New at Strategic Culture Foundation 3-9 January 2015

9 January 2015 — Strategic Culture Foundation

America’s Subservience to Saud Family

09.01.2016 | 00:00 | Eric ZUESSE

The Saud royal family are by far the world’s largest buyers of US weapons. The King of Saudi Arabia is by far the world’s richest person, with a net worth well over a trillion dollars; and, when his (Aramco’s) 260 billion barrels of oil reserves were valued at $100 per barrel, his net worth was over $15 trillion. The King has total control over the world’s largest (in terms of dollar-value) company: Aramco. Since 1980, the Saudi government has owned 100% of it; the Saudi government is totally under the King’s exclusive control…

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Declassified: US Cold War Plan to Nuke USSR and Its Allies

09.01.2016 | 00:00 | Yuriy RUBTSOV

At the end of 2015 the US National Security Archive published a declassified document from 1950s listing nuclear strike targets on the territory of the USSR and its allied countries. It listed 1,200 cities from Eastern Germany in the west to China in the east. Moscow topped the list with Leningrad (St. Petersburg) to follow: there were 179 «designated ground zeros» for atomic bombs in Moscow and 145 in St. Petersburg. The nuclear weapons would have ranged from 1.7 to 9 megatons (for comparison, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, codenamed Little Boy, was roughly 0.013-0.018 megatons)…

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North Korea Nuclear Test Makes West, Russia and China Join Together to Counter Global Security Challenge

08.01.2016 | 18:17 | Peter KORZUN

On Dec.6 the United Nations Security Council condemned the North Korean hydrogen device test conducted a day before and said it would immediately start work on new «measures» against the country. The Council was unanimous calling the trial «a clear threat to international peace and security»…

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Abduction of Europa

08.01.2016 | 00:00 | Dmitriy SEDOV

The sponsors of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement have been hard at work over the past year to prepare the public for the signing of TTIP next fall. This agreement promises to change the status quo of the global economy, and its consequences will be felt throughout the system of international relations…

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CIA: Undermining and Nazifying Ukraine Since 1953

08.01.2016 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

The recent declassification of over 3800 documents by the Central Intelligence Agency provides detailed proof that since 1953 the CIA operated two major programs intent on not only destabilizing Ukraine but Nazifying it with followers of the World War II Ukrainian Nazi leader Stepan Bandera…

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Turkey’s Middle East Policy: What Goes Around Comes Around

07.01.2016 | 08:00 | Andrey ARESHEV

Russia’s economic sanctions imposed against Turkey following its downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria on November 24, 2015, by Turkish fighter, came into force on January 1… Probably, Turkey will continue to be a serious destabilizing factor in the Middle East and adjacent regions. Meanwhile, the situation on the battlefield has changed in favor of Damascus. Hopefully, terrorists will be cut off from the supply routes across the Turkey’s border…

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NATO: Who’s the Aggressor? (II)

07.01.2016 | 00:00 | Michael Jabara CARLEY

The US quest for domination did not stop in «former Yugoslavia». After 9/11 in 2001 the US and NATO invaded Afghanistan, though the Afghan Taliban government had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks in the United States. To this day the war in Afghanistan goes on and none too well for the United States. No wonder Afghanistan is called «the graveyard of empires»…

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Saudi Execution Sword Takes Swipe at Washington

07.01.2016 | 00:00 | Finian CUNNINGHAM

The Saudi execution of senior Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is but the latest in a series of provocations towards regional rival Iran. The furious reaction from Shiite Iran to the beheading of Nimr – a renowned Islamic scholar – and the severance of diplomatic ties between the two countries appears to be a calculated winding up of tensions by the Sunni Saudi rulers. But the real objective for Saudi Arabia is more likely to embroil its political patron in Washington in a sharper regional conflict – a conflict that would also lead to a conflagration with Russia…

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Islamic State at Europe’s Doorstep: Operation in Libya Imminent

06.01.2016 | 21:36 | Peter KORZUN

While facing a string of defeats in its core territories, but in Libya, the Islamic State (IS) continues to advance on key oil facilities in the country. On January 4, the militant group began an attack east from its home base around Sirte. On January 5, IS was in control of the oil tanks and their immediate surroundings…

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NATO: Who’s the Aggressor? (I)

06.01.2016 | 00:00 | Michael Jabara CARLEY

There has been much discussion recently of NATO in the mainstream and alternate media. Why was NATO founded in the first place and why did it expand so rapidly after the collapse and dismemberment of the USSR in 1991. According to widely held views in the west, NATO originated as a defensive alliance against an aggressive, menacing Soviet Union after World War II…

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What Will Iran Remember Most About 2015?

06.01.2016 | 00:00 | Nikolai BOBKIN

Iranians will celebrate their new year on March 20, 2016. That country will close out the old year with scheduled parliamentary elections on Feb. 26, 2016. At the same time, elections will be held for the Assembly of Experts, one of the country’s most important political bodies, consisting of 86 spokesmen for Iran’s clergy and with the power to appoint the country’s Supreme Leader. In the upcoming elections Iranians will shape their future for many years to come, and they will be doing so in a new international environment. 2015 will be seen as a watershed moment in Iran’s history…

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America’s Now-Aggressive War Against Russia

05.01.2016 | 00:01 | Eric ZUESSE

America’s aristocracy is determined to take over Russia. Ever since the end of the Soviet Union and of its communism, the Cold War has become replaced by an increasingly hot war in which the US and its allies are expanding NATO right up to Russia’s borders, and imposing against Russia what the US refused to accept being imposed upon itself during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: nuclear checkmate!..

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International Finance: Legacy of 2015

05.01.2016 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

Despite their varied nature, when viewed as a whole, the mechanisms at work in 2015 in international finance were so significant that they could alter the entire architecture of the global financial system in 2016. And it is unlikely that there is along period of transition ahead. Chances are that the global financial transformation will happen quickly and dramatically…

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Hits, Misses and Lies in Carter’s Wars

04.01.2016 | 00:00 | Brian CLOUGHLEY

For many years US combat aircraft have been involved in operations in far-flung areas of war and military confrontation. In recent months these have ranged from the multi-casualty destruction of a hospital in Afghanistan to «provocative« overflight in the South China Sea, by way of deploying fighter interceptor aircraft to Turkey to threaten Russia and the killing of ten Iraqi soldiers in airstrikes near the city of Fallujah…

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US Congress Reacts with Horror to NSA Surveillance of Israel

04.01.2016 | 00:00 | Wayne MADSEN

Members of the US Congress have reacted in horror to published reports that the US National Security Agency ensnared a number of House of Representatives and Senate members in communicating directly with members of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on sabotaging President Barack Obama and the P5+1 agreement with Iran on nuclear power development. Some members of the Congress, who receive significant campaign contributions from Israeli and Jewish lobbying organizations such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and the Zionist Organization of America are calling for hearings and official investigations…

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Ukraine Launches Process of Self-Destruction: Future Unpredictable

03.01.2016 | 00:00 | Andrey UVAROV

2015 was the year of dashed hopes and dissipated illusions for Ukraine. Some Ukrainians pinned hopes on the Maidan protests and the policy of European integration. Others cherished a dream that the political regime of homegrown fascism would suffer crushing defeat. Now it has become clear that all these hopes and aspirations have failed to materialize. The only thing that one can say with confidence is that the future of Ukraine is absolutely unpredictable…

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Europe: Energy Security and Grudges

03.01.2016 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

In many respects 2015 has gone down in history as a watershed year. The domination of the United States and its allies in world affairs was ceding place to the new system of multipolar world with Russia being an independent center of power. Russian Federation has re-established its presence in the strategically important areas and turned into a pole of attraction for other countries opposing West’s hegemony…

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