Canada: In Service To The Pentagon And NATO At Home And Abroad by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
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April 16, 2009

Canada is the only nation in the world whose mainland borders three of the world’s five oceans: The Arctic, The Atlantic and the Pacific.

The United States only secured access to the Arctic Ocean with the acquisition of non-contiguous Alaska from Russia in 1867 and Russia can only access the Atlantic through the Barents and Norwegian Seas.

The three oceans in question are exactly those in and over which Russia has recently resumed strategic air patrols and naval and submarine deployments starting in late 2007 after a hiatus of almost twenty years.

Should East-West tensions parallel – or exceed – those of the Cold War era Canada will be on several frontlines and is now being actively prepared for just such an eventuality.

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Eurasian Crossroads: The Caucasus In US-NATO War Plans by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
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April 7, 2009

The South Caucasus is rapidly becoming a critical strategic crossroads in 21st century geopolitics, encompassing the most ambitious energy transit projects in history and the consolidation of a military corridor reaching from Western Europe to East Asia, one whose command centers are in Washington and Brussels.

The culmination of eighteen years of post-Cold War Western designs is on the near horizon as oil and gas are intended to be moved from the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea to Central Europe and beyond and US and NATO troops and equipment are scheduled to be deployed from Europe and the Persian Gulf to Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Nothing less is at stake than control of world energy resources and their transportation routes on one hand and the establishment of a global army under NATO auspices fanning out in South and Central Asia and ultimately Eurasia as a whole on the other.

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Welcome to Pipelineistan By Pepe Escobar

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By Pepe Escobar
March 25, 2009

Liquid War

What happens on the immense battlefield for the control of Eurasia will provide the ultimate plot line in the tumultuous rush towards a new, polycentric world order, also known as the New Great Game.

Our good ol’ friend the nonsensical “global war on terror”, which the Pentagon has slyly rebranded “the Long War”, sports a far more important, if half-hidden, twin – a global energy war. I like to think of it as the Liquid War, because its bloodstream is the pipelines that crisscross the potential imperial battlefields of the planet. Put another way, if its crucial embattled frontier these days is the Caspian Basin, the whole of Eurasia is its chessboard. Think of it, geographically, as Pipelineistan.

All geopolitical junkies need a fix. Since the second half of the 1990s, I’ve been hooked on pipelines. I’ve crossed the Caspian in an Azeri cargo ship just to follow the $4 billion Baku-Tblisi-Ceyhan pipeline, better known in this chess game by its acronym, BTC, through the Caucasus. (Oh, by the way, the map of Pipelineistan is chicken-scratched with acronyms, so get used to them!)

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Eastern Partnership: The West’s Final Assault On the Former Soviet Union by Rick Rozoff

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by Rick Rozoff
February 14, 2009

At a meeting of the European Union’s General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on May 26 of last year, Poland, seconded by Sweden, first proposed what has come to be known as the Eastern Partnership, a program to ‘integrate’ all the European and South Caucasus former Soviet nations – except for Russia – not already in the EU and NATO; that is, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

The above are half of the former Soviet republics in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) established as a sop to Russia immediately after the breakup of the Soviet Union in that year and in theory to be a post-Soviet equivalent of the then European Community, now European Union. (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania never joined and both were absorbed into the European Union and NATO in 2004.)

The Eastern Partnership has since last May been presented as an innocuous enough sounding proposal containing a mission statement to promote “a substantial upgrading of the level of political engagement, including the prospect of a new generation of Association Agreements, far-reaching integration into the EU economy, easier travel to the EU for citizens providing that security requirements are met, enhanced energy security arrangements benefitting all concerned, and increased financial assistance.” (European Union press release, December 3, 2008)

The key phrases, though, are “upgrading of the level of political engagement” and “enhanced energy security arrangements.”

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Pat Buchanan: US on the edge of the abyss

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The financial crisis put the U.S. and the whole world on the edge of an abyss says American political commentator Pat Buchanan.

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Russian troops back in Georgian village

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Sat, 13 Dec 2008 10:44:11 GMT

Georgia says hundreds of Russian soldiers have returned to a disputed Georgian village after pulling back from the area a day earlier.

The European Union mission monitoring a ceasefire between Moscow and Tbilisi said on Friday Russian forces had withdrawn from the village of Perevi, near South Ossetia.

However, Georgia’s Interior Ministry said between 500 and 600 Russian soldiers were in Perevi on Saturday. The EU mission confirmed the report, but could not say how many soldiers were in the village, Reuters reported.

“The Russians kicked the Georgian police out of Perevi this morning,” Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said. “They staged a show with paratroopers.”


via Press TV – Russian troops back in Georgian village.

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Censorship in America? By Timothy V. Gatto

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By Timothy V. Gatto
Information Clearinghouse
December 01, 2008

The people of the United States might not know what it is that they want the new administration to do, they may not know what it is they want Congress to do, but one thing for sure is that they don’t want another repeat of the Bush Administration or the last two sessions of Congress. One reason that progressives and liberals seem to be the ones complaining about Obama’s cabinet picks is because this is a group of people that get their news not from the mainstream media, but from the internet. We are better informed than those that believe that Wolf Blitzer or Katie Couric is “informing” them and keeping the politicians honest. We don’t listen to right-wing talk radio and repeat Rush Limbaugh’s talking points; we like to figure things out on our own. That may be why some say that trying to get a liberal consensus is “like herding cats”.

We may or may not be smarter than others, the reason that we are usually the first to start complaining or coming out against something is because we get our information first. The rest of the country is just a little slower. To understand this or to validate what I just claimed, all one has to do is think how long it took the majority of Americans to realize they had been duped about Iraq. For months, anyone that was against the war was considered a traitor. Another example is the conflict between Georgia and Russia. During the Democratic National Convention both Barack Obama and Joe Biden railed against “Russian aggression” against Georgia. It’s pretty clear now to almost everyone who started the hostilities, the NY Times has reported twice during the last two weeks that Georgia initiated the hostilities. Anyone that has read the reports on the internet would have known who had initiated hostilities the day after they started. I knew what had happened and I don’t get a national security briefing every morning, nor am I brighter than most other Americans. In order to back my claims you can go to an article I posted on Information Clearinghouse on August 15, 2008.

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Medvedev pleased US reason prevailed + NATO envoy: Saakashvili to be replaced

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Dmitry Medvedev has welcomed a decision by the U.S. not to push Georgia and Ukraine into NATO using the alliances so-called membership action plan (MAP). The Russian President said he was glad that common sense prevailed in the end.

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Georgian diplomat: Georgia started the war

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Georgia’s former ambassador to Russia Erosi Kitsmarishvili has accused his own country of starting the war in South Ossetia. His comments almost led to a fistfight between politicians.

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War or Peace? By Richard C. Cook

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Special Report: War or Peace? The World After the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election By Richard C. Cook

by Richard C. Cook
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November 22, 2008

The World After the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election


World war or world peace could be the blunt choice that will face either Barack Obama or John McCain when one of them is elected president of the United States on Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

For a major eruption of violence to be averted, the new president must deal positively with the reappearance of Russia on the world stage, the emergence of China as an economic force, and the aspirations of all the nations on earth for a decent and secure way of life.

Making matters much more dangerous are the ongoing financial crisis, along with what appears to be the start of a worldwide economic recession.

It is Europe, not the U.S., from which proposals are emerging for a transformative approach to the most compelling issues. But will it be enough?


In December 2000, at the time the U.S. Supreme Court was intervening in the disputed vote count in Florida to name Republican George W. Bush president over Democrat Al Gore, the U.S. stock market began to crash. The “” bubble, based largely on foreign investment in internet companies and technology stocks, deflated. By the time Bush was inaugurated in January 2001, signs of a recession were appearing.

This did not prevent the Bush administration from initiating a $450 billion tax cut for the upper income brackets that Congress approved in March 2001. A similar cut was subsequently enacted in May 2003.

On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City were attacked by airplanes flying into them, followed that morning by an air attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Al Qaeda was blamed.

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Russia to put military bases in South Ossetia and Abkhazia

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Russia will place bases in the newly independent states of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and build relations with the two countries, Russian president Medvedev announced at a meeting with the media in the city of Izhevsk.

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Antiwar Radio: Mark Ames: The Cold War that Wasn’t

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Mark Ames, author of The Cold War that Wasnt in The Nation, discusses the dominant narrative and ideological underpinnings in the U.S. press regarding the recent Georgian attack on South Ossetia and subsequent Russian counterattack on Georgia, the attempt to portray Russia as the aggressor by floating the idea of a first-strike cyber war despite the lack of any evidence, the alleged poisoning of Ukraines Victor Yushchenko and the current dispute between Yushchenko and Yulia Timoshenko over her reaction to the Georgia war, the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, NATO expansion into Eastern Europe, the precedent set by U.S. intervention in Kosovo, the danger of putting defensive missiles in Eastern Europe while the U.S. foreign policy establishment contemplates first strike capability, U.S. NED support for the Russian National Bolsheviks, the shock therapy robbery of Russian resources under Yeltsins autocracy in the 1990s and the consequences.

Mark Ames is a journalist who has written for several publications including the New York Press, The Nation and GQ Russia and is the founding editor and regular contributor of the Moscow-based newspaper The eXile. He is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion From Reagans Workplaces to Clintons Columbine and Beyond and The eXile: Sex, Drugs and Libel in the New Russia.


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Georgia fired first shot, say UK monitors

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Jon Swain
Times Online
Nov 9, 2008

Two former British military officers are expected to give crucial evidence against Georgia when an international inquiry is convened to establish who started the country’s bloody five-day war with Russia in August.

Ryan Grist, a former British Army captain, and Stephen Young, a former RAF wing commander, are said to have concluded that, before the Russian bombardment began, Georgian rockets and artillery were hitting civilian areas in the breakaway region of South Ossetia every 15 or 20 seconds.

Their accounts seem likely to undermine the American-backed claims of President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia that his little country was the innocent victim of Russian aggression and acted solely in self-defence.


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Censorship in the Western Media: What they Don’t Want You to Know by Eric Sommer

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by Eric Sommer
Global Research
November 5, 2008

The Western media has recently outdone itself in censoring important stories – stories which contradict the policies and interests the media seeks to uphold.. Western publics have been systematically misled in recent weeks on vital issues related to war-and-peace, human rights, the financial crisis, and more. Only a few examples can be set out here. But it should be enough to indicate the extent to which world reality is being filtered by the media.

East Germans want to return to Socialism

Outright suppression has hidden the news that half the people living in East Germany now want to return to socialism, partly due to the world financial crisis.

When the Berlin wall fell in 1989 – an early harbinger of the unraveling of the Soviet Block socialism in Eastern Europe – it was trumpeted in thousands of capitalist media stories across the U.S. and the western world.

But now that half the people in Eastern Germany want to go back, the story is blacked out. The story reached the wire service level – Reuters News Service made it available to thousands of media. But not one western world newspaper or magazine published the article.

Key quote from the article: “A recent survey found 52 percent of eastern Germans believe the free market economy is “unsuitable” and 43 percent said they wanted socialism rather than capitalism,”

You can read “Global crisis sends east Germans flocking to Marx | Reuters” here:

U.S. Dollar has Plundered the World

Another financial crisis article that western media blacked out is a tough-worded critique of U.S. financial policy from the front-page of the Chinese version of People’s Daily, the official newspaper of Chinas’ Communist party. ‘

‘U.S. has plundered world wealth with dollar…’ made it onto the Reuters wire service. The article proposed that, as a starting point, all trade transactions between Asia and Europe should be settled in Euros, Pounds, RMB, and Yen. But no western world writer or media published or alluded to the artilce, with one exception: Cuba’s Fidel Castro paid tribute to it in one of his weekly news columns in Cuba. Given that this article appeared on the front page of the official newspaper of the governing party of China, failure to relay it to western publics is a serious ommission.

You can read the story here:

Venezuela will Nationalize Its Banks in Event of Crisis.

Still another suppressed financial crisis story is a public promise by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to nationalize Venezuela’s’ banks if the world financial crisis should become acute in his country.

Chavez also promised not to give away even ‘one penny’ of tax money to the banks. He also questioned why the U.S. government could find billions for the U.S. banks and financial institutions but money was not available to help poor and working people

The story made the wire service. But again no western newspaper or magazine published it.

Promises not to give ‘one penny to the banks’ might sound appealing in the U.S., where both McCain and Obama have backed the giveaway of one trillion U.S. dollars to U.S. banks and financial companies, despite furious resistance from half or more of Americans.

Obamas’ campaign spokesman recently characterized Chavez as ‘governing undemocratically’ and without ‘the rule of law’. But as Obama backed the undemocratic one trillion giveaway of U.S. tax money, it is Chavez who might seem democratic to the American people if his promise to give ‘not one penny to the banks’ were made known.

You can read the full story here.

Hu Jia: Chinese human Rights Hero or CIA frontman?

On another front, serious filtering of reality can be seen in the coverage of the European Parliament’s bestowing of the annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Hu Jia, a Chinese human rights activist.

Google news portal searches show four thousand -plus articles on Hu Jia and the award in western media in the past month.

But not one story mentions a key fact: His legal troubles began after the organization he was associated with received one million RMB ($170,000 U.S.) from the notorious CIA front organization The National Endowment for democracy.

The story was played in western media as that of an innocent activist imprisoned for his work on behalf of Chinese AIDS patients and of other ‘unjustly treated’ human rights workers.

Omission of the National Endowment connection is a serious matter. Self-described by its first leader as carrying on the work of the CIA, the National Endowment receives thirty million U.S. Per year from the U.S. Congress; and its primary work is attempting to destabilize governments, from Venezuela to Russia, which the U.S. state wishes to modify or eliminate. Interested readers can easily verify this by clicking here:

To be clear, receiving money from the National Endowment for Democracy is equivalent to receiving money from the espionage service or intelligence service of a foreign power. From this perspective, Hu Jia appears not just as an activist but as a witting or unwitting tool of U.S. intelligence.

“As if on Command…”

Finally, going only slightly further back in time, the western media was stunningly silent when the U.S.-backed government of Georgia invaded South Ossettia. Only after Russia responded by using military force to push the invading Georgians out of South Ossetia did the western media spring to attention, running articles emphasizing the ‘Russian attack’, with scant attention to the reality that Georgia had instituted the conflict with a military invasion clearly violating internationally recognized agreements regarding South Ossettias status as an independent entity.

Russian Premier Vladimir Putin, in an interview after the events, said: “It was amazing” and ‘As if on command – and I think it was on command” in reference to the initial silence on the Georgian aggression, followed by the thousands of articles which made Russia appear to be responsible for the war.

Whether on command, or in deference to economic and political interests, the western media is a reality screen which hides important truths from western publics, and over time induces undue prejudices against other countries and peoples. Readers who doubt this are invited to reflect that it was the same media which enabled the war in Iraq by helping to persuade the U.S. public that there ‘weapons of mass destruction aimed at the U.S.’ in Iraq.

Eric Sommers is a university teacher, journalist, and social theorist based in China.

© Copyright Eric Sommer, Global Research, 2008

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