North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watched the ground jet test of a Korean-style high-thrust engine newly developed by the Academy of the National Defence Science

North Korea: The Really Serious Options on the Table

East Asia geopolitics is in flux, still centered on Beijing but complicated by Pyongyang's nukes and transitions in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo. The National People’s Congress in Beijing made it clear that China in the 21st century as led by Xi Jinping now relies, as a state, on the  “core” leader’s “four comprehensives” as the … Continue reading North Korea: The Really Serious Options on the Table

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Regional, World War Possible as Israel Continues to Provoke Full-Scale Confrontation with Syria

The war in Syria is heating up yet again with signs that the conflict may soon be about to take greater international dimensions. This is all due to greater Israeli participation and aggression in Syria against the Syrian military and on the behalf of terrorist organizations fighting against the Syrian government. The questions that remain, … Continue reading Regional, World War Possible as Israel Continues to Provoke Full-Scale Confrontation with Syria

Wahhabism to ISIS: How Saudi Arabia Exported the Main Source of Global Terrorism

Although IS is certainly an Islamic movement, it is neither typical nor mired in the distant past, because its roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century. As the so-called Islamic State demolishes nation states set up by the Europeans almost a century ago, … Continue reading Wahhabism to ISIS: How Saudi Arabia Exported the Main Source of Global Terrorism

Keeping the Myth and the Islamic State Alive

Joint Syrian-Russian-Iranian operations against foreign-funded and armed militant groups across Syrian territory have incrementally dismantled and frustrated the fighting capacity of groups including the so-called Islamic State, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and a myriad of other fronts coordinated and arrayed from abroad against Damascus. With the Russian intervention in late 2015, considerable air power was … Continue reading Keeping the Myth and the Islamic State Alive

Donald Trump will Make His Own Mistakes in the Middle East

It is no secret that the new American administration did not inherit the best situation in the Middle East. The policies of ex-President Obama were confusing and inconsistent. The declared goals and means used in their realisation were badly correlated between them. Attempts to transform Iran the enemy into a partner did not bring Washington … Continue reading Donald Trump will Make His Own Mistakes in the Middle East

American Anniversaries from Hell: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

It’s true that, last week, few in Congress cared to discuss, no less memorialize, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Nonetheless, two anniversaries of American disasters and crimes abroad -- the “mission accomplished” debacle of 2003 and the 45th anniversary of the My Lai massacre -- were at least noted in passing in our world. In my hometown … Continue reading American Anniversaries from Hell: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

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CIA’s NightSkies Tool can Hack, Remotely Control iPhones Without User Knowing

WikiLeaks has revealed the CIA’s alleged ability to infiltrate and control iPhones through a tool called NightSkies, which is physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones and allows the CIA to monitor and download files from targets’ phones undetected. The revelation is part of WikiLeaks’ latest Vault 7 release named ‘Dark Matter.’ NightSkies works in the … Continue reading CIA’s NightSkies Tool can Hack, Remotely Control iPhones Without User Knowing

Lab Grown Chicken Nuggets are Here: Google, Bill Gates and Cultured Meat

A San Francisco Bay Area food technology company called Memphis Meats recently finished their lab grown chicken. They fried it into chicken strips and fed it to people at an event. It was produced from stem cells programmed to reproduce animal tissue. It could be considered the second recent node of progress when it comes … Continue reading Lab Grown Chicken Nuggets are Here: Google, Bill Gates and Cultured Meat