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Trump"s Outdated Hatred for Iran

Sat, 2017-08-19 06:19
The Saudi-Israeli tandem has often driven U.S. policies in the Middle East. But the Trump administration keeps following the old Saudi line on Iran even as Riyadh shifts toward diplomacy, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Russian Tu-160M2 Supersonic Bomber Prepares for Its Maiden Flight

Sat, 2017-08-19 05:45
Russia is resuming the production of the upgraded (M2) variant of the Tu-160 White Swan (Blackjack) – a supersonic strategic bomber with variable-sweep wings, designed to engage targets around the globe with nuclear and conventional weapons. The bomber is a cruise missile carrier capable of launching its nuclear payload from standoff ranges.

Outsourcing the War in Afghanistan Is an Awful Idea

Sat, 2017-08-19 05:20
There are no good options on Afghanistan. Experts disagree on whether the current or potential future terrorist threat justifies continuing to spend American blood and treasure in the war-torn country where the Taliban is going from strength-to-strength...

The Saudi-Israeli Alliance

Sat, 2017-08-19 04:45
Two of the U.S. government’s supposed allies are supposedly not allies of each other but enemies of each other, but, away from the glare of the «news’media, they actually work together with each other to control, by means of their secret actual alliance with one-another, a substantial, if not the major, part of U.S. foreign policies. These two are the Saud family, and the government of Israel.

Thanks to Russia, Syria"s Military Became Formidable Force Gaining Ground

Fri, 2017-08-18 06:45
The Syrian government forces supported by Russian aviation have recently captured the city of Sukhneh, the last Islamic State (IS) stronghold in the central province of Homs. By August 10, the Army took control of all strategic heights around the urban area to cut off the IS forces. On August 13, the militants were driven from the northern and western parts of Sukhneh.

As Russia-Gate Story Stalls, Cue Trump Neo-Nazi Scandal

Fri, 2017-08-18 05:45
The political opponents of President Trump have found a new lever for sabotaging his presidency – his alleged embrace of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis. He is now being labelled a «sympathizer» of fascists and bringing America’s international image into disrepute. Cue the impeachment proceedings.

Charlottesville: Is America Becoming the Middle East?

Fri, 2017-08-18 05:20
Americans have been so entangled in the Middle East for the past few decades that they have begun interpreting their own politics in the terms of that region. Is driving a car into protesters an ISIL tactic? Is pulling down statues of Confederate generals like destroying ancient Assyrian antiquities? Is Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad a mass murderer or a bulwark against fundamentalist hordes? How helpful is this importation of symbols from a region the United States has done so much to roil?

5 v 6: The Cold War Within British Intelligence

Fri, 2017-08-18 04:45
Within the British Intelligence community there is a serious and uncivilized Cold War raging between the domestic «security» service known colloquially as MI5 or the Home Office and the foreign diplomatic intelligence service known as MI6 or the Foreign Office. I have written about this before and it is a topic which is very much ongoing currently in Britain.

With an Eye on China, US-Vietnam Float Closer Together

Fri, 2017-08-18 03:45
In a sign of enhanced strategic ties, the United States will send an aircraft carrier to Vietnam, a naval visit that will herald deeper and stronger bilateral cooperation in the South China Sea vis-à-vis China.

The Two Types of Conspiracy-Theories

Thu, 2017-08-17 06:45
One type of conspiracy-theory — exemplified against ‘the Jews’ — attributes the source of harm to an amorphous mass of individuals who somehow (that’s never specified) control the government and are the source of its harms, such that that category of person is the alleged cause of the alleged harms (and Hitler therefore tried to eliminate all Jews — though he pretended in 1939 to be considering simply to expel all Jews from Germany, which he never seriously did actually consider).

A Ukraine Link to North Korea"s Missiles?

Thu, 2017-08-17 03:45
By orchestrating the 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, U.S. neocons may have indirectly contributed to a desperate Ukrainian factory selling advanced rocket engines to North Korea and endangering America, writes Robert Parry.  

Death of a Nation

Thu, 2017-08-17 03:00
Every living nation needs symbols. They tell us who we are as one people, in what we believe, and on what basis we organize our common life. This fact seems to be very clear to the current leadership in Russia, particularly to President Vladimir Putin, in restoring and reunifying a country rent by three generations of Red and White enmity to achieve a national synthesis...

Unique Capabilities of MiG-31BM Fighter Strike Imagination

Wed, 2017-08-16 06:45
MiG-31BM Foxhound interceptor aircraft based in Karelia, the Western military district, were scrambled in early August during snap drills. The fighters of this type are expected to take part in the large-scale Zapad-17 exercise scheduled for September.

Charlottesville

Wed, 2017-08-16 05:45
Listening to NPR this morning confirmed what I already knew. Charlottesville is being turned into another nail in President Trump’s coffin. NPR had no interest whatsoever in reporting the actual facts about what had occurred in Charlottesville. The several “interviews” with the like-minded were orchestrated to produce the desired propaganda result: It was all Trump’s fault.

The Curious and Dangerous UK-Japan Alliance

Wed, 2017-08-16 04:45
Currently the British Tory-DUP minority Government of the «dead woman walking» Theresa May is just about managing to alienate nearly every one of Britain's vital strategic economic, diplomatic and political international relationships which is so strange and as usual for Mrs. May and some of her advisors, so short sighted, given the precarious situation the UK finds itself in, teetering on the edge of the unknown Brexit abyss and the current political, governmental, social, cultural and economic chaos engulfing Britain...

Hyping North Korea to Relaunch Reagan's Star Wars?

Wed, 2017-08-16 03:45
Since Trump issued "fire and fury" threats against North Korea (the DPRK), sanity has taken over among serious people. The talk of preventive strikes on North Korea within the expert community has largely ended. It was never a seriously possibility. North Korea has many options to retaliate to any strike and all would come with catastrophic damage to South Korea and Japan and thereby to U.S. interests in Asia.

Iran Challenges US Sanctions Policy

Tue, 2017-08-15 06:45
On August 13, Iranian lawmakers gave initial approval to a legislation, which approves more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile program and foreign operations of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in response to US sanctions.

The Costs of Ignoring Russia

Tue, 2017-08-15 06:20
Improving the dangerously unstable U.S.-Russia relationship will be very difficult, but it is important for U.S. national security. Current mutual hostility threatens an explosive confrontation that could destroy American (and Russian) civilization as we know it. Short of that, Russia can do much more than it is today to damage U.S. interests and values without taking extreme risks. Accordingly, the United States should explore normalizing its interaction with Russia. Washington should do so without illusions, and from a position of strength.

Trump Stokes Korea Crisis As Cover for Trade War with China

Tue, 2017-08-15 05:45
It is commonly perceived that US President Donald Trump is using trade leverage with China in order to pressure Beijing to get tougher on North Korea over the latter’s nuclear weapons program. But what if we run that in reverse? It could be argued that Trump is using the Korea crisis to pursue a trade war with China.

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