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Analysis of international political and military situation and the information shows that in the modern world, several developed countries (USA, UK, France, Germany, India and China) are actively increasing their efforts to achieve global dominance in the information field, which leads to strengthening the entire spectrum of strategic threats for security of Russian Federation.

Think of the irony of it. Osama bin Laden was finally tracked down not in the lawless wilds of Afghanistan but in the teeming Pakistani city of Abbottabad, which is hardly 50 kilometers away as the crow flies from the headquarters of the military establishment in Rawalpindi. Abbottabad has been traditionally from the British times a city with a high concentration of serving and retired military people.

The BRICS summit will convene in China's Sanya beach resort on April 14. For the first time in the alliance's relatively short history, South Africa will participate in the forum as a  member along with Brazil, Russia, India, and China, while the disquieting political settings of the early 2011 reinforce the world's interest in the coming talks between the leaders of the emerging economic heavyweights.

The situation in Libya is evidently headed for a quagmire.  At the moment, the vision of the situation should not be limited to the viewpoint of the Western coalition's member countries (which remain divided over quite a few key issues and whose governments will yet endure fiery criticism over the campaign from their respective constituencies) but should encompass the wider context of the post-revolutionary Arab world.

Libya is at the epicenter of the crisis unfolding across the Arab world. The anti-Gadhafi protests which broke out in February promptly escalated into an armed uprising. Rebels gained control over Libya's eastern provinces, the key city of Benghazi, and a number of Mediterranean centers. Parts of Libya's armed forces and some of its envoys supposed to represent it in other countries and in the UN switched their loyalty to the rebels.

The statement made by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that the alliance is not going to launch an operation in Libya without UN blessing grabbed the headlines. Rasmussen did voice extreme concern over the situation in the country and expressed the view that the steps taken by Gadhafi's regime bordered with crimes against humanity.

An act of self-immolation by a Tunisian street vendor in protest of the confiscation of his wares by municipal officials in December was covered in the media as the catalyst for mass riots in Tunisia, which later spread to Egypt, Yemen, Iran, Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Djibouti, Morocco.

The reason why the abstract concept of unity based on diversity did not withstand the test of empirical reality is that it obviously had nothing to do with reality from the outset. Dissenting voices of those who put national interests higher on the agenda than the cause of integration are increasingly audible even in Europe which must be credited with having generated over ages the moral and legal norms more or less common to all of its peoples and becoming the cradle of what used to be the world's most respected culture.

The revolt in Libya makes us seriously revise our attitude to the events in the Arab East. A widespread point of view that the Internet was to blame for creating options for self-organization has been shaken.

Indeed, the Internet opens opportunities for political mobilization and creation of mass movements, but in any case this is only the channel through which different social groups promote their interests.

The fact that, unlike Boris Yeltsin, the current Russian leadership is not intended to sell the Kuril islands, has prompted sharp reaction from official Tokyo, thus increasing tensions in the Far East.
On the 8th of February the Russian Embassy in Tokyo received an envelope with a bullet inside.