Is North Korea a Diversion for a US-Jordan Invasion of Syria?

“Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said that his country has information that Jordan is planning to send its troops into southern Syria in cooperation with the United States….’Jordan is not an independent country. Whatever the United States wants, it will happen,’ said Assad.” — Middle East Monitor “In the event of a de-facto partition of Syria, the US …

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Syria – New Russian Proposal and Battle for the South

Russia is extremely active in search of a diplomatic way forward in the Syria conflict. Last month talks were held in Russia with the Syrian foreign minister and the Iranian foreign minister. New plans were discussed and agreed upon. A few days ago Russia's foreign minister had talks with the U.S. Secretary of State. This …

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Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. © Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi Prince Accuses Iran of ‘Extremist Ideology,’ Ambition to ‘Control Islamic World’

It’s impossible to build bridges between Saudi Arabia and Iran due to Tehran’s “extremist ideology” and ambitions to “control the Islamic world,” Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, the kingdom’s defense minister. The official shared his views in an interview with MBC television, broadcasted by Saudi media. Asked if there’s any room for …

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Slavehood 2017

When in the 18th and 19th Century African slaves did not ’behave’, they were cruelly beaten sometimes to death as a deterrent for others. They were deprived of food for their families. Their women were raped. They were traded to even harsher white masters. Their lives were worth only what their labor could produce. They …

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Buddhist monks protest alongside activists (not pictured) against United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for using the term Rohingya during the Asean summit in Yangon November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Islamophobia Redux in Myanmar

The April 28 forced closure of two madrassas in downtown Yangon by a mob of ultra-nationalist protestors backed by Buddhist monks was the latest indication that anti-Muslim vehemence is still a virulent undercurrent of instability in Myanmar’s unconsolidated democratic transition. Two Islamic schools in the former capital’s Thaketa township were padlocked by protestors who alleged …

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