Daily Archive: October 27, 2016

Where Pakistan’s Triumphs and Trials Meet

Balochistan, the restive province of southwestern Pakistan, is a microcosm of the country in which it resides, encapsulating all its triumphs and tribulations. The province is at once home to promising economic projects in the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and a hotbed of insurgency and militancy. On Monday, Balochistan’s provincial capital, Quetta, experienced its second large-scale terrorist attack since militants killed...

Turkey’s Anti-Daesh Operation: From Bad To Worst-Case Scenario?

Turkish troops are in northern Syria and Northern Iraq ostensibly on the pretense of fighting Daesh and YPG-PKK militants, though the central authorities in both Damascus and Baghdad publicly claim that this is an illegal violation of their sovereignty and that Ankara must immediately withdrawal. Erdogan’s intentions seem to have been laid bare when he announced just the other day...

Russia as It Actually Exists Couldn’t Be More Different From the One Imagined in the West

In February, the Obama administration announced that it was quadrupling funding for a major increase in NATO troops and weaponry in the countries of Eastern Europe on the border with Russia. Diplomatic relations have faltered between the two countries over Syria. And the corporate media in the U.S. and U.K. have again stepped up their demonization of all things Vladimir...

In Haunted Salem, a Jewish Church Founder Preaches the Art of ‘Satanic’ Social Change

SALEM, Massachusetts — Just in time for Halloween, a controversial Satanic temple has set up its international headquarters in Massachusetts’ beloved Salem. Located one-mile from historic sites tied to Salem’s 1692 witchcraft hysteria, the building — a former funeral home — was inaugurated last month by activist Malcolm Jarry, a self-described “secular Jew” who co-founded The Satanic Temple (TST) in...

Western Firms Primed to Cash in on Syria’s Oil and Gas ‘Frontier’

US, British, French, Israeli and other energy interests could be prime beneficiaries of military operations in Iraq and Syria designed to rollback the power of the ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) and, potentially, the Bashar al-Assad regime. A study for a global oil services company backed by the French government and linked to Britain’s Tory-led administration, published during the height of the...