Reflections on Events in Afghanistan-19

18 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

Family photo of the 20th summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Dushanbe, September 17, 2021

19. SCO won’t be subaltern to QUAD

As expected, the situation in Afghanistan was the focal point of the discussions at the 20th summit meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Dushanbe on Friday. Yet, the SCO’s Dushanbe Declaration is scanty on the topic.

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Russia, China circle the wagons. Iran is in it

15 August 2021 — Indian Punchline

10000 troops from PLA’s Western Theatre Command and Russia’s Eastern Military District wrapped up Zapad/Interaction-2021 exercises in Ningxia region, east of Xinjiang, August 13, 2021

The Tehran Times reported on Wednesday that Moscow has conveyed to Tehran that the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has reached a consensus on Iran’s admission as a full member of the grouping.

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China explains its Afghan motivations

15 July 2021 — Indian Punchline

Flag of Afghan Taliban (in white) was raised on the Afghan side of the border with Pakistan at the major border crossing at Chaman, 14 July 2021.

The ministerial meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the meeting of the SCO-Afghanistan working group at Dushanbe on July 13-14 have thrown light on the templates of China’s approach to the evolving situation in Afghanistan.

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China blocks US bases in Central Asia

14 May 2021 — Indian Punchline

M.K. Bhadrakumar

1300-km long Tajik-Afghan border runs through difficult and dangerous terrain and is a major drug crossing area (File photo)

Ten months after the first meeting of the foreign ministers of China and the five Central Asian states, Beijing has followed through with a second session on May 11 at a gathering in Xi’an, China, hosted by Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

The venue is symbolic. The ancient city of Xi’an used to be the ‘terminus a quo’ of the Silk Road. And, perhaps, the timing too, as this is also the 25th anniversary of the ‘Shanghai Five’ process, where China, quietly but steadily, began building up its economic, military, and diplomatic relations with Central Asia and presented itself as viable partner.

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New at Strategic Culture Foundation 28 July – 3 August 2013: Snowden / Palestine / USA / Hamas / Asia-USA / Canada / Syria / SCO

3 August 2013 — Strategic Culture Foundation

Snowden: Asylum Granted, Russia-US Ties to Go Through Rough Times

03.08.2013 | 00:00 | Andrei AKULOV

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia… At present Snowden has been relocated to a «safe place»… Sometime before the asylum was granted, Russia’s President Putin had said Edward Snowden has been warned against taking any actions that would damage relations between Moscow and Washington. His pledge to keep away from damaging the United States is a condition for granting asylum and Mr. Snowden has accepted that… Somehow, the events make one more question come to mind. Once Snowden cannot do any damage to the Washington from now on, it’s hard to understand what the US politicians are so jittery about?.. Continue reading

America's Long-standing Campaign to Destabilize Russia By Eric Draitser


22 August 22, 2012 — Global Research

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The shootings and bombings in Ingushetia and Dagestan this week rekindled a long-standing, brutal campaign of violence and <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>terrorism in Russia’s Caucasus region – one that has seen more than its share of terror stretching back to the Chechen “rebellion” of the 1990s.  However, in examining the recent attacks, it becomes clear that there are political and geopolitical interests behind the scenes that are actively working to destabilize Russia, with violence as their most potent weapon. Continue reading

Strategic Culture Foundation 11-16 March 2012: Europe / Russia / Middle East / Qatar / SCO / USA / Latin America

17 March 2012Strategic Culture Foundation

Europe on the Brink
16.03.2012 | 00:00 | Vladimir NESTEROV

At the moment, it is open to debate whether the Greek default is a fairly inescapable outcome or an accomplished fact, but, clearly, getting the Greeks out of trouble is not the point for those who handle the situation. What Brussels, which has recently approved a new 130b bailout for Athens absent the reasons to believe that the previous one did any good, worries about are the financial sector’s potential losses, not the problems confronting the Greek population…


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Stop NATO news: November 18, 2011

18 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Holds First Live-Fire Test Of Interceptor Missile System
  • Video And Text: Cameron of Arabia, Sarkozy of Damascus And Libya Model For Syria
  • Britain, France, Germany Push UN Resolution On Syria
  • U.S. Seeks News Blackout Of Afghan Strategic Deal
  • India Headed For Full SCO Membership: Russian Foreign Minister
  • U.S. Air Force Trains NATO, EU For Interoperability
  • U.S. Asia-Pacific Strategy Comes Brings Steep Price

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War Clouds Form over Iran By Wayne Madsen

10 November, 2011 — Global ResearchStrategic Culture Foundation

Israel’s all-powerful lobby in Washington, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an organization composed of Israeli collaborators, infiltrators, and outright traitors to the United States, is steamrolling through the House of Representatives H.R. 1905, which would prohibit the President of the United States, the Secretary of State, members of the U.S. Foreign Service, or any special envoy from engaging in any sort of diplomatic contact, official or unofficial, with any member or agent of the government of Iran.

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: November 8, 2011

8 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • U.S. Ambassador Daalder Recruits Libya For NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue
  • Obama, Rasmussen Discuss Libya, Afghanistan, Chicago
  • NATO Missile Shield Threat To Region: Iran
  • NATO Implementing Interceptor Missile Shield For Armed Forces In Europe
  • U.S., NATO Move Ahead With MEADS Interceptor Missile Test
  • ‘Cruel And Barbaric Act’: NATO Troops Kill Afghan Civilian, Arrest Others
  • NATO Trains Iraqi Officers At Battle Staff Training School
  • U.S. AFRICOM Plans 30-Nation Exercise For African Standby Force
  • SCO: Vehicle For China, Russia To Defend Themselves Against West
  • Russia Endorses Full SCO Membership For Pakistan

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Updates on Libyan war: Stop NATO news: November 7, 2011

7 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Chief To Meet Obama In Washington
  • NATO Secretary General’s Visit Signals New Stage Of Georgia’s Integration
  • Georgia To Join NATO According To West German Model: Official
  • Ballistic Missile Drill: Largest U.S.-Israel Joint Exercise Ever
  • Kosovo Checkpoint Conflict Unresolved
  • Russia: SCO To Openly Challenge U.S.-NATO In South, Central Asia?
  • SCO: An Indispensable Mechanism In Eurasia
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organization To Create Energy Branch
  • Pakistani Boys’ Killing Belies U.S. Claim On Drone Strikes
  • NATO’s Afghan War: 33 Australian Soldiers Killed, 290 Wounded

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