Artículos con la etiqueta ‘Siria’

Ukraine imperils Obama’s foreign-policy legacy

Por • 3 mar, 2014 • Category: Política

How far the blunt and threatening posture US secretary of state John Kerry took in his interview with the CBS News toward Moscow — and President Vladimir Putin in person — over the Ukraine situation was genuine and how far it was intended to meet the domestic criticism of the Barack Obama administration being ‘weak’ in its foreign policies doesn’t really matter. What matters is that Kerry demanded virtual capitulation by Russia under the shadow of US retribution and that’s being plain dishonest and unrealistic.

Obama Revisits Military Option on Syria

Por • 15 feb, 2014 • Category: Internacionales

The United States’ narrative on Syria dramatically changed during the past fortnight. President Barack Obama has publicly discussed the military option on Syria. An unseen hand would seem to have stealthily reshuffled the order of the heap of Syrian files stacked up on his desk in the Oval Office and brought to the fore the «all-options-are-open» file dated August 31 last year, which was when Obama stalled on his plan to launch a «limited» attack on Syria and took the detour to seek approval from the US Congress for use of military force to «deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade» the potential for chemical attacks in Syria. France has overnight become the US’ best ally in Europe «at least as seen through the prism of crisis management and military cooperation,» as the prominent French pundit Frederic Bozo sardonically noted

¿El sarín de quién?

Por • 15 feb, 2014 • Category: Política

En agosto y septiembre de 2013, Barack Obama, Francois Hollande y David Cameron acusaban al gobierno sirio de haber utilizado armas químicas cerca de Damasco causando la muerte de 1 400 opositores. Afirmando que Siria había violado «la línea roja», los tres dirigentes de Estados Unidos, Francia y Gran Bretaña anunciaban la preparación de una expedición militar punitiva contra el régimen acusado de haber usado armas químicas. Poco después, Londres se retiraba del plan de ataque, lo mismo hacía Washington y París se veía en la imposibilidad de seguir adelante sin el respaldo de sus socios. Al analizar los hechos, el conocido periodista estadounidense Seymour Hersh demuestra que el presidente Obama en realidad no sabía lo que había pasado en la periferia de Damasco y que mintió cuando dijo tener pruebas de la culpabilidad del gobierno sirio. Seymour Hersh realizó este artículo excepcional a pedido del semanario The New Yorker, que finalmente lo rechazó. El autor lo propuso entonces al Washington Post, que también lo rechazó. Finalmente fue publicado en el Reino Unido por la London Review of Books.

Online Social Media in the Syria Conflict: Encompassing the Extremes and the In-Betweens

Por • 7 feb, 2014 • Category: Política

Computer scientists have used the pattern of social media communication in Syria to reveal the structure of opposing forces in the civil war. Social media has become a fundamental tool of social change all over the world. Nowhere is this more evident than the middle east. Platforms such as Twitter and Youtube played a major role in the Arab Spring, the civil uprisings in 2010 that spread from Tunisia to Egypt to Libya to Yemen and beyond. So an interesting question is to what extent does social media activity reflect the situation on the ground. That’s exactly the problem addressed today by Derek O’Callaghan at University College Dublin and a few pals.

Obama moves on Iran, Putin keeps Syria

Por • 1 oct, 2013 • Category: Política

The euphoria over the Syrian chemical weapons resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council on Friday is swirling around making the headlines, but a sense of dark foreboding also lurks below the surface threatening to spoil the party. True, after an inordinately long interval when nothing seemed to be going well between them, the United States and Russia agree on something. That calls for celebration. But then, details are emerging that there was much wrangling between the two foreign ministers, John Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, including some tense moments. The trust deficit is palpable.

Rusia acusa a EE UU de chantaje para posibilitar intervención militar en Siria

Por • 23 sep, 2013 • Category: Política

Rusia acusó hoy a EE UU de chantajear con el objeto de obligar a Moscú a apoyar una resolución en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU que posibilite una intervención militar en Siria. «Los socios norteamericanos han empezado a chantajearnos: si Rusia no apoya la resolución conforme al Artículo 7 (de la Carta de la ONU, que admite la posibilidad de intervención militar), ‘pararemos las actividades de la OPAQ en la Haya'», dijo el canciller ruso, Sergueí Lavrov, en una entrevista al canal ruso Uno. «Es un incumplimiento absoluto de lo que acordamos con (el secretario de Estado norteamericano) John Kerry: primero, la conclusión de la OPAQ, y luego la resolución del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU que apoye esa conclusión, pero sin el Artículo 7″, señaló.

El ataque militar estadunidense a Siria está en suspenso

Por • 22 sep, 2013 • Category: Internacionales

Estados Unidos ya no tiene el poder para hacer cumplir sus decisiones. Pero Obama es renuente a reconocer esa realidad. Es precisamente este hecho lo que enfatizan muchos oponentes. Tomemos tan sólo dos: el superior de los jesuitas, el padre Adolfo Nicolás, y el presidente ruso, Vladimir Putin. El padre Nicolás dijo: Pienso que una intervención militar es, en sí misma, un abuso de poder. Estados Unidos debe dejar de actuar y reaccionar como peleonero en el barrio del mundo. Y Putin dijo en un artículo en The New York Times que disentía de la declaración de Obama acerca del excepcionalismo estadunidense. Es extremadamente peligroso alentar a la gente a verse a sí misma como excepcional”. Intenten imaginar a Joseph Stalin haciendo tal afirmación acerca de Estados Unidos y a The New York Times publicándolo. Los tiempos han cambiado.

American Generals Stand between War and Peace

Por • 21 sep, 2013 • Category: Política

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States, General Martin Dempsey, backed by his Joint Staff generals and admirals, stood between a hasty and knee-jerk President Obama who was intent on launching a military attack on Syria and a tenuous peace in the Middle East. As of the evening of Friday, August 29, President Obama was on track to launch a sustained 72-hour cruise missile and drone attack on pre-selected air defense and other strategic military targets in Syria. Obama had been convinced by his national security adviser Susan Rice, UN ambassador Samantha Power, and deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, all «Responsibility to Protect» advocates, that he could trump congressional approval for his attack by claiming that humanitarian operations do not require approval under the War Powers Resolution or Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Rhodes, who lacks any military experience, as is also the case with Rice and Power, is in his position because of his family ties. At least temporarily, Dempsey’s argument prevailed and Obama decided to hold off on any attack until Congress reconvened after Labor Day. Obama decided he would seek a congressional vote to authorize a military strike on Syria.

China to play ‘positive, constructive’ role at UN in solving Syria issue

Por • 20 sep, 2013 • Category: Política

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged Thursday that China will play «a positive and constructive role» at the United Nations in helping resolve the crisis over Syria’s chemical weapons. Speaking to reporters after his talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Wang said they had «in-depth» exchange of views on the Syrian issue. He expressed the hope that the ongoing talks in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will soon yield results, by reaching an agreement on starting the process of verifying and destroying Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons. In his opening remarks before the talks with Kerry, Wang said China welcomes the framework agreement reached not long ago by the United States and Russia on ridding Syria of its chemical weapons.

On the True Aims of the War against Syria

Por • 20 sep, 2013 • Category: Internacionales

third strategic goal – preserving the petrodollar system. It is well known that forty years ago the gold standard was replaced by the oil standard. In 1971 the U.S. announced the end of the convertibility of the dollar to gold. Two years later, in order to support world demand for the U.S. dollar, which was no longer backed by anything, a new system was created: the petrodollar. In 1973 an agreement was reached between Saudi Arabia and the U.S. according to which each barrel of oil bought from Saudi Arabia would be priced in U.S. dollars. In accordance with this new agreement, any country wishing to buy oil from Saudi Arabia must first exchange its own national currency for American dollars. In exchange for Saudi Arabia’s willingness to conduct oil deals exclusively in U.S. dollars, America offered it arms and protection of oil fields from the encroachment of neighboring countries, including Israel.In 1975 all the OPEC countries agreed to price their oil resources exclusively in American dollars and receive dollars for oil. In exchange they were promised arms shipments and military protection.