Russia, China reinvent their moorings in Central Asia

26 November 2020 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

Soldiers from US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division line up in a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III to parachute into a drop zone in Central Asia in a spectacular display of the longest distance airborne operation in military history, Chimkent, Kazakhstan, Sept. 15, 1997.

The United States, which was de facto assuming the historical role of Great Britain in the 19th century Great Game in Central Asia, was inclined to take a relaxed view of China’s return to the region in the first decade of the post-Soviet period. China’s rise had not yet become a compelling geopolitical reality in the Central Asian region or in world politics and the US’ global strategies.

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Strategic Culture Foundation 18-24 December 2011

24 December 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia-EU Energy Ties Under Threat
24.12.2011 | 00:00 | Natalia MEDEN
The 20th World Petroleum Congress which convened in Doha, Qatar, in December, 2011, became the scene of a continuing dispute between Russian energy minister Serguey Shmatko and European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger as at the moment the relations in the energy sphere between Russia and the EU are stuck at a fairly low point… Russia and the EU appear to be in the process of drifting apart…
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Stop NATO news: November 20, 2011

20 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Ethiopian Troops Invade Somalia
  • Syria: Western Military Attack Will Destabilize Entire Middle East
  • Kazakhstan Warns Against Repeating NATO Libyan War In Syria
  • Turkish Activists Protest NATO Missile System
  • United Arab Emirates To Be Provided First Advanced Missile Interceptors Outside U.S.
  • Georgia: U.S. To Install New Radar Systems, Upgrade Navy
  • Germany: NATO Holds Tenth Baltic Aerial Warfare Training Events

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 9, 2011

9 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • UNESCO Head Deplores NATO’s Killing Of Libyan Media Workers
  • Zimbabwe Slams Libyan War, Warns Populace Against NATO
  • U.S. Army College Trains Senior Officers From 66 ‘Friendly’ Countries
  • South Caucasus: Remember 08.08.2008
  • Kazakhstan: Over 1,400 Troops In U.S.-Led Military Exercise
  • Afghanistan: America’s War Of Lies
  • Afghanistan Needs Talks, Not Drones
  • Letter: Stop Use Of Unmanned Drones
  • NATO Continues Building Proxy Armies In Iraq And Afghanistan
  • New NATO Kennan Doctrine To Push Russia Back In Arctic?

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Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 9, 2011

9 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Defense Chiefs Endorse Extension Of Libyan War To End Of September
  • Pentagon Chief Pressures More NATO Allies For Libyan War Support
  • 83-Day Air War: 10,290 NATO Sorties, Almost 4,000 Combat Flights
  • Namibia: Call For Marches, Other Actions Against NATO’s Atrocities In Libya
  • NATO Escalates Bombardment Of Tripoli
  • Obama’s Fourth War Intensifying, Who Will Be Victim Of Fifth War?
  • Russia Opposes Any UN Resolution On Syria: Foreign Ministry
  • Kazakhstan: Senate Rejects Providing NATO With Afghan War Troops
  • Kazakh People Against Afghan War Deployment
  • Afghanistan: Over 230 NATO Soldiers Killed This Year

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Stop NATO News: May 18, 2011: Message To NATO: Russia Unveils Plans For Invincible ICBM

18 May 2011 — Stop NATO

Updates on Libyan war: May 18

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

  • Russian President: U.S. Missile Plans Can End START Pact
  • Russia To Boost Nuclear Strike Potential If NATO Missile Talks Fail
  • Message To NATO: Russia Unveils Plans For Invincible ICBM
  • Anti-NATO Protest: 11 Afghans Killed, 85 Wounded; German Soldiers Injured
  • Afghan Provincal Capital: 2,000 In Anti-NATO Demonstration
  • Police Kill Ten Afghans In Protest Outside NATO Base
  • Kazakhstan: NATO Recruits First SCO State Troops For Afghan War
  • Libyan, Afghan Wars: Czechs Join NATO AWACS System
  • United Arab Emirates First Arab State To Open NATO Embassy
  • NATO Military Committee Chief, Georgian Vice Prime Minister Meet On Afghan War, Other Missions
  • Delegation From NATO Headquarters Visits Belarus

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 5 – 11 February, 2011

12 February, 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia is right about Iran sanctions

11.02.2011 | 17:30 | BHADRAKUMAR Melkulangara (India)
There is striking similarity in the predicament that India and Russia face with regard to the situation around Iran. For both, Iran has been and will always remain a key strategic partner… The heart of the matter is that the Iran nuclear problem always had a larger-than-life significance… The US’ doublespeak is at once apparent: it camouflages geopolitics as its non-proliferation agenda in the Middle East. Everyone knows that Iran situation is a litmus test of the end of the ‘unipolar’ era…
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Strategic culture foundation online magazine latest publications from 14-20 February, 2010

19 February, 2010 — Strategic Culture Foundation

2010-02-14
Aleksandr SHUSTOV
Central Asia: Growing Conflict Potential
“The contours of the same scheme and conflict mechanism are easily discerned in all the recent clashes involving Kurds in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan… The Xinjiang drama unfolded in the summer of 2009 under a similar scenario…”
en.fondsk.ru/article.php?id=2751

2010-02-15
Eugene IVANOV (USA)
Why there is no pro-Russian lobby in the United States, and does Russia need one?
“Of all countries that “matter” to the United States, Russia is perhaps the only one that doesn’t systematically lobby its interests in Washington… in the absence of a pro-Russian lobby, no U.S. public figure ever paid a price for signing an arrogant anti-Russian letter or voting for a Russia-bashing resolution – or for simply making a gratuitous derogatory comment about Russia and its leadership…”
en.fondsk.ru/article.php?id=2777

2010-02-14
William BOWLES (United Kingdom)
Capitalism cut adrift (I)
“There has been much talk expended over the years on the degree to which the media—and hence culture—is central to maintaining the capitalist system. Leading the charge have been Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, so much so that they now more resemble sainted objects than social/political analysts, but then this is nothing new for the left, who unfortunately for the most part are happy to let others do the thinking for them…”
en.fondsk.ru/article.php?id=2782

2010-02-18
Nil NIKANDROV
Pentagon Bracing for a Snap Offensive Against Venezuela
“…Obama’s Administration needs to get rid of Chavez already in 2010… The corresponding plan is akin to those Germany had at the early phase of World War II – the US will rely on Venezuelan fifth column, Columbian ultra-right paramilitary groups, and its own special forces which are already launching raids in Venezuela’s border regions…”
en.fondsk.ru/article.php?id=2785

2010-02-16
David KERANS (USA)
Is the US Perpetually Rudderless? An Enduring Gift of the Founding Fathers
“…Government in the US is condemned to rudderlessness. Bad regulations remain on the books; the public struggles to pin down which authorities are responsible for bad laws; political gridlock frustrates anyone trying to pursue reforms; serious discussion of how to deal with modernity is hamstrung; Congress dodges issues in favor of demagogy…”
en.fondsk.ru/article.php?id=2788

2010-02-19
M.K. BHADRAKUMAR (India)
America godfathers South Asian amity
“The resumption of India-Pakistan talks happens to be a US foreign policy enterprise… with solid American and NATO security guarantee gratuitously made available, Pakistan will have no further need for an “all-weather friendship” with China, which always stood in the way of a close US-Pakistan strategic partnership… Washington could also focus on the business that can be garnered in India’s 100-billion dollar market for weapons without Pakistan feeling apprehensive about the Indian arms build-up…”
en.fondsk.ru/article.php?id=2794

Following Afghan Election, NATO Intensifies Deployments, Carnage By Rick Rozoff

6 September, 2009 — stop NATO

After NATO pledged 5,000 more troops for the war in Afghanistan at its sixtieth anniversary summit In Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany this April, U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the commitment as representing ‘a strong down payment on the future of our mission in Afghanistan and on the future of NATO.’

The Alliance offer was in addition to Obama’s own vow to deploy 21,000 more American forces to the war-wracked nation where the U.S. is waging its longest war since that in Vietnam and NATO is fighting the first ground and first Asian war in its history. A conflict that will enter its ninth calendar year next month.

Not, never, willing to acknowledge that the Afghan war is in fact a war, Washington and Brussels from the time of the summit until now have attempted to justify their troop buildups in South Asia as motivated primarily by insuring that the second presidential election in Afghanistan since the joint U.S.-NATO invasion of 2001 proceeded uninterrupted. A ruthless counterinsurgency and bombing campaign was thus portrayed as another war for democracy.

The election occurred on August 20, seventeen days ago, and the results are to date inconclusive, with incumbent president Hamid Karzai in the lead with less than 50% of the vote and former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah with enough votes to force a run-off election.

A second round of elections will provide the pretext for NATO and the Pentagon to maintain current inflated troop numbers in the country, deployments that were announced by the contributing nations’ governments as short-term ones specifically designated for August’s election.

All that has occurred in the past two and a half weeks, however, belies claims by the U.S. and its NATO allies that anything other than an escalating, expanding and protracted war in South Asia is intended.

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The Prospects of a New Cold War? Towards the Consolidation of the Russian-led CSTO Military Alliance By José Miguel Alonso Trabanco

8 May, 2009 – Global Research

“We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a new Cold War, but we don’t want one” – Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev

In his 1997 book entitled The Grand Chessboard American geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote that if Russia ever attempted to launch its own defense pact, it would include, “at most”, Belarus and Tajikistan[1]. Twelve years later, his list turned out to be incomplete. Moreover, the attempts being made in order to enhance the Russian-led CSTO’s actual power projection capabilities and the efforts undertaken to bring the organization’s members closer together is something Brzezinski failed to anticipate and it seems that the latest developments concerning CSTO demonstrate that his triumphalism was premature.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a.k.a. The Tashkent Pact, is an institutional framework created by countries from the post-Soviet space. Its charter was signed in 2002 by the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. CSTO, along with the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) and the Russia-Belarus Union State, is one of the organizations which sponsor integration efforts in the former Soviet Union. Its creation was clearly a response to NATO’s uninterrupted expansion eastward. CSTO articles include a mutual defense clause. Nevertheless, at the time, CSTO’s goal was more political than military because the organization was basically meant to prevent its members from being incorporated into NATO provided that this security pact stipulates that no member can join any other military alliance. For years, CSTO accomplished little more than conducting military exercises. This limited role was due to the fact that, back in 2002, the Russian Federation was still trying to recover from the chaos it had to deal with during the 90’s.
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NATO, SCO or PATO? By Eric Walberg

Conferences and suggestions about what to do in Afghanistan are chock-a-block, but the reality speaks for itself, says Eric Walberg

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Special Conference on Afghanistan, held in Moscow on 27 March, marks a new stage in the international community’s relations with this beleaguered country. It reflected the growing clout of Russia and China, the founders of the SCO, which includes Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and four observers — India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia.

In attendance for the first time were top US and NATO officials, including US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Patrick Moon and NATO Deputy Secretary General Martin Howard, as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mark Perrin de Brichambaut. Among the 36 countries participating were representatives from the G8, the European Union and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. The unanimously adopted Joint Action Plan underlined the SCO’s importance “for practical interaction between Afghanistan and its neighbouring states in combating terrorism, drug trafficking and organised crime.”

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