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The report on the sinking of S. Korea`s Cheonan corvette claiming that the tragedy had been caused by a torpedo fired by a N. Korean submarine caused further escalation on the Korean Peninsula. In a strongly worded address to the nation on May 24, S. Korean President Lee Myung-bak made accusations against N. Korea, charging it with organizing a military provocation against its southern neighbor.

The future is bleak if the present is burdened with a legacy that still awaits rational analysis... Skimming through the Western media, it is hard to take seriously occasional complaints that today's Russia is subjecting its neighbors to what used to be known as Finlandization in the Cold War era. In the context, one can't but recall the aggressive Finlandization – or, in the US terms, Canadization – that Russia had to endure in the 1990ies.

As an influential US paper wrote recently, over the past two decades proponents of humanitarian interventions have remained convinced that some countries are not entitled to independent domestic policies and should face punishment for defiance. During the period of time, the concept of limited sovereignty was imposed on a number of states by external forces while others - who chose to partake in the EU - in fact adopted it freely, at least on the formal level. A Russian writer remarked ironically that freshness of foodstuffs is a condition that affords no gradation. The same should normally be true of sovereignty – the phenomenon known as limited sovereignty clearly invites a less diplomatic descriptive term.

Some 90 years ago, on June 4, 1920 the allies who won World War I and the defeated Hungary signed a peace treaty – the Treaty of Trianon - in the the Grand Trianon Palace in Versailles. Subcarpathian Rusyns, Slovaks, Romanians, Croats, Serbs, and the respective communities across the world rejoiced at the liberation from the protracted Hungarian domination.

Multimillionaire and free mason David Rockefeller, one of the founders of the Bilderberg Club, used to be concerned over the revolutionary processes in Latin America “instigated by the Soviet Union”. He admitted in his inner circle that it was his serious mistake to underestimate the threat posed by F. Castro and his communist supporters.
As a result, Batista had to flee and for the rest of his life blamed his failure on the US, which denied him additional arms supplies, financial assistance, and propaganda support. Like many influential people in the US, Rockefeller was under an illusion that Castro was a representative of the formerly widespread brand of Cuban politicians – a demagogue that would be open to “deals” with the US.