New at Strategic Culture Foundation 28 June – 4 July 2015

4 July 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Greece Faces a New Kind of Coup

04.07.2015 | 00:00 | Vladimir NESTEROV

According to the Financial Times, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent a letter to the three major money lenders saying he is ready to accept almost all the conditions proposed by the country’s international creditors at the weekend, marking the latest attempt to keep Greece in the eurozone. The Prime Minister said he would accept all of the terms proposed with just minor exceptions. He agreed to the changes in the country’s value added tax system but asked to keep a special 30 percent discount for the Greek islands untouched…


Russia has enough gas for everyone

04.07.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The June 26 speech by Alexey Miller, the chairman of the board of Gazprom, at the annual general meeting of shareholders proved to be a cold shower for all those who hoped that Russia would pull out of Europe’s gas markets. Despite the fact that much of his report was devoted to Gazprom’s operations in the Russian Far East, the data Miller provided confirmed that Russian gas will not be squeezed out of Europe’s energy balance. Moreover, in the coming years Russian gas supplies will continue to play a steadily larger role in ensuring European energy security…


Quite Right Mr. President

03.07.2015 | 00:00 | Michael Jabara CARLEY

Western mainstream media listen to President Vladimir Putin’s public statements only long enough to find a lever with which to distort his words. From Crimean reunification and MH17 to the origins of World War II, western propagandists — surely, we shouldn’t call them journalists — will fasten on to anything to ridicule or attack the Russian president…


Neither Greater Asia nor Greater Europe: America’s «Chaos» versus a Silk World Order

03.07.2015 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

Tectonic geopolitical shifts are taking place in Eurasia. The Venetian merchant Marco Polo and the Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta, both great travelers of their days, would be thoroughly impressed with the trade networks that are developing. The Eurasia of today is developing into a vast network of superhighways, railroad connections, mammoth ports, and sophisticated airports…


Ukraine’s Gas Transmission System: Problems and Prospects

02.07.2015 | 00:33 | Peotr VOROBIEV

It is widely believed that the Ukrainian gas transmission system has the greatest capacity in the world to make the owner a full-blown global actor. It’s partially true if one forgets that the system is supplied with Russian gas extracted many thousands of miles away from the Ukrainian border to be transported through long-distance routes…


Greek Crisis Awaits Other NATO Partners

02.07.2015 | 00:29 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

One notable consequence of the Ukraine conflict and the ongoing confrontational stand-off between the West and Russia is the dramatic surge in military spending among several European countries…


Greece Again Can Save The West

01.07.2015 | 12:02 | Paul Craig ROBERTS

Like Marathon, Thermopylae, Plateau and Mycale roughly 2,500 years ago, Western freedom again depends on Greece.  Today Washington and its empire of European vassal states are playing the part of the Persian Empire, and belatedly the Greeks have formed a government, Syriza, that refuses to submit to the Washington Empire


Poland Wants to Shape Different Format of Relationship with Russia

01.07.2015 | 00:00 | Valéry VRUBLEVSKY

Ukrainian ambassador to Poland and the former Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrei Deshitsa, said the Minsk agreements have failed to live up to expectations and will be abandoned soon. The West will need a new format of relations with Russia…


Australia annexed a self-governing territory and the world remained silent

01.07.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

When Ukraine threatened the autonomous status of Crimea, the people of that territory on March 16, 2014 voted in a popular referendum to declare independence from Ukraine and apply to join the Russian Federation as an autonomous republic. The results of the referendum were overwhelmingly for independence and retrocession to Russia with 96.7 percent of eligible voters opting for separation from Ukraine…


The bank holidays in Greece are no holiday at all

30.06.2015 | 22:44 | Valentin KATASONOV

The history behind the familiar concept of the European “bank holiday” dates back to 1871, when the Bank Holidays Act was passed in the United Kingdom. It established four days each year when banks would be closed. Typically those days fell on major religious holidays. By the end of the nineteenth century, bank holidays had become a familiar part of life in the UK and Commonwealth countries – they were also considered unofficial national holidays in Ireland and then the custom spread to continental Europe in the twentieth century


Europe Suffocating Under Pressure of Refugee Flows: Is There a Way Out?

30.06.2015 | 08:00 | Vladimir NESTEROV

Europe is hit by waves of refugee flows coming from the Middle East and North Africa, especially Libya. Italy is hardest hit. The aggravation of problem was prompted by the UK-France aggression. Italy did not take part in the operation against Libya though Paris and London called on Italians to demonstrate “European solidarity” and join the combat…


China – US relations: main risks and contradictions

30.06.2015 | 00:48 | Augusto SOTO

Washington’s strategic pressure over Beijing assertiveness in the South China Sea, including measures such as US military reconnaissance activities and political and military coordination with China’s neighbours, adds additional threats in Asia Pacific in the broader context of bilateral ties discussed last week in Washington during the annual U.S.-China strategic and economic dialogue…


Russia’s Statements on Boosting Strategic Forces Potential: Reason for Concern or Pretext to Escalate Tension

30.06.2015 | 00:39 | Andrei AKULOV

The issue gets hot, ballyhoo is raised, warnings are made and tensions are high. Is there a reason for real concern or it’s all just much ado about nothing? Russia’s military this year alone will receive over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of penetrating any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said on June 16. He made the statement at the opening of the opening of the Army-2015 international military show in Kubinka, outside Moscow. «We will be forced to aim our armed forces … at those territories from where the threat comes», Putin said…


Tragic History of XX Century and Crisis Faced by Greece

29.06.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

The whole world is closely watching the situation unfolding in Greece. This country may become a trigger to start a chain reaction leading to the collapse of united Europe. A default on public debt (exceeding 320 billion euros) will be followed by a default of Greek bonds holders. Nobody can make a forecast to predict the economic and political consequences…


Western media mocks a Himalayan regicide

29.06.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

A photograph has recently been leaked by a former New York Times staffer to «Gawker» showing the staff of The New York Timesmocking the Nepal regicide – the assassination of the King and Queen of Nepal and their top aides – on June 1, 2001. The photo, which was taken sometime after the June 1, 2001 mass murder, shows opinion page editor Andrew Rosenthal mocking the alleged assassin, Crown Prince Dipendra, by wielding a toy M-16 over a group of other reporters who were pretending to be the dead Nepalese royal courtiers…


From Kosovo to Crimea — Tales of Referendums

28.06.2015 | 00:00 | Brian CLOUGHLEY

Following the death of President Tito in 1980 the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia slid towards chaos. In the 1990s the plunge accelerated into civil war and one of the regions most affected was Kosovo from which Serbia withdrew after a NATO bomb and rocket offensive from 24 March to 11 June 1999. That blitz involved over 1,000 mainly American aircraft conducting some 38,000 airstrikes on Yugoslavia that killed approximately 500 civilians and destroyed much of the economic and social infrastructure of the region…


St. Petersburg International Forum: Story of Great Success

28.06.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

The 2015 International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has gone down in history as an unprecedented success story. A total of 205 contracts estimated at $5.4 billion (293.4 billion rubles at current exchange rates) were signed at the annual forum said Anton Kobyakov, the executive secretary of this year’s SPIEF organizing committee. The figure does not include agreements kept away from public as commercial secrets. The event was attended by the delegations from 120 countries…


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