New at Strategic Culture Foundation 27 December 2015 – 2 January 2016

2 January 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Democracy or Entertainment for the Masses?

02.01.2016 | 00:00 | Matthew JAMISON

I have always found American politics far more exciting, consequential and charismatic than British politics. This is in part due to the status of the United States among the democracies of the world as the leading Superpower. The world has for almost 70 years turned on the American axis. Yet, it is more than just power with a capital P. The United States – politically, aesthetically and culturally – is a far more vibrant and glamorous country than Britain, and thanks to the creative power and influence of the American entertainment industry with its citadel of Hollywood, churns out American politicos who run political campaigns as if they were producing blockbuster movies…

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Turkey, Saudi Reap Machiavellian Whirlwind

02.01.2016 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

The year ended, appropriately, with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan flying to Riyadh to hold a summit with Saudi King Salman. The meeting had the air of two leaders closing ranks after a year of setbacks. As the old adage puts it, misery needs company. And there is much misery that the Turkish and Saudi leadership have to console each other about…

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Season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year!

01.01.2016 | 00:00 | EDITORIAL

The New Year is a truly international holiday which is celebrated across the whole globe bringing people closer together. The editorial board, the authors and contributors of the portal would like to take this opportunity to thank our readers and supporters and to wish you all and your families a holiday season full of happiness, joy and peace and all the best for the coming year 2016!

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Donald Trump’s Trump Cards

31.12.2015 | 00:00 | Dmitry MININ

They say name spells the destiny. Donald Trump could be a good example of that. Being a grandmaster of political game he has become the wild-card in the high-stakes card game called the US election race. Evidently, Trump has fallen out of favor with media. At that he is the clear leader of the 2016 presidential campaign leaving behind all other GOP candidates…

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Russia Vindicated by Terrorist Surrenders in Syria

31.12.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

As Syrians gather in their capital Damascus to celebrate, there is a sense that the New Year will bring a measure of peace – the first time such hope has been felt over the past five years of war in the country…

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New Saudi Arabia-led Coalition Faces Acid Test to Demonstrate its Vitality

30.12.2015 | 00:30 | Andrei AKULOV

Two ballistic missiles were fired at Saudi Arabia from the territory of Yemen on December 18.  According to Al Arabiya, one missile was intercepted in Yemeni airspace, while the other landed in the desert east of the Saudi Arabian city of Najran…

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Christine Lagarde Takes the Stage for the Last Time?

30.12.2015 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

In recent years, the work of the International Monetary Fund has become a never-ending drama, directed by Washington, which is also known as «the main shareholder of the joint-stock company» known as the IMF. All the other shareholders, as well as the fund’s staffers, are assigned the role of actors in a play written by Uncle Sam…

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Energy War Heats Up: Israeli-Turkish Normalization and Turkish Base in Qatar

30.12.2015 | 00:00 | Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA

After shooting down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M tactical bomber jet operating in Syrian airspace, in early December 2015 the Turkish government sent a heavily armed battalion to the Zilkan military base in Iraq. This move ignited tensions between Ankara and the Iraqi federal government, which renounced it as an act of Turkish aggression. Within the contours of a resource and energy war, the Turkish military deployment was a move by the Turkish government to secure its illegal oil trade with the so-called Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS/IS/DAESH)…

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Obama Haunted by Graveyard of Empires

29.12.2015 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

US President Barack Obama has little to cheer about during his annual Christmas vacation – just as America’s longest-ever overseas war – in Afghanistan – flares up with no end in sight, and possibly for even more years to come…

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Ramadi Recaptured: Major Event in History of Anti-Islamic State Effort

28.12.2015 | 23:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Finally, it has happened! After days of mounting expectation, the Iraqi government forces have retaken Ramadi – the capital of western Anbar Province, a predominantly Sunni Arab city about 90km (55 miles) west of Baghdad – from Islamic State (IS) militants. Ramadi was captured by IS in May in an embarrassing defeat for the Iraqi army. The militant group seized a third of Iraq in a sweeping advance last year. It is the second major city after Tikrit to be retaken from Islamic State since then…

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Ukraine’s Bankruptcy. Help from Abroad Won’t Come

28.12.2015 | 19:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

On Dec. 18 the Ukrainian government officially announced its refusal to repay its $3 billion debt to Russia. Repayment was due Dec. 20. Kiev also refused to pay both the $75 million in interest on the debt, as well as the additional $507 million that two Ukrainian companies still owe to Russian banks (the Ukrainian government had promised to back those firms’ debts)…

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India’s PM Wraps Up Visit to Russia

28.12.2015 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi arrived to Moscow on Dec.23 for a two-day visit as part of the 16th Annual Bilateral Summit. Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Indian PM proclaimed the partnership between their two countries as they signed a clutch of defence, energy and other deals – totally 16 agreements worth $7 billion, including a plan to simplify the visa regime between their two countries. President Putin told a joint briefing that Russia supported India’s bid for permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council…

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America Was Prepared to Annihilate Prague, Warsaw, Other Capitals

27.12.2015 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

Recently-declassified nuclear targeting documents from 1959 describe how Washington planned to obliterate the capital cities of what are now America’s NATO allies in Eastern and Central Europe. The revelation casts doubt on Washington’s Cold War commitment to the protection of what it referred to as «captive nations» in Europe. The documents are contained in a report titled, «SAC (Strategic Air Command) Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959»…

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