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From Iraq to Ukraine: A Pattern of Disaster

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 17.03.2014


 

The Partitioning of Iraq: Will the Country Remain on the Map?

...Today practically all the conditions have been created for the transformation of Iraq into a federative state with dozens of provinces grouped into 3-4 autonomous territories (tentatively Shiite, Kurdish and Sunnite ones) on the basis of tribal connections, religious affinity and economic interests, with severe restriction of the powers of the Center... The West, headed by the United States, as well as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and obviously Israel, have an interest in keeping Iraq from ever again rising to the position of a powerful regional state; they need it to remain a manageable supplier of high-quality petroleum with minimal costs for extraction and export, and also to serve as a bargaining chip in resolving problems of another order. Most likely the future state structure of Iraq and the country's fate are being decided now not in Baghdad, but in back room negotiations between «very interested parties»...

Anton VESELOV | 26.02.2014


 

Iraq on Brink of Civil War

...Iraq is not the only country threatened by Islam religious strife. The conflict between Sunnis and Shiites is a strategic absurd - the war without winners. The United States is responsible for inciting the conflict. Its interventions in Afghanistan, and then in Iraq, tipped the delicate balance of forces and provoked the regional competition between Riyadh and Tehran, which strives for dominance in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia has nothing but sand and oil, it imports foodstuffs and water, its chances to win in the fight against Iran are negligibly small...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 15.01.2014


 

Iraq: Deeper in Trouble or Eerie Result of US 2003 «Cakewalk»

...In 2002 Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States against unilateral military action against Iraq saying such an action could only come after United Nations Security Council. Back then he explained that the situation in Iraq was different from that of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Only international support could allow American action against Saddam Hussein to take place. The warning fell on deaf ears; the consequences of US-committed folly have been eerie. Common Americans paid a heavy price. Last year was Iraq’s deadliest in five years. In 2013, fighting and bomb blasts claimed the lives of 7,818 civilians and 1,050 members of the security forces. In December alone nearly a thousand people were killed. As the events in Anbar province prove, 2014 has started amidst heavy fighting between government troops and Sunni militants...

Andrei AKULOV | 10.01.2014


 

Fallujah: Obama’s Newest Headache

Guernica in the Spanish civil war, My Lai in the Vietnam War, Guantanamo Bay in the war on terror – these have been powerful symbols. The siege of Fallujah in May 2004 stands out in the Iraq War as the bloodiest battle that the United States fought since the Vietnam War. The US Marines suffered 40 deaths in the siege, while Iraqi civilian casualties were in the hundreds. The US forces reportedly used F-16 warplanes to blitz residential areas in Fallujah with cluster bombs. The majority of prisoners were executed...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 09.01.2014


 

Russia and Middle East Policy: Story of Success and Growing Clout

 Resurgent Russia is asserting itself in the Middle East as a big an important international player. The recent diplomacy that averted a U.S. strike on Syria underscored the extent to which Moscow’s steadfast support for its last remaining Arab ally has helped to solidify its role. Russian President Vladimir Putin has emerged as the world leader with the single biggest influence over the outcome of a raging war that is threatening the stability of the broader region.

Andrei AKULOV | 21.11.2013


 

In the Shadow of American Geopolitics, or Once Again on Greater Israel (II)

The world is moving towards a global war for resources, and this primarily concerns the Persian Gulf. Assessing the situation in the Arab-Muslim world in relation to this, Oded Yinon writes: «...The Moslem Arab World is built like a temporary house of cards put together by foreigners (France and Britain in the Nineteen Twenties), without the wishes and desires of the inhabitants having been taken into account. It was arbitrarily divided into 19 states, all made of combinations of minorities and ethnic groups which are hostile to one another, so that every Arab Moslem state nowadays faces ethnic social destruction from within, and in some a civil war is already raging»...

Olga CHETVERIKOVA | 12.11.2013


 

Fair Play – American Style

In accordance with the hard and fast rules of American type of fair play, the culprit of the crime committed in Syria is already known; the only thing left is to test the public opinion. But the world is rapidly changing. There are less and less people who believe the Washington-staged play is real.  Now Russia and its allies ask the United Nations to conduct a separate inquiry of the international crime related to the use of chemical weapons.  The witness reports, the tests of videos, comparison of data on real and invented victims will make come to the surface the fact of staging a large scale and foul provocation that led to bloodshed – something the White House is afraid of so much…

Dmitriy SEDOV | 19.09.2013


 

Iraq: A Seething Boiler About to Explode

The pressure in the boiler which Western officials affectedly call «the new democratic Iraq» is building steadily and, figuratively speaking, the needle has entered the red zone. The deepening crisis is systemic in nature, encompasses the most important areas of life and undermines the foundations of statehood... While in 2011 4,147 people in Iraq were killed as a result of terrorist attacks, since the beginning of 2013 over 5,600 people have already been killed, more than in all of 2012 (4574); this is the highest figure since 2008. Since April - May 2013, every week there have been no less than 200 acts of terrorism and armed attacks, with numerous victims...

Anton VESELOV | 02.09.2013


 

Obama and his War Against Middle East Christians

A possible US intervention into Syria against the background of chaos and bloody turmoil reigning in the country for over two years could become a turning point in the contemporary world history. Everything that is taking place in the Middle East during the Obama’s tenure – be it Tunisia, Libya, Syria or Yemen – is a result of US direct meddling into internal affairs of these countries... The plight of Syrian Christians is especially hard. Terrorists burn temples, attack old men, women and children... The US administration does its best to exacerbate inter-confessional strife in Syria and across the entire Arab world. It looks like planned destruction of historical areas related to the birth of Christianity...

Nikolai BOBKIN | 02.09.2013




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After Geneva Talks: Federalization as Last Chance to Save Ukraine

Demonstrators were being shot at in the port city of Mariupol as a quadripartite meeting between representatives of Russia, the US the EU and Ukraine on settling the internal political crisis in Ukraine proceeded in Geneva. That’s why the final statement which envisions de-escalation of the situation is an undisputed success. Will the Ukraine’s interim government carry out its obligations?.. If Kiev goes on imposing its will, the state of Ukraine will collapse with its territory divided between other states. It will lead to the destruction of the post-war international security system based on the United Nations Charter and the Helsinki Final Act. It all has special importance for Europe, the continent with a plethora of disputed territories and re-shaped boundaries...

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