New at Strategic Culture Foundation 25-31 October 2015: Germany/Refugees / Vietnam / Turkey / Syria / MSM / Russia/Syria / NATO

31 October 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Germany Under Migration: Victims of Wars and Free Trade Challenge the Continent (II)

31.10.2015 | 08:01 | Hannes HOFBAUER more


Vietnam Surrenders Sovereign Future to Trans-Pacific Partnership

31.10.2015 | 00:08 | Sergei SOLODOVNIK

The news about the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, signed by 12 countries in October 2015, was largely overshadowed by the latest reports about the fighting in Syria. Vietnam, a country with a population of over 90 million, was one of the signatories to that agreement. Let’s compare two different events. The first took place on May 29, 2015, when Vietnam signed a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The second was Vietnam’s signature on the TPP agreement on Oct. 5, 2015…

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Will Refugee Flows Split EU?

31.10.2015 | 00:00 | Vladimir NESTEROV

The urgent EU summit in Brussels took place on October 25 upon the initiative of Angela Merkel to tackle the migration problem. The event brought together Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, and Croatia – the countries hit hardest by the refugee flows. The summit took place right after Merkel visited Turkey with no concrete results achieved (Ankara will continue to push refugees out to make them go to Europe). The German Chancellor has to act quickly. According to the recent Emnid weekly survey, the support for her government slipped as low as 37 per cent…

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Germany Under Migration: Victims of Wars and Free Trade Challenge the Continent (I)

30.10.2015 | 08:00 | Hannes HOFBAUER

Coming from Vienna on our way to the Frankfurt book-fair, we had to cross the Austrian-German border. Border control was abolished since the treaty of Schengen (implemented in 1995) guarantees free movement within the territories of its member states. Only this time the highway was totally blocked. Cars and lorries queued up for 20 kilometres and more, nothing moved. Drivers came out of their cars, families started to use the highway as a playground. More than an hour passed before the queue started to move again slowly…

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Seymour Hersh’s News Report Banned in U.S., is Finally Confirmed in Turkey

30.10.2015 | 00:00 | Eric ZUESSE

The news-report that the famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh could not find an American publisher for, and that was consequently published only in Britain, has now been publicly confirmed by a research study into the matter, a study whose findings were made public on October 21st by a committee of Turkey’s parliament and published that day in Turkey’s leading newspaper,  «Zaman»…

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Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

30.10.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilising the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week: «The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage»…

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MSM and the Bear

29.10.2015 | 08:00 | Michael Jabara CARLEY

I am a professor of history and I teach courses, amongst other topics, on Russia and the USSR. I try to explain to my students how Russians see themselves and their history, and how the Western Mainstream Media (MSM is the internet acronym) present Russia to its readers. Of course the MSM’s bull’s-eye is Russian president, Vladimir Putin, but Russia itself is also a target…

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Russia’s Actions in Syria Change West’s Mindset (II)

29.10.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

How do informed Americans react to what has taken place in Syria in recent weeks? They are at a loss as a result of Obama’s Middle East policy failure and call for putting an end to confusion. One must learn to live in the multipolar, more complex world. This is a new imperative the Western mindset finds so hard to put up with. «The United States considers how to respond to Russia – and the fraying global order», emphasizes well-known US political scholar Jeffrey Gedmin is an analytical article published by influential The American Interest…

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United States is Part of Problem in Syria, Not Solution

29.10.2015 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

State Department spokesman Mark Toner is finding it increasingly difficult to comment on US policy toward Syria. After four and a half years of bloodshed, Washington is still deluding itself about Bashar al-Assad’s imminent overthrow. The State Department has begun singing a new tune about the settlement of the conflict, claiming to be in the «process to start the process», as the Americans themselves mockingly refer to this initiative. Toner says that Assad cannot remain in power, but that he does not have to quit his post immediately. The Americans now need the Syrian leader to play a role in the «transition process» that will result in his own ouster…

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Russian Planes End Russia’s «Isolation»

28.10.2015 | 08:00 | Dmitry BABICH

The sudden visit of the embattled Syrian president Bashar al Assad to Moscow, President Putin’s appearance before the participants of the Valdai group of international experts on Russia, during which Putin was flanked by the Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (parliament) of Iran Ali  Larijani, constant flow of foreign dignitaries and politicians to Moscow – all of that does not look like an isolation. And this is apparently the message which both Assad and Putin wanted to get across to the West – we are not isolated and we are far from being alone…

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Russia’s Actions in Syria Change West’s Mindset (I)

28.10.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

On September 30, the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces launched an operation in Syria to drastically change the situation there. The action is shifting the tide of Western public opinion. The change of mindset is visible even among the nations tied to the United States by vassal-ally relationship. For instance, the Baltic States…

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Central Banks: Confusion and Fear in Anticipation of Shocks

28.10.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

Few know that in addition to the G7, G10, and G20, the Group of Thirty – G30 also exists. This is an informal annual meeting between the directors of the central banks of 30 countries. These events get very little media coverage, but one can assume that the G30 meetings are set up by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, which is widely thought to be the General Staff of the central banks of many countries…

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Bring Back Jimmy Carter!

27.10.2015 | 14:00 | Paul Craig ROBERTS

Caught with its pants down in Syria, the US government is making a fool of itself. By attempting to mischaracterize Russia’s actions against ISIS in Syria, Washington has admitted that the terrorists from outside Syria, who are attempting to overthrow the elected government of Syria, are “our guys.”  In an interview with Fox “News,” a senior US government official said:  “Putin is deliberately targeting our forces. Our guys are fighting for their lives.”  

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Refugees in Europe: Russia is Managing What EU Cannot

27.10.2015 | 00:00 | Andrey FEDYASHIN

Even statistics, dull as they are, can actually contain a lot of intriguing information, and sometimes a comparative analysis and juxtaposition of data from different statistical agencies can offer startling discoveries…

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Russia’s Nuclear Diplomacy Meets Interests of Central and East Europe

27.10.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

In December 2014 the Hungarian company MVM Paks II Nuclear Power Plant Development Ltd. and the Russian enterprise Rusatom Service, a subsidiary of the State Corporation Rosatom, signed implementation agreements related to construction of nuclear power plants. This event is a real milestone. It has great importance for Serbia as well as other states of Central and Eastern Europe. The power units will remain the property of Hungary…

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NATO’s Expensive Expansion

27.10.2015 | 00:00 | Brian CLOUGHLEY

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has many secrets, of which one of the most closely guarded is the final cost of its luxurious new headquarters complex in Brussels. As reported last year by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, the price had climbed to a billion Euros «against a background of NATO pledges to reduce its command structure, agencies and national HQs by 30 per cent in response to savage defence cuts in most of its 28 member states». According to NATO the final bill was supposed to be 750 million Euros for completion in 2015, but as had to be eventually admitted by NATO, «the project now has a clear way forward to completion in 2016» – with a 30 per cent increase in the price…

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US to Test Sea-Based Missile Defence: Challenge to European Security

26.10.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

The US Navy held missile defense drills in Europe on October 20. USS Ross (DDG 71) successfully intercepted a ballistic missile in the North Atlantic Ocean during the Maritime Theater Missile Defense (MTMD) Forum’s At Sea Demonstration.  The Forum was created in 1999 to include Canada, Australia, Spain, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and Italy alongside with the US…

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Strategic Engineered Migration as Weapon of War

26.10.2015 | 00:00 | Leonid SAVIN

After reading the title, you may think it is describing the phenomenon that Europe has recently been facing: the hundreds of thousands of refugees, both victims of the hardships of civil wars and opportunists, who are invading the Balkans by land and by sea and then making their way further, trying to reach richer countries like Germany, France and Scandinavia by any means possible…

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Start of Anglo-Sino Golden Age

25.10.2015 | 08:00 | Matthew JAMISON

This week has been momentous in Anglo-Sino relations. The British Government has rolled out the red carpet for the visiting President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Xi Jinping. Many of Britain’s traditional Western allies have expressed «bafflement» at this warm embrace of Beijing – a rapprochement of sorts – after the deep freeze UK-China relations were placed in by the Chinese Government after British Prime Minister David Cameron unwisely met with the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in 2012…

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No Shame for U.S. 2003 Invasion of Iraq? The Meaning of This

25.10.2015 | 00:00 | Eric ZUESSE

Germany was ashamed of having invaded Poland under a false pretext, etc.; but the U.S. is not ashamed of having secretly overthrown Iran’s democracy in 1953 and of having installed dictatorship there; nor of having invaded Iraq and created Iraq’s civil war in 2003, etc. (there are many such examples)…

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US to Divide Syria into Enclaves

25.10.2015 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

Starting from September 30 the Russian Aerospace Forces have hit almost 800 targets in Syria. Syrian officers have noted improved combat morale among their soldiers because of Russia’s military aid. Government troops have initiated land operations in the provinces of Homs and Hama and are fighting in the eastern suburbs of Damascus…

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