New at Strategic Culture Foundation 20-26 December 2015

26 December 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Syria: Has Anyone Stepped Back from the Brink?

26.12.2015 | 00:00 | Michael Jabara CARLEY

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, recently visited Moscow to discuss the Syrian crisis with his colleague Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin. Journalists observed handshakes, smiles, even hearty laughter, between Kerry and his Russian counterparts. Syrian President Bashar al Assad does not have to resign immediately, Kerry declared, and the United States is not trying to isolate Russia. What good news, and what a surprise for the Russians…


The Origin of Jihadism (II)

25.12.2015 | 08:00 | Eric ZUESSE

So: «the Wahhabis», who were a Muslim version or mirror-image of Christianity’s Medieval Crusades against Muslims and Jews, were defeated by the Ottoman Turks, which were a liberal branch of Islam. Here is the instruction that the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Osman I, gave to his son; and it could hardly have been farther away from the harsh teachings of Wahhab…


Afghanistan: Mission Unaccomplished

25.12.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

The Afghan government has sent army reinforcements to Sangin to fight Taliban militants, who in the last two days have become close to taking control of the strategically important town. There are conflicting claims as to who is getting the upper hand. Helmand’s governor, Mirza Khan Rahimi, insisted the authorities were still in control but his own deputy, Mohammad Jan Rasulyar, said Sangin had been overrun by the Taliban late on Dec. 20.


A Saudi-Russian oil splash?

25.12.2015 | 00:00 | Pepe ESCOBAR

«I will tell you when Russian companies are for sure going to decrease production – when oil costs $0».  Courtesy of Russian Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov, this has got to be one of the top quotes of 2015.   Well, forget about oil costing $0 even as OPEC refuses to cut production to curb the global oversupply. As for Russia, expect it to keep pumping like there’s no tomorrow…


The Origin of Jihadism (I)

24.12.2015 | 00:00 | Eric ZUESSE

The origin of jihadism is prohibited from being reported truthfully – this truth is prohibited by all of the Establishment ‘press,’ including almost all ‘alternative news’ sites – in the West, because it challenges all of the «sensitive» buttons (all of the bigotries, to put the matter in plain terms); and, though this fact (the Establishment’s bigotries, and its hypocrisy to preserve and protect the bigotries even while condemning them) will prevent almost all of the news-media that I send this to from publishing it, nothing prevents me from writing it; so, here that is (in whatever media turn out to be gutsy enough to publish this Western cultural and political samizdat)…


Iraqi Kurdistan’s Bid for Independence to Become Burning Issue on International Agenda

24.12.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

A new non-Arab important actor may soon appear on the Middle East map. Iraqi Kurdistan Autonomous Region President and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader, Massoud Barzani demanded his party to work with other parties to find a mechanism of action to hold a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan…


Secret 2010 State Dept Report Warned of Turkey’s Neo-Ottoman Shift

23.12.2015 | 00:00 | Alexander TSUKANOV

In recent months, Ankara’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy has become the center of global attention. Looking back to the origins of the neo-Ottomanist ideology which drives Turkey’s risky foreign adventurism today, a classified US State Department cable from 2010 confirms that Washington saw President Erdogan’s dangerous shift in foreign policy coming, but couldn’t do anything about it – or worse, chose not to…


Israel Strikes Hezbollah in Syria: Key Takeaways and Comparisons

23.12.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

On Dec.19, Israeli forces launched a missile strike that killed Samir Kuntar, a senior Hezbollah leader, and several others in Syria. Over the course of the Syrian conflict, Israeli warplanes have hit targets inside the war-torn country several times, with most of those strikes said to be against weapons deliveries meant for Hezbollah…


Two Mainstream US ‘Journalists’ Provide Stenographic ‘News’ Report – US Anti-Russia Propaganda

22.12.2015 | 00:00 | Eric ZUESSE

This is the story of an ordinary article by two well-known American ‘journalists’ who market the aristocracy’s lies as ‘news,’ so that the public believes dangerous myths, which might unfortunately get out of control and end in nuclear war…


America’s «Greater Asia Prosperity Sphere»

22.12.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The United States is borrowing a page from the playbook of fascistic imperial Japan in creating a tightly-knit military and economic pact among it and its Asia-Pacific allies. China, the prized target of what imperial Japan called its «Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere», again finds itself in the crosshairs of another «prosperity sphere», one that is now run out of Washington instead of Tokyo and is known as the «Trans-Pacific Partnership».


Ukraine’s Lifelines

21.12.2015 | 00:00 | Brian CLOUGHLEY

No matter what Ukraine’s leaders might do in the way of reducing their country to economic and administrative chaos and ramping up tension with Russia, the countries of the US-NATO military alliance continue to support the Kiev government in anti-Russian bluster – even when its posture is patently absurd…


UNSC Approves Resolution on Syria: Russia, US Make Strides in Boosting Cooperation in Middle East (II)

21.12.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) believes US double standards towards Russia and refusal to work with President Putin in the Middle East and elsewhere have resulted in an Islamist takeover in Libya and bloodshed in Syria. «The double standard that we have been judging Russia with, and basing our policy on that double standard, has caused us great harm», Rohrabacher said at a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs…


Turkish-ISIL Oil Trade: US and NATO Culpability (IV)

20.12.2015 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

The Turkish government is not acting alone in Syria and Iraq. The corrupt leadership of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Britain, Israel, and the United States are also involved. They have all played direct or indirect roles in the theft of oil too. After the role of Turkey in stealing oil from Syria and Iraq was revealed, the US government began work to mask and conceal the oil smuggling operations…


UNSC Approves Resolution on Syria: Russia, US Make Strides in Boosting Cooperation in Middle East (I)

20.12.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

For the first time since the Syrian civil war began, world powers agreed on Dec.18 at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to embrace a plan for a cease-fire and a peace process that holds the distant prospect of ending the conflict…


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