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.
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.
Washington is making hay of its defeat in Ukraine: it is getting the Europeans to cut themselves off economically from Russia and is already imposing on them the expansion of its missile coverage. While the Western media focus on NATO’s narrative of events (the so-called "military annexation" of Crimea), the Alliance is noiselessly deploying its imperial apparatus.
Hotel Bayerischer Hof
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The Pentagon is working to encircle Eurasia and to surround the Eurasian Triple Entente composed of China, Russia, and Iran. For every reaction, however, there is a counter-reaction. This Canadian-based sociologist and scholar argues that neither one of these three Eurasian powers will sit idly as passive US targets. Beijing, Moscow, and Tehran are all taking their own distinct counter-measures to oppose the Pentagon’s strategy of military encirclement.
Russia’s foreign minister has accused the US ambassador of arrogance after the latter claimed that his country will maintain plans to create a missile defense system in Europe, regardless of other nations’ objections.
During a lecture at the Moscow State University’s branch in Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku, Sergey Lavorv commented on a recent interview by US ambassador Michael McFaul to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
“Yesterday our colleague – the US ambassador – said very arrogantly that (...)
Imad Fawzi Shueibi examines the reasons and consequences of Russia’s recent position at the Security Council. Moscow’s backing of Syria is not a posture but the result of an in-depth analysis of the shifting global balance of power. The current crisis will crystallize into a new world configuration, which, from the unipolar model inherited after the collapse of the USSR, will gradually evolve towards a multipolar system. Inevitably, this transition will plunge the world into a period of geopolitical turbulence the repercussions of which are scrutinized by the author.
Contrary to her position at the time of the attack on Iraq, in the case of Syria France failed to defend the principles of international law, rallying instead the imperial camp and its lies. Together with the United Kingdom and the United States, she has suffered a diplomatic defeat of historic proportions, while Russia and China have become the champions of the sovereignty of peoples and peace. The new international balance of power is not only a consequence of the United States’ military decline, it is also a penalty for their falling prestige. Ultimately, Western powers have lost the leadership they enjoyed throughout the twentieth century, having forsaken all legitimacy by betraying their own values.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the world has been searching for a new geopolitical balance. All the various models have failed, starting with the unipolar world order of the New American Century. What emerges is not the result of an ideology, but a tectonic shift in the global balance of power, observes geopolitician Imad Fawzi Shueib. The double Russian and Chinese veto related to the Syrian crisis marks the dawn of this new world configuration, which is still groping to find its own operating rules in a complete break with past models.
The recent announcement that US military spending is set to grow at a slower pace and that ground troops will not fight in more than one major war at once was welcomed by many. However, according to Manlio Dinucci, it is all smoke and mirrors: the incremental outsourcing of conflicts to vassal states, the black budgets for intelligence agencies and the expanded use of technological warfare hardly foreshadow a scaling down in the number of Pentagon-run theaters of wars.
The first French nuclear bomb, which exploded 24 August 1968 at 600 m above Fangataufa, an atoll in the Pacific, was 130 times more powerful than Little Boy, the fission bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. In comparison, the current H-bombs are at least 1000 times more powerful than an A bomb.
It is not a matter of being optimistic or pessimistic, knowing or not knowing elementary things, of being responsible or not for events. Those who would like to be thought of as politicians should (...)
After suffering major military and political defeats in bloody ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, failing to buttress long-standing clients in Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia and witnessing the disintegration of puppet regimes in Somalia and South Sudan, the Obama regime has learned nothing: Instead he has turned toward greater military confrontation with global powers, namely Russia and China. Obama has adopted a provocative offensive military strategy right on the frontiers of both China and Russia.
The possible deployment of Russian missiles near Alliance nations, in response to the missile defense system created by Washington in Europe, is "very disappointing", bemoaned NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday.
Rasmussen, however, welcomed "President Medvedev’s willingness not to close the door on continued dialogue with NATO and the U.S. on missile defence," reads a statement released by the Alliance.
This statement came on the heels of Russian President Dmitry (...)
Arrogance and shameless doublespeak reign supreme in the world of diplomacy. Respect for international law and human rights is a farce. Never has this come across so blatantly as in President Obama’s speech on 21 September before the UN General Assembly. Revealing in terms of the hypocrisy and imperialist interests that pervade Washington’s policies all over the world, the speech was also Obama’s crowning moment as an Israeli doormat.
President Obama’s stated desire to "reset" relations with Moscow didn’t hold out very long. Hillary Clinton’s early July visit to five former Soviet bloc countries constituted the occasion for the U.S. to reaffirm its old ambitions in the region. The Secretary of State excoriated Russia’s aspirations in its former sphere of influence to better justify Washington’s own craving for the region. There and everywhere, the U.S. always hankers for more.
It is time to build a polycentric world, asserted Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. The proposed new structure of international relations is not aimed against the United States, with whom Moscow no longer has an ideological divide. It corresponds to a need shared by all, including U.S. policy makers who avow the impossibility for a superpower to dominate the world by force. Nevertheless, such rhetoric hardly veils Russia’s great concern that the collapse of the United States might prove to be even more tumultuous than that of the Soviet Union. Without antagonizing them, Sergey Lavrov would like to impress upon Western countries that they are no longer the centre of the world.
Georgian soldiers in May, taking part in exercises organized by NATO, over Russian objections.
The United States will resume a combat training mission in the republic of Georgia to prepare Georgian troops for counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan, a U.S. Defense Department official said on Thursday.
“Georgia wants to be part of the international effort in Afghanistan. We want to help them get ready,” Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said.
The United States (...)
In Ankara on July 13, 2009 to seal the Nabucco Agreement.
Ankara has once again introduced the idea of having Iran participate in the Nabucco oil pipeline project, in defiance of US wishes.
"Iran extracts its gas and supplies it to the market so there seems to be no a reason for Iran not to participate," the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz said, according to a Monday report posted on the Aksam daily.
Yildiz explained that although the United States does not (...)
Russian tanks rolling into South Ossetia in August 2008.
Russia says it is prepared to use force to protect its troops and civilians in South Ossetia if Georgia continues its military provocations, according to Russian officials.
Earlier on Saturday, the South Ossetian Defence Ministry claimed one of its lookouts in the border zone was fired upon, although no casualties were reported.
Although South Ossetian authorities do not report any casualties in these alleged attacks, and Georgian (...)
A senior American Defense Department (Pentagon) official said Thursday that his country is considering options for European missile defense other than current plans for a system based in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Alexander Vershbow told lawmakers in the House of Representatives at a hearing on relations with Russia that the Obama administration is looking at various configurations as part of its review of missile defense plans.
"The site in Poland and (...)
Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview that Russia’s economy is "withering," and suggested the trend will force the country to make accommodations to the West on a wide range of national-security issues, including loosening its grip on former Soviet republics and shrinking its vast nuclear arsenal.
Mr. Biden said he believes Russia’s economic problems are part of a series of developments that have contributed to a significant rethinking by Moscow of its international self-interest. (...)
On July 17, the Friday prayer in Tehran, which was exceptionally led by Aytollah Rafsanjani, reignited the protest movement in the presence of its defeated presidential candidate, Hussein Mousavi.
To reenergize the opposition, the supporters of former president Rafsanjani chose to brandish in public their ties to the United States and to challenge the foreign policy promoted by elected president Ahmadinejad.
Ayatollah Rafsanjani, the richest man in Iran, amassed part of his personal (...)
Moscow, July 7, 2009
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I know that NES is a young school, but I speak to you today with deep respect for Russia’s timeless heritage. Russian writers have helped us understand the complexity of the human experience, and recognize eternal truths. Your painters, composers, and dancers have (...)
Nothing of significance takes place in Eurasia without an energy angle. In this insightful analysis, global reporter Pepe Escobar focuses on the ongoing energy struggle across "Pipelineistan" and the Great Game of business, diplomacy and proxy war between Russia and the U.S. He delves into tumultuous Central and South Asia and the "AfPak" battleground. There, U.S. planes and unmanned aerial drones are killing combatants as well as civilians, while, in Afghanistan, Washington continues to build new military bases. Under the carnage of war, courses the Liquid War. Just how the energy flows and through which territories controlled by whom can make - quite literally - a world of difference, even though it rarely captures our attention.
In this interview, conducted by Deep Journal before the 4 November elections, Webster Tarpley expounds on the topic of his recently published books "Obama, The Postmodern Coup,The Making of a Manchurian Candidate" and "Barack Obama: The Unauthorized Biography". Does Obama represent a real change or is it the same old imperialism with cosmetic surgery?
Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman shocked the audience of LA Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday when he stopped mid-show saying that he would no longer perform in a country whose military wants to take over the world.
According to the report on the Los Angeles Times website, Krystian Zimerman was about to play the final piece of the evening – Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s ‘Variations on a Polish Folk Theme’ – when he suddenly stopped playing and came out with a politicized speech accusing (...)
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