Strategic Culture Foundation 6-12 October 2013

12 October 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

US: Debts and Back Up

12.10.2013 | 00:00 | Valentin KATASONOV

The published piece called America’s Debt: Upper and Lower Tips of Iceberg offers a wide range of assessments to determine the size of US debt. Today the country has to raise the debt ceiling again, otherwise the United States will lapse into a coma. But are there any limits to raising the ceiling? What is used as the debt backup? Is America able to serve the debt?.. The US economy assets (including financial assets) are not enough to cover even a half of consolidated debt… The total interest rates expenditure goes beyond the US national debt limits, states municipalities, banks, corporations, and households have debts of their own. The last years the experts have tried many times to estimate the total US debt service expenditure… Continue reading

Strategic Culture Foundation 2 – 8 September 2012: Turkey-Israel / NATO / Kosovo / India / NAM / US-N. Korea / Venezuela

8 September 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Prospects Dim for Turkish-Israeli Relations

08.09.2012 | 00:00 | Igor IGNATCHENKO

If, as Washington might be planning, the Syrian regime collapses before the November presidential elections in the US, one of the consequences will be that the already strained relations between Turkey and Israel would sink to an even lower point. To grasp the connection, consider Leviathan, a constellation of hydrocarbon deposits in East Mediterranean discovered in late 2010 by America’s Noble Energy… Continue reading

Strategic Culture Foundation 26 August – 1 September 2012: Europe / APEC / Kosovo / Saudi Arabia / Assange-Ecuador / Uzbekistan

1 September 2012 — Strategic Culture Foundation

EU Drift – Destination Unknown (I)

01.09.2012 | 00:00 | Pyotr ISKENDEROV

At the moment, the EU is visibly divided at the face of the crisis. One of the camps comprises the embattled Mediterranean countries plus the predominantly agrarian Ireland, all of whom are sinking into a debt crisis which their populations begin to blame on secret global forces which allegedly engineered the crisis and massively benefit from bailout-linked speculations  rather than on their respective national governments. The other camp – Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland – slam their EU southern peers over reckless policies and spendings… Continue reading

Strategic Culture Foundation 19-25 August 2012: Turkmenistan / USA / APEC / Ecuador-Assange / Syria / Kosovo

25 August 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

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25.08.2012 | 00:00 | Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR
The Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas pipeline project [TAPI] is being taken out of its region for a Road Show in the West in September, prospecting for eligible suitors who would be interested to get engaged with it. Continue reading

China’s Policy Paper on Latin America and the Caribbean

30 July, 2009 — Council on Hemispheric Affairs

On November 5, 2008, the Chinese government released a policy paper on Latin America and the Caribbean, as it had previously done so for Europe in 2003 and for Africa in 2006. Although it may not come as a huge surprise that Latin America is the most recent region for which China has formally spelled out its foreign policy position, the region has been historically perceived as being under the United States’ sphere of influence. Perhaps the importance of the Chinese policy paper lies in the timing of its release. The release of the paper deliberately coincided with the unfolding of the current financial crisis; this congruence of events has allowed China to expand its influence in this somewhat neglected region without attracting any lasting venom from the U.S. China’s policy paper formally evidences the importance of Latin America and the Caribbean as part of China’s growth plan for its long-term strategic interests. Most of all, this includes access to raw materials as well as a plethora of natural resources, the infiltration of new foreign markets, the reduction of diplomatic support for the Republic of Taiwan, and the strengthening of Beijing political standing on the global stage through strong alliances cemented with the developing world.

The policy paper’s general context

The policy paper explicitly states its main objective is to ‘clarify the goals of China’s policy in this region, outline the guiding principles for future cooperation […] and sustain the sound, steady and all-around growth of China’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.’ In the economic realm, China expresses an interest in investing in energy, mineral resources, forestry, fishing, and agriculture, areas important to expanding China’s productivity. Additionally, the Chinese government seems to show interest in infrastructure projects not directly related to its economy, albeit essential in the transportation of natural resources, and proposes to fund these projects in order to be perceived as a partner in development. Furthermore, China expresses its desire to increase military diplomacy and sale of equipment to the region. Although many of the report’s statements are merely rhetoric and general in scope, the paper helps formalize China’s economic, diplomatic and military ties with Latin America, which were first proposed by then President of China Jiang Zemin in 2001.

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COHA: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to Embark on a Highly Revealing Latin American Journey Sure to Give Washington Heartburn

19 November, 2008

  • After attending the APEC Summit in Peru, Russian leader to visit Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba
  • Could a new order for Russian military equipment be placed in Caracas?
  • Russia continues to secure a position as a growing ally of rising-star Brazil
  • First visit of a Russian leader to Cuba in 8 years; $355 million loan to be extended to Havana
  • Medvedev will not visit Cold War-era ally Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and snubs Buenos Aires
  • Russia leader’s visit should communicate a message to President-elect Barack Obama: do not forget Latin America, because Russia has not
  • Will the Obama administration back up Bush’s decision to re-constitute Fourth Fleet?

After attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima on November 21-22, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev will embark on a short regional tour, where he will meet the leaders of Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba, for which Moscow is intensely motivated for different reasons.

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