>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 . . .

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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.

>Blogger’s Note: Red World 2009 map updated

>We have updated our Red World 2009 map, linked in the right column, to reflect a few changes, not the least of which is our belief that under the Soviet-backed presidential administration of Barack Hussein Obama the United States of America has fallen under partial communist control.

>Latin America File: Zelaya briefly crosses border, confronts Honduran army, holds cell phone interviews; Micheletti denounces provocation

>Late Friday, reports CNN, ousted president Manuel Zelaya lifted a border chain and briefly crossed several yards onto Honduran soil, after leading a 20-vehicle convoy over two days from Managua. Since his ouster on June 28 he has turned the Nicaraguan capital into a base of operations, with counterpart Daniel Ortega’s complicity. Along the way, Zelaya held news conferences and conducted “numerous” cell phone interviews. He was also accompanied by the foreign minister of Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez, the deposed leader’s most strident backer.

Upon arriving at the border, Honduran army Lt. Col. Luis Roicarte, with whom Zelaya had been previously talking on the phone, informed the exiled president: “You can’t cross the border.” Zelaya replied, “I can cross,” and then did so (pictured above). “I am not afraid when I work for a just and noble cause,” Zelaya boasted to someone on a cell phone moments after crossing the border, surrounded by reporters and rejoicing supporters. Honduran soldiers pulled back about 25 meters (80 feet) from the border to watch Zelaya as he held more cell phone conversations and media interviews. Manuel’s wife, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, told CNN en Español that she was being “prevented” from joining her husband. After several hours, Zelaya wrapped up his publicity stunt and walked back to Nicaragua.

In response to this provocation from this compliant lackey of the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis, Honduras’ lawful government once again warned Zelaya that he would be arrested if he pushed deeper into the country. Yesterday interim President Roberto Micheletti insisted that he was willing to continue peace talks with his rival, as brokered by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. “I offered several days ago to give up my position if Mr. Zelaya would stop inciting his followers to violence,” Micheletti told CNN en Español, which once employed El Salvador’s leftist president Mauricio Funes. Micheletti continued: “Zelaya had no intention of returning to Honduras. He went back to Nicaragua to keep causing problems. We have received information that they want to continue with these type of actions that only incite the public. There has been no coup because in a coup the military remains in power.”

Somewhat surprisingly, leftist US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Zelaya’s actions: “We have consistently urged all parties to avoid any provocative action that could lead to violence. President Zelaya’s effort to reach the border is reckless. It does not contribute to the broader efforts to restore democratic and constitutional order in the Honduras crisis.” The State Department also issued a travel warning to US citizens in Honduras or contemplating a trip to that country.

While Zelaya paraded for the cameras at the Honduran-Nicaraguan border, Micheletti supporters held a large and colorful rally in San Pedro Sula. Zelaya partisans amassed in El Paraiso, about 12 kilometers (7 miles) from the border with Nicaragua. They were met there by about 1,500 police and soldiers. The police and soldiers fired tear gas at the demonstrators for about 15 to 20 minutes. Two people were wounded. Honduran police and soldiers erected numerous roadblocks between Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and the Nicaraguan border, and established an immediate curfew in the area until 4:30 a.m.

>Latin America File: Zelaya, Venezuelan FM arrive at Nicaraguan border town, Honduran military closes crossings; Tegucigalpa expels Chavez’s diplomats

>– Honduran Labor Unions Stage General Strike in Support of Zelaya’s Reinstatement as Country’s President; Zelaya Partisans Flock to Nicaraguan Border to Welcome Deposed Leader

– Honduras’ Interim Foreign Minister Holds “Informal” Meeting with Colombian President, Uribe Expresses Support for Micheletti Government

– Vexed by Reports of Planned Deployment of More US Counter-Narcotics Troops in Neighboring Colombia, Chavez Announces Intent to Purchase More than 100 Russian T-90 Main Battle Tanks, “Double” Venezuelan Army’s Firepower

– Red Cocaine Tracks: Since Zelaya’s Ouster 14 Drug Planes, Most Registered in Venezuela, Have Landed in Different Parts of Honduras

– Venezuelan Foreign Ministry Slams Israeli “Ultra Right,” Denies Country Harboring Hezbollah Training Camps near Colombian Border and on Caribbean Island

We regard both Honduras and Colombia as victims of common external aggressors, such as Hugo Chavez. Chavez is a highly dangerous neighbor, who was on the verge of extending his model to Honduras.
– Interim Honduran Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez, interviewed by Bogota’s La FM radio, July 22, 2009

Pictured above: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez contends that Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias, who is mediating between Honduras’ rival governments, is simply acting on orders of the US State Department.

Political tensions are once again on the rise along the Honduran- Nicaraguan border, just as they did during the 1980s, when US-backed Contra rebels based in Honduras launched sorties against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s first Sandinista regime. Indeed, it appears, as we have suggested in recent months, that the Cold War has returned to both Central America and South America.

Earlier today deposed Honduran president Manuel (“Mel”) Zelaya, a wealthy rancher- turned-socialist and lackey of the Havana-Caracas- Managua Axis—arrived at the small Nicaraguan city Esteli, 25 miles south of the Honduran border. Since his ouster on June 28 Zelaya has jetted about Central America, with at least one sidetrip to the USA, on an aircraft supplied by Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez. However, he has spent most of his time in Managua where, with the guidance of Comandante Ortega and other regional leftist leaders and their representatives, he has plotted his return to his homeland. No doubt buoyed by their attendance in Managua of various festivities associated with the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution, Zelaya arrived in Esteli in the company of his foreign minister Patricia Rodas and Chavez’s foreign minister Nicolas Maduro. “We will present ourselves in front of their bayonets and see if they lower them,” Zelaya vowed yesterday in Managua.

Zelaya’s presence near the Nicaraguan-Honduran border threatens to escalate the nearly four-week conflict between Honduras’ rival governments and follows a breakdown in peace talks mediated by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. Arias, like Ortega, has reprised his role from the last decade of the (first?) Cold War. The Organization of American States, under the leadership of Chilean socialist Jose Miguel Insulza, is pressing for further negotiations. “What we’re lacking isn’t a new offer by President Arias but a response to the last offer he made,” Insulza lamented to reporters in Washington DC yesterday. “A rejection would lead us down the road to confrontation.”

Meanwhile, the Honduran military has closed down the border with Nicaragua as Honduras’ largest labor unions stage a general strike in support of Zelaya’s reinstatement and Zelaya partisans flock to the border to welcome their exiled leader. The strike was declared on Monday by the country’s main unions, the Unitary Federation of Honduran Workers (FUTH), the Confederation of Honduran Workers, and the General Workers’ Central. “We reject [President] Roberto Micheletti’s rules because he was imposed by force and no one owes obedience to a usurper government, as established in Article Three of the Constitution,” declared Juan Barahona, FUTH chairman and Zelaya ally. According to Barahona in Honduras “the progressive forces remain on their feet in a way not seen since the Cold War.”

Citing sources in the Nicaraguan media and government, the Chinese media reports today: “Nicaragua media said that over the frontier Honduran police and soldiers were deployed in nearby areas, seemingly in a tense waiting for order to act. Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Ana Isabel Morales told official Radio Nicaragua that her government ‘is observing the situation to take necessary measure as to guarantee our citizens’ safety.’” The Honduran embassy in Managua, which is still under the control of the deposed government, indicated that Zelaya may also attempt to enter Honduras via Guatemala and El Salvador, both of which feature leftist regimes subservient to the Red Axis.

Even as he heads for the Honduran border, Zelaya is still alleging that the country’s chief general, Romeo Vasquez, plans to kill him upon his return. “I believe they have the intention to do it. They are hiring armed groups. He [General Vasquez] has clearly said that he will have me killed before my return or after I enter Honduras,” the deposed president complained in a telephone interview with Honduras’ Radio Globo. He added: “If Romeo does not kill me, I will go to my town to visit my family, and any direct harm will be the responsibility of General Romeo.”

This past Tuesday the de facto government of Honduras, which your resident blogger believes to be the constitutional one, ordered Venezuela’s diplomatic staff to leave the country within 72 hours. “The Foreign Ministry has requested the honorable embassy of Venezuela the withdrawal of its administrative, technical and diplomatic staff in a term of 72 hours due to the threats of using force, the interference in internal issues as well as the lack of respect to the territorial integrity,” stated Honduras’ interim Deputy Foreign Minister Martha Lorena Alvarado. In response, Uriel Vargas, first secretary of the Venezuelan embassy in Tegucigalpa, refused to pack his bags and go home. “We do not recognize the government led by Roberto Micheletti,” Vargas retorted, “It is a coup government, supported by bayonets.”

In our opinion, the fact that Honduras’ de facto government restrained itself from expelling Venezuela’s meddling diplomatic corps several weeks ago, that is, promptly after Chavez threatened to invade the Central American country, is a testimony to the legality, integrity, and peaceful intentions of President Micheletti’s government. Commentator Hans Bader explains how Zelaya’s ouster and his replacement by former congressional speaker Micheletti was not a military coup d’etat but, rather, the constitutional removal of an incipient leftist dictator allied with Latin America’s dangerous Red Axis.

Honduras’s Zelaya was lawfully removed from office by soldiers acting on orders of his country’s Supreme Court (and replaced by the speaker of Honduras’s Congress) after he, too, sought to rewrite his country’s constitution to allow him to seek another term in office. (Honduras has had such a problem over the years of corrupt presidents using patronage, fraud, and intimidation to get reelected over and over again that Article 239 of its current Constitution immediately strips presidents of their office if they even propose ending term limits, and Article 272 of its Constitution authorizes the military to remove presidents who seek to evade term limits).

Zelaya used money from Venezuela’s dictator and blackmail to try to extend his rule, illegally cutting off funds to municipalities whose mayors who refused to back his referendum to rewrite Honduras’s Constitution to extend Zelaya’s tenure in office. Zelaya was planning vote fraud on a vast scale.

. . .

Honduras’s president was constitutionally removed pursuant to Articles 239 and 272 of the Honduras Constitution. Moreover, he was removed not by a “small group,” but with the unanimous support of the Honduras Supreme Court, the almost-unanimous support of Honduras’s Congress, and much of Honduran society. For each of these separate reasons, it was not a coup.

Bader notes that even “liberal” (leftist) scholars in the USA conceded that Zelaya’s ouster took place according to the stipulations the Honduran Constitution, although his forced exile at gunpoint was probably illegal, a fact admitted by the Honduran armed forces’ top legal adviser. “Zelaya was planning vote fraud on a vast scale,” Bader contends, an outcome that was no doubt rigged by way of referendum ballots printed in Venezuela.

While no country has formally recognized President Micheletti’s government, the center-right government of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe confirmed on Wednesday that Uribe held an “informal” meeting with interim Honduran Foreign Minister Carlos Lopez. Interviewed by Bogota’s La FM radio about the meeting, Lopez described his reception by the Colombian president as “sympathetic.” Lopez told La FM that he and his colleagues sought an audience with the Colombian president because “We regard both Honduras and Colombia as victims of common external aggressors, such as Hugo Chavez. Chavez is a highly dangerous neighbor, who was on the verge of extending his model to Honduras.” Lopez is correct in his observation. The common bond between the governments of Honduras and Colombia remains a stubborn opposition to the spread of Chavismo, a virulent form of Latin American communism. “In the framework of the process of facilitation for the Honduras situation, led by the president of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, a Honduran commission was received informally,” the Colombian Foreign Ministry admitted in a statement.

After nearly 50 years, a Soviet/Cuban-backed Marxist insurgency, which now enjoys Venezuela’s patronage too, continues to rage in the jungles of Colombia, prosecuted by two guerrilla groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the smaller, less well-known National Liberation Army (ELN). This past Sunday, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune, at least three people were killed and 20 others, including two police officers, were wounded when guerrillas from FARC’s 6th Front attacked the southwestern Colombian town of Corinto. This was the fourth attack this year by the FARC on Corinto, which is in Cauca province. The civilians killed in the attack were caught in the crossfire between the guerrillas and police, the Bogota daily El Tiempo reported.

Several days later, on Wednesday a bombed planted by the ELN killed a mounted Colombian police officer near the border between the provinces of Casanare and Boyaca. The police were participating in a ceremonial caravan commemorating the route traveled by Simon Bolivar’s troops almost 200 years ago. The Colombian Defense Ministry announced later that pamphlets found in the vicinity of the blast bore the name of the ELN, rather than the FARC, which was initially suspected.

Bogota enjoyed considerable ideological, logistical, and material support from the government of former US President George W. Bush. However, the Obama White House’s commitment to deploy more US troops to Colombia to combat narco-terrorism has provoked Chavez into yet another spluttering fit. On Tuesday South America’s red tyrant ranted: “Venezuela will review its diplomatic ties with Colombia if the country authorizes the installation of U.S. military bases close to Venezuelan border. U.S. military bases on Colombia’s border with Venezuela represent a threat to our country. Colombia is opening its doors to those who constantly attack us and to those who are getting ready new attacks against us.” Last year, following the week-long Andean Crisis, Caracas severed diplomatic relations with Bogota but restored them in early 2009. Venezuela’s red regime only recently restored diplomatic relations with Washington DC after falling out with the Bush Administration.

In response to his own paranoia, on Thursday Chavez announced that he intends to double the firepower of Venezuela’s army by purchasing at least 100 Russian-built T-90 main battle tanks to augment an aging fleet of 80 French-made AMX-30 MBTs and 24 AMX-13C light tanks. On national television he boasted that his government was already negotiating these orders with Moscow: “We are going to buy more tanks to have an armored force at least twice the size of what we have today. We need to strengthen our forces on land, at sea, and in the air and we are going to continue doing that.” Between 2005 and 2007 neo-Soviet Russia signed 12 contracts worth more than US$4.4 billion to supply arms to oil-rich Venezuela, including diesel-electric submarines, fighter jets, helicopters, surface-to-air missiles, and Kalashnikov assault rifles. Last November Russian and Venezuelan naval task forces held their first-ever combined drill in the southern Caribbean Sea.

In many previous posts we have explored the Chavezista regime’s involvement in Moscow’s narco-subversion plot against the USA, a plot that has produced a trail of red cocaine from the FARC’s killing grounds in Colombia to the US-Mexican border via Panama, Nicaragua and, with Zelaya’s complicity, Honduras. Along this theme, on Wednesday of this week two narcotics operatives were killed when their aircraft, which was loaded with cocaine, crashed while trying to land on a highway in the Caribbean region of that country. The plane caught fire after hitting a power line near La Masica, a city some 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Tegucigalpa. Honduran officials have not determined where the plane originated, how much cocaine it was carrying, or the identity of the crew. As of June 28, when Zelaya was deposed, however, at least 14 drug planes, the majority of them registered in Venezuela, have landed in different parts of Honduras.

Finally, this week the Chavezista regime also lashed out at the “ultra right” government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for accusing Venezuela of harboring Hezbollah terrorist camps at Guajira, near the Colombian border, and on Margarita Island, near Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Dora Shavit, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, articulated the charge in an interview with El Tiempo. The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry shot back:

Those ridiculous statements are part of a plan plotted by the Israeli ultra right, in order to encourage and promote actions of different kinds against the Venezuelan government and people. The terrorists who put risk on the life of thousands of innocent people are not being trained in the Venezuelan Guajira, but in the quarters and public buildings of Israel.

Relations between Jerusalem and Caracas worsened in the new year when Chavez condemned Israel for retaliating against missile attacks originating from Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Incidentally, over the last two years Lebanon has become a de facto failed state under Hezbollah’s domination. The Tehran/Damascus-backed political party-terrorist army wields veto power in the Lebanese government, controls much of the countryside in the southern part of the country, and has targeted Israel with thousands of rockets.

>Latin America File: Red Axis leaders rally in Managua on 30th anniversary of Sandinista Revolution; Ortega rejects idea of UN troops in Honduras

>– ALBA States to Hold Summit in Bolivia in September, Host Evo Morales Follows Hugo Chavez in Once Again Raising Subject of Transforming Alliance into Military Coalition

– US and Cuban Military and Medical Personnel Hold Mass Casualty Drill at Guantanamo in Sign of Thawing Relations between Washington DC and Havana

Pictured above: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega shakes the hand of Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro in Managua last Sunday, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Sandinista Revolution. Behind the two men are Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo (left) and de facto Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas (right).

On the evening of July 19, just as Hondurans began observing a re-imposed curfew, a bomb that caused no serious damage exploded at the Lawyers’ College in the capital Tegucigalpa. The building is situated close to busy restaurants and night clubs. Since the June 28 coup that brought down President Manuel Zelaya, two bombs have exploded in the offices of broadcaster Canal 11 and those of the state’s Migration Agency. Two more were found and defused.

That day Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who is mediating peace talks between Honduras’ rival governments, cautioned that he needs more time to resolve the political stalemate and warned of civil war between the opposing camps behind de facto president Roberto Micheletti and de jure president Manuel Zelaya. “It wasn’t possible to reach a satisfactory accord on my proposal,” Arias told reporters on Sunday, adding: “I want to take 72 hours to work more intensely. Because what is the alternative? There could be a civil war and bloodshed that the Honduran people don’t deserve.” Defying international pressure and resolutions, Micheletti, backed by the Honduran Supreme Court, Congress, and military, refuses to allow Zelaya to return for the remainder of his term, which ends in 2010.

Thus, Arias has proposed an amnesty for all parties, Zelaya’s return to power in a temporary national unity government, presidential elections in October, an end to attempts to modify the constitution, and the creation of an international commission to oversee implementation of the agreement. The Costa Rican leader also called for the military to be placed under the control of Honduras’s elections regulator for one month prior to the presidential vote. A counter-proposal from Micheletti’s delegation insisted that Zelaya could come home only to face a tribunal.

On Saturday Arias flew to Managua, where Zelaya has spent much of his time in exile, to hold further talks with the deposed president. At the same time, Patricia Rodas, foreign minister under Zelaya called for a “march” on the Honduran capital if the acting government did not restore Zelaya by sundown. “Their time is up. It’s over for the coup leaders,” Rodas threatened, speaking in the Nicaraguan capital on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution. “We’ll open up the borders of Honduras to conquer our homeland.” By Sunday the Zelaya camp acquiesced to further negotiations brokered by Arias.

The leftist administration in the Obama White House continues to press for Zelaya’s reinstallation. “We’ve obviously seen the report about the talks and the proposed 72 hour delay,” blathered Rob McInturff, a State Department spokesentity. He added: “We’re just following it closely and waiting to see what’s going to happen next. In the end this has got to be a solution from Hondurans for Honduras. We’re looking for a peaceful resolution… These players at the table have it in their power to come to that and we’re hoping that they’ll do everything they can to reach that resolution.”

On July 19 a former guerilla leader in Guatemala joined the communist presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia, Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales, in warning of more “right-wing” coups in the region. Pablo Monsanto, one of four commanders of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit, declared: “There is a risk that other coups will occur in Latin America. If the coup survives, it will represent a huge reverse for Latin America. The Honduran coup was encouraged by a powerful economic group and backed by the United States.” Monsanto then hinted that future armed insurgencies in the region were possible if Honduras’ military-backed government did not back down: “Armed rebel movements are not appropriate for the new democratic trend in the region, but are now a real fact that would have to be faced in the wake of a post-coup government that repressed its population by force.” Monsanto’s threats typify communist tactics: If the bourgeoisie will not peacefully submit to a proletarian takeover, then the reds will take up arms and employ revolutionary terror.

By accepting Arias’ call for an extension of the peace talks, the Zelaya camp will actually gain time in order to continue organizing its forces on the ground to stage a “popular insurrection” against the Micheletti government. In the hours after the June 28 coup the subversive, leftist forces in that Central American country rallied under the banner “Popular Resistance Front,” but have since adopted the label National Resistance Front against the Coup. Last Friday thousands of “anti-golpistas” blocked thoroughfares in Honduras, holding up traffic to and from the capital Tegucigalpa, along stretches of the Pan-American Highway, and into and out of neighboring countries such as Nicaragua and El Salvador. Juan Barahona, president of the United Workers’ Federation and a close ally of Zelaya, announced that protestors also blocked the road that runs to the Caribbean city of Puerto Cortes, close to San Pedro Sula.

Meanwhile, over the weekend a march staged by 5,000 Zelaya partisans headed for the presidential residence, to reaffirm in the presence of the army, Hondurans’ alleged support for the “constitutional” president. Ramon Alegria, a campesino and leader of the National Resistance Front against the Coup, told Caracas’ Bolivarian News Agency that the Honduran media is trying to demoralize protestors and generate a “climate of terror” favorable to President Micheletti.

Pictured here: FSLN supporters converge in Managua last Sunday.

Over the weekend former guerrilla leader and current Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega rejected the idea of deploying United Nations peacekeeping troops in Honduras to defuse political tensions. “The only viable way to solve the Honduran crisis,” he demanded, “is a full respect by the post-coup leader Roberto Micheletti for the resolutions passed by the Organization of American States and the United Nations. We call on Honduras’ soldiers to stop repressing their brothers and to stop dyeing the territory of brother nation Honduras with blood.” The head of the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front uttered these comments while addressing half a million people during a military ceremony commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution.

Significantly, Ortega once again denied that he would send troops to Honduras to restore Zelaya. He also slammed a proposal by the US government to expand its military presence in Colombia, describing the plan as tantamount to an “occupation” of that country that threatened neighboring Venezuela and the entire region. “We want no more US bases,” Ortega ranted, “The United States cannot continue this arms race in Latin America.”

Comandante Ortega also used the occasion to sway the Nicaraguan masses into accepting his re-election in 2011, a practice currently forbidden by the Nicaraguan Constitution and one which led to Zelaya’s ouster three weeks ago. Ortega’s close allies Chavez, Morales, and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa have already taken this route by legally abolishing term limits on their presidency, a move that would potentially enable them to finish the communization of their respective countries.

In attendance at the Sandinista revelries were delegations from Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Chile participated in the ceremony. The last two nations sport center-leftist regimes that have no scruples rubbing elbows with Latin America’s Red Axis, embodied in the states comprising the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA).

Unable to attend the red festivities in Managua, Chavez, mimicking Fidel Castro’s regular “Reflections” column, conveyed his “good wishes” for Central America in a weekly missive instead:

If Nicaragua won on July 19, 1979, sooner or later Honduras will also triumph. Be strong and resist, Hondurans. That truth and fate will be on your side. When the peoples strive to conquering freedom, no one can stop them. The Sandinista liberating exploit is alive today in Nicaragua, a country that, as always, is ready to be free and sovereign.

My happiness is incomplete as our sister Honduras is going through a dark time. It has been twenty two days during which the most despicable of Honduran oligarchy has sought to change the course of history. But their thirst for power will never be able to make the Honduran men and women, heirs to [Francisco] Morazan, yield.

Meanwhile, even though the MSM reported that within 24 hours of the Honduran coup Chavez placed his armed forces on alert and threatened to intervene militarily if his diplomats in Tegucigalpa were killed or kidnapped, Chavez is denying that he ever had any plans to invade Honduras. Denouncing the Micheletti government, the pro-Chavez Venezuelanalysis.com quotes Comrade Hugo as retorting last Friday:

They [the post-coup government] are preparing a massacre and washing their hands of it in advance. But the strategy is so clumsy that it will be difficult for the sensible world to believe. How far will they go? They don’t have limits, this mafia, their criminal advisors who have so much blood on their hands, so much torture and persecution of the people.

Now [Micheletti] is going about saying that Rafael Correa, Daniel Ortega and Hugo Chavez are preparing the invasion of Honduras. Further, he says that there are Venezuelan terrorists in Honduras throwing grenades and bombs, and he goes about saying that Chavez will be to blame for the deaths that there’ll be.

Pictured here: FSLN supporters party under banner depicting Latin America’s Red Axis leaders: Zelaya, Correa, Fidel Castro, Ortega, Chavez, and Morales.

While covering the political crisis in Honduras we have repeatedly suggested that Latin America’s Red Axis is contemplating military intervention to restore their lackey Zelaya, and provided documentation to support that contention. The circumstantial evidence continues to mount. Speaking on Monday on Bolivian state radio, Morales urged the ALBA states to “increase military cooperation” and made a direct link between that proposal, ALBA’s success as a project promoting regional integration along socialist lines, and the Honduran coup. “Members of the Alba trade bloc should concentrate their efforts on issues involving armed forces, social movements and political parties,” he demanded, adding: “This coup is a threat against the continued growth of Alba.”

ALBA leaders will hold their seventh summit in Bolivia in September. If Zelaya has not re-assumed the presidency by that point, then removing the Micheletti regime will no doubt be high on the agenda at that planned communist strategy session. Honduras, after all, is an errant member of ALBA.

A related story reveals the careful steps that the Obama White House is taking toward Havana and its disinterest in resisting Latin American communism. The Canadian media reports that on July 16 150 US and Cuban military and medical personnel participated in a mass casualty drill on both sides of the perimeter of the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay. “The bilateral fenceline drill exercises began in 1999, when the U.S. naval station and Cuban authorities agreed to conduct annual first responders and emergency response drills at the Northeast Gate,” intoned US Navy Lt.-Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, speaking from a prepared account. DeWalt elaborated:

Helicopters of the Cuban Frontier Brigade crossed the lines to conduct a water drop to extinguish the fire. There was . . . a mass casualty drill conducted where U.S. naval hospital and Cuban frontier medical brigade personnel established a command triage centre on the Cuban side of the fence line.

“The geographic remoteness has traditionally served as a shield from public scrutiny,” suggests CanWest News Service, “hence prior drills can easily have occurred undetected.” Canadian journalist Steven Edwards then quotes a “prominent Cuban exile” employed by the US government. This source doubts the US-Cuban drills occurred to “any great extent” prior to Raul Castro assuming the presidency in February 2008:

Under Fidel Castro, if the Cuban people found out that there were joint exercises, how is the spin possible of the mighty giant of the north threatening to invade Cuba? This has been Fidel Castro’s line for decades. No way under Fidel Castro did he allow military exercises where American military was going over the fence. This is Raul. But it also means that this is new.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Moscow- Beijing Axis to hold 25 joint war games in 2009, Peace Mission “anti-terrorist” drill follows Xinjiang riots

>– Russian Navy Updates:

1) Chief of Russian General Staff Warns Ukrainians: No Plans to Leave Base in Sevastopol after Lease Expires in 2017

2) Navy Implements Upgrades to Maintenance Site in Syria, Deploys New Task Force to Gulf of Aden

3) Navy Successfully Launched Two Sineva SLBMs Last Week, Plans More Bulava SLBM Trials in Late July

– Castro Replicates Medvedev’s Recent African Tour: Visits Soviet Allies Algeria, Egypt, Namibia, and Angola; Attends Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Transfers NAM Chairmanship from Self to Mubarak; NAM Condemns Honduran Coup

Although we have blogged about the increasing tempo of Sino-Soviet military exercises, the Indian media, citing Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, reports that the Moscow-Beijing Axis intends to hold 25 joint drills this year. Russia and China advance their political-military coordination through the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This busy schedule of war preparations has already included the Norak Antiterror 2009 drill that took place in Tajikistan in April, Peace Mission 2009 that will take place in Russia and China between July 22 and 26, and Peace Mission 2010, which has been bumped up to take place in Kazakhstan in September of this year. We have no specific information at this time about the other planned maneuvers.

About 3,000 Russian and People’s Liberation Army troops, as well as 300 pieces of artillery and about 40 tactical combat aircraft, will participate in Peace Mission 2009’s battlefield simulations (pictured above). Unlike the first Sino-Soviet war game, Peace Mission 2005, Moscow will not be contributing strategic bombers to the maneuver. “Under the legend of the joint exercises,” reports The Hindu, “Russian and Chinese troops will engage a large terrorist outfit that has seized a Chinese town. The scenario was approved way back in February, but the recent Uighur riots in the Xinjiang province have lent eerie relevance to the war games.” Incidentally, on July 19 state-run Itar-Tass reported that during a Peace Mission 2009 training session an aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force crashed as its two-member crew attempted to destroy a target from at altitude of 200 meters. Both pilots died. Human error was blamed for the crash.

One would almost surmise that the ruling Communist Party of China secretly fomented the Muslim riots in Xinjiang in order to justify the development of a Communist Bloc military coalition that would have placed NATO generals on the edge of their seats during the Cold War. This, no doubt, is why the Soviets and Red Chinese feigned animosity during this period. According, however, to Andrei Lugovoi, a Russian State Duma deputy suspected by British authorities of murdering FSB/KGB defector Alexander Litvinenko in 2006, the Cold War “never ended.” Guilty or innocent of the charges, Lugovoi is absolutely right.

In 1991 the Cold War entered a more deceptive and therefore more dangerous phase under the guidance of Soviet strategists like Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Gennady Zyuganov, and others. Be assured, of course, that NATO, “a large terrorist outfit” in the minds of most communists, is the target of these back-to-back war preps. Since the phony demise of communism in Eastern Europe, neo-Soviet Russia and the People’s Republic of China have openly united as “one clenched fist,” just as forecast by KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn 25 years ago in his first book New Lies for Old (1984) and elaborated upon in The Perestroika Deception (1995, 1998).

In a related story, Russia’s top general Nikolai Makarov has warned Ukrainians that the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet has no intention of leaving its Sevastopol base in 2017, when Moscow’s lease with Kiev expires. The chief of Russia’s General Staff explained: “We have not set ourselves the goal of leaving Sevastopol. We also plan to build Black Sea fleet facilities near Novorossiisk.” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited the missile cruiser Moskva in Novorossiisk on July 14, at which time he was briefed that the future naval base in that city, which is located on Russia’s stretch of the Black Sea coast, will be fully serviceable by 2020. The chief of the Federal Agency for Special Construction, Nikolai Abroskin, stated that the three-phase construction program totals about 92 billion rubles (US$2.85 billion).

General Makarov, who was also visiting Novorossiisk, revealed that last Monday the navy successfully test-launched two Sineva submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). The first launch was carried out by a Delta IV-class nuclear-powered submarine assigned to the Northern Fleet, based near Murmansk. The RSM-54 Sineva (NATO designation: SS-N-23 Skiff) is a third-generation liquid-propellant SLBM that entered service with the Russian Navy in July 2007. The Sineva can carry four to 10 nuclear warheads.

The Kremlin’s Bulava SLBM, by contrast, has enjoyed only mixed success, having failed in five out of 10 test-launches over the last several years. Navy commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky recently stated that the next test of the Bulava will occur in late July, one of a total of four or five trial launches slated for this year. Defense Ministry officials plan to put the Bulava into service by the end of 2009 when, along with the Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, it will become the core of Russia’s nuclear triad. “Just you wait a little, and it will be launched,” promised Makarov, who was a battalion commander in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany during the Cold War.

The Russian nuclear triad consists of silo-based and road-mobile ballistic missile systems, attack submarines armed with sea-launched ballistic missiles, and strategic bombers armed with nuclear bombs and nuclear warhead-tipped cruise missiles. The US Armed Forces possess all of these delivery systems too, with the exception of road-mobile systems. The new strategic arms reduction treaty that will replace START 1 in December 2009 will, within the next seven years, limit both nuclear powers to between 1,500 and 1,675 warheads and between 500 and 1,100 delivery systems.

The Kremlin continues to re-project its influence throughout and around the Horn of Africa region by contributing a new task force to the United Nations-sanctioned anti-piracy flotilla in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. On July 20 the first deputy chief of the Russian Navy revealed that the force will consist of the Admiral Tributs destroyer with two helicopters and a naval infantry unit. The task force will arrive in the Gulf of Aden in late July and patrol the waters off Somalia until November, at which time it will be replaced by another task force. “We are deciding on the composition of the next task force to be sent to the region around the Horn of Africa in November,” Vice Admiral Oleg Burtsev explained.

Around 35 warships from 16 navies are currently deployed near Somalia’s lawless shores. The Russian Navy joined the international armada in October 2008. Three warships have so far participated in the mission: the Baltic Fleet’s Neustrashimy frigate, and the Pacific Fleet’s Admiral Vinogradov and Admiral Panteleyev destroyers. Somalia possesses a weak, internationally recognized government, but anarchy and Islamic insurgency have characterized the region since 1991, when Somalia’s communist dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown.

In addition to re-projecting its influence in northeast Africa, the Kremlin is also beefing up its military presence in the Mediterranean Sea by upgrading a Soviet-era naval maintenance site near Tartus in Syria, a long-time Soviet ally controlled by the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party and the Syrian Communist Party. About 50 naval personnel and three berthing floats are currently deployed at the Tartus site, which can accommodate up to 12 warships. State-run Novosti quoted a “high-ranking navy source” as saying that “Two tug boats from the Black Sea Fleet will deliver a new berthing float to Tartus. Following modernization, the Russian naval maintenance site in Tartus will become fully-operational.”

According to the Russian Navy, its base in Syria significantly boosts the force’s operational capability in the region, including its participation in the UN anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden. Rather than beginning their voyage from the Black Sea, Russian warships based at Tartus are capable of reaching the Red Sea through the Suez Canal and the Atlantic Ocean through the Strait of Gibraltar in a matter of days. In January Colonel General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, stated that the General Staff supports the navy command’s proposal to develop naval infrastructure outside Russia, including Syria, Libya, and Yemen.

The Soviet Navy once maintained a base in Libya, a fact that no doubt prompted long-time dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi (“Duck”) to offer this option to the Kremlin again when he visited Moscow last fall. Apparently, terrorist mastermind-turned-nice guy Qaddafi fears a repeat of Operation El Dorado Canyon, when the US Air Force bombed his residence and assorted Libyan military assets in 1986. Under the Islamo-socialist Obama Administration in Washington DC, though, this scenario is not likely.

During the Cold War, however, the Kremlin did possess a naval base at Aden, in what was then the Democratic People’s Republic of Yemen (Communist South Yemen), which merged with the Arab Republic of Yemen (North Yemen) in 1990 to form the current Al Qaeda-infested entity known as the Republic of Yemen. Although Ali Abdullah Saleh, once president of North Yemen and now president of post-merger Yemen, is not a communist, Moscow has during the last year re-vitalized its Cold War-era alliance with this ruthless tyrant. Confused? Don’t be. The existence of the Moscow-Tehran Axis, for example, proves that the Soviets are only too happy to forge strategic partnerships with Islamic dictatorships.

Elsewhere in the Communist Bloc, Cuban dictator Raul Castro made his second journey since February to Algeria, where the National Liberation Front has ruled since the rebels achieved independence from France. Havana and Algiers have been closely allied since 1963, when Cuban troops helped Algerian counterparts fend off Moroccan forces in a brief border war. In Algeria Castro conferred with revolutionary counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika on issues of international, bilateral, and regional cooperation, including the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Cuba has led the NAM since the organization’s 14th summit transpired in Havana in 2006. During the latest summit, however, the rotating three-year NAM chairmanship will be transferred from Castro to Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. The NAM includes many dozens of Third World countries laboring under Marxist or Arab socialist dictatorships. In reality, the Non-Aligned Movement is not “non-aligned” at all but, rather, aligned with Moscow.

After rubbing elbows with his NAM buds in Algeria and Egypt, Castro materialized in Namibia, replicating part of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s recent tour of Africa. “Your visit provides a valuable opportunity to further consolidate the excellent bilateral relations and the longstanding bonds of friendship and solidarity that exists between our two countries,” Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba gushed when Castro arrived in the Namibian capital Windhoek. According to Pohamba, Namibia intends to expand cooperation with Cuba in infrastructure development, agriculture, fishing, and health. Castro, like Medvedev, will also meet Sam Nujoma, former Namibian president and ex-commander of the South-West African People’s Organization (SWAPO), before flying to Angola for a two-day visit.

Political ties between Havana and Windhoek were reinforced at the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1988, when Cuban troops joined their Angolan counterparts and SWAPO guerrillas, under the command of Soviet generals, in ousting the South African Defense Force from southern Angola and South-West Africa, then a de facto province of South Africa. “We will never forget the proud years in the trenches in Angolan soil and the sacrifices Namibians, Cubans and Angolans made to liberate southern Africa from apartheid South African rule,” enthused Castro. Namibia, which achieved independence in 1990, hosts more than 140 Cuban “health professionals” (communist ideologists?), while more than 130 Namibians are studying in Cuba (where they are no doubt receiving hefty doses of Marxist indoctrination).

On July 20 Castro wrapped up his African tour by flying to Angola’s capital Luanda, where he was welcomed by Angolan Prime Minister Antonio Paulo Kassoma and other senior government officials (pictured above). On Tuesday he will meet privately with Angolan counterpart Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has held this post since 1979. The Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola has ruled the country since 1975 when independence was achieved from Portugal. The Chinese state media reports: “Angola and Cuba share historic cooperation and friendship relations which can date back to the early stages of the Angolan liberation struggle during the 1970s and 1980s when Angola fought against foreign aggressions to maintain the country’s territorial integrity.” Cuba’s communist dictator will complete his Angolan adventure on Wednesday.

>Blogger’s Note: Your resident blogger interviewed on political crisis in Honduras, communist threat in Latin America

>Last week an American Christian pastor with an Internet radio program interviewed your resident blogger for the fourth time in three years. The subject, of course, was communism as a threat in the 21st century, with a special focus on the political crisis in Honduras. Since I prefer to post anonymously at this site while the interviews were conducted under my real name, it may be some time before I create links to the interviews. However, I am pleased that I was once again able to propagate the “Final Phase” message. Thanks again, too, to all of our visitors here.

>Latin America File: Fidel Castro calls on USA to withdraw troops from Honduras, Ortega accuses Micheletti of fomenting war against Nicaragua

>– Chavez Defends Fellow Drug Runner Zelaya against Honduran Media Charges, Bemoans Stories about “Mysterious Venezuelan Light Planes” Arriving in Honduras “Loaded with Dollars and Drugs”

Pictured here: On July 5 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega welcomes ousted Honduran counterpart Manuel Zelaya to Augusto Sandino International Airport in Managua. In his first attempt to return to his homeland, Zelaya initially intended to land at Toncontin International Airport in Tegucigalpa, but the Honduran military blocked the runway, forcing the pilot to divert the flight. Toncontin is normally used for both civilian and military aircraft.

The circumstantial evidence is mounting that Latin America’s Red Axis leaders, mainly Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega, are building a case to justify military intervention in Honduras on behalf of deposed leftist lackey Manuel Zelaya, possibly in conjunction with Zelaya’s reported return to his homeland on July 18. The war drums from Havana, Caracas, and Managua are indeed deafening. However, the shopping mall regime is not paying attention, having already forgotten about the March 2008 “Andean Crisis,” when Venezuela and Ecuador deployed troops and tanks to their respective borders with Colombia after Colombian soldiers attacked a jungle camp maintained by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Ecuadorean soil. A weeklong showdown ensued between these countries, almost bringing South America to the brink of war.

Historically, it should be recalled, belligerent nations will often accuse their intended victims of “provocations” to cloak an otherwise naked act of aggression. This was the case in September 1939 when Nazi Germany staged a provocation and attributed it to Poland in order to justify Berlin’s invasion of the other country.

From the safety of Guatemala City and Managua this week, wealthy rancher-turned-socialist Zelaya openly called for a popular insurrection to overthrow the de facto government of President Roberto Micheletti. According to Micheletti, Zelaya reportedly intends to sneak back into his homeland from Nicaragua this weekend. Two weeks ago the former congressionial speaker accused Ortega of moving his troops to the two countries’ common border, a charge that Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator and a spokesman for the Nicaraguan National Army (NNA) promptly refuted. In response to Chavez’s declaration within 24 hours of the June 28 coup in Tegucigalpa that he had placed his armed forces on alert and would intervene if Caracas’ diplomats were harmed, Micheletti also warned that Honduras was prepared to repel a Venezuelan-led invasion of his country.

Now Ortega is accusing Micheletti of fabricating an “armed incident” between their two countries. Speaking on Thursday night at a photo op with Guatemalan indigenous leader and Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchu, Comandante Ortega lashed out at the Honduran coup leaders:

We have been informed of plans to dress Honduran troops with uniforms from the Nicaraguan National Army and attack Honduran military facilities to justify a confrontation. The usurper government has stepped up patrols along the borders with our country, with troops and all types of arms, including antiaircraft [units] that could be a prelude to a provocation. The de facto government wants to make the situation worse to cover up its crime.

Ortega once again protested that his troops were not mobilizing along the northern border with Honduras, adding: “We reject any campaign orchestrated against Nicaragua and Venezuela by infiltrating commandos from other nations.” On the presidential website, Ortega alleged that Washington was conspiring with Nicaraguan business leaders to overthrow his second Sandinista regime, but confidently bragged that the country’s armed forces and police stood behind his government: “They’re thinking about a coup in Nicaragua to create chaos and anarchy and to call US troops to come take the government away from the people. Honduran business leaders and US officials had a hand in Zelaya’s removal, even if President Barack Obama didn’t have any idea the coup was coming.”

With Venezuela contributing the bulk of such forces, the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis can hurl 660,000 troops at Honduras’ 20,000 troops. Any observer with the most rudimentary knowledge of military logistics and geography will appreciate the fact that Cuba and Venezuela must employ suitable modes of transportation to fly or ship their troops to Central America.

Not so coincidentally, former dictator Fidel Castro, enjoying his retirement after many years of oppressing the Cuban people, has called on the USA to withdraw its troops from Honduras to “ease the situation” there:

The only correct decision at this moment is to demand that U.S. authorities stop interfering and providing military assistance to coup leaders and withdraw their troops from Honduras. The civil coup in Honduras has created a really complicated situation in Latin America, which cannot be resolved by traps, cunning and lies.

Lying through his teeth as usual and conveniently ignoring Cuba’s subversive influence throughout the region, the 82-year-old revolutionary added: “New details of U.S. involvement [in the coup] emerge daily and it [the coup] will result in a broad resonance across the whole Latin America.” The region’s Red Axis leaders have presumably concluded that armed intervention on their part in Honduras, with US troops on the ground, could be problematic, militarily, politically, and diplomatically.

An editorial in an online Cuban youth newspaper correctly recognizes the Honduran political crisis as a test of the Obama White House’s resolve to defend its alliance with Honduras, the relevance of the Organization of American States, and the viability of the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis. Enrique Ubieta Gómez says: “This is the battle that is being fought today in Managua by the presidents of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for Our America) and which will be faced tomorrow by the Honduran people. This battle will define the destiny of Our America.”

Incidentally, Fidel’s younger brother Raul, the Cuban president, recently wrapped up a trip to long-time ally Algeria, his second since February, and Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where he transferred the chairmanship of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) from himself to Egypt’s socialist dictator Hosni Mubarak. The NAM, following the lead of the United Nations, Organization of American States, ALBA, and Caribbean Community also passed a resolution on July 15 condemning the Honduran coupists and calling for Zelaya’s re-installment as president. Incidentally, the NAM has for decades described itself as “non-aligned,” but in reality is subserviently aligned with Moscow.

We suspect that Raul Castro, Chavez, and Ortega, with the exiled Zelaya in attendance, concocted the scenario now unfolding in Central America at the emergency summits of ALBA, the Central American Integration System, and the Rio Group that took place in Managua on June 29, the day after the coup. Regular visitors to our blog may recall the photograph of Zelaya joking around with Chavez and Ortega that we posted on June 30. Honduras’ deposed president did not look too crestfallen over his circumstances. Since communists think long term, it is likely that elements of the plot to establish a leftist dictatorship in Honduras via a constitutional referendum were contrived well before the military-backed coup.

Meanwhile, Latin America’s Red Axis leaders converged in yet another strategy session in La Paz, the capital of Bolivia. There the country’s communist president Morales hosted Chavez, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, and Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, as well as the vice president of Cuba’s council of ministers, Jorge Luis Sierra, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorin, Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez, and Honduras’ de jure foreign minister Patricia Rodas. The restoration of Zelaya to the Honduran presidency occupied an important spot on the meeting’s agenda. The summit included a military march-past consisting of troops from the host nation Bolivia, as well as Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru.

On the streets of Honduras’ second largest city, San Pedro Sula, two left-wing activists, Roger Bados and Ramon Garcia were slain this past weekend by unknown gunmen. Both Bados and Garcia were cadres of the Democratic Unification Party (PUD), a haven for the country’s communist guerrillas. Bados was a local PUD chairman and a member of the Popular Bloc, a coalition of 30 workers’ organizations, while Garcia had taken part in pro-Zelaya demonstrations, proving that Honduran communists support the exiled president. However, don’t be surprised if the world’s leftist press resurrects stories about “right-wing death squads” in response to these slayings.

Red Cocaine Tracks in Honduras

Regional integration in Latin America under communist guidance is only part of the story behind Zelaya’s ouster. Last Sunday the Castro Brothers’ disciple Chavez also demanded that Obama withdraw US troops from Honduras. Up to 600 soldiers assigned under the US Southern Command are based at the site of the Honduran Air Force Academy in Soto Cano, which is located about 60 miles northwest of the national capital Tegucigalpa. The world press, including Kremlin-run Novosti, normally mischaracterizes Soto Cano as a US military installation, which it is not. The primary responsibility of Joint Task Force-Bravo is to interdict the Western Hemisphere narcotics trade, which begins in guerrilla-held territory in Colombia and other communist-controlled spots in South America; migrates through Central American transshipments spots like Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala; daily besieges the Mexican government and civilians with heavily armed cartels; and spills over a porous border into the USA.

In 1990 terrorism and national security expert Joseph Douglass published Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America and the West, which exposed the Communist Bloc’s use of the international narcotics trade as a weapon to demoralize and debilitate the West prior to the initiation of military operations in a hot war. Twenty years ago in Latin America the cast of cocaine-carting communist characters included the Castro Bros. in Cuba; Maoist Tomas Borge and the Ortega Bros., Daniel and Humberto, in Nicaragua; the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) in El Salvador; and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. At the time Panama’s military strongman Manuel Noriega also “dabbled” in the narcotics trade. Toward the end of his dictatorship, Noriega, who is not a communist, shifted allegiance from the US Central Intelligence Agency to Cuba’s Directorate of General Intelligence, prompting his forced removal by President George H. W. Bush in 1989.

Eighteen years after the Cold War supposedly ended, however, the Communist Party of Cuba still oppresses the people of that island; the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) is once again consolidating its dictatorship in Managua; former FSLN interior minister Borge has been assigned to Nicaragua’s embassy in Peru, the past killing fields of the resurgent Shining Path guerrillas; the FMLN transformed itself into a political party and peacefully assumed control of the reins of government in San Salvador, and the FARC continues to plot the demise of the “imperialist, fascist, bourgeois” government in Bogota. For his part, Noriega completed his US sentence in September 2008 but, from the confines of his Miami prison cell, is still fighting an extradition request from the French government. Panama’s new right-wing president, Ricardo Martinelli, has indicated that Noriega is not welcome to return to his homeland.

In addition to these veteran actors in Moscow’s subversive drama, new communists have taken up residence on the bloc, including Chavez who, on one of his annual trips to Moscow, received the commendation of communist party boss Gennady Zyuganov as a “reliable friend,” and through whom FARC commanders are seeking to purchase late-model Russian-built surface-to-air missiles, now in the possession of the Venezuelan armed forces. Other faithful South American errand boys for the Soviet strategists include Morales in Bolivia and Correa in Ecuador, both of whom have rather tellingly shut down Washington’s counter-narcotics operations in their respective countries. On July 17, in fact, the US military halted operations at its base in Manta, Ecuador, a presence that the socialist regime in Quito views as “unconstitutional.”

Stuffed in the financial backpockets or riding on the ideological coattails of these hard-core commies are Latin America’s unprincipled center-left leaders, such as Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Paraguay’s Lugo, Chile’s Michelle Bachelet, Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner, Guatemala’s Alvaro Colom, and Grenada’s Tillman Thomas who, in the presence of the Cuban vice president, recently renamed his island’s main airport after deceased Marxist dictator Maurice Bishop, Fidel’s faithful friend.

Both Chavez and deposed Honduran president Manuel Zelaya have also been accused of complicity in the drug trade. Ironically, after the coup that deposed Zelaya, Chavez stepped up to the plate to defend his stooge against these charges, which appeared in the Honduran media. “Now they are accusing Zelaya of being a drug-trafficker,” moaned Zelaya’s chief backer, adding: “they say it in 100 newspapers, as article and breaking news. They report that since the ousting of Zelaya–a constitutional ousting, they say–mysterious Venezuelan light planes stop arriving there loaded with dollars and drugs. Thus, they use this ghost for anything, for ousting governments, for killing people.”

Chavez refers to the “ghost” of Venezuelan complicity in Moscow’s red cocaine plot. There is no ghost. The Chavezista regime’s integral role in that scheme is well documented. With typically breathtaking communist hypocrisy, Chavez ranted: “The coup d’état in Honduras marks a resumption of the aggression on the peoples of this continent; that is why all the peoples in this continent must stand up in the fight against dictatorship and imperialism that became a tyrannical government in Honduras.”

>Latin America File: Zelaya confers with Colom, Ortega; Honduran bloggers: Agents provocateur infiltrating country to support insurrection

>– Micheletti Government Reimposes Curfew Ahead of Anticipated Unrest, De Facto President Offers to Resign to Preempt Turmoil but Insists Zelaya Cannot Return

– Communist Nightmare in Venezuela:
1) PDVSA Boss: State Oil Workers Must Join Socialist Battalions, Counter-Revolutionaries to Be Purged
2) Chavez’s Land Redistribution Program Impoverishes Country
3) National Guard Clashes with Protesters at Opposition- Controlled Police Station

Pictured above: Honduran soldiers.

On Tuesday Honduras’ exiled president Manuel Zelaya showed up in Guatemala City to confer privately with fellow center-leftist, President Alvaro Colom, who welcomed this puppet of the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis with open arms. Reiterating Monday’s call for a popular insurrection to topple the military-backed regime of rival president Roberto Micheletti, Zelaya declared upon his arrival in Guatemala City:

This weekend we are planning many internal activities in the country. We are not going to rest, and the public is not going to rest, because the right against oppression is a right that people have. In this case the public has a right to defend itself. That leads to a general insurrection. That leads to a permanent insurrection by the people against the government.

The next day Zelaya left Guatemala for Nicaragua, to confer with one of his main supporters, past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega in what is probably the deposed president’s fifth appearance in Managua since his ouster on June 28. Guatemala, unlike Honduras, is not a member of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, but does belong to the Central American Integration System (SICA). On July 1 Ortega handed over SICA’s rotating presidency to Costa Rican counterpart Oscar Arias. Guatemala, however, has signed onto Hugo Chavez’s Petrocaribe, by which Venezuela’s red regime props up regional allies with subsidized oil.

On Tuesday Zelaya’s host Colom requested Caracas to provide more intelligence with respect to Chavez’s assertion that a coup d’etat is brewing against his own government. “I can attest to a coup attempt in Guatemala,” Comrade Hugo ranted last Friday. At that time Chavez and sidekick Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president, asserted that the leftist regimes in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua were in danger of being overthrown by their respective militaries and business oligarchies. This is not likely in Nicaragua, though, where “hardline” Sandinista Omar Halleslevens is the army’s top general. We have no independent intelligence to confirm Chavez’s assertions which, more than anything else, are probably designed to generate a pretext for Red Axis military intervention in Honduras.

Meanwhile, in the streets of Tegucigalpa the military-backed government has reimposed a curfew in advance of the public unrest that Zelaya has called for this weekend. De facto President Micheletti has offered to resign to preempt an uprising, but only if Zelaya does not return, which has consistently been the interim government’s chief condition for a peace settlement. In a troubling but not surprising story, Canada Free Press reported on July 16 that agents provocateur are infiltrating Honduras from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua to aid Zelaya partisans in staging a rebellion. Citing bloggers on the ground in Honduras, this conservative Canadian news outlet states:

Hondurans are trying to get word out by Twitter that they are receiving threatening text messages on their cell phones tonight, telling them to stay inside and not leave their homes tomorrow night. “Now more than ever I will be the first one out the door,” Honduran Pedro Martinez told Canada Free Press tonight. Pedro Martinez is the pseudonym we gave to the young Honduran professional that Canada Free Press (CFP) walked through Twitter hookup last week. “Tomorrow might be a bad day,” Pedro tipped off CFP on twitter. “People are infiltrating Honduras thru (sic) Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua with the intention to create chaos.”

Canada Free Press then quotes Micheletti as saying: “There are reports, I don’t know if they are real, I haven’t been officially informed, that there is a group of armed people and that Zelaya is going to enter over the Nicaraguan border this Saturday.” Nearly two weeks ago Honduras’ de facto president asserted that Nicaraguan troops had been deployed to the two countries’ common border.

In a related story, US Ambassador to Nicaragua Robert Callahan has denied that Washington orchestrated the June 28 coup that ousted Zelaya. Callahan was responding to charges uttered by Chavez on his regular Sunday TV-radio rant-in “Alo Presidente.” Callahan insisted that US President Barack Hussein Obama recognizes Zelaya as the legitimate president of Honduras. In fact, Callahan elaborated, US Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens afforded protection to Zelay’s wife and one of his sons at his residence during the coup. “We have also supported the efforts from the Organization of American States and from Costa Rican President Oscar Arias to find a constitutional, peaceful and quick solution to this problem,” Callahan assured reporters.

On Sunday, Chavez urged Washington to remove its “puppet regime” in Tegucigalpa. “If the United States really does not back the coup it should withdraw its troops from the Palmerola military base,” he chided, referring to Soto Cano Air Base’s other name. Soto Cano is home to the Honduran Air Force Academy and is not a US military installation, as commonly reported. During the 1980s US Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North used Soto Cano, which is 60 miles northwest from Tegucigalpa, as a base of operations to support the Contras against Ortega’s first Sandinista regime.

Incidentally, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez has broken ranks with leftist clergymen in the region, such as ex-bishop Fernando Lugo, president of Paraguay, by blaming Chavez for Honduras’ internal crisis and urging Zelaya not to return to his homeland. “This gentleman [meaning Chavez],” protested the good cardinal, “has tried to put his hands here. I wish him to leave us alone, to devote himself to rule his country and that is enough. No life should be lost for political reasons that may be solved through dialogue.”

Elsewhere in Latin America, the Chavezista regime in Venezuela has encountered some hiccoughs of late. The ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s land confiscation program has not yielded the bumper crop predicted by the country’s communist leaders but, instead, has impoverished the country. Lately, too, Chavez and his henchentities have chided state oil employees for not yet joining workplace “socialist battalions.” “By now, there should not be a single counter-revolutionary in the heart of our company, our industry,” Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez warned PDVSA workers at a rally. “There cannot be a single PDVSA installation where socialist committees do not exist. Whoever is not in a committee will be suspected of conspiring against the revolution.” In Cuba the communist dictatorship exercises control over the population through local Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, while in Nicaragua the neo-Sandinista regime has set up Councils of Citizens’ Power, replicating the functions of the 1980s-era Sandinista Defense Committees.

Yesterday in Curiepe, a small town east of Caracas in Miranda State, Venezuela’s National Guard clashed with protesters when they tried to re-assume control over a police station controlled by a leading opponent of the Chavezista regime. The New York Times reports that “The protesters hurled rocks, bottles and homemade bombs. Troops in riot gear fired tear gas at the crowd.” State Governor Henrique Capriles criticized the National Guard for acting like the “militia of a political party.” On July 21 Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma and three state governors will travel to Washington to meet with the general secretary of the Organization of American States, Jose Miguel Insulza. Ironically, they will advise Insulza, a Chilean socialist who backs Zelaya’s reinstatement, that Chavez has stripped them of most powers and functions.

>Blogger’s Note: Neo-Soviet Russia’s Leninist Leadership chart updated

>We have updated our Neo-Soviet Russia’s Leninist Leadership chart. There are two changes. Last year Nikolai Makarov replaced Yuri Baluyevsky as Russia’s top general. In addition, Oleg Shenin, mastermind behind the potemkin anti-Gorbachevist coup of August 1991 and gray eminence behind the Soviet strategic deception died on May 28 of this year. Of the older generation of high-profile Soviet strategists, only Mikhail Gorbachev, Yevgeny Primakov, and Eduard Shevardnadze remain. The torch of Soviet communism’s quest for global domination will therefore in all likelihood be passed to Gennady Zyuganov, the 65-year-old chairman of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

>Latin America File: Micheletti-Zelaya peace talks fail; deposed president issues 1-week ultimatum to military-backed regime to relinquish power

>– Chavez Says Honduran Peace Talks “Dead,” Demands “Gringo” Troops withdraw from Honduras, Urges “Patriotic” (Leftist) Elements in Honduran Army to Stage Counter-Coup

– Venezuelan Dictator and Bolivian Counterpart Morales Accuse “Oligarchies” in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua of Seeking Ouster of Leftist Regimes

Pictured above: Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa, and Evo Morales attend the Central American Integration System (SICA) summit in Managua on June 29. Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia–the countries of which these men are presidents–are not accredited observer states at SICA meetings. However, these men, who are all communists, have a vested interest in reinstalling their puppet Manuel Zelaya into the Honduran presidency. How far they will go and how low they will stoop should become apparent in the weeks ahead.

Some months ago the people of Honduras woke up to the fact that their country was being absorbed into the regional Communist Bloc via the leftward drift of President Manuel (“Mel”) Zelaya and his slavish allegiance to Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez. Then, on June 28, in what was essentially an anti-communist putsch, the leadership of the ruling Liberal Party disavowed its colleague and, with the assistance of the armed forces, roused a pajamas-clad Zelaya from bed and marched him off to an airplane bound for Costa Rica. Although the brain-dead MSM will never describe the Honduran coup as “anti-communist,” this is the testimony of the Honduran armed forces’ top legal counsel Colonel Herberth Bayardo Inestroza, a veteran of the counter-insurgency operations of the 1980s.

This past weekend de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti and Zelaya failed to reach an accord in San Jose under the aegis of President Oscar Arias, who purportedly hosted the de facto and de jure presidents of Honduras in his kitchen. During the “peace talks,” which were endorsed by the Organization of American States (OAS), the two politicians did not actually meet with each other directly. For his part, Zelaya continued to insist upon returning to his homeland as lawful president, against Micheletti’s threat to have him arrested. On arriving back in the Honduran capital, Micheletti sarcastically stated of his rival: “We are in agreement with his return here–but to be sent directly to the courts.” On Saturday Zelaya traveled to the Dominican Republic, then Washington to discuss the political crisis with officials of the Obama White House.

Prior to the conference the neo-Sandinista regime in Managua refused to grant permission to the Honduran Air Force to transport Micheletti through its airspace. This fact prompted us to speculate that Nicaragua and Venezuela, both of which possess Soviet/Russian man-portable surface-to-air missiles, were planning a “surprise” for Micheletti over the Caribbean Sea or Pacific Ocean. No such “surprise” materialized, as Honduras’ interim president returned safely home, but the Red Axis propaganda machine continues to beat the war drum against the post-coup government. The invective, bombast, and accusations emanating from Caracas over the weekend are particularly strident.

Yesterday Zelaya himself issued an ultimatum to the Micheletti government by demanding that the coup leaders relinquish power by the end of this week and permit him to re-assume his post, or face “alternative measures.” Speaking from the Honduran embassy in Managua, where he has visited four times since the coup, the deposed president stated: “The only objective of the dictatorial coup plotters is to use the mediation process and good will of Oscar Arias to distract people and prolong their dictatorship.” He then offered an ominous warning: “The people have a right to insurrection. Let me come back and it will be me with my people and you with your bayonets – and instead of shooting innocent kids, shoot me.”

Zelaya appears to be lifting a page from his paymaster Chavez’s script. During a Friday press conference in Caracas, Comrade Hugo, who has already suspended Petrocaribe oil shipments to Tegucigalpa, demanded that Honduras’ regular trading partners halt all commerce with the country until the Micheletti regime is toppled. On the same day, he also rebuked the USA’s leftist secretary of state, Hillary Clinton for endorsing the peace talks in San Jose, pronouncing them “dead” and branding Micheletti a “usurper.” “It was a grave error,” Chavez piously informed reporters, “It’s turned into a very dangerous trap for democracy that sets a very grave precedent.” Chavez described the actions taken by Washington against the “coupists” as “timid” and “contradictory.” He demanded that President Barack Hussein Obama impose economic sanctions on Honduras and withdraw his ambassador in Tegucigalpa. He mentioned that on Thursday he spoke by telephone with US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Thomas Shannon to articulate his views.

Chavez also accused “right-wing movements” in countries allied with Venezuela, including Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Guatemala, of plotting to destabilize their leftist governments. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, however, denied that such a plot existed against his government, a stance backed by the country’s defense minister and armed forces chief Abraham Valenzuela, who stated: “The army is one of the few institutions that on a daily basis helps defend the rule of law and the country’s institutions.” Referring to the May 10 murder of prominent Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, Bolivia’s communist president Evo Morales chimed in: “The oligarchy invented a death to remove Colom from power.” In a video released after his demise, Rosenberg alleged that President Colom, First Lady Sandra Torres, presidential aide Gustavo Alejos, businessman Gregorio Valdez, and “top executives” of the public-private Banco de Desarrollo Agricola were plotting to kill him.

On Sunday, during his regular weekly rant-in, “Alo, Presidente,” Chavez characterized the political situation in Honduras as “explosive,” intimating that “some members” of the military in that country may “take action” to restore Zelaya, who could arrive in his homeland “at any moment.” The Venezuelan dictator accused Micheletti of “violating” the Honduran constitution and stated that Micheletti, not Zelaya, would be arrested. “The situation is an explosive situation,” Chavez admonished. Referring to putative leftist elements in the Honduran military, he added: “Don’t be surprised if a patriotic current comes out of the military.”

Even though Obama, a pro-Islamic socialist, has called for Zelaya’s reinstatement, Chavez accused Washington of backing Zelaya’s ouster. “The new specter that the bourgeoisie and the Yankee empire have invoked throughout the continent isn’t socialism and isn’t communism, it’s Chavismo,” he bemoaned, seemingly tongue in cheek. During the same televised program, Chavez also demanded that the USA withdraw its up to 600 troops from a Honduran air base at Soto Cano: “If the U.S. really was against the coup it would have already withdrawn its troops from the Palmerola military base. Obama, pull your gringo soldiers out of Honduras, deprive the rebels of aid, freeze their accounts, stop giving them visas, and you will see how their rule ends.”

At the same time, Cuban-based Prensa Latina has picked up and reproduced for online publication the feverish ramblings of US leftists like Michael Parenti, whose lead-in for the article “The Honduras Coup: Is Obama Innocent?” runs as follows:

First, almost all the senior Honduran military officers active in the coup are graduates of the Pentagon’s School of the Americas (known to many of us as “School of the Assassins”). The Honduran military is trained, advised, equipped, indoctrinated, and financed by the United States national security state. The generals would never have dared to move without tacit consent from the White House or the Pentagon and CIA.”

Parenti offers no documentation for this supposed conspiracy between the US and Honduran military brass, while President Obama turned a blind eye. However, he should consider seeking employment in Venezuela as Chavez’s speech writer.

The cumulative result of this Red Axis propaganda, in our opinion, is to provide these regimes with an excuse to coerce Honduras back into the fold. In past posts we have presented evidence that Latin America’s Red Axis leaders might be building a case to assemble a multinational military force to invade Honduras and reinstate their puppet, who is also a close ally of Raul Castro and Daniel Ortega. Some factors that prompt us to think along these lines include the following:

1) in January 2008 Chavez proposed transforming the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) into an “anti-imperialist” (anti-USA) military coalition

2) within 24 hours of the Honduran putsch Chavez placed his armed forces on alert and threatened to intervene if his diplomats in Tegucigalpa were harmed

3) within 24 hours of the same the Red Axis leaders, with the exiled Zelaya in attendance, converged in Managua to strategize at emergency summits of ALBA, the Central American Integration System, and the Rio Group

4) the following Friday Castro chaired a session of Cuba’s National Defense Council to assess the communist regime’s war readiness

5) during the week following the coup de facto President Micheletti accused Venezuela of preparing an invasion force and Nicaragua of moving troops to its border with Honduras.

If such a scheme is in fact in the works, then the Three Amigos—Castro, Chavez, and Ortega—may seek the imprimatur of the United Nations, OAS, the South American Defense Council—an organ of the new Union of South American Nations—and/or ALBA before commencing military operations. Ortega, for example, does exercise some “pull” in the UN by way of Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, former Sandinista foreign minister, Catholic priest, and president of the UN General Assembly.

Meanwhile, the military-backed government in Honduras has lifted its two-week curfew even as it detained six journalists employed with Caracas-based Telesur and state-run Venezolana de Television on Sunday. The journalists were taken to police headquarters for five hours and their passports confiscated. They were then taken to their hotel, their passports returned, and ordered not to leave until immigration officials arrived. “They told us we should leave the country because our security wasn’t guaranteed and we were at risk here,” complained Larry Sanchez, a Telesur technician who was among those who were detained. “‘We have intelligence and we’re following you,’ they said.” This was the second time since the June 28 coup that Telesur journalists have been detained. On the day following Zelaya’s ouster, Honduran soldiers arrested Telesur journalists at gunpoint in their hotel rooms, but later released them.

Founded in 2005, electronic media platform Telesur is funded by a multinational consortium of leftist regimes in Latin America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Venezuela. With the exception of Argentina and Uruguay, Telesur has overlapping membership with ALBA. Telesur is widely perceived by Latin American conservatives as a vehicle for promoting Marxism, “progressive” causes, regional integration, and anti-USA sentiment. It is critical of governments allied with Washington in the region, such as Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. US actor Danny Glover, along with many other left-wing “intellectuals” from the Western Hemisphere, sits on Telesur’s Board of Directors. Even though Cuba co-sponsors the TV network, its programming is censored on the island.

>Useful Idiots Bin: Obama meets Zyuganov in Moscow; red leader urges lifting of Cuba embargo, scrapping NMD plans, praises White House economic policy

>US President Barack Hussein Obama is a pro-Islamic socialist who bears the hallmarks of a Soviet mole. Following his election last November former Soviet dictator Mikhail (“I’ll Always Be a Communist”) Gorbachev urged Obama to implement perestroika (socialist restructuring) in the USA. Then, on March 20 Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, held an under-reported secret meeting with Gorbachev in the White House. We can only speculate that the former Soviet dictator once again urged Obama to communize America. In June, using the financial crisis as pretext, Gorby urged the leaders of the world to implement perestroika on a global basis.

During his first trip to Moscow earlier this week Obama met Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, with whom he negotiated a replacement document for START 1, committing the US military to severely reducing its nuclear arsenal and the number of its delivery systems, as well as restricting deployment of these weapons to US territory. Obama also met with Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, at the latter’s Novo-Ogarevo residence outside Moscow, on July 7 (pictured above).

Significantly, while in Moscow, Obama also met the man whom we consider to be the real ruler of Russia, namely Gennady Zyuganov, Stalinist leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF). The CPRF is the main successor organization of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), which still exists in phantom-like fashion across the “former” Soviet republics in the form of Oleg Shenin’s CPSU and Zyuganov’s Union of Communist Parties-CPSU. In previous posts, we reported that Putin and Medvedev “regularly” consult with Chairman Zyuganov, suggesting that the two men are competent frontmen for the Soviet strategists. Shenin was the mastermind behind the potemkin anti-Gorbachevist coup of August 1991 and is a gray eminence behind Soviet politics today.

During his encounter with Zyuganov, Obama apparently received his marching orders for US foreign policy. The Cuban state media reports that the Russian communist leader personally urged Obama to lift Washington’s 50-year-old economic blockade of Cuba, release the so-called “Cuban Five” spies from US prison, suspend plans to expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization still further (that is, to include Georgia and Ukraine), and renounce the “useless” anti-missile system to be deployed in Poland and the Czech Republic. “Coincidentally,” Medvedev and Putin promote the same positions as official state policy. In other words, Russia’s politicians are all cut out of the same bolt of red cloth.

After meeting Obama, Chairman Zyuganov enthused about the White House’s economic policy: “I said that I had thoroughly studied the U.S. president’s anti-crisis program, that I liked it, as well as that it is socially oriented and primarily aimed at supporting poor people and enhancing the state’s role. I said all this to President Obama.” One blogger wryly comments: “Somehow I don’t think you’ll be seeing that endorsement on Whitehouse.gov.” Indeed.

If Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton follow through with some or all of these friendly recommendations, then it should be obvious that the White House has become functionally subordinate to the Kremlin. However, if Obama was a real patriot, like Ronald Reagan for example, if he was a real US-born citizen, if was not a communist dupe, then we could possibly expect him to call the Soviets’ bluff. Yes, the Cold War would be reactivated in earnest, but at least the enemy would once again be known and opportunities could be sought to finally crush the Bolshevik serpent in its lair.

>Latin America File: Zelaya, Micheletti attend 2-day peace talks brokered by Arias; Nicaragua forbids Micheletti to fly to Costa Rica via its airspace

>– Blast from the Past: Arias’ Impartiality as Peacemaker Suspect since Costa Rican President Shut Down CIA Base Supplying Contras during First Term (1986-1990)

– Honduras’ De Facto Foreign Minister: Cuban Professionals Indoctrinating and Organizing “Shock Groups” in Tegucigalpa

With the endorsement of the Organization of American States, under the leadership of Chilean socialist Jose Miguel Insulza, and the USA’s leftist administration, as represented by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias will reprise his role as peacemaker, first earned in the 1980s, by brokering a two-day peace conference between de jure Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and rival Roberto Micheletti. The talks will take place in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, and begin on Thursday. There will be no “tête-à-tête meeting,” though, between the exiled Zelaya and Micheletti. Honduras’ interim government has promised to hold elections, but vows to arrest Zelaya if he returns to his homeland, which he unsuccessfully attempted last Sunday. The ousted president has pledged to attempt another re-entry into Honduras, this time covertly.

On June 28 Micheletti obtained power on the heels of the region’s first post-Cold War era coup. Since his election in 2006 Zelaya’s chummy relationship with communist dictators Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega has led Honduras into formal association with the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis via the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas. This unholy confederacy, contends the leadership of Honduras’ ruling Liberal Party, was the primary motivation behind Zelaya’s interest in abolishing presidential term limits via a constitutional referendum. The Iranian state media correctly reports: “Honduran coup leaders accuse the deposed president of far-left policies that ‘threatened’ the interests of the country–a charge Zelaya denies.” Incidentally, in a previous generation “far left” meant “communism.”

Meanwhile, the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis is making good on earlier pronouncements about “punishing” the military-backed government of President Micheletti. Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and many other Latin American countries, for example, have already withdrawn their ambassadors from Tegucigalpa. In another “penal” act, Communist Cuba has withdrawn a contingent of 143 education professionals from Honduras. This is a good thing, Si? However, a “large” medical brigade will remain in the Central American country, reports the Havana Times, which rejects de facto Honduran foreign minister Enrique Ortez’s accusation that the Cubans are organizing and indoctrinating “shock groups” in Tegucigalpa.

On Wednesday Venezuela also confirmed that it cancelled its daily shipment of 20,000 barrels of oil to Honduras. “Venezuela cannot give benefits from Petrocaribe to a dictatorship, and even less to a small group of businessmen who made a coup,” Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez piously intoned, conveniently ignoring the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela’s crackdown on opposition television and radio stations. By cutting off Petrocaribe’s oil supply to the Micheletti regime, Caracas is simply proving that subsidized petroleum is a conduit by which Chavez promotes and supports his leftist allies in the region.

In a related development, last Sunday Micheletti accused Nicaragua of provocatively moving troops to the Honduran border, a charge that both Ortega and a spokesman for the Nicaraguan National Army, formerly the Sandinista People’s Army, swiftly denied. Independent confirmation of these troop movements in Nicaragua is not yet forthcoming and Micheletti is not publicizing the source of his intelligence. In any case, Ortega now feigns support for the peace talks but he is clearly not willing to make things easy for the post-coup government in Honduras.

To that end, the Iranian media reports that Managua will not permit the Honduran Air Force to transport Micheletti to Costa Rica via Nicaraguan airspace. Nicaragua, of course, is the only geographical barrier between Honduras and Costa Rica. While not posing an insurmountable barrier to Micheletti’s journey to San Jose, Ortega’s “difficult” behavior will require the Hondurans to re-route the acting president’s flight over the Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean Sea. Managua’s determination to hinder Micheletti’s journey begs the question: Is there an unpleasant surprise waiting for the Honduran leader and his entourage as they fly over the tropical waters, either coming or going? Not so coincidentally, both Nicaragua and Venezuela are known to possess man-portable surface-to-air missiles, the former hailing from the old Soviet era, the latter representing the most advanced Russian military technology.

Zelaya contends that General Romero Vasquez planned to assassinate him during the coup, but decided in the end to exile the president. However, perhaps Latin America’s Red Axis leaders are plotting to bump off Micheletti, thereby facilitating the reinstatement of their compliant lackey. A few naval speedboats from Nicaragua, otherwise employed in the Moscow-directed narcotics trade, some military intelligence from Cuba or Venezuela, and a dash of plausible deniability could create a power vacuum at the top of the military-backed regime in Tegucigalpa. On July 9, however, the New York Times reported that both Zelaya and Micheletti arrived safely at the site of the peace conference, Arias’ personal residence in a posh San Jose neighborhood. The same source pointed out that Zelaya “had not come to negotiate, but to set the terms of his return.”

Mildly center-leftist, Arias does not openly associate with Latin America’s Red Axis, but his stance toward the first Sandinista regime is worth recalling. At the link above the New York Times, quoting Peter Kornbluh, senior analyst at the US National Security Archive, provides some historical context. “During the 1980s Mr. Arias was a thorn in the side of the Reagan administration,” Kornbluh relates. At the time, of course, the White House was fighting a proxy war against Ortega’s first Sandinista regime via the Contras. The newspaper continues:

Mr. Arias’ predecessor, Luis Alberto Monge, received hundreds of millions of dollars in American aid and turned a blind eye as the C.I.A. used northern Costa Rica as a strategic outpost to supply the rebels. But when Mr. Arias took power in 1986 [for his first stint as president], he discovered and closed down a secret landing strip in northern Costa Rica the agency had used to supply contra rebels in neighboring Nicaragua.

Kornbluh is quoted as saying: “He was throwing a monkey wrench into the contra war in the name of peace.” In 2009 does Arias have another monkey wrench up his sleeve that will offer a quick fix for Zelaya and the Three Amigos, Castro, Chavez, and Ortega? If nothing else, Arias will go down in history as a sort of Costa Rican version of Jimmy (“Peanuts”) Carter.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russian troops transported to China for Peace Mission 2009, wrap up Caucasus 2009 drill near Georgia

>– President Obama Meets Medvedev in Moscow, Facilitates Long-Time Soviet Goal

– START 1 to Expire in December, Successor Document to Restrict US Atomic Warheads to “Sovereign Territory,” Force Withdrawal from Western Europe, Elsewhere (Korean Peninsula?)

On Wednesday 1,300 Russian troops near the city of Ussuriysk, in the country’s Far East, began boarding a Chinese train that will transport them to Shenyang Military District by July 13. There the two communist superpowers will carry out their fourth joint war game, Peace Mission 2009, after decades of feigned hostility. Under cover of an “anti-terrorist drill” the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which is the institutional embodiment of the Moscow-Beijing Axis, will continue its preparations for war against the West.

The Russian contingent in Peace Mission 2009 is organized into a reinforced motor-rifle battalion and an airborne assault company. Accompanying the servicemen will be 160 pieces of military hardware, including 70 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other armored vehicles. About 20 military aircraft will participate, including Il-76 transport planes, Su-25 jets, Su-24 tactical bombers, Su-27 jets, Mi-8 helicopters, but no strategic aviation. Russia’s top brass is expected to arrive in the area of the exercises on July 11 to coordinate with Chinese counterparts both the unloading of military cargo and the operational details of Peace Mission 2009. The People’s Liberation Army will contribute an equal number of troops, weapons, and ammunition.

The first three joint Sino-Soviet military exercises were Peace Mission 2005, Peace Mission 2007, and Norak Antiterror 2009. The first two were held in Russia and the People’s Republic of China, while the third was held in Tajikistan in April. Peace Mission 2010 is slated to take place in Kazakhstan. Russia and China are apparently no longer holding combined war games every other year but, rather, emboldened by the West’s apathy, carrying out back-to-back exercises in the same year.

In his 25-year-old predictive work, New Lies for Old, KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn warned that after the fake demise of communism in Eastern Europe, the Soviet strategists would openly ally themselves with the Red Chinese in “one clenched fist.” This remarkable “prophecy” has been vindicated many times since Moscow and Beijing healed their “breach” in the 2001 Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation.

Elsewhere in Russia, near the partly occupied country of Georgia, 8,500 troops have completed the wide-ranging Caucasus 2009 drill in the regions of Krasnodar, Stavropol, Astrakhan, Volgograd, and Rostov, as well as in the restive, internal republics of North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Chechnya, and Karachay-Cherkess. Joining the soldiers of the North Caucasus Military District were air force and anti-aircraft units, and troops from the Novorossiisk naval base on the Black Sea, the Caspian Flotilla, the regional border department of the Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) for the Southern Federal District, and the North Caucasus command of the Interior Ministry.

“During the exercise a wide spectrum of adequate military measures was carried out to ensure the security of Russian citizens and the safety of transport facilities, energy communications and strategic objects as well as measures aimed at protecting Russia’s economic interests,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Andrei Bobrun, spokesentity for the hosting military district.

Under cover of last year’s Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill the Russian armed forces invaded Georgia via the separatist republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Even the MSM has been speculating over the last several months that Russia intends to finish off last year’s business by besieging Tbilisi and overthrowing the government of President Mikhail Saakashvili.

Following the Soviet military campaign in Georgia last year Russia’s brass acknowledged its inability to collect reliable battlefield intelligence, a deficiency that led to the downing of a Backfire bomber by a Georgian surface-to-air-missile. Accordingly, the Russian military has purchased 12 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Israel, which also supplied weapons and training to the Georgians in past years. Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, confided that the main goal of the purchase was to scrutinize the Israeli achievements in the development of spy drones in order to build reliable UAVs domestically. According to various estimates, the Russian armed forces need up to 100 UAVs and at least 10 guidance systems to maintain effective battlefield reconnaissance in case of any military conflict.

In previous posts we considered Israel’s background involvement in the Russian-Georgian conflict from the vantage of Bible prophecy, especially the predicted Russian-Persian-Arab invasion of Israel, which we believe will take place at the beginning of the seven-year tribulation prophesied by Daniel.

Meanwhile, on Monday US President Barack Hussein Obama, a socialist enamored with Islam, wrapped up his first official meeting with Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow. There Obama, whom we regard as a likely Soviet mole, promised to slash the US atomic arsenal from 2,200 operational warheads to between 1,500 and 1,675 within seven years. The US military will also be required to limit the number of strategic delivery systems to between 500 and 1,100 units. Theoretically, the Kremlin will be obligated to make the same cuts to its nuclear stockpile . . . but don’t hold your breath.

The new strategic arms reduction agreement will replace the START 1 pact, which will expire in December. President Medvedev, a former Soviet Komsomol graduate and compliant lackey of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, enthusiastically called the treaty a “basic element of our mutual security.” The document states formal ratification will take place in the “near future” and would be in effect for 10 years.

Significantly, under the new treaty the USA and Russia can only deploy warheads on their “sovereign territories.” Furthermore, START 1’s successor does not address civilian nuclear cooperation in the sphere of third countries. These stipulations will therefore obligate the USA to remove its nuclear warheads with associated delivery systems from Western Europe, a long-time Soviet goal. Conversely, Russia can continue promoting “civilian” nuclear energy programs in communist dictatorships like Venezuela and Cuba and Islamic dictatorships like Iran, as well as covertly doing the same in other communist dictatorships like North Korea. Along this theme Obama and Medvedev discussed Tehran and Pyongyang’s nuclear programs.

“North Korea has abandoned its own commitments and violated international law,” the US president intoned, praising the neo-Soviet leadership: “That’s why I’m pleased that Russia joined us in passing UN Security Council resolution that calls for strong steps to block North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.” This is the same UN resolution, by the way, that forbids the US Navy from forcibly interdicting North Korean vessels suspected of transporting weapons of mass destruction. So much for “strong steps.” “It is of common knowledge that the situation on the planet depends on the situation in the Korean Peninsula, in the Middle East,” Medvedev replied piously. The dangerous political “situation” in the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East, however, is largely the result of Soviet machinations over many decades.

>WW4 File: S. Korean, US government websites paralyzed by sustained DOS attack beginning July 4; intel officials in Seoul suspect NK cyberwarfare unit

>Civilian and military intelligence officials in South Korea, according to a major news agency, believe that on July 4 computer hackers in North Korea and/or communist sympathizers in South Korea launched cyber attacks that totally or partly paralyzed government websites in the Republic of Korea and the USA for at least four days. The sites of 11 South Korean organizations, including the presidential Blue House, the Defense Ministry, the National Assembly, and the headquarters of the ruling Grand National Party, were knocked offline or experienced access problems as of late Tuesday. There are no reports of similar cyber attacks in other Asian countries. However, US government websites were also affected over the Independence Day holiday weekend, including those of the Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission, and Transportation Department.

Pictured above: Employees of the Korea Internet Security Center monitor the effects of North Korea’s latest cyber-salvos against the South.

On Wednesday the state-run Korea Information Security Agency in Seoul revealed that 12,000 computers in South Korea and 8,000 computers overseas were infected and employed for the cyber attack. The agency believes that “The attack was thoroughly prepared and committed by hackers at the level of a certain organization or state.” South Korean and US authorities are cooperating in the investigation.

In May the South Korean media reported that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was operating a cyberwarfare unit that specializes in hacking into South Korean and US military networks to glean classified information and disrupt service. The latest denial of service attack on South Korean and US computer networks was unusually lengthy and sophisticated and, suggests Yonhap news agency, possibly bore the hallmarks of Chinese hackers. We have previously reported on successful Russian and Chinese attempts to disrupt the Pentagon’s computer network and/or drop the electrical grids in the Continental USA. The Communist Bloc may very well launch a cyberattack against civilian and military computer networks in the West in the days or hours prior to a sneak military assault.

>Latin America File: Zelaya regroups with allies in San Salvador, plots 2nd attempt to return to Honduras, but not by “regular entry points”

>US Secretary of State Clinton Announces Costa Rican President Arias to Mediate Conflict between Rival Honduran Governments

This past Sunday Honduras’ military-backed government prevented Manuel Zelaya’s airplane, a jet loaned by Venezuela’s communist thug-in-chief Hugo Chavez, from landing at Toncontin airport by blocking the runway with police and military vehicles. The deposed president began his flight from Washington DC, where he received the blessing of the Organization of American States (OAS) to return to his homeland and reassert his credentials as democratically elected head of state/government.

While in flight Zelaya communicated an order to the armed forces to receive his entourage. No doubt this order was countermanded by the de facto government of former congressional speaker, President Roberto Micheletti. Meanwhile, on the ground thousands of Zelaya partisans surged through the fence enclosing Tegucigalpa’s airport, but were repelled by soldiers who used tear gas, rubber bullets, and live rounds.At least five people were hit by gunfire and at least one killed.

Deterred, the deposed president flew to Managua, where he has received considerable support from Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega, and then San Salvador. There Zelaya, in collaboration with other regional leftist leaders who converged in El Salvador’s capital for that purpose, began to plot another attempt to return to Honduras. Present in San Salvador were Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo (“The Red Bishop”), and Jose Miguel Insulza, a Chilean who heads up the OAS. After KGB assets Chavez, Ortega, and Raul Castro, these individuals, in our opinion, represent the “second rank” of trenchant opponents to political and economic freedom in Latin America.

Both Zelaya and Micheletti, it should be noted, are members of Honduras’ ruling Liberal Party. However, repulsed by wealthy rancher Zelaya’s leftward drift since his election in 2006, the communist orientation of his domestic advisers, and his allegiance to Chavez, the Liberal Party has disowned Zelaya. Significantly, since the June 28 coup that ousted Zelaya, leftist groups have made no attempt to hide their support for Zelaya by organizing the People’s Resistance Front to overthrow the post-coup government. Significantly, the Communist Party USA has also denounced the “brutal” coupists and praised the Obama White House for acknowledging Zelaya as Honduras’ legitimate president.

On Monday Zelaya’s housing minister, Luis Roland Valenzuela, speaking in the Honduran capital, announced that his boss will make another attempt at returning to his homeland on July 8, but not through the “regular” entry points. Zelaya, he explained, will attend a press conference in Washington on Tuesday to announce his plans after a possible meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a leftist whose husband Bill, the former president, is a suspected KGB asset. “They deceived us,” Valenzuela complained, citing an alleged agreement with interim President Micheletti that would have allowed Zelaya to land. The Micheletti government denies that any such agreement was reached. “Have no doubt, I will return to Honduras,” Zelaya vowed to reporters in Managua, adding: “But I won’t say how, because otherwise they will wait for me in any town or state.”

Since the June 28 coup the military has arrested nearly 800 civilians for defying a government curfew, although most have since been released. Pictured above: Zelaya partisans protest outside the US embassy in Tegucigalpa on July 7. Note obligatory Che Guevara flag.

Meanwhile, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), a new European Union-style organization with overlapping membership in ALBA (Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia), has joined the global chorus condemning Honduras’ military-backed government. On July 6, the foreign ministers of Uruguay and Chile argued that UNASUR can arbitrate the conflict in the Central American nation. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, an East German-educated socialist who has praised the legacy of Soviet/Cuban pawn Salvador Allende, is president pro tempore of UNASUR. Both Bachelet and OAS chief Insulza are cadres of the Socialist Party of Chile.

The Regional Military Threat Posed by the Havana-Caracas- Managua Axis

Within 24 hours of the June 28 coup in Tegucigalpa Chavez declared that he had placed his armed forces on alert and threatened to intervene if Venezuela’s ambassador was killed. It is significant that Honduran soldiers singled out the Cuban, Venezuelan, and Nicaraguan ambassadors for rough treatment, suggesting that the Micheletti government takes a dim view of these countries and their alliance with Zelaya. The ambassadors, however, were not “kidnapped” as the leftist press crowed.

On several occasions last week Honduras’ de facto president, without citing specific intelligence, alluded darkly to military forces that were preparing to invade his country and reinstall his opponent as head of state/government. Last Sunday Micheletti accused Nicaragua of deploying small squads of troops along their common border in a “psychological invasion” designed to intimidate Hondurans into accepting Zelaya’s return. “We have been informed that in the sector of Nicaragua, some troops are moving toward the border,” Micheletti contended in a televised news conference on Sunday. Ortega protested the charge: “There is no such conflict with Nicaragua. Our nation is not sending troops to Honduran territory. We are keeping our troops in their normal positions, where they have always been to protect national sovereignty.”

During the first Sandinista dictatorship, Nicaragua’s army, with 80,000 conscripts, was the largest in Central America. Although the Sandinista People’s Army was purportedly deprived of its Marxist foundation in the 1990s and is presently a mere shadow of its former strength, according to a 2005 US Defense Department assessment the commander of the Nicaraguan National Army is a “hardline Sandinista.”

In addition to pertinent military news from Venezuela and Nicaragua, it is worth observing that last Friday, four days after attending the Red Axis strategy sessions in Managua, President Castro chaired a meeting of Cuba’s National Defense Council. Reports on war readiness were delivered by officials of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, the Communist Youth League, the Interior Ministry, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba, and the provincial defense councils. Castro assessed the results of the training of regular troops and the Territorial Militia Troops, and advances made in the maintenance, modernization, and production of arms. He confided to those present that in 2003 the communist regime believed that then US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was planning a “huge attack” against the island. In a related story, Cuba’s Bastion 2008 military exercise was postponed after last year’s devastating hurricane season, but we await its execution some time in 2009.

The Honduran armed forces coup, in our assessment, has raised the specter of a regional military threat posed by the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis. Along with Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, and Libya, the administration of President George W. Bush rightly identified Cuba with the “Axis of Evil.” In February 2008 President Chavez floated the idea of transforming ALBA, then known as the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas and since June of this year as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, into an “anti-imperialist” (meaning anti-USA) military coalition.

Last month ALBA, founded in 2004, expanded by three countries and now embraces: Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Honduras, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Notably, the first five countries are ideologically aligned with Moscow and recipients of Russian military hardware. Since the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front assumed control of the reins of government in El Salvador earlier this year, it is expected that that country, too, will shortly hook up with ALBA.

In view of the new episode of political instability in Central America, therefore, we believe that the coordinated movements of the Cuban, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, and Russian militaries in the Western Hemisphere bear close watching. Last year the MSM extensively covered Russia and Venezuela’s first-ever joint naval drill in the southern Caribbean Sea, as well as the week-long deployment of two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers at a Venezuelan air base. Both events were “post”-Cold War “firsts.” Not content with these anti-USA provocations, Moscow and Caracas have planned more combined maneuvers.

In itself, of course, the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis poses no threat to the USA, often touted as the world’s sole post-Cold War superpower. Nicaragua’s standing army has 14,000 active personnel, Cuba 46,000, and Venezuela 600,000. Spurred on by Russia and using a United Nations or OAS resolution as pretext, though, this communist troika could potentially threaten errant Red Axis members like Honduras, which boasts 20,000 troops, or anti-communist holdouts like Colombia, which has about 420,000 troops whose battle-readiness has been tested by the government’s decades-old war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua should also be viewed as potential bases either for Soviet subversion or a strategic nuclear attack against North America. The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis and the under-reported arrival of Russian bomber crews in Cuba in 2008 to identify suitable refueling sites for their aircraft offer historic and contemporary proof that such a scenario is possible again.

Ortega and Arias Revive Cold War-Era Schism between Central America’s Center and Far Left

Incidentally, the return of the Sandinista National Liberation Front to open power in Nicaragua in 2007 should trouble that country’s southern neighbor Costa Rica, which has no standing army. On July 1 Ortega, president pro tempore of the Central American Integration System (SICA), reluctantly handed over this office to Oscar Arias, the mildly center-left president of Costa Rica. Instead, the Sandinista leader wanted to transfer the presidency of SICA to Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom, a devoted center-leftist who is chummy with Cuba and Nicaragua. Arias was not Ortega’s first pick since Costa Rica’s commitment level to SICA is less than that of its partners, whereas Nicaragua’s communist dictator is a staunch advocate of regional integration.

Twenty years ago, in a previous incarnation as Costa Rican president, Arias was instrumental in establishing the peace accord that ended Central America’s insurgencies, forcing the Soviet/Cuban-backed guerrillas to discard their machine guns in favor of voting machines. No doubt Ortega remembered this fact when he tapped Arias. No doubt, too, Latin America’s Red Axis leaders will bring considerable pressure upon Arias to support full-blown regional integration in Central America. On July 7 US Secretary of State Clinton announced that Arias will reprise his past role as peacemaker by mediating the conflict between Honduras’ rival governments.

>Latin America File: Honduras’ de facto president: Nicaraguan troops moving toward common border; Zelaya’s flight to Tegucigalpa diverted to Managua

>Just as we expected, it appears that Latin America’s Red Axis leaders, primarily including Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega, are prepared to use military force to reimpose their leftist lackey Manuel Zelaya upon an unwilling population. Honduras’ de facto President Roberto Micheletti, Reuters reports today, has announced that Nicaraguan troops are moving toward the two countries’ common border:

Honduras’ interim President Roberto Micheletti said on Sunday Nicaraguan troops were moving to the mutual frontier and urged Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to respect Honduran sovereignty.

He gave no further details about troop movements in Nicaragua which shares a border with Honduras to the southeast of the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

His comments came as ousted President Manuel Zelaya attempted to fly home a week after he was ousted in a coup. Zelaya is a left-wing ally of Ortega and Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez.

The interim government said it had contacted the Organization of American States to express its willingness to enter dialogue. The OAS earlier on Sunday suspended Honduras for refusing to reinstate Zelaya.

For its part, the Nicaraguan military denies that it has moved troops to the country’s northern border with Honduras, which served as a base for the Contras during the 1980s civil war against the first Sandinista regime. “Brother Honduran soldiers, brother Honduran officials, I want to assure you, swearing before God and nation, that Nicaragua is not deploying troops towards Honduras, and that we are not preparing any kind of attack on Honduran garrisons on the border,” past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega protested on domestic radio. Nicaragua’s top general, Omar Halleslevens, is regarded by the Pentagon as a “hardline Sandinista.”

Managua has also denounced statements issued by the Micheletti regime to the effect that the communist governments of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua have armed Zelaya partisans ahead of his publicized return today. Denis Moncada, Nicaragua’s ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS), refuted the allegations before the OAS General Assembly on Saturday.

In another previous post we suggested that military intervention to restore Zelaya to the presidency was a possible topic on the agenda of the leftist leaders who converged in Managua on Monday. There Ortega hosted the meetings of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, the Central American Integration System, and the Rio Group. At the time we quoted Micheletti as saying: “I have come to the presidency not by a coup d’etat but by a completely legal process as set out in our laws. Furthermore, I would like to warn Venezuela that our country is ready to go to war if there is interference by this gentleman [meaning Chavez]. Several battalions of troops were being prepared outside of Honduras for intervention.”

Last Monday, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador halted cross-border trade with Honduras. Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom is a compliant, pro-Cuban center-leftist, while the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front recently assumed control of El Salvador’s presidency for the first time.

On Friday Honduras’ military-backed government withdrew from the OAS, seeking to preempt today’s expulsion from that body. Zelaya, risking arrest, intends to return to his homeland in the company of fellow leftists, Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, and the OAS’s Chilean chief Jose Miguel Insulza.

On Sunday, reports the AFP news agency in a late-breaking story, military personnel and thousands of Zelaya partisans surrounded the airport in Tegucigalpa. Military vehicles blocked the runway to prevent Zelaya’s plane from landing (pictured above). The deposed president, who began his flight at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC and was accompanied by other aircraft containing the officials mentioned above, was forced to land in Managua.

In a related story, the newly inaugurated president of Panama, business magnate Ricardo Martinelli, has vowed to challenge the leftward shift in politics that has characterized Latin America over the last decade. Last Wednesday he promised: “I will challenge the ideological pendulum in Latin American by promoting free economics.” Intriguingly, Cuba sent a representative to attend Martinelli’s inauguration: Vice President Estaban Lazo Hernandez.

>WW4 File: N. Korea test-fires seven tactical missiles today, launched four on Thursday; Russia bolsters anti-missile defense in Far East

>The Republic of Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired four short-range missiles off its east coast on Thursday evening. The projectiles, which flew about 60 miles, were identified as KN-01 missiles with a maximum range of up to 100 miles.

On Saturday the DPRK test-fired seven more tactical missiles from sites along the country’s east coast. The missiles are estimated to have a maximum range of about 300 miles, much farther than the salvo fired previously. Their launch was apparently timed to coincide with Independence Day in the USA.

In reaction to a mid-June report in the Japanese media suggesting that Pyongyang might fire a long-range missile toward the Hawaiian Islands in early July, the Pentagon has bolstered anti-missile defense around the Aloha State. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura confirms that a long-range missile launch by the DPRK this weekend is possible.

Pictured above: A Seoul pedestrian passes by a television screen showing news of the North Korean missile launch mentioned above.

Not so coincidentally, Interfax reports that the Russian military has deployed an early-warning missile launch system in its Far East to guard the country against external threats including, apparently, Communist North Korea. Under cover of such deployments, of course, the Kremlin, in the event of a nuclear exchange, is also protecting itself from a US counterstrike via Alaska or the Pacific Ocean.

Last week, the ROK’s defense ministry informed parliament that the military was boosting its pre-emptive strike capabilities to counter the North’s nuclear missile threat. According to Yonhap, the South Korean military has forward deployed air and artillery assets to the Yellow Sea border region to counter possible North Korean gunboat or missile attacks. Meanwhile, black-clad, heavily armed commandos attached to the coast guard, known as the Special Sea Attack Team, are training to interdict weapons of mass destruction on the high seas under the aegis of the US-led, 90-nation Proliferation Security Initiative.

Currently, a US Navy destroyer is shadowing the North Korean freighter Kang Nam 1 in the South China Sea. The freighter’s movements are also being monitored electronically at the South Korean Coast Guard station at Incheon. Incheon was the scene of General Douglas MacArthur’s September 1950 seaborne landing that turned the tide of the Korean War.

Under the leadership of conservative President Lee Myung-bak, South Korean Coast Guard cutters mount 20 mm rotary chain guns and, in the event of war, they would support naval operations. “The guidelines for rules of engagement have changed,” explained Coast Guard spokesman Yun Byeong-du, adding: “In the past, vessels had to get permission from the Blue House [presidential residence] to retaliate. Now it is up to captains.” “The Coast Guard,” opines the Washington Times, “is just the front line in the toughest South Korean defense posture in more than a decade.”

“North Korea is the weakest state in the region,” comments Dan Pinkston, director of the International Crisis Group’s office in Seoul, “They don’t have the technological or economic base to compete conventionally, so they have to rely on asymmetric capabilities.” For this reason, argues Kim Shin-jo, a Northern defector captured during a 1968 raid from the South, the DPRK will rely on its 120,000-strong commando force and insurgent forces in the ROK. The last could include an uprising led by “affluent, sophisticated and well-informed southerners,” meaning communist sympathizers, a possibility recently acknowledged by General Walter Sharp, commander of US forces in Korea.

>Latin America File: Insulza visits Honduran coup leaders, opponents; Micheletti regime preempts expulsion from OAS, withdraws from organization

>– Honduras’ Top Army Lawyer: Generals Exiled, Rather than Arrested, Zelaya to Avoid “Burying a Pile of People,” “Most of the Military” Will Resign if Deposed President Returns

– Up to 600 US Troops Stationed at Soto Cano Ordered to Stay on Honduran Army Base; Joint US-Honduran Military Exercise Suspended; Cuba’s Official Media Identifies Base as Hub of Intrigue against Zelaya

Zelaya’s allegiance to Chavez is difficult to stomach. I would have a hard time taking orders from a leftist. He used soldiers as political tools. [Wealthy rancher] Zelaya is a leftist of lies.
— Colonel Herberth Bayardo Inestroza, top legal advisor to Honduran army, veteran of counter-insurgency operations of the 1980s

On Friday Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), arrived in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, to urge the interim government of de facto President Robert Micheletti to stand down and make way for the restoration of the democratically elected Manuel (“Mel”) Zelaya, ousted by the military last Sunday morning and exiled to Costa Rica. Insulza, the Cuban News Agency reported, met with members of Honduras’ Supreme Court, parliamentarians, and representatives of the popular movements and union organizations opposed to the military coup. “We are not going to Honduras to hold any negotiations,” Insulza admonished the day before, “We are going to demand the end of what has been done thus far and to look for ways to bring the country back to normality.”

Insulza announced his trip to Tegucigalpa while visiting Georgetown, Guyana, where he was attending the 30th Meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). On Wednesday the OAS passed a resolution demanding Zelaya’s reinstatement within 72 hours, a deadline that will expire on Saturday. Caricom also expressed its support for Zelaya’s return to power. In addition to the OAS and Caricom, on Tuesday the United Nations General Assembly, under the presidency of Sandinista cadre/Catholic priest Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, passed a unanimous resolution condemning the coupists and urging Zelaya’s reinstatement. D’Escoto’s paymaster is Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega, who is leading the charge against Honduras’ new military-backed regime.

For his part, Micheletti, who was formerly speaker of the national congress and next in line of succession to the presidency, insists that the transfer of power was according to the constitution. Zelaya, however, has pledged to return to his homeland this Sunday, in the company of Insulza, Cristina Kirchner and Rafael Correa, the presidents of Argentina and Ecuador respectively, and serve out the balance of his presidency, which expires next year. Insulza, a Chilean, Kirchner, and Correa are all leftists so their animosity to the Honduran coupists is to be expected. Pictured above: Micheletti addresses supporters at a rally in Tegucigalpa on July 3.

Not surprisingly, the vindictive communist dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, has suspended subsidized deliveries of oil to Honduras to punish the military-backed regime that deposed his compliant lackey. On Venezuelan television last night former paratrooper Chavez pathetically denied claims that Petrocaribe’s energy supplies to Honduras on preferential terms had constituted “financial assistance” to Zelaya. No doubt, too, Comrade Hugo, will absolve himself of all involvement in the shipment of referendum ballots to Honduras for the purpose of helping Zelaya subvert the constitution of that Central American country and establish a left-wing dictatorship.

At the same time, opposing demonstrations in support of the rival Micheletti and Zelaya governments continued in cities throughout Honduras. Leftist groups have come out in full force to rally behind the deposed president. Juan Barahona, leader of the United Workers’ Front, has joined with other Zelaya partisans to create the People’s Resistance Front. Pro-Zelaya protests have occurred in Tegucigalpa and the northern city San Pedro Sula. At least two pro-Zelaya demonstrators were killed, at least 60 others injured, and over 270 arrested. In the opposing camp, pro-Micheletti supporters formed the Civic Democratic Unit, staged a sit-in in the capital on Tuesday, rallied in the southern city Choluteca on Wednesday, and held rallies in San Pedro Sula on Thursday.

In an interview with the Miami Herald the Honduran army’s top legal advisor, Colonel Herberth Bayardo Inestroza, acknowledged that military brass “circumvented” laws to forcibly remove Zelaya. It was the first time any participant in the coup admitted committing an offense. “We know there was a crime there,” conceded Inestroza, adding: “In the moment that we took him out of the country in the way that he was taken out, there is a crime. What happens is that that crime, the moment that the circumstances that it occurred, there is going to be a justification and cause for acquittal that will protect us.”

Zelaya was ousted in a predawn raid at his house after he vowed to resist a court order that ruled a non-binding referendum to be held that day illegal. The wealthy rancher had clashed with the attorney general, the Supreme Court, congress, the armed forces normally under his command, and even the Catholic Church. Instead of being arrested to stand trial for abuse of power and treason, the military grabbed Zelaya from bed at gunpoint and forced him onto a plane bound for San Jose, Costa Rica. “What was more beneficial, remove this gentleman from Honduras,” Inestroza explained, “or present him to prosecutors and have a mob assault and burn and destroy and for us to have to shoot? If we had left him here, right now we would be burying a pile of people.”

Speaking for both himself and many other career soldiers in Honduras, Inestroza confided: “Zelaya’s allegiance to Chavez is difficult to stomach. I would have a hard time taking orders from a leftist. He used soldiers as political tools. Zelaya is a leftist of lies.” Referring to the communist insurgencies and civil wars that wracked Central America in the 1980s, Inestroza, now 54 years old, recalled:

We fought the subversive movements here and we were the only country that did not have a fratricidal war like the others. It would be difficult for us, with our training, to have a relationship with a leftist government. That’s impossible. I personally would have retired, because my thinking, my principles, would not have allowed me to participate in that.

I am 54 years old. I left my youth, my adolescence and part of my adulthood here — an entire lifetime. You should understand it’s very difficult for someone who has dedicated his whole life to a country and an institution to see, from one day to another, a person who is not normal come and want to change the way of life in the country without following the steps the law indicates.

Even though Article 24 of Honduras’ penal code would apparently exonerate the generals who directed the coup, Inestroza still fears a political slaughter if Zelaya returns: “I will resign and leave the country, and so would most of the military. They would come after us and the other political leaders who were involved in this.”

On Thursday, the possibility that Zelaya could return to his old job became more likely when Micheletti moderated his rhetoric somewhat, offering to hold early elections or a referendum that would permit his deposed rival to finish out the remaining months of his term. The latter, however, would be “difficult” to implement immediately. The potential for a mass resignation of patriots from the Honduran military, however, would enable Zelaya to stack the armed forces with officers sympathetic to his leftist ideals and the process of Latin American integration that has bound Honduras’ destiny with the Havana-Caracas Axis. Zelaya’s restoration would also be a victory for the region’s Red Axis leaders like Chavez, Ortega, Raul Castro, and others.

However, late on Friday, after Insulza’s visit to Tegucigalpa, the Micheletti regime hardened its position again and preempted the OAS’s threat to expel Honduras by voluntarily withdrawing from the organization. On July 4 the Voice of America reported: “The Supreme Court of Honduras told OAS chief Jose Miguel Insulza Friday that its decision to oust Mr. Zelaya is irreversible, and that the leftist leader would be arrested if he returned home.” In addition to the resolutions passed by the OAS, the Caribbean Community, and the United Nations condemning the military coup, the World Bank is suspending loans and the US State Department is considering freezing aid to the Central American country. Thus, the political and economic isolation of Honduras grows and, in our assessment, the potential for a showdown between the country and a pan-Latin American military coalition increases.

Meanwhile, in the wake of last Sunday’s coup, a joint US-Honduran military exercise was suspended. Accordingly, up to 600 US troops stationed at Soto Cano Air Base under Southern Command’s Joint Task Force-Bravo have been ordered to stay on base until the political turmoil in Honduras blows over. The US Armed Forces uses the Honduran military base for counter-narcotics interdiction and humanitarian missions. Incidentally, the official communist propaganda machine in Cuba was quick to identify the US military presence in Honduras as a hub of intrigue against Zelaya and his government. Similar imprecations against Washington’s “meddling” in Honduras issued from the mouth of Chavez this week too.

>Latin America File: Zelaya, backed by UN, OAS, accompanied by Kirchner, Correa to return to homeland this weekend; Micheletti: "No way, Jose"

>Ballots for Zelaya’s Constitutional Referendum Potentially Ending Presidential Term Limits Printed in Venezuela

The war of words between, in the one camp, the military- backed government of de facto Honduran President Roberto Micheletti, formerly the speaker of that country’s congress, and, in the other camp, the deposed president Manuel Zelaya, the Organization of American States, and the United Nations is heating up. Zelaya, accompanied by fellow leftist presidents, Cristina Kirchner of Argentina and Rafael Correa of Ecuador, is threatening to return to his homeland this weekend, after the OAS’s 72-hour ultimatum for reinstating the head of state.

Pictured above: On Monday Cuba’s communist thug-in-chief Raul Castro arrived in Managua for emergency sessions of the Bolivarian Alliance (formerly Alternative) for the Americas and the Rio Group. He is greeted by President Daniel Ortega’s wife, Rosario Murillo, who heads up the neo-Sandinista regime’s Councils of Citizens’ Power. Castro characterized the Honduran coup plotters as “fascists.”

Micheletti has vowed that Zelaya will be arrested upon his arrival in Honduras and would be able to avoid that fate only by entering the country at the head of a foreign army. “Zelaya,” he declared, “has already committed crimes against the constitution and the law. He can no longer return to the presidency of the republic unless a president from another Latin American country comes and imposes him using guns. Seven and a half million Hondurans will be ready to defend our territory against a foreign invasion.”

Is it possible that Zelaya’s comrades in the region’s Red Axis, particularly Raul Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Daniel Ortega were drafting this very scenario in Managua on Monday? There’s no question that the Chavezista regime had every intention of helping Zelaya establish a left-wing dictatorship via the constitutional referendum slated for last Sunday. The ballots, after all, were printed in Venezuela and impounded at a Honduran military base.

Will the UN and OAS, moreover, sanction a Cuban-Venezuelan- Nicaraguan intervention force in Honduras? Will we witness a dry run for Red Dawn 2? Your resident blogger may post the following headline in the weeks ahead: “Communist troops invade Honduras from Guatemala and Nicaragua.” US President Barack Hussein Obama will no doubt look the other way and the shopping mall regime will heave a great sigh. At the very least, the Honduran coup could provide impetus for the Havana-Caracas-Managua Axis to transform ALBA into a military alliance, a subject that Chavez first broached in January 2008.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: 4th Sino- Soviet war game to begin July 22; 8,500 Russian troops drill near Georgia; US Air Force preps for nuke war

>Russian and Chinese troops will begin their fourth joint war game, disguised as an “anti-terrorist” operation, between July 22 and 26. Dubbed “Peace Mission 2009”, the drill will involve 2,500 military personnel, who will arrive at the deployment area on July 14. The first phase of the exercises consists of military and political consultations and will be held in Khabarovsk, in Russia’s Far East, while the second and third phases will take place outside Baichen in northern China. Lt. Gen. Sergei Antonov, spokesentity for the Russian General Staff, commented: “Peace Mission 2009 will become an important step in the development of the Russian-Chinese partnership and their armed forces.” Pictured above: Russian soldiers.

Not too far away from the site of Peace Mission 2009, of course, political tensions between North and South Korea are on the rise. In late May, after detonating its second test nuclear bomb, Pyongyang scrapped the 1953 armistice that halted hostilities, but did not establish a peace treaty, with Seoul.

Under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the first-ever Sino-Soviet exercise, Peace Mission 2005 took place in Russia and the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, involving warships, aircraft, and over 10,000 servicemen, including marines and paratroopers. Russia and China also hosted Peace Mission 2007, when then President Vladimir Putin announced the resumption of long-range bomber patrols. Most recently, the SCO states held Norak-Antiterror 2009 in Tajikistan in April. Peace Mission 2010 is slated to occur in Kazakhstan, obviously next year.

Meanwhile, under the aegis of the Caucasus 2009 war game, the Russian armed forces appear to be positioning themselves for another invasion of the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, now the site of a tremendous tug-of-war between the Soviet strategists and NATO, which is attempting to woo Tbilisi into its fold. In late July and early August of last year the Russian military prepared to attack Georgia under cover of the Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill.

“The Caucasus 2009 war games,” opines CBS News, “are being seen by many experts as a warning shot for nearby Georgia, where the government says it has rearmed armed forces and where NATO recently wrapped up its own exercises.” A Russian Defense Ministry official related that more than 8,500 troops will take part in the drill, along with nearly 200 tanks, armored vehicles, 100 artillery units, and several units from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. The exercises are being personally overseen by Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of Russia’s General Staff.

In addition to the military personnel that will participate in Caucasus 2009, more than 6,000 Russian troops have been illegally stationed in each of Georgia’s breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia has also been building military bases, storage facilities for supplies, and roads in the two regions, which Moscow and Managua alone recognized as independent. Last month, NATO wrapped up four weeks of training exercises in Georgia. Even though just a few hundreds troops participated, Russia was annoyed, branding them a provocation.

Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Kolmakov was quoted by Kremlin media on Monday as saying that Caucasus 2009 was adjusted as a result of the NATO games and would be “quite major, as compared with those that were conducted in Soviet times.” Over the weekend, Russia and NATO agreed to resume military ties that were suspended after last August’s Caucasian War.

Pictured here: The iconic, 1950s-era B-52H Stratofortress still comprises part of the backbone of the US Air Force’s strategic bomber fleet.

In spite of the fact that the USA now faces the socialist, pro-Islamic administration of President Barack Hussein Obama, the military is still prudently preparing to counter a strategic nuclear attack. Although there is much discussion about the threat posed by Iran and North Korea’s missile capabilities, the fact of the matter is there are only two states that possess the ability to annihilate the USA: Russia and, to a much lesser extent, the People’s Republic of China. The US Air Force reports on the Global Thunder 09 exercise underway at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota:

A B-52H Stratofortress soars through the air during the rapid launch portion of Global Thunder 09 here June 30. Global Thunder 09 is the USSTRATCOM Field Training Exercise and Battle Staff Exercise designed to exercise all mission areas withprimary emphasis on Nuclear Command and Control (NC2). Global Thunder 09 provides training opportunities for component, task force, unit, forces, and command posts to deter, and if necessary defeat, a military attack against the United States and to employ forces as directed by the President.

Global Thunder 09 coincides with the routine launch of an unarmed Minuteman 3 ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on June 30. The missile struck a target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The local media reported on the coordination between military personnel at Vandenberg and Minot:

A task force from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., worked with members of Vandenberg’s 576th Flight Test Squadron to ready the missile for the test. Airmen from the 576th also installed test-specific equipment such as tracking, telemetry and command-destruct systems necessary to collect data and meet 30th Space Wing safety requirements.

“These are dangerous times we’re living in right now,” said Lt. Col. Lesa K. Toler, the 576th Flight Test Squadron commander and the mission director for this test launch.

“It’s extremely important our combatant commander has the capabilities he needs to perform the mission of fighting and winning our nation’s wars,” Toler added. “Testing an operational asset pulled from the missile field at Minot provides us confidence our weapon system is capable of performing when needed.”

“The Air Force,” the same article concludes, “conducts several Minuteman tests each year to verify the weapon system’s reliability and accuracy. Some 450 Minuteman 3 weapons sit on alert in and around Malmstrom AFB, Mont., F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. and Minot AFB, N.D.”

>Latin America File: Honduran military ousts Zelaya in Central America’s first post-Cold War coup; region’s Red Axis leaders convene emergency meetings

>– Elected on Conservative Platform in 2006, Zelaya Moved Dramatically to the Left, Leading Honduras into Havana-Caracas Axis

– Honduras’ De Facto President Micheletti Responds to Venezuela’s Saber Rattling with Threat of War, Informs Press: “Several Battalions of Troops Were Being Prepared Outside of Honduras for Intervention”

– Hugo Chavez Arranges Jet to Fly Zelaya from Costa Rica to Nicaragua to Attend Red Axis Strategy Sessions, Accuses CIA of Fomenting Coup against Deposed President

Pictured above: In spite of his misfortunes, ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya (left) jokes around with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (right) and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (center, covering microphone) at the Central American Integration System summit in Managua, on Monday.

Last Thursday, as we blogged here, Venezuela’s communist thug-in-chief Hugo Chavez formally received three new countries into the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA)–Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda. “The ALBA continues to grow in Latin America. Now we have nine nations to build a new project. It is the most dynamic core,” gushed Chavez during his weekly TV-radio program. ALBA’s leaders, meeting in Caracas, also repackaged ALBA as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas, or Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, suggesting that a deeper political-economic-social integration is underway. In 2004 Cuba and Venezuela organized the regional bloc of socialist states to counter the Washington-led Free Trade Area of the Americas. Nicaragua, Bolivia, Dominica, and Honduras are also members of ALBA. Significantly, from the vantage of the Soviet strategy of quietly encircling the USA with enemies, even Russia has expressed an interest in joining ALBA.

Perhaps alarmed by President Manuel Zelaya’s post-election leftward lurch and determination to attach the country’s destiny to the Havana-Caracas Axis, the Honduran military overthrew the president on Sunday morning. Soldiers surrounded Zelaya’s official residence, seized the president, who was still in his pajamas, drove him to an air force base, and forced him to board a plane for Costa Rica. Electricity and telephone service was simultaneously cut throughout the country. The military then swore in congressional speaker Roberto Micheletti as interim chief executive. A majority of the members of congress voted to accept a letter of resignation that Congressional Secretary Jose Alfredo Saavedra insisted was signed by Zelaya and dated last Thursday.

Speaking to the media upon his arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, Zelaya accused “dark forces from the past” of perpetrating the putsch, no doubt referring to the alliance between the military and business oligarchy that ruled Honduras during much of the Cold War. “There is no way to justify an interruption of democracy, a coup d’etat,” the exiled Zelaya complained on Sunday, during a telephone interview with Telesur, the electronic platform of Latin America’s Red Axis. “This kidnapping is an extortion of the Honduran democratic system,” he added. Zelaya vehemently denied writing a letter of resignation. Zelaya called on Honduran soldiers to desist, urged citizens to hold peaceful protests, and requested Honduran police to protect demonstrators.

Meanwhile, as Bloomberg reports above, troops also seized Honduras’ foreign minister, Patricia Rodas. In comments broadcast on Telesur, Venezuela’s ambassador to Honduras, Armando Laguna, asserted that his colleagues from Nicaragua and Cuba were also beaten and briefly detained after trying to defend Rodas against masked soldiers. On Monday morning Rodas sought asylum in Mexico, where she was welcomed by government representatives.

Later on Sunday government supporters took to the streets of Tegucigalpa to protest Zelaya’s ouster, hurling rocks at the soldiers and shouting “Traitors!” Labour union leader Rafael Alegria, a Zelaya ally, allegedly organized the protests. On Monday the Cuban News Agency reported that since midnight 20,000 protesters had encamped outside the presidential palace. Meanwhile, Honduras’ General Labor Confederation and the People’s Union Bloc announced that they intend to cripple the economy with a general strike until Zelaya is reinstated. On the same day, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune, police with helicopter support used tear gas and clubs against several hundred supporters of President Zelaya. An employee of the state telephone company was gunned down Monday morning by a soldier, while 60 other Zelaya partisans were injured.

The Honduran military, the MSM reports, acted after the nation’s Supreme Court overturned Zelaya’s decision to fire the commander of the armed forces, General Romeo Vasquez, who in turn had refused to guarantee security for a referendum that Zelaya intended to use to impose constitutional changes on the country via a constituent assembly. The ballot had been slated for Sunday. The president’s critics charged that Zelaya hoped to remove term limits to his re-election. If true, then Zelaya was simply following the path blazed by Venezuela’s “President for Life” Hugo Chavez and his comrades in Nicaragua, Bolivia, and Ecuador, who are attempting to do the same, no doubt to implement a uniform communism throughout the region.

Signs of an impending military putsch were evident last Thursday, when Zelaya led a caravan of supporters to air force headquarters to collect the ballots for the non-binding referendum, preventing them from being destroyed in compliance with the Supreme Court’s ruling. Earlier that day hundreds of troops were deployed to strategic points in Tegucigalpa in what their commanders explained was a move to “avert potential disturbances” by Zelaya partisans. Significantly, even the country’s ruling Liberal Party, with which Zelaya is associated, urged the public not to vote for the president’s referendum. Although elected as a conservative in 2005, Zelaya has moved dramatically to the left while in office.

Within hours of the Sunday coup, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that he had placed his armed forces on alert and warned that Caracas would intervene with force if Venezuela’s diplomats in Honduras were harmed. “We will bring them down. We will bring them down, I tell you,” Chavez, a former paratrooper, ranted on Venezuelan television on Monday, threatening military intervention: “I have put the armed forces in Venezuela on high alert.” Chavez, who was himself briefly ousted in a 2002 coup that he blamed on then US President George W. Bush, accused the Central Intelligence Agency of fomenting the coup against Zelaya. The CIA, as we reported last week, is one of Chavez’s favorite bête noires, another being capitalism. In reality, leftists worldwide absurdly blame the US intelligence community for much of the world’s ills.

De facto Honduran President Micheletti disregarded the international condemnation of Zelaya’s ouster and issued a counter-challenge to Chavez’s saber rattling. On June 30 the Australian media quoted Micheletti as saying: “I have come to the presidency not by a coup d’etat but by a completely legal process as set out in our laws. Furthermore, I would like to warn Venezuela that our country is ready to go to war if there is interference by this gentleman [meaning Chavez].” Micheletti confided that he possessed intelligence that “several battalions of troops were being prepared outside of Honduras for intervention.”

The region’s Red Axis was quick to rally to Zelaya’s side in Managua, where on Monday past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega hosted emergency meetings of ALBA, the Central American Integration System, and the Rio Group, which welcomed Communist Cuba into the fold last December. In summoning his comrades to Managua, Ortega stated that they intended to “fight back the forces of resistance” against Zelaya.

In attendance at the ALBA meeting were self-avowed communist presidents Raul Castro and Hugo Chavez, self-avowed socialist presidents Evo Morales and Rafael Correa, their foreign ministers, and deposed leader Zelaya himself, who flew from San Jose to Managua on a jet provided by Chavez. Together the region’s leftist leaders resolved to withdraw their ambassadors from Honduras. The ALBA leaders afterwards released a joint statement: “In the face of the dictatorial government that intends to be imposed, the countries of Alba have decided to withdraw our ambassadors and to leave minimal diplomatic representation in Tegucigalpa. There is no question of seeking diplomatic accreditation from the usurpers.” The motion was read out by Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Faldor Falconi.

“I denounce the criminal, brutal character of this coup,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told a news conference in Havana earlier in the day, before flying to Managua. He ranted: “This coup has removed a legitimate and constitutional government simply for wanting to hold a vote. There is only one constitutional government in Honduras, and one constitutional president who should return immediately without conditions.”

Faux rightist Mexican president Felipe Calderon later arrived in Managua for the Rio Group meeting, at which time he informed reporters that “Both Mexico and the Rio Group strongly reject the coup d’etat in Honduras.” In step with the Red Axis, Mexico and Chile also announced that they, too, are withdrawing their ambassadors from Tegucigalpa.

Almost without exception, world reaction to the Honduran coup has been negative. The USA’s socialist president Barack Hussein Obama has called on the coup leaders to “respect the rule of law.” Not surprisingly, on Monday the Russian Foreign Ministry also condemned the coup. “The embassies of the member countries of the regional Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) backed Russia’s condemnation, the Cuban ambassador said at a news conference in Moscow,” reports Novosti, inadvertantly exposing the nexus between Russia and its offspring, ALBA. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged “the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country.” Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, president of the UN General Assembly, who is also a Sandinista and a Catholic priest, invited Zelaya to address an extraordinary session of the assembly in New York City.

Obama characterized the coup as “not legal.” “All of us have great concerns about the situation in Honduras,” Obama admonished, after meeting at the White House with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, one of Washington’s few allies in Latin America. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose husband, former president Bill is an alleged KGB asset, declared that “Democracy should be restored in Honduras.” Clinton revealed that a US delegation would go to Honduras after a special meeting of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday. “We have a lot of work to do to help the Hondurans get back on the democratic path,” Clinton stated. Incidentally, about 600 US troops are stationed at a base in Honduras under Southern Command’s Joint Task Force-Bravo, primarily for the purpose of drug interdiction.

For his part, Zelaya, speaking in Managua, vowed to return to his homeland on Thursday: “I will fulfill my four-year term of office, whether you agree –the ones in favor of the coup – or not. I was expelled by force and will return on my own free will.” He then invited the General Secretary of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, to accompany him in his return to Honduras. Accepting D´Escoto’s invitation to address the UN General Assembly, Zelaya travelled to the USA on Tuesday. During his visit to New York City, the UN General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution demanding the restoration of Zelaya to the presidency.

>Africa File: Nigeria’s “ex”-red president announces insurgent leader’s release at joint press conference with Medvedev, MEND bombs Shell pipeline

>– Medvedev Revitalizes Soviet-Era Relations with Egypt and Angola, Forges New Links with Nigeria and Namibia

– Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta Plays Up Opposition to New Gazprom Deal in Communique to Russian President

– Kremlin Energy Giant Puts the Squeeze on the European Union’s Nigerian Natural Gas Supply

Pictured above: The Nigerian and Russian presidents in Abuja, on June 24.

Under KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin the neo-Soviet leadership has restored political-economic-military relations with the Arab socialist regimes in the Middle East and North Africa that were dormant during the 1990s and the early 2000s. “Post”-communist Russia remains closely allied with Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Algeria. Moscow is also revitalizing relations with sub-Saharan Africa’s communist regimes, including Angola, Namibia, and South Africa.

Last week Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a Soviet Komsomol graduate and compliant Putin lackey, toured Egypt, Nigeria, Namibia, and Angola in that order. Military sales, joint business ventures, and ideological opposition to a US-dominated, “unipolar” world are constant themes emerging from such trips. In other words, little has changed within the Communist Bloc since the fake demise of the Cold War in 1991.

On June 23 Medvedev arrived in Cairo where he signed a strategic partnership agreement with Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak’s National Democratic Party and its predecessor, the Arab Socialist Union, have dominated Egyptian politics since Soviet ally Gamal Nasser overthrew King Farouk I in 1952. Medvedev summarized the meeting with Mubarak as follows:

Our negotiations were held in a frank and amicable atmosphere, which had always been characteristic of the top-level dialog between Russia and Egypt and had largely contributed to the achievement of impressive results. The strategic cooperation treaty we have signed will determine bilateral relations for years to come.

There are promising areas of cooperation between Russia and Egypt. We have achieved rather good results in the economic cooperation. Bilateral trade exceeded $4 billion last year. We have many promising projects in energy, transport and space exploration. There are new spheres of interaction, as well, such as ecology, archives and suppression of narcotics.

Tourism is one of the most dynamic spheres. Tourism grew 22% last year to 1.8 million Russian visitors. That is why we have signed the strategic partnership agreement that defines long-term cooperation guidelines.

The three-page document defines Moscow-Cairo relations for the next decade, pledges regular political contacts and biannual presidential visits, and fosters inter-parliamentary contacts. “The sides traditionally develop defense and military-technical cooperation with due account of mutual interests and international commitments,” the agreement explains. Among other bilateral links, the Russian TV and Radio Broadcasting Company and the Egyptian Radio and Television Union signed a cooperation protocol.

After shoring up the decades-old Soviet-Egyptian partnership, Medvedev flew to Nigeria to meet that country’s “ex”-communist president, the first-ever such visit by a Soviet/ Russian head of state to the populous, oil-rich country. On June 24 Medvedev arrived in the Nigerian capital Abuja, where he met counterpart Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, who assured the Russian president that he was committed to ensuring “total peace and security across the country.” Shortly after the encounter, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) claimed that its guerrillas attacked Royal Dutch Shell’s Bille-Krakama pipeline in Rivers state. In a dramatic statement addressed to Medvedev himself, MEND threatened: “This is the fate that awaits the gas pipelines you plan to invest in Nigeria, if justice is not factored in the whole process.”

Kremlin energy monster Gazprom has signed a deal to invest at least US$2.5 billion in a joint venture with Nigeria’s state-owned oil company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to explore and develop the country’s vast gas reserves. “If we carry out all our plans, Russian investment in Nigeria can reach billions of dollars,” Medvedev gushed. The formation of Nigaz will be a 50-50 partnership.

“Gazprom’s action to secure a foothold in Nigeria,” opines the Financial Times, “where western groups have led the development of the oil industry for half a century, has given rise to concerns in Europe that Moscow is seeking to gain control of Nigerian reserves to tighten its grip on the European Union’s gas supplies.” The same source exposes Moscow’s pincer strategy in this respect: “European governments see Nigeria’s gas reserves – the seventh-largest in the world – as a potential route to diluting their reliance on Russia, which supplies up to half the gas consumed by the EU.” Thus, while the Kremlin strangles the EU’s African gas supplies, the Soviet strategists are positioning themselves to become Europe’s sole provider via the Nord Stream and South Stream pipelines.

Intriguingly, Medvedev’s visit to Nigeria coincided not only with the MEND terrorist operation in Rivers state, but also the release of self-avowed Islamo-Marxist terrorist leader Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, who was arrested by the State Security Services the previous day. By his own account Dokubo-Asari, founder of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force (NDPVF), was apprehended at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on arrival from Germany, where he had been hanging out since May 23, putatively for a medical check-up. In a joint press conference with Medvedev, President Yar’Adua declared that Dokubo-Asari was released under an amnesty agreement with the militants: “So, there was no arrest or detention. What happened does not amount to arrest or detention.”

MEND appears to be a spin-off from Dukubo-Asari’s NDPVF and thus the insurgent leader, who was previously jailed for two years, appears to be still involved in the sabotage campaign against Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and other Western oil companies. Although the Niger Delta militants have kidnapped some Russian oil workers in the past, in light of Gazprom’s new venture with the Nigerian government it would appear that the MEND-NDPVF insurgency may be a cover for the Kremlin’s attempt to oust Western petroleum companies and take control of Nigeria’s natural resources.

From the Nigerian capital Medvedev flew to Windhoek, the Namibian capital, where he met President Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba on June 25. State-run Itar-Tass reports on Medvedev’s reception: “The Namibian president welcomed Medvedev on the square in front of the main entrance in the State House of Receptions. The leaders shook hands and took their seats on the podium in front of the line of the guard of honor. The military orchestra played the national anthems of the countries, and the guns fired 21 salvos.” Russian presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko summarized the agenda for Medvedev and Pohamba’s face-to-face conference:

The Russian business community has been displaying growing interest of late in entering the promising market of Namibia that possesses rich natural deposits. In this connection during the visit the sides will discuss possibilities for the expansion of Russian investment participation in major projects of the Namibian economy, in particular, in the sphere of the prospecting and development of mineral deposits, hydrocarbons, electric power industry, transport and tourism.

One of the promising cooperation spheres is the energy industry starting from the hydropower to atomic power industry. We are ready and are even offering at the expert level cooperation programmes, so we will speak about this.

The agenda of the talks between the presidents of Russia and Namibia is expected to include a broad range of international and regional problems. In particular, they will consider in detail problems related to ensuring the sustainable development of countries of the African continent, issues linked with peacekeeping in Africa and search for ways of the settlement of conflicts that are the main obstacle to stability and socio-economic growth in African states. Among other possible themes will be international cooperation in overcoming the global financial crisis, issues of ensuring global energy security.

Medvedev was also expected to meet with the first Namibian president, Sam Nujoma, who founded the ruling South-West African People’s Organization in 1960, at which time South West Africa was still administered by South Africa as a League of Nations mandate territory. During the Namibian War of Independence that began in 1966, when South Africa’s mandate over its de facto fifth province ended, Nujoma commanded his guerrillas against the South African Defense Force, achieving internationally recognized independence in 1989. Today he remains an outspoken supporter of Zimbabwe’s racist Marxist dictator Robert Mugabe.

Incidentally, with respect to the subject of “peacekeeping in Africa,” the Russian Armed Forces currently maintain small peacekeeping groups in Chad, Sudan, and the Central African Republic under United Nations-African Union command At the same time, Russian destroyers, in combination with an international flotilla of warships, ply the waters off the coast of Somalia to curb high seas piracy. Taking advantage of civil war and anarchy in east-central Africa, the Kremlin has re-projected a limited strategic influence in the region, forfeited during the 1990s and early 2000s. A revitalized relationship with Yemen may also see the re-establishment of a Russian naval presence on the Arabian Peninsula. The re-projection of Moscow’s power throughout the world has in fact been promised by Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov since 2007.

From the Nambian capital Medvedev flew to the Angolan capital, where he was received by counterpart Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. Angola is the last stop in Medvedev’s African tour. The main themes of the talks between Medvedev and Dos Santos will be the promotion of major high-tech joint projects, presidential aide Prikhodko commented.

Three areas of joint Soviet-Angolan economic cooperation are diamond mining (with well-known industrial applications), oil exploration, and hydroelectricity. For example, Angolan mining companies Catoca and Luo will join the Russian company Alrosa in exploiting the Cacolu diamond field. Alrosa has also been granted geological and oil prospecting rights in the basins of the Cuanza and Congo Rivers. A joint partnership will be established between Zarubezhneft and Angola’s state-run oil company Sonangol. The Soviet-Angolan HydroChicapa joint company, along with Alrosa, completed a hydroelectric station on the Chicapa River in 2008. Tekhnopromexport also participated in the construction of Angola’s largest Capanda hydroelectric plant and is currently involved in the construction of two large stations on the Cuanza River.

Finally, Russian companies are expected to participate in the creation of Angola’s national satellite communication system, ANGOSAT. Military-technical cooperation, however, is not viewed as a priority direction, Itar-Tass quoted a Kremlin source as saying. Prikhodko remarked: “Particular attention will be paid to international issues for further consolidation of foreign policy cooperation between Russia and Angola.”

Between 1975 and 2002 Angola was the scene of a significant conflagration between the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which declared independence from Portugal, and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), which was backed by the USA and South Africa before the latter fell to communism in 1995. Between December 1987 and March 1988, UNITA and South African troops combined their forces at Cuito Cuanavale to clash with Angolan government troops, which enjoyed the support of Cuban troops, SWAPO guerrillas, and Umkhonto we Sizwe–the armed wing of the South African Communist Party and the African National Congress. More ominously, Angola’s army and its foreign allies operated under the direct command of Soviet generals. Years later, in 2002 UNITA leader and ex-Maoist Jonas Savimbi was killed in a clash with government troops. Angola and Cuba maintain close relations to this day.

Back in the USSR, Medvedev wiped off Angola’s tropical sweat from his brow and enthused: “Work with our African partners should have been started earlier. Africa is waiting for our support. Our policies here will be very friendly, but at the same time pragmatic. The Soviet Union always held a very friendly position with regard to African countries, helping them win independence.” During his eight-year stint as president Putin visited Libya, Algeria, and South Africa.

>Latin America File: Chavez welcomes Ecuador, two Caribbean states into ALBA; Cuban troops join other soldiers in Venezuelan military parade

>– Chavez Bows Out of Funes Installation Ceremony, Citing CIA-Backed Assassination Plot in San Salvador, Praises Timely Intelligence from Amigo Ortega

– Blast from the Past: Grenadian Government Renames Point Salines International Airport after Slain Marxist Dictator Bishop, Cuban Delegation in Attendance, New ALBA Member Officiates

Pictured above: In attendance at his June 1 presidential inauguration in San Salvador, Nicaraguan counterpart Daniel Ortega welcomes Mauricio Funes into Latin America’s Red Axis. At far left is Cuban Vice President Esteban Lazo Hernandez, second from left is Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, and second from right is Funes’ vice president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren. The last was the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front’s battlefield commander during the 1980s civil war.

On Wednesday, Venezuela’s communist thug-in-chief Hugo Chavez formally received three new countries into the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA): Ecuador, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda. “The ALBA continues to grow in Latin America. Now we have nine nations to build a new project. It is the most dynamic core,” gushed Chavez during his weekly TV-radio program “Alo, Presidente.”

In 2004 Cuba and Venezuela organized the regional bloc of socialist states to counter the Washington-led Free Trade Area of the Americas. Nicaragua, Bolivia, Dominica, and Honduras are also members of ALBA. Significantly, from the vantage of the Soviet strategy of quietly encircling the USA with enemies, even Russia has expressed an interest in joining ALBA.

On May 25 of this year Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa ratified his country’s decision to jon the bloc, after the country previously attended ALBA meetings as an observer. The accession of the two Caribbean island states was approved during the last ALBA summit in mid-April, held ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. Chavez also showed up in Port of Spain, using the occasion to schmooze with fellow socialist, US President Barack Hussein Obama.

To celebrate the accession of three new countries into Latin America’s Red Axis, officers, cadets and troops from Cuba and the other ALBA states will march in a military parade on Venezuelan soil. El Universal reports that some 100 military personnel of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba have rehearsed for this occasion. The participating military delegations will commemorate the 188th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo and Venezuela’s Army Day. General Clíver Alcalá Cordones, commander of the 41st Armored Brigade of the Venezuelan National Armed Forces, explained that 175 foreign military officers will march in Campo de Carabobo, in southwest Valencia state.

Rocío San Miguel, director of the non-governmental Organization for Social Monitoring of Security and Defense Affairs, cautioned that “This particular and unprecedented situation violates Article 187, number 11 of the Venezuelan Constitution, since the National Assembly must authorize the deployment of foreign missions in Venezuela. The government, moreover, has not published any resolution in the Official Gazette to confirm this action.” The National Assembly, of course, is totally dominated by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and other pro-Chavez parties, so an NGO’s appeal to the constitution will probably fall on deaf ears. Furthermore, the high-handed deployment of Cuban troops in Venezuela, even for ceremonial purposes, reflects a wider movement among Latin America’s leftist-communist regimes to welcome foreign militaries into the region, to wit the Russian Navy’s visit to Nicaragua last December, over the objections of the country’s liberal opposition.

In another sign of the deepening integration within the Western Hemisphere’s section of the Communist Bloc, ALBA leaders decided to change the name of the organization to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America or “The People’s Trade Agreement.”

It may be some time before Russia joins ALBA, even as an observer, but the Soviet strategists have already re-established many Cold War-era links in Latin America, especially with Communist Cuba, neo-Sandinista Nicaragua, Bolivarian Venezuela, Red Bolivia, and Socialist Ecuador. On June 23, at a ceremony in Novo-Ogarjovo, the official residence of the Russian president outside Moscow, Russia and Venezuela agreed to organize a new bilateral bank. In attendance were Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan Executive Vice President and acting Minister of Defense Ramón Carrizález. The agreement was initialed by Russian Vice Minister of Finance Dmitry Pankin and Venezuelan Vice Minister of Finance and Economy Gustavo Hernández.

“The founders of the bank, on the Russian party, are Vneshtorgbank and Gazprombank. The Government assumes that Russia will have a 51% share,” explained Pankin. State-run oil company PDVSA and the National Treasury will be the new bank’s Venezuelan stockholders. Carrizález, who described the relations between both countries as “strategic,” gave Putin a letter written in the Russian language and signed by President Chavez. The content of the missive was not revealed. For his part, Putin hailed the visit of the Venezuelan vice president as “very successful.”

Carrizález arrived in Russia after visiting Belarus, another strategic partner of Venezuela in the Not-So-Former Soviet Union. On the initiative of Caracas, the presidents of Belarus and Venezuela held a telephone conversation on June 20, the same day Carrizález began his official visit to Minsk. Alexander Lukashenko and Chavez discussed bilateral relations in the fields of economic and political cooperation, including large-scale joint projects in construction, engineering, and petrochemistry. Special attention was given to the implementation of a joint oil production venture in Venezuela. Lukashenko and Chavez agreed to meet in the near future. The Venezuelan dictator has previously materialized in Minsk.

Communist Cuba Subverts Grenada 25 Years after Operation Urgent Fury

Like the Soviets and their major Latin American client states, the smaller countries of the Caribbean Basin are also using the global financial crisis to agitate for political and economic integration via organizations like the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). For example, OECS members Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have indicated their willingness to form an economic and political union by 2013. Trinidadian Prime Minister Patrick Manning, addressing a special convention of the ruling People’s National Movement, urged Caricom and the OECS to coordinate regional integration with the newly expanded ALBA.

Before the phoney end of the Cold War in 1991, when the Soviet Union deceptively dismantled itself, the Caribbean Basin, like other areas of the globe, was a target for communist subversion, particularly from the revolution’s hemispheric headquarters in Havana. Between 1979 and 1983, for example, Grenada suffered under the Soviet/Cuban-backed Marxist dictatorship of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop. Under the auspices of Operation Urgent Fury, President Ronald Reagan dispatched the US Armed Forces and allied militaries from the OECS to depose Bishop’s New Jewel regime and rescue US medical students at St. George’s University. In recent months Grenadian Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has once again allied the country with Havana, effectively negating the liberation that came to his island 25 years ago.

On May 29, 2009 Thomas’ government officially renamed the Point Salines International Airport in St. George’s in honor of slain coup-leader Bishop. A Cuban delegation, led by Vice President Esteban Lazo Hernandez, was in attendance. The Cuban media reports: “Cuban constructors played a decisive role in the construction of the airport, a project begun by Bishop Revolutionary Government.” The same source continues: “Also present were relatives of Maurice Bishop, with whom the Cuban Vice President met and shared memories and experiences of the close ties between Bishop and Fidel Castro.” St. Vincent and the Grenadines counterpart Ralph Gonsalves, now a proud member of ALBA, gave the feature address at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The CIA Makes Life Uncomfortable for Comrade Hugo

In a related story, Chavez is once again weaving intricate fantasies about Washington DC’s attempts to whack him. This time Comrade Hugo contends that infamous Cuban-born Venezuelan citizen and ex-CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles was behind a plot to kill him while attending the June 1 inaugural ceremony of Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes. It was on this pretext that Chavez and sidekick Evo Morales, Bolivia’s Trotskyist president, refused to attend the installation of El Salvador’s first Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front government. Communist Cuba, no doubt rejoicing that its proxy has finally taken over the small Central American country, sent a high-level delegation to San Salvador, which promptly restored long-severed relations with Havana.

Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator, President Daniel Ortega, first announced the alleged assassination plan during his speech at the ceremony when he said both presidents could not attend for “security reasons.” Staunch Soviet ally Ortega, who trooped to Moscow last December in his first post-Cold War pilgrimage, refused to divulge details. Later, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Nicolas Maduro identified the “ultra-right” (meaning “fascists”) as the murder plot’s organizers: “Ultra-right wing assassination groups in Venezuela, linked to ultra-conservative coup sectors, together with the international ultra-right were involved in the possibility of an assassination.” Talking to the press after Funes’ installation, Maduro specifically accused Alejandro Esclusa of masterminding the plot. Esclusa is apparently a Venezuelan rightist who has worked with the US Central Intelligence Agency on “numerous occasions” and was in El Salvador advising the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) government in its campaign against Funes.

On June 2, back in Venezuela, Chavez acknowledged that he received word of the assassination scheme–which consisted of blowing the president’s airliner out of the sky with SAMs–from fellow commie thug Ortega. “It was information with a lot of weight that motivated the suspension of our travels,” Chavez stated, adding:

In this case the information was very precise, it indicated that they were going to launch one or several rockets at the Cubana airline plane that was ready to leave from Maiquetia airport in Venezuela.

We have to remember that there, in El Salvador Carriles lived and did what ever he felt like…and they were preparing this attack against us…when we were to be arriving or leaving San Salvador.

I accuse Luis Posada Carriles and I demand that President Barack Obama bring about justice and comply with the law…send us this terrorist…to put him where he should be, in prison.

Daniel Ortega knows the details …some Venezuelan coup plotters entered San Salvador two weeks ago. And I know them…they have sworn to me that they were going to kill me, because they say its my fault that they lost their jobs and didn’t reach the highest military ranks.

The government of the United States is behind all of this. And I’m not accusing Obama. No. As Fidel [Castro] has said, I think Obama has good intentions, but beyond Obama there is a whole empire: The CIA and all its tentacles, is alive and kicking… President Obama, it’s time to dismantle all this machinery of terror.

Keeping in mind that this story was published at the pro-Chavez Venezuelanalysis.com website, it serves the Latin American Red Axis’ cause of dethroning US influence in the region and promoting communism.

>USSR2 File: Voronin meets Medvedev, Putin in Moscow; Russia extends US$500 million loan to Moldova; CPRF plasters Stalin’s mug on billboards

>This past Monday Russia threw its weight behind Moldova’s outgoing President Vladimir Voronin, a communist who formerly played the part of Soviet Interior Ministry general, by extending a US$500 million loan to Chisinau. Moldova is Europe’s poorest country, even lagging behind places like Albania. Voronin has held the presidential office since 2001 but is barred from running for a third term. He dissolved parliament last week and called an early election for July 29 after deputies twice failed to elect a new president, lacking just one vote to approve Voronin’s candidate, the current prime minister. The Communist Party of the Republic of Moldova triumphed in an April parliamentary election, but the results sparked violent protests by anti-communists and Romanian irredentists.

“Of course, I would like to tell you that we supported and support the measures taken by Moldova’s leadership to restore constitutional order,” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev assured Voronin during their meeting in the Kremlin. Medvedev continued: “These are difficult times now, very difficult from the economic point of view. We should give it some thought and decide what else needs to be undertaken to develop trade and economic ties at a time of crisis.”

Voronin, alluding to Romania’s alleged involvement in the post-election riots, replied: “I am very grateful that in these hard days of political uncertainty and attempts to destabilize our country … Russia was the first and probably the only country that advocated Moldova’s lawfully elected authorities.” Although now a putative ally in the North Atlantic Alliance, the Romanian president, Traian Basescu, is an “ex”-communist, indicating that Bucharest, too, is playing along with the Soviet strategic deception.

Voronin continued his rant against the West: “We should call a spade a spade … they aimed to carry out a ‘coloured revolution’ in our country, but I believe our coordinated actions and your unambiguous position should discourage the organizers from any such plans. This had nothing to do with a people’s revolution. This was an organized group of hirelings who … attempted to carry out this coup d’etat.”

After meeting with Medvedev, Voronin was received by Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, Vladimir Putin, who soothed: “We are considering your request to extend to Moldova a state credit of $0.5 billion. We consider this possible.” Putin indicated that the first tranche worth US$150 million could be disbursed within six to eight weeks. He offered no other details related to the conditions of the loan.

Pictured here: A Georgian man kisses a portrait of Joseph Stalin in front of the monument to him in the town of Gori, on December 21, 2008.

Strategically sandwiched between NATO member Romania and NATO aspirant Ukraine, the neo-Soviet leadership has a vested interest in keeping Moldova (not to mention Romania and Ukraine) under its thumb. The virus of communism is not only alive and well in the former Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, but also Russia itself, as a recent incident in the southern city of Voronezh proves.

Last December the local section of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation purchased space on 10 billboards throughout the city to display former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s mugshot with the cheery proclamation: “Victory will be ours!” The pro-communist advertisements coincided with the 130th anniversary of the birth of ethnic Georgian Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union during the Second World War and dispatched millions of people to their deaths in prison camps during political purges in the 1930s.

Now the communications department at Voronezh City Hall is pondering whether the billboards could be classified as “improper advertising” since they are of a political nature and no election is underway. “Under the law, a billboard should be used for advertising purposes only, including social advertising. The billboard can not be used to display any other information. This is where I see the violation,” a city official intoned. The sincerity behind such objections is questionable. For nearly 20 years Russians have argued whether to remove Vladimir Lenin’s mummy from Red Square, but the corpse of the Soviet Union’s founder has yet to receive a proper burial (physically or ideologically).

“The exact number of those killed or imprisoned during Stalin-era repressions is not known,” huffs state-run Novosti, “but according to research conducted by British historian Robert Conquest, more than 14 million people are estimated to have passed through the Gulag from 1929-1953 and an additional 6-7 million people were deported and exiled across the Soviet Union.” Russia’s embattled human rights groups, the same source admits, are “still concerned” that many Russians view the genocidal communist tyrant as a “statesman.” Indeed, we don’t mind saying that that is a very appropriate concern. As of 2008, by the way, the Soviet gulag system was still in operation, according to impeccable sources like the Wall Street Journal, which calls them “Putin’s torture colonies.” Did Lenin’s mummy twitch just now?

>WW4 File: N. Korea to launch ICBM on 4th of July, Pentagon beefs up anti-missile defenses around Hawaii, top US general: DPRK insurgent tactics likely

>– North Korea’s Next Leader and State Security Chief Kim Jong Un Implicated in Murder Plot against Older Half-Brother Exiled in Macau; Kim Jong Nam Closely Allied with Beijing

– Former ROK President Roh “Committed Suicide” Two Days before DPRK’s Second Atomic Bomb Test

I believe we will face IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and insurgent forces, in addition to large conventional attacks.
— General Walter Sharp, commander of US forces in Republic of Korea, June 23, 2009

Pictured above: South Korean soldiers bow their heads at the National Cemetery in Seoul on June 25, 2009.

On June 23 the Japanese media revealed that North Korea plans to hold a live-fire military drill off its east coast between June 25 and July 10, coinciding with a long-range missile launch over the Pacific Ocean, possibly targeting Hawaii on the 4th of July. This revelation follows bans issued in the past month by Pyongyang prohibiting civilian ships from entering its waters in the Yellow Sea (west coast) and Sea of Japan (east coast). According to CNN, the Stalinist regime’s hydrographic department emailed this information to Japan’s coast guard on Monday. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) did not specify the consequences for ships entering those waters during the drill, but the North issued a similar notice before it tested a long-range rocket on April 5. On May 25 the DPRK tested its second atomic device in three years.

On June 17 the Korea Times confirmed that North Korea’s “missile train,” which transported an ICBM to a launch site in Tongchang-ri, North Pyongan province in May, recently moved from a missile research center in Sanum-dong, Pyongyang to another launch site in Musudan-ri, North Hamgyong province. Analysts in Seoul and Washington speculate that the North might simultaneously launch missiles from both sites. Alternately, the train could be a “smokescreen” to confuse observers. The DPRK apparently has three or four ICBMs, and may be keeping one or two more at the research center in Sanum-dong.

Since May, Pyongyang has considered almost any international resistance to its nuclear bomb and missile programs a “declaration of war.” This includes United Nations Security Council sanctions and South Korea’s participation in the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative, which seeks to interdict the transportation of WMDs on the high seas. Last Thursday, a senior US official disclosed that the navy is tracking a North Korean ship, Kang Nam, which left port on June 17 and is believed to be carrying illicit weapons or technology. Two days later the Kang Nam was spotted off the east coast of Mainland China. Earlier this month, Pyongyang in reprisal convicted two US journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, of illegally entering the country via the People’s Republic of China, and planning to conduct a smear campaign against the regime. Lee and Ling were sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp.

The DPRK was established by Kim Il Sung, father of the regime’s current head of state, Kim Jong Il, at the end of the Second World War, under the aegis of Soviet occupational forces. At the same time, in the southern part of the Korean Peninsula US forces, fresh from their victory over the Japanese Empire, supported the new Republic of Korea. The North’s invasion of the South in 1950 led to the three-year Korean War and an armistice that Pyongyang scrapped last month. The Korean Demilitarized Zone is the most heavily fortified border in the world and a stark reminder that the Cold War has not ended on this part of the planet. However, according to a recent public opinion poll, most young South Koreans have little personal knowledge of that conflict more than half a century ago.

In response to North Korea’s pending missile launch, the US military has positioned more missile defenses around Hawaii, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates assured reporters last Thursday. “We do have some concerns if they were to launch a missile to the west in the direction of Hawaii,” Gates admitted. Without divulging details, he explained that a ground-based mobile missile system has been deployed in Hawaii and a radar system positioned nearby. “Without telegraphing what we will do, I would just say … we are in a good position, should it become necessary, to protect Americans and American territory,” Gates said. Japan’s Yomiuri newspaper hypothesized that Pyongyang might launch the missile on July 4, which is Independence Day in the USA. The newspaper cited an analysis by Japan’s Defense Ministry and intelligence gathered by US spy satellites. Is Crazy Kim’s communist nuthouse crazy enough to attack Hawaii? We’re watching . . .

In a related story, reported by Seoul’s Yonhap News Agency, General Walter Sharp, who commands US forces in the Republic of Korea, warned South Korean army personnel that North Korean commandos could use explosive devices against both civilians and troops in rear areas, among other insurgent tactics, should war break out on the peninsula. “I believe we will face IEDs [improvised explosive devices] and insurgent forces, in addition to large conventional attacks,” Sharp said on Tuesday, adding:

The IEDs could target civilians as well as US and South Korean forces who should strengthen preparedness to tackle such threats. Realistic training ensures that the Republic of Korea is fully prepared for a thinking enemy, an enemy that will use IEDs, hide among the population and strike our rear forces and civilians. This enemy will require us to use our weapons much more precisely, to reduce civilian casualties and collateral damage.

A white paper published by the ROK’s defense ministry contends that the North’s 180,000 special warfare troops have expanded their capability to wage night-time combat, as well as mountain and street warfare. About 680,000 South Korean soldiers, equipped with the latest military technology and bolstered by 28,500 US troops, confront the North’s largely outdated 1.2 million-strong People’s Army. It can be surmised that whatever modern military hardware Pyongyang possesses, it must originate, openly or covertly, from Moscow and Beijing.

Meanwhile, political machinations within the North’s ruling Korean Workers’ Party regime continue. According to the Korea Times, close aides of Kim Jong Un, 26-year-old third son and heir apparent of Jong Il, last week attempted to assassinate the leader’s first son Jong Nam, who lives in Macau, a Special Administrative Region in the PRC. Citing Red Chinese government sources, the Korea Times elaborated: “Aides to Kim Jong-un planned to assassinate Jong-nam, who lives in Macau, after first eliminating his close aides in North Korea. The sources said, ‘It seems they tried to assassinate Kim Jong-nam without telling Kim Jong-il.’” Beijing foiled the plan by warning Pyongyang about the murder plot and by sending intelligence and military officers to escort Jong Nam to safety. The Korea Times’ government sources in Red China explained that the PRC is protecting Jong Nam because he has been developing friendships with high-ranking Communist Chinese officials for a long time. In fact, Jong Nam may seek asylum in Mainland China.

This is not the first time that North Korea’s ruling Kim dynasty has been involved in assassination plots. In 1983 Seoul accused Jong Il of ordering the murder of South Korean President Jeon Du Hwan, then visiting Rangoon, Burma, now known as Myanmar. A bomb exploded at a mausoleum, killing 21 people, including South Korean cabinet members. Jeon narrowly escaped death. In 1987 Seoul accused Jong Il of ordering the bombing of Korean Air Flight 858, which killed 155 crew and passengers. DPRK agent Kim Hyon Hui confessed to planting the bomb aboard the airliner and admitted that Jong Il personally directed the operation. In the 1980s Jong Il had yet to succeed his father as head of state, but occupied senior posts in the Korean Workers’ Party’s Politburo, Military Commission, and Secretariat.

The fact that Jong Il recently placed his youngest son in charge of the State Security Department as a prelude to handing over control of the regime may have some bearing on Jong Un’s reported attempt to murder his half-brother. The Kims visited the headquarters of the State Security Department in March, at which time “Dear Leader” ordered the communist security chiefs to “uphold” his third son as head of the department. The State Security Department, reports the Korea Times, is the backbone of the Kim dynasty’s iron rule over North Korea. Pyongyang’s equivalent to the KGB monitors bureaucrats, soldiers, and civilians for any signs of dissent, as well as engages in espionage abroad.

On May 23, 2009 former South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun jumped to his death from a mountain cliff. Roh’s centrist Yeollin Uri Party, which ruled the ROK between 2004 and 2007, holds a conciliatory “Sunshine Policy” toward the DPRK, prompting opponents to label party members as communist sympathizers. Roh’s alleged suicide does not appear to have a North Korean connection but, in the context of the current escalation of tensions between the two Koreas since April, is somewhat suspicious. Roh died two days before Pyongyang carried out its second underground atomic bomb test. Coincidence? Maybe, or maybe not . . .

>Final Phase Backgrounder: Gorbachev promotes “global perestroika”; SCO slaps Pyongyang on wrist, embraces Ahmadinejad, floats common currency

>To this day former Soviet dictator and master deceiver Mikhail Gorbachev agitates for perestroika. In the 1980s, in conformity to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s long-range plan for global domination, he implemented perestroika and glasnost in the Soviet republics and Eastern Europe. In the 1990s “Gorby” took up residence at The Presidio, an army base in San Francisco that closed down after the Cold War supposedly ended, and promoted world peace and environmental issues. In Russia he organized a social democratic party.

Gorby also materialized on the speaking circuit of US universities and business groups to urge his adoring but deceived followers to promote perestroika in the USA. Following Barack Hussein Obama’s election to the US presidency last November, Gorby once again urged the (Kenyan-born?) socialist senator from Illinois to implement perestroika domestically. Now Gorby is advocating global perestroika.

But, what, pray tell, is perestroika? Perestroika is nothing less than socialist restructuring, as Gorby clearly outlines in his manifesto Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World (Harper & Row, 1987). Glasnost, which means “openness,” is perestroika’s counterpart. Gorbachev’s advocacy of perestroika and glasnost is nothing new. These two communist tactics were first promoted by Vladimir Lenin, founder of the Soviet Union, to obscure the true intentions of the Bolshevik revolutionaries: namely, the destruction of private property, religion, and the family. Global perestroika, therefore, must be a codeword for world communism.

Pictured above: Former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz with Gorbachev, at the conference on nuclear disarmament “Overcoming Nuclear Dangers,” at the Italian foreign ministry headquarters, in Rome, on April 17, 2009.

Seizing the global financial crisis as pretext and echoing a recent report published by United Russia–in which the potemkin “ruling” party in Moscow advocates authoritarianism–Gorby penned the following song for world communism in the June 7 edition of the Washington Post: “We Had Our Perestroika. It’s High Time for Yours.”

“Years ago, as the Cold War was coming to an end,” Gorby reminisces, “I said to my fellow leaders around the globe: The world is on the cusp of great events, and in the face of new challenges all of us will have to change, you as well as we. For the most part, the reaction was polite but skeptical silence.” The former Soviet dictator then refers to his stint on the speaking circuit: “In recent years, however, during speaking tours in the United States before university audiences and business groups, I have often told listeners that I feel Americans need their own change — a perestroika, not like the one in my country, but an American perestroika . . .”

Gorby then pitches his scheme for global perestroika by taking a dig at the “US model,” meaning a free market society with constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties: “Our perestroika signaled the need for change in the Soviet Union, but it was not meant to suggest a capitulation to the U.S. model. Today, the need for a more far-reaching perestroika — one for America and the world — has become clearer than ever.”

In describing the political and economic reforms that were implemented in the Soviet Union during the late 1980s, Gorby disingenuously distances himself from his “hardline” comrades in the CPSU: “At first, we labored under the illusion that revamping the existing system — changes within the ‘socialist model’ — would suffice. But the pushback from the Communist Party and the government bureaucracy was too strong. Toward the end of 1986, it became clear to me and my supporters that nothing less than the replacement of the system’s building blocks was needed.”

Among these “hardliners” were Oleg Shenin, former first secretary of the old CPSU Politburo, ringleader of the faux coup of August 1991 and presently a “gray eminence” in neo-Soviet politics; and Gennady Zyuganov, current chair of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. Incidentally, in a 2005 interview with Vlast, Valentin Falin, former chief of the old CPSU’s International Department, frankly admitted that Gorby was not only apprised of the coup ahead of time, but also committed to advancing the Soviet strategic deception by creating fake political parties to “compete” with the open communists.

Shenin and Zyuganov are alluded to in the following narrative: “Two conspiracies hijacked the changes — the attempted coup in August 1991, organized by the hard-line opponents of our reforms, which ended up weakening my position as president, and the subsequent agreement among the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus to dissolve the Union. Russia’s leaders then rejected the evolutionary path, plunging the country into chaos.”

Gorby reflects on the outcome of perestroika and his lateral transfer from the Soviet presidency to the role of roving Soviet propagandist: “Nevertheless, when I am asked whether perestroika succeeded or was defeated, I reply: Perestroika won, because it brought the country to a point from which there could be no return to the past.”

The former Soviet dictator wraps up his history lesson by chastising the West’s capitalist class for viewing the collapse (self-dismantling) of the Soviet Union as a victory for capitalism over communism:

In the West, the breakup of the Soviet Union was viewed as a total victory that proved that the West did not need to change. Western leaders were convinced that they were at the helm of the right system and of a well-functioning, almost perfect economic model. Scholars opined that history had ended. The “Washington Consensus,” the dogma of free markets, deregulation and balanced budgets at any cost, was force-fed to the rest of the world.

But then came the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009, and it became clear that the new Western model was an illusion that benefited chiefly the very rich. Statistics show that the poor and the middle class saw little or no benefit from the economic growth of the past decades.

The current global crisis demonstrates that the leaders of major powers, particularly the United States, had missed the signals that called for a perestroika. The result is a crisis that is not just financial and economic. It is political, too.

Gorbachev’s “humble” prescription for the communist-manipulated global financial crisis, of course, is more socialism with a “market face”:

. . . . I am convinced that a new model will emerge, one that will emphasize public needs and public goods, such as a cleaner environment, well-functioning infrastructure and public transportation, sound education and health systems and affordable housing.

Elements of such a model already exist in some countries. Having rejected the tutorials of the International Monetary Fund, countries such as Malaysia and Brazil have achieved impressive rates of economic growth. China and India have pulled hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. By mobilizing state resources, France has built a system of high-speed railways, while Canada provides free health care. Among the new democracies, Slovenia and Slovakia have been able to mitigate the social consequences of market reforms.

The time has come for “creative construction,” for striking the right balance between the government and the market, for integrating social and environmental factors and demilitarizing the economy.

Washington will have to play a special role in this new perestroika, not just because the United States wields great economic, political and military power in today’s global world, but because America was the main architect, and America’s elite the main beneficiary, of the current world economic model. That model is now cracking and will, sooner or later, be replaced. That will be a complex and painful process for everyone, including the United States.

However different the problems that the Soviet Union confronted during our perestroika and the challenges now facing the United States, the need for new thinking makes these two eras similar. In our time, we faced up to the main tasks of putting an end to the division of the world, winding down the nuclear arms race and defusing conflicts. We will cope with the new global challenges as well, but only if everyone understands the need for real, cardinal change — for a global perestroika.

Gorbachev’s communist-leftist colleagues in the “BRIC” governments of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, presently meeting in Yekaterinburg, near the Ural Mountains, are faithfully executing this very script. There Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, agreed on promoting energy cooperation between their four “emerging economies.” “We are for strengthening the coordination and the cooperation of states in the energy sphere, including between producers and consumers of energy and transit states, in the efforts to reduce uncertainty and ensure stability and steadiness,” a joint statement declared. The BRIC leaders also supported increasing the number of representatives of developing countries in global financial institutions. The second BRIC summit will be held next year in Brazil.

Not so coincidentally, meeting also in Yekaterinburg this week are the heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The SCO includes Russia, four “former” Soviet republics from Central Asia, and Red China, plus (Islamo-Nazi) Iran, (socialist) India, (socialist) Pakistan, and (“ex”-communist) Mongolia as observers. The SCO is not only a political-economic unit binding the Eurasian section of the Communist Bloc, but also a dangerous military alliance in opposition to NATO, as evidenced by three Sino-Soviet war games thus far and two more scheduled for this year and 2010.

Yesterday, the SCO leaders’ summit slapped communist North Korea on the wrist with a feeble denunciation of Pyongyang’s nuclear bomb tests and threat to take on the USA in a nuclear showdown. Medvedev sighed: “Among other issues, we discussed the North Korean problem, including the recent threats, and we noted that such behavior is unacceptable in the current situation.” The only reason that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a “problem” for the international community is because Soviet occupying forces set up the Stalinist regime at the end of the Second World War, in opposition to the legitimate Republic of Korea in the south.

“We also noted that the international community had no choice but to react by means of adopting an appropriate UN Security Council resolution,” Medvedev, a former Soviet Komsomol graduate, continued. All 15 council members recently voted in favor of Resolution 1874, which expands an arms embargo and allows searches of North Korean ships on the high seas but, significantly, does not authorize the use of force. This toothless resolution renders the UN’s policy on the DPRK useless, which is no doubt Moscow and Beijing’s goal.

In furtherance of Lenin’s dream of a “world Soviet republic,” the SCO summit also endorsed the notion of a common currency for member states, a proposal that Medvedev first floated some months ago. The SCO currency would be similar to the currency unit used by the European Community until the introduction of the euro in 1999. “The current set of reserve currencies and the main reserve currency – the U.S. dollar – have failed to function as they should,” Medvedev lamented at the summit, adding that the Russian ruble could also become a reserve currency in the “foreseeable future.”

In attendance at the SCO summit was Iranian dictator Mahmoud (“Iwannajihad”) Ahmadinejad, re-elected last Friday in a contested poll that turned deadly. This is the not the first time that Ahmadinejad, Israel’s arch-nemesis and aspirant to the legacy of Adolf Hitler, has shown up at an SCO shindig. Iran is seeking to place itself under Russia’s protective nuclear umbrella, safe from Israeli and/or US preemptive strikes against its Russian-built nuclear bomb program, by applying for full membership in the organization.

“Iraq continues to be occupied, chaos is growing in Afghanistan, the Palestinian problem remains unresolved, the world is swept by political and economic crises, and there is no hope for their resolution,” Ahmadinejad grumbled, adding: “The U.S. and its allies are unable to cope with the crises, showing that the end has come for the current unipolar world order. The SCO must take a leading role in efforts to tackle the global economic recession.” After this plug for the Moscow-Beijing Axis’ leading role in world affairs, Ahmadinejad briefly met with Medvedev on the summit sidelines. “The parties agreed to continue economic and humanitarian cooperation, and other contacts,” a Kremlin spokesentity intoned afterwards.