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The New World Order - Novus Ordo Mundi - El Nuevo Orden Mundial
 
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World's oldest democracy turns into dictatorship
                  
                  
                  
22.05.2012


It is an open secret that the USA, or the US-led policy, to be more precise, has been earning the reputation of the "world gendarme" even though this term appeared first in the Russian Empire, during the reign of Nicholas I. There is every reason to believe that one of the oldest democracies in the world is playing up to those who play havoc.

Western democracies borrowed a lot from dictatorships. Having become the superpower after the two world wars, the United States was especially distinctive at this point. The country combined the political concepts of its former metropolis and the brainwashing experience practiced by the totalitarian regimes of Europe and Asia.

The UK, like magnet, has always been attracting genuine and artificial victims of various regimes. The UK gave shelter to world-famous writers, such as Voltaire and Herzen, political and religious dissidents, thieves and fraudsters like Russia's oligarch in disgrace Boris Berezovsky and even terrorists like Akhmed Zakayev.

As for the things borrowed from dictators, one may receive an impression about it from the videos that show how US kids honor their presidents. Those who saw the archived footage of congratulations and little girls holding bouquets of flowers and sitting on Stalin's and Hitler's lap can understand where something is coming from.

In accordance with the political anatomy of the United States, something comes from the White House and the State Department. Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng escaped from house arrest at the end of April. Having reached Beijing, he received shelter at the US Embassy. Prior to Hillary Clinton's visit to China, Chinese officials publicly asked Washington not to interfere in the matter.

A bit later, Guangcheng asked the Chinese administration to arrange his study trip to the USA. After the Chinese government promised Guangcheng to send him abroad to study, the political activist started worrying about his relatives that were going to stay in China. Judging by the recent news reports, the man is to study at the law department of the New York University.

In the beginning of May, the US State Department urged the Turkmen administration to release two prisoners - Annagurban Amanklychev and Sapardury Khajiyev. The two men - journalists and human rights activists - found themselves in prison after they took part in the preparation of the documentary that criticized then-President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov. The Turkmen authorities do not rush to follow the recommendation. They realize that everyone knows the addresses of US embassies without the Yellow Pages.

Just try to imagine: Pravda.Ru starts to insult the government of the USA, China, Turkmenistan, etc. The publication would have to go on trial for that. However, we have one single country that protects those who rock political situation in their own states. The USA gets away with it well. Is there an international tribunal that could consider such lawsuits?

It is clear that human rights activists approve of such manners. However, they are obviously not going to like it if their political adversaries are granted shelter. We have paradox in this case. Human rights activists can not be referred to as advocates of human rights, just because they advocate only their own rights, rather than absolute right.

Igor Bukker, Pravda.Ru         
         
         
 
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Terrorism made in USA
                                       
                                       
22.05.2012



By Rui Paz

On May 7th, the Obama administration announced that the U.S. had managed to avoid a bomb attack on an airliner. The next day, Hillary Clinton accused "terrorists" of using "wicked and terrible methods" and trying to "kill innocent people."

But a few hours later, it was discovered that the "terrible" plan of slaughter of the innocents had come from the CIA itself and would be executed by its collaborators.

It is not the first time that Washington has triggered acts of terrorism whose authors and performers maintain links to U.S. intelligence services. Since President Jimmy Carter signed the July 3, 1979 policy of secret aid to Afghanistan mujahideens (Brezinski), the U.S. government and its allies began to work with Saudi terrorist groups, such as Bin Laden.

In the future, one of the greatest difficulties for historians in analyzing the events of the last four decades will be knowing the Washington establishment's contributions to the spread of the phenomenon of international terrorism. As we have seen once again in the terrible explosions of May 10 in Damascus, which killed dozens of Syrians, these acts of terrorism coincide with the interventionist strategy of imperialism in the region.

What is the role of members or collaborators infiltrated by the CIA and other allied secret intelligence services of western powers in these terrorist massacres ?   To what extent and which certain organizations are already under partial or total control of imperialism in order to intervene actively to whip up ethnic and religious conflicts between Shiites and Sunnis, with the aim of establishing chaos, dividing and conquering or weakening regimes and governments that do not surrender to Western interests?

Don't forget the recent FBI lie about an attempted bombing by the Iranian secret services against the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Washington that led to sending notes from the State Department to embassies worldwide. The secret services and U.S. government work together to visibly deceive public opinion.

In the commission's final report on September 11, 2001, the terrorist component from the Balkans is spoken of only a few times in a total of 567 pages, despite having played an important role in the attacks in New York. According to the author of "Jihad reached Europe,"   Jürgen Elsässer, the reason is simple:   "the friends of Bin Laden in the Balkans were on the payroll of the CIA."

Certain terrorist forces and groups are passed off as allies to enemies of the USA and NATO, and vice-versa.   The killing of Bin Laden, among other elements, was also officially presented as presumable or declared adversaries of Washington.   While the US government claims to be "fighting terrorism" in statements, they are actively cleaning up traces of collaboration between the Pentagon, the CIA and terrorist bombing groups whose interests coincided or coincide with those of Washington.

It is absolutely necessary that an institution such as the UN speaks out against the killings without trial by a state that calls itself "right". Otherwise one runs the risk of barbarism becoming institutionalized with the complicity and cover of an international organization that, according to its Charter, should preserve the norms of international law.
      
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The US State department and CIA started very dangerous game on destabilization of a political situation in Lebanon and to advance of radical Islamic groups to the power. The irresponsible and not thought over activity of Obama's Administration in Lebanon creates serious threat of national security of Israel, the ally of Russia in fight against the international terrorism.
 
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Putin does not see USA as strategic partner
                  
                  
                  
23.05.2012



Putin's refusal to visit the G8 summit in Camp David came quite a surprise to the US administration. However, after taking some time off, the US authorities unexpectedly released a number of statements that said that they had realized their mistakes and wanted to be friends with Putin. Putin does not mind, although he has his own conditions for such friendship. The recent events show that the Russian president is plotting a big game. This is not an anti-Western turn in Russia's politics, of course. It goes about the priorities of Russia's foreign politics.

US President was eager to see Putin at the summit. Obama was going to discuss the plans of the new long-term agreement to cut the US and Russian nuclear arsenals.

US media reported that the agreement became Obama's huge achievement in the field of foreign politics and a retrospective excuse for his Nobel Peace Prize. However, Putin made it clear that neither the USA nor any other country of the G8 were included on the list of Russia's priorities in foreign politics.

Putin's "reset" raised many eyebrows in the West. Many Western journalists started saying that Putin deliberately wanted to humiliate Obama, and that Obama let Putin insult him. It took Obama one week to think the problem over. The US President refused to take part in the APEC summit, which is going to take place in Russia's Vladivostok in September.

Ariel Cohen, a specialist for Russia with Heritage Foundation, said that Putin's move exposed his low opinion about the sitting US administration. According to Cohen, this is a fair opinion. The Clinton-Nuland-McFaul chain is inconsistent.

It would be enough to recollect Clinton's statements about Moscow's   "family ties" with Assad or her remarks about "despicable" Russia. Then the US Ambassador to Russia stated that one should remove Putin from Russian politics at all costs. So many unprofessional people in such a key direction of politics is a question of Obama's competence.

As for achievements in the US-Russian bilateral relations, during the recent times, one may only point out the new routes for the delivery of cargoes for NATO's forces in Afghanistan via Russia and the completion of the works on Russia's membership in the WTO.

The stories of US foster parents torturing their Russia-adopted children, the fabricated case against Viktor Bout, the recognition of Japan's sovereignty over four southern Kurile islands, the refusal to officially guarantee Russia's safety in light of the development of the European missile defense system, the appointment of Michael McFaul as the US Ambassador to Russia, the misinterpretation of the UN's 1973 resolution on Libya drew much bigger response in Russia.

To crown it all, the US constantly and impudently tries to interfere in Russia's internal affairs. When Putin refused to go to the G8 summit, some US officials said that Putin was trying to create an external enemy to distract people's attention from his own persona in Russia. It probably goes about the participants of the meetings in Moscow, "whose arrests contradicted to the interests of the USA and Russia."

Putin made it clear that his policy would be tough. One may recollect the episode when Clinton could not reach Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov regarding the Syrian problem for a whole day. It became clear later that Lavrov was simply ignoring her.

However, it was reported on May 17th that Washington was ready to consider Moscow's inquiry about the delivery of Viktor Bout to his homeland. Bout, a Russian citizen, was sentenced to 25 years in jail in April.

Afterwards, a NATO official suddenly said that Russia could become an element of "smart defense". It goes about the project, according to which NATO members would execute military goals depending on the specialization that they choose. "Smart defense," the official added, could lay the foundation for the future cooperation between Russia and NATO.

Putin wrote in his latest pre-election article about the creation of joint space from Lisbon to Vladivostok. It means that Putin does not even consider the United States as a possible partner in creating the joint economic and political space. His plan is to play up to the rise of the prices on oil and gas, to try to break the Atlantic unity and to create the joint economic space on the Eurasian continent.

   

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Secret prisons in the USA: A current controversy
                                          
                                       
24.05.2012


International organizations and human rights activists denounce the United States for maintaining secret prisons in various countries, where prisoners of the so-called war against terrorism are abused and tortured.

They are the subject of the controversial issue of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prisons recently uncovered, after reviewing a case statement which dates from 2002 and 2003, such as a denunciation against such prisons in Poland.

Specialists are of the opinion that the transmission of the case by the Attorney from Warsaw to Krakow is an attempt by the Polish authorities to attenuate the effects of a scandal that is gaining ground, commented the newspaper The Voice of Russia.

Thus, a delegation headed by the Chairman of the Committee on Civil Liberties and Interior Affairs of the European Parliament, Juan Fernández-López Aguilar, demanded an inquiry last April about the secret prisons in Lithuania, recognized by the Government in October 2011.

This year, it was learned that the alleged al-Qaeda member, Abu Zubaydah, arrested and a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 10 years ago, was moved from Morocco to Jordan via a Lithuanian prison, in the so-called CIA "secret flights," a publication reported.

The euro deputies also dialogued with representatives of the Lithuanian Institute of Observation of Human Rights and the Civil Air Administration of the country for data on the alleged connivance of that Executive to support the "extraordinary rendition program," initiated in 2001 by the administration of George W. Bush.

American civil servants exerted strong pressure so that arrest warrants did not apply against CIA officials linked to the kidnapping of a German citizen mistakenly classified as a terrorist in 2003, revealed the site Wikileaks.

John M. Koenig, of the U.S. mission in Berlin, threatened the Teutonic government for   "carefully measuring each step of their involvement in their relationship with the United States," in the case of Khaled Masri, a German of Lebanese descent.

Masri said that he was detained on the border with Macedonia, sent to a secret prison and tortured before it was recognized that it was a mistake and they freed him, enumerated the New York Times.

However, Washington also employed war ships from the Navy to locate defendants far away from judicial court procedures established for their detention.

The association of British Jurists Reprieve, revealed in detail the secret CIA flights, in a report produced in 2009, explaining that the White House would have chosen to escape any legal action by installing secret prisons in warships that cross international waters.

Identified were at least 17 floating prisons, including the USS Ashland, USS Bataan and USS Peleliu, amphibious assault ships that have the particularity of having easy prison cells, the British newspaper, The Guardian, pointed out.

Since 2001, more than 80,000 people have passed through these prisons, it said.

The scandal of secret CIA prisons exploded in February 2005, after several revelations in the Washington Post.

Data published by the newspaper confirmed that the CIA hid the most dangerous al-Qaeda terrorists in what are called Black Sites (Dark Places) located in Eastern Europe, such as Lithuania, Poland and Romania, and the others listed as "allies."

In these prisons, the inmates were subjected to psychological pressure and torture, such as a mock drowning, sleep deprivation and other interrogation methods banned by the UN Convention on Human Rights, the newspaper added.

An expert from the International Institute of Humanitarian Research Policy of Poland, Vladimir Bruter, explained that Washington used its allies in order to not violate the law on their own territory.

The existence of U.S. prisons in several countries is illegal, and it is clear that it will reverberate negatively on President Barack Obama, who aspires for reelection in approximately six months, warned Bruter.

Despite being an election promise, the Democratic administration has failed to close the controversial prison at Guantanamo, where like in Abu Ghraib (Iraq) and Bagram (Afghanistan), prisoners were tortured, as seen in photos that show the vexations that sparked public criticism in 2006.

During his tenure, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the CIA and the military in Iraq to employ "hard" and "precise" interrogation techniques on suspects arrested after the attacks of September 11, 2001.

He also gave the green light, with the connivance of higher ups in positions in the administration of George W. Bush, for the installation of secret prisons around the world.

Prensa Latina

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NATO is not the World Community
                                             
                                             
24.05.2012


Ban Ki-Moon stated yesterday that the inclusion of Afghanistan at the NATO meeting in Chicago sends a clear message that the International Community will not abandon this troubled Central Asian nation. First, why is it troubled, and second, NATO may be part of the International Community but does not represent the World Community.

Another NATO Summit, this time closely on the heels of a G-8 Summit without the presence of Vladimir Putin who did not want to take part in the back-slapping among partners who once again breached international law and once again launched a murderous terrorist attack upon a sovereign nation - Libya; a summit without the presence of India, of Brazil, or the People's Republic of China, no representative from Africa or Latin America or Oceania.

Another NATO Summit, more back-slapping among the proponents of the arms lobby who use these meetings to perpetuate the existence of this clique which provides hundreds of billions of dollars to those who control the foreign policies of its member states - totally unelected - wholly against the precepts of their Constitutions.

Another NATO Summit, trying to find solutions for a destabilised Afghanistan. And why is Afghanistan destabilised? Because NATO destabilised it back in the 1970s, sending in terrorists to fight against the only socially progressive governments the country has ever had, which launched universal and inclusive education programmes, implemented women's rights, fought against the feudal fiefdoms of the warlords, its only option being to call in the armed forces of the country which was supporting these social projects, the Soviet Union.

Another NATO Summit, supporting war lords, drug traffickers and the Karzai government which NATO leaders themselves have abhorred for its rampant corruption, a government which in the eyes of many was not even democratically elected, but then again, what is democracy to NATO, if not a word to use and abuse but never to practise?

How democratic is NATO? Why does it dictate the foreign policies of its members as it siphons off billions of dollars of the citizens' hard-earned tax money? Who elected NATO? Why did NATO not allow the Jamahiriya Government in Libya to hold a free and fair democratic election? Why does NATO support terrorists in Libya? Why did NATO troops have boots on the ground against UNSC regulations? Why did NATO openly take sides in a civil conflict? Why did NATO strafe civilian structures with military hardware? Why did NATO strafe the Libyan water supply? Why did NATO attack the electricity grid? Why did NATO bomb civilian factories? Why did NATO murder children in their homes? Why did NATO attack Libyan Armed Forces personnel with helicopters while helping terrorists who committed atrocities, sliced the breasts off women in the streets, raped girls, tortured, burnt, looted, pillaged?

So by seeing what represents NATO, we also see what NATO represents. Maybe it represents the International Community, that wonderful expression invented by a United Nations Organization which pretends on one hand to be a humanitarian organization but in fact whose foreign policy bankrolls and whitewashes NATO's imperialist schemes, in Serbia, in Iraq, in Libya, in Syria.

It certainly does not represent the World Community of citizens and nations who respect international law, who regard debate and discussion and dialogue as the fundamental precepts of policy development and the UN Security Council, not the barrel of a gun or the cowardly imposition of democracy from 30,000 feet, as the forum for crisis management.

It becomes increasingly clear that the only way to stop a coward is a show of strength. The more NATO rears its demonic head, the greater the need for an enlarged and effective CSTO.
      
         
            
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Is this the end?
                                          
                                       
24.05.2012

   

by Jagdish Keshav


As I write this piece, many things are happening around us, some visible and   some aren't.

A bit of a blast from the past took place recently when Vladimir Putin refused to attend the G-8 summit at Camp David and instead sent his buddy and right hand man, Dmitry Medvedev, to oversee Russia's role. It was kind of reminder of the cold-war era, yes, 'Russia is strong and getting stronger and you better notice it' kind of a message was passed on. Did it have its effect? Maybe. Barrack Obama replied with the announcement of his absence from the APEC meeting to be held at Vladivostok. So?

In the not too distant past, BRICS countries had a summit meeting in New Delhi. The finance ministers representing these up and coming economies drafted and agreed to a resolution that will certainly have some ominous message to the world of finance. The current IRC (International Reserve Currency), the US Dollar, was relegated to a unknown spot as these ministers decided that trade amongst themselves shall be carried on in their respective currencies and not in the US Dollar anymore.

The economies of these five countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and the new entrant to the group, South Africa, already control more than 40% of the current world economy. So once this decision to ignore the (once) almighty US Dollar falls into its place, there will be loud rumblings heard on Wall Street and Bond Street where the present planning and execution of the what the world should be, takes place.

There is a possibility that apart from forming a political block, BRICS nations may go one step beyond. No, it is not expansion of   any cultural exchanges between themselves, but they may form an alliance of a military type, obviously dissimilar to the platform NATO is built on. Though geographically BRICS countries diverge, a political will of sorts may soon form on the yet unannounced alliance.

Of course, these five nations are already regional powers to be reckoned with, not only economically but militarily as well. If and when that happens, the unipolar world we reside in, and which has witnessed horrific unilateral military actions that have consumed many a thousand lives, may see its final days.

The imperialistic actions of a few countries the once ruled the planet, the ex-colonial powers may as well begin to count their days as the supreme or the reigning powers on the global arena. Yes, the sun does set on empires and wanna-be empire makers!

That point will be printed in bold letters and will be the writing on the wall, so to speak for all concerned to read and comprehend. Oh, believe me, this is not at all a wishful thought of an under-fed, undernourished, eternally under a master's whip resident of a deprived third world country. It is a reality bound by the forces of nature to happen. Nature does have some laws to balance certain perspectives, you know.

To a change of latitudes and longitudes, Europe is witnessing a never before turmoil once again created by man. The bankers based in London and New York, including the infamous leech called the IMF, are the main entities involved.

Austerity is being forced on the working class of Europe while the elite and the wealthy are prospering more and more every single hour it seems. The chasm is widening ever so dangerously, and this may create anarchy in parts of Europe, that has never seen it.

For example, Greece is on a historic route that will either make her stay within the Eurozone or come out of it. If the latter becomes a fact, then all the debt it owes to European Central banks and IMF will have to be written off.

Spain, Portugal and Italy will follow the developments very keenly, I presume, since they themselves have serious issues with their economies. Not that once reigning monarchs of the globe are doing any better!

The UK is in double digit recession. They were quiet for a while, but only now they have dared to come out in public and make this announcement.

France isn't any better. With Francois Hollande now at the helm, his concentration is geared towards progress rather than cutting down, following austerity measures the banks and IMF are so keen on.

So now the inevitable has to happen. The Euro as we know it may face a certain collapse and so will US Dollar. That leaves many with a question mark. Assuming these factors, will this reality on the ground force the hegemonistic attitudes of the ex-colonialists to be halted once and for all?

Talking about Globalisation, yes it did achieve its purpose in a few ways. It made the world smaller, especially for a few. The merchant class were the ones who benefited the most with conduits to trade open far and wide to enable them to access all nooks and corners of most of the world.

This phenomenon called Globalisation created, more than anything, consumerism amongst the population, but did not auger well at all in any social or economic benefits for any. Now with the inevitable collapse and destruction of the IRC, this phenomenon will be a part of the dustbin of history soon.

But yes, at the same time, imitations of this phenomenon will stay put. Trading blocks are being set up in South America, ALBA being in the forefront. Similarly, Asia and Africa are treading on the same path.

That leaves Europe and the US more isolated in the shape of things to come. The South or the Latin American community have made themselves clear that they do not have to depend on US aid, help, trade or whatever for their developmental plans.

Yes, the local economies of Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua, to name a few, have ventured on a different path that unifies them against the past domination of the US and its policies towards them.   Their economies are on the upswing, more concentrated on the socio-economic well being of their subjects, unlike in the past. There is a lot of clarity now in the total picture of what is going on in many parts of the world.

To summarise the entire issue, a new world order that the ex-colonial powers pictured is changing to something else. A new world order where justice, equality and fraternity amongst nations may soon come to pass during this generation that certainly will auger well for the gen-next.

The powers of this unipolar world, out of frustration or desperation, may try some misadventure. Something they have already started is in Syria where they see once the Bashar govt is decimated, the road from Damascus to Tehran will be easily traversable! No!

It is not going to be another tragedy such as that which befell Iraq and Libya. For the antagonist forces are much stronger this time and will not let this happen as in the recent past that saw two sovereign nations decimated, tens of thousands vanquished, all in the name of hegemony, oil and greed!

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Lisa Karpova, Pravda.Ru


By the way, the Russian banks received the circular, ordering to reduce stocks of euro and dollars at the expense of increase in stocks of the Chinese, Australian, Malaysian currency...
 
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USA prepares open intervention in Mexico?
                  
                  
                  
25.05.2012



The closer the presidential elections in Mexico, the more brazen is the campaign on television and in the media, designed to convince voters that the polls by a wide margin are led by the new protégé of the U.S. State Department, Enrique Peña Nieto. However, a preliminary vote in the largest universities in the country showed that the number of votes for the leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is 85 percent. Lopez Obrador in his election campaign is betting on politically active young people and social networks. In its form it is similar to the "Arab spring", but in essence it is very different.

Mexico is a major U.S. foothold in Latin America and the only country in the region that, without limitation, lost its sovereignty under the pressure of its aggressive policy. The direct control of the territories of Canada and Mexico is discussed in the statutes of the so-called "Northern Command", created in October of 2002.

The document states that all of North America from Alaska to the Mexican state of Chiapas is under the unified command of the Pentagon. In everyday life, the U.S. rules the country through the representation of the DEA and other special services under the pretext of combating drug trafficking, blackmailing with strengthening of immigration laws. Over 12 million Mexicans reside in the U.S.

Making sure that the candidate of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) Hozefina Vazquez Mota will lose in the first round of the elections on July 1, the United States made a bet on the leader of another right Institutional Revolutionary Party (PIR). Much is at stake: if Lopez Obrador wins, the plan Merida, supposedly coordinating the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, and in fact controlling nearly all spheres of the government, will be threatened.

Therefore, to ensure the victory of Peña Nieto, television and the media got involved. Public opinion polls where Peña Nieto leads by a margin of 20 points, are being broadcasted. However, the real numbers show Nieto's advantage of only eight to nine points with recent negative changes. He contributed to this once he could not name the authors of three books that influenced his life, the price of tortillas and was grossly mistaken when estimating subsistence level, reducing it by half.

Of course, it was necessary to imporve the image of "the new president of Mexico," as the U.S. calls him, so Peña was asked to speak against the prospect of legalizing drugs to tackle drug-related crime. However, it is clear to everyone that in domestic policy he will continue the liberal policy of President Calderon, who for four years of his reign, according to the Center for Economic Analysis of the Department of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, led to an increase in unemployment from 6.5 to 8.7 million.

López Obrador who leads the National Revival Movement of the left (Movimiento Regeneración Nacional - MRN) has the opposite position. If he becomes president, he will join the leftist governments of Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and will become an ally of the more radical left-wing bloc of ALBA. In 2006, Washington decided to challenge López Obrador by falsifying the election results. Undoubtedly, this will be done now. The price of the issue is too high.

So far, everything is done in order to discredit Obrador. In the media he is presented as a "secret admirer of Chávez." Meanwhile, his program is a real alternative, and has a different solution for the problem of combating drug trafficking that costs Mexico 50,000 lives. Lopez Obrador rejects the current strategy of the "war on drug cartels," used by Washington and the Calderon government to justify the use of the U.S. Army in the Mexican territory.

The fight against drug crime will be continued by the police and other specific and relevant bodies. Obrador promises to invalidate the agreements of the administration of Calderon with the U.S. humiliating to the national sovereignty, in particular, the plan of Merida. He opposes the privatization of Petroleos Mexicanos, advocates for the "sovereignty" of food and the creation of seven thousand jobs for young professionals.

Ignored by television, Lopez Obrador has adopted social networks. On his appeal on Sunday, May 20, rallies and marches took place not only in major cities in Mexico, but also in Argentina, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Spain, and the United States. Preliminary elections were conducted in the largest universities of the country that showed that young people support Obrador by a margin of 80-85 percent.

Another evidence of his strength is the fact that the National Security Committee of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress held a meeting on the impact of possible changes in strategy by the next president of Mexico. The U.S. experts do not rule it out. "This would be a very serious blow to the efforts we have made over the past six years in the government of Felipe Calderon," said DEA Special Agent Douglas Coleman.

The fate of Mexico will depend on the activity of the young voters who have always been passive in the past. This is 14 million people, of which 3.5 million will vote for the first time. The U.S. should keep Mexico at whatever cost, and if the peaceful solution does not work, a pretext for an invasion is being prepared.

On April 3 at the summit of North America (United States, Mexico and Canada), President Obama said: "We see the increasing power of those involved in drug trafficking in the countries close to us. I think we should be concerned with what's happening in Mexico and Central America, because when there are families, women and innocent children who are shot on the streets, that's everyone's problem, not just their problem." What is this if not an occasion for an open U.S. intervention in Mexico?

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Libya, Syria and the defeat of Western diplomacy
                                             
                                          
31.05.2012



Westphalia (1648) set the principles, Helsinki (1975) laid the rules; in 1991, the playground bully started running amok, after subverting the terms of the Helsinki Final Act by a new form of imperialism in the 70s and 80s, using civilian populations as a means to create a casus belli or achieve a means to an end. The bottom line: Don't trust them!

The backdrop was Afghanistan, the tool the Mujahedin and the target was Afghanistan's only socially progressive government, where women's rights were guaranteed, along with universal education, free medical treatment and everything else NATO has been happy to destroy in the last fifty years.

With the counter-weight to NATO removed with the voluntary dissolution of the USSR in 1991, the playground bully started running amok, firstly interfering in the Balkans, arming separatist groups and creating the conditions for the Balkans Wars; secondly interfering in Kosovo by creating the KLA (UÇK) and using Islamist terrorists against Serbia; thirdly lying to create a casus belli in Iraq ("Weapons of Mass Destruction posed an immediate threat to the USA and its allies" - anyone remember that bullshit?) and with the UNO set to defeat the legal route, they chose the illegal one outside the UNSC and invaded anyway; fourthly the false flag events in Libya where the Government was wrongly accused of starting the problem by bombing civilians when the reality was that hundreds of armed terrorists had been unleashed by the west, raping, murdering, torching and torturing and when the authorities tried to restore order, the No Fly Zone turned into Mission Creep as China and Russia were informed the details would be filled in later.

The conclusion? Never, ever trust them again. Libya was the line in the sand, the line that NATO in general and the FUKUS Axis (France, UK and US) in particular crossed with boots on the ground, arming and supporting a terrorist faction in a civil war of their own making, strafing government troops trying to protect civilians, turning a blind eye to the horrific atrocities committed by the terrorists they had armed and financed. As the line in the sand was crossed, the line which stands for common decency, the line which defines diplomatic norms and good relations among the international community, so were the rules of diplomacy broken, so was the history book of international relations ripped into shreds, so were all the conventions and legal precedents created since Westphalia relegated to the gutter.

And the result has been that since 1991, the contribution of the West has been appalling: the Balkans War, the Kosovo War, the Afghanistan War, the Iraq War, the Libyan War and now, Syria, where armed terrorists have once again been used to sow chaos, to murder, rape and pillage, so as to create a humanitarian cause for intervention as the facts are turned on their head, as the news is twisted and as the truth is misrepresented, using demonology and a hostile media to create a monster out of a saint and to sanctify the demon they created to serve their own interests.

They lied time and time again, they lied about WMD in Iraq, they copied and pasted nonsense from the Internet and then changed it cynically to dupe a gullible public spoon-fed "wow! and ah!" stories on the news to a backdrop of drumbeats and external threats, creating the "them" which justifies the "us"; they demonised the Serbs in the Balkans from day one, forgetting what happened to the Serbs in Krajina and elsewhere, they overlooked the atrocities of the KLA against civilians and Hashim Thaçi's boasts that the Albanians carried out terrorist attacks. Then in Libya, they lied about Colonel Gaddafi and overlooked his humanitarian projects bringing e-learning and telemedicine to hundreds of millions of people across Africa.

As for Afghanistan, time will tell the full story of the Twin Towers and the Afghanistan connection, suffice it to say that already in 1998 the Afghanistan project was in place, as Mullah Mohammed Omar himself said in an interview with Dawn magazine, since removed from the Net like so many other documents and photographic evidence.

And today, inexorably, the schoolyard bully turns on Syria, once again arming terrorists and once again lying and manipulating photographic evidence to demonise the saint and sanctify the demon, as the circus prepares to move further eastwards to Iran, which is already being accused of creating nuclear weapons and as Mother Russia sees herself surrounded by a vice grip from the Baltic States in the north around to her entire western frontier, to the south-west and now to the south as the Iranian sword is prepared to be thrust into her belly. "NATO will not move eastwards". Remember those words?

Don't trust them! Don't give them any leeway whatsoever in the UNSC; give them a hand and they grab an arm and a leg. Libya was the line in the sand, they crossed it and destroyed their credibility for the foreseeable future with their Mission Creep, wholly predicted in this column from day 1. They did it before, they will do it again. They will use any excuse to arm any number of UN troops as a means to launch another spectacular mission creep.

The schoolyard bully understands one thing and one thing only: when the brothers of his victims line up in front of him, pull his face up to theirs, look into his eyes and inform him that they will smash his face down the other side of his cowardly little neck if he so much as dares to overstep the line again.

You do not use kids as a cynical excuse for starting a war, especially not if you are responsible for the trouble in the first place and for arming those who murdered them. Is that clear?   
   
   
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Report: Russian intelligence suspects US hand in SuperJet crash
   

Although aviation experts dismissed Russian intelligence's suspicions of a US hand in the May 9 plane crash in Indonesia, the many unanswered questions about the crash fuel conspiracy theories.                     
                                          
By Fred Weir, Correspondent / May 24, 2012
   
   
Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, suspects that US-inspired industrial espionage may have caused the May 9 crash in Indonesia of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 – Russia's only hopeful entry in the civilian aviation market – according to Moscow's leading tabloid newspaper, the usually reliable and officially connected Komsomolskaya Pravda.

While most Russian aviation experts contacted today dismissed the sabotage theory, they say there is a deepening mystery about how Russia's most modern civil aircraft, with all its systems apparently functioning perfectly, came to slam into the side of a mile-high volcano during a routine demonstration flight.

"All the theories put forward so far are badly flawed, there is a shortage of hard information and there are a lot of irresponsible rumors," says Roman Gusarov, editor of Avia.ru, an online aviation journal. "I am afraid that Russia is not going to emerge from this story without taking a black eye."


Citing an unnamed GRU general, Komsomolskaya Pravda claimed that electronic jamming of the plane's on board equipment is the most plausible explanation for how the jet, which was making a demonstration flight out of Jakarta airport with 45 people aboard, smashed into a mountainside even though an initial investigation has found that its terrain and collision avoidance systems were all functioning properly.

"We are investigating the theory that it was industrial sabotage," the GRU officer is quoted as saying. He said that Russian intelligence has long monitored the activities of US military electronic specialists at the Jakarta airport.

"We know that they have special equipment that can cut communications between an aircraft and the ground or interfere with the parameters on board," he said. "For example, the plane is flying at one altitude, but after interference from the ground onboard equipment shows another."

The investigation has so far turned up the plane's "black box" cockpit voice recorder, which shows that no system-failure alarms went off during the plane's final minutes, nor did the crew take any audible emergency action. But the aircraft's digital flight recorder, which monitors flight systems and engine performance, remains missing in the rough jungle terrain around Mount Salak, where at least seven other deadly air disasters have occurred.

Big questions

The biggest question about the crash is why the SuperJet's pilot, Alexander Yablontsev, one of Russia's most experienced test pilots, requested permission to descend amid a rainstorm in a notoriously mountainous area – and why a ground controller in Jakarta granted that permission.

"Maybe he didn't see that the plane was heading straight at the mountain. On the other hand, we don't rule out the possibility that this was deliberate industrial sabotage to drive our aircraft from the market," an unnamed official at Sukhoi, the plane's manufacturer, told Komsomolskaya Pravda. "Fortunately, we don't foresee any loss of orders [for the SuperJet]."

The SuperJet is a medium-range 100-seat airliner whose $35 million price tag makes it the ideal replacement for hundreds of aging Soviet-era planes on Russia's myriad of far-flung regional routes. It is also greatly hoped that the new plane will pull Russia's depressed and scandal-ridden aviation industry into the 21st century by succeeding on international markets against competitors like the Canadian Bombardier Inc. and the Brazilian Embraer SA.

It's not the first time Russian officials have blamed a technological disaster on foreign meddling. Earlier this year the head of the space agency Roskosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, hinted that the failure of the ambitious Phobos-Grunt probe to the moons of Mars might have been caused by US electronic jamming of the vehicle in the Earth's "radar shadow" where Russian controllers couldn't see it happening.

(Such speculations are not always necessarily wrong. In 2004 a former secretary of the Air Force and special adviser to President Ronald revealed in his book "At the Abyss: An Insider's History of the Cold War" that in the 1980s the CIA used cyber warfare to sabotage the USSR's trans-Siberian pipeline for delivering Soviet gas to Western Europe, which caused a massive "3-kiloton" blast that destroyed a huge section of the line. Some critics have labeled that account "rubbish").

Contradictory statements

Mr. Gusarov says that Sukhoi has handled the information side of the SuperJet disaster very badly.   

"From the very beginning they developed this plane as if it were a secret combat jet rather than a civil airliner," he says. "Now they're putting out contradictory statements, and making all sorts of premature declarations. For instance, how can they assert that there were no system failures based on an examination of the cockpit voice recorder alone?   

"Of course, all possible theories are bad. Either we have a fault with our newest and most hopeful plane, or with one of Russia's finest aircrews. So, finding a scapegoat, putting out a story about some malicious external force bent on wrecking the SuperJet is just the thing they needed."

Oleg Pantaleyev, an expert with Aviaport.ru, an online aviation news service, points out that the US does not produce this particular class of aircraft, and several foreign firms, including Boeing, have been involved in the SuperJet's development and have big stakes in its success.

"This is a difficult investigation because part of the black box is missing, and the terrain makes it very hard to retrieve all the plane's fragments," he says. "It takes time to complete a probe of this complexity, and we can't expect any hard conclusions soon.   

"It's this very lack of objective information plus low professional ethics that gives rise to all these rumors. They should be ignored."

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Putin wants Russia and China to join forces against the West
                  
                  
                  
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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in China on Tuesday, June 5th, for a two-day official visit. Putin plans to sign more than a dozen of various bilateral documents during his meetings with Chinese officials. On June 6-7, he will take part in the Beijing summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, RIA Novosti reports.

During his visit to China, Putin will coordinate the positions of the two countries on Syria and Iran. As for the SCO, the sides will discuss the questions related to the penetration of extremists to Central Asia.

Putin is making the trip to China against the background of the surging crisis on the financial market and the increasing pressure that the West has been putting on Russia and China in terms of the Syrian and Iranian problems. To crown it all, the withdrawal of NATO's troops from Afghanistan may put the national security of the two countries at risk. The discussion of the most serious problems of international politics will show to which extent Russia and China are close to each other.

The two powers do not accept the policies of the West the main goal of which is to change "non-democratic" regimes. China and Russia share similar views on Syria and Iran. The same can be said about the role of the United Nations in international affairs. Moscow and Beijing stand against the interventions in Arab countries bypassing the UN.

However, Russia promotes integration via the Eurasian alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization. China is less interested in these organizations. According to Chinese experts, Putin wants to get Russia involved in integration processes in Europe in the first place. Asia comes second for the Russian administration, they say.

China's People's Daily newspaper published Putin's article prior to his visit to the Celestial Empire. During his presidential campaign, Putin presented his program in the form of seven lengthy articles in the press.

The article published in the Chinese newspaper says that the commodity circulation between Russia and China in 2011 set a record level   - $83.5 billion. By 2015, Russia and China plan to reach $100 billion and $200 billion - by 2020, Putin wrote.

Even though the Russian-Chinese trade has reached a record level, Russia is not happy with the structure of it. Moreover, the structure of this trade hurts Russia's national pride. For China, Russia has become a supplier of raw materials and metals. In return, Russia imports technological products from China. It would not be correct to blame China for that, though. Chinese investors are concerned about the unfavorable climate for foreign entrepreneurs in Russia.

China needs more natural gas. Nevertheless, the agreement about the pipeline transportation of gas, which was achieved last year, has not materialized. Vice Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that the two countries still differ on prices.

Putin did not leave this issue out of attention in his article. He reminded of the launch of the Russian-Chinese oil pipeline, which already transported 15 million tons of oil last year. He also reminded of the long-term contract (25 years) for the shipment of Russia's electric power to China.

It is worthy of note that the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has been growing in the world during the recent years. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is going to arrive in Beijing too to take part in the conference of the organization. Putin intends to hold a separate meeting with him. Putin will also have a meeting with Afghan President Khamid Karzai.

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Bon Voyage, America !!
                                                
                                             
06.06.2012


By Imran Malik

The Chicago Summit sealed the withdrawal plan of the US/NATO/ISAF from Afghanistan. Although all present there tried to put up a very brave face yet it was obvious to all and sundry that the US/NATO/ISAF combine was leaving the Afghan Theater of War but hardly as victors! Victors in war have a different body language and a certain spring in their gait. None was apparent in Chicago and least of all in the Americans.

They appeared to be embittered, frustrated, irritated, agitated, angry, fuming, writhing in some sort of an internal agony. It came across as the pain of defeat, of failure. They seemed to be in too big a hurry to bring this colossal misadventure to a close, ASAP. And anyone, (read Pakistan) who was not playing ball or helping an orderly retreat from the region was unceremoniously and summarily snubbed and sidelined!

The Afghan campaign has been a resounding failure for the US and its coterie of submissive allies. Its failure has been epitomized by not only the whittling down of the Afghan campaign's strategic aims and objectives but also by an unseemly desire to egress from the region.

The failures of this sorry Afghan campaign are multifaceted.

Geopolitical Failure: By occupying the Central position (Afghanistan) in the region the US had intended to contain China, sit at the under belly of the Central Asian Republics (CARs) and by implication Russia's and deny them all an approach to oil rich Iran, the ME, the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf. By its departure by 2014 these grand objectives will go even further beyond reach. The US has also failed to install India as its regional plenipotentiary in Afghanistan! The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - SCO, will thus get enough breathing time and space to organize and exert itself as a viable and competing pole to the US in the region. This will reduce the US footprint and effectiveness in the region too with very far reaching geopolitical implications.

Geostrategic Failure: This has been by far the most pronounced failure of all. Al Qaeda and the Taliban have not been sufficiently decimated or neutralized to make them ineffective militant entities at the regional and international levels. Sure OBL has "ostensibly" been neutralized but that is yet subject to internationally and universally acceptable verification. Al Qaeda and the Taliban have not been successfully engaged in any sort of a political dialogue either to neutralize them. The terrorist threat though decimated is still a very potent reality (some elements may have re-located to the Arabian Peninsula) and the US/NATO/ISAF Combine will leave it as such as they abandon the region - once again! Elements like the Haqqani Network (HN) and the Tehrik -e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will never allow a US backed political dispensation to settle down and rule Afghanistan from a central location like Kabul and will keep the region on the boil. Pakistan's and Iran's nuclear programmes will continue as active vibrant entities and may go beyond the reach of immediate and proactive US oversight. So what has the US actually achieved here in real terms!

Geo-economic Failure: With its departure from Afghanistan the US dominance of the fossil and mineral riches of the South Central Asian Region (SCAR) and the Greater Middle East Region (GMER) fades away effectively. The known mineral riches of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the CARs, Iran et al will all move out of hawkish US control and oversight. The US will not be able to exercise the desired final say on the mining, refinement, export, trade and price of all these mineral resources. The western multinationals will not be able to exploit these riches as they probably would have had the US shown more staying power and resolve in the region. The New Silk Road Project (NSRP) that would connect Europe-the SCAR right upto India may yet be inordinately delayed.

Diplomatic failure: The US has failed to deal with a "red-hot" Pakistan. It should have co-opted both Pakistan and Iran, the two major countries in the region and the only two with unmatchable influences inside Afghanistan, in order to achieve her strategic objectives. Instead she managed to antagonise both. Thus she has been unable to find willing regional allies to help her win the war. She has classically failed to co-opt Pakistan's experienced and highly professional military, use her unmatchable geographical location, or exploit Pakistan's influence inside Afghanistan on a long term basis and to her advantage. Neither has she been able to "befriend or engage" or "divide and eliminate" the Taliban and Al Qaeda. It has also failed to engage the Taliban in meaning-ful result oriented negotiations to bring this disastrous military faux pas to an early and acceptable closure. As of now of all the regional and near-regional players that matter   only a "peripheral India" could be considered to be somewhat close to the US. Failed regional diplomacy, indeed!

Military failure: The heartless and cruel drone campaign had just too much "collateral damage" for the Pakistanis to absorb. More than 90% of the casualties were civilians. The US to this day remains adamant, unmoved and unrepentant. This in turn caused thousands to join the ranks of the militants thus proving to be a counter-productive strategy. The "Massacre at Salala" and its arrogant treatment by the US and its President alienated the US' most important and vital partner in Pakistan - the military. The lack of an apology ensured a breakdown in the military to military relations severely circumscribing overall US-Pak relations. The nadir in relations was reached by the blockade of NATO supply routes by Pakistan. Thus the US managed to antagonize one of the most potent and efficient fighting machines in the region- an erstwhile willing ally!

Intelligence failure: The US has claimed the death of OBL - but has not given any solid verifiable proof as in the cases of Saddam Hussain and Moamer Qadaffi. Why not? Even if we assume that OBL has been eliminated as the US claims but then does this mean that Al Qaeda as a viable militant organization too has ended? What about Al Zawahiri and Mullah Umar? If the US "knows" that they are in Pakistan then why does it not carry out another couple of Abbotabads to get them? Or why don't they give the information to the Pakistanis and challenge them to go get them. Or embarrass the ISI into action by giving out their locations? Most of the earlier intelligence successes against Al Qaeda were achieved through superb collaborative work between the CIA and the ISI. Unfortunately, US arrogance, haughtiness and self-righteousness caused the breakdown in what could have been an historical intelligence collaboration between the two. Raymond Davis has and Dr Shakil Afridi will severely test   US-Pak relations.

The Obama Administrations Failure: This was epitomized by the "infighting" between the State Department on one side and the CIA and Pentagon on the other. This "war within" the Obama Administration caused a series of confused policy decisions which led to the alienation of Pakistan. Further the members of the US Congress put a series of unacceptable conditions on aid to Pakistan which led to a literal breakdown of communication between the two. The ruthless and arrogant manner in which President Obama snubbed President Zardari at Chicago has added to the anti-americanism sentiment in Pakistan. And now the pressure to "let free" Dr Shakil Afridi is going to test the relationship even further. This may yet tear the US-Pak relationship to bits and may even cause the downfall of President Zardari's Government!

Afghanistan is thus set to become the graveyard of yet another Empire - the US this time! The US   seems to have been ill-served by its diplomats, soldiers and spies. The overall Afghan Campaign has failed to meet most of its geo-political/strategic/economic objectives. The US/NATO/ISAF Combine is now apparently marking time to get home. Their minds are made up, the schedules of departure need only to be made public.   Pakistan needs to unblock the NATO supply routes to make the egress as easy as possible! She is likely to do so very soon.

Bon Voyage, America!!

   
Imran Malik, Pravda.Ru



The author is a retired Brigadier and a former Defence Attache to Australia and New Zealand.

 
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Foggy Albion can endure two national tragedies within this year which is very rich on grandiose events. Take heart, Britain!
 
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Arab League: Violation of Universal Rights
                                                
                                             
07.06.2012

The Arab league has violated all norms existing as per Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media by blocking the Syrian satellite channels from the Arabsat and Nilesat systems, so that Syrian news channels cannot broadcast what is really happening in this country. What are they trying to hide?

The Arab League we now see is living in the pocket of the CIA, the FUKUS Axis and their western masters; to be honest the Arab League has as much gumption in it as a squashed syphilitic slug stamped on by a thousand camels and left to rot in the baking sun outside some brothel where certain Princes and Kings are perhaps indulging in some serious sodomy with some underage boys, possibly from a country with a city whose name is something like White House, in Spanish.

Oh yes, one knows. Payback time for Libya.

So nothing new here. The CIA/USA/FUKUS Axis says JUMP and the Arab League reacts in a knee-jerk reaction like Pavlov's dog...or goat. In fact, it is difficult to find a more humiliatingly disgusting collection of kowtowing individuals complaining all the time about the individual whose anatomy it...

It sucks....such an attitude. Either the Arab League stands up and protects all Arabs or else call it the FUKUS League of cowards standing up for western paymasters or those who provide favours for those who preach something in the Gulf and by God do they practise something else outside it... As the British Foreign Secretary says, If only they knew, if only they knew.

So the latest outrage and clear indication as to what is said above is true, is provided by the fact that the Arab League has requested that the companies which control the satellite providers Arabsat and Nilesat ban Syrian channels.

This is a clear violation of international norms on freedom of expression, but hey, what the hell does the Arab League care about that?

Jump...jump...
         
               
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Russia no longer makes any sense in the world?
                  
                  
                  
06.06.2012


According to various "wise men" Russia's future is absolutely bleak, or rather, non-existent.   In "Financial Times" the renowned authors - the world's leading economist Nouriel Roubini and president of consulting company "Eurasia" Ian Bremmer - argued that Russia no longer makes any sense in the world, so it must be driven out from the G8 and everyone should stop pretending that Russia belongs to their society.      

One of the main "building blocks" in the foundation of this postulate is that Russia has "outlived" itself almost literally, in short - Russia is dead, and they will stay. The authors stated that Russia's population is shrinking: minus 6 million over the past 20 years.

It is a significant statement. However, it is unclear why the foreign experts are so humble with the negative balance, because if you take readings from all the "killer" indicators, you will see that Russia is nearly gone. Let us look at some numbers for the purity of the experiment.

Russia's Federal Service says that "every year in Russia 400,000 deaths caused by smoking are recorded," i.e., premature deaths.

Alcohol statistics is even more nightmarish. The report "Alcohol abuse in the Russian Federation: the socio-economic impacts and countermeasures", prepared by the Public Chamber Commission on social and demographic policy, states: "Every year in Russia alcohol abuse leads to premature death of nearly half a million (!) people."

Next - a smaller but no less impressive number: according to the Health Ministry, every year "180,000 people die of causes related to exposure to production hazards."

Let us not forget about drugs - according to the Federal Drug Control Service, "each year 126,000 people at the age of 15 to 34 years die from drug abuse."

According to the reports from the official website of Ministry of Internal Affairs, in Russia annually at least 45,000 murders take place. During the same period of time 35,000 people are killed in car accidents, and 20,000 (statistics of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES)) die in fires.

Medical errors kill 50,000 people a year (League for the Protection of Patients); suicide takes away 60 thousand people (Research Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry named after Serbsky), over 15 thousand people drown (MES), about 10,000 women die "from domestic violence" ("Russian Newspaper").

A few comments before we calculate the total number of annual losses. First, since the reasons for deaths in the data are very specific, simple logic tells us that they do not "overlap". In other words, hardly anyone is immediately poisoned by alcohol, tobacco and drugs, was the woman that was beat up by her husband, and then by the criminals, then burned in a fire, was hit by a car, drowned and died as a result of medical errors, ending the life in suicide.   

Second, all information is obtained from public sources on the Internet. Given the enormous range of "death" mathematics (for example, alcohol - from 80,000 and up to one million) we took either averages or the "freshest" data for the period from 2001 as the basis.

Third, and most important, no one explained where one or another number comes from.

As a result, Russia annually loses over 1,440,000 people only from "unnatural causes". For some it would seem not much, but "cardiovascular disease" (up to 960,000 people) or "oncology" (up to 300,000), or infant mortality (from 50,000 to 80,000), or "just old age "(no one really counted how many - there are only obscure percentage indicators).

Given the "Internet birth rate" (search engines indicate an average of 1.5 million babies annually) Russian "balance" is quite devastating.

The "six million" loss in 20 years according to the "Financial Times" is nothing if you consider all the grim statistics according to which in Russia as many people   die as are born.

As for death from various diseases and from natural causes, they would go into the "pure negative" because since 2001 Russia should have irreplaceably "lost" about 15 million or even more (there were also tough 1990s, bad ecology, war, acts of terrorism and immigration).

With such a pace in 80 years there will be no Russia.

Hence the numerous tales about "the saving migrants", "Russia that will first lose its population, then its territories", with the key finding - one can start ignoring Russia now, because it will soon become extinct like mammoths."

Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that there is no "demographic curse" in the country (the excess of deaths over births) and other problems associated with the reduction of the indigenous population.

The picture is already ugly, but why add extra "strokes"? I do not protest against the obvious truths, such as "smoking is bad for you." However, I do not believe in the 400,000 Russians who die from tobacco annually, especially considering the fact that there is no such a diagnosis in medicine. People die from co-dependent diseases, getting into several lists, where statisticians later get their information.

First of all, Russia has to stop "terrorizing" its own population, providing material for the fabrications. So ladies and gentlemen of the "Financial Times": do not be in a hurry to bury Russia, as the information about its death is greatly exaggerated.
   
Mikhail Sinelnikov, Pravda.Ru            
            
            


 
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The global anti-elite revolution


June 06, 2012


by Nadir Mir

Revolution is in the air - Globally. At least the first wave of revolutionary fervour has struck the world. Commencing from unlikely Tunisia, spreading through dormant Egypt, toppling the Libyan strongman, the North African - Arabian Peninsula rejoiced in the Arab Spring. Yet the 'Occupy Wall Street' and western world change seekers are even more dramatic. Striking at the heart of capitalism, the affluent Western World is reeling under the unprecedented onslaught. The Global Anti Elite Revolution is spreading at a time when the western world's socio economic system is in disrepute.

Once the Bastille was stormed on 14 July 1789 in Paris, the French king Louis XVI was informed that it was not a revolt, but a revolution. This is what the unfolding scenario appears like today. What differentiates the present and apparently future crisis is not chaotic civil strife - rioting but idea and concept based spontaneous radical game change. There are a number of issues involved here, but a central one is 'Equality'. The monopolistic elites in most of the world control bulk of the wealth, power and resources leaving a paltry or marginal part for the masses or the majority. The traditional have nots are being joined by a large segment of the middle classes against an elite culture increasingly demonized in the information age. In the Middle East besides economic equality, political - social cultural equality drives the protesters. In USA and EU, it is more to do with economic equality as political, socio, cultural restrictions are relatively few.

The French Revolution was followed by numerous in Europe of 1848, once the Metternich conservative order was challenged, in multiple states. While Revolutions were a historical occurrence the Russian 1917, Chinese 1949, Iranian 1979 became more notable on geopolitical account. Hitler's Nazi Revolution entered history books with the fall of Berlin 1945.

Francis Fukuyama (in The End of History) proclaimed the death of communism and victory of capitalism. Today capitalism is under attack in its own bastion. If the Soviet Communist order lasted from 1917 till 1991, the capitalists' victory over Marxist Leninists - appears short lived also. From 1991 - 2011, a twenty years period was the glory of capitalism. Though of course 'Pure unbridled Capitalism' will be under severe strain in future. That this has happened in the West should be no surprise. Karl Mark a German, writing 'Das Capital', had clearly Germany in mind, and of course the classic 'Mother of all Revolutions' 1979 was French!

The Marxist Revolution was initially meant for rapidly industrializing 'Deutschland' rather than serfdom based 'Mother Russia'. Irony of history, Geopolitics and First World War etc helped usher March and October 1917 Revolutions in Moscow. Germany was still revolution prone, but the rise of Hitler deflected it into nationalism and racialism. Still the word Nazi stood for National Socialists!

Today Revolution is globally becoming a house hold word. USA, EU and large parts of the world will experience radical - revolutionary upheaval. The most ironic part of the tale is that America may be ripe for a Second Revolution. The First American Revolution, commenced as the war of independence from the British Crown, followed by numerous reforms that followed and later expansion that created the modern United States. There are several reasons for the Second American Revolution. The US economy is in decline; at least its share of Global GDP is shrinking. Washington's endless wars and outrageous expenses could put the most notorious spend thrift in history to shame. Wealth within USA is monopolized by the elite. So long as the lower and lower middle classes were in the financial comfort zone, no one thought of 'Occupy Wall Street' movement. Now Ron Paul himself talks of Revolution.

By 2020 China's economy may supersede USA. Washington's policy of containing Russia (with the world's largest land space) and China (the world's future largest economy) may not be doable. In fact, America's super expensive wars of the previous decade have already ruined its economy. The cumulative effect of all this would inspire the good hearted, charity giving, God fearing, amiable folks in America for a real change. Amazingly Washington supported the 'Arab Spring' movement, which was in fact the right thing to do, but the chickens are coming home to roost! (A Libyan Revolutionary banner said it all - 'today Libya, tomorrow Wall Street'). As per one analysis USA is among the most unequal societies.

The environment on the European continent is even more bleak for the present economic order. The European economic malaise, EU interstate disparities are further aggravating its crisis. The Euro Crisis is not simply a financial matter. It also has nationalistic, socio - cultural facets at work. Germany and Greece have not only different economies but also have different people. EU faces both intra and inter European economic issues. EU may manage its issues but the future remains uncertain. After all Europe was the birth place of modern revolutions and revolutionaries. The word radical, recently reflective of militants - terrorists may be realigned with traditional anarchists and revolutionaries.

The situation in countries like India - Pakistan and others are even worse in terms of equality. India with its inequality based ethos, may not see a revolution, but rather may face civil war and turmoil. The Brahman inspired Delhi order would strive to crush all such movements or term them as 'terrorists'! (the most popular word in India). The world's richest and poorest people live in India. Even while India wastes money as the world's biggest arms importer, hundreds of millions of Indians live in abject poverty. There are more hungry people in eight Indian states than all of Africa. The Maoists and other revolutionaries are fighting the Indian system and have been termed as the biggest internal threat by Delhi.

Pakistan of course is getting ripe for a revolution, because a corrupt, foreign influenced and incompetent elite monopolies most wealth and delivers little. People are losing faith in an unresponsive political system in Pakistan. The economic meltdown further emboldens militants, anarchists and miscreants. A reform revolution is the only solution to Pakistan's predicament. A new welfare state model and not monopolistic elite based system is the need of the hour

The world yearns for peace and prosperity. An end to wars and fair distribution of wealth within nations and societies would lead to a better world. This may have sounded utopia yesterday but is the road map for tomorrow.

The author is a retired Brigadier of the Pakistan Army. Geopolitics of Peace is an endeavour by Nadir Mir

Blog: wwwpakistangeopolitics.blogspot.com

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Putin won't let Arab Spring in
                     
                     
                     
09.06.2012
   
   
   
Vladimir Putin has started implementing his plan to establish the Euroasian Union. His visit to China and the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that took place on June 4 - 7 were very important. The countries also agreed on action to ensure regional security with regards to the new "defensive" strategy of U.S. and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan.
   
China that has 4.5 thousand kilometers long land border which Russia, last year became Russia's chief trading partner, surpassing the volume of turnover with Germany (85 billion). The priorities of the Russian government aimed at economic development of Siberia and the Far East, and in this process, it is logical to expect investments of an economically powerful China. In addition, Russia is looking for ways to diversify their supplies of raw materials to the east, especially when the demand for them of the main consumers in Europe falls.

Now let us look at China's position. Russia is only on the tenth place among its trading partners and minimum as the energy supplier. China, until recently, despite the bravura statement of its leadership on a strategic partnership de facto distanced itself from Russia. China voted in the UN Security Council on Syria (and not only) in a similar way to Russia, but not for allied reasons. Beijing seeks to prevent a dangerous precedent that could potentially be repeated in its troubled western territories - in Tibet and Xinjiang, and it is not interested in the problems of Russia in the Middle East. Beijing has always stressed its extreme displeasure with the fact that Russia is selling arms to Vietnam and India. Until recently, the Chinese government stuck to its favorite shadow position, filling up the Russian market (as well as others) with cheap consumer goods.
   
However, the situation has changed dramatically after the publication of President Barack Obama's new U.S. defense strategy in which the Asia-Pacific region was declared a "major area of ​​focus of national interest." Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has announced that 60 percent of the U.S. Navy will be focused in the region. When in mid-April China was on the brink of war in a conflict with the Philippines around the island Huanyan, the Chinese government appealed to Russia for help.
   
Assistance was provided in the form of joint naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, held in parallel with the opposition of the U.S. Navy and the Philippines in the East China Sea. At a meeting with President Hu Jintao, Putin said that such support will continue. If we consider that in addition to Russia Beijing has territorial claims to all the neighbors, many of which have mutual defense treaties with the U.S., a deterrent factor in the form of Russian assistance could be crucial.

"Both countries are undergoing a critical stage of development, they face problems against a background of increasing uncertainty in the world. And we need to support each other in regional and world affairs, providing for a peaceful global processes," said President Hu. Vladimir Putin, for whom this is the eighth in 12 years visit to China, said that China is not only a "good friend" of Russia, but "a good partner at the global level" - the newspaper China Daily quoted both politicians. If Putin can implement a plan for the integration of the Eurasian space, the global balance in the world will change dramatically. Joint projects - BRICS and the SCO are working towards the same goal.
   
The summit of the SCO (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan), was held after the bilateral meeting. It is significant that for the first time Afghanistan that was granted an observer status was invited as a guest. The countries are preparing for withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2013 and it is clear that they will have to solve the issues associated with threats from "Taliban" and drug-related crime together.
   
"All of the SCO countries note the importance of combating the drug menace. The success in this direction can be achieved by creating a SCO-stop center to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime. The SCO already has an organization for anti-terrorism, it is possible to make this a universal organization," said Putin. The parties signed an important document at the meeting - "The mechanisms of response to situations that threaten stability in the region." Russian TV channel "Vesti" reported that the leaders agreed on the ways to act in a case of a hypothetical threat of "Arab spring" in Central Asia. It was suggested to accept Iran as the SCO permanent member after the change of statutory provisions that preclude membership of countries that are subject to UN sanctions.
   
At the bilateral level, China and Russia signed over a dozen of major commercial contracts, including the creation of billions of dollars of investment funds. The goal is to increase bilateral trade to 100 billion dollars by 2015. Among the projects that Putin has described as "important" is construction of two nuclear power plants in China.
   
Of course, there are differences between the two strongest players in the world. Moscow is unhappy with the desire of the Chinese to copy Russian military equipment. Beijing is not satisfied with the investment climate in Russia, and it is not alone in this regard. There are disputes about the price of gas that Russia wants to sell to China. Gazprom links the gas price to oil prices as it does in Europe, while China insists on lower prices - same as what it pays its Central Asian suppliers. However, a compromise will be found, because it is a long-term project. If the "Gazprom" and the China National Petroleum Corp. agree, the supplies will start in 2015 after completion of construction of "Altai" pipeline.
   
Some differences are invented in the West, and stubbornly regurgitated by some Russian media. This applies above all to the myth that all of Primorye was sold to the Chinese and that the Far East has more Chinese than Russians residents. Indeed, Chinese businesses invest in the Far East, lease the building (instead of buying them), but why are the Chinese businesses unlike any other? The Chinese are working in the Maritime region, but they have a quota, and there are fewer of them than migrants from the CIS countries. In addition, in Primorye many residents in the age of 20 have never been in distant Moscow, but visited the neighboring China three or four times. The Russian diaspora in China over the past 15 years has grown 12-fold, and most of this growth was provided by residents of Primorye. This is a natural and mutually beneficial process.   
      
   
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The D-Word and Russia's foreign policy
   
   
   
11.06.2012
   
   
   
The external policy followed by Russia is based upon dialogue, debate and discussion, while in contrast that which is apparently the mainstay of western policy is puerile, partisan and petulant, behaviour more befitting of a grade school playground than the international arena. The D-word, one which is not in their vocabulary, is Diplomacy.   
   
When people are in a position of power to make decisions, with this position comes responsibility yet the foreign policy pursued by the west is ever-more irresponsible and dangerous, pandering to the whims of the business community which gravitates around the corridors where decisions are made.   
   
This is not diplomacy, it is skulduggery, involving a cynical manipulation of people and events, resulting in murderous policies of intrusion into the internal affairs of sovereign States, wars based upon fabrications of the truth or barefaced lies and recently, humanitarian terrorism.   
   
The approach is as sinister as it is ingenious. First the target is identified by the business lobby which controls policy and in whose pocket the policy-maker resides (close to NATO, and the nearer one gets to the epicentre of the FUKUS Axis - France-UK-US - the closer). The target will be a strategically important powerful nation with porous borders, a powerless nation with resources and certainly, one that has been convinced to destroy its WMD. A coward does not attack those who have the capacity to fight back.   
   
Secondly, an internal figure with a potential support base is identified inside the target state, even if he or she is a murderer with a proven record. This figure is corrupted over time, in numerous meetings with FUKUS Axis figures/agencies, has access to joint bank accounts with French, British or American political figures or entities from the security services and is manoeuvred into place.   
   
Thirdly, a colour is chosen for the country where the humanitarian terrorist strike is to take place: orange, violet, green, white while at the same time the "Opposition" is shaped, be this a mob paid to shout slogans in the streets while photographic images in the media are manipulated, or else as we saw/see in Libya and Syria, marauding gangs of murderers, terrorists, rapists, racists, arsonists, thieves, looters...   
   
And finally, the colour revolution is launched. UN Resolutions are stretched to breaking point or simply breached, lies are told to the fellow members of the world community in an "act now, we'll fill you in on the details later" policy after a false flag attack is made in a mail-order massacre. This is humanitarian terrorism, creating a casus belli where none existed. It matters not who the victims are. The more children, the better because of the effect on public opinion and images of screaming kids in hospitals provide a carte blanche for the worst type of atrocities preceding or to follow.   
   
This is not diplomacy - it is following self-interests and turning vested interests into assets and that is anti-diplomatic, it is criminal and it is fundamentally wrong. On the other hand, we have, thankfully, a counterweight provided more and more by the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, with at least the moral support of the BRICs even if the carrot and stick continue to hold too much sway over Brasilia and New Delhi.   
   
This counterweight respects the norms and customs of Diplomacy, following the principles established under the agreements signed, following an approach based upon debate, dialogue and discussion, inviting all the players to the same round table to find a global solution involving all the parties. What a contrast it is to the petulant, puerile and partisan approach favoured by the FUKUS Axis in particular and by the West in general, adopting a position of exclusion of parts, more befitting a grade school playground than the international stage.   
   
The problem is that to get into the corridors of power in western countries, you have to play the game and that game means you do not speak to HAMAS, you do not speak to Iran and you do not speak to those you have isolated through interference and who your Foreign Affairs Ministers have claimed "have to go".   
   
Ladies and gentlemen, this approach is dangerous and it has all the hallmarks of following an inexorable path towards war. Nobody wants that, now, do they? And is it not by now crystal clear who is right and who is in the wrong?   
      
      
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Iran Plans to Build Nuclear-Fueled Submarines


21   Rajab   1433 /   Tuesday 12 Jun 2012 / 23 Khordad 1391


TEHRAN (FNA) - A senior Iranian Navy commander stressed Iran's high capabilities in designing and manufacturing different types of submarines, and announced the country's move towards manufacturing nuclear-powered submarines.

Speaking to FNA on Tuesday, Lieutenant Commander of the Navy for Technical Affairs Rear Admiral Abbas Zamini pointed to the navy's plan to manufacture super heavy nuclear-powered submarines, and stated, "Right now, we are at the initial phases of manufacturing atomic submarines."

He noted Iran's astonishing progress in developing and acquiring civilian nuclear technology for various power-generation, agricultural and medical purposes, and said such advancements allow Iran to think of manufacturing nuclear-fueled submarines.

He further reminded that using nuclear power to fuel submarines is among the civilian uses of the nuclear technology and all countries are, thus, entitled to the right to make such a use.

On May 29, Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari lauded Iranian experts' success in repairing heavy submarines, saying their outstanding capabilities and mastery of the hi-tech used in naval vessels display the failure of enemy sanctions and pressures.

Addressing a ceremony to launch a heavy submarine after the subsurface vessel was overhauled by Iranian experts, Sayyari said that Iran is among the very few world countries with the ability to carry out full or partial repairs for submarines.

He said the submarine, called 'Tareq', is now fully ready to be dispatched to the high seas.

Last year, the Iranian Navy's Tareq-class submarine, 'Younus', managed to set a new record in sailing the international waters and high seas for 68 days.

Iran's Younus submarine, sailing alongside warships of the 14th fleet of the Iranian Navy, returned home in early June 2011 following an over two-month-long mission in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The deployment of the Iranian submarine in the Red Sea was the first such operation by the country's Navy in far-off waters.

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