Mexico is therefore in a conundrum because it must urgently deal with the cartels yet there’s no perfect solution for doing so, as the existing “hard” policy has evidently failed while the “soft” one could amount to surrendering the state to their clutches.
There are now ever increasing flashpoints, domestic as well as global, that could lead to the Great War – one of desperation which had led to WW2.
Central Asia largely evades mainstream media coverage. This is despite it being the centre of a fascinating, ‘great game’ geopolitical contest; fought by the nations of Russia, China, the U.S., and Iran. This is a niche article specifically focusing on Tajikistan, which is vastly underdeveloped, resource rich, and ruled by […]
ORIENTAL REVIEW publishes a briefing of the series of articles by Konstantin Penzev recently posted by the New Eastern Outlook (here, here and here). He carefully reviews the sources of the global narco-culture tracking back to the clandestine experiments done in the military laboratories of the United States as early […]
Part I As noted in the previous part of the paper, the global drug mafia is a three-level formation. The strategic objectives pursued at the executive Level 3 are: • The whitewashing of the cash flows generated by drug sales; • Revenue investment in various sectors of the economy; • […]
These days, the drug mafia theme attracts permanent media coverage. One of the aspects that cannot be avoided in the context is the involvement of the financial sector – for hefty risk premiums – in money laundering for the narcotics business. Banks and the Drug – Business: Seamless Integration Rather […]
Part I A feature common to the serial outbreaks of unrest in the course of the Arab Spring and the conflicts in the post-Yugoslavian space was the involvement of the armed opposition which had grown out of local criminal or downright terrorist groups in the resulting transitions. The Arab countries […]
The Western power centers use the «Republic of Kosovo» as a testing ground for working out the ways to create a quasi-state that could be defined as an «abnormal criminal case of global scope». The goal is reshaping South East Europe. The states below the «first echelon» are subject to […]
In the wake of World War II, the US and British political elites were confronted with a threat of socialism on a global scale. Fearing that a question mark might be hanging over their own future, they reacted by mobilizing resources – those on public display and deeply hidden – […]
We all are aware of the basic frameworks of the US response to barbaric 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Bush’s administration and NATO launched unprecedented media, diplomatic and military campaigns aimed to suppress the adversary inside its haunt in Afghanistan. But few remember that the US Operation Enduring Freedom and NATO’s […]
The Russian Ministry of Defense plans to sign an agreement with the USA to establish a return “trans-shipment center” in Ulyanovsk (Russia) for goods going from Afghanistan has attracted public attention. A discussion on financial, political and military aspects of the issue has flared up. The issue of drug trafficking […]
This month Washington whose commitment to fighting drug production in the US occupied Afghanistan is widely called into question rolled out a new plan of coordinating the activities of Central Asian republic’s anti-narcotic agencies. The initiative was, however, promptly blocked as potentially counterproductive by Russia, the country hit hardest by […]