New at Strategic Culture Foundation 12-18 July 2015

18 July 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Nuland Goes to Europe: End of Compromise Culture

18.07.2015 | 08:00 | Dmitry BABICH

Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, has just wound up its European trip which included US satellites in the eastern part of old continent: Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine. Making speeches she sounded more like a British viceroy addressing the subjects in a colony than a middle-ranking official of another state located overseas which is supposed to treat US allies with due respect as sovereign nations…


Israel categorically rejects the nuclear deal with Iran

18.07.2015 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

One of the many stumbling blocks – if not the biggest one – that immediately emerged to impede the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program (recently signed by the group of six world powers) is the position of Israel. «The world is a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday» – with these words, that country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, began his assessment of the accord, which was broadcast to the world in English. He called it «a stunning historic mistake»…


German Panzer Banks Crush Greece, Washington Winces

18.07.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

The German paymaster of Europe has subjugated Greece with breathtaking ruthlessness. In 1941, Nazi Germany crushed Greece with its Panzer tanks. Today, without firing a shot, Germany’s Panzer banks have accomplished the same, turning the country into a de facto German «protectorate» whose national assets and sovereignty are being turned over by Berlin’s financial dictate…


Netanyahu mobilizes his «fifth column» in America

17.07.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

Even before the P5+1 countries announced in Vienna their milestone Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was mobilizing his «fifth column» of Israeli operatives in the U.S. Congress, the media, Washington area «think tanks,» and religious leaders to lambaste the agreement and vow to overturn it at the earliest opportunity. Netanyahu was already counting votes in the U.S. Senate for a presidential veto-proof majority that would dump the agreement…


Poland Hit by Waves of Refugee Flows Coming from Middle East

17.07.2015 | 00:00 | Vladislav GULEVICH

The European Union failed on July 9 to reach a deal to resolve a migration crisis in the Mediterranean, and instead set a deadline for July 20 to find agreement on how to share out 40,000 asylum seekers currently in Italy and Greece. «We made progress but we are not there yet», Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner responsible for Migration, told reporters after a meeting of European interior ministers in Luxembourg…


The BRICS and SCO summits – symbolism and specific content

16.07.2015 | 00:00 | Boris VOLKHONSKY

It is rather difficult to assess the significance of the BRICS and SCO summits held in Ufa on 8-10 July immediately, and this is evidenced by the barrage of relatively similar (though essentially true) comments. Most of the commentators are drawing attention to the fairly external, essentially symbolic, aspects. It is difficult to argue against statements that the BRICS and the SCO together are forming a new centre of power in opposition to the unipolar world order, for example, but what does this mean in practice?..


India extends cautious welcome to Iran deal

16.07.2015 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR

A full day after the announcement came in Vienna that Iran and the world powers have reached an agreement on the nuclear issue, Delhi extended a cautious welcome. The foreign ministry spokesperson said that Delhi is waiting to see the text of the agreement but provisionally welcomed the «successful conclusion» of the negotiations…


Middle East: Redrawing the Map

15.07.2015 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

The recent history of Middle East has been fraught with conflict. More information has started to surface recently. It gives a clue on what drives the tumultuous events. Separate leaks lead to conclusion there were covert plans harbored in Western capitals to reshape the boundaries of the region. Now the issue has started to come into the open becoming part of international agenda…


Countering the neo-Cold Warriors

15.07.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

Shortly, the «gruesome twosome» of U.S.-Russian relations, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NATO Supreme Commander General Philip Breedlove, will be joined by a third neo-Cold Warrior, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the prospective Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to become the «terrible troika» of American officials clamoring for a military showdown with Moscow…


Poland – Ukraine: Will Territorial Demands Follow Restitution Claims?

14.07.2015 | 00:00 | Vladimir NESTEROV

Poland will hold parliamentary election in October. No matter who comes to power, the issue of Eastern Kresy will probably continue to be in focus. The interest will be fueled by ongoing Ukrainian crisis. Kresy Wschodnie or Kresy («Eastern Borderlands», or «Borderlands») is a term that refers to the eastern lands that formerly belonged to Poland. These territories today lie in western Ukraine, western Belarus, as well as eastern Lithuania…


Can America Evolve With Russia and the Rest of Humanity?

14.07.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Have you noticed? American officials seem to be only able to ever talk about war. War, war, war. While Russia and most other countries of the world are talking of partnership, development, progress, prosperity and peace. What is it to be for humanity? War or peace?..


More Spying Antics

13.07.2015 | 00:00 | Brian CLOUGHLEY

Russia has long needed the capability to respond to maritime contingencies by operating Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships. The best vessels available appeared to be the French Mistral Class and in 2009 Russia’s then Chief of the General Staff, General Nikolai Makarov, announced that «We are negotiating the purchase of one ship at present and later planning to acquire 3-4 ships…»


Fighting the Russian and Chinese Community of Destiny: Did the US Try to Crash the China’s Market Because BRICS Launched the New Development Bank?

13.07.2015 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

The tide is changing. The world is no longer dominated by the US, Western Europe, and Japan. The Group of Eight (G8), which reverted to the Group of Seven (G7) in 2014, has been displaced by the BRICS, which is why Russia was not bothered when it was expelled from the G8/G7 talk shop by the US, Germany, Japan, Canada, Britain, France, and Italy…


Internal and international dimensions of China’s anti-corruption campaign

12.07.2015 | 00:00 | Augusto SOTO

The prosecution and conviction of powerful former Chinese security chief, Zhou Yongkang, as well as of conspicuous generals and high Communist Party officials, marks a turning point as Beijing reinforces its most ambitious post-Maoist campaign to purify society and politics accepting international collaboration…


The NED’s Euro-counterpart: EED

12.07.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The U.S. National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency-financed Cold War contrivance created to advance right-wing governments and attack progressive nations around the world, has spawned a European offspring, the similarly-named European Endowment for Democracy (EED). The NED was largely the idea of conservative Miami Democratic Representative Dante Fascell, whose career was centered on supporting CIA efforts to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba…


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