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Will Sikorski be the next EU foreign policy chief?

Posted by seumasach on June 24, 2014

According to some sources, Sikorski was proactive in the overthrow of Yanukovitch. In any case, as one German source, cited below, put it:

 “The Germans know how much Poland cares about completing the unfinished ‘Colour Revolutions’ in eastern Europe, and somehow they feel uncomfortable about this.”

In this context, the leaking of Sikorski phone call, expressing his sense of betrayal by Obama, is hardly likely to be accidental and we can safely predict that Sikorski will not succeed Ashton, thereby confirming Germany’s rejection of the New Cold War

EU Observer

23rd June, 2014

BRUSSELS - With leaders haggling over EU top jobs this week, Polish FM Radek Sikorski is the most talked-about candidate for the next foreign policy chief.

His reputation just took a blow in a Polish eavesdropping scandal.


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New Cold War or War onTerror?

Posted by seumasach on June 15, 2014


Cailean Bochanan

15th June, 2014

The betrayal of the Iraq army leadership facilitating last week’s capture of Mosul by the so-called ISIL may become a watershed in US foreign policy in providing a significant diversion from the Ukrainian fiasco and turning attention from quasi-cold war tensions towards the new Obama doctrine already outlined in his West Point speech, anticipated by Blair’s 23rd April speech and ratified by an intervention by Kofi Annan last week on BBC Newsnight.
What is this new doctrine? It is called, with great originality, the War on Terror. Thus, we return to 2001 and the post-9/11 doctrine but in a geo-political environment which has become completely transformed. In 2003 , on the eve of the Iraq War, the USA was still regarded as the undisputed global superpower, even though a resurgent Russia and China were already disputing that status. Today it has suffered a series of military reverses and the catastrophic state of its economy and society can longer be hidden. After the dismissal of Rumsfeld in 2006 in a palace coup the stage was set for Obama to turn around US foreign policy in the aftermath of the failed Iraq and Afghan wars. He is generally regarded as having failed in this respect and that judgement has seemed to have been confirmed by the dramatic events of the last week. We appear to be condemned to relive the historical cycle of US military intervention.
But, as I say, the context is completely different. The invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan post-9/11 were the beginning of a global war for hegemony. This war failed and no such perspectives are in sight for a severely weakened USA. Rather than being the opening shot in an attempted roll-back of Russian and Chinese power War on Terror II could lead to a re-engagement of these two emerging superpowers by Washington. Tony Blair’s above-mentioned speech already prefigures this development:

“In this speech I will set out how we should do this, including the recognition that on this issue, whatever our other differences, we should be prepared to reach out and cooperate with the East, and in particular, Russia and China.”
This was followed up by Kofi Anna’s call for a de facto alliance with Russia , China and Iran:
“Mr Annan – the UN’s former envoy to Syria – said he did not believe that there was the “stomach” for “boots on the ground”, but that a group made up of permanent members of the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and possibly Egypt could agree a common approach.”
Already, the ISIL surge has raised a prospect that was previously unthinkable: joint US-Iranian military co-operation.
I have, for some time, been talking up a strategic alliance between Washington and Moscow as the great paradigm shift in global geo-politics. It was, admittedly, difficult to see how such a shift could come about. Indeed, the failure of Obama’s reset was just another amongst a litany of seeming failures. But if that remains a strategic goal of Obama, and I believe that it must, then War on TerrorII would be the key to its realization.

The roller-coaster unleashed by the Arab spring continues. The events in Iraq last week serve as a cover for the surreal Ukraine fiasco, which in turn obscured defeat in the Syrian war which in turn diverted the world’s attention from the chaos engendered in Libya by NATO intervention. Since the hand of the NATO and Western intelligence assets is clearly present in all these scenarios you might think Obama’s strategy is merely to cover failure with even more failure. But their may be a different logic at play,a convoluted logic of end of empire. If so, the cycle may be broken in Iraq and by the time the ISIL has been checked we may see the clear outlines of a new international order.

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Grandmaster takes on novice

Posted by seumasach on March 2, 2014

Cailean Bochanan

2nd March, 2014

What exactly the EU leadership thought they were doing in Ukraine is a puzzle for the historians to grapple with. Even though  Manlio  Dinucci has pointed to networks involving the likes of Barroso centered round a leading Ukrainian oligarch as likely suspects in the Western backed attempt to destabilize Ukraine, the question remains why would they activate such a programme at time when its likelihood of success was minimal. Were they not aware of a growing interdependence of US and Russian foreign policy evident in the resolution of the outstanding issues of the Middle East from Syria and Iran to the Palestinian question itself? Perhaps they were and wanted to roll history back fearing that a final end to the cold war would also see an end to their own political usefulness.

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U.S. strategy on Russia under fire

Posted by seumasach on March 1, 2014

“This is a world where we need to work with the Russians,” a senior State Department official said Tuesday. “This is not about the United States versus Russia.”

Senior State Department officials said there was no “point in making hollow threats” toward Moscow. In the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American public has no interest in getting into a direct — or indirect — military confrontation with Russia in the Ukraine, Syria or virtually any other nation.

Notwithstanding the presence in the State Department of the likes of Clintonites like Samantha Power, Susan Rice and Victoria Nuland, these briefings do not indicate New Cold War perspectives

Japan Times

28th February, 2014

Days after his ally Viktor Yanukovych was ousted as Ukraine’s leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a 150,000-troop Russian military exercise on Ukraine’s border. The fall of Yanukovych — and Putin’s potential response to it — has reignited a debate in Washington on how to respond to the assertive Russian leader.

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US, NATO, EU lecture Russia with ‘provocative statements’ on Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 28, 2014


28th February, 2014

Moscow has urged NATO to refrain from provocative statements on Ukraine and respect its non-bloc status after a chorus of Western politicians said Russia should be “transparent” about its military drills and avoid any steps that could be “misunderstood.”

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Ukraine elects ‘kamikaze’ cabinet

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014

In a display of people power, the so-called ‘Euromaidan’ council made the announcement, while also naming candidates for several other key ministries, after its members addressed crowds on Independence Square.

For “people power” read armed NATO-nazi gangs

“This is a government which is doomed to be able to work only for 3-4 months … because they will have to take unpopular decisions,” Turchinov said.

3-4 months is optimistic.

Andriy Paruby, head of the “self-defence” force protecting the Kyiv protest zone from police action during the three months of conflict, was named secretary of the powerful National Security and Defence Council.


Russia puts troops on alert as Ukraine elects ‘kamikaze’ cabinet


27th February, 2014

The leaders of Ukraine’s protests yesterday (26 February) named ministers they wanted to form a new government following the overthrowing of President Viktor Yanukovich, as Russia put troops on high alert in a show of strength.

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British “anti-fascists” fail to spot fascist coup

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014

The Socilaist Worker’s Party which has claimed the vanguard role in the fight against fascism since the 1970s has failed to spot the fascist coup d’etat in Ukraine limiting itself to the casual observation that “some of the fascist street fighters have been offered jobs alongside the police”.

In fact , the riot police have been disbanded and according to EuroActiv “Andriy Paruby, head of the “self-defence” force protecting the Kyiv protest zone from police action during the three months of conflict, was named secretary of the powerful National Security and Defence Council”.

The “fascist street fighters” are being integrated into the regime. That sounds like a fascist regime to me.

“As fighting intensified the reliance on far right militias grew. But so did the depth of opposition to the president.” Oh well, in that case… I mean, if the it’s about breaking “Ukraine’s Stalinist ruling class”!

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Poland as the ‘Slavic Turkey’ of NATO destabilization

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014

Andrei Korybko


22nd February, 2014

Poland, the eager American servant that it has been, has now officially taken on the role of the ‘Slavic Turkey’ in relation to Ukraine. Just as Turkey has been a geopolitically convenient conduit for arms, personnel, and material support for the Syrian terrorists, so too has Poland begun to officially fulfill this role for their Ukrainian counterparts.

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China’s People’s Daily slams West’s ‘cold war mentality’ over Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 27, 2014


27th February, 2014

China’s top newspaper criticised the West on Thursday for remaining locked in a “cold war mentality” against Russia in the contest for influence over Ukraine, calling for the shackles of such outmoded thinking to be cast off to deal with the crisis.

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EU calls for Ukraine elections, shies away from sanctions

Posted by seumasach on February 11, 2014

Rather than rabble-rousing in Ukraine and throwing in their lot with the CIA and US lobby representatives the EU should concentrate on overcoming its own, notorious, democratic deficit.

Voice of America

10th February, 2014

The European Union has called for the formation of a new government in Ukraine, to be followed by free and fair presidential elections. But it stopped short Monday of calling for sanctions. Anti-government protests erupted in November after President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of signing a trade deal with the European Union.

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Up in arms: Congress considers war powers in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on February 11, 2014


The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H. Res. 447, a resolution supporting Ukraine‘s protesters in a move to swing the Eastern nation toward the West.

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