New at Strategic Culture Foundation 4-11 April 2015

11 April 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Why Alexis Tsipras is not Popular in EU

11.04.2015 | 00:00 | Arkady DZIUBA

No matter how hard the European political beau monde tried to prevent it, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras did visit Moscow. Neither Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, nor Hungarian leader Victor Urban, who have also recently met Russian President Vladimir Putin, had received so many warnings and admonitions as the Greek PM… 

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Saudi Attempts to Use the Houthis against the Muslim Brotherhood Backfired in Yemen

11.04.2015 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

Yemen is being bombed into accepting a Saudi-mediated pseudo-dialogue that really aims to reinstate Al-Hadi and restore Yemen as an authoritarian state that follows Saudi Arabia and the US. In this context, a mixture of Arabian intrigues, petro-politics, and geopolitics are all at play… The Israeli-Saudi alliance in Yemen is being relieved as the Kingdom and Israel have united with the US against the Houthis. Like the Cold War, mercenaries and foreign fighters will eventually enter the picture too.

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Iran, USA and Russia after Lausanne

10.04.2015 | 10:02 | Nikolai BOBKIN

Those who have recently said they expect a rapprochement between the United States and Iran will probably be frustrated. The founder of the Republic of Iran ayatollah Khomeini warned that the day American hypocrites will support the Islamic revolution the country may declare a period of mourning. The Iran’s supreme spiritual leader ayatollah Khamenei believes that Iran may change its tactics but the fundamental principles of the 1979 revolution must be left intact. Tehran shows no intent to get close to the United States…

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Canada Represents a Reservoir of Support for Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

10.04.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

…Canadian support for the most right-wing elements, including neo-Nazis, in Ukraine would never have been possible had it not been for the concrete support provided by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) and its Central Intelligence Agency masters since the Cold War era to neo-fascist organizations within the Ukrainian-Canadian diaspora community. It is a community that numbers 1.2 million and which has tremendous political clout in the Canadian Parliament and various provincial legislatures… 

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Serbia and Greece: Some Parallels

10.04.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

As the new Greek government tries to free itself from the debt yoke being thrust on the Greeks by external creditors and, above all, the International Monetary Fund, the government circles of another Balkan country, Serbia, are dominated by a different mood altogether. Among Serbian politicians, officials and experts, there seems to be an understanding of the malignancy of the well-established practice of cooperating with the IMF… 

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War in Yemen: Historic Prerequisites and Geopolitical Aspects (II)

09.04.2015 | 09:12 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

…Turkey and Iran have some experience of mutual cooperation, including common search for a solution to the issues related to the nuclear program. If the project of U.S.-Iranian-Turkish alliance based on common foreign policy and energy goals becomes true, then Saudi Arabia may take reckless steps including launching its own nuclear program to follow the example of Iran. 

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War in Yemen: Historic Prerequisites and Geopolitical Aspects (I)

09.04.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

…Mehmet Kiliç Bey, a well-known Turkish expert in economy and political science, compares the internal conflict in Yemen with other bloody conflicts in the Muslim world – the war between Iran and Iraq, civil wars in Afghanistan and Algiers, bloody skirmishes in Indonesia and the Philippines. In a report issued before the first term of President Bush, Jr., the US Intelligence National Council’s experts listed the Yemen as a country facing the highest risk of conflict along with Palestine, Afghanistan and Pakistan…

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Partner or Pariah? Kerry Calls Lavrov for Help

09.04.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Reading the Western news media is like swimming in a goldfish bowl. News one day gives way to some other transient story the next, and so on and on… To illustrate: one of the most bizarre – unwittingly bizarre – recent news reports was how US Secretary of State John Kerry made an urgent call to Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Kerry reportedly needed Lavrov for help in clinching a breakthrough in the deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Iran…

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Saudi Arabia May Stop Being US Major Regional Ally

08.04.2015 | 09:06 | Nikolai BOBKIN

Riyadh is dissatisfied with the United States’ Middle East policy. The US stand on Iran’s nuclear program and the looming normalization of relations between Washington and Tehran are the main apples of discord. Iran is the main Saudi Arabia’s rival for influence in the Persian Gulf and the whole Middle East. The kingdom is the leading US satellite in the Arab world. All of a sudden it faces the possibility of losing its position… With a settlement reached on nuclear program and sanctions lifted, Iran may become a more attractive partner in the eyes of Americans.

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Christians Fleeing the Pseudo-Islamist Blood Cult of the «Islamic State»

08.04.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

There’s not many groups that the pseudo-Islamist blood cult known as the «Islamic State» or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have not targeted for genocide. However, the Middle East’s ancient Christian community has fared worse under Islamic State occupation than have Syrian and Iraqi Kurds, Shi’a Muslims, Syrian Alawites, moderate Sunni Muslims, and Palestinian refugees… Thousands of Christians have fled their historic cities, towns, and monastic communities for safety in other countries outside the rule of the self-proclaimed Islamic «caliphate» of ISIL, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi…

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Foreign Hostages Held by the US Federal Reserve

08.04.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

…The end of the London Gold Fix on March 20 and the transition to a more liberal method of setting market quotations for the yellow metal will cause the price of gold to begin to soar. Undervaluing the price of gold, which has been Washington’s sub-rosa policy for decades, has made it possible to artificially maintain the dollar’s prestige and artificially inflate its exchange rate… Currently Germany and several other countries are trying to reclaim their gold from the vault of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where all the foreign gold stored in the US is amassed. However, the US does not want to part with this gold from overseas…

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US-Saudis Terrorise Yemen to ‘Cry Uncle’

07.04.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Nearly two weeks of unrelenting air strikes on Yemen by a US-backed Saudi foreign coalition is turning the already impoverished Arab Peninsula country into a humanitarian disaster. The imposed suffering seems to be part of a policy to coerce the Yemenis into accepting a US-endorsed talks process aimed at rehabilitating the ousted Washington and Saudi-backed regime of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. 

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Merkel and Bismarck? What a Strange Comparison!

07.04.2015 | 00:00 | Natalia MEDEN

…On April 1, Germans marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Otto von Bismarck. The publications devoted to the event say the “Iron Chancellor” supported the idea of sanctions against Russia and deterred it from aggression against Turkey. It makes Merkel look almost like a politician acting in accordance with the traditions of the Second Reich Empire – the days of glory in German history. In reality there are more things that divide the two politicians than unite them…

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The CIA Is on the Attack in Argentina. Who Will Be its Next Victim?

06.04.2015 | 10:30 | Nil NIKANDROV

By all indications, the investigation into the reasons and circumstances surrounding the death of Argentine federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman is far from complete. His body was discovered on the night of 18 and 19 January on the tiled floor of his bathroom. A Bersa Thunder 22 handgun lay under the prosecutor’s right hand, and an entrance wound from a bullet to the temple indicated possible suicide. This version is being received with hostility in opposition circles, however, from where accusations have been ringing out that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Minister of Foreign Relations Héctor Timerman were involved in the prosecutor’s death…

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Imagery and Empire: Understanding the Western Fear of Arab and Muslim Terrorists

06.04.2015 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

It has been claimed that if all terrorists are not Arabs or Muslims, that most terrorists are Arabs or Muslims. Is this true or another myth? An empirical look at data compiled in the US and Europe will help answer this question. In the US… the majority of terrorists are not non-Muslims according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). While Muslim terrorist comprised 6% of the attacks on US soil from 1980 to 2005, Jewish terrorists and Hispanic terrorists respectively comprised 7% and 42% of the terrorist attacks in the US during the same period. There, however, is no fear mongering about Jews or Hispanic people…

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Who is Behind the Slaughter of Christians in Kenya?

05.04.2015 | 19:29 | Alexander MEZYAEV

A wave of terrorist attacks hit Kenya after Somalia collapsed as a unified state with large swathes of its territory going out of government control… As in the case of Boco Harum the mission is to incite ethnic hatred. They want to make Christians hate Muslims. This is the way to plunge Kenya and Nigeria into internal chaos… These days we have become the witnesses of how 147 Kenyan boys and girls died as martyrs when they confessed of being Christians looking in to the eyes of death. Let’s face up to reality – the global forces destabilize Kenya, Nigeria and other countries that strive for self-determination and independence. The implementation of their evil plans would require many more victims.

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Ukraine: A Bankrupt State and the Persecution of Senior Citizens in the Donbass

05.04.2015 | 00:00 | Alexander DONETSKY

Ukrainian officials like to claim that Ukraine and Europe share the same values. One of the values that is very important to Europeans is the commitment to social rights, which is cited in the preamble to the Treaty on European Union. Also, the European Social Charter guarantees the right to equal social protections for all citizens, regardless of where they live. The Ukrainian regime has stripped at least one million retired Ukrainian citizens living in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics of their rightful pensions. Welfare payments in the Donbass were cut off back in July 2014… 

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