Villages in north-eastern Syria liberated from ISIL © Sputnik/ Valery Melnikov

The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

You all remember former US Secretary of State Condi Rice's notorious 2006 prediction about "birth pangs of a New Middle East." True to the George "Dubya" Bush/Cheney regime, Condi got it all spectacularly wrong, not only about Lebanon and Israel but also Iraq, Syria and the House of Saud. The Obama administration duly maintained a … Continue reading The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

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Israeli Media Blames Putin for Syria’s Decision to Defend Itself Against Israeli Airstrikes

"The serious exchange of missile fire between Israel and Syria early Friday morning reflects the Assad regime’s attempts to change the unofficial rules of the game." So begins a column published in Israel's Haaretz. The newspaper is of course referring to the Israeli jets that "breached Syrian air space early in the morning and attacked a … Continue reading Israeli Media Blames Putin for Syria’s Decision to Defend Itself Against Israeli Airstrikes

The United Arab Emirates and Egypt Aspire to Dominate the Middle East

Contemporary Egypt is the subject of sharp discord between Arabian monarchies. Some try to influence it; others try to bring down its economy or the ruling regime. In addition to Egypt, they fight each other over influence in Syria, Libya and Yemen. For the past ten years, Egypt is the key country in the Arab … Continue reading The United Arab Emirates and Egypt Aspire to Dominate the Middle East

Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, dig through the rubble of a mosque following a reported airstrike on a mosque in the village of Al-Jineh in Aleppo province late on March 16, 2017.

Pentagon Denies Bombing Syrian Mosque, But Its Own Photo May Prove That It Did

The Pentagon spokesperson insisted that the U.S. airstrike in the rebel-held village of Al-Jina in northern Syria on Thursday night did not hit a mosque. “The area was extensively surveilled prior to the strike in order to minimize civilian casualties,” Navy Captain Jeff Davis wrote in an email. “We deliberately did not target the mosque.” He … Continue reading Pentagon Denies Bombing Syrian Mosque, But Its Own Photo May Prove That It Did

Pentagon Used Bribes, Games and Beer to Mine Data in the Middle East

A new book tells the story of how the Pentagon used creative methods involving technologically-savvy humanitarians to collect data on Afghanistan. “The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World,” tells the story of how the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) collaborated with a loosely associated group of “humanitarians, … Continue reading Pentagon Used Bribes, Games and Beer to Mine Data in the Middle East

UK troops deployed in Estonia to ‘defend NATO’ from Russia © Sõdurileht / Facebook

UK Troops Deployed in Estonia to ‘Defend NATO’ from Russia

The first batch of British soldiers has arrived in Estonia to serve as part of the NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence on the borders of Russia and part of “wider efforts to defend the alliance” from the perceived threat from Moscow. Some 130 soldiers from 5 Rifles RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire landed at the Amari … Continue reading UK Troops Deployed in Estonia to ‘Defend NATO’ from Russia

Busted! US Soldiers Caught with $12M Worth of Crystal Meth in South Korea

South Korean prosecutors allege that two American troops stationed in the country smuggled nine pounds worth of methamphetamine from California using the Army’s postal service. Two South Korean nationals have also been detained, the law enforcement office said. The operation may also implicate four South Koreans with family members living in the US, Stars and Stripes reported. … Continue reading Busted! US Soldiers Caught with $12M Worth of Crystal Meth in South Korea