New at Strategic Culture Foundation 22-28 November 2015

28 November 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Candidates for US Presidency and Their Threats to Russia

28.11.2015 | 00:00 | Brian CLOUGHLEY

The United States chortled with glee about Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian Su-24 on November 24 and the Pentagon called it «a sovereign act of self-defence». It wilfully ignored the fact that even if the Russian pilot had indeed mistakenly violated Turkish airspace there was not, by the wildest stretch of the imagination, the tiniest threat to Turkey…


Turkey Paves Way for Another Cuban Crisis

28.11.2015 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

Turkey has downed a Russian SU-24 Fencer bomber which posed no threat to its security. This act of provocation against Russia is unprecedented in the modern history. It greatly exacerbates the global situation. It also proves the existence of a very dangerous geopolitical trend directly related to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which have already become NATO or EU members, or cherish the dream of joining these organizations (often at any price)…


West Fed Up with Ukraine

27.11.2015 | 08:00 | Dmitry MININ

Two years have passed after mass protests erupted at Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti. The results are disappointing. The functioning of the self-proclaimed government is stymied. The economy is in doldrums. The government’s policy has resulted in mass impoverishment of people. Nothing good can be said about the leadership of the country where it seems that the only promising political figure is notorious Mikheil Saakashvili, the man with deeply tarnished reputation…


Erdogan’s Close Ties to ISIL

27.11.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, contrary to the initial stated policies of his Justice and Development Party («Adalet ve Kalk?nma Partisi” or AKP), is not a moderate Muslim. Erdogan is slowly turning his nation into an Islamist revivalist entity mirroring the Ottoman Empire. In fact, Erdogan’s personal amassing of wealth and his building of an opulent presidential palace in Ankara is also reminiscent of the old Seljuk Muslim emperors. Erdogan seems to relish in Turkey’s imperialist past in every fashion imaginable…


Target Pentagon: New Front for US Populism, and New Senator to Lead?

27.11.2015 | 00:00 | David KERANS

“The Department of Defense is the only federal agency that cannot pass a clean audit. Many of its major acquisition programs suffer from chronic cost overruns. Virtually every defense contractor has been found guilty or has reached a settlement with the government because of fraudulent and illegal activities. This has got to change”, – Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, explaining his opposition to a Department of Defense funding bill, Nov. 10th, 2015..


Obama’s Jihadist Actions and Beliefs Can No Longer be Ignored

26.11.2015 | 15:00 | Wayne MADSEN

There is no other explanation. After years of rumors that President Obama was indoctrinated into jihadist Islamist beliefs while attending a madrassa as a youth in Jakarta, Indonesia; while working with mujaheddin forces in Pakistan while a college student; and while a «community organizer» in Black Muslim-heavy south Chicago, the president’s siding with the Islamist president of Turkey against primarily Russian Orthodox Russia means that Obama supports jihadism over moderation and Christianity in the Middle East and elsewhere…


Meeting Between Putin and King Abdullah II

26.11.2015 | 12:00 | Boris DOLGOV

The talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Abdullah II of Jordan that took place in Moscow on 24 November have become an important factor in the deteriorating international situation in the Middle East. The two leaders discussed bilateral cooperation, the strengthening of counter-terrorism, the joining of forces to combat the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (IS), and ways to overcome the Syrian crisis…


Putin in Tehran: Strengthening of Russian-Iranian Alliance

26.11.2015 | 08:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

Vladimir Putin has visited Iran for the first time in eight years. On Nov. 23 the Russian president gave a speech at the Gas Exporting Countries Forum summit (GECF) in Tehran. The idea to create the GECF originated with Ayatollah Khamenei, who in 2001 suggested that Tehran and Moscow establish an organization of gas cooperation like OPEC. The forum was legally founded in Moscow on Dec. 23, 2008, when the energy ministers of the member countries adopted the statute of the GECF – establishing it as an international association – and signed an intergovernmental agreement…


Fight Against Terror: Germany Faces Hard Choices

26.11.2015 | 00:00 | Natalia MEDEN

Right after the Paris terrorist attacks, anti-terrorist operations were launched in France – the country living under state of emergency – as well as some other European states. It became evident that the Schengen zone is vulnerable. Belgium and Germany, the neighboring countries located near the «French hotbed», were the first to react. It’s not only geography. What is more important is the assessment of the potential threats by their governments. 


Turkey Shoots Down More Than Just a Russian Jet

25.11.2015 | 19:58 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter jet this week was likely aimed at a bigger political target – to deal a blow to the proposal of a grand anti-terror coalition between the West and Russia for fighting the Islamic State extremist network in Syria…


SU-24 Shot Down: Accomplices of Terrorists Stab in the Back

25.11.2015 | 00:05 | Dmitriy SEDOV

A SU-24 front-line bomber on a mission to strike the Islamic State terrorist group was brought down by Turkish air defense. It poses a lot of questions to be mulled over by politicians and military. Why does Ankara give priority to the so-called inviolability of its borders over the fight against the common enemy that is supposed to a joint endeavor? What is behind this stab in the back delivered by accomplices of the terrorists, as President Putin called them?..


Kiev’s Bluff: Yatsenyuk’s Ultimatum over Ukraine’s Debt to Russia

25.11.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

The latest developments pertaining to Ukraine’s debt to Russia continue to unfold at a breakneck pace. At the Nov. 16 G20 summit in Turkey, President Vladimir Putin dropped a bombshell: Russia is prepared to restructure Ukraine’s debt and forgo the $3 billion payment that would have been due at the end of the year in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement…


The Caribbean is America’s «Balkans» for Jihadist Migrant Flow

25.11.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

Just as the Balkans have served as Europe’s «soft underbelly» for the largest mass migration of refugees since World War II, the Caribbean, coupled with Central America, is proving to be America’s own «Balkans» when it comes to Syrian and other migrants flowing into the United States. In the cases of both Europe and America, the flows of migrants, including non-vetted military draft-age men from Syria, Iraq, and other Muslim countries, is being facilitated by the huge network of non-governmental and quasi-governmental organizations influenced by and linked to the international hedge fund tycoon and all-around global troublemaker George Soros…


French Tragedy: US, NATO a No Go in Anti-Jihadists Effort (II)

24.11.2015 | 08:00 | Andrei AKULOV

The emotional statements from France appeared to do little to fundamentally change Mr. Obama’s view on expanding the American role in Iraq and Syria…


America’s Awesome Corruption — Especially in Military

24.11.2015 | 00:00 | Eric ZUESSE

On November 16th, the great journalist on international strategic and military issues, F. William Engdahl, headlined at journal-neo, «Do We Really Want a New World War With Russia?» and he documented that, with military expenditures one-tenth of America’s, Russia achieves at least parity with the U.S. in terms of war-fighting capability. It’s a remarkable article, even though it actually brings together into one place the recent disclosures in many media, regarding vital technologies where Russia far outpaces American capabilities. Of course, that’s what’s necessary to do in order to document the extent of Russia’s areas of clear military superiority…


US: Wipe Out Al-Raqqah to Belittle Russia in Syria?

24.11.2015 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

In just the last two weeks, Islamic State (IS) has carried out two major attacks abroad, killing approximately 350 people: the first was the explosion on board a Russian passenger jet over the Sinai Peninsula, the second – the string of terrorist attacks in Paris. This is why Russia has announced its intention to exercise its right to self-defense, as permitted by Article 51 of the UN Charter…


French Tragedy: US, NATO a No Go in Anti-Jihadists Effort (I)

23.11.2015 | 10:00 | Andrei AKULOV

French President Francois Hollande will travel to Washington on November 24 and to Moscow on November 26 to discuss the fight against Islamic State (IS) and situation in Syria…


US Special Services: New Provocation Against Venezuela

23.11.2015 | 08:00 | Nil NIKANDROV

The Wall Street Journal was the first to report that US agents have arrested two relatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on charges of conspiracy to transport 800 kilograms of cocaine to the US…


Silk Road Moving on in Times of Uncertainty

23.11.2015 | 00:00 | Augusto SOTO

«One Belt and One Road» (OBOR) policy (or Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road) heralding further integration of China with South East Asia, Central Asia and Russia, Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Africa is gaining renewed momentum and further international attention. Following recent attacks in Paris, Turkey, Lebanon, Sinai together with increase of terrorist activity in several countries included or bordering OBOR’s space, sophisticated technical, diplomatic and defence factors are bound to influence the initiative and its very significance…


Unavoidable Punishment: Nuremberg Trials Seventieth Anniversary

23.11.2015 | 00:00 | Yuriy RUBTSOV

Those who resort to force, real or imaginary, and violence to subjugate other nations have failed to learn well the lessons of history. Be it the bombings of former Yugoslavia, the wars in Iraq and Libya, the neo-Nazi regime coming to power in Ukraine or nurturing terrorist groups in Syria – there are always specific people who initiate, finance and carry out the crimes against peace and humanity. They should remember the lessons of Nuremberg war crimes trials held 70 years ago…


Paris Attacks are Game Changer: First Look at Possible Ramifications (II)

22.11.2015 | 08:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Some imponderables will inevitably exert impact on Europe. Attacks as sophisticated and coordinated as these require a lot of. The terror acts spur advance planning and communications. France only recently passed a law with the most far-reaching snooping powers in Europe…


US-French Anti-Terror Coalition with Russia?

22.11.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

French President Francois Hollande is pushing for a grand coalition to defeat the self-styled Islamic State terror group. Hollande wants the United States and Russia to join forces in a united fight. Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to welcome the French proposal, saying that such a grand alliance is what Moscow has been advocating for months. Putin has even ordered his naval forces to begin liaising with the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to coordinate aerial bombing operations in Syria against the Islamic State network…


Slaughter in Name of Religion – and Dirty Bomb

22.11.2015 | 00:00 | Brian CLOUGHLEY

On Friday November 13 President Obama appeared on Good Morning America and told America that the barbarians of Islamic State were not gaining strength. He stated that «What is true is that from the start, our goal has been first to contain and we have contained them. They have not gained ground in Iraq, and in Syria they’ll come in, they’ll leave, but you don’t see this systemic march by ISIL across the terrain». (By ‘systemic’ it is taken that he means «affecting a group or system, such as a body, economy, market or society as a whole».)…


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