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OCTOBER 2014 REPORTS
ISIS in the 'SyrIraq' Theatre of
Why did UKRAINE-2014 Happen?; North Korea:
Does Kim Jong-un have a game plan?
ISIS in the 'SyrIraq'
Theatre of War
President Obama’s plan, as it stands, to destroy the Islamic
State (IS, former ISIS) is ineffective at best. The reasons are rather obvious.
Beyond the White House’s valid intentions, there is little solidarity within the
coalition that has been assembled to take action. With the exception of the
United Kingdom and France and smaller NATO nations yet to declare, the coalition
members include some strange partner nations to back up its military focused
strategy; whose resolve may be questioned. It may even have obtained some
rejections. The principal problem in this context may well be that many of the
ISIS volunteers, numerous we understand are from Saudi and the Gulf States,
which being Wahhabi Islamists are also the main sources of finance for the
Islamists. Yet it is their airforces at least that are now, as part of the
Alliance, attacking the ISIS targets. In the current line-up of the allies, one
of the West’s normally most reliable regional allies, Turkey has agreed to open
an IS Consulate. If so, they have diplomatically recognised the rogue state and
will not be involved in the war against them! [...]
Why did UKRAINE-2014 Happen?
The situation in Ukraine, which
had rattled the entirety of Europe since November of last year, has deepened and
intensified over the summer months.
The shock has to some extent given way to investigating the causes of the
crisis, which now infers that a large portion of the blame seems to fall on the
US State Department, or at least the neo-con cell there, involving Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State. She was secretly filmed telling a
large private meeting of Ukrainian ‘movers and shakers’ that Washington had
spent FIVE BILLION DOLLARS on developing “Ukrainian Democratic Institutions”.
Even in this notoriously corrupt nation, that’s a lot of money. As the State
Department’s leader on European affairs, she has been deeply involved in
continuing events in Ukraine which have notably included the well organised
successful coup that overthrew the democratically elected, Moscow-leaning,
President Yanukovych and forced him into flight. [...]
North Korea: Does
Kim Jong-un have a game plan?
It is ten months since we last
had the pleasure of updating for NewNations about North Korea. A state which,
while only too predictable in some respects, never loses its capacity to
Writing in late November last year, little did we or anyone outside Pyongyang
know that within a fortnight Kim Jong-un would suddenly purge and execute his
uncle and mentor Jang Song-thaek. Once the dust settled, Jang’s dramatic ouster
seems to have been a one-off rather than a prelude to ongoing factional strife.
Although Jang’s family – except his now invisible widow Kim Kyong-hui, sister of
the late ‘dear leader’ Kim Jong-il – reportedly shared his brutal fate, no wider
Several figures associated with Jang like the Premier, Pak Pong Ju, remain in
post. Kim Jong-un got rid of a man whose powerful independent political and
business networks appeared a potential threat, and he seems to have got away
with doing so. [...]
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