>Latin America File: FARC, Venezuelan troops jointly patrol border areas; Mexican army fails to crush Juarez cartel, business leaders demand UN troops

>– Caracas Seizes Anti-Communist Paramilitary, Chavez’s Interior Minister Alleges “The Pearl” Liaison with Colombia’s Intelligence Agency

– Fidel Castro Rails against US-Colombian Pact, Alleges Washington Will Enlist Colombian Troops to Fight against Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas

– President Martinelli Opposes Regional Integration, Tries to Withdraw Panama from Central American Parliament, Nicaragua’s Ortega Says “No”

– Mexico as Failed State: Drug-Related Murders in Embattled Ciudad Juarez Top 4,000 since December 2006; President Calderon Dispatches “Red Beret” Paratroopers to Border City

Pictured above: An investigator walks past a bullet-ridden police truck in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on November 19. Authorities in the Mexican border city say four Chihuahua state police officers were recently killed and two others injured in two separate attacks carried out by the country’s drug cartels.

In a not unsurprising development, Columbia’s ombudsman reports that the Venezuelan military and guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are jointly patrolling border areas. “Most seriously, apparently staff of the Venezuelan armed forces has been driving to Colombian territory and appearing in several villages of Herán township, together with members of the Colombian guerrilla,” stated the ombudsman’s report. During the joint Venezuelan-FARC patrols border region residents have been coerced into attending “indoctrination sessions,” where they are told “that protection will be provided to them and control will be exerted over said territory.” As a result, over the “last couple of months,” more than 7,000 Colombian citizens living in Venezuela have fled back to their homeland.

The turmoil in South America’s Caribbean region continued last Thursday with the arrest of a Colombian “paramilitary chief” by Venezuelan police. Wanted by Interpol and accused by the Venezuelan Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami of holding membership in the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), Magaly Janeth Moreno Vega was captured in Maracaibo. “She is nicknamed… ‘The Pearl’ within the AUC and handles extremely important information,” El Aissami announced, adding: “Moreno Vega was in charge of relations between the AUC and Colombian security forces, that is, the DAS, army and police.”

The DAS refers to Colombia’s intelligence agency, Department of Administrative Security. The world’s leftist press has long alleged that the AUC is waging a “dirty war” on behalf of the Colombian government against the FARC and the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN).

Along this theme, President Hugo Chavez’s lackey accused Moreno Vega of being a “confidante” of former Colombian attorney general Luis Camilo Osorio Isaza, Bogota’s current ambassador to Mexico City. El Aissami asserted that Moreno Vega’s presence on Venezuelan soil was evidence of Colombia’s “aggression” against Venezuela. Ranting on state-owned VTV, El Aissami denounced the Colombian president for “institutional and moral decay” that allegedly linked Alvaro Uribe’s government to paramilitary groups that “attack our people, and threaten peace and order.”

For his part, DAS chief Felipe Muñoz refuted charges emanating from Caracas that Bogota has dispatched spies to its eastern neighbor. In an interview with the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Muñoz related that Julio Tocora is the only DAS official who is being held in Venezuela and wrongfully at that. “After 46 days of having been brought to court where he was charged with spying, we do not know of any evidence,” Muñoz explained.

The Chavezista regime’s semi-overt support for the FARC is not the only source of tension between Caracas and Bogota. In a related story, the new US-Colombian military pact is fostering more solidarity than ever among the region’s Red Axis leaders. The “founding father” of Communist Cuba, Fidel Castro, also expressed his contempt for the Washington-Bogota alliance in the November 9 installment of his “Reflections,” posted regularly at Granma, the website of the Communist Party of Cuba. Comrade Fidel insists that the “Complementation Agreement for Defense and Security Cooperation and Technical Assistance between the Governments of Colombia and the United States,” signed in October, “amounts to the annexation of Colombia to the United States.”

After picking through the document with a fine-tooth comb, veteran KGB asset Fidel asserts that the USA intends to enlist Colombian soldiers “to fight against their brothers in Venezuela, Ecuador, and other Bolivarian and ALBA countries in order to crush the Venezuelan Revolution, as they tried to do with the Cuban Revolution in April 1961.” This candid admission from the Western Hemisphere’s most notorious communist exposes the clear ideological linkage between the Cuban Revolution and Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution.” Comrade Fidel continues: “Today, their war machinery and troops will be in Colombia, not only posing a threat to Venezuela but to all the states of Central and South America.”

Comrade Fidel weeps crocodile tears for the Colombians as he laments:

A simple reading of the document demonstrates not only that Colombian airbases will be in the hands of the yankis, but also civilian airports and ultimately, any facility that could be useful to their armed forces. Radio space is also available to that country; a nation that conveys another culture and other interests that have nothing to do with the Colombian population. The U.S. Armed Forces will enjoy exceptional prerogatives.

The elder Castro Bro. then anticipates more US-sponsored coups in the region as a result of the new Washington-Bogota link-up:

The Agreement, to be extended for successive periods of 10 years, cannot be modified until the end of each period, with a one-year period of notice. What will the United States do if a government such as that of Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr. or Bush Jr. and others like them, is asked to leave Colombia? The yankis have succeeded in ousting dozens of governments in our hemisphere. How long would a government last in Colombia if it announced such intentions?

As usual, the Western Hemisphere’s most notorious commie thug has overblown the threat of “US imperialism” to the region’s red and pink regimes. It is more probable that the socialist administration in the Obama White House recognizes Latin America’s predominantly center-left-communist governments as kissin’ cousins.

Meanwhile, Central America’s lone-wolf center-right president, Ricardo Martinelli, appears to be living up to his pre-election image as a foe of regional integration, which is a communist project through and through. On Monday Panama’s president personally telephoned his counterparts in Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Costa Rica to solicit their support for his country’s withdrawal from the Central American Parliament (Parlacen). The presidents of the other countries are Alvaro Colom, Daniel Ortega, Mauricio Funes, and Oscar Arias, respectively. Colom and Arias may be described as center-left in political orientation; Ortega, of course, is a communist; while Funes is a center-left frontman for El Salvador’s new ruling party, the Marxist-controlled Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front.

“The Presidents of Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador told Martinelli that they do not support him on leaving the Parlacen,” Jacinto Suarez, Parlacen president, informed Managua’s Channel 12 television news. Arias currently holds the rotating presidency of the Central American Integration System, which includes Parlacen. Suarez continued disapprovingly: “Martinelli now wants the Legislative Assembly of his country to break the Constitutive Treaty with the Parlacen, and he is going to use that as a political shield, saying that he cannot violate the decision of the Panamanian legislative organizations.”

Established in 1991, Parlacen has six members, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and, oddly, the Dominican Republic which, of course, is a Caribbean island state. Extricating Panama from Parlacen was one of Martinelli’s election campaign promises. In October the US-educated Martinelli negotiated the establishment of two US counter-narcotics bases in his country, permitting the US military to return to Panama for the first time in 10 years.

Finally, in a troubling development that reveals the Mexican army’s inability to quell Ciudad Juarez’s out-of-control drug cartel, business groups in the city, which borders El Paso, Texas, are demanding the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers along the US border. Earlier this year President Felipe Calderon dispatched 5,000 troops to the border city to crush the Juarez Cartel, a move that brought temporary respite to a city that witnesses seven drug-related murders per day and nearly 4,000 homicides between December 2006 and October 2009. However, the killings, extortions, and kidnappings continue. On November 12 the Associated Press reported that associations representing the city’s assembly plants, retailers and other businesses will submit a request to Mexico City and the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to “ask the UN to send help.”

“This is a proposal … for international forces to come here to help out the domestic [security] forces,” explained Daniel Murguia, president of the Ciudad Juarez chapter of the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism. He added: “There is a lot of extortions and robberies of businesses. Many businesses are closing. We have seen the U.N. peacekeepers enter other countries that have a lot fewer problems than we have.”

Soledad Maynez, president of the Ciudad Juarez Association of Maquiladoras, opined that the joint police-army operation to stop the criminal insurgency has yielded no results. “What we are asking for with the blue helmets [UN peacekeepers],” he said, “is that we know they are the army of peace, so we could use not only the strategies they have developed in other countries … but they also have technology. We know that sooner or later, the violence will spill over into our sister city of El Paso, Texas,”

In a desperate move to save his country and his own career, Mexican President Felipe Calderon has heeded a request from Ciudad Juarez’ mayor for more firepower to counter the city’s drug cartel. This week, therefore, the Mexican government dispatched the Red Beret paratroopers to support military units and police that are already battling heavily armed drug operatives. “No one is safe in Juarez,” stated an anonymous Mexican who was interviewed for the November 23 edition of the US Border Fire Report. The source added: “We cannot walk the streets in our city anymore due to fear of being shot. This is very unsafe city.”

Unofficial estimates, the same news site continues, suggest that around 6,000 regular Mexican army troops are patrolling Ciudad Juarez. The Mexican government also recently rushed 1,000 solders to Michoacán, Calderon’s home town. There local police informed the US Border Fire Report that 1,000 was not enough and that, moreover, the additional 5,500 promised will still not be enough. “We are very much outnumbered and outgunned,” complained an active Mexican solder. The Michoacán deployment includes US-built helicopter gunships, night-vision head gear and weapons, and other sophisticated combat equipment. It also, apparently, entails the transfer of troops from assignments in Ciudad Juarez.

A high-ranking Mexican military officer told the US Border Fire Report that he believes that the elite Red Berets is “dangerously undermanned” and that the regular Mexican forces are “woefully incompetent for the task at hand.” The same officer, who requested anonymity, recommended that Mexican troops need special training from US Special Forces to eradicate the drug cartels. He also predicted that transferring troops from Ciudad Juarez to Michoacán was “not a good strategy” and would only result in “even more violence” in Mexico’s most dangerous city. The Mexican military officer continues:

We are suffering from not having enough boots on the ground and by taking troops from one area to another will not work, just as it did not work for the U.S. in the Middle East. What the Mexican army must learn to do is have enough trained solders to not only take a town or real-estate but then be able to keep it by leaving enough troops in place to accomplish that end.

Jose Rosa, a resident of Ciudad Juarez, was quoted as asking: “Why is President Caldron taking troops from Juarez, a main city on the border with the U.S., a big city that is very dangerous and totally out of control? Is it because Michoacán is his home town?”

According to the US Border Fire Report, Calderón has rebuffed the request from Ciudad Juarez’s business leaders to invite UN peacekeepers into the region. That may be so, but we rather suspect that the architects and accomplices of the Soviet narco-subversion plan against the West have already congratulated themselves for the creation of a failed state south of the Rio Grande. No doubt, too, President Barack Hussein Obama—an open socialist, unapologetic advocate of US disarmament, and alleged Soviet mole—would have no objection to the stationing of blue-helmeted soldiers south—or north—of the US-Mexican border.

After all, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will soothe, the US military is “just too busy” with Afghanistan and Iraq, and will soon be “tied down” in the FARC-controlled jungles of Colombia. So, instead of sending US troops to patrol the USA’s chaotic southern border, a “novel idea” that even the Bush Administration resisted, we’ll just rely on our “friends” at the UN. So the Obama White House will reason. Meanwhile, Moscow will continue to stealthily assemble a communist military coalition that includes Red China, old Latin American allies like Cuba and Nicaragua, and new Latin American allies like Venezuela. Over to our next Red Dawn Alert . . .

>Latin America File: Sandinistas, opposition hold counter-demos, 1 killed; Chavez backs "ex"-Marxist guerrilla as Brazil’s next president

>On Saturday, according to Voice of America, at least 40,000 anti-government demonstrators rallied in one district of Managua, denouncing President Daniel Ortega’s perceived attempt to set up another dictatorship, like the one over which he presided in the 1980s. In another part of the capital, according to Managua’s La Primerísima Radio, 350,000 cadres and supporters of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) held a separate rally to express their devotion to Ortega.

Nicaraguan police beefed up security, but there were no reports of clashes between the two groups in the national capital. However, in the northern city of Ciudad Dario Sandinista supporter Rafael Anibal Luna Ruiz, a 42-year-old mechanic, died from wounds suffered when he was hit with stones thrown supporters of the main opposition Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC). This weekend’s solitary political death in Nicaragua follows at least one week of intense unrest.

Last Tuesday hundreds of Sandinista Youth lobbed homemade bombs at the Nicaraguan Congress building to protest the opposition’s plan to cut university funding. The explosives shattered some windows and skylights, showering shards of glass upon the heads of legislators, but injuring no one. PLC lawmaker Francisco Aguirre warned: “If the mortars had been used in a street demonstration, they certainly could kill a person.” Meanwhile, other masked “students” blocked streets in downtown Managua, firing mortars and stopping cars to demand that motorists produce identification. Police, according to Nicaragua’s Channel 10 TV news, were nowhere to be seen.

National Assembly Secretary Wilfredo Navarro told The Nica Times: “Luckily the big pieces of glass fell where there weren’t any people, because it could have killed someone. Each day these mortars are getting stronger and stronger with a longer range – and we all know it’s the Sandinistas who are sponsoring this.” Despite being classified as a weapon under Nicaraguan law, the use of mortars, according to the Sandinistas, is a “popular form of expression.” The Nicaraguan National Police, the Costa Rican news source linked above reports, have yet to confiscate any weapons or arrest anyone for firing the mortars in more than a year of nearly continuous Sandinista protests. “The Sandinistas are trying to create chaos and crisis,” decried Navarro, adding: “This is all part of their strategy to scare people so they won’t take to the streets during the protest march on Nov. 21.”

Since November 2008, when the FSLN fraudulently stole most of the country’s mayoral posts in hotly contested elections, Nicaragua has experienced some of its worse political violence since the Sandinista-Contra civil war. In response, the USA and European Union suspended financial aid to the impoverished Central American country, which now relies heavily on under-the-table handouts from Venezuela’s cash-flush red dictator Hugo Chavez. Last month a Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for Ortega to seek re-election in 2011 fanned the flames of political unrest in Nicaragua even more.

Last week Sandinista union leader Gustavo Porras cynically affirmed: “Everybody has the right to demonstrate, as long as it is clear that the opposition’s will be a march of thieves and corrupt people.” Speaking to the AFP news agency, Pro-Nicaragua Movement official Violeta Granera retorted:

Porras’ provocative comments are meant to intimidate anti-government demonstrators. Bus and truck drivers have been warned not to ferry people to the protest march. The government thinks it not only owns the streets but the whole country. We’re going to march, which will be orderly and peaceful. We won’t allow ourselves to fall into violence because we’re not only after ending the dictatorship and rescue democracy, but also breaking the vicious circle of violence.

Brazilian Communists Move Ahead with Second Stage of Revolution as Chavez Backs Lula’s Anointed Successor for President

Pictured here: Chavez and Rousseff looking as though they’re ready to smooch. Place and time of photo unknown.

Meanwhile, South America’s red tyrant is openly backing Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s anointed successor as head of the ruling Workers’ Party, former Marxist guerrilla, professional economist, and presently Lula’s chief of staff, 62-year-old Dilma Rousseff. At the fifth annual International Book Fair in Caracas, Chavez was quoted as saying: “It’s good for us to say this name, repeat it, and promote here Brazilian Minister Dilma Rousseff as the new president of Brazil. Dilma, Dilma, Dilma. We will get to know her. She was a prisoner of the rightwing dictatorship and tortured. She was a member of the revolutionary left wing in the sixties.” Rousseff’s main rival for the 2010 general elections is São Paulo governor José Serra of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party. According to a recent poll by the Sensus Institute, Dilma has the preference of 24% of Brazilian voters against 40% for Serra.

Rousseff’s pedigree and political career, as Chavez himself acknowledged, are solidly communist in their orientation, perhaps more so even than her boss, President Lula, a former labor union president. Born to an upper middle class household in 1947, Dilma’s father was Bulgarian Brazilian lawyer Pétar Russév, or Pedro Rousseff. Pétar/Pedro was an active member of the Bulgarian Communist Party after the First World War, but fled from Bulgaria in 1929 due to political persecution. Until the end of the Second World War he lived in France and, then, after the war arrived in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where he became an entrepreneur.

In 1965 Pedro’s daughter Dilma, then 18 years old, entered Central State High School, a co-educational public school where students agitated against the new military-backed government. Radicalized during her stint at this institution, in 1967 Dilma joined the Worker’s Politics (POLOP), an organization founded in 1961 as a faction of the Brazilian Socialist Party. Dilma was then recruited into an offshoot of POLOP that advocated armed insurrection, National Liberation Command (COLINA). Apolo Heringer commanded COLINA at this time and previously taught Marxism to Dilma in high school. During this period Dilma also met her future first husband, ex-soldier Cláudio Galeno Linhares, five years her senior, who also supported the armed struggle. Dilma and Cláudio married in 1968.

Dilma did not reportedly participate in any of the armed efforts of COLINA but, rather, was known for her public activities as a teacher of Marxism to labour union members and editor of the newspaper The Piquet. Nevertheless, she learned how to handle weapons and confront police.

In 1969 Charles Franklin Paixão de Araujo, a lawyer and cadre of the Brazilian Communist Party (PCB), broached the idea of merging his faction of the PCB with COLINA and the Popular Revolutionary Vanguard. Dilma, who developed a crush on Araujo, attended some of the meetings that led to the merger of these three terrorist groups as the Revolutionary Armed Vanguard Palmares (VAR Palmares). Araujo became one of the six leaders of VAR Palmares, which claimed to be a “political-military organization of Marxist-Leninist partisan orientation, which aims to fulfill the tasks of the revolutionary war and the establishment of the working class party, in order to seize power and build socialism.”

However, Maurício Lopes Lima, a former agent of Brazilian military intelligence, alleges that Dilma herself was the main leader of VAR Palmares. According to Lima, he received reports defining her as “one of the brains” behind the terrorist organization. Police commissioner Newton Fernandes, who investigated the VAR Palmares cell in São Paulo, asserted that Dilma was “one of the head masters of the revolutionary schemes.” The attorney who prosecuted the organization labeled her as the “Joan of Arc of subversion,” alleging that she “led strikes and advised bank robberies.”

The Brazilian Army captured Dilma in 1970 after VAR Palmares carried out one of its most daring feats, the theft of a safe containing US$2.5 million and belonging to the former governor of São Paulo, Ademar de Barros. Dilma alleges that she was repeatedly tortured while imprisoned until 1973. In 1977 she graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul with a degree in economics. Her academic credentials are the subject of controversy since her official biography lists master’s and doctoral degrees she never earned. In the late 1970s Dilma remarried, this time to fellow militant Araujo, and settled in Rio Grande do Sul, where they had a daughter. Dilma later divorced Araujo too.

In December 2006 the Special Commission for Reparation of the Human Rights Office of the State of Rio de Janeiro approved Dilma’s request for indemnification, or immunity from prosecution. This is a telling development that suggests that formal charges of insurrection applied against her by the Brazilian government in the 1970s may be true.

In 1981 Rousseff left her guerrilla past to take part in the restructuring of the Brazilian Labour Party. This entity was founded by social democratic President João Goulart, who was overthrown in 1964 by the military government that she and her comrades opposed. Following a merger with another party, the Brazilian Labour Party was rebranded as the Democratic Labour Party (PDT).

The PDT won the 1990 gubernatorial election in Rio Grande do Sul. Rousseff was appointed Secretary of Energy by Governor Alceu Collares. She remained in that post until Collares’ term ended in 1995. In 1998 Olívio Dutra, gubernatorial candidate from the Workers’ Party, won the state election with the support of the PDT. Rousseff was once again appointed head of the Energy Bureau. In 1999 the head of the PDT left the state government and demanded the same from its members. Accordingly, Rousseff left the party and joined Lula da Silva’s Workers’ Party to remain serving as the Secretary of Energy.

In January 2003 President Lula da Silva appointed Rousseff as Energy Minister. In June 2005 Dilma became chief of Lula’s presidential staff. As a former Energy Minister, Rousseff is also chairwoman of the board of directors of state oil company Petrobras. If the Brazilian electorate decides to hand the Workers’ Party and its allies in the Communist Party of Brazil another mandate next year, then a “former” Marxist guerrilla will be that country’s next chief executive.

In a not-too-surprising move, Brazil’s current president, whose embassy in Tegucigalpa has harbored deposed counterpart Manuel Zelaya since September 21, has joined Argentine President Cristina Kirchner in rejecting the results of the Honduran general election slated for November 29. Following a meeting of the two center-left presidents in Brasilia, Lula da Silva declared: “We demand the immediate restitution of president Manuel Zelaya. On the contrary, the elections to be held on Nov. 29 will not be recognized and a very dangerous precedent will be set. This is the common position of all Latin American and Caribbean countries.”

Actually, Lula da Silva’s characterization of Latin American unity with respect to ending the Honduran crisis is not quite true. The government of Colombia has affirmed the legitimacy of Roberto Micheletti’s presidency by ordering its ambassador back to Tegucigalpa earlier this month.

Ecuador and Colombia Restore Low-Level Diplomatic Relations as Correa’s Air Force Test-Flies Fighter Jets Donated by Venezuela

Finally, even as Venezuela and Colombia teeter on the verge of war, Venezuela’s close ally in the regional Red Axis, Ecuador, has committed itself to restoring diplomatic relations with Bogota. These were severed after the March 2008 Andean Crisis, which also brought the three countries to the brink of a hot war after Colombian troops stormed a Marxist guerrilla jungle camp in Ecuador. Bogota and Quito will exchange low-level representatives and reactivate a bilateral committee that oversees border security but which was shut down four months before the raid.

Coincidentally, Ecuador currently holds the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations, which includes the South American Defense Council. The latter, as we previously reported, will hold an emergency session in Quito this Friday to try to resolve the dispute between Caracas and Bogota over the planned deployment of US counter-narcotics troops across seven Colombian military bases.

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa’s commitment to normalizing relations with Bogota is suspect, however, in view of the six Mirage-50 fighter jets that he has accepted from Chavez. Venezuelan Air Force pilots flew three of these French-built supersonic combat aircraft to Ecuador via Panamanian airspace in October. The Ecuadorean Air Force expects that these aircraft will enter service by January 2010. In December Venezuelan military pilots will fly three more such aircraft to Ecuador. With these additions to his military, Correa, a slavish devotee of Chavez, could conceivably open a southern front should Venezuelan and Colombian forces come to blows. On November 23 Correa inaugurated two new military outposts on the Ecuadorean-Colombian border.

>WW4 File: Venezuelan troops blow up two pedestrian bridges linking country to Colombia; Bogota sends mobile brigade, two battalions to border

>Chavez Awaiting Arrival of 300 Russian-Built Armored Vehicles and Main Battle Tanks as Venezuelan, Colombian Troops Converge on Border

– Venezuela’s Communist Dictator Urges Ruling Party Cadres to Organize “Combat Groups”

– South American Defense Council to Meet in Quito on November 27, Tackle Colombian-Venezuelan Dispute, Infiltration of Peruvian Air Force by Chilean Agents

In a move that could portend a larger Venezuelan military operation in the days and weeks ahead, “Colombia’s government said on Thursday Venezuelan soldiers blew up two small pedestrian bridges that stretch across their border in the latest incident to test diplomatic ties between the Andean neighbors.” Reuters continues:

Colombian Defense Minister Gabriel Silva told reporters that uniformed men apparently from the Venezuelan army blew up the bridges with explosives in what he described as a violation of international law. “Uniformed men, apparently from the Venezuelan army, arrived in trucks on the Venezuelan side at two pedestrian bridges that link communities on both sides … and then proceeded to dynamite them,” Silva said.

On November 6 Venezuela’s communist dictator reportedly dispatched 15,000 troops to the Colombian border. President Hugo Chavez asserts that the 800 US counter-narcotics soldiers to be deployed on Colombian military bases constitute a threat to Venezuela’s sovereignty. As of November 22, reports the AP news agency, the Chavezista regime is awaiting delivery of more than 300 Russian-built armored vehicles and T-72 main battle tanks, along with radar and air defense systems. The former will no doubt be hurled against Colombia’s tank-less army. During a late-night Saturday speech, Chavez urged all members of his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) to enlist in an ongoing effort to organize “combat groups.”

Pictured above: At a previous rally sponsored by the ruling PSUV party on November 13, Chavez addresses supporters in front of a sign that reads in Spanish “Against the Yankee bases” and “For peace and sovereignty.” On the same day four soldiers from Venezuela’s National Guard were captured on Colombian territory but later repatriated in a bid to ease tensions between the South American neighbors.

Colombia’s Defense Minister Gabriel Silva responded to the dynamiting of the bridges by saying: “President Alvaro Uribe and the military forces of Colombia are intent on remaining calm because they know there are provocative forces on the border that must be avoided at all cost. But this does not mean that we are not prepared or are not on maximum alert to prevent any aggression against Colombia, against Colombians or against our territory. The destruction of the bridges was an aggression against the civilian population.” On November 20 a news flash from El Tiempo reported that “Bogota sent a mobile brigade and two battalions to the border with Venezuela amid rising tensions with Caracas.”

In a late-breaking story from November 23, MercoPress reports that the South American Defense Council will meet in Quito this coming Friday. Among the issues to be tackled are the planned presence of US troops in Colombia, the hostile relations between Venezuela and Colombia, and the infiltration of Chilean espionage agents in the Peruvian Air Force. The last is an intriguing development since an East German-educated socialist, Michelle Bachelet, holds the Chilean presidency, while Peru’s President Alan Garcia is pro-Washington. This past July Chavez’s subversive hand was discerned behind a national strike of Peruvian rain forest Indians.

>USSR2 File: Putin advocates restoration of Soviet Union in cryptic comments at Primakov birthday bash, CPRF Chairman Zyuganov attends

>Several weeks ago, on the occasion of the 80th birthday celebration of veteran Soviet strategist and former KGB/SVR chief, Yevgeny Primakov, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made some cryptic remarks concerning the “reunification” of Georgia, apparently meaning the entire former Soviet republic with the Russian Federation. The celebration took place at the Center of International Trade in Moscow. Among those in attendance were Vice Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov and Communist Party of the Russian Federation Chairman Gennady Zyuganov.

During this first toast, Putin said: “The history of Russia is complicated and at times bloody. But in it there are its Primakovs, and therefore these blood lettings end and sometimes do not even begin.”

Primakov responded by saying: “I will always be devoted to Mr. Putin because he saved Russia.”

Putin made his second toast: “I very well understand that everything said will go beyond the walls of this hall. I am counting on exactly that. The question of the reunification of Georgia had been decided. And that there are no questions which we cannot resolve. Primakov is involved with this question.”

A few of the Primakov well-wishers concluded that what Putin had committed himself to was “the restoration in a new form of the entity that was once called the Soviet Union.”

“At the very least,” editorializes Georgian Daily, “it suggests that Putin’s understanding of Russia’s sphere of influence includes not just Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Moscow has already recognized as independent, but also the remainder of Georgia and the remainder of the former Soviet space.”

Putin’s remarks are not surprising. In 2005 Putin, then president, lamented, “First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century. As for the Russian people, it became a genuine tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found themselves beyond the fringes of Russian territory. The epidemic of collapse has spilled over to Russia itself.”

In 2003 ardent Stalinist Oleg Shenin, who masterminded the farcical anti-Gorbachevist coup and who died in May of this year, confided: “The plans for the resurrection of the USSR are well known to Putin and the present regime and are outlined in the documents of the UCP-CPSU and Communist Party of the Union [of Russia and Belarus].” The year before, in an interview with communist organ Pravda, Shenin boasted: “History does not know any alternative for capitalism except for socialism. We do not have any other way out, but to struggle for the restoration of Soviet power, socialism, and the USSR under the guidance of the single Communist Party.”

Will the hammer and sickle once again flutter above the Kremlin? If KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn was correct in his analysis of the Soviet strategic deception in books like New Lies for Old (1984) and The Perestroika Deception (1995), then this was the plan all along.

>WW4 File: Poland, Lithuania urge Ukraine to join tri-national military pact; Medvedev: Financial crisis will not affect arms procurements

>In a move that will no doubt further antagonize the Kremlin, the “former” communist state of Poland and the “former” Soviet republic of Lithuania are advocating the inclusion of Ukraine, another “former” Soviet republic, in a tri-national peacekeeping brigade to operate under the command of the United Nations, the European Union, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both Poland and Lithuania are NATO members, while the alliance has promised to admit at some point Ukraine and Georgia. The latter is yet another “former” Soviet republic under Russian occupation, by way of breakaway regions Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“This reflects our support for Ukraine. We want to tie Ukraine closer to Western structures, including military ones,” Poland’s Deputy Defense Minister Stanislaw Komorowski told reporters in Brussels, after signing a letter of intent on Tuesday. “This is also proof that Ukraine is taking seriously its desire for closer cooperation with members of the EU and NATO,” he added.

In issuing this statement Komorowski was probably casting a nervous glance over his shoulder at September’s Russian-Belarusian war game Zapad 2009, which was later exposed by the Polish media as a rehearsal for a nuclear attack against his country. On Wednesday, though, Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin downplayed the geopolitical significance of Zapad 2009: “Our NATO colleagues should agree with confidence-building measures in the close-to-border military activities proposed by Russia, rather than attempt to think up a new problem in our relations.” In other words, nothing to see here, comrades. Russia is your friend.

Pictured above: Ukraine’s first deputy minister of defence Valerii Ivashcenko speaks during the seventh Informal High-Level NATO-Ukraine Consultations at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on November 16. In attendance were NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and defense ministers and other senior officials from Ukraine and NATO countries.

This announcement by Poland and Lithuania, both of which are EU members, comes two days before an EU summit with Russia, the primary purpose of which is to increase cooperation with Moscow. It also comes ahead of a December visit to Moscow by NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who has made improving ties with Russia a top priority since taking over the alliance in August. For the most part, NATO officialdom is effusive in its praise of the Polish-Lithuanian proposal. “There is absolutely no reason why cooperation between individual allies and Ukraine should not be stepped up. If extra capability was made available for NATO operations that can only be welcome by the alliance,” James Appathurai gushed.

The proposed Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian military pact is also significant because, as American geopolitical analyst Jeff Nyquist states in a November 15 interview with the Polish blog, The Underground: “Poland is a front line state in the struggle against Russian [Bolshevik] power, and everything that happens in Poland today is decisive for Europe. The Russians face serious problems at home, and their strategy of neutralizing the United States is simply a preliminary step to subjugating Europe [via the EU].”

NATO and Russia have resumed formal cooperation on “broad security threats” after relations were suspended following Russia’s re-invasion of Georgia in August 2008. The Russian military’s spotty performance in that operation prompted the Soviet strategists to implement a program of modernization for the armed forces’ command structure and hardware.

With respect to command structure reform, this Tuesday Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov declared that he was generally pleased with the progress that had taken place over the last year in the transformation of the Russian Armed Forces into a “lean, mean, fighting machine.” Serdyukov commented: “I think we have generally attained the goal of a new image, higher mobility and combat readiness of the armed forces. I cannot say we are fully satisfied with our work. We just say that the armed forces’ reform continues in the right way.” Chief of the General Staff, Nikolai Makarov, who recently met with his Cuban counterpart in Havana, noted that “The measures implemented in 2009 helped create a new system of combat readiness of the armed forces, based on reduced time frame to prepare the standby formations and units to fulfilling designated assignments, from 24 hours to one hour.”

With respect to military hardware upgrades, on November 12, during his annual address to the Federal Council, the upper chamber of Russia’s rubberstamp parliament, President Dmitry Medvedev explained that in 2010 the armed forces would receive 30 ground- and sea-based ballistic missiles, five Iskander missile systems, 300 armored vehicles, 30 helicopters, 28 combat planes, three nuclear submarines, and one corvette combat ship. “These and other measures will make the armed forces’ modern, mobile and capable of combat,” crowed Medvedev.

Russia’s president also ordered that servicemen be supported by automatic control centers and digital communication by 2012. However, several weeks before, at a conference on the defense industry, Medvedev expressed “dissatisfaction with the pace of the development and modernization of Russian defense sector.” “Over the past few years, a lot of money has been invested in the modernization and development of the defense sector. However, the results are not high, I would say,” he complained.

As we have blogged before, Russia is also in an advanced state of negotiations with NATO member France over the acquisition of a Mistral-class, helicopter-carrying amphibious assault ship, as well as construction rights to the building of four more such ships. It is not likely that the Russian Navy intends to challenge its US counterpart on the high seas in the near future. However, these large vessels, each of which can hold 900 troops and 40 tanks, could conceivably be used to support a re-invasion of Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia (via the Baltic Sea), or Ukraine and Georgia (via the Black Sea).

It is expected that Russia’s first stealth fighter, the Sukhoi PAK-FA, to be produced in collaboration with strategic partner India, will be ready for trial flights by 2012, while its first stealth bomber will be built by Tupolev and introduced by 2020. Incidentally, we rather suspect that the Fourth World War might break out before these combat aircraft enter the Kremlin’s service. In any event, it appears that the supersonic Tu-160 bomber, once again under production, may already incorporate some “stealth” (radar-invisible) features. This possibility was exposed in 2006 when these and other aircraft of the Russian Air Force allegedly approached Canadian airspace over the North Pole without detection by the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command.

In a related story, Russian bomber patrols in the United Kingdom’s Flight Information Region have become so “thick” since their official resumption in August 2007 that both the British Defence Ministry and British Airline Pilots’ Association fear a collision between commercial aviation and the invading aircraft, most of which are lumbering Tu-95 Bears. The Russian nuclear bombers normally take off from bases near the Arctic Circle and are quickly spotted by Norwegian air traffic controllers. The Norwegian Air Force then scrambles its interceptors, before handing over escort duties to its Danish counterpart. Lastly, Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters are launched under “quick reaction alert” procedures from bases in Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and Fife. Incidentally, the UK’s Flight Information Region is a corridor of international airspace that begins only 12 nautical miles from the coast, placing British cities within a “stone’s throw” of Russian air-launched cruise missiles.

A British House of Commons Defence Committee report released in July insisted that “Russia’s tactics were not the actions of a friendly nation.” This is true. We might add that the military potential of the USA’s chief ally in Europe will probably be “vaporized” during the first few minutes of the Fourth World War. When the Soviet strategists decide that the time is ripe to re-invade Europe, they will be able to count on communist agents in the North Atlantic Alliance–like Hungary’s KGB-trained spymaster Sandor Laborc, who was chief of NATO intelligence in 2008–to compromise the organization’s intelligence-gathering capabilities and, thus, combat readiness.

One thing is sure, the Soviet strategists are determined to remilitarize at full throttle without sparing any expense in the midst of the global economic recession. On November 14–while touring the Russian missile cruiser Varyag, then anchored in Singapore where the Russian president was attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit– Medvedev boasted: “The financial crisis will have an absolutely minimal effect on the military component, on arms procurements. Between 30% and 90% of the military will receive new equipment in 2011-20.”

The modernization of the Kremlin’s military hardware is accompanied by a reform of its war doctrine to include some changes to the situations that could “trigger” the use of nuclear weapons or preemptive strikes against “potential foes.” In early October Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council and former FSB/KGB chief, explained: “In respect to the possibility of preventive or nuclear strikes we will formulate some provisions that will be somewhat different from those contained in the current doctrine.” The draft doctrine, titled The New Face of the Russian Armed Forces until 2030, is still being developed by the General Staff and will be forwarded to Medvedev for consideration by December 2009.

The Kremlin’s current military doctrine was adopted in 2000 and outlines the role of the Russian military in ensuring the “defense of the country” and preparing for and waging war. The doctrine lists factors that Moscow perceives as potential threats, both domestic and foreign, and declares support for a “multipolar” (Communist Bloc-dominated) world, as opposed to a “unipolar” (US-dominated) world. It is unlikely that the Soviet strategists will in their new war doctrine change their views with respect to the unacceptable notion of a US-dominated world.

>Red Dawn Alert: Russia’s civil defense "czar" meets Castro, Chavez, as Cuba ramps up for Bastion 2009 drills, Venezuela provokes war with Colombia

>In this follow-up post to our last Red Dawn Alert, we supply some more details regarding Sergei Shoigu’s three-nation tour of Latin America. After visiting Managua to sign a memorandum on bilateral cooperation in the field of civil defense with Nicaragua’s neo-Sandinista regime, Russia’s emergency situations minister flew to Havana where he signed a similar deal with that country’s communist dictatorship. In addition to Cuban President Raul Castro, Shoigu met with General Julio Casas Regueiro, Cuba’s defense minister, and General Ramon Pardo Guerra, Chief of National Civil Defense. In attendance at the conference, too, was Russia’s ambassador in Havana, Mikhail Kamynin.

Following the meeting, Shoigu explained that Russia will help Cuba establish a training center for civil defense and emergency services specialists:

The main point of the plan is the establishment of a training center. The center is intended not only for training specialists, but also for providing a fast response to various emergencies. The center will be established by 2010, will prepare a wide range of specialists, including rescuers, firemen and divers, as well as civil defense specialists.

Russia will also help Cuba modernize its meteorological and seismological systems.

The arrival of Russia’s civil defense “czar” in Cuba just as the red dictatorship there is ramping up for the Bastion 2009 military drills, to take place between November 26 and 28, is intriguing to say the least. The three-day drill will be held on the eve of National Defense Day, which occurs on November 29. On November 16 the Cuban Defense Ministry released a statement that read: “The drills will comprise different types of tactical exercises with the participation of units from the Revolutionary Armed Forces, the Interior Ministry and components of territorial defenses.” Originally scheduled for August 2008, the Bastion exercise was postponed due to the damage wreaked by Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. The FAR numbers some 49,000 regular troops and 39,000 reservists.

The “Bastion strategic maneuvers” occur every so often for the purpose of testing the country’s military and civil defense responses to external attack. The last such drill took place in 2004, while another took place in 1986, during the last decade of the Cold War. Cuba’s communist rulers, of course, have long considered the island to be at risk for a US invasion. Hence, the Castro Bros. welcomed the deployment of Soviet medium-range ballistic missiles in Cuba on September 8, 1962, provoking the Cuban Missile Crisis that October. In the summer of 2008 and again earlier this year, neither Fidel nor Raul protested the Russian military’s suggestion that its air force once again use the island as a refueling base for its nuclear bombers.

Thinking creatively, we should not rule out the possibility that the Soviet strategists are taking advantage of Cuba’s vulnerability to natural disasters like hurricanes as a “cover story” to upgrade Havana’s civil defense apparatus prior to a Communist Bloc assault against the USA. A US counter-strike against Russia’s Latin American proxies is very likely if the Soviets are bold enough to use these countries as military “platforms.” Incidentally, we have already blogged about Russia’s new space base in French Guiana, which will become operational in April 2010 with the launch of two Soyuz-ST rockets. Conceivably, the Soviets could use Kourou, which is operated by the European Space Agency, as an ICBM base to attack the Continental USA from across the Caribbean Sea.

After rubbing elbows with the red dictator in Havana, Shoigu flew to Caracas, where he was personally received by the Castro Bros.’ chief protégé, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In addition to Chavez, two government ministers, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro and Interior Minister Tarek El Aissami, attended the meeting that will lead to the establishment of a Russian-built “National Disaster Center” in Venezuela. With tongue in cheek, we might say that the socialist revolution in Venezuela has already been a “national disaster.” The arrival of Russia’s civil defense “czar” in Venezuela just as Chavez is provoking war with neighboring Colombia, which will shortly host 800 US counter-narcotics troops, is also intriguing.

The planned US military presence in Colombia has enraged Chavez for several reasons: 1) it is designed to suppress the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which supplies the USA with 90 percent of South America’s cocaine, 2) it will choke off an important but illicit source of funds for the communist regime in Caracas, which is also a crucial transshipment hub for FARC drugs, and 3) it will erect a barrier against the spread of Cuban/Venezuelan-style communism, under the guise of the “Bolivarian Revolution,” into Colombia.

The covert relationship between the Chavezista regime and FARC received wide publicity when Colombian troops raided a rebel jungle camp on Ecuadorean soil in March 2008. Insurgent commander Raul Reyes was killed, while his laptop computer was seized, revealing a wealth of information connecting FARC to Chavez and Viktor Bout, an alleged FSB/KGB/GRU agent and accused gun runner. Arrested in the midst of the Andean Crisis, Bout is is still cooling his heels in a Thai jail, having successfully resisted attempts by the US government to extradiate him. “The United States,” laments state-run Novosti, “accuses Bout of conspiring to sell FARC more than 700 surface-to-air missiles, thousands of guns, high-tech helicopters and airplanes outfitted with grenade launchers and missiles.” Needless to say, Moscow vociferously denies that Comrade Bout was up to no good.

The sordid narco-revolutionary nexus between Miraflores Palace and FARC was again asserted last week, this time by the governor of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, which borders Colombia. Over the last month Tachira has been the scene of a politically motivated “string of shootings and slayings.” Governor Cesar Perez, who opposes the communist regime in the national capital, contends that Chavez has ordered his troops to harass Colombia’s anti-communist paramilitaries who operate on the sly in Tachira, while turning a blind eye to the Marxist insurgents who stalk about in the same state. Governor Perez laments the fact that he cannot confront either group of invaders because Chavez’s lackeys, in true communist fashion, have confiscated the state police force’s assault rifles.

In an interview with El Universal, Fernando Ochoa Antich, Venezuela’s minister of defense under President Carlos Andres Perez (1989-1993), warns that the Colombian government is one of the main targets for a takeover by the continent’s “Bolivarian revolution.” Antich says:

In any case, problems [between Venezuela and Colombia] now look more serious than before, and it seems the Venezuelan government fabricates them. The point at issue is that Colombia is one of the main goals of the Bolivarian foreign policy. This would enable it to create a political axis composed of Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela, in addition to Cuba as the ideological mastermind of this process. In Venezuela, we downplay President Chavez’s actions. But comparing his policy with Fidel Castro’s revolution of 1959, we will find that the expansion of the Venezuelan revolution is extraordinary. Just look at its success in controlling Ecuador and Bolivia. The problem, though, is that a wedge called Colombia is in the middle.

In addition to Ecuador and Bolivia, the Bolivarian Revolution emanating from Caracas, but masterminded by Havana and ultimately by Moscow, successfully re-digested Nicaragua into the Communist Bloc in 2006, absorbed El Salvador in 2009, and enjoys the irresponsible favor of the center-left regimes in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The Bolivarian schemers in Miraflores Palace almost grabbed Belize in 2007, and Honduras and Panama in 2009.

Antich, however, does not believe that the new US-Colombian military pact will thwart the spread of communism in South America since Washington does not acknowledge that threat but, rather, only its symptom, the drug trade:

I do not think that the agreement is intended to curb Chavez’s expansionism, because so far the United States has not given it the importance it really has. The key problem is the drug traffic. Now, I do not agree with the agreement executed by Colombia and the United States, because Uribe yielded too much.

The massive deployment of troops to the bases is not a threat to Venezuela, except in the event of clashes between Venezuela and Colombia. But the assumption that such military deployment will endanger the Bolivarian revolution is an unfounded exaggeration of President Chavez. Both the [US Navy’s] Fourth Fleet and the US bases in the Caribbean are enough to raid on Venezuela, in any event. Therefore, the bases are aimed at counternarcotics efforts.

Chavez, Antich contends, is in no position to take on Colombia in a war due to the strong likelihood of a concurrent conflict with Bogota’s backers in Washington: “At this current movement, given the Colombia-US alliance, Venezuela lacks the military capacity for such a solution.” Is Comrade Hugo crazy enough to fling his Soviet-armed military against US troops in Colombia? By himself: Not likely. With goading from the Soviet strategists: Maybe.

Incidentally, on November 10, in the Colombian border town of Corinto, which is near a cocaine smuggling “corridor” maintained by FARC, 200 grenade-throwing rebels killed nine soldiers at their post. A surviving soldier related the encounter to local television reporters: “I fired three or four magazines and had to retreat. I saw that my friends were dying. Most of them had been hit by home-made grenades.” Following this melee, which some Colombians described as one of the worst in that country’s civil war since the 1990s, a political scientist at Bogota’s Javeriana University, Mauricio Romero, reflected: “There has been a reactivation of the FARC in recent months in places like Cauca and Norte de Santander, near the Venezuelan border. The FARC no longer presents a strategic threat to the state, but they are making the point that they can still do damage despite Uribe’s counteroffensive.” Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s father died in a “botched” FARC kidnapping in 1983.

Family Relationship between Russia’s Civil Defense “Czar” and Ringleader of 1991 “Vodka Putsch” Exposes Continuity between Paleo- and Neo-Soviet Leadership

Once honorary three-star, now four-star, general Shoigu has directed Russia’s civil defense operations since 1991, before even the phony collapse of the Soviet Union. A former low-level communist functionary from Abakhan, Shoigu is related by marriage to Oleg Shenin, past secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). A gray eminence behind Soviet and “post”-Soviet politics, Shenin orchestrated the farcical “Vodka Putsch” that “deposed” Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991. Shenin is pictured above in 1994. According to a 2005 interview by Valentin Falin, former chief of the CPSU International Department, Shenin and his co-conspirators apprised Gorbachev of the coup before it took place. For his part, “communist reformer” Gorby resigned himself to the unforgiveable role of “traitor” to the Soviet cause.

In a 2000 NewsMax article, GRU defector Stanislav Lunev described the personal and professional linkages between Shoigu and Shenin:

Sergei Shoigu’s biography is simple, and telling. He came from the former Soviet Communist Party political elite and is extremely loyal to The [Yeltsin] Family. He was born in 1955, son of a Communist bureaucrat who was later promoted to deputy prime minister of the Tuva Soviet Autonomous Republic. While attending the technical university, Shoigu married the niece of Oleg Shenin’s wife. Shenin was chief of the local Communist Party organization.

After graduating from the university, Shoigu worked for a while as an engineer. However, most of his career has been connected with the Communist Party. When his relative Oleg Shenin was made a member of the powerful Politburo of the CPSU, Shoigu moved into Shenin’s previous position as local party leader.

Nonetheless, in 1991, Shoigu betrayed his benefactor, who was put behind bars for participating in the supposed coup attempt against Gorbachev. Since then Shoigu has joined forces with Yeltsin and functioned as head of a government committee and then as Minister of Emergency Situations. In 1998, without any military service whatsoever, he was given the rank of three-star general.

Sometime before the Soviet Union was formally dissolved on Christmas Day 1991 Shenin, who controlled the Party treasury, squirreled away the funds in Swiss bank accounts. He was assisted in that endeavor by US financier Marc Rich, who was later pardoned by President Bill Clinton. In turn, Clinton is an alleged KGB asset whose wife, Secretary of State Hillary, now sets US President Barack Hussein Obama’s foreign policy. That foreign policy, by the way, includes deep cuts to the US nuclear arsenal in the face of rapid Soviet remilitarization. Incidentally, nearly 20 years later, the CPSU’s “billions” could very well still be sitting in those Swiss bank accounts.

In 1990 Shenin and Gennady Zyuganov, another ardent Stalinist, founded the Communist Party of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (CP RSFSR), the first time the CPSU boasted a separate Russian branch. In 1993, after communism was “unbanned,” Zyuganov transformed the CP RSFSR into the current Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF). Between 1993, when he has released from jail after serving part of a life sentence for “treason,” and 2001, Shenin led the Union of Communist Parties-CPSU, which unites the communist parties of the former Soviet republics. The stated purpose of the UCP-CPSU, including its biggest component, the CPRF, is the restoration of the Soviet Union. In 2001 Shenin ceded the chairmanship of the UCP-CPSU to Zyuganov, with whom he had a dispute over his attempt to form a single communist party for the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

Shenin made a failed bid for the Russian presidency in 2008, but was disqualified due to a technicality. His role in the turbulent final days of the Soviet Union long forgotten by both Russians and the world at large, this shadowy Soviet strategist died in May 2009, at the age of 72 years. Shenin’s erstwhile rival, Gorbachev, continues his global campaign for perestroika (socialist restructuring), having secured, it appears, the cooperation of Obama in that objective.

>Red Dawn Alert: Russia’s civil defense “czar” visits Serbia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela; Colombia to UNSC: Chavez’s latest rant declaration of war

>Prepare yourselves for war. If you want peace you have to be ready for war.
— Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to military commanders, Alo Presidente television broadcast, November 8, 2009

When Moscow dispatches its civil defense and “emergency situations” minister to network with allies in Serbia and Latin America, you can be assured that the Soviets are up to something. If CD is on the agenda, then war can’t be too far behind. War, we might add, definitely qualifies as an “emergency situation.”

During President Dmitry Medvedev’s official visit to Belgrade on October 20, Russia’s long-time civil defense “czar,” Sergei Shoigu (pictured above, second from left), attended meetings with Serbia’s “non-partisan” prime minister, Mirko Cvetković, as well as First Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic. Serbia’s top police chief, as we noted in a recent post, is head of the Socialist Party of Serbia, which deceased red warmonger Slobodan Milosevic created in 1990 out of the remnants of the League of Communists of Serbia. In addition to Dacic, two other SPS cadres in Serbia’s coalition government, Minister of Energy and Mining Petar Skundric and Minister of Infrastructure Milutin Mrkonjic, attended the meetings with Russia’s civil defense “czar.” In 2008 Skundric and Mrkonjic were party to the negotiations that enabled the Kremlin to buy out the Serbian Petroleum Industry (NIS) and clear the path for Gazprom’s South Stream pipeline to cross the Balkans.

The Russian delegation in Serbia wrapped up its visit with several bilateral arrangements, including the need to: 1) establish a natural gas storage firm, Banatski Dvor, as a joint venture between Serbia’s state-owned gas company, Srbijagas, and Gazprom; 2) promote cooperation between Serbian and Russian police; 3) jointly tackle humanitarian disasters and natural calamities; and 4) promote cooperation between the Serbian parliament and Russian State Duma. After meeting with Shoigu, Cvetković gushed: “Serbia is fully committed to a further development of all-encompassing cooperation with Russia, as one of its strategic partners.”

With respect to bilateral cooperation in the area of civil defense, Moscow and Belgrade agreed to establish an “emergency situations center” in Serbia’s third largest city, Nis, by 2012. The joint project was announced during Medvedev’s visit in Belgrade. “The center is expected to be an equipped logistics base, and Niš is a good location because of the airport and good infrastructure,” Dacic expounded.

In a possibly related story, the Serbian state media reports that on October 29 Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac and Serbia’s top general, Miloje Miletic, visited the military base at Cepotina, where they announced that by the end of 2009 the facility would more than double in size. “We are currently expanding the base. We want to increase its present 35 hectares by another 65 and build training areas to prepare our members for participation in peace missions,” Sutanovac explained later to reporters, adding: “The Cepotina base is also important in terms of security in southern Serbia.” When asked about the future Serbo-Russian emergency situations center in Nis, Sutanovac admitted that “The center will be under the complete control of the Serbian Ministry of Interior.” This means, of course, communist police chief Dacic will be in “complete control” of Serbia’s emergency situations program.

This week Shoigu also visited the Kremlin’s allies Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela. Shoigu began his Latin American tour on Tuesday, when he arrived in Managua. There Shoigu met with Nicaragua’s top general, Omar Halleslevens, with whom he signed a memorandum on bilateral cooperation during natural disasters, as well as the liquidation of land mines planted by the first Sandinista regime in its war against the US-backed Contras. On November 5 Hurricane Ida slammed into Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast. This natural disaster appears to have provided the neo-Soviet leadership with an ideal opportunity, or “cover,” to consolidate linkages with President Daniel Ortega’s second Sandinista regime.

According to the terms of the new Moscow-Managua pact, Russia will supply the Nicaraguan National Army with machinery, equipment, and “specialized techniques” to enhance the Central American country’s ability to alleviate the problems associated with natural disasters, like hurricanes. “At this time of limitations in the world economy, we greatly value the meaning of collaboration for the period 2009-2010,” gushed Halleslevens, a former Sandinista guerrilla. “We know how important it is for Nicaragua to act against problems of emergencies of different kinds, like earthquake, flood, volcano, fire and forest fire, and hurricane,” Shoigu piped up. At the same time, Russia will help Managua to locate and eradicate some 179,000 anti-personnel mines buried during the 1980s. Only 175 mines have been rendered harmless since 1989 when the mine clearing operation started.

After confirming Managua’s place in the Communist Bloc, Shoigu flew to Havana, where he formulated a “cooperation plan” with his Cuban counterparts that would include “information exchange and training for Cuban specialists.” Cuba’s communist dictatorship is presently implementing “extreme measures” to reduce energy consumption and thereby prevent regular electrical blackouts. “The energy situation we face is critical and if we do not adopt extreme measures we will have to revert to planned blackouts affecting the population,” announced a recently circulated message from Cuba’s Council of Ministers. Since last year Havana has received several of the Kremlin’s highest-ranking officials, including Medvedev; Igor Sechin, deputy prime minister and Cold War-era pointman for the GRU’s gun-running operations in Latin America; Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council and former FSB/KGB boss; and General Nikolai Makarov, chief of the Russian General Staff. Vladimir Putin, then president and now prime minister, visited Cuba in 2000.

After wrapping up its Havana pit stop, the Russian delegation under Shoigu’s leadership then flew to Venezuela on Friday.

Russia’s civil defense czar visited Moscow’s Latin American allies at an eventful time. For one thing, Moscow has promised to modernize Cuba and Nicaragua’s Soviet-era weapons, as well as train both their troops and police. The Kremlin has already sold billions of dollars worth of armaments and delivery systems to oil-rich Venezuela. Russian warships are slated to show up in Havana Bay this December, the second time since the Cold War. Last December, several months after two Blackjack bombers touched down at a Venezuelan air base, the Russian and Venezuelan navies drilled in the southern Caribbean Sea.

Since last November, when fraudulent municipal elections were contested by the opposition, Nicaragua has teetered on the brink of another civil war instigated by power-hungry red dictator Ortega. On November 9 Nicaraguan authorities expelled Dutch politician Hans van Baalen after the conservative Member of the European Parliament urged Nicaragua’s liberal opposition to form a united front against the second FSLN regime. During his short stay in Managua, van Baalen met with former president Arnoldo Alemán, who was sentenced in 2003 to 20 years in prison for raiding US$100 million from the Nicaraguan treasury. As a result of a sordid compact with Ortega reached in 1999, however, the hopelessly corrupt Aleman was released from jail in early 2008.

Meanwhile, in response to last month’s US-Colombian military pact that will permit the deployment of 800 US counter-narcotics troops in neighboring Colombia, Hugo Chavez is “going ballistic.” Venezuela’s communist tyrant has once again dispatched troops to the border with Colombia with the intent of either intimidating the pro-Washington government in Bogota, or possibly rendering moral and/or material support to Colombia’s Marxist insurgents. During the March 2008 Andean Crisis the Venezuelan and Ecuadorean armies moved only 6,000 and 3,200 troops to their respective border with hated rival Colombia. Last week Chavez ordered the deployment of 15,000 troops to Venezuela’s southwest region, reportedly to combat Colombian anti-communist paramilitaries training in his country. For a number of years Chavez has accused the USA and Colombia of preparing to invade Venezuela, where he has been imposing a socialist revolution since 1999.

Last Sunday, during his weekly televised rant, Chavez told his military commanders: “Prepare yourselves for war. If you want peace you have to be ready for war.” In response, on Wednesday the government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations Security Council, alleging that Chavez’s most recent threats against Bogota are tantamount to a declaration of war. “We’ve handed over a letter explaining in detail concerns Colombia has about remarks by President Chavez and other sensitive matters,” Colombia’s foreign minister Jaime Bermudez told Reuters at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Singapore. He added: “We have always said the door for dialogue is open … we have still not had any contact.” Bogota and Caracas do not presently have diplomatic relations with the other.

>WW4 File: Chavez dispatches 15,000 troops to Colombian border, reportedly to counter anti-communist paramilitaries; Honduran peace deal collapses

>Alleging that anti-communist paramilitaries from Colombia are invading Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez has dispatched 15,000 National Guards to six states bordering its neighbor. On Thursday Venezuelan Vice President and Defense Minister Ramon Carrizalez announced to reporters that the soldiers will be deployed to the southern states of Amazonas, Apure and Bolivar, and the southwestern states of Barinas, Tachira, and Zuila. This action was prompted by the detainment of five alleged Colombian paramilitaries during a clash with the Venezuelan police in Tachira on Thursday morning. Two detainees are suspected of killing two National Guards this past Monday. Also on Thursday, 100 Colombian citizens were detained in a checkpoint in Barina when they were traveling on passenger buses without identifications.

For comparison, during the March 2008 Andean Crisis, after Colombian security forces stormed a camp maintained by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in Ecuador, Chavez dispatched only 6,000 troops to its border with Colombia. For his part, Ecuador’s outraged president Rafael Correa deployed 3,200 troops along its respective border with the US ally. To this day Quito does not have diplomatic relations with Bogota. Pictured above: On November 5 Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe talks to the country’s air force commander, General Jorge Ballesteros, during a ceremony celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Colombian Air Force.

Last week the Ecuadorean air force received a consignment of six French-built Mirage 50 fighter jets from Chavez. The supersonic combat aircraft were flown by Venezuelan pilots to Ecuador via Panama. This is an interesting development considering Panama’s center-right president Ricardo Martinelli openly opposes the Chavezista regime. We suspect that Martinelli was either not apprised of this use of Panamanian airspace to transfer military hardware for the Red Axis or he was apprised but considered it harmless.

The tense political situation between Venezuela and Colombia bears close monitoring as it appears that Caracas may be staging “paramilitary incursions” from Colombia as a pretext to reinforce its military near the border of its adversary, possibly with the intent of provoking a conflict. Commenting on the recent arrest of two Colombian “spies” in Venezuela, on Tuesday Chavez ranted: “When a hostile government increases its investigations, daring to violate international accords … that indicates there are plans against Venezuela, and behind those Colombians is the hand of the CIA and the U.S.”

Meanwhile, in Honduras the peace accord between the lawful government of President Roberto Micheletti and deposed rival Manuel Zelaya has collapsed only one week after its signing. Speaking from the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, Zelaya told Radio Globo: “The accord is dead. There is no sense in deceiving Hondurans.” The pact gave the two sides until midnight Thursday to install a government that would act until the November 29 presidential elections. Neither Zelaya nor Micheletti, both members of the ruling Liberal Party, are candidates in this election. Micheletti insisted that a unity government had been created, even though Zelaya had not submitted his own list of participants: “Everybody, with the exception of Mr. Zelaya, recommended Hondurans to lead the institutions of our country as part of the new government.”

On Wednesday evening, a grenade was thrown from a passing car at the offices of the Emisoras Unidas media group in Tegucigalpa. One person was slightly injured when the device exploded.

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: New law permits Medvedev to deploy troops abroad for purpose of repelling military aggression against Russia’s allies

>– GRU Chief Grants Rare Interview, Contends Georgia Preparing to Attack South Ossetia Again, New NATO Members in Eastern Europe, Ukraine Rearming Tbilisi

– Serbian Authorities Bend Over Backwards to Please Russian Overlords, Once Again Rename Belgrade Streets after Soviet Army Generals Who Liberated City in 1945

– Gorbachev Rebukes Europe for Its “Mistrust and Hostility” toward Russia, Even 20 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall

On October 23 the Russian State Duma passed a bill that permits the president to deploy troops abroad for the purpose of defending Russian nationals in other countries, combating sea piracy and ensuring the safety of commercial shipping and, most ominously, repelling or preventing military aggression against Russia’s allies. The latter, of course, theoretically encompasses the entire Communist Bloc.

Under previous “post”-communist legislation the Kremlin could dispatch troops to foreign soil solely to fight terrorism. According to the new law President Dmitry Medvedev can deploy the armed forces anywhere in the world, subject only to the approval of the Russian parliament’s rubberstamp upper house, the Federation Council. The speaker of this body is Sergei Mironov, leader of the pro-Putin Just Russia party. “Our citizens must be protected in any part of the world,” vowed Medvedev, “and they must feel protected by the state. Such decisions must be set in law.”

In passing this law, the Soviet strategists may be contemplating some sort of provocation between Poland and Belarus that draws Russia into the fray, thereby opening the door to the Soviet re-occupation of Eastern (and Western?) Europe. Poland’s communist fifth column, left over from the fake demise of the Polish United Workers’ Party in 1989, and the openly communist government of Belarus will no doubt gladly play their appointed roles when the Kremlin decides to spring its trap on NATO. The hostile intent behind September’s Russian-Belarusian war game Zapad 2009, which included a mock nuclear attack against Poland, clearly shows that strategic planning for that theater is underway.

On Thursday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov feigned shock over his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski’s reported statement that the USA should deploy troops in Central Europe. Lavrov is quoted as saying: “If he did say this then I’m astounded because he and I discussed in tiny detail the problems that should be resolved in the context of European security and the objectives that Russia pursues with its initiative on a new treaty on European security, as well as with its position on the [US] antiballistic missile system.” When recently visiting Washington, Sikorski urged NATO to deploy troops in Central Europe since “Poland needs some strategic reassurance.”

In September the Obama White House scrapped the Bush-era missile defense program in favor of a “phased, adaptive approach” that will see the deployment of SM-3 tactical anti-ballistic missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic by 2015. Well, that gives the Soviets plenty of time to modernize their weapons and command structure and re-build Cold War-era alliances, before initiating the Fourth World War.

The Moscow Leninists may also be contemplating another war with Georgia, a prospect that even the MSM has considered several times since August 2008, when Soviet forces re-occupied Georgia by way of its two separatist regimes, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. On November 5, in an exceptionally rare interview for a chief of the Russian military’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), Alexander Shlyakhturov articulated the belief that Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili intends to unleash his army against South Ossetia again. Shlyakhturov told state-run Itar-Tass:

The situation with Georgia remains tense because the current Georgian authorities do not just refuse to recognize the sovereignty of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but are trying in every way to return these countries . . . to their jurisdiction.

You have to add to this the unpredictability of attempts by the Georgian leadership, headed by Saakashvili, which may give in to the temptation to use force to tame these obstinate republics as they did last year. We do not rule out such a development.

New NATO members in Eastern Europe are supplying small arms and munitions to Georgia, while Israel is providing aerial drones. Heavy artillery and anti-aircraft systems are being delivered to Georgia from Ukraine.

“GRU forces fought on the front line of last year’s war with Georgia,” the GRU chief admitted, concluding: “Georgia is reviving its military potential with the supplies of arms and military equipment from foreign countries.”

Shlyakhturov’s negative comment about Georgia’s purchase of Israeli-built aerial reconnaissance drones is ironic, or perhaps hypocritical, because earlier this year the Russian military also bought 12 of these aircraft from the Jewish state. Shlyakhturov became head of the GRU in April. The GRU headquarters is housed in a shnazzy new complex in Moscow, which then President Vladimir Putin toured in late 2006.

In addition to Belarus, the former Yugoslav republic of Serbia is another staunch ally of Russia. Serbia’s first deputy prime minister and interior minister is Ivica Dacic, head of the Socialist Party of Serbia, itself descended from the League of Communists of Serbia and led by red warmonger Slobodan Milosevic until his ouster in 2000. In other words, Dacic is a communist. Moreover, as interior minister he is in control of Serbia’s police forces. Dacic hides his true color by lurking behind Serbia’s social democratic president Boris Tadic and technocrat prime minister Mirko Cvetković. War criminal Milosevic died in 2006, while in custody at The Hague. His deluded supporters insist that he was murdered.

On October 20 Medvedev flew to Belgrade where he extended a US$1.5 billion loan to the recession-hit Serbian government. Medvedev is pictured above with host Tadic. About 60 countries worldwide, including the USA and most of the European Union, have recognized the independence of Serbia’s breakaway region Kosovo. Russia does not acknowledge the ethnic Albanian government in Pristina. Last year the Kremlin’s natural gas monopoly Gazprom bought out Serbia’s state-run petroleum company, NIS, and secured a route across that country for Moscow’s SouthStream pipeline. “Former” CPSU cadre Viktor Zubkov, father in law of Russia’s defense minister Anatoly Serdyukov, sits at the helm of Gazprom.

While visiting Serbia, Soviet Komsomol graduate Medvedev attended celebrations marking the 1945 liberation of Belgrade from Nazi occupation by Soviet troops and Yugoslavia’s communist partisans, under the command of Franz Josep Tito. On the eve of the visit, Russian diplomats “demanded” that Serbian authorities restore the names of streets formerly named after the Red Army generals who led the liberation. The street names were “de-communized” after the fall of Milosevic. In an attempt to please their Russian overlords, Serbian authorities promised to rename other streets after the Soviet war heroes. Note that this occurred in 2009, not 1969.

Since the Kremlin’s interventionist policy extends to the defense of its allies against third-party aggression anywhere in the world, we must include along with Belarus and Serbia Moscow’s Latin America allies, like Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador. If war breaks out in South America between Venezuela and Colombia, which will shortly host 800 US troops, will Russia send a message to the West by once again dispatching Tu-160 bombers to Venezuela’s El Libertador air base or once again docking its warships in Havana Bay? Instead of using their new rocket base in French Guiana to launch geosynchronous satellites, will the Russians lob ICBMs at the Continental USA from a totally unexpected direction, namely, over the Gulf of Mexico?

How far will the Soviet strategists go to assert the Communist Bloc’s supremacy over the Western Hemisphere? The ambitions of the KGB-communist cabal in the Kremlin are boundless. The fulfillment of these ambitions is apparently limited only by the time it takes to negotiate the purchase of NATO technology.

Meanwhile, on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet dictator and roving propagandist for the Moscow Leninists, disingenuously warned against “creating barriers between nations.” Gorby, who is credited with the demise of Soviet communism, is in fact an advocate of Vladimir Lenin’s dream of a “world proletarian republic” under the guise of “global perestroika.” Frank speech from the Soviets, of course, would scare away the Western capitalists who have sunk their megabucks into Russia’s KGB-managed “economy.” Hence, Gorby speaks circumspectly.

“Mistrust and old stereotypes have been preserved. Russia is suspected of malicious, aggressive, imperial intentions,” Nobel laureate Gorbachev lamented in an article published on November 7 in the Kremlin’s Rossiiskaya Gazeta. In that statement, Gorbachev was no doubt taking a stab at diehard anti-communists, “Cold Warriors,” and other observers in the West, like those who frequent this blog, who figured out years ago that the “collapse” of the Soviet Union was a ruse. Gorbachev continued:

Those who want to build a new wall of mutual mistrust and hostility in Europe are doing a disservice to their countries and Europe as a whole. In Europe, unfortunately, there is no lack of politicians who would like to see an unequal model of relations with Russia – one of the teacher and the student, the prosecutor and the accused. Russia will not accept this model. It wants to be understood. We are for equal and mutually beneficial cooperation. What Russia do you need? A strong, entirely self-sufficient one, or a simple supplier of resources that knows its place?

>EU/USSR2 Files: Polish border patrol helicopter crashes in Belarus, all crew killed; Warsaw, Minsk investigating Oct. 31 incident

>In a recent post we reported that the Russian-Belarusian war game Zapad 2009, carried out in September in both countries, was actually a rehearsal for a nuclear attack on Poland, rather than, as billed by the Kremlin, a defensive drill to ward off a NATO invasion of the Union State. In the last few days, an interesting follow-up story, which may or may not be related to Moscow’s neo-imperialist designs on Europe, has emerged.

A number of sources are reporting the downing of a Polish border patrol helicopter 200 yards into Belarusian territory on October 31. All three officers aboard the aircraft perished. Belarusian authorities permitted Polish Deputy Interior Minister Adam Rapacki and Jaroslaw Ksiodrzak, the Polish consul general in Brest, to inspect the crash site. The aircraft in question was a PZL Kania, built in Poland in 2006. This helicopter is a modified version of the Russian Mil Mi-2. The Polish and Belarusian governments are both investigating the cause of the crash.

Although the demise of the Polish border patrol could be entirely accidental, if additional suspicious events occur along the Polish-Belarusian border in the upcoming weeks, then this incident should come under closer scrutiny. If the Soviet strategists are indeed planning to re-invade Central Europe, then provocations, such as “gray terror” or “pink terror,” could be used as a pretext for military actions. Such was the case with the Gleiwitz incident, one day prior to Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland in September 1939. The Soviets invaded eastern Poland slightly more than two weeks after the Nazis.

>Latin America File: Zelaya’s reinstatement under peace deal uncertain as Honduran legislators campaign, wait for Supreme Court’s non-binding ruling

>– Chavez Argues ALBA States Must “Rapidly” Transform Alliance into Military Coalition; Summit Host Morales Urges Restraint, Bloc Must Continue Studying Issue

Last Friday Honduras’ rival governments, under the leadership of lawful President Roberto Micheletti and deposed president Manuel Zelaya, a slavish devotee of Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez, reached a deal to resolve the crisis that began on June 28 with Zelaya’s exile at gunpoint. Although the agreement was brokered by the US government and the Organization of American States, the document’s wording is ambiguous, allowing Congress to decide whether Zelaya will complete his term until January 2010, but imposing no deadline for a congressional vote. Instead, Honduran legislators have “passed the buck” to the Supreme Court by asking for a non-binding decision on the subject of Zelaya’s reinstallation, a motion actually sanctioned by the peace deal. Under the accord, a national unity government must be set up by November 7 but there is no stipulation as to who will preside over that government.

Meanwhile, the Honduran Congress is in recess as legislators campaign for the election scheduled for November 29, a poll whose validity in the eyes of the international community is now up in the air. Pictured above on November 4, Zelaya is still holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, where he surreptitiously returned on September 21.

Both Micheletti and Zelaya are members of the ruling Liberal Party. However, rival National Party candidate Porfirio Lobo is the electorate’s preferred candidate. Lobo is apparently considering whether to support or oppose Zelaya’s reinstatement. Supporting Zelaya would certainly win foreign support for a Lobo presidency and release much-needed international financial aid, but many Honduran voters have turned against Zelaya due to his cozy relationship with Chavez.

Thus, it is also too early to declare that Latin America’s Red Axis, especially as it is embodied by the chief states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)—Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador—has scored a victory over the anti-communist Micheletti regime. Since the military-backed “coup” in Tegucigalpa we have speculated that the Red Axis would use the Honduran crisis as a pretext to transform ALBA into a military coalition, a concept first floated by Chavez in 2007 and this past summer by Bolivian President Evo Morales. The Venezuelan president actually pushed this idea again during the ALBA summit that took place in Bolivia on October 16 and 17, a summit attended by Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council and former chief of the Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB). On October 25 the website of the St. Kitts and Nevis People’s Action Movement reported:

There was no agreement on the proposal of the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, of forming “a defensive military alliance.” He pitched the idea, he said, given the threats of the empire and he did after hearing a report on the crisis in Honduras. “Who can forbid sovereign countries from making a defensive military alliance and cross training soldiers and officers, and sharing equipment and logistics?” Chavez asked in the second and final session of the Summit of ALBA.

Morales, however, appears to have backed away from his earlier enthusiasm for the immediate formation of a regional “anti-imperialist” army. However, he urged ALBA member states to continue studying the issue. In view of the uncertain fate of its crony Zelaya, who dragged Honduras into ALBA in 2008, Latin America’s Red Axis could bring the subject of transforming the alliance into a military coalition to the front burner again at future summits.

In Nicaragua Red Axis agitator Daniel Ortega is countering domestic forces opposed to his attempt to consolidate another Sandinista dictatorship like the one US-backed Contras challenged in the 1980s. Last Thursday, cadres of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front reacted violently to comments uttered by the US ambassador in Managua. Robert Callahan condemned the recent decision by the Sandinista-controlled Nicaraguan Supreme Court abolishing presidential term limits. “From our point of view, the Supreme Court act improperly and with unusual speed, in secret, with the participation of judges from only one political movement and without any public debate or discussion,” Callahan complained.

In response, FSLN thugs launched mortars at the embassy compound, broke security cameras, and spray-painted political slogans on the compound property. “Death to the yanquis! Death to the empire!” screamed one Sandinista Youth leader.

Two days later, police evacuated Callahan to safety at the Central American University in Managua, where protesters stalked and threw fireworks at the US ambassador. Callahan was present at the Jesuit-run institution to attend a multicultural event with other ambassadors.

Many domestic and international critics of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega viewed the underhanded court ruling as a ploy to install the “former” Marxist dictator in a perpetual presidency, like his leftist buddies Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa, and Manuel Zelaya. On October 27 Nicaragua’s opposition parties, protesting the Supreme Court decision, shut down the country’s legislature be refusing to register, denying the ruling FSLN a quorum to open a plenary session. Constitutionalist Liberal Party deputy Ramon Gonzalez explained that the opposition intended to force assembly speaker Rene Nunez’s to accept a bill that nullifies the judicial decision.

The Costa Rican media recently exposed the subservient nature of Nicaragua’s Rivas family to the neo-Sandinista regime by publishing facts concerning the grown children of President Ortega and his politically powerful wife, First Lady Rosario Murillo. Maurie and Laureano Ortega Murillo, who are studying film and television at the Universidad Veritas, live in a Costa Rican residence owned by Roberto Rivas Reyes, head of the Nicaraguan Supreme Electoral Council. Rivas’ children, who are studying at the Universidad de Ciencias Medicas, also live in the same residence. Within hours of the Nicaraguan Supreme Court’s abolition of term limits on the presidency, Rivas announced that he would abide by the decision. Ortega appointed Roberto’s brother Harold as Nicaragua’s ambassador to Costa Rica shortly after re-assuming the presidency in January 2007. He also appointed a third Rivas brother to the directorship of a state company. Perhaps we should coin the term “red banana republic” to describe neo-Sandinista Nicaragua.

On October 28 Jacinto Suarez, a Nicaraguan deputy in the Central American Parliament (Parlacen), assumed the one-year presidency of the six-nation body. Since the neo-Sandinista regime, along with its comrades in the Sao Paulo Forum, is wholly committed to regional integration, Managua’s temporary control over Parlacen will serve the Red Axis well. Parlacen, which was founded in 1991, consists of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama and, oddly, the Dominican Republic. Ortega previously held the rotating presidency of the Central American Integration System, before ceding this office to Guatemalan counterpart, Alvaro Colom.

Finally, in another sign of reviving relations between Moscow and Managua, neglected during the 1990s and early 2000s, the Kremlin has donated 23 metric tons of medical supplies to Nicaragua. “Russia has been and will be cooperating with Nicaragua. Our assistance is not determined by any particular conditions and is based on principles of non-interference in the country’s domestic affairs,” the Russian ambassador in Managua, Igor Kondrashev, intoned. The “medicine” will be transported in two cargo containers. Of course, we can trust the Soviets to not slip a few missiles or nukes into those containers. Sure, comrade, whatever you say! Earlier this year Moscow donated 130 buses to Managua’s transit system. In July the two Communist Bloc allies established a visa-free regime and set up an oil consortium between Nicaragua’s Petronic and several Russian companies.

>Latin America File: Tensions along Colombian-Venezuelan border highest since March 2008 as Bogota, Washington approve US troop deployment

>Pictured here: A Venezuelan National Guard in the border city of San Antonio points a machine gun toward Colombia, which is accessible via the Simon Bolivar international bridge. The border was closed after two National Guards were killed on November 2.

Venezuela’s red tyrant Hugo Chavez appears to be provoking war with Colombia by alleging the infiltration of Colombian spies into his country. Of course, Chavez regularly demonizes the pro-Washington government in Bogota, hurling standard communist epithets like “fascist” at Colombian counterpart Alvaro Uribe. A succession of politically related murders, abductions, and high-profile arrests in the tense border region between the two countries suggest this possibility.

On November 2, reports AFP, two soldiers of Venezuela’s National Guard were shot to death near the 2,220-kilometre border with Colombia. Venezuelan state television related that unidentified assailants gunned down the soldiers at a roadside checkpoint in the western state of Tachira. The news agency notes that insurgents operating under the banner of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), anti-communist paramilitary groups, and drug traffickers skulk along the remote border.

Also on Monday, a lone gunman entered a restaurant in Los Teques, where he approached Gustavo Gonzalez, a member of the anti-Chavez opposition party Copei, fatally shot the politician in the head, and fled on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. Los Teques is the capital of Miranda state, while Gonzalez was a deputy in the state legislature. Copei spokesman Alejandro Vivas admitted that the murder appeared to be a “hired killing,” but he did not offer a possible motive. The AP news agency, citing human rights groups, notes that kidnapping and murder are on the rise in Venezuela. This, of course, is only one indicator that Chavez’s socialist revolution has spectacularly failed to deliver “utopia.”

On November 3 the Latin American Herald Tribune reported that over the weekend Venezuelan authorities arrested eight Colombians, one of them identified as a “paramilitary chief,” and two Venezuelans in San Antonio del Tachira. The Colombians were allegedly distributing pamphlets that threatened local businessmen, forcing business owners to close their shops in fear. In an interview with state-run VTV television, Venezuelan Interior Minister Tarek El Aissami identified the presumed militia leader as Jorge Roa Bolaños. “However, once we strengthened the military and police presence, little by little calm was restored and daily activity resumed in San Antonio,” El Aissami assured Venezuelans.

In a related story, last Thursday Chavez and his croney El Aissami presented “irrefutable evidence” that Colombia had dispatched spies to Venezuela, Ecuador, and Cuba as part of an “ambitious” subversion operation financed by the US Central Intelligence Agency. El Aissami disclosed the contents of documents allegedly originating with Colombia’s Administrative Department of Security (DAS) and discovered since the apprehension of two suspected Colombian spies on Venezuelan soil. “This is serious information that proves the destabilizing actions promoted by the Colombian government against our country,” El-Aissami rumbled to Telesur, a multi-national agitprop platform for Latin America’s Red Axis. “The order was to corrupt and bribe local officials and make contact with leaders of the opposition.”

Felipe Munoz, director of the DAS, answered El Aissami’s allegations on Colombia’s W Radio by denying that the two Colombians charged with spying are employed by his organization. A statement published on the DAS website on October 27, moreover, insists that the DAS prohibits officials from operating in other countries. Munoz then demanded that Caracas release a known DAS official who was arrested in September in the city of Maracaibo, during a holiday as a guest of a Venezuelan immigration official.

In a second related story, this past Sunday Venezuela’s Vice President Ramón Carrizález boasted that he has evidence that eight of the 11 “amateur soccer players” killed in Tachira state last week were Colombian paramilitaries training in Venezuela. The anti-communist irregulars were allegedly operating under the direction of the DAS.

Incidentally, the National Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services (DISIP), Venezuela’s espionage agency, has since Chavez’s ascent to power in 1999 come under the baleful influence of its Cuban counterpart, the Intelligence Directorate, formerly known as the DGI. It may be truly said that Communist Cuba is using the state security apparatus of its wealthier ally Venezuela to export red revolution throughout the Western Hemisphere. In turn, the Cuban intelligence structure remains under the firm control of the Russian Federation’s Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB).

On Monday Venezuela’s foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro complained that the new military pact between Bogota and Washington is “a shame for the history of our continent.” The 10-year deal, which was signed last Friday during a brief closed-door ceremony in Bogota, will facilitate the deployment of 800 US troops and 600 civilian contractors at seven military bases in Colombia. Maduro ranted: “The presence of US troops in Colombia poses a serious threat to stability in the region. There is no guarantee that the Colombian territory could not be used against other countries in the region. The deal was signed under a shroud of secrecy.” The US soldiers will be tasked with rendering “practical aid” to Colombia’s armed forces in the suppression of the drug trade and the country’s Marxist guerrillas. Incidentally, this past summer Maduro was seen escorting soon-to-be-reinstalled Honduran president Manuel Zelaya about Nicaragua.

In response to the new US-Colombian military pact, the Chavezista regime is reinforcing its military in Tachira state. A total of 515 border guards have been deployed there, explained Javier Rosales, deputy commander of the No.1 Regional Command of the National Guard. Chavez has also frozen diplomatic ties with Bogota again, as he did during last year’s Andean Crisis. In a third punitive measure, Venezuela, which is facing domestic food shortages, has curbed the import of such staples from Colombia, its second-biggest trading partner after the USA. Instead, Caracas has diversified commerce with Red Axis allies like Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Bolivia. This past August Colombian exports to Venezuela plunged 45.7 percent from a year earlier. For his part, Uribe accused Chavez of funding and supplying FARC with weapons.

If a hot war breaks out between the two countries, as it almost did in March 2008, then Ecuador will probably support Venezuela and FARC by opening up a southern front in Colombia with its small air force. The latter includes six Mirage 50 fighter jets newly acquired from Comrade Hugo, who lately purchased 24 Sukhoi Su-30 multi-role strike fighters from Russia. In terms of ground-based firepower Venezuela operates 84 French-built AMX-30 main battle tanks (MBTs), 36 AMX-13C.90 light tanks, and 78 British-built Scorpion light tanks. Chavez is also awaiting delivery of 92 Soviet-built T-72 MBTs. Venezuela’s army, therefore, has a growing edge over Colombia’s, which has no tank capacity whatsoever.

After 50 years of communist insurgency in Colombia, the Soviet strategists are no doubt anxious to topple this stubborn “domino.” A red regime in Bogota would transform the country into an impregnable narco-terrorist state and base for hemispheric Soviet subversion.

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Poles angered by media report: Zapad 2009 war game offensive in nature, simulated nuclear attack against Poland, amphibious landing

>Russia has laid bare its real intentions with respect to Poland. Every Pole must get off the fence and be counted as a patriot or a traitor.
— “Ted,” Polish patriot, speaking to Polskie Radio in response to recent Russian-Belarusian war game

– Estonian President Urges NATO to Counter Kremlin Saber Rattling by Holding “Large-Scale” Military Drill in Baltics, Latvia to Host War Game in Summer 2010

– French Warship to Visit St. Petersburg, Paris to Deliver 650-Foot Mistral-Class Helicopter Carrier/ Amphibious Assault Ship after Deal Conclusion

Pictured above: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (left) and Polish counterpart Donald Tusk take part in a joint press conference after their meeting in Gdansk on September 1, 2009.

In his 1999 book Origins of the Fourth World War, American geopolitical analyst Jeff Nyquist begins his narrative of a Communist Bloc-instigated nuclear war by writing: “There are news flashes . . .” Will 2009 witness news flashes similar to those of 1939? Seven decades after the Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland, the Kremlin’s imperialistic designs on Europe are once again evident.

We extensively covered the Union State of Russia and Belarus’ Zapad (“West”) 2009 war game in September. The combined military drill took place in both countries, including Russia’s Baltic exclave Kaliningrad, and witnessed the deployment of 12,500 Russian soldiers and Belarusian KGB troops in the latter country, adjacent to former Warsaw Pact-turned-NATO member Poland. (In Belarus the KGB is still called by its old, dreaded name.) At the same time, thousands of Russian troops carried out another drill near Lake Ladoga, close to the Finnish border. Both war games, in which NATO forces hypothetically invaded Russia via Finland, the Baltic republics, and Poland, were originally billed as defensive in nature.

Belarusian nationalists protested against the deployment of 6,000 Russian soldiers on their soil, but the communist regime of President Alexander Lukashenko, a compliant lackey of the Soviet strategists, quickly smashed the street demonstrations. One week after Zapad 2009 finished, the Belarusian opposition media reported that many Russian troops had yet to decamp and head back to their homeland. Charter 97 contended that the Russians had no intention of leaving and that a creeping re-occupation of Belarus by the Russian Ground Forces had begun. Four weeks later we have been unable to confirm that all Russian troops have vacated Belarus.

This week Wprost, one of Poland’s leading news magazines, has obtained documents proving that Zapad 2009 was offensive, not defensive, in nature, a fact that we strongly suspected during our own coverage of the event. Among other simulations, the Russian Air Force practiced a nuclear attack against Polish targets, while Russian marines used the beaches of Kaliningrad to carry out a mock amphibious landing along Poland’s Baltic coast, which included securing a natural gas pipeline. The latter battle scenario is an obvious wink toward the still-in-development Soviet-German NordStream project. Russian soldiers and Belarusian KGB troops also simulated the suppression of an uprising by Belarus’s Polish minority.

Wprost’s revelations are historically significant because nearly three decades ago “Zapad 1981” also simulated a Soviet invasion of Poland, then under Moscow’s overt control. Martial law, implemented by the ruling Polish United Workers’ Party, was then in effect following the Gdansk shipyard strikes. In reporting this information from Wprost, moreover, Britain’s Telegraph, interestingly, referred to the Russian Armed Forces as the “Red Army.” In view of the “ex”-communists and “ex”-KGB/GRU types who still despotically rule in Moscow and Minsk and in view of the red star of Bolshevism that is still displayed by the Russian and Belarusian armies, can one honestly say that there’s much difference between Zapad 1981 and Zapad 2009?

Polish politicians and citizens were outraged by Wprost’s revelations. Conservative member of parliament Karol Karski has protested to the European Commission, while his colleague Marek Opiola pointed out: “It’s an attempt [by Russia] to put us in our place. Don’t forget all this happened on the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland.” At the time the Zapad 2009 drill was unfolding, Poland’s Defense Minister Bogdan Klich warned: “It is a demonstration of strength. We are monitoring the exercises to see what has been planned.” Wladyslaw Stasiak, chief of President Lech Kaczynski’s office and former chief of Poland’s National Security Council, confided: “We didn’t like the appearance of the exercises and the name harkened back to the days of the Warsaw Pact.”

One man in the street, “Ted,” told Polskie Radio: “Russia has laid bare its real intentions with respect to Poland. Every Pole must get off the fence and be counted as a patriot or a traitor.” It seems, however, that Poles are divided on the matter of Russia’s intentions toward Poland because “conservative” Prime Minister Donald Tusk has pursued a policy of rapprochement with Moscow, including a little-reported meeting between Poland’s top general and his Russian counterpart. This meeting of generals apparently took place on the sidelines of the Tusk-Putin conference in Gdansk. Although “Ted” is speaking for his countrymen in Poland, the Obama White House should also take heed and “get off the fence” by openly acknowledging the neo-Soviet threat breathing down NATO’s neck.

In response to Zapad 2009, Estonian President Hendrik Ilves suggested carrying out a NATO military exercise in the Baltic states. Latvia has agreed to host a “large-scale” war game in the summer of 2010.

NATO’s policy toward Russia, though, is schizophrenic. As we have previously reported, Russia will shortly purchase a 650-Foot Mistral-class helicopter carrier/ amphibious assault ship from veteran NATO member France. The negotiations for the deal were hammered out between STX France and DCNS, France’s civil and naval shipbuilders, and the Russian Defense Ministry. A similar ship will visit St. Petersburg in late November. UPI editorializes: “The deal will mark the most important transfer of military equipment to Russia by a NATO member.” In light of the Soviets’ mock amphibious assault against Poland during Zapad 2009, this deal is also a very troubling transfer of military technology.

Meanwhile, the Russian Navy’s strategic submarines continue to test their nuclear arsenal. On Sunday the Bryansk successfully fired a missile from the submerged position in the Barents Sea. The report from state-run Novosti did not indicate whether this missile was part of the Kremlin’s new Bulava series of SLBMs, which have a spotty record of success in their trial launches. The last Bulava launch took place in October 2008 and was a failure. The Bryansk carries 16 nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.

>Breaking News: Honduras’ rival governments resolve dispute, Zelaya to serve out balance of presidential term

>Latin America’s Red Axis scores a victory with peaceful re-installation of compliant lackey. Details later.

>Latin America File: Correa scurries to Moscow; Colombia denies airspace access for fighter jet transfer from Venezuela to Ecuador

>On Wednesday Ecuador’s leftist president Rafael Correa arrived in Russia on a three-day working visit. This is the first time that a sitting Ecuadorean president has travelled to Moscow, during or after the Cold War. While huddling with counterpart Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, Correa signed a strategic partnership that addresses bilateral relations in politics, security, civilian nuclear power, environmental protection, education, science, culture, and tourism. “We would like to develop good neighbor, full-format relations with all Latin American countries,” Medvedev gushed to reporters after his meeting with Correa.

The two leaders also signed a contract by which Russia will supply the Ecuadorean army with two Mi-171E Hip helicopters. Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin revealed yesterday that Quito has requested a loan from Moscow, but he did not specify an amount.

President Correa and Nikolai Patrushev, current secretary of the Russian Security Council and former chief of the FSB/KGB, lately rubbed elbows in Bolivia, at the summit of Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA). There the Soviet strategists endeavored to secure bloc-wide recognition for the independence of Georgia’s two breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. At the time Patrushev delivered a message from Medvedev to Russia’s Latin American allies: “I consider my first meeting with the ALBA leaders held in Caracas last November very useful. I think it necessary to consolidate contacts with the forum.” Patrushev himself declared: “You cannot call South America a backyard of the USA.” Perhaps this sentiment was the one that on October 23 motivated the State Duma to pass a bill approving the deployment of Russian troops anywhere in the world, “to prevent aggression by other states and to protect Russian citizens on foreign soil.”

Since late last year the Kremlin has witnessed a parade of communist and center-left leaders from Latin America, including Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, Evo Morales, and Cristina Kirchner.

Meanwhile, on October 27 El Universal reported that the transfer of the first three of six French-built Mirage 50 fighter jets from the Venezuelan Air Force to its Ecuadorean counterpart has been delayed due to a failure to secure permission to fly over an unnamed third country. Little knowledge of geography, however, is required to figure out that the unnamed third country is Colombia, which is situated between Venezuela and Ecuador. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe’s reception of US counter-narcotics troops has earned the wrath of Latin America’s Red Axis, especially Venezuela’s top commie thug Chavez. Since the March 2008 Andean Crisis Bogota has had no diplomatic relations with Quito and only on-again, off-again relations with Caracas, even though all three countries belong to the new Union of South American Nations (UNASUR). Ecuador currently chairs the rotating presidency of UNASUR.

To fly the Mirages to Ecuador, the Venezuelan Air Force has only three other options. One option is to transport the aircraft via Panama. Panama’s rightist president Ricardo Martinelli, however, openly opposes the Chavezista regime and would unlikely consent to such a request from the Venezuelan military. A second option is to transport the aircraft via Brazil and Peru. While Brazil’s center-left government would probably agree to facilitate such a transfer via its airspace, the response from Peru’s center-left government, a US ally, is uncertain.

A third option is to transport the Mirages via Nicaragua, although more fuel would be consumed to complete such a delivery across Central America. In this case, the Venezuelan Air Force would probably have to refuel in Managua and then approach Ecuador via the Pacific Ocean. Nicaragua’s Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega would be only too happy to open his country’s airspace to Venezuelan combat aircraft. In fact, in late September we reported that Ortega hurriedly approved the deployment of a skeleton crew of 30 Venezuelan troops, with warplanes and warships, in Nicaragua beginning November 1. In spite of official denials from Managua, we strongly suspect that the planned arrival of Venezuelan firepower in Central America is related to the tense situation between the rival governments of Honduran President Roberto Micheletti and his deposed adversary Manuel Zelaya.

As it turns out, on October 30 El Universal reported that the Ecuadorean Air Force’s latest acquisitions arrived via Panama.

Colombia is surrounded by external enemies, like the region’s Red Axis states, as well as endangered by enemies from within, such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The world’s largest narco-communist guerrilla army, FARC represents a major threat to the stability of the Colombian government. Several days after the Chavezista regime gloated over the arrest of alleged Colombian spies on Venezuelan soil, Colombian border police prevented two indigenous women from smuggling 22 bars of military-grade pentolite into the country from Ecuador. Colombian authorities also arrested a man who allegedly paid the women to transport the explosives. Bogota contends that the Ecuadorean nationals were running the weapons to FARC.

>Latin America File: Chavez exports red revolution throughout hemisphere; tensions rise in Honduras as Micheletti’s nephew murdered, DM’s dad kidnapped

>In Panama City the Ministry of Government and Justice recently learned that the diplomatic corps from the Venezuelan embassy was traipsing about the country, delivering lectures promoting socialism. In response, the Ministry of Foreign Relations summoned the Venezuelan ambassador, Jorge Luis Doran, to explain his actions. Unapologetic, Doran declared: “We have a right to inform the Panamanian population about the positive results of the Chavez revolution.” Doran, however, did not appear eager to inform Panamanians about the negative results of the communist revolution in Venezuela, such as food shortages, water shortages, and regular electrical blackouts. Panamanian disciples of Chavismo have organized at least 50 groups in that country.

Pictured above: Water tanker in Caracas, on October 22, 2009.

Earlier this year the election to Panama’s presidency of US-educated businessman Ricardo Martinelli reversed a 10-year political slide to the left throughout Latin America. Martinelli’s predecessor, center-leftist Martin Torrijos, had banked on the election of his housing minister Balbina Herrera, who was allegedly receiving payoffs from Chavez. However, Panamanian voters wisely moved to the right, rejecting Torrijos’ croney. Martinelli is a firm opponent of Chavez. Several weeks ago his government brokered a deal with Washington to establish two counter-narcotics bases on the Pacific coast of Panama. The US military withdrew from Panama 10 years ago after ceding control of the canal zone to Panama City.

Elsewhere in Central America Chavez’s communist agents have set up “peace bases” in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as Cuba, from which the Bolivarian regime in Caracas derives ideological inspiration even as its props up President Raul Castro’s decrepit red regime with petrodollars.

In Peru the government of mildly center-leftist President Alan Garcia, a US ally, is investigating monetary transfers between Caracas and Ollanta Humala, the leftist candidate defeated by Garcia in 2006. Peruvian disciples of Chavismo have set up “ALBA houses” in that country to agitate for socialist revolution. ALBA refers to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, a bloc of nine socialist states in Central and South America and the Caribbean Basin.

Although no longer a genocidal force as during the 1980s, the Maoist guerrillas of the Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path still lurk in the jungle, knocking off soldiers and policemen when opportunity permits. Not so coincidentally, Tomas Borge, an aging KGB asset and Maoist who served as the first Sandinista regime’s interior minister, is presently serving as the second Sandinista regime’s ambassador to Peru. During the 1980s, according to Soviet strategy expert Joseph Douglass, Borge and General Humberto Ortega, former leader of the Sandinista Popular Army, were important cogs in Moscow’s red cocaine plot to subvert the USA, still unfolding today. Two decades later Humberto, Daniel’s younger brother, lives in the lap of luxury in a fancy Managua spread.

In South America Caracas maintains a covert, but well-documented relationship with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which consists of weapons and logistical support in the form of advance FARC patrols on Venezuelan soil. The Chavezista regime can also count on public relations support supplied by Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba, an informal spokesentity for the FARC. This week the Chavezista regime alleged that it had apprehended Colombian security agents who were planning to destabilize the Venezuelan government.

Gustavo Coronel, a former Venezuelan congressman who lost his seat in 1999, when the newly elected President Chavez dissolved that body, warns: “The hemisphere ignores the Chavez threat at its peril.” Human Events, linked above, notes that the Chavezista regime has designated Coronel as an “enemy” of the Bolivarian Revolution.

Meanwhile in strife-torn Honduras, assailants kidnapped wealthy businessman Alfredo Jalil, the father of Honduras’ acting defense minister, on Tuesday. This incident follows last Friday’s abduction and killing of the 25-year-old nephew of lawful President Roberto Micheletti, Enzo. Honduran authorities concede that Enzo’s death could be a “possible political attack.” Simultaneously, unknown assailants shot and killed Honduran army colonel Concepcion Jimenez outside his home. Deposed president Manuel Zelaya, a slavish Chavez ally, remains holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, to which he secretly returned on September 21. Negotiations between Honduras’ rival governments, brokered by the Organization for American States, are deadlocked.

In El Salvador the country’s first-ever leftist regime is deploying 1,760 army troops throughout the country to putatively combat the FARC-originated cocaine flow through Central America. Even though El Salvador has only 6.6 million people, as opposed to Mexico’s 111 million, the number of people killed in the Central American country’s drug war is comparable to the more highly publicized slaughter south of the US-Mexican border. Since January the body count in El Salvador has topped 3,430 corpses. President Mauricio Funes, the center-left frontman for the Marxist-controlled Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, is reportedly considering plans to deploy even more troops to support the National Civilian Police.

This past Sunday the FMLN regime in San Salvador also received the credentials of Cuba’s new ambassador Pedro Pablo Prada Quintero. San Salvador terminated diplomatic relations with Havana shortly after the Cuban Revolution in 1959. During the civil war that wracked El Salvador between 1980 and January 1992, the Soviet Union and Cuba supplied arms to the FMLN insurgents. Funes’ vice president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, was formerly the FMLN’s battlefield commander. We expect El Salvador’s former guerrilla army to establish a communist dictatorship in that country via the battle-hardened Ceren, rather than the dapper Funes, a former correspondence for CNN’s Spanish-language service. Indeed, if Funes outlives his usefulness, he may join El Salvador’s rising body count as Sanchez Ceren seizes the presidency.

>Latin America File: Sandinista judges nullify presidential re-election ban for Ortega, open door for new communist dictatorship in Nicaragua

>– Nicaraguan Riot Police, Sandinista Thugs Break Up Peaceful March by Separatist Moskito Indians

– Former FSB/KGB Chief Attends ALBA Summit in Bolivia, Negotiates Bloc-Wide Recognition for Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Exchange for Kremlin Credits

On Monday night the constitutional commission of the Nicaraguan Supreme Court struck down a ban against presidential re-election and two-term limits. Not surprisingly, only cadres of President Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) took part in the ruling, while the president of the Supreme Court, a member of the opposition Constitutionalist Liberal Party (PLC), refused to acknowledge the decision. “Ortega is completely disqualified from being a candidate,” Chief Justice Manuel Martinez declared, referring to the next presidential election in 2011. Monday’s ruling will also allow consecutive re-election of 109 mayors in 2012. Last November FSLN candidates fraudulently stole the majority of municipal governments, prompting Washington to terminate financial aid to Central America’s poorest country.

“What happened last night was an ambush,” spluttered Martinez, claiming that the constitutional commission’s Liberal members were not informed in time to take part. Deputy Chief Justice Rafael Solis, a Sandinista, gloated: “The ruling is an un-appealable judgment, it’s been ruled upon.”

Loyal Soviet ally Ortega, whose Marxist guerrillas overthrew the US-backed dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza in 1979, began his second presidential term in January 2007. Ortega has been unable to obtain the 56 votes needed to allow a constitutional reform via Congress, hence the legal maneuvers of Nicaragua’s top Sandinista judges. “If we allow Ortega to get away with this, there is no going back,” warned Enrique Saenz, leader of the opposition Sandinista Renovation Movement, a haven for Sandinista “purists” who reject Ortega’s leadership.

Under a 2000 power-sharing deal with then President Arnoldo Aleman, the Sandinistas and the Liberals were apportioned seats on the Supreme Court to the exclusion of other parties. Aleman, who was convicted of corruption charges in 2002, was released from jail earlier this year, exposing the sordid collusion between the FSLN and the PLC.

Nicaragua’s neo-Sandinista regime is utilizing standard communist tactics to consolidate a new dictatorship. This consists of circumventing the people’s representatives, “in the name of the people,” of course, by manipulating the judicial system. The same process of subversion has taken place for at least 50 years in the USA via “judicial activism,” where repeated Supreme Court rulings have undermined the country’s Judeo-Christian ethos to the point that a possible Soviet mole now sits in the White House. You can be sure that the Soviet strategists are carefully monitoring events in Managua as they prepare to ship new military hardware to Ortega and renovate the Cold War-era military runway at Punta Huete, north of Lake Managua.

Ortega’s communist buddies in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia—Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa, and Evo Morales—have successfully employed similar constitutional maneuvers to eliminate presidential term limits in order to consolidate their dictatorships. The Honduran coup of June 28, for example, represented a backlash against an attempt by Latin America’s Red Axis to install compliant lackey Manuel Zelaya as permanent president. Zelaya has been holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa since he snuck back into Honduras on September 21. In spite of international mediation, the standoff between the legitimate government of President Roberto Micheletti and the deposed Zelaya has yet to be resolved. Even though Micheletti has scheduled a presidential election for November, a ballot in which he will prudently not participate, most international bodies have condemned Honduras’ military-backed regime, the first such in the region since the Cold War.

Meanwhile, the neo-Sandinista regime is once again oppressing Nicaragua’s indigenous Miskito Indian population, which nominally seceded from the country last April with very little international fanfare. The Costa Rican media reports that on Monday 8,000 separatists marched peacefully through Bilwi, capital of the North Atlantic Autonomous Region. There they were attacked by riot police with tear gas and bullets, as well as by “drunken Sandinista thugs” hurling rocks. After the dust settled, according to unconfirmed reports, two indigenous men were dead, eight people injured, and an unknown number of people under arrest. During a Monday evening telephone interview with the Nica Times, Rev. Héctor Williams, leader of the self-declared Communitarian Nation of the Moskitia, stated that the situation in Bilwi is “very serious”: “This is not over yet, and I don’t know how this night is going to end, or what Bilwi will be like tomorrow. Their plan is to massacre, destroy and exterminate us, but the people are defending themselves with their fingernails and rocks.”

Guillermo Espinosa, the separatist government’s minister of defense, rumbled: “If they are going to mistreat us, we won’t allow it. We are going forward on independence.” Last Saturday Espinosa denounced an alleged attack by the Nicaraguan Navy on a 12-passenger panga (small boat) ferrying indigenous residents from Sandy Bay, a community north of Bilwi. Espinosa told The Nica Times that one indigenous man was killed and several others injured when the navy boat “intentionally” plowed into the panga on the “open ocean,” meaning the Caribbean Sea.

Elsewhere in Latin America the Soviet strategists are nursing the development of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), a political-economic-cultural alliance of nine socialist states under the regional leadership of Havana and Caracas. On October 16 and 17 ALBA’s government leaders and delegates convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia (pictured above) where they approved the creation of the sucre, a regional currency that will in 2010 replace the US dollar in commerce between member states. ALBA consists of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Honduras, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda. Last year Zelaya guided Honduras into the region’s Red Axis, a move that alarmed the anti-communists in the country’s ruling Liberal Party and this past summer prompted them to constitutionally remove Chavez’s obsequious toady.

In a troubling related development the Armenian media reports that Nikolai Patrushev, current secretary of the Russian Security Council and former chief of the FSB/KGB, showed up on the ALBA summit sidelines. There he negotiated recognition for the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia from all ALBA member states in exchange for Kremlin credits. The only countries that presently recognize the independence of the two breakaway Georgian regions are Russia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. In November 2008, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, while visiting reliable ally Chavez in Caracas, indicated that Moscow intends to join ALBA. If this comes to pass, the total strategic failure of US policy makers since the Reagan Era will be exposed.

>Latin America File: Regional politicians, security experts accuse Venezuela, Nicaragua, Brazil of launching arms race with Russia’s aid

>Former Guatemalan Defense Minister: Ortega’s Revived Alliance with Russia Contravenes Letter and Spirit of Central American Democratic Security Treaty

During a recent forum in Prague, politicians and security experts from Latin America warned that the leftist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Brazil have instigated a regional arms race. With reference to Hugo Chavez’s “Bolivarian Revolution,” former Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga accused Venezuela of moving ahead with “the most dangerous project of our history.” Educated in the USA, the conservative Quiroga briefly held office in 2001 and 2002. During Bolivia’s 2005 presidential election he lost to self-avowed communist Evo Morales.

Pictured above: Communist reincarnation: Remove the A, V and Z from “Chavez” and you get “Che.”

Colombian political analyst Javier Loaiza pointed out, by contrast, that the Colombian government is justified in building up its military to counter the narco-communist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Similarly, the Mexican government is justified in building up its military to counter the indigenous drug cartels that are working hand in glove with the FARC. However, Loaiza laments that “other countries with no major internal problems” have launched drives to acquire offensive weapons.

For his part, former Guatemalan Defense Minister General Francisco Bermudez expressed disappointment that the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Security Council has been silent “about the arms race in three or four countries, when it should be promoting confidence building measures.” Bermudez insists that the Central American Armed Forces Conference should also address the issue, since the new arms race “interferes directly with a twenty-year process to ensure peace and dis-tension in the region, thus avoiding conflicts.” Specifically citing Nicaragua’s neo-Sandinista regime as an offender, Bermudez explains:

The military cooperation requested by Nicaragua to Russia is contrary to the letter and spirit of the Democratic Security Framework Treaty, subscribed in 1995. The activities of Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega generate mistrust when he is involved in the rearming of the Sandinista army, that is in flagrant opposition to the Central American Democratic Security treaty, of which we are all members and was specifically agreed to prevent conflicts.

The general concluded: “Latin America needs development investments, not an arms race.” That Bermudez refers to the Nicaraguan National Army as the “Sandinista army” is telling for students of the international communist conspiracy.

Overall, Latin American countries allocated US$47 billion to their defense budgets in 2008, as opposed to US$24 billion in 2003, reflecting a doubling of such expenditures within five years. Loaiza noted that since Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva assumed the Brazilian presidency in January 2003, that country’s defense budget has increased by 50 per cent.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Medvedev promises “full-fledged, permanent and highly effective exercises”; subs test-launch missiles from Pacific

>Hillary Scores Big on Strategic Arms Reduction with Soviets: Kremlin Affirms Doctrine of Preemptive Nuclear Strikes

Under the 10-year rule of KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, currently prime minister, Russia has witnessed an energy-based economic resurgence. This, in turn, has fueled a rapid remilitarization that includes revitalized long-range bomber patrols (since 2007), a limited re-projection of naval power on the high seas (since 2008), purchases of major military hardware from NATO countries (like a French amphibious assault ship in 2009), and frequent exercises with its allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Under the auspices of the SCO, Sino-Russian “Peace Mission” drills, unthinkable during the fake Sino-Soviet split of the Cold War era, have occurred on an almost annual basis since 2005.

This year the Russian military carried out major war games such as Caucasus 2009 (near Georgia), Ladoga 2009 (near Finland), and Zapad 2009 (near Poland and Lithuania), and is presently flexing its muscles in Kazakhstan for Cooperation 2009, which will inaugurate the CSTO’s new Collective Rapid Reaction Force. In September of last year all branches of the Russian military, in conjunction with civil defense authorities, carried out the Stability 2008 exercise across the country, witnessed in person by Venezuela’s red dictator Hugo Chavez. For the first time since the Cold War, air raid sirens howled over St. Petersburg and other Russian cities.

The neo-Soviet leadership is using the five-day skirmish with Georgia in August 2008 as a pretext for remilitarization. In July of this year Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, with specific reference to the Caucasus 2009 drill, stated: “For us the main lesson from those events is the need to hold full-fledged, permanent and highly effective exercises for all arms and branches of Russia’s armed forces.”

Pictured above: Medvedev, with Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko, inspect small arms at the Obuz-Lesnovsky firing range near Baranovichi, Belarus, on September 29. The Union State of Russia and Belarus was at that time wrapping up its combined military exercise, Zapad 2009.

On October 6 and 7, two Russian Delta III-class strategic submarines, the St. George the Triumphant and the Ryazan, test-launched ballistic missiles from unspecified locations in the Pacific Ocean, presumably from a submerged position. The RSM-50 (NATO designation SS-N-18 Stringray) missiles hit targets in northern Russia. Each submarine carries up to 16 such missiles, while each missile boasts a range of 8,000 kilometers and contains up to seven nuclear MIRV-able warheads.

Meanwhile, between October 9 and 14 the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will conduct a series of drills near the town of Teikovo, located about 250 kilometers east of Moscow. At least six warplanes and helicopters, as well as 36 pilots will participate in the exercise, the nature of which was not disclosed to the Kremlin media. Teikovo is home to the 54th Strategic Missile Division, where the first two battalions were equipped with six road-mobile Topol-M (NATO designation SS-27 Stalin) intercontinental ballistic missile systems. Part of Russia’s nuclear triad, the Topol-M has a range of 7,000 kilometers. As of January 2009 the SMF operated 50 silo-based and six road-mobile Topol-M systems.

Incidentally, in August Medvedev appointed Lieutenant General Andrei Shvaichenko new SMF commander, replacing Shvaichenko’s superior, Colonel General Nikolai Solovtsov, who resigned at the mandatory age of 60 years. In the event of a superpower showdown, the Soviet chain of command will begin, in our opinion, with Gennady Zyuganov, de facto leader of Russia and chairman of the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union, and pass through Putin before reaching Shvaichenko.

Ostensibly in possession of the Kremlin’s “nuclear briefcase,” Medvedev is widely perceived even in the MSM as a compliant Putin lackey. In May 2008 Russian state television showed a military officer handing the nuclear briefcase to Medvedev and barking: “Comrade commander-in-chief! Allow me to give you control of the strategic forces of the country.” In spite of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent trip to Moscow to forge a new strategic arms reduction treaty with the Soviets, Nikolai Patrushev, former FSB/KGB chief and current secretary of the Russian Security Council, simultaneously released a report affirming Russia’s right to carry out preemptive nuclear strikes. Got civil defense? Probably not. (Note video at previous link with conspicuous hammer and sickle behind Hillary during Moscow speech.)

>USSR2 File: Belarus eases up on some elements of its Soviet-era command economy, retains price controls on "socially important" products

>Belarus’ communist dictatorship, reports Reuters, is easing up on some of its Soviet-era command economy controls, including retail price regulations. However—you knew “however” was coming—Minsk will retain controls on 50 “socially important” products, including milk, meat, salt, and sugar, as well as tariffs on goods and services. The Belarusian government normally sets price ceilings on products, limits profitability of processing firms, and imposes mark-ups for wholesalers and producers. The International Monetary Fund–which Belarus’ South American ally Hugo Chavez labels an agent of “neo-liberalism” and “US imperialism”–has granted the “former” Soviet republic a US$3.5 billion standby loan if Minsk fully liberalizes the country’s pricing structure.

Pictured above: On October 9 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends the summit of the Commonwealth of “Independent” States, a sort of placeholder for the soon-to-be-restored Soviet Union, in Chisinau, Moldova.

In September consumer prices in Belarus rose by 0.3 percent, while real inflation increased by 9 to 11 percent. Unchecked inflation, coupled with widespread insurrection, could very well precipitate the demise of Comrade Lukashenko’s retro-Soviet regime. For the Soviet strategists, that will not do.

>USSR2 File: Medvedev travels to Chisinau, meets with Lupu on CIS summit sidelines; Kommersant speculates “ex”-red will become Moldova’s next president

>On October 13 the European media published a story that confirmed our version of events with respect to the formation of Moldova’s new crypto-communist government. Although the small country’s acting president Mihai Ghimpu and prime minister Vlad Filat are putatively non-communist, two parties in the governing coalition are led by “ex”-communists. Over the weekend Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a Soviet Komsomol graduate, conferred with Marian Lupu, a “former” communist who established his own opposition party, which is now part of the “ruling” pro-European alliance.

Meeting on the sidelines of a summit of the Commonwealth of “Independent” States (CIS) in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, Medvedev, reported Russian daily Kommersant, “discussed with Lupu as if he were the president of the Republic of Moldova.” The daily directly quoted Medvedev as saying: “I would like to discuss with you our bilateral relations, because being in Chisinau and not doing so would be wrong. Your country is putting in place a new leadership, and we are interested in developing friendly relations.” Moscow is therefore preparing a friendly gesture in the form of a US$500 million loan for Chisinau, apparently to persuade Moldovan parliamentarians to vote for “ex”-communist Lupu as national president on October 23. Kommersant speculated that Lupu will “probably be the next president” of Moldova since Medvedev conspicuously refused to meet with Moldova’s last president, open communist and former Soviet Interior Ministry general Vladimir Voronin.

On the CIS summit sidelines Medvedev (pictured above) also met with Armenia’s “ex”-communist president, Serge Sargsyan, to discuss bilateral trade relations and military cooperation, as well as Azerbaijan’s president Ilham Aliyev, to discuss the fate of Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian-speaking enclave in Azerbaijan. In addition to rubbing elbows with the Russian president in Chisinau, Sargsyan was also scheduled to fly to Moscow the following day for additional consultations with the Kremlin leadership. For his part, Aliyev’s father was Azerbaijan’s long-time KGB-communist dictator Heydar, while Azerbaijan’s head of the presidential administration is the “former” ideologist of the Azerbaijan Communist Party.

>Red Dawn Alert: China, Venezuela, Brazil dredge, expand and modernize Cuban port facilities to accommodate larger commercial (and military?) vessels

>With financial assistance from Communist China and Venezuela, via Puertos del ALBA, an arm of the socialist Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, Cuba is dredging, expanding, and modernizing three ports in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. With financial backing from Brazil’s semi-communist government, Cuba will also build the new Port of Mariel west of Havana. Pictured above: El Morro Lighthouse in Havana Bay.

The red dictatorship in Cuba is moving ahead with these projects to accommodate the larger ships that are expected to traverse the Caribbean Sea after the Panama Canal is enlarged. Hutchison-Whampoa, which is owned by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing, a close associate of the Butchers of the Beijing, already controls container port facilities at either end of the Panama Canal and at Freeport, in the Bahamas. Red Chinese government officials have visited the Freeport facility.

Doubtlessly, the ruling Communist Party of Cuba is anxious to upgrade its port facilities, which during the 1980s handled 12 million tons of cargo annually but now only 3 million, due in part to the global economic recession. However, thinking strategically, larger port facilities would not only accommodate larger commercial vessels, but also larger military vessels, such as the Russian warships that are once again scheduled to show up in Havana Bay this December.

In a related story, last December Russia and this year the United Arab Emirates pledged to build a canal across Nicaragua via Lake Nicaragua, a dream that has floated around Central America for well over a hundred years. Will Cuba, Nicaragua, and the Bahamas one day become a staging point for a Communist Bloc invasion of the USA? We can only speculate now but, in our opinion, this scenario is not beyond the realm of possibility. At the very least, the Communist Bloc is seeking to control the strategic waterways of the Caribbean Basin.

On October 8 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez welcomed 240 Cuban doctors to his country, where they will disperse to 7,000 primary health care centers. Under that professional cover, these Cuban agents will no doubt spread the Gospel According to Marx among Venezuelans. The communist regime in Caracas has replaced the Soviet Union as Cuba’s chief financial benefactor.

>USSR2 File: Moldova’s fake makeover: Post-communist government controlled by (surprise!) “ex”-communists, parliament dominated by open Communist Party

>Following two turbulent elections in April and July, the ruling Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova once again secured a plurality of seats in the national parliament, but not enough to form another government. Instead, four parties committed to integrating Moldova, one of Europe’s most impoverished countries, into the European Union (EU) formed a coalition government. Together the Liberal Democratic Party, Liberal Party, Democratic Party, and Our Moldova Alliance commanded enough seats in parliament to elect the country’s acting president, Mihai Ghimpu of the Liberal Party. Vlad Filat of the Liberal Democratic Party was appointed prime minister (pictured above). Two-term president Vladimir Voronin, a communist who in an earlier political incarnation attained the rank of general in the Soviet Interior Ministry, was constitutionally compelled to step down from his office.

Last gasp for Moldova’s communists, who enjoyed an electoral resurgence for eight years beginning in 2001, right? Not so fast. Two important leaders in Moldova’s new ruling Alliance for European Integration are, lo and behold, “ex”-communists, Serafim Urechean of the Our Moldova Alliance and Marian Lupu of the Democratic Party. Moldova’s acting president, Ghimpu, moreover, co-founded the People’s Front of Moldova, which became the country’s new ruling party in 1991 when the Moldavian section of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union banned itself and changed its name.

In 2000 former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev described the EU as the “new European Soviet,” meaning that the European super-state is nothing more than a partial fulfillment of Vladimir Lenin’s dream of creating a “world proletarian republic” from regional building blocs of socialist states. Moscow’s clandestine role in supporting the formation of the EU, asserted Soviet defector Vladimir Bukovsky in a 2006 interview with the Brussels Journal, was carried out in tandem with Western Europe’s social democrats and socialists. The Soviet strategists love the EU because the EU is their collective baby. By contrast, they do not love NATO which, while boasting overlapping membership with the EU, is dominated by Moscow’s archnemesis, Washington.

Prime Minister Filat advocates EU membership for Moldova and the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers, present in Moldova’s Russian-speaking breakaway region Transnistria since 1992. Geographically, the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic is wedged between Romania and Ukraine. Significantly, Filat insists that Moldova will maintain close relations with Moscow and neither join NATO nor unify with NATO member Romania but, rather, remain neutral. “Moldova is a neutral country,” Filat announced on October 9, adding: “This is determined by its constitution. We want normal relations with NATO. Or at least those close to the level Russia has with the alliance.” Moldovan political analyst Sergei Nazaria commented on Filat’s remarks: “From my perspective, we do not face any threats today and nobody is planning to attack us. In the present geopolitical situation, it makes sense to maintain Moldova’s neutrality. The North Atlantic alliance is not quite a friendly organization for Russia. If we join NATO, we will be perceived as ‘not very good people’ . . . This will lead to a dramatic worsening of relations with Russia.”

As usual, the Soviets have all the bases covered. Thus, while Moldova’s open communists no longer occupy the roles of head of state and government, the country’s “ex”-communists are in fact faithfully carrying out Lenin’s plan for creating a “neutral, socialist Europe” under Moscow’s thumb, to quote from KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn’s first book New Lies for Old (1984).

>MISSILE DAY ALERT: Belarusian opposition: More than one week after Zapad 2009 “several thousand” Russian troops have yet to return home

>On September 30 the website of Democratic Belarus reported that the 6,000 Russian troops who participated in the Union State’s Zapad 2009 war game were beginning to board trains heading east. More than a week later another oppositionist website, Charter 97, presented a different story: “Several thousands of Russian soldiers and officers who took part in Zapad-2009 maneuvers in Belarus haven’t returned to Russia. The Belarusian Ministry of Defense informs that the Russian troops, in particular motor-rifle, tank, and artillery troops, remain in Belarus.” The Union State carried out Zapad 2009 between September 18 and 29 at various training sites in Belarus, southern Russia, and Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic exclave wedged between Poland and Lithuania.

The Belarusian Defense Ministry’s media relations officer, Colonel Vyachslau Ramenchyk, offered an explanation for this “minor” oversight: “The ceremony of parting with the Russian troops is as solemn as the welcoming one. Representatives of the local authorities give flowers to the soldiers, say thanks and words of friendship.” In other words, “Get real, comrade! Our Russian friends are not leaving anytime soon.”

Zmitser Bandarenka, coordinator of the oppositionist European Belarus, reminds those who have ears to hear that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko probably conceded to a permanent Russian military presence in his country in exchange for Kremlin energy deals: “Lukashenka and [Russian counterpart Dmitry] Medvedev agreed to hold such manoeuvres every other year. It means that permanent Russian military units and equipment will stay here, because people can’t shuttle endlessly from east to west. In fact, it means a creeping occupation. Lukashenka probably found himself in a difficult economic situation, so he made such concessions.” Lukashenko and Medvedev are pictured above.

If Russia does not withdraw its troops from Belarus within the next few weeks, we can safely assume that a “creeping occupation” is indeed taking place.

To quote Comrade Scooby: “Ruh-oh.”

Russia ended its Soviet-era occupation of Belarus in June 1997, when President Boris Yeltsin withdrew troops connected to the Kremlin’s Strategic Missile Forces. The last Union State military drill to occur on Belarusian soil was Union Shield 2006, after which some 1,800 Russian troops presumably returned home.

Meanwhile, Belarus’ Defense Minister Leonid Maltsau is attending another “post”-Soviet war game, Cooperation 2009, in Kazakhstan. There troops from Russia, Armenia, and three republics from “former” Soviet Central Asia are training under the auspices of the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s new Collective Rapid Reaction Force.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Medvedev stresses “defensive” nature of Zapad 2009; Ladoga 2009 simulates NATO invasion of Russia via Finland

> Khamis al-Qaddafi, Brigade Commander in Libyan Army, Observes Zapad 2009; Son of Libyan Dictator Received Military Training in Moscow

– Russian Navy Carries Out Anti-Submarine Warfare, Live-Fire Exercises in Black Sea, Simulates Attack by “Hostile” (US?) Submarines

– 7,000 Soviet Troops from Russia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan Train as Part of New Collective Rapid Reaction Force

– Russian Army Denies Existence of “Black Eagle Super-Tank,” Acknowledges Introduction of New T-95 MBT in 2010

– South Korean Unification Ministry: North Korea Dumped References to Communism from Constitution in April, Enthroned Kim Jong-il as “Supreme Leader”

Between September 18 and 29 the Russian and Belarusian militaries, united under one command in the Union State, carried out the Zapad 2009 war game in both countries. The first Zapad (“West”) drill since 1999, the exercise involved 200 pieces of military equipment, 6,000 troops from the Russian Armed Forces, and 6,500 troops from the Belarusian Interior Ministry, Emergencies Ministry, and State Security Committee (KGB). Among other tasks the war game tested interoperability within the integrated Russian-Belarusian air defense system.

The last phase of Zapad 2009 took place in Russia’s Baltic exclave Kaliningrad (pictured above) and Belarus, where President Alexander Lukashenko hosted his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev. In the Kaliningrad Oblast Medvedev observed: “I would like to point out that the aim of our exercise is of a defensive nature. We are not threatening anyone. Despite problems of economic nature that emerged within the last year we are going to implement the whole scheduled program of military drills.” The Polish defense minister would probably disagree with Medvedev’s characterization of Zapad 2009 as a purely “defensive” exercise.

Incidentally, Belarusian opposition media outlet Charter 97 reveals that also in attendance at Zapad 2009 was Khamis al-Qaddafi, son of Libyan strongman Muammar. Khamis is commander of a “special reinforced brigade” in the Libyan army. A graduate of the military academy in Tripoli, he also received training at the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow and the Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. Libya’s long-time dictator recently addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York City and later went on a shopping binge during the second summit of South America and Africa in Venezuela.

As reported in the MSM, Zapad 2009 simulated a NATO invasion of Belarus via Poland and the Baltic republics, all former communist states, while Ladoga 2009 apparently simulated a simultaneous NATO invasion of northwestern Russia via Finland, which is neutral. Between August 10 and September 29 more than 10,000 servicemen, 4,000 pieces of hardware, 50 airplanes and helicopters, and over 20 warships and submarines took part in Ladoga 2009, which is named after the large lake between Russia and Finland. The fictitious frontline was 1,500 kilometers long and 300 kilometers deep. Specific exercises included a parachute drop of more than 1,000 airborne troops near St. Petersburg. On the last day of the war game Russian Ground Forces commander General Vladimir Boldyrev praised the “high level of skills and interaction” of the troops.

Between October 6 and 8, along Russia’s southern periphery, the Kremlin navy carried out anti-submarine warfare and live-fire drills in the Black Sea. “The aim of the exercises is to practice anti-submarine search-and-destroy missions. The drills involve warships, aircraft and a submarine from the Black Sea Fleet,” a naval spokesentity explained, adding: “The Smetlivy destroyer and three ASW corvettes, assisted by two Be-12 Mail ASW aircraft will simulate an attack with torpedoes and depth charges on a hostile submarine near the Russian coast.” The Black Sea Fleet’s ASW contingent consists of two ASW cruisers, an ASW destroyer, and at least six ASW corvettes. The fleet has only one submarine in active service, a Kilo-class Alrosa vessel.

Further east along Russia’s southern periphery 7,000 troops from that country and four other “former” Soviet republics–Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan–trained as part of a new “post”-Soviet Collective Rapid Reaction Force (CRRF). Last Friday the armies of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) assembled at Kazakhstan’s Matybulak training grounds for two weeks of maneuvers. The purpose of the CRRF is to deploy a nimble fighting force equivalent to NATO’s. Among other duties the CRRF will combat insurgent uprisings in CSTO member states.

In June Medvedev and his (”ex”-communist) counterparts in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan finalized the creation of the CRRF. The other members of the CSTO—Belarus and Uzbekistan—declined to participate, although Lukashenko has indicated that Minsk will shortly join the new multinational force. US forces have used bases in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to support military operations against the (Soviet-backed) Taliban in Afghanistan.

As Russia and the “former” Soviet republics prepare for future confrontations with NATO in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Kremlin is denying the existence of a new-generation main battle tank (MBT). The Russian media recently reported that a “super-tank,” dubbed Black Eagle, was lately developed by the Omsk Transmash design bureau. The Black Eagle is purportedly based on the T-80U MBT and features explosive reactive armor and a box-shaped turret. Alleged pictures of the Black Eagle were shown on the Internet.

“There was no such [Black Eagle] project…and those 20-year-old pictures show a mock-up of a futuristic tank which remained just a product of someone’s imagination,” protested Colonel Vladimir Voitov, director of research at the Main Directorate of the Armored Troops. Voitov added: “I am aware of a prototype of an experimental tank, but the turret of the vehicle did not have anything inside.”

Some Russian media outlets apparently agree with Voitov, insisting that the Black Eagle program was terminated due to the acceptance by the Russian Ground Forces of the T-90, built by the Uralvagonzavod plant, in the mid-1990s. They also report that the Russian army has in fact selected Uralvagonzavod to develop and manufacture a new-generation MBT to be designated T-95. In July 2008 Sergei Mayev, head of the Federal Service for Defense Contracts (Rosoboronzakaz), confirmed that the Russian army will start receiving MBTs superior to the T-90 after 2010. The T-95 will feature better firepower, maneuverability, electronics, and armor protection than the T-90, while its maximum speed will increase from 50 to 65 kilometers per hour.

North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Becomes Supreme Leader

Elsewhere in the Communist Bloc the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea officially dropped communism as its guiding principle in a new constitution promulgated in April. Instead, Kim Jong-il, chairman of the National Defense Commission, was formally declared “Supreme Leader” of the country. The Republic of Korea’s Unification Ministry only released this information to the world on September 28. The alteration made to North Korea’s constitution, the first since 1998, conforms to Kim Jong-il’s “military first” policy (songun). “Experts on the North’s state propaganda,” editorializes Reuters, “said the military first ideology has helped Kim dodge responsibility for the country’s sharp economic decline by arguing that heavy defense spending was needed to overcome threats posed by the United States.”

We suspect that the ruling Korean Workers’ Party’s reported abandonment of communism is a ruse, much like perestroika in the Soviet Union or the “socialist market economy” in the People’s Republic of China. In the last two cases, Western analysts have insisted that the Russians rejected communism in 1991, while the business-savvy Red Chinese have become communists in name only. In reality, North Korea’s communist dictatorship is probably faking its own “restructuring” in order to hasten peaceful unification with South Korea and receive badly needed financial aid and investment from Seoul and the West.

As an aside, it is very probable too that South Korea’s Unification Ministry has been infiltrated by communist agents in the employ of the North. In that light, this tardy “revelation” from Pyongyang is suspicious. Last year South Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee, referring to fake North Korean defector Won Jong Hwa, warned: “This case shows that North Korea has never changed and is still stepping up its policy of trying to communize the South and spreading deep into our society.”

>Final Phase Backgrounder: Gorbachev praises Putin’s “achievements in power,” characterizes United Russia as "bad copy of CPSU"

>– Gorbachev’s 1987 Manifesto Clearly States Perestroika Means “More Socialism,” “Restructuring” to Be Guided by the Communist Party

– Kremlin’s New Draft Law Will End Cyberspace Anonymity in Russia, Block Internet Access during “Emergency Situations”

The ideological and organizational continuity between the old and new Soviet leadership was again demonstrated last weekend when the Soviet Union’s first and last president, Mikhail Gorbachev, praised Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s “achievements in power.” On September 20 BBC News released an interview with Gorbachev, who rebuked Putin for his recent suggestion of returning to the presidency in 2012. When asked earlier this month whether he would be running for the presidency in that year, Putin informed the Valdai Discussion Club that: “I could reach an agreement with President Dmitry Medvedev because we are of the same blood and of the same political outlook.” Without actually saying so, of course, Putin means that he and Medvedev are both on the Red Team, which is the only team in Russia.

However, Gorbachev, while “highly complimentary” over Putin’s restoration of stability to Russia, insisted that the country’s future must be “decided by the people”: “I believe that Prime Minister Putin’s raising of the subject of 2012 is premature. Moreover, in this conversation, everything came down to ‘We’ll sit down and reach an agreement.’ But if an agreement is to be reached with anyone, it is with the electorate, with the people. But the people were absent from this conversation. I do not think this is right.”

Gorbachev also criticized the ruling pro-Kremlin party, but admitted that “Russia needs more time” to develop democratic institutions: “I would call United Russia a bad copy of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Of course, we need to proceed along the route of democratic change. The Americans, who built their democracy over 200 years, want us to build ours in 200 days.” In this case, Gorby could not be more candid and accurate: United Russia is indeed a “bad copy” of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU). The communists openly rule Russia through the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, which pretends to be in opposition, and potemkin entities like United Russia, Just Russia, and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia.

Gorbachev, as noted above, credited Putin with restoring stability to Russia: “What has happened in recent years, particularly the first years of Putin’s leadership, has been successful. Despite all the shortcomings, of which there have been many. Putin inherited a very difficult country, under threat of break-up and destruction. He restored stability.” He concluded that freedom and democracy remain the “keys to future development”: “Questions of modernization – in the economy, in the social sphere, and in culture – cannot be decided without the involvement of the people, and without increasing civil liberties. And this cannot be done through pressure, commands, and administrative methods, but only through the further development of democracy. The people must be involved in this.”

Incidentally, this is not the first time that Gorbachev’s has played the role of Devil’s advocate for Putin. In 2001 he heaped praises on then President Putin, even as he branded former President Boris Yeltsin a “liar.”

Although Gorbachev criticizes the use of “pressure, commands, and administrative methods” to advance “democracy” in Putinist Russia, these are the very tools that he advocated in his 1987 manifesto Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World (New York: Harper & Row Publishers). There, in true Leninist fashion, he unambiguously states that perestroika means “more socialism” and that the CPSU must remain the vanguard of the people by guiding the process of “restructuring” in Russia, the “former” Soviet republics, and the entire world.

I would like to point out once again that we are conducting all our reforms in accordance with the socialist choice. We are looking within socialism, rather than outside it, for the answers to all the questions that arise. We assess our successes and errors alike by socialist standards. Those who hope that we shall move away from the socialist path will be greatly disappointed. Every part of our program of perestroika—and the program as whole, for that matter—is fully based on the principle of more socialism and more democracy [page 36].

True, the perestroika drive started on the Communist Party’s initiative, and the Party leads it. The Party is strong and bold enough to work out a new policy. It has proved capable of heading and launching the process of renewal of society [page 55].

In short, the restructuring effort started with the Party and its leadership [page 56].

Yes the Party leadership started it. The highest Party and state bodies elaborated and adopted the program. True, perestroika is not spontaneous, but a governed process [page 56].

The Soviet people are convinced that as a result of perestroika and democratization the country will become richer and stronger [page 58].

In November 2008 Gorbachev urged then President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama to implement perestroika in the USA. In so doing he obviously recognized a kindred spirit who was prepared to socialize America. Alleged Soviet mole Obama and his mentor are pictured above in Moscow, on July 7, 2009. The two men previously met in secret at the White House in March. Last June Gorbachev also urged the leaders of the world to implement “global perestroika,” which was nothing other than a plea for world communism.

Today the Soviet strategists are communizing the “former” Soviet Union through organizations like the Commonwealth of “Independent” States, Europe through the European Union, Eurasia through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Africa through the African Union, Latin America through the Union of South American Nations and the (overtly Marxist) Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, and the USA through the socialist administration of President Obama. For his part, Gorby pretends to be an independent critic of the Putinist regime, but in reality he is a consummate deceiver carrying out the Soviet leadership’s long-range plan for conquest by convergence.

Meanwhile, the bogus nature of freedom in “post”-communist Russia is evident in the Justice Ministry’s new draft law that will expand state control over the Internet. According to the government publication Rossiiskaya Gazeta, the proposed bill will require all private Internet providers in Russia to supply the Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) with information on their clients. The new law will severely penalize hackers that disrupt state websites with seven-year jail sentences, as well as permit the Kremlin to block Internet access during investigations or emergency situations. The newspaper continued: “Another initiative will be questionably received by the public. Special services and law enforcement bodies will have the option to restrict the rights of Internet users during search and investigations. Simply put, when required, certain people will not have access to the Web.”

>Buncha Commies Corner: Empire State Building managers commemorate 60th anniversary of Communist China by lighting up skyscraper in red and yellow

>Fox News reports that today the managers of the Empire State Building will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the communist takeover in China by lighting up their world-famous skyscraper in red and yellow, the colors of the People’s Republic of China. In spite of its so-called “socialist market economy,” has the Communist Party of China abandoned communism as its ultimate goal? Not according to Zhao Rongxian, the PRC’s ambassador to Cuba:

The Chinese people have chosen the path of Socialism because we believe that it is the most convenient and advisable one as it responds to the needs of the historical process of China.

Only Socialism can save and promote its development. Our goal is to build a prosperous, civilized, democratic and harmonious country. . . .

Of course, we remain loyal to the principles of Marxism-Leninism, the socialist system and the leadership of the Communist Party with the people at the center of our attention.

Frankly, if you ask me, it looks like the commies have taken over the USA. Visiting 2009, the Founding Fathers of the American Republic would barely recognize their beloved country. Time to lock, load, and pray.

BTW, Buncha Commies Corner is our new news category, and is closely related to our equally shameful Useful Idiots Bin.

>Latin America File: US military to establish 2 new bases in Panama after 10-year absence, 30 South American, African leaders converge in Venezuela

>– Libyan Strongman, Soviet Stooge Qaddafi Urges South America and Africa to Form “NATO of the South” Military Pact to Oppose West

– Heavy Communist Bloc Power Networking: Presidents of Vietnam, Cyprus, Palestine, Algeria, Zambia, and Mali Troop to Havana, Confer with Raul Castro over the Weekend

Pictured above: Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi and Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez, greet sympathizers on Margarita Island, Venezuela, on September 28, 2009. The island hosted the second summit of South America-Africa.

On the one hand, the USA’s socialist president, Barack Hussein Obama, and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, appear to be committed to fighting the Latin American drug cartels. Among other thrusts, they are maintaining military counter-narcotics operations in strife-torn Honduras and the sleepy Netherlands Antilles, greatly expanding Washington’s anti-drug pact with war-wracked Colombia, and opening two new bases in Panama. Panama’s Minister of Government and Justice, Jose Raul Mulino offered some details into the new US-Panamanian agreement:

The U.S. and Panama will sign before October 30 an agreement on the deployment of two naval bases on the Pacific coast of our country to fight international drug-trafficking. One of the bases will be located in Bahia Pina, 450 kilometers [280 miles] east of the capital, Panama City, and another one–in Punta Coca about 350 km [217 miles] west of the capital.

The US military last pulled out of Panama in 1999, under the stipulations of a 1977 treaty that ended Washington’s administration of the Canal Zone. Hutchison-Whampoa, a Red China front company, subsequently moved in to take over operation of port facilities at either end of the canal, a situation that continues to this day. Then, in December 2008, a Russian warship, fresh from joint maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea with the Venezuelan Navy, transited the canal for the first time since the Second World War.

It appeared that the Moscow-Beijing Axis was about to extend its grip over this strategically vital country, then under the center-left, pro-Cuban government of President Martin Torrijos. Earlier this year, though, US-educated supermarket magnate Ricardo Martinelli won the presidential election on a campaign pledge of reversing the region’s ten-year slide to the political left. A reported scheme by Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez to finance the campaign of Torrijos’ anointed successor, Herrara Balbina, bombed as Panamanian voters shifted right.

On the surface, the US military’s renewed presence in Panama appears to be a positive development that should counter neo-Soviet Russia’s revitalized support for its Latin American client states. By contrast, chilly diplomatic relations with the narco-communist regimes in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia have forced US anti-drug troops and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration to beat a hasty retreat from South America.

Busting up jungle drug labs, severing cocaine supply routes, and arresting billionaire drug lords, though, will not lead to Washington’s victory in the 40-year-old War on Drugs. The center-left and communist governments that predominate throughout Latin America are working hand in glove with the drug lords by either passively offering safe shipping routes or actively arming and financing narco-terrorist outfits like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. By extension, they are also working hand in glove with Moscow, which around 1960 launched its “red cocaine” plot for subverting the West.

On the other hand, the Obama White House’s sympathy for deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, still holed up in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, exposes the US government’s blindness to the Soviet strategic deception in Latin America. Zelaya is a compliant lackey of the region’s Red Axis, mainly embodied by Chavez, Raul Castro, and Daniel Ortega. Last Wednesday, while speaking to reporters in New York City, the Venezuelan president offered a brief sketch of the international conspiracy that facilitated Zelaya’s return to Honduras. Chavez cockily admitted that “Zelaya and I staged a fake telephone conversation—just in case anyone [US Southern Command?] was listening—in which we discussed plans to attend the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.” In this light, the only other interpretation is that Obama and his cabinet are well aware of Moscow’s intentions for communizing the region, now well advanced and mostly unopposed.

On Sunday Zelaya, speaking by phone, contended that Honduras’ legitimate government detained representatives of the Organization of American States at Toncontin International Airport. He also asserted that the Honduran military is bombarding the Brazilian embassy with toxic gases, sonic blasts, and electromagnetic radiation to dislodge him and his 50 supporters from the facility. On the same day, the government of President Roberto Micheletti issued a 10-day ultimatum in which Brazil must hand over Zelaya or face a revocation of its diplomatic credentials. On Monday Zelaya countered by urging his supporters to “converge” on Tegucigalpa for a “final offensive.” In response to this open call for insurrection, the Micheletti government issued a state of emergency, suspending civil liberties for 45 days and giving the military the authority to close down two pro-Zelaya media outlets, Radio Globo and Cholusat Sur TV.

The political crisis in Honduras was one of several items on the agenda at the second summit of South America-Africa, an anti-USA hate/gripe fest hosted by Comrade Hugo over the weekend on Venezuela’s Margarita Island. There Libyan strongman, Soviet stooge, and unrepentant archterrorist Muammar al-Qaddafi, who lately addressed the United Nations General Assembly, urged South America and Africa to form a “NATO of the South” military pact to oppose the West. “When they had a chance to help us, they treated use like animals, destroyed our land. Now we have to fight to build our own power,” Colonel Qaddafi ranted.

The African Union (AU) and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) have yet to formally unite along the lines dreamed by first Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin. A “NATO of the South,” however, already exists in incipient form on both continents. The AU’s Peace and Security Council and the South American Defense Council, for example, coordinate the defense policies of AU and Unasur member states. Chavez and Morales, are also urging the transformation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas into an “anti-imperialist” (meaning anti-USA) military coalition. On July 1 Comrade Hugo clearly articulated his view that United Nations military intervention in Honduras (consisting of Latin American troops?) was a valid option:

Aggression against the delegation that goes to Honduras would open another type of door. Then, we would have to consider, for example, a military intervention by the United Nations. I am not a supporter of this measure, but I throw it out there as a hypothesis: A United Nations or OAS resolution, a political and diplomatic force with international military backup, this would have to be considered.

Other attendees at the bicontinental bash included Zimbabwe’s genocidal communist megalomaniac Robert Mugabe, Algeria’s socialist dictator Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Bolivia’s communist dictator Evo Morales, Chile’s Salvador Allende-worshipping president Michelle Bachelet, and Argentina’s Peronist president “Comrade” Cristina Kirchner. Together, they launched a new development bank for South America, Banco del Sur, with an initial capitalization of US$20 billion. Thumbing his nose at the “neo-liberal” World Bank and International Monetary Fund, Chavez recommended the formation of a “South-South bank” that would pool the financial resources of South America and Africa.

Meanwhile, Cuba’s top commie thug, President Castro, received a parade of Eurasian and African allies in Havana over the weekend, much as he did at the beginning of the year when a number of Latin American leaders left their calling cards in Communist Cuba’s capital. The latest procession of visitors included Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas, a KGB-trained terrorist who has never renounced his commitment to the destruction of Israel; Cyprus’ communist president Demetris Christofias, a slavish Kremlin pawn who after his election received Russian communist leader Gennady Zyuganov in Nicosia; Vietnam’s communist dictator Nguyen Minh Triet, a dependable recipient of Russian arms; Bouteflika, mentioned above; Zambian president Rupiah Bwezani Banda, a cadre of the formerly ruling United National Independence Party, founded by socialist dictator Kenneth Kaunda; and Malian president Amadou Toumani Toure, a former paratrooper who was trained in the Soviet Union and whose ruling Alliance for Democracy and Progress is infiltrated by communists.

Although Caracas has eclipsed Havana and Managua as the Western Hemisphere’s “Red Mecca,” the Cuban capital apparently has not lost its allure for Hollywood directors like Oliver Stone and starry-eyed artists like Colombian pop musician Juanes.

Finally, Guatemala’s center-left president, Alvaro Colom, is once again flying his true color (pink, but not quite red) as he took to the podium at the UNGS last week and urged the USA to end its economic blockade against Cuba. He also “expressed satisfaction,” according to the Cuban media, with Zelaya’s return to Honduras. “A change of head of state by way of rifles can’t be allowed,” the bespectacled Colom lectured, adding: “Guatemala supports the Honduran people in whatever is necessary, because it’s the Honduran people who must decide. We support the efforts of Latin America and the United Nations, the Rio Group, the Caribbean Community, and the Organization of American States to achieve the restoration of democracy in Honduras.” In exchange for Colom’s vocal support for compliant fellow Red Axis lackey Zelaya, Chavez has shipped rice and other basic grains to impoverished Guatemala.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Makarov: USA pretending to scrap NMD, therefore Russia will not shelve Kaliningrad missile deployment

>– Warsaw’s Defense Minister: Russian-Belarusian War Game near Polish Border “Clear Warning from the Kremlin,” “Clear Demonstration of Its Power”

– Moscow’s NATO Envoy Jabs Thumb at Zapad 2009 Drill, Warns: USA Must Recognize Russia’s “Sphere of Influence”

Pictured above: The Russian Navy’s Mordovia air cushioned landing craft holds amphibious assault drills in the Baltic Sea during Zapad 2009.

Contradicting a statement from Russia’s deputy defense minister over the prior weekend, last Monday General Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the Russian General Staff, insisted that his country will not scrap plans to deploy short-range Iskander missiles in Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave, on the Baltic Sea.

“There has been no such decision [to scrap the Kaliningrad deployment],” huffed General Makaraov, adding: “It should be a political decision. It should be made by the president [Dmitry Medvedev]. They [the Americans] have not given up the anti-missile shield; they have replaced it with a sea-based component.” The good general spoke to reporters as he accompanied Medvedev on an aircraft flying from Moscow to Zurich.

“It is highly unusual in Russia for two senior officials to contradict each other publicly on a sensitive matter of national and international importance,” editorializes Reuters. Since the US military, notwithstanding Obama’s peace overture to the Kremlin, intends to proceed with the installation of a Patriot anti-missile battery in Poland, a project separate from National Missile Defense, it appears, in reality, that both Washington and Moscow are only pretending to play the peace card.

Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, of course, was thrilled that the USA’s socialist, pro-Islamic president Barack Hussein Obama conceded to Moscow’s demand that the Pentagon refrain from installing interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic. The neo-Soviet leadership’s belligerent intentions are not only evident in Kaliningrad, but also along the nearby Polish-Belarusian border. This boundary constitutes part of the front between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and Warsaw Pact Version 2.0, the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

On September 24 the Kremlin media reported that Sukhoi 24M tactical bombers and Tu-22M3 strategic bombers carried out mock air strikes during the second phase of the Union State of Russia and Belarus’ Zapad (“West”) 2009 war game. The drill offered Russian Air Force pilots an opportunity to train with automated target acquisition, and command and control systems. Between September 28 and 29 two representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will attend this active stage of Zapad 2009. In addition to the Lithuanians, Belarus has invited observers from other “ex”-communist states such as Latvia, Poland, and Ukraine. Forty Kazakh military personnel are also participating in the drill. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Belarusian counterpart and host Alexander Lukashenko will also personally view the exercise at this time.

During the final phase of Zapad 2009 eight amphibious warfare ships from the Baltic, Black Sea, and Northern Fleets will land naval infantry units in an area near Kaliningrad’s Khmelevka base to rehearse a coastal defense operation. The landing operation will be supported by Baltic Fleet warships and aircraft and be observed by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov.

Even though Putin and Makarov enjoyed a little-reported, cordial meeting with the chief of the Polish General Staff on September 1, Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich professes “concern” over the Russian-Belarusian war game near his country’s eastern border. In an interview published in Gazeta Wyborcza and picked up by Belarusian opposition media outlet Charter 97, Klich frets:

We are following them and carrying out monitoring of Zapad 2009 exercises in Belarus. Russian and Belarusian military training on such a large scale near the Polish border is a clear warning from the Kremlin. Russia’s actions are ambiguous. On the one hand, Russian politicians are calling for open dialogue with Poland and, on the other hand, Russia organizes large-scale military exercises, which are a clear demonstration of its power.

“According to the mock scenario,” states Charter 97, “NATO forces are attacking from the West, and a counterattack of the Union State must follow.” The same source concludes that “the democratic forces of Belarus are convinced that the exercise poses a threat to the independence of Belarus.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin is once again banging the desk with his shoe by demanding that NATO, meaning the USA, recognize Russia’s “sphere of influence” in the world, in this case, CSTO. “It is time for the West and Russia to start discussing mutual recognition of their military alliances,” Rogozin rumbled a week ago this past Friday. He continued with more pointed remarks:

The transatlantic alliance must establish ties with our own military union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization. We want our sphere of influence recognized. NATO and CSTO must establish formal relations. We fail to understand why the USA can have a global sphere of influence, but Russia is denied even a regional sphere. NATO means the USA, because the Alliance is not the sphere of influence of Bulgaria or Romania, but of Washington.

Rogozin admitted that NATO and CSTO have “similar interests” in Afghanistan, but emphasized that Russia will not help the West contain the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in that country, particularly the (Kremlin-backed) Taliban insurgency. “We’ve already been in Afghanistan and we didn’t like it,” he stated, referring to the Soviet occupation between 1979 and 1989. “They [NATO] have a United Nations mandate in Afghanistan, let them implement it,” Rogozin snapped, concluding ominously, “We find ourselves on the threshold of important events.”

After NATO recognizes Moscow’s turf in the “post”-Soviet space, expect Moscow and Beijing to go one step further by demanding official recognition for their military alliance, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Then the other shoe will really drop in Washington.

>Red Dawn Alert: Nicaraguan National Assembly approves ”urgent request" from Ortega for small US(?), Venezuelan troop deployments

>According to a September 25 story in the Costa Rican media, “Based on a Sept. 23 ‘urgent request’ from President Daniel Ortega, the National Assembly quickly approved entrance into Nicaragua of 10 U.S. Special Forces troops and 30 Venezuelan troops, scheduled to arrive in October and November, reportedly for ‘humanitarian’ and training purposes.'” The Nicaraguan National Assembly is dominated by Ortega’s Sandinista National Liberation Front. The same source continues: “According to the congressional approval, 10 U.S. Special Forces troops, along with the USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship, are authorized to enter Nicaragua from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. The 30 Venezuelan troops, along with ships and Venezuelan Air Force planes, are authorized to enter the country on a rotating basis from Nov. 1, 2009 to April 10, 2010.”

Pictured above: Ortega and Nicaragua’s Sandinista army chief, General Omar Hallesleven, wave during a military parade commemorating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Nicaraguan National Army, at the John Paul II Square in Managua, on September 12, 2009. US Marines also joined the parade.

Within the context of Communist Bloc machinations, the entrance of 10 US commandos into Nicaragua, which has historically denounced US intervention in Central America, makes sense only in that the White House is presently controlled by the communist-infiltrated Democratic Party and its titular head, socialist President Barack Hussein Obama. By contrast, the presence of 30 troops from Red Venezuela is to be expected. In fact, since the June 28 “coup” that deposed leftist President Manuel Zelaya, a compliant lackey of Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Ortega, we have been sketching this very scenario, in which Latin America’s Red Axis re-installs Zelaya at the head of a multilateral invasion force.

The chair of Nicaragua’s Foreign Affairs Commission denies that Ortega’s approval of foreign troop deployments in Nicaragua is related to the political crisis in neighboring Honduras, where Zelaya returned this past Monday. Last December Ortega sanctioned the arrival of the Russian destroyer Admiral Chabanenko in Nicaraguan waters, ostensibly for “humanitarian” purposes. Nicaragua’s liberal opposition vehemently protested the Kremlin’s revived military presence in the region, even calling upon the country’s armed forces to resist the Russians.

“Am I naive? Perhaps,” commission chair Francisco Aguirre told The Nica Times in an email, adding: “But I honestly don’t think any of this has to do with Honduras. If there were any covert military actions planned against the de-facto Honduran government of Roberto Micheletti, those operations would be completely invisible. The actors have no interest in having the National Assembly give them a green light. Like mushrooms, they prefer moist, dark spaces to prosper.” Aguirre’s assessment of the intentions of President Micheletti’s domestic and international enemies, however, is no doubt based on limited information, or even disinformation. He is a member of the Nicaraguan opposition.

On September 24 the organ of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba published this statement in support of Zelaya’s “courageous” return to his homeland: “Zelaya’s presence in Tegucigalpa constitutes a gesture of courage and is based on his legitimate right as the constitutional president of Honduras.”

>Latin America File: Chavez: Loyalists in Honduran army aided Zelaya’s return; Nicaraguan army again denies rumor troops mobilizing along border

>– Hollywood Director Oliver Stone Snuggles Up to Latin America’s Neo-Communist Demagogues, Enjoys Self-Serving Photo Ops with Venezuela’s Red Dictator

– Honduras’ Constitutional Government Cuts off Electrical, Water, and Telephone Land Line Services to Brazil’s Embassy in Tegucigalpa

– Brazilian, Argentine, Chilean, and Uruguayan Presidents Demand Zelaya’s Re-installation from Podium of United Nations General Assembly

– Chavez Threatens to Shoot Down US and Colombian “Drug Planes,” Labels USA World’s Chief Narcotics Trafficker, Donates Fighter Jets to Ally Ecuador

– Pentagon-Sponsored Report: Fidel Castro Urged Soviet Union to Carry Out Nuclear Strikes against the USA in 1982

Shortly after the constitutional transfer of power that deposed President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez warned that a “patriotic current” (meaning leftist elements) in the Honduran military would shortly stage a counter-coup to restore the Latin American Red Axis’ compliant lackey. This did not come to pass but on September 23, two days after Zelaya slunk back into his homeland to take refuge in the Brazilian embassy, Chavez announced that Zelaya loyalists in the Honduran military secretly transported the deposed leader from the Nicaraguan border via aircraft, car trunk, and (amusingly) tractor.

“It was a secret operation, one of deception,” gloated Chavez. “Zelaya is the one who came up with the plan. You know that he is a cowboy . . . brave. He has courage.” According to Chavez, last Sunday, before making his way to Honduras, Zelaya flew to El Salvador where he met with a sympathetic President Mauricio Funes and the Marxist leaders of the ruling Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN).

Chavez, who refused to provide more details of Zelaya’s journey, issued his revelations to reporters at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, where he viewed a 75-minute Oliver Stone propaganda piece called “South of the Border,” which eulogizes Latin America’s neo-communist demagogues. Director Stone himself, a craven leftist, beamed during a self-serving photo op with President Chavez. Pictured above: Chavez and Stone are pictured above at an earlier screening of the latter’s so-called “documentary,” at the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 7.

In addition to regaling reporters and schmoozing with Stone, Comrade Hugo meandered over to the United Nations Building to attend the ongoing session of the General Assembly. There the assembled dignitaries(?) endured 90 minutes of “insane musings” from Chavez’s North African ally, Muammar al-Qaddafi (“Duck”). In August the Libyan strongman, who is also Secretary-General of the African Union, welcomed convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi back home following an early release by Scottish authorities. For his part, Chavez recently tripped to Tripoli as part of an 11-day “Axis of Evil Tour” that included a debriefing session with his KGB handler, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

During his appearance at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Brazilian President Luis Lula da Silva justified his government’s intervention in the Honduran crisis:

Unless there is more political will, we will see more coups, like the one which toppled the constitutional president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, who has been granted refuge in Brazil’s embassy in Tegucigalpa since Monday. The international community demands that Mr. Zelaya immediately return to the presidency of his country, and must be alert to insure the inviolability of Brazil’s diplomatic mission in the capital of Honduras.

In 1990 former union organizer Lula da Silva co-founded the Sao Paulo Forum (FSP) with Cuba’s then-serving dictator Fidel Castro. Since then the narco-terrorist FSP, embodying the region’s Red Axis, has successfully installed neo-communist regimes throughout Latin America. Zelaya’s ouster represents a “hiccough” in their schemes.

On Wednesday President Lula da Silva’s government also requested that the UN Security Council (UNSG) meet to “discuss the safety and security of Mr. Zelaya and Brazilian facilities in Honduras.” The constitutional government of Honduras has cut off electrical, water, and telephone land line services to Brazil’s embassy in Tegucigalpa. The UNSG’s rotating presidency is currently held by the USA’s leftist president, Barack Hussein Obama, who has not concealed his support for Zelaya.

During her UN appearance, Argentina’s embattled Peronist president Cristina Kirchner also took a swipe against the lawful government of Honduran President Roberto Micheletti. “Not even in Chile under the dictatorship of General Pinochet, nor in Argentina under the dictatorship of General Videla,” Comrade Cristina ranted, “perhaps the most cruel dictatorships in Latin America—even then, we didn’t see similar conduct with embassies that were actively working to give shelter to refugees. If multi-lateral political action fails to return democracy to Honduras, it will set a very serious precedent.” In Kirchner’s last statement, in our opinion, resides the germination for a pan-Latin American military coalition to forcibly reinstate Zelaya.

Chile’s East German-educated, Salvador Allende-worshipping president Michelle Bachelet and Ururguay’s center-left president Tabare Vazquez also took to the podium at the UNGS session to demand Zelaya’s restoration. Bachelet is also president pro tempore of the new Union of South American Nations, which fulfils Vladimir Lenin’s scheme for communizing that part of the world.

Along the same theme, on September 23 Nicaragua’s ambassador to Venezuela, Ramon Leets, articulated the official position of the Sandinista National Liberation Front regime in Managua. “We are doing everything possible worldwide at a diplomatic level to restore the constitutional order in Honduras,” Leets told Cuba’s Prensa Latina, adding: “The coup is Honduras is not only against the constitutional president Manuel Zelaya, but against all ALBA [Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas] member countries. We will always be willing to support Honduras or any other Latin American nation that goes through the same situation.” Zelaya led Honduras into ALBA last year. The ideological core of ALBA is the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis. Not so coincidentally, the president of the UN General Assembly is Sandinista cadre and Catholic priest Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann. Father D’Escoto was Nicaragua’s foreign minister during the first FSLN regime in the 1980s.

As Hollywood director Stone’s colleagues throughout Latin America urge the constitutional government of Honduras to re-install Zelaya, the Nicaraguan military is once again deflecting rumors that it has mobilized troops along its neighbor’s southern border. General Omar Hallesleven, another Sandinista, declared:

We have been clear and precise: The Army of Nicaragua has not mobilized a man or small unit to the border with Honduras, even to meet domestic affairs, much less for something related to our brother country. The problems in our neighbor country must be solved only by Hondurans.

We have undertaken to raise the level of combat readiness, even though we have different levels and what exists is normal. We have maintained from the outset of the [Honduran] crisis the same positions and the same number of men in each position.

Nicaraguan units only have the instructions to maintain safety and security of our border.

Today, after the return of President Jose Manuel Zelaya, there is no communication with the Honduran military. I believe that the Honduran military are busy and have much work there.

During the week after Zelaya’s exile President Micheletti asserted that Venezuela and Nicaragua were preparing to invade his country. Although Nicaragua’s past/present Sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega, who allowed Zelaya to hole up in Managua since his ouster, assured “brother” Hondurans that this was not the case, Chavez was his typical blunt self: Venezuela would not hesitate to use military force to both protect its diplomats in Tegucigalpa and also restore Zelaya to his office. Thus we see, once again, Nicaragua’s top general is denying any connection between events in Honduras and rumored troop movements in his own country.

Drawing together the disparate threads of this story, it appears that Zelaya decamped from the Honduran embassy in Managua, still under the control of the deposed president’s partisans, this past Sunday with Ortega’s full knowledge. Zelaya then made a brief detour to San Salvador to consult with that country’s supportive FMLN regime. Since Funes, who attended the UNGS session in New York, denied that his government facilitated Zelaya’s journey, the deposed president evidently returned to Nicaragua the same day.

Meanwhile, Ortega probably issued an order to General Hallesleven to secure the Honduran-Nicaraguan border for the purpose of aiding Zelaya’s trek across the mountainous frontier. From this order emerged rumors of troop movements by the Sandinista Popular Army/Nicaraguan National Army. Finally, if Chavez’s version of events is trustworthy, then Zelaya, no doubt nursing bruises from his bumpy ride in a car trunk, arrived in Tegucigalpa on Monday, sought shelter in a United Nations facility (surprise!), and then scuttled over to the Brazilian embassy, where he touched base with sympathetic President Lula da Silva via cell phone.

Not content with bullying errant Red Axis member Honduras, Latin America’s leftist leaders are also confronting anti-communist hold-out Colombia. On September 22 the Chinese state media reported that Chavez plans to donate a fleet of combat aircraft to Ecuadorean ally, President Rafael Correa. Citing Ecuadorean military sources, TV Ecuavisa stated that the Chavezista regime would like to unload a number of 1970s-era French-built Mirage 50 planes, a type of aircraft already in service with the Ecuadorean Air Force. Xinhua notes that at this time “Ecuador is strengthening its military equipment for territorial defense, mainly at the border with Colombia.” The Venezuelan Air Force can probably afford to dump these old fighter jets in view of its own recent acquisitions of more technologically advanced Russian planes.

Colombia’s eastern and southern borders with Venezuela and Ecuador have been particularly tense since the March 2008 Andean Crisis, when Colombian troops raided a jungle camp maintained by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Ecuadorean soil. Chavez and his “mini me” Correa responded by dispatching troops and tanks to their respective border with Colombia. They also denounced the assassination of FARC commander Raul Reyes who, until his laptop computer was analyzed by Interpol, enjoyed a secret flow of money, guns, and shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles from Chavez. Venezuela restored relations with Colombia after the fracas but earlier this year once again withdrew its ambassador. To this day, neither Caracas nor Quito has diplomatic relations with Bogota, even though all three countries are members of the new, European Union-style confederacy known as the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). Ecuador currently holds Unasur’s rotating presidency.

Two weeks ago Unasur foreign ministers reviewed Colombia’s new counter-narcotics pact with the USA. This expansion of Plan Colombia will permit Washington to deploy its troops on Colombian military bases. The Colombian government is threatening to withdraw from Unasur if the organization does not express “sensitivity” to its domestic issues, like the FARC insurgency. The region’s Red Axis leaders, like Chavez and Ortega, have launched tirades against the US-Colombian alliance. Chavez, in particular, has articulated the belief that the USA intends to use Colombia as a springboard to dislodge his regime, which isn’t such a bad idea since Venezuela’s La Orchila Island may shortly become a base for Russian strategic bombers.

The Chavezista regime plays a documented role in the Kremlin’s narco-subversion plot against the USA, facilitating the transfer of FARC cocaine from South America through Central America and Mexico to the US border. On September 15 the US government named Venezuela as one of three countries that “fails to meet international obligations to fight the drug trade.” Not surprisingly, big fat hypocrite Chavez was quick to fling the accusation back in Washington’s teeth. According to the Voice of America, he declared: “We our doing everything we can to combat drugs. The US is the number one country responsible for drug production and trafficking.” The Hate America Left, which since at least the 1980s has regularly spun tales of CIA (rather than FSB/KGB) complicity in the international drug trade, could not agree more. In what amounts to a declaration of war, Chavez threatened to shoot down US and Colombian aircraft suspected of transporting narcotics.

The above are significant developments that reveal a concerted intent by the Latin American Red Axis to militarily surround Colombia and politically isolate the pro-Washington government of President Alvaro Uribe in Bogota.

Finally, as Unasur and ALBA press the USA to end its economic embargo against Cuba, it turns out that in 1982 retired dictator Fidel urged the Soviet Union to carry out nuclear strikes against the USA, that is, until the Kremlin explained how the resultant radioactive fallout would also devastate the communist island. This revelation is attributed to Andrian Danilevich, a Soviet general staff officer between 1964 and 1990, and was published in a 1995 Pentagon-sponsored study. A redacted copy of the report, says the New York Times, was released this year.

>Middle East File: Israeli Air Force, US Navy to hold "largest drill ever"; simulate missile attacks from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas

>Pictured here: A US soldier from V Corps’ Alpha Battery, 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, positions a Patriot missile launcher in Tel Yona, Israel, as part of field training supporting exercise Juniper Cobra 05. The biannual exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions between Israel and Iran.

The long-expected attempt by Israel and the USA to militarily neutralize Iran’s nuclear capacity appears to be looming on the horizon. On September 20 the Israeli media reported that the “largest drill ever” to take place between these two allies has been scheduled for the coming days. YnetNews.com reveals:

The report says the drill will simulate missile attacks on Israel from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas, and will test the Israeli Air Force as well as the US Navy.

The IDF stated in response to the report that the drill, codenamed ‘Juniper Cobra,’ was routine. No other details were given.

“The US and Israel conduct drills together on Israeli land now and then,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Office stated. “The drills are preplanned and constitute part of the annual training plan for the air forces and mutual understanding between the sides.”

The statement added that the drill does not simulate any specific occurrence in the region.

“Like any joint drill, ‘Juniper Cobra’ reflects the US and Israel’s commitment to regional stability and security,” it said.

‘Hefty price on the political front’

The report in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, which is based on Israeli sources, said maneuvers in the drill will be conducted mostly by the IAF and the US Navy. IDF officials told Ynet that a few hundred US combat soldiers are also expected, and will conduct drills on the ground along with Israeli forces.

The report adds that a number of American ships have arrived in Haifa’s port, and that the crew on one of the vessels has already begun to prepare for its maneuver.

The drill will also make use of missile defense systems, including the American ‘Patriot’ system and the Israeli ‘Arrow 2’, the report said.

The paper quotes an Israeli official as saying that Israel will attempt to avail the US of some of the weaponry it plans to use in the drill for use in its own defense.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat stressed the bolstering of ties between the US and Israel, and quoted Israeli sources as saying that these ties may come with a price. One official said US President Barack Obama was “guarding Israel” in exchange for political concessions later on.

“The cooperation on the defense front will have a hefty price on the political front,” the source was quoted as saying.

In view of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s secret trip to Moscow on September 7 and the Arctic Sea mystery–in which it is hypothesized that Russia was covertly delivering S-300 air defense systems to Iran–the above scenario is likely. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has denied that the Arctic Sea freighter was carrying a clandestine shipment of missile interceptors to Iran.

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>Latin America File: Zelaya returns secretly to Honduras, holes up in Brazilian embassy; Micheletti calls on Brazil to hand over deposed president

>– Ortega Receives Russia’s Deputy Interior Minister, Nicaraguan National Police to Train in Russia

– “Back in the USSR” General Ovchinnikov Resuscitates Soviet-Era “Self-Defense Squads” and “People’s Guards”

Time ‘Fesses Up 18 Years after the Bogus Collapse of Communism: Ortega Still a Marxist, Albeit “Erstwhile”

– “Talk like a Communist, Walk like a Democrat”: Latin America’s Red Axis Leaders Sovietize the Region and Muzzle the Media

Yesterday deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya, a close ally of Latin America’s Red Axis leaders, especially Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega, returned secretly to his homeland. Ousted by his own ruling party on June 28, Zelaya made the Honduran embassy in Managua, which is under the control of his partisans, a base of operations to plot his return. After hiding out briefly in a United Nations facility in Tegucigalpa, Zelaya and his retinue scurried to the Brazilian embassy, which was promptly besieged by his supporters defying a government curfew. In addition to the curfew, Honduran authorities shut down the capital’s airport and set up roadblocks on highways leading to the city.

Pictured above: Zelaya speaks by cellphone with Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, on September 22, 2009.

Security forces dispersed the mob, which included labor leader and Zelaya ally Juan Barahona, as the country’s lawfully installed president Roberto Micheletti urged Brazil to hand over Zelaya. “I call on the Brazilian government to respect the judicial order handed down against Mr. Zelaya and deliver him to the competent authorities of Honduras,” demanded Micheletti in remarks broadcast over radio and television. Brazil’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim countered by saying that: “Any threat against Mr. Zelaya or the Brazilian embassy would be a grave breach of international law.”

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Costa Rican President Oscar Arias took advantage of the surprise development to press for Zelaya’s immediate re-installation. “Now that President Zelaya is back,” intoned Clinton, “it would be opportune to restore him to his position under appropriate circumstances, get on with the election that is currently scheduled for November, have a peaceful transition of presidential authority and get Honduras back to constitutional and democratic order.” Micheletti has promised to step down after the November 28 presidential election.

For his part, Chavez, speaking from Caracas, gloated over the return of his puppet to Tegucigalpa by declaring: “Viva Zelaya! And viva Honduras!” On Monday the Organization of American States summoned an emergency session to grapple with this new “twist” in the Honduran crisis.

Thus we see the leftist governments of the USA and Brazil aiding and abetting the communist-controlled United Nations and Latin America’s Red Axis in reinstating Chavez’s lackey against the wishes of the majority of the Honduran people, nearly all of the deputies in the Honduran Congress, all of the judges on the Honduran Supreme Court, and the country’s military leadership.

Meanwhile, as Russia pledges to modernize the Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan militaries, hold more joint exercises with these communist states, train the personnel of their armed forces, and form joint business enterprises with their governments, on September 8 Nicaragua’s past/present dictator Daniel Ortega–who provided safe haven for Zelaya–received Russia’s deputy interior minister, General Nikolai Ovchinnikov. Accompanying Comandante Ortega was Carlos Najar, Nicaragua’s vice minister of the interior, and Aminta Granera Sacasa, chief of the Nicaraguan National Police (NNP). The purpose of the meeting was to arrange for the training of NNP officers in Russia.

Not surprisingly, General Ovchinnikov backs the resuscitation of Soviet-era civilian militias in his homeland, which he also describes as “self-defense squads.” In March 2009 he defined the squads as “the organization of community activity, based on a local approach, in order to handle problems of protecting the public order in the community, in the residence, or where there is personal property.” Last spring, the Russian Ministry of the Interior endorsed draft legislation that would not only create these “self-defense squads” but also “people’s guards,” which would have additional powers to “safeguard” public events. Thus, we see the Putinist regime restoring the old Soviet system lock, stock, and barrel, with barely a peep from the Obama White House, which has similar plans to organize a “national civilian security force” for the USA.

One is forced to ask therefore: Will the Nicaraguan police force’s Soviet trainers accompany their students back to the streets of Managua for follow-up coaching? We would not be surprised if this should be the case.

In a related story, on September 12, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Sandinista Popular Army/Nicaraguan National Army, military delegations from 12 countries were slated to march with Nicaraguan troops through Managua. The military parade was to include representatives from Russia, core states in Latin America’s Red Axis—namely, Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador—as well as other countries.

“Talk like a communist, walk like a democrat. That has been the paradoxical strategy pursued by Latin America’s new radical left,” reports Time in a September 22 expose of the region’s Red Axis and its leaders’ persecution of dissenters. Self-avowed communists like Chavez and Bolivian toady Evo Morales are not the only ones guilty of hounding the opposition. “Moderate” center-leftists like Argentine President Cristina Kirchner are equally culpable.

For example, the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela recently revoked the broadcast licenses of 32 private radio stations and two television stations. In Bolivia, press freedom still exists, according to the Miami-based Inter American Press Association (IAPA), but opposition media face an increasingly “dangerous climate” from President Morales.

In Ecuador, the constituent assembly, which is dominated by President Rafael Correa’s socialist Proud and Sovereign Fatherland Alliance, is debating a bill that would award the government more control over private media content. On September 18 Correa shut down the TV network Teleamazonas, which he insists was conspiring to overthrow him.

In Nicaragua Ortega is urging legislators to pass a bill that would require all private media to employ only reporters affiliated with the Nicaraguan Journalists’ Association. Not so coincidentally, this obscure professional association is controlled by the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front. Under those circumstances, independent journalism in Nicaragua would be considered illegal and subject to criminal punishment. To its credit, this Time article calls the repackaged Ortega an “erstwhile Marxist,” a refreshing moment of candor for the MSM, 18 years after the “collapse” of Soviet communism.

Incidentally, the Correa regime recently sponsored the organization of neighborhood “revolutionary defense committees,” which opponents rightly brand “Cuban-style organs for spying on citizens.” In similar fashion, Chavez has organized local-level “socialist battalions” and “socialist workers’ committees,” while in Nicaragua Ortega and his politically powerful wife Rosario Murillo have formed Councils of Citizens’ Power, which replicate the functions of the Sandinista Defense Committees of the 1980s. Comandante Ortega is also trying to ram through a bill that would abolish presidential term limits, a putsch successfully implemented by Chavez, Morales, and Correa in their respective countries, but unsuccessfully by Zelaya.

Further south, in Argentina, Kirchner, whose Justicialist Party traces its origin to semi-fascist dictator Juan Peron, is about to secure a measure that will severely reduce the number of licenses for privately owned media, while increasing the number of state-owned broadcasters. “Comrade Cristina” is targeting the Clarín media conglomerate, whose directors she calls “multimedia generals,” to sell off chunks of their media assets to the government. The bill is likely to win final passage next week in the Argentine Congress, where the Peronists recently lost their electoral majority.

Robert Rivard, editor of the San Antonio Express-News and chair of the IAPA committee on freedom of expression, summarizes the bleak situation for press freedom in Latin America: “President Chávez and his bloc of allies all want to consolidate power, neutralize any opposition and remain in office beyond their elected terms. They probably can’t gain the kind of grip on their respective countries without passing laws to legitimize their moves and limit independent media.” The IAPA held an emergency forum in Caracas over the weekend.

During the Cold War Latin America’s leftist guerrillas denounced the suppression of media freedom by the ruling US-backed military juntas. Two decades later, after discarding their machine guns, donning dress jackets, and securing power by the ballot box, the region’s “ex”-guerrillas are now doing the same thing. What a surprise.

>Latin America File: Chavez’s “Axis of Evil Tour” solidifies Communist Bloc linkages; Turkmen dictator urged to join Moscow-backed “natural gas OPEC"

>South America’s globe-trotting red tyrant recently wrapped up his ambitious 11-day Axis of Evil tour. The usual groupies materialized as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rubbed elbows with Communist Bloc leaders in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and then presented a report to his KGB handler in Moscow, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. We have already blogged about Chavez’s annual pilgrimage to Moscow, so let’s review his other pitstops.

Comrade Hugo’s first appearance was in Tripoli, where he arrived on August 31 to be feted by long-time Soviet stooge Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi. Chavez then addressed a meeting of the African Union (AU) on the subject of the upcoming African-South American Summit, a USA-bashing hate-fest to be held in Caracas at the end of September. He was also slated to attend a military parade held in honor of the 40th anniversary of Libya’s socialist revolution and the 10th anniversary of the formation of the AU. Qaddafi is presently secretary-general of this body.

Venezuela’s top commie thug then ambled to Algiers, where he huddled with President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, whose National Liberation Front has ruled Algeria, with some disruption by Islamic militants in the 1990s, since 1962, when left-leaning nationalists threw off the ”yoke” of French colonialism. Algeria and Venezuelan are both members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). According to eTaiwan News, the purpose of Hugo’s Axis of Evil tour was to “counter US influence around the globe.”

The third appearance in Chavez’s grand tour of the Communist Bloc was Syria, where he schemed with counterpart Bashar al-Assad in Damascus (pictured above on September 3). Syria’s ruling Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela are united in their hatred of Israel and support for the Palestinian terrorist governments in Ramallah and Gaza. Chavez previously visited Damascus in 2006 but, sadly, unlike Saul of Tarsus, he has never had a “Damascus road experience.” He’s still a dangerous red revolutionary with too many petrodollars to throw around.

From Damascus, Comrade Hugo thundered toward Tehran, where he embraced fellow anti-Jewish dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and swore to the world that Iran is in no way interested in building a nuclear bomb. Instead, Chavez urged Iran’s maniacal Islamo-Nazi clerics to form a “nuclear village” of peaceful civilian power plants with Venezuela. Lifting lines from the tedious proletarian script penned by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Comrade Mahmoud concurred with Chavez by stressing the importance of supporting “revolutionary nations” and forming “anti-imperialist fronts.”

From Tehran, Chavez whirled like a dervish to the “former” Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic, where he met with President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. There he urged the “ex”-Soviet apparatchik who rules Turkmenistan in a single-party dictatorship to shorten his name for the sake of the pronunciation challenged. Seriously, folks, Chavez urged the Turkmen dictator to join a new natural gas cartel modeled on OPEC. Turkmenistan has the world’s fourth-largest natural gas reserves, Venezuela has Latin America’s largest such reserves, while together Russia and Iran possess 40 percent of the world’s such reserves. Venezuela and Iran are leading calls to transform the Gas Exporting Countries Forum, which includes Russia, into a full-fledged cartel with a permanent secretariat.

From Turkmenistan, Chavez meandered to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where in true Leninist fashion he proposed the creation of a global “lite version” of the “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.” “We should create a new alliance of republics. It will not be a union of Soviet or socialist republics, those will be independent republics with their own systems united in an alliance,” he trumpeted. Comrade Hugo is best of buddies with Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, an unreconstructed communist who sports a Hitler-style mustache. The “former” Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic and Venezuela have established numerous joint oil producing and construction ventures that have permitted the Belarusian government to open offices in Caracas. Chavez previously visited Belarus in 2006, 2007, and 2008, while Lukashenko returned the favor by popping up in Caracas in December 2007.

From Minsk, Comrade Hugo marched to Moscow and then on to his final photo op in Madrid. There he patched up a tense relationship with King Juan Carlos II, who at an Ibero-American summit in Chile in 2007 told Venezuela’s communist dictator to “shut up.” (Good suggestion, Juan!) Chavez also talked energy with Spain’s socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who was taken to task for “receiving a dictator.” In response, Spain’s deputy PM huffed: “Spain has political relations with all Ibero-American countries, including Venezuela.”

Last week Colombia rejected a Spanish offer to mediate Bogota’s diplomatic flap with Caracas, which withdrew its ambassador to Colombia for a second time since the March 2008 Andean Crisis. Colombia also dismissed Chavez’s personal exhortation to President Alvaro Uribe to make peace with the insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which enjoys the Chavezista regime’s covert financial and weapons support. Incidentally, NATO member Spain is not part of the Axis of Evil, but a few more years of leftist misgovernment in Madrid might permit Spain to qualify for that “honor.”

>USA File: Obama’s strategic surrender in Europe: President scraps missile defense plans; informs “ex”-red PM Fischer in Prague, Tusk in Warsaw

>Pictured here: On September 9 Belarusian riot police arrest oppositionists protesting against the importation of 6,000 Russian troops for the Union State’s Zapad 2009 exercise.

In a move that should surprise no observer of leftist US President Barack Hussein Obama, the White House has scrapped its missile defense deals with Poland and the Czech Republic. Yesterday and today Obama personally telephoned Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer, an “ex”-communist running the country’s caretaker government, and Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk, a putative center-rightist who migrated through parties that ultimately trace their origins to the communist-dominated trade union Solidarity. In his predictive expose of Soviet strategy, New Lies for Old (1984), KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn contends that Solidarity contained one million active communist party members (pages 331-332).

Fischer related the substance of Obama’s remarks to reporters: “The US government is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory. However, Obama assured me that the strategic cooperation between the Czech Republic and the US will continue. Washington considers our country among its closet allies.” Fischer then offered an improbable explanation for the White House’s change of heart: “After a review of the missile defense system, the US now considers the threat of an attack using short- and mid-range missiles greater than one using long-range rockets. That’s what the Americans assessed as the most serious threat and Obama’s decision was based on that.” Uh, will the Iranians be launching those short- and mid-ranged missiles at Manhattan from, Russian-manned, Maltese-flagged freighters laden with Finnish lumber and sailing with doctored manifests? For his part, Tusk stated: “The proposal of an alternative strategy [for National Missile Defense] should not affect the security of Poland or of Europe.”

Peace activists in Europe were ecstatic about Obama’s capitulation to the Leninist masterminds in Moscow. “It is a big victory for the Czech Republic,” gushed Czech peacenik Jan Tamas, adding “We are happy that we will be able to continue to live in our beautiful country without the presence of foreign soldiers.” Indeed but for how long? Will Tamas and his simple-minded friends sing the same tune when 150,000 Soviet troops, drilling in Belarus for another thrust into Central Europe, surge into his country as they did in 1968? I think not.

In Brussels NATO’s new secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen fell over himself in praise of the olive branch that Obama extended to the Soviets: “It is my clear impression that the American plan on missile defense will involve NATO . . . to a higher degree in the future. This is a positive step in the direction of an inclusive and transparent process, which I also think is in the interest of . . . the NATO alliance.” The Soviet strategists could not agree more. On September 24 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold a one-on-one meeting with Rasmussen during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. “Clearly, Moscow is studying with great interest all recent statements by Rasmussen,” remarked Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin. The Kremlin was quick to ratify Obama’s capitulation by pledging not to station short-range missiles in Kaliningrad, which is probably a ruse since the Soviets have probably never removed their arsenal from the Baltic exclave.

This story, though, has a twist, albeit emanating from Washington. According to Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski the US military will still proceed with plans to deploy 100 Patriot anti-missile missiles between now and 2011, at which point a permanent battery will be placed in the Central European country. Reuters editorializes: “For Poland, the Patriot battery is an important symbol of the US commitment to its defense at a time when Russia, its communist-era overlord, is becoming more assertive and in foreign and security policy.”

Not so coincidentally, the first, five-day phase of the Union State of Russia and Belarus’ Zapad (“West”) 2009 war game began on Friday at the Abuz-Lyasnowski training ground near Brest. The official Belarusian media announced that the maneuver would repel “possible military aggression” against the Union State. Some 12,600 servicemen are participating in the drill, including 6,500 Belarusian troops, 6,000 Russian troops and, with a tip of the hat to new/old Soviet linkages, 30 Kazakh troops. The maneuver will include 220 tanks, 470 armored personnel carriers, 230 self-propelled and truck-drawn artillery guns, mortars, and multiple rocket launchers, as well as 60 warplanes and 40 helicopters.

Participating military units from Russia include officers serving with the Joint Command of the Russian-Belarusian Regional Group of Forces, 20th Army of the Moscow Military District, the Russian Air Force, the Military Transport Aviation Command, and the 98th Paratroops Division. Belarusian units include the staff of the Interior, Emergency Management, Health, and Transportation Ministries, as well as the State Border Committee and the State Security Committee, which is the Belarusian KGB.

The second phase of Zapad 2009 will test the effectiveness of the Union State’s integrated air defense command. Belarusian S-300 air defense units will hold live-fire exercises at the Ashuluk and Telemba training grounds in Russia.

A separate exercise, coordinated by the Russian General Staff, will take place at the Barysaw training grounds, near Minsk, on September 27 and 28.

If the Soviets are really planning to re-invade Central Europe, then Moscow and Minsk especially will be most anxious to allay the concerns and secure the fidelity of the “ex”-communists who rule throughout most of the “former” Soviet republics and the East Bloc. The hush-hush September 1 meeting between Russia and Poland’s top generals and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin may be one such example. Another could be Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s trip to neighboring Lithuania, a rare journey for “Europe’s last dictator” to a European Union state but one which, like Belarus, is a “former” Soviet republic.

In Vilnius Lukashenko was met with protests before conferring with the country’s new president, Dalia Grybauskaite, who was elected in July. Officially nonpartisan but endorsed by the Lithuanian Conservative Party, Grybauskaite was born in 1956 to a working class family in Vilnius. Lithuania’s “Iron Lady” managed to gain admission to Leningrad State University, where Putin was recruited into the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and then taught agricultural economics at the CPSU’s party college until 1990. After their meeting, Lukashenko insisted that he and Grybauskaite agreed on all issues that were discussed. Economic integration was certainly on the agenda. Were Soviet re-expansionism and Zapad 2009 two other issues? We can only speculate.

Soviets and Red Chinese Hold First-Ever Combined Naval Drill in Gulf of Aden under Pretense of “Anti-Piracy” Operation

The Kremlin is also flexing its muscles near the Horn of Africa. After four years of joint army and air force drills—a prospect never seriously considered by NATO “strategists” during the phony “Sino-Soviet split” of the Cold War—the Soviets and Red Chinese are now cooperating on the high seas. Under the title Blue Peace Shield 2009 warships of the Russian Navy and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) are jointly patrolling the pirate-infested waters off Somalia as part of a larger United Nations-sanctioned flotilla. Under cover of “anti-piracy” operations, the combined maneuvers began on September 10 and consisted of helicopter patrols, resupply efforts, and live firing of deck guns.

“The exercise will help our navy further develop its ability to coordinate a range of activities with foreign militaries far out at sea,” explained Wen Xinchao, deputy commander of the PLAN task force, adding: “Cooperation with the Russian Navy marks a further step toward greater openness by the People’s Liberation Army Navy.” The PLAN first deployed warships to the Gulf of Aden in December 2008, while Russia sent its first task force in October of that year.

India Mobilizes Troops in Response to Beijing’s Unprecedented Two-Month-Long Kuayue 2009 Drill; Prime Minister Singh Admits Government Losing War against Maoist Rebels

Although Moscow and Beijing are endeavoring to woo India into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, where New Delhi holds observer status, the communist masterminds in Beijing are still holding the military card close to their chest. Along its hotly disputed northwestern and northeastern borders with the People’s Republic of China, India has mobilized about one half of its troops to forward posts under Operation Alert. “About 50% troops on the Line of Actual Control have been mobilized to their forward posts. The mobilization would last for nearly a month,” a senior Indian Army official explained.

The Indian deployment comes in response to the People’s Liberation Army’s recent Kuayue 2009 drill, which mobilized an unprecedented 50,000 soldiers across the country, putatively for the purpose of reinforcing Beijing’s grip over Tibet. According to The Times of India, the Red Chinese exercise “sent alarm bells ringing in India.” In past months PLA troops have intruded into Indian territory in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting anxiety about Beijing’s aggressive designs.

Both India and Red China, the world’s two most populous countries, possess nuclear weapons. In May of this year the social democratic Indian National Congress won the last parliamentary election, increasing its mandate so as to no longer require support from the country’s communist parties. Undaunted, a Maoist insurgency, backed by the red regimes in Beijing and Kathmandu, rages across one third of India’s states and threatens to topple neighboring Bhutan’s Dragon King. This past week Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted at a meeting of state police chiefs that the government is losing the war against the communist rebels:

I have consistently held that in many ways, left-wing extremism poses perhaps the gravest internal security threat our country faces. We have discussed this in the last five years and I would like to state frankly that we have not achieved as much success as we would have liked in containing this menace.

>Red Dawn Alert: Cuba bumps Bastion 2008 drill to end of 2009, Russian Navy to arrive same time; Castro indefinitely postpones Communist Party congress

>– Chief of Russia’s General Staff Pledges to Modernize Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba, Havana’s Request to Train Cuban Soldiers to Be “Fully Satisfied”

– Moscow’s Latest High-Ranking Delegation to Havana Includes Chief of Military Intelligence (GRU); Soviets’ Lourdes SIGINT Base Closed Down Weeks after 911 Terrorist Attacks

On July 31 Cuba’s communist dictator Raul Castro announced that the first party congress in 12 years had been indefinitely postponed, pending a re-evaluation of the island’s economy, which has been hit hard by the global recession (and hamstrung by decades of socialist market controls). The overall tone of Castro’s remarks was ominous, to say the least:

Given the law of life it will most probably be the last [congress] headed by the historical leadership of the Revolution.

The things that we have been discussing are very serious matters. The principle issue is the economy, what we have done and what needs to be improved or even eliminated because we are confronting the imperative of working out what the country really has at its disposal, how much we really have to live on and develop. The first thing we have to do is finish preparing the [Communist] Party, and then discuss everything with the people as a whole, and only then should we convene the Congress, when that whole process has concluded. If we want to have a real congress, one that is seeking solutions to problems and looking to the future, that is the way we have to do it. It has to be the people, with their party in the vanguard, who decide.

The Central Committee has thereby agreed to postpone the party congress until this crucial stage of prior preparation has been completed.

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By “historical leadership of the Revolution,” Comrade Raul is probably referring to himself, older brother Fidel, who is still titular head of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC), and “Hero of the Revolution” Juan Almeida Bosque, who was later buried with full revolutionary honors on September 15. On January 1, 1959 Comandante Almeida accompanied the Castro Bros. into the city of Santiago de Cuba, which had fallen to the communist insurgents seeking the ouster of General Fulgencio Batista who, ironically, was once backed by the old Communist Party of Cuba.

Among other issues, this past July the CPC Central Committee (CC) addressed the functioning of the party, national defense, and the “immediate measures” needed to alleviate the impact on Cuba of the global recession. The Central Committee was also apprised of the extended meeting of the National Defense Council that took place several days after the Honduran coup of June 28. At the time Cuba’s defense establishment assessed actions taken between 2003 and 2008 to “increase” the island’s defense capacity, “in line” with decisions adopted by the CPC’s extraordinary plenum of July 15, 2003 to resist “US aggression.” Castro elaborated on the Cuban defense strategy, which has for nearly 50 years played up fears of a US invasion:

For 30 years the war of the people strategy adopted by Cuba to face US-led aggression had succeeded. Since the disappearance of the Soviet Union the country has acquired very few armaments. Efforts are therefore directed at upgrading existing ones, thanks to the efforts of scientists, specialists and workers from both the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the economic sector. We must continue to strengthen the nation’s defense, taking into account its real economic possibilities.

Second, Castro revealed that the CPC CC endorsed all of the conclusions reached by the National Defense Council, which rescheduled last year’s planned Bastion strategic exercise: “Therefore, in continuity with the work undertaken, the Bastion 2009 Strategic Exercise is to take place at the end of this year. The current plan is to carry out the activity every four years. Thus, while it was initially planned for November 2008, it was decided after the hurricanes to postpone the exercise and concentrate on recovery tasks.” A similarly named exercise that mobilized the island’s entire populace occurred in 2004 and, before that, as far back as 1986, during the Cold War.

In addition to this past summer’s meetings of the National Defense Council and the CPC CC, additional factors may have encouraged Cuba’s communist leaders to move ahead with the Bastion drill. For example, in May Russian State Duma deputy Sergei Abeltsev publicly suggested that the Russian and Cuban militaries should replicate last year’s Soviet-Venezuelan naval and air force drills by holding a similar exercise in the Caribbean Sea. Later, in July Moscow extended a US$150 million loan to Havana, putatively for the purchase of construction and agricultural equipment.

By the way, following the murder of exiled FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006, Abeltsev growled: “The deserved punishment reached the traitor. I am sure his terrible death will be a warning to all the traitors that in Russia treason is not to be forgiven. I would recommend to citizen [Boris] Berezovsky to avoid any food at the commemorative feast for Litvinenko.”

Later still, on September 17 General Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the Russian General Staff, completed an under-reported three-day working trip to Havana, which involved inspecting “numerous” military installations, according to Russia’s ambassador in Cuba. By week’s end details of the general’s personal discussions with President Castro (pictured above), Castro’s defense minister Julio Casas Regueiro, and Alvaro Lopez Miera, Chief of the General Staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba, were published in official media. Accompanying General Makarov in the Russian delegation were Moscow’s ambassador to Havana, Mikhail Kamynin; Lieutenant General Alexander Shlyakhturov, chief of Russian military intelligence (GRU); Major General Vyacheslav Proshkin, head of the Russian General Staff’s International Military Cooperation Department; and Colonel Vladimir Androsov, Russia’s air, naval, and military attaché in Cuba.

“Modernization of the Soviet-made military equipment and training of Cuban military personnel will be the focus of Russian-Cuban military cooperation in the near future,” Makarov declared, adding:

During the Soviet era we delivered a large number of military equipment to Cuba, and after all these years most of this weaponry has become obsolete and needs repairs. We inspected the condition of this equipment, and outlined the measures to be taken to maintain the defense capability of this country…I think a lot of work needs to be done in this respect, and I hope we will be able to accomplish this task.

Cuba’s request for assistance with training of military personnel will also be fully satisfied.

To reassure Havana of its commitment to upgrading the Cuban military, Moscow will once again dispatch warships to Cuba this December, the first time since last December and the second time since the “end” of the Cold War. “We are currently preparing a plan for the ships’ visit,” explained Makarov, continuing: “Undoubtedly, it would be closely linked to our military cooperation with the Republic of Cuba.” Not so coincidentally, the arrival of the Russian warships will occur within the same timeframe of the Bastion 2009 drill which, as Castro himself pointed out, was postponed last year due to the ravages of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. Will the Russians join the Cubans in their “strategic exercise”? Regular visitors to this blog know that we’ll be watching . . .

Manuel Zelaya Transforms Honduran Embassy in Managua into Base of Subversion, Facility under Control of Deposed President’s Partisans

Havana’s planned Bastion 2008/2009 “strategic exercise” should also be analyzed in the light of other developments in Latin America.

In June 2007 the Castro Bros.’ most reliable disciple, Hugo Chavez, urged fellow member states in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) to transform the organization into an “anti-imperialist” (meaning anti-USA) military coalition. In November of that year, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev paid a friendly visit to Caracas, where he met with not only Venezuela’s top commie thug, but also Nicaraguan and Bolivian presidents Daniel Ortega and Evo Morales, who were present for an ALBA summit. At this time Medvedev indicated that Russia was interested in joining the bloc of socialist Latin American states. Not surprisingly, the Russian president’s strategically significant remark was completely ignored by the MSM’s brain-dead pundits.

Incidentally, like their paranoid mentor Castro, both Chavez and Ortega fear a US invasion to dislodge their red regimes, although this is highly unlikely under the leftist administration of President Barack Hussein Obama.

There are more dots to connect. Within 24 hours of the “coup” that removed Manuel Zelaya from the presidency on June 28, Chavez threatened to send his military into Honduras to protect his diplomats (meaning, spies and saboteurs) and restore his compliant lackey. In 2008 Zelaya led an unwilling Honduras into ALBA membership and was widely perceived as a puppet of Venezuela’s red tyrant. In spite of the negative spin imparted to the Honduran coup by the world media, Zelaya’s ouster was constitutional, although his exile, by the admission of the Honduran army’s top lawyer, was legally questionable. To implement Zelaya’s ouster, the ruling Liberal Party secured the nearly unanimous backing of the national congress, supreme court, and military brass.

Following the so-called coup, Bolivia’s self-avowed communist president Morales floated a similar idea concerning the alleged necessity of organizing a pan-Latin American military coalition. Not so coincidentally, ALBA, which now embraces nine South American, Central American, and Caribbean states, is slated to hold a summit in Bolivia in mid-October. This subject, according to Morales, will be on the agenda.

We thus continue to speculate that the neo-Soviet leadership is quietly re-assembling a “Red Dawn-style” military coalition in the Western Hemisphere. General Makarov’s visit to Cuba on Monday certainly confirms that idea. The Kremlin’s first attempt to organize a coalition of Latin American amigos, primarily with Cuba and Nicaragua’s first Sandinista regime, took place in the 1980s, but was quickly crushed by US President Ronald Reagan’s far-sighted view of regional geopolitics. Since then Venezuela’s powerful armed forces have entered the equation on Moscow’s side.

Potential targets for this confederacy are errant Red Axis member Honduras, anti-communist hold-out Colombia, and Panama, which lurched right in its presidential election earlier this year. If the Micheletti government, in particular, fails to submit to the accord brokered by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who has reprised his 1980s role as international peacemaker, then in the coming months we suspect that ALBA may seek the imprimatur of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and/or the Union of South American Nations to reinstall Zelaya at the head of a multi-national invasion force.

Meanwhile, the deposed Honduran president, with Ortega’s blessing, has transformed the Honduran embassy in Managua, which remains under the control of his partisans, into a base of subversion to plot his return. From this muster point Zelaya incites the Honduran left to overthrow Micheletti, who during the first week after his rival’s ouster accused Venezuela and Nicaragua of planning to invade his country. Apparently in concord with Havana, Caracas, and Managua, a vindictive Obama White House has revoked the visas of Micheletti, Micheletti’s foreign minister, and 14 Honduran Supreme Court judges, denounced elections scheduled for November and demanded Zelaya’s restoration. Last Wednesday Honduran embassy staff in Managua denied that Zelaya had called for the assassination of Liberal candidate Elvin Santos.

>Red Dawn Alert: Russia’s top general visits Cuba; Zapad 2009 simulates Soviet counter-thrust against NATO invasion of Belarus

>– Belarus’ Beleaguered Opposition Protests Arrival of Russian Soldiers for Joint Maneuvers, Faces Swift Government Crackdown

– Presidents Medvedev and Lukashenko to Attend Belarusian Phase of Zapad 2009 Drill on September 29; Planned Deployment of 150,000 Russian Troops Scaled Back to 6,000

– The Collapse of NATO: General Makarov Holds Cordial Meeting with Polish Counterpart Gagor, Putin in Attendance at September 1 Conference

– Red Dawn fo’ Real: Makarov Meets Cuban Counterpart Lopez, Visits a “Number of Military Installations” on Island; Follows High-Level Political-Military Delegations from Moscow in 2008

– Putin and Chavez Cut Civilian Nuclear Power Deal, Deny Venezuela Intending to Build Atomic Bomb; US State Department: Venezuela Poses “Serious Challenge” to Regional Stability

– Red Dawn Faux Real: Movie Re-make to Hit Screens in 2010, Depict Sino-Russian Invasion of North America, Original Actor Swayze Dies

Pictured above: Admiral Michael Mullen, head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, shakes hands with General Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the Russian General Staff, in Moscow on June 26, 2009. Looks like someone forgot to take down the hammer and sickle, 18 years after the so-called collapse of Soviet communism.

On September 10 Belarus’ beleaguered opposition, represented by the youth group Malady Front and small business activist Alexander Makayew, protested in the streets of Minsk, demanding the withdrawal of 6,000 Russian troops, deployed to Belarus that day. Belarusian oppositionists waved signs that read: “Russian Army Go Home!” and “No to Russian Military Bases!” Plainclothes and riot police arrested 20 protesters. Pavel Yukhnevish, leader of the pro-Western opposition group European Belarus, questioned Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s commitment to the sovereignty of the Eastern European country vis-à-vis Moscow:

The purpose of our protest is to defend the independence of our country in connection with the fact that a 6,000-strong Russian military contingent was brought into Belarus today. That’s why we’ve come here to express this. We’ve succeeded, judging by the authorities’ reaction. The police’s actions are absolutely unreasonable and unnecessary. Lukashenka insists he is an advocate of independence. We also advocate independence. But we probably have a different notion of independence.

Lukashenko is an unreconstructed communist and a close ally of Russia’s “ex”-communist prime minister and president, Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, as well as Gennady Zyuganov, Chairman of the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation. The Communist Party of Belarus openly supports Lukashenko, whose personal dictatorship has perpetuated Belarus’ Soviet-era command economy since 1994. In an August 27 interview with Izvestiya, Lukashenko shamelessly confided that he tampered with the results of the 2006 presidential election. Instead of fudging the figures upward, though, he fudged them downward to fabricate a more “realistic” lead that would be palatable to European Union leaders. On September 1 Charter 97, a Belarusian opposition media outlet, grilled Putin over his alliance with Lukashenko. Russia’s KGB-communist dictator sheepishly insisted that his Belarusian buddy was duly elected, in spite of certain “weaknesses” in “post”-Soviet “democracies.” Uh, right.

The Russian soldiers are present on Belarusian soil to carry out the joint military exercise Zapad (“West”) 2009, which expressly simulates a Soviet counter-thrust against a NATO invasion of Belarus. Russia and Belarus are joined at the hip politically and economically in the Union State of Russia and Belarus, a building block of the soon-to-be-restored Soviet Union. The Polish-Belarusian border, moreover, constitutes part of the front between NATO and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which embraces part of the old USSR. Original reports concerning Zapad 2009, quoting Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the Russian General Staff, indicated that two Russian army groups, consisting of 150,000 soldiers, would be deployed to Belarus for the maneuver. This news greatly alarmed Belarusians, as well as EU and NATO leaders. If this plan really existed, then it was quickly shelved and a more “modest” one involving only 6,000 Russian soldiers substituted under the direction of Makarov and Belarusian comrade in arms, General Syarhey Huruleu.

The extent to which the “post”-communist regime in Warsaw, moreover, can be trusted to hold the line against a neo-Soviet military thrust into Central Europe is suspect in light of the recent, cordial meeting between General Makarov and his Polish counterpart Franciszek Gagor on September 1. Janes reports: “Declaring that there are ‘no actual barriers’ to re-establishing military co-operation, the generals said that the first cross-border contacts would be between units in northern Poland and in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave.” The same source does not indicate where the meeting occurred but, significantly, Putin was in attendance.

For its part the Belarusian military has shipped some of its S-300 air defense systems to the Ashuluk training grounds in southern Russia to participate in that phase of Zapad 2009. Overall, the exercise will “rehearse interoperability” within the Russian-Belarusian integrated air defense system, which the two “former” Soviets states formed last February. S-300s are considered one of the world’s most effective all-altitude air defense systems, comparable to the US MiM-104 Patriot system. Minsk intends to purchase the more advanced S-400 system from Moscow in 2010.

In a related story, on August 27, while visiting the Russian president’s Black Sea get-away in Sochi, Lukashenko finally agreed to take up the rotating presidency of the CSTO and sign the long-delayed agreement on the formation of the Collective Rapid Response Forces.

Last month South Ossetia’s internationally unrecognized president Eduard Kokoity indicated that his secessionist regime is seeking membership in the Union State, a move that will legitimize Moscow’s control over this portion of Georgian territory. However, Minsk will need to formally recognize Tskhinvali’s independence if this is to take place. Thus far, only Russia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela—three close communist allies—have recognized the independence of Georgia’s two breakaway regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Soviet Komsomol graduate Kokoity has intimated that Belarus will in fact shortly recognize his country as a sovereign entity.

Since last year’s five-day Caucasian War the Kremlin has illegally deployed more troops to the two separatist regimes, well in excess of its original peacekeeping contingents. On Tuesday Russia signed an agreement with Abkhazia and South Ossetia to maintain military bases in those occupied regions for the next 49 years, with an option to renew every five years. Under these arrangements at least 1,700 Russian soldiers can be stationed in each region, while the Russian board guards deployed there report to the Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) in Moscow.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, an alleged KGB agent whom we suspect is being secretly manipulated by the Kremlin to advance the Soviet deception strategy, is allied with the USA and seeks membership in NATO.

In Latin America Moscow has reactivated political-military-economic linkages with Communist Cuba and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua, as well as oil-rich, cash-flush Red Venezuela. Bombastic commie thug Hugo Chavez recently wrapped up his annual weapons shopping spree in Moscow, where he purchased 92 T-72 tanks, Smerch missiles with a range of 90 kilometers, and an S-300 Antey-2500 anti-aircraft defense system, including radar and missiles with a range of 400 kilometers. The total purchase price of the deal is a sizable US$2.2 billion and will include, according to Prime Minister Putin, a “peaceful” civilian nuclear power program for Caracas.

Comrade Hugo disavows any intention of building a nuclear bomb, although his Islamo-Nazi pals in Tehran have no such scruples. “We’re not going to make an atomic bomb, so don’t bother us like with Iran,” Chavez growled. “Venezuela doesn’t want to produce an atomic bomb,” Comrade Vladimir soothed. Following his stopover in Moscow, Chavez continued to make house calls with other USA-hating dictatorships in Belarus, Iran, Syria, Turkmenistan, Libya, and Algeria.

The Chavezista regime is Russia’s most reliable client in the Western Hemisphere, a growing threat to regional stability in South America, and a clear and present danger to the national security of insurgency-wracked, pro-Washington neighbor Colombia, three facts that are (finally) beginning to worry US policymakers. Between 2005 and 2007, for example, Moscow presented Caracas with a weapons bill for about US$4.4 billion.

“We have concerns in general about Venezuela’s stated desire to increase its arms build-up, which we think poses a serious challenge to stability in the Western Hemisphere,” US State Department spokesman Ian Kelly acknowledged on September 14. He continued: “What they are looking to purchase and what they are purchasing outpaces all other countries in South America. And, of course, we’re concerned about an arms race in the region.” Reuters notes that “Chavez, a fierce critic of US foreign policy, says the [White House’s] Colombian bases plan could be used to launch an [US-led] attack on Venezuela and increase the risk of war in South America.”

In an important development that will probably receive little or no coverage and analysis in the MSM, Russia’s top general Makarov took a break from overseeing the Zapad 2009 war game to pay a friendly visit to Havana. There the good general met with counterpart Alvaro Lopez Miera and other top brass of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba. According to Russia’s ambassador in Havana, Mikhail Kamynin, General Makarov is slated to inspect a “number of military installations” on the island, which is only 90 miles south of the Florida Keys.

Cuba’s red dictatorship disavows any desire of resuming military cooperation with the Kremlin after the abrupt closure of the Russian electronic listening post in Lourdes in October 2001, barely weeks after the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC. For decades the Soviets used Lourdes to monitor military and civilian communications throughout North America, a fact that may have offered the (Soviet-backed) disciples of Osama bin Laden additional logistical support when they hijacked four airliners on September 11, 2001.

However, Russian-Cuban military ties have in fact been improving since 2008, following visits to Havana by Russian Security Council chief and former FSB/KGB boss Nikolai Patrushev, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and former GRU agent Igor Sechin, and General-Lieutenant Alexander Maslov, commander of Russia’s Air Defense Forces. Last December the Admiral Chabanenko destroyer also weighed anchor in Havana Bay, a post-Cold War “first” that entailed closed door meetings between Cuban dictator Raul Castro and the deputy commander of the Russian Navy’s most powerful branch, the Northern Fleet. Kremlin and Western media reports also reveal that Russian strategic bomber crews evaluated potential refueling sites in Cuba last year and that at least one Russian attack submarine spotted off the US East Coast this past August made a port of call in Cuba too.

In the iconic Cold War-era film Red Dawn high school students, with a little help from a downed US Air Force pilot (played by Powers Boothe), organize a guerrilla force in the mountains of Colorado to repel a Soviet-Cuban invasion. Your resident blogger was 16 years old when this movie made its theatrical debut. More than a generation later a re-make, this time featuring a joint Sino-Russian invasion, is due to hit the screens in 2010. Yesterday original Red Dawn actor Patrick Swayze, who led the fictitious Wolverines against the occupying communist troops, succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Coincidence? Of course, but truth, they say, is stranger than fiction. See above.

>Latin America File: Chavez’s annual arms spree in Moscow; Gen. Ortega warns of civil war in Nicaragua; Managua hands MS-13 crime boss to Interpol

>Latin America’s second-most notorious commie thug after Raul Castro, namely one Hugo Chavez, is up to his old tricks while visiting his KGB handler in Moscow, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Chavez has clinched a deal to purchase 100 T-72 and T-90 main battle tanks, worth US$500 million, three diesel-powered Kilo-class submarines, armored vehicles, helicopters, and missiles. Chavez and Putin are pictured here at the latter’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, on September 10, 2009.

Chavez also conferred with Putin’s lapdog, President Dmitry Medvedev. “We will supply Venezuela the weapons that Venezuela asks for. In accordance with all international law, of course,” gushed Medvedev. Pressed by reporters about the tank purchase, the Soviet Komsomol graduate explained: “Why not tanks? Without question, we have good tanks. If our friends want our tanks, we will deliver them.” I’m sure Chavez concluded the deal with his Soviet masters with a comradely bear hug and effusive “Tanks alot!”

Incidentally, this is Comrade Hugo’s eighth, or ninth, or tenth trip to the Kremlin. We’ve lost count. Suffice to say that in 2007 Gennady Zyuganov, Chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and, in our humble opinion, real ruler of Russia, referred to “Comrade” Chavez as a “reliable friend.” In short, Comrade Hugo has everything he needs to invade Miami or, more likely, Colombia and aid the Marxist guerrillas there in overthrowing President Alvaro Uribe’s government and dislodging the growing US military presence there.

In gratitude for this enormous weapons deal, Chavez joined Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega in formally recognizing, after Russia itself, the independence of Georgia’s two breakaway, Soviet-occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Medvedev praised Chavez’s support: “We think that it is a sovereign affair of states whether to recognize their independence.” This week diplomats from Abkhazia arrived in Managua to establish relations with Nicaragua. From there they will fly to Caracas, where they will repeat the same procedure with Venezuela’s communist government.

South America’s red tyrant wrapped up his pilgrimage to the world’s red mecca by delivering a two-hour-and-thirty-minute anti-USA tirade at Moscow’s terrorist-training school, People’s Friendship University. This nefarious institution was until 1992 known as Patrice Lumumba University, named after the Congolese communist whose political descendants are today busy raping, with the help of billions of dollars from Red China, the natural resources of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Patrice Lumumba alumni include Palestine’s terrorist president Mahmoud Abbas.

Meanwhile, in Central America General Humberto Ortega–Daniel’s younger brother and former chief of the Sandinista Popular Army and its “de-communized” successor, the Nicaraguan National Army (NNA)—has broken 10 years of media silence by commenting on the political turmoil in his country. Referring obliquely to the opposition generated by the second Sandinista regime’s policy of reactivating ties with Moscow, cozying up to the fellow communist regimes in Havana and Caracas, hosting deposed Honduran President Manual Zelaya, and official persecution of independent media, Gen. Ortega complained:

The most important product of the revolutionary process in the 20th century, which was very difficult and bloody, is peace and democracy. And we can’t put that at risk now. Political polarization and social disintegration in Nicaragua is dangerous because it could put in real danger the historical achievements of the revolution. We all need to prevent Nicaragua from returning to war. That would be to betray the blood of all the Nicaraguans who fought.

In the 1980s Gen. Ortega, along with Interior Minister Tomas Borge, now Nicaragua’s aged ambassador to Peru, was a key player in the Soviet Bloc’s narco-subversion plot against the USA. “Former” KGB agents, the Mexican drug cartels, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), the Chavezista regime, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and a host of sordid characters continue to prosecute this decades-old covert war against America. Raul Castro and Daniel Ortega have no doubt quietly reprised their drug-running roles from the Cold War era, notwithstanding some high-profile “catches” that appear to lend credibility to their new-found anti-drug credentials.

For example, on September 4 Nicaraguan police handed over Saul Antonio Turcios Angel, a Salvadoran citizen who is suspected to be MS-13’s boss, to Interpol under “tight security measures” at Sandino International Airport. Turcios Angel, 29, who is described by Interpol as “highly dangerous,” was arrested last week in the northwestern town of Chichigalpa. A pawn in the drama scripted by the Moscow Leninists, perhaps drug lord Angel will conveniently meet his demise behind bars. Not so coincidentally, the central government in Managua has turned a blind eye toward the anarchy which is Bluefields, Nicaragua’s main Caribbean port and a vital waystation along Latin America’s red cocaine trail. Last November a Russian destroyer for the first time in nearly 20 years weighed anchor at Bluefields to deliver a “humanitarian” cargo to the NNA, now under the command of Sandinista General Omar Halleslevens.

Nicaraguan Vice President Jaime Morales’ refusal to back Comrade Dan’s bid to amend the constitution to allow re-election in 2012 is definitely contributing to the political turmoil in that country. Morales belongs to no party but was a negotiator for the US-backed Contra rebels during their battle to dislodge the first Sandinista regime in the 1980s. In 2006 he joined Ortega on a common ticket to form a reconciliation government. Ironically, Ortega governs from Morales’ former home, which he confiscated during his first term as president and transformed into the headquarters of the Sandinista National Liberation Front.

Finally, El Universal reports that Bolivia’s communist government is allocating US$100 million in financial aid from Venezuela to upgrade a military barrack near the Brazilian border. Bolivian President Evo Morales siphons petrodollars from Comrade Hugo’s bank account via “Bolivia Changes, Evo Accomplishes,” a program presumably implemented under the auspices of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas. A senior official in La Paz admitted that the military barrack is near a major cross-border cocaine route. In view of the Latin American Red Axis’ documented role in the Soviet Bloc’s narco-subversion plot one wonders whether the Bolivian military will be hindering or facilitating the red cocaine epidemic.

>Breaking News: Obama to chair UN Security Council, address nuclear disarmament; first time for any US president

>The Soviets have maneuvered their Manchurian Candidate, Barack Hussein Obama, into the White House and now the United Nations Security Council.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia kicks off strategic missile, ground drills: Zapad 2009 to involve 12,500 servicemen in Belarus, Kaliningrad

>Back by popular demand, we have decided to resume occasional postings. This follows a recent announcement of an indefinite leave of absence from blogging.

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.

>Blogger’s Note: Back by popular demand

>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

>– Russian Navy Eats Humble Pie to Accelerate Modernization and Expansion: Buys French-Built Amphibious Assault Ship, Negotiates Production of More Such Vessels

– 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"

>“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

>– One Akula-Class Attack Submarine Reportedly Made Port of Call in Cuba

– 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

>Your resident blogger is in the midst of his summer vacation, but decided to post during a pitstop at a relative’s home.

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

>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"

>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

>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)

>– Deposed Honduran President Sets Up Bases in Nicaragua to Receive More than 3,000 Partisans from Homeland via Covert Cross-Border Routes

– 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.