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The Russian-Japanese territorial dispute: four islands divided by two?

12:31 | 07/ 11/ 2008 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti foreign news commentator Ivan Zakharchenko) - The protracted Russian-Japanese dispute on the national affiliation of the South Kurile archipelago proves that mathematical equations cannot always be used for solving political problems. On November 5, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov negotiated with his Japanese counterpart Hirofumi Nakasone in Tokyo. The talks merely highlighted both countries' desire to try and solve this territorial issue. Russia and Japan will not be able to sign a peace treaty to formally end World War II, unless they solve this territorial dispute. Lavrov and Nakasone made optimistic statements at their concluding news conference in Tokyo that was preceded by Lavrov's visit to Hokkaido Island bordering on the South Kurile archipelago in connection with the 150th anniversary of opening the first Russian consulate in Hakodate and the establishment of a Russian center there. "We will continue t

The Obama Campaign’s Intelligence Advisors

Source : Intelligence and security weren’t major themes in the U.S. presidential ballot. Even so, a number of experts dealt with the issues for the Democrat candidate. Alongside the very official Senior Working Group on National Security of the Democrat campaign an informal group came together to handle intelligence questions on behalf of the Democrat candidate for the presidency, Barack Obama (voting in the election was still underway when Intelligence Online went to press). First identified by Mother Jones’ national security correspondent Laura Rozen (IOL 579), the group has been coordinated by a former National Security Council staffer, Rand Beers (see our graph below). The lack of any burning debate on intelligence matters during the campaign rather limited the work of the members, who didn’t meet that often. Some of them could be appointed to posts in a future Democrat administration, but they won’t form part of the transition team-in-waiting on intel


By Dr. Subhash Kapila Introductory Observations The global power balance has been in a churning state ever since the turn of the millennium. The disintegration of the Soviet Union enabled the United States global strategic predominance to be unrivalled and unquestioned. Concerned by United States unilateralism., Russia and China as the two nations most strategically affected set in motion two significant initiatives to offset the US predominance. Russia under the dynamic leadership of President Putin set Russia on a course of strategic and military resurgence. This was facilitated by rising Russian oil revenues. China with significant economic resources at its disposal embarked on a strategic build-up of its strategic assets and military upgradation. The United States decade-old strategic global predominance was now to be under challenge by Russia and China. This strategic challenge by these two nations became further accentuated as a result of United States getting inextricably

Is Assassination of Obama Britain's Next Move?

This article appears in the November 7, 2008 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. Oct. 30—The highly probable threat that Barack Obama, especially if he wins the election on Nov. 4, could be assassinated, is currently a matter of the utmost concern among serious political circles in both political parties, Lyndon LaRouche noted today. It is therefore urgent, he added, that there be built a bipartisan commitment to deal with this threat potential. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue, but a national one. Two immediate measures have to be taken: first, try to prevent such an assassination from taking place; and second, be prepared, if it does, to prevent the kind of riotous disintegration and pulverization of the nation which the authors of such an assassination would be aiming to create. As LaRouche warned earlier this year, the British enemies of the United States have a history of assassinating American political figures, including Presidents, and they are the only cre

Conceptualizing the Sunni-Shi'i Encounter in the Modern Period

15 October 2008 This study examines the issues of religious authority and legitimacy in Islam. The author compares and contrasts traditions of jurisprudence and juridical authority in Sunni and Shia Islam. The author considers the major related points of discussion among Islamic religious scholars, especially on the issue of interpretation. The study also considers the Islamic Revolution in Iran, its impact on Islamic ideology and the revitalization of the study of Islam. © 2008 International Relations and Security Network, Center for Security Studies (CSS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) Download: English (PDF · 13 pages · 1.0 MB) Author: Neguin Yavari Series: ISN Case Studies Publisher: International Relations and Security Network (ISN), Zurich, Switzerland


B.RAMAN The Presidential campaign is over. The transition drill has begun. Senator Barrack Obama will take over as the President only on January 20 next, but his immense work as the President-elect would have already begun from the moment he left the dais after making the victory speech to his followers and supporters. 2.The Americans call it the period of transition. It is during this period that the President-elect chooses his team of Cabinet members and senior officials, decides on his policy priorities and works out his goals during the first 100 days of his administration and thereafter. Those, who would constitute the hard core of his transition team, would start co-ordinating with the outgoing Bush administration. 3. Senior officials of the US Secret Service, which protects the President and the Vice-President, would have already called on him and set in place the arrangements for his security. Other officials of the Bush Administration would be calling on him and his


B.RAMAN ( What will be the impact of the global financial and economic melt-down on the Chinese economy? This question should be of interest to the other countries of the South and the South-East Asian region. If the Chinese economy is badly affected, they too are likely to feel the negative consequences of the down-turn in the Chinese economy. Keeping this in view, we have been bringing out a periodic "Chinese Economy Monitor" based on open information. This is the third in the series---B. Raman) CONFIDENCE IN THE ECONOMY, THE NEED OF THE HOUR, SAYS WEN Summing up the discussions at the Asia-Europe Meeting Summit held in Beijing, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao told the media on October 24, 2008, as follows: "We will discuss with world leaders on measures to cope with the financial crisis in a pragmatic and cooperative manner.I think what we should do to cope with the crisis can be summarized as confidence, cooperation and responsibility.We are very glad to see that man

A Quiet Deal With Pakistan

By David Ignatius Tuesday, November 4, 2008; Washington Post Pakistan is publicly complaining about U.S. airstrikes. But the country's new chief of intelligence, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, visited Washington last week for talks with America's top military and spy chiefs, and everyone seemed to come away smiling. They could pat themselves on the back, for starters, for the assassination of Khalid Habib, al-Qaeda's deputy chief of operations. According to Pakistani officials, he was killed on Oct. 16 by a Predator strike in the Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan. Habib, reckoned by some to be the No. 4 leader in al-Qaeda, was involved in recruiting operatives for future terrorist attacks against the United States. The hit on Habib attests to the growing cooperation -- in secret -- between the United States and Pakistan in the high-stakes war along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, which U.S. intelligence officials regard as the crucial front in the war on terro

What Is the Real New Bretton Woods?

This reprinted article appears in the October 31, 2008 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. [PDF version of this article] This article, dated Sept. 24, 1998, originally appeared in a New Federalist pamphlet. At a March 18, 1998 conference in Washington, D.C., I presented a formal statement of my proposal for the adoption of a "New Bretton Woods" policy. This was presented as an action to be initiated by the President of the U.S.A. It represented then, as now, the only feasible alternative to the continuation of a then already ongoing process of disintegration of the world's financial and monetary system. Later, during late August of this year, following fresh, thunderously ominous escalations of Japan's and Russia's ongoing financial and monetary crises, a limited, but significant number of prominent figures and institutions began to echo my "New Bretton Woods" proposal; the proposals from these bankers and others were

Russia is back and Latin America is its new play ground

03.11.2008 For almost two decades, even long after its turn around in 1999, the Russian elites continued to believe in the West, much longer than they ever should have. To that end, Russia refrained from encroaching on the American play ground, Latin America. With the Monroe Doctrine, the US has seen to Latin America, especially to Central America, as it's personal play ground, where national governments are over thrown as would be and policies are shoved down everyone's throats as desired. The area was kept hands off by Russia, even while the West continued, driven primarily by the Anglo-Americans, to surround and encapsulate Russia from all sides. Outside of some weapons sales to Venezuela or some nice words to Cuba, Russia was gone from Latin America and with no plans on returning. That all changed, of course, as so many other things did, when the Anglo-American Trotskytes, the Neocons, attempted to restart the Cold War and to renew their sagging fortunes. They poked the b

Baghdad to Paris: The undying axis

3 Nov 2008 France tries to re-brand itself in Iraq: From an image of 'the dictator's closest ally,' Paris seeks to move toward one of 'the people's best friend,' Andrew D Bishop writes for ISN Security Watch. By Andrew D Bishop for ISN Security Watch "We are opening our door to France, and are inviting it to take advantage of the opportunity we are offering it. It would be as much your interest as ours." This quote, recounted by journalist Chris Kutschera in his Black Book of Saddam Hussein, is one that could well be attributed to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who just a few months ago invited French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to provide his country with "high quality military equipment." Yet, the open-ended offer is one that was in fact extended by Saddam to then French prime minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas in June 1972, over three decades ago. Nothing better than this quid pro quo can convey the permanence of mutual in

The Future of US Foreign Policy

by Mara Caputo If history teaches us anything, it may be that grandiose promises are made to be broken. Perhaps nowhere has this lesson been taught more frequently than the classroom of US presidential politics, where abandoned campaign pledges have been strewn across the political landscape of twentieth century American elections. In 1912, candidate Woodrow Wilson campaigned to keep the US out of World War I, while President Wilson committed troops in 1917. Franklin Roosevelt made the same promise in 1940 not to send American boys "into any foreign wars," only to enter World War II a year later. Lyndon Johnson also quickly reversed himself by sending American ground troops to Vietnam in 1965, and Richard Nixon's 1968 allusions to a nonexistent “secret plan” to get American troops out of the war further eroded the public's trust. In 1992, candidate Bill Clinton promised to take a strong position on Bosnian atrocities and against China's "butchers of Beiji