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Militarism vs. Diplomacy: The Case of NATO

The point I wish to make clearly is that there is a divide within government groups between militaristic voices and diplomatic voices, particularly between NATO’s orientation toward force and a diplomatic orientation. This divide doesn’t mean that the governments of NATO’s member countries cannot and do not try to use NATO militarily for their own narrow interests, as they have in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Libya. It means that the militaristic orientation of NATO sets it against a diplomatic orientation when conflicts, real or imagined, arise. It means that NATO looks much more trigger-happy than is consistent with peaceful diplomatic resolutions of differences or with a policy of non-intervention. NATO is a much more dangerous organization than it is generally perceived to be.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 04.04.2014


 

NATO, Russia: Arms or Diplomacy Choice (I)

NATO must have a sustained presence in countries that feel «vulnerable» to Russia, US President Barack Obama said on March 26 at a meeting with EU leaders in Brussels... The NATO allies snapped to attention, clicked heels and said «Yes, sir». On April 1-2, 2014 foreign ministers met for the first time since Crimea joined Russia. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Russia's actions meant there could be no «business as usual»... As the Guardian reported, a confidential seven-page paper leaked to the German news weekly Der Spiegel proposed joint exercises and training between the alliance and the three countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova) to enhance the «interoperability» of their militaries with NATO and expand their participation in NATO «smart defence» operations.

Andrei AKULOV | 04.04.2014


 

US Drones to Deploy in Central Asia

On February 16 the Los Angeles Times reported that the Obama administration is making contingency plans to use air bases in Central Asia to conduct drone missile attacks in northwest Pakistan in case the White House is forced to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan at the end of this year without having an agreement of the status of forces... The implementation of United States plans to deploy drones in Central Asia will expand the US military presence in the region and create conditions for conducting secret operations using unmanned aerial vehicles while negatively affecting the regional balance of forces.

Dmitry POPOV | 24.03.2014


 

Georgia’s NATO Membership: Dreams and Reality

...The United States needs Georgia not as a military ally but rather as a country providing important routes, including pipelines. For America Georgia is not a country with its own culture and established traditions but rather a transit zone and a rear bridgehead for a military action against Iran. And it is not accidental that the US provides much money for military airports in Vaziani, Marneuli and near the port of Batumi...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 16.02.2014


 

US Torpedoes Karzai’s Contacts with Taliban

...Washington doesn’t want any substantive «Afghan-led», «Afghan-controlled» peace talks except under its auspices. Most important, it does not want any serious dealings with the Taliban to take place before Karzai retired and a proxy has been put in power in Kabul who would duly put his signature on the dotted line on the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement, formalizing the establishment of the US-NATO military bases in Afghanistan...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 09.02.2014


 

Can Afghan Army do it alone with US and NATO Forces Gone?

...The Afghan security forces lack clear understanding what they are defending and who they are fighting against... As a whole the United States and NATO pinned their hopes on finding solutions to a number of questions before the troops pull out. Mainly the solutions are still to be found. Soon we’ll see if Afghanistan is able to maintain stability in the country on its own – the Taliban has promised to undermine the plans to hold a presidential election in April 2014...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 07.02.2014


 

Will the U.S. Find Its Way Out of the Dead End in Afghanistan?

...The tasks of ensuring security in the Northern Caucasus and in Russia's allies in Central Asia have made it a priority for Moscow to work toward counteracting the threats of extremism and international terrorism. Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the U.S. and NATO on Afghanistan remains perhaps the only area in relations between Moscow and the West where there have been no significant disagreements. This does not mean, however, that the West can continue to try the Kremlin's patience with its inability to find a way out of the military and political dead end which has resulted from the ineffective actions of the Western coalition for keeping peace in Afghanistan...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 04.02.2014


 

The International Drug Trade and Money Laundering

As of January 1, 2014 Russia assumed the chairmanship of the Group of Eight (G8)... The activities of the drug trade presuppose its close interaction with banks which receive the dirty money. Sometimes the drug mafia uses banks without the banks' knowledge, but this is usually in the case when small amounts of cash are being injected into the banking system. In the case of significant sums and regular transactions, the drug mafia negotiates directly with bankers for long-term cooperation. During the last financial crisis a unique situation appeared: banks themselves started seeking contacts with the drug mafia and fighting to bring in «dirty» money as a means of saving themselves from bankruptcy...

Valentin KATASONOV | 31.01.2014


 

Afghanistan: A Test for Durability

The presidential elections which are to be held in Afghanistan in April 2014 will be a serious test for Kabul and the states which support the current Afghan regime. 80% of Afghans believe that it is simply dangerous to go to the polls... The Afghan government and the Taliban remain irreconcilable. The main demand of the Taliban is the complete liberation of Afghanistan from foreign occupation. Taliban leaders do not even see Karzai's government as a party to be negotiated with and have already announced that they will not recognize the results of the presidential elections and will continue to bear arms against Afghan and international forces...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 29.01.2014


 

On the Drugs of «Peacemakers»

For the third year in a row, NATO-occupied Afghanistan has grown a record number of opium poppies... Large opium plantations have even re-appeared in northern Afghan provinces like Balkh and Faryab, which were publicly declared to have lost their status as opium producers. These Afghan provinces neighbour two CIS countries – Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan... For a number of years now, America has also been using drugs to continue its cold war against post-Soviet states through the destruction of their human potential. On the eve of the withdrawal of NATO occupation forces from Afghanistan, they are encouraging drug production by every means possible, and helping the war move into its hot phase by using the drug mafia’s armed groups that are concentrated in the southern underbelly of the former USSR, that they have provided with arms, and that are hiding behind Islamist slogans...

Nikolai MALISHEVSKI | 24.01.2014




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    Dmitry MININ

Zionists and Anti-Semites in Ukraine: A Strange Union

It is surprising how the national socialist Banderovite ideology which has prevailed in Kiev, filled as it is with anti-Semitism, has enabled the complete triumph of the most odious of figures from the point of view of this ideology, the oligarchs, and activists of the world Jewish movement like Igor Kolomoisky, at that. This is a striking example of how seemingly mutually exclusive political forces can form unprincipled and unnatural unions for the sake of achieving short-term goals without thinking about the far-reaching consequences... The ultranationalist slogan «Bandera will come and put things in order!» today sounds like «Kolomoisky will come and put things in order!»..

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