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What Awaits Central Asia?

As the US main forces withdrawal from Afghanistan slated for the middle of 2014 is drawing near, the prospects for Central Asia are becoming more uncertain. As is known a part of US military equipment is to leave Afghanistan to stay in the former Soviet republics in Central Asia. The US military are discussing the issue with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan... The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already expressed concern over the base in Kyrgyzstan to be used for waging war against Iran making the Central Asian states involved in combat...

Aleksandr SHUSTOV | 30.06.2012


 

The Dismal State of US-Pakistan Relations (III)

While it was only after 9/11 that the full might of the US was deployed in what was then called the Global War on Terror there is no doubt that even earlier and particularly since the bombing of the American embassies in East Africa, terrorism had been a issue of great importance to the USA and Pakistan was seen as a factor in this. It is of course very difficult to understand why the United States, given this preoccupation allowed or even encouraged Osama bin Laden to move from the Sudan to Afghanistan...

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH | 30.06.2012


 

China's Growing Economic Importance to Central Asia

The June summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) highlighted China's swelling economic presence in Central Asia. Chinese premier Hu Jintao unveiled an ambitious agenda for the region, with $10b in loans to be infused into the corresponding projects. At the moment, the Chinese investments in Central Asian republics estimatedly total $20b, and Beijing evidently aims at the role of the main economic partner of the entire Central Asia, especially in the spheres of energy and transit...

Aleksandr SHUSTOV | 29.06.2012


 

Egypt’s Brothers and New Middle East (II)

...The US’s exclusive influence over Egypt (and the Arab world) is not going to be possible to re-establish. Other players are poised to enter the arena – especially China, which is well-placed to commit resources and is not haunted by past history of entanglement with the Mubarak era. The historic significance of the Muslim Brothers’ rise in Egypt lies in that henceforth no single outside power can completely take the region under its wings and turn it into a «sub-cultural area».

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 29.06.2012


 

Another Tenet of the «Obama Doctrine» – Constitutional «Soft» Coups

The Obama administration has put a «civilian» imprimatur on America’s coups in Latin America, opting to involve governmental branches, such as legislatures and courts, to carry out its covert operations in the Western Hemisphere. Just as drone attacks and targeted assassinations have become a hallmark of the Obama doctrine, for Latin America the internally-launched «autogolpe,» or self coup by government insiders, is preferable to ordering tanks on to the streets, dissolving parliament and the Supreme Court, and turning over power to a military junta of generals and colonels...

Wayne MADSEN | 28.06.2012


 

Egypt’s Brothers and New Middle East (I)

To be sure, Morsi’s election profoundly impacts the geopolitics of the Middle East. Principally, there are four vectors that merit close attention. First, Egypt has been an anchor sheet of the US’ Middle East strategy and how far would things change with the rise of the Brothers? Second, related to the above, where does Egypt stand in the new situation vis-à-vis the core Middle Eastern question – Palestinian problem and the Arab-Israeli relations? Third, what is the impact, if any, that the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt would have on the future trajectory of the Arab Spring? Finally, what regional policies can be expected of Egypt as a democracy led by an Islamist government toward its Arab neighbors?..

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 28.06.2012


 

The Dismal State of US-Pakistan Relations (II)

My point in reciting the history of the second phase of US-Pak relations is to emphasize that as in the first phase so too in the second the US-Pakistan relationship was not based on a genuine convergence or commonality of interest. Pakistanis experienced a strong sense of betrayal when shortly after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan was completed the United States reneged on its commitment to provide additional F-16 aircraft and stopped all aid on the ground that Pakistan was in possession of a nuclear device...

Najmuddin A. SHAIKH | 27.06.2012


 

The Paraguay Coup: Carefully Organized, Assisted by Unidentified Snipers

The operation launched by the US Department of State and the CIA with the aim of displacing Paraguay's first leftist president Fernando Lugo entered the final phase on June 16, when police forces were dispatched to evict squatters from the Morumbí farm in the Curuguaty district, near the Brazilian border... The storyline does not sound exotic considering how often US citizens get caught with sniper rifles across Latin America, as recently in Argentine and Bolivia. The CIA, DEA, and the US Defense Intelligence Agency routinely hire contractors to pull off covert operations with firearms being used...

Nil NIKANDROV | 27.06.2012


 

Rumblings from the Caribbean: Island Nations’ Growing Anger with the United States and European Colonial Powers

The Caribbean states, witnessing the economic prowess of Brazil and the nationalistic fervor of Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, see a chance to break free from decades of domination by the United States and European colonial powers intent on keeping their toeholds in the Caribbean region...

Wayne MADSEN | 26.06.2012


 

Syrian Air Defense Stands Firm against NATO Test

Ankara is trying to get the most out of the incident when a Turkish reconnaissance aircraft was downed flying over the Syrian territorial waters on June 22. The North Atlantic Council will meet on June 26 to hold consultations on the issue... It should be noted that, unlike in the case of Libya, the Syrian armed forces maintain high combat capability... The Syrian airspace is defended by Russia produced air defense systems. It’s a reliable guarantee of the country’s sovereignty... Perhaps right now there is someone whom is strongly annoyed that the Libyan scenario cannot be repeated in Syria. But the picture has become clear. Sacrificing the Turkish plane NATO received an answer: if you don’t want to lose pilots and weapons anymore – leave the Syrians alone...

Andrey ARESHEV | 25.06.2012




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Ending the Cold War on Cuba? From the Freezer to the Chiller

As US President Barack Obama announced his surprise «historic» bid to normalise relations with Cuba this week, the New York Times swooned with glowing news. ‘US to Restore Full Relations With Cuba, Erasing a Last Trace of Cold War Hostility’ was how its top headline put it. Welcoming the development, the American «newspaper of record» said Obama vowed to «cut loose the shackles of the past» and to «sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War». But, purple prose aside, the hard detail is that the ongoing illegal American embargo on Cuba will stay in place. Moreover, the move comes as Washington slaps on more sanctions against Russia and unleashes new sanctions on Venezuela...

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