New at Strategic Culture Foundation 6-12 April 2014: Russia-Ukraine-NATO / Germany / Yemen / Poland / Turkey / South Africa

12 April 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

NATO Steps Up Activities to Counter Russia and Justify its Reason D’etre

12.04.2014 | 08:30 | Andrei AKULOV

This week NATO marks a triple anniversary: 15 years since Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic joined the Alliance; 10 years since the accession of Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia joined; and five years since Albania and Croatia acceded. This is the time NATO seems to find a reason to justify its existence. That’s where the crisis in Ukraine comes in handy…

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The Time for Negotiations between Russia and the West on Ukraine Has Not Come

11.04.2014 | 18:24 | Nikolai BOBKIN

The high point of Washington’s folly has been sending employees of American private military companies to Donetsk. This is the beginning of an intervention; the Americans risk getting mired down in the Ukrainian crisis. The U.S. had no practical military options for the Crimea, as they had none for Georgia in 2008. The Americans have no military chances in Eastern Ukraine, either. They will have to retreat, and only Russia can pull them out of their latest failure. The time for negotiations, however, has not come. Moscow will be working out the terms for America’s retreat, and not playing up to Washington in its scheme…

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NATO Sets PACE of Aggression towards Russia with ‘Fogh’ of War

11.04.2014 | 12:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

When asked on the foundational purpose of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, its first Secretary General, Britain’s Lord Ismay, famously said: “To keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down”…Today NATO seems to be fulfilling its original mission more than ever by isolating Russia and giving Washington a new lease of life in European political affairs…The latest expulsion of Russia from the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council (PACE) following a resolution condemning Moscow for “annexation of Crimea” and “military occupation of Ukraine” is an unfortunate example of how NATO’s Cold War zero-sum logic is once again manifesting…

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Ukraine: Presidential Hopefuls Beaten as Race Goes On

11.04.2014 | 07:09 | Olga SHEDROVA

Two presidential runners-up were beaten in Ukraine on April 9 as they travelled across the nation to meet people as the race went on. In Nikolayev ultra-nationalist Pravy Sector group militants attacked MP Oleg Tsarev, an independent candidate. He is a former member of the Party of Regions, which was headed by former President Victor Yanukovych before his ouster as a result of the coup.  The reason is the support expressed by Tsarev for making Ukraine a federal state. He also advocates the idea of making Russian the second official language as it is spoken by half of the country’s population. … The very same day in Lugansk anti-government protesters attacked Michael Dobkin, another presidential hopeful from the Party of Regions. He was accused of betraying South-Eastern Ukraine and collaborating with the Kiev-based regime…

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What They Teach in German Schools

11.04.2014 | 00:00 | Natalia MEDEN

The history lessons forgotten, the West turns a blind eye on the activities of Ukrainian political organizations Svoboda and Pravy Sector. Hindenburg, as German President, appointed Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany.  He was sure that the country was to be ruled by the government of national solidarity. No need to deceive oneself believing that Yarosh, the Ukrainian Nazi and presidential candidate, has little support: his rating is about 2, 5%, the same as received by the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) in 1928. In1930 itreceived18% tobeincreasedto37% in1932. Nothing is exactly repeated in history, but the lessons should not be forgotten, especially by those who cherish the hope that Pravy Sector will collapse…

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West and “Russian Spring”: Europe Adjusts its Stance

11.04.2014 | 00:00 | Boris NOVOSELTSEV

The more time passes since the Crimea’s re-unification with Russia, the more distant becomes the myth about the alleged international condemnation of Moscow. … For instance, Patrick Buchanan, an American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician, and broadcaster,   notes, that Russia becomes a center of attraction for those who try to preserve their cultural and historic roots, “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.” According to Buchanan, President Putin speaks about the things Western leaders should have spoken: the protection of Christian values and the traditional family. Actually Putin is bringing to Moscow the image of counter-reformist resistance to neo-pagan world-view…

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While All Eyes Were on Ukraine, the West Hatched a Plan for Yemen

10.04.2014 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

While the world’s eyes were transfixed on the events in Ukraine, with U.S. government officials and legislators making pilgrimages to Kiev to egg on the motley assortment of neo-fascists and World Bank globalists who, through civil disruption, intimidation, and violence, overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych, the United States was busy carving a new identity for the nation of Yemen. Constantly under attack from CIA drones and cruise missiles, Yemen, which ousted its longtime dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, during the “Arab Spring” movement, has now had a Western-imposed federation foisted upon it…

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Donetsk and Lugansk Implode Ukraine

10.04.2014 | 00:00 | Alexander BOYTSOV

Since April 6-7 the situation in the south-eastern parts of Ukraine unfolded with amazing speed. The protesters in Kharkov, Donetsk and Lugansk gathered for staging “protests on day off”. But this time they did not go home as normally before another working week starts. The demonstrators continued the action. … It was much tougher in Lugansk, the city of Don Cossacks’ descendants. In this case, the demonstrators stormed the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) office, got hold of weapons and prepared to repel attacks. There were many retired military among the protesters ranks who knew how to wage combat actions… 

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Washington and NATO’s New Surrealpolitik

09.04.2014 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

As the unelected Kiev junta sends armed balaclava-clad paramilitaries to quell protests in Ukraine’s eastern cities it declares the operation «anti-terrorism». The acting (sic) president in Kiev Oleksandr Turchynov has labeled all those seeking political autonomy in Kharkov, Donetsk, Lugansk and other pro-Russian cities in the east of the country as «terrorists and criminals»; a new set of laws cobbled together by the junta – two months before scheduled official elections have taken place and therefore of dubious legality – gives the self-appointed politicians in Kiev the power to prosecute any one that does not recognize their self-imposed authority…

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Way to Deprive Ukraine of Nuclear Power

09.04.2014 | 00:00 | Grigory ORLOV

…Westinghouse Electric Co. of Pennsylvania said on April 3 it is in negotiations to extend its contract with Ukraine energy operator Energoatom to supply nuclear fuel for three reactors. The US interest is justified; Ukraine’s power sector is the tenth largest in the world and the fifth largest in Europe in terms of nuclear reactors on its soil. The country boasts 15 nuclear power generating units at four nuclear power plants… All reactors are Russia-produced VVER type… According to former member of Ukrainian parliament Vadim Kolesnichenko, the goal of US expansion into the Ukrainian nuclear market is the elimination of Ukrainian nuclear energy infrastructure. When it becomes a thing of the past, Ukraine will have to buy energy in Europe at quite different prices… The regime in Kiev is ready to pay this price in order to convert the country into a bridgehead against Russia.

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Mission Possible: Russian Diplomacy after Crimea

08.04.2014 | 00:00 | Elena PONOMAREVA

The pressure the West is putting on Russia, not wanting to acknowledge the results of the Crimean referendum, continues, but at the same time they are realizing that what has happened is irrevocable… The reunification of Crimea and Russia marks a Rubicon from which a change in the entire picture of international relations cannot but begin. Of course, some may threaten Moscow, saying that it «will have to pay for everything», but this does not eliminate the fact that U.S. hegemony is becoming a thing of the past, while Russia is becoming established in the top league of world politics as a state which clearly understands its own strategic interests and is capable of confidently protecting them.

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Poland Has its Own Interest in Ukraine

07.04.2014 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

…Could Ukraine become a satellite state in the Germany’s orbit in case the ideas of Stepan Bandera prevail, as Thomas Kvasnitsly, editor-in-chief of Kresy.pl, predicts?  The question is of great importance for Eastern Europe and Polish eastern policy. It will be put for consideration on April 8 at the emergency meeting of Council of Ministers of Poland…

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Erdogan and his Pattern

07.04.2014 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

…One way or another, Neo-Ottomanism allows Ankara be flexible while adopting the policy of protecting Islam and being secular while promoting the policy of expansion in the Balkans, the Black Sea, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East. The policy requires constant correction. But the local election on March 30 gave testimony to the fact that that the «Erdogan’s pattern» has great clout, its potential is far from being exhausted.

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The West and the Boomerang of Anti-Russian Sanctions

06.04.2014 | 00:00 | Boris NOVOSELTSEV

…Most likely, the West will lift the sanctions imposed on Russia in the near future without any fuss. On the one hand, this will enable Western politicians to heed the concerns of their own financial and industrial circles, and on the other hand, it will allow them to save face. Although it must be said that they have already received a slap in this «face»: the reaction to the re-unification of Crimea with Russia showed, first, the hypocrisy and double standards of the West with regard to the rest of the world, and second, the limited possibility of influencing world politics using ultimatums and blackmail. Both of these will have far-reaching consequences.

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South African Sketches

06.04.2014 | 00:00 | Alexander MEZYAEV

Unexpectedly the events in Ukraine have become an indicator displaying the attitude of South Africans towards Russia. On the one hand, South African media outlets reprint the reports of Western information agencies depicting the life in Russia as doom and gloom without silver lining. On the other hand, some of them, especially the ones that support the government, try to fight this information tyranny… There are forces in South Africa which are ready to oppose the most massive anti-Russia campaign in many years; no matter the issue has little relation to the country. To understand why one should turn to history…

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