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Obama’s Feisty Proclamations are Subliminal

The US President Barack Obama’s one hour, sixteen-minute State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday was largely devoted to illustrating a single point, namely, that 2014 can be a «breakthrough year» for the American economy... Unsurprisingly, foreign policy issues took a back seat. Although Obama pointedly touched on the Iran problem and the Middle East, US’s ‘rebalance’ to Asia and the turmoil in Ukraine, the details were skimpy... A question arises: Is the Obama administration considering a revving up of the support for the rebel fighters in Syria following the impasse at Geneva 2?..

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 31.01.2014


 

US Marine Corps Reshapes to Meet Contingencies

The Marine Corps is developing new units across the globe as it shifts from fighting in Afghanistan to responding to a variety of crises and hostilities in other regions of the globe. The United States has asked Spain for permission to expand its 500-strong Marine rapid-reaction force for Africa by at least 50 percent and extend its presence at the Morón de la Frontera base by one more year, Spanish government sources said... In total 1,100 marines plus their families will be installed in the Cádiz base. The main part of the mission is to patrol the Eastern Mediterranean and to intercept, with the help of radars in Turkey and Poland, a hypothetical attack from countries like Iran...

Andrei AKULOV | 27.01.2014


 

«US Naval Might is Waning» They Say Tongue in Cheek

...The U.S. Navy surface fleet must become more offensively lethal. As Aviation Week reported on January 12, Vice Adm. Thomas Copeman, commander of the Naval Surface Force and U.S. Pacific Naval Surface Force, emphasized, «The surface force must greatly improve its offensive lethality». «We must move beyond the missile as a defensive system», he says in his «Vision for the 2026 Surface Fleet» report, which was released earlier this month in advance of the Surface Navy Association Conference and Symposium being held Jan. 14-16 in Arlington, Va. Mr. Copeman said, «Our weapons development and purchasing trajectory must rebalance in favor of energy-based weapons for defense that will affordably deliver the capability and capacity required to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations through the coming decades»...

Andrei AKULOV | 18.01.2014


 

Joe Biden Wraps-up Asia-Pacific Trip: Rebalancing Policy Going Strong (II)

...2,500 Marines are to be deployed to Australia by 2016. According to the DOD strategic guidance of January 2012 the Pentagon is shifting weapons like the B-1 and B-52 long-range bombers, MV-22 Ospreys and Global Hawk drones to the Pacific from the Middle East and Southwest Asia as the war in Afghanistan winds down. The four US littoral combat ships have started their rotational deployment to Singapore. According to stated plans, the US will have 60 percent of its ships in the Pacific and 40 percent in the Atlantic by 2020, compared with the current 50-50 split...

Andrei AKULOV | 11.12.2013


 

Joe Biden Wraps-up Asia-Pacific Trip: Rebalancing Policy Going Strong (I)

Mideast conflicts, Snowden revelations and domestic woes, the U.S. remains true to its course of being a dominant Asia-Pacific power committed to increasing America's influence in the region as a hedge against the increasingly assertive China... Recently the US diplomatic activities in the region are on the rise. This includes the October visits by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and State Secretary John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew visiting the region last month, the just wrapped-up Biden’s trip, as well as the Obama’s planned visit in April. Tensions in the region are at their highest in years...

Andrei AKULOV | 10.12.2013


 

On the «bombshell» dropped by China on 20 November 2013 (II)

...As global experience shows, the full liberalisation of capital transactions in countries on the periphery of global capitalism usually leads to speculators with their hot money, rather than strategic investors, swooping down on the country. Investors like these do not develop the economy, but pick at its assets and destabilise the work of those businesses still clinging to life. The full liberalisation of capital transactions at the end of the 1980s-beginning of the 1990s that took place in a number of ASEAN countries known back then as the «Asian Tigers» resulted in these tigers becoming pitiful kittens. The result of liberalising the movement of capital fully emerged during the financial crisis in Southeast Asia in 1998. It inflicted incalculable damage on the economies of these former tigers...

Valentin KATASONOV | 01.12.2013


 

The Eurasian Economic Union and Its International Relevance

On November 18, 2011 the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed the Declaration of Eurasian Economic Integration, and on May 29, 2012 in Astana, at a meeting of the heads of the Customs Union member states, a program for preparing a draft of a Eurasian Economic Union Treaty was approved... The final stage in creating a new economic union will be the signing of the Treaty in May 2014 by the presidents of the member states of the new Union.  In the second half of 2014 the Treaty on the Creation of a Eurasian Economic Union is to be ratified by the parliaments of the states acceding to the Treaty, and on January 1, 2015 it is to come into force...

Yuri BARANCHIK | 25.10.2013


 

APEC - «Bali Tunes»

The APEC annual summit took place on the island of Bali (Indonesia) in early October.  The APEC encompasses 21 states situated in Asia, Australia, South and North America.  The goal has never changed since the foundation; it is the economic and commercial liberalization in the Asia-Pacific region.  With over 20 summits behind, the rhetoric is forever the same saying economic growth is impossible without fostering export, providing free access to outside markets for transnational corporations as well as relentless fight against protectionism. The longer the global crisis lasts, the less convincing it sounds... 

Victor SUMSKY | 11.10.2013


 

Brunei is America’s East Pacific Cash Cow and Military Base

...Although Obama always enjoys visiting Indonesia, the country of his childhood, it was the cancellation of Obama’s planned trip to the oil-rich Sultanate of Brunei that not only prevented Obama from being hosted by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world’s wealthiest men, but prevented him from cementing ties with a nation that enjoys a special relationship with the United States, particularly the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency...

Wayne MADSEN | 10.10.2013


 

Russia in the Asia-Pacific Region: An Open Project

The APEC summit has ended without US President attending. There is a certain symbolism in this; opinions on how to improve the economic situation in the megaregion and in the world economy as a whole are mainly being exchanged by Asian states, which have demonstrated high growth rates in the new century, despite waves of crisis which periodically roll in from across the ocean...

Alexander SALITZKI | 09.10.2013




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The Outcome of Joe Biden’s Visit to Ukraine

Ukrainian propaganda had tried to portray talks with US Vice-President Joseph Biden as an expression of America’s categorical support of the self-proclaimed Kiev government, but examining the content of the visit more carefully reveals Washington’s growing irritation with its minions in Ukraine. While supporting them for geopolitical reasons, the US is burdened with having to prove the ‘democraticness’ and legitimacy of a regime which, in reality, is neither democratic nor legitimate... The propaganda from Kiev, which separates protests into legal or illegal, contradicts the spirit and letter of the Geneva Declaration, which extends the concept of “de-escalating tensions” throughout the whole of Ukraine...

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