>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.

>Final Phase Backgrounder: "Ruling" United Russia exposes its link to Soviet strategic deception: party think tank: "No democracy needed for Russia"

>A think tank connected to the “ruling” United Russia party, the Public Projects Institute headed by parliamentarian Vladmir Pligin, has released a report that rejects any need for democracy in Russia, citing the global financial crisis as pretext for “strong leadership.” A more candid but unpublished draft of the report, as well as the published version itself both express contempt for Western-style mass participation in politics. In so doing United Russia betrays the image of liberal reformer that its candidate President Dmitry Medvedev has carefully cultivated and projected abroad. KGB-communist dictator Yuri Andropov, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s mentor, purused a similar ruse before he handed the prosecution of the Soviet strategic deception to his successor Mikhail Gorbachev, another “liberal reformer.”

Some significant quotes from the published version of the report follow:

Russia does not need to move toward greater democracy because the financial crisis requires strong leadership.

It would be more honest and realistic to say that the democratization of Russia’s political system in the near future cannot be a priority. The priority for now is good governance.

The unpublished early draft, quoted by business daily Vedomosti, stated:

Regional leaders . . . are appointed via arrangements strongly reminiscent of regional committee secretary nominations in the Soviet era.

Russia’s tightly controlled media resembles that of the old Soviet media during the so-called “period of stagnation” prior to Mikhail Gorbachev’s “perestroika” reforms in the 1980s.

“In times of war and crisis,” the final version ominously recommended, “a successful political system becomes charismatic, and therefore, inevitably more authoritarian. A storm requires a captain.”

Some regional leaders, who prefer the “liberal” reforms promoted by President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s, are not happy about the re-centralization of power in Moscow. On June 5 Murtaza Rakhimov, president of the southwestern Russian region of Bashkoristan, complained to the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily: “Russia is walking away from the process of democratization . . . The level of centralization is worse than Soviet times.”

“It’s pretty clear a mass-scale democratization will never take place in Russia,” independent political analyst Stanislav Belkovsky observes. At one point former prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, whose Our Home-Russia party merged into United Russia in 2000, was even more candid: “No matter what new party we create, in the end, it always turns out to be the Communist Party of the Soviet Union!” Indeed.

What will Moscow’s Leninist masterminds, who are working feverishly to modernize their nuclear arsenal and associated delivery systems, think of next? We are still waiting for the Potemkin parties represented in the State Duma—United Russia, Just/Fair Russia, and the Liberal Democratic party of Russia—to one day re-merge with the Communist Party of the Russian Federation into a monolithic Stalinist organization. The name of the new entity won’t be important, but the spirit of Vladimir Lenin, with his strategic accommodation with capitalism via the New Economic Policy, will animate its directors.

In the end, the Soviet tactic of fake internal political/economic reform will come full circle, but don’t expect the West to organize an effective counter-strategy under the leadership of putative Soviet mole, Barack Hussein Obama. Gorbachev has publicly urged the US president to implement perestroika (socialist restructuring) under the patriotic colors of the red, white, and blue. Got Wolverines?

>Event Convergence Alert: Moscow, Beijing plan summer military drills in Far East Russia, northeast China as DPRK raises tensions on Korean Peninsula

>– Crazy Kim’s Communist Nuthouse Threatens to Blow Up the World

– High-Tech South Korean Destroyer Dispatched to Detect DPRK Missile Launch, Crippled by “Software Glitch” (Computer Virus?)

As if to stick a finger in Washington’s eye, Pyongyang has sentenced two US journalists to 12 years in a labor camp. Charged with illegal entry into North Korea and an unspecified “grave crime,” Laura Ling and Euna Lee have no recourse beyond the Central Court that sentenced them on Monday. In an ABC television interview over the weekend US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls the charges thrown at Ling and Lee “absolutely without merit or foundation.” The former First Lady and US Senator admitted to sending a letter to North Korea’s communist leadership demanding Ling and Lee’s release. Clinton indicated that she has received “responses.”

Pictured above: A not-so-flattering caricature of North Korean head of state Kim Jong Il, from the movie Team America: World Police.

Detained by North Korea authorities on March 17, while filming material for a documentary on North Korean defectors, Ling and Lee work for Current TV. Ironically, the San Francisco-based Internet news outlet was co-founded by Al Gore, Bill Clinton’s vice president. Washington, according to the Korea Times story above, does not rule out the possibility of Gore flying to Pyongyang to negotiate their release. Incidentally, we think that’s an excellent idea. Maybe Comrade Gore, the self-avowed inventor of the Internet and global warming, will decide to take up permanent residence in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

On June 2 Bloomberg reported that Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s de facto head of state, in a significant political move, has named his third son Kim Jong Un as heir. North Korea’s communist leadership has notified its diplomatic offices abroad and is teaching its citizen-slaves a song in praise of the anointed leader. Some intelligence, states an opposition legislator in South Korea, reports that Pyongyang is requiring loyalty oaths to Kim Jong Un. Little is known about the youngest Kim, who is 26 years old and was educated at an international school in Switzerland. Jong Un and older brother Jong Chol have a different mother than the eldest son, Jong Nam. Jong Il succeeded his father, North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung, as head of the Stalinist country in 1994.

In addition to dynastic maneuvers and “anti-imperialist” provocations, Crazy Kim’s communist nuthouse has imposed a no-travel zone off the east coast of North Korea, that is, in the Sea of Japan, between June 10 and June 30. Two weeks ago Pyongyang imposed a no-travel zone off the country’s west coast, in the Yellow Sea. “We do not know the reason why North Korea has set up the no-navigation zone,” related Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Takeo Kawamura, adding: “We cannot rule out the possibility of North Korea launching missiles including ballistic ones.”

South Korea has deployed an Aegis Combat System-equipped destroyer to its western sea border with the North and vowed last week to send F-15K fighter jets in the event of a maritime clash. Intriguingly, after setting sail the missile-detecting system of Sejong the Great was crippled by a “software glitch” of unknown origin. Incidentally, it is a well-established fact that many “software glitches” (computer viruses) are spawned from covert cyberwarfare units in Russia, China, North Korea, and other Communist Bloc states.

In a related story reported by the AFP news agency, on June 4 a North Korean navy patrol boat crossed into South Korea’s portion of the Yellow Sea. The boat remained there for almost one hour before retreating. A spokesman for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff suggested that the enemy vessel was apparently chasing Chinese fishing boats, but did not exclude the possibility it was a planned intrusion to raise tensions further. About 70 of some 90 Chinese fishing boats withdrew overnight from the area. The Korean Peninsula’s west coast has been the site of two deadly clashes between the two Korean states in the past 10 years.

The same article, citing the People’s Daily, also reports that on the previous day Chinese President Hu Jintao conversed by telephone with US counterpart Barack Hussein Obama about Pyongyang’s nuclear program. They conversed about bilateral relations and exchanged opinions on the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China offered, without giving details.

For the first time, on June 9, in yet another attempt to annoy the world, Crazy Kim’s communist nuthouse threatened to use nuclear weapons in a “merciless offensive” if provoked. The Korean Central News Agency ranted: “Our nuclear deterrent will be a strong defensive means . . . as well as a merciless offensive means to deal a just retaliatory strike to those who touch the country’s dignity and sovereignty even a bit.” I wasn’t aware that North Korea possessed any dignity. As for Pyongyang’s sovereignty, that seems to reside in Moscow or Beijing.

Meanwhile, the Republic of Korea’s political and military leadership are making plans to counter a possible missile attack from the DPRK. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have submitted to conservative President Lee Myung-bak a scenario in which the South and the USA respond to a communist missile attack by launching joint attacks from surface, air and sea against the North’s missile bases. This past Saturday President Lee warned that his government would neither cower before the DPRK’s provocations nor offer anything less than a strong defense against the North.

Incidentally, the ROK is the real Korea, unlike the illegitimate Stalinist state in the north, created by Soviet fiat in 1945, after the retreat of Imperial Japan’s army (see below). The demilitarized zone between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified border in the world and a blatant reminder that the Cold War is not over in this part of the world.

The Moscow-Beijing Axis Prepares for Korean War 2

It is doubtful that the Korean Workers’ Party makes any serious decisions without consulting the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union and the (openly ruling) Communist Party of China. On June 15, reports Novosti, Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit Russia to attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which includes Russia, China, and four “ex”-Soviet Central Asian states. Hu will also rub elbows at the first leaders’ summit of BRIC, an alliance of the world’s four largest emerging economies–Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Both summits will be held in Yekaterinburg, near the Ural Mountains. Hu will confer with President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the speakers of the State Duma and Federation Council, Boris Gryzlov and Sergei Mironov, respectively.

No doubt the Korean conflict will rank high on the SCO discussion agenda. The BRIC summit will also provide a venue for the Soviets and Red Chinese to plot and scheme. “The development of cooperation between BRIC benefits the four countries as well as contributing to the revival of the world economy,” explains PRC Deputy Foreign Minister He Yafei. He added: “We also share positions on many issues, and the countries’ roles in the world, including in political affairs, is growing.”

Unnoticed by most Western analysts, Russia and the PRC are positioning military assets in China’s northeast region as nearby North Korea escalates political tensions with the South. Pyongyang’s provocations include a nuclear bomb test, the second since 2006, multiple missile launches, and unilateral withdrawal from the 1953 armistice ending the Korean War’s hot phase. It is unlikely that this event convergence is coincidental but, rather, reflects a coordination of tactics and strategy between Moscow, Beijing, and Pyongyang. Indeed, after the DPRK’s underground N-bomb test on May 25, a spokesentity for the Russian Foreign Ministry admitted that Moscow is beefing up security in the region. Although not commonly analyzed as such, the DPRK’s controversial missile and nuclear bomb programs could provide Russia and China with a potential platform to nuke the USA with arms-length plausible deniability.

Last November World Net Daily editor Joseph Farah, citing sources at MI6’s Asian Desk, reported that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had deployed as many as 100,000 troops along the Yalu River, ostensibly to thwart an exodus of refugees in the event of Kim Jong Il’s death. We were unable to confirm this report with other news agencies but, if true, then the Communist Chinese would have been well-positioned at the time to aid their North Korean comrades in an invasion of the South. At least eight months later, it is not clear if the PLA is still massing along the border with the DPRK. The PLA is the world’s largest army, boasting 2.3 million active personnel, deployed in seven military districts, and more than 800,000 reserves.

On June 8 Novosti reported that the People’s Republic of China will hold a week-long, large-scale “anti-terrorist” exercise dubbed Great Wall 6, which will take place in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and the Shanxi and Hebei provinces. Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, and Hebei are located in northeast China, near Beijing, although not immediately adjacent to the PRC’s border with the DPRK. Last year, the PRC held similar antiterrorism drills called Great Wall 5 in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games. Those exercises involved the PLA, civilian and military police, and emergency services.

The relationship between Great Wall 6 and the “large-scale” military exercise Kuayue 2009, reported by Novosti and Xinhua in early May, is not clear. The latter is slated to begin during the second half of this year and will involve 50,000 troops from the Shenyang, Lanzhou, Jinan, and Guangzhou military districts. It should be noted that the Shenyang military district borders the DPRK, while Lanzhou spans north-central and northwest China, Jinan is located in east-central China, and Guangzhou is situated in southeast China. Kuayue 2009 will test the PLA’s command and decision-making capabilities, the interoperability of ground troops and air units in “intense electronic warfare conditions,” and entail airborne assault operations and special forces missions.

Possibly in coordination with Kuayue 2009, the Soviets and the Red Chinese will hold their fourth combined war game, Peace Mission 2009, in Far East Russia and northeast China this summer. The northeast region of the PRC, of course, is near North Korea, while Far East Russia shares a small border with the DPRK. Russian and Chinese military delegations recently met in Khabarovsk to hammer out the details of the joint maneuver. The Vladivostok Times reports:

Maneuvers are planned to be held in July-August of 2009 in three stages. The first one is to be held in Russia, the second and third – in China. Talking to journalists in Khabarovsk, the deputy chief of the Russian Ground Forces General Sergei Antonov noted that almost 1.5 thousand personnel are to take part in the exercise from both parties. From Russia – a motorized rifle battalion, a separate ground cavalry troop and other subdivisions of the Far Eastern military district.

The first two joint Sino-Soviet war games were Peace Mission 2005 and Peace Mission 2007. The two communist superpowers, with little fanfare, held their third combined military exercise Norak Antiterror 2009 in Tajikistan in April. A fifth joint drill, Peace Mission 2010, is slated to take place in Kazakhstan. Political and military coordination between Moscow and Beijing, per the 25-year-old predictions of KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn, are occurring under the guise of “anti-terrorist” exercises and under the auspices of the SCO.

Blast from the Past File: North Korea: Moscow’s Baby

The Soviet Union gave birth to the DPRK in August 1945 when Moscow’s occupying forces took over the Korean Peninsula north of the 38th parallel. The Soviet Army established the Soviet Civil Authority to rule over the country. Communists were placed in key posts. Land was confiscated from Japanese owners and Korean collaborationists. Strategic industries were nationalized. In February 1946 a temporary government called the North Korean Provisional People’s Committee was organized under Kim Il Sung, who had trained with Soviet forces in Manchuria. Soviet troops vacated the DPRK in 1948, but Moscow has retained a vested interest in controlling North Korea–and no doubt the whole peninsula–since then.

Two years later, after forcing the Chinese Nationalists to flee for Taiwan, the People’s Liberation Army, with Soviet air support, invaded the Korean Peninsula. There the PLA was repulsed by US, Canadian, and allied troops under United Nations command. On October 8, 1950, the day after US troops crossed the 38th parallel, Chairman Mao Zedong issued the order to organize the People’s Volunteer Army (PVA). Seventy percent of the soldiers in the PVA were regulars from the PLA. Mao ordered the PVA/PLA to move to the Yalu River, in preparation for an invasion. Earlier that year, on June 27, President Harry Truman, fearing a two-pronged communist invasion, ordered the US Navy’s 7th Fleet to protect the Republic of China on Taiwan.

On October 15, Truman flew to Wake Island where he met General Douglas MacArthur, who estimated that the Chinese had mustered 300,000 soldiers in Manchuria, with between 100,000 and 125,000 men hard along the Yalu River. For his part, Mao cabled an urgent telegram to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin: “If we allow the United States to occupy all of Korea, Korean revolutionary power will suffer a fundamental defeat, and the American invaders will run more rampant, and have negative effects for the entire Far East.” Soviet assistance was limited to providing air support no nearer than 60 miles from the battlefront. The Soviet pilots disguised their MiG-15s under the colors of the PRC and posed a serious challenge to UN pilots. The Korean War was the first in history where both sides employed jet-powered combat aircraft.

In late November 1950 the Red Chinese struck in the west, along the Chongchon River, overwhelming several South Korean divisions and crushing the flank of the remaining UN forces. Seoul was deserted and captured by communist troops on January 4, 1951, only to be recaptured by the US Eighth Army on March 7, the fourth time in a year the city had changed hands.

In April 1951 the Red Chinese launched their Fifth Phase Offensive, fielding an enormous 700,000 troops in three armies. UN forces resisted the communist offensive at the Imjin River and Kapyong, halting the PVA/PLA at a defensive line north of Seoul, referred to as the No-Name Line. A final communist offensive in the eastern part of the peninsula was halted on May 20. The US Eighth Army counterattacked and by the end of May had regained Line Kansas. The UN’s decision to stop at that line, just north of the 38th parallel, and to refrain from offensive action deeper into North Korea initiated a stalemate that characterized the conflict until the 1953 armistice. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Republic of China Armed Forces Simulates PLA Invasion

As Moscow and Beijing urge the UN to refrain from imposing more sanctions upon their client state North Korea, the Republic of China—the real China, otherwise known as Taiwan—and India are preparing for the eventuality of war with the PRC. On June 5, reports the APF news agency, ROC brass held a “virtual military exercise” that simulated an invasion of the island by 200,000 Communist Chinese troops. The drill, which was part of the annual Han Kuang war games, was executed entirely on computers in a Taipei military command center. President Ma Ying-jeou was in attendance. A scenario in which the PLA attempts to seize Taiwan’s leaders was scrapped from this year’s drill because of the improvement in cross-strait relations since Ma took office in May 2008. Beijing has repeatedly threatened to invade the island should Taipei declare formal independence.

India to Deploy New Russian-Built Fighter Jets, Additional 60,000 Troops along Eastern Sector of Indo-Chinese Border

On June 9 the Times of India related that Red Chinese military incursions into India rose “sharply” in 2008, with 270 violations recorded in the western, middle, and eastern border sectors. During the first five months of 2009, the PLA appears to have backed off somewhat, with a little over 60 violations occurring thus far. The brunt of “aggressive patrolling” by the Red Chinese has been witnessed in Ladakh, a region in India’s northwest Jammu and Kashmir state.

However, Chinese troops have also illegally strayed into Arunachal Pradesh which is located in India’s northeast. Beijing claims territory in this Indian state and thus the PLA incursions here have attracted greater attention in the Indian media. On June 6 the governor of Arunachal Pradesh, former chief of army staff General J.J. Singh, announced that two more army divisions consisting of 25,000 to 30,000 personnel each will be deployed along the Sino-Indian border in Arunachal Pradesh within a few years.

With the first squadrons of advanced Russian-built Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets ready for forward deployment in the state of Assam, which is just to the south of Arunachal Pradesh, the Indian government, the Times of India admits, “is slowly responding to the uncertainties of Chinese intentions, by enhancing its state of preparedness in the area.” According to former air force chief Fali Homi Major, India will deploy a full squadron of these fighter jets in the eastern sector of the Sino-Indian border.

That the Communist Party of China is still committed to exporting Maoist revolution throughout southern Asia, including through India’s Naxalite rebels, is evident from a 2005 statement by CPC cadre Zhang Zheng at the MaoFlag website: “The Indian Government cannot succeed in suppressing the armed revolution of India’s Maoists” (quoted by South Asia Analysis Group, May 10, 2005).

Therefore, in spite of expanding bilateral commercial relations and even joint military drills, as well as India’s observer status in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, political tensions between New Delhi and Beijing continue to fester. India and the PRC fought a Himalayan border war in 1962. Last month, India’s incumbent air force chief admitted that the country faces a greater threat from China than Pakistan because “New Delhi knows little about Beijing’s combat capabilities.” A war between India and China, two countries that have split the atom, could conceivably escalate into nuclear warfare.

>Latin America File: Retired US State Dept. employee spied for Cuba for 30 years; Moscow resumes building Havana’s Cold War-era nuke plant

>On June 3 the 39th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened in Honduras, which is also a member of the Havana/Caracas-led Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas. The OAS agreed to readmit Cuba into its ranks, if Havana so desired. Cuba was expelled in 1962. At the OAS summit Nicaragua’s past/present dictator Daniel Ortega shilled for fellow commie thug Raul Castro. “Cuba has fought a battle, a heroic one for 50 years, facing many aggressions from the U.S.,” Comandante Ortega ranted, “that is why it deserves our recognition.”

For his part, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro insisted that “The revocation of the suspension of Cuba represents an assertion to Cuba, to its people, to Commander Fidel Castro and to the historical direction of the Revolution. We call for lifting the embargo against Cuba. It is a step more in favor of the regional integration.”

Pictured above: On June 3 in Havana, Cuban President Raul Castro welcomes Paraguayan counterpart, Fernando Lugo, the latest in a series of Latin American leftist leaders to consult in person with the hemisphere’s most dangerous communist.

In view of the Obama White House’s recent overtures of peace and love to KGB assets Raul and Fidel, it can be expected that Washington will not only warmly promote the OAS’s new accommodationist stance on Cuba, but also downplay or quash charges leveled against retired US State Department employee Walter Kendall Myers and spouse Gwendolyn. Husband and wife are accused of spying for Cuban intelligence for 30 years. The US Justice Department contends that the couple received coded messages via shortwave radio, rendezvoused with Cuban agents in Mexico (like former US Marine and KGB-trained assassin Lee Harvey Oswald), and carefully watched over their shoulders for any sign of US surveillance. Myers retired from the State Department in 2007.

Although a fitting conclusion to this sordid saga of communist espionage would be a re-application of the sentence applied to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, don’t hold your breath. Alternately, perhaps the Myers can join the Cuban Five in the same cell block, thereby forming the Cuban Seven and enjoying “solidarity” with the world’s communist press.

Notwithstanding the endorsements from Managua and Caracas and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s cautious ratification of the OAS resolution, Cuba itself remains adamant in its opposition to membership in the OAS. On June 8 Cuba’s foreign minister insisted that the communist state 90 miles south of Florida has no plans to return to the fold of that organization. “There is no discussion about Cuba’s reentry into the OAS,” Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez was quoted as saying in Granma, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of Cuba. Rodriguez elaborated: “One way or another, the OAS is totally anachronistic; it serves other interests, and we feel that our path, Cuba’s path, is one of Latin American and Caribbean integration, without a presence from outside the continent.” For some reason, the OAS neglected to give the boot to Nicaragua and Venezuela, two countries with red regimes that barely tolerate organized opposition.

While it is possible that Cuba’s communist leadership is feigning disinterest in OAS membership, the fact is that Latin America’s Red Axis, as noted by Cuba’s foreign minister, has made great strides toward regional integration through transnational bodies such as ALBA, mentioned above, the Union of South American Nations, the South American Defense Council, the Caribbean Community, Petrocaribe, the Bank of the South, and TeleSur. Incidentally, the SADC only sets a common defense policy for South America’s nations and does not impose a unified military command over member states, as with NATO or NORAD. However, South America’s predominantly leftist leaders tout the SADC as a hemispheric counterweight to the North Atlantic Alliance.

Behind Cuba’s communist dictatorship, of course, lurks the neo-Soviet leadership, which under President/Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is once again openly aligned with its outpost in the Caribbean Basin. On May 27, reported Novosti, Moscow and Havana agreed to renew their cooperation in the construction of a nuclear plant in Cuba. The project was suspended in 1992 following the stage-managed collapse of Soviet communism. The participating agencies will be Rosatom and Cuba’s Nuclear Energy Agency. Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko made the announcement during an awards ceremony in Moscow, where nuclear physicist Fidel Angel Castro Diaz-Balart, Fidel Castro’s son, received the Kurchatov Award.

“On behalf of the entire nuclear division,” gushed Kiriyenko, “I present the highest award…the Kurchatov Award, to Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart. Today, we will renew our cooperation at [Cuba’s] nuclear research center that will allow us to develop a number of directions in modern science.” Diaz-Balart, 59, is a member of Cuba’s Academy of Sciences and studied theoretical physics in the Soviet Union. In the 1980s he directed Cuba’s nuclear agency and oversaw the initial stages of construction of Havana’s n-plant. The agency conducts research not only in nuclear physics, but also biotechnology and nanotechnology. In light of this story, would one be presumptuous for speculating that Cuba’s ruling communists will utilize Russian nuke know-how in the pursuit of a tropical A-bomb? At the very least, joint Soviet-Cuban research and development projects provide “cover” for Moscow to insert agents into its Caribbean garrison.

US Officials, National Security Experts Fret over Russian SA-24 ManPADS in Venezuela, 600 Soviet-Era SA-7 SAMs in Nicaragua

Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez is saying little in public about his country’s recent acquisition of Russia’s most deadly shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missile (SAM), the SA-24 Man-Portable Air Defense System (ManPADS). The silence from Caracas is prompting US government officials and national security experts to fret that these weapons could fall into the hands of Colombia’s Marxist guerrillas, with whom Chavez is closely and openly allied. “We are concerned about Venezuelan arms purchases that exceed its needs and are therefore potentially destabilizing,” US State Department spokesperson Sara Mangiaracina admitted, adding: “The Man-Portable Air Defense Systems Venezuela have purchased from Russia are sophisticated weapons systems. It is important that these weapons systems be appropriately controlled to avoid the possibility of diversion.’”

Financed by high oil prices, the Miami Herald relates, Chavez embarked on a weapons-buying spree in 2006, purchasing more than US$4 billion worth of Russian-built Sukhoi warplanes and helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles to “professionalize” his 62,000-member armed forces. The low-maintenance SA-24 missile and launcher weigh 42 pounds, can take down targets flying as high as 19,500 feet, and features “fire and forget” and night-vision capabilities. The SA-27 can easily strike the Colombian government’s slow-moving, ground-attack warplanes. Previously, the only SAMs in use by the Venezuelan military were the pedestal-mounted Swedish RBS-70 and French Mistral.

On April 19 Chavez, in attendance at an annual military parade, halted marching troops in front of his reviewing stand to address a unit of 50 soldiers with shoulder-borne missiles. The Venezuelan president declared: “We have decided to make this brief halt in the parade to highlight the importance that this new unit has for the sovereignty and defense of the country.” Chavez then identified the weapons as SA-24s, boasting about their speed and weight. He continued his rant: “We are a peaceful country. The revolution is peaceful . . . We do not want war but we are required to be capable of defending ourselves.” Addressing President Chavez, the captain who commanded the SA-24 unit replied: “These missiles are part of the process of strengthening and transforming our revolutionary, anti-imperialist and socialist armed forces.”

‘”It’s been our position that we don’t consider Venezuela a military threat,” explained Colonel Bill Costello, spokesman for the US military’s Miami-based Southern Command. However, Costello admitted that “Weapons proliferation in the region poses a long-term threat to security, and any potential illegal transfer of such weapons to terrorist groups such as the FARC in Colombia remains a concern.’”

Venezuela’s Chief of Military Intelligence, Chief of Secret Police, and Former Interior Minister Facilitate Red Cocaine Flow in Collaboration with FARC

Last September the US Treasury Department accused three top officials in the Chavezista regime of aiding FARC with weapons, finances, and drug trafficking, thereby inadvertently exposing Red Venezuela’s role in the Communist Bloc’s five-decade narco-subversion plot against the West. The accused included former Venezuelan Interior Minister Ramon Rodríguez Chacín; General Hugo Carvajal, chief of Venezuela’s military intelligence; and General Henry Rangel Silva, chief of the Directorate of Intelligence and Prevention Services (DISIP), Venezuela’s secret police. In the 1980s, according to Joseph Douglas in Red Cocaine, Raul Castro, now president of Cuba, and Tomas Borge, then Nicaragua’s Maoist interior minister but now that country’s ambassador to Peru, played important roles in Moscow’s drug offensive against the capitalist countries. No doubt, they continue to do so.

US Treasury officials specifically accused of Chacín of facilitating FARC’s acquisition of weapons, describing him as Caracas’ “main weapons contact for the FARC.” They also alleged that Chacín assayed to facilitate a US$250 million loan from the Venezuelan government to FARC in late 2007. For their part, Generals Carvajal and Silva were accused of protecting FARC-linked drug shipments out of Colombia. The accusations were part of a move to freeze any assets these Venezuelan officials had in the United States. The US Treasury’s allegations were based on information gleaned from laptop computers seized on March 1, 2008 by Colombian security forces in an Ecuador-based FARC jungle camp. During the raid, Colombian troops killed FARC’s second-in-command Luis Edgar Devia, better known as Raul Reyes. President Chavez denied the content of the computer files, but Interpol examined the digital archives on Reyes’ laptop and concluded that they were not doctored.

One email between rebel commanders, dated January 4, 2007, revealed that Venezuelan military and FARC officials met and discussed “taking advantage of the Venezuelan arms purchases from Russia to include some containers’” for Colombia’s rebels. Another email stated that Chacín “suggested a mechanism for meeting with the Australians.’” A third email, dated September 6, 2007, discloses that FARC officials met with two Australian arms dealers who offered missiles and other weapons “at very favorable prices.” A fourth email reported that General Carvajal offered to deliver 20 bazookas to FARC. Several more referred to Chacín’s extension of the US$250 million loan. Finally, one email between rebel commanders showed that they “desperately” wanted ManPADs to counter the Colombian armed forces’ air supremacy: “The anti-aircraft weapons are already for us an urgent necessity.”

In like fashion Washington is bothered about President Ortega’s aging stockpile of 600, less-advanced, Soviet-built SA-7 man-portable SAMs. During the 1990s, when the Sandinista National Liberation Front did not openly rule Nicaragua, Managua voluntarily destroyed about 1,400 SA-7s, used against the Contra freedom fighters in the previous decade. US officials are still urging Ortega to dismantle the weapons so that they do not wind up in the hands of FARC, with which Nicaragua’s Marxist president, like Chavez, is in sympathy. “There is an offer that is still valid,” US ambassador Robert J. Callahan explained in a statement, adding: “In return for the destruction of 600 or so missiles, we are still very willing to give $5 million for the rehabilitation of the Children’s Hospital La Mascota in Managua.”

FMLN Regime Installed in San Salvador under Approving Gaze of Cuban Delegation; Paymaster Chavez Attends Funes-Sanchez Inauguration

As previously blogged here, El Salvador’s first-ever Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) government is making the restoration of relations with Cuba top priority. A succession of military and rightist regimes in San Salvador maintained a diplomatic embargo against the communist island since the 1959 revolution. On May 31 Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez stated that President-Elect Mauricio Funes will officially announce the normalization of relations after he assumes his post on June 1. At the right time, Martinez added, the two countries will exchange ambassadors. Martinez also related to Cuba’s Prensa Latina that 20 heads of states confirmed attendance at the inauguration ceremony of Funes and Vice President-Elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the FMLN’s battlefield commander between 1984 and 1992. We strongly suspect that the FMLN’s hard-core Marxist leadership will exercise its influence upon the country primarily through Sanchez, while using former CNN journalist Funes as media-savvy PR man.

On June 1 Vice President Esteban Lazo led Cuba’s delegation at the Funes-Sanchez inauguration. At San Salvador’s international airport the Cuban delegation was received by the full political commission of the FMLN, headed by general coordinator Medardo González, and incoming VP Sanchez. Among the Cuban visitors were Jose Arbesu, deputy head of the International Relations Department of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Vice Foreign Ministers Alejandro Gonzalez, Rogelio Sierra, and Ramiro Abreu. Waving the FMLN flag, Salvadorans by the thousands lined the road to the international airport to welcome the Cuban visitors. They sang songs dedicated to Cuba and carried signs with messages of greeting to Fidel and Raul Castro. On June 2 the Cuban News Agency confirmed that after Funes’ installation as president, an accord establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries was inked by Salvadoran Foreign Minister Martinez and his Cuban counterpart, the apparently unrelated Alejandro Martinez.

Finally, the Salvadoran foreign minister confirmed that Funes met on May 31 with faux rightist Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Chile’s socialist president Michelle Bachelet, who is also president pro tempore of the Union of South American Nations. Both Calderon and Bachelet oppose the US embargo against Cuba. Martinize confirmed that Funes would hold talks with Venezuela’s communist dictator Chavez after the inaugural ceremony. As previously blogged here, President-Elect Funes flew to Caracas on May 19 to confer with Chavez. During the March election El Salvador’s new president was accused by the outgoing Nationalist Republican Alliance government of being in the pay of Chavez.

Chavez Confirms Ecuador’s Intention of Joining ALBA This Month; Last November Medvedev Expressed Russia’s Interest in Joining Bloc of Latin American Socialist States

For some years now, in fact, Venezuela’s top red thug has been skimming petrodollars from state-run PDVSA to finance the campaigns of ruling leftist politicians throughout Latin America, including Nicaragua’s Ortega, Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, and Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner, defeated leftist politicians like Panama’s Balbina Herrara, and defeated rightist politicians like Belize’s Said Musa. The official subsidies and shady sums from Chavez’s revolutionary coffers are directed through the Caracas-sponsored initiative Petrocaribe, as well as ALBA’s front companies. Although Panamanians put a halt to Latin America’s “Red Spread” last month by electing a supermarket magnate as president, El Salvador and Ecuador have most definitely fallen under the sway of the Havana-Caracas Axis.

Since socialist Correa was first elected to the presidency of Ecuador in 2005, Quito has hummed and hawed about integration into ALBA. On June 4, Cuba’s Prensa Latina quoted Chavez as saying that the absorption of the small South American nation into the regional Red Axis is now a done deal. Speaking on a television program on June 3, the Venezuelan dictator stated that President Correa has finally confirmed his country’s official integration into the regional bloc. Chavez explained that the official incorporation of Ecuador into ALBA will take place in Carabobo, Venezuela, on June 24 during an upcoming meeting of the group.

ALBA presently consists of Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Honduras, Dominica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Correa was re-elected to the presidency in April, a victory that no doubt emboldened his attempts to link Ecuador’s destiny with the Havana-Caracas Axis. During his first-ever November trip to Venezuela, President Medvedev articulated Russia’s intention of joining ALBA, an admission that exposes the Soviet strategy of encircling America with socialist states, but which was totally overlooked by the brain-dead MSM. ALBA was founded in Havana on December 14, 2004.

Paraguay’s “Red Bishop” President Shrugs off Paternity Accusations, Makes Pilgrimage to Havana to Receive Unholy Orders

Shrugging off paternity accusations acquired during his stint as a liberationist Catholic bishop, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo made his pilgrimage to Havana on June 3. Lugo is the latest in a procession of Latin American leftist leaders to receive unholy orders from Cuba’s communist dictatorship. Earlier this year, Chavez, Ortega, Correa, Kirchner, and Bachelet as obedient sons and daughters of “la revolucion,” paid homage to the Castro Bros., Raul and the cadaverous Fidel. Bolivian President Evo Morales is the most recent visitor to Havana’s all-inclusive gulag paradise.

Presidents Lugo and Castro held official talks at the Palace of the Revolution. The Cuban welcoming party also consisted of First Vice President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, Health Minister Jose Ramon Balaguer, and Culture Minister Abel Prieto, all of whom are members of the CPC’s Politburo. During his first day in Cuba, Lugo laid a wreath at the monument of national hero Jose Marti. He also visited the Latin American School of Medicine in the Cuban capital. On Friday, June 5 Lugo departed for his homeland. While still under the government of the long-ruling conservative Colorado Party, Ascunsion established consular relations with Havana in 1996 and diplomatic relations in 1999.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Russia’s top general Makarov details major army maneuvers to occur near Poland, Finland, and Georgia

>– Zapad 2009 Exercise to Deploy Two Full Armies in Belarus, East of Poland

– Three Naval Fleets, 60,000 Soldiers, Including Railway Troops, to Participate in Zapad/Ladoga/Kavkaz 2009

– Railway Troops Instrumental in Facilitating Re-Invasion of Georgia in August 2008

The Russian military plans to stage at least three major exercises between June and September of this year: Zapad 2009 on the territory of Belarus, abutting NATO member Lithuania and Warsaw Pact-turned-NATO member Poland; Ladoga 2009 in the Leningrad Military District, near Finland, which is not in the North Atlantic Alliance; and Kavkaz 2009 in the North Caucasus Military District, immediately to the north of Georgia, a “former” Soviet republic that aspires to NATO ranks. Pictured above, Nikolai Makarov, chief of the Russian General Staff, outlined the maneuvers for Novosti:

This year we will start a series of large-scale drills in line with current military reforms. During the Zapad [West] large-scale exercises on September 8-29, we will deploy two full-sized armies in Belarus. The exercises will, among other things, rehearse interoperability within the framework of the Belarusian-Russian integrated air defense system, which the two countries agreed to establish recently. In addition to the Zapad exercises, we will conduct two large-scale drills and a brigade-level exercise on our own territory, which will involve units from three military districts and three fleets.

The last Zapad exercise took place in 1999 and before that, in the days of overt communism, 1981, when Soviet forces carried out a mock amphibious attack on Polish territory.

Inadvertently suggesting a possible window of opportunity for thrusting deeper into Georgian territory and seizing the capital Tbilisi, Makarov said: “On June 29-July 10 we will conduct a large-scale exercise involving all brigades of the North Caucasus military district, the Black Sea Fleet and the Caspian Flotilla.” It was under cover of the Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill that Russia positioned its military assets for the August invasion of Georgia that year.

As we suspected in a previous post, Ladoga 2009 will take place in northwestern Russia, which includes Lake Ladoga. Makarov explained: “From August 10 to September 28, all units of the Leningrad military district, and several units of the Siberian military district, the Northern Fleet and the Baltic Fleet will take part in the Ladoga exercises.” Ladoga, the world’s 14th largest freshwater lake, was once owned by both Finland and the Soviet Union, but after the Winter War became an internal basin of Russia. Further Soviet aggression against Finland in this region took place during the Continuation War.

Significantly, Makarov relates that a total of 60,000 military personnel will join all three drills. On May 19 a digest of the Russian media, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, reported that railway troops will take part in both Zapad 2009 and Ladoga 2009. Pavel Felgenhauer writes of the Russian army’s use of railway troops in advance of the re-invasion of Georgia in August 2008, :

On May 31, Railroad troops were moved to repair the tracks south of Sokhumi to prepare the infrastructure for the invasion. On July 30, they completed their work and all was set for major combat in August, since later bad weather would impede an invasion (see EDM, June 12, July 30). The West seems to have dismissed the Russian warnings and preparations as bluff until it was too late.

In view of the Kremlin’s planned and previous military and civil defense preparations, one is inclined to pose the question: After grinding Georgia into the ground, are the Soviets preparing to re-invade and re-occupy their former satellites, especially Poland and the Baltic republics?

The Soviets Talk Peace while Modernizing Strategic Nuclear Strike Capability

Since the Russian military’s combat readiness can only be determined from open sources, it is very probable that some or much of the information cited here is either not entirely accurate or pure propaganda in line with the long-range Soviet deception. Still, the general impression that Western analysts such as your resident blogger acquire from sources like the Kremlin website, the Russian Ministry of Defense website, Novosti, Itar-Tass, Russia Today, and independent media outlets like the Moscow Times is that the Soviet “military kit” is aging, but undergoing a vigorous modernization in terms of weapons and delivery systems, wide-ranging reforms in terms of command and control, and integration with the armed forces of other states in the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

The Russian armed force’s logistical and technological failures during the Caucasian War last year were an important “wake up call” to Russia’s largely “ex”-communist political elites. “It seems the main drive of the Russian invasion was Georgia’s aspiration to join NATO, while the separatist problem was only a pretext,” opines Felgenhauer at the link above, adding: “Georgia occupies a key geopolitical position, and Moscow is afraid that if George joins NATO, Russia will be flushed out of Transcaucasia.” Thus, we see that the Soviets are still serious about confronting NATO, an organization against which President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin have directed much invective.

The Russian Defense Ministry, consequently, plans to throw 40% of this year’s US$42.5 billion budget at the navy, particularly on the development of strategic nuclear forces. “This money is mainly directed to strategic submarines. This is hundreds of billions of rubles,” Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said in an interview with Novosti. Russia is currently building a fourth-generation Graney attack submarine and three Borey-class submarines, Yury Dolgoruky, Alexander Nevsky, and Vladimir Monomakh. Russia is planning to build a total of eight submarines of this class by 2015. Ivanov continued: “Upon completion, the submarines will be deployed both with the Northern and Pacific fleets, which will require $1 billion investment to create the appropriate coastal infrastructure.”

Ivanov admitted that the Bulava SLBM will be adopted by the navy only jointly with its delivery platform, Yury Dolgoruky. The three-stage Bulava-M (SS-NX-30) carries up to 10 nuclear warheads and has a range of 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles). The Russian Navy intends to test-launch at least five Bulava missiles in 2009. Previous tests of this delivery vehicle have had mixed results.

The Russian Navy is anxious to commission the Borey and Graney classes since only eight of the country’s 12 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines are apparently combat-capable. “Out of 12 vessels, Northern Fleet’s Typhoon class Dmitry Donskoi submarine has been overhauled to test new Bulava sea-based ballistic missiles, six Delta-IV class units are being refitted with modernized version of the R-29RM (SS-N-23) missile, known as Sineva, and five Delta-III class submarines are deployed with the Pacific Fleet,” explains Mikhail Barabanov, editor-in-chief of the Moscow Defense Brief magazine. He added that two Typhoon-class submarines, Arkhangelsk and Severstal, are parked at a naval base in Severodvinsk in Arctic Russia, but they are not fitted with missiles and require further repairs. In addition, the Russian Navy maintains about 30 nuclear-powered attack subs equipped with either SS-N-19 Shipwreck long-range anti-ship cruise missiles or torpedo tubes, but only 17 of them are operational.

Negotiating America’s Capitulation to the Red World Order

The frantic pace of the neo-Soviet military build-up is taking place under the deceptive cover of a new strategic arms reduction deal to replace the START 1 treaty, which expires in December 2009. According to a report published by the US State Department in April, as of January 1 Russia had 3,909 nuclear warheads and 814 delivery vehicles, including ICBMs, SLBMs, and ALCMs. The same report said the United States had 5,576 warheads and 1,198 delivery vehicles.

A draft of the new treaty may be ready before US President Barack Obama’s first-ever visit to Moscow on July 6-8, a Russian presidential spokesentity acknowledged this past Tuesday. “We are working on it,” Natalia Timakova said. The team negotiating the US surrender to the Soviet communists is Assistant US Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, while the Russian delegation is headed by Anatoly Antonov, director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Security and Disarmament. The first session of “full-format” negotiations was held in Moscow on May 19-21. Negotiators from both camps agreed to submit a draft treaty at a US-Russian summit in Moscow in early July. The second round of talks is currently being held in Geneva.

The Kremlin media frankly concedes that the neo-Soviet leadership has no plans whatsoever for slashing its nuclear stockpile as long as Washington’s intentions for missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic remain “unclear.” Actually, there’s no ambiguity with respect to Washington’s relationship with Warsaw: interceptor missiles will be deployed in Poland by year’s end.

Incidentally, if the Soviets were more candid then the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Security and Disarmament would be better named as the Department of Soviet Security and US Disarmament.

Calling Rambo: Soviets Stirring the Pot Again in Afghanistan

In the third installment of the First Blood series of movies, actor Sylvester Stallone, portraying Vietnam War veteran Rambo, blasted his way through occupying Soviet forces in Afghanistan. Although Moscow withdrew the last of its forces in February 1989, around the same time Rambo III was released, the Kremlin is still exerting influence in its Cold War-era stomping grounds, Afghanistan, now occupied by NATO troops. Moscow plans to deliver humanitarian assistance, including flour and medicine, to Kabul by way of 50 Kamaz trucks and two Mi-8 helicopters, respectively.

“In July-August we plan to dispatch to Afghanistan 50 Kamaz trucks which will be used to deliver humanitarian aid to the country,” related Yuri Brazhnikov, who heads the international cooperation department of the Russian Ministry of Civil Defence, Emergency Situations and Disasters. The long-time chief of Russian civil defense is Sergei Shoigu, the son-in-law of Oleg Shenin, Stalinist mastermind of the potemkin anti-Gorbachevist coup of August 1991. Russia, Novosti notes, delivered 18,000 tons of flour to Afghanistan between January and April. The flour is being delivered within the context of the United Nations World Food Program. “This humanitarian operation is unprecedented in its size compared with other operations that Russia carried out in Afghanistan,” Brazhnikov boasted.

>Asia File: N. Korean ICBM arrives at Dongchang-ri launch site; Pyongyang doubles ammunition for patrol ships, holds live-fire, amphibious attack drill

>The Korea Times reports today that “An object presumed to be an ICBM was recently transported by train to the Dongchang-ri missile site, a newly-built long-range missile site located on North Korea’s western coast, according to authorities.” Last September, South Korea’s Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee admitted that North Korea had almost completed a new missile base in the North Pyeongan Province. The Korea Times opines: “Observers expect North Korea to conduct an ICBM test-firing near the middle of this month when the South Korea-U.S. summit takes place in Washington, in a bid to further ratchet up tension on the peninsula and add pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.”

Pictured above: South Korean Marines patrol a beach on the Republic of Korea’s western Yeonpyong Island, near the disputed sea border with communist North Korea, on Tuesday, June 2, 2009.

The same news source quotes Hwang Jin-ha, a retired South Korean major general and lawmaker associated with the ruling rightist Grand National Party, as saying: “As it did before, North Korea will weigh in much on political impacts before provocative acts. I believe that would be the case this time.” North Korea’s Taepodong-2 missile is believed to have a striking radius of between 4,000 and 6,700 kilometers, thus placing Alaska within its sights. However, Hwang holds the opinion that the North has not yet fully mastered the technology required to successfully launch an ICBM or miniaturize a nuclear warhead to mount on a long-range missile. On April 5 North Korea fired a rocket from the Musudan-ri site, located in the country’s northwest, which was widely perceived as a disguised test of the Taepodong-2 missile. The rocket splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 3,000 kilometers after launch.

In a related development, reports the Korea Times, “the North also banned [civilian] ships from waters off its west coast until the end of July, an apparent sign of a further provocation near the sea border.” Citing an unidentified South Korean government official, Yonhap news agency reported that “North Korea has strengthened its military training exercises near the western sea border [on the Yellow Sea]. Intelligence shows that the North has also conducted amphibious attack exercises, using high-speed landing vessels.”

When the next Korean hot war begins in earnest, be assured that Moscow and Beijing will be totally committed to a communist victory, even if that policy is not apparent or admitted in the early stages of the military campaign.

>End Times File: Moscow, Tehran coordinate naval deployments in Persian Gulf, Gulf of Aden; Muslims: Netanyahu supports Third Temple construction

>For Bible prophecy enthusiasts events in the Middle East portend key tribulation period events, including the Magog-Persian-Arab invasion of Israel, the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, and the formation of a Palestinian terrorist “statelet.” The physical translation of born-again Christians to heaven will likely take place weeks and months before this prophetic scenario unfolds.

Pictured above: Golden menorah to be used in Third Temple worship services.

Many Bible scholars rightly identify Magog as Russia or the “former” Soviet Union. Moscow’s disdain for Israel and infatuation with the Palestinians (“Philistines”) originates in the anti-Semitism that has historically plagued Russia and which was manifested in the production of the nefarious “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s contrived “Jewish Doctors’ Plot” and, following the “collapse” of communism, in the politically motivated legal attacks against the country’s high-profile Jewish oligarchs. Most recently, Russia’s opposition to Israel originates in the latter’s military support for the “former” Soviet republic of Georgia, the “Israel of the Caucasus.”

In connection with Iran’s determination to wipe Israel off the map with Moscow’s nuclear “know how,” Debkafile reports that Russia has for the first time acquired a “maritime foothold” in the Persian Gulf by way of taking on fuel and provisions at Omani and Bahraini ports previously open only to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet:

Russian warships are due to call Wednesday, May 27, at the Bahrain port of Manama, seat of the US Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf, DEBKAfile’s military sources reveal. They will be following in the wake of the Russian vessels already docked at the Omani port of Salalah, the first to avail themselves of facilities at Gulf ports.

Their arrival is fully coordinated between the Russian and Iranian naval commands. According to our sources, this is the first time a Russian flotilla will have taken on provisions and fuel at the same Gulf ports which hitherto serviced only the US Navy. Moscow has thus gained its first maritime foothold in the Persian Gulf.

The flotilla consists of four vessels from Russia’s Pacific Fleet: The submarine fighter Admiral Panteleyev is due at Manama Wednesday, escorted by the refueling-supply ship Izhorai. The supply-battleship Irkut and the rescue craft BM-37 are already docked in Salalah.

DEBKAfile opines: “[M]ilitary sources report that the Russians, like the Iranians, cover their stealthy advance into new waters by apparent movements for joining the international task force combating Somali pirates.” This is what we have been saying for several months in our reports about the Russian Navy’s participation in the United Nations-sanctioned anti-piracy flotilla near Somalia. On May 26 President Nicolas Sarkozy, during a one-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, formally inaugurated a 900-foot quay allocated to the French Navy in Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Port, a French air force installation at the Dhafra Air Base near the city, and a downtown military barracks for several hundred French soldiers. Russia will no doubt use France’s military new permanent presence in the Persian Gulf to justify its own geopolitical maneuvers.

While the Russian Navy sails unopposed into the Persian Gulf, the Iranian navy is taking up positions in the Gulf of Aden, near the entrance to the Red Sea and neo-communist Eritrea, where Tehran has reportedly deployed ballistic missiles, presumably targeted against Israel to the north.

On Monday, May 25, the Iranian naval chief, Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, announced that six Iranian warships had been dispatched to “the international waters” of the Gulf of Aden in a “historically unprecedented move… to show its ability to confront any foreign threats.” He did not bother to mention the pirates. Russian and Iranian naval movements in the two strategic seas are clearly synchronized at the highest levels in Tehran and Moscow.

Fox News confirms Iran’s naval deployment in the Gulf of Aden, quoting Jim Phillips, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Heritage Institute: “What’s very important here is the timing of this move — and this naval muscle flexing comes after Iran’s missile test earlier this week, which was saber rattling that was meant to send the same signal as this naval dispatch.” It should be pointed out, too, that Russian and Iranian naval movements in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Aden are “clearly synchronized” with Pyongyang’s saber rattling on the Korean Peninsula.

Meanwhile, Israeli Islamists have got their headdress in a twist over the rumor that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to sanction the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple, historically located on the Temple Mount but long desecrated by the Dome of the Rock shrine and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Speaking at a conference in Qatar, Sheikh Raad Salah, leader of the Northern Wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, ranted: “Netanyahu is about to build the false Temple and the Jews will only build the Temple upon the ruins of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The solution to the threat against Jerusalem is a complete mobilization of the Arab world, including the religious imams, who need to act and recruit the masses.”

According to Bible prophecy a Third Temple will stand briefly on the Temple Mount, only to be defiled by “that man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3), Israel’s coming false Messiah-King, the Gentilized Jewish leader of the revived Roman Empire. Orthodox Jews are in fact in an advanced state of readiness to ascend the Temple Mount and reinstate the bloody animal sacrifices of the Levitical worship system. Two things are stopping them: the “rapture of the church” and a certain seven-year covenant with the “many,” brokered by the “prince that shall come” (Daniel 9:26) has yet to come into effect. Yeshua Ha’Mashiach referred to this imposter in John 5:43 when He said: ” I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”

Finally, almost the entire world, as represented by the Middle East Diplomatic Quartet, is resolved to wrest territory from Israel in order to appease the Palestinian Arabs. The Global Islamic Caliphate, however, will not be satiated by territorial concessions, but only by the blood of every Jew and Christian on the planet.

>WW4 File: Russia fears Korean conflict could go nuclear, takes “precautionary security measures”; US, S. Korean WATCHCON level boosted, DEFCON stable

>Pictured here: A US Air Force AWACS aircraft taxis at Kadena AFB, on the Japanese island of Okinawa, on May 29, 2009.

On Thursday Itar-Tass quoted a Russian Foreign Ministry official as saying that his country is taking “precautionary security measures” because the Kremlin believes that international tensions over Communist North Korea’s May 25 nuclear test, the second in less than three years, “could descend into nuclear war.” Reuters picked up the Itar-Tass interview in which the anonymous source raised the spectre of atomic war and then promptly backtracked:

The need has emerged for an appropriate package of precautionary measures. We are not talking about stepping up military efforts but rather about measures in case a military conflict, perhaps with the use of nuclear weapons, flares up on the Korean Peninsula. We assume that a dangerous brinkmanship, a war of nerves, is under way, but it will not grow into a hot war. Restraint is needed.

Seoul’s full participation in the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative, which entails interdicting weapons of mass destruction on the high seas, earned Pyongyang’s wrath earlier this week, prompting its second underground nuke test and at least three missile test-launches.

Also on Thursday South Korea’s armed forces and the 28,500 US troops stationed in the Republic of Korea boosted their surveillance to the second highest level for the first time since October 2006, when the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea conducted its first nuclear test. The so-called WATCHCON system has five stages and the new heightened alert entails the deployment of more intelligence assets and enhanced reconnaissance operations “over” North Korea, presumably meaning aerial and satellite surveillance. South Korean defense spokesman Won Tae-jae insisted, however, that the five-stage combat alert level, DEFCON remains at four.

South Korean military authorities, according to the Korean Times, believe there is a high possibility that North Korea could soon provoke conflicts near the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the West Sea, or Sea of Japan, where two bloody naval battles occurred between the two Koreas in 1999 and 2002. The NLL, drawn up by the United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, has served as the de facto inter-Korean sea border. The North, however, does not recognize this boundary. The Republic of Korea’s navy has deployed a 3,500-ton KDX-I light destroyer off the country’s west coast to counter a possible attack by North Korean patrol ships.

The South Korean army has increased the number of K-9 howitzers and surface-to-air missile systems on islands near the sea border to counter potential North Korean artillery attacks. Pyongyang is reported to have hidden thousands of weapons in mountain caves and tunnels near the inter-Korean land and sea borders. The North Korean army has eight 27-kilometer-range 130 mm guns and eight other 76.2 mm artillery units with a range of 12 kilometers on islands located just north of the NLL. Pyongyang is also reported to be deploying about 100 152 mm howitzer guns with a range of 17 kilometers near the port of Haeju.

“I cannot elaborate, but we are constantly bolstering equipment,” a South Korean military official told the Korean Times, adding: “We are also devising a range of countermeasures in accordance with scenarios on North Korea’s provocative action.”

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported on Friday morning that North Korea test-fired its sixth short-range missile since the beginning of the week. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, however, denied that the situation had reached “crisis levels” and there had been “no unusual moves” by the North Korean military since Monday’s nuclear test. “I don’t think there is a need for us to reinforce our military presence in the South,” Gates soothed, adding: “Should the North Koreans do something extremely provocative militarily, then we have the forces to deal with it.”

Despite the Kremlin’s blather about “restraint,” a new Korean hot war, which would tie down a good chunk of the US military in the Western Pacific theatre, would provide the Moscow-Beijing Axis and its allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization ideal cover to launch preemptive strikes against NATO countries. Specifically, a surprise Soviet missile assault against the USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France could be followed by armoured thrusts by land into “former” Soviet Bloc states like Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, “former” Soviet republics like the Baltic countries, Ukraine, and Georgia, and neutral countries like Finland.

A “neutral, socialist” federal Europe, as predicted by KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn 25 years ago, would offer only token resistance to the Soviet re-occupation of Eastern and Central Europe. Faux rightist regimes with entangling military-commercial alliances with Moscow, such as those found among NATO’s Mediterranean members like Italy, Greece, and Turkey, would no doubt capitulate. A new Korean hot war could also be accompanied by a Red Chinese invasion of Taiwan, and a combined thrust into Thailand by communist troops from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

The above scenario could occur in the near future if circumstances suddenly became favourable to the Soviet strategists, but more likely in several years, after Russia completes its military modernization program.

>Asia File: North Korea dumps 1953 armistice, threatens to attack South over US-led Proliferation Security Initiative; detonates 2nd nuclear device

>Over the past week tensions have once again risen on the Korean Peninsula, where Crazy Kim’s communist nuthouse– otherwise known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a Stalinist regime backed by Moscow, Beijing, former US attorney general Ramsey Clark, and the lobotomized Marxists in the US-based Workers’ World Party–is once again threatening to blow up the world for some misguided cause called “proletarian revolution.”

Pictured above: South Korean soldiers look at the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone at Dora Observation Post, near the border village of Panmunjom, on May 27, 2009.

Earlier today the official media of North Korea warned that the communist regime was no longer bound by the provisions of the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Pyongyang’s pretext for saber rattling was the Republic of Korea’s participation in the US-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), which entails the interdiction of ships suspected of smuggling weapons of mass destruction. The DPRK’s role in WMD smuggling is disputed, but the Stalinist regime regularly ships missiles and parts to terrorist states like Iran, Syria, and Libya.

North Korea’s official media retaliated by stating that the leadership of the Korean Workers’ Party could no longer guarantee the safety of vessels off the peninsula’s west coast, in the Sea of Japan. It also ranted that the PSI was “tantamount” to a declaration of war. “Any tiny hostile acts against our republic, including the stopping and searching of our peaceful vessels… will face an immediate and strong military strike in response,” Pyongyang’s military representative at the border truce village of Panmunjom spluttered. For good measure he added: “Our military will no longer be bound by the armistice accord as the current US leadership… has drawn the puppets [meaning South Korea] into the PSI.” One wonders if “tiny hostile acts” includes negative comments about Kimmy’s hair-do and wardrobe.

The violent blast of rhetoric from the North Korean capital comes hard on the heels of the country’s detonation of a second nuclear device this past Monday. Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed that North Korea did in fact conduct an underground nuclear test on May 25. “According to our data, North Korea indeed conducted a nuclear test in the northeast of the country on Monday morning,” a ministry spokesentity intoned to Novosti. Pyongyang withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2003 and conducted its first nuclear test in October 2006.

“The information on North Korea’s nuclear test causes concern but before we draw any final conclusions it should be thoroughly checked,” Russian defense ministry officials said dismissively. According to Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting later that day to discuss the North Korean provocation. Churkin presently holds the council’s rotating presidency. The Russian Federation, like its predecessor state, the Soviet Union, is a permanent member of this body.

Following the nuke test, reports Novosti at the link above, Pyongyang test-fired a ground-to-air missile with a range of 80 miles (130 kilometers) from its northeastern Musudan-ri launch site. This was followed on Tuesday by the launch of two more short-range missiles into the western Pacific Ocean. North Korea has threatened for several weeks to resume work at its Yongbyon nuclear facility, which produces weapons-grade plutonium, after bailing out from the largely useless six-party talks. The move came in response to international condemnation of a failed April 5 rocket launch, which Pyongyang insisted was carrying a harmless communications satellite.

North Korea is banned from nuclear and ballistic activities under UN Security Council Resolution 1718, passed in 2006 after the North’s first nuclear test, and is already subject to various international sanctions. However, neo-Soviet officialdom is loath to pass another resolution against Pyongyang on account of its Russian-built nuclear program. “In any case it is counterproductive to raise the question of the DPRK’s international isolation. The path to dialogue should not be disrupted, and the problem can be solved only in political and diplomatic ways,” an unidentified Russian official huffed to Itar-Tass.

Like the Islamo-Nazi regime in Iran, North Korea enjoys Russia’s benevolent oversight. And so advances the Soviet tactic of creating political-military “hot spots” and “flash points” around the world to divert the attention of Western governments away from Moscow and Beijing’s own preparations for the Fourth World War.

>Latin America File: Chavez to make ninth trip to Russia, El Salvador’s new FMLN president dutifully troops to Caracas, Ecuador eyes full ALBA role

>Moscow-Caracas Axis: Maturing after 10 Years of Collaboration

Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s president and arguably the second most dangerous commie thug in the Western Hemisphere, after Raul Castro, intends to make his ninth official trip to Moscow in the second half of June. El Universal states that this is Comrade Hugo’s sixth trip, but by our reckoning Chavez has actually averaged about one trip to Russia per year since his inauguration in 1999. After conferring with his handler, KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, Chavez will sashay on over to St. Petersburg where he will attend the Russian-Venezuelan committee for cooperation and planning of joint projects.

This past Monday, strategic partners Chavez and Putin, both of whom along with Noam Chomsky are committed to the destruction of “US unipolar hegemony,” conversed by telephone and set the agenda for their upcoming meeting. According to the AFP and Itar-Tass news agencies, the two leaders discussed bilateral military-technical, energy, financial, and economic cooperation. Chavez dutifully related to Putin his May 24 encounter with Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (see below) and planned encounter with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, two Soviet allies, as well as his meeting this week with the foreign ministers of the socialist states of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), to which Moscow has expressed an interest in joining. (“Earth to shopping mall regime. Earth to shopping mall regime. Heeellooo, anyone there?”)

Venezuela and Russia held their first-ever joint naval drill in the southern Caribbean Sea last November and later this year are scheduled to hold another combined naval drill in the North Sea, as well as joint air force exercises, presumably in the skies over Venezuela. Last September, in another “post”-Cold War “first,” the Russian Air Force dispatched two supersonic Blackjack bombers to Venezuela for a week-long regimen of maneuvers, as above, over the southern Caribbean. According to the Kremlin media, Russia’s bomber pilots were acquainting themselves with combat in a tropical climate. That’s nice. No worries, mate. Nothing to see here, move along.

Caracas-San Salvador Axis: New Communist on the Bloc

During El Salvador’s March general election, the long-ruling Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) government accused Mauricio Funes, presidential candidate of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), of being in the pay of the Chavezista regime. Although such accusations were stridently denied, it should not be surprising that President-Elect Funes has already made his pilgrimage to the Red Mecca in Caracas. Funes and Chavez are pictured above at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on May 19. In much the same fashion, Paraguay’s leftist president Fernando Lugo, before his formal installation, also flew to the Venezuelan capital to confer with Chavez. Lugo is profiled below.

High on Funes’ agenda was the subsidized oil supply that Venezuela is already funneling to El Salvador via the mayor’s office in San Salvador, which is also controlled by the FMLN, and a joint venture set up by ALBA and called ALBANISA. FMLN party leader Medardo Gonzalez informed Cuba’s Prensa Latina that Venezuela will increase its current oil supply to El Salvador by 10,000 barrels per day. It is expected that El Salvador will, after many years of ARENA’s opposition to Soviet influence in the region, seek membership in the communist-dominated ALBA.

President-Elect Funes, a former correspondent for CNN’s Spanish service, has stated that FMLN cadres, many of whom are veterans of the 1980-1992 civil war, will have a “visible presence” in El Salvador’s new government and that this is “logical.” Funes’ vice president, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, was formerly the FMLN’s battlefield commander who sanctioned numerous assassinations, which means he is a hardened communist revolutionary. Journalist John Thomson, writing for the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research, asserts that Sanchez’s low profile during the election was not accidental:

Veteran local journalist Lafitte Fernandez is one of several with whom I spoke who believe the heretofore unknown role of Sanchez Ceren will be a major issue, once the story becomes widely known. “Sanchez has been practically out of sight, ever since he was nominated,” Mr. Fernandez observed. “They want the presidential candidate, Mauricio Funes, to be the FMLN face, this time, unlike previous elections when the top of the ticket was always a senior terrorist officer.”

Caracas-Quito Axis: Chavez and His “Mini Me” Correa

El Salvador is not the only Latin American leftist country seeking admission to ALBA. On May 24, while hosting Chavez in Ecuador’s national capital of Quito, recently re-elected socialist President Correa announced that his country intends to secure full membership in the organization. Thus far, the ALBA bloc of nations consists of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, and Honduras, and serves as a socialist vehicle to resist the “imperialist” designs of the Washington-led Organization of American States, Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, and the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement. Chavez and his Ecuadorean “mini me” signed five cooperation agreements on energy, mining, tourism, agriculture, and banking.

“With these agreements, Liberator Simon Bolivar’s dream of working on the construction of a large homeland comes true,” Correa enthused, referring to the nineteenth-century South American liberal revolutionary, who would have probably condemned communism, then in its infancy. The Ecuadorean president, in the presence of his Venezuelan protector, announced that state-run Petroleos de Venezuela plans to begin construction of a US$10-billion oil refinery on Ecuador’s Pacific coast by 2010.

Moscow-Managua Axis: Cold War-Era Linkages Revived Amidst New Round of Political Repression

On May 18 Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega praised Russia for its donation of 130 buses to alleviate the country’s public transit problems. “Brotherly Russia helped us, without any political or economic conditions,” Ortega gushed at a ceremony in the country’s capital, Managua. In September, Nicaragua became the only country other than Russia to recognize the independence of the separatist Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. “The Russian and Nicaraguan people are connected by the long, strong bonds of friendship, and the buses are just one more vivid confirmation of this,” intoned Russia’s consul in Nicaragua, Igor Kondrashev, who was also present at the ceremony. The buses were provided by GAZ Group, Oleg Deripaska’s financially troubled company. The Russian-built buses will be used on suburban routes connecting Managua with regional cities. Incidentally, oligarch Deripaska is buddy buddies with Russian Prime Minister Putin.

This is only the beginning of many bilateral projects planned by Managua and Moscow, as we have blogged previously. Others include replacing Nicaragua’s Soviet-era military hardware with new combat and troop transport helicopters; the rehabilitation of the Soviet-built, never-used, nuclear bomber-capable air base at Punta Huete; the dredging of a deep-water port at Monkey Point on Nicaragua’s anarchic, cocaine-drenched Caribbean coast; and the construction of geothermal energy plants, to be named “Che Guevara” and “Hugo Chavez.”

On the domestic front, Nicaragua’s liberal opposition is coalescing behind the country’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which have declared that they will resist the neo-Sandinista regime’s attempt to quash dissent. The leaders of the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center (CENIDH), Federation of Non-Governmental Organizations, and Civil Coordinating Committee released this manifesto to reporters this past Saturday. They singled out the Interior Ministry as spearheading the charge against freedom in Nicaragua, much as the Sandinista Interior Minister Tomas Borge (now Nicaragua’s ambassador to Peru), targeted anti-communists in the 1980s.

CENIDH director Bayardo Izaba noted that ever since the government of President Arnoldo (“Fatso”) Aleman (1997-2002), there have been official attempts to control the activities of NGOs. In 2001 Aleman entered into a sordid agreement with Ortega called El Pacto, the purpose of which was to lock out smaller parties from power while handing control of the levers of state exclusively to the Sandinista National Liberation Front and the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC). Beginning with Ortega’s re-inauguration as president in January 2007, the neo-Sandinista regime has turned on its former allies in the PLC in order to vanquish all opposition.

Comandante Ortega is also determined to control the pace and direction of Central American integration via his pro tempore presidency over the Central American Integration System (SICA). On Monday Nicaragua’s Vice Foreign Minister Manuel Coronel Kautz insisted that the rotating leadership of SICA should be passed to Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom instead of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, who is slated to take over in July. Unlike Arias, Colom, Guatemala’s first social democratic president in five decades, is more energetic in his leftist commitments and his pro-Cuban orientation. Arias has shunned all SICA meetings held over the past half-year, three of which convened in Managua.

“We can’t afford to put Central American integration at risk,” Coronel opined to the Nica Times. Costa Rica, the English-language news source points out, has been the least receptive Central American country to regional integration, refusing to join the Central American Court of Justice, the Central American Parliament, and the CA-4 immigration initiative. Venezuelan strongman Chavez has not hesitated to express his disdain for Arias, who spearheaded the Esquipulas Peace Agreement that ended Central America’s civil wars of the 1980s. “My experience is that these meetings are not good; the agendas are not made to address the principal problems facing Central American countries,” retorted Arias in statements published in the Costa Rican daily La Prensa Libre. Nicaragua’s neo-Sandinista regime, however, has interpreted President Arias’ stance as a personal insult against President Ortega, who has over the last six months set the SICA agenda.

It should be observed that Latin America’s Red Axis is using ALBA, SICA, the Caribbean Community, and the Union of South American Nations, as well as regional institutions like the South American Defense Council (a counterweight to NATO), the Bank of the South (a counterweight to the World Bank and the IMF), and TeleSur (a counterweight to the not-so-leftist North America media), to transform the Western Hemisphere into a regional socialist monolith under Moscow’s tutelage.

Catholic-Communist Cohabitation in Paraguay (In More Ways than One)

Meanwhile, Paraguay’s first-ever leftist president, Fernando Lugo, has admitted that he fathered a child out of wedlock. The boy is now two years old. Big deal, right? Ahem, Lugo was a Catholic cleric, under a vow of celibacy, when his relationship with a female parishoner became a little too friendly. Two other women have come forward to claim he is the father of their sons. Lugo has meekly agreed to submit to a DNA test. He calls clerical celibacy a “flawed” institution. Indeed.

In a related story, President Lugo dismissed the chiefs of Paraguay’s army, navy, and engineering corps for permitting 800 Marxist youth from across Latin America to host a three-day congress at a military facility, in early May. While Lugo refused to comment on the dismissals, opposition leaders called on the president to also sack two government ministers who allegedly sponsored the gathering, namely, Youth Minister Karina Rodriguez and National Emergency Minister Camilo Soares. Although Paraguay was perceived as a bastion of anti-communism during the Cold War, it appears that the country’s armed forces are infiltrated by communists at the highest level.

During Lugo’s stint as liberation theologian, moreover, the “Red Bishop,” as he is known, denied any affiliation with Venezuela’s red dictator Chavez. After last year’s election in Paraguay, then president-elect Lugo suddenly materialized in Caracas where he shmoozed with Comrade Hugo. “I hope the friendship between Venezuela and Paraguay may be a symbol of brotherhood and solidarity within Latin America,” gushed Lugo. For his part, Chavez urged Lugo to lead Paraguay into full membership in ALBA.

The New Washington-Havana Axis? Obama’s Overtures to KGB Asset Raul Castro

Finally, in a sign that the Obama administration intends to defrost the last vestiges of the Cold War in Latin America, the White House, reports UPI, has sent Cuban diplomats an official request to resume talks about the migration of Cuban citizens to the USA. The discussions, which were suspended in 2004 by President George W. Bush, had been held every two years, with Cuba and the USA alternating as the venue. “We intend to use the renewal of talks to reaffirm both sides’ commitment to safe, legal and orderly migration,” explained Sara Mangiaracina, a US State Department spokesentity.

In our assessment, this is a foolish policy on President Barack Hussein Obama’s part, but it reflects his subterranean socialist commitments and his pro-communist orientation. Havana’s Intelligence Directorate, as we have stated before, will no doubt use the Washington-initiated detente to infiltrate even more KGB-trained communist agents into the USA.

>WW4 File: Soviets to hold “large-scale” Zapad 2009, Ladoga 2009 maneuvers near Poland, Finland in Sept.; Kavkaz 2009 drill near Georgia in July

>On March 10 Novosti reported that Russia and Belarus, united since 1997 in the Union State, will stage a “large-scale strategic military exercise” this September and October. The drill, called Zapad 2009, will involve around 13,000 service personnel from both countries. Zapad means “west” in the Russian language. Belarusian Defense Minister Leonid Maltsev revealed that the Russian military will contribute elements of its Ground Forces, Air Force, Air Defense Forces, and reconnaissance units. He elaborated: “The drill will, among other things, rehearse interoperability within the framework of the Belarusian-Russian integrated air defense system, which the two countries agreed to establish recently.”

In Belarus the KGB still operates under its old name and the Belarusian armed forces, like their Russian counterparts, proudly display the Bolshevik red star as their emblem. Belarus’ unreformed communist dictator Alexander Lukashenko, a close ally of Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, soothed over the troubling ramifications of a Soviet military drill next to former Warsaw Pact state Poland by saying: “Belarus is pursuing a peaceful foreign policy and does not regard any state as an enemy, but military force could not be discounted as an essential security factor.” The last combined Russian-Belarusian maneuver took place last fall, during the multi-theater Stability 2008 exercise, and before that, three years ago, during Union Shield 2006. Lukashenko is pictured above at the May 9 Victory Day celebration in Minsk.

Much to the Kremlin’s displeasure, Poland is to host 100 US service personnel and a Patriot theater anti-missile defense network by year’s end. “This will be the first time U.S. soldiers are stationed on Polish soil, other than those who come under NATO control, on exercises for example . . . This will be symbolic for Poland,” Poland’s deputy defense minister Stanislaw Komorowski is quoted by Novosti as saying on Thursday. The Patriot (MIM-104) system is designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and advanced aircraft. It is in service in Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan.

On April 6 and 7 Nikolai Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, visited Minsk, where the Russian delegation conferred with Maltsev and Makarov’s Belarusian counterpart Syarhei Hurulyou. On April 21 Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov, speaking from Minsk, described the intent behind and extent of Zapad 2009:

This will be the most spectacular military event since the establishment of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Significant Russian land, naval, and air forces will be deployed. The Zapad exercises will involve nearly 13,000 military personnel, including about 7,000 Russian soldiers. These exercises are both operational and tactical, and will objectively assess the state of combat readiness of both armies. Zapad 2009 will aim to counter a possible aggression against the Union State of Russia and Belarus.

Previous Soviet military exercises designated “Zapad” occurred in 1981, when the Russians were still known as the “Soviets,” and again in 1999, after Soviet communism was supposedly defunct. Zapad 81 was the largest drill ever to be carried out by the Soviet Union, rivaled only by another that took place in 1984 and, in the “post”-Soviet era, last year’s Stability-2008 exercise. Zapad 81 began on September 4, 1981, lasted eight days, involved all branches of the Soviet Armed Forces, and introduced the RSD-20 medium-range strategic missile and the Kiev Project 1143 aircraft carrier. Zapad 81 included amphibious landings in Poland, near Gdańsk, reminding Poland’s striking shipyard workers and other dissidents that the Soviet Union could resort to military force if deemed necessary. The new Reagan Administration criticized Moscow for violating the Helsinki Final Act of Notification of Military Exercises. In response, the Kremlin broadcast propaganda tapes of the military offensives.

When “ex”-communist Boris Yeltsin was president of Russia, another large-scale military exercise, Zapad 99, was carried out in June 1999. The exercise revealed that Russia’s conventional armed forces could not repel a NATO offensive, which increased Moscow’s interest in employing tactical nuclear weapons. Zapad 99 sparked international tensions when US fighter jets intercepted Russian strategic bombers allegedly in violation of Icelandic and Norwegian airspace. That December Putin became prime minister of Russia for the first time and in March 2000 replaced Yeltsin as president.

The online Spanish edition of Novosti and Cuba’s Prensa Latina admit that Zapad-2009 and other scheduled drills are the Kremlin’s direct response to NATO’s ongoing Cooperative Longbow/Lancer 2009 exercise in the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, an aspirant to NATO membership. Referring to the “anti-Russian provocations” taking place under the watch of President Mikhail Saakashvili, Colonel-General Alexander Kolmakov, Russia’s deputy defense minister, explained: “We examined and analyzed these maneuvers carefully and we anticipate that it will result in certain corrective combat actions on our part.”

In particular, Russia’s North Caucasus Military District, which is located just to the north of Georgia, will hold, in collaboration with other military districts, the Kavkaz 2009 maneuvers this July. “These exercises,” Kolmakov continued, “will involve overcoming aquatic barriers and airborne assaults. Special attention will be given to the formation of sniper groups. This is extremely important and will help us to effectively judge our experience of antiterrorist operations in the Northern Caucasus [such as in Chechnya, Ingushetia, and Dagestan].”

It should not be forgotten that the Kremlin positioned its military to re-invade and re-occupy Georgia last August under the guise of the Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill. In contravention of last year’s European Union-brokered ceasefire, at least 15,000 Russian troops currently occupy Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Since Russia imposed a unilateral moratorium on its adherence to the Cold War-era Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty in 2007 and to this day maintains 900 tanks in the Kaliningrad Oblast, wedged between Poland and Lithuania, Western governments should view with concern any Soviet military drill in Belarus, which is to the immediate east of Poland.

Kremlinologists should also be concerned by the possibility that Russia will hold a military maneuver near the Finnish border this September, concurrently with Zapad-2009. The Spanish edition of Novosti and Prensa Latina, linked above, mention in passing an operation by the name of Ladoga 2009. Internet search engines yield no additional information on this subject, suggesting that this is brand-new, open-source data. However, we speculate that Ladoga 2009 will take place near Lake Ladoga, a freshwater lake located in the Leningrad Oblast in northwestern Russia, near Saint Petersburg.

Ladoga is the largest lake in Europe, and the 14th largest lake by area in the world. As a stipulation of the criminal 1940 Moscow “Peace” Treaty, Lake Ladoga, previously shared with Finland, became an internal basin of the Soviet Union. Finland is not a member of NATO and has been discouraged by Russia from pursuing such a course. During the 1939-1940 Winter War the plucky Finns fended off an ineptly planned Soviet invasion that mistakenly took into account little resistance.

Last year Finnish military officials accused the Russians of ripping off a patented, computer-designed boreal camouflage pattern used by their forces. At the time Finnish Defense Staff spokesman Captain Eero Karhuvaara warned: “If Russian Ministry of the Interior troops were to invade Finland, we would have big trouble.”

Moscow Holds Belarus, Lures Sri Lanka within Its Orbit with Missile, Weapons Sales

As the Shanghai Cooperation Organization considers bringing Belarus and Sri Lanka on board as “dialogue partners,” Moscow, not so coincidentally, is seeking to offload military hardware in these two small communist-controlled states. On May 19 Rosoboronexport chief Anatoly Isaikin declared that “There are no problems with the sale of Tor-M2 and Buk-M2 air defense systems to Belarus. Today, major problems at the negotiations have been resolved and the issues are being discussed from the technical viewpoint. Price guidelines are being determined.” Isaikin issued this statement at the opening of the MILEX 2009 arms exhibition in the Belarusian capital. He revealed that the issue of Belarus’ purchase of Russia’s most advanced air defense system, the S-400 Triumf (NATO designation SA-21 Growler) and Iskander-E (SS-26 Stone), was being reviewed by an intergovernmental commission but “no decision had been made.”

The S-400 is believed to be able to destroy stealth aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles. The Iskander-E, which is an export version of the Iskander-M system in service with the Russian Ground Forces, is a tactical surface-to-surface missile that can deliver high-precision strikes at ground targets from a distance of up to 280 kilometers (170 miles).

Last November and again this past February Moscow and Minsk signed agreements to implement an integrated regional air defense system. The network will consist of five air force units, 10 anti-aircraft units, five technical service and support units, and one electronic warfare unit. The system will be placed under the command of a Russian or Belarusian Air Force or Air Defense Force senior commander. These developments, as noted above, are taking place within the political framework of the Union State of Russia and Belarus. Pavel Borodin, who is state secretary of the Union State, underscored the fact that the new integrated air defense system is “vital” in countering NATO’s ongoing eastward expansion: “Military speaking, it is virtually a shield against NATO.”

Soviets Relish Victory in the Indian Ocean: Sri Lankan Government Endorses Power-Sharing Arrangement with “Defeated” Marxist Tamil Tigers

According to Novosti, Sri Lanka has ordered a number of military helicopters and other weapons from Russia, the country’s defense secretary revealed in an exclusive interview with the Kremlin propaganda outlet. “I have managed to reach an agreement with Russia on a loan to purchase military equipment, primarily helicopters for the air force, and other weaponry,” Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa explained, adding: “The helicopters had been already ordered.” Rajapaksa did not specify the dollar amount of the deal or the number of helicopters. He did admit, however, that they were needed to transport military personnel:

We will need them in the future. We are already using [Soviet/Russian-made] Mi-17 and Mi-24 helicopters, and we need more. Sri Lanka is willing to develop stronger military ties with Russia. We would like to bring our relations to the level where we could share [combat] experience.

In addition, the Sri Lankan government may secure Russia’s help in clearing mines in the northern part of the country, where Colombo has waged war against the separatist Tamil Tigers since 1976. The pending shipment of Russian military hardware to Sri Lanka, interestingly, occurs as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have conceded defeat in the wake of a major government offensive against rebel positions. On May 20 the Kremlin, no doubt to grease the weapons sale, issued a congratulatory statement to Colombo: “The government of Russia has extended warmest congratulations to the president and the government of Sri Lanka on the success achieved by the island nation in defeating LTTE terrorism.”

However, the reported death of rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has not been confirmed by military officials and the threat of renewed guerrilla warfare remains. The Tamil Tigers once controlled a “shadow state” complete with courts, police, and a tax system across 5,400 square miles, or nearly one-fifth of this Indian Ocean island state. This past Sunday, though, government troops surrounded the remaining rebels in a 0.4-square-mile patch of land and were fighting off suicide bombers. More than 80,000 people have died in the conflict since 1983. The United Nations states that over 6,000 civilians have died in fighting since January 2009.

Rebel official Selvarasa Pathmanathan emailed a statement to the Associated Press, saying:

This battle has reached its bitter end. It is our people who are dying now from bombs, shells, illness and hunger. We cannot permit any more harm to befall them. We remain with one last choice — to remove the last weak excuse of the enemy for killing our people. We have decided to silence our guns.

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara denied that the rebels had laid down their weapons: “Fighting is still going on in small pockets.” Sri Lankan Media Minister Anura Yapa dismissed Pathmanathan’s appeal: “We want to free this country from the terrorist LTTE.”

At one time the LTTE also maintained a conventional army, fielded artillery batteries, operated a large navy, and even boasted a nascent air force, funded by an estimated US$200 to $300 million per year accrued from smuggling, fraud, and appeals to Tamil expatriates. The Tamil Tigers carried out hundreds of suicide attacks, including the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and were listed as a terror group by the USA and European Union.

That the Soviet strategists would commend Colombo for decimating a Marxist insurgency, as noted above, may seem confusing, but is possibly understandable in view of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s offer to the rebels “to begin talks toward power sharing and political reconciliation.” Rajapaksa is a socialist who leads a center-left coalition containing communist members. The Wall Street Journal opines: “The war quickly became more about Prabhakaran’s determination to form an independent Tamil state under the exclusive control of his Marxist Tigers than about those Tamil grievances. The Tigers killed many moderate Tamil politicians who would have been willing to cooperate politically with Colombo.”

New Indian Government Dumps Communists but Maintains Strategic Partnership with Moscow

Meanwhile, north of Palk Strait, the social democratic Indian National Congress scored a resounding victory in that country’s five-week parliamentary election. On May 22, under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the INC will organize a second government with a stronger mandate that will not require the backing of India’s parliamentary communist parties. With more than 700 million eligible voters, India is the largest multiparty democracy in the world. The 76-year-old Singh is the first Indian head of government to win re-election after serving a five-year term since Indira Gandhi in 1971. Born into a Sikh family, Singh studied economics at Oxford University. As finance minister in the INC government of Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao from 1991 to 1996, Singh abandoned Soviet-style state planning and introduced free-market policies that have quadrupled the size of India’s economy. Sonia Gandhi, Italian-born widow of Rajiv, mentioned above, is the dynastic head of the ruling party.

Strategic partners Russia and India are cooperating in the development of the BrahMos missile and a fifth-generation T-50 PAK-FA multi-role fighter. The latter, which is viewed as a competitor to the US Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, was jointly designed and developed by the Sukhoi design bureau, which is part of the Kremlin’s United Aircraft Corporation, along with India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., under an intergovernmental agreement signed in October 2007. Russia and India have also conducted joint military exercises, the last being this past January’s Indra-2009, which saw the arrival of Russia’s Peter the Great missile cruiser in the Indian Ocean.

>Final Phase Backgrounder: Russia’s putative ruler meets Communist Party boss Zyuganov; Medvedev: “We are in touch with each other on a regular basis”

>– Lenin’s “World Soviet Republic,” Gorbachev’s “Common European Home” Alive and Well: Medvedev Re-Floats Proposal for Merger of EU/NATO and CIS/CSTO

Pictured above: Russian Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov (center) pays his respects to party founder Vladimir Lenin at his mausoleum on Red Square in Moscow on April 22, 2009, the 138th anniversary of Lenin’s birth. Party vice chairman Ivan Melnikov is standing on Zyuganov’s right. A professor at Moscow State University, Melnikov is also chairman of the Russian State Duma’s Education Committee, which means an open communist is guiding the education of Russia’s youth.

That the putative rulers of Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, are in reality merely frontmen for the continuing Communist Party of the Soviet Union, otherwise known as the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, was made evident yet again when Medvedev consulted with CPRF Chairman Gennady Zyuganov at Medvedev’s Barvikha residence outside Moscow, on May 12.

The text of Medvedev’s speech to the CPRF delegation is posted at the Kremlin website. Noteworthy comments that reveal a unity of ideology and purpose between Russia’s potemkin politicians and the secretly governing Communist Party apparatus are boldfaced below. Most revealing is Medvedev’s admission: “I have consulted from time to time with Mr. Zyuganov on this subject and we are in touch with each other on a regular basis.” Kremlin-friendly journalists were initially present at the meeting but then Medvedev announced their departure with the obvious intent of pursuing a “closed door” strategy session: “We will spend some time with the media so that they know what we’re talking about, what we’re discussing, and then we’ll send them away.”

The full text of the May 12 Medvedev-Zyuganov encounter follows:

We continue the tradition of meeting with our major parties represented in the parliament. Today I am meeting with members of the Communist Party.

The agenda is wide open, as Mr. Zyuganov agreed when we spoke. So I don’t have anything earth shattering to announce. First and foremost I would of course like to thank our colleagues in the Communist Party for their active involvement in the foreign policy area. The Communist Party is the opposition party and it is very critical concerning many aspects of modern life: both its political aspects and the performance of public institutions.

Nevertheless in my opinion it is very important that we coordinate our efforts to further the foreign policy interests of our country and ensure its security. This is done in a range of areas. Here we have had almost no disagreements in formulating a coherent and unified position for the benefit of our nation.

I have consulted from time to time with Mr Zyuganov on this subject and we are in touch with each other on a regular basis. I am in touch with other colleagues as well. So in my opinion this is an extremely important aspect of our cooperation.

Concerning other issues, of course there are subjects on which we don’t see eye to eye. In particular, there is the question of how to deal with the current [financial] crisis. The Communist Party has its own view of the situation. No doubt that is a good thing, because if we all saw things the same way then the results of our respective efforts would be the same.

It is to be expected that there are points of view that differ from those of the President and the Government Cabinet concerning how our economic life should develop, how to get out of this crisis. Especially since some of your suggestions concerning war veterans, or how certain social issues might be addressed, are in so many ways similar to my own feelings, I am naturally ready to discuss your proposals on these issues, because only by engaging in such discussions can we come up with reasonable solutions. We have done this sort of thing before, and I would like to see it continue.

There are a number of policy initiatives, a number of policy decisions that also have to go through the crucible of the State Duma. The various parliamentary parties and factions have different views on these, including the Communist Party; however, I would also like to thank you for your participation in the critical discussion of these initiatives. In my view this has ultimately helped the Duma to come up with measures that are more precise, more sound, and more interesting.

By the way, I would like to inform you that today I will be signing the law On Guaranteeing Equal Coverage of the Activities of Parliamentary Parties on State Television and Radio Channels. The State Duma worked on this and I know that the Communist Party had its own position on it as well. Nevertheless, I believe that this law will be an important guarantee of the presence of opposition forces and parties in the electronic media. This is an important area in which we have been working.

Actually, that is probably all I want to say to launch our conversation. Now of course the floor is yours, Mr Zyuganov. As the leader you go first. We will spend some time with the media so that they know what we’re talking about, what we’re discussing, and then we’ll send them away.

From this unimpeachable source, it is therefore evident that a line of control extends from the “non-ruling” Communist Party of the Russian Federation/Soviet Union to the country’s “ex”-communist government leaders. News like this provides the hard facts that validate KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn’s 25-year-old prediction that the collapse of Soviet communism was a long-range deception designed to disarm the West, morally and militarily, prior to conquest, either by convergence or nuclear blackmail.

Although the Russian head of state addressed his communist guests as “dear colleagues,” it should be remembered that Medvedev is a Soviet Komsomol graduate and lackey of KGB-communist dictator Putin. When Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega visited Moscow last December, for the first time since the Cold War, Medvedev and Ortega referred to the other as “comrade.” When Medvedev and US President Barack Hussein Obama (a possible Soviet mole) rubbed elbows for the first time at the G20 summit in London last month, the former referred to the latter as “my new comrade.”

Pictured here: Brainwashing Russian youth with communism: CPRF Chairman Zyuganov recognizes accomplishments of party’s Young Pioneers.

Beyond Medvedev’s introductory speech, in which he refers to the Communist Party’s participation in the formation of foreign policy and national security stances, we can only speculate on the specific topics broached at his meeting with Zyuganov.

Perhaps Medvedev and Zyuganov discussed Putin’s concurrent visit to Tokyo, where the government of Prime Minister Taro Aso is urging a settlement over the Kuril Islands dispute. Technically, Russia and Japan have been in a state of war since 1945, when Soviet troops seized and occupied the four southern Kuril Islands. “This peace treaty can only be done in a way that will meet the national interests of the Russian Federation,” Putin, without mincing words, told reporters, adding: “The content of a peace treaty will be a focus of future bilateral negotiations.”

Putin revealed on Tuesday, when he began his state visit to Japan, that Medvedev will discuss territorial issues and a formal peace treaty with Aso at the upcoming G8 summit in Italy. It should be pointed out that Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s center-right prime minister, is a close friend of Putin and a staunch advocate of Russia’s merger with the European Union (or, more accurately, the EU’s absorption into the 21st-century Communist Bloc). By forcing a peace treaty on Japan “that will meet the national interests of the Russian Federation,” the Soviet strategists can proceed to woo Tokyo away from its well-established military alliance with Washington.

Perhaps the Russian president and the Communist Party chairman also discussed the Russian Security Council’s new “Arctic zone” policy, which Medvedev signed off on that very day. The new Kremlin policy document, which is effective until 2020, identifies Russia’s Arctic region as “a national strategic resource base capable of fulfilling the socio-economic tasks associated with national growth.” It also refers to the deployment of armed forces in the Arctic that are “capable of ensuring security under various military and political circumstances.” The secretary of the Russian Security Council is former Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) boss Nikolai Patrushev.

In a previous post we reported on Russia’s proposal to organize a new Arctic Group of Forces to counter the influence of other polar states, namely, the USA (Alaska), Canada, Norway, and Denmark (Greenland). The Russian Navy has already been deployed to the seas around Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, where the Soviets maintain a mining settlement to this day. After meeting last week with her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Clinton admitted that control over and exploitation of the Arctic seabed is one of the areas on the expanding US-Russian agenda. “We think it is in our interest to cooperate and it is in the interest of the world that the United States and Russia do so,” Clinton stated.

Perhaps, too, Medvedev and Zyuganov discussed the manufactured conflict between Russia and Georgia, a conflict that is providing Moscow with a pretext to attack the West over the issue of “NATO expansionism” in the “former” Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. On Monday Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili–a US-educated lawyer who began his political career under the tutelage of “former” Georgian Communist Party boss Eduard Shevardnadze–met opposition leaders with the intent of finding a compromise to end anti-government protests that began on April 9.

The meeting took place in the Interior Ministry building, behind closed doors. After the meeting, Salome Zurabishvili, leader of the Path of Georgia party, informed reporters: “During the so-called negotiations, Saakashvili alleged that I was a GRU [Russian military intelligence] agent, that Nino Burdzhanadze [former parliament speaker, who now heads Democratic Movement-United Georgia] was receiving money from Russia.” Zurabishvili related that she challenged Saakashvili to produce any facts to substantiate his allegations. She then threatened to continue the protests outside the state television station until the president resigns.

Perhaps the Russian president and the Communist Party chairman, furthermore, discussed Moscow’s proposed European security treaty that would unite the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union (EU), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in one framework. “A new document should be drafted to ensure security in Europe and it should not be aimed against NATO,” Medvedev explained to Rossiya TV channel, in an interview to be aired on Saturday, May 16. Alluding to the Cold War as “hard history lessons of the 20th century,” he continued:

The existing set of European security institutions was created in the 1970s and has become obsolete. Unfortunately, security in Europe is not improving… NATO is becoming larger, while security is being split into fragments. We cannot accept this approach [NATO expansion], and we will react to it.

An efficient mechanism of European security should involve all supranational organizations on the continent, such as NATO, the European Union, the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

We are simply striving for a new level of security for our country, for our people, considering the hard history lessons of the 20th century.

Medvedev first floated the idea of a new European security treaty in Berlin last June. The merger of EU/NATO and CIS/CSTO into one gargantuan political-military structure, of course, is the fulfillment of Vladimir Lenin’s dream of a worldwide federation of communist states. Medvedev, Putin, Zyuganov, Mikhail Gorbachev—who promoted the concept of a “Common European Home” from the Atlantic to the Urals and whom Medvedev lauded on the occasion of the roving statesman’s last birthday—are faithfully carrying out the objectives of the Soviet Union’s founder. Behind them all lurks Oleg (“Man in the Shadows”) Shenin, former first secretary of the “old” CPSU Central Committee and ringleader of the potemkin anti-Gorbachevist coup of 1991.

Lastly, perhaps Medvedev and Zyuganov discussed the next summit of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) states, to take place in Yekaterinburg from June 15 to16. The SCO represents another stepping stone—along with the EU, CIS, CSTO, the United Nations, and other regional supranational bodies like the African Union and the Union of South American Nations—along Lenin’s path toward world government or, to use a term favored by the communist-friendly Council on Foreign Relations, “global governance.”

On Friday the Russian president, still entertaining “guests” at his Barvikha residence, received the SCO foreign ministers to hammer out the agenda for the June shindig. “As far as I understand, today you have finally put in the full form the documents that will be considered in Yekaterinburg,” he said, adding: “It can be said that the preparation for the summit has gained its full form. Foreign and defense ministers always meet before meetings of leaders.” Issues that will be considered at the SCO leaders’ summit will be the organization’s development and the consolidation of its authority over member states. SCO interior ministers and heads of security councils and counter-narcotics departments will also converge before the summit.

The pending mini-summit of counter-narcotics chiefs from the “former” Soviet republics should be analyzed in the light of the Communist Bloc’s five-decade-old narco-subversion plot against the West. These men will pretend to aid the “war on drugs” when, in fact, they are facilitating the “drugging of America and the West,” to quote the subtitle of Joseph Douglass’ 1990 book Red Cocaine.

After meeting at Barvikha, Foreign Minister Lavrov revealed that the SCO foreign ministers agreed to grant the status of dialogue partner to Belarus and Sri Lanka. “Many countries have shown the striving to interact with the SCO, so we’ve worked out a special status of partner in the dialogue with the SCO. Today, we’ve agreed to recommend to the heads of states, who will gather in Yekaterinburg on June 15-16, to grant such a status to Belarus and Sri Lanka.” Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is an unreformed communist who pines for the good ol’ days of Soviet glory, while war-wracked Sri Lanka labors under a center-left-communist government, the United People’s Freedom Alliance.

>Latin America File: USA grants asylum to Nicaraguan reporter; Chavez threatens to shut down opposition-run TV channel, troops seize oil service firms

>At the blog of the University of Texas at Austin’s Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, Dean Graber, citing Nicaragua’s La Prensa newspaper, reports that the USA has granted asylum to journalist Georgina Lupiac, the first decision of its type since the return to power of communist Daniel Ortega in January 2007. US immigration lawyer Alfonso Oviedo, who is also president of the Nicaraguan American Fraternity, declared that the ruling was a victory because Lupiac successfully demonstrated that she was a victim of persecution and that her personal safety was endangered by pro-government forces.

Speaking to La Prensa’s Miami correspondent, Judith Flores, Lupiac asserted that supporters of Managua’s neo-Sandinista regime “are totalitarian and don’t accept when their errors are pointed out.” In November 2008 Lupiac, Flores, and members of the Nicaraguan Civic Task Force were threatened outside the Nicaraguan consulate in Miami by a group of Ortegistas, or sympathizers of the Sandinista National Liberation Front. According to the Miami newspaper La Estrella de Nicaragua (The Star of Nicaragua), consulate employees were the culprits. One of the “protesters” threatened Lupiac over a megaphone: “Georgina Lupiac, remember that your children are in Nicaragua under the control of the Sandinista Front.” According to La Estrella, Ortegistas in Nicaragua not only threatened to kill Lupiac but also torched her house, prompting her to seek political refuge in the USA.

In a related story the Costa Rican media, citing Miskito Indian Chief Steadman Fagoth, contends that the US government is conspiring with Nicaragua’s opposition parties to foment indigenous separatism in the country’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region. On a recent visit to Puerto Cabezas Fagoth allegedly witnessed US Department of State officials and US ambassador to Nicaragua Robert Callahan holding talks with leaders of the Liberal Constitutionalist Party and Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance. The putative subject under discussion was the destabilization of the neo-Sandinista regime.

This is not the first time that Ortega has raised the specter of “US meddling” in his country’s internal affairs. Ideological comrade Hugo Chavez rants about the same thing as he consolidates yet another red regime in America’s backyard. On May 14 the Kremlin media reported that the Chavezista regime plans to nationalize a major private bank, Banco de Venezuela, a subsidiary of Spanish banking group Santander. President Chavez unveiled the scheme in July 2008. Banco de Venezuela is one of the country’s four largest banking institutions, with assets estimated at US$1.2-1.9 billion. Last year’s post-summer slump in global oil prices, which dented the coffers of Chavez and his communist cronies, put the deal on hold.

Venezuela’s finance minister is scheduled to meet with bank representatives to finalize the deal by May 22. Chavez crowed: “This financial institution will be transferred to public ownership for all Venezuelans to strengthen the Venezuelan nation and stimulate economic development.” The bank’s takeover price has not been disclosed. In 1996 Santander acquired Banco de Venezuela for US$351.5 million through a public tender.

Since 1999 the Chavezista regime, which as we have copiously documented is closely aligned with Moscow, Beijing, and Havana, has embarked on a nationalization campaign, targeting large domestic companies in strategic economic sectors, including steel, cement, petroleum, and telecommunications, as well as seizing 2.3 million hectares of agricultural land.

In order to neutralize criticism of Venezuela’s submission to communism, Nicolas Maduro, president of Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), has launched a salvo of accusations against the country’s last opposition-run television station. According to The Telegraph, Maduro accused 24-hour news channel Globovision of “media terrorism,” labeled the station and its director, Alberto Ravell, as “violators of the constitution and of the rights of Venezuelans,” as well as being “anti-democratic, failed and fascist.” The last comment about “fascism” is standard communist rhetoric. Pictured above, Ravell denies all allegations and retorted that the criminal probe into Globovision was “laughable intimidation.” Following the verbal assault on Globovision, Maria Corina Machado, director of an anti-Chavez organization called Sumate, predicted: “This is a mechanism to silence voices that have great credibility within and outside the country.”

In 2007 Chavez and his revolutionary buddies refused to renew the radio broadcast license of another opposition-run media network, RCTV, provoking outrage from journalists around the world. The fact that many of those very journalists are leftists, although not necessarily reds, exposes the truly dangerous character of Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution.” RCTV continues to transmit TV programming via satellite and cable.

Last week, reports the Financial Times, Chavez sent troops to seize the operations of 60 foreign-owned oil service companies, in a bid to counter the adverse effects of the slide in crude futures. “We have started to nationalize all these activities connected to oil exploitation,” Comrade Chavez was quoted by The Telegraph as saying, adding: “This is a revolutionary offensive.” Under a new law passed by the National Assembly, which is dominated by the PSUV, the Communist Party of Venezuela, and allied leftist groupings, “all funding will pass through a central account managed by the government.”

Meanwhile, the same link reports, Chavez’s leading political rival, Manuel Rosales, who challenged him for the presidency in 2006 and was then charged with corruption, has fled to Peru where he received asylum. Rosales’ presence in Peru will no doubt sour relations between Caracas and Lima. Peru’s pro-USA president Alan Garcia is a social democrat like his “guest” Rosales, but faces a resurgent Sendoro Luminoso guerrilla insurgency. The Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path possesses subterranean links to Latin America’s many-tentacled Red Axis, embodied in the highly subversive but little-known Bolivarian Continental Coordination and the somewhat more well-known Sao Paulo Forum. In reality, most denizens of the shopping mall regime have probably heard of neither organization.

In view of US President Barack Hussein Obama’s friendly handshaking session with Chavez at the Summit of the Americas, we fully expect Washington to turn a blind eye to Latin America’s “Red Spread” and the Soviets’ revitalized interest in the region. The governments of Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Panama–the voters of which recently and wisely rejected the Chavez-backed presidential candidate–are the only ones south of the Rio Grande River that may be described as having a “non-adversarial” relationship with the USA. However, Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s comments at Port of Spain, in which he denounced the US embargo against Cuba, and Colombia’s interest in purchasing Russian military hardware would appear to diminish the number of truly “US-friendly” regimes in the region still further. For all of its media image blunders in Iraq and Afghanistan, at least the Bush Administration took a dim view of the communist dictatorships in Havana and Caracas.

>USSR2 File: Soviet leadership flaunts missile power in Victory Day parade, warns of resurgent "fascism" in thinly veiled, verbal attack against NATO

>Today, for the second year in a row after an 18-year hiatus, tanks and missiles rumbled across Red Square during Russia’s Victory Day celebration. On this day Russians commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany at the hands of the Allied Powers, then including the Soviet Union. The AFP news agency reports that:

Thousands of soldiers marched past [President Dmitry] Medvedev and [Prime Minister Vladimir] Putin, before dozens of heavy tanks, including the main T-90 battle tank and the Sprut self-propelled anti-tank gun, thundered through Red Square to the sound of martial music. There was a rare public showing for some of Russia’s best known missile systems, including the S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft missiles, the short range Iskander-M and the medium-range Buk.

The road-mobile Topol ICBM is pictured above. The USA has no equivalent launch platform. On April 28 Russia Today quoted Ruslan Pukhov of Moscow’s Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies as saying: “Russia and China are the only ones who can take the challenge of the U.S. in the military field; others are unable to do it technically.”

Rather than survey the military parade from the top of Lenin’s Mausoleum, as Soviet leaders did in time past, Medvedev and Putin watched the troops from a podium.

“We are sure that any aggression against our citizens will be given a worthy reply,” Medvedev, flanked by his mentor Putin, addressed Muscovites. Betraying his training in the Soviet Komsomol and taking a swipe at NATO “expansionism” in Georgia and elsewhere in the “post”-Soviet sphere, he added: “The victory over fascism is a great example and a great lesson for all peoples and is still current today when people are again starting military adventures. Protecting the motherland is our holy duty, it is a moral foundation for all generations. The future of Russia will be peaceful, happy and successful.”

During the parade, Russia’s defense minister, Anatoly Serdyukov, brimmed with neo-Soviet patriotism. “Greetings comrades!” he barked at the assembled soldiers, standing in an open-top ZiL limousine, “I congratulate you on the 64th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.” “Hurrah!” the soldiers returned. Hurrah, indeed. Although Lenin’s ghoulish crypt was largely obscured by festive decorations, it is apparent that the founder of the Soviet Union still lives in the hearts of “new/old” Russia’s ruling cabal.

>Latin America File: Nicaragua to buy Russian planes, choppers to upgrade Soviet-era fleet, Sandinista-controlled army denies "irregular forces" claim

>Since his re-installation as president in January 2007, Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega has reverted to his “old ways,” by reconsolidating Soviet-era political-military-economic linkages with Russia, aggressively moving against the country’s political opposition, cozying up to the region’s other communist and leftist states like Cuba and Venezuela, and harboring fugitives from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and exiled political figures, like Thailand’s left-populist former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Pictured above: Ortega speaks with fellow leftist US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on April 19, 2009. US President Barack Hussein Obama, whose attention above is drawn elsewhere, met with Central American leaders on the summit sidelines.

Yesterday, Novosti published the specific military hardware that Managua intends to buy from Moscow. “We are holding talks with Russia on the purchase of 4 to 8 helicopters and two aircraft for Nicaragua’s Armed Forces,” revealed General Omar Halleslevens, chief of the Nicaraguan National Army (NNA) and a veteran Sandinista. Halleslevens did not identify the type of the aircraft, but smoothed over the planned transaction by saying: “They will be used in the fight against drug-trafficking in the country and will not undermine the military balance in Central America.” This is a disengenuous statement since Managua appears to be purposely overlooking the state of anarchy that prevails in the Caribbean port of Bluefields, an important transit point for northbound FARC cocaine.

According to open sources, the Nicaraguan air force still operates several Soviet-made M-8 Hip military transport helicopters, at least five Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters, which were used to pulverize Contra positions during the 1980s civil war, and two An-26 Curl military transport planes. Last November, in a post-Cold War “first,” a Russian missile destroyer briefly weighed anchor at Bluefields, to discharge “humanitarian assistance” to the hurricane-wracked country. The political opposition in Managua reacted vehemently to the presence of the Russian Navy near its shores, going so far as to demand that the Nicaraguan armed forces repel the “invaders.”

Undaunted, the next month President Ortega made his first post-Cold War pilgrimage to Moscow since 1985, or 1987, depending on which source is consulted. Last month we also reported that the Nicaraguan military recently dispatched a small contingent of cadets to Russia for military, academic, and languge training.

Meanwhile, the NNA is denying “the existence of armed groups organized for political ends” (death squads?) operating in northern Nicaragua, near or along the Honduran border. General Adolfo Zepeda, head of the NNA public relations department, refuted claims to this effect by Episcopal Conference Vice President Bishop Abelardo Mata. This was the second time that Mata issued such claims about “irregular forces,” only to be “shot down,” so to speak, by the military’s PR man. In 2005, two years prior to Ortega’s re-admission to the executive office, Honduran officials charged that FARC was carrying out sales of drugs for weapons in Nicaragua. At the time Edwin Cordero, director of the Nicaraguan National Police, denied the claims.

Last November we published a report from the Nicaraguan media that Russian special forces are lurking about the country’s sparsely settled northeast sector. The country’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region is the location of a thus far non-violent secessionist movement by Moskito Indians.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: State Duma deputy proposes joint Russian-Cuban- Venezuelan drill in Caribbean, Bear bombers carry out routine patrol

>On Thursday, reports Novosti, two Tu-95 Bear bombers carried out a 15-hour mission over the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. “The crews practiced instrumental flight maneuvers and conducted a series of other drills,” Lieutenant Colonel Vladimir Drik, a familiar spokesentity for the Russian Air Force, told the Kremlin media. During the patrol the bombers refueled from Il-78 Midas aerial tankers.

The Russian aircraft, grumbled Drik, were “shadowed” by NATO F-16 and Tornado fighters. As usual, he hastened to add: “All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating the borders of other states.” The Soviets formally resumed strategic bomber flights over the world’s oceans in August 2007, following an order signed by then President, now Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.

Pictured above: The opening scene from the iconic, Cold War-era movie Red Dawn (1984): Soviet and Cuban paratroopers pay a not-so-friendly visit to Calumet, Colorado.

The Communist Bloc has a full schedule of military exercises lined up for the remainder of this year and into the next. In fact, the tempo of so-called “anti-terrorism” drills appears to be picking up as Russia rattles its sabers against the “expansionist” practices of NATO, especially in Georgia. Last month, Russia, China, and the other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization completed their third combined war game in Tajikistan, Norak Antiterror 2009. This summer the Moscow-Beijing Axis will carry out Peace Mission 2009 in northeast China and next year Peace Mission 2010 in Kazakhstan. The first two “Peace Mission” maneuvers took place in Russia and China in 2005 and 2007.

These joint drills reflect the growing relationship of open, anti-Western coordination between the two communist superpowers since 2001, when Moscow and Beijing, per KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn’s prediction, signed their treaty of friendship. During the second half of 2009, as reported in our last post, the People’s Liberation Army will also hold its own large-scale exercise across four military districts, involving 50,000 troops, airborne assault operations, and special forces missions.

The Kremlin media reports today that the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which binds seven Not-So-Former Soviet republics into a military alliance, will hold joint rapid reaction exercises in Kazakhstan in August and September. The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In early February the alliance decided to organize a rapid reaction force. Russia’s first deputy foreign minister Andrei Denisov announced today that the CSTO’s new military formation was a topic of discussion at an ongoing meeting of CSTO deputy foreign, defense, and economics ministers at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

At the time of its announcement, Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev boasted that the rapid reaction force “will be just as good as comparable NATO forces, will be used to repulse military aggression, conduct anti-terrorist operations, fight transnational crime and drug trafficking, and neutralize the effects of natural disasters.” No doubt in an effort to preempt possible dissent in the Soviet hinterland, “Moscow stressed that the collective forces will not interfere in the domestic conflicts of the bloc’s member countries.”

We have for several months contended that the Soviets are patiently and incrementally assembling a “Red Dawn” military coalition in Latin America, presumably with the intention of attacking the USA on the pretext that the North Atlantic Alliance is meddling in their old stomping grounds, like Georgia, Ukraine, and the Baltic states. The latest rantings from one of Russia’s potemkin politicians prove our point yet again.

This week a Russian State Duma deputy, Sergei Abeltsev from Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s KGB-founded Liberal Democratic Party, proposed responding to the NATO military exercises in Georgia by inviting Cuba and Venezuela to take part in “large-scale” drills in the Caribbean Sea on July 2. The Cooperative Longbow/Lancer 2009 command-and-staff exercise, which Moscow vehemently opposes even as its troops occupy Georgia’s separatist regimes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, began on Wednesday and will end on June 1. More than 1,300 troops from 19 NATO member and ally states were originally slated to participate. However, the “former” Yugoslav republic of Serbia and five “former” Soviet republics— Armenia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Moldova—withdrew before the exercises commenced.

For their part, Russia and Venezuela held their first combined naval drill in the Caribbean in early December, following a week-long visit in September of two Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to the South American country.

“So that our U.S. partners do not question our peaceful intentions, I propose holding the exercises under the codename of ‘Reset-2009,’” Abeltsev mocked. The Obama Administration recently articulated its intention to “reset” relations with Moscow. Abeltsev continued his rant: “The decision to hold the drills in Georgia during [Russia’s] WWII Victory Day celebrations is a total revision of the history of the Great Patriotic War. It is a direct insult to Moscow that borders on a malicious humiliation.” Abeltsev’s selection of July 2 as the date for the proposed Russian-Cuban-Venezuelan maneuver is obviously intended as a stab at America’s Fourth of July celebrations. In light of this report, one must ask if Abeltsev is speaking off the cuff or is he releasing a trial balloon that reflects the Soviet strategists’ true intentions for destroying America by conquest or convergence?

Incidentally, after the assassination of FSB defector Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006, Abeltsev, Zhirinovsky’s former bodyguard, rumbled: “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.”

The Victory Day celebrations to which Abeltsev refers will take place in Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 and commemorate the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Allied Powers, which then included the Soviet Union. “Last year the S-300 air defense systems took part in the parade for the first time ever, and this year we will show the S-400,” Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov disclosed in today’s issue of Rossiiskaya Gazeta. Last year, for the first time since 1990, the Victory Day parade included the presence of tanks and missile launchers.

The S-400 Triumf (NATO designation SA-21 Growler) is expected to form the new backbone of Russia’s theater air and missile defenses until at least 2020. Two missile regiments equipped with the S-400 system have already been deployed to guard the airspace around Moscow and industrial zones in the heartland of European Russia. Saturday’s Victory Day parade will feature over 9,000 servicemen, 112 military vehicles, and 70 aircraft.

Meanwhile, the controversial NATO drill mentioned above kicked off yesterday in the midst of violent protests against President Mikhail Saakashvili, protests that led to the injury of 23 oppositionists at a police compound last night, and in the wake of Tuesday’s reported mutiny at a tank base. NATO, according to the Kremlin media, has “dismissed Russia’s concerns” about the drills, insisting that “they were not aimed against Russia.” Instead, Cooperative Longbow/ Lancer is designed to “improve interoperability and will not involve any light or heavy weaponry.” In a Russian radio interview yesterday, NATO spokesman James Appathurai protested: “The exercise had been planned before the Georgia war, and is not a show of support for Georgia.”

“The opposition, which has demanded Saakashvili step down over the war with Russia and his backsliding on democracy,” propagandizes Novosti, “said on Tuesday the coup reports were a ‘theatrical show’ staged by the president, and ‘virtual reality.’” Among the oppositionsts reported injured on Wednesday night are Levan Gachechiladze; Giya Maisashvili, Party of the Future leader; and Shalva Ogbaidze, from Democratic Movement-United Georgia. “We are fighting for democracy, and we will not disperse until we see President Mikheil Saakashvili resign,” declared Nino Burdzhanadze, the ex-parliamentary speaker who heads Democratic Movement- United Georgia.

In spite of the political turmoil and international intrigue in the Caucasus country, Saakashvili apparently has no plans to cancel his visit to the European Union’s Eastern Partnership summit in Prague on Thursday. “The president’s trip to Prague has not been cancelled. He will go as scheduled,” a presidential spokesentity related. Jan Fischer, the new caretaker prime minister of the Czech Republic, as we previously blogged, is an “ex”-communist.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: China to hold large-scale drills later this year, Kuayue-2009 exercise to involve 50,000 troops

>In mid-April China completed its third joint war game with Russia and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tajikistan, Norak Antiterror 2009. The Moscow-Beijing Axis is slated to hold two more combined maneuvers, Peace Mission 2009 in northeast China this summer and Peace Mission 2010 in Kazakhstan next year. In the meanwhile, Communist China is preparing to carry out its own large-scale military exercise, Kuayue-2009, involving 50,000 troops. Novosti, citing Xinhua, reports:

Four divisions supported by air force units will take part in the Kuayue-2009 drills, which will be conducted on the territory of the Shenyang, Lanzhou, Jinan and Guangzhou military districts.

The exercises will test the People Liberation Army’s (PLA) command and decision-making capabilities and the interoperability of ground troops and air units in intense electronic warfare conditions. The drills will also involve airborne assault operations and special forces missions.

The 2008 China Military Power Report, published by the US Congress, states that Beijing allocated as much as US$139 billion last year on modernizing its military forces. This sum is more than three times China’s officially announced defense budget. According to official Chinese data, the PLA boasts 2.3 million active personnel deployed in seven military districts, with over 800,000 reserves.

>WW4 File: Georgia accuses Russia of backing army mutiny earlier today, assassination plot against interior minister; NATO drill to begin on May 6

>– May 6 Update: Russia Expels Canadian Director of NATO Information Office in Moscow (source)

– Kremlin Pulls Out of Russia-NATO Council Meeting Following Expulsion of Russian Diplomats in Brussels (source)

Earlier today an army mutiny took place at the Mukhrovani tank base, 20 kilometers from Tbilisi. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, whom we suspect is party to the Soviets’ long-range deception plan, assured the republic in a televised address that the situation was under control. Not surprisingly, the president and the Interior Ministry accused Russia of backing mutinous Georgian military officers as part of a plot to overthrow the country’s leadership.

“The Georgian state did not yield to this provocation from Russia. This is an isolated incident–it did not spread to other military units, and the situation is under control,” Saakashvili announced. The president explained that he personally intervened by negotiating with the rebel soldiers and persuading them to surrender to police. Saakashvili continued: “The rebellion was aimed at creating unrest in Georgia, to damage the country’s security and democratic system. Before these events, Russia tripled its military presence in Georgia in a bid to provoke unrest, which was aimed against democracy and Georgia’s integration into Euro-Atlantic bodies.”

“Watching the country being torn apart by the current standoff is unbearable,” mutinous battalion commander Colonel Mamuka Gorgishvili was quoted as saying. He added: “There is a possibility of this standoff turning violent.” Later, in a public confession that was televised later on Tuesday, Gorgishvili admitted that he received orders from the National Guard commander Koba Otanadze to move 24 tanks under his command toward Tbilisi to support opposition rallies.

The Georgian Interior Ministry insisted that the mutiny was aimed at disrupting NATO military exercises due to start near Tbilisi on Wednesday. According to the ministry, 13 civilians were arrested and 500 military personnel are being interrogated. Police are preventing reporters from approaching the Mukhrovani tank base. The ministry also revealed that a Georgian national was arrested on charges of plotting to assassinate Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili. The Interior Ministry stated that Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was put on high alert after the rebellion. The Russian Navy denied the report.

The Kremlin itself declined to comment on Saakashvili’s allegations, but a source in Moscow facetiously told Novosti that the Georgian leader “needs to see a doctor.” A senior Russian security official, moreover, labeled reports of the Georgian army mutiny as a diversionary tactic “to ease pressure on the government amid ongoing protests against Saakashvili.” On April 30 Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin warned in connection with NATO’s expulsion of two diplomats from its Brussels headquarters: “We shall not yield to the attempts to throw us off balance. Russia’s reaction is still to follow. It will be absolutely cold-blooded and balanced.”

Meanwhile, “post”-communist Armenia, which is closely allied with Russia, has announced its withdrawal from the highly controversial NATO drill, Cooperative Longbow/Lancer 2009, even as Azerbaijan, which was the target of an obvious and bloody provocation last Thursday, has confirmed its participation.

>Latin America File: Supermarket magnate wins Panama’s presidential election, trouncing Chavez-backed candidate, halting regional "Red Spread"

>The “Red Spread” has gobbled up much of Latin America since unabashed Marxist Hugo Chavez was elected president of Venezuela in 1998. Yesterday Panamanian supermarket magnate Ricardo Martinelli won the country’s presidential election, trouncing Balbina Herrera of the ruling center-left Democratic Revolutionary Party and halting the region’s almost total landslide toward communism. “Ricardo Martinelli’s success as a business magnate,” opines The Times, “persuaded voters that he was the best person to help Panama survive the global recession, which has slowed the country’s recent stellar economic growth.” Martinelli, who was educated in the USA, is pictured above.

Herrera was outgoing President Martin Torrijos’ anointed successor and allegedly a recipient of petrodollars from Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez. Last October Panama Guide covered this shady connection:

Mega TV, a television channel produced by the opposition to the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez, made public information regarding the sources of financing for the presidential campaign of Balbina Herrera. The report contains details on connections to Chavez and an important business group that buys cheap fuel in Venezuela in order to resell it here locally in Panama in order to realize substantial profits. Balbina Herrera reacted to the information, but leftist groups such as Suntracs says it is a campaign looking to discredit them, and they denied any bond to Chavez.

If this subversive nexus between Venezuela’s red regime and Panamanian leftists is true, then Chavez can only nurse his defeat and disappointment this time around. Although it’s unlikely that Martinelli will curtail Red Chinese influence in Panama, we can only hope that the Soviets will be discouraged by the presence of a rightist government in Panama City and refrain from pulling more stunts in the region, like sending another destroyer through the Panama Canal, as they did last December.

>Latin America File: Venezuela hosts secret Iranian-Palestinian huddle, enters defense arrangement with Iran; Moskito Indians secede from Nicaragua

>– Panama’s Chavez-Financed Presidential Pawn Accuses Businessman Rival of Being “Narco-Candidate”

– Ecuador’s Socialist President Correa Re-Elected as Rightist Opposition Disintegrates

According to Israeli media source Debkafile, during Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar’s April 27-30 visit to Caracas, Tehran’s intelligence chiefs secretly met with visiting Palestinian Authority officials, led by Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyadh al-Maliki. The matchmakers were Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez and Qatar’s monarch Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa. Najjar is pictured above, during a visit to a Venezuelan military establishment.

“If true,” warns Debkafile, “this would signal a drastic policy turnabout by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas away from Cairo and over to the radical Tehran and Damascus. The Ramallah-Tehran opening, if confirmed, could help bury the hatchet between the warring Fatah and Hamas and pave the way for a Palestinian unity government governed by rejectionist ideology.” A new Ramallah-Tehran Axis, of course, would also slam the door shut to future Israeli-Palestinian negotiations under the administration of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In MSM reports, cited this week at our blog, Najjar’s presence in Caracas was simply characterized as a move to strengthen bilateral military relations between allies Iran and Venezuela. “Iran pledges its full support to promote the Venezuelan military’s defense capabilities in the framework of mutual defensive agreements,” Najjar declared on April 30, after huddling with Chavez. The Iranian defense minister also conferred with Venezuelan Vice President and acting Defense Minister Ramon Carrizalez, at which time they signed a memorandum of understanding that governs “training and mutual exchange of military experiences.”

At the same time, the Iranian and Palestinian delegations conspired under cover of celebrations marking Venezuela’s decision to sever diplomatic relations with Israel and open a Palestinian embassy in Caracas instead. KGB-trained President Mahmoud Abbas is reported to have welcomed the proposal for a clandestine Iranian-Palestinian meeting in Venezuela when it was suggested to him by Sheikh Khalifa at the Second Summit of Heads of State of South America and Arab Countries, held in Doha about one month ago. Debkafile’s “authoritative Caracas sources” reveal that the on-the-sly summit lasted about four hours and ended with a decision to continue the encounters in Doha, Moscow (which seeks to re-project its influence throughout the Middle East and undermine the West’s only ally in the region, Israel), and Ankara (which, even though a NATO member, is realigning with Russia and the Arab states).

Elsewhere in Latin America, Panamanians will march to the polling stations to vote for a new president on May 3. The two frontrunning candidates are Balbina Herrera, outgoing President Martin Torrijos’ anointed successor from the ruling Revolutionary Democratic Party, and businessman Ricardo Martinelli, from the opposition Alliance for Change. Martinelli enjoys a significant lead over Herrera in public opinion polls. On March 12 Herrera, possibly sensing defeat, accused Martinelli of chumming around with David Murcia Guzmán, a Colombian “businessman” who is currently jailed and facing trial on charges of money laundering. Herrera alleges that she has supplied proof to Panamanian authorities that links Martinelli’s Super99 grocery business with Murcia. She has stigmatized Martinelli as a “narco-candidate.”

Herrera’s accusations are either ironic or disengenuous, because in a past post we reported that Herrera apparently enjoys the financial backing of Venezuela’s Chavez, who has flung his petrodollars far and wide throughout Latin America to install and reinstall center-leftist and communist regimes. US and Colombian counter-narcotics authorities, moreover, have identified the involvement of corrupt elements in Venezuela’s National Guard and General Intelligence Office (known as DISIP until 2008) in the movement of FARC cocaine through South America into the USA. Lastly, we have reported that Panama itself has become an important networking hub for the Colombian and Mexican drug cartels as they relay red cocaine shipments northward to the USA and Europe via African narco-states like Guinea-Bissau.

Further south, on April 26 Ecuador’s socialist president and Chavez “mini me” Rafael Correa obtained a solid lead over closest rival, former president Lucio Gutierrez, following last Sunday’s general election. Correa’s re-election was confirmed in the first round of balloting. His Proud and Sovereign Fatherland Alliance, which dominates the Constituent Assembly elected in April 2007, obtained 46 percent of the votes in the National Congress, followed by the conservative Christian Social Party at 15 percent, and Gutierrez’s nationalist Patriotic Society Party at 14 percent.

The failure of Ecuadorean rightists to recapture the presidency and national legislature will not only further the communization of the country’s constitution, but also perpetuate the presence of a hostile, Moscow-backed regime south of Colombia. Bogota has for 50 years battled a major Marxist insurgency, which over the last decade has enjoyed financial and logistical support from Caracas, another Moscow-backed regime to Colombia’s east. In the final analysis, Latin America’s Red Axis will continue to outflank the region’s only pro-Washington state.

Finally, Nicaragua’s Moscow-backed neo-Sandinista regime faces a new challenge in the form of an under-reported secessionist movement along the country’s rural, poverty-stricken, cocaine-flooded Caribbean coast. On April 19 the indigenous peoples of the region, known as the Moskito Indians, declared the independence of the Communitarian Nation of the Moskitia and fired off a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon demanding recognition. The 400-member Indigenous Army of the Moskitia consists of mostly aging ex-combatants from the YATAMA uprising against the first Sandinista government in the 1980s, a wider part of the Nicaraguan Civil War propelled by the US-backed Contras.

An indigenous rebel Norman Molina, who travels under the nom de guerre Comandante Wild Dog, staged an unarmed takeover of the headquarters of the YATAMA party on April 22. Another separatist, Rev. Hector Williams, declared: “We are not puppets. We are men. And now we have the weight of a nation on our shoulders.” The good reverend also sports the grand title of Wihta Tara, or Great Judge of the Nation of Moskitia. However, it is unclear whether the group presents a real threat to Managua.

Organized in 1987, the North and South Atlantic Autonomous Regions (RAAN and RAAS) are geographically and culturally isolated from the rest of Nicaragua. The RAAN is mostly inhabited by Miskito and Mayangna Indians, while its southern neighbor is home to most of the country’s black Creole population. Nicaragua’s past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega, who claims indigenous blood and is the only leader in the world to recognize the Russian-backed “statelets” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, is tight-lipped about the popular uprising in his own stomping grounds. The ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front has not yet issued any formal response to the claims of the Communitarian Nation of the Moskitia. “How are they going to take control of the police and military? Please!” scoffed RAAN Governor Reynaldo Francis.

Brooklyn Rivera, a Miskito lawmaker with the YATAMA party, outlines the prospects of the separatist movement:

It will depend on how the government reacts. If the government takes the situation seriously and addresses the demands of the people, the situation could be controlled. But if it’s ignored, it could fester and grow. There are lots of ex-combatants who are very unsatisfied with the government, they’ve been waiting for over two years for the government to comply with its promises. The worst-case scenario would be if the government responded with force. If they did, there would be a situation like there was in the 1980s.

The Bush Admin’s response to the on-again, off-again street violence that followed Nicaragua’s November municipal election was rather tepid. The Obama Team’s response to a full-blown anti-Sandinista insurgency could be tempered by the White House’s pre-occupation with thawing relations with Communist Cuba.

>WW4 File: Medvedev denounces NATO exercise in Georgia as “open provocation,” Georgia condemns Moscow’s security agreements with Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

>– Kremlin Envoy Rogozin Castigates NATO’s Expulsion of Russian Diplomats in Brussels

– South Ossetian “Prime Minister” Aslanbek Bulantsev Served as Head of KGB/FSB Financial Department in Russia’s North Ossetia

– Georgian Gunman Massacres 13 Students at Azerbaijan State Oil Academy, Follows February Assassination of Country’s Air Force Chief

– Baku to Still Participate in NATO’s Cooperative Longbow/Lancer 2009 Command-and-Staff Drill near Tbilisi; Serbia Joins Kazakhstan and Moldova in Withdrawing from Same

For a number of weeks the Kremlin has destabilized the political situation in the Caucasus region by issuing ominous warnings against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The latter is preparing for the Cooperative Longbow/Lancer 2009 command-and-staff drill at a military base near the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Nineteen NATO member and “post”-communist states are participating in the maneuver, which will involve 1,300 soldiers but feature neither light nor heavy weaponry. The drill will take place under the aegis of the Partnership for Peace program. Kazakhstan, openly communist Moldova, and Serbia, where Slobodan Milosevic’s “ex”-communist Socialist Party of Serbia holds key government posts, have withdrawn from this particular drill.

By contrast, Azerbaijan, which we have shown is still under secret communist control, is pressing ahead with its promised participation. In a development that reeks of Kremlin intrigue, a “Georgian” gunman yesterday massacred 13 students at a college in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Was this an attempt by Moscow, using its agents on the ground in the Caucasus, to dissuade Azerbaijan’s covert communist leadership from joining the NATO drill in Georgia?

On April 30 “President” Dmitry Medvedev, a lackey of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, once again denounced the NATO drill in the “former” Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic:

NATO’s plans to hold exercises in Georgia…are an open provocation. Exercises must not be held there where a war has been fought. The exercises could have negative consequences for those who made the decision to hold them.

We view any actions that could be considered by Tbilisi as encouragement of a course towards the country’s remilitarization and the senseless strengthening of military components as measures that run counter to the six principles of conflict settlement agreed last August.

In an exclusive interview with the Kremlin’s international propaganda platform Russia Today, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov intoned: “Now, when the situation in the Caucasus is tense, the decision looks short-sighted and not partner-like. It will hardly help restore our full-fledged relations with the alliance.”

Georgian Defense Minister David Sikharulidze retorted by saying: “The exercises will be launched next week, and they are the necessary ingredient for attaining Georgia’s major goal of getting integrated into the North Atlantic alliance.” A source at the NATO headquarters in Brussels informed Novosti that Moscow was overreacting: “The drills are not the end of the world and no one is being forced to participate.”

For its part, Georgia’s Foreign Ministry has sternly condemned Russia’s signing of border protection agreements with the “puppet regimes” in Abkhazia and South Ossetia: “Georgia sharply criticizes the so called agreements signed by the Russian Federation and the representatives of the puppet regimes of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on April 30. In reality the ‘agreements’ are another attempt by Russia to increase its military potential on Georgia’s occupied territory and legitimize the occupation.” NATO also verbally retaliated by stating that the documents are in breach of previous post-conflict agreements, such as the ceasefire brokered by French President and former European Union President Nicolas Sarkozy last August, and “not in the interests of long-term peace and security in the South Caucasus region.”

Pictured above: President Medvedev hosts South Ossetian “President” Eduard Kokoity (right) and Abkhazian “President” Sergei Bagapsh (left) at the Kremlin, on April 30. Each of these men began his career in the old Soviet regime.

Under renewable five-year agreements, or until the two regions can form their own border guard services, Russian forces will guard Abkhazia and South Ossetia’s borders with Georgia proper, including “maritime frontiers” in the case of Abkhazia. The last will no doubt entail patrols by the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet. Only Russia and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua recognize the “independence” of the regimes in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali.

The three parties also signed interdepartmental agreements on cooperation between the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB), Abkhaz State Security Service, and South Ossetian Committee of State Security. “The fact that the South Ossetia counter-intelligence service,” writes former KGB agent Konstantin Preobrazhensky (1976-1991), “headed by Russian citizens, has been named in the Soviet manner as the KGB (and not the FSB like in contemporary Russia) merits attention.” He continues:

The abbreviation “KGB” has come to be pronounced with great respect in Putin’s Russia. But this name cannot be used openly inside Russia, given the negative Soviet connotations, not least internationally. However, this does not apply to South Ossetia, where the acronym symbolizes the nostalgia for the USSR prevalent not only among the South Ossetian leadership but among the Russian officers tasked to administer the enclave.

South Ossetian “Prime Minister” Aslanbek Bulantsev served as head of the KGB/FSB Financial Department in Russia’s North Ossetia between 1986 and 2006.

Bilateral relations between NATO and the Soviets deteriorated even further this week when the Western Alliance expelled from the organization’s Brussels headquarters two Russian diplomats on charges of spying. The expulsion was connected to the Estonian spy scandal, in which the Estonian Defense Ministry’s former security chief Herman Simm handed NATO secrets to Moscow. One diplomat is the son of Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s ambassador to the European Union. Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin responded angrily to the expulsions at a news conference in Brussels on Thursday:

We shall not yield to the attempts to throw us off balance. Russia’s reaction is still to follow. It will be absolutely cold-blooded and balanced. The provocation’s masterminds will fail to upset Russia’s determination to clear away the garbage of confrontation in relations with NATO. The spying charges are utterly groundless. The place, the timing, and the leakage of information to the media that ensued, point to a pre-planned, deliberate action.

Meanwhile, Azerbaijan’s participation in the Cooperative Longbow/ Lancer drill was endangered yesterday in what appears to be a possible Moscow-orchestrated provocation. According to Novosti, Georgia’s ambassador to Azerbaijan has confirmed that a Georgian gunman was responsible for massacring students at a college in Baku earlier in the day. “Official sources have confirmed the information,” Nikoloz Natbiladze related. At least thirteen people were killed and 11 wounded when the gunman opened fire at the State Oil Academy. Azerbaijan’s Interior Ministry identified the shooter as Farda Gadyrov. Born in 1980, Gadyrov is a Georgian national but of Azerbaijani origin. After shooting indiscriminately at students and staff with a Makarov pistol, he killed himself.

Azerbaijan’s State Oil Academy is a major international center for the training of oil industry specialists. Past students include Soviet-era secret police chief Lavrenty Beria and Vagit Alekperov, president of Russia’s largest independent oil producer, LUKoil. An investigation into the incident has been launched under the supervision of President Ilham Aliyev, son of the former Soviet republic’s KGB-communist party boss Heydar, who died in 2003. The chief of Aliyev’s presidential staff, Ramiz Mehtiev, was the Communist Party of Azerbaijan’s chief ideologist during the 1980s. In February of this year the chief of Azerbaijan’s air force was also gunned down in the streets of Baku.

Notwithstanding the mayhem in Baku, Azerbaijan’s defense ministry confirmed today that its troops will take part in the controversial NATO drill in Georgia. The announcement follows a meeting on Wednesday in Brussels between Aliyev and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. President Aliyev reiterated Azerbaijan’s commitment to expanding NATO-Azerbaijan relations and the country’s active participation in the Individual Partnership Action Plan. Like Georgian president and alleged KGB asset Mikhail Saakashvili, Aliyev, who remains in contact with his masters in Moscow, is obediently stirring the pot of international tensions in the Caucasus, to NATO’s detriment.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Moscow- Beijing Axis plans war games for 2009-2010 following Tajikistan exercise; Moldova drops NATO drill

>Breaking News: NATO Expels Two Russian Diplomats in Connection with Estonian Spy Scandal, One Diplomat Son of Russian Ambassador to European Union

Pictured here: Kazakh soldiers, taken from Kazakhstan Ministry of Defense website.

Eradicating the US nuclear arsenal remains a top priority for the Soviet strategists, while concurrently pursuing peaceful East-West convergence, with the threat of nuclear blackmail in the background.

The first round of US-Soviet consultations on a new strategic arms reduction treaty begins in Rome this Friday. First inked in 1991, at the “end” of the Cold War, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START 1) requires that each country reduce its nuclear warheads to 3,000 and its delivery vehicles to 1,600. START 1 expires on December 5, 2009. US Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller and Anatoly Antonov, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for Security and Disarmament, are leading the negotiations on May 1. Igor Neverov, director of the Foreign Ministry’s North American Department, told Novosti on April 23 that the discussions will resume on May 7 in Washington, at a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

During an official visit to Helsinki during the week of April 19, Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev insisted that the new deal to replace START 1 must also cover delivery systems. The 2002 Moscow Treaty envisioned cuts of between 1,700 and 2,200 warheads by each country by December 2012. Medvedev and US President Barack Hussein Obama, a possible Soviet mole, agreed during their meeting at the Group of 20 summit earlier this month on an immediate start to talks on a new treaty.

Incidentally, veteran political operative Clinton lost the Democratic Party nomination last year to then US Senator Obama, but apparently secured a promise from her victorious rival to enter his cabinet. Not so coincidentally, too, Clinton’s hubby “Slick Willie,” the former US president and Arkansas governor, is a suspected KGB asset. There is therefore no good reason to believe that leftist-globalist Secretary of State Clinton has America’s sovereignty and national security at heart in negotiating a disarmament treaty with the Soviets.

It is surely no accident, moreover, that Rome was chosen as the venue for negotiations leading to a new strategic arms reduction framework. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, although a center-rightist by profession, is buddy buddies with Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Berlusconi also recently welcomed to Rome Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’ unabashed communist dictator, with the purpose of pushing the “former” Soviet republic into the European Union. Like Putin, Lukashenko is committed to restoring the Soviet Union. Russia and Belarus are united in a common political-military-economic entity called the Union State, founded in 1996. The Communist Party of Belarus, which is closely linked to the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation, openly supports Lukashenko in the national parliament.

The Moscow-Beijing Axis, embodied in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), serves as one of several communist counterweights to NATO and was amazingly predicted by KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn in his first book, New Lies for Old, 25 years ago. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China feigned hostility in order to disguise their united devotion to world communism’s long-range plan for global domination, formally promulgated at the Eighty-One Party Congress in Moscow in 1960. Open military coordination between the Soviets and the Red Chinese during the Cold War would have no doubt aroused NATO’s alarm and possibly provoked an undesirable military response from the West.

Since the fake demise of communism in Eastern Europe, however, military coordination between Moscow and Beijing, facilitated by a new telephone hotline between the two general staffs, has proceeded steadily since a treaty of friendship and cooperation was signed in 2001. Thus far, Russia and China have held at least three joint war games: Peace Mission 2005, Peace Mission 2007, and Norak-Antiterror 2009. The first two were held in both Russia and China, while the third was carried out in mid-April of this year in Tajikistan. Two more combined military exercises are planned: Peace Mission 2009, to be held this summer in northeast China, and Peace Mission 2010, to be held obviously next year, this time in Kazakhstan.

After Wednesday’s session of SCO defense ministers in Moscow, Russia’s Anatoly Serdyukov announced: “Specific anti-terror activities will be practiced at drills in Kazakhstan. All previous and upcoming military exercises involving SCO countries are of a counterterrorism nature. The decision to hold the exercises entitled Peace Mission 2010 was made last May [2008] in Dushanbe at a similar meeting.” As we regularly note and as Serdyukov reiterates in the previous quote, military coordination within the Communist Bloc is frequently carried out under the pretense of combating “terrorism.” However, the USA and its allies are the real targets of communist hatred.

Kremlin mouthpieces stridently deny that the SCO is a military alliance, along the lines of NATO or the “post”-Soviet Collective Security Treaty Organization. However Novosti honestly describes the SCO as a “regional security group” comprised of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Russia assumed the SCO presidency last August. Disturbingly, Iran, India, Mongolia, and Pakistan hold observer status. Iran, of course, is run by a bunch of Islamo-Nazi nutjobs bent on destroying Israel, India boasts a socialist government that was supported by the communists until July 2008, Mongolia labors under an 87-year-old communist regime feigning social democracy, while Pakistan’s socialist government risks capitulation before the Taliban insurgency.

Personal relations between the Soviet and Red Chinese leadership are warm and fuzzy. On April 27, after conversing with the Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Moscow, Medvedev enthused about the pending visit of Chinese President/Tyrant Hu Jintao to Russia: “This year we’ve met with Chairman Hu Jintao during the G-20 summit in London. We have an intensive agenda this year, including the visit to the Russian Federation by the Chinese chairman, as well as other events with our and your participation. We’re pleased with good friends should have regular consultations, moreover in the period when it is necessary for economic and political reasons.” Russian Prime Minister Putin, Medvedev’s master, is also slated to visit Beijing, reports Itar-Tass.

In addition to promoting military integration, the Moscow-Beijing Axis is committed to energy integration within the Communist Bloc. On April 21 Russia and China inked an agreement by which a new branch from the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) oil pipeline will be built between the two countries. The new pipeline will extend from the Skovorodino refinery in Russia’s Far East to Mohe County in China’s Heilongjiang province and must be completed by the end of 2010. After signing the deal, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, who chairs the state oil company Rosneft, gushed: “The agreement creates a new foundation for developing our energy cooperation. This is a unique agreement of a long-term nature, which is accompanied by financial agreements, and to implement it we have already begun building a branch from the main pipeline toward China.”

The Skovorodino-Mohe pipeline will pass under the Amur River and will pump 15 million metric tons of petroleum per year. The pipeline is part of Russian efforts to diversify export routes from Siberia. Under the intergovernmental deal, China will provide US$25 billion in loans to Rosneft and pipeline operator Transneft. Deputy PM Sechin, a “former” GRU resident who armed Latin American insurgents during the 1980s, is also heavily involved in revitalizing relations between Moscow and the Western Hemisphere’s predominantly leftist regimes, including Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. He visited these countries several times in 2007 and 2008.

While Russia has established firm political-military-economic links with both Iran and Venezuela, the regimes in Tehran and Caracas are also promoting ties between themselves. State-run IRNA news agency reported yesterday that Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammed Najjar recently met with Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez, who is also acting defense minister, in the Venezuelan capital. The purpose of the meeting was to “strengthen” military cooperation. Like Iran, the communist regime of President Hugo Chavez is staunchly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel, a fact highlighted by comments made by the dictator during Israel’s military incursion into the Gaza Strip in December and January.

The Soviet strategists are not only consolidating military linkages among Communist Bloc countries, but regularly denouncing NATO exercises in “former” Soviet republics and “former” Soviet Bloc states, such as Georgia. In a not very surprising move, Moldova has followed Kazakhstan in withdrawing from the Western Alliance’s Cooperative Longbow/Lancer drills, to begin shortly near Tbilisi. A number of “post”-communists countries were slated to join this exercises under NATO’s Partnership for Peace program. In early April Moldova’s ruling communist party won a third consecutive election, provoking violent anti-communist, pro-Romanian riots and prompting a swift statement of support from Moscow for the regime of President Vladimir Voronin, a former Soviet Interior Ministry general.

End Times File: Israel’s Isolation: Russian-Arab-Iranian Invasion, Destruction of Damascus Loom as Turkey Holds First-Ever Military Drill with Syria

Meanwhile, the Soviet strategists continue to woo NATO members like Greece and Turkey into a closer embrace that has already undermined the West’s military alliance against the Communist Bloc. Moscow will exhibit over 120 types of weaponry at the IDEF 2009 arms show in Istanbul between April 27 and 30. “Turkey is mostly interested in buying short- and medium-range air defense systems and combat helicopters,” stated Anatoly Aksenov, senior adviser at the Kremlin’s arms export monopoly, Rosoboronexport. Aksenov, who leads the Russian delegation at the IDEF 2009 exhibition, revealed that several military-technical cooperation contracts could be signed between the two countries after the show.

Last year, Turkish media reported that Ankara was planning to buy 32 used Mi-28 Havoc helicopters from Russia in a deal totaling US$1 billion. In February, states Novosti at the link above, the Russian and Turkish defense ministers agreed to boost bilateral military-technical ties “despite the fact that Turkey is a NATO member.” Since the mid-1990s Turkey has implemented a large-scale program to modernize its armed forces, to be completed by 2020. The Kremlin has embarked on a similar program under first Putin and then Medvedev, as we have copiously documented here.

Like Iran and Venezuela, the Justice and Development regime in Ankara is also unashamedly pro-Islamist and stridently anti-Israel, two facts exposed during the Israeli Defense Forces’ Operation Cast Lead. This week’s war game between Turkey and Syria, an avowed enemy of Israel, is yet more proof that Turkey is no longer committed to the North Atlantic Alliance and has effectively moved into orbit around the Communist Bloc and its Islamo-Marxist proxies in the Middle East.

From the vantage of Bible prophecy, we see the end-times anti-Israel military confederacy described by the prophet Ezekiel coalescing before our eyes. This development foreshadows the rapture of the church and then the first events of the early tribulation period: 1) Antichrist’s seven-year covenant with Israel, establishing a brief but false peace in the Middle East (Daniel 9:27), 2) a short war between Israel and Syria leading to Damascus’ destruction, probably by Israel exercising the so-called Samson Option (Isaiah 17:1), and 3) the Russian-led invasion of the Holy Land, only to be supernaturally defeated by God (Ezekiel 38-39). Current events prove that the international isolation of Israel, with US complicity, has begun.

The AP news agency reports today of Turkey’s dismissive reaction to Israel’s response to the Turko-Syrian maneuver: “Turkey’s military chief is not concerned about Israel’s reaction to a joint drill involving Turkish and Syrian soldiers. Defense Minister Ehud Barak called this week’s exercise a “disturbing development.” [Turkish] Gen. Ilker Basbug told reporters Wednesday he was ‘not concerned by Israel’s reaction,’ and Turkey wasn’t seeking any other country’s consent.” The first-ever drill between Ankara and Damascus also represents the first-ever drill between a NATO member and an Arab nation. According to the Turkish military, “The aim of the exercise is to boost friendship, cooperation and confidence between the two countries’ land forces, and to increase the ability of border troops to train and work together.” Turkey’s involvement in the drill is putatively linked to the government’s efforts to suppress the Marxist guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, in the southeast part of the country. The stateless Kurdish separatists are also based in northern Iraq and northwest Iran.

The cooperation between Turkey and Syria follows discreet talks between the Obama Team and the regimes in Damascus and Tehran, apparently well before the US president’s inauguration. On January 31 the AFP news agency reported that “a group of experts under the auspices of the think tank, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), announced Thursday that they met for more than two hours in Damascus with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The experts included Ellen Laipson, a former White House adviser under president Bill Clinton and a member of the Obama transition team.” Last Friday, while visiting Washington, Jordan’s King Abdullah warned: “Israel must choose between integrating into the region or remaining isolated. Delaying a two-state solution would be disastrous for Israelis and Palestinians.”

Soviet Deception in the Balkans: Kosovo Views Serbia’s Staunch Ally Russia as “Friendly State,” Calls for Recognition

Finally, in the Balkans, the disingenuous nature of Kosovo’s secession from Serbia, a staunch ally of Russia, was exposed this week when Pristina, the capital of a country that is only partly recognized worldwide, urged Moscow to accept Kosovar independence. “Russia can do two things: Exert pressure on Belgrade and persuade it not to use force, and recognize the independence of Kosovo,” declared Hajredin Kuci, Kosovo’s deputy prime minister, at a Pristina news conference attended by Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Moldovan reporters. Significantly, Kuci stated: “Kosovo views Russia as a friendly state.”

The regime in Pristina is controlled by former members of the Marxist Kosovo Liberation Army, while members of Slobodan Milosevic’s “ex”-communist Socialist Party of Serbia hold key posts in the Belgrade regime. In 1999 Russian troops rushed to take control of Pristina ahead of NATO forces during the latter’s bombing campaign of Yugoslavia. Yugoslav President Milosevic’s showdown with the West eventually led to his ouster in 2000 and controversial demise in a Hague jail cell six years later. Moscow withdrew its forces from Kosovo/Serbia in 2003.

>Latin America/USA Files: Chavez to Obama in Trinidad: “I want to be your friend”; US president defends handshake with country’s avowed enemy

>– Mexico’s Faux Rightist President Calderon Urges USA to End Economic Blockade of Cuba

– Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) Meeting Denounces Summit of the Americas as “Imperialist” for Excluding Cuba

Pictured above: “The Eight Amigos”: Leaders from ALBA countries and others aspiring to membership in the bloc of socialist states converge at “anti-Summit of the Americas summit.” From left to right: Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bolivian President Evo Morales, Cuban President Raul Castro (in army uniform), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (also in army uniform), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt of Dominica, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, and Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

Between April 17 and 19 the USA’s new socialist (Kenyan-born?) president Barack Hussein Obama attended the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, a tropical archipelago near the coast of Communist Venezuela. The fifth summit of the 34-nation Organization of American States, reports the Voice of America, is “being hailed by most participants as a new beginning for relations in the region.” President Obama was praised by his peers for “setting a new tone of openness,” especially with respect to his comments about defrosting Washington’s relations with Havana and his congenial handshaking session with Venezuela’s virulently anti-USA dictator Hugo Chavez.

Some Republican lawmakers in the USA, including Senator John Ensign, denounced Obama’s friendliness toward Chavez. “You have to be careful who you are seen joking around with,” grumbled Ensign, adding: “And I think it was irresponsible for the president to be seen kind of laughing and joking with Hugo Chavez.” We agree. Obama insists that he has “great differences” with Chavez, but he also defended his actions. “It’s unlikely that as a consequence of me shaking hands or having a polite conversation with Mr. Chavez that we are endangering the strategic interest of the United States,” the US president protested.

Venezuela’s communist dictator, a close ally of Moscow, Beijing, and Havana, once called former President George W. Bush the “Devil” and last year expelled the US Ambassador from Caracas, a move that prompted the White House to expel Venezuela’s counterpart. At the summit in Port of Spain, Chavez offered to kiss and make up by dispatching a new envoy to Washington.

Michael Shifter, an analyst on US-Latin American relations at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington believes, rightly to our way of thinking, that Chavez, rather than Obama, was the one launching a charm offensive: “He’s a politician and he understands that Obama is enormously popular throughout Latin America, in the United States today and in Venezuela. And I think it was smart politics for Chavez to associate himself to Obama, to be nice to Obama, to open up to Obama and have these kind of gracious, warm moments with Obama because he knows it plays well with his constituency.”

During their first encounter in Port of Spain, Chavez crooned to Obama: “I want to be your friend.” Chavez, who is also a big fan of US academic Noam Chomsky, pushed a copy of the book, The Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of Pillage of a Continent, on the US president. Written by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, the book is about alleged US and European exploitation of the region.

Back in Caracas, Chavez crowed: “I am coming back from Trinidad and Tobago, from the Americas Summit where, without a doubt, the position that Venezuela and its government has always defended, especially starting 10 years ago, of resistance, dignity, sovereignty and independence has obtained in Port of Spain, one of the biggest victories of our history.” Apparently alluding to Obama’s election and the Democratic Party’s control over both houses of the US Congress, he added: “It would seem that the changes that started in Venezuela in the last decade of the 20th century have begun to reach North America.” Communists like Chavez are masters of false friendship. Chavez’s good buddy Vladimir Putin, Russia’s KGB-communist dictator, used the same tactics on former President Bush after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The day before the Summit of the Americas kick off, reports Voice of America at the link above, Cuban President Raul Castro delivered a speech in which he stated that Cuba is willing to discuss any issue with the USA, including human rights, press freedom and political prisoners. Despite the peace overture, President Obama cautioned that he does not expect relations between the two adversaries to “thaw overnight.”

Nicaragua’s Past/Present Marxist Dictator Ortega Scurries to Havana Second Time in Three Weeks, Wife and Chief Ideologist Rosario at His Side

This past Tuesday, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega touched down in Havana en route to Managua from Port of Spain to brief his revolutionary mentor Fidel Castro on last weekend’s Fifth Summit of the Americas, a gathering upon which the former Cuban president heaped contempt in an essay. Obama, reports the AP news agency at the previous link, told the summit that US policy toward Cuba must be “revised” but insisted that the economic embargo against the island will not be lifted until the communist regime demonstrates progress on human rights issues. Cuba state television offered no details about the meeting between Daniel and Fidel, two long-time friends and ideological allies who ultimately dance to the tune of the KGB. Ortega also met with Fidel before the Organization of American States (OAS) shindig, which Cuba has never been invited to attend.

The Cuban media reported that Ortega’s address in Port of Spain was broadcast on Cubavision and Cubavision Internacional on Wednesday. Over Cuban airwaves the Nicaraguan dictator condemned the “second class” treatment shown to Latin America’s heads of state and government on their arrival at the Port of Spain airport due to the earlier arrival of “the emperor of the hemisphere,” meaning the US president. Ortega also accused the US delegation of “censoring” the agendas of its Latin American counterparts, although he rejoiced in the fact that the issue of Cuba’s pariah status was broached during the summit.

While in Havana Ortega also met Cuban President Raul Castro, Fidel’s younger brother, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez and, significantly, the boss of the Ideological Department of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of Cuba, Rolando Alfonso. Accompanying Ortega was his wife and communications director, Rosario Murillo. Former guerrilla girl Rosario also oversees the Sandinista-dominated Councils of Citizens’ Power, the Nicaraguan counterpart of Cuba’s Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, resurrected in 2007 when Ortega re-assumed the presidency after a 17-year absence.

In the context of the vigorous power networking taking place among Western Hemisphere communist leaders over the last two years, Ortega’s presence in Havana this week is worrisome for at least two reasons. First, as noted above, the Sandinista leader enjoys a decades-old friendship with the Castro Bros. and, second Daniel and Rosario previously visited Cuba only three weeks ago.

This week, reports Novosti, Nicaragua joined a wider trend throughout Central and South America of scrapping visa requirements for Russian citizens travelling to that country. Managua’s decision to facilitate the admission of Russian “tourists” will no doubt provide cover for agents of Moscow’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and military intelligence (GRU). In view of the Kremlin’s little-publicized plan to renovate the Soviet-built, never-used military runway at Punta Huete and dredge a deep-water port at Monkey Point, on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, this is not an insignificant diplomatic development.

Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, and Venezuela have removed similar restrictions on Russian citizens visiting their countries. A visa-free regime between Argentina and Russia will take effect in the near future, while Russian and Chilean presidents, Dmitry Medvedev and Michelle Bachelet, have stated their intention to work towards a visa-free arrangement during a meeting in April. With the exception of Colombia, every one of these Latin American countries has a communist or center-left government.

During a joint press conference with Obama after the Summit of the Americas, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, one of the USA’s few center-right allies in the Western Hemisphere, urged Washington to terminate its five-decade blockade against Cuba. “The US blockade began when neither Obama nor I had been born and it has not succeeded,” commented Calderon. He then praised the White House’s decision to lift travel restrictions against Cuban-Americans wishing to visit the island communist state. Calderon enthused: “My country is friends with Cuba and the United States and it is ready to cooperate in the resolution of problems between both nations. It is now time to look ahead for the good of hemispheric relations.”

Students of the international communist conspiracy should expect Obama to incrementally defrost relations between Washington and Havana, as reported above. When a visa-free regime is finally implemented between the two countries, expect the Communist Party of Cuba to flood the Continental USA with agents of the state Intelligence Directorate.

The Summit of the Americas was preceded by the 7th Presidential Summit of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), held in Cumana, capital of Venezuela’s Sucre state. Founded in 2004 as a counterweight to the US-led OAS and Free Trade Area of the Americas, ALBA is a bloc of socialist nations under the leadership of Chavez and the Castro Bros. and specifically consists of Cuba, Bolivia, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Ecuador and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are considering membership. Ominously, even Russia has expressed an interest in joining the anti-Washington bloc in America’s backyard.

This particular ALBA get-together wound up its meetings with a pointed resolution rejecting the policies of the Washington- dominated Summit of the Americas. Venezuelan President Chavez, who later attended the OAS meeting as noted above, read a 15-point statement, blaming capitalism for creating the current global economic crisis and criticizing U.S. “imperialist policy” on Latin America, especially with respect to Washington’s blockade of Cuba. “We contend there’s no consensus for adopting that draft statement and we propose an exhaustive debate,” Chavez ranted. Alluding to Puerto Rico’s independence movement, Nicaraguan President Ortega chimed in: “You can not call that summit ‘of the Americas’ because Cuba and Puerto Rico are missing.” On Thursday Bolivian President Morales warned that he and his leftist colleagues will “prepare for our battle at the Summit of the Americas for the United States to change its policies.” He added: “Obama has a moral and ethical obligation to repair the damage caused by his country’s former presidents.”

The Obama White House dismissed the ALBA veto to the declaration of the Fifth Summit of the Americas as “irresponsible and misplaced.” While accompanying Obama in Mexico City on April 16, adviser Jeffrey Davidow defended the OAS declaration:

The declaration of the summit is a document, a fairly lengthy document that’s been negotiated for the last nine months by all 34 countries, including Venezuela. It’s been a laborious process of negotiation. Many of Venezuela’s points were accepted, as were the points of the United States and other countries. This decision to not sign the document is something that just came up in the last day or so, and is inconsistent with the negotiations that have been going on for almost a year.

Bolivian President Morales Scores Political Victory with Hunger Strike, Fends off Assassination Attempt by Mercenaries with Eastern European Links

Earlier this month, reported BBC News, on April 18, Bolivia’s communist president Evo Morales, an important player in Latin America’s Red Axis, was the target of a failed assassination attempt carried out, intriguingly, by a five-member hit squad with a strong Eastern European connection. On April 16 Bolivian police tracked the mercenaries to a hotel in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, a hotbed of regional secessionism. After confronting the hit squad, police engaged the group in a gunbattle. Three gunmen were killed and two arrested.

The gunmen who were killed included Romanian national Arpad Magyarosi, Irish national Michael Martin Dwyer, and the group’s Bolivian-Hungarian ringleader Eduardo Rosa Flores. The last fought in the war for Croatian independence in the 1990s, at which time he commanded a paramilitary organization. The two men arrested were Mario Francisco Tasik Astorga, another veteran of the Croatian war, and Elot Toaso, a Hungarian computer expert. While Irish national Dwyer has no obvious Eastern European link, it is possible that he was a militant in Ireland’s dormant Marxist republican insurgency.

In addition to President Morales, the hit squad reportedly intended to kill Bolivian Vice-President Alvaro Garcia Linera, a former guerrilla like El Salvador’s new vice president Salvador Ceren, and Santa Cruz Governor Ruben Costas, a bitter opponent of Morales and his ruling Movement toward Socialism (MAS) party. Secessionist Governor Costas doubts the national government’s information, accusing Morales of “mounting a show” aimed at discrediting the opposition. Bolivian authorities suspect the hit squad of orchestrating a dynamite attack on the home of a Catholic cardinal early during the week of April 12.

Morales revealed the existence of the alleged plot as he travelled first to Venezuela and then Trinidad and Tobago for the ALBA summit and Summit of the Americas, respectively. “There has been no immediate explanation,” ponders BBC, “of why the alleged plotters would target government and opposition targets alike.” Indeed. Perhaps someone in the Kremlin or Lubyanka has the answer, although we would expect Morales, who dutifully trouped to Russia in February, is Moscow’s man in La Paz.

In a related story, Morales ended a five-day hunger strike on April 14 when Bolivian legislators approved a new election law that will permit the president to run for a second term in the next election, scheduled for December. During his politically motivated fast, Morales urged his supporters to seize a major part of the seats in the 27-seat senate, which is controlled by the rightist opposition. The ruling MAS party had enough votes to approve the election law, but opposition lawmakers blocked the bill for nearly a week by refusing to attend a special bicameral session, thereby preventing a quorum. Bolivians approved a new constitution by referendum in January.

Morales’ successful hunger strike represents another wider trend among Latin America’s predominantly leftist leaders of seeking to remove term limits and advance constitutional reform in the direction of socialism. In February Chavez was essentially made “President for Life” by referendum, while Ortega likewise seeks to abolish presidential term limits in Nicaragua. Eucadorean President Rafael Correa, Chavez’s “mini me,” is poised for another four-year term as a result of tomorrow’s presidential election.

>Communist Bloc Military Updates: Kremlin to increase number of warplanes at Kyrgyzstan base after US departure, Russian aircraft to join Kyrgyz drill

>Kremlin Sacks GRU Chief General Korabelnikov in Military Reform Shakeup

This past Monday, reports the AFP news agency, a Russian general announced that Moscow will increase the number of warplanes stationed at the Kant Air Base in Kyrgyzstan after the US and allied armed forces vacate the Manas Air Base in August. Manas is the last such US military installation in Central Asia and has been used since December 2001 to support Operation Enduring Freedom in neighboring Afghanistan.

“The Russian leadership plans to increase the number of individual warplanes at Kant,” Nikolai Bordyuzha informed the Kyrgyz parliament on April 20. He downplayed the departure of NATO militaries from the Central Asian country: “I don’t think that the US airbase at Manas fundamentally influenced the security situation in the region.” In February the “post”-communist regime in Bishkek was swayed by a US$2 billion loan from Moscow to evict coalition forces from Manas. Bordyuzha is secretary-general of the Moscow-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization and a career Chekist. In a post earlier this week we noted his disapproval of NATO’s Cooperative Lancer/Longbow military drill in Georgia.

Russia has long maintained a small contingent of combat aircraft at Kant (pictured above), which is not far from both Bishkek and Manas. The base currently houses about 400 troops, including 250 officers and NCOs and 150 conscripts, and deploys several Su-25 Frogfoot close air support aircraft and Su-27 Flanker fighters, two Mi-8 combat transport helicopters, and four L-39 combat trainers.

In a related story Russian Su-25s will join Kyrgyzstan’s armed forces to carry out the active phase of the latter’s Security-2009 tactical exercise in the southern part of the country on April 25. Kyrgyzstan will contribute over 500 servicemen, armored vehicles, self-propelled artillery, and aircraft. The exercise involves live-firing drills aimed at suppressing “terrorists.” The Kyrgyz Defense Ministry disclosed: “A flight of Su-25 attack aircraft from the Kant airbase and Kyrgyz Air Force Mi-24 helicopters will provide aerial fire support during the drills.”

Last weekend troops from Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan and the other Central Asian members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization completed the Norak-Antiterror 2009 drill in Tajikistan.

In another story related to Russia’s ongoing testing of its nuclear arsenal, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces successfully test-fired a Topol ICBM on April 10. The purpose of such tests is to extend this category of missile’s service life for an additional 22 years.

Finally, in a directive that no doubt reflects the Kremlin’s intention to once again place Russia’s military and military intelligence under the ideological control of the (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Soviet Union, GRU chief General Valentin Korabelnikov was sacked on Friday. The 63-year-old Korabelnikov held the position since 1997 and is replaced by his deputy Lieutenant General Alexander Shlyakturov. Moscow gave no explanation for Korabelnikov’s dismissal. However, the general was bumped over into an advisory capacity in the General Staff.

Independent military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer notes that Korabelnikov clashed with Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov over plans to slice up the GRU and remove special units under its control. “This is the beginning of a major reform of Russia’s military intelligence,” Felgenhauer explained. Another analyst, Alexander Golts, stated “The Kremlin is eager to shun generals with a clear Soviet mentality.” This is either a naive or disengenuous statement. We would rather say just the opposite. Serdyukov’s father in law is Viktor Zubkov, former prime minister, current Gazprom chairman, and “ex”-CPSU cadre.

>WW4 File: Tajikistan hosts SCO war game; Russia massing troops in Georgia’s breakaway regions; Moldovan vote recount “confirms” communist victory

>– Russia Deploys Entire Black Sea Fleet for Maneuvers in Third Week of April

– Four Large Amphibious Landing Craft Left Sevastopol in Second Week of April, Two Used to Insert Russian Marines into Abkhazia during August 2008 Invasion

– CSTO General Secretary, Career Chekist Bordyuzha Brands Cooperative Lancer/Longbow Exercise “Provocation,” Russia’s NATO Envoy Rogozin Denounces War Game as “Insanity”

– Russian FSB/KGB Arrests Georgian “Spy” Plotting against Sochi Olympics, Moscow-Backed Separatists Accuse OSCE Observers of Provocations

It [South Ossetia] will be Russia. And Georgia used to be Russian, too.
— Russian Ground Forces Lieutenant “Sergei,” statement made to AP news agency at South Ossetia-Georgia (proper) border checkpoint, April 21, 2009

Pictured above: On April 13 Russian soldiers stand at a checkpoint to the entrance of the Georgian village of Akhmaji, on the boundary with Russian-controlled South Ossetia. Georgian police maintain their own checkpoint about 100 yards away.

Established in 2001, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) kicked off its first joint military exercise in 2005, followed by a second in 2007. Both war games were held in Russian and Chinese territory. The SCO actually represents the culmination of many decades of collusion between Moscow and Beijing, typified by the deceptive “Sino-Soviet split” that led to several (fabricated) border skirmishes in 1969. Although a third “Peace Mission” drill is slated for the summer of 2009, the SCO actually carried out its third war game, Norak-Antiterror 2009, on April 17 and 18 at the Fakhrobod training ground in Tajikistan’s Khatlon province, about 50 kilometers south of the national capital Dushanbe. Tajikistan, of course, was until 1991 known as the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic.

According to Faridoun Mahmadaliyev, spokesentity for the Tajik Ministry of Defense, Norak-Antiterror 2009 was conducted as part of a common plan formulated at the SCO anti-terror center. “The exercise that was conducted in two stages involved operational groups and special units of the armed forces of Tajikistan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia,” Mahmadaliyev intoned, adding:

The purpose of the exercise was to rehearse coordination and interaction in antiterrorist missions. The exercise that involved military personnel along with armored vehicles, artillery and aircraft closed on April 18 featuring life-fire missions with combat helicopters.

Representatives of defense and civilian institutions structures from the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States] and other countries observed the exercise.

We have documented many times before that the neo-Soviet leadership prepares for war against NATO and its allies and positions military assets for specific operations under the guise of “anti-terror” drills. This was the case with Caucasus Frontier 2008, which the Soviets began three weeks prior to their Georgian incursion. At the same time US and Georgian forces were holding the Immediate Response 2008 drill near Tbilisi. A similar situation is once again forming in the Caucasus region as the SCO completes Norak-Antiterror 2009 only weeks before NATO carries out the Cooperative Lancer/Longbow 2009 military exercise, like Immediate Response to be held on Georgian soil, from May 6 to June 1. The “terrorists” in Norak-Antiterror 2009 were apparently armed for “Soviet bear,” requiring suppression by armored vehicles, artillery, and combat aircraft.

Sino-Soviet collaboration in the military sphere is also seen in the presence of the missile cruiser Varyag, the flagship of Russia’s Pacific Fleet, in a parade of 21 foreign warships that will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy. The Chinese Navy launched the maritime ceremony on Monday, off the coast of the eastern city of Qingdao, in Shandong province. The fleet review will feature Chinese nuclear-powered submarines. “It is not a secret that China has nuclear submarines, which are key to safeguarding our country’s national security,” Xinhua quoted PLA Navy Vice Admiral Ding Yiping as saying.

Elsewhere in the “post”-Soviet space the Soviets are positioning their military assets closer to the “renegade” Georgian capital of Tbilisi. Following last August’s re-invasion and re-occupation of Georgia’s two separatist regions, the Russians established permanent military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, boosting their troop presence in each to 7,000. Although Moscow denies any designs of annexing the two territories, the latest Russian military activity near Akhmaji, a checkpoint between South Ossetia and Georgia proper, suggests otherwise:

At a military checkpoint between Georgia and its breakaway region of South Ossetia, the word “Russia” is hand-painted in pink on a concrete security barrier. “It will be Russia,” said a Russian army lieutenant as the Ossetian soldiers under his command nodded. “And Georgia used to be Russian, too,” said the young freckle-faced lieutenant, who would give only his first name, Sergei. Three armored personnel carriers and a tank were dug in around the checkpoint.

Russia has troops just 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Georgian capital, in violation of the European Union-brokered cease-fire that ended last year’s brief war. And in recent weeks, it has put even more soldiers and armored vehicles within striking distance of the city ahead of street protests against Georgia’s president.

The AP article linked above elaborates on the augmentation and movement of Russian troops in Georgia’s breakaway regions, as well as a “freshly dug anti-tank trench” along the highway to Tbilisi:

Russia’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the Kremlin has sent reinforcements to the boundary lines. It was responding to fears the Georgian government would provoke clashes to distract from the opposition protests, ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said.

Georgia’s Interior Ministry said Russia has 15,000 soldiers in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which would be far more than in past months. Since the beginning of April, Russia has moved 130 armored vehicles toward the boundary line from elsewhere in South Ossetia and 70 more have entered South Ossetia from Russia, ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said.

Russia’s Defense Ministry refused to comment on the composition of its forces, and Georgia’s claims could not be independently verified. European monitors who patrol the boundary lines are not allowed into South Ossetia or Abkhazia, and journalists also are stopped at Russian checkpoints.

Peter Semneby, the EU special representative for the South Caucasus, said the Russian military presence is clearly “significantly larger” than it was.

From a Georgian police checkpoint just 100 yards (meters) from a Russian roadblock controlling access to the village of Akhmaji, a half dozen Russian tanks and other armored vehicles can be seen in the valley.

Local police chief Timur Burduli said the vehicles appeared during the first week of April and are the Russian forces closest to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. “A tank needs only 40 minutes,” he said.

Along the highway to Tbilisi, a freshly dug anti-tank trench stretches across a long field. Steve Bird, spokesman for the EU monitors, said the Georgians have been building such defenses in recent weeks.

In addition to stridently objecting to NATO’s Cooperative Lancer/Longbow 2009, the Kremlin is not pleased that several oil and gas pipelines supplying the West traverse Georgia, from the Caspian Sea and Central Asia to Turkey and beyond. These energy conduits, which the Russian Air Force attempted to bomb during the Caucasian War, are beyond Moscow’s overt control. “Russia wants to be the monopoly supplier,” observes Georgian political analyst Shalva Pichkhadze at the link above.

We have previously blogged about the protests demanding the resignation of President Mikhail Saakashvili, whom we suspect is a KGB agent playing along with Moscow’s long-range deception plan. One Georgian media source contends that Saakashvili’s uncle, Temur Alasania, is allegedly in the employ of the Russian internal security apparatus.

In a related story, Novosti reports that the first six Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters have been delivered to the Russian Ground Forces’ North Caucasus Military District, a military source revealed on Tuesday. This military district is adjacent to the “former” Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic and was the site of the Caucasus Frontier 2008 drill, mentioned above, just prior to the re-invasion of Georgia. The Mi-28N, manufactured by the Rostvertol plant in southern Russia, is designed to carry out hunter-killer missions against main battle tanks, helicopters, ground forces, and armor in all weather conditions. The Russian Defense Ministry plans to procure between 45 and 67 Mi-28Ns over the next few years, fully replacing the 1970s-era Mi-24 Hind combat/troop transport helicopter by 2015.

Not only is the Russian army creeping closer to Tbilisi, but also the Kremlin’s navy appears to be preparing for some sort of action against Georgia’s only maritime coast on the Black Sea. On April 16 Information Dissemination blog reported that the Russian Navy has deployed all 22 vessels in its Black Sea Fleet for drills: “Earlier this week, as per the agreement between Russia and the Ukraine, Russian officials notified the Ukraine that 22 of its Black Sea Fleet vessels will leave Sevastopol for military maneuvers. Those ships were expected to depart earlier this week, but it was noteworthy when all of the amphibious ships deployed first rather than all of the ships at once.” On the same day the Eurasia Daily Monitor reported:

It is important that the Russian military acknowledges its mobilization and forward deployment of troops and ships. At present, it is impossible to know precisely how many additional army units have been moved within striking distance of Georgian territory.

However, the composition of the naval force that disembarked from Sevastopol is not secret, since the Ukrainian authorities must be informed. It seems to be larger than the force that was deployed against Georgia last August. Four large amphibious landing craft left Sevastopol last week, while in August 2008 only two were reportedly deployed to insert a regiment of marines into Abkhazia in the small port of Ochamchira, close to the border with Georgia (Vlast, August 18). The marines were later deployed in the invasion of Western Georgia.

On April 17 President Dmitry Medvedev, KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin’s lapdog, warned that “Russia will be closely watching the drills and will if necessary, make appropriate decisions.” He added: “Such decisions are disappointing and do nothing to help restore full-level contacts between the Russian Federation and NATO.”

The anti-NATO comments emanating from the Kremlin were echoed by Russia’s NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin on April 18: “On Monday I addressed NATO [incoming] Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen with a letter asking [him] to cancel the drills in Georgia, due to start in early May. I believe this is absurdity and insanity. It is provocational to rattle the saber near our borders until Russia-NATO military contacts are restored and until trust is restored between our sides.” On April 20 Rogozin announced that in protest Russia will withdraw from a scheduled meeting with senior NATO military officials. Formal high-level contacts between Russia and NATO only resumed recently after being frozen by NATO in the wake of last summer’s Caucasian War.

A few days later, while visiting Kyrgyzstan, CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha, a career Chekist, branded NATO maneuvers in Georgia as a provocation: “I absolutely agree that carrying out of the exercises in the territory of Georgia especially after last year’s conflict is nothing else but demonstration of support of those aggressive actions undertaken during Michael Saakashvili’s regime concerning the citizens of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”

Sergei Bagapsh, de facto “president” of Abkhazia, retorted that his separatist regime will hold a counter-exercise in response to Cooperative Lancer/Longbow 2009: “The planned NATO exercises in Georgia do not lead to the stabilization of the situation in the Caucasus. We observe the situation in Georgia and we will conduct our own drills in response.”

The NATO drills are putatively designed to improve interoperability between the armed forces of NATO and partner countries, within the framework of the Partnership for Peace, Mediterranean Dialogue, and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative programs. The exercise will involve 1,300 troops, but will not include light or heavy weaponry. A total of 19 countries will participate in the exercises. These countries include NATO members Britain, Canada, Greece, Spain, Turkey, and the United States of America, NATO ally United Arab Emirates, as well as a number of “post”-communist countries, including Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Serbia, and Macedonia.

Kazakhstan, which belongs to the Moscow-controlled CSTO, has decided to pull out of the NATO drill. Explaining Astana’s decision, Kazakh government spokesentity Danial Akhmetov huffed: “We are too busy for this.” Communist Moldova, which received Moscow’s backing after the April 7 “Twitter Revolution,” is also scheduled to participate in Cooperative Lancer/Longbow. It remains to be seen whether Moldovan President Vladmir Voronin, a former Soviet Interior Ministry general, develops second thoughts about his country’s involvement.

Meanwhile, in what reeks of a Kremlin-contrived provocation, the intrepid defenders of the fatherland at the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) declared on Tuesday that they have apprehended a Georgian spying on preparations for the Olympic Games in Sochi, the Black Sea resort city near Georgia, and plotting “subversive activities.” An FSB spokesentity intoned to Interfax and Novosti:

The Russian FSB uncovered and halted an agent of the Georgian security services… illegally trespassing on Russian territory with the aim of carrying out reconnaissance and subversive activities. He was directed to gather information on the socio-political situation in the region, and on the preparation for the Olympic Games. We have identified the spy as Mamuka Maisuradze. He will be banned from entering Russia as a threat to Russian security.

Maisuradze has been operating in the region since 2000. He has been arming bandits in the North Caucasus with explosives to incite anti-Russian actions.

The secretary of Georgia’s National Security Council, Eka Tkeshelashvili, denied that the man identified by the FSB/KGB was a Georgian agent. “Such a person is not a staff member of the Georgian intelligence services,” Tkeshelashvili informed AFP, adding: “I see a clear connection between this arrest and the recent capture of a Nashi activist by the Georgian authorities.” Georgian authorities allege that Russian citizen Alexander Kuznetsov, who was detained last week, had been planning an armed provocation against Georgia, but Moscow insisted that Kuznetsov’s confession was coerced.

For their part South Ossetian authorities briefly detained on Tuesday two observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Separatist officials accused the observers of illegally crossing into South Ossetian territory. “The situation is now over and they are returning to base,” Martha Freeman, spokeswoman for the OSCE mission in Tbilisi, told AFP. However, Eduard Kokoity, de facto “president” of South Ossetia, accused the observers of instigating “provocative” actions: “The OSCE observers unlawfully crossed the border of South Ossetia in the Tskhinvali district by car and were detained by South Ossetian border guards. The actions of the OSCE observers have a provocative character.” The mandate of the OSCE’s 24-member mission in Georgia expires on June 30. Moscow opposes any extension of that mandate. A European Union mission of 225 unarmed observers is also monitoring the ceasefire between Russia and Georgia.

Pictured here: Moldovan communists worship at the shrine of their messiah in Chisinau, on April 22, Vladimir Lenin’s birthday.

Moldovan State Prosecutor Remands Businessman in Custody, Accused of Bankrolling “Twitter Revolution”; Ukrainian Communists Back Voronin

In another Not-So-Former Soviet republic, Moldova, a parliamentary vote recount has confirmed the communist party’s electoral victory on April 5. According to the initial poll results, the Communist Party of the Republic of Moldova attracted around half of the votes, resulting in violent anti-communist, pro-Romanian riots in the capital Chisinau. The country’s Constitutional Court made the decision to hold a recount at the request of President Vladimir Voronin, who chairs the ruling communist party. The communists hold 60 out of 101 parliamentary seats, which means they are only one seat away from being able to unilaterally elect the president. Two-term president Voronin must step down on May 7, presumably in favor of a party colleague. Moldova’s prime minister Zinaida Greceanii, a close Voronin ally, is his presumed successor.

On April 17, reports Novosti, Moldova’s Prosecutor General’s Office remanded Moldovan businessman Gabriel Stati in custody on suspicion of inciting mass riots and an attempted coup. Stati and his bodyguard will remain in custody for 30 days in Chisinau while the state prosecutor investigates the case. If found guilty, Stati could face up to 15 years for inciting mass riots in the country and an additional 25 years for the attempted coup. That Moldova’s communists would identify an oil and construction industry magnate as the source of the “Twitter Revolution” should surprise no one. Stati was living in Ukraine until Chisinau submitted an extradition request to Kiev.

For its part, the Communist Party of Ukraine sympathizes with the Voronin regime: “The presidium of the central committee of the Ukrainian Communist party notes that the government overthrow attempt in the Republic of Moldova cannot be viewed separately from the events which began with the establishment of the Saakashvili dictatorship in Georgia in 2003-2004 and the ‘orange putsch in Ukraine.'”

Incidentally, there is widespread belief in Georgia, states the Information Dissemination blog quoted above, that “Russia helped finance the [anti-Saakashvili] demonstrations that began April 9th, but it is noteworthy those demonstrations have become smaller and smaller each day.” Along that theme, Moldovan billionaire Stati’s links to the KGB-controlled Red Mafiya are worth exploring.

In an April 12 interview broadcast on Russia’s NTV channel, “President” Medvedev referred to the Moldovan unrest as “monstrous” and singled out Romanian irredentists for denunciation: “Such civil activity should be held within the legal framework and not in the way of the so-called color revolutions, which bring nothing but poverty and problems with human rights. What happened in our close neighbor, in Moldova, is unfortunately an example of how events can develop in an absolutely unconstitutional way. The footage we saw looked monstrous, when there were attempts to hang flags of another country on the main state buildings, the symbols of a state.” Along the same theme, Voronin has identified the Romanian intelligence service as the culprit behind the “Twitter Revolution.”

>Latin America/Asia Files: Thailand’s exiled left-populist PM materializes in Managua, rubs elbows with Ortega, claims Nicaraguan passport, new job

>– Anti-Thaksin Leader Sondhi Limthongkul Seriously Injured by Gunmen in Early Friday Morning Attack, Condition Stable Following Surgery

– First Contingent of Nicaraguan Cadets Heads to Russia for Military Training, Russian Delegation to Arrive in Managua to Discuss Upgrades for Country’s Soviet-Built Army

In January, Nicaraguan authorities revealed to the AFP news agency this week, Thailand’s exiled left-populist prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra materialized in Managua, rubbed elbows with past/present Marxist dictator Daniel Ortega, claimed a Nicaraguan passport, and acquired a new job. “President Ortega,” an official statement from Managua disclosed, “asked the foreign ministry to accredit him [Thaksin] as an ambassador of Nicaragua on a special mission, in order to facilitate his efforts to bring investments to our country.”

Nicaragua, which is once again under the overt control of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), issued the statement on Wednesday, only hours after authorities in Bangkok revoked Thaksin’s Thai passport in light of the banished politician’s alleged incitement of recent deadly anti-government protests. During the unrest in the streets of Bangkok, pro-Thaksin forces, known as “Red Shirts” due to their high-visibility Hugo Chavez-style T-shirts, clashed with police and pro-government supporters, including royalists and pro-business groups. Pro-Thaksin forces are formally organized as the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship.

Thailand, a Buddhist country with a constitutional monarchy, has never endured a full-blown communist regime, unlike the rest of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Thailand’s communist guerrillas terminated their armed warfare against the government in the early 1980s. However, we have documented how Thaksin’s two previous political parties, both of which have been banned by Thailand’s Constitutional Court, are infiltrated at the highest levels by former cadres of the otherwise defunct Communist Party of Thailand. Thaksin’s current political vehicle is the For Thais Party.

“We have diplomatic relations with Nicaragua but no extradition agreement,” foreign ministry spokesman Tharit Charungvat informed AFP. Tharit admitted that Thailand has not yet issued a formal protest to Nicaragua for harboring and employing Thaksin. On Wednesday Thai authorities explained that they cancelled Thaksin’s passport after the billionaire tycoon called for a “revolution” against the pro-monarchist government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Apparently in response to Thaksin’s call to arms, last Saturday Red Shirts stormed a Thai beach resort, where an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit was meeting. “The ministry can cancel or recall a passport if it can prove that a person has caused damage to the country,” stated government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn.

Thaksin lives in exile to avoid a two-year jail term for corruption. In an interview filmed in the United Arab Emirates before the announcement of the passport cancellation, Thaksin predictably denied that he had incited the Red Shirts’ violence.

At dawn on Friday, BBC News reports, Sondhi Limthongkul, head of the anti-Thaksin forces, the People’s Alliance for Democracy, was seriously injured in an assassination attempt. Sondhi’s so-called “Yellow Shirts” helped to oust Thaksin from power in 2006 and brought down a pro-Thaksin government last year. “At least two attackers followed Sondhi’s car, overtook it and sprayed it with about 100 rounds of gunfire from AK-47 and M-16s,” related local police commander Colonel King Kwaengwisatchaicharn. Sondhi was en route to his television station to record a program.

Thailand is one of several non-communist Asian countries with which neo-Sandinista Nicaragua maintains relations. The Republic of China is another. Instead of predictably snuggling up to Beijing, as it did during the 1980s, Nicaragua’s second communist regime recognizes Taipei, a linkage established by Managua’s liberal-conservative governments during the 1990s. This may be for the purpose of subverting Taiwan and Thailand into the Communist Bloc, but more likely for the purpose of attracting business investments, as admitted above by Managua itself. In light of Ortega’s cozy relationship with Thaksin, one is inclined to wonder if the Sandinistas are supporting a slow-motion crypto-communist coup in Thailand.

Meanwhile, in a sign that the revitalized Moscow-Managua Axis is moving ahead, Brigadier General Adolph Zepeda, public relations chief for the Nicaraguan Army, announced today that his country has dispatched its first contingent of 19 cadets to Russia for military, academic, and language training. Zepeda also revealed that a Russian military delegation will be arriving in Nicaragua over the next few days to continue discussions on the subject of technology transfers and re-equipping the Nicaraguan military, which uses mostly Soviet-vintage weapons. “The technicians of this [Russian] military mission will support us in the maintenance and correct operation of aircraft, armored vehicles, and armament,” explained Zepeda to La Voz del Sandinismo, the official mouthpiece of the FSLN.

The Cold War has returned to Central America and communism is once again oozing throughout the region, having claimed its latest victim, El Salvador, by the ballot box last month. But is anyone in the shopping mall regime paying attention?

>Final Phase Backgrounder: Soviet strategists accomplish major objective: Germany’s vice chancellor urges Obama to remove US nuclear warheads

>– KGB Defector Anatoliy Golitsyn Predicts Restoration of Moscow-Berlin Axis, the Soviet Strategists’ “Key to Progress toward a Neutral, Socialist Europe”

– Right Wing of Social Democratic Leadership Blocks Kurt Beck’s Bid to Push Party Leftward, Endorses Foreign Minister for Chancellor; Frank-Walter Steinmeier Already Committed to Angela Merkel’s Strategic Partnership with Russia

– SPD Mulls National Coalition with “Former” East German Communists as September 2009 Bundestag Election Approaches; Putin Ally and Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Calls Potential Alliance “Thoroughly Realistic”

– Federal Republic of Germany’s Domestic Intelligence Agency: 31,000 “Extremists” in Left Party and other Far-Left Formations, 6,000 Prepared to Overthrow Government by Force

– German Communist Party Cadre, Former Left Party Member in Lower Saxony State Parliament Lauds Stasi, Praises Berlin Wall

Pictured above: Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev and German Vice Chancellor/Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the 45th Munich Security Conference in February.

It has been many months since we filed a report under “Final Phase Backgrounder.” However, the fulfillment of KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn’s detailed 25-year-old warnings about the Soviet strategic deception are becoming more and more apparent with the passage of time. Specific developments that validate Golitsyn’s thesis that communism in Eastern Europe transformed itself, rather than “died,” include:

  1. The federalization of the European Economic Community into the European Union (EU) in 1993, per Mikhail Gorbachev’s 1989 prescription for a “common European home” from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural Mountains
  2. The absorption into the EU of “post”-communist countries where leftist parties are still under covert Soviet control via the International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, the International Communist Movement, the Socialist International, the Party of European Socialists, European United Left–Nordic Green Left, and other inter-party organizations
  3. The transformation of Europe into a “neutral, socialist” bloc of nations subservient to the Kremlin’s energy imperialism, via projects such as the Nord Stream and South Stream natural gas pipelines
  4. The undermining of European conservative parties by figuratively placing an “Open for Business” sign over Russia and temporarily hiding the expansionistic threat of Soviet communism
  5. The rise of the Moscow-Beijing Axis, as embodied in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, founded in 2001
  6. The restoration of the Moscow-Berlin Axis, as embodied by a series of bilateral agreements, beginning in 1990, and a new strategic partnership contrived in 2006
  7. The election of socialist and possible Soviet mole Barack Hussein Obama to the US presidency in 2008
  8. The withdrawal of the US atomic arsenal from Europe, increasing the vulnerability of NATO to a nuclear blitzkrieg from Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces

In his first book New Lies for Old (1984), Golitsyn sketches the predictive framework for these “post”-Cold War realities. Please note your resident blogger’s comments in brackets.

The communist strategists have achieved their purpose thus far by misleading the West on developments in the communist world with three main aims in view: to relieve Western pressure on the communist regimes while they are “building socialism” and laying the groundwork for an eventual worldwide federation of communist states [including the European Union, African Union, Union of South American Nations, Commonwealth of Independent States, etc.]; to provoke the Western responses they desire to their activist diplomacy and international communist strategy [such as unrest in Moldova and Georgia in April 2009]; and to prepare the ground for a major shift in communist tactics in the final phase of policy [beginning] in the 1980s [and continuing into the early 21st century] (page 322).

There are increasing signs of preparation for a communist initiative on Germany, the key to progress toward a neutral, socialist Europe [our emphasis]. Among these were the meeting between [Soviet dictator Leonid] Brezhnev and the East German leader, [Erich] Honecker, in the Crimea in 1980 at which a European conference on disarmament was discussed. Similar discussions took place between the Soviet and West German peace committees in February 1980 (page 335).

Pressure could well grow for a solution to the German problem in which some form of confederation between East and West Germany [realized in 1990] would be combined with neutralization of the whole and a treaty of friendship with the Soviet Union [also realized in 1990 and greatly expanded since then] (page 341).

NATO could hardly survive this process [our emphasis] (page 341).

The disappearance of the Warsaw Pact [replaced by the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Shanghai Cooperation Organization] would have little effect on the coordination of the communist bloc, but the dissolution of NATO could well mean the departure of American forces from the European continent and a close European alignment with a “liberalized” Soviet bloc (page 341).

The EEC [European Economic Community, now European Union] on present lines, even if enlarged, would not be a barrier to the neutralization of Europe and the withdrawal of American troops. It might even accelerate the process (page 341).

“’Liberalization’ in Eastern Europe on the scale suggested could have a social and political impact on the United States itself, especially if it coincided with a severe economic depression,” suggests Golitsyn in the last chapter of New Lies for Old, “The Final Phase” (page 342). In view of the serious global recession that began in 2008 and Presidents George W. Bush and Obama’s application of “financial socialism” to America’s economic woes–a phrase used by Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev–the former KGB major’s admonitions are once again worth pondering.

In a September-November 1990 memorandum to the US Central Intelligence Agency, Golitsyn expounds on the implications of German reunification for the advancement of the Soviet strategy to conquer Europe. The establishment of bilateral relations and binding obligations between Moscow and Bonn/Berlin began under the chancellorship of center-rightist Helmut Kohl. The linkages in the Moscow-Berlin Axis have only grown tighter over the last 20 years, under both Christian Democratic (CDU) and Social Democratic (SPD) governments, forcing reunified Germany into a subservient position before the Moscow Leninists. Golitsyn’s memo, published in The Perestroika Deception (1995, 1998), refers to Kohl, but his analysis is also applicable to Kohl’s Christian Democratic successor, the current German chancellor, Angela Merkel. Please note our comments in brackets.

Since West Germany was considered by the Soviets as politically the most vulnerable country in Western Europe, the main weight of the Soviet assault was directed against that country [our emphasis]. To ensure success, the Soviets made use of skilled diplomacy, agents of influence, pressure and significant concessions to the Germans on reunification. The result was a breakthrough for the Soviets [our emphasis].

The Germans responded with enthusiasm, providing massive financial, economic and technological aid to the Soviets—developing into their principal partners in the execution of their economic strategy. Ironically, Germany is moving towards partnership with the USSR under a conservative chancellor, Kohl. The problem with Kohl [and Merkel] is not that he is using the situation to gain his re-election but that he is recklessly disregarding the lessons of the history of Germany’s past dealings with the Soviets [our emphasis]. He overlooks the fact that it was the German General Staff [under Kaiser Wilhelm II] who financed [revolutionary Vladimir] Lenin and brought him to the Finland Station [in 1917].

No sooner had Lenin succeeded with his October Revolution than he attempted to re-export it to Germany [via the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic and the Spartacist insurrection]. Although Kohl dismisses the idea, the comparison between Lenin’s negotiation and exploitation of the 1922 Treaty of Rapallo with the Germans and the present Soviet strategy with regard to economic collaboration offered by Kohl and his Foreign Minister, Genscher, is close and compelling.

What Kohl [and Merkel] fails to realize is that the Soviet strategists aim to use Germany’s economic and technological might to convert the USSR into the dominant power in a united Europe. Chancellor Kohl [and Merkel] had his eyes on the next election. But Gorbachev and the strategists are thinking further ahead. It was no accident that Gorbachev referred to reunited Germany’s right not only to participate in NATO but to join whatever alliance Germany preferred. What he had in mind was the possibility that a future Germany under a Social Democratic Government [such as Gerhard Schröder’s (1998-2005) or possibly a future one under current Vice Chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier] would switch to political alliance with the USSR. Domination of a united Europe by a Soviet-German political and economic partnership would be a significant achievement for the second round of the October World Socialist Revolution (page 125).

As noted in passing above, a Moscow-Berlin Axis first existed after the secret Treaty of Rapallo (1922-1933), signed between the Weimar Republic and the Soviet Union, and then again briefly after the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact (1939-1941). Contrary to the Treaty of Versailles, Rapallo allowed German military units to train on Soviet territory in exchange for technology transfers from Berlin to Moscow. Germany’s National Socialist dictator Adolf Hitler terminated the Moscow-Berlin Axis when he hurled his armies against the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa.

Since Kohl’s retirement from German politics in 1998, there has been one Social Democratic government in Berlin, under former chancellor Gerhard Schröder, a close personal ally of Russia’s KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin who advanced still further the Moscow-Berlin Axis. In fact, last year the Kremlin awarded “Comrade” Schröder with a post in the foreign relations section of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Schröder also chairs the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream, a joint enterprise of Kremlin entity Gazprom, BASF/Wintershall, E.ON Ruhrgas, and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie.

The current German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is also Merkel’s vice chancellor, is an SPD member who intends to lead his party to victory again in the September 27, 2009 Bundestag election. Steinmeier was formally nominated as the Social Democrats’ chancellor-candidate at a convention on October 18, 2008. The SPD also chose Transport, Building and Urban Affairs Minister Franz Müntefering to replace party leader Kurt Beck. Steinmeier is totally committed to ending all vestiges of the Cold War and expanding Merkel’s new strategic partnership with Russia. After Medvedev’s election in March 2008, Steinmeier gushed:

Russia is and remains an indispensable strategic partner if we want to secure peace in Europe. But it’s not only us who needs Russia — Russia also needs us. Let us take the president [Medvedev] at his word. Let us accept his partnership proposition. Russia’s transformation — it’s as much in his interest as it is in ours. The European Union must develop closer ties with countries in central Asia and the Caucasus as well as the Ukraine and Belarus — providing the latter agrees to work on its human rights record. We should enshrine a new charter with Russia, focused on democracy and peace. The Cold War is today definitively consigned to history.

One year later, on April 14, 2009, the UPI news agency reported that Steinmeier intends to ask Washington to remove its nuclear warheads stationed in Germany. “These weapons are militarily obsolete,” Steinmeier informed German newsmagazine Der Spiegel. Seizing upon Obama’s communist-inspired vision of a nuclear-free world, articulated over a week ago in Prague, Steinmeier insisted that Washington should first withdraw its nuclear weapons from Germany. He added that any disarmament conference that the USA attends with Russia should include scrapping “weapons in this category.” Since the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US military has downsized its nuclear arsenal in fellow NATO states but, at present, it maintains approximately 100 nuclear warheads in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Turkey. Another SPD government in Germany, especially under Steinmeier’s leadership, will effectively gut NATO’s ability to resist neo-Soviet aggression.

Chancellor Merkel has in the past argued that having nukes in Germany elevated the country’s security profile within NATO, but Steinmeier rejects that idea. Since Steinmeier and Merkel will face off in September’s parliamentary election, they have begun to adopt different positions on several issues. In any case, Merkel’s commitment to NATO as a bulwark against neo-Soviet aggression is dubious. Merkel was not only raised in East Germany but also joined the ruling communist party’s youth section as a girl.

Current public opinion polls reveal that popular support for the German Left and Right is evenly matched. For example, the CDU and its long-time ally in the state of Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU), enjoy the support of 34 percent of voters, while the SPD enjoys only 27 percent. While the CSU/CSU could form a stable coalition with the liberal Free Democratic Party, as it did during the Cold War, thereby commanding support from a total of 48 percent of the electorate, the SPD could similarly enter a grand coalition with the Green and Left parties, thereby also commanding support from about 48 percent of the electorate.

The Left Party was founded in 2007 through the merger of the Party of Democratic Socialism, the successor organization to the German Democratic Republic’s ruling Socialist Unity Party (SED), and Labour and Social Justice Electoral Alternative, a party founded in 2005 by disgruntled SPD members based in western Germany. Since then, the Left Party, not to mention the Green Party, has drained support away from the SPD. East Germany’s “former” communists have in fact cleared the five percent threshold to enter into the state parliaments of eastern Germany. In recent regional elections in western Germany, the Left Party also entered for the first time the state parliaments of Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, and Lower Saxony. Left Party leader Oskar Lafantaine is an ex-SPD boss, who is notorious for branding former US President George W. Bush as a “terrorist” and praising Venezuela’s communist dictator Hugo Chavez for nationalizing power companies.

Since the formation of the Left Party, the SPD leadership has been divided over the possibility of inviting their far-left colleagues into a future coalition government. In October 2007 former chancellor Schröder was quoted as saying that an alliance between the SPD and the Left Party after 2009 was “thoroughly realistic.” Some political analysts attribute former SPD leader Kurt Beck’s departure from that office to his suggestion, made last year, of collaborating with the Left Party at the state and federal levels. In particular, the SPD’s right wing slammed Beck for “giving a green light” to the state party leader in Hesse to form a minority government with the Left Party. That particular venture failed.

Nevertheless, Müntefering sharply criticized Beck for cozying up to Germany’s far left, foreseeing a still further decline in the SPD’s fortunes. At the same time, the left wing of the SPD, including deputy party leader Andrea Nahles, expressed cautious support for Beck’s proposal. “The Left Party has become a political reality, also in western Germany,” Nahles told Der Spiegel adding: “Everyone in the SPD should accept this reality. Kurt Beck’s course is the correct one. However, the SPD should continue to refuse working together with the Left Party at the national level. No coalition, no tolerance or any kind of cooperation with this party.”

Beck’s attempt to shift the party leftward and so return to the SPD’s “socialist roots” represented a broader strategy aimed at dumping former chancellor Schröder’s Agenda 2010 reforms, modeled on ex-British prime minister Tony Blair’s “New Labour” policies. Instead, he sought to reinvigorate the party’s support base within western Germany’s working class and among advocates of “social justice.” The attempt obviously failed with Beck’s resignation last September. In the end, therefore, if Germany’s Social Democrats join forces with the Left Party, then it will be under Steinmeier’s leadership. Granted, Steinmeier’s candidacy for the chancellorship was backed by the SPD’s right wing, including Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück, Brandenburg Governor Matthias Platzeck, and Müntefering. However, it is evident from the quote above, that Steinmeier is already committed to consolidating the Moscow-Berlin Axis, with or without the domestic involvement of East Germany’s “former” communists.

It is not too surprising that many leaders in the SPD are nervous about snuggling up to the hard-core leftists in Germany’s Left Party. In February 2008 Christel Wegner, a cadre of the German Communist Party who ran on the Left Party ticket, made the audacious statement, in her capacity as deputy in Lower Saxony’s state parliament, that East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi, and the Berlin Wall were “useful” in protecting the country from “reactionary forces” (that is, fascists and capitalists). “I think that when one builds a new societal form,” Wegner reflected, “then one needs such an organ because one has to protect oneself from other forces, reactionary forces, that look for opportunities to weaken a state from the inside.” She added: “The construction of the Wall was, in any case, a measure taken to prevent West Germans from continuing to come into East Germany.” Wegner was promptly expelled from the Left Party. Some offended CDU politicians in Lower Saxony demanded that Wegner also be expelled from the state parliament. Wegner is a paying member of Greenpeace.

In a related development, Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, warns that the Left Party has been “infiltrated by far-left extremists and former communists.” One of the responsibilities of this agency is to monitor political extremism, both on the Left and Right. Der Spiegel reports that the Left Party contains several influential factions committed to advancing violent communist revolution in Germany:

The most powerful individual faction within the party is the Communist Platform (KPF) with 840 members, according to the report. It struggles openly for the “overthrow of capitalism” and is making massive attempts to influence the party’s new political platform, the agency writes.

The agency also mentions a faction with around 60 members called the Marxist Forum (MF), “an association of orthodox communist-oriented members and sympathizers,” including former members of the Socialist Unity Party (SED), the communist party which ruled the former East Germany.

The KPF and MF participate in a movement within the Left Party known as the Geraer Dialogue/Socialist Dialogue. This group, which has 120 members, is a “receptacle for extremist forces,” according to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Its political platform expressly includes “the extra-parliamentary struggle for social change.”

Other left-wing extremist movements within the Left Party include the Socialist Left with 550 members, as well as a pro-Cuban faction, the Cuba Si Working Group, with 420 members.

According to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution’s 2006 annual report there are about 31,000 extremists in the Left Party and other far-left formations, of whom around 6,000 are prepared to overthrow the government by force.

>USSR2 File: Moldovan opposition to boycott vote recount, Voronin: Romanian agents behind “Twitter Revolution”; Saakashvili faces "Necktie Revolution"

>In Russia, business and the mafia are one and the same — business, mafia, and the KGB. Large Russian businesses are run by the mafia and the KGB. An order goes out telling Georgian businessmen who live in Moscow to finance various political parties here in Georgia. Moscow would rather see Georgia destabilized than leaning toward the West.
— Vakhtang Rcheulishvili, former deputy speaker of Georgian parliament; quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, March 27, 2009

Pictured above: While addressing his country’s parliament today, Romanian President Traian Basescu condemned Moldova’s treatment of ethnic Romanians and offered to fast-track one million applications for citizenship piling up in Romania’s embassy in Chisinau.

Although European monitors endorsed the results of Moldova’s April 5 parliamentary election, a poll that granted a third consecutive victory to the ruling communist party, domestic unrest two days later prompted the government of President Vladimir Voronin to restore the public’s trust by submitting to a vote recount tomorrow.

After serving two terms, Voronin must step down from his office. Moldova’s president is elected by parliament. Moldovan media consider Zinaida Greceanii, the country’s female prime minister and a Voronin croney, to be the most likely candidate for president. Moldova is covered by the European Union’s Neighborhood Policy and the new president is expected to attend the May 7 launch of the EU’s Eastern Partnership at a summit in Prague. The Czech Republic currently holds the rotating EU presidency. Incidentally, as we blogged before, the new caretaker prime minister in Prague, Jan Fischer, is an “ex”-cadre of the old Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. Moldova and Cyprus, moreover, are the only European countries with democratically elected, openly communist governments.

Notwithstanding his concessions to Moldova’s liberal opposition, Voronin, a former Soviet Interior Ministry general who collects a Kremlin pension, continues to lash out against Romania. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Voronin ranted:

Citizens of Serbia and Romania masterminded pogroms in Chisinau. The arrival of nine persons from Serbia, as well as agents of the Romanian secret services had been registered in Chisinau. They wished to use the moment to stage an operation like a ‘colour revolution’. The events in Belgrade, Tbilisi, Bishkek and Kiev took place according to such a scenario. The events have been filmed, so we can identify the offenders who attacked policemen. We are going to arrest and prosecute them.

“We have proof on video of the participation of citizens from the neighboring state in the protests,” confirmed Grigory Petrenko, chairman of Moldova’s parliamentary foreign relations committee. He added:

It is not an accident that during the protests in front of the parliament and presidential administration they yelled slogans calling for unification with Romania. It is not an accident that the Romanian flag was raised on top of the presidential administration building, along with a map of a so-called Greater Romania, and it is not an accident that there was a large number of Romanians participating in the protest.

Voronin’s mention of Belgrade, Tbilisi, Bishkek, and Kiev refers to Serbia’s 2000 Bulldozer Revolution that ousted communist dictator Slobodan Milosevich, who died while on trial at The Hague in 2006; Georgia’s 2003 Rose Revolution that ousted communist dictator Eduard Schevardnadze, an ally of former Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev who remains Moscow’s man in Tbilisi to this day; Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution that blocked an electoral victory for communist dictator Leonid Kuchma’s hand-picked successor Viktor Yanukovich; and Kyrgyzstan’s 2005 Tulip Revolution, which not-so-ironically replaced one “ex”-Soviet apparatchik with another one.

These fake anti-communist coups were named after the November 1989 Velvet Revolution that supposedly topped Czechoslovakia’s red regime. Soviet Bloc defector and dissident testimony proves that the Prague operation was masterminded by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and its Czechoslovakian counterpart. The KGB, the “sword and shield” of the CPSU, and Czechoslovakia’s State Security (StB) then carried out Moscow’s plan of false “democratization” through bogus political organizations like Charter 77.

Along the theme of Eastern Europe’s “color revolutions,” the Western MSM has portrayed last Tuesday’s anti-communist riots in the Moldovan capital as the “Twitter Revolution.” Twitter is a social networking forum on the Internet, where many protesters plotted their demonstration in Piata Marii Adunari Nationale, the main square in downtown Chisinau. “Digital tools like Twitter, Facebook and SMS text messaging played a key role in the massive youth protests that rocked the Communist government in the former Soviet republic of Moldova this week,” relates the AFP news agency. The same source continues:

The flow of Twitter comments could be searched with the tag #pman which stood for the name of Moldova’s central square, Piata Marii Adunari Nationale. Meanwhile a group set up on the social networking site Facebook called ‘Down With Communists!’ boasted over 500 members on Wednesday along with a logo of a stick-figure man dumping a Communist hammer and sickle in a trash can.

Unimpressed by the stamp of approval placed on the poll results by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Council of Europe, Moldova’s opposition alleges that the ruling communists rigged the election in their favor. Foreign witnesses also allege that last Tuesday’ riots were staged by “provocateurs” who commandeered an otherwise peaceful protest march. In an April 8 interview with EurActiv, Julien Danero, a Belgian researcher who witnessed the unrest, asserted: “Yes, I think that those who did the rampage were provocateurs. Even the opposition parties could not control the developments in any way. They were making speeches nearby, and all the speakers, politicians and young people were making appeals for calm, saying that the EU would recognize the protests only if they were peaceful.”

The leaders of the three main opposition parties–Our Moldova, the Liberal Party, and the Liberal Democratic Party—announced today that they intend to boycott the scheduled recount, denouncing the move as a ruse to cover up election violations and to ensure the continuation of communist rule.

The war of words between Chisinau and Bucharest is heating up as a result of the Twitter Revolution. Today Romania’s “ex”-communist President Traian Basescu warned: “We cannot tolerate Romanian citizens be threatened with guns by political leaders in the Republic of Moldova, as such actions cannot be in no way tolerable, while speaking of human lives. We drew attention that using weapons against the civil population, among which there were Romanian citizens too, is a crime.” The Romanian president also requested legislators to simplify the procedure by which one million ethnic Romanians in Moldova can obtain citizenship from Bucharest. EurActiv reports that this decision will “raise eyebrows in EU capitals, which would end up with another emigration wave of ‘millions of hungry, new EU citizens.'” Romanian-speaking Moldova has a total of four million people. As the country faces the possibility of becoming a failed state, Chisinau’s backers in Moscow will no doubt edge closer to war with NATO.

Indeed, following the April 7 riots, Russia’s neo-Soviet leadership strongly endorsed Moldova’s communist government and, alluding to Romanian irredentism, condemned external meddling in the small country’s affairs. It is not clear to what extent the Putinist and Voronin regimes were involved in fomenting fake anti-communist/pro-Romanian provocations in Chisinau. However, between April 3 and 8 Russian “President” Dmitry Medvedev held telephone conversations with Voronin and other leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The topics of discussion reportedly included the results of the April 2 Group of 20 summit in London, and upcoming meetings of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Collective Security Treaty Organization’s Collective Security Council, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Council of Heads of State. Moldova’s unrest, of course, began on April 7. Thus, it is possible that just prior to Moldova’s election Moscow communicated its intention to Chisinau to provoke communist-controlled NATO member state Romania.

“Necktie Revolution” Brewing in Georgia as Kremlin Condemns NATO-Georgian Military Exercise

Pictured here: After six days of protest in Tbilisi, Georgians continue to demand the resignation of the country’s president.

Elsewhere in the “post”-Soviet space, Georgia’s opposition continues to besiege the country’s deceptively pro-USA/NATO president Mikhail Saakashvili, a social democrat who is an alleged KGB agent and known protégé of Schevardnadze. Last Thursday and Friday tens of thousands of Georgians, as part of a campaign of civil disobedience, took to the streets of Tbilisi to block roads near the president’s official residence and the state broadcaster’s headquarters.

The chief opposition leader is Levan Gachechiladze, a liberal-conservative businessman who founded Georgia’s United Opposition and ran in the January 2008 presidential poll that re-elected Saakashvili. “We will turn Tbilisi into a city of tents and cells,” vowed Gachechiladze, who has participated in six days of protest outside the presidential residence. A Conservative Party of Georgia activist, Lasha Chkhartishvili, urged residents gathering in front of the residence to bring neckties and hang them on a fence. Last August, explains Novosti, Saakashvili became the object of mockery in both Georgia and Russia when he was caught on camera nervously chewing his necktie while discussing the Russian invasion by telephone with a top Western official.

Political analysts, according to Reuters, insist, however, that Saakashvili’s ruling United National Movement retains wide support, even though the president has reshuffled his cabinet in the face of some high-level political defections. Saakashvili has accused the opposition of receiving “Russian money” and the Kremlin of building up its military presence in Georgia’s breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. At the same time, in what appears to be a provocation designed to lure NATO into a war with Russia, the Georgian president declared: “Although the concentration of Russian forces in Georgia and beyond it exceeds what was there in August last year, I don’t think there is a possibility that Russia will resume a large-scale military adventure. As regards our relations with Russia, Russians keep saying that they want good relations with Georgia, but only after a change in government.”

This week South Ossetian “President” Eduard Kokoity, a Soviet Komsomol graduate, rumbled: “The Georgian army cannot resist to the Russian and South Ossetian military forces stationed in Tskhinvali Region. Russian and Ossetian border guards will protect the borders of the republic together soon.” He was quick to add: “The joint control of borders does not mean that South Ossetia is not an independent republic.” Only Russia and neo-Sandinista Nicaragua have recognized the “independence” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russian President Medvedev, his master KGB-communist dictator Vladimir Putin, and the Russian Foreign Ministry have not disguised their desire for “regime change” in Tbilisi. Georgian political scientist Ghia Nodia provides a brief overview of Kremlin intrigue in its “former” satellite in the Caucasus Mountains:

Russia is attempting to satisfy this demand for a change of government by supplying political alternatives. Russia has been trying to create some kind of a fifth column in Georgia, be it by strengthening [Igor] Giorgadze’s Justice Party or through the creation of some NGOs. They probably thought that since Saakashvili was brought in by the West, they could similarly change the government in Georgia.

So far, such efforts, including the backing of former [Georgian] Security Minister Igor Giorgadze’s Justice Party in 2005-06, have been unsuccessful.

Russia hasn’t given up the plan. It still hopes that by continuing to push this agenda they will bring about political instability.

Interpol fugitive Igor Giorgadze, who is reportedly hiding out in Russia, is the son of retired Soviet Army general Panteleimon Giorgadze, boss of the United Communist Party of Georgia. The latter is allied with Gennady Zyuganov’s (secretly ruling) Communist Party of the Russian Federation. The several communist parties that operate in Georgia do not command much popular support but, as can be seen, their leaders are important fifth columnists for Moscow.

At the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty link above, even Georgia’s former border guard commander Badri Bitsadze, husband of former parliament speaker and opposition leader Nino Burjanadze, has shady links with the Kremlin via the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB/KGB) and the Russian and Georgian mafias. “In Russia, business and the mafia are one and the same — business, mafia, and the KGB,” explains Vakhtang Rcheulishvili, former deputy speaker of the Georgian parliament. “Large Russian businesses are run by the mafia and the KGB. An order goes out telling Georgian businessmen who live in Moscow to finance various political parties here in Georgia.” Rcheulishvili, who does not hesitate to call Russia’s internal repression apparatus by its old name (that is, KGB), adds: “Moscow would rather see Georgia destabilized than leaning toward the West.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s fiery NATO envoy Dmitry Rogozin has articulated the Kremlin’s displeasure with another planned joint NATO-Georgia military exercise to be held at Georgia’s Vaziani military base from May 3 to June 3. NATO troops and Georgia’s armed forces wrapped up a previous combined drill, Immediate Response 2008, one week before Russia’s re-invasion and re-occupation of the “former” Soviet republic on August 5, 2008. “NATO is trying to interfere in Georgia’s affairs in this way,” Rogozin complained to Novosti on Tuesday. The Cooperative Longbow/Lancer-2009 drills will include 900 service personnel from 23 NATO member states, to be held under NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program, of which Russia is also a member. The exercises will improve interoperability between NATO and Georgian troops. Specifically, Cooperative Longbow will train staff, while Cooperative Lancer will consist of field drills.

Rogozin huffed: “The exercises are an expression of support for Saakashvili, and a challenge to the newly independent South Ossetia and Abkhazia.” He added ominously: “Russia will be forced to react.” Rogozin concluded: “The Saakashvili regime shows gross disregard towards those people sacrificed on the altar of his Napoleonic ambitions.” In other words, the Kremlin views Saakashvili as a “fascist.”

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which embodies the Moscow-Beijing Axis, plans to carry out joint military drills in Tajikistan between April 17 and 19, as well as in northeast China in the summer. These will constitute the third and fourth Sino-Soviet war games since 2005.