New at Strategic Culture Foundation 26 June – 5 July 2014

5 July 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Personifies New World Disorder

05.07.2014 | 00:00 | Arkady DZIUBA

The recent events in the Middle East, the success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Iraqi battlefields and the promulgation of caliphate on the territories under the organization’s control in Syria and Iraq – how does it all dovetail with the US global interests? Many opponents of Obama, including Republicans, say it’s a failure of US Middle East policy. True, it would be right to say it’s a flop having in mind the mission of maintaining the world order and world supremacy. But remembering Brzezinski and his world disorder, domination and leadership concept the things look quite different…

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Russia’s Parity Policy in the South Caucasus and Azerbaijan’s Eurasian Prospects

05.07.2014 | 00:00 | Vyacheslav MIKHAILOV

The attention of outside forces to the largest South Caucasus republic is growing steadily, with the US, the European Union and Russia all seeking to win over Azerbaijan. Events in Ukraine and the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EaEU) have raised the stakes in the game codenamed «winning the sympathy of Baku». Among the noted players targeting Azerbaijan, the US is the least consistent, and the political elite in the Caspian republic continue to regard its American partners with suspicion… 

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Ukraine: Civil War or Civil Peace?

04.07.2014 | 00:00 | Natalia MEDEN

The German Foreign Office has invited for a meeting the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia and France. The event took place on July 2. In Berlin Russia made the first step allowing OSCE observers to be placed at the Russian observation posts. As the meeting was wounding up, the German Foreign Minister said it he did not expect a solution by a wave of a magic wand, but the event was the first and significant step on the way to ceasefire. He is being cautious and this approach is justified. Many remember how the previous accords have failed, for instance: the agreement of February 21 was kind of a stillborn child, the Geneva April 17 agreements produced no results. Nothing will change for the better till the US emissaries call the shots… It’s not civil war that Ukraine needs, but rather peace. Peace is what meets the interests of Europe no matter what they think overseas about it.

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Who is Afraid of India’s BJP?

04.07.2014 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

The famous ex-employee of America’s Central Intelligence Agency, Edward Snowden has barged into the budding romance between the new Indian government and the Barack Obama administration that promised to bear fruit in the fall when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to visit Washington. The Washington Post newspaper has disclosed documents detailing that the US’ National Security Agency (NSA) targeted India’s present ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] for snooping… Three questions arise: What really happened? Second, why it happened? Third, what is to be done?

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President Obama Faces Iraqi Conundrum

03.07.2014 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

Obama has nothing to be proud of when it comes to his Middle East policy. One failure after another everywhere you look, it starts to get really eerie. With Libya, Egypt, Syria failures behind, Iraq adds to the list. The US has always sided with those who started unrest while Saudi Arabia was pouring fuel of fire pursuing the dream of using terrorists as a tool for turning the Arab world into the Wahhabi safe haven. The Wahhabi formations used the US support while operating in Syria. Now they are back to Iraq to capture a major part of the territory. As Dick Cheney admitted the United States gave the Middle East away to terrorists who can do as they please and impose their ways on others to the heart’s content… 

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The worsening situation in the Middle East and the collapse of Turkey’s policy of Neo-Ottomanism

03.07.2014 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

A crisis is unfolding in the Middle East and almost all the regimes established with Western assistance during the Arab Spring have now been destabilized, thus thwarting not only America’s strategic calculations in the region, but also the expectations of those who were attempting to further their own interests by playing along with the US plans. The biggest “loser” has been Turkey…Turkey’s leaders have made a series of major and fatal errors. Of these, the biggest was the intervention in Syria intended to establish a deferential regime… 

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Juncker? UK’s Cameron A Greater Threat To EU Freedom

02.07.2014 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

The events in Ukraine and the political spat over who should be the next president of the European Commission might seem like issues far apart. But there is a connection that may seem rather surprising. The election of Juncker was presented, in the British media at least, as a kind of “showdown principle” over independence and freedom within Europe; but perhaps of much greater pertinence to European independence is how the continent appears to be toeing an aggressive American foreign policy towards Russia. This latter aspect is scarcely touched upon, yet it is arguably more urgent and relevant to the so-called democratic deficit that mars the European project. The real threat to European freedom and independence comes from politicians like Cameron, not Jean-Claude Juncker.

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“Indonesian Putin” vs. “Indonesian Obama”

02.07.2014 | 00:00 | Victor SUMSKY

Indonesia is gearing up for the presidential election on July 9, 2014. Although the largest Southeast Asian nation has been a presidential republic since 1945 (with only a brief interval in the 1950s), this is just the third time that its top leader is to be elected by popular vote. Incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (or SBY for short) who won the races in 2004 and 2009 is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office. After ten years in power he will have to leave the presidential palace. But with the start of the presidential campaign on June 5 the polls began to fluctuate, and the election outcome no longer looks quite as certain as before. 

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Polish Watergate Hits Radar Screen

01.07.2014 | 00:00 | Nikolai MALISHEVSKI

Here we have ruckus raised. The hullabaloo story is called Poland’s Watergate Scandal. Wprost weekly published a transcription of conversation between top officials expressing their views on internal and foreign policy of the country… The foreign offices of Russia and the United States have already commented on the Sikorski’s statements. Now it’s the turn of the European Union to say its word. The events in Ukraine do not unfold the way Berlin, Paris or London wanted them to. The West European neighbors of Poland can have no scruples showing those who are responsible for shameful debacle the European Union suffered in the east. They’ll point the finger at Poland and its chief diplomat Mr. Sikorski.

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What Common People of New EU Associate Members Have a Right to Know

30.06.2014 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

On June 27 Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova signed association agreements with the EU. The move was presented as a decisive turn for democracy and human rights. But some issues related to the decision had been purposefully kept under the radar screen. Media assured the grassroots were not adequately provided information about some crucially important aspects of the step to be taken by their respective governments that have chosen the so-called European choice. So one day the people of those states may wake up to find themselves facing raw awakening they have never expected. True, the economic transition period from associated status to membership is not going to be a bed of roses. And there is a specific feature here – if there is any social discontent you’d better conceal it and keep mum… or else!…

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US Aggression in Ukraine and the Eurasian Union

30.06.2014 | 00:00 | Olga SHEDROVA

America’s colonial takeover of Ukraine and Europe’s siding with them was a serious factor in the stepping-up of integration processes on the Eurasian continent. In particular, the real breakthrough came with the formation of a strategic partnership between Russia and China. In addition to the 51 major agreements that were reached following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to China on 20-21 May 2014, a joint statement was also adopted establishing a new stage of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation. Echoes of the Ukrainian crisis are reflected in a number of the document’s provisions…

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Washington Is Pushing NATO toward Expansion in All Directions

29.06.2014 | 00:00 | Leonid SAVIN

The coup in Ukraine and the subsequent crisis in that country have whetted NATO’s appetite; they have started talking about a new expansion of the alliance. The main candidates being named for inclusion in NATO are Sweden and Finland, as well as Moldova, with respect to which an accelerated plan has been enacted. Work on bringing the Balkan countries – Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina (these countries have already been included in a Membership Action Plan), as well as Serbia, which was bombed by NATO in 1999 – into the alliance continues. NATO’s interest in the Caucasus has not cooled either; Georgia and Azerbaijan are members of the Partnership for Peace… The main impetus for all this feverish military and propaganda activity, for which the most fantastic justifications are being found, comes from Washington…

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