New at Strategic Culture Foundation 27 April- 3 May 2014: Ukraine / Turkey / Iran-Russia / US-Germany-Ukraine / China-Latin America / Korea / South Africa

3 May 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Petro Poroshenko as a standard-bearer for the radical and nationalistic restructuring of Ukraine

03.05.2014 | 00:00 | Boris NOVOSELTSEV

…Petro Poroshenko as the West’s main favourite to become the president of Ukraine is a gamble on the radical and nationalistic restructuring of Ukraine as a forced unitary political entity in which there will be absolutely no room to consider the interests of the millions of Russians and Russian-speaking citizens in Ukraine…

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Turkey: Gas Deals with Russia, EU Kept Aside

03.05.2014 | 00:00 | Mikhail AGHAJANYAN

Russia faces new prospects for boosting energy cooperation with other countries. Ankara wants to increase gas supplies delivered through Blue Stream, a major Trans – Black Sea gas pipeline that carries natural gas from Russia straight to Turkey… the Russia-Turkey energy talks won’t be easy. But Turkey has no choice. Ankara believes the European Union’s sanctions policy is doomed to failure, so solidarity with the EU is the last thing on the mind of Turkish politicians…

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Moscow and Tehran Answer America

02.05.2014 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

…In establishing a military blockade around Russia and creating new footholds on Russia’s borders, Washington is defending its «freedom to choose its alliances», while pointing out to Moscow that it must not engage in military and technical cooperation with Iran.  For this reason alone, Russia’s return to full-scale military and technical cooperation with Iran is absolutely legitimate. The resurrection of the deal for supplying S-300 systems to Iran could be the beginning of this… NATO is in no hurry to abandon its transit hub in Ulyanovsk for deployment of men and cargo to Afghanistan, but Moscow could make a decision on this on its own initiative at any time it sees fit…

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The ‘Eastern Partnership’ is fading away before our very eyes

02.05.2014 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The EU’s Eastern Partnership summit that took place in Prague on 24-25 April was called to solve the Hamlet question of whether the programme itself is to be or not to be. It was unable to do so, however… Of late, finance and energy have increasingly been coming to the fore in the foreign policy priorities of the eastern European countries of Eastern European and the post-Soviet world, as well as post-Soviet states… The real financial and economic cost of the Ukrainian issue is well understood by many in the European Union itself, especially in the Czech Republic and Slovakia…

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On the Contradictions between Washington and Berlin on Ukraine

01.05.2014 | 00:00 | Vladimir SEDOV

…Overall, Germany is currently taking a more level-headed position than the United States on the issue of settling the conflict between the Kiev regime and the broad grassroots movement in the eastern regions of Ukraine which is demanding a referendum on the federalization of the state structure. Nevertheless, Berlin is forced to follow in the wake of U.S. policy in matters concerning the sanctions against Russia, which are detrimental to the German economy; the increase of American military presence in Europe; and the movement of NATO troops to the east. In its relations with the United States, Germany has never gotten over the syndrome of the nation that lost the war… 

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«Eurointegration Is a Myth»…

01.05.2014 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

In recent days Bucharest has taken a course toward aggravating the situation in the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. Romanian President Traian Basescu attacked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his words that Transnistrians «should be allowed to decide their own fate»… A catalyst for the pumping up of nationalist hysteria in Romania is the precipitous collapse of statehood in neighboring Ukraine, which raises the question of the fate of the Romanians living on the territory of Ukrainian Bukovina…

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China’s Presence in Latin America: Strategy of Gradual Squeezing US Out

30.04.2014 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

The United States keeps on getting mired in the quagmire of Ukraine’s crisis. Meanwhile China is intensifying diplomatic efforts in Latin America. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has just wound up his Latin America trip. He has visited Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil.  China’s top leader Xi Jinping is to tour the region in July… The US has lost its financial might struggling for world leadership and involved in overseas wars. To large extent China has taken its place…

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White House Advisors on Russia: Who Are These People?

30.04.2014 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

Matt Margolis ? Mark Noonan are the authors of US bestseller 150 Reasons Why Barack Obama Is the Worst President in History. According to them, «the current occupant of the Oval Office is more incompetent, ill-intentioned and dangerous to America’s long-term interests than even the peanut farmer from Georgia». Republican Senator John McCain made no bones about it putting it straight, «Obama is a fool, not knave»… The number of disgruntled Americans is growing, politicians and common people, scholars and journalists, Democrats and Republicans, Conservatives and Liberals, whites and blacks… It all goes to show the United States lacks competent experts on Russia and the countries of post-Soviet space…

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What Makes Odessa Rise in Protest?

29.04.2014 | 00:00 | Alexander DONETSKY

…Unlike Donbass, the region of Odessa has no border with Russia and it’s not a homeport for the Russian Black Sea Fleet. But local people hit the streets with Russian flags and express their will to get separated from Ukraine… The coup in Kiev tool place in February 2014 had little support among city dwellers. The Kiev rulers are mainly represented by advocates of Ukrainian integral nationalism that appeared in the 1920-30s as a mixture of Italian fascism and German national-socialism with specific Ukrainian features… Many people who live in Odessa lost their next of kin during the days of Holocaust; the prospect of being ruled by the people making part of the Kiev government is unacceptable for them…

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China Stalks Obama in Asian Tour (II)

29.04.2014 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

Behind the platitudes of regional peace, stability and cooperation, the United States is pursuing a complicated agenda to counter and court China at the same time. The dual track is predicated on the one hand on the importance of China’s unique role in the US’ economic recovery and its potential roles in regional and international conflicts and on the other hand on the extreme disquiet over China’s rise. Interestingly, Obama’s itinerary comprises countries that are located in a strategic sea lane that is crucial to preventing China from becoming the dominant military and economic power in Asia…

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Ukrainian Soldiers Killed by Neo-Nazi for Refusing to Fire at Own People

28.04.2014 | 00:00 | Olga SHEDROVA

The «anti-terrorist operation» announced by the Kiev-based regime to quell the protests in the south-eastern parts of Ukraine is unpopular in the army… For instance, on April 11 the soldiers of Alfa security service special operations unit refused to assault administrative buildings in Donetsk and Lugansk captured by local people… On April 14 the soldiers of the 25thairborne brigade deployed near Slavyansk switched sides to join the people’s militia. There was internal revolt in the 93th mechanized brigade based in Cherkassy, the Dnepropetrovsk region… Andrey Kiselev, a young conscript assigned to the 25th airborne brigade, was killed by Pravy Sector militants in the Dnepropetrovsk airport… How many servicemen must be killed to make the army eliminate its own citizens whose only fault is the refusal to support the coup and the policy of new rulers aimed at discrimination of Russians?..

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Obama Looks to Ease Japan-China tensions (I)

28.04.2014 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

From a Chinese perspective, the United States President Barack Obama’s 3-day state visit to Japan on Wednesday was the high point of his current tour to Asia, which was to take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines as well… The developments in Ukraine cast their shadows on the Sino-American relationship. China would be keenly assessing whether the emergent preoccupations in the Euro-Atlantic space would diminish the US’s capacity to give ballast to its rebalance strategy in the Asia-Pacific – and if so, how the US’ regional allies adjust themselves to the new reality…

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Korean Peninsula Situation Report (II)

27.04.2014 | 12:57 | Alexander VORONTSOV

Since the end of February 2014 Washington and Seoul started to exert pressure on Pyongyang, for instance they launched a series of large-scale military exercises (Key Resolve and Foal Eagle) conducted one by one in a row. The allies tried to paint their activities as actions of defensive nature. They even promised to limit the forces participating in the events and abstain from using the main irritants – strategic bombers and nuclear submarines.  It all turned to be otherwise.  The number of troops taking part in this year’s Ssang Yong (Double Dragon) exercise held March 27 through April 7 was unprecedented at least since 1993.  Almost 10,000 U.S. troops joined the South Korean military in the peninsula’s largest joint amphibious landing drill.  The scenario envisaged landing forces to march straight to Pyongyang and seize the North Korean capital…

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Wealthy U.S. Apparatchiks Rally to the New World Order

27.04.2014 | 00:39 | Wayne MADSEN

In the oligarchy known as the United States of America, it is now commonplace for second-generation retired Foreign Service officers like Christopher R. Hill to rally behind the cause of the “New World Order.” Writing in the George Soros house organ, Project Syndicate, billed as the “world’s smartest op-ed page by The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, Hill bemoaned the end of the post-Cold War “New World Order” brought about by the “annexation” of Crimea to the Russian Federation. In fact, the so-called “annexation” was a retrocession of the territory back to Russia, correcting a diktat made in 1954 by Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Nikita Khrushschev…

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South African Sketches (III)

27.04.2014 | 00:01 | Alexander MEZYAEV

South Africa will have the fifth general election on May 7. Could the African National Congress win the election and form a cabinet? A lot depends on who will win to lead the country for the next five years, be it economy, or the country’s place in the world as an alternative to the existing order in the capacity of BRICS member.

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