New at Strategic Culture Foundation 15-21 December 2013: India-Pakistan-US / Afghanistan-US / Europe-Iskander / Ukraine-EU-NATO

21 December 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

India, Pakistan Get Rare Chance to Ignore US

21.12.2013 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

The meeting of the Director-General of Military Operations [DGMO] of India and Pakistan, which is due to take place on Tuesday at the GHQ in Rawalpindi, becomes a rare event in the chronicle of the fractured relationship between the two countries. Possibly, such an exchange between the two militaries is taking place for the first time since the then Indian DGMO Lt. Gen. Satish Nambiar visited Pakistan in 1991. Gen. Nambiar is a gifted soldier-diplomat and the visit went exceedingly well. His Pakistani hosts even took him and his delegation, in an exceptional gesture, to the Khyber Pass to peep into the tangled world of Afghanistan…


The Colonial Agreement between Afghanistan and the U.S.

21.12.2013 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

U.S. hopes of signing an agreement on security with Afghanistan before the end of the year may not be realized. Despite attempts to frighten Afghan leaders with the consequences of a full withdrawal of American troops, it looks like President Hamid Karzai has made a final decision not to sign the agreement. … The widespread opinion that the president of Afghanistan does not like only certain provisions of the Security and Defense Cooperation Agreement between the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan does not reflect the actual situation. Hamid Karzai rejects the very essence of the agreement being offered, accusing the U.S. of trying to turn Afghanistan into an American colony…


What are the Europeans Afraid of?

20.12.2013 | 10:33 | Dmitriy SEDOV

News that Russia has placed Iskander-M missiles in Kaliningrad Oblast near the borders of NATO member states has spread around the world. The West is keeping silent about the reasons for such a move. They are keeping silent about the fact that the appearance of Iskander missiles alongside Russia’s western borders is in response to the deployment of a US missile defence system in Europe. … The new round of the arms race being imposed by the West could be the most dangerous thing that humanity has experienced so far. How many more wars need to sweep through Europe before Europeans finally realise that the nuclear missile-feathered American eagle is not thinking about their safety, but about world domination.


Iskander – Response to BMD. Should West Further Provoke Russia? (II)

20.12.2013 | 08:11 | Andrei AKULOV

Russia is free to deploy Iskander tactical missiles “wherever it likes” on its territory, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on December 18 meeting reserve officer training course students (Russia State Technological Institute) in a response to concern of the West. “Recently there was a great deal of empty talk to the effect that we had put Iskanders somewhere in the wrong place. On the territory of the Russian Federation we’ll put them where we like,” he said. The Defense Chief also added in the context that the Russian Federation has the technology to react to the deployment of US missile defence systems in Europe. “We are not sitting and passively watching (US/NATO) missile defense deployment. Our scientists designers and plants are working effectively and the Russian army possesses powerful, mobile and efficient weapons,” Shoigu said.  “One cannot believe rumors saying Russia is weak and can do nothing. Believe me, that is a lie,” he said…


Iskander – Response to BMD. Should West Further Provoke Russia? (I)

20.12.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Russia has moved nuclear-capable Iskander missiles closer to Europe’s borders in response to the US-led deployment of a missile defence shield… In this regard I believe it is expedient to recall that the US has 180 ?61 airborne nuclear munitions deployed in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey to be delivered by F-15E ?F-16 combat planes (Russia has no nuclear weapons outside its territory). The nuclear-capable aircraft are part of the inventory of non-nuclear states like Belgium, Turkey and the Netherlands. German and Italian Tornados also have the capability to deliver nuclear ?61. The Siauliai-based (Lithuania) nuclear capable planes patrol in rotation the skies near the Russian border. They could reach Smolensk in 15-20 minutes, for instance.  It would be total irresponsibility on the part of Russia not to take appropriate measures…


Washington Acts Like Government-in-exile for Ukraine

19.12.2013 | 08:58 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Imperialism manifests in different ways: sometimes with tanks, sometimes with think tanks. Perhaps the most insidious is at the rhetorical level and the ensuing erosion of norms. On this note it is a troubling matter that the US is starting to sound like the self-appointed government-in-exile for the Ukraine. Despite barefaced assurances from Washington that it is not interfering in the country nevertheless that is exactly what it is doing – in full-on glaring reality …


December 17: Russia, Ukraine Achieve Breakthrough into Future

19.12.2013 | 00:00 | Victor KRYLENKO

The sixth session of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission in Moscow and the meeting of Vladimir Putin with Viktor Yanukovych on December 17 yielded the results to make one say with confidence that a revolutionary step forward is made in the relationship between the Russian Federation and Ukraine.  The parties signed 14 documents to spur the process of mutual cooperation. … Moscow offered to Ukraine everything the West refused to give. The implementation of the concluded agreements will make the Ukrainian economy get back on track. After having been under the International Monetary Fund’s pressure, the social welfare will be revived. The accords signed in Moscow are filled with convincingly concrete and mutually beneficial substance, something the authors of the Association Agreement with the European Union could not even dream of.


Ukraine’s International Reserves and the Impending Default

19.12.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

The National Bank of Ukraine has reported that in November 2013 most of the new issues of Ministry of Finance foreign currency bonds were bought by nonresidents. The majority of foreign currency bonds (500 million dollars’ worth) were bought by persons unknown in the last ten days of November. … Sales also went well under the cover of the carnival of protests on the Maidan in early December. According to media reports, as of December 4 nonresidents held domestic bonds in the amount of 9.3 billion hryvnias (approximately 1.1 billion dollars). It is conjectured that it is these anonymous bondholders who have an objective interest in a default taking place in Ukraine. Even if there is no currency in the state treasury, the government will still have to pay the holders of foreign currency bonds. After all, it can pay not only in money, but in kind, for example, in land or stock in Ukrainian enterprises…


What West Wants from Ukraine? Enthralled by Paradigm Offered by Brzezinski (II)

18.12.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is disgusted with the Ukrainian President’s violent response to ongoing and largely peaceful protests in the eastern European nation. … While defending the right for peaceful protests in Ukraine, the US utterly ignores the fact that the protesters seized the government buildings in the capital. Pickets constantly take place in front of the White House. Imagine someone trying to seize the presidential residence. The person would say goodbye not only to freedom but rather to this world. It is confirmed by the recent incident when a woman with a child lost her way while driving a car in the vicinity of the White House and was shot at.  Doesitnotmake one disgusted?     


Meet Neocon “Doughnut Dolly” Victoria Nuland

18.12.2013 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

With fresh policy guidance from within the neo-con policymaking lairs of the American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation, Hudson Institute, and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, neocons like Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Scooter Libby, and Robert Kagan set about to plunge the United States into senseless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond in a never-ending “global war on terrorism. ”Kagan, although not as well-known as the others, continues to steer America into foreign policy fiascos such as U.S. involvement in the domestic affairs of Ukraine. Kagan has an ace-in-the-hole in stirring up tensions in Ukraine because his wife is none other than Victoria Nuland…


What West Wants from Ukraine? Enthralled by Paradigm Offered by Brzezinski (I)

17.12.2013 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

The irrationality and absolute absence of logic startle when it comes to the emotions evoked in the West by the decision of Ukrainian government to postpone the signing of Association Agreement with the European Union. Since long ago it’s an open secret that the agreement gives nothing to Ukraine’s economy unlike the accession to the Customs Union where Russia is a member. Still the €610 million credit offered to Ukraine is painted as a lavish gift while the many billions loan to be granted to the country in case of its entry into the Customs Union is presented as a “bribe”. Western politicians welcome the chaos in the heart of Kiev. Nobody in Brussels thinks in terms of responsibility, nothing even slightly resembling something like economic aid to Ukraine is ever given a thought to…


INF: US False Accusations to Cover its Own Cheating on Treaty

17.12.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

This November the Washington-based Daily Beast came out with a publication devoted to the concern of the White House evoked by Russia’s alleged violation of the 1987 Intermediate Range Forces Treaty. … The State Department declined to confirm or deny this information. Concerns about Russia’s violations of the INF Treaty have been expressed repeatedly by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and leading House members, including House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers…


Ukraine: NATO’s Eastern Prize

16.12.2013 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

…The connections between the Kyiv uprising and the EU outside manipulators are so apparent, the Kyiv square that has become the “Tahrir Square” of Ukraine is called “Euromaidan.” The initial Tahrir Square uprising in Cairo, which overthrew Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, was partly manipulated by Soros-financed and Sharp-influenced street demonstrators who took their cues from professional political agitators hastily flown into Egypt from the United States and Europe. The latest professionally-agitated spectacle in Kyiv’s was spearheaded by the same Soros/Sharp/National Endowment for Democracy/CIA hydra that saw the overthrow of Ukraine’s government in 2004 in the so-called Orange Revolution. This time, not only is Ukrainian President Yanukovych, but ultimately Russian President Vladimir Putin, are the targets…


Ukraine: Imagine Western Interference in Reverse… That Would Be An Impossible European Dream

16.12.2013 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Picture this: top aides of Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with Chinese and Iranian leaders Xi Xiping and Hassan Rouhani, are dispatched from their respective countries to join with anti-austerity protesters in New York, London, Paris or Brussels. These foreign dignitaries then go on to make public statements endorsing the violent occupation of government buildings on Washington’s Capitol Hill and the other Western capitals… Yet all these infringements – and more – are taking place in the Ukraine where there has been a procession of Western politicians, government statements and media coverage in recent weeks arrogantly presuming the abnormal to be normal and arrogating the power to lecture an elected government on how to conduct its internal sovereign affairs…


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

15.12.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

…Russia is not just Ukraine’s main trade and economic partner; it is also the country’s main creditor. At the end of November, Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to reporters, said that the debt on loans issued to Ukrainian banks by Gazprombank, Sberbank, VEB and VTB amounts to a total of USD 20 billion and RUB 280 billion. Furthermore, Russia has made an advance payment for the transit of natural gas through Ukraine until January 2015 to the tune of USD 4 billion. As the Russian president has declared time and again, the Russian Federation is ready to discuss the issue of Ukraine’s membership in the Customs Union and in the Eurasian Economic Union after which, as a member of these unions, the country could be issued with new loans…


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