New at Strategic Culture Foundation 11-17 October 2015: Syria / TPP / NATO / Turkey / China / Peru-US / NSA

17 October 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

European Security at Lowest Ebb: Time to Reverse Trend

17.10.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

On October 6, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Talking about the common enemy of «terrorism and the Islamic State» in Syria, Bettel stressed that the actions against extremism should be done in close consultation and through a close collaboration between all stakeholders. «There is a common enemy in terrorism and Islamic state. We need to find common ways to fight them», he said…

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America’s Disastrous Proxy Wars: Syria is the Latest

17.10.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

Ever since the decisive military victory by the Allies over the Axis powers in World War II, the United States has fought an alternating series of all-out military campaigns and proxy wars. The Korean War resulted in a stalemate with North Korea, therefore the United States decided to engage in a series of low-level proxy wars in Cuba, the former Belgian Congo, Tibet, Laos, and Indonesia using client states and mercenary armies… 

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Another Way Obama’s ‘Trade’ Deals Help International Corporations Privatize Government

16.10.2015 | 00:00 | Eric ZUESSE

Recently, the issue was raised regarding the profits that would flow to international corporations by Obama’s proposed trade-deals encouraging the privatizatilon of existing government-run social services, and the break-up of their labor unions. It was unfortunately mentioned only in passing by Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee. But that’s better than nothing…

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Russia Takes Steps to Resolve Syrian Crisis

16.10.2015 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

President Putin has made it clear that in Syria «we cannot take on and have never taken on unnecessary commitments». During an interview on the Voskresny Vecher («Sunday Night») program on the Rossiya 1 channel, Vladimir Putin reiterated that «our job is to stabilize the legitimate government and to create an environment conducive to pursuing political compromise». Russia is obliged to do this militarily, by providing air assistance to the Syrian government forces fighting on the ground…

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Central Europe Rejects NATO

15.10.2015 | 00:02 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

Tensions are running high in Central and Eastern Europe as the countries of the region review their place and role in the European Union and NATO. In the Czech Republic citizens sign a petition calling for withdrawal from the European Union. Over 50 thousand people have already signed the document with many others to follow.

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Turkey: Bomb Blasts Hit Country’s Capital

15.10.2015 | 00:00 | Andrey ARESHEV

On October 10, Ankara, the Turkish capital, was hit by explosions in what appears to be the deadliest single act of terrorism to occur on Turkish soil in the country’s modern history. According to official data, at least 95 people were killed in twin blasts as left-wing unions gathered to put forward social demands and protest the war against Kurds…

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American Confrontation in China’s Sea

14.10.2015 | 00:02 | Brian CLOUGHLEY

The Pacific International Maritime Conference is held every two years in Australia and is sponsored by the Royal Australian Navy. The latest gathering took place in Sydney from 6-8 October and focused“exclusively on naval defence and maritime security issues and equipment procurement.” According to the US Naval Institute it “brings together Navy chiefs from over 50 nations, as well as government and industry delegations from across the world.”

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Russia Upends Middle East Situation: New Reality, Reviewed Policies

14.10.2015 | 00:02 | Andrei AKULOV

The US puts an end to its training program of Syrian rebel forces and shifts to providing equipment and weapons to existing forces. Its $580m program was beset with a series of embarrassing setbacks and came under harsh criticism after it emerged that the rebels had handed hardware and ammunition over to extremists. “Probably 60 to 80 percent of the arms that America shoveled in have gone to al-Qaida and its affiliates,” said Joshua Landis, a Syria expert at the University of Oklahoma.
 

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Act of Treason: Secret US Sites in Peru

13.10.2015 | 00:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

During his run for President of Peru, Ollanta Moisés Humala used populist slogans and Hugo Chavez, the late President of Venezuela, showed great restraint when talking about him. Obviously, then Venezuelan leader did not trust the man. And he was proven to be right about him…

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Does US Have Role in Anti-ISIS Fight?

13.10.2015 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

Europe is facing uncontrolled flows of refugees, terrorist threat and public discontent. People begin to ask questions. Russia is taking independent actions in Syria. Perhaps, it could offer better solutions to these problems than Washington…

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NSA more Interested in Spying on Olympics than Islamic State

12.10.2015 | 00:02 | Wayne MADSEN

Judging by its successes on the battlefield before Russian military intervention in Syria, the Islamic State never appeared to have been stymied by the U.S. National Security Agency’s (NSA) massive global electronic snooping capabilities. Either NSA has been withholding from key U.S. policy makers, critical intelligence on the Islamic State’s weapons supply and financial support network, recruitment efforts, and top leadership, which would be unlikely, or NSA signals intelligence on the jihadist state has been ignored by other U.S. government departments

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Middle East Strategic Landscape Goes Through Drastic Changes (II)

12.10.2015 | 00:01 | Dmitry MININ

The attitude of international actors and the correlation of forces in general create favorable conditions for Russian military operation into the Syrian conflict…

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Middle East Strategic Landscape Goes Through Drastic Changes (I)

11.10.2015 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

With all the existing diversity of views on the Russian operation in Syria, essentially everyone agrees that it testifies to the failure of West’s Syria policy. The Russian action will have a far-reaching effect on the whole situation in the Middle East. Some people predict a failure, but an impartial assessment shows it was the right moment for active interference into the procrastinated Syria’s conflict. The choice of time was a great success…

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Tell Washington to Get Lost

11.10.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

After a year of bombing the Syrian desert with negligible results in terms of defeating terror groups – as memorably noted by Russian lawmaker Alexei Pushkov – all of a sudden the so-called anti-terror coalition led by the United States seems to have discovered a high degree of logistical precision…

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