New at Strategic Culture Foundation 7-14 June 2014

14 June 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Missing Saddam

14.06.2014 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

…America broke Iraq. It broke Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Egypt. The Middle East would be a much safer and saner region had the United States and its insidious neocons allowed Saddam Hussein, Muammar Qaddafi, and Bashar al-Assad to deal with the Saudi and Israeli instigators of terrorism and violence. Rather than Islamic emirates and caliphates popping up in eastern Libya, Syria, and Iraq, the Middle East should still have Baath Party governments in Iraq, Syria, and the former People’s Democratic Republic of [South] Yemen, and the Socialist Jamahiriyah should still remain supreme in Libya. Yes, and we should all miss Saddam Hussein…

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Washington’s Iraq “Victory”

14.06.2014 | 00:00 | Paul Craig ROBERTS

…Washington is devoid of humanitarian concerns. Hegemony is Washington’s only concern. As in  Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq, Washington brings only death, and death is ongoing in Iraq… Do you remember Washington’s promises that Iraq would be put on its feet by America as a democracy in which everyone would be safe and women would have rights? What is the situation today? Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, has just been overrun by al Qaeda forces… Even as Iraq falls to al Qaeda , Washington is supplying the al Qaeda forces attacking Syria with heavy weapons…

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Incendiary Bombs Used Against Civilians in Donbass

13.06.2014 | 18:34 | Olga SHEDROVA

…Many remember the President Putin’s words he said in a televised interview with the French media before going to Normandy to take part in D-Day commemorations. According to Putin, the Ukrainian President-elect had a unique chance to stop the violence in eastern Ukrainian regions as he had no blood on his hands… A week has passed since his inauguration. The massive bombing of populated areas in the Slavyansk and Donetsk regions has intensified with the use of MLRS and artillery. Many thousands of refugees rushed to Russia. On June 12, Semionovka, a Slavyansk suburban town, became a target for incendiary bombs strikes. Thousands of refugees rushed to cross the Russian border…

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Finland: NATO Membership – Dubious Goal

13.06.2014 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

A major military exercise has kicked off in Latvia. The Sabre Strike war games involve 4,700 troops and 800 military vehicles. Russia sees NATO’s military build-up in the vicinity of its borders as a sign of hostility. Not a member of the alliance, Finland is among the participants in the unfriendly action. While the debate has been simmering in for some time, Finland is encouraged to seriously consider full-fledged NATO membership by influential political circles and segments of social elite. The situation in Ukraine is used as a pretext for putting the issue to the fore. NATO membership could come up for debate before the 2015 parliamentary elections. The ongoing discussions may have prominent international implications…

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Why Is the U.S. Afraid of South Stream?

13.06.2014 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The West is continuing to twist the arms of Russia’s partners in building the South Stream gas pipeline. Hot on the heels of the Bulgarian government, Serbia has announced that work will be suspended. Both countries cited the position of the European Commission. But EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger refuses to discuss the construction of South Stream in the format of a consultation with Russia, the project’s main participant…

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Citizen Poroshenko Ready to Double Down

12.06.2014 | 00:00 | Arkady DZIUBA

There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip – that was the keynote of Petro Poroshenko’s first interview since taking office… Poroshenko says he does not care about what Russia thinks about him saying he has no intention of making nice with Russian President Vladimir Putin. «To be honest, I’m not very interested in what Citizen Putin thinks of my state». But who would believe him if he spent the first full day of his tenure on Sunday in marathon talks with the Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov… The doomed war in Donbass meets the US interests and fully matches the key objectives of its geostrategy. Washington cherishes a hope that its Kiev puppets will not let it down. These are the things to take into consideration before launching a dialogue with citizen Poroshenko.

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Washington is Voting for the Candidate of War in Colombia

12.06.2014 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

The second round of the presidential elections in Colombia will take place on 15 July. Despite predictions, the first round did not end in favour of current president Juan Manuel Santos, who ceded three percent of the vote to his main rival Oscar Zuluaga… During confidential meetings with representatives of the US Embassy in Bogota, Zuluaga guaranteed the further strengthening of Colombia’s allied relations with America… Zuluaga has assured Washington that he will promote Colombia’s experience of combating populist excesses throughout the region, first and foremost the influence of the Bolivarian Revolution in Latin American countries…

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Poroshenko: Off To a Bad Start – Dire Fallout Looming Out to Tower around Ukraine

11.06.2014 | 00:14 | Natalia MEDEN

 After the meeting between President Putin and Chancellor Merkel in Donbass, mainstream German media outlets violated the informal taboo and started to report the facts about the upcoming humanitarian disaster in Donbass; five cities left without water and electricity, the number of refugees has grown up to 10 thousand.  Germans reacted in posts, “Until now the West has given a priority to humanitarian interventions, now it has changes somehow. The West will lose credibility worldwide if the attitude does not change.”  Another post said “When will they tell the truth at last! Children suffer most. The European Union could have started water supplies. Set in his ways   Poroshenko will give a start to a catastrophe. Total terror, intimidation of civilians. Obama is put to shame!”
 

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Refugees on Rise Leaving Donbass for Russia – Humanitarian Crisis Close

11.06.2014 | 00:04 | Eduard POPOV

One can see how the Rostov region is graduallyturning into an area neighboring the combat zone. Thousands of refugees cross the border fleeing the territory of Donetsk People’s Republic. It becomes clear we face a serious disaster with grave consequences to follow. On June 4, Vassily Golubev, the Rostov region governor, declared emergency in 15 border areas.What is happening on the territory of Donbass declared a combat zone by Kiev where it conducts its “anti-terrorist operation”?  There is a large concentration of Ukrainian troops there.  The government regular units fail to defeat a much smaller in size “separatists” force no matter they enjoy a great advantage in weapons and equipment. They use MLRS,   artillery, armor and aviation that strikes populated areas…

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Who Cares What Kind of People They Are – Just Let Them Be Anti-Russian

10.06.2014 | 10:51 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The military issues prevailed defining the agenda of President Barack Obama’s European tour. The itinerary  included Poland, Belgium and France. He promised to increase the US presence in Central and Eastern Europe and called upon the allies to increase military spending to “deter Russia”.Benjamin Rhodes,the current 36 year old deputy national security adviser for strategic communication for Barack Obama, is known to exert great influence on the President. According to him, this kind of approach meets the policy of strengthening Transatlantic links…

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Place of Ukraine in US Military Planning

10.06.2014 | 00:00 | Olga SHEDROVA

Having won the presidential election on May 25, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko secretly  met with strange American delegation headed by the Director of the National Service of Covert Operations (the CIA’sNational Clandestine Service) Frank Archibald, which also included former CIA chief in Ukraine Jeffrey Egan, the current – Raymond Mark Davidson, Mark Buggy (CIA, Istanbul), Andrzej Derlatka, a CIA agent in the Polish intelligence Agency and member of CIA Kevin Duffin who is working as senior Vice President of the insurance company Brower. Poroshenko and Archibald signed paper entitled an “Agreement on Military Cooperation between the U.S. and Ukraine”…

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Ukraine, Syria Hold Elections: Another Good Example of Double Standards Practiced by West

09.06.2014 | 00:00 | Alexander DONETSKY

There was a 10-day period between the recent presidential elections held in Ukraine and Syria. The two states face unrest while the government forces are fighting insurgents. In the both cases the United States and Europe take an unambiguous stance throwing their support behind one of the belligerents.  What strikes an eye is that they apply absolutely contrasting approaches depending on each case.  No matter the Kiev regime continues to deliver massive strikes against civilians in Donbass using artillery and aviation, the results of Ukrainian election are recognized with no strings attached by the United States and Europe. They say the election fully met the democratic standards.   Talking about the expression of Syrian people’s will, U.S. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the election was a “disgrace” and “staged”…

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US Capitalism on Heat again for War

09.06.2014 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

One illustration of how deeply in crisis the capitalist system has once again become is the story of fake towns that the Pentagon is building across America. These towns are being used to train the US army in techniques of “urban warfare”. One such place was recently reported as newly opened as a training facility in the state of Virginia. The “model town” took six years to plan and two years to build at a total cost of $96 million, according to a report in Britain’s Daily Telegraph…

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Battle for Ukraine Fought in Normandy

08.06.2014 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

Formally the June 5-6 event was devoted to commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings. But in practice the issue of Ukraine defined the agenda. France did its best as a host nation. The organization of the ceremony was beyond praise to be accompanied by diplomatic adroitness. The ballet dancers re-enacted the slow advance of US troops across the map of Europe on a stage at Sword Beach… The GIs moved across France, through Germany, Ukraine, Belorussia and the Baltic States to stop somewhere in the vicinity of Russia’s border. An unusually intriguing interpretation of the historical events! Barack Obama, the chief guest, evidently liked the show but there was not much else to be happy about. The US media wrote that he had an aggrieved air, probably because his plans to internationally isolate President Putin failed…

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America’s Enthusiasm for the Status Quo

08.06.2014 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The French have a saying that sums up the foreign policy of the United States: «Plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose» – «the more things change, the more they stay the same». Nothing exemplified America’s enthusiasm for the status quo more than President Obama’s appearance at a news conference alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron prior to the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day held the next day in France. In answer to a question about Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom and the United Kingdom remaining in the European Union, Obama demonstrated his advocacy for «no change» by rejecting Scotland’s «Yes» campaign for independence in a September referendum and the recently victorious UK Independence Party’s (UKIP) vow to withdraw the UK from the European Union…

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George Freedman and Germany

07.06.2014 | 15:44 | Natalia MEDEN

…Since a long time ago Germany has been balancing between transatlantic solidarity and the reality reflecting real national and European interests… A Cold War with Russia is not what German taxpayers and German elite want. Even the top military leaders, who support the idea of increasing military expenditure, oppose the idea of making Ukraine a member of NATO… According to George Friedman, Germany is becoming a problem for Europe. He makes a mistake. Germany is not a problem for Europe but is a problem for the USA with its old fashioned lust for world domination.

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