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Leonid Shebarshin: “The Next Target of the US will be Iran”
Bakhtiar Akhmedkhanov
RIA Novosti
via Réseau Voltaire

For three and a half years, Russia has been using the US rhetoric about the “war in international terrorism” for its own ends and has refrained from any commentary on the attacks of 11 September 2001. Breaking with this position, the former number 2 of the KGB, Leonid Shebarshin, affirms that “international terrorism” is not real and that Osama bin Laden is still today a CIA agent. In an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti, distributed outside of Russia by the Voltaire Network, he analyses the oil-based motives of the bellicosity of Washington and shows that the Pentagon’s strategy leads inexorably to war in Afghanistan yesterday, in Iraq today, and in Iran tomorrow.

Two years ago, when the entire world wondered whether or not there would be war in Iraq, the former chief of the First department of the KGB of the USSR, Leonid Shebarshin, said in private: “The war is inevitable, but that in Iraq won’t be the last. The next will be against Iran.” His estimates and predictions have shown themselves to be extremely accurate in the past. It was not in the upholstered offices of Moscow that this general studied the Middle East. For many years, he learned on the ground as a resident of many countries, notably Iran at the beginning of the Islamic revolution, one of the most complex periods in the history of that country.

Bakhtiar Akhmedkhanov, journalist with RIA Novosti, asked Leonid Shebarshin several questions.


Alain Ménargues
I am a free man and I intend to stay that way
Interview by Silvia Cattori
Paris, November 2004

The life of Alain Ménargues – vice-director of Radio France International – changed overnight in October 2004. No sooner had his book “Le mur de Sharon” (“Sharon’s Wall”) been published than he brutally found himself caught in one of those ideological campaigns where lies are mixed with the irrational. Accused of “anti-Semitism”, Alain Ménargues was dismissed from his functions. The suspicion of anti-Semitism – with all the manipulations that can follow – weighs heavily upon the heads of any public personage who criticizes Israel. It can destroy careers and ruin lives. Alain Ménargues is the most recent living proof.

Silvia Cattori Didn’t you knowingly break a taboo by affirming that Israel is racist?

Alain Ménargues The texts are there. I invented nothing. The Jewish State of Israel is considered legally racist by the United Nations.


The Second Bush Administration

Stephen Hadley, National Security Advisor

Réseau Voltaire

Unknown to the public at large, Stephen Hadley has carried on a brilliant career in the shadow of Brent Scowcroft and Condoleeza Rice. A business lawyer convicted of fraud, he became the lawyer of the largest arms manufacturer in the world, Lockheed Martin. He trained the candidate George W. Bush, wrote up the new nuclear doctrine, prepared the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, supervised new entries into NATO, and sold the invasion of Iraq. Ever faithful, he protected Bush the father from the Irangate scandal and Bush the son from the lies of the Iraq war. He now finds himself rewarded by becoming National Security Advisor.


Dispute: Turkey Joining the EU
Cédric Housez
Réseau Voltaire

On the eve of the European Commission’s study of Turkey’s candidacy for the European Union, Réseau Voltaire synthesizes the different arguments and examines their pertinence. In their attempts to convince, both partisans and adversaries do not hesitate to recuperate widespread anachronisms and prejudices. They privilege questions of identity over strategic analyses of which they sometime ignore the stakes. A recapitulation of motives and ulterior motives.



Harassing Kofi Annan

Réseau Voltaire

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The campaign organised by the White House to force Kofi Annan to resign started with a network of newspapers in Iraq, the United Kingdom, and in the United States. Then it mobilized the CIA, Republican congressmen and organizations. Suspected of corruption, the UN’s Secretary General was paralysed. But, once again, the White House managed to unite everyone against it, involuntarily reinforcing Mr. Annan’s authority.


The 12th APEC Summit
Asian-Pacific States Snub George W. Bush

Réseau Voltaire

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Brought together in Santiago, Chile for the 12th Asian-Pacific Summit (APEC), twenty-one heads of state and government applied themselves to ignoring US proposals and to forming new commercial relations without Washington. Vladimir Putin positioned himself as the adversary to US imperialism. Hu Jintao successfully thwarted the US in Latin America. Meanwhile George W. Bush, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, got into a punch-out with Chilean police.


Ukraine: The Street Against the People

Thierry Meyssan
Journalist and writer, president of Réseau Voltaire
Réseau Voltaire

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In order to change the regime in the Ukraine, the CIA ordered exit polls that they presented as definite even before the counting of the votes. It sent out thousands of observers, recruited through the intermediary of Eastern European associations, to cry out about the falsification of the elections. Finally, it paid thousands of cadres from the opposition and trained them in street demonstrations. The richest revolution in the world was conceived as a spectacle for Western television.

Prior to the first round of presidential elections in the Ukraine, we alerted our readers to the deployment of US agents mandated to influence the election [1]. The operation was headed for the CIA by Colonel Robert Helvey who had already supervised the elections in Yugoslavia and Georgia. It was officially financed, for its public part, to the tune of 13 million dollars.

To complete our readers’ information, we have reconstructed a chronology of the events from dispatches from Interfax to which we have added information on the protagonists.


In God We Trust
The War Economy in Iraq

Arthur Lepic
25 November 2004

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At the beginning, the occupation of Iraq was that of a classic war of predation. But today, the impossibility of peacefully exploiting the oil resources and the cost of maintaining an extremely large contingent has made of it a financial pit. Nevertheless, the US has decided to continue on and to pay the price. This shows, aside from its long-term strategic objectives, that there is an indirect economic interest in their military deployment. This demonstration of force is indispensable in order to safeguard the unique status of the dollar, alone capable of compensating for the instability of a United Statesian economy on its last legs.

The economic imperatives that conducted the US and several vassal states to invade Iraq have been the object of numerous analyses, most of which are wrong or incomplete. The neo-conservatives tried hard to refute the claims that the war had no other goal than the pillage of Iraqi oil. They pushed forward the idea that the oil is sold on the international market at the going price, respecting the rules of competition. Moreover, anyone can see that the Coalition has not been able to exploit Iraqi oil as they wished and that, nevertheless, it persists and is getting bogged down in a costly occupation. The reality is therefore more complex and a close examination of the macro-economic processes at work is necessary.



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