New Cold War
From the beginning of the 20th century, the Anglo-Saxons considered the USSR and then Russia as their principal enemy. Persuaded that Moscow was attempting to invade all of Europe after the defeat of the 3rd Reich, they prolonged World War II with the intention of undermining the Soviets, bombed German cities to ensure that the Red Army would not benefit and dropped two nuclear bombs on the Japanese population to dissuade Stalin from using his military advantage. In 1949, they founded NATO and transformed the division of Europe into two zones of occupation in a Cold War that ended only when the USSR disappeared.
Recently, confronted with the unexpected reconsolidation of the Russian state, the Anglo-Saxons have returned to their initial strategy. The continuity of their anti-Russian policy is clearly visible in the figure of Zbignew Brzezinski, the former National Security Advisor to Democratic president Jimmy Carter, who moved over to the Republican side and then returned to the Democratic Party to ensure the election of his student, Barack Obama. Architect in the 1970’s of both the unconditional support for the Shah of Iran and the fomenting of the now decades-long Afghan war, he favors today a rapprochement with the Islamic regime in Iran and the expansion of the war against Pakistan.
Moscow, which succeeded in defeating the Islamic Emirate of Itchkeria (Chechnya) and halting Georgian aggression in South Ossetia, found itself trapped by the Ukraine during the "gas wars" of 2005-2010. The strategy of the New Cold War is identical to its antecedent. The Atlanticist press with no imagination dully applies the same cliches to Russia today that it once used against the USSR although the situation today is critically different. London, that once sheltered dissidents, has become the refuge of fleeing mafia oligarchs. The Pentagon is deploying a supposed anti-missile shield just as it once did Pershing II’s. NATO has expanded east and is opening new bases in the north to encircle, again, its traditional enemy.
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Washington is attempting to hold to its positions without having to start a Third World War, but it looks like an impossible task. Moscow is offering the United States a safe exit in Syria and Yemen. But if they should choose this option, they would be obliged to abandon some of their allies.
The Security Council met on 8 October 2016 to debate not only the Franco-Spanish proposition for a Resolution concerning Syria, but also a Russian counter-proposition. Without surprise, the two texts were rejected by vetos – by Russia for the first, and by the Atlantist block for the second.
It is the first time in the history of the Council that such a situation has presented itself.
The French proposition was aimed at preventing Syria and Russia from applying Resolution 2249 which «…. (...)
Thierry Meyssan continues his narration of the war which sets Washington and its allies against the rest of the world. Egypt has entered the fight. Israël has attacked Syria. Turkey maintains its troops in Iraq, despite protestations from Baghdad. We are heading towards a fifth Russo-Chinese veto at the Security Council against the French initiative.
At the end of a meeting of the Ministers for Defence of the European Union, the General Secretary of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, who had been «invited», gave a Press briefing .
He declared that he had been shocked by the battle of Aleppo, which he equated with the attack on a humanitarian convoy. He went on to qualify both events as «violations of international law».
However, the attack on the humanitarian convoy was perpetrated on the ground by the «Local Council of Aleppo» against the Syrian (...)
Sport, in a sense, is a sublimation of war. Therefore, at the time of the ancient Olympics the fighting used to cease. The current sports is sublimation of the "cold war." In this case, the fighting is not suspended, as there never was an actual war taking place. Everything that happens around the sport, the Olympic Games, doping, has no relation either to any sport, or to doping. Just what I have said above.
In the history of the ancient Olympic Games the most outrageous (...)
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At a ribbon cutting ceremony at the air base of Deveselu in Romania, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg inaugurated the "Aegis Ashore" land-based installation of the U.S. Aegis missile system.
Stoltenberg thanked the United States, because this installation greatly increases its ability to "defend European allies against ballistic missiles outside the Euro-Atlantic area." He announced the start of work to establish another “Aegis Ashore” in Poland, similar to the one in operation in (...)
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The Nato Ministers of Defense have decided to “strengthen their advanced presence in the Eastern part of our Alliance”. This serves “to defend us from increased threats coming from Russia” declared the US Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter. To this end, the US is quadrupling its funding of the “Reassurance Initiative of Europe” which, with a rotation of forces (around 6000 soldiers) will permit more (...)
Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished colleague Mr Valls, distinguished Mr Ischinger, my speech will be of a more general nature, but I hope it will be useful.
The first cold war ended 25 years ago. This is not long in terms of history, but it is a considerable period for individual people and even for generations. And it is certainly sufficient for assessing our common victories and losses, setting new goals and, of course, avoiding a repetition of past mistakes.
The Munich Security (...)
One can hear the disbelief in capitals from Washington to London to Berlin to Ankara and beyond. How can Vladimir Putin, with a sinking economy and a second-rate military, continually dictate the course of geopolitical events? Whether it’s in Ukraine or Syria, the Russian president seems always to have the upper hand.
Sometimes the reaction is derision: This is a sign of weakness. Or smugness: He will regret the decision to intervene. Russia cannot possibly succeed. Or alarm: This will make (...)
We all know how the first worldwar started. Individual acts of violence cumulatively set in motion irreversible military operations that lackedoverall strategic guidance as well as a larger clarity of purpose. The rest is history: a four year slaughter conducted for the sake of ambitious goals largely formulated ex post facto by the victorious powers.
There is still time to avert a painful repetition, this time exploding in the Middle East, and in Syria specifically. I supported President (...)
Shortly, the «gruesome twosome» of U.S.-Russian relations, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NATO Supreme Commander General Philip Breedlove, will be joined by a third neo-Cold Warrior, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the prospective Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to become the «terrible troika» of American officials clamoring for a military showdown with Moscow.
2014 has been the year of resurrection of the Atlantic Alliance, through the coup in Ukraine and the Daesh offensive in Iraq and Syria. These operations organized covertly by NATO, now allow it to replay the scenario of the Cold War. Thus has the US again become the "indispensable power".
Russia is reacting to the economic war which NATO is waging against her in the way she would have reacted in a conventional war. She allowed herself to be hit by unilateral "sanctions" in order to better lead the opponent to a battleground of her own choosing. Simultaneously, she has signed agreements with China to safeguard her future and with Turkey to disrupt NATO. As long ago, against France or Germany, her initial defeat could be the guarantee of her victory in the end.
The Atlanticist media is categorical: Vladimir Putin was isolated at the G20 because of his aggressive behavior towards the Ukrainian crisis.
However, at no time, did Washington and its allies dare to broach their differences with Russia at the G20, with the "rest of the world" standing together behind Vladimir Putin. The word "Ukraine" is not mentioned in any of the G20 documents.
How is it then that almost every major newspaper in NATO Member States has indulged in the same lie?
As an (...)
The restoration of Russian power engineered by Vladimir Putin is compromised by the economic war waged against him by the United States and the European Union. Western aggression, observes Professor James Petras, will compel Russia to either eliminate the oligarchs on whom it has relied so far or die.
On 3 September 2014 Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called for a review of his country’s defense doctrine and envisaged protecting Ukraine from Russia by building a wall along its eastern border.
Until now, Arseniy Yatsenyuk had blamed the USSR for isolating the Ukraine behind an "Iron Curtain."
For Mexican geopolitical expert, Alfredo Jalife-Rahme, the simultaneity of the events illuminates their meaning: soon after announcing the creation of an alternative to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, that is to say the dollar, Russia is having to face at the same time the accusation of having downed the Malaysia Airlines jet, the Israeli attack on Gaza backed by US and UK military intelligence, the chaos in Libya and the Islamic State offensive in the Levant. In addition, in each of these war theaters, the fighting revolves around the control of hydrocarbons, which until now were traded exclusively in dollars.
The tactic of the United States to economically isolate Russia to prevent it from coming to the aid of the Ukrainian population has had the opposite effect to what was intended: it is pushing Moscow in the arms of Beijing, so that, in the long run, the Eastern European-Asian block which is gaining steam will surpass the power of Western countries.
The Ukrainian crisis has not radically changed the international situation but it has precipitated ongoing developments. Western propaganda, which has never been stronger, especially hides the reality of Western decline to the populations of NATO, but has no further effect on political reality. Inexorably, Russia and China, assisted by the other BRICS, occupy their rightful place in international relations.
Washington has thwarted several launches of European satellites outfitted with U.S. equipment, which were to be sent into orbit by Russia’s Proton rocket, reported on Monday Russian daily Moskovsky Komsomolets.
According to specialized journalist Peter Selding, the U.S. sanctions target, inter alia, the Astra 2G telecommunications satellite of Luxembourg manufacturer SES, which was scheduled for launching in June from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on the Proton-M carrier rocket. The launch of the (...)
The Vice-President of the United States, Joe Biden, travelled to Kiev to preach appeasement with Russia. Indeed, the pro-US coup government clearly lacks enough popular support to safeguard Washington’s interests. Moreover, his use of the term "de-escalation" smacks of a Freudian slip: he recognizes that the policy of the Obama administration has been geared so far towards escalation and that the time has come to reverse it.
The Russian government banned, April 14, 2014, the overflight of its territory by a U.S. spy plane under the Treaty on Open Skies.
Since 1992, the states party to the treaty - which are currently 34 and include members of NATO and the former Warsaw Pact - have routinely authorized the overflight of each other’s surveillance planes to observe the movements of their respective military forces.
The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff suspect that Russia is preparing an invasion of Ukraine and has (...)
Beyond the emphatic cries of the West against the accession of the Crimea to the Russian Federation, the real issue is whether this is an orphan event or whether it foreshadows a turning of Eastern Europe toward Moscow. With only enslavement to the Brussels bureaucracy to offer, Brussels fears that its current clients may be attracted by Moscow’s freedom and money.
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