>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia kicks off strategic missile, ground drills: Zapad 2009 to involve 12,500 servicemen in Belarus, Kaliningrad
September 9, 2009Posted by on
The Russian and Belarusian militaries, united under the auspices of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, are carrying out concurrent drills in Belarus and Kaliningrad, as well as near Saint Petersburg and Lake Ladoga, which borders Finland. Ladoga 2009 began on August 10 and will wrap up on September 28, while Zapad (“West”) 2009 runs from September 8 to 29. The Russian Strategic Missile Forces will also conduct a command-and-staff drill from September 8 to 11.
Ladoga 2009 involves all units of the Leningrad Military District, several detachments of the Siberian Military District, interior troops, border guards, and the Baltic and Northern Fleets. The exercise entails the “strategic deployment” of the armed forces in Russia’s northwest and placing military units on “high alert.” “In accordance with the combat training plan of the Russian Armed Forces, the Ladoga-2009 strategic exercises are going ahead under the command of the Russian Ground Forces commander, Gen. Vladimir Boldyrev,” Colonel Igor Konashenkov explained.
The Finnish media editorializes: “Many military experts in Russia, Sweden, and Finland consider the safeguarding of the planned Nord Stream gas pipeline that would run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea as one of the aims of the Ladoga-2009 drill in particular. According to one Finnish military expert, once completed the Nord Stream pipeline will be of such importance to Russia that rehearsing its protection is worth the effort, even well in advance.” With a target completion date of 2012, some observers in Scandinavia and the Baltic states characterize Nord Stream (map above) as the new Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. “The Swedes are clearly nervous about the pipeline issue, as they reduced their defense preparedness in the Baltic Sea after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Now it seems the Russians are coming back, and that makes them uneasy,” suggests Docent Alpo Juntunen of the Finnish National Defense University.
During Zapad 2009 the Russian military will commit 5,000 to 6,000 units of the Moscow Military District, as well as personnel from the Ground Forces, Air Force, Air Defense Forces, Airborne Troops, and Baltic Fleet task forces. For its part Belarus will commit operational command units, as well as 7,000 to 8,000 troops of the Interior Ministry, Emergencies Ministry, and State Security Committee. As the astute reader will note, in Belarus the KGB still proudly operates under that name. The first Zapad exercise took place in 1981, when Soviet communism operated openly, and again in 1999, when “ex”-communist Boris Yeltsin was president of the Russian Federation.
According to General Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the Russian General Staff, more than 60,000 troops will have taken part in Zapad 2009, Ladoga 2009, and Caucasus 2009. The last took place between June 29 and July 10 in the North Caucasus Military District, near the “former” Soviet republic of Georgia, a NATO aspirant with two breakaway regions under Soviet re-occupation.
Concurrent with the Zapad and Ladoga drills, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will carry out scenarios involving conventional and nuclear warfare. “A total of over 2,000 servicemen and 150 theater- and tactical-level command-and-control centers will take part in the drills,” a spokesentity for the SMF disclosed. By 2016 the Kremlin plans to modernize its command-and-control systems to improve their ability to overcome missile defenses and increase the survivability of delivery vehicles, that is, against the still-growing US National Missile Defense system. According to open sources, reports Novosti, the SMF maintains 538 ICBMs on combat duty, including 306 SS-25 Topol (NATO designation Sickle) and 56 SS-27 Topol-M missiles. Silo-based ICBMs constitute 45 percent of Russia’s total ballistic missile arsenal and carry about 85 percent of the SMF’s nuclear warheads.
The fact that in 2009 the Russians are holding military exercises next to Poland, which comprises NATO’s eastern “wall,” as well as next to neutral state Finland is significant from the point of view of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s still-unfolding plan for global domination. In his second book, The Perestroika Deception (1995, 1998), KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn explains that the subordination of Berlin to Moscow, in particular, is a key objective in the Soviet takeover of Europe. Under the faux rightist chancellorship of Helmut Kohl (1982-1998), who oversaw the integration of East German communists into the reunited Germany, the social democratic chancellorship of Gerhard Schroder (1998-2005), who is a close personal friend of KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin and member of Nord Stream’s shareholders’ committee, and most recently the faux rightist chancellorship of Angela Merkel (2005-present), who was raised in East Germany and whose foreign minister is a pro-Moscow social democrat, Germany has indeed become subservient to Russia.
It is not an exaggeration, therefore, to describe the new Moscow-Berlin Axis as a second “Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact” that has effectively outflanked the USA’s shaky alliance with “post”-communist Poland and the Czech Republic. Germany’s socialist dictator Adolf Hitler broke the first pact by invading the Soviet Union in 1941. Nearly 70 years later will the neo-Soviet leadership be guilty of breaking its new “non-aggression pact” with Berlin? Is that the long-range significance of Zapad 2009 and Ladoga 2009? Time, of course, will tell.
August 29, 2009Posted by on
>We began Once Upon a Time in the West nearly four years ago with the intention of exposing the Soviet strategic deception, as first detailed by KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn and others. We are grateful for the positive responses from our visitors after announcing an indefinite leave of absence. Feeling somewhat remorseful about that original decision, we have decided to continue posting, but only on an occasional basis. Other commitments make regular posts difficult. We foresee the outbreak of a communist-provoked hot war as the only reason for returning to daily posts.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia sets up anti-missile system in Far East to counter DPRK “threat”; USA backs down on NMD plans in E. Europe
August 28, 2009Posted by on
– Russian Military Analyst Assesses Above Purchase, Speculates Moscow Possibly Preparing to Reinvade Ukraine, Georgia, and Baltics
– Eastern European “Cyber-Gangs” Target Small, Medium-Sized US Businesses, Electronically Rob and Transfer Funds within Minutes
– Lyricist Who Wrote Russia’s Soviet and “Post”-Communist National Anthems Dies, Praised by Stalin, Putin, Medvedev
The MSM reported on August 27 that Russia has deployed its most advanced anti-missile system close to its short border with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Russia’s Chief of the General Staff, Nikolai Makarov, informed reporters on a trip with President Dmitry Medvedev to Mongolia that the military’s third operational S-400 anti-missile division was tasked with shooting down ballistic missiles that could conceivably stray over Russian territory from North Korea. On the surface this story has some plausibility as the Russian naval port of Vladivostok is only 93 miles from North Korea. In 2006 an off-course North Korean missile reportedly plunged into Russian waters near the port of Nakhoda. Incidentally, nearly 90 years after the reds seized Mongolia, that country’s “ex”-communists continue to hold the reins of government in Ulan Bator.
“We are definitely concerned by the conditions under which tests are being carried out in North Korea, including nuclear devices,” Makarov fretted. One analyst, though, described the general’s comments as “baffling.” Mikhail Barabanov, a Moscow-based defense analyst insisted that there was no evidence that Russia had deployed its S-400 Triumf system in the Far East. “Either the general was doing some sort of PR, or the journalists didn’t understand what he was talking about,” Barabanov pondered. However, he conceded that the military may have transferred the radio-location system for the S-400 to the North Korean border to monitor missile tests.
“Makarov’s remarks,” editorializes The Guardian, “indicate that Russia apparently shares the US’s assessment of North Korea’s nuclear threat, after the north’s nuclear test in May and a series of launches of small- and medium-size missiles, which provoked international condemnation.” The Iranian media, uncritically citing Russia Today, quoted Makarov as saying: “We have deployed an S-400 battalion [in the Far East] already. We are taking preventative measures to secure ourselves from misfired missiles and to make absolutely sure their debris does not fall on Russian territory.” The other two S-400 divisions are stationed around Moscow and in southern Russia, the country’s industrial heartland, sometimes known as the “Red Belt” due to its reliable popular support for the Communist Party.
A more credible explanation for the reported deployment of Russia’s third S-400 division is to counter the still-growing US National Missile Defense system, which includes interceptor missiles at Fort Greely, Alaska and Vanderbilt Air Force Base, California. It may be, too, that the neo-Soviet leadership is still nervous about the Pentagon’s apparent interest in setting up anti-missile batteries around the periphery of the “post”-Soviet space. Although Moscow has dissuaded the Obama White House from carrying out former US President George W. Bush’s plans of deploying interceptor missiles in “post”-communist Poland and a radar base in the “post”-communist Czech Republic, the Department of Defense is now eyeing NATO member Turkey and EU ally Israel as possible sites for interceptor missiles.
“The Kremlin, however,” rightly observes the UPI news agency, “says the planned location in Eastern Europe is compromising Russia’s national security and a further sign of NATO’s eastward expansion. Russia believes the alliance has turned from a security coalition into a geopolitical tool used by the United States to increase its political and economic clout in Eastern Europe.”
Turkey, which moved into Russia’s orbit following last year’s Caucasian War, may not be receptive to that idea of hosting elements of Washington’s NMD. Israel, which armed and trained the Georgian army, much to the Kremlin’s displeasure, already hosts a mobile US radar system in the Negev Desert, ostensibly to track Iranian ballistic missile launches. Russia and Iran, of course, are close allies, while Tehran has submitted an application for full membership in the Moscow-Beijing-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
The above story was first reported by the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza but the US embassy in Ankara, according to the Turkish media, denies that any such negotiations to place US interceptor missiles in Turkey are underway. During the (first) Cold War, Turkey, then a reliable bastion of anti-communism, also hosted US ballistic missiles that were trained on Soviet targets.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin, which has re-projected a limited naval influence throughout the world over the last two years, acknowledges that its navy is sorely in need of accelerated modernization and expansion in the face of a deficient military-industrial establishment. To that end, Moscow, tapping its oil and natural gas revenue, intends to buy a helicopter-carrying Mistral-class amphibious assault ship, equipped with hovercraft and landing craft, from NATO member France. The agreement for purchase will be completed by the end of 2009, revealed General Makarov, who refused to name a price. Earlier this month, though, the Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported that the assault ship, which can carry 16 heavy helicopters, 470 airborne troops and other gear, costs 700 million euros (US$995 million). The 200-metre (656-foot) assault ship is equipped with high-tech communications equipment and is designed to control a NATO amphibious operation.
Tellingly, Makarov admitted that Moscow intends to forge a deal with Paris on joint production of more such ships. “We also want to establish production of a series of at least four or five ships of this class. No country in the world can do everything on its own,” he conceded, no doubt swallowing some neo-Soviet pride as he did so, “Some things will have to be purchased from foreign producers.”
That the Soviets are purchasing military equipment from NATO to upgrade their own forces is not surprising in view of the fact that Moscow has sold combat helicopters, tanks, and armored personnel carriers to NATO countries such as Turkey and Greece. However, such treasonous familiarity simply exposes the fact that the NATO leadership not only does not recognize the Soviet strategic deception but also is compromised at the highest organizational levels. Indeed, KGB-trained Hungarian spy master Sandor Laborc assumed NATO’s rotating top intelligence post in 2008. In both the czarist era and later in the Soviet era, through Washington’s ill-conceived Lend-Lease Program, coordinated by documented Soviet agent Harry Hopkins, Russia routinely made substantial weapons purchases from suppliers in the West.
“This is the first major step in that direction—of Russia turning to the West to modernise its military and military industry,” observed Russian military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer, “It is a major change. We’re talking not just about buying off the shelf but also getting the technology. There is going to be discussion about this. The ship purchase and production agreements with France will likely come under scrutiny from Washington as naval ships built in France and other NATO states contain potentially sensitive US technologies.” Felgenhauer speculated that the Russian Navy could use its French-built amphibious assault ships to land special forces along the coast of “former” Soviet republics like Ukraine, Georgia, and the Baltic states.
On August 26, in what could be a case of disinformation, possibly like the story about the S-400 deployment in Far East Russia, General Makarov announced that production of the troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) has been moved to an alternative factory due to “problems in the production cycle.” According to the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper, Russian military and defense industry experts were taken aback by Makarov’s statement since there is only one plant in Russia—Votkinsky Zavod in the Ural Mountains—that manufactures solid-fuel ballistic missiles for the Strategic Missile Forces, including the Topol-M, Iskander-M, and Bulava-30.
“Apparently, the media misinterpreted what Gen. Makarov said because there is nowhere to transfer Bulava production to from the Votkinsky plant,” commented former chief of staff of the Strategic Missile Forces, Colonel General Viktor Yesin. He added: “On the other hand, it is possible to change manufacturers of faulty components supplied to the plant. Here we have some options, but the choice is still limited.”
The Bulava, which is being developed by the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology, has suffered six failures in 11 tests. The SLBM carries up to 10 MIRV warheads and has an estimated range of over 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The three-stage missile will be deployed on new Borey-class nuclear-powered strategic submarines. Russia’s top brass expects the Bulava, along with Topol-M land-based ballistic missiles, to become the core of Russia’s nuclear triad.
A likely precursor of the Communist Bloc assault against the West will be a pre-“Missile Day” cyberattack against military and civilian infrastructure computer networks in the West. Peace-time probes have already taken place, instigated by security agencies, military sabotage divisions, and state-sponsored criminal groups in Russia, Eastern Europe, China, and North Korea. Russian hackers also purportedly disrupted websites in Estonia in 2007, in connection with the international dispute over a Soviet war monument in the capital Tallinn, and Georgia in 2008, in advance of the neo-Soviet occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Along this theme, on August 25 the Washington Post reported that criminal “cyber-gangs” in Eastern Europe are targeting small and medium-sized companies in the USA. These invisible cyber-gangs electronically transfer money from bank accounts via “money mules,” who are willing or unwitting individuals involved in the fraud. Sometimes these illegal transactions are conducted within half an hour, before the account holder realizes that he has been robbed. “Eastern European organized crime groups are believed to be predominantly responsible for the activities that are employing witting and unwitting accomplices in the U.S. to receive cash and forward payments — from thousands to millions of dollars to overseas locations — via popular money and wire transfer services,” warns an alert from the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center. The reader should be reminded that the deliberate disruption and demise of the capitalist economies, which are already experiencing serious convulsions, is a key objective of the communist conspiracy.
Finally, in a related story that will no doubt enflames the hearts of many Russians with neo-Soviet pride, children’s writer and poet Sergei Mikhalkov, who penned the lyrics to the Soviet and “post”-communist Russian national anthems, died on August 27 at the ripe old age of 96. President Medvedev, a Soviet Komsomol graduate, expressed condolences to the poet’s widow, sons, and other family members. Mikhalkov died in a Moscow hospital.
In 1943 Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin commissioned a new national anthem, with the lyrics to be written by Mikhalkov and music composed by Alexander Alexandrov. As a result of his contribution to the Soviet cause, Mikhalkov received a series of major awards, including the highly prestigious Stalin prizes. In the 1970s he altered the lyrics to delete reference to Stalin. After the Soviet Union was dismantled in 1991, the anthem was briefly abolished by President Boris Yeltsin but restored under his hand-picked successor, Vladimir Putin. Yet another version of the national anthem was officially adopted in 2001, after Mikhalkov was picked once again to rewrite the lyrics to Alexandrov’s music. Two years later Putin visited Mikhalkov at his home, decorating the lyricist with the Order for Service to the Fatherland and recognizing his contributions to Russian culture.
In conclusion, we see through the venerable Mikhalkov’s close relationship with both Stalin and Putin perfect harmony between the paleo-Soviet and neo-Soviet leaderships.
>Gray Terror File: Scotland releases Lockerbie bomber, “repentant” arch-terrorist Qaddafi welcomes Megrahi home, states war against West "justified"
August 28, 2009Posted by on
>“Scotland’s decision to release Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi from prison gives comfort to terrorists around the world and makes a mockery of the rule of law,” Robert Mueller declared in a latter addressed to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, dated August 21, and posted at the website of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. “I am outraged at your decision,” the FBI director added, “Your action rewards a terrorist even though he never admitted to his role in this act of mass murder.”
Megrahi, who is dying of prostate cancer, was released the day before by MacAskill. He was sentenced in 2001 to serve 27 years for the killing of 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. Doctors estimated this month he had less than three months to live. Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer, has maintained his innocence in the bombing of the Boeing 747 flying to New York from London. He was the only person convicted in the atrocity, which took place on December 21, 1988. Libya formally accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing.
On arrival at Tripoli’s airport, Megrahi was greeted by hundreds of people cheering and waving Scottish flags. Libyan strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi (pictured above) hugged the 57-year-old Megrahi and praised Scottish authorities, as well as Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, for releasing his agent. Even US President Barack Hussein Obama, a leftist who is pro-Islam, called the display “highly objectionable.”
Colonel Qaddafi has ruled Libya with a party-less socialist dictatorship since seizing power in an anti-monarchist coup in 1969. During and after the Cold War he sponsored rebels and revolutionaries throughout Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, including Sudan, Chad, Niger, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Relations between Washington and Tripoli reached a nadir in 1986 when Ronald Reagan, the last “great” US president in our opinion, ordered the air force to bomb the Libyan capital and Benghazi. Reagan rightly described Qaddafi as a “mad dog.” General Secretary of the African Union, an ardent promoter of African federalism, and an open enemy of Israel, Qaddafi allegedly abandoned a nuclear arms program and publicly renounced terrorism between 2002 and 2005.
In addition to being a staunch ally of Moscow, Qaddafi is also chummy with Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator. The troubling relationship between Tripoli and Managua afforded international terrorism a conduit into the Central America during the 1980s and since January 2007, when Ortega re-assumed the presidency, has once again opened that dangerous door. Ortega, it should be added, is also closely allied with the Islamic terrorist state of Iran. Last year Qaddafi met former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in what was the highest-level official visit by a US dignitary to Libya in more than 50 years. As an aside, in 2008 more than 200 African tribal chiefs blasphemously crowned Qaddafi “king of kings,” a title given in the Bible to Jesus Christ.
Following the hero’s reception for Megrahi, Qaddafi’s statement to Libya’s official news agency revealed that he has never at any time privately renounced international terrorism as an instrument of state policy: “The West still has a policy of double measures resulting from its arrogance and disdain it has for other nations and their public opinion. It is a policy that generates the terrorism which they now suffer. Terrorism is a phenomenon with a double cause and it finds its justification in these policies.”
Notwithstanding Qaddafi’s candor this week, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a business magnate who like the Libyan strongman is buddy buddies with Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, indicated that he will go ahead with his official trip to Tripoli, scheduled for August 30. The Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini offered the following pathetic, self-congratulatory excuse for not immediately severing relations with arch-terrorist Qaddafi:
First of all because Gaddafi is the Chair of the African Union; in the second place, we have shown both Libya and the rest of the world that we have made a break with our colonial past. No other country has done so and we deserve praise for this. In the third place because we now have a consolidated relationship with Libya which goes beyond economic ties, but it is a rapport of Mediterranean collaboration.
The last is a reference to the new Union for the Mediterranean (UPM), the brainchild of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Libya was the only North African state to refuse Sarkzoy’s invitation to take out full membership in the UPM, which embraces the terrorist-sponsoring state of Syria.
Lastly, it should come as no surprise that Moscow has no compunction about revitalizing its Soviet-era relationship with Tripoli. According to Novosti, Russia will send an honor guards company to Libya to take part in a military parade dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Libya’s socialist revolution on September 1. Neither President Dmitry Medvedev nor Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will attend the celebrations in the Libyan capital, but a delegation of state-level officials will be sent.
>Event Convergence Alert: Two Bear bombers fly within 50 miles of Iceland on Aug. 5, Russian subs simultaneously spotted off US East Coast
August 24, 2009Posted by on
– Kremlin Commissions Tupolev to Develop Fifth-Generation Strategic Bomber, Tu-180 Stealth Bomber Reported to Exist Already
We’re back from our three-week summer vacation. Our information war against the Communist Bloc continues.
On or around August 5 the US military detected two Russian, nuclear-powered Akula-class attack submarines within 200 miles of the eastern seaboard. However, dot.gov was not alarmed. “Is it unusual?” a senior Pentagon official asked, admitting: “Yes, but we don’t view it as provocative at all.” He then swept the incident under the carpet of diplomatese: “Both subs remained in international waters at all times.” “During the Cold War,” relates the Wall Street Journal, citing the New York Times “subs from both the U.S. and the Soviet Union regularly patrolled the North Atlantic in an elaborate game of naval brinkmanship intended to track rival fleets and position themselves strategically in case of war.”
In the event of war, attack submarines are tasked with destroying enemy subs and ships with torpedoes and missiles, while larger ballistic missile subs are tasked with destroying land-based military and civilian targets with nuclear weapons. The US Navy equivalent of the Akula is the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered sub.
US naval expert Norman Polmar, quoted in the original New York Times article, observed that this was probably the first time in 15 years that the Russian Navy deployed two subs in proximity to its not-so-former Cold War rival. Ominously, the original article reported that one of the subs recently made a port of call in Cuba, which is once again openly consorting with neo-Soviet Russia. However, the Department of Defense official quoted above would not confirm the first sub’s movements, conceding only that the second sub remained close to Greenland, an autonomous overseas territory of Denmark.
A senior Kremlin official was quoted by Interfax as retorting: “Patrols in international waters are routine, and there is no need for hysteria.” Anatoly Nogovitsyn, Russia’s deputy chief of general staff, complained about the attention given to his subs: “I don’t know if it’s news to anyone. The navy should not stay idle at its moorings.”
The British media picked up the story above by probing the Royal Navy for information concerning Russian subs lurking near the United Kingdom, particularly in one of their old Cold War haunts, the Iceland Gap, north of Scotland: “We don’t want to let them know that we know where they are operating,” protested a British Defence Ministry official. Commodore Stephen Saunders, a former submarine commander and editor of Jane’s Fighting Ships, commented on the incident:
The arrival of Akula Class submarines off the US eastern seaboard is as much a political move by the Russian Navy as a military one, although these deployments would always have to be approved from high-up. It’s unquestionably the Russian Navy trying to raise its profile. The Russian Navy has been suffering from neglect for years, to such an extent that a Russian navy commander admitted in June that they might have to buy ships from abroad.
However, the Times of London quoted a Pentagon official, presumably the one interviewed by the New York Times above: “Any time the Russian Navy does something out of the ordinary, it is cause for worry. We’ve known where they were and we’re not concerned about our ability to track the subs, but we’re concerned just because they are there.”
On August 11 the Canadian Press reported that in response to the Russian sub sighting off the US eastern seaboard Ottawa dispatched a CP-140 Aurora patrol aircraft to monitor the vessels in the event that they approach Canada’s Atlantic coast. It is not clear, though, whether the Canadian military unilaterally made the decision to track the subs, or followed a request from US Northern Command, which regularly performs this duty. “We don’t talk about ongoing activity, especially if it’s a surveillance flight,” explained Lt. Noel Paine, spokesman for Canada Command, the Ottawa-based headquarters in charge of the Canadian Forces’ continental defense. “We don’t discuss any activity of vessel of interest – or any area that [the aircraft] is flying.” Earlier this month the Canadian Maritime Command conducted a four-week exercise near Baffin Island that was personally viewed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as part of his five-day tour of Canada’s three Arctic territories.
Harper’s defense minister, Peter MacKay, who criticized Moscow over a planned exercise to drop paratroopers on the North Pole next April, admitted that the subs had done nothing threatening, but insisted that their presence off the east coast of North America is part of “Russia flexing its muscle on the world stage.” Last February, Canadian fighter jets scrambled to intercept an approaching Russian bomber less than 24 hours before US President Barack Hussein Obama’s visit to Ottawa.
Although the North American and British media published news of the Russian sub sightings, it failed to point out that on August 5, even as the vessels lurked off the US east coast, two Bear bombers flew within 50 nautical miles of Iceland. The task of reporting this separate incident was left to the Icelandic media.
The Russian Air Force’s strategic bomber fleet is aging, like much of its US counterpart, especially the B-52 Stratofortress and B-1 Lancer. In response, the Kremlin is modernizing its fleet of Tu-160 Blackjacks, Tu-22M3 Backfires, and Tu-95 Bears, as well as the Il-78 Midas aerial tankers that support the bombers on overseas missions. Upgrades for the Tu-160 include conventional smart weapons and new radar systems. However, Russia’s upgraded, nuclear-capable bombers will become obsolete by 2020. Thus, Moscow is committed to developing a fifth-generation stealth bomber that would rival the US Air Force’s B-2 Spirit.
State-run Tupolev has been granted the contract to design and build Russia’s 21st-century long-range bomber, which will possess both conventional and nuclear capabilities. “We signed a contract this year on research and development of a future strategic bomber for the Russian strategic aviation. It will be a conceptually new plane based on the most advanced technologies,” Tupolev general director Igor Shevchuk explained at the MAKS-2009 air show near Moscow, earlier this month. According to some reports, Tupolev, which is the only Russian aerospace company with experience in bomber production, has already developed a stealth bomber called the Tu-180.
Some military aviation experts believe that Russia’s proposed new heavy bomber will actually be an advanced knock-off of the Blackjack, production of which resumed in December 2007. Russia’s air force commander, Colonel General Alexander Zelin, elaborated: “The new plane will use a wide selection of high-precision weapons, and will have a whole range of new combat capabilities, allowing it to apply new methods to carrying out deterrence tasks.”
Intriguingly, from the vantage of the Soviet deception strategy, after the so-called collapse of Soviet communism in 1991, Moscow took the precaution of preserving Tupolev’s industrial base for the development and production of new heavy bombers by issuing Russian Government Decree No. 720 in 1999. This legislative instrument placed the famed design bureau on a list of companies essential to Russia’s national security. In 2006 Tupolev and other well-known Soviet aerospace companies were absorbed into the Kremlin-run United Aircraft Corporation.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian paratroopers to carry out North Pole drop in April 2010, 48,000-member force to receive new weapons, AIVs
August 3, 2009Posted by on
In the 1968 action thriller Ice Station Zebra, directed by John Sturges and starring Rock Hudson, US Marines and Soviet paratroopers face off at Drift Ice Station Zebra, on the polar ice pack, in their attempt to recover a film capsule ejected by a spy satellite. Four decades later Russian paratroopers will land at the North Pole in a military exercise slated for April 2010 and designed to reassert the Kremlin’s power in the Arctic region.
General Lieutenant Vladimir Shamanov, commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, however, denies that Moscow is saber rattling. “We do not intend to engage in rattling, we only intend to make a peaceful visit to the North Pole,” the good general insists, adding: “Today, when the issue of protection of national interest in the northern direction, a working group on the organization of the trip has been established together with Artur Chilingarov.” General Shamanov then has the audacity to describe the paratrooper operation as a “demilitarizing mission.”
Incidentally, Chilingarov is Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s special representative for Arctic and Antarctic issues. A recent publication of the Russian Security Council, the secretary of which is former FSB/KGB chief Nikolai Patrushev, proposes the establishment of an Arctic Group of Forces.
Not so coincidentally, Russia’s airborne troops will receive new equipment and weapons by the end of 2009 and transform itself into a fully professional force by 2011. “At the end of August we will receive a battalion of 10 Nona self-propelled guns and two fire-control vehicles,” Shamanov related. In addition to procuring BMD-4 airborne infantry vehicles, the general revealed that his airborne troops are planning to procure aerial spy drones, possibly the Israeli ones reported earlier this year, and modernize the TIGR armored multipurpose vehicle.
Russia’s paratroopers, boasts state-run Novosti at the previous link, are considered the country’s most capable mobile assault forces. Various estimates put the current personnel at about 48,000 troops deployed in four divisions and a brigade. Russian paratroopers participated in last month’s Sino-Soviet war game in northeast China, Peace Mission 2009 (pictured above).
Historically, Canada has been very sensitive about its sovereignty over its Arctic islands and waterways, even when its closet ally, the USA, is involved. During the (first) Cold War Canadians lived in fear that their country, geographically situated between the USA and the Soviet Union, would be caught in the middle of a superpower nuclear conflagration. Since 2007 Russia’s revitalized bomber missions over the North Pole and the Kremlin’s re-assertion of influence over the Arctic’s natural resources have struck a particularly raw nerve in Ottawa.
To counter Moscow’s brazen moves in the polar region, Canada’s conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, plans to carry out a five-day trip to the Canadian Arctic, and witness part of a four-week naval drill near Baffin Island. This past Friday Defence Minister Peter MacKay acknowledged that Ottawa is “closely monitoring the Russian plans” for the Arctic, and warned that Canada is ready “to meet any challenge” to its territorial sovereignty. That may be so, but it will only be in conjunction with the USA’s protective “nuclear umbrella,” which the plucky Canadians enjoy via their membership in the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
>Blogger’s Note: Dear FSB/KGB cyber-snoops: Why don’t you take your vacation on the Black Sea now since I’m taking mine
July 31, 2009Posted by on
>Beginning tomorrow your resident blogger will begin a much-needed three-week vacation. I will have limited or no Internet access during this period. Unless a hot war develops somewhere, my next post could be as late as August 24. Assuming the world doesn’t self-destruct before then, we’ll be back at that time to continue our information war against the Communist Bloc. I was thinking of signing off by saying something like: “I’m heading for Central America to fight the communists, but my wife won’t let me.” Instead, I’ll just say “Have a great summer!”
Pictured above: On site for the fourth major Sino-Soviet war game, Peace Mission 2009, Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the Russian General Staff, views small arms of the People’s Liberation Army, at the Taonan tactical training base in China’s Jilin Province, on July 23. The combined military drill, which involved 3,000 Russian and Chinese troops, began in Khabarovsk and ran from July 22 to 26.
>Latin America File: Nicaraguan FM: “Historical” continuity of relations between Managua, Moscow; Ortega: Honduran coup leaders “opened up battlefield"
July 31, 2009Posted by on
>Earlier this week we described Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin’s third visit in 12 months to Latin America, a region where as a GRU agent during the 1980s he supplied Marxist rebels with Soviet weapons. Commenting on a bilateral oil exploration protocol signed by Russia and Nicaragua during Sechin’s Managua pitstop, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos remarked to state-run Itar-Tass: “Russia-Nicaragua relations cannot be viewed outside the historical context, without taking into account the relations between the USSR and Nicaragua in the 1980s. When we [Sandinistas] in 16 years returned to power, the first thing we did was restoration of trust-based relations with our friends.”
To curry the neo-Soviet regime’s favor, last August Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega rushed to recognize Georgia’s Russian-occupied regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “We exchanged the appropriate messages and received expressions of gratitude from both countries, as well as the information saying they still had to resolve some problems before launching a practical rapprochement and opening diplomatic missions,” Santos explained.
In these blurbs Nicaragua’s foreign minister admits that there is a “historical” (ideological) continuity between the Soviet Union’s support for the first Sandinista regime 20 years ago and “post”-communist Russia’s support for the second and current Sandinista regime. It can be expected therefore that all of the plans that Moscow and Managua hatched in the 1980s for the subjugation of Central America will shortly come to fruition in a clever package that Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez calls “21st century socialism.” Incidentally, Comrades Hugo and Dan, we are hard pressed to see how your 21st century socialism differs from 20th century socialism which, according to the Black Book of Communism, killed off 100 million people and enslaved hundreds of millions more. But, hey, according to leftists everywhere, we should give peace, love, and totalitarianism another chance.
Just in time to expose US President Barack Hussein Obama’s capitulationist policy toward Latin American communism, war threatens to break out in the USA’s backyard, specifically between the leftist regimes in Venezuela and Ecuador, in the one camp, and the anti-communist government in Colombia, in the other; and between the leftist regime in Nicaragua and the lawful, anti-communist government in Honduras.
The reinstallation of deposed leftist Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, now encamped with both retinue and President Ortega’s blessing immediately south of the Honduran-Nicaraguan border, is just one facet of the Communist Bloc’s program of “21st century socialism” for Central America. On July 29 Ortega ranted: “The coup leaders who removed Zelaya committed a great error and opened up a battlefield.” For his part, Zelaya admitted: “I am an invited guest of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who supports my using his country as a base.” Zelaya, addressing supporters, is pictured above in Ocotal, Nicaragua on July 29. “We certainly don’t want Zelaya around here anymore,” retorted Francisco Aguirre, Nicaraguan opposition lawmaker in a telephone interview with Bloomberg. “He represents too much of a risk of an armed conflict with Honduras, and he’s doing our economy a lot of harm.”
In Honduras itself the Left continues to mobilize against the constitutional government of President Roberto Micheletti. On July 30, the New York Times reports, Zelaya partisans “peacefully” protested against Micheletti armed with “long sticks and pickaxes,” prompting, in our opinion, an appropriate response from the military, which supports peace talks between the country’s rival governments:
Several people were wounded and more than 100 were arrested Thursday during clashes between the police and supporters of the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, in at least four locations. The most intense violence occurred on the northern edge of Tegucigalpa, the capital, where one person was shot in the head. Leaders of the demonstrations accused the police of firing tear gas and live ammunition on peaceful protesters. Television footage showed some protesters armed with long sticks and pickaxes.
This past Wednesday, Nicaragua’s United Nations ambassador Maria Rubiales, Health Minister Guillermo Gonzalez, and Vice Foreign Minister Valdrack Jaentschke visited the border camps where Zelaya partisans have flocked, evading capture by Honduran soldiers. As a result of their “assessment” of conditions in the camps, Nicaragua is requesting international humanitarian aid to facilitate the subversive presence of Zelaya’s government in exile.
After the March 2008 Andean Crisis, when Venezuela and Ecuador mobilized their armed forces to their respective borders with Colombia, South America’s ranting red tyrant cooled off for a brief while and feigned friendship with President Alvaro Uribe. However, following international accusations that Chavez funneled Swedish-built 1980s-era surface-to-air missiles to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and news of the planned expansion of Plan Colombia, which will see US counter-narcotics troops deployed at Colombian military bases, the Chavezista regime has once again ramped up its verbal and diplomatic assaults against Bogota. In addition to withdrawing its ambassador from and severing commerce with Colombia, Caracas has accused its neighbor of “warmongering” and posing a “danger for the entire region.” The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry rumbled this week:
Venezuela expresses its indignation due to the irresponsibility of the Colombian government of destroying the efforts made to build a bi-national tie of mutual benefit for both peoples, putting at risk the peace and stability of the region. Colombia seeks to justify the establishment of five U.S. military bases in its territory by making false accusations of weapon supply from Caracas to the Colombian guerillas. Why does not Colombia demand the U.S. or Israel to explain how thousands of weapons made in those countries go to the hands of the guerillas inside Colombia? Colombia had become a continued danger for the entire region, and we call on our neighbor to drop its warmongering policy.
Ecuador’s socialist regime has yet to restore relations with Colombia since the Andean Crisis. As we previously blogged, President Rafael Correa has taken umbrage at reports that the FARC bribed the government in Quito in order to secure safe haven for its guerrillas on Ecuadorean soil. Coincidentally, in August Ecuador will assume the rotating presidency of the South American Defense Council, an organ of the nascent Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), of which Colombia is also a member. “The council will pass to Ecuador a difficult situation because diplomatic relations with Colombia have not yet been restored and diplomatic relations between this country and Venezuela are frozen,” remarked Ecuadorean Defense Minister Javier Ponce. Brazil’s center-left president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is urging the South American Defense Council–which coordinates UNASUR member state defense policies rather than providing a unified military command like NATO–to press Colombia into accounting for the increased US military presence on its soil.
Meanwhile, on July 30 Presidents Chavez and Lula da Silva shared their “concerns” by telephone about the Honduran political crisis and the very real threat posed by US anti-drug operations to their regime’s complicity in the Moscow-directed narco-subversion of the West. According to a press release from Brasilia, Lula da Silva, whose government contains cadres of the Communist Party of Brazil, confirmed his attendance at the 2nd Africa-South America Summit that will take place in Venezuela in September. He also confirmed attendance at his quarterly meeting with Chavez to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two states. The press released also stated:
They talked about the need to increase international pressure on the coup leaders to guarantee President Manuel Zelaya’s restitution and restoration of democracy in that sister nation. Chavez commented on the danger and the threat that the intention to establish US military bases in Colombia represents, and explained the measures that our government has been forced to adopt to guarantee regional peace and stability. They shared their happiness for the agreement reached between PDVSA and PETROBRAS companies, of great significance to establishing a complementary relation between our countries, to reach full energy sovereignty.
Lula announced that his advisor Marco Aurelio Garcia would visit Caracas this weekend while Development, Industry and Foreign Trade Minister Miguel Jorge will visit Venezuela from August 19 to 20, accompanied by a large delegation of Brazilian business leaders. The Brazilian government’s press release concluded: “They ratified their commitment to continuing their quarterly meetings, leaving as a pending issue to fix the exact date for September, when they should hold the third meeting of the year, in which they are expected to continue strengthening the strategic alliance between Brazil and Venezuela.”
>End Times File: Russia, Iran hold 1st-ever joint military drill, Russian Navy expands Syrian facility, Medvedev presents new world currency
July 31, 2009Posted by on
>Last year we posted a number of End Times File articles, especially focusing on the possible identity of the Antichrist, whom we suspect may be the head of state of a major Western European power. Developments in the Middle East once again warrant a brief foray into Bible prophecy, which has a lot to say about the restoration of Israel to its ancient homeland in the last days of history.
Specifically, the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel writes, in chapters 38 and 39 of his book, of a massive military coalition that will come against God’s chosen nation in the end times, probably at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week, a seven-year period otherwise known as the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) or the tribulation (Matthew 24:29). At the head of this confederacy, which will meet its supernatural doom on the mountains of Israel, is Magog (Russia/Soviet Union), followed by Persia (Iran), Togarmah (Turkey), Libya (by name), and the Muslim-Arab states.
All of these countries are now arrayed against Israel, including Turkey which, even though a NATO member, has effectively abandoned its Cold War attachment to the West and allied itself with Russia in recent months. Even though Syria is also closely allied with these countries, Ezekiel makes no mention of this country in his confederacy. Thus, it is possible that the destruction of Damascus, mentioned in Isaiah 17, takes place before the Magog invasion. If the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city is flattened by an Israeli nuclear weapon, then this could serve as an impetus for Moscow, Tehran, and the Muslim-Arab capitals to attempt to wipe out the Jewish state once and for all.
The Soviet strategists have not only assembled the same coalition of nations prophesied in the Old Testament, but they are also positioning their military assets in close proximity to Israel, as the following points demonstrate:
1) the Russian Navy is refurbishing and expanding its maintenance facility in Tartus, Syria, from which it can quickly dispatch warships to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, as well as throughout the Mediterranean Sea
2) the Russian military is deploying sophisticated air defense systems in Syria under the pretense of countering the US FBX-T missile interception radar system in Israel
3) the Russian Ground Forces are establishing a permanent presence in Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
4) for the first time ever, Russia and Iran, which is seeking full member status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, will carry out a two-day joint war game called “Regional Collaboration for a Secure and Clean Caspian.”
This week’s drill, according to senior Iranian port authorities, will involve some 30 warships, including those of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla, and supposedly enable the two allies to improve their response to regional environmental crises and more effectively execute search and rescue operations.
Another dimension of Bible prophecy is the establishment of a global means of commerce called the “mark of the beast,” mentioned in chapter 13 of Revelation, apart from which no man can buy or sell. In Bible prophecy beasts symbolize Gentile world powers. The founding of a world currency, such as that being promoted today by Western globalists and the Soviet strategists, would presumably provide the “climate” necessary to later implement and receive the Antichrist’s universal mark. The current financial disruptions have in fact provided the globalists and the Soviets with a perfect opportunity to lure national leaders, including US President Barack Hussein Obama, into the fold of the Council on Foreign Relations’ “global governance,” Mikhail Gorbachev’s “state of the whole people,” and Vladimir Lenin’s “world proletarian dictatorship.”
After months of promoting the ruble or some other denomination as a new global currency reserve, on July 10 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev flourished a sample of the “United Future World Currency” at his G8 news conference in L’Aquila, Italy. Holding the coin (picture above) between his fingers, the Russian president enthused:
I have some supranational currency in my pocket that I got as a souvenir. This is a test sample of a currency unit under the Unity in Diversity motto. It is called the United Future World Currency. It can already be seen and touched. This is a symbol of our unity and our desire to solve such issues.
This has become a regular theme now. We are discussing the creation or, to be more correct, the appearance of new reserve currencies, including the possibility of making the Russian ruble such a currency unit.
The United Future World Currency coin was designed by Belgian Luc Luycx, who also designed the Euro coins, and is called the “eurodollar” in a symbolic proposal for a common currency to unite both Europe and the United States of America. In recent months both Russia and Red China have called for a “super currency” to replace the US dollar as a reserve currency. French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged his colleagues at the G8 summit, including Obama, to view the dollar’s supremacy as a reserve currency as a thing of the past. “To global crisis we must respond with a reform of global governance,” he declared. Will alleged Soviet mole Obama concede to Sarkozy’s terms and lead the USA into the arms of the waiting Red World Order?
>Latin America File: Zelaya’s exiled government holes up in Nicaraguan border town Ocotal; Russia’s deputy PM visits Caracas, Managua, Havana (again)
July 29, 2009Posted by on
– Sandinista Cadres Prevent Opposition Deputies from Delivering Letter of Protest to Zelaya in Ocotal
– Sweden Accuses Venezuela of Transferring SAMs to Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
– Venezuelan President Chavez Withdraws Ambassador from Bogota, Second Time Since 2008 Andean Crisis (source)
– Ecuadorean President Correa Joins Venezuelan Counterparts in Condemning Colombia’s Opposition to the FARC, Alliance with USA; Threatens Military Action if Andean Crisis Repeated
Pictured above: Nicaragua’s president and veteran KGB asset Daniel Ortega receives Russia’s deputy prime minister, GRU agent Igor Sechin, at the headquarters of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front in Managua, on July 28, 2009.
Honduras’ deposed president Manuel Zelaya and his government in exile have temporarily holed up in the sleepy Nicaraguan mountain town of Ocotal, near the border with his homeland. The cowboy hat-wearing, cell phone-toting wealthy rancher-turned-socialist races about town in a convoy of white Jeeps and SUVs, trailed by television reporters. Zelaya is closely allied with the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis and other leftist regimes in Latin America, like Bolivia and Ecuador.
In a late-breaking story, Bloomberg reports that Zelaya has set up bases in Nicaragua to receive some 3,000 partisans from his homeland via 300 “hidden routes through the mountains.” In response, Nicaragua’s opposition rightly warns that Zelaya is provoking war between the two countries. Yesterday, deputies from the Nicaraguan Democratic Bloc endeavored to deliver a letter of protest to Zelaya, but they were blocked by cadres of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front along the highway to Ocotal. On Tuesday Nicaraguan opposition leader Eduard Montealegre traveled to Honduras to meet the country’s lawful president, Roberto Micheletti.
Zelaya’s most vocal backer is Venezuela’s USA-bashing communist dictator Hugo Chavez, but his host is Nicaragua’s USA-bashing communist dictator Daniel Ortega, who recently commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution that deposed the Somoza dynasty. Many of the original Sandinistas, like Ernesto Cardenal, have jumped ship since then, accusing Ortega of abandoning the ideals of the revolution in pursuit of personal power. However, the former Jesuit priest and Sandinista culture minister has not abandoned his leftism. Cardenal now sits on Telesur’s board of directors, which is partly financed by the neo-Sandinista regime. By contrast, Nicaragua’s feared but aging former interior minister, Tomas Borge, remained loyal to Ortega and, thus, was appointed the country’s ambassador to Peru, from where in June 2009 he urged Ortega to grant asylum to Peruvian indigenous rebel leader Alberto Pizango. Peru is one of the few countries in Latin America allied with the USA, even though President Alan Garcia is a social democrat.
Lately, Cuba’s USA-bashing communist dictator Raul Castro has not been preoccupied with the political crisis in Honduras but, rather, with re-cementing ties with long-time USA-bashing African allies like Algeria’s ruling National Liberation Front, Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party/Arab Socialist Union, Namibia’s ruling South-West African People’s Organization, and the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola. No doubt, too, Comrade Raul is rubbing his hands with delight over the US$150 million loan that neo-Soviet Russia has graciously extended to the fellow red regime 90 miles south of the Florida Keys. The loan will permit Havana to finance the acquisition of Russian-built construction and agricultural machinery. With respect to regional issues Castro also endorses Zelaya’s reinstatement and, with a nod to the Cold War that supposedly ended in 1991, has condemned the interim government leaders in Tegucigalpa as “fascistas” and “golpistas” (coupists).
Relations between Tegucigalpa and Caracas are also tense. Venezuela’s diplomatic corps in Honduras are refusing to comply with a July 21 deportation order issued by the Micheletti government. “We are still in Honduras, and will stay here,” charge d’affairs Ariel Arias protested on July 26 in a phone call to state-owned Venezolana de Television. Arias related that Honduran soldiers arrived at the Venezuelan embassy on the previous day to dislodge the occupants.
Meanwhile, Russia’s deputy prime minister Igor Sechin is reprising last year’s visits to the capitals of Latin America’s Red Axis. In the 1980s GRU agent Sechin was the Kremlin’s middleman for supplying arms to Marxist insurgents in the region. Now the Western Hemisphere’s machine gun-toting guerrillas, like Salvadoran Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, have donned dress jackets and ties, seized the reins of power by way of the ballot box, and signaled Moscow that they are ready to do business with the Soviet strategists. That “business” frequently entails joint energy projects, military acquisitions and upgrades, and a relaxation of travel restrictions between Russia and her Latin American allies.
On Monday Sechin arrived in Caracas to discuss plans for a high-level bilateral commission and what will probably be Chavez’s ninth or 10th pilgrimage to Moscow since becoming president of Venezuela in 1999. No date has been officially announced for Comrade Hugo’s visit. Sechin explained that he would also discuss joint gas and oil and electricity-generating projects with Rafael Ramirez, Chavez’s Energy and Oil Minister and communist boss of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the showpiece of Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution.” Sechin will also visit the world’s largest field of heavy and super-heavy crude oil near the Orinoco River. There he will review in situ the prospects of creating a Soviet-Venezuelan oil consortium to include Gazprom at the helm, as well as Rosneft, LUKOil, TNK-BP, Surgutneftegaz and, of course, PDVSA. The Orinoco oilfield under consideration is estimated to contain some 235 billion barrels of crude.
Specifically, the Kremlin has agreed to form a venture between OAO Gazprom’s Latin American division and PDVSA-Servicios, the state oil company’s oilfield services subsidiary, to recover drilling rigs and gas compression equipment. Incidentally, the chairman of Gazprom is Viktor Zubkov, an “ex”-CPSU cadre whose son in law is Russia’s defense minister. Between 2007 and 2008 Zubkov also held the post of prime minister. “Russia plans to become one of the biggest foreign investors in Venezuela, using a joint bank to fund Venezuelan infrastructure and development projects,” reports Bloomberg, “Venezuela has reached out to Russia in an attempt to obtain financing and reduce dependence on the U.S., the country’s main trading partner.” “Thank you for believing in us, for believing in Venezuela, like we believe in Russia,” gushed Chavez to Sechin on state television.
Sechin and Chavez also signed an agreement expanding military cooperation between the two communist states, which is already extensive, although the previous link provides no details on the nature of the military cooperation. Last week, however, South America’s red tyrant announced that he intended to “double” the Venezuelan army’s firepower by purchasing at least 100 Russian T-90 main battle tanks.
Afterwards, Chavez praised the deals as a fitting culmination to the “dialogue” started with Russia during President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Caracas last November: “These deals contribute to the establishment of a multipolar world order with reduced U.S. global dominance. Our positions on the issue coincide with the Russian president’s. Cooperation with Russia will bolster the process of integration underway in Latin America.” As we have stated for months here at this blog: the Soviet strategists are eagerly guiding the process of political, economic, and military integration in Latin America to further communism’s conquest of the Western Hemisphere. Expect no resistance to this plan from alleged Soviet mole Barack Hussein Obama, the president of the USA.
On Tuesday Sechin touched down in Managua for the third time in 12 months. He is expected to meet President Ortega, with whom he will discuss joint projects in electricity generation, increasing bilateral trade, and oil exploration off Nicaragua’s Pacific and Caribbean coasts. “We are currently holding discussions on a whole range of areas of energy cooperation,” enthused Igor Kondrashev, Russia’s ambassador to the Central American country, adding, “In Nicaragua there are very good prospects for prospecting and extracting oil on the Atlantic and Pacific shelves.” Last year, KGB asset Ortega became the only world leader to join Moscow in recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia’s breakaway regions. It appears that his fidelity to the Soviet strategists has reaped dividends. Last December when Comandante Ortega flew to Moscow for the first time since the Cold War President Medvedev, a Soviet Komsomol graduate, addressed the former guerrilla leader as “comrade.”
Significantly, Sechin’s arrival in Nicaragua coincides with the establishment of Honduras’ pro-communist government in exile just south of the Honduran-Nicaraguan border. We have no reason to believe Sechin will chum around with Zelaya, but we are still waiting for Russian military engineers to show up and renovate the never-used Soviet-built runway at Punta Huete, north of Lake Managua. This particular project was publicized last year during one of Sechin’s previous materializations in the Nicaraguan capital. In 1987 US Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, now retired and on the speaking circuit, warned policymakers about Punta Huete, which can accommodate Russia’s strategic bombers, like the two Tu-160s that were deployed to Venezuela last September. Perhaps Russia’s military engineers and covert operatives, playing up the role of “touristas,” will once again flock to Nicaragua on a new visa-free regime implemented earlier this year.
After stopping by Caracas and Managua, on July 29 Sechin flew to Havana, where he formalized bilateral protocols drafted earlier this year in Moscow. Back in January Sechin and Ricardo Cabrisas, Vice President of the Cuban Council of Ministers who was then visiting the Russian capital, inked an agreement by which the same consortium of Russian energy companies mentioned above will establish a joint oil exploration project with state-run Cubapetroleo. Last October Cubapetroleo announced that Cuba may have more than 20 billion barrels of oil in offshore fields. The communist island currently produces 60,000 barrels of oil per day. Oil to be produced by the Soviet-Cuban consortium will be exported to the USA, which is already partly dependent on Russian petroleum via LUKOil, the People’s Republic of China, and the European Union. Somehow, I rather suspect that the US government, which has since November 2008 been dominated in all branches by the communist-infiltrated Democratic Party, will not be displeased about Russian oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico even as it forbids US companies from drilling off its own shores.
Meanwhile, even as the Kremlin’s old/new weapons supplier for Latin America’s insurgents makes business calls in the region, Chavez’s serpentine attempt to export red revolution to neighboring Colombia, by aiding the Marxist guerrillas there, has once again reared its ugly head. On Monday the Swedish government demanded that Venezuela explain how AT4 rocket launchers, produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics and sold to Caracas, ended up in the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
“We have asked the officials of the government of Venezuela to give us information on how they believe this material was found in Colombia,” related Jens Eriksson, a political advisor to the Swedish ministry of commerce. Eriksson added: “We have it confirmed that a small amount of [defence] material made in Sweden has been found in a FARC camp. No Swedish company had ever been granted a permit to sell to Colombia.” Tomas Samuelsson, chief executive of Saab Bofors Dynamics, confirmed that the weapons found by Colombian authorities were indeed made by his company.
Yesterday Colombian President Alvaro Uribe warned that “The FARC are now are seeking to buy some surface-to-air devices to try and shoot down our planes. We are asking for help from the international community to thwart such attempts.” Uribe’s vice president, Francisco Santos, elaborated: “In several operations in which we have recovered weapons from the FARC, we’ve found powerful ammunition (and) powerful equipment, including anti-tank weapons which a European country sold to Venezuela and which turned up in the hands of the FARC.”
Venezuela’s Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami denounced Sweden’s statements as a “new attack” against his country, while Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro described them as a way for neighboring Colombia to “justify” its recent “military pact” with the USA. Earlier this month, Bogota agreed to the presence of US troops at three military bases for counter-narcotics operations. The Latin American Red Axis has likewise denounced the presence of US counter-narcotics troops in Honduras. Incidentally, this past week, in another series of developments that exposes the animosity between Venezuela and Colombia, Maduro accompanied Zelaya to the Honduran-Nicaraguan border, while Uribe informally but sympathetically received a delegation from the Micheletti government. Both Tegucigalpa and Bogota consider themselves to be victims of aggressive communist designs emanating from Caracas.
The FARC, the Western Hemisphere’s chief source of “red cocaine,” liaises with the ruling and non-ruling communist and leftist parties of Latin America via the low-profile narco-terrorist Sao Paulo Forum, brainchild of retired Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Last Sunday Ecuador’s socialist president Rafael Correa, a sort of Chavez “mini me” and Castro “mini mini me,” joined his Venezuelan comrades in blasting the Colombian government for its opposition to the FARC and alliance with the USA. “If Colombia attacks Ecuador again, as it did in Angostura in March 2008, our country will give a military response,” he threatened, conceding that the FARC was indeed based on Ecuadorean soil:
I will not allow foreign soldiers to invade my homeland, as happened on March 1, 2008, when Colombian troops bombed and entered a secret guerrilla camp in the northern part of Ecuador. At the time we resorted to diplomatic means and Bogota was condemned by the Organization of American States.
However, they have maintained Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos’ stance, insisting on the preventive war doctrine. It will be dangerous if Colombia’s ex-defense minister assumes power [as the next president], but it will be a decision by the Colombian people.
Correa, who has been accused of drug trafficking and accepting bribes from the FARC in exchange for hosting the Colombian guerrillas in his country, sarcastically urged Uribe to submit to a lie detector test “to see who has relations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or drug trafficking.”
The bellicose rhetoric emanating from Quito, Havana, Caracas, Managua, and La Paz confirms MSM reports that Latin America’s Red Axis leaders are determined to transform their bloc of socialist nations, called the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, into an “anti-imperialist” military coalition with Soviet teeth. Errant ALBA member Honduras may be the Red Axis’ first target, while anti-communist hold out Colombia may be its second target.
July 27, 2009Posted by on
>We have updated our Red World 2009 map, linked in the right column, to reflect a few changes, not the least of which is our belief that under the Soviet-backed presidential administration of Barack Hussein Obama the United States of America has fallen under partial communist control.
>Latin America File: Zelaya briefly crosses border, confronts Honduran army, holds cell phone interviews; Micheletti denounces provocation
July 25, 2009Posted by on
>Late Friday, reports CNN, ousted president Manuel Zelaya lifted a border chain and briefly crossed several yards onto Honduran soil, after leading a 20-vehicle convoy over two days from Managua. Since his ouster on June 28 he has turned the Nicaraguan capital into a base of operations, with counterpart Daniel Ortega’s complicity. Along the way, Zelaya held news conferences and conducted “numerous” cell phone interviews. He was also accompanied by the foreign minister of Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez, the deposed leader’s most strident backer.
Upon arriving at the border, Honduran army Lt. Col. Luis Roicarte, with whom Zelaya had been previously talking on the phone, informed the exiled president: “You can’t cross the border.” Zelaya replied, “I can cross,” and then did so (pictured above). “I am not afraid when I work for a just and noble cause,” Zelaya boasted to someone on a cell phone moments after crossing the border, surrounded by reporters and rejoicing supporters. Honduran soldiers pulled back about 25 meters (80 feet) from the border to watch Zelaya as he held more cell phone conversations and media interviews. Manuel’s wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, told CNN en Español that she was being “prevented” from joining her husband. After several hours, Zelaya wrapped up his publicity stunt and walked back to Nicaragua.
In response to this provocation from this compliant lackey of the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis, Honduras’ lawful government once again warned Zelaya that he would be arrested if he pushed deeper into the country. Yesterday interim President Roberto Micheletti insisted that he was willing to continue peace talks with his rival, as brokered by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. “I offered several days ago to give up my position if Mr. Zelaya would stop inciting his followers to violence,” Micheletti told CNN en Español, which once employed El Salvador’s leftist president Mauricio Funes. Micheletti continued: “Zelaya had no intention of returning to Honduras. He went back to Nicaragua to keep causing problems. We have received information that they want to continue with these type of actions that only incite the public. There has been no coup because in a coup the military remains in power.”
Somewhat surprisingly, leftist US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Zelaya’s actions: “We have consistently urged all parties to avoid any provocative action that could lead to violence. President Zelaya’s effort to reach the border is reckless. It does not contribute to the broader efforts to restore democratic and constitutional order in the Honduras crisis.” The State Department also issued a travel warning to US citizens in Honduras or contemplating a trip to that country.
While Zelaya paraded for the cameras at the Honduran-Nicaraguan border, Micheletti supporters held a large and colorful rally in San Pedro Sula. Zelaya partisans amassed in El Paraiso, about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the border with Nicaragua. They were met there by about 1,500 police and soldiers. The police and soldiers fired tear gas at the demonstrators for about 15 to 20 minutes. Two people were wounded. Honduran police and soldiers erected numerous roadblocks between Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and the Nicaraguan border, and established an immediate curfew in the area until 4:30 a.m.
>Latin America File: Zelaya, Venezuelan FM arrive at Nicaraguan border town, Honduran military closes crossings; Tegucigalpa expels Chavez’s diplomats
July 24, 2009Posted by on
– Honduras’ Interim Foreign Minister Holds “Informal” Meeting with Colombian President, Uribe Expresses Support for Micheletti Government
– Vexed by Reports of Planned Deployment of More US Counter-Narcotics Troops in Neighboring Colombia, Chavez Announces Intent to Purchase More than 100 Russian T-90 Main Battle Tanks, “Double” Venezuelan Army’s Firepower
– Red Cocaine Tracks: Since Zelaya’s Ouster 14 Drug Planes, Most Registered in Venezuela, Have Landed in Different Parts of Honduras
– Venezuelan Foreign Ministry Slams Israeli “Ultra Right,” Denies Country Harboring Hezbollah Training Camps near Colombian Border and on Caribbean Island
We regard both Honduras and Colombia as victims of common external aggressors, such as Hugo Chavez. Chavez is a highly dangerous neighbor, who was on the verge of extending his model to Honduras.
– Interim Honduran Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez, interviewed by Bogota’s La FM radio, July 22, 2009
Pictured above: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez contends that Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias, who is mediating between Honduras’ rival governments, is simply acting on orders of the US State Department.
Political tensions are once again on the rise along the Honduran- Nicaraguan border, just as they did during the 1980s, when US-backed Contra rebels based in Honduras launched sorties against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s first Sandinista regime. Indeed, it appears, as we have suggested in recent months, that the Cold War has returned to both Central America and South America.
Earlier today deposed Honduran president Manuel (“Mel”) Zelaya, a wealthy rancher- turned-socialist and lackey of the Havana-Caracas- Managua Axis—arrived at the small Nicaraguan city Esteli, 25 miles south of the Honduran border. Since his ouster on June 28 Zelaya has jetted about Central America, with at least one sidetrip to the USA, on an aircraft supplied by Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez. However, he has spent most of his time in Managua where, with the guidance of Comandante Ortega and other regional leftist leaders and their representatives, he has plotted his return to his homeland. No doubt buoyed by their attendance in Managua of various festivities associated with the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, Zelaya arrived in Esteli in the company of his foreign minister Patricia Rodas and Chavez’s foreign minister Nicolas Maduro. “We will present ourselves in front of their bayonets and see if they lower them,” Zelaya vowed yesterday in Managua.
Zelaya’s presence near the Nicaraguan-Honduran border threatens to escalate the nearly four-week conflict between Honduras’ rival governments and follows a breakdown in peace talks mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. Arias, like Ortega, has reprised his role from the last decade of the (first?) Cold War. The Organization of American States, under the leadership of Chilean socialist Jose Miguel Insulza, is pressing for further negotiations. “What we’re lacking isn’t a new offer by President Arias but a response to the last offer he made,” Insulza lamented to reporters in Washington DC yesterday. “A rejection would lead us down the road to confrontation.”
Meanwhile, the Honduran military has closed down the border with Nicaragua as Honduras’ largest labor unions stage a general strike in support of Zelaya’s reinstatement and Zelaya partisans flock to the border to welcome their exiled leader. The strike was declared on Monday by the country’s main unions, the Unitary Federation of Honduran Workers (FUTH), the Confederation of Honduran Workers, and the General Workers’ Central. “We reject [President] Roberto Micheletti’s rules because he was imposed by force and no one owes obedience to a usurper government, as established in Article Three of the Constitution,” declared Juan Barahona, FUTH chairman and Zelaya ally. According to Barahona in Honduras “the progressive forces remain on their feet in a way not seen since the Cold War.”
Citing sources in the Nicaraguan media and government, the Chinese media reports today: “Nicaragua media said that over the frontier Honduran police and soldiers were deployed in nearby areas, seemingly in a tense waiting for order to act. Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Ana Isabel Morales told official Radio Nicaragua that her government ‘is observing the situation to take necessary measure as to guarantee our citizens’ safety.’” The Honduran embassy in Managua, which is still under the control of the deposed government, indicated that Zelaya may also attempt to enter Honduras via Guatemala and El Salvador, both of which feature leftist regimes subservient to the Red Axis.
Even as he heads for the Honduran border, Zelaya is still alleging that the country’s chief general, Romeo Vasquez, plans to kill him upon his return. “I believe they have the intention to do it. They are hiring armed groups. He [General Vasquez] has clearly said that he will have me killed before my return or after I enter Honduras,” the deposed president complained in a telephone interview with Honduras’ Radio Globo. He added: “If Romeo does not kill me, I will go to my town to visit my family, and any direct harm will be the responsibility of General Romeo.”
This past Tuesday the de facto government of Honduras, which your resident blogger believes to be the constitutional one, ordered Venezuela’s diplomatic staff to leave the country within 72 hours. “The Foreign Ministry has requested the honorable embassy of Venezuela the withdrawal of its administrative, technical and diplomatic staff in a term of 72 hours due to the threats of using force, the interference in internal issues as well as the lack of respect to the territorial integrity,” stated Honduras’ interim Deputy Foreign Minister Martha Lorena Alvarado. In response, Uriel Vargas, first secretary of the Venezuelan embassy in Tegucigalpa, refused to pack his bags and go home. “We do not recognize the government led by Roberto Micheletti,” Vargas retorted, “It is a coup government, supported by bayonets.”
In our opinion, the fact that Honduras’ de facto government restrained itself from expelling Venezuela’s meddling diplomatic corps several weeks ago, that is, promptly after Chavez threatened to invade the Central American country, is a testimony to the legality, integrity, and peaceful intentions of President Micheletti’s government. Commentator Hans Bader explains how Zelaya’s ouster and his replacement by former congressional speaker Micheletti was not a military coup d’etat but, rather, the constitutional removal of an incipient leftist dictator allied with Latin America’s dangerous Red Axis.
Honduras’s Zelaya was lawfully removed from office by soldiers acting on orders of his country’s Supreme Court (and replaced by the speaker of Honduras’s Congress) after he, too, sought to rewrite his country’s constitution to allow him to seek another term in office. (Honduras has had such a problem over the years of corrupt presidents using patronage, fraud, and intimidation to get reelected over and over again that Article 239 of its current Constitution immediately strips presidents of their office if they even propose ending term limits, and Article 272 of its Constitution authorizes the military to remove presidents who seek to evade term limits).
Zelaya used money from Venezuela’s dictator and blackmail to try to extend his rule, illegally cutting off funds to municipalities whose mayors who refused to back his referendum to rewrite Honduras’s Constitution to extend Zelaya’s tenure in office. Zelaya was planning vote fraud on a vast scale.
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Honduras’s president was constitutionally removed pursuant to Articles 239 and 272 of the Honduras Constitution. Moreover, he was removed not by a “small group,” but with the unanimous support of the Honduras Supreme Court, the almost-unanimous support of Honduras’s Congress, and much of Honduran society. For each of these separate reasons, it was not a coup.
Bader notes that even “liberal” (leftist) scholars in the USA conceded that Zelaya’s ouster took place according to the stipulations the Honduran Constitution, although his forced exile at gunpoint was probably illegal, a fact admitted by the Honduran armed forces’ top legal adviser. “Zelaya was planning vote fraud on a vast scale,” Bader contends, an outcome that was no doubt rigged by way of referendum ballots printed in Venezuela.
While no country has formally recognized President Micheletti’s government, the center-right government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe confirmed on Wednesday that Uribe held an “informal” meeting with interim Honduran Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez. Interviewed by Bogota’s La FM radio about the meeting, Lopez described his reception by the Colombian president as “sympathetic.” Lopez told La FM that he and his colleagues sought an audience with the Colombian president because “We regard both Honduras and Colombia as victims of common external aggressors, such as Hugo Chavez. Chavez is a highly dangerous neighbor, who was on the verge of extending his model to Honduras.” Lopez is correct in his observation. The common bond between the governments of Honduras and Colombia remains a stubborn opposition to the spread of Chavismo, a virulent form of Latin American communism. “In the framework of the process of facilitation for the Honduras situation, led by the president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, a Honduran commission was received informally,” the Colombian Foreign Ministry admitted in a statement.
After nearly 50 years, a Soviet/Cuban-backed Marxist insurgency, which now enjoys Venezuela’s patronage too, continues to rage in the jungles of Colombia, prosecuted by two guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the smaller, less well-known National Liberation Army (ELN). This past Sunday, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune, at least three people were killed and 20 others, including two police officers, were wounded when guerrillas from FARC’s 6th Front attacked the southwestern Colombian town of Corinto. This was the fourth attack this year by the FARC on Corinto, which is in Cauca province. The civilians killed in the attack were caught in the crossfire between the guerrillas and police, the Bogota daily El Tiempo reported.
Several days later, on Wednesday a bombed planted by the ELN killed a mounted Colombian police officer near the border between the provinces of Casanare and Boyaca. The police were participating in a ceremonial caravan commemorating the route traveled by Simon Bolivar’s troops almost 200 years ago. The Colombian Defense Ministry announced later that pamphlets found in the vicinity of the blast bore the name of the ELN, rather than the FARC, which was initially suspected.
Bogota enjoyed considerable ideological, logistical, and material support from the government of former US President George W. Bush. However, the Obama White House’s commitment to deploy more US troops to Colombia to combat narco-terrorism has provoked Chavez into yet another spluttering fit. On Tuesday South America’s red tyrant ranted: “Venezuela will review its diplomatic ties with Colombia if the country authorizes the installation of U.S. military bases close to Venezuelan border. U.S. military bases on Colombia’s border with Venezuela represent a threat to our country. Colombia is opening its doors to those who constantly attack us and to those who are getting ready new attacks against us.” Last year, following the week-long Andean Crisis, Caracas severed diplomatic relations with Bogota but restored them in early 2009. Venezuela’s red regime only recently restored diplomatic relations with Washington DC after falling out with the Bush Administration.
In response to his own paranoia, on Thursday Chavez announced that he intends to double the firepower of Venezuela’s army by purchasing at least 100 Russian-built T-90 main battle tanks to augment an aging fleet of 80 French-made AMX-30 MBTs and 24 AMX-13C light tanks. On national television he boasted that his government was already negotiating these orders with Moscow: “We are going to buy more tanks to have an armored force at least twice the size of what we have today. We need to strengthen our forces on land, at sea, and in the air and we are going to continue doing that.” Between 2005 and 2007 neo-Soviet Russia signed 12 contracts worth more than US$4.4 billion to supply arms to oil-rich Venezuela, including diesel-electric submarines, fighter jets, helicopters, surface-to-air missiles, and Kalashnikov assault rifles. Last November Russian and Venezuelan naval task forces held their first-ever combined drill in the southern Caribbean Sea.
In many previous posts we have explored the Chavezista regime’s involvement in Moscow’s narco-subversion plot against the USA, a plot that has produced a trail of red cocaine from the FARC’s killing grounds in Colombia to the US-Mexican border via Panama, Nicaragua and, with Zelaya’s complicity, Honduras. Along this theme, on Wednesday of this week two narcotics operatives were killed when their aircraft, which was loaded with cocaine, crashed while trying to land on a highway in the Caribbean region of that country. The plane caught fire after hitting a power line near La Masica, a city some 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Tegucigalpa. Honduran officials have not determined where the plane originated, how much cocaine it was carrying, or the identity of the crew. As of June 28, when Zelaya was deposed, however, at least 14 drug planes, the majority of them registered in Venezuela, have landed in different parts of Honduras.
Finally, this week the Chavezista regime also lashed out at the “ultra right” government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accusing Venezuela of harboring Hezbollah terrorist camps at Guajira, near the Colombian border, and on Margarita Island, near Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Dora Shavit, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, articulated the charge in an interview with El Tiempo. The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry shot back:
Those ridiculous statements are part of a plan plotted by the Israeli ultra right, in order to encourage and promote actions of different kinds against the Venezuelan government and people. The terrorists who put risk on the life of thousands of innocent people are not being trained in the Venezuelan Guajira, but in the quarters and public buildings of Israel.
Relations between Jerusalem and Caracas worsened in the new year when Chavez condemned Israel for retaliating against missile attacks originating from Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Incidentally, over the last two years Lebanon has become a de facto failed state under Hezbollah’s domination. The Tehran/Damascus-backed political party-terrorist army wields veto power in the Lebanese government, controls much of the countryside in the southern part of the country, and has targeted Israel with thousands of rockets.
>Latin America File: Red Axis leaders rally in Managua on 30th anniversary of Sandinista Revolution; Ortega rejects idea of UN troops in Honduras
July 21, 2009Posted by on
– US and Cuban Military and Medical Personnel Hold Mass Casualty Drill at Guantanamo in Sign of Thawing Relations between Washington DC and Havana
Pictured above: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega shakes the hand of Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro in Managua last Sunday, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Sandinista Revolution. Behind the two men are Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo (left) and de facto Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas (right).
On the evening of July 19, just as Hondurans began observing a re-imposed curfew, a bomb that caused no serious damage exploded at the Lawyers’ College in the capital Tegucigalpa. The building is situated close to busy restaurants and night clubs. Since the June 28 coup that brought down President Manuel Zelaya, two bombs have exploded in the offices of broadcaster Canal 11 and those of the state’s Migration Agency. Two more were found and defused.
That day Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who is mediating peace talks between Honduras’ rival governments, cautioned that he needs more time to resolve the political stalemate and warned of civil war between the opposing camps behind de facto president Roberto Micheletti and de jure president Manuel Zelaya. “It wasn’t possible to reach a satisfactory accord on my proposal,” Arias told reporters on Sunday, adding: “I want to take 72 hours to work more intensely. Because what is the alternative? There could be a civil war and bloodshed that the Honduran people don’t deserve.” Defying international pressure and resolutions, Micheletti, backed by the Honduran Supreme Court, Congress, and military, refuses to allow Zelaya to return for the remainder of his term, which ends in 2010.
Thus, Arias has proposed an amnesty for all parties, Zelaya’s return to power in a temporary national unity government, presidential elections in October, an end to attempts to modify the constitution, and the creation of an international commission to oversee implementation of the agreement. The Costa Rican leader also called for the military to be placed under the control of Honduras’s elections regulator for one month prior to the presidential vote. A counter-proposal from Micheletti’s delegation insisted that Zelaya could come home only to face a tribunal.
On Saturday Arias flew to Managua, where Zelaya has spent much of his time in exile, to hold further talks with the deposed president. At the same time, Patricia Rodas, foreign minister under Zelaya called for a “march” on the Honduran capital if the acting government did not restore Zelaya by sundown. “Their time is up. It’s over for the coup leaders,” Rodas threatened, speaking in the Nicaraguan capital on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution. “We’ll open up the borders of Honduras to conquer our homeland.” By Sunday the Zelaya camp acquiesced to further negotiations brokered by Arias.
The leftist administration in the Obama White House continues to press for Zelaya’s reinstallation. “We’ve obviously seen the report about the talks and the proposed 72 hour delay,” blathered Rob McInturff, a State Department spokesentity. He added: “We’re just following it closely and waiting to see what’s going to happen next. In the end this has got to be a solution from Hondurans for Honduras. We’re looking for a peaceful resolution… These players at the table have it in their power to come to that and we’re hoping that they’ll do everything they can to reach that resolution.”
On July 19 a former guerilla leader in Guatemala joined the communist presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia, Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, in warning of more “right-wing” coups in the region. Pablo Monsanto, one of four commanders of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit, declared: “There is a risk that other coups will occur in Latin America. If the coup survives, it will represent a huge reverse for Latin America. The Honduran coup was encouraged by a powerful economic group and backed by the United States.” Monsanto then hinted that future armed insurgencies in the region were possible if Honduras’ military-backed government did not back down: “Armed rebel movements are not appropriate for the new democratic trend in the region, but are now a real fact that would have to be faced in the wake of a post-coup government that repressed its population by force.” Monsanto’s threats typify communist tactics: If the bourgeoisie will not peacefully submit to a proletarian takeover, then the reds will take up arms and employ revolutionary terror.
By accepting Arias’ call for an extension of the peace talks, the Zelaya camp will actually gain time in order to continue organizing its forces on the ground to stage a “popular insurrection” against the Micheletti government. In the hours after the June 28 coup the subversive, leftist forces in that Central American country rallied under the banner “Popular Resistance Front,” but have since adopted the label National Resistance Front against the Coup. Last Friday thousands of “anti-golpistas” blocked thoroughfares in Honduras, holding up traffic to and from the capital Tegucigalpa, along stretches of the Pan-American Highway, and into and out of neighboring countries such as Nicaragua and El Salvador. Juan Barahona, president of the United Workers’ Federation and a close ally of Zelaya, announced that protestors also blocked the road that runs to the Caribbean city of Puerto Cortes, close to San Pedro Sula.
Meanwhile, over the weekend a march staged by 5,000 Zelaya partisans headed for the presidential residence, to reaffirm in the presence of the army, Hondurans’ alleged support for the “constitutional” president. Ramon Alegria, a campesino and leader of the National Resistance Front against the Coup, told Caracas’ Bolivarian News Agency that the Honduran media is trying to demoralize protestors and generate a “climate of terror” favorable to President Micheletti.
Over the weekend former guerrilla leader and current Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega rejected the idea of deploying United Nations peacekeeping troops in Honduras to defuse political tensions. “The only viable way to solve the Honduran crisis,” he demanded, “is a full respect by the post-coup leader Roberto Micheletti for the resolutions passed by the Organization of American States and the United Nations. We call on Honduras’ soldiers to stop repressing their brothers and to stop dyeing the territory of brother nation Honduras with blood.” The head of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front uttered these comments while addressing half a million people during a military ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution.
Significantly, Ortega once again denied that he would send troops to Honduras to restore Zelaya. He also slammed a proposal by the US government to expand its military presence in Colombia, describing the plan as tantamount to an “occupation” of that country that threatened neighboring Venezuela and the entire region. “We want no more US bases,” Ortega ranted, “The United States cannot continue this arms race in Latin America.”
Comandante Ortega also used the occasion to sway the Nicaraguan masses into accepting his re-election in 2011, a practice currently forbidden by the Nicaraguan Constitution and one which led to Zelaya’s ouster three weeks ago. Ortega’s close allies Chavez, Morales, and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa have already taken this route by legally abolishing term limits on their presidency, a move that would potentially enable them to finish the communization of their respective countries.
In attendance at the Sandinista revelries were delegations from Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Chile participated in the ceremony. The last two nations sport center-leftist regimes that have no scruples rubbing elbows with Latin America’s Red Axis, embodied in the states comprising the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA).
Unable to attend the red festivities in Managua, Chavez, mimicking Fidel Castro’s regular “Reflections” column, conveyed his “good wishes” for Central America in a weekly missive instead:
If Nicaragua won on July 19, 1979, sooner or later Honduras will also triumph. Be strong and resist, Hondurans. That truth and fate will be on your side. When the peoples strive to conquering freedom, no one can stop them. The Sandinista liberating exploit is alive today in Nicaragua, a country that, as always, is ready to be free and sovereign.
My happiness is incomplete as our sister Honduras is going through a dark time. It has been twenty two days during which the most despicable of Honduran oligarchy has sought to change the course of history. But their thirst for power will never be able to make the Honduran men and women, heirs to [Francisco] Morazan, yield.
Meanwhile, even though the MSM reported that within 24 hours of the Honduran coup Chavez placed his armed forces on alert and threatened to intervene militarily if his diplomats in Tegucigalpa were killed or kidnapped, Chavez is denying that he ever had any plans to invade Honduras. Denouncing the Micheletti government, the pro-Chavez Venezuelanalysis.com quotes Comrade Hugo as retorting last Friday:
They [the post-coup government] are preparing a massacre and washing their hands of it in advance. But the strategy is so clumsy that it will be difficult for the sensible world to believe. How far will they go? They don’t have limits, this mafia, their criminal advisors who have so much blood on their hands, so much torture and persecution of the people.
Now [Micheletti] is going about saying that Rafael Correa, Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chavez are preparing the invasion of Honduras. Further, he says that there are Venezuelan terrorists in Honduras throwing grenades and bombs, and he goes about saying that Chavez will be to blame for the deaths that there’ll be.
While covering the political crisis in Honduras we have repeatedly suggested that Latin America’s Red Axis is contemplating military intervention to restore their lackey Zelaya, and provided documentation to support that contention. The circumstantial evidence continues to mount. Speaking on Monday on Bolivian state radio, Morales urged the ALBA states to “increase military cooperation” and made a direct link between that proposal, ALBA’s success as a project promoting regional integration along socialist lines, and the Honduran coup. “Members of the Alba trade bloc should concentrate their efforts on issues involving armed forces, social movements and political parties,” he demanded, adding: “This coup is a threat against the continued growth of Alba.”
ALBA leaders will hold their seventh summit in Bolivia in September. If Zelaya has not re-assumed the presidency by that point, then removing the Micheletti regime will no doubt be high on the agenda at that planned communist strategy session. Honduras, after all, is an errant member of ALBA.
A related story reveals the careful steps that the Obama White House is taking toward Havana and its disinterest in resisting Latin American communism. The Canadian media reports that on July 16 150 US and Cuban military and medical personnel participated in a mass casualty drill on both sides of the perimeter of the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay. “The bilateral fenceline drill exercises began in 1999, when the U.S. naval station and Cuban authorities agreed to conduct annual first responders and emergency response drills at the Northeast Gate,” intoned US Navy Lt.-Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, speaking from a prepared account. DeWalt elaborated:
Helicopters of the Cuban Frontier Brigade crossed the lines to conduct a water drop to extinguish the fire. There was . . . a mass casualty drill conducted where U.S. naval hospital and Cuban frontier medical brigade personnel established a command triage centre on the Cuban side of the fence line.
“The geographic remoteness has traditionally served as a shield from public scrutiny,” suggests CanWest News Service, “hence prior drills can easily have occurred undetected.” Canadian journalist Steven Edwards then quotes a “prominent Cuban exile” employed by the US government. This source doubts the US-Cuban drills occurred to “any great extent” prior to Raul Castro assuming the presidency in February 2008:
Under Fidel Castro, if the Cuban people found out that there were joint exercises, how is the spin possible of the mighty giant of the north threatening to invade Cuba? This has been Fidel Castro’s line for decades. No way under Fidel Castro did he allow military exercises where American military was going over the fence. This is Raul. But it also means that this is new.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Moscow- Beijing Axis to hold 25 joint war games in 2009, Peace Mission “anti-terrorist” drill follows Xinjiang riots
July 21, 2009Posted by on
1) Chief of Russian General Staff Warns Ukrainians: No Plans to Leave Base in Sevastopol after Lease Expires in 2017
2) Navy Implements Upgrades to Maintenance Site in Syria, Deploys New Task Force to Gulf of Aden
3) Navy Successfully Launched Two Sineva SLBMs Last Week, Plans More Bulava SLBM Trials in Late July
– Castro Replicates Medvedev’s Recent African Tour: Visits Soviet Allies Algeria, Egypt, Namibia, and Angola; Attends Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Transfers NAM Chairmanship from Self to Mubarak; NAM Condemns Honduran Coup
Although we have blogged about the increasing tempo of Sino-Soviet military exercises, the Indian media, citing Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, reports that the Moscow-Beijing Axis intends to hold 25 joint drills this year. Russia and China advance their political-military coordination through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This busy schedule of war preparations has already included the Norak Antiterror 2009 drill that took place in Tajikistan in April, Peace Mission 2009 that will take place in Russia and China between July 22 and 26, and Peace Mission 2010, which has been bumped up to take place in Kazakhstan in September of this year. We have no specific information at this time about the other planned maneuvers.
About 3,000 Russian and People’s Liberation Army troops, as well as 300 pieces of artillery and about 40 tactical combat aircraft, will participate in Peace Mission 2009’s battlefield simulations (pictured above). Unlike the first Sino-Soviet war game, Peace Mission 2005, Moscow will not be contributing strategic bombers to the maneuver. “Under the legend of the joint exercises,” reports The Hindu, “Russian and Chinese troops will engage a large terrorist outfit that has seized a Chinese town. The scenario was approved way back in February, but the recent Uighur riots in the Xinjiang province have lent eerie relevance to the war games.” Incidentally, on July 19 state-run Itar-Tass reported that during a Peace Mission 2009 training session an aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force crashed as its two-member crew attempted to destroy a target from at altitude of 200 meters. Both pilots died. Human error was blamed for the crash.
One would almost surmise that the ruling Communist Party of China secretly fomented the Muslim riots in Xinjiang in order to justify the development of a Communist Bloc military coalition that would have placed NATO generals on the edge of their seats during the Cold War. This, no doubt, is why the Soviets and Red Chinese feigned animosity during this period. According, however, to Andrei Lugovoi, a Russian State Duma deputy suspected by British authorities of murdering FSB/KGB defector Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, the Cold War “never ended.” Guilty or innocent of the charges, Lugovoi is absolutely right.
In 1991 the Cold War entered a more deceptive and therefore more dangerous phase under the guidance of Soviet strategists like Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Gennady Zyuganov, and others. Be assured, of course, that NATO, “a large terrorist outfit” in the minds of most communists, is the target of these back-to-back war preps. Since the phony demise of communism in Eastern Europe, neo-Soviet Russia and the People’s Republic of China have openly united as “one clenched fist,” just as forecast by KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn 25 years ago in his first book New Lies for Old (1984) and elaborated upon in The Perestroika Deception (1995, 1998).
In a related story, Russia’s top general Nikolai Makarov has warned Ukrainians that the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet has no intention of leaving its Sevastopol base in 2017, when Moscow’s lease with Kiev expires. The chief of Russia’s General Staff explained: “We have not set ourselves the goal of leaving Sevastopol. We also plan to build Black Sea fleet facilities near Novorossiisk.” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the missile cruiser Moskva in Novorossiisk on July 14, at which time he was briefed that the future naval base in that city, which is located on Russia’s stretch of the Black Sea coast, will be fully serviceable by 2020. The chief of the Federal Agency for Special Construction, Nikolai Abroskin, stated that the three-phase construction program totals about 92 billion rubles (US$2.85 billion).
General Makarov, who was also visiting Novorossiisk, revealed that last Monday the navy successfully test-launched two Sineva submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). The first launch was carried out by a Delta IV-class nuclear-powered submarine assigned to the Northern Fleet, based near Murmansk. The RSM-54 Sineva (NATO designation: SS-N-23 Skiff) is a third-generation liquid-propellant SLBM that entered service with the Russian Navy in July 2007. The Sineva can carry four to 10 nuclear warheads.
The Kremlin’s Bulava SLBM, by contrast, has enjoyed only mixed success, having failed in five out of 10 test-launches over the last several years. Navy commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky recently stated that the next test of the Bulava will occur in late July, one of a total of four or five trial launches slated for this year. Defense Ministry officials plan to put the Bulava into service by the end of 2009 when, along with the Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, it will become the core of Russia’s nuclear triad. “Just you wait a little, and it will be launched,” promised Makarov, who was a battalion commander in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany during the Cold War.
The Russian nuclear triad consists of silo-based and road-mobile ballistic missile systems, attack submarines armed with sea-launched ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers armed with nuclear bombs and nuclear warhead-tipped cruise missiles. The US Armed Forces possess all of these delivery systems too, with the exception of road-mobile systems. The new strategic arms reduction treaty that will replace START 1 in December 2009 will, within the next seven years, limit both nuclear powers to between 1,500 and 1,675 warheads and between 500 and 1,100 delivery systems.
The Kremlin continues to re-project its influence throughout and around the Horn of Africa region by contributing a new task force to the United Nations-sanctioned anti-piracy flotilla in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. On July 20 the first deputy chief of the Russian Navy revealed that the force will consist of the Admiral Tributs destroyer with two helicopters and a naval infantry unit. The task force will arrive in the Gulf of Aden in late July and patrol the waters off Somalia until November, at which time it will be replaced by another task force. “We are deciding on the composition of the next task force to be sent to the region around the Horn of Africa in November,” Vice Admiral Oleg Burtsev explained.
Around 35 warships from 16 navies are currently deployed near Somalia’s lawless shores. The Russian Navy joined the international armada in October 2008. Three warships have so far participated in the mission: the Baltic Fleet’s Neustrashimy frigate, and the Pacific Fleet’s Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev destroyers. Somalia possesses a weak, internationally recognized government, but anarchy and Islamic insurgency have characterized the region since 1991, when Somalia’s communist dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown.
In addition to re-projecting its influence in northeast Africa, the Kremlin is also beefing up its military presence in the Mediterranean Sea by upgrading a Soviet-era naval maintenance site near Tartus in Syria, a long-time Soviet ally controlled by the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and the Syrian Communist Party. About 50 naval personnel and three berthing floats are currently deployed at the Tartus site, which can accommodate up to 12 warships. State-run Novosti quoted a “high-ranking navy source” as saying that “Two tug boats from the Black Sea Fleet will deliver a new berthing float to Tartus. Following modernization, the Russian naval maintenance site in Tartus will become fully-operational.”
According to the Russian Navy, its base in Syria significantly boosts the force’s operational capability in the region, including its participation in the UN anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. Rather than beginning their voyage from the Black Sea, Russian warships based at Tartus are capable of reaching the Red Sea through the Suez Canal and the Atlantic Ocean through the Strait of Gibraltar in a matter of days. In January Colonel General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, stated that the General Staff supports the navy command’s proposal to develop naval infrastructure outside Russia, including Syria, Libya, and Yemen.
The Soviet Navy once maintained a base in Libya, a fact that no doubt prompted long-time dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi (“Duck”) to offer this option to the Kremlin again when he visited Moscow last fall. Apparently, terrorist mastermind-turned-nice guy Qaddafi fears a repeat of Operation El Dorado Canyon, when the US Air Force bombed his residence and assorted Libyan military assets in 1986. Under the Islamo-socialist Obama Administration in Washington DC, though, this scenario is not likely.
During the Cold War, however, the Kremlin did possess a naval base at Aden, in what was then the Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen (Communist South Yemen), which merged with the Arab Republic of Yemen (North Yemen) in 1990 to form the current Al Qaeda-infested entity known as the Republic of Yemen. Although Ali Abdullah Saleh, once president of North Yemen and now president of post-merger Yemen, is not a communist, Moscow has during the last year re-vitalized its Cold War-era alliance with this ruthless tyrant. Confused? Don’t be. The existence of the Moscow-Tehran Axis, for example, proves that the Soviets are only too happy to forge strategic partnerships with Islamic dictatorships.
Elsewhere in the Communist Bloc, Cuban dictator Raul Castro made his second journey since February to Algeria, where the National Liberation Front has ruled since the rebels achieved independence from France. Havana and Algiers have been closely allied since 1963, when Cuban troops helped Algerian counterparts fend off Moroccan forces in a brief border war. In Algeria Castro conferred with revolutionary counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika on issues of international, bilateral, and regional cooperation, including the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Cuba has led the NAM since the organization’s 14th summit transpired in Havana in 2006. During the latest summit, however, the rotating three-year NAM chairmanship will be transferred from Castro to Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. The NAM includes many dozens of Third World countries laboring under Marxist or Arab socialist dictatorships. In reality, the Non-Aligned Movement is not “non-aligned” at all but, rather, aligned with Moscow.
After rubbing elbows with his NAM buds in Algeria and Egypt, Castro materialized in Namibia, replicating part of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s recent tour of Africa. “Your visit provides a valuable opportunity to further consolidate the excellent bilateral relations and the longstanding bonds of friendship and solidarity that exists between our two countries,” Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba gushed when Castro arrived in the Namibian capital Windhoek. According to Pohamba, Namibia intends to expand cooperation with Cuba in infrastructure development, agriculture, fishing, and health. Castro, like Medvedev, will also meet Sam Nujoma, former Namibian president and ex-commander of the South-West African People’s Organization (SWAPO), before flying to Angola for a two-day visit.
Political ties between Havana and Windhoek were reinforced at the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1988, when Cuban troops joined their Angolan counterparts and SWAPO guerrillas, under the command of Soviet generals, in ousting the South African Defense Force from southern Angola and South-West Africa, then a de facto province of South Africa. “We will never forget the proud years in the trenches in Angolan soil and the sacrifices Namibians, Cubans and Angolans made to liberate southern Africa from apartheid South African rule,” enthused Castro. Namibia, which achieved independence in 1990, hosts more than 140 Cuban “health professionals” (communist ideologists?), while more than 130 Namibians are studying in Cuba (where they are no doubt receiving hefty doses of Marxist indoctrination).
On July 20 Castro wrapped up his African tour by flying to Angola’s capital Luanda, where he was welcomed by Angolan Prime Minister Antonio Paulo Kassoma and other senior government officials (pictured above). On Tuesday he will meet privately with Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has held this post since 1979. The Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola has ruled the country since 1975 when independence was achieved from Portugal. The Chinese state media reports: “Angola and Cuba share historic cooperation and friendship relations which can date back to the early stages of the Angolan liberation struggle during the 1970s and 1980s when Angola fought against foreign aggressions to maintain the country’s territorial integrity.” Cuba’s communist dictator will complete his Angolan adventure on Wednesday.
>Blogger’s Note: Your resident blogger interviewed on political crisis in Honduras, communist threat in Latin America
July 21, 2009Posted by on
>Last week an American Christian pastor with an Internet radio program interviewed your resident blogger for the fourth time in three years. The subject, of course, was communism as a threat in the 21st century, with a special focus on the political crisis in Honduras. Since I prefer to post anonymously at this site while the interviews were conducted under my real name, it may be some time before I create links to the interviews. However, I am pleased that I was once again able to propagate the “Final Phase” message. Thanks again, too, to all of our visitors here.
>Latin America File: Fidel Castro calls on USA to withdraw troops from Honduras, Ortega accuses Micheletti of fomenting war against Nicaragua
July 17, 2009Posted by on
Pictured here: On July 5 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega welcomes ousted Honduran counterpart Manuel Zelaya to Augusto Sandino International Airport in Managua. In his first attempt to return to his homeland, Zelaya initially intended to land at Toncontin International Airport in Tegucigalpa, but the Honduran military blocked the runway, forcing the pilot to divert the flight. Toncontin is normally used for both civilian and military aircraft.
The circumstantial evidence is mounting that Latin America’s Red Axis leaders, mainly Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega, are building a case to justify military intervention in Honduras on behalf of deposed leftist lackey Manuel Zelaya, possibly in conjunction with Zelaya’s reported return to his homeland on July 18. The war drums from Havana, Caracas, and Managua are indeed deafening. However, the shopping mall regime is not paying attention, having already forgotten about the March 2008 “Andean Crisis,” when Venezuela and Ecuador deployed troops and tanks to their respective borders with Colombia after Colombian soldiers attacked a jungle camp maintained by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Ecuadorean soil. A weeklong showdown ensued between these countries, almost bringing South America to the brink of war.
Historically, it should be recalled, belligerent nations will often accuse their intended victims of “provocations” to cloak an otherwise naked act of aggression. This was the case in September 1939 when Nazi Germany staged a provocation and attributed it to Poland in order to justify Berlin’s invasion of the other country.
From the safety of Guatemala City and Managua this week, wealthy rancher-turned-socialist Zelaya openly called for a popular insurrection to overthrow the de facto government of President Roberto Micheletti. According to Micheletti, Zelaya reportedly intends to sneak back into his homeland from Nicaragua this weekend. Two weeks ago the former congressionial speaker accused Ortega of moving his troops to the two countries’ common border, a charge that Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator and a spokesman for the Nicaraguan National Army (NNA) promptly refuted. In response to Chavez’s declaration within 24 hours of the June 28 coup in Tegucigalpa that he had placed his armed forces on alert and would intervene if Caracas’ diplomats were harmed, Micheletti also warned that Honduras was prepared to repel a Venezuelan-led invasion of his country.
Now Ortega is accusing Micheletti of fabricating an “armed incident” between their two countries. Speaking on Thursday night at a photo op with Guatemalan indigenous leader and Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchu, Comandante Ortega lashed out at the Honduran coup leaders:
We have been informed of plans to dress Honduran troops with uniforms from the Nicaraguan National Army and attack Honduran military facilities to justify a confrontation. The usurper government has stepped up patrols along the borders with our country, with troops and all types of arms, including antiaircraft [units] that could be a prelude to a provocation. The de facto government wants to make the situation worse to cover up its crime.
Ortega once again protested that his troops were not mobilizing along the northern border with Honduras, adding: “We reject any campaign orchestrated against Nicaragua and Venezuela by infiltrating commandos from other nations.” On the presidential website, Ortega alleged that Washington was conspiring with Nicaraguan business leaders to overthrow his second Sandinista regime, but confidently bragged that the country’s armed forces and police stood behind his government: “They’re thinking about a coup in Nicaragua to create chaos and anarchy and to call US troops to come take the government away from the people. Honduran business leaders and US officials had a hand in Zelaya’s removal, even if President Barack Obama didn’t have any idea the coup was coming.”
With Venezuela contributing the bulk of such forces, the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis can hurl 660,000 troops at Honduras’ 20,000 troops. Any observer with the most rudimentary knowledge of military logistics and geography will appreciate the fact that Cuba and Venezuela must employ suitable modes of transportation to fly or ship their troops to Central America.
Not so coincidentally, former dictator Fidel Castro, enjoying his retirement after many years of oppressing the Cuban people, has called on the USA to withdraw its troops from Honduras to “ease the situation” there:
The only correct decision at this moment is to demand that U.S. authorities stop interfering and providing military assistance to coup leaders and withdraw their troops from Honduras. The civil coup in Honduras has created a really complicated situation in Latin America, which cannot be resolved by traps, cunning and lies.
Lying through his teeth as usual and conveniently ignoring Cuba’s subversive influence throughout the region, the 82-year-old revolutionary added: “New details of U.S. involvement [in the coup] emerge daily and it [the coup] will result in a broad resonance across the whole Latin America.” The region’s Red Axis leaders have presumably concluded that armed intervention on their part in Honduras, with US troops on the ground, could be problematic, militarily, politically, and diplomatically.
An editorial in an online Cuban youth newspaper correctly recognizes the Honduran political crisis as a test of the Obama White House’s resolve to defend its alliance with Honduras, the relevance of the Organization of American States, and the viability of the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis. Enrique Ubieta Gómez says: “This is the battle that is being fought today in Managua by the presidents of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for Our America) and which will be faced tomorrow by the Honduran people. This battle will define the destiny of Our America.”
Incidentally, Fidel’s younger brother Raul, the Cuban president, recently wrapped up a trip to long-time ally Algeria, his second since February, and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where he transferred the chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) from himself to Egypt’s socialist dictator Hosni Mubarak. The NAM, following the lead of the United Nations, Organization of American States, ALBA, and Caribbean Community also passed a resolution on July 15 condemning the Honduran coupists and calling for Zelaya’s re-installment as president. Incidentally, the NAM has for decades described itself as “non-aligned,” but in reality is subserviently aligned with Moscow.
We suspect that Raul Castro, Chavez, and Ortega, with the exiled Zelaya in attendance, concocted the scenario now unfolding in Central America at the emergency summits of ALBA, the Central American Integration System, and the Rio Group that took place in Managua on June 29, the day after the coup. Regular visitors to our blog may recall the photograph of Zelaya joking around with Chavez and Ortega that we posted on June 30. Honduras’ deposed president did not look too crestfallen over his circumstances. Since communists think long term, it is likely that elements of the plot to establish a leftist dictatorship in Honduras via a constitutional referendum were contrived well before the military-backed coup.
Meanwhile, Latin America’s Red Axis leaders converged in yet another strategy session in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. There the country’s communist president Morales hosted Chavez, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, and Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, as well as the vice president of Cuba’s council of ministers, Jorge Luis Sierra, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorin, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez, and Honduras’ de jure foreign minister Patricia Rodas. The restoration of Zelaya to the Honduran presidency occupied an important spot on the meeting’s agenda. The summit included a military march-past consisting of troops from the host nation Bolivia, as well as Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru.
On the streets of Honduras’ second largest city, San Pedro Sula, two left-wing activists, Roger Bados and Ramon Garcia were slain this past weekend by unknown gunmen. Both Bados and Garcia were cadres of the Democratic Unification Party (PUD), a haven for the country’s communist guerrillas. Bados was a local PUD chairman and a member of the Popular Bloc, a coalition of 30 workers’ organizations, while Garcia had taken part in pro-Zelaya demonstrations, proving that Honduran communists support the exiled president. However, don’t be surprised if the world’s leftist press resurrects stories about “right-wing death squads” in response to these slayings.
Red Cocaine Tracks in Honduras
Regional integration in Latin America under communist guidance is only part of the story behind Zelaya’s ouster. Last Sunday the Castro Brothers’ disciple Chavez also demanded that Obama withdraw US troops from Honduras. Up to 600 soldiers assigned under the US Southern Command are based at the site of the Honduran Air Force Academy in Soto Cano, which is located about 60 miles northwest of the national capital Tegucigalpa. The world press, including Kremlin-run Novosti, normally mischaracterizes Soto Cano as a US military installation, which it is not. The primary responsibility of Joint Task Force-Bravo is to interdict the Western Hemisphere narcotics trade, which begins in guerrilla-held territory in Colombia and other communist-controlled spots in South America; migrates through Central American transshipments spots like Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala; daily besieges the Mexican government and civilians with heavily armed cartels; and spills over a porous border into the USA.
In 1990 terrorism and national security expert Joseph Douglass published Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America and the West, which exposed the Communist Bloc’s use of the international narcotics trade as a weapon to demoralize and debilitate the West prior to the initiation of military operations in a hot war. Twenty years ago in Latin America the cast of cocaine-carting communist characters included the Castro Bros. in Cuba; Maoist Tomas Borge and the Ortega Bros., Daniel and Humberto, in Nicaragua; the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador; and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. At the time Panama’s military strongman Manuel Noriega also “dabbled” in the narcotics trade. Toward the end of his dictatorship, Noriega, who is not a communist, shifted allegiance from the US Central Intelligence Agency to Cuba’s Directorate of General Intelligence, prompting his forced removal by President George H. W. Bush in 1989.
Eighteen years after the Cold War supposedly ended, however, the Communist Party of Cuba still oppresses the people of that island; the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) is once again consolidating its dictatorship in Managua; former FSLN interior minister Borge has been assigned to Nicaragua’s embassy in Peru, the past killing fields of the resurgent Shining Path guerrillas; the FMLN transformed itself into a political party and peacefully assumed control of the reins of government in San Salvador, and the FARC continues to plot the demise of the “imperialist, fascist, bourgeois” government in Bogota. For his part, Noriega completed his US sentence in September 2008 but, from the confines of his Miami prison cell, is still fighting an extradition request from the French government. Panama’s new right-wing president, Ricardo Martinelli, has indicated that Noriega is not welcome to return to his homeland.
In addition to these veteran actors in Moscow’s subversive drama, new communists have taken up residence on the bloc, including Chavez who, on one of his annual trips to Moscow, received the commendation of communist party boss Gennady Zyuganov as a “reliable friend,” and through whom FARC commanders are seeking to purchase late-model Russian-built surface-to-air missiles, now in the possession of the Venezuelan armed forces. Other faithful South American errand boys for the Soviet strategists include Morales in Bolivia and Correa in Ecuador, both of whom have rather tellingly shut down Washington’s counter-narcotics operations in their respective countries. On July 17, in fact, the US military halted operations at its base in Manta, Ecuador, a presence that the socialist regime in Quito views as “unconstitutional.”
Stuffed in the financial backpockets or riding on the ideological coattails of these hard-core commies are Latin America’s unprincipled center-left leaders, such as Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Paraguay’s Lugo, Chile’s Michelle Bachelet, Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner, Guatemala’s Alvaro Colom, and Grenada’s Tillman Thomas who, in the presence of the Cuban vice president, recently renamed his island’s main airport after deceased Marxist dictator Maurice Bishop, Fidel’s faithful friend.
Both Chavez and deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya have also been accused of complicity in the drug trade. Ironically, after the coup that deposed Zelaya, Chavez stepped up to the plate to defend his stooge against these charges, which appeared in the Honduran media. “Now they are accusing Zelaya of being a drug-trafficker,” moaned Zelaya’s chief backer, adding: “they say it in 100 newspapers, as article and breaking news. They report that since the ousting of Zelaya–a constitutional ousting, they say–mysterious Venezuelan light planes stop arriving there loaded with dollars and drugs. Thus, they use this ghost for anything, for ousting governments, for killing people.”
Chavez refers to the “ghost” of Venezuelan complicity in Moscow’s red cocaine plot. There is no ghost. The Chavezista regime’s integral role in that scheme is well documented. With typically breathtaking communist hypocrisy, Chavez ranted: “The coup d’état in Honduras marks a resumption of the aggression on the peoples of this continent; that is why all the peoples in this continent must stand up in the fight against dictatorship and imperialism that became a tyrannical government in Honduras.”
>Latin America File: Zelaya confers with Colom, Ortega; Honduran bloggers: Agents provocateur infiltrating country to support insurrection
July 16, 2009Posted by on
– Communist Nightmare in Venezuela:
1) PDVSA Boss: State Oil Workers Must Join Socialist Battalions, Counter-Revolutionaries to Be Purged
2) Chavez’s Land Redistribution Program Impoverishes Country
3) National Guard Clashes with Protesters at Opposition- Controlled Police Station
Pictured above: Honduran soldiers.
On Tuesday Honduras’ exiled president Manuel Zelaya showed up in Guatemala City to confer privately with fellow center-leftist, President Alvaro Colom, who welcomed this puppet of the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis with open arms. Reiterating Monday’s call for a popular insurrection to topple the military-backed regime of rival president Roberto Micheletti, Zelaya declared upon his arrival in Guatemala City:
This weekend we are planning many internal activities in the country. We are not going to rest, and the public is not going to rest, because the right against oppression is a right that people have. In this case the public has a right to defend itself. That leads to a general insurrection. That leads to a permanent insurrection by the people against the government.
The next day Zelaya left Guatemala for Nicaragua, to confer with one of his main supporters, past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega in what is probably the deposed president’s fifth appearance in Managua since his ouster on June 28. Guatemala, unlike Honduras, is not a member of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, but does belong to the Central American Integration System (SICA). On July 1 Ortega handed over SICA’s rotating presidency to Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias. Guatemala, however, has signed onto Hugo Chavez’s Petrocaribe, by which Venezuela’s red regime props up regional allies with subsidized oil.
On Tuesday Zelaya’s host Colom requested Caracas to provide more intelligence with respect to Chavez’s assertion that a coup d’etat is brewing against his own government. “I can attest to a coup attempt in Guatemala,” Comrade Hugo ranted last Friday. At that time Chavez and sidekick Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, asserted that the leftist regimes in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua were in danger of being overthrown by their respective militaries and business oligarchies. This is not likely in Nicaragua, though, where “hardline” Sandinista Omar Halleslevens is the army’s top general. We have no independent intelligence to confirm Chavez’s assertions which, more than anything else, are probably designed to generate a pretext for Red Axis military intervention in Honduras.
Meanwhile, in the streets of Tegucigalpa the military-backed government has reimposed a curfew in advance of the public unrest that Zelaya has called for this weekend. De facto President Micheletti has offered to resign to preempt an uprising, but only if Zelaya does not return, which has consistently been the interim government’s chief condition for a peace settlement. In a troubling but not surprising story, Canada Free Press reported on July 16 that agents provocateur are infiltrating Honduras from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to aid Zelaya partisans in staging a rebellion. Citing bloggers on the ground in Honduras, this conservative Canadian news outlet states:
Hondurans are trying to get word out by Twitter that they are receiving threatening text messages on their cell phones tonight, telling them to stay inside and not leave their homes tomorrow night. “Now more than ever I will be the first one out the door,” Honduran Pedro Martinez told Canada Free Press tonight. Pedro Martinez is the pseudonym we gave to the young Honduran professional that Canada Free Press (CFP) walked through Twitter hookup last week. “Tomorrow might be a bad day,” Pedro tipped off CFP on twitter. “People are infiltrating Honduras thru (sic) Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua with the intention to create chaos.”
Canada Free Press then quotes Micheletti as saying: “There are reports, I don’t know if they are real, I haven’t been officially informed, that there is a group of armed people and that Zelaya is going to enter over the Nicaraguan border this Saturday.” Nearly two weeks ago Honduras’ de facto president asserted that Nicaraguan troops had been deployed to the two countries’ common border.
In a related story, US Ambassador to Nicaragua Robert Callahan has denied that Washington orchestrated the June 28 coup that ousted Zelaya. Callahan was responding to charges uttered by Chavez on his regular Sunday TV-radio rant-in “Alo Presidente.” Callahan insisted that US President Barack Hussein Obama recognizes Zelaya as the legitimate president of Honduras. In fact, Callahan elaborated, US Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens afforded protection to Zelay’s wife and one of his sons at his residence during the coup. “We have also supported the efforts from the Organization of American States and from Costa Rican President Oscar Arias to find a constitutional, peaceful and quick solution to this problem,” Callahan assured reporters.
On Sunday, Chavez urged Washington to remove its “puppet regime” in Tegucigalpa. “If the United States really does not back the coup it should withdraw its troops from the Palmerola military base,” he chided, referring to Soto Cano Air Base’s other name. Soto Cano is home to the Honduran Air Force Academy and is not a US military installation, as commonly reported. During the 1980s US Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North used Soto Cano, which is 60 miles northwest from Tegucigalpa, as a base of operations to support the Contras against Ortega’s first Sandinista regime.
Incidentally, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez has broken ranks with leftist clergymen in the region, such as ex-bishop Fernando Lugo, president of Paraguay, by blaming Chavez for Honduras’ internal crisis and urging Zelaya not to return to his homeland. “This gentleman [meaning Chavez],” protested the good cardinal, “has tried to put his hands here. I wish him to leave us alone, to devote himself to rule his country and that is enough. No life should be lost for political reasons that may be solved through dialogue.”
Elsewhere in Latin America, the Chavezista regime in Venezuela has encountered some hiccoughs of late. The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s land confiscation program has not yielded the bumper crop predicted by the country’s communist leaders but, instead, has impoverished the country. Lately, too, Chavez and his henchentities have chided state oil employees for not yet joining workplace “socialist battalions.” “By now, there should not be a single counter-revolutionary in the heart of our company, our industry,” Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez warned PDVSA workers at a rally. “There cannot be a single PDVSA installation where socialist committees do not exist. Whoever is not in a committee will be suspected of conspiring against the revolution.” In Cuba the communist dictatorship exercises control over the population through local Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, while in Nicaragua the neo-Sandinista regime has set up Councils of Citizens’ Power, replicating the functions of the 1980s-era Sandinista Defense Committees.
Yesterday in Curiepe, a small town east of Caracas in Miranda State, Venezuela’s National Guard clashed with protesters when they tried to re-assume control over a police station controlled by a leading opponent of the Chavezista regime. The New York Times reports that “The protesters hurled rocks, bottles and homemade bombs. Troops in riot gear fired tear gas at the crowd.” State Governor Henrique Capriles criticized the National Guard for acting like the “militia of a political party.” On July 21 Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma and three state governors will travel to Washington to meet with the general secretary of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza. Ironically, they will advise Insulza, a Chilean socialist who backs Zelaya’s reinstatement, that Chavez has stripped them of most powers and functions.
July 15, 2009Posted by on
>We have updated our Neo-Soviet Russia’s Leninist Leadership chart. There are two changes. Last year Nikolai Makarov replaced Yuri Baluyevsky as Russia’s top general. In addition, Oleg Shenin, mastermind behind the potemkin anti-Gorbachevist coup of August 1991 and gray eminence behind the Soviet strategic deception died on May 28 of this year. Of the older generation of high-profile Soviet strategists, only Mikhail Gorbachev, Yevgeny Primakov, and Eduard Shevardnadze remain. The torch of Soviet communism’s quest for global domination will therefore in all likelihood be passed to Gennady Zyuganov, the 65-year-old chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
>Latin America File: Micheletti-Zelaya peace talks fail; deposed president issues 1-week ultimatum to military-backed regime to relinquish power
July 14, 2009Posted by on
– Venezuelan Dictator and Bolivian Counterpart Morales Accuse “Oligarchies” in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua of Seeking Ouster of Leftist Regimes
Pictured above: Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa, and Evo Morales attend the Central American Integration System (SICA) summit in Managua on June 29. Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia–the countries of which these men are presidents–are not accredited observer states at SICA meetings. However, these men, who are all communists, have a vested interest in reinstalling their puppet Manuel Zelaya into the Honduran presidency. How far they will go and how low they will stoop should become apparent in the weeks ahead.
Some months ago the people of Honduras woke up to the fact that their country was being absorbed into the regional Communist Bloc via the leftward drift of President Manuel (“Mel”) Zelaya and his slavish allegiance to Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez. Then, on June 28, in what was essentially an anti-communist putsch, the leadership of the ruling Liberal Party disavowed its colleague and, with the assistance of the armed forces, roused a pajamas-clad Zelaya from bed and marched him off to an airplane bound for Costa Rica. Although the brain-dead MSM will never describe the Honduran coup as “anti-communist,” this is the testimony of the Honduran armed forces’ top legal counsel Colonel Herberth Bayardo Inestroza, a veteran of the counter-insurgency operations of the 1980s.
This past weekend de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti and Zelaya failed to reach an accord in San Jose under the aegis of President Oscar Arias, who purportedly hosted the de facto and de jure presidents of Honduras in his kitchen. During the “peace talks,” which were endorsed by the Organization of American States (OAS), the two politicians did not actually meet with each other directly. For his part, Zelaya continued to insist upon returning to his homeland as lawful president, against Micheletti’s threat to have him arrested. On arriving back in the Honduran capital, Micheletti sarcastically stated of his rival: “We are in agreement with his return here–but to be sent directly to the courts.” On Saturday Zelaya traveled to the Dominican Republic, then Washington to discuss the political crisis with officials of the Obama White House.
Prior to the conference the neo-Sandinista regime in Managua refused to grant permission to the Honduran Air Force to transport Micheletti through its airspace. This fact prompted us to speculate that Nicaragua and Venezuela, both of which possess Soviet/Russian man-portable surface-to-air missiles, were planning a “surprise” for Micheletti over the Caribbean Sea or Pacific Ocean. No such “surprise” materialized, as Honduras’ interim president returned safely home, but the Red Axis propaganda machine continues to beat the war drum against the post-coup government. The invective, bombast, and accusations emanating from Caracas over the weekend are particularly strident.
Yesterday Zelaya himself issued an ultimatum to the Micheletti government by demanding that the coup leaders relinquish power by the end of this week and permit him to re-assume his post, or face “alternative measures.” Speaking from the Honduran embassy in Managua, where he has visited four times since the coup, the deposed president stated: “The only objective of the dictatorial coup plotters is to use the mediation process and good will of Oscar Arias to distract people and prolong their dictatorship.” He then offered an ominous warning: “The people have a right to insurrection. Let me come back and it will be me with my people and you with your bayonets – and instead of shooting innocent kids, shoot me.”
Zelaya appears to be lifting a page from his paymaster Chavez’s script. During a Friday press conference in Caracas, Comrade Hugo, who has already suspended Petrocaribe oil shipments to Tegucigalpa, demanded that Honduras’ regular trading partners halt all commerce with the country until the Micheletti regime is toppled. On the same day, he also rebuked the USA’s leftist secretary of state, Hillary Clinton for endorsing the peace talks in San Jose, pronouncing them “dead” and branding Micheletti a “usurper.” “It was a grave error,” Chavez piously informed reporters, “It’s turned into a very dangerous trap for democracy that sets a very grave precedent.” Chavez described the actions taken by Washington against the “coupists” as “timid” and “contradictory.” He demanded that President Barack Hussein Obama impose economic sanctions on Honduras and withdraw his ambassador in Tegucigalpa. He mentioned that on Thursday he spoke by telephone with US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas Shannon to articulate his views.
Chavez also accused “right-wing movements” in countries allied with Venezuela, including Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Guatemala, of plotting to destabilize their leftist governments. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, however, denied that such a plot existed against his government, a stance backed by the country’s defense minister and armed forces chief Abraham Valenzuela, who stated: “The army is one of the few institutions that on a daily basis helps defend the rule of law and the country’s institutions.” Referring to the May 10 murder of prominent Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, Bolivia’s communist president Evo Morales chimed in: “The oligarchy invented a death to remove Colom from power.” In a video released after his demise, Rosenberg alleged that President Colom, First Lady Sandra Torres, presidential aide Gustavo Alejos, businessman Gregorio Valdez, and “top executives” of the public-private Banco de Desarrollo Agricola were plotting to kill him.
On Sunday, during his regular weekly rant-in, “Alo, Presidente,” Chavez characterized the political situation in Honduras as “explosive,” intimating that “some members” of the military in that country may “take action” to restore Zelaya, who could arrive in his homeland “at any moment.” The Venezuelan dictator accused Micheletti of “violating” the Honduran constitution and stated that Micheletti, not Zelaya, would be arrested. “The situation is an explosive situation,” Chavez admonished. Referring to putative leftist elements in the Honduran military, he added: “Don’t be surprised if a patriotic current comes out of the military.”
Even though Obama, a pro-Islamic socialist, has called for Zelaya’s reinstatement, Chavez accused Washington of backing Zelaya’s ouster. “The new specter that the bourgeoisie and the Yankee empire have invoked throughout the continent isn’t socialism and isn’t communism, it’s Chavismo,” he bemoaned, seemingly tongue in cheek. During the same televised program, Chavez also demanded that the USA withdraw its up to 600 troops from a Honduran air base at Soto Cano: “If the U.S. really was against the coup it would have already withdrawn its troops from the Palmerola military base. Obama, pull your gringo soldiers out of Honduras, deprive the rebels of aid, freeze their accounts, stop giving them visas, and you will see how their rule ends.”
At the same time, Cuban-based Prensa Latina has picked up and reproduced for online publication the feverish ramblings of US leftists like Michael Parenti, whose lead-in for the article “The Honduras Coup: Is Obama Innocent?” runs as follows:
First, almost all the senior Honduran military officers active in the coup are graduates of the Pentagon’s School of the Americas (known to many of us as “School of the Assassins”). The Honduran military is trained, advised, equipped, indoctrinated, and financed by the United States national security state. The generals would never have dared to move without tacit consent from the White House or the Pentagon and CIA.”
Parenti offers no documentation for this supposed conspiracy between the US and Honduran military brass, while President Obama turned a blind eye. However, he should consider seeking employment in Venezuela as Chavez’s speech writer.
The cumulative result of this Red Axis propaganda, in our opinion, is to provide these regimes with an excuse to coerce Honduras back into the fold. In past posts we have presented evidence that Latin America’s Red Axis leaders might be building a case to assemble a multinational military force to invade Honduras and reinstate their puppet, who is also a close ally of Raul Castro and Daniel Ortega. Some factors that prompt us to think along these lines include the following:
1) in January 2008 Chavez proposed transforming the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) into an “anti-imperialist” (anti-USA) military coalition
2) within 24 hours of the Honduran putsch Chavez placed his armed forces on alert and threatened to intervene if his diplomats in Tegucigalpa were harmed
3) within 24 hours of the same the Red Axis leaders, with the exiled Zelaya in attendance, converged in Managua to strategize at emergency summits of ALBA, the Central American Integration System, and the Rio Group
4) the following Friday Castro chaired a session of Cuba’s National Defense Council to assess the communist regime’s war readiness
5) during the week following the coup de facto President Micheletti accused Venezuela of preparing an invasion force and Nicaragua of moving troops to its border with Honduras.
If such a scheme is in fact in the works, then the Three Amigos—Castro, Chavez, and Ortega—may seek the imprimatur of the United Nations, OAS, the South American Defense Council—an organ of the new Union of South American Nations—and/or ALBA before commencing military operations. Ortega, for example, does exercise some “pull” in the UN by way of Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, former Sandinista foreign minister, Catholic priest, and president of the UN General Assembly.
Meanwhile, the military-backed government in Honduras has lifted its two-week curfew even as it detained six journalists employed with Caracas-based Telesur and state-run Venezolana de Television on Sunday. The journalists were taken to police headquarters for five hours and their passports confiscated. They were then taken to their hotel, their passports returned, and ordered not to leave until immigration officials arrived. “They told us we should leave the country because our security wasn’t guaranteed and we were at risk here,” complained Larry Sanchez, a Telesur technician who was among those who were detained. “‘We have intelligence and we’re following you,’ they said.” This was the second time since the June 28 coup that Telesur journalists have been detained. On the day following Zelaya’s ouster, Honduran soldiers arrested Telesur journalists at gunpoint in their hotel rooms, but later released them.
Founded in 2005, electronic media platform Telesur is funded by a multinational consortium of leftist regimes in Latin America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Venezuela. With the exception of Argentina and Uruguay, Telesur has overlapping membership with ALBA. Telesur is widely perceived by Latin American conservatives as a vehicle for promoting Marxism, “progressive” causes, regional integration, and anti-USA sentiment. It is critical of governments allied with Washington in the region, such as Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. US actor Danny Glover, along with many other left-wing “intellectuals” from the Western Hemisphere, sits on Telesur’s Board of Directors. Even though Cuba co-sponsors the TV network, its programming is censored on the island.
>Useful Idiots Bin: Obama meets Zyuganov in Moscow; red leader urges lifting of Cuba embargo, scrapping NMD plans, praises White House economic policy
July 10, 2009Posted by on
>US President Barack Hussein Obama is a pro-Islamic socialist who bears the hallmarks of a Soviet mole. Following his election last November former Soviet dictator Mikhail (“I’ll Always Be a Communist”) Gorbachev urged Obama to implement perestroika (socialist restructuring) in the USA. Then, on March 20 Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, held an under-reported secret meeting with Gorbachev in the White House. We can only speculate that the former Soviet dictator once again urged Obama to communize America. In June, using the financial crisis as pretext, Gorby urged the leaders of the world to implement perestroika on a global basis.
During his first trip to Moscow earlier this week Obama met Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, with whom he negotiated a replacement document for START 1, committing the US military to severely reducing its nuclear arsenal and the number of its delivery systems, as well as restricting deployment of these weapons to US territory. Obama also met with Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, at the latter’s Novo-Ogarevo residence outside Moscow, on July 7 (pictured above).
Significantly, while in Moscow, Obama also met the man whom we consider to be the real ruler of Russia, namely Gennady Zyuganov, Stalinist leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF). The CPRF is the main successor organization of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), which still exists in phantom-like fashion across the “former” Soviet republics in the form of Oleg Shenin’s CPSU and Zyuganov’s Union of Communist Parties-CPSU. In previous posts, we reported that Putin and Medvedev “regularly” consult with Chairman Zyuganov, suggesting that the two men are competent frontmen for the Soviet strategists. Shenin was the mastermind behind the potemkin anti-Gorbachevist coup of August 1991 and is a gray eminence behind Soviet politics today.
During his encounter with Zyuganov, Obama apparently received his marching orders for US foreign policy. The Cuban state media reports that the Russian communist leader personally urged Obama to lift Washington’s 50-year-old economic blockade of Cuba, release the so-called “Cuban Five” spies from US prison, suspend plans to expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization still further (that is, to include Georgia and Ukraine), and renounce the “useless” anti-missile system to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic. “Coincidentally,” Medvedev and Putin promote the same positions as official state policy. In other words, Russia’s politicians are all cut out of the same bolt of red cloth.
After meeting Obama, Chairman Zyuganov enthused about the White House’s economic policy: “I said that I had thoroughly studied the U.S. president’s anti-crisis program, that I liked it, as well as that it is socially oriented and primarily aimed at supporting poor people and enhancing the state’s role. I said all this to President Obama.” One blogger wryly comments: “Somehow I don’t think you’ll be seeing that endorsement on Whitehouse.gov.” Indeed.
If Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton follow through with some or all of these friendly recommendations, then it should be obvious that the White House has become functionally subordinate to the Kremlin. However, if Obama was a real patriot, like Ronald Reagan for example, if he was a real US-born citizen, if was not a communist dupe, then we could possibly expect him to call the Soviets’ bluff. Yes, the Cold War would be reactivated in earnest, but at least the enemy would once again be known and opportunities could be sought to finally crush the Bolshevik serpent in its lair.
>Latin America File: Zelaya, Micheletti attend 2-day peace talks brokered by Arias; Nicaragua forbids Micheletti to fly to Costa Rica via its airspace
July 9, 2009Posted by on
– Honduras’ De Facto Foreign Minister: Cuban Professionals Indoctrinating and Organizing “Shock Groups” in Tegucigalpa
With the endorsement of the Organization of American States, under the leadership of Chilean socialist Jose Miguel Insulza, and the USA’s leftist administration, as represented by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias will reprise his role as peacemaker, first earned in the 1980s, by brokering a two-day peace conference between de jure Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and rival Roberto Micheletti. The talks will take place in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, and begin on Thursday. There will be no “tête-à-tête meeting,” though, between the exiled Zelaya and Micheletti. Honduras’ interim government has promised to hold elections, but vows to arrest Zelaya if he returns to his homeland, which he unsuccessfully attempted last Sunday. The ousted president has pledged to attempt another re-entry into Honduras, this time covertly.
On June 28 Micheletti obtained power on the heels of the region’s first post-Cold War era coup. Since his election in 2006 Zelaya’s chummy relationship with communist dictators Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega has led Honduras into formal association with the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis via the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas. This unholy confederacy, contends the leadership of Honduras’ ruling Liberal Party, was the primary motivation behind Zelaya’s interest in abolishing presidential term limits via a constitutional referendum. The Iranian state media correctly reports: “Honduran coup leaders accuse the deposed president of far-left policies that ‘threatened’ the interests of the country–a charge Zelaya denies.” Incidentally, in a previous generation “far left” meant “communism.”
Meanwhile, the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis is making good on earlier pronouncements about “punishing” the military-backed government of President Micheletti. Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and many other Latin American countries, for example, have already withdrawn their ambassadors from Tegucigalpa. In another “penal” act, Communist Cuba has withdrawn a contingent of 143 education professionals from Honduras. This is a good thing, Si? However, a “large” medical brigade will remain in the Central American country, reports the Havana Times, which rejects de facto Honduran foreign minister Enrique Ortez’s accusation that the Cubans are organizing and indoctrinating “shock groups” in Tegucigalpa.
On Wednesday Venezuela also confirmed that it cancelled its daily shipment of 20,000 barrels of oil to Honduras. “Venezuela cannot give benefits from Petrocaribe to a dictatorship, and even less to a small group of businessmen who made a coup,” Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez piously intoned, conveniently ignoring the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s crackdown on opposition television and radio stations. By cutting off Petrocaribe’s oil supply to the Micheletti regime, Caracas is simply proving that subsidized petroleum is a conduit by which Chavez promotes and supports his leftist allies in the region.
In a related development, last Sunday Micheletti accused Nicaragua of provocatively moving troops to the Honduran border, a charge that both Ortega and a spokesman for the Nicaraguan National Army, formerly the Sandinista People’s Army, swiftly denied. Independent confirmation of these troop movements in Nicaragua is not yet forthcoming and Micheletti is not publicizing the source of his intelligence. In any case, Ortega now feigns support for the peace talks but he is clearly not willing to make things easy for the post-coup government in Honduras.
To that end, the Iranian media reports that Managua will not permit the Honduran Air Force to transport Micheletti to Costa Rica via Nicaraguan airspace. Nicaragua, of course, is the only geographical barrier between Honduras and Costa Rica. While not posing an insurmountable barrier to Micheletti’s journey to San Jose, Ortega’s “difficult” behavior will require the Hondurans to re-route the acting president’s flight over the Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean Sea. Managua’s determination to hinder Micheletti’s journey begs the question: Is there an unpleasant surprise waiting for the Honduran leader and his entourage as they fly over the tropical waters, either coming or going? Not so coincidentally, both Nicaragua and Venezuela are known to possess man-portable surface-to-air missiles, the former hailing from the old Soviet era, the latter representing the most advanced Russian military technology.
Zelaya contends that General Romero Vasquez planned to assassinate him during the coup, but decided in the end to exile the president. However, perhaps Latin America’s Red Axis leaders are plotting to bump off Micheletti, thereby facilitating the reinstatement of their compliant lackey. A few naval speedboats from Nicaragua, otherwise employed in the Moscow-directed narcotics trade, some military intelligence from Cuba or Venezuela, and a dash of plausible deniability could create a power vacuum at the top of the military-backed regime in Tegucigalpa. On July 9, however, the New York Times reported that both Zelaya and Micheletti arrived safely at the site of the peace conference, Arias’ personal residence in a posh San Jose neighborhood. The same source pointed out that Zelaya “had not come to negotiate, but to set the terms of his return.”
Mildly center-leftist, Arias does not openly associate with Latin America’s Red Axis, but his stance toward the first Sandinista regime is worth recalling. At the link above the New York Times, quoting Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst at the US National Security Archive, provides some historical context. “During the 1980s Mr. Arias was a thorn in the side of the Reagan administration,” Kornbluh relates. At the time, of course, the White House was fighting a proxy war against Ortega’s first Sandinista regime via the Contras. The newspaper continues:
Mr. Arias’ predecessor, Luis Alberto Monge, received hundreds of millions of dollars in American aid and turned a blind eye as the C.I.A. used northern Costa Rica as a strategic outpost to supply the rebels. But when Mr. Arias took power in 1986 [for his first stint as president], he discovered and closed down a secret landing strip in northern Costa Rica the agency had used to supply contra rebels in neighboring Nicaragua.
Kornbluh is quoted as saying: “He was throwing a monkey wrench into the contra war in the name of peace.” In 2009 does Arias have another monkey wrench up his sleeve that will offer a quick fix for Zelaya and the Three Amigos, Castro, Chavez, and Ortega? If nothing else, Arias will go down in history as a sort of Costa Rican version of Jimmy (“Peanuts”) Carter.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian troops transported to China for Peace Mission 2009, wrap up Caucasus 2009 drill near Georgia
July 9, 2009Posted by on
– START 1 to Expire in December, Successor Document to Restrict US Atomic Warheads to “Sovereign Territory,” Force Withdrawal from Western Europe, Elsewhere (Korean Peninsula?)
On Wednesday 1,300 Russian troops near the city of Ussuriysk, in the country’s Far East, began boarding a Chinese train that will transport them to Shenyang Military District by July 13. There the two communist superpowers will carry out their fourth joint war game, Peace Mission 2009, after decades of feigned hostility. Under cover of an “anti-terrorist drill” the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is the institutional embodiment of the Moscow-Beijing Axis, will continue its preparations for war against the West.
The Russian contingent in Peace Mission 2009 is organized into a reinforced motor-rifle battalion and an airborne assault company. Accompanying the servicemen will be 160 pieces of military hardware, including 70 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other armored vehicles. About 20 military aircraft will participate, including Il-76 transport planes, Su-25 jets, Su-24 tactical bombers, Su-27 jets, Mi-8 helicopters, but no strategic aviation. Russia’s top brass is expected to arrive in the area of the exercises on July 11 to coordinate with Chinese counterparts both the unloading of military cargo and the operational details of Peace Mission 2009. The People’s Liberation Army will contribute an equal number of troops, weapons, and ammunition.
The first three joint Sino-Soviet military exercises were Peace Mission 2005, Peace Mission 2007, and Norak Antiterror 2009. The first two were held in Russia and the People’s Republic of China, while the third was held in Tajikistan in April. Peace Mission 2010 is slated to take place in Kazakhstan. Russia and China are apparently no longer holding combined war games every other year but, rather, emboldened by the West’s apathy, carrying out back-to-back exercises in the same year.
In his 25-year-old predictive work, New Lies for Old, KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn warned that after the fake demise of communism in Eastern Europe, the Soviet strategists would openly ally themselves with the Red Chinese in “one clenched fist.” This remarkable “prophecy” has been vindicated many times since Moscow and Beijing healed their “breach” in the 2001 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.
Elsewhere in Russia, near the partly occupied country of Georgia, 8,500 troops have completed the wide-ranging Caucasus 2009 drill in the regions of Krasnodar, Stavropol, Astrakhan, Volgograd, and Rostov, as well as in the restive, internal republics of North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Chechnya, and Karachay-Cherkess. Joining the soldiers of the North Caucasus Military District were air force and anti-aircraft units, and troops from the Novorossiisk naval base on the Black Sea, the Caspian Flotilla, the regional border department of the Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) for the Southern Federal District, and the North Caucasus command of the Interior Ministry.
“During the exercise a wide spectrum of adequate military measures was carried out to ensure the security of Russian citizens and the safety of transport facilities, energy communications and strategic objects as well as measures aimed at protecting Russia’s economic interests,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Bobrun, spokesentity for the hosting military district.
Under cover of last year’s Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill the Russian armed forces invaded Georgia via the separatist republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Even the MSM has been speculating over the last several months that Russia intends to finish off last year’s business by besieging Tbilisi and overthrowing the government of President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Following the Soviet military campaign in Georgia last year Russia’s brass acknowledged its inability to collect reliable battlefield intelligence, a deficiency that led to the downing of a Backfire bomber by a Georgian surface-to-air-missile. Accordingly, the Russian military has purchased 12 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Israel, which also supplied weapons and training to the Georgians in past years. Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, confided that the main goal of the purchase was to scrutinize the Israeli achievements in the development of spy drones in order to build reliable UAVs domestically. According to various estimates, the Russian armed forces need up to 100 UAVs and at least 10 guidance systems to maintain effective battlefield reconnaissance in case of any military conflict.
In previous posts we considered Israel’s background involvement in the Russian-Georgian conflict from the vantage of Bible prophecy, especially the predicted Russian-Persian-Arab invasion of Israel, which we believe will take place at the beginning of the seven-year tribulation prophesied by Daniel.
Meanwhile, on Monday US President Barack Hussein Obama, a socialist enamored with Islam, wrapped up his first official meeting with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow. There Obama, whom we regard as a likely Soviet mole, promised to slash the US atomic arsenal from 2,200 operational warheads to between 1,500 and 1,675 within seven years. The US military will also be required to limit the number of strategic delivery systems to between 500 and 1,100 units. Theoretically, the Kremlin will be obligated to make the same cuts to its nuclear stockpile . . . but don’t hold your breath.
The new strategic arms reduction agreement will replace the START 1 pact, which will expire in December. President Medvedev, a former Soviet Komsomol graduate and compliant lackey of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, enthusiastically called the treaty a “basic element of our mutual security.” The document states formal ratification will take place in the “near future” and would be in effect for 10 years.
Significantly, under the new treaty the USA and Russia can only deploy warheads on their “sovereign territories.” Furthermore, START 1’s successor does not address civilian nuclear cooperation in the sphere of third countries. These stipulations will therefore obligate the USA to remove its nuclear warheads with associated delivery systems from Western Europe, a long-time Soviet goal. Conversely, Russia can continue promoting “civilian” nuclear energy programs in communist dictatorships like Venezuela and Cuba and Islamic dictatorships like Iran, as well as covertly doing the same in other communist dictatorships like North Korea. Along this theme Obama and Medvedev discussed Tehran and Pyongyang’s nuclear programs.
“North Korea has abandoned its own commitments and violated international law,” the US president intoned, praising the neo-Soviet leadership: “That’s why I’m pleased that Russia joined us in passing UN Security Council resolution that calls for strong steps to block North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.” This is the same UN resolution, by the way, that forbids the US Navy from forcibly interdicting North Korean vessels suspected of transporting weapons of mass destruction. So much for “strong steps.” “It is of common knowledge that the situation on the planet depends on the situation in the Korean Peninsula, in the Middle East,” Medvedev replied piously. The dangerous political “situation” in the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East, however, is largely the result of Soviet machinations over many decades.
>WW4 File: S. Korean, US government websites paralyzed by sustained DOS attack beginning July 4; intel officials in Seoul suspect NK cyberwarfare unit
July 8, 2009Posted by on
>Civilian and military intelligence officials in South Korea, according to a major news agency, believe that on July 4 computer hackers in North Korea and/or communist sympathizers in South Korea launched cyber attacks that totally or partly paralyzed government websites in the Republic of Korea and the USA for at least four days. The sites of 11 South Korean organizations, including the presidential Blue House, the Defense Ministry, the National Assembly, and the headquarters of the ruling Grand National Party, were knocked offline or experienced access problems as of late Tuesday. There are no reports of similar cyber attacks in other Asian countries. However, US government websites were also affected over the Independence Day holiday weekend, including those of the Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission, and Transportation Department.
Pictured above: Employees of the Korea Internet Security Center monitor the effects of North Korea’s latest cyber-salvos against the South.
On Wednesday the state-run Korea Information Security Agency in Seoul revealed that 12,000 computers in South Korea and 8,000 computers overseas were infected and employed for the cyber attack. The agency believes that “The attack was thoroughly prepared and committed by hackers at the level of a certain organization or state.” South Korean and US authorities are cooperating in the investigation.
In May the South Korean media reported that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was operating a cyberwarfare unit that specializes in hacking into South Korean and US military networks to glean classified information and disrupt service. The latest denial of service attack on South Korean and US computer networks was unusually lengthy and sophisticated and, suggests Yonhap news agency, possibly bore the hallmarks of Chinese hackers. We have previously reported on successful Russian and Chinese attempts to disrupt the Pentagon’s computer network and/or drop the electrical grids in the Continental USA. The Communist Bloc may very well launch a cyberattack against civilian and military computer networks in the West in the days or hours prior to a sneak military assault.
>Latin America File: Zelaya regroups with allies in San Salvador, plots 2nd attempt to return to Honduras, but not by “regular entry points”
July 8, 2009Posted by on
This past Sunday Honduras’ military-backed government prevented Manuel Zelaya’s airplane, a jet loaned by Venezuela’s communist thug-in-chief Hugo Chavez, from landing at Toncontin airport by blocking the runway with police and military vehicles. The deposed president began his flight from Washington DC, where he received the blessing of the Organization of American States (OAS) to return to his homeland and reassert his credentials as democratically elected head of state/government.
While in flight Zelaya communicated an order to the armed forces to receive his entourage. No doubt this order was countermanded by the de facto government of former congressional speaker, President Roberto Micheletti. Meanwhile, on the ground thousands of Zelaya partisans surged through the fence enclosing Tegucigalpa’s airport, but were repelled by soldiers who used tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds.At least five people were hit by gunfire and at least one killed.
Deterred, the deposed president flew to Managua, where he has received considerable support from Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega, and then San Salvador. There Zelaya, in collaboration with other regional leftist leaders who converged in El Salvador’s capital for that purpose, began to plot another attempt to return to Honduras. Present in San Salvador were Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo (“The Red Bishop”), and Jose Miguel Insulza, a Chilean who heads up the OAS. After KGB assets Chavez, Ortega, and Raul Castro, these individuals, in our opinion, represent the “second rank” of trenchant opponents to political and economic freedom in Latin America.
Both Zelaya and Micheletti, it should be noted, are members of Honduras’ ruling Liberal Party. However, repulsed by wealthy rancher Zelaya’s leftward drift since his election in 2006, the communist orientation of his domestic advisers, and his allegiance to Chavez, the Liberal Party has disowned Zelaya. Significantly, since the June 28 coup that ousted Zelaya, leftist groups have made no attempt to hide their support for Zelaya by organizing the People’s Resistance Front to overthrow the post-coup government. Significantly, the Communist Party USA has also denounced the “brutal” coupists and praised the Obama White House for acknowledging Zelaya as Honduras’ legitimate president.
On Monday Zelaya’s housing minister, Luis Roland Valenzuela, speaking in the Honduran capital, announced that his boss will make another attempt at returning to his homeland on July 8, but not through the “regular” entry points. Zelaya, he explained, will attend a press conference in Washington on Tuesday to announce his plans after a possible meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a leftist whose husband Bill, the former president, is a suspected KGB asset. “They deceived us,” Valenzuela complained, citing an alleged agreement with interim President Micheletti that would have allowed Zelaya to land. The Micheletti government denies that any such agreement was reached. “Have no doubt, I will return to Honduras,” Zelaya vowed to reporters in Managua, adding: “But I won’t say how, because otherwise they will wait for me in any town or state.”
Since the June 28 coup the military has arrested nearly 800 civilians for defying a government curfew, although most have since been released. Pictured above: Zelaya partisans protest outside the US embassy in Tegucigalpa on July 7. Note obligatory Che Guevara flag.
Meanwhile, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), a new European Union-style organization with overlapping membership in ALBA (Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia), has joined the global chorus condemning Honduras’ military-backed government. On July 6, the foreign ministers of Uruguay and Chile argued that UNASUR can arbitrate the conflict in the Central American nation. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, an East German-educated socialist who has praised the legacy of Soviet/Cuban pawn Salvador Allende, is president pro tempore of UNASUR. Both Bachelet and OAS chief Insulza are cadres of the Socialist Party of Chile.
The Regional Military Threat Posed by the Havana-Caracas- Managua Axis
Within 24 hours of the June 28 coup in Tegucigalpa Chavez declared that he had placed his armed forces on alert and threatened to intervene if Venezuela’s ambassador was killed. It is significant that Honduran soldiers singled out the Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan ambassadors for rough treatment, suggesting that the Micheletti government takes a dim view of these countries and their alliance with Zelaya. The ambassadors, however, were not “kidnapped” as the leftist press crowed.
On several occasions last week Honduras’ de facto president, without citing specific intelligence, alluded darkly to military forces that were preparing to invade his country and reinstall his opponent as head of state/government. Last Sunday Micheletti accused Nicaragua of deploying small squads of troops along their common border in a “psychological invasion” designed to intimidate Hondurans into accepting Zelaya’s return. “We have been informed that in the sector of Nicaragua, some troops are moving toward the border,” Micheletti contended in a televised news conference on Sunday. Ortega protested the charge: “There is no such conflict with Nicaragua. Our nation is not sending troops to Honduran territory. We are keeping our troops in their normal positions, where they have always been to protect national sovereignty.”
During the first Sandinista dictatorship, Nicaragua’s army, with 80,000 conscripts, was the largest in Central America. Although the Sandinista People’s Army was purportedly deprived of its Marxist foundation in the 1990s and is presently a mere shadow of its former strength, according to a 2005 US Defense Department assessment the commander of the Nicaraguan National Army is a “hardline Sandinista.”
In addition to pertinent military news from Venezuela and Nicaragua, it is worth observing that last Friday, four days after attending the Red Axis strategy sessions in Managua, President Castro chaired a meeting of Cuba’s National Defense Council. Reports on war readiness were delivered by officials of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, the Communist Youth League, the Interior Ministry, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba, and the provincial defense councils. Castro assessed the results of the training of regular troops and the Territorial Militia Troops, and advances made in the maintenance, modernization, and production of arms. He confided to those present that in 2003 the communist regime believed that then US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was planning a “huge attack” against the island. In a related story, Cuba’s Bastion 2008 military exercise was postponed after last year’s devastating hurricane season, but we await its execution some time in 2009.
The Honduran armed forces coup, in our assessment, has raised the specter of a regional military threat posed by the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis. Along with Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, and Libya, the administration of President George W. Bush rightly identified Cuba with the “Axis of Evil.” In February 2008 President Chavez floated the idea of transforming ALBA, then known as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas and since June of this year as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, into an “anti-imperialist” (meaning anti-USA) military coalition.
Last month ALBA, founded in 2004, expanded by three countries and now embraces: Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Honduras, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Notably, the first five countries are ideologically aligned with Moscow and recipients of Russian military hardware. Since the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front assumed control of the reins of government in El Salvador earlier this year, it is expected that that country, too, will shortly hook up with ALBA.
In view of the new episode of political instability in Central America, therefore, we believe that the coordinated movements of the Cuban, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, and Russian militaries in the Western Hemisphere bear close watching. Last year the MSM extensively covered Russia and Venezuela’s first-ever joint naval drill in the southern Caribbean Sea, as well as the week-long deployment of two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers at a Venezuelan air base. Both events were “post”-Cold War “firsts.” Not content with these anti-USA provocations, Moscow and Caracas have planned more combined maneuvers.
In itself, of course, the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis poses no threat to the USA, often touted as the world’s sole post-Cold War superpower. Nicaragua’s standing army has 14,000 active personnel, Cuba 46,000, and Venezuela 600,000. Spurred on by Russia and using a United Nations or OAS resolution as pretext, though, this communist troika could potentially threaten errant Red Axis members like Honduras, which boasts 20,000 troops, or anti-communist holdouts like Colombia, which has about 420,000 troops whose battle-readiness has been tested by the government’s decades-old war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua should also be viewed as potential bases either for Soviet subversion or a strategic nuclear attack against North America. The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and the under-reported arrival of Russian bomber crews in Cuba in 2008 to identify suitable refueling sites for their aircraft offer historic and contemporary proof that such a scenario is possible again.
Ortega and Arias Revive Cold War-Era Schism between Central America’s Center and Far Left
Incidentally, the return of the Sandinista National Liberation Front to open power in Nicaragua in 2007 should trouble that country’s southern neighbor Costa Rica, which has no standing army. On July 1 Ortega, president pro tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), reluctantly handed over this office to Oscar Arias, the mildly center-left president of Costa Rica. Instead, the Sandinista leader wanted to transfer the presidency of SICA to Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, a devoted center-leftist who is chummy with Cuba and Nicaragua. Arias was not Ortega’s first pick since Costa Rica’s commitment level to SICA is less than that of its partners, whereas Nicaragua’s communist dictator is a staunch advocate of regional integration.
Twenty years ago, in a previous incarnation as Costa Rican president, Arias was instrumental in establishing the peace accord that ended Central America’s insurgencies, forcing the Soviet/Cuban-backed guerrillas to discard their machine guns in favor of voting machines. No doubt Ortega remembered this fact when he tapped Arias. No doubt, too, Latin America’s Red Axis leaders will bring considerable pressure upon Arias to support full-blown regional integration in Central America. On July 7 US Secretary of State Clinton announced that Arias will reprise his past role as peacemaker by mediating the conflict between Honduras’ rival governments.
>Latin America File: Honduras’ de facto president: Nicaraguan troops moving toward common border; Zelaya’s flight to Tegucigalpa diverted to Managua
July 5, 2009Posted by on
>Just as we expected, it appears that Latin America’s Red Axis leaders, primarily including Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega, are prepared to use military force to reimpose their leftist lackey Manuel Zelaya upon an unwilling population. Honduras’ de facto President Roberto Micheletti, Reuters reports today, has announced that Nicaraguan troops are moving toward the two countries’ common border:
Honduras’ interim President Roberto Micheletti said on Sunday Nicaraguan troops were moving to the mutual frontier and urged Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to respect Honduran sovereignty.
He gave no further details about troop movements in Nicaragua which shares a border with Honduras to the southeast of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.
His comments came as ousted President Manuel Zelaya attempted to fly home a week after he was ousted in a coup. Zelaya is a left-wing ally of Ortega and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez.
The interim government said it had contacted the Organization of American States to express its willingness to enter dialogue. The OAS earlier on Sunday suspended Honduras for refusing to reinstate Zelaya.
For its part, the Nicaraguan military denies that it has moved troops to the country’s northern border with Honduras, which served as a base for the Contras during the 1980s civil war against the first Sandinista regime. “Brother Honduran soldiers, brother Honduran officials, I want to assure you, swearing before God and nation, that Nicaragua is not deploying troops towards Honduras, and that we are not preparing any kind of attack on Honduran garrisons on the border,” past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega protested on domestic radio. Nicaragua’s top general, Omar Halleslevens, is regarded by the Pentagon as a “hardline Sandinista.”
Managua has also denounced statements issued by the Micheletti regime to the effect that the communist governments of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua have armed Zelaya partisans ahead of his publicized return today. Denis Moncada, Nicaragua’s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), refuted the allegations before the OAS General Assembly on Saturday.
In another previous post we suggested that military intervention to restore Zelaya to the presidency was a possible topic on the agenda of the leftist leaders who converged in Managua on Monday. There Ortega hosted the meetings of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, the Central American Integration System, and the Rio Group. At the time we quoted Micheletti as saying: “I have come to the presidency not by a coup d’etat but by a completely legal process as set out in our laws. Furthermore, I would like to warn Venezuela that our country is ready to go to war if there is interference by this gentleman [meaning Chavez]. Several battalions of troops were being prepared outside of Honduras for intervention.”
Last Monday, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador halted cross-border trade with Honduras. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom is a compliant, pro-Cuban center-leftist, while the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front recently assumed control of El Salvador’s presidency for the first time.
On Friday Honduras’ military-backed government withdrew from the OAS, seeking to preempt today’s expulsion from that body. Zelaya, risking arrest, intends to return to his homeland in the company of fellow leftists, Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, and the OAS’s Chilean chief Jose Miguel Insulza.
On Sunday, reports the AFP news agency in a late-breaking story, military personnel and thousands of Zelaya partisans surrounded the airport in Tegucigalpa. Military vehicles blocked the runway to prevent Zelaya’s plane from landing (pictured above). The deposed president, who began his flight at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC and was accompanied by other aircraft containing the officials mentioned above, was forced to land in Managua.
In a related story, the newly inaugurated president of Panama, business magnate Ricardo Martinelli, has vowed to challenge the leftward shift in politics that has characterized Latin America over the last decade. Last Wednesday he promised: “I will challenge the ideological pendulum in Latin American by promoting free economics.” Intriguingly, Cuba sent a representative to attend Martinelli’s inauguration: Vice President Estaban Lazo Hernandez.
>WW4 File: N. Korea test-fires seven tactical missiles today, launched four on Thursday; Russia bolsters anti-missile defense in Far East
July 4, 2009Posted by on
>The Republic of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired four short-range missiles off its east coast on Thursday evening. The projectiles, which flew about 60 miles, were identified as KN-01 missiles with a maximum range of up to 100 miles.
On Saturday the DPRK test-fired seven more tactical missiles from sites along the country’s east coast. The missiles are estimated to have a maximum range of about 300 miles, much farther than the salvo fired previously. Their launch was apparently timed to coincide with Independence Day in the USA.
In reaction to a mid-June report in the Japanese media suggesting that Pyongyang might fire a long-range missile toward the Hawaiian Islands in early July, the Pentagon has bolstered anti-missile defense around the Aloha State. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura confirms that a long-range missile launch by the DPRK this weekend is possible.
Pictured above: A Seoul pedestrian passes by a television screen showing news of the North Korean missile launch mentioned above.
Not so coincidentally, Interfax reports that the Russian military has deployed an early-warning missile launch system in its Far East to guard the country against external threats including, apparently, Communist North Korea. Under cover of such deployments, of course, the Kremlin, in the event of a nuclear exchange, is also protecting itself from a US counterstrike via Alaska or the Pacific Ocean.
Last week, the ROK’s defense ministry informed parliament that the military was boosting its pre-emptive strike capabilities to counter the North’s nuclear missile threat. According to Yonhap, the South Korean military has forward deployed air and artillery assets to the Yellow Sea border region to counter possible North Korean gunboat or missile attacks. Meanwhile, black-clad, heavily armed commandos attached to the coast guard, known as the Special Sea Attack Team, are training to interdict weapons of mass destruction on the high seas under the aegis of the US-led, 90-nation Proliferation Security Initiative.
Currently, a US Navy destroyer is shadowing the North Korean freighter Kang Nam 1 in the South China Sea. The freighter’s movements are also being monitored electronically at the South Korean Coast Guard station at Incheon. Incheon was the scene of General Douglas MacArthur’s September 1950 seaborne landing that turned the tide of the Korean War.
Under the leadership of conservative President Lee Myung-bak, South Korean Coast Guard cutters mount 20 mm rotary chain guns and, in the event of war, they would support naval operations. “The guidelines for rules of engagement have changed,” explained Coast Guard spokesman Yun Byeong-du, adding: “In the past, vessels had to get permission from the Blue House [presidential residence] to retaliate. Now it is up to captains.” “The Coast Guard,” opines the Washington Times, “is just the front line in the toughest South Korean defense posture in more than a decade.”
“North Korea is the weakest state in the region,” comments Dan Pinkston, director of the International Crisis Group’s office in Seoul, “They don’t have the technological or economic base to compete conventionally, so they have to rely on asymmetric capabilities.” For this reason, argues Kim Shin-jo, a Northern defector captured during a 1968 raid from the South, the DPRK will rely on its 120,000-strong commando force and insurgent forces in the ROK. The last could include an uprising led by “affluent, sophisticated and well-informed southerners,” meaning communist sympathizers, a possibility recently acknowledged by General Walter Sharp, commander of US forces in Korea.
>Latin America File: Insulza visits Honduran coup leaders, opponents; Micheletti regime preempts expulsion from OAS, withdraws from organization
July 4, 2009Posted by on
– Up to 600 US Troops Stationed at Soto Cano Ordered to Stay on Honduran Army Base; Joint US-Honduran Military Exercise Suspended; Cuba’s Official Media Identifies Base as Hub of Intrigue against Zelaya
Zelaya’s allegiance to Chavez is difficult to stomach. I would have a hard time taking orders from a leftist. He used soldiers as political tools. [Wealthy rancher] Zelaya is a leftist of lies.
— Colonel Herberth Bayardo Inestroza, top legal advisor to Honduran army, veteran of counter-insurgency operations of the 1980s
On Friday Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), arrived in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, to urge the interim government of de facto President Robert Micheletti to stand down and make way for the restoration of the democratically elected Manuel (“Mel”) Zelaya, ousted by the military last Sunday morning and exiled to Costa Rica. Insulza, the Cuban News Agency reported, met with members of Honduras’ Supreme Court, parliamentarians, and representatives of the popular movements and union organizations opposed to the military coup. “We are not going to Honduras to hold any negotiations,” Insulza admonished the day before, “We are going to demand the end of what has been done thus far and to look for ways to bring the country back to normality.”
Insulza announced his trip to Tegucigalpa while visiting Georgetown, Guyana, where he was attending the 30th Meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). On Wednesday the OAS passed a resolution demanding Zelaya’s reinstatement within 72 hours, a deadline that will expire on Saturday. Caricom also expressed its support for Zelaya’s return to power. In addition to the OAS and Caricom, on Tuesday the United Nations General Assembly, under the presidency of Sandinista cadre/Catholic priest Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, passed a unanimous resolution condemning the coupists and urging Zelaya’s reinstatement. D’Escoto’s paymaster is Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega, who is leading the charge against Honduras’ new military-backed regime.
For his part, Micheletti, who was formerly speaker of the national congress and next in line of succession to the presidency, insists that the transfer of power was according to the constitution. Zelaya, however, has pledged to return to his homeland this Sunday, in the company of Insulza, Cristina Kirchner and Rafael Correa, the presidents of Argentina and Ecuador respectively, and serve out the balance of his presidency, which expires next year. Insulza, a Chilean, Kirchner, and Correa are all leftists so their animosity to the Honduran coupists is to be expected. Pictured above: Micheletti addresses supporters at a rally in Tegucigalpa on July 3.
Not surprisingly, the vindictive communist dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has suspended subsidized deliveries of oil to Honduras to punish the military-backed regime that deposed his compliant lackey. On Venezuelan television last night former paratrooper Chavez pathetically denied claims that Petrocaribe’s energy supplies to Honduras on preferential terms had constituted “financial assistance” to Zelaya. No doubt, too, Comrade Hugo, will absolve himself of all involvement in the shipment of referendum ballots to Honduras for the purpose of helping Zelaya subvert the constitution of that Central American country and establish a left-wing dictatorship.
At the same time, opposing demonstrations in support of the rival Micheletti and Zelaya governments continued in cities throughout Honduras. Leftist groups have come out in full force to rally behind the deposed president. Juan Barahona, leader of the United Workers’ Front, has joined with other Zelaya partisans to create the People’s Resistance Front. Pro-Zelaya protests have occurred in Tegucigalpa and the northern city San Pedro Sula. At least two pro-Zelaya demonstrators were killed, at least 60 others injured, and over 270 arrested. In the opposing camp, pro-Micheletti supporters formed the Civic Democratic Unit, staged a sit-in in the capital on Tuesday, rallied in the southern city Choluteca on Wednesday, and held rallies in San Pedro Sula on Thursday.
In an interview with the Miami Herald the Honduran army’s top legal advisor, Colonel Herberth Bayardo Inestroza, acknowledged that military brass “circumvented” laws to forcibly remove Zelaya. It was the first time any participant in the coup admitted committing an offense. “We know there was a crime there,” conceded Inestroza, adding: “In the moment that we took him out of the country in the way that he was taken out, there is a crime. What happens is that that crime, the moment that the circumstances that it occurred, there is going to be a justification and cause for acquittal that will protect us.”
Zelaya was ousted in a predawn raid at his house after he vowed to resist a court order that ruled a non-binding referendum to be held that day illegal. The wealthy rancher had clashed with the attorney general, the Supreme Court, congress, the armed forces normally under his command, and even the Catholic Church. Instead of being arrested to stand trial for abuse of power and treason, the military grabbed Zelaya from bed at gunpoint and forced him onto a plane bound for San Jose, Costa Rica. “What was more beneficial, remove this gentleman from Honduras,” Inestroza explained, “or present him to prosecutors and have a mob assault and burn and destroy and for us to have to shoot? If we had left him here, right now we would be burying a pile of people.”
Speaking for both himself and many other career soldiers in Honduras, Inestroza confided: “Zelaya’s allegiance to Chavez is difficult to stomach. I would have a hard time taking orders from a leftist. He used soldiers as political tools. Zelaya is a leftist of lies.” Referring to the communist insurgencies and civil wars that wracked Central America in the 1980s, Inestroza, now 54 years old, recalled:
We fought the subversive movements here and we were the only country that did not have a fratricidal war like the others. It would be difficult for us, with our training, to have a relationship with a leftist government. That’s impossible. I personally would have retired, because my thinking, my principles, would not have allowed me to participate in that.
I am 54 years old. I left my youth, my adolescence and part of my adulthood here — an entire lifetime. You should understand it’s very difficult for someone who has dedicated his whole life to a country and an institution to see, from one day to another, a person who is not normal come and want to change the way of life in the country without following the steps the law indicates.
Even though Article 24 of Honduras’ penal code would apparently exonerate the generals who directed the coup, Inestroza still fears a political slaughter if Zelaya returns: “I will resign and leave the country, and so would most of the military. They would come after us and the other political leaders who were involved in this.”
On Thursday, the possibility that Zelaya could return to his old job became more likely when Micheletti moderated his rhetoric somewhat, offering to hold early elections or a referendum that would permit his deposed rival to finish out the remaining months of his term. The latter, however, would be “difficult” to implement immediately. The potential for a mass resignation of patriots from the Honduran military, however, would enable Zelaya to stack the armed forces with officers sympathetic to his leftist ideals and the process of Latin American integration that has bound Honduras’ destiny with the Havana-Caracas Axis. Zelaya’s restoration would also be a victory for the region’s Red Axis leaders like Chavez, Ortega, Raul Castro, and others.
However, late on Friday, after Insulza’s visit to Tegucigalpa, the Micheletti regime hardened its position again and preempted the OAS’s threat to expel Honduras by voluntarily withdrawing from the organization. On July 4 the Voice of America reported: “The Supreme Court of Honduras told OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza Friday that its decision to oust Mr. Zelaya is irreversible, and that the leftist leader would be arrested if he returned home.” In addition to the resolutions passed by the OAS, the Caribbean Community, and the United Nations condemning the military coup, the World Bank is suspending loans and the US State Department is considering freezing aid to the Central American country. Thus, the political and economic isolation of Honduras grows and, in our assessment, the potential for a showdown between the country and a pan-Latin American military coalition increases.
Meanwhile, in the wake of last Sunday’s coup, a joint US-Honduran military exercise was suspended. Accordingly, up to 600 US troops stationed at Soto Cano Air Base under Southern Command’s Joint Task Force-Bravo have been ordered to stay on base until the political turmoil in Honduras blows over. The US Armed Forces uses the Honduran military base for counter-narcotics interdiction and humanitarian missions. Incidentally, the official communist propaganda machine in Cuba was quick to identify the US military presence in Honduras as a hub of intrigue against Zelaya and his government. Similar imprecations against Washington’s “meddling” in Honduras issued from the mouth of Chavez this week too.
>Latin America File: Zelaya, backed by UN, OAS, accompanied by Kirchner, Correa to return to homeland this weekend; Micheletti: "No way, Jose"
July 1, 2009Posted by on
The war of words between, in the one camp, the military- backed government of de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti, formerly the speaker of that country’s congress, and, in the other camp, the deposed president Manuel Zelaya, the Organization of American States, and the United Nations is heating up. Zelaya, accompanied by fellow leftist presidents, Cristina Kirchner of Argentina and Rafael Correa of Ecuador, is threatening to return to his homeland this weekend, after the OAS’s 72-hour ultimatum for reinstating the head of state.
Pictured above: On Monday Cuba’s communist thug-in-chief Raul Castro arrived in Managua for emergency sessions of the Bolivarian Alliance (formerly Alternative) for the Americas and the Rio Group. He is greeted by President Daniel Ortega’s wife, Rosario Murillo, who heads up the neo-Sandinista regime’s Councils of Citizens’ Power. Castro characterized the Honduran coup plotters as “fascists.”
Micheletti has vowed that Zelaya will be arrested upon his arrival in Honduras and would be able to avoid that fate only by entering the country at the head of a foreign army. “Zelaya,” he declared, “has already committed crimes against the constitution and the law. He can no longer return to the presidency of the republic unless a president from another Latin American country comes and imposes him using guns. Seven and a half million Hondurans will be ready to defend our territory against a foreign invasion.”
Is it possible that Zelaya’s comrades in the region’s Red Axis, particularly Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega were drafting this very scenario in Managua on Monday? There’s no question that the Chavezista regime had every intention of helping Zelaya establish a left-wing dictatorship via the constitutional referendum slated for last Sunday. The ballots, after all, were printed in Venezuela and impounded at a Honduran military base.
Will the UN and OAS, moreover, sanction a Cuban-Venezuelan- Nicaraguan intervention force in Honduras? Will we witness a dry run for Red Dawn 2? Your resident blogger may post the following headline in the weeks ahead: “Communist troops invade Honduras from Guatemala and Nicaragua.” US President Barack Hussein Obama will no doubt look the other way and the shopping mall regime will heave a great sigh. At the very least, the Honduran coup could provide impetus for the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis to transform ALBA into a military alliance, a subject that Chavez first broached in January 2008.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: 4th Sino- Soviet war game to begin July 22; 8,500 Russian troops drill near Georgia; US Air Force preps for nuke war
July 1, 2009Posted by on
>Russian and Chinese troops will begin their fourth joint war game, disguised as an “anti-terrorist” operation, between July 22 and 26. Dubbed “Peace Mission 2009″, the drill will involve 2,500 military personnel, who will arrive at the deployment area on July 14. The first phase of the exercises consists of military and political consultations and will be held in Khabarovsk, in Russia’s Far East, while the second and third phases will take place outside Baichen in northern China. Lt. Gen. Sergei Antonov, spokesentity for the Russian General Staff, commented: “Peace Mission 2009 will become an important step in the development of the Russian-Chinese partnership and their armed forces.” Pictured above: Russian soldiers.
Not too far away from the site of Peace Mission 2009, of course, political tensions between North and South Korea are on the rise. In late May, after detonating its second test nuclear bomb, Pyongyang scrapped the 1953 armistice that halted hostilities, but did not establish a peace treaty, with Seoul.
Under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the first-ever Sino-Soviet exercise, Peace Mission 2005 took place in Russia and the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, involving warships, aircraft, and over 10,000 servicemen, including marines and paratroopers. Russia and China also hosted Peace Mission 2007, when then President Vladimir Putin announced the resumption of long-range bomber patrols. Most recently, the SCO states held Norak-Antiterror 2009 in Tajikistan in April. Peace Mission 2010 is slated to occur in Kazakhstan, obviously next year.
Meanwhile, under the aegis of the Caucasus 2009 war game, the Russian armed forces appear to be positioning themselves for another invasion of the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, now the site of a tremendous tug-of-war between the Soviet strategists and NATO, which is attempting to woo Tbilisi into its fold. In late July and early August of last year the Russian military prepared to attack Georgia under cover of the Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill.
“The Caucasus 2009 war games,” opines CBS News, “are being seen by many experts as a warning shot for nearby Georgia, where the government says it has rearmed armed forces and where NATO recently wrapped up its own exercises.” A Russian Defense Ministry official related that more than 8,500 troops will take part in the drill, along with nearly 200 tanks, armored vehicles, 100 artillery units, and several units from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. The exercises are being personally overseen by Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russia’s General Staff.
In addition to the military personnel that will participate in Caucasus 2009, more than 6,000 Russian troops have been illegally stationed in each of Georgia’s breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia has also been building military bases, storage facilities for supplies, and roads in the two regions, which Moscow and Managua alone recognized as independent. Last month, NATO wrapped up four weeks of training exercises in Georgia. Even though just a few hundreds troops participated, Russia was annoyed, branding them a provocation.
Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Kolmakov was quoted by Kremlin media on Monday as saying that Caucasus 2009 was adjusted as a result of the NATO games and would be “quite major, as compared with those that were conducted in Soviet times.” Over the weekend, Russia and NATO agreed to resume military ties that were suspended after last August’s Caucasian War.
Pictured here: The iconic, 1950s-era B-52H Stratofortress still comprises part of the backbone of the US Air Force’s strategic bomber fleet. In spite of the fact that the USA now faces the socialist, pro-Islamic administration of President Barack Hussein Obama, the military is still prudently preparing to counter a strategic nuclear attack. Although there is much discussion about the threat posed by Iran and North Korea’s missile capabilities, the fact of the matter is there are only two states that possess the ability to annihilate the USA: Russia and, to a much lesser extent, the People’s Republic of China. The US Air Force reports on the Global Thunder 09 exercise underway at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota:
A B-52H Stratofortress soars through the air during the rapid launch portion of Global Thunder 09 here June 30. Global Thunder 09 is the USSTRATCOM Field Training Exercise and Battle Staff Exercise designed to exercise all mission areas withprimary emphasis on Nuclear Command and Control (NC2). Global Thunder 09 provides training opportunities for component, task force, unit, forces, and command posts to deter, and if necessary defeat, a military attack against the United States and to employ forces as directed by the President.
Global Thunder 09 coincides with the routine launch of an unarmed Minuteman 3 ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on June 30. The missile struck a target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The local media reported on the coordination between military personnel at Vandenberg and Minot:
A task force from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., worked with members of Vandenberg’s 576th Flight Test Squadron to ready the missile for the test. Airmen from the 576th also installed test-specific equipment such as tracking, telemetry and command-destruct systems necessary to collect data and meet 30th Space Wing safety requirements.
“These are dangerous times we’re living in right now,” said Lt. Col. Lesa K. Toler, the 576th Flight Test Squadron commander and the mission director for this test launch.
“It’s extremely important our combatant commander has the capabilities he needs to perform the mission of fighting and winning our nation’s wars,” Toler added. “Testing an operational asset pulled from the missile field at Minot provides us confidence our weapon system is capable of performing when needed.”
“The Air Force,” the same article concludes, “conducts several Minuteman tests each year to verify the weapon system’s reliability and accuracy. Some 450 Minuteman 3 weapons sit on alert in and around Malmstrom AFB, Mont., F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. and Minot AFB, N.D.”
>Latin America File: Honduran military ousts Zelaya in Central America’s first post-Cold War coup; region’s Red Axis leaders convene emergency meetings
June 30, 2009Posted by on
– Honduras’ De Facto President Micheletti Responds to Venezuela’s Saber Rattling with Threat of War, Informs Press: “Several Battalions of Troops Were Being Prepared Outside of Honduras for Intervention”
– Hugo Chavez Arranges Jet to Fly Zelaya from Costa Rica to Nicaragua to Attend Red Axis Strategy Sessions, Accuses CIA of Fomenting Coup against Deposed President
Pictured above: In spite of his misfortunes, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya (left) jokes around with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (right) and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (center, covering microphone) at the Central American Integration System summit in Managua, on Monday.
Last Thursday, as we blogged here, Venezuela’s communist thug-in-chief Hugo Chavez formally received three new countries into the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA)–Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda. “The ALBA continues to grow in Latin America. Now we have nine nations to build a new project. It is the most dynamic core,” gushed Chavez during his weekly TV-radio program. ALBA’s leaders, meeting in Caracas, also repackaged ALBA as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas, or Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, suggesting that a deeper political-economic-social integration is underway. In 2004 Cuba and Venezuela organized the regional bloc of socialist states to counter the Washington-led Free Trade Area of the Americas. Nicaragua, Bolivia, Dominica, and Honduras are also members of ALBA. Significantly, from the vantage of the Soviet strategy of quietly encircling the USA with enemies, even Russia has expressed an interest in joining ALBA.
Perhaps alarmed by President Manuel Zelaya’s post-election leftward lurch and determination to attach the country’s destiny to the Havana-Caracas Axis, the Honduran military overthrew the president on Sunday morning. Soldiers surrounded Zelaya’s official residence, seized the president, who was still in his pajamas, drove him to an air force base, and forced him to board a plane for Costa Rica. Electricity and telephone service was simultaneously cut throughout the country. The military then swore in congressional speaker Roberto Micheletti as interim chief executive. A majority of the members of congress voted to accept a letter of resignation that Congressional Secretary Jose Alfredo Saavedra insisted was signed by Zelaya and dated last Thursday.
Speaking to the media upon his arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, Zelaya accused “dark forces from the past” of perpetrating the putsch, no doubt referring to the alliance between the military and business oligarchy that ruled Honduras during much of the Cold War. “There is no way to justify an interruption of democracy, a coup d’etat,” the exiled Zelaya complained on Sunday, during a telephone interview with Telesur, the electronic platform of Latin America’s Red Axis. “This kidnapping is an extortion of the Honduran democratic system,” he added. Zelaya vehemently denied writing a letter of resignation. Zelaya called on Honduran soldiers to desist, urged citizens to hold peaceful protests, and requested Honduran police to protect demonstrators.
Meanwhile, as Bloomberg reports above, troops also seized Honduras’ foreign minister, Patricia Rodas. In comments broadcast on Telesur, Venezuela’s ambassador to Honduras, Armando Laguna, asserted that his colleagues from Nicaragua and Cuba were also beaten and briefly detained after trying to defend Rodas against masked soldiers. On Monday morning Rodas sought asylum in Mexico, where she was welcomed by government representatives.
Later on Sunday government supporters took to the streets of Tegucigalpa to protest Zelaya’s ouster, hurling rocks at the soldiers and shouting “Traitors!” Labour union leader Rafael Alegria, a Zelaya ally, allegedly organized the protests. On Monday the Cuban News Agency reported that since midnight 20,000 protesters had encamped outside the presidential palace. Meanwhile, Honduras’ General Labor Confederation and the People’s Union Bloc announced that they intend to cripple the economy with a general strike until Zelaya is reinstated. On the same day, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune, police with helicopter support used tear gas and clubs against several hundred supporters of President Zelaya. An employee of the state telephone company was gunned down Monday morning by a soldier, while 60 other Zelaya partisans were injured.
The Honduran military, the MSM reports, acted after the nation’s Supreme Court overturned Zelaya’s decision to fire the commander of the armed forces, General Romeo Vasquez, who in turn had refused to guarantee security for a referendum that Zelaya intended to use to impose constitutional changes on the country via a constituent assembly. The ballot had been slated for Sunday. The president’s critics charged that Zelaya hoped to remove term limits to his re-election. If true, then Zelaya was simply following the path blazed by Venezuela’s “President for Life” Hugo Chavez and his comrades in Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador, who are attempting to do the same, no doubt to implement a uniform communism throughout the region.
Signs of an impending military putsch were evident last Thursday, when Zelaya led a caravan of supporters to air force headquarters to collect the ballots for the non-binding referendum, preventing them from being destroyed in compliance with the Supreme Court’s ruling. Earlier that day hundreds of troops were deployed to strategic points in Tegucigalpa in what their commanders explained was a move to “avert potential disturbances” by Zelaya partisans. Significantly, even the country’s ruling Liberal Party, with which Zelaya is associated, urged the public not to vote for the president’s referendum. Although elected as a conservative in 2005, Zelaya has moved dramatically to the left while in office.
Within hours of the Sunday coup, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that he had placed his armed forces on alert and warned that Caracas would intervene with force if Venezuela’s diplomats in Honduras were harmed. “We will bring them down. We will bring them down, I tell you,” Chavez, a former paratrooper, ranted on Venezuelan television on Monday, threatening military intervention: “I have put the armed forces in Venezuela on high alert.” Chavez, who was himself briefly ousted in a 2002 coup that he blamed on then US President George W. Bush, accused the Central Intelligence Agency of fomenting the coup against Zelaya. The CIA, as we reported last week, is one of Chavez’s favorite bête noires, another being capitalism. In reality, leftists worldwide absurdly blame the US intelligence community for much of the world’s ills.
De facto Honduran President Micheletti disregarded the international condemnation of Zelaya’s ouster and issued a counter-challenge to Chavez’s saber rattling. On June 30 the Australian media quoted Micheletti as saying: “I have come to the presidency not by a coup d’etat but by a completely legal process as set out in our laws. Furthermore, I would like to warn Venezuela that our country is ready to go to war if there is interference by this gentleman [meaning Chavez].” Micheletti confided that he possessed intelligence that “several battalions of troops were being prepared outside of Honduras for intervention.”
The region’s Red Axis was quick to rally to Zelaya’s side in Managua, where on Monday past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega hosted emergency meetings of ALBA, the Central American Integration System, and the Rio Group, which welcomed Communist Cuba into the fold last December. In summoning his comrades to Managua, Ortega stated that they intended to “fight back the forces of resistance” against Zelaya.
In attendance at the ALBA meeting were self-avowed communist presidents Raul Castro and Hugo Chavez, self-avowed socialist presidents Evo Morales and Rafael Correa, their foreign ministers, and deposed leader Zelaya himself, who flew from San Jose to Managua on a jet provided by Chavez. Together the region’s leftist leaders resolved to withdraw their ambassadors from Honduras. The ALBA leaders afterwards released a joint statement: “In the face of the dictatorial government that intends to be imposed, the countries of Alba have decided to withdraw our ambassadors and to leave minimal diplomatic representation in Tegucigalpa. There is no question of seeking diplomatic accreditation from the usurpers.” The motion was read out by Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Faldor Falconi.
“I denounce the criminal, brutal character of this coup,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told a news conference in Havana earlier in the day, before flying to Managua. He ranted: “This coup has removed a legitimate and constitutional government simply for wanting to hold a vote. There is only one constitutional government in Honduras, and one constitutional president who should return immediately without conditions.”
Faux rightist Mexican president Felipe Calderon later arrived in Managua for the Rio Group meeting, at which time he informed reporters that “Both Mexico and the Rio Group strongly reject the coup d’etat in Honduras.” In step with the Red Axis, Mexico and Chile also announced that they, too, are withdrawing their ambassadors from Tegucigalpa.
Almost without exception, world reaction to the Honduran coup has been negative. The USA’s socialist president Barack Hussein Obama has called on the coup leaders to “respect the rule of law.” Not surprisingly, on Monday the Russian Foreign Ministry also condemned the coup. “The embassies of the member countries of the regional Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) backed Russia’s condemnation, the Cuban ambassador said at a news conference in Moscow,” reports Novosti, inadvertantly exposing the nexus between Russia and its offspring, ALBA. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged “the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country.” Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, president of the UN General Assembly, who is also a Sandinista and a Catholic priest, invited Zelaya to address an extraordinary session of the assembly in New York City.
Obama characterized the coup as “not legal.” “All of us have great concerns about the situation in Honduras,” Obama admonished, after meeting at the White House with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, one of Washington’s few allies in Latin America. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose husband, former president Bill is an alleged KGB asset, declared that “Democracy should be restored in Honduras.” Clinton revealed that a US delegation would go to Honduras after a special meeting of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday. “We have a lot of work to do to help the Hondurans get back on the democratic path,” Clinton stated. Incidentally, about 600 US troops are stationed at a base in Honduras under Southern Command’s Joint Task Force-Bravo, primarily for the purpose of drug interdiction.
For his part, Zelaya, speaking in Managua, vowed to return to his homeland on Thursday: “I will fulfill my four-year term of office, whether you agree –the ones in favor of the coup – or not. I was expelled by force and will return on my own free will.” He then invited the General Secretary of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, to accompany him in his return to Honduras. Accepting D´Escoto’s invitation to address the UN General Assembly, Zelaya travelled to the USA on Tuesday. During his visit to New York City, the UN General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution demanding the restoration of Zelaya to the presidency.
>Africa File: Nigeria’s “ex”-red president announces insurgent leader’s release at joint press conference with Medvedev, MEND bombs Shell pipeline
June 27, 2009Posted by on
– Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta Plays Up Opposition to New Gazprom Deal in Communique to Russian President
– Kremlin Energy Giant Puts the Squeeze on the European Union’s Nigerian Natural Gas Supply
Pictured above: The Nigerian and Russian presidents in Abuja, on June 24.
Under KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin the neo-Soviet leadership has restored political-economic-military relations with the Arab socialist regimes in the Middle East and North Africa that were dormant during the 1990s and the early 2000s. “Post”-communist Russia remains closely allied with Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Algeria. Moscow is also revitalizing relations with sub-Saharan Africa’s communist regimes, including Angola, Namibia, and South Africa.
Last week Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a Soviet Komsomol graduate and compliant Putin lackey, toured Egypt, Nigeria, Namibia, and Angola in that order. Military sales, joint business ventures, and ideological opposition to a US-dominated, “unipolar” world are constant themes emerging from such trips. In other words, little has changed within the Communist Bloc since the fake demise of the Cold War in 1991.
On June 23 Medvedev arrived in Cairo where he signed a strategic partnership agreement with Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak’s National Democratic Party and its predecessor, the Arab Socialist Union, have dominated Egyptian politics since Soviet ally Gamal Nasser overthrew King Farouk I in 1952. Medvedev summarized the meeting with Mubarak as follows:
Our negotiations were held in a frank and amicable atmosphere, which had always been characteristic of the top-level dialog between Russia and Egypt and had largely contributed to the achievement of impressive results. The strategic cooperation treaty we have signed will determine bilateral relations for years to come.
There are promising areas of cooperation between Russia and Egypt. We have achieved rather good results in the economic cooperation. Bilateral trade exceeded $4 billion last year. We have many promising projects in energy, transport and space exploration. There are new spheres of interaction, as well, such as ecology, archives and suppression of narcotics.
Tourism is one of the most dynamic spheres. Tourism grew 22% last year to 1.8 million Russian visitors. That is why we have signed the strategic partnership agreement that defines long-term cooperation guidelines.
The three-page document defines Moscow-Cairo relations for the next decade, pledges regular political contacts and biannual presidential visits, and fosters inter-parliamentary contacts. “The sides traditionally develop defense and military-technical cooperation with due account of mutual interests and international commitments,” the agreement explains. Among other bilateral links, the Russian TV and Radio Broadcasting Company and the Egyptian Radio and Television Union signed a cooperation protocol.
After shoring up the decades-old Soviet-Egyptian partnership, Medvedev flew to Nigeria to meet that country’s “ex”-communist president, the first-ever such visit by a Soviet/ Russian head of state to the populous, oil-rich country. On June 24 Medvedev arrived in the Nigerian capital Abuja, where he met counterpart Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who assured the Russian president that he was committed to ensuring “total peace and security across the country.” Shortly after the encounter, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed that its guerrillas attacked Royal Dutch Shell’s Bille-Krakama pipeline in Rivers state. In a dramatic statement addressed to Medvedev himself, MEND threatened: “This is the fate that awaits the gas pipelines you plan to invest in Nigeria, if justice is not factored in the whole process.”
Kremlin energy monster Gazprom has signed a deal to invest at least US$2.5 billion in a joint venture with Nigeria’s state-owned oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to explore and develop the country’s vast gas reserves. “If we carry out all our plans, Russian investment in Nigeria can reach billions of dollars,” Medvedev gushed. The formation of Nigaz will be a 50-50 partnership.
“Gazprom’s action to secure a foothold in Nigeria,” opines the Financial Times, “where western groups have led the development of the oil industry for half a century, has given rise to concerns in Europe that Moscow is seeking to gain control of Nigerian reserves to tighten its grip on the European Union’s gas supplies.” The same source exposes Moscow’s pincer strategy in this respect: “European governments see Nigeria’s gas reserves – the seventh-largest in the world – as a potential route to diluting their reliance on Russia, which supplies up to half the gas consumed by the EU.” Thus, while the Kremlin strangles the EU’s African gas supplies, the Soviet strategists are positioning themselves to become Europe’s sole provider via the Nord Stream and South Stream pipelines.
Intriguingly, Medvedev’s visit to Nigeria coincided not only with the MEND terrorist operation in Rivers state, but also the release of self-avowed Islamo-Marxist terrorist leader Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, who was arrested by the State Security Services the previous day. By his own account Dokubo-Asari, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on arrival from Germany, where he had been hanging out since May 23, putatively for a medical check-up. In a joint press conference with Medvedev, President Yar’Adua declared that Dokubo-Asari was released under an amnesty agreement with the militants: “So, there was no arrest or detention. What happened does not amount to arrest or detention.”
MEND appears to be a spin-off from Dukubo-Asari’s NDPVF and thus the insurgent leader, who was previously jailed for two years, appears to be still involved in the sabotage campaign against Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and other Western oil companies. Although the Niger Delta militants have kidnapped some Russian oil workers in the past, in light of Gazprom’s new venture with the Nigerian government it would appear that the MEND-NDPVF insurgency may be a cover for the Kremlin’s attempt to oust Western petroleum companies and take control of Nigeria’s natural resources.
From the Nigerian capital Medvedev flew to Windhoek, the Namibian capital, where he met President Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba on June 25. State-run Itar-Tass reports on Medvedev’s reception: “The Namibian president welcomed Medvedev on the square in front of the main entrance in the State House of Receptions. The leaders shook hands and took their seats on the podium in front of the line of the guard of honor. The military orchestra played the national anthems of the countries, and the guns fired 21 salvos.” Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko summarized the agenda for Medvedev and Pohamba’s face-to-face conference:
The Russian business community has been displaying growing interest of late in entering the promising market of Namibia that possesses rich natural deposits. In this connection during the visit the sides will discuss possibilities for the expansion of Russian investment participation in major projects of the Namibian economy, in particular, in the sphere of the prospecting and development of mineral deposits, hydrocarbons, electric power industry, transport and tourism.
One of the promising cooperation spheres is the energy industry starting from the hydropower to atomic power industry. We are ready and are even offering at the expert level cooperation programmes, so we will speak about this.
The agenda of the talks between the presidents of Russia and Namibia is expected to include a broad range of international and regional problems. In particular, they will consider in detail problems related to ensuring the sustainable development of countries of the African continent, issues linked with peacekeeping in Africa and search for ways of the settlement of conflicts that are the main obstacle to stability and socio-economic growth in African states. Among other possible themes will be international cooperation in overcoming the global financial crisis, issues of ensuring global energy security.
Medvedev was also expected to meet with the first Namibian president, Sam Nujoma, who founded the ruling South-West African People’s Organization in 1960, at which time South West Africa was still administered by South Africa as a League of Nations mandate territory. During the Namibian War of Independence that began in 1966, when South Africa’s mandate over its de facto fifth province ended, Nujoma commanded his guerrillas against the South African Defense Force, achieving internationally recognized independence in 1989. Today he remains an outspoken supporter of Zimbabwe’s racist Marxist dictator Robert Mugabe.
Incidentally, with respect to the subject of “peacekeeping in Africa,” the Russian Armed Forces currently maintain small peacekeeping groups in Chad, Sudan, and the Central African Republic under United Nations-African Union command At the same time, Russian destroyers, in combination with an international flotilla of warships, ply the waters off the coast of Somalia to curb high seas piracy. Taking advantage of civil war and anarchy in east-central Africa, the Kremlin has re-projected a limited strategic influence in the region, forfeited during the 1990s and early 2000s. A revitalized relationship with Yemen may also see the re-establishment of a Russian naval presence on the Arabian Peninsula. The re-projection of Moscow’s power throughout the world has in fact been promised by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov since 2007.
From the Nambian capital Medvedev flew to the Angolan capital, where he was received by counterpart Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. Angola is the last stop in Medvedev’s African tour. The main themes of the talks between Medvedev and Dos Santos will be the promotion of major high-tech joint projects, presidential aide Prikhodko commented.
Three areas of joint Soviet-Angolan economic cooperation are diamond mining (with well-known industrial applications), oil exploration, and hydroelectricity. For example, Angolan mining companies Catoca and Luo will join the Russian company Alrosa in exploiting the Cacolu diamond field. Alrosa has also been granted geological and oil prospecting rights in the basins of the Cuanza and Congo Rivers. A joint partnership will be established between Zarubezhneft and Angola’s state-run oil company Sonangol. The Soviet-Angolan HydroChicapa joint company, along with Alrosa, completed a hydroelectric station on the Chicapa River in 2008. Tekhnopromexport also participated in the construction of Angola’s largest Capanda hydroelectric plant and is currently involved in the construction of two large stations on the Cuanza River.
Finally, Russian companies are expected to participate in the creation of Angola’s national satellite communication system, ANGOSAT. Military-technical cooperation, however, is not viewed as a priority direction, Itar-Tass quoted a Kremlin source as saying. Prikhodko remarked: “Particular attention will be paid to international issues for further consolidation of foreign policy cooperation between Russia and Angola.”
Between 1975 and 2002 Angola was the scene of a significant conflagration between the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which declared independence from Portugal, and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), which was backed by the USA and South Africa before the latter fell to communism in 1995. Between December 1987 and March 1988, UNITA and South African troops combined their forces at Cuito Cuanavale to clash with Angolan government troops, which enjoyed the support of Cuban troops, SWAPO guerrillas, and Umkhonto we Sizwe–the armed wing of the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress. More ominously, Angola’s army and its foreign allies operated under the direct command of Soviet generals. Years later, in 2002 UNITA leader and ex-Maoist Jonas Savimbi was killed in a clash with government troops. Angola and Cuba maintain close relations to this day.
Back in the USSR, Medvedev wiped off Angola’s tropical sweat from his brow and enthused: “Work with our African partners should have been started earlier. Africa is waiting for our support. Our policies here will be very friendly, but at the same time pragmatic. The Soviet Union always held a very friendly position with regard to African countries, helping them win independence.” During his eight-year stint as president Putin visited Libya, Algeria, and South Africa.
>Latin America File: Chavez welcomes Ecuador, two Caribbean states into ALBA; Cuban troops join other soldiers in Venezuelan military parade
June 26, 2009Posted by on
– Blast from the Past: Grenadian Government Renames Point Salines International Airport after Slain Marxist Dictator Bishop, Cuban Delegation in Attendance, New ALBA Member Officiates
Pictured above: In attendance at his June 1 presidential inauguration in San Salvador, Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega welcomes Mauricio Funes into Latin America’s Red Axis. At far left is Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo Hernandez, second from left is Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, and second from right is Funes’ vice president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren. The last was the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front’s battlefield commander during the 1980s civil war.
On Wednesday, Venezuela’s communist thug-in-chief Hugo Chavez formally received three new countries into the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA): Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda. “The ALBA continues to grow in Latin America. Now we have nine nations to build a new project. It is the most dynamic core,” gushed Chavez during his weekly TV-radio program “Alo, Presidente.”
In 2004 Cuba and Venezuela organized the regional bloc of socialist states to counter the Washington-led Free Trade Area of the Americas. Nicaragua, Bolivia, Dominica, and Honduras are also members of ALBA. Significantly, from the vantage of the Soviet strategy of quietly encircling the USA with enemies, even Russia has expressed an interest in joining ALBA.
On May 25 of this year Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa ratified his country’s decision to jon the bloc, after the country previously attended ALBA meetings as an observer. The accession of the two Caribbean island states was approved during the last ALBA summit in mid-April, held ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. Chavez also showed up in Port of Spain, using the occasion to schmooze with fellow socialist, US President Barack Hussein Obama.
To celebrate the accession of three new countries into Latin America’s Red Axis, officers, cadets and troops from Cuba and the other ALBA states will march in a military parade on Venezuelan soil. El Universal reports that some 100 military personnel of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba have rehearsed for this occasion. The participating military delegations will commemorate the 188th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo and Venezuela’s Army Day. General Clíver Alcalá Cordones, commander of the 41st Armored Brigade of the Venezuelan National Armed Forces, explained that 175 foreign military officers will march in Campo de Carabobo, in southwest Valencia state.
Rocío San Miguel, director of the non-governmental Organization for Social Monitoring of Security and Defense Affairs, cautioned that “This particular and unprecedented situation violates Article 187, number 11 of the Venezuelan Constitution, since the National Assembly must authorize the deployment of foreign missions in Venezuela. The government, moreover, has not published any resolution in the Official Gazette to confirm this action.” The National Assembly, of course, is totally dominated by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and other pro-Chavez parties, so an NGO’s appeal to the constitution will probably fall on deaf ears. Furthermore, the high-handed deployment of Cuban troops in Venezuela, even for ceremonial purposes, reflects a wider movement among Latin America’s leftist-communist regimes to welcome foreign militaries into the region, to wit the Russian Navy’s visit to Nicaragua last December, over the objections of the country’s liberal opposition.
In another sign of the deepening integration within the Western Hemisphere’s section of the Communist Bloc, ALBA leaders decided to change the name of the organization to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America or “The People’s Trade Agreement.”
It may be some time before Russia joins ALBA, even as an observer, but the Soviet strategists have already re-established many Cold War-era links in Latin America, especially with Communist Cuba, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua, Bolivarian Venezuela, Red Bolivia, and Socialist Ecuador. On June 23, at a ceremony in Novo-Ogarjovo, the official residence of the Russian president outside Moscow, Russia and Venezuela agreed to organize a new bilateral bank. In attendance were Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan Executive Vice President and acting Minister of Defense Ramón Carrizález. The agreement was initialed by Russian Vice Minister of Finance Dmitry Pankin and Venezuelan Vice Minister of Finance and Economy Gustavo Hernández.
“The founders of the bank, on the Russian party, are Vneshtorgbank and Gazprombank. The Government assumes that Russia will have a 51% share,” explained Pankin. State-run oil company PDVSA and the National Treasury will be the new bank’s Venezuelan stockholders. Carrizález, who described the relations between both countries as “strategic,” gave Putin a letter written in the Russian language and signed by President Chavez. The content of the missive was not revealed. For his part, Putin hailed the visit of the Venezuelan vice president as “very successful.”
Carrizález arrived in Russia after visiting Belarus, another strategic partner of Venezuela in the Not-So-Former Soviet Union. On the initiative of Caracas, the presidents of Belarus and Venezuela held a telephone conversation on June 20, the same day Carrizález began his official visit to Minsk. Alexander Lukashenko and Chavez discussed bilateral relations in the fields of economic and political cooperation, including large-scale joint projects in construction, engineering, and petrochemistry. Special attention was given to the implementation of a joint oil production venture in Venezuela. Lukashenko and Chavez agreed to meet in the near future. The Venezuelan dictator has previously materialized in Minsk.
Communist Cuba Subverts Grenada 25 Years after Operation Urgent Fury
Like the Soviets and their major Latin American client states, the smaller countries of the Caribbean Basin are also using the global financial crisis to agitate for political and economic integration via organizations like the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). For example, OECS members Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have indicated their willingness to form an economic and political union by 2013. Trinidadian Prime Minister Patrick Manning, addressing a special convention of the ruling People’s National Movement, urged Caricom and the OECS to coordinate regional integration with the newly expanded ALBA.
Before the phoney end of the Cold War in 1991, when the Soviet Union deceptively dismantled itself, the Caribbean Basin, like other areas of the globe, was a target for communist subversion, particularly from the revolution’s hemispheric headquarters in Havana. Between 1979 and 1983, for example, Grenada suffered under the Soviet/Cuban-backed Marxist dictatorship of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. Under the auspices of Operation Urgent Fury, President Ronald Reagan dispatched the US Armed Forces and allied militaries from the OECS to depose Bishop’s New Jewel regime and rescue US medical students at St. George’s University. In recent months Grenadian Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has once again allied the country with Havana, effectively negating the liberation that came to his island 25 years ago.
On May 29, 2009 Thomas’ government officially renamed the Point Salines International Airport in St. George’s in honor of slain coup-leader Bishop. A Cuban delegation, led by Vice President Esteban Lazo Hernandez, was in attendance. The Cuban media reports: “Cuban constructors played a decisive role in the construction of the airport, a project begun by Bishop Revolutionary Government.” The same source continues: “Also present were relatives of Maurice Bishop, with whom the Cuban Vice President met and shared memories and experiences of the close ties between Bishop and Fidel Castro.” St. Vincent and the Grenadines counterpart Ralph Gonsalves, now a proud member of ALBA, gave the feature address at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The CIA Makes Life Uncomfortable for Comrade Hugo
In a related story, Chavez is once again weaving intricate fantasies about Washington DC’s attempts to whack him. This time Comrade Hugo contends that infamous Cuban-born Venezuelan citizen and ex-CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles was behind a plot to kill him while attending the June 1 inaugural ceremony of Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes. It was on this pretext that Chavez and sidekick Evo Morales, Bolivia’s Trotskyist president, refused to attend the installation of El Salvador’s first Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front government. Communist Cuba, no doubt rejoicing that its proxy has finally taken over the small Central American country, sent a high-level delegation to San Salvador, which promptly restored long-severed relations with Havana.
Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator, President Daniel Ortega, first announced the alleged assassination plan during his speech at the ceremony when he said both presidents could not attend for “security reasons.” Staunch Soviet ally Ortega, who trooped to Moscow last December in his first post-Cold War pilgrimage, refused to divulge details. Later, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolas Maduro identified the “ultra-right” (meaning “fascists”) as the murder plot’s organizers: “Ultra-right wing assassination groups in Venezuela, linked to ultra-conservative coup sectors, together with the international ultra-right were involved in the possibility of an assassination.” Talking to the press after Funes’ installation, Maduro specifically accused Alejandro Esclusa of masterminding the plot. Esclusa is apparently a Venezuelan rightist who has worked with the US Central Intelligence Agency on “numerous occasions” and was in El Salvador advising the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) government in its campaign against Funes.
On June 2, back in Venezuela, Chavez acknowledged that he received word of the assassination scheme–which consisted of blowing the president’s airliner out of the sky with SAMs–from fellow commie thug Ortega. “It was information with a lot of weight that motivated the suspension of our travels,” Chavez stated, adding:
In this case the information was very precise, it indicated that they were going to launch one or several rockets at the Cubana airline plane that was ready to leave from Maiquetia airport in Venezuela.
We have to remember that there, in El Salvador Carriles lived and did what ever he felt like…and they were preparing this attack against us…when we were to be arriving or leaving San Salvador.
I accuse Luis Posada Carriles and I demand that President Barack Obama bring about justice and comply with the law…send us this terrorist…to put him where he should be, in prison.
Daniel Ortega knows the details …some Venezuelan coup plotters entered San Salvador two weeks ago. And I know them…they have sworn to me that they were going to kill me, because they say its my fault that they lost their jobs and didn’t reach the highest military ranks.
The government of the United States is behind all of this. And I’m not accusing Obama. No. As Fidel [Castro] has said, I think Obama has good intentions, but beyond Obama there is a whole empire: The CIA and all its tentacles, is alive and kicking… President Obama, it’s time to dismantle all this machinery of terror.
Keeping in mind that this story was published at the pro-Chavez Venezuelanalysis.com website, it serves the Latin American Red Axis’ cause of dethroning US influence in the region and promoting communism.
>USSR2 File: Voronin meets Medvedev, Putin in Moscow; Russia extends US$500 million loan to Moldova; CPRF plasters Stalin’s mug on billboards
June 25, 2009Posted by on
>This past Monday Russia threw its weight behind Moldova’s outgoing President Vladimir Voronin, a communist who formerly played the part of Soviet Interior Ministry general, by extending a US$500 million loan to Chisinau. Moldova is Europe’s poorest country, even lagging behind places like Albania. Voronin has held the presidential office since 2001 but is barred from running for a third term. He dissolved parliament last week and called an early election for July 29 after deputies twice failed to elect a new president, lacking just one vote to approve Voronin’s candidate, the current prime minister. The Communist Party of the Republic of Moldova triumphed in an April parliamentary election, but the results sparked violent protests by anti-communists and Romanian irredentists.
“Of course, I would like to tell you that we supported and support the measures taken by Moldova’s leadership to restore constitutional order,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev assured Voronin during their meeting in the Kremlin. Medvedev continued: “These are difficult times now, very difficult from the economic point of view. We should give it some thought and decide what else needs to be undertaken to develop trade and economic ties at a time of crisis.”
Voronin, alluding to Romania’s alleged involvement in the post-election riots, replied: “I am very grateful that in these hard days of political uncertainty and attempts to destabilize our country … Russia was the first and probably the only country that advocated Moldova’s lawfully elected authorities.” Although now a putative ally in the North Atlantic Alliance, the Romanian president, Traian Basescu, is an “ex”-communist, indicating that Bucharest, too, is playing along with the Soviet strategic deception.
Voronin continued his rant against the West: “We should call a spade a spade … they aimed to carry out a ‘coloured revolution’ in our country, but I believe our coordinated actions and your unambiguous position should discourage the organizers from any such plans. This had nothing to do with a people’s revolution. This was an organized group of hirelings who … attempted to carry out this coup d’etat.”
After meeting with Medvedev, Voronin was received by Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, Vladimir Putin, who soothed: “We are considering your request to extend to Moldova a state credit of $0.5 billion. We consider this possible.” Putin indicated that the first tranche worth US$150 million could be disbursed within six to eight weeks. He offered no other details related to the conditions of the loan.
Pictured here: A Georgian man kisses a portrait of Joseph Stalin in front of the monument to him in the town of Gori, on December 21, 2008. Strategically sandwiched between NATO member Romania and NATO aspirant Ukraine, the neo-Soviet leadership has a vested interest in keeping Moldova (not to mention Romania and Ukraine) under its thumb. The virus of communism is not only alive and well in the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, but also Russia itself, as a recent incident in the southern city of Voronezh proves.
Last December the local section of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation purchased space on 10 billboards throughout the city to display former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s mugshot with the cheery proclamation: “Victory will be ours!” The pro-communist advertisements coincided with the 130th anniversary of the birth of ethnic Georgian Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union during the Second World War and dispatched millions of people to their deaths in prison camps during political purges in the 1930s.
Now the communications department at Voronezh City Hall is pondering whether the billboards could be classified as “improper advertising” since they are of a political nature and no election is underway. “Under the law, a billboard should be used for advertising purposes only, including social advertising. The billboard can not be used to display any other information. This is where I see the violation,” a city official intoned. The sincerity behind such objections is questionable. For nearly 20 years Russians have argued whether to remove Vladimir Lenin’s mummy from Red Square, but the corpse of the Soviet Union’s founder has yet to receive a proper burial (physically or ideologically).
“The exact number of those killed or imprisoned during Stalin-era repressions is not known,” huffs state-run Novosti, “but according to research conducted by British historian Robert Conquest, more than 14 million people are estimated to have passed through the Gulag from 1929-1953 and an additional 6-7 million people were deported and exiled across the Soviet Union.” Russia’s embattled human rights groups, the same source admits, are “still concerned” that many Russians view the genocidal communist tyrant as a “statesman.” Indeed, we don’t mind saying that that is a very appropriate concern. As of 2008, by the way, the Soviet gulag system was still in operation, according to impeccable sources like the Wall Street Journal, which calls them “Putin’s torture colonies.” Did Lenin’s mummy twitch just now?
>WW4 File: N. Korea to launch ICBM on 4th of July, Pentagon beefs up anti-missile defenses around Hawaii, top US general: DPRK insurgent tactics likely
June 24, 2009Posted by on
– Former ROK President Roh “Committed Suicide” Two Days before DPRK’s Second Atomic Bomb Test
I believe we will face IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and insurgent forces, in addition to large conventional attacks.
— General Walter Sharp, commander of US forces in Republic of Korea, June 23, 2009
Pictured above: South Korean soldiers bow their heads at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2009.
On June 23 the Japanese media revealed that North Korea plans to hold a live-fire military drill off its east coast between June 25 and July 10, coinciding with a long-range missile launch over the Pacific Ocean, possibly targeting Hawaii on the 4th of July. This revelation follows bans issued in the past month by Pyongyang prohibiting civilian ships from entering its waters in the Yellow Sea (west coast) and Sea of Japan (east coast). According to CNN, the Stalinist regime’s hydrographic department emailed this information to Japan’s coast guard on Monday. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) did not specify the consequences for ships entering those waters during the drill, but the North issued a similar notice before it tested a long-range rocket on April 5. On May 25 the DPRK tested its second atomic device in three years.
On June 17 the Korea Times confirmed that North Korea’s “missile train,” which transported an ICBM to a launch site in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan province in May, recently moved from a missile research center in Sanum-dong, Pyongyang to another launch site in Musudan-ri, North Hamgyong province. Analysts in Seoul and Washington speculate that the North might simultaneously launch missiles from both sites. Alternately, the train could be a “smokescreen” to confuse observers. The DPRK apparently has three or four ICBMs, and may be keeping one or two more at the research center in Sanum-dong.
Since May, Pyongyang has considered almost any international resistance to its nuclear bomb and missile programs a “declaration of war.” This includes United Nations Security Council sanctions and South Korea’s participation in the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative, which seeks to interdict the transportation of WMDs on the high seas. Last Thursday, a senior US official disclosed that the navy is tracking a North Korean ship, Kang Nam, which left port on June 17 and is believed to be carrying illicit weapons or technology. Two days later the Kang Nam was spotted off the east coast of Mainland China. Earlier this month, Pyongyang in reprisal convicted two US journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, of illegally entering the country via the People’s Republic of China, and planning to conduct a smear campaign against the regime. Lee and Ling were sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp.
The DPRK was established by Kim Il Sung, father of the regime’s current head of state, Kim Jong Il, at the end of the Second World War, under the aegis of Soviet occupational forces. At the same time, in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula US forces, fresh from their victory over the Japanese Empire, supported the new Republic of Korea. The North’s invasion of the South in 1950 led to the three-year Korean War and an armistice that Pyongyang scrapped last month. The Korean Demilitarized Zone is the most heavily fortified border in the world and a stark reminder that the Cold War has not ended on this part of the planet. However, according to a recent public opinion poll, most young South Koreans have little personal knowledge of that conflict more than half a century ago.
In response to North Korea’s pending missile launch, the US military has positioned more missile defenses around Hawaii, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates assured reporters last Thursday. “We do have some concerns if they were to launch a missile to the west in the direction of Hawaii,” Gates admitted. Without divulging details, he explained that a ground-based mobile missile system has been deployed in Hawaii and a radar system positioned nearby. “Without telegraphing what we will do, I would just say … we are in a good position, should it become necessary, to protect Americans and American territory,” Gates said. Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper hypothesized that Pyongyang might launch the missile on July 4, which is Independence Day in the USA. The newspaper cited an analysis by Japan’s Defense Ministry and intelligence gathered by US spy satellites. Is Crazy Kim’s communist nuthouse crazy enough to attack Hawaii? We’re watching . . .
In a related story, reported by Seoul’s Yonhap News Agency, General Walter Sharp, who commands US forces in the Republic of Korea, warned South Korean army personnel that North Korean commandos could use explosive devices against both civilians and troops in rear areas, among other insurgent tactics, should war break out on the peninsula. “I believe we will face IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and insurgent forces, in addition to large conventional attacks,” Sharp said on Tuesday, adding:
The IEDs could target civilians as well as US and South Korean forces who should strengthen preparedness to tackle such threats. Realistic training ensures that the Republic of Korea is fully prepared for a thinking enemy, an enemy that will use IEDs, hide among the population and strike our rear forces and civilians. This enemy will require us to use our weapons much more precisely, to reduce civilian casualties and collateral damage.
A white paper published by the ROK’s defense ministry contends that the North’s 180,000 special warfare troops have expanded their capability to wage night-time combat, as well as mountain and street warfare. About 680,000 South Korean soldiers, equipped with the latest military technology and bolstered by 28,500 US troops, confront the North’s largely outdated 1.2 million-strong People’s Army. It can be surmised that whatever modern military hardware Pyongyang possesses, it must originate, openly or covertly, from Moscow and Beijing.
Meanwhile, political machinations within the North’s ruling Korean Workers’ Party regime continue. According to the Korea Times, close aides of Kim Jong Un, 26-year-old third son and heir apparent of Jong Il, last week attempted to assassinate the leader’s first son Jong Nam, who lives in Macau, a Special Administrative Region in the PRC. Citing Red Chinese government sources, the Korea Times elaborated: “Aides to Kim Jong-un planned to assassinate Jong-nam, who lives in Macau, after first eliminating his close aides in North Korea. The sources said, ‘It seems they tried to assassinate Kim Jong-nam without telling Kim Jong-il.’” Beijing foiled the plan by warning Pyongyang about the murder plot and by sending intelligence and military officers to escort Jong Nam to safety. The Korea Times’ government sources in Red China explained that the PRC is protecting Jong Nam because he has been developing friendships with high-ranking Communist Chinese officials for a long time. In fact, Jong Nam may seek asylum in Mainland China.
This is not the first time that North Korea’s ruling Kim dynasty has been involved in assassination plots. In 1983 Seoul accused Jong Il of ordering the murder of South Korean President Jeon Du Hwan, then visiting Rangoon, Burma, now known as Myanmar. A bomb exploded at a mausoleum, killing 21 people, including South Korean cabinet members. Jeon narrowly escaped death. In 1987 Seoul accused Jong Il of ordering the bombing of Korean Air Flight 858, which killed 155 crew and passengers. DPRK agent Kim Hyon Hui confessed to planting the bomb aboard the airliner and admitted that Jong Il personally directed the operation. In the 1980s Jong Il had yet to succeed his father as head of state, but occupied senior posts in the Korean Workers’ Party’s Politburo, Military Commission, and Secretariat.
The fact that Jong Il recently placed his youngest son in charge of the State Security Department as a prelude to handing over control of the regime may have some bearing on Jong Un’s reported attempt to murder his half-brother. The Kims visited the headquarters of the State Security Department in March, at which time “Dear Leader” ordered the communist security chiefs to “uphold” his third son as head of the department. The State Security Department, reports the Korea Times, is the backbone of the Kim dynasty’s iron rule over North Korea. Pyongyang’s equivalent to the KGB monitors bureaucrats, soldiers, and civilians for any signs of dissent, as well as engages in espionage abroad.
On May 23, 2009 former South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun jumped to his death from a mountain cliff. Roh’s centrist Yeollin Uri Party, which ruled the ROK between 2004 and 2007, holds a conciliatory “Sunshine Policy” toward the DPRK, prompting opponents to label party members as communist sympathizers. Roh’s alleged suicide does not appear to have a North Korean connection but, in the context of the current escalation of tensions between the two Koreas since April, is somewhat suspicious. Roh died two days before Pyongyang carried out its second underground atomic bomb test. Coincidence? Maybe, or maybe not . . .
>Final Phase Backgrounder: Gorbachev promotes “global perestroika”; SCO slaps Pyongyang on wrist, embraces Ahmadinejad, floats common currency
June 18, 2009Posted by on
>To this day former Soviet dictator and master deceiver Mikhail Gorbachev agitates for perestroika. In the 1980s, in conformity to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s long-range plan for global domination, he implemented perestroika and glasnost in the Soviet republics and Eastern Europe. In the 1990s “Gorby” took up residence at The Presidio, an army base in San Francisco that closed down after the Cold War supposedly ended, and promoted world peace and environmental issues. In Russia he organized a social democratic party.
Gorby also materialized on the speaking circuit of US universities and business groups to urge his adoring but deceived followers to promote perestroika in the USA. Following Barack Hussein Obama’s election to the US presidency last November, Gorby once again urged the (Kenyan-born?) socialist senator from Illinois to implement perestroika domestically. Now Gorby is advocating global perestroika.
But, what, pray tell, is perestroika? Perestroika is nothing less than socialist restructuring, as Gorby clearly outlines in his manifesto Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World (Harper & Row, 1987). Glasnost, which means “openness,” is perestroika’s counterpart. Gorbachev’s advocacy of perestroika and glasnost is nothing new. These two communist tactics were first promoted by Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, to obscure the true intentions of the Bolshevik revolutionaries: namely, the destruction of private property, religion, and the family. Global perestroika, therefore, must be a codeword for world communism.
Pictured above: Former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz with Gorbachev, at the conference on nuclear disarmament “Overcoming Nuclear Dangers,” at the Italian foreign ministry headquarters, in Rome, on April 17, 2009.
Seizing the global financial crisis as pretext and echoing a recent report published by United Russia–in which the potemkin “ruling” party in Moscow advocates authoritarianism–Gorby penned the following song for world communism in the June 7 edition of the Washington Post: “We Had Our Perestroika. It’s High Time for Yours.”
“Years ago, as the Cold War was coming to an end,” Gorby reminisces, “I said to my fellow leaders around the globe: The world is on the cusp of great events, and in the face of new challenges all of us will have to change, you as well as we. For the most part, the reaction was polite but skeptical silence.” The former Soviet dictator then refers to his stint on the speaking circuit: “In recent years, however, during speaking tours in the United States before university audiences and business groups, I have often told listeners that I feel Americans need their own change — a perestroika, not like the one in my country, but an American perestroika . . .”
Gorby then pitches his scheme for global perestroika by taking a dig at the “US model,” meaning a free market society with constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties: “Our perestroika signaled the need for change in the Soviet Union, but it was not meant to suggest a capitulation to the U.S. model. Today, the need for a more far-reaching perestroika — one for America and the world — has become clearer than ever.”
In describing the political and economic reforms that were implemented in the Soviet Union during the late 1980s, Gorby disingenuously distances himself from his “hardline” comrades in the CPSU: “At first, we labored under the illusion that revamping the existing system — changes within the ‘socialist model’ — would suffice. But the pushback from the Communist Party and the government bureaucracy was too strong. Toward the end of 1986, it became clear to me and my supporters that nothing less than the replacement of the system’s building blocks was needed.”
Among these “hardliners” were Oleg Shenin, former first secretary of the old CPSU Politburo, ringleader of the faux coup of August 1991 and presently a “gray eminence” in neo-Soviet politics; and Gennady Zyuganov, current chair of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Incidentally, in a 2005 interview with Vlast, Valentin Falin, former chief of the old CPSU’s International Department, frankly admitted that Gorby was not only apprised of the coup ahead of time, but also committed to advancing the Soviet strategic deception by creating fake political parties to “compete” with the open communists.
Shenin and Zyuganov are alluded to in the following narrative: “Two conspiracies hijacked the changes — the attempted coup in August 1991, organized by the hard-line opponents of our reforms, which ended up weakening my position as president, and the subsequent agreement among the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to dissolve the Union. Russia’s leaders then rejected the evolutionary path, plunging the country into chaos.”
Gorby reflects on the outcome of perestroika and his lateral transfer from the Soviet presidency to the role of roving Soviet propagandist: “Nevertheless, when I am asked whether perestroika succeeded or was defeated, I reply: Perestroika won, because it brought the country to a point from which there could be no return to the past.”
The former Soviet dictator wraps up his history lesson by chastising the West’s capitalist class for viewing the collapse (self-dismantling) of the Soviet Union as a victory for capitalism over communism:
In the West, the breakup of the Soviet Union was viewed as a total victory that proved that the West did not need to change. Western leaders were convinced that they were at the helm of the right system and of a well-functioning, almost perfect economic model. Scholars opined that history had ended. The “Washington Consensus,” the dogma of free markets, deregulation and balanced budgets at any cost, was force-fed to the rest of the world.
But then came the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009, and it became clear that the new Western model was an illusion that benefited chiefly the very rich. Statistics show that the poor and the middle class saw little or no benefit from the economic growth of the past decades.
The current global crisis demonstrates that the leaders of major powers, particularly the United States, had missed the signals that called for a perestroika. The result is a crisis that is not just financial and economic. It is political, too.
Gorbachev’s “humble” prescription for the communist-manipulated global financial crisis, of course, is more socialism with a “market face”:
. . . . I am convinced that a new model will emerge, one that will emphasize public needs and public goods, such as a cleaner environment, well-functioning infrastructure and public transportation, sound education and health systems and affordable housing.
Elements of such a model already exist in some countries. Having rejected the tutorials of the International Monetary Fund, countries such as Malaysia and Brazil have achieved impressive rates of economic growth. China and India have pulled hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. By mobilizing state resources, France has built a system of high-speed railways, while Canada provides free health care. Among the new democracies, Slovenia and Slovakia have been able to mitigate the social consequences of market reforms.
The time has come for “creative construction,” for striking the right balance between the government and the market, for integrating social and environmental factors and demilitarizing the economy.
Washington will have to play a special role in this new perestroika, not just because the United States wields great economic, political and military power in today’s global world, but because America was the main architect, and America’s elite the main beneficiary, of the current world economic model. That model is now cracking and will, sooner or later, be replaced. That will be a complex and painful process for everyone, including the United States.
However different the problems that the Soviet Union confronted during our perestroika and the challenges now facing the United States, the need for new thinking makes these two eras similar. In our time, we faced up to the main tasks of putting an end to the division of the world, winding down the nuclear arms race and defusing conflicts. We will cope with the new global challenges as well, but only if everyone understands the need for real, cardinal change — for a global perestroika.
Gorbachev’s communist-leftist colleagues in the “BRIC” governments of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, presently meeting in Yekaterinburg, near the Ural Mountains, are faithfully executing this very script. There Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, agreed on promoting energy cooperation between their four “emerging economies.” “We are for strengthening the coordination and the cooperation of states in the energy sphere, including between producers and consumers of energy and transit states, in the efforts to reduce uncertainty and ensure stability and steadiness,” a joint statement declared. The BRIC leaders also supported increasing the number of representatives of developing countries in global financial institutions. The second BRIC summit will be held next year in Brazil.
Not so coincidentally, meeting also in Yekaterinburg this week are the heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The SCO includes Russia, four “former” Soviet republics from Central Asia, and Red China, plus (Islamo-Nazi) Iran, (socialist) India, (socialist) Pakistan, and (“ex”-communist) Mongolia as observers. The SCO is not only a political-economic unit binding the Eurasian section of the Communist Bloc, but also a dangerous military alliance in opposition to NATO, as evidenced by three Sino-Soviet war games thus far and two more scheduled for this year and 2010.
Yesterday, the SCO leaders’ summit slapped communist North Korea on the wrist with a feeble denunciation of Pyongyang’s nuclear bomb tests and threat to take on the USA in a nuclear showdown. Medvedev sighed: “Among other issues, we discussed the North Korean problem, including the recent threats, and we noted that such behavior is unacceptable in the current situation.” The only reason that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a “problem” for the international community is because Soviet occupying forces set up the Stalinist regime at the end of the Second World War, in opposition to the legitimate Republic of Korea in the south.
“We also noted that the international community had no choice but to react by means of adopting an appropriate UN Security Council resolution,” Medvedev, a former Soviet Komsomol graduate, continued. All 15 council members recently voted in favor of Resolution 1874, which expands an arms embargo and allows searches of North Korean ships on the high seas but, significantly, does not authorize the use of force. This toothless resolution renders the UN’s policy on the DPRK useless, which is no doubt Moscow and Beijing’s goal.
In furtherance of Lenin’s dream of a “world Soviet republic,” the SCO summit also endorsed the notion of a common currency for member states, a proposal that Medvedev first floated some months ago. The SCO currency would be similar to the currency unit used by the European Community until the introduction of the euro in 1999. “The current set of reserve currencies and the main reserve currency – the U.S. dollar – have failed to function as they should,” Medvedev lamented at the summit, adding that the Russian ruble could also become a reserve currency in the “foreseeable future.”
In attendance at the SCO summit was Iranian dictator Mahmoud (“Iwannajihad”) Ahmadinejad, re-elected last Friday in a contested poll that turned deadly. This is the not the first time that Ahmadinejad, Israel’s arch-nemesis and aspirant to the legacy of Adolf Hitler, has shown up at an SCO shindig. Iran is seeking to place itself under Russia’s protective nuclear umbrella, safe from Israeli and/or US preemptive strikes against its Russian-built nuclear bomb program, by applying for full membership in the organization.
“Iraq continues to be occupied, chaos is growing in Afghanistan, the Palestinian problem remains unresolved, the world is swept by political and economic crises, and there is no hope for their resolution,” Ahmadinejad grumbled, adding: “The U.S. and its allies are unable to cope with the crises, showing that the end has come for the current unipolar world order. The SCO must take a leading role in efforts to tackle the global economic recession.” After this plug for the Moscow-Beijing Axis’ leading role in world affairs, Ahmadinejad briefly met with Medvedev on the summit sidelines. “The parties agreed to continue economic and humanitarian cooperation, and other contacts,” a Kremlin spokesentity intoned afterwards.
>Final Phase Backgrounder: "Ruling" United Russia exposes its link to Soviet strategic deception: party think tank: "No democracy needed for Russia"
June 15, 2009Posted by on
>A think tank connected to the “ruling” United Russia party, the Public Projects Institute headed by parliamentarian Vladmir Pligin, has released a report that rejects any need for democracy in Russia, citing the global financial crisis as pretext for “strong leadership.” A more candid but unpublished draft of the report, as well as the published version itself both express contempt for Western-style mass participation in politics. In so doing United Russia betrays the image of liberal reformer that its candidate President Dmitry Medvedev has carefully cultivated and projected abroad. KGB-communist dictator Yuri Andropov, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s mentor, purused a similar ruse before he handed the prosecution of the Soviet strategic deception to his successor Mikhail Gorbachev, another “liberal reformer.”
Some significant quotes from the published version of the report follow:
Russia does not need to move toward greater democracy because the financial crisis requires strong leadership.
It would be more honest and realistic to say that the democratization of Russia’s political system in the near future cannot be a priority. The priority for now is good governance.
The unpublished early draft, quoted by business daily Vedomosti, stated:
Regional leaders . . . are appointed via arrangements strongly reminiscent of regional committee secretary nominations in the Soviet era.
Russia’s tightly controlled media resembles that of the old Soviet media during the so-called “period of stagnation” prior to Mikhail Gorbachev’s “perestroika” reforms in the 1980s.
“In times of war and crisis,” the final version ominously recommended, “a successful political system becomes charismatic, and therefore, inevitably more authoritarian. A storm requires a captain.”
Some regional leaders, who prefer the “liberal” reforms promoted by President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s, are not happy about the re-centralization of power in Moscow. On June 5 Murtaza Rakhimov, president of the southwestern Russian region of Bashkoristan, complained to the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily: “Russia is walking away from the process of democratization . . . The level of centralization is worse than Soviet times.”
“It’s pretty clear a mass-scale democratization will never take place in Russia,” independent political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky observes. At one point former prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, whose Our Home-Russia party merged into United Russia in 2000, was even more candid: “No matter what new party we create, in the end, it always turns out to be the Communist Party of the Soviet Union!” Indeed.
What will Moscow’s Leninist masterminds, who are working feverishly to modernize their nuclear arsenal and associated delivery systems, think of next? We are still waiting for the Potemkin parties represented in the State Duma—United Russia, Just/Fair Russia, and the Liberal Democratic party of Russia—to one day re-merge with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation into a monolithic Stalinist organization. The name of the new entity won’t be important, but the spirit of Vladimir Lenin, with his strategic accommodation with capitalism via the New Economic Policy, will animate its directors.
In the end, the Soviet tactic of fake internal political/economic reform will come full circle, but don’t expect the West to organize an effective counter-strategy under the leadership of putative Soviet mole, Barack Hussein Obama. Gorbachev has publicly urged the US president to implement perestroika (socialist restructuring) under the patriotic colors of the red, white, and blue. Got Wolverines?
>Event Convergence Alert: Moscow, Beijing plan summer military drills in Far East Russia, northeast China as DPRK raises tensions on Korean Peninsula
June 10, 2009Posted by on
– High-Tech South Korean Destroyer Dispatched to Detect DPRK Missile Launch, Crippled by “Software Glitch” (Computer Virus?)
As if to stick a finger in Washington’s eye, Pyongyang has sentenced two US journalists to 12 years in a labor camp. Charged with illegal entry into North Korea and an unspecified “grave crime,” Laura Ling and Euna Lee have no recourse beyond the Central Court that sentenced them on Monday. In an ABC television interview over the weekend US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls the charges thrown at Ling and Lee “absolutely without merit or foundation.” The former First Lady and US Senator admitted to sending a letter to North Korea’s communist leadership demanding Ling and Lee’s release. Clinton indicated that she has received “responses.”
Pictured above: A not-so-flattering caricature of North Korean head of state Kim Jong Il, from the movie Team America: World Police.
Detained by North Korea authorities on March 17, while filming material for a documentary on North Korean defectors, Ling and Lee work for Current TV. Ironically, the San Francisco-based Internet news outlet was co-founded by Al Gore, Bill Clinton’s vice president. Washington, according to the Korea Times story above, does not rule out the possibility of Gore flying to Pyongyang to negotiate their release. Incidentally, we think that’s an excellent idea. Maybe Comrade Gore, the self-avowed inventor of the Internet and global warming, will decide to take up permanent residence in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
On June 2 Bloomberg reported that Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s de facto head of state, in a significant political move, has named his third son Kim Jong Un as heir. North Korea’s communist leadership has notified its diplomatic offices abroad and is teaching its citizen-slaves a song in praise of the anointed leader. Some intelligence, states an opposition legislator in South Korea, reports that Pyongyang is requiring loyalty oaths to Kim Jong Un. Little is known about the youngest Kim, who is 26 years old and was educated at an international school in Switzerland. Jong Un and older brother Jong Chol have a different mother than the eldest son, Jong Nam. Jong Il succeeded his father, North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung, as head of the Stalinist country in 1994.
In addition to dynastic maneuvers and “anti-imperialist” provocations, Crazy Kim’s communist nuthouse has imposed a no-travel zone off the east coast of North Korea, that is, in the Sea of Japan, between June 10 and June 30. Two weeks ago Pyongyang imposed a no-travel zone off the country’s west coast, in the Yellow Sea. “We do not know the reason why North Korea has set up the no-navigation zone,” related Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Takeo Kawamura, adding: “We cannot rule out the possibility of North Korea launching missiles including ballistic ones.”
South Korea has deployed an Aegis Combat System-equipped destroyer to its western sea border with the North and vowed last week to send F-15K fighter jets in the event of a maritime clash. Intriguingly, after setting sail the missile-detecting system of Sejong the Great was crippled by a “software glitch” of unknown origin. Incidentally, it is a well-established fact that many “software glitches” (computer viruses) are spawned from covert cyberwarfare units in Russia, China, North Korea, and other Communist Bloc states.
In a related story reported by the AFP news agency, on June 4 a North Korean navy patrol boat crossed into South Korea’s portion of the Yellow Sea. The boat remained there for almost one hour before retreating. A spokesman for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested that the enemy vessel was apparently chasing Chinese fishing boats, but did not exclude the possibility it was a planned intrusion to raise tensions further. About 70 of some 90 Chinese fishing boats withdrew overnight from the area. The Korean Peninsula’s west coast has been the site of two deadly clashes between the two Korean states in the past 10 years.
The same article, citing the People’s Daily, also reports that on the previous day Chinese President Hu Jintao conversed by telephone with US counterpart Barack Hussein Obama about Pyongyang’s nuclear program. They conversed about bilateral relations and exchanged opinions on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China offered, without giving details.
For the first time, on June 9, in yet another attempt to annoy the world, Crazy Kim’s communist nuthouse threatened to use nuclear weapons in a “merciless offensive” if provoked. The Korean Central News Agency ranted: “Our nuclear deterrent will be a strong defensive means . . . as well as a merciless offensive means to deal a just retaliatory strike to those who touch the country’s dignity and sovereignty even a bit.” I wasn’t aware that North Korea possessed any dignity. As for Pyongyang’s sovereignty, that seems to reside in Moscow or Beijing.
Meanwhile, the Republic of Korea’s political and military leadership are making plans to counter a possible missile attack from the DPRK. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have submitted to conservative President Lee Myung-bak a scenario in which the South and the USA respond to a communist missile attack by launching joint attacks from surface, air and sea against the North’s missile bases. This past Saturday President Lee warned that his government would neither cower before the DPRK’s provocations nor offer anything less than a strong defense against the North.
Incidentally, the ROK is the real Korea, unlike the illegitimate Stalinist state in the north, created by Soviet fiat in 1945, after the retreat of Imperial Japan’s army (see below). The demilitarized zone between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified border in the world and a blatant reminder that the Cold War is not over in this part of the world.
The Moscow-Beijing Axis Prepares for Korean War 2
It is doubtful that the Korean Workers’ Party makes any serious decisions without consulting the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union and the (openly ruling) Communist Party of China. On June 15, reports Novosti, Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit Russia to attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which includes Russia, China, and four “ex”-Soviet Central Asian states. Hu will also rub elbows at the first leaders’ summit of BRIC, an alliance of the world’s four largest emerging economies–Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Both summits will be held in Yekaterinburg, near the Ural Mountains. Hu will confer with President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the speakers of the State Duma and Federation Council, Boris Gryzlov and Sergei Mironov, respectively.
No doubt the Korean conflict will rank high on the SCO discussion agenda. The BRIC summit will also provide a venue for the Soviets and Red Chinese to plot and scheme. “The development of cooperation between BRIC benefits the four countries as well as contributing to the revival of the world economy,” explains PRC Deputy Foreign Minister He Yafei. He added: “We also share positions on many issues, and the countries’ roles in the world, including in political affairs, is growing.”
Unnoticed by most Western analysts, Russia and the PRC are positioning military assets in China’s northeast region as nearby North Korea escalates political tensions with the South. Pyongyang’s provocations include a nuclear bomb test, the second since 2006, multiple missile launches, and unilateral withdrawal from the 1953 armistice ending the Korean War’s hot phase. It is unlikely that this event convergence is coincidental but, rather, reflects a coordination of tactics and strategy between Moscow, Beijing, and Pyongyang. Indeed, after the DPRK’s underground N-bomb test on May 25, a spokesentity for the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that Moscow is beefing up security in the region. Although not commonly analyzed as such, the DPRK’s controversial missile and nuclear bomb programs could provide Russia and China with a potential platform to nuke the USA with arms-length plausible deniability.
Last November World Net Daily editor Joseph Farah, citing sources at MI6’s Asian Desk, reported that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had deployed as many as 100,000 troops along the Yalu River, ostensibly to thwart an exodus of refugees in the event of Kim Jong Il’s death. We were unable to confirm this report with other news agencies but, if true, then the Communist Chinese would have been well-positioned at the time to aid their North Korean comrades in an invasion of the South. At least eight months later, it is not clear if the PLA is still massing along the border with the DPRK. The PLA is the world’s largest army, boasting 2.3 million active personnel, deployed in seven military districts, and more than 800,000 reserves.
On June 8 Novosti reported that the People’s Republic of China will hold a week-long, large-scale “anti-terrorist” exercise dubbed Great Wall 6, which will take place in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the Shanxi and Hebei provinces. Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, and Hebei are located in northeast China, near Beijing, although not immediately adjacent to the PRC’s border with the DPRK. Last year, the PRC held similar antiterrorism drills called Great Wall 5 in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. Those exercises involved the PLA, civilian and military police, and emergency services.
The relationship between Great Wall 6 and the “large-scale” military exercise Kuayue 2009, reported by Novosti and Xinhua in early May, is not clear. The latter is slated to begin during the second half of this year and will involve 50,000 troops from the Shenyang, Lanzhou, Jinan, and Guangzhou military districts. It should be noted that the Shenyang military district borders the DPRK, while Lanzhou spans north-central and northwest China, Jinan is located in east-central China, and Guangzhou is situated in southeast China. Kuayue 2009 will test the PLA’s command and decision-making capabilities, the interoperability of ground troops and air units in “intense electronic warfare conditions,” and entail airborne assault operations and special forces missions.
Possibly in coordination with Kuayue 2009, the Soviets and the Red Chinese will hold their fourth combined war game, Peace Mission 2009, in Far East Russia and northeast China this summer. The northeast region of the PRC, of course, is near North Korea, while Far East Russia shares a small border with the DPRK. Russian and Chinese military delegations recently met in Khabarovsk to hammer out the details of the joint maneuver. The Vladivostok Times reports:
Maneuvers are planned to be held in July-August of 2009 in three stages. The first one is to be held in Russia, the second and third – in China. Talking to journalists in Khabarovsk, the deputy chief of the Russian Ground Forces General Sergei Antonov noted that almost 1.5 thousand personnel are to take part in the exercise from both parties. From Russia – a motorized rifle battalion, a separate ground cavalry troop and other subdivisions of the Far Eastern military district.
The first two joint Sino-Soviet war games were Peace Mission 2005 and Peace Mission 2007. The two communist superpowers, with little fanfare, held their third combined military exercise Norak Antiterror 2009 in Tajikistan in April. A fifth joint drill, Peace Mission 2010, is slated to take place in Kazakhstan. Political and military coordination between Moscow and Beijing, per the 25-year-old predictions of KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, are occurring under the guise of “anti-terrorist” exercises and under the auspices of the SCO.
Blast from the Past File: North Korea: Moscow’s Baby
The Soviet Union gave birth to the DPRK in August 1945 when Moscow’s occupying forces took over the Korean Peninsula north of the 38th parallel. The Soviet Army established the Soviet Civil Authority to rule over the country. Communists were placed in key posts. Land was confiscated from Japanese owners and Korean collaborationists. Strategic industries were nationalized. In February 1946 a temporary government called the North Korean Provisional People’s Committee was organized under Kim Il Sung, who had trained with Soviet forces in Manchuria. Soviet troops vacated the DPRK in 1948, but Moscow has retained a vested interest in controlling North Korea–and no doubt the whole peninsula–since then.
Two years later, after forcing the Chinese Nationalists to flee for Taiwan, the People’s Liberation Army, with Soviet air support, invaded the Korean Peninsula. There the PLA was repulsed by US, Canadian, and allied troops under United Nations command. On October 8, 1950, the day after US troops crossed the 38th parallel, Chairman Mao Zedong issued the order to organize the People’s Volunteer Army (PVA). Seventy percent of the soldiers in the PVA were regulars from the PLA. Mao ordered the PVA/PLA to move to the Yalu River, in preparation for an invasion. Earlier that year, on June 27, President Harry Truman, fearing a two-pronged communist invasion, ordered the US Navy’s 7th Fleet to protect the Republic of China on Taiwan.
On October 15, Truman flew to Wake Island where he met General Douglas MacArthur, who estimated that the Chinese had mustered 300,000 soldiers in Manchuria, with between 100,000 and 125,000 men hard along the Yalu River. For his part, Mao cabled an urgent telegram to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin: “If we allow the United States to occupy all of Korea, Korean revolutionary power will suffer a fundamental defeat, and the American invaders will run more rampant, and have negative effects for the entire Far East.” Soviet assistance was limited to providing air support no nearer than 60 miles from the battlefront. The Soviet pilots disguised their MiG-15s under the colors of the PRC and posed a serious challenge to UN pilots. The Korean War was the first in history where both sides employed jet-powered combat aircraft.
In late November 1950 the Red Chinese struck in the west, along the Chongchon River, overwhelming several South Korean divisions and crushing the flank of the remaining UN forces. Seoul was deserted and captured by communist troops on January 4, 1951, only to be recaptured by the US Eighth Army on March 7, the fourth time in a year the city had changed hands.
In April 1951 the Red Chinese launched their Fifth Phase Offensive, fielding an enormous 700,000 troops in three armies. UN forces resisted the communist offensive at the Imjin River and Kapyong, halting the PVA/PLA at a defensive line north of Seoul, referred to as the No-Name Line. A final communist offensive in the eastern part of the peninsula was halted on May 20. The US Eighth Army counterattacked and by the end of May had regained Line Kansas. The UN’s decision to stop at that line, just north of the 38th parallel, and to refrain from offensive action deeper into North Korea initiated a stalemate that characterized the conflict until the 1953 armistice. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Republic of China Armed Forces Simulates PLA Invasion
As Moscow and Beijing urge the UN to refrain from imposing more sanctions upon their client state North Korea, the Republic of China—the real China, otherwise known as Taiwan—and India are preparing for the eventuality of war with the PRC. On June 5, reports the APF news agency, ROC brass held a “virtual military exercise” that simulated an invasion of the island by 200,000 Communist Chinese troops. The drill, which was part of the annual Han Kuang war games, was executed entirely on computers in a Taipei military command center. President Ma Ying-jeou was in attendance. A scenario in which the PLA attempts to seize Taiwan’s leaders was scrapped from this year’s drill because of the improvement in cross-strait relations since Ma took office in May 2008. Beijing has repeatedly threatened to invade the island should Taipei declare formal independence.
India to Deploy New Russian-Built Fighter Jets, Additional 60,000 Troops along Eastern Sector of Indo-Chinese Border
On June 9 the Times of India related that Red Chinese military incursions into India rose “sharply” in 2008, with 270 violations recorded in the western, middle, and eastern border sectors. During the first five months of 2009, the PLA appears to have backed off somewhat, with a little over 60 violations occurring thus far. The brunt of “aggressive patrolling” by the Red Chinese has been witnessed in Ladakh, a region in India’s northwest Jammu and Kashmir state.
However, Chinese troops have also illegally strayed into Arunachal Pradesh which is located in India’s northeast. Beijing claims territory in this Indian state and thus the PLA incursions here have attracted greater attention in the Indian media. On June 6 the governor of Arunachal Pradesh, former chief of army staff General J.J. Singh, announced that two more army divisions consisting of 25,000 to 30,000 personnel each will be deployed along the Sino-Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh within a few years.
With the first squadrons of advanced Russian-built Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets ready for forward deployment in the state of Assam, which is just to the south of Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian government, the Times of India admits, “is slowly responding to the uncertainties of Chinese intentions, by enhancing its state of preparedness in the area.” According to former air force chief Fali Homi Major, India will deploy a full squadron of these fighter jets in the eastern sector of the Sino-Indian border.
That the Communist Party of China is still committed to exporting Maoist revolution throughout southern Asia, including through India’s Naxalite rebels, is evident from a 2005 statement by CPC cadre Zhang Zheng at the MaoFlag website: “The Indian Government cannot succeed in suppressing the armed revolution of India’s Maoists” (quoted by South Asia Analysis Group, May 10, 2005).
Therefore, in spite of expanding bilateral commercial relations and even joint military drills, as well as India’s observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, political tensions between New Delhi and Beijing continue to fester. India and the PRC fought a Himalayan border war in 1962. Last month, India’s incumbent air force chief admitted that the country faces a greater threat from China than Pakistan because “New Delhi knows little about Beijing’s combat capabilities.” A war between India and China, two countries that have split the atom, could conceivably escalate into nuclear warfare.
>Latin America File: Retired US State Dept. employee spied for Cuba for 30 years; Moscow resumes building Havana’s Cold War-era nuke plant
June 9, 2009Posted by on
>On June 3 the 39th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened in Honduras, which is also a member of the Havana/Caracas-led Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. The OAS agreed to readmit Cuba into its ranks, if Havana so desired. Cuba was expelled in 1962. At the OAS summit Nicaragua’s past/present dictator Daniel Ortega shilled for fellow commie thug Raul Castro. “Cuba has fought a battle, a heroic one for 50 years, facing many aggressions from the U.S.,” Comandante Ortega ranted, “that is why it deserves our recognition.”
For his part, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro insisted that “The revocation of the suspension of Cuba represents an assertion to Cuba, to its people, to Commander Fidel Castro and to the historical direction of the Revolution. We call for lifting the embargo against Cuba. It is a step more in favor of the regional integration.”
Pictured above: On June 3 in Havana, Cuban President Raul Castro welcomes Paraguayan counterpart, Fernando Lugo, the latest in a series of Latin American leftist leaders to consult in person with the hemisphere’s most dangerous communist.
In view of the Obama White House’s recent overtures of peace and love to KGB assets Raul and Fidel, it can be expected that Washington will not only warmly promote the OAS’s new accommodationist stance on Cuba, but also downplay or quash charges leveled against retired US State Department employee Walter Kendall Myers and spouse Gwendolyn. Husband and wife are accused of spying for Cuban intelligence for 30 years. The US Justice Department contends that the couple received coded messages via shortwave radio, rendezvoused with Cuban agents in Mexico (like former US Marine and KGB-trained assassin Lee Harvey Oswald), and carefully watched over their shoulders for any sign of US surveillance. Myers retired from the State Department in 2007.
Although a fitting conclusion to this sordid saga of communist espionage would be a re-application of the sentence applied to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, don’t hold your breath. Alternately, perhaps the Myers can join the Cuban Five in the same cell block, thereby forming the Cuban Seven and enjoying “solidarity” with the world’s communist press.
Notwithstanding the endorsements from Managua and Caracas and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s cautious ratification of the OAS resolution, Cuba itself remains adamant in its opposition to membership in the OAS. On June 8 Cuba’s foreign minister insisted that the communist state 90 miles south of Florida has no plans to return to the fold of that organization. “There is no discussion about Cuba’s reentry into the OAS,” Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez was quoted as saying in Granma, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of Cuba. Rodriguez elaborated: “One way or another, the OAS is totally anachronistic; it serves other interests, and we feel that our path, Cuba’s path, is one of Latin American and Caribbean integration, without a presence from outside the continent.” For some reason, the OAS neglected to give the boot to Nicaragua and Venezuela, two countries with red regimes that barely tolerate organized opposition.
While it is possible that Cuba’s communist leadership is feigning disinterest in OAS membership, the fact is that Latin America’s Red Axis, as noted by Cuba’s foreign minister, has made great strides toward regional integration through transnational bodies such as ALBA, mentioned above, the Union of South American Nations, the South American Defense Council, the Caribbean Community, Petrocaribe, the Bank of the South, and TeleSur. Incidentally, the SADC only sets a common defense policy for South America’s nations and does not impose a unified military command over member states, as with NATO or NORAD. However, South America’s predominantly leftist leaders tout the SADC as a hemispheric counterweight to the North Atlantic Alliance.
Behind Cuba’s communist dictatorship, of course, lurks the neo-Soviet leadership, which under President/Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is once again openly aligned with its outpost in the Caribbean Basin. On May 27, reported Novosti, Moscow and Havana agreed to renew their cooperation in the construction of a nuclear plant in Cuba. The project was suspended in 1992 following the stage-managed collapse of Soviet communism. The participating agencies will be Rosatom and Cuba’s Nuclear Energy Agency. Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko made the announcement during an awards ceremony in Moscow, where nuclear physicist Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, Fidel Castro’s son, received the Kurchatov Award.
“On behalf of the entire nuclear division,” gushed Kiriyenko, “I present the highest award…the Kurchatov Award, to Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart. Today, we will renew our cooperation at [Cuba’s] nuclear research center that will allow us to develop a number of directions in modern science.” Diaz-Balart, 59, is a member of Cuba’s Academy of Sciences and studied theoretical physics in the Soviet Union. In the 1980s he directed Cuba’s nuclear agency and oversaw the initial stages of construction of Havana’s n-plant. The agency conducts research not only in nuclear physics, but also biotechnology and nanotechnology. In light of this story, would one be presumptuous for speculating that Cuba’s ruling communists will utilize Russian nuke know-how in the pursuit of a tropical A-bomb? At the very least, joint Soviet-Cuban research and development projects provide “cover” for Moscow to insert agents into its Caribbean garrison.
US Officials, National Security Experts Fret over Russian SA-24 ManPADS in Venezuela, 600 Soviet-Era SA-7 SAMs in Nicaragua
Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez is saying little in public about his country’s recent acquisition of Russia’s most deadly shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missile (SAM), the SA-24 Man-Portable Air Defense System (ManPADS). The silence from Caracas is prompting US government officials and national security experts to fret that these weapons could fall into the hands of Colombia’s Marxist guerrillas, with whom Chavez is closely and openly allied. “We are concerned about Venezuelan arms purchases that exceed its needs and are therefore potentially destabilizing,” US State Department spokesperson Sara Mangiaracina admitted, adding: “The Man-Portable Air Defense Systems Venezuela have purchased from Russia are sophisticated weapons systems. It is important that these weapons systems be appropriately controlled to avoid the possibility of diversion.’”
Financed by high oil prices, the Miami Herald relates, Chavez embarked on a weapons-buying spree in 2006, purchasing more than US$4 billion worth of Russian-built Sukhoi warplanes and helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles to “professionalize” his 62,000-member armed forces. The low-maintenance SA-24 missile and launcher weigh 42 pounds, can take down targets flying as high as 19,500 feet, and features “fire and forget” and night-vision capabilities. The SA-27 can easily strike the Colombian government’s slow-moving, ground-attack warplanes. Previously, the only SAMs in use by the Venezuelan military were the pedestal-mounted Swedish RBS-70 and French Mistral.
On April 19 Chavez, in attendance at an annual military parade, halted marching troops in front of his reviewing stand to address a unit of 50 soldiers with shoulder-borne missiles. The Venezuelan president declared: “We have decided to make this brief halt in the parade to highlight the importance that this new unit has for the sovereignty and defense of the country.” Chavez then identified the weapons as SA-24s, boasting about their speed and weight. He continued his rant: “We are a peaceful country. The revolution is peaceful . . . We do not want war but we are required to be capable of defending ourselves.” Addressing President Chavez, the captain who commanded the SA-24 unit replied: “These missiles are part of the process of strengthening and transforming our revolutionary, anti-imperialist and socialist armed forces.”
‘”It’s been our position that we don’t consider Venezuela a military threat,” explained Colonel Bill Costello, spokesman for the US military’s Miami-based Southern Command. However, Costello admitted that “Weapons proliferation in the region poses a long-term threat to security, and any potential illegal transfer of such weapons to terrorist groups such as the FARC in Colombia remains a concern.’”
Venezuela’s Chief of Military Intelligence, Chief of Secret Police, and Former Interior Minister Facilitate Red Cocaine Flow in Collaboration with FARC
Last September the US Treasury Department accused three top officials in the Chavezista regime of aiding FARC with weapons, finances, and drug trafficking, thereby inadvertently exposing Red Venezuela’s role in the Communist Bloc’s five-decade narco-subversion plot against the West. The accused included former Venezuelan Interior Minister Ramon Rodríguez Chacín; General Hugo Carvajal, chief of Venezuela’s military intelligence; and General Henry Rangel Silva, chief of the Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services (DISIP), Venezuela’s secret police. In the 1980s, according to Joseph Douglas in Red Cocaine, Raul Castro, now president of Cuba, and Tomas Borge, then Nicaragua’s Maoist interior minister but now that country’s ambassador to Peru, played important roles in Moscow’s drug offensive against the capitalist countries. No doubt, they continue to do so.
US Treasury officials specifically accused of Chacín of facilitating FARC’s acquisition of weapons, describing him as Caracas’ “main weapons contact for the FARC.” They also alleged that Chacín assayed to facilitate a US$250 million loan from the Venezuelan government to FARC in late 2007. For their part, Generals Carvajal and Silva were accused of protecting FARC-linked drug shipments out of Colombia. The accusations were part of a move to freeze any assets these Venezuelan officials had in the United States. The US Treasury’s allegations were based on information gleaned from laptop computers seized on March 1, 2008 by Colombian security forces in an Ecuador-based FARC jungle camp. During the raid, Colombian troops killed FARC’s second-in-command Luis Edgar Devia, better known as Raul Reyes. President Chavez denied the content of the computer files, but Interpol examined the digital archives on Reyes’ laptop and concluded that they were not doctored.
One email between rebel commanders, dated January 4, 2007, revealed that Venezuelan military and FARC officials met and discussed “taking advantage of the Venezuelan arms purchases from Russia to include some containers’” for Colombia’s rebels. Another email stated that Chacín “suggested a mechanism for meeting with the Australians.’” A third email, dated September 6, 2007, discloses that FARC officials met with two Australian arms dealers who offered missiles and other weapons “at very favorable prices.” A fourth email reported that General Carvajal offered to deliver 20 bazookas to FARC. Several more referred to Chacín’s extension of the US$250 million loan. Finally, one email between rebel commanders showed that they “desperately” wanted ManPADs to counter the Colombian armed forces’ air supremacy: “The anti-aircraft weapons are already for us an urgent necessity.”
In like fashion Washington is bothered about President Ortega’s aging stockpile of 600, less-advanced, Soviet-built SA-7 man-portable SAMs. During the 1990s, when the Sandinista National Liberation Front did not openly rule Nicaragua, Managua voluntarily destroyed about 1,400 SA-7s, used against the Contra freedom fighters in the previous decade. US officials are still urging Ortega to dismantle the weapons so that they do not wind up in the hands of FARC, with which Nicaragua’s Marxist president, like Chavez, is in sympathy. “There is an offer that is still valid,” US ambassador Robert J. Callahan explained in a statement, adding: “In return for the destruction of 600 or so missiles, we are still very willing to give $5 million for the rehabilitation of the Children’s Hospital La Mascota in Managua.”
FMLN Regime Installed in San Salvador under Approving Gaze of Cuban Delegation; Paymaster Chavez Attends Funes-Sanchez Inauguration
As previously blogged here, El Salvador’s first-ever Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) government is making the restoration of relations with Cuba top priority. A succession of military and rightist regimes in San Salvador maintained a diplomatic embargo against the communist island since the 1959 revolution. On May 31 Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez stated that President-Elect Mauricio Funes will officially announce the normalization of relations after he assumes his post on June 1. At the right time, Martinez added, the two countries will exchange ambassadors. Martinez also related to Cuba’s Prensa Latina that 20 heads of states confirmed attendance at the inauguration ceremony of Funes and Vice President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the FMLN’s battlefield commander between 1984 and 1992. We strongly suspect that the FMLN’s hard-core Marxist leadership will exercise its influence upon the country primarily through Sanchez, while using former CNN journalist Funes as media-savvy PR man.
On June 1 Vice President Esteban Lazo led Cuba’s delegation at the Funes-Sanchez inauguration. At San Salvador’s international airport the Cuban delegation was received by the full political commission of the FMLN, headed by general coordinator Medardo González, and incoming VP Sanchez. Among the Cuban visitors were Jose Arbesu, deputy head of the International Relations Department of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Vice Foreign Ministers Alejandro Gonzalez, Rogelio Sierra, and Ramiro Abreu. Waving the FMLN flag, Salvadorans by the thousands lined the road to the international airport to welcome the Cuban visitors. They sang songs dedicated to Cuba and carried signs with messages of greeting to Fidel and Raul Castro. On June 2 the Cuban News Agency confirmed that after Funes’ installation as president, an accord establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries was inked by Salvadoran Foreign Minister Martinez and his Cuban counterpart, the apparently unrelated Alejandro Martinez.
Finally, the Salvadoran foreign minister confirmed that Funes met on May 31 with faux rightist Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Chile’s socialist president Michelle Bachelet, who is also president pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations. Both Calderon and Bachelet oppose the US embargo against Cuba. Martinize confirmed that Funes would hold talks with Venezuela’s communist dictator Chavez after the inaugural ceremony. As previously blogged here, President-Elect Funes flew to Caracas on May 19 to confer with Chavez. During the March election El Salvador’s new president was accused by the outgoing Nationalist Republican Alliance government of being in the pay of Chavez.
Chavez Confirms Ecuador’s Intention of Joining ALBA This Month; Last November Medvedev Expressed Russia’s Interest in Joining Bloc of Latin American Socialist States
For some years now, in fact, Venezuela’s top red thug has been skimming petrodollars from state-run PDVSA to finance the campaigns of ruling leftist politicians throughout Latin America, including Nicaragua’s Ortega, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, and Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner, defeated leftist politicians like Panama’s Balbina Herrara, and defeated rightist politicians like Belize’s Said Musa. The official subsidies and shady sums from Chavez’s revolutionary coffers are directed through the Caracas-sponsored initiative Petrocaribe, as well as ALBA’s front companies. Although Panamanians put a halt to Latin America’s “Red Spread” last month by electing a supermarket magnate as president, El Salvador and Ecuador have most definitely fallen under the sway of the Havana-Caracas Axis.
Since socialist Correa was first elected to the presidency of Ecuador in 2005, Quito has hummed and hawed about integration into ALBA. On June 4, Cuba’s Prensa Latina quoted Chavez as saying that the absorption of the small South American nation into the regional Red Axis is now a done deal. Speaking on a television program on June 3, the Venezuelan dictator stated that President Correa has finally confirmed his country’s official integration into the regional bloc. Chavez explained that the official incorporation of Ecuador into ALBA will take place in Carabobo, Venezuela, on June 24 during an upcoming meeting of the group.
ALBA presently consists of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Correa was re-elected to the presidency in April, a victory that no doubt emboldened his attempts to link Ecuador’s destiny with the Havana-Caracas Axis. During his first-ever November trip to Venezuela, President Medvedev articulated Russia’s intention of joining ALBA, an admission that exposes the Soviet strategy of encircling America with socialist states, but which was totally overlooked by the brain-dead MSM. ALBA was founded in Havana on December 14, 2004.
Paraguay’s “Red Bishop” President Shrugs off Paternity Accusations, Makes Pilgrimage to Havana to Receive Unholy Orders
Shrugging off paternity accusations acquired during his stint as a liberationist Catholic bishop, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo made his pilgrimage to Havana on June 3. Lugo is the latest in a procession of Latin American leftist leaders to receive unholy orders from Cuba’s communist dictatorship. Earlier this year, Chavez, Ortega, Correa, Kirchner, and Bachelet as obedient sons and daughters of “la revolucion,” paid homage to the Castro Bros., Raul and the cadaverous Fidel. Bolivian President Evo Morales is the most recent visitor to Havana’s all-inclusive gulag paradise.
Presidents Lugo and Castro held official talks at the Palace of the Revolution. The Cuban welcoming party also consisted of First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer, and Culture Minister Abel Prieto, all of whom are members of the CPC’s Politburo. During his first day in Cuba, Lugo laid a wreath at the monument of national hero Jose Marti. He also visited the Latin American School of Medicine in the Cuban capital. On Friday, June 5 Lugo departed for his homeland. While still under the government of the long-ruling conservative Colorado Party, Ascunsion established consular relations with Havana in 1996 and diplomatic relations in 1999.
>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia’s top general Makarov details major army maneuvers to occur near Poland, Finland, and Georgia
June 6, 2009Posted by on
– Railway Troops Instrumental in Facilitating Re-Invasion of Georgia in August 2008
The Russian military plans to stage at least three major exercises between June and September of this year: Zapad 2009 on the territory of Belarus, abutting NATO member Lithuania and Warsaw Pact-turned-NATO member Poland; Ladoga 2009 in the Leningrad Military District, near Finland, which is not in the North Atlantic Alliance; and Kavkaz 2009 in the North Caucasus Military District, immediately to the north of Georgia, a “former” Soviet republic that aspires to NATO ranks. Pictured above, Nikolai Makarov, chief of the Russian General Staff, outlined the maneuvers for Novosti:
This year we will start a series of large-scale drills in line with current military reforms. During the Zapad [West] large-scale exercises on September 8-29, we will deploy two full-sized armies in Belarus. The exercises will, among other things, rehearse interoperability within the framework of the Belarusian-Russian integrated air defense system, which the two countries agreed to establish recently. In addition to the Zapad exercises, we will conduct two large-scale drills and a brigade-level exercise on our own territory, which will involve units from three military districts and three fleets.
The last Zapad exercise took place in 1999 and before that, in the days of overt communism, 1981, when Soviet forces carried out a mock amphibious attack on Polish territory.
Inadvertently suggesting a possible window of opportunity for thrusting deeper into Georgian territory and seizing the capital Tbilisi, Makarov said: “On June 29-July 10 we will conduct a large-scale exercise involving all brigades of the North Caucasus military district, the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla.” It was under cover of the Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill that Russia positioned its military assets for the August invasion of Georgia that year.
As we suspected in a previous post, Ladoga 2009 will take place in northwestern Russia, which includes Lake Ladoga. Makarov explained: “From August 10 to September 28, all units of the Leningrad military district, and several units of the Siberian military district, the Northern Fleet and the Baltic Fleet will take part in the Ladoga exercises.” Ladoga, the world’s 14th largest freshwater lake, was once owned by both Finland and the Soviet Union, but after the Winter War became an internal basin of Russia. Further Soviet aggression against Finland in this region took place during the Continuation War.
Significantly, Makarov relates that a total of 60,000 military personnel will join all three drills. On May 19 a digest of the Russian media, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, reported that railway troops will take part in both Zapad 2009 and Ladoga 2009. Pavel Felgenhauer writes of the Russian army’s use of railway troops in advance of the re-invasion of Georgia in August 2008, :
On May 31, Railroad troops were moved to repair the tracks south of Sokhumi to prepare the infrastructure for the invasion. On July 30, they completed their work and all was set for major combat in August, since later bad weather would impede an invasion (see EDM, June 12, July 30). The West seems to have dismissed the Russian warnings and preparations as bluff until it was too late.
In view of the Kremlin’s planned and previous military and civil defense preparations, one is inclined to pose the question: After grinding Georgia into the ground, are the Soviets preparing to re-invade and re-occupy their former satellites, especially Poland and the Baltic republics?
The Soviets Talk Peace while Modernizing Strategic Nuclear Strike Capability
Since the Russian military’s combat readiness can only be determined from open sources, it is very probable that some or much of the information cited here is either not entirely accurate or pure propaganda in line with the long-range Soviet deception. Still, the general impression that Western analysts such as your resident blogger acquire from sources like the Kremlin website, the Russian Ministry of Defense website, Novosti, Itar-Tass, Russia Today, and independent media outlets like the Moscow Times is that the Soviet “military kit” is aging, but undergoing a vigorous modernization in terms of weapons and delivery systems, wide-ranging reforms in terms of command and control, and integration with the armed forces of other states in the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
The Russian armed force’s logistical and technological failures during the Caucasian War last year were an important “wake up call” to Russia’s largely “ex”-communist political elites. “It seems the main drive of the Russian invasion was Georgia’s aspiration to join NATO, while the separatist problem was only a pretext,” opines Felgenhauer at the link above, adding: “Georgia occupies a key geopolitical position, and Moscow is afraid that if George joins NATO, Russia will be flushed out of Transcaucasia.” Thus, we see that the Soviets are still serious about confronting NATO, an organization against which President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin have directed much invective.
The Russian Defense Ministry, consequently, plans to throw 40% of this year’s US$42.5 billion budget at the navy, particularly on the development of strategic nuclear forces. “This money is mainly directed to strategic submarines. This is hundreds of billions of rubles,” Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said in an interview with Novosti. Russia is currently building a fourth-generation Graney attack submarine and three Borey-class submarines, Yury Dolgoruky, Alexander Nevsky, and Vladimir Monomakh. Russia is planning to build a total of eight submarines of this class by 2015. Ivanov continued: “Upon completion, the submarines will be deployed both with the Northern and Pacific fleets, which will require $1 billion investment to create the appropriate coastal infrastructure.”
Ivanov admitted that the Bulava SLBM will be adopted by the navy only jointly with its delivery platform, Yury Dolgoruky. The three-stage Bulava-M (SS-NX-30) carries up to 10 nuclear warheads and has a range of 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The Russian Navy intends to test-launch at least five Bulava missiles in 2009. Previous tests of this delivery vehicle have had mixed results.
The Russian Navy is anxious to commission the Borey and Graney classes since only eight of the country’s 12 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines are apparently combat-capable. “Out of 12 vessels, Northern Fleet’s Typhoon class Dmitry Donskoi submarine has been overhauled to test new Bulava sea-based ballistic missiles, six Delta-IV class units are being refitted with modernized version of the R-29RM (SS-N-23) missile, known as Sineva, and five Delta-III class submarines are deployed with the Pacific Fleet,” explains Mikhail Barabanov, editor-in-chief of the Moscow Defense Brief magazine. He added that two Typhoon-class submarines, Arkhangelsk and Severstal, are parked at a naval base in Severodvinsk in Arctic Russia, but they are not fitted with missiles and require further repairs. In addition, the Russian Navy maintains about 30 nuclear-powered attack subs equipped with either SS-N-19 Shipwreck long-range anti-ship cruise missiles or torpedo tubes, but only 17 of them are operational.
Negotiating America’s Capitulation to the Red World Order
The frantic pace of the neo-Soviet military build-up is taking place under the deceptive cover of a new strategic arms reduction deal to replace the START 1 treaty, which expires in December 2009. According to a report published by the US State Department in April, as of January 1 Russia had 3,909 nuclear warheads and 814 delivery vehicles, including ICBMs, SLBMs, and ALCMs. The same report said the United States had 5,576 warheads and 1,198 delivery vehicles.
A draft of the new treaty may be ready before US President Barack Obama’s first-ever visit to Moscow on July 6-8, a Russian presidential spokesentity acknowledged this past Tuesday. “We are working on it,” Natalia Timakova said. The team negotiating the US surrender to the Soviet communists is Assistant US Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, while the Russian delegation is headed by Anatoly Antonov, director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Security and Disarmament. The first session of “full-format” negotiations was held in Moscow on May 19-21. Negotiators from both camps agreed to submit a draft treaty at a US-Russian summit in Moscow in early July. The second round of talks is currently being held in Geneva.
The Kremlin media frankly concedes that the neo-Soviet leadership has no plans whatsoever for slashing its nuclear stockpile as long as Washington’s intentions for missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic remain “unclear.” Actually, there’s no ambiguity with respect to Washington’s relationship with Warsaw: interceptor missiles will be deployed in Poland by year’s end.
Incidentally, if the Soviets were more candid then the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Security and Disarmament would be better named as the Department of Soviet Security and US Disarmament.
Calling Rambo: Soviets Stirring the Pot Again in Afghanistan
In the third installment of the First Blood series of movies, actor Sylvester Stallone, portraying Vietnam War veteran Rambo, blasted his way through occupying Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Although Moscow withdrew the last of its forces in February 1989, around the same time Rambo III was released, the Kremlin is still exerting influence in its Cold War-era stomping grounds, Afghanistan, now occupied by NATO troops. Moscow plans to deliver humanitarian assistance, including flour and medicine, to Kabul by way of 50 Kamaz trucks and two Mi-8 helicopters, respectively.
“In July-August we plan to dispatch to Afghanistan 50 Kamaz trucks which will be used to deliver humanitarian aid to the country,” related Yuri Brazhnikov, who heads the international cooperation department of the Russian Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergency Situations and Disasters. The long-time chief of Russian civil defense is Sergei Shoigu, the son-in-law of Oleg Shenin, Stalinist mastermind of the potemkin anti-Gorbachevist coup of August 1991. Russia, Novosti notes, delivered 18,000 tons of flour to Afghanistan between January and April. The flour is being delivered within the context of the United Nations World Food Program. “This humanitarian operation is unprecedented in its size compared with other operations that Russia carried out in Afghanistan,” Brazhnikov boasted.
>Asia File: N. Korean ICBM arrives at Dongchang-ri launch site; Pyongyang doubles ammunition for patrol ships, holds live-fire, amphibious attack drill
June 2, 2009Posted by on
>The Korea Times reports today that “An object presumed to be an ICBM was recently transported by train to the Dongchang-ri missile site, a newly-built long-range missile site located on North Korea’s western coast, according to authorities.” Last September, South Korea’s Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee admitted that North Korea had almost completed a new missile base in the North Pyeongan Province. The Korea Times opines: “Observers expect North Korea to conduct an ICBM test-firing near the middle of this month when the South Korea-U.S. summit takes place in Washington, in a bid to further ratchet up tension on the peninsula and add pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.”
Pictured above: South Korean Marines patrol a beach on the Republic of Korea’s western Yeonpyong Island, near the disputed sea border with communist North Korea, on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.
The same news source quotes Hwang Jin-ha, a retired South Korean major general and lawmaker associated with the ruling rightist Grand National Party, as saying: “As it did before, North Korea will weigh in much on political impacts before provocative acts. I believe that would be the case this time.” North Korea’s Taepodong-2 missile is believed to have a striking radius of between 4,000 and 6,700 kilometers, thus placing Alaska within its sights. However, Hwang holds the opinion that the North has not yet fully mastered the technology required to successfully launch an ICBM or miniaturize a nuclear warhead to mount on a long-range missile. On April 5 North Korea fired a rocket from the Musudan-ri site, located in the country’s northwest, which was widely perceived as a disguised test of the Taepodong-2 missile. The rocket splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 3,000 kilometers after launch.
In a related development, reports the Korea Times, “the North also banned [civilian] ships from waters off its west coast until the end of July, an apparent sign of a further provocation near the sea border.” Citing an unidentified South Korean government official, Yonhap news agency reported that “North Korea has strengthened its military training exercises near the western sea border [on the Yellow Sea]. Intelligence shows that the North has also conducted amphibious attack exercises, using high-speed landing vessels.”
When the next Korean hot war begins in earnest, be assured that Moscow and Beijing will be totally committed to a communist victory, even if that policy is not apparent or admitted in the early stages of the military campaign.
>End Times File: Moscow, Tehran coordinate naval deployments in Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aden; Muslims: Netanyahu supports Third Temple construction
May 30, 2009Posted by on
>For Bible prophecy enthusiasts events in the Middle East portend key tribulation period events, including the Magog-Persian-Arab invasion of Israel, the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and the formation of a Palestinian terrorist “statelet.” The physical translation of born-again Christians to heaven will likely take place weeks and months before this prophetic scenario unfolds.
Pictured above: Golden menorah to be used in Third Temple worship services.
Many Bible scholars rightly identify Magog as Russia or the “former” Soviet Union. Moscow’s disdain for Israel and infatuation with the Palestinians (“Philistines”) originates in the anti-Semitism that has historically plagued Russia and which was manifested in the production of the nefarious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s contrived “Jewish Doctors’ Plot” and, following the “collapse” of communism, in the politically motivated legal attacks against the country’s high-profile Jewish oligarchs. Most recently, Russia’s opposition to Israel originates in the latter’s military support for the “former” Soviet republic of Georgia, the “Israel of the Caucasus.”
In connection with Iran’s determination to wipe Israel off the map with Moscow’s nuclear “know how,” Debkafile reports that Russia has for the first time acquired a “maritime foothold” in the Persian Gulf by way of taking on fuel and provisions at Omani and Bahraini ports previously open only to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet:
Russian warships are due to call Wednesday, May 27, at the Bahrain port of Manama, seat of the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. They will be following in the wake of the Russian vessels already docked at the Omani port of Salalah, the first to avail themselves of facilities at Gulf ports.
Their arrival is fully coordinated between the Russian and Iranian naval commands. According to our sources, this is the first time a Russian flotilla will have taken on provisions and fuel at the same Gulf ports which hitherto serviced only the US Navy. Moscow has thus gained its first maritime foothold in the Persian Gulf.
The flotilla consists of four vessels from Russia’s Pacific Fleet: The submarine fighter Admiral Panteleyev is due at Manama Wednesday, escorted by the refueling-supply ship Izhorai. The supply-battleship Irkut and the rescue craft BM-37 are already docked in Salalah.
DEBKAfile opines: “[M]ilitary sources report that the Russians, like the Iranians, cover their stealthy advance into new waters by apparent movements for joining the international task force combating Somali pirates.” This is what we have been saying for several months in our reports about the Russian Navy’s participation in the United Nations-sanctioned anti-piracy flotilla near Somalia. On May 26 President Nicolas Sarkozy, during a one-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, formally inaugurated a 900-foot quay allocated to the French Navy in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Port, a French air force installation at the Dhafra Air Base near the city, and a downtown military barracks for several hundred French soldiers. Russia will no doubt use France’s military new permanent presence in the Persian Gulf to justify its own geopolitical maneuvers.
While the Russian Navy sails unopposed into the Persian Gulf, the Iranian navy is taking up positions in the Gulf of Aden, near the entrance to the Red Sea and neo-communist Eritrea, where Tehran has reportedly deployed ballistic missiles, presumably targeted against Israel to the north.
On Monday, May 25, the Iranian naval chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, announced that six Iranian warships had been dispatched to “the international waters” of the Gulf of Aden in a “historically unprecedented move… to show its ability to confront any foreign threats.” He did not bother to mention the pirates. Russian and Iranian naval movements in the two strategic seas are clearly synchronized at the highest levels in Tehran and Moscow.
Fox News confirms Iran’s naval deployment in the Gulf of Aden, quoting Jim Phillips, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Heritage Institute: “What’s very important here is the timing of this move — and this naval muscle flexing comes after Iran’s missile test earlier this week, which was saber rattling that was meant to send the same signal as this naval dispatch.” It should be pointed out, too, that Russian and Iranian naval movements in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Aden are “clearly synchronized” with Pyongyang’s saber rattling on the Korean Peninsula.
Meanwhile, Israeli Islamists have got their headdress in a twist over the rumor that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to sanction the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, historically located on the Temple Mount but long desecrated by the Dome of the Rock shrine and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Speaking at a conference in Qatar, Sheikh Raad Salah, leader of the Northern Wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, ranted: “Netanyahu is about to build the false Temple and the Jews will only build the Temple upon the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The solution to the threat against Jerusalem is a complete mobilization of the Arab world, including the religious imams, who need to act and recruit the masses.”
According to Bible prophecy a Third Temple will stand briefly on the Temple Mount, only to be defiled by “that man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3), Israel’s coming false Messiah-King, the Gentilized Jewish leader of the revived Roman Empire. Orthodox Jews are in fact in an advanced state of readiness to ascend the Temple Mount and reinstate the bloody animal sacrifices of the Levitical worship system. Two things are stopping them: the “rapture of the church” and a certain seven-year covenant with the “many,” brokered by the “prince that shall come” (Daniel 9:26) has yet to come into effect. Yeshua Ha’Mashiach referred to this imposter in John 5:43 when He said: ” I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”
Finally, almost the entire world, as represented by the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet, is resolved to wrest territory from Israel in order to appease the Palestinian Arabs. The Global Islamic Caliphate, however, will not be satiated by territorial concessions, but only by the blood of every Jew and Christian on the planet.
>WW4 File: Russia fears Korean conflict could go nuclear, takes “precautionary security measures”; US, S. Korean WATCHCON level boosted, DEFCON stable
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On Thursday Itar-Tass quoted a Russian Foreign Ministry official as saying that his country is taking “precautionary security measures” because the Kremlin believes that international tensions over Communist North Korea’s May 25 nuclear test, the second in less than three years, “could descend into nuclear war.” Reuters picked up the Itar-Tass interview in which the anonymous source raised the spectre of atomic war and then promptly backtracked:
The need has emerged for an appropriate package of precautionary measures. We are not talking about stepping up military efforts but rather about measures in case a military conflict, perhaps with the use of nuclear weapons, flares up on the Korean Peninsula. We assume that a dangerous brinkmanship, a war of nerves, is under way, but it will not grow into a hot war. Restraint is needed.
Seoul’s full participation in the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative, which entails interdicting weapons of mass destruction on the high seas, earned Pyongyang’s wrath earlier this week, prompting its second underground nuke test and at least three missile test-launches.
Also on Thursday South Korea’s armed forces and the 28,500 US troops stationed in the Republic of Korea boosted their surveillance to the second highest level for the first time since October 2006, when the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea conducted its first nuclear test. The so-called WATCHCON system has five stages and the new heightened alert entails the deployment of more intelligence assets and enhanced reconnaissance operations “over” North Korea, presumably meaning aerial and satellite surveillance. South Korean defense spokesman Won Tae-jae insisted, however, that the five-stage combat alert level, DEFCON remains at four.
South Korean military authorities, according to the Korean Times, believe there is a high possibility that North Korea could soon provoke conflicts near the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the West Sea, or Sea of Japan, where two bloody naval battles occurred between the two Koreas in 1999 and 2002. The NLL, drawn up by the United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, has served as the de facto inter-Korean sea border. The North, however, does not recognize this boundary. The Republic of Korea’s navy has deployed a 3,500-ton KDX-I light destroyer off the country’s west coast to counter a possible attack by North Korean patrol ships.
The South Korean army has increased the number of K-9 howitzers and surface-to-air missile systems on islands near the sea border to counter potential North Korean artillery attacks. Pyongyang is reported to have hidden thousands of weapons in mountain caves and tunnels near the inter-Korean land and sea borders. The North Korean army has eight 27-kilometer-range 130 mm guns and eight other 76.2 mm artillery units with a range of 12 kilometers on islands located just north of the NLL. Pyongyang is also reported to be deploying about 100 152 mm howitzer guns with a range of 17 kilometers near the port of Haeju.
“I cannot elaborate, but we are constantly bolstering equipment,” a South Korean military official told the Korean Times, adding: “We are also devising a range of countermeasures in accordance with scenarios on North Korea’s provocative action.”
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Friday morning that North Korea test-fired its sixth short-range missile since the beginning of the week. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, however, denied that the situation had reached “crisis levels” and there had been “no unusual moves” by the North Korean military since Monday’s nuclear test. “I don’t think there is a need for us to reinforce our military presence in the South,” Gates soothed, adding: “Should the North Koreans do something extremely provocative militarily, then we have the forces to deal with it.”
Despite the Kremlin’s blather about “restraint,” a new Korean hot war, which would tie down a good chunk of the US military in the Western Pacific theatre, would provide the Moscow-Beijing Axis and its allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization ideal cover to launch preemptive strikes against NATO countries. Specifically, a surprise Soviet missile assault against the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France could be followed by armoured thrusts by land into “former” Soviet Bloc states like Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, “former” Soviet republics like the Baltic countries, Ukraine, and Georgia, and neutral countries like Finland.
A “neutral, socialist” federal Europe, as predicted by KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn 25 years ago, would offer only token resistance to the Soviet re-occupation of Eastern and Central Europe. Faux rightist regimes with entangling military-commercial alliances with Moscow, such as those found among NATO’s Mediterranean members like Italy, Greece, and Turkey, would no doubt capitulate. A new Korean hot war could also be accompanied by a Red Chinese invasion of Taiwan, and a combined thrust into Thailand by communist troops from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.
The above scenario could occur in the near future if circumstances suddenly became favourable to the Soviet strategists, but more likely in several years, after Russia completes its military modernization program.
>Asia File: North Korea dumps 1953 armistice, threatens to attack South over US-led Proliferation Security Initiative; detonates 2nd nuclear device
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>Over the past week tensions have once again risen on the Korean Peninsula, where Crazy Kim’s communist nuthouse– otherwise known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a Stalinist regime backed by Moscow, Beijing, former US attorney general Ramsey Clark, and the lobotomized Marxists in the US-based Workers’ World Party–is once again threatening to blow up the world for some misguided cause called “proletarian revolution.”
Pictured above: South Korean soldiers look at the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone at Dora Observation Post, near the border village of Panmunjom, on May 27, 2009.
Earlier today the official media of North Korea warned that the communist regime was no longer bound by the provisions of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Pyongyang’s pretext for saber rattling was the Republic of Korea’s participation in the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), which entails the interdiction of ships suspected of smuggling weapons of mass destruction. The DPRK’s role in WMD smuggling is disputed, but the Stalinist regime regularly ships missiles and parts to terrorist states like Iran, Syria, and Libya.
North Korea’s official media retaliated by stating that the leadership of the Korean Workers’ Party could no longer guarantee the safety of vessels off the peninsula’s west coast, in the Sea of Japan. It also ranted that the PSI was “tantamount” to a declaration of war. “Any tiny hostile acts against our republic, including the stopping and searching of our peaceful vessels… will face an immediate and strong military strike in response,” Pyongyang’s military representative at the border truce village of Panmunjom spluttered. For good measure he added: “Our military will no longer be bound by the armistice accord as the current US leadership… has drawn the puppets [meaning South Korea] into the PSI.” One wonders if “tiny hostile acts” includes negative comments about Kimmy’s hair-do and wardrobe.
The violent blast of rhetoric from the North Korean capital comes hard on the heels of the country’s detonation of a second nuclear device this past Monday. Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed that North Korea did in fact conduct an underground nuclear test on May 25. “According to our data, North Korea indeed conducted a nuclear test in the northeast of the country on Monday morning,” a ministry spokesentity intoned to Novosti. Pyongyang withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003 and conducted its first nuclear test in October 2006.
“The information on North Korea’s nuclear test causes concern but before we draw any final conclusions it should be thoroughly checked,” Russian defense ministry officials said dismissively. According to Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting later that day to discuss the North Korean provocation. Churkin presently holds the council’s rotating presidency. The Russian Federation, like its predecessor state, the Soviet Union, is a permanent member of this body.
Following the nuke test, reports Novosti at the link above, Pyongyang test-fired a ground-to-air missile with a range of 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its northeastern Musudan-ri launch site. This was followed on Tuesday by the launch of two more short-range missiles into the western Pacific Ocean. North Korea has threatened for several weeks to resume work at its Yongbyon nuclear facility, which produces weapons-grade plutonium, after bailing out from the largely useless six-party talks. The move came in response to international condemnation of a failed April 5 rocket launch, which Pyongyang insisted was carrying a harmless communications satellite.
North Korea is banned from nuclear and ballistic activities under UN Security Council Resolution 1718, passed in 2006 after the North’s first nuclear test, and is already subject to various international sanctions. However, neo-Soviet officialdom is loath to pass another resolution against Pyongyang on account of its Russian-built nuclear program. “In any case it is counterproductive to raise the question of the DPRK’s international isolation. The path to dialogue should not be disrupted, and the problem can be solved only in political and diplomatic ways,” an unidentified Russian official huffed to Itar-Tass.
Like the Islamo-Nazi regime in Iran, North Korea enjoys Russia’s benevolent oversight. And so advances the Soviet tactic of creating political-military “hot spots” and “flash points” around the world to divert the attention of Western governments away from Moscow and Beijing’s own preparations for the Fourth World War.
>Latin America File: Chavez to make ninth trip to Russia, El Salvador’s new FMLN president dutifully troops to Caracas, Ecuador eyes full ALBA role
May 27, 2009Posted by on
Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s president and arguably the second most dangerous commie thug in the Western Hemisphere, after Raul Castro, intends to make his ninth official trip to Moscow in the second half of June. El Universal states that this is Comrade Hugo’s sixth trip, but by our reckoning Chavez has actually averaged about one trip to Russia per year since his inauguration in 1999. After conferring with his handler, KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, Chavez will sashay on over to St. Petersburg where he will attend the Russian-Venezuelan committee for cooperation and planning of joint projects.
This past Monday, strategic partners Chavez and Putin, both of whom along with Noam Chomsky are committed to the destruction of “US unipolar hegemony,” conversed by telephone and set the agenda for their upcoming meeting. According to the AFP and Itar-Tass news agencies, the two leaders discussed bilateral military-technical, energy, financial, and economic cooperation. Chavez dutifully related to Putin his May 24 encounter with Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (see below) and planned encounter with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, two Soviet allies, as well as his meeting this week with the foreign ministers of the socialist states of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), to which Moscow has expressed an interest in joining. (“Earth to shopping mall regime. Earth to shopping mall regime. Heeellooo, anyone there?”)
Venezuela and Russia held their first-ever joint naval drill in the southern Caribbean Sea last November and later this year are scheduled to hold another combined naval drill in the North Sea, as well as joint air force exercises, presumably in the skies over Venezuela. Last September, in another “post”-Cold War “first,” the Russian Air Force dispatched two supersonic Blackjack bombers to Venezuela for a week-long regimen of maneuvers, as above, over the southern Caribbean. According to the Kremlin media, Russia’s bomber pilots were acquainting themselves with combat in a tropical climate. That’s nice. No worries, mate. Nothing to see here, move along.
Caracas-San Salvador Axis: New Communist on the Bloc
During El Salvador’s March general election, the long-ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) government accused Mauricio Funes, presidential candidate of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), of being in the pay of the Chavezista regime. Although such accusations were stridently denied, it should not be surprising that President-Elect Funes has already made his pilgrimage to the Red Mecca in Caracas. Funes and Chavez are pictured above at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on May 19. In much the same fashion, Paraguay’s leftist president Fernando Lugo, before his formal installation, also flew to the Venezuelan capital to confer with Chavez. Lugo is profiled below.
High on Funes’ agenda was the subsidized oil supply that Venezuela is already funneling to El Salvador via the mayor’s office in San Salvador, which is also controlled by the FMLN, and a joint venture set up by ALBA and called ALBANISA. FMLN party leader Medardo Gonzalez informed Cuba’s Prensa Latina that Venezuela will increase its current oil supply to El Salvador by 10,000 barrels per day. It is expected that El Salvador will, after many years of ARENA’s opposition to Soviet influence in the region, seek membership in the communist-dominated ALBA.
President-Elect Funes, a former correspondent for CNN’s Spanish service, has stated that FMLN cadres, many of whom are veterans of the 1980-1992 civil war, will have a “visible presence” in El Salvador’s new government and that this is “logical.” Funes’ vice president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, was formerly the FMLN’s battlefield commander who sanctioned numerous assassinations, which means he is a hardened communist revolutionary. Journalist John Thomson, writing for the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research, asserts that Sanchez’s low profile during the election was not accidental:
Veteran local journalist Lafitte Fernandez is one of several with whom I spoke who believe the heretofore unknown role of Sanchez Ceren will be a major issue, once the story becomes widely known. “Sanchez has been practically out of sight, ever since he was nominated,” Mr. Fernandez observed. “They want the presidential candidate, Mauricio Funes, to be the FMLN face, this time, unlike previous elections when the top of the ticket was always a senior terrorist officer.”
Caracas-Quito Axis: Chavez and His “Mini Me” Correa
El Salvador is not the only Latin American leftist country seeking admission to ALBA. On May 24, while hosting Chavez in Ecuador’s national capital of Quito, recently re-elected socialist President Correa announced that his country intends to secure full membership in the organization. Thus far, the ALBA bloc of nations consists of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, and Honduras, and serves as a socialist vehicle to resist the “imperialist” designs of the Washington-led Organization of American States, Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, and the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement. Chavez and his Ecuadorean “mini me” signed five cooperation agreements on energy, mining, tourism, agriculture, and banking.
“With these agreements, Liberator Simon Bolivar’s dream of working on the construction of a large homeland comes true,” Correa enthused, referring to the nineteenth-century South American liberal revolutionary, who would have probably condemned communism, then in its infancy. The Ecuadorean president, in the presence of his Venezuelan protector, announced that state-run Petroleos de Venezuela plans to begin construction of a US$10-billion oil refinery on Ecuador’s Pacific coast by 2010.
Moscow-Managua Axis: Cold War-Era Linkages Revived Amidst New Round of Political Repression
On May 18 Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega praised Russia for its donation of 130 buses to alleviate the country’s public transit problems. “Brotherly Russia helped us, without any political or economic conditions,” Ortega gushed at a ceremony in the country’s capital, Managua. In September, Nicaragua became the only country other than Russia to recognize the independence of the separatist Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. “The Russian and Nicaraguan people are connected by the long, strong bonds of friendship, and the buses are just one more vivid confirmation of this,” intoned Russia’s consul in Nicaragua, Igor Kondrashev, who was also present at the ceremony. The buses were provided by GAZ Group, Oleg Deripaska’s financially troubled company. The Russian-built buses will be used on suburban routes connecting Managua with regional cities. Incidentally, oligarch Deripaska is buddy buddies with Russian Prime Minister Putin.
This is only the beginning of many bilateral projects planned by Managua and Moscow, as we have blogged previously. Others include replacing Nicaragua’s Soviet-era military hardware with new combat and troop transport helicopters; the rehabilitation of the Soviet-built, never-used, nuclear bomber-capable air base at Punta Huete; the dredging of a deep-water port at Monkey Point on Nicaragua’s anarchic, cocaine-drenched Caribbean coast; and the construction of geothermal energy plants, to be named “Che Guevara” and “Hugo Chavez.”
On the domestic front, Nicaragua’s liberal opposition is coalescing behind the country’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which have declared that they will resist the neo-Sandinista regime’s attempt to quash dissent. The leaders of the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center (CENIDH), Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations, and Civil Coordinating Committee released this manifesto to reporters this past Saturday. They singled out the Interior Ministry as spearheading the charge against freedom in Nicaragua, much as the Sandinista Interior Minister Tomas Borge (now Nicaragua’s ambassador to Peru), targeted anti-communists in the 1980s.
CENIDH director Bayardo Izaba noted that ever since the government of President Arnoldo (“Fatso”) Aleman (1997-2002), there have been official attempts to control the activities of NGOs. In 2001 Aleman entered into a sordid agreement with Ortega called El Pacto, the purpose of which was to lock out smaller parties from power while handing control of the levers of state exclusively to the Sandinista National Liberation Front and the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC). Beginning with Ortega’s re-inauguration as president in January 2007, the neo-Sandinista regime has turned on its former allies in the PLC in order to vanquish all opposition.
Comandante Ortega is also determined to control the pace and direction of Central American integration via his pro tempore presidency over the Central American Integration System (SICA). On Monday Nicaragua’s Vice Foreign Minister Manuel Coronel Kautz insisted that the rotating leadership of SICA should be passed to Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom instead of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who is slated to take over in July. Unlike Arias, Colom, Guatemala’s first social democratic president in five decades, is more energetic in his leftist commitments and his pro-Cuban orientation. Arias has shunned all SICA meetings held over the past half-year, three of which convened in Managua.
“We can’t afford to put Central American integration at risk,” Coronel opined to the Nica Times. Costa Rica, the English-language news source points out, has been the least receptive Central American country to regional integration, refusing to join the Central American Court of Justice, the Central American Parliament, and the CA-4 immigration initiative. Venezuelan strongman Chavez has not hesitated to express his disdain for Arias, who spearheaded the Esquipulas Peace Agreement that ended Central America’s civil wars of the 1980s. “My experience is that these meetings are not good; the agendas are not made to address the principal problems facing Central American countries,” retorted Arias in statements published in the Costa Rican daily La Prensa Libre. Nicaragua’s neo-Sandinista regime, however, has interpreted President Arias’ stance as a personal insult against President Ortega, who has over the last six months set the SICA agenda.
It should be observed that Latin America’s Red Axis is using ALBA, SICA, the Caribbean Community, and the Union of South American Nations, as well as regional institutions like the South American Defense Council (a counterweight to NATO), the Bank of the South (a counterweight to the World Bank and the IMF), and TeleSur (a counterweight to the not-so-leftist North America media), to transform the Western Hemisphere into a regional socialist monolith under Moscow’s tutelage.
Catholic-Communist Cohabitation in Paraguay (In More Ways than One)
Meanwhile, Paraguay’s first-ever leftist president, Fernando Lugo, has admitted that he fathered a child out of wedlock. The boy is now two years old. Big deal, right? Ahem, Lugo was a Catholic cleric, under a vow of celibacy, when his relationship with a female parishoner became a little too friendly. Two other women have come forward to claim he is the father of their sons. Lugo has meekly agreed to submit to a DNA test. He calls clerical celibacy a “flawed” institution. Indeed.
In a related story, President Lugo dismissed the chiefs of Paraguay’s army, navy, and engineering corps for permitting 800 Marxist youth from across Latin America to host a three-day congress at a military facility, in early May. While Lugo refused to comment on the dismissals, opposition leaders called on the president to also sack two government ministers who allegedly sponsored the gathering, namely, Youth Minister Karina Rodriguez and National Emergency Minister Camilo Soares. Although Paraguay was perceived as a bastion of anti-communism during the Cold War, it appears that the country’s armed forces are infiltrated by communists at the highest level.
During Lugo’s stint as liberation theologian, moreover, the “Red Bishop,” as he is known, denied any affiliation with Venezuela’s red dictator Chavez. After last year’s election in Paraguay, then president-elect Lugo suddenly materialized in Caracas where he shmoozed with Comrade Hugo. “I hope the friendship between Venezuela and Paraguay may be a symbol of brotherhood and solidarity within Latin America,” gushed Lugo. For his part, Chavez urged Lugo to lead Paraguay into full membership in ALBA.
The New Washington-Havana Axis? Obama’s Overtures to KGB Asset Raul Castro
Finally, in a sign that the Obama administration intends to defrost the last vestiges of the Cold War in Latin America, the White House, reports UPI, has sent Cuban diplomats an official request to resume talks about the migration of Cuban citizens to the USA. The discussions, which were suspended in 2004 by President George W. Bush, had been held every two years, with Cuba and the USA alternating as the venue. “We intend to use the renewal of talks to reaffirm both sides’ commitment to safe, legal and orderly migration,” explained Sara Mangiaracina, a US State Department spokesentity.
In our assessment, this is a foolish policy on President Barack Hussein Obama’s part, but it reflects his subterranean socialist commitments and his pro-communist orientation. Havana’s Intelligence Directorate, as we have stated before, will no doubt use the Washington-initiated detente to infiltrate even more KGB-trained communist agents into the USA.
>WW4 File: Soviets to hold “large-scale” Zapad 2009, Ladoga 2009 maneuvers near Poland, Finland in Sept.; Kavkaz 2009 drill near Georgia in July
May 22, 2009Posted by on
>On March 10 Novosti reported that Russia and Belarus, united since 1997 in the Union State, will stage a “large-scale strategic military exercise” this September and October. The drill, called Zapad 2009, will involve around 13,000 service personnel from both countries. Zapad means “west” in the Russian language. Belarusian Defense Minister Leonid Maltsev revealed that the Russian military will contribute elements of its Ground Forces, Air Force, Air Defense Forces, and reconnaissance units. He elaborated: “The drill will, among other things, rehearse interoperability within the framework of the Belarusian-Russian integrated air defense system, which the two countries agreed to establish recently.”
In Belarus the KGB still operates under its old name and the Belarusian armed forces, like their Russian counterparts, proudly display the Bolshevik red star as their emblem. Belarus’ unreformed communist dictator Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, soothed over the troubling ramifications of a Soviet military drill next to former Warsaw Pact state Poland by saying: “Belarus is pursuing a peaceful foreign policy and does not regard any state as an enemy, but military force could not be discounted as an essential security factor.” The last combined Russian-Belarusian maneuver took place last fall, during the multi-theater Stability 2008 exercise, and before that, three years ago, during Union Shield 2006. Lukashenko is pictured above at the May 9 Victory Day celebration in Minsk.
Much to the Kremlin’s displeasure, Poland is to host 100 US service personnel and a Patriot theater anti-missile defense network by year’s end. “This will be the first time U.S. soldiers are stationed on Polish soil, other than those who come under NATO control, on exercises for example . . . This will be symbolic for Poland,” Poland’s deputy defense minister Stanislaw Komorowski is quoted by Novosti as saying on Thursday. The Patriot (MIM-104) system is designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and advanced aircraft. It is in service in Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.
On April 6 and 7 Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, visited Minsk, where the Russian delegation conferred with Maltsev and Makarov’s Belarusian counterpart Syarhei Hurulyou. On April 21 Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, speaking from Minsk, described the intent behind and extent of Zapad 2009:
This will be the most spectacular military event since the establishment of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Significant Russian land, naval, and air forces will be deployed. The Zapad exercises will involve nearly 13,000 military personnel, including about 7,000 Russian soldiers. These exercises are both operational and tactical, and will objectively assess the state of combat readiness of both armies. Zapad 2009 will aim to counter a possible aggression against the Union State of Russia and Belarus.
Previous Soviet military exercises designated “Zapad” occurred in 1981, when the Russians were still known as the “Soviets,” and again in 1999, after Soviet communism was supposedly defunct. Zapad 81 was the largest drill ever to be carried out by the Soviet Union, rivaled only by another that took place in 1984 and, in the “post”-Soviet era, last year’s Stability-2008 exercise. Zapad 81 began on September 4, 1981, lasted eight days, involved all branches of the Soviet Armed Forces, and introduced the RSD-20 medium-range strategic missile and the Kiev Project 1143 aircraft carrier. Zapad 81 included amphibious landings in Poland, near Gdańsk, reminding Poland’s striking shipyard workers and other dissidents that the Soviet Union could resort to military force if deemed necessary. The new Reagan Administration criticized Moscow for violating the Helsinki Final Act of Notification of Military Exercises. In response, the Kremlin broadcast propaganda tapes of the military offensives.
When “ex”-communist Boris Yeltsin was president of Russia, another large-scale military exercise, Zapad 99, was carried out in June 1999. The exercise revealed that Russia’s conventional armed forces could not repel a NATO offensive, which increased Moscow’s interest in employing tactical nuclear weapons. Zapad 99 sparked international tensions when US fighter jets intercepted Russian strategic bombers allegedly in violation of Icelandic and Norwegian airspace. That December Putin became prime minister of Russia for the first time and in March 2000 replaced Yeltsin as president.
The online Spanish edition of Novosti and Cuba’s Prensa Latina admit that Zapad-2009 and other scheduled drills are the Kremlin’s direct response to NATO’s ongoing Cooperative Longbow/Lancer 2009 exercise in the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, an aspirant to NATO membership. Referring to the “anti-Russian provocations” taking place under the watch of President Mikhail Saakashvili, Colonel-General Alexander Kolmakov, Russia’s deputy defense minister, explained: “We examined and analyzed these maneuvers carefully and we anticipate that it will result in certain corrective combat actions on our part.”
In particular, Russia’s North Caucasus Military District, which is located just to the north of Georgia, will hold, in collaboration with other military districts, the Kavkaz 2009 maneuvers this July. “These exercises,” Kolmakov continued, “will involve overcoming aquatic barriers and airborne assaults. Special attention will be given to the formation of sniper groups. This is extremely important and will help us to effectively judge our experience of antiterrorist operations in the Northern Caucasus [such as in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan].”
It should not be forgotten that the Kremlin positioned its military to re-invade and re-occupy Georgia last August under the guise of the Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill. In contravention of last year’s European Union-brokered ceasefire, at least 15,000 Russian troops currently occupy Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Since Russia imposed a unilateral moratorium on its adherence to the Cold War-era Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty in 2007 and to this day maintains 900 tanks in the Kaliningrad Oblast, wedged between Poland and Lithuania, Western governments should view with concern any Soviet military drill in Belarus, which is to the immediate east of Poland.
Kremlinologists should also be concerned by the possibility that Russia will hold a military maneuver near the Finnish border this September, concurrently with Zapad-2009. The Spanish edition of Novosti and Prensa Latina, linked above, mention in passing an operation by the name of Ladoga 2009. Internet search engines yield no additional information on this subject, suggesting that this is brand-new, open-source data. However, we speculate that Ladoga 2009 will take place near Lake Ladoga, a freshwater lake located in the Leningrad Oblast in northwestern Russia, near Saint Petersburg.
Ladoga is the largest lake in Europe, and the 14th largest lake by area in the world. As a stipulation of the criminal 1940 Moscow “Peace” Treaty, Lake Ladoga, previously shared with Finland, became an internal basin of the Soviet Union. Finland is not a member of NATO and has been discouraged by Russia from pursuing such a course. During the 1939-1940 Winter War the plucky Finns fended off an ineptly planned Soviet invasion that mistakenly took into account little resistance.
Last year Finnish military officials accused the Russians of ripping off a patented, computer-designed boreal camouflage pattern used by their forces. At the time Finnish Defense Staff spokesman Captain Eero Karhuvaara warned: “If Russian Ministry of the Interior troops were to invade Finland, we would have big trouble.”
Moscow Holds Belarus, Lures Sri Lanka within Its Orbit with Missile, Weapons Sales
As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization considers bringing Belarus and Sri Lanka on board as “dialogue partners,” Moscow, not so coincidentally, is seeking to offload military hardware in these two small communist-controlled states. On May 19 Rosoboronexport chief Anatoly Isaikin declared that “There are no problems with the sale of Tor-M2 and Buk-M2 air defense systems to Belarus. Today, major problems at the negotiations have been resolved and the issues are being discussed from the technical viewpoint. Price guidelines are being determined.” Isaikin issued this statement at the opening of the MILEX 2009 arms exhibition in the Belarusian capital. He revealed that the issue of Belarus’ purchase of Russia’s most advanced air defense system, the S-400 Triumf (NATO designation SA-21 Growler) and Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone), was being reviewed by an intergovernmental commission but “no decision had been made.”
The S-400 is believed to be able to destroy stealth aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. The Iskander-E, which is an export version of the Iskander-M system in service with the Russian Ground Forces, is a tactical surface-to-surface missile that can deliver high-precision strikes at ground targets from a distance of up to 280 kilometers (170 miles).
Last November and again this past February Moscow and Minsk signed agreements to implement an integrated regional air defense system. The network will consist of five air force units, 10 anti-aircraft units, five technical service and support units, and one electronic warfare unit. The system will be placed under the command of a Russian or Belarusian Air Force or Air Defense Force senior commander. These developments, as noted above, are taking place within the political framework of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Pavel Borodin, who is state secretary of the Union State, underscored the fact that the new integrated air defense system is “vital” in countering NATO’s ongoing eastward expansion: “Military speaking, it is virtually a shield against NATO.”
Soviets Relish Victory in the Indian Ocean: Sri Lankan Government Endorses Power-Sharing Arrangement with “Defeated” Marxist Tamil Tigers
According to Novosti, Sri Lanka has ordered a number of military helicopters and other weapons from Russia, the country’s defense secretary revealed in an exclusive interview with the Kremlin propaganda outlet. “I have managed to reach an agreement with Russia on a loan to purchase military equipment, primarily helicopters for the air force, and other weaponry,” Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa explained, adding: “The helicopters had been already ordered.” Rajapaksa did not specify the dollar amount of the deal or the number of helicopters. He did admit, however, that they were needed to transport military personnel:
We will need them in the future. We are already using [Soviet/Russian-made] Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters, and we need more. Sri Lanka is willing to develop stronger military ties with Russia. We would like to bring our relations to the level where we could share [combat] experience.
In addition, the Sri Lankan government may secure Russia’s help in clearing mines in the northern part of the country, where Colombo has waged war against the separatist Tamil Tigers since 1976. The pending shipment of Russian military hardware to Sri Lanka, interestingly, occurs as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have conceded defeat in the wake of a major government offensive against rebel positions. On May 20 the Kremlin, no doubt to grease the weapons sale, issued a congratulatory statement to Colombo: “The government of Russia has extended warmest congratulations to the president and the government of Sri Lanka on the success achieved by the island nation in defeating LTTE terrorism.”
However, the reported death of rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has not been confirmed by military officials and the threat of renewed guerrilla warfare remains. The Tamil Tigers once controlled a “shadow state” complete with courts, police, and a tax system across 5,400 square miles, or nearly one-fifth of this Indian Ocean island state. This past Sunday, though, government troops surrounded the remaining rebels in a 0.4-square-mile patch of land and were fighting off suicide bombers. More than 80,000 people have died in the conflict since 1983. The United Nations states that over 6,000 civilians have died in fighting since January 2009.
Rebel official Selvarasa Pathmanathan emailed a statement to the Associated Press, saying:
This battle has reached its bitter end. It is our people who are dying now from bombs, shells, illness and hunger. We cannot permit any more harm to befall them. We remain with one last choice — to remove the last weak excuse of the enemy for killing our people. We have decided to silence our guns.
Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara denied that the rebels had laid down their weapons: “Fighting is still going on in small pockets.” Sri Lankan Media Minister Anura Yapa dismissed Pathmanathan’s appeal: “We want to free this country from the terrorist LTTE.”
At one time the LTTE also maintained a conventional army, fielded artillery batteries, operated a large navy, and even boasted a nascent air force, funded by an estimated US$200 to $300 million per year accrued from smuggling, fraud, and appeals to Tamil expatriates. The Tamil Tigers carried out hundreds of suicide attacks, including the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and were listed as a terror group by the USA and European Union.
That the Soviet strategists would commend Colombo for decimating a Marxist insurgency, as noted above, may seem confusing, but is possibly understandable in view of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s offer to the rebels “to begin talks toward power sharing and political reconciliation.” Rajapaksa is a socialist who leads a center-left coalition containing communist members. The Wall Street Journal opines: “The war quickly became more about Prabhakaran’s determination to form an independent Tamil state under the exclusive control of his Marxist Tigers than about those Tamil grievances. The Tigers killed many moderate Tamil politicians who would have been willing to cooperate politically with Colombo.”
New Indian Government Dumps Communists but Maintains Strategic Partnership with Moscow
Meanwhile, north of Palk Strait, the social democratic Indian National Congress scored a resounding victory in that country’s five-week parliamentary election. On May 22, under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the INC will organize a second government with a stronger mandate that will not require the backing of India’s parliamentary communist parties. With more than 700 million eligible voters, India is the largest multiparty democracy in the world. The 76-year-old Singh is the first Indian head of government to win re-election after serving a five-year term since Indira Gandhi in 1971. Born into a Sikh family, Singh studied economics at Oxford University. As finance minister in the INC government of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao from 1991 to 1996, Singh abandoned Soviet-style state planning and introduced free-market policies that have quadrupled the size of India’s economy. Sonia Gandhi, Italian-born widow of Rajiv, mentioned above, is the dynastic head of the ruling party.
Strategic partners Russia and India are cooperating in the development of the BrahMos missile and a fifth-generation T-50 PAK-FA multi-role fighter. The latter, which is viewed as a competitor to the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, was jointly designed and developed by the Sukhoi design bureau, which is part of the Kremlin’s United Aircraft Corporation, along with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., under an intergovernmental agreement signed in October 2007. Russia and India have also conducted joint military exercises, the last being this past January’s Indra-2009, which saw the arrival of Russia’s Peter the Great missile cruiser in the Indian Ocean.
>Final Phase Backgrounder: Russia’s putative ruler meets Communist Party boss Zyuganov; Medvedev: “We are in touch with each other on a regular basis”
May 16, 2009Posted by on
Pictured above: Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov (center) pays his respects to party founder Vladimir Lenin at his mausoleum on Red Square in Moscow on April 22, 2009, the 138th anniversary of Lenin’s birth. Party vice chairman Ivan Melnikov is standing on Zyuganov’s right. A professor at Moscow State University, Melnikov is also chairman of the Russian State Duma’s Education Committee, which means an open communist is guiding the education of Russia’s youth.
That the putative rulers of Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, are in reality merely frontmen for the continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union, otherwise known as the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, was made evident yet again when Medvedev consulted with CPRF Chairman Gennady Zyuganov at Medvedev’s Barvikha residence outside Moscow, on May 12.
The text of Medvedev’s speech to the CPRF delegation is posted at the Kremlin website. Noteworthy comments that reveal a unity of ideology and purpose between Russia’s potemkin politicians and the secretly governing Communist Party apparatus are boldfaced below. Most revealing is Medvedev’s admission: “I have consulted from time to time with Mr. Zyuganov on this subject and we are in touch with each other on a regular basis.” Kremlin-friendly journalists were initially present at the meeting but then Medvedev announced their departure with the obvious intent of pursuing a “closed door” strategy session: “We will spend some time with the media so that they know what we’re talking about, what we’re discussing, and then we’ll send them away.”
The full text of the May 12 Medvedev-Zyuganov encounter follows:
We continue the tradition of meeting with our major parties represented in the parliament. Today I am meeting with members of the Communist Party.
The agenda is wide open, as Mr. Zyuganov agreed when we spoke. So I don’t have anything earth shattering to announce. First and foremost I would of course like to thank our colleagues in the Communist Party for their active involvement in the foreign policy area. The Communist Party is the opposition party and it is very critical concerning many aspects of modern life: both its political aspects and the performance of public institutions.
Nevertheless in my opinion it is very important that we coordinate our efforts to further the foreign policy interests of our country and ensure its security. This is done in a range of areas. Here we have had almost no disagreements in formulating a coherent and unified position for the benefit of our nation.
I have consulted from time to time with Mr Zyuganov on this subject and we are in touch with each other on a regular basis. I am in touch with other colleagues as well. So in my opinion this is an extremely important aspect of our cooperation.
Concerning other issues, of course there are subjects on which we don’t see eye to eye. In particular, there is the question of how to deal with the current [financial] crisis. The Communist Party has its own view of the situation. No doubt that is a good thing, because if we all saw things the same way then the results of our respective efforts would be the same.
It is to be expected that there are points of view that differ from those of the President and the Government Cabinet concerning how our economic life should develop, how to get out of this crisis. Especially since some of your suggestions concerning war veterans, or how certain social issues might be addressed, are in so many ways similar to my own feelings, I am naturally ready to discuss your proposals on these issues, because only by engaging in such discussions can we come up with reasonable solutions. We have done this sort of thing before, and I would like to see it continue.
There are a number of policy initiatives, a number of policy decisions that also have to go through the crucible of the State Duma. The various parliamentary parties and factions have different views on these, including the Communist Party; however, I would also like to thank you for your participation in the critical discussion of these initiatives. In my view this has ultimately helped the Duma to come up with measures that are more precise, more sound, and more interesting.
By the way, I would like to inform you that today I will be signing the law On Guaranteeing Equal Coverage of the Activities of Parliamentary Parties on State Television and Radio Channels. The State Duma worked on this and I know that the Communist Party had its own position on it as well. Nevertheless, I believe that this law will be an important guarantee of the presence of opposition forces and parties in the electronic media. This is an important area in which we have been working.
Actually, that is probably all I want to say to launch our conversation. Now of course the floor is yours, Mr Zyuganov. As the leader you go first. We will spend some time with the media so that they know what we’re talking about, what we’re discussing, and then we’ll send them away.
From this unimpeachable source, it is therefore evident that a line of control extends from the “non-ruling” Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union to the country’s “ex”-communist government leaders. News like this provides the hard facts that validate KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn’s 25-year-old prediction that the collapse of Soviet communism was a long-range deception designed to disarm the West, morally and militarily, prior to conquest, either by convergence or nuclear blackmail.
Although the Russian head of state addressed his communist guests as “dear colleagues,” it should be remembered that Medvedev is a Soviet Komsomol graduate and lackey of KGB-communist dictator Putin. When Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega visited Moscow last December, for the first time since the Cold War, Medvedev and Ortega referred to the other as “comrade.” When Medvedev and US President Barack Hussein Obama (a possible Soviet mole) rubbed elbows for the first time at the G20 summit in London last month, the former referred to the latter as “my new comrade.”
Beyond Medvedev’s introductory speech, in which he refers to the Communist Party’s participation in the formation of foreign policy and national security stances, we can only speculate on the specific topics broached at his meeting with Zyuganov.
Perhaps Medvedev and Zyuganov discussed Putin’s concurrent visit to Tokyo, where the government of Prime Minister Taro Aso is urging a settlement over the Kuril Islands dispute. Technically, Russia and Japan have been in a state of war since 1945, when Soviet troops seized and occupied the four southern Kuril Islands. “This peace treaty can only be done in a way that will meet the national interests of the Russian Federation,” Putin, without mincing words, told reporters, adding: “The content of a peace treaty will be a focus of future bilateral negotiations.”
Putin revealed on Tuesday, when he began his state visit to Japan, that Medvedev will discuss territorial issues and a formal peace treaty with Aso at the upcoming G8 summit in Italy. It should be pointed out that Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s center-right prime minister, is a close friend of Putin and a staunch advocate of Russia’s merger with the European Union (or, more accurately, the EU’s absorption into the 21st-century Communist Bloc). By forcing a peace treaty on Japan “that will meet the national interests of the Russian Federation,” the Soviet strategists can proceed to woo Tokyo away from its well-established military alliance with Washington.
Perhaps the Russian president and the Communist Party chairman also discussed the Russian Security Council’s new “Arctic zone” policy, which Medvedev signed off on that very day. The new Kremlin policy document, which is effective until 2020, identifies Russia’s Arctic region as “a national strategic resource base capable of fulfilling the socio-economic tasks associated with national growth.” It also refers to the deployment of armed forces in the Arctic that are “capable of ensuring security under various military and political circumstances.” The secretary of the Russian Security Council is former Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) boss Nikolai Patrushev.
In a previous post we reported on Russia’s proposal to organize a new Arctic Group of Forces to counter the influence of other polar states, namely, the USA (Alaska), Canada, Norway, and Denmark (Greenland). The Russian Navy has already been deployed to the seas around Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, where the Soviets maintain a mining settlement to this day. After meeting last week with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Clinton admitted that control over and exploitation of the Arctic seabed is one of the areas on the expanding US-Russian agenda. “We think it is in our interest to cooperate and it is in the interest of the world that the United States and Russia do so,” Clinton stated.
Perhaps, too, Medvedev and Zyuganov discussed the manufactured conflict between Russia and Georgia, a conflict that is providing Moscow with a pretext to attack the West over the issue of “NATO expansionism” in the “former” Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. On Monday Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili–a US-educated lawyer who began his political career under the tutelage of “former” Georgian Communist Party boss Eduard Shevardnadze–met opposition leaders with the intent of finding a compromise to end anti-government protests that began on April 9.
The meeting took place in the Interior Ministry building, behind closed doors. After the meeting, Salome Zurabishvili, leader of the Path of Georgia party, informed reporters: “During the so-called negotiations, Saakashvili alleged that I was a GRU [Russian military intelligence] agent, that Nino Burdzhanadze [former parliament speaker, who now heads Democratic Movement-United Georgia] was receiving money from Russia.” Zurabishvili related that she challenged Saakashvili to produce any facts to substantiate his allegations. She then threatened to continue the protests outside the state television station until the president resigns.
Perhaps the Russian president and the Communist Party chairman, furthermore, discussed Moscow’s proposed European security treaty that would unite the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union (EU), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in one framework. “A new document should be drafted to ensure security in Europe and it should not be aimed against NATO,” Medvedev explained to Rossiya TV channel, in an interview to be aired on Saturday, May 16. Alluding to the Cold War as “hard history lessons of the 20th century,” he continued:
The existing set of European security institutions was created in the 1970s and has become obsolete. Unfortunately, security in Europe is not improving… NATO is becoming larger, while security is being split into fragments. We cannot accept this approach [NATO expansion], and we will react to it.
An efficient mechanism of European security should involve all supranational organizations on the continent, such as NATO, the European Union, the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
We are simply striving for a new level of security for our country, for our people, considering the hard history lessons of the 20th century.
Medvedev first floated the idea of a new European security treaty in Berlin last June. The merger of EU/NATO and CIS/CSTO into one gargantuan political-military structure, of course, is the fulfillment of Vladimir Lenin’s dream of a worldwide federation of communist states. Medvedev, Putin, Zyuganov, Mikhail Gorbachev—who promoted the concept of a “Common European Home” from the Atlantic to the Urals and whom Medvedev lauded on the occasion of the roving statesman’s last birthday—are faithfully carrying out the objectives of the Soviet Union’s founder. Behind them all lurks Oleg (“Man in the Shadows”) Shenin, former first secretary of the “old” CPSU Central Committee and ringleader of the potemkin anti-Gorbachevist coup of 1991.
Lastly, perhaps Medvedev and Zyuganov discussed the next summit of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) states, to take place in Yekaterinburg from June 15 to16. The SCO represents another stepping stone—along with the EU, CIS, CSTO, the United Nations, and other regional supranational bodies like the African Union and the Union of South American Nations—along Lenin’s path toward world government or, to use a term favored by the communist-friendly Council on Foreign Relations, “global governance.”
On Friday the Russian president, still entertaining “guests” at his Barvikha residence, received the SCO foreign ministers to hammer out the agenda for the June shindig. “As far as I understand, today you have finally put in the full form the documents that will be considered in Yekaterinburg,” he said, adding: “It can be said that the preparation for the summit has gained its full form. Foreign and defense ministers always meet before meetings of leaders.” Issues that will be considered at the SCO leaders’ summit will be the organization’s development and the consolidation of its authority over member states. SCO interior ministers and heads of security councils and counter-narcotics departments will also converge before the summit.
The pending mini-summit of counter-narcotics chiefs from the “former” Soviet republics should be analyzed in the light of the Communist Bloc’s five-decade-old narco-subversion plot against the West. These men will pretend to aid the “war on drugs” when, in fact, they are facilitating the “drugging of America and the West,” to quote the subtitle of Joseph Douglass’ 1990 book Red Cocaine.
After meeting at Barvikha, Foreign Minister Lavrov revealed that the SCO foreign ministers agreed to grant the status of dialogue partner to Belarus and Sri Lanka. “Many countries have shown the striving to interact with the SCO, so we’ve worked out a special status of partner in the dialogue with the SCO. Today, we’ve agreed to recommend to the heads of states, who will gather in Yekaterinburg on June 15-16, to grant such a status to Belarus and Sri Lanka.” Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is an unreformed communist who pines for the good ol’ days of Soviet glory, while war-wracked Sri Lanka labors under a center-left-communist government, the United People’s Freedom Alliance.
>Latin America File: USA grants asylum to Nicaraguan reporter; Chavez threatens to shut down opposition-run TV channel, troops seize oil service firms
May 15, 2009Posted by on
>At the blog of the University of Texas at Austin’s Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Dean Graber, citing Nicaragua’s La Prensa newspaper, reports that the USA has granted asylum to journalist Georgina Lupiac, the first decision of its type since the return to power of communist Daniel Ortega in January 2007. US immigration lawyer Alfonso Oviedo, who is also president of the Nicaraguan American Fraternity, declared that the ruling was a victory because Lupiac successfully demonstrated that she was a victim of persecution and that her personal safety was endangered by pro-government forces.
Speaking to La Prensa’s Miami correspondent, Judith Flores, Lupiac asserted that supporters of Managua’s neo-Sandinista regime “are totalitarian and don’t accept when their errors are pointed out.” In November 2008 Lupiac, Flores, and members of the Nicaraguan Civic Task Force were threatened outside the Nicaraguan consulate in Miami by a group of Ortegistas, or sympathizers of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. According to the Miami newspaper La Estrella de Nicaragua (The Star of Nicaragua), consulate employees were the culprits. One of the “protesters” threatened Lupiac over a megaphone: “Georgina Lupiac, remember that your children are in Nicaragua under the control of the Sandinista Front.” According to La Estrella, Ortegistas in Nicaragua not only threatened to kill Lupiac but also torched her house, prompting her to seek political refuge in the USA.
In a related story the Costa Rican media, citing Miskito Indian Chief Steadman Fagoth, contends that the US government is conspiring with Nicaragua’s opposition parties to foment indigenous separatism in the country’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region. On a recent visit to Puerto Cabezas Fagoth allegedly witnessed US Department of State officials and US ambassador to Nicaragua Robert Callahan holding talks with leaders of the Liberal Constitutionalist Party and Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance. The putative subject under discussion was the destabilization of the neo-Sandinista regime.
This is not the first time that Ortega has raised the specter of “US meddling” in his country’s internal affairs. Ideological comrade Hugo Chavez rants about the same thing as he consolidates yet another red regime in America’s backyard. On May 14 the Kremlin media reported that the Chavezista regime plans to nationalize a major private bank, Banco de Venezuela, a subsidiary of Spanish banking group Santander. President Chavez unveiled the scheme in July 2008. Banco de Venezuela is one of the country’s four largest banking institutions, with assets estimated at US$1.2-1.9 billion. Last year’s post-summer slump in global oil prices, which dented the coffers of Chavez and his communist cronies, put the deal on hold.
Venezuela’s finance minister is scheduled to meet with bank representatives to finalize the deal by May 22. Chavez crowed: “This financial institution will be transferred to public ownership for all Venezuelans to strengthen the Venezuelan nation and stimulate economic development.” The bank’s takeover price has not been disclosed. In 1996 Santander acquired Banco de Venezuela for US$351.5 million through a public tender.
Since 1999 the Chavezista regime, which as we have copiously documented is closely aligned with Moscow, Beijing, and Havana, has embarked on a nationalization campaign, targeting large domestic companies in strategic economic sectors, including steel, cement, petroleum, and telecommunications, as well as seizing 2.3 million hectares of agricultural land.
In order to neutralize criticism of Venezuela’s submission to communism, Nicolas Maduro, president of Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), has launched a salvo of accusations against the country’s last opposition-run television station. According to The Telegraph, Maduro accused 24-hour news channel Globovision of “media terrorism,” labeled the station and its director, Alberto Ravell, as “violators of the constitution and of the rights of Venezuelans,” as well as being “anti-democratic, failed and fascist.” The last comment about “fascism” is standard communist rhetoric. Pictured above, Ravell denies all allegations and retorted that the criminal probe into Globovision was “laughable intimidation.” Following the verbal assault on Globovision, Maria Corina Machado, director of an anti-Chavez organization called Sumate, predicted: “This is a mechanism to silence voices that have great credibility within and outside the country.”
In 2007 Chavez and his revolutionary buddies refused to renew the radio broadcast license of another opposition-run media network, RCTV, provoking outrage from journalists around the world. The fact that many of those very journalists are leftists, although not necessarily reds, exposes the truly dangerous character of Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution.” RCTV continues to transmit TV programming via satellite and cable.
Last week, reports the Financial Times, Chavez sent troops to seize the operations of 60 foreign-owned oil service companies, in a bid to counter the adverse effects of the slide in crude futures. “We have started to nationalize all these activities connected to oil exploitation,” Comrade Chavez was quoted by The Telegraph as saying, adding: “This is a revolutionary offensive.” Under a new law passed by the National Assembly, which is dominated by the PSUV, the Communist Party of Venezuela, and allied leftist groupings, “all funding will pass through a central account managed by the government.”
Meanwhile, the same link reports, Chavez’s leading political rival, Manuel Rosales, who challenged him for the presidency in 2006 and was then charged with corruption, has fled to Peru where he received asylum. Rosales’ presence in Peru will no doubt sour relations between Caracas and Lima. Peru’s pro-USA president Alan Garcia is a social democrat like his “guest” Rosales, but faces a resurgent Sendoro Luminoso guerrilla insurgency. The Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path possesses subterranean links to Latin America’s many-tentacled Red Axis, embodied in the highly subversive but little-known Bolivarian Continental Coordination and the somewhat more well-known Sao Paulo Forum. In reality, most denizens of the shopping mall regime have probably heard of neither organization.
In view of US President Barack Hussein Obama’s friendly handshaking session with Chavez at the Summit of the Americas, we fully expect Washington to turn a blind eye to Latin America’s “Red Spread” and the Soviets’ revitalized interest in the region. The governments of Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Panama–the voters of which recently and wisely rejected the Chavez-backed presidential candidate–are the only ones south of the Rio Grande River that may be described as having a “non-adversarial” relationship with the USA. However, Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s comments at Port of Spain, in which he denounced the US embargo against Cuba, and Colombia’s interest in purchasing Russian military hardware would appear to diminish the number of truly “US-friendly” regimes in the region still further. For all of its media image blunders in Iraq and Afghanistan, at least the Bush Administration took a dim view of the communist dictatorships in Havana and Caracas.
>USSR2 File: Soviet leadership flaunts missile power in Victory Day parade, warns of resurgent "fascism" in thinly veiled, verbal attack against NATO
May 10, 2009Posted by on
>Today, for the second year in a row after an 18-year hiatus, tanks and missiles rumbled across Red Square during Russia’s Victory Day celebration. On this day Russians commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Allied Powers, then including the Soviet Union. The AFP news agency reports that:
Thousands of soldiers marched past [President Dmitry] Medvedev and [Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin, before dozens of heavy tanks, including the main T-90 battle tank and the Sprut self-propelled anti-tank gun, thundered through Red Square to the sound of martial music. There was a rare public showing for some of Russia’s best known missile systems, including the S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missiles, the short range Iskander-M and the medium-range Buk.
The road-mobile Topol ICBM is pictured above. The USA has no equivalent launch platform. On April 28 Russia Today quoted Ruslan Pukhov of Moscow’s Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies as saying: “Russia and China are the only ones who can take the challenge of the U.S. in the military field; others are unable to do it technically.”
“We are sure that any aggression against our citizens will be given a worthy reply,” Medvedev, flanked by his mentor Putin, addressed Muscovites. Betraying his training in the Soviet Komsomol and taking a swipe at NATO “expansionism” in Georgia and elsewhere in the “post”-Soviet sphere, he added: “The victory over fascism is a great example and a great lesson for all peoples and is still current today when people are again starting military adventures. Protecting the motherland is our holy duty, it is a moral foundation for all generations. The future of Russia will be peaceful, happy and successful.”
During the parade, Russia’s defense minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, brimmed with neo-Soviet patriotism. “Greetings comrades!” he barked at the assembled soldiers, standing in an open-top ZiL limousine, “I congratulate you on the 64th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.” “Hurrah!” the soldiers returned. Hurrah, indeed. Although Lenin’s ghoulish crypt was largely obscured by festive decorations, it is apparent that the founder of the Soviet Union still lives in the hearts of “new/old” Russia’s ruling cabal.
>Latin America File: Nicaragua to buy Russian planes, choppers to upgrade Soviet-era fleet, Sandinista-controlled army denies "irregular forces" claim
May 9, 2009Posted by on
>Since his re-installation as president in January 2007, Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega has reverted to his “old ways,” by reconsolidating Soviet-era political-military-economic linkages with Russia, aggressively moving against the country’s political opposition, cozying up to the region’s other communist and leftist states like Cuba and Venezuela, and harboring fugitives from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and exiled political figures, like Thailand’s left-populist former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Pictured above: Ortega speaks with fellow leftist US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on April 19, 2009. US President Barack Hussein Obama, whose attention above is drawn elsewhere, met with Central American leaders on the summit sidelines.
Yesterday, Novosti published the specific military hardware that Managua intends to buy from Moscow. “We are holding talks with Russia on the purchase of 4 to 8 helicopters and two aircraft for Nicaragua’s Armed Forces,” revealed General Omar Halleslevens, chief of the Nicaraguan National Army (NNA) and a veteran Sandinista. Halleslevens did not identify the type of the aircraft, but smoothed over the planned transaction by saying: “They will be used in the fight against drug-trafficking in the country and will not undermine the military balance in Central America.” This is a disengenuous statement since Managua appears to be purposely overlooking the state of anarchy that prevails in the Caribbean port of Bluefields, an important transit point for northbound FARC cocaine.
According to open sources, the Nicaraguan air force still operates several Soviet-made M-8 Hip military transport helicopters, at least five Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters, which were used to pulverize Contra positions during the 1980s civil war, and two An-26 Curl military transport planes. Last November, in a post-Cold War “first,” a Russian missile destroyer briefly weighed anchor at Bluefields, to discharge “humanitarian assistance” to the hurricane-wracked country. The political opposition in Managua reacted vehemently to the presence of the Russian Navy near its shores, going so far as to demand that the Nicaraguan armed forces repel the “invaders.”
Undaunted, the next month President Ortega made his first post-Cold War pilgrimage to Moscow since 1985, or 1987, depending on which source is consulted. Last month we also reported that the Nicaraguan military recently dispatched a small contingent of cadets to Russia for military, academic, and languge training.
Meanwhile, the NNA is denying “the existence of armed groups organized for political ends” (death squads?) operating in northern Nicaragua, near or along the Honduran border. General Adolfo Zepeda, head of the NNA public relations department, refuted claims to this effect by Episcopal Conference Vice President Bishop Abelardo Mata. This was the second time that Mata issued such claims about “irregular forces,” only to be “shot down,” so to speak, by the military’s PR man. In 2005, two years prior to Ortega’s re-admission to the executive office, Honduran officials charged that FARC was carrying out sales of drugs for weapons in Nicaragua. At the time Edwin Cordero, director of the Nicaraguan National Police, denied the claims.
Last November we published a report from the Nicaraguan media that Russian special forces are lurking about the country’s sparsely settled northeast sector. The country’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region is the location of a thus far non-violent secessionist movement by Moskito Indians.