James Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Emerging Threats at NATO – now that’s a lovely title – recently gave a talk at a private club in London on the Islamic State/Daesh. Shea, as many will remember, made his name as NATO’s spokesman during the NATO war on Yugoslavia in 1999. After his talk Shea engaged … Continue reading Daesh, Creature of the West
China's reaching out to Israel and Saudi Arabia is not a case of selling out to Zionism and Wahhabism. It is the product of a pragmatic conception of statesmanship intended to lay the foundations for a multipolar world. Far away from the public eye and amidst relatively little fanfare compared to other official visits of … Continue reading Why is China Choosing to Partner with Israel and Saudi Arabia?
Are We Edging Toward Federalization, World War Three In Syria? As tensions continue to rise between Syria, Israel, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia, the United States is also upping the ante in Syria. After mobilizing troops to Manbij and engaging in a series of airstrikes including a questionable report of the U.S. bombing a Mosque in … Continue reading U.S. Increasing Involvement in Syria Yet Again as Regional, World Tensions Flare
Last year could hardly be described as the best period in the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States, since the interests of these two players have shifted dramatically over the years. Today, Washington and Riyadh occupy different positions on such important topics as Syria, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Egypt, the so-called “democratization” … Continue reading Where Salman’s ‘Pivot East’ Will Take Saudi Arabia?
Fifteen years and counting. America’s longest war keeps getting longer. The very duration of the expedition, with an end no more in sight now than it had been at any of several points one could have chosen over the last several years, ought to indicate the need for a fundamental redirection of policy. And yet there … Continue reading Has Afghanistan Become America’s Afghanistan?
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described it this way weeks after US-led terror-bombing and Iraqi ground operations began last October – long before the worst horrors ongoing now. US-orchestrated operations are being conducted under “conditions of absolute information blockade,” Zakharova explained. Nothing was done to protect, evacuate or otherwise help civilians. They’ve been on … Continue reading Operation Mosul: A Medieval Massacre
Following the assessment by the US Secretary of Defense of the situation in the Northeast Asian region, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was subsequently sent on a tour. In the period from March 16 to 19, Tillerson visited Japan, the Republic of Korea and China. The fact that two high officials of the US administration … Continue reading US Intensifies its Presence in Northeast Asia
There was a time when Russophobia served as an effective form of population control – used by the American ruling class in particular to command the general US population into patriotic loyalty. Not any longer. Now, Russophobia is a sign of weakness, of desperate implosion among the US ruling class from their own rotten, internal … Continue reading Russophobia – Symptom of US Implosion
Moscow and Beijing took another step towards de-dollarization with the announcement of the opening of a renminbi clearing bank in Russia on Wednesday. Local currency transactions were first used in both countries' border regions. Today, more and more Chinese and Russian financial institutes and enterprises are using local currencies to invest and settle accounts, as the yuan-ruble trade platform is … Continue reading Yuan Clearing Bank Opens in Moscow as Russia, China Dump Dollar in Bilateral Trade