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Strategic Culture - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a crushing defeat. On Nov.20, she informed the president of her failure to form a coalition government. This is a shock for Germany with its postwar record of government stability and political consensus and the entire Europe as well.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

The Saudi response to the competition of the Iranian system is a move towards more authoritarian rule. This is hoped to allow for more agile policies and responses. But the move breaks the traditional ruling system. It removes the sensible impediments to impulsive foreign policies. It creates...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to the US military operating in its overseas locations, the Latin phrase popularized by the Roman poet Juvenal, perhaps wise to the corruption of the Praetorian Guard of his time, comes to mind. “Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” “Who watches the watchmen?”

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published several reports over the last few years. They discuss geopolitics and related themes, one of which is the likelihood of nuclear war or accident, including what it means for long-term survival.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

Mrs. May's survival as UK Prime Minister is to a large extent predicated upon her being able to secure a good divorce deal and transition agreement that satisfies both the Remain and Leave wings of her Party as well as its ardently hard-line Leave grassroots.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

With economy on the rise and the US not dragged into a costly military conflict, President Trump has a good chance at winning a second term in the 2020 presidential election, sending hostile political operatives and the critical news media into a meltdown.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

In joining Israel and the White House selling military intervention in Syria, the CIA and international inspectors hid key evidence that would undermine the case, says Gareth Porter in a second part of a two-part series.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

France’s invitation to beleaguered Lebanese premier Saad Hariri for him and his family to spend “a few days in Paris” has been viewed as French President Emmanuel Macron stepping in with deft soft power to resolve tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

With Mosul and other key cities now liberated from the horrible scourge of ISIS, Iraq stands at a crucial crossroads. Iraqis and Americans have squandered historic opportunities to build a new, stable and prosperous country together before. We must not let that happen again.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

The new course of the multipolar world, together with Trump’s America First policy, seems to have hit hardest those countries that placed all their bets on the continuing economic and military dominance of the United States in the region.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

There was no reason for President Assad to use chemical weapons. He was winning the war. The UN-brokered peace talks on Syria were to launch on April 4 - the day of the attack. No way could the Syrian government benefit from the use of CW.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Current incumbent Nikki Haley is the worst of the lot, an embarrassment to the office she holds, an over-the-top loose cannon, an imperial lunatic, a geopolitical know-nothing, a Russophobic extremist – representing America’s ugly face, its ruthless agenda, its imperial madness.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

No one who is promoting the Russiagate allegations is trying to debate William Binney’s allegations. Instead, all of the newsmedia are plastered with allegations of ‘Russia’s meddling in American democracy’.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Congress should instead push now for much more comprehensive responses and much more elaborate detail to the Trump omissions—even if in executive sessions. Almost certainly, it will find the new strategy is woefully deficient, no more satisfactory certainly than the “plans” of Presidents Bush...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, ended on Nov.16, having drawn over 79,000 trade visitors, up around 20% over the last version of the event in 2015.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

In early November, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercepted a Burkan-2 ballistic missile targeted at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport. Yemen’s Houthi-controlled defense ministry has taken the credit for the launch—but given the extent of the Iranian sway over the Houthi...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

This week the US Department of Justice Criminal Division forced the Russian-funded television network RT (formerly Russia Today) to register as a “foreign agent” under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

The Russia-gate hysteria has jumped the Atlantic with Europeans blaming Russia for Brexit and Catalonian discontent. But what about Israeli influence operations or, for that matter, American ones, asks Robert Parry.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

New figures published this week on obscene inequality show how the capitalist economic system has become more than ever deeply dysfunctional. Surely, the depraved workings of the system pose the greatest threat to societies and international security. Yet, Western leaders are preoccupied instead...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Doing this is crucial for the health of the democracy of these countries, and it is also crucial for us. If the events of this past weekend are any indication, one day the American public may wake up to an Eastern Europe whose governments overwhelmingly draw inspiration and legitimacy from...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

It is not possible to overstate the power of certain constituencies and corporate lobbies in the United States. These pressure groups, joined by powerful government agencies, many of which have secret agendas that focus on national security, constitute what is increasingly being recognized as “...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Reports say that in devastating attacks on security personnel in Kandahar and Farah provinces on successive nights on Monday and Tuesday, Taliban used night vision technology and laser weapons. Unofficial accounts put Afghan casualties at over 70 security personnel.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Although the US has many times stated that its target is IS only, it appears that its intentions may go beyond the stated objective. In fact, Washington is seeking to retain post-conflict zones of influence within the country, where the American presence is illegal.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The PM announced that the next election would officially take place on March 29, 2019. As recent polls show, if another general election was held today, it would result in a Labor Party victory. The situation is desperate.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Arriving behind the anti-Trump “resistance” and the Russia-gate “scandal” is a troubling readiness to silence dissent in the U.S., shutting down information that challenges Official Narratives, writes Robert Parry.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The Chinese have a genius for pithy expressions and few are more packed with meaning, while immediately understandable, than "paper tiger". NATO is one, but paper tigers that overestimate their powers can be dangerous.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Already we are seeing ISIS and other terrorist groups take advantage of these complex challenges in the continent. The attacks seen in Somalia, Burkina Faso and Niger could be a precursor for wider terrorist atrocities in Africa, especially given that ISIS is looking to recuperate and establish...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

America’s “Deep State,” which extends to Saudi Arabia and to a number of other Governments — it’s an international network — is deeply committed to supporting the fundamentalist-Sunni war to conquer and destroy Shia Islam, and not merely to conquer the leading Shia nation, which is Iran, Eric...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

The idea of creating an independent European defense potential has its pros and cons but one thing is indisputable - only a truly European force - not an assortment of national armies operating under the auspices of US-led NATO - can really protect European interests.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

On the eve of the East Asia Summit now under way in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia and India met in Manila on Sunday to discuss the issues of security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

There is a lot that is wrong in the United Kingdom at the moment, but the Israeli scandal is the most squalid pantomime yet to be revealed in the tenure of the present administration.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

President Trump is getting mocked for “trusting” Vladimir Putin’s denial about “meddling” in U.S. politics — and not accepting Official Washington’s groupthink — but ridicule isn’t evidence, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Saudi Arabia’s monarchy is bombing Yemen, locking up domestic rivals and stirring up trouble in Lebanon, while a slow-burning confrontation continues against Qatar which could split the Gulf Cooperation Council, says Paul Cochrane.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Western politicians have been resorting to blame-shifting tactic increasingly often. Each and everything going awry in the world is the fault of Russia. The drive of peoples for independence is a good example. Take Catalonia to illustrate the point.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

As the APEC summit drew nearer, it became clear that the Russian president would not bring any agenda to Vietnam that suggested a willingness to reverse course or offer major concessions to U.S. preferences regarding Russian policy on North Korea, Syria, Iran and Ukraine.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Thanks to the discordant foreign policy of President Barack Obama and his secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, Libya, once the gem for high-living standards in Africa, is today a failed state.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

Summing up the recent events in the Middle East leads to the conclusion that the threat of a Saudi-Iranian war is looking increasingly credible as tensions rise in the Middle East.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

...Intense anti-Russian sentiment in America risks the unthinkable – possible catastrophic nuclear war, humanity’s survival at stake.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The Silk Road, renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is developing infrastructure along land and sea trade routes. However, little is known about China’s initiative in the Arctic Circle, which represents a new route that Beijing is now able to develop thanks to technology together with the...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The United States cannot do much capacity building in nations such as Niger. The country’s military forces will fight ISIS once they have a firsthand experience of what that is like, in their own ways.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The bottom half of humans own next to nothing, but they own as much as the world’s richest 80 individuals do, because though the bottom half are poor, there are 3.79 billion of them.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Syria was wisely chosen as an issue to be addressed at the APEC summit because it provides an opportunity to limit the damage in Russian-American relations. Like it or not, Russia is too important to make a dialogue imperative.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

What’s going on in Saudi Arabia?  Over 200 bigwigs detained and billions of ‘illegal profits’ of some $800 billion confiscated.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

On Friday they met, shock hands, chatted briefly, and stood side-by-side, posing for the traditional “family photo” at the Danang, Vietnam APEC summit.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-12 - Original post - cached version

May's domestic agenda is going nowhere as everything in the UK now revolves around its departure from the EU. Her party conference speech was a disaster and she projected anything but an image of a strong and stable leader and government.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

The Russian Project 22800 (Karakurt-class) missile corvette, named Typhoon, is to be launched in November at the shipbuilding company Pella in St. Petersburg. It will enter service in 2018. The first corvette of this class, Uragan, was launched in July 2017 and is also to enter service next year...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to problems with credibility, though, U.S. leaders also need to look in the mirror. Washington’s conduct in Libya was a case of brazen duplicity. It is hardly a surprise if North Korea (or other countries) now regard the United States as an untrustworthy negotiating partner.

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

There’s no indication that President Donald Trump’s summit with China’s Xi Jinping achieved any breakthrough on North Korea. But why didn’t it? After all, Trump said that China could “fix” the North Korea problem “easily and quickly” and it was just a matter of Xi’s making up his mind to do so...

Strategic Culture - 2017-11-11 - Original post - cached version

Buried deep inside a new U.N. report is evidence that could exonerate the Syrian government in the April 4 sarin atrocity and make President Trump look like an Al Qaeda dupe, reports Robert Parry.

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