New at Strategic Culture Foundation 26 July – 2 August 2014

2 August 2014 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia’s UN Initiative – Chance for Peace as NATO Mulls Stockpiling in Eastern Europe

02.08.2014 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

NATO’s top Europe commander believes the alliance should preposition weapons, ammunition and all kinds of supplies in Poland to support the deployment of a large force in case of hostilities with Russia… The stockpiling of supplies is just a step short of a permanent massive deployment of foreign NATO troops in Poland… The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey said that among other actions, the U.S. military is dusting off decades-old plans, just in case… According to him, Russia’s actions in Ukraine signaled a significant «change in the relationship of the U.S. and Russia,» but America’s first response should be to look at NATO and the role it played against the Soviet Union a half century ago…

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US General Dempsey Another Victim of the American Gulag

02.08.2014 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

You know that the US intelligence establishment is in bad shape when the highest ranking American military officer publicly regurgitates unfounded “talking media points” with a view to incriminate Russia over events in Ukraine. Why would anyone – a highly decorated soldier at that – prostrate himself with such unthinking subservience? As with all the other pundits and politicians slavishly obeying the whip of US media uniformity, it looks like General Dempsey is afraid too, very afraid, of ending up in the gulag that is American isolation for daring to think or speak the truth.

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Devoted to Anniversary of Great War

01.08.2014 | 10:26 | Arkady DZIUBA

The world is marking the 100th anniversary of WWI. As the events unfold in different parts of the planet from Ukraine to Nigeria, from the Middle East to the South-China Sea, those days should be remembered today. The lessons the history taught us are to still to be learnt. Today’s world bears a number of striking similarities with the build-up to the First World War. As the WWII approached an average European felt the clouds gather over his head, the ideological contradictions got exacerbated to the utmost, international trade was chained by multiple tariffs, levies and other barriers. But a hundred years ago globalization, no matter this term was not used back then, appeared to be overwhelming, just like today…

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Wiping Out the Christians of Syria and Iraq to Remap the Mid-East: Prerequisite to a Clash of Civilizations? (II)

01.08.2014 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

…Syria is viewed by advocates of the clash of civilizations paradigm as what is called a «cleft nation». Cleft nations like Lebanon, Syria, and Bosnia (as well as the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union) are merging points between supposedly different civilizations. These nations and their societies help blend the different civilizations together and, hence, these cleft nations can obstruct a clash of civilizations by bridging different civilizational entities. The purging of Christian Syrians and Christian Iraqis, like Israeli and Zionist attempts to make Jewish Iranians leave their Iranian homeland, is aimed at sociologically and politically reconfigure the Middle East…

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Case of Hugo Carvajal: Provocation on Aruba Island

01.08.2014 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

The United States has started to avoid the burden of looking for evidence in case it wants to accuse someone of criminal activities. In recent years the US has become accustomed to ignore legal responsibility. The pretext of fighting terrorists has been used to allow detaining «potential criminals», putting them into secret jails and using cruel torture to get a confession. The whole US security system has been affected. The leaders of American special services have got accumulated the experience of detaining (legally or not) people abroad and bringing them into the United States to make them face trial. But there are failures suffered on the way and lessons to be learnt…

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Poroshenko, Obama Sailing in Same Boat?

31.07.2014 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

Barack Obama had a phone conversation with Petro Poroshenko, the President of civil war-torn Ukraine. He assured him that the United States will lend a helping hand. «We are sailing in the same boat», he said. Looks like a boat is too small for Kiev, it would prefer it to be a cruiser size ship or even an aircraft carrier. Poroshenko told CNN on July 21 that he wants Ukraine to become MNNA (Major Non-NATO Ally) to bring it under the US military «umbrella» without the participation in the North Atlantic Alliance… Washington is happy about the fact that a number of former Soviet republics are motivated to side with the United States in its confrontation with Russia. But there are reasonable people who doubt the US Ukraine policy could be a success after the failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, during the Arab Spring, including Syria.

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Theresa May Raises an Old and Discredited Canard

31.07.2014 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

British Home Secretary Theresa May, who has found herself in the middle of a huge pedophilia cover-up scandal involving top leaders of her Conservative Party, has found time to raise an old canard: the death by radiation poisoning of international ne’er-do-well and former Soviet and Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko… It is clear that May is conveniently using the downing of Malaysian Airlines 17 in eastern Ukraine to turn up pressure on Russia… 

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Wiping Out the Christians of Syria and Iraq to Remap the Mid-East: Prerequisite to a Clash of Civilizations? (I)

30.07.2014 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

Historically, the Levant is the birthplace of Christianity and the oldest Christian communities have lived in it and the entire Fertile Crescent since the start of Christian history… Nevertheless, the Christians of the Levant and Iraq are now in the cross-hairs. Deceit and mischief has been at play. It is no coincidence that Egyptian Christians were attacked at the same time as the South Sudan Referendum, which was supposed to signal a split between the Muslims in Khartoum and the Christians and animists in Juba. Nor is it an accident that Iraq’s Christian, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, began to face a modern exodus, leaving their homes and ancestral homeland in Iraq in 2003. Mysterious groups targeted both them and Palestinian refugees…

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Washington’s Banking Sanctions – Formal and Informal

30.07.2014 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

…Since 1 April 2009, American financial regulators have fined European banks 32 times totalling nearly $25 billion… On 30 June 2014, the French bank BNP Paribas, which ranks fourth in the world in terms of assets and second in France, agreed to pay US authorities a record $9-billion fine. The bank’s management is charged with helping its Sudanese, Iranian and Cuban clients carry out dollar transactions banned by the US sanctions regime. In the coming months, giants of European banking like the German Kommerzbank and Deutsche Bank, French Credit Agricole and Societe Generale, and Italian Unicredit, among others, could also be subject to penalties…

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?an Another Chernobyl Occur in Europe?

29.07.2014 | 00:00 | Alexander DONETSKY

Not any European will remember what exactly happened on April 26, 1986 near the place called Chernobyl. This day the second largest (after Fukushima) nuclear accident took place… 28 years have passed. Chernobyl has been turned into a national park; the plant stopped functioning while the reactor is isolated from environment. The territory was decontaminated with high radiation remaining detected only in a few places. But it would be an exaggeration to say Chernobyl poses no threat anymore. A new storage for Westinghouse used fuel is going to be constructed by 2017. The $800 million construction will be paid for by Europeans who have no relation to US fuel producers…

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Israel Is Stealing and Murdering Its Way Through Palestine

28.07.2014 | 12:00 | Paul Craig ROBERTS

Since the 1940s Zionists have been stealing Palestine from the Palestinians. The majority of Palestinians have been removed from their homes and their country. They exist in refugee camps in other countries and 1.5 million are concentrated in the Gaza Ghetto… Israel is always the aggressor but always take the role of the victim. Palestinian women and children are all subhumans – ”snakes” as one Israeli politician put it–who sneak into Israel through secret tunnels (whose existence is akin to Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction) wearing suicide bomb belts and blow up innocent Israelis along with themselves… To stop this slaughter of innocent Israelis, Israel has to blow up Palestinian hospitals, schools, and civilian homes and apartment blocks…

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Inside Iraq: Situation Report

28.07.2014 | 00:00 | Anton VESELOV

On July 24, the Iraqi parliament elected a new president… According to the rules imposed by US interim administration led by Paul Bremer in 2003 in the days of US occupation, the office of Iraqi President should belong to a Kurd… The Sunnis are under heavy pressing. They want an Arab, not a Kurd, to hold the presidential office… The electoral process is taking place in the heat of crisis which may end up in the partition of the country. The Iraqi Kurdistan is on the way to holding a referendum on independence. Actually Bagdad has lost control over vast lands in the Sunni-populated Iraqi provinces where the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has established its rule. The number of migrants has exceeded 1, 5 million. The Islamists made seek refuge all the Christians living in Mosul and are destroying Shiite and Christian shrines. The battle is raging at the distance of 20-40 kilometers from Bagdad…

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Obama Makes Confrontation with Russia Reach Point of No Return

28.07.2014 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

The US miserable failure to come up with clear-cut assessment concerning the Malaysian Boeing, the aggressiveness and cynicism of American propaganda against Russia – it all makes President Obama deteriorate the relationship with Moscow to the point of no return. His actions have nothing to do with common sense. Ralph Peters is a foreign policy analyst for Fox News. Speaking to Megyn Kelly July 21 night he said President Obama is scared of Vladimir Putin… Locked in the Oval office like in a bunker, he rarely makes public appearances and prefers to communicate with other world leaders by phone. In his relationship with his Russian counterpart he does not do even that. He has not discussed the Malaysian airliner tragedy with Putin at all, not a single time. The wish for demonstrative muscle flexing has given place to fear of public failure…

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Washington’s Second Front in Information War against Russia

27.07.2014 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Russia is not backing down to play Washington’s Fall Guy over the Malaysia Airlines disaster – and that «truculence» by Moscow to not meekly accept the assigned guilty role is earning it increasing pariah status in official American eyes. The Washington Post reported at the weekend: «Instead of Mr Putin de-escalating the conflict after the Malaysia Airlines tragedy, ‘he’s actually taken a decision to escalate,’ Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the [US] Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a security forum» in Aspen, Colorado. Those words convey a sense of arrogant disbelief among American leaders, who have asserted Russian complicity in the downing of the civilian jet last week over Ukraine…

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New UNSC Ukraine Resolution: Questions Going Unanswered

27.07.2014 | 00:00 | Alexander MEZYAEV

…The majority of observers compare the annihilation of the Malaysian aircraft with other accidents in history, for instance the South Korean airliner brought down by Soviet air defense systems in 1983, the Iranian airliner hit by Americans in 1988, a passenger plane brought down by a Ukrainian air defense system in 2001 over the Black Sea. It’s normal to make these comparisons. Still I’d like to recall another accident which at first look differs from the 7/17 but the provocative methods are more resembling what happened in the Novorossiya airspace. The Markale massacres took place in Bosnia in February 1994 and August 1995… It’s the precedent that is important.  To strike your own people to accuse the enemy in committing a crime and then make it acquire an international resonance. This is and tried and true method of the West. There is a similarity in the cases of the Markale massacre in Sarajevo and the Boeing disaster in the Ukrainian airspace – the same intent…

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Iraqi Kurdistan Pushed to Independence

26.07.2014 | 17:00 | Arkady DZIUBA

…After Saddam Hussein was overthrown, the United States insisted on territorial integrity of Iraq with vast autonomy for Kurdistan. It was 2003. The United States hoped to install its firm military control over the Middle East. Those days the US did not think about the world disorder. Formally the autonomy was created in 1974, so the question was not the status of autonomy itself but rather defining the borders. Kurds wanted the oil-rich Kirkuk to be theirs. Baghdad did its best to oppose this outcome. Americans acted as go-betweens and continued their mediation efforts till they preserved the interest in maintaining stability… 

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