balkanization, there are important aspects influencing the situation form outside… Budapest cherishes the dreams of «Greater Hungary». It fully supports the «Kiev westerners» eyeing the potentially Hungarian lands of Transcarpatia (Zakarpattia Oblast) dominated by Hungarian population… Warsaw has the ambitions of its own which to large extent coincide with the aspirations of Hungary… To implement the plans Warsaw launches multiple programs, like the «Polish Card» for instance, which is to be received by around half a million Ukrainians, according to Polish newspaper Dziennik… Romania is another Ukraine’s neighbor and a member of NATO. It prepares to raise the territorial issue of North Bukovina, Hertsa district, the former three districts of Bessarabia: Hotinsky, Akkerman, Ismail and even the city of Odessa. The representatives of Ukrainian Romanians have already blamed Kiev for «genocide of Romanian minority» and illegal accession of «native Romanian lands»…


Euromaidan and OSCE: West Imposes Itself as Peacemaker

08.12.2013 | 00:00 | Boris NOVOSELTSEV (Ukraine)

A new tendency in the OSCE policy towards Ukraine became visible during the December 5-6 meeting: the goal is to internationalize the events, make the Euromaidan their symbol and then step in as a «peacemaker»… According to unconfirmed reports, Washington joined the process of imposing the decisions of «international community» upon Ukraine. Victoria Nuland, US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, proposed to form a «peace cabinet» including the persons acceptable for the both conflicting parties. Of course, the United States will help to create such a cabinet. According to the proposals, Ukraine should not consider itself a sovereign state able to solve its own internal problems anymore. This is the first attempt to introduce the regime of external governance…


NSA Partnerships Invalidate Nordic Nations’ Neutrality

08.12.2013 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The revelations that Sweden’s equivalent of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the National Defense Radio Establishment or Försvarets radioanstalt (FRA), helped the global NSA FIVE EYES alliance to eavesdrop on Russia’s political leadership invalidates Sweden’s long-claimed military neutrality, a status that was in place from the end of the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century and which survived the Second World War…


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