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lundi 23 juin 2008

La Russie et la Chine: scène géostratégique

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La Russie et la Chine: scène géostratégique



Voici les plus importantes nouvelles en provenance de la Russie et de la Chine. C'est n'est pas parce qu'on en entend peu parler qu'il ne se passe rien. On assiste en fait à une deuxième course à l'armement, une nouvelle guerre froide.


Chine:


China's trade surplus hits record $262bn

China’s politically sensitive trade surplus for 2007 soared to a record $262.2 billion (£133.4 billion), a figure that is likely to fuel European and US pressure on Beijing to allow its currency to strengthen.


China bans firm from selling land on the moon


US condemns China 'space weapon'

The United States, Australia and Canada have criticised China over a weapons test it is said to have carried out in space last week.


The Chinese government understands that it must stay absolutely current in space weapons technology, and there isn't one thing that the US can do at this point against it.


Flexing Muscle, China Destroys Satellite in Test

THIS IS NUTS!

When you blow something up here on the ground, gravity quickly pulls the pieces back down to the ground. The dust settles, and everything is over.

But in orbit, destroying a satellite does not really destroy it. It converts a single large object that can be tracked by radar traveling in a predictable path into thousands of smaller objects too small to be tracked with radar flying off in random directions. While some fragments will de-orbit, many will simply shift to new orbits of their own, running the risk of colliding with other spacecraft. Should that happen, yet more debris will get spun off into new orbits, creating a cascade effect of orbiting satellite destroying orbiting satellite destroying orbiting satellite.


China says will allow nothing to spoil the Party


Thousands Riot in China


China's Ultimatum: Let Us Invade Taiwan Or We'll Dump The Dollar

The Fed's decision to cut interest rates again is likely to send the dollar tumbling to historic new lows, leading one financial analyst to predict that China's fury at the devaluation of its huge dollar reserves will provoke them into giving the U.S. government a terse ultimatum - let us invade Taiwan unopposed or we'll dump the dollar and bring about economic chaos.



Russie:


COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS OF RUSSIA FROM 100 YEARS AGO!

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii invented a clever camera that shot three black and wh8ite negatives through red, green, and blue filters in rapid succession. While there was no way to create a color photographic print at the time, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii developed a triple projector that would project the three transparent plates through red, green, and blue filters to reconstruct the color view.

Modern technology now allows those century old color photographs to be reconstructed, and a full-color peek into Russia at the dawn of the 20th century.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/


COLOR PHOTOS FROM WW1

The post about the 100 year old Russian color photos prompted a flood of link suggestions. Here is one.

http://www.greatwar.nl/frames/default-color6.html


Advanced Russian civilization found

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2500-year-old advanced civilization at the bottom of Lake Issyk Kul in the Kyrgyz Mountains in Russia.


Gorbachev laments New World Order behind schedule, blames US for new Cold War

"We had 10 years after the Cold War to build a New World Order and yet we squandered them," he said. Telegraph | May 7, 2008


Russia Plans World's Longest Tunnel, a Link to Alaska


Russia is biggest oil producer

The IEA declared on Tuesday that Russia has been the biggest crude oil producer in the first quarter of 2008, extracting 9.5 million barrels per day, ahead of Saudi Arabia at 9.2 million barrels, AFP reported.


Russia Announces Plan To Annexes Huge New, Oil & Gas Rich Territory In The World's Coming Ice-Free Paradise

Russia has decided that the United States is weak enough, now it has most of military and equipment bogged down in the Middle East, to not put up much of a fight over who owns what in the the Arctic Circle, so it has decided to announce a plan to annex an astounding 460,000 square miles of international territory. That's equal to the land mass of Italy, Germany and France, combined.


Bush, Clinton put U.S. on edge of new Cold War with Russia

Anti-Russia hawks are now pushing to bring Ukraine and Georgia into NATO. If they succeed, we could be dragged into future confrontations with a nuclear-armed Russia about who has sovereignty over the Crimea and whether South Ossetia should be part of Georgia.


Are these vital U.S. interests worth risking a war? Why are we moving a U.S.-led military alliance into the front yard and onto the side porch of a country with thousands of nuclear weapons? Would we accept any commensurate Chinese or Russian move in the Caribbean?


And please remember one thing: the only people who 'win' a cold war are the weapons manufacturers and dealers.


Russia to have 50 silo-based Topol-M ICBM systems by end of 2008

The missile, with a range of about 7,000 miles (11,000 kms), is said to be immune to any current and future U.S. ABM defense. It is capable of making evasive maneuvers to avoid a kill by the use of terminal phase interceptors, and carries targeting countermeasures and decoys.


So let me get this straight: the US "missile defense shield", upon with the US government has lavished megabucks, is now totally impotent against this new generation of Russian weapons?


Russian army chief: We'll use nuclear weapons if threatened

Russia's military chief of staff said Saturday that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in preventive strikes in case of a major threat, the latest aggressive remarks from increasingly assertive Russian authorities.


"You know, like threatening to attack our friends in Iran!"

Russia is basically using the Bush Principle here. If they see someone they feel is a threat to their allies, say, the United States against Iran, Russia reserves the right to attack pre-emptively using nuclear arms.

The United States has no place to complain, given that the United States government used this principle to justify its invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, and (soon) Iran.

Say, what's that bright lig[NO CARRIER]


Russian general: Pentagon seeking confrontation

Russia knows precisely why the US is insisting on having missile defense shields in Poland the Czech Republic, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Iran.


Putin Will Not Permit Bush's Missiles To Be Deployed

To great extent, the American people have no idea of the reckless policy that is being carried out in their name. The gravity of the proposed Missile Defense system has been virtually ignored by the media and Russia's protests have been dismissed as trivial. But hostilities are steadily growing, military forces and weaponry are being put into place, and the stage is set for a major conflagration. This is every bit as serious as the Cuban Missile Crisis, only this time Russia cannot afford to stand down.


Putin will not allow the system to be deployed even if he has to remove it through force of arms. It is a direct threat to Russia's national security. We would expect no different from our own leaders.


To Placate Moscow, U.S. Would Keep Missile-Defense System Off for Now

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that the United States, in order to calm Moscow's concerns over a proposed missile-defense system in Europe, would promise not to turn on elements of it until Iran had demonstrated it had a missile capable of reaching Europe.


So THIS is the "quid pro quo" on the missiles in Eastern Europe?

What kind of complete nincompoops does Sec Def Gates believe his Russian counterparts are?

And if I were one of Gate's counterparts, I would be insulted that the US thought the Russians were dumb enough to go along with this.

The Russians understand completely at whom those missiles will be aimed.


Poland Says It Has Agreed to US Shield

Poland's foreign minister said Friday his country has reached an agreement in principle with the United States on plans to install a U.S. missile defense system in Polish territory.


This is guaranteed to sour already rough relations between the US and Russia.


Russia's ambassador to NATO warns of confrontation with Poland

Russia's ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Sunday warned of a new confrontation between Warsaw and Moscow in connection with plans by the United States to base a missile shield in Eastern Europe.

The warning from Russian ambassador Dmitri Rogosin came in reaction to statements by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Friday concerning military agreements with the US in addition to a planned US deployment of 10 long-range missile interceptors in Poland.


Russian diplomats are no fools; they know precisely at what country these missiles will be aimed.


Putin says Russia ready to target NATO threats

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was ready to target missiles at former Warsaw Pact countries, including neighbouring Ukraine, if they join NATO or host Western military facilities.


Putin is no fool, and understands precisely what is going on here.


Russia concerned over NATO military buildup around its borders

"We are certain that the geographical expansion of NATO cannot be justified by security concerns,"

Sergei Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow.


This would certainly explain Russia's military buildup, and the military exercises going on around the world.


US and Nato condemned by Putin

President Vladimir Putin has criticised the US and Nato for military expansion toward Russia's borders and for failing to respond to Moscow's security concerns.


Putin and his officials are no fools: they know precisely why the US is planning to fence Russia in with missile defense sites and new military bases.


Russian 'killer of aircraft carriers' starts drills in Pacific

The Varyag, a Russian Slava-class missile cruiser dubbed 'the killer of aircraft carriers,' has started a series of live-firing exercises in the Pacific for the first time since a recent overhaul, a fleet spokesman said Monday.


Russia is sending a message with these exercises.

I just hope some folks in Washington are listening, particularly with regard to any possible upcoming attack on Iran.

The big question is, should we and/or Israel attack Iran, what is Russia prepared to do to protect her interests in that country?


Russia sends bombers, fighters to Atlantic, Arctic

Russia sent fighters and long-range bombers to the Arctic and North Atlantic on Friday to take part in manoeuvres demonstrating revival of some of the military power and reach it lost with the collapse of the Soviet Union.


There is a message being sent to both the US and NATO in this exercise: don't discount Russian military capabilities.

I'm not really certain, however, that anyone in Washinton or Brussells is listening.


Russian missile cruiser hits all test targets in Atlantic

The operation is the first large-scale Russian Navy exercise in the Atlantic for 15 years. All the warships and aircraft involved are carrying full combat ammunition loads, the Navy said.


(Ahem).

Putin appears to be sending a monumentally un-subtle message to Washington.

Note that final paragraph: "All the warships and aircraft involved are carrying full combat ammunition loads, the Navy said."


Russian bombers launch missiles over Arctic

Twelve Russian strategic bombers are taking part in military exercises above the Arctic involving the launching of tactical cruise missiles.


Putin could have been a partner; instead, this administration, which appears to be pathologically incapable of finding anything approximating a sane foreign policy with a flashlight and both hands, turned him into an adversary.


Russia to fly 20-30 strategic patrol missions every month

Russia is set to drastically increase its number of strategic aviation patrol flights over the world's oceans to 20-30 a month, the Air Force commander said on Friday.

"We will be making 20-30 flights a month, not two or three, as was the case until recently," Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said.


In picking up the pace of these patrol missions, Russia is sending a not-so-subtle message to the West, and particularly to Washington.


Russia test-fires new intercontinental missile

Russia on Monday test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile, part of a system that can outperform any anti-missile system likely to be deployed, according to the officer in charge of missile forces.


I don;t know what the Russians are doing, but here is what I would do to foil an anti-missile system.

Make the re-entry vehicles slightly heavier on one side than the other. This will cause them to slip sideways while flying through the atmosphere and by rotating the RV around the long axis, it's path can be steered, much as the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules were controlled during re-entry.

This system will turn a simple and predictable ballistic path through the atmosphere into a random "squiggle" in the sky that will be all but impossible to intercept.


Putin Calls U.S. `Frightening Monster,' Urges French Solidarity

`How can one be such a shining example of democracy at home and a frightening monster abroad?'' Putin said in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde transmitted live to journalists in Paris yesterday.


Unfortunately, we're not doing such a great job at being "...a shining example of democracy at home" either.

Right now, it's as though the US is in the rotation to be the geopolitical "bad guy", wreaking chaos wherever we go in the world, and winding up with a completely opposite outcomes from those this administration had expected, such as strengthening Iran's hand in the Middle East because of what we have done in Iraq.


Russia parliament votes to suspend arms treaty

Russia's parliament voted unanimously on Wednesday to suspend a key arms treaty limiting conventional forces in Europe, saying the United States and NATO were using the pact to undermine Russia's defenses.


Yeee-H"aw! The cold war's on again, baby!" - official White Horse Souse.


Russia warns US, EU over Kosovo independence

Russia's Kosovo negotiator, Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, declined to give any details about the steps, but said a recognition of Kosovo's independence by the West would lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in the province.

When asked if Russia had a plan of action if Kosovo declared independence, he said: "Yes, Russia's Foreign Ministry has prepared a whole host of steps and measures. These measures fully accord to our position on independence for Kosovo."


This could get very ugly for the Kosovars, and might be a flashpoint for military action by Russia against NATO - and any other nation which refuses to realize that Russia is dead serious about this.


The Voice of the White House for October 15th 2007

Putin has many enemies, mostly among the Oligarchs whom he has stripped of their holdings and run out of the country. Naturally, these men, most of whom are Jewish, fled to Israel with as much money as they could carry, and from there, they plot to regain their power.

Have you noticed that the US Media has begun non-stop Russia-bashing?

Do you really want a war with Russia? They really DO have weapons of mass destruction AND the missiles to deliver them with.

Israel would love nothing better than to have the US and Russia destroy each other, leaving Israel with its nuclear arsenal to dominate the Middle East, and with that oil as leverage, Europe as well.


First Russian nuclear fuel delivered to Iran

Russia on Monday delivered its first shipments of nuclear fuel to Iran's Bushehr power plant, setting a definite timeline for the start-up of the controversial plant. The fuel left Russia's Novosibirsk chemical plant after all payment conflicts stalling Russia's completion of Iran's first nuclear power plant were resolved last week, the Foreign Ministry said.


If Israel bombs the plant now, it will be a radioactive disaster.


Iran, Russia discuss defense ties

Head of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Mikhail Dmitriyev arrived in Tehran on Wednesday to take part in the fourth meeting of the Iran-Russia Joint Defense Cooperation Commission.


War with Russia over Iran, anyone???


Russia delivers air defence units to Syria


Russia, US agree deal on Moscow arms for Afghanistan: ministers

Moscow and Washington have agreed a deal in principle over the supply of Russian weaponry to the Afghan army in its fight against the Taliban insurgency, senior diplomats announced in a statement Friday.


Given the history of both Russia and the US in Afghanistan recently, the irony here regarding this deal is so thick you could cut it with a knife.


Russia forces World Service off FM radio


USAREUR commander wants to keep 40,000 American soldiers in Europe

A “resurgent Russia” is one more reason the Army should keep 40,000 soldiers in Europe, rather than cut to 24,000 as planned, the commander of United States Army Europe, Gen. David McKiernan, said Thursday.

“We keep an eye on certain indicators, some of which we’ve seen already,” such as a resumption of long-range reconnaissance flights, “arms sales to nation- states that [the United States] has differences with,” and indications that Russia is becoming involved with border conflicts in Georgia and Azerbaijan, he said.


Here comes the demonization of Russia.

This is precisely the tack this administration takes when it identifies another country (read: Iran and Iraq) with resources which the US desperately needs.

Then comes the "justification" for the taking of those resources, no matter the price in blood and money.

I'd almost be willing to bet that we see a return of the draft in the not too distant future.


The Cable-Cutter Mystery

Spies, lies, and "conspiracy theories" – what's behind the Middle East internet outage.


I am starting to wonder if whatever was supposed to follow the cable cutting was called off because of all the attention?


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