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Saudi Arabia"s Succession Shake Up: Russia"s Perspective

11 hours 45 min ago
The unexpected appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the position of Crown Prince and heir to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, augurs well for Russia-Saudi relations. He has overseen the ties with Moscow and has visited the country many times...

Japan"s Secret Weapon – The Honma golf driver

12 hours 40 min ago
Japan’s officialdom was astonished when Donald Trump was elected. It was also terrified he’d live up to campaign promises and demand Tokyo pay more for US forces based in Japan, and might even pick a fight over supposed unfair trade practices.

Crimea, Afghanistan and Libya

13 hours 45 min ago
On June 20 the United States Treasury Department stated that economic sanctions against Russia «would not be lifted until Russia leaves Crimea». In that case, sanctions will remain forever, because ten days after the democratically elected Crimean parliament voted to accede to Russia on 6 March 2014, a referendum was held which confirmed its decision — and the citizens of Crimea intend to remain with Russia...

Don't Fear the New Nationalism

14 hours 40 min ago
Nationalism has frequently been described as a form of religion, and as the social scientist Liah Greenfeld writes...

INF Treaty Withdrawal Debated in US: Does Arms Control Have a Chance to Survive?

Mon, 2017-06-26 06:45
According to POLITICO, the US administration is considering the possibility of withdrawing from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty). The INF Treaty is a bedrock arms control agreement banning an entire class of nuclear missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. It has removed thousands of nuclear weapons from the European continent and marked the first time the superpowers agreed to actually eliminate nuclear weapons and utilize extensive on-site inspections for verification. Now the landmark Treaty is teetering on the brink...

How America Armed Terrorists in Syria

Mon, 2017-06-26 05:45
Three-term Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a member of both the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, has proposed legislation that would prohibit any U.S. assistance to terrorist organizations in Syria as well as to any organization working directly with them. Equally important, it would prohibit U.S. military sales and other forms of military cooperation with other countries that provide arms or financing to those terrorists and their collaborators.

Trump Has Now Committed Himself to Reversing Obama"s Syria-Policy

Mon, 2017-06-26 04:00
Right after the U.S. government shot down a Syrian government plane in Syria, the Russian government broke off the coordination of its operations along with the U.S. and America's allied forces in Syria (otherwise known as «deconfliction of forces» there), and warned that...

An Interview with Dana Rohrabacher about Russia, Turkey and Trump

Mon, 2017-06-26 03:45
The National Interest reporter-intern Dimitri A. Simes spoke with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in his office. The following is a lightly edited transcript of their conversation...  

Brexit Britain One Year On

Mon, 2017-06-26 03:00
June 23rd 2016 was the date of the infamous EU Referendum in the so-called United Kingdom. One year on and not a great deal has actually happened in Britain apart from the country playing up to all the worst stereotypes that people around the world hold regarding the British/English and indulging in one of the most obscene naval gazing exercises of insular provincialism, internal chaos, poor Governance and angry running battles between the young and old, the haves and the have nots, the educated and uneducated, the internationalists and the nationalists.

Crises over Qatar Reaches New Levels: Assessing Implications

Sun, 2017-06-25 05:55
The support for Arab Sunni rebels in Syria will probably dwindle as pro-Turkey and pro-Saudi forces will have to choose sides. The US will face a very serious problem if Kurds in Syria and Turley are supported by the Saudi-led bloc. With no unified Saudi-led Sunni Arab bloc behind it, Washington will have less wiggle room during the talks on delineating de-escalation zones. The influence of the Russia-Turkey-Iran coalition in Syria will grow. All major actors involved in the ongoing conflict have taken sides, except Russia. It makes Moscow best suited for heading the mediation efforts to prevent the worst form happening.

Behind the "Scapegoating" of Russia

Sun, 2017-06-25 05:45
The media/political hysteria over Russia-gate is leading the world to possible nuclear annihilation with few serious questions asked. But a new book, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia, tries to supply some context, writes Rick Sterling.

The «World"s Policeman» Retires on Disability

Sun, 2017-06-25 04:45
Ever since the end of World War II, the United States, rightly or wrongly, but most of the time, wrongly, has fancied itself as the «world’s policeman». Even a disastrous and costly military intervention in Southeast Asia did not deter the United States from acting as the chief arbiter of what governments were «in» and which were «out» as evidenced by Central Intelligence Agency interloping in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Angola, Haiti, and Colombia. 

Tensions Mount As the New Saudi Prince Takes Charge

Sun, 2017-06-25 03:45
What a scary week in the Mideast. The epicenter of the world’s energy resources and the land-bridge between Asia and Africa is spinning out of control as the danger of a shooting war between the US and Russia grows daily.

Russia Concerned over Georgia"s Increasingly Aggressive Policy

Sat, 2017-06-24 06:15
The 40th round of consultations co-chaired by the UN, the OSCE and the EU was held as part of international discussions on Transcaucasia in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 20−21, with the participation of representatives of the Russian Federation, the United States, Georgia, the Republic of Abkhazia, and the Republic of South Ossetia. The difficult negotiations were conducted in a direct and honest way.

Deep History of America"s Deep State

Sat, 2017-06-24 05:45
The idea of an elitist Deep State – erasing a “mistake”  by the people – pervades current efforts to remove buffoonish President Trump, but the concept has deep historical roots dating from the Founding, writes Jada Thacker.

The Saudi-Qatar Spat - An Offer To Be Refused

Sat, 2017-06-24 03:45
Today the Saudi ruler issued an ultimatum to Qatar that was written to be rejected. Such has happened before and one should not forget the lessons to be learned from it.

Russia to Deploy Its First Operational AIP-Powered Underwater Sea Ghost

Fri, 2017-06-23 06:15
Kronstadt, the fourth generation diesel-electric attack submarine (Project 677 or Lada class), is to be launched in 2018. It will become the first ever Russian Air-independent propulsion (AIP) boat. The AIP or anaerobic technology allows to operate without access to atmospheric oxygen (by surfacing or using a snorkel). Kronsdadt will be able to operate submerged for a few weeks without coming to surface. Russian shipbuilding industry has achieved a major technological breakthrough to produce the new sophisticated weapon of war.

Russia-gate Flops as Democrats" Golden Ticket

Fri, 2017-06-23 05:45
The national Democrats saw Russia-gate and the drive to impeach President Trump as their golden ticket back to power, but so far the ticket seems to be made of fool’s gold, writes Robert Parry.

Why Cold War Pendulum Analogy Is Wrong

Fri, 2017-06-23 04:45
On the passing of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin spoke fondly of the great statesman and his herculean efforts to reconcile Europe and Russia. Putin said he agreed with the late German leader’s view that the Cold War between West and East had been largely brought to an end. The Russian president added, however, that international relations are bound to swing like a pendulum, oscillating between bad and good...

Bin Salman Succession a Big Gamble for Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2017-06-23 03:45
The aging king of Saudi Arabia issued a stunning royal decree on Wednesday, stripping his nephew – the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef – from office and appointing his own son, Mohammad Bin Salman, as heir to the Saudi throne.

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