New at Strategic Culture Foundation 22-28 June 2014

28 June 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

US Military in Europe: from Forces Rotation to Permanent Presence

28.06.2014 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas urged NATO on June 20 to establish a permanent presence in his country responding to Russia’s Ukraine policy that his government sees as a threat. He said the allies were to «open your eyes and stay awake»… Until now NATO has implemented the policy of short-term army, air force and naval rotations in Eastern Europe to finish at the end of this year… The statements make believe the decision on NATO permanent basing near Russia must envision thorough study of all the consequences it would entail.

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The resurrection of the neocons

28.06.2014 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

Like proverbial «bad pennies», many of the leading neo-conservative architects of America’s failed interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan are being hauled back in front of television news cameras to comment on the current predicament that Washington finds itself with a surging «Al Qaeda» spinoff attempting to seize control of eastern Syria and western and northern Iraq and transform the area into a radical Islamic «caliphate»… The resurrection of the neo-cons would not be possible without the complicity of their enablers in the corporate media…

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A New Recession and a New World Devoid of Washington’s Arrogance?

27.06.2014 | 14:00 | Paul Craig ROBERTS

…Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has pointed out to Europe that Washington’s policies in the Middle East and Libya are not merely total failures but also devastatingly harmful to Europe and Russia. The fools in Washington have removed the governments that suppressed the jihadists. Now the violent jihadists are unleashed.  In the Middle East the jihadists are at work remaking the artificial boundaries set by the British and French in the aftermath of World War I. Europe, Russia and China have Muslim populations and now must worry if the violence that Washington has unleashed will bring destabilization to regions of Europe, Russia and China…

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Does Europe Need Associated Ukraine?

27.06.2014 | 00:00 | Alexander DONETSKY

Up to the autumn of 2013 very few Ukrainian politicians had been acquainted with the text of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The content had not even been openly accessible in Ukrainian or Russian languages and people could not read it… The United States is pursuing its geopolitical interests. First, the EU-Ukraine association agreement means putting an end to Ukraine’s economic and military cooperation with Russia to weaken the latter’s military potential… the agreement makes Ukraine part of all-European system of security based on NATO where the United States plays the leading role. Actually it becomes an issue of moving US military presence to Russia’s borders… The new Ukrainian rulers have shown they are ready to eliminate their own country while serving the US interests. If the European Union leaders recklessly succumb to political ambitions and outside pressure they’ll fall into a trap having to face a grave threat…

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Kiev Is Starting a War to Avoid a Revolution

27.06.2014 | 00:00 | Olga SHEDROVA

Despite its peaceful declarations, Kiev is gradually transitioning from massacring civilians and bombing Donbas cities to direct provocations on the Russian border and attacks on diplomatic missions of the Russian Federation. In international practice, such actions are an incitement to war. But Kiev does not have the slightest chance of winning a military conflict with Russia. What is prompting Poroshenko to embark on this scheme? While the Kiev junta is waging war against its own people in the Southeast, throughout the country protests are growing due to a catastrophic drop in the standard of living of the populace…

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UN Security Council Discusses Ukraine

26.06.2014 | 14:35 | Alexander MEZYAEV

The United Nations Security Council held another meeting on Ukraine on June 24. Formally the session was devoted to the report on the situation in Ukraine to be presented by Mr. Taye Zerihun, Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs…  The Western members of Security Council never made any real attempt to tackle the problem of Ukraine and the United Nations Security Council’s sessions become more like routine propaganda stunts… It’s getting harder to conceal the scale of the tragedy taking place in the south-east of Ukraine. It is becoming a tall order even for those members of United Nations Security Council who sincerely side with the international criminals waging war against civilians. Sooner or later they will have to put the Russian draft resolution to the vote. 

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Ukraine has begun aggressive actions against Russia

26.06.2014 | 00:00 | Alexander DONETSKY

Only someone who takes no interest in the events in this Eastern European country could fail to see that the new government in Kiev is doing all it can to provoke Russia into sending troops into Ukraine.  And when their many attempts at provocation met with no success, Ukrainian troops openly attacked Russian border crossings on June 20, 2014… It’s hard to see how any of this could be viewed as anything but military aggression against Russia designed to provoke a reaction.  And this is how the «peacemaker» Ukrainian president can achieve his dream of using Western countries, which have promised him military assistance against Moscow, to «punish Russia».  And will the ambitions of a man who cannot control his own government be worth the number of victims that Europe and the US will have to bear if Ukrainian provocateurs unleash a military conflict with Russia?

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Russia Breaks EU Blockade

26.06.2014 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

On June 24 President Vladimir Putin wound up his visit to Austria – the second trip abroad after the situation in Ukraine took a turn for the worse.  He went to Normandy in early June to take part in the 70th Anniversary of D-Day commemoration. The launching of the «the second front» delivered a powerful blow against the US-led anti-Russian European alliance. The summit in Austria laid a foundation for Russia’s further economic cooperation with Western partners… It’s an open secret that many Western leaders perceive these issues as intertwined… Some circles in Brussels try to play an «anti-Russian» card at the time the European Union is unable to refuse the role of obedient junior partner of the United States.

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Iraq: Need of international consensus

25.06.2014 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

The best part of the US President Barack Obama’s update on Thursday regarding developments in Iraq has been his promise that he will be vigilant about ‘mission creep’ and «American troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again». Cynics may say this is how all ‘mission creeps’ began, but Obama robustly defended his optimism: «We [US] do not have the ability to simply solve this problem by sending in thousands of troops and committing the kinds of blood and treasure that has already been expended in Iraq». It sounded credible. But then, conditions apply… Obama repeatedly said that a political solution is needed in Iraq…

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NATO Beefs Up European Presence – Balancing on Brink of Dangerous Aggravation

25.06.2014 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

«Changes to troop locations will be made at the political level to address the new paradigm in the wake of the Russian-Ukraine crisis», Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, head of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, tweeted on May 7… The exercises conducted simultaneously result in a dangerous stand-off. It means balancing on the brink of serious aggravation and nobody knows where a spark may come from. SOF subversive activities in the explosive region are certainly not the best way to ease tensions. Sitting down and talking things over is a much more preferable approach. Perhaps the international event in Normandy was a chance President Obama opted to miss. But it’s never too late to do what is right.

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Kiev Delivering on Rhetoric to ‘Cleanse Sub-Humans’

24.06.2014 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the US-installed prime minister of the fascist junta that overthrew the elected Ukrainian government in February, is delivering on his recently declared Nazi campaign of extermination. Last week, the former investment banker, unveiled an altogether different portfolio when he promised that military forces under the control of the Kiev junta would «cleanse sub-humans» from the country’s restive eastern regions… The timing of the Kiev regime’s latest terror campaign is not insignificant either. This weekend, Russians commemorated the deaths of 25-30 million of their compatriots who lost their lives to the Nazi German war of extermination against Untermensch (sub-humans) launched on Soviet Russia on June 21, 1941. The guns behind that historic vile campaign were defeated 69 years ago. But abominably, the mentality behind it still persists today. Ask Yatsenyuk and his US-backed regime.

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Iraq: Implications of Full-Blown War

24.06.2014 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

…The US popular opinion views the military campaign in Iraq as a big foreign policy gaffe and opposes any nation’s involvement in new overseas conflicts. Any new military action would be strongly opposed by a majority of Americans. Neither the US, nor NATO can do anything more than air strikes. It makes Iran the only regional player to come to the Iraq’s rescue… The US should think long and hard about the implications of what it does in the Middle East. So far it regional policy has been a miserable failure and the mistakes committed backlash with dire fallout.

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The financial perils of the eurozone

23.06.2014 | 00:00 | Vladimir NESTEROV

Until recently European leaders were still making cheerful claims that the EU’s economic recovery was finally at hand and that the euro zone was safely out of the woods. But no one’s saying that anymore. In the first quarter of 2014, GDP in the eurozone averaged only 0.2% growth – only half as much as was expected. Germany has fared slightly better with a 0.8% increase in GDP, as have Belgium and Spain (which both gained 0.4% in the first quarter of this year). The situation in other eurozone countries looks far more grim. France recorded zero growth, GDP in the Netherlands shrank by 1.4%, in Greece by 1.1%, in Cyprus and Portugal by 0.7%, in Finland by 0.4%, and in Italy by 0.1%…

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From the pages of Orwell and «1984»: Irregular warfare against Eurasia

23.06.2014 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

«Oceania was at war with Eurasia: therefore Oceania had always been at war with Eurasia. The enemy of the moment always represented absolute evil, and it followed that any past or future agreement with him was impossible». These are the words from «1984», George Orwell’s fictional novel and eerily correct prognostication of future events from geopolitics to the loss of privacy and the rise of the surveillance state. Oceania fictionally represented the British Isles, North and South America, southern Africa, and Australasia. In Orwell’s world, Eurasia was comprised of Russia and Europe while another power, Eastasia, included China, Korea, and Japan…

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Bretton Woods II and George Soros

22.06.2014 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

…George Soros makes no secret of the fact that he does not like America. Not because it wages destructive wars around the world, or because of the country’s huge social polarisation, or because its prisons contin more than two million people, with a further four or five millions American who were sentenced to imprisonment currently at large because the country does not have enough prisons, or because the US organised an all-out surveillance of every telephone conversation in America. Soros does not like America because it still retains far too many attributes of a state. This is why Soros was one of Obama’s main sponsors during the pre-election presidential campaign. This also explains what initially seem to be certain illogical decisions and acts of the White House’s current occupant that are troubling the real patriots of America…

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