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August 29 2013

Hier au Conseil de sécurité, les Russes et les Chinois n'ont pas simplement menacé d'opposer leur…

Hier au Conseil de sécurité, les Russes et les Chinois n’ont pas simplement menacé d’opposer leur veto : ils ont carrément quitté la salle du Conseil de sécurité. C’est fréquent, ce genre de chose ?

Les ambassadeurs russe et chinois ont quitté la salle où se tenaient ces consultations à huis clos au bout d’une heure et quart. Les représentants des trois autres pays sont restés un peu plus longtemps mais sont sortis sans faire de déclaration.

August 20 2013

Sympathy for the devil : Israel's efforts on behalf of Cairo's generals By Chemi Shalev 20th of…

Sympathy for the devil: Israel’s efforts on behalf of Cairo’s generals
By Chemi Shalev
20th of August 2013

In June 1941, on the eve of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Winston Churchill famously told his personal secretary John Colville “If Hitler invaded hell, I would at least make a favorable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” The next day he expressed unequivocal support for his arch-enemy Stalin and dispatched military assistance to beleaguered Moscow.

This “principle of the lesser evil” that Churchill so pithily expressed has been the guiding principle of much of America’s post-World War II policy. In its name, the U.S. has supported a long line of disgusting dictators and terrible tyrants who were considered to be critical for vital American interests such as combatting Communism and terror or safeguarding oil supplies in the Middle East. Democracy and human rights, in most cases, took a back seat, often for many decades.

This is the general theme of the Israeli effort to persuade Washington not to cut U.S. military aid to the Cairo regime, despite its transgressions. America and Israel share an overriding interest in preserving the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty and in preventing Sinai from turning into a launching pad for Al-Qaida attacks, Israel says. Former ambassador to Egypt Eli Shaked told the New York Times on Monday, “We don’t have good guys. It is a situation where you have to choose who is less harmful.”

August 11 2013

Violence in the North Caucasus and the Olympics in Sochi 2014 / Upcoming Events / Events /…

Violence in the North Caucasus and the Olympics in Sochi 2014 / Upcoming Events / Events / / NUPI - NUPI

The Olympic Games that are to be held in Sochi, North Caucasus in 2014, are designed to be a manifestation of the reconstruction of Russia and it’s greatness under Putin. This is the region Putin has struggled to control since the fall of the Soviet Union. It was here Putin started his “unification” of Russia in 1999 through the second war in Chechnya.

Now, after almost 15 years have passed, the situation in North Caucasus is critical. The conflicts between different Russian forces and armed Islamist insurgent groups have become so violent that the situation in Dagestan must be characterized as a state of war. Chechnya is being held under Russian control by Ramzan Kadyrov’s iron fist, but the republic is less Russian than ever.

#russie #caucase #jo #jeux_olympiques

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