China-India Confrontation on the Doklam Plateau Continues

A small plateau of a total area of just one hundred square kilometers located in the Himalayas at the junction of the borders of the People’s Republic of China, India and the Kingdom of Bhutan has for two months been the site of a very dangerous confrontation. And until now, no signs of its settlement are …

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US-Backed Kurds Release Video Showing Them Destroying a Turkish Tank in Syria

US-backed Kurdish fighters battling ISIS in Syria released a video on Saturday showing their fighters destroying a tank being used by Turkish-backed rebels in northwest Syria, Military Times first reported. “Today at about 9:30 am our forces targeted and destroyed a tank belonging to terrorist groups under the Turkish army’s command near in Afrin’s Shera district,” …

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A Bitter Defeat in Afghanistan Fails to Satisfy Washington’s Desire for Greatness

There’s absolutely no point in arguing that the US invaded Afghanistan with the sole purpose of exploiting its geographic positions and natural resources. Back in 2006, the Bush administration would have conducted a detailed geological study of Afghan subsoils to establish what minerals can be extracted in this war-torn country, which was followed by a …

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Empire Building: Turkey Opens Base in Somalia

Following the decision by Turkey to back Qatar in the Gulf conflict, the neo-ottomans are opening military bases further abroad. After two years of construction, a Turkish military training facility is set to open in Mogadishu next month. The camp will serve several purposes including training and limited military operations. The new facility will be …

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Matay Hanna, an MFS fighter, looks at a map of Raqqa, specifically the churches destroyed by IS (Wladimir van Wilgenburg/MEE)

Christian Militias on Warpath in Raqqa

On the front line against the Islamic State group in its Syrian capital Raqqa, a battalion of crucifix-wearing fighters is preparing to unseat the militants in a fight for the survival of their co-religionists. The Syriac Military Council (MFS) was first established in 2013 to protect the Christian Syriac (also known as Assyrian) community and fight …

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Netanyahu in the Dock? Bribery, Fraud and Breach of Trust

He’s been investigated for over a year for alleged bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, including for accepting about $1.1 million from accused French fraudster Arnaud Mimran in 2009. His chief of staff and close confident for years, Ari Harow, signed an agreement to turn state’s witness against him. As the saying goes, he knows …

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The Strange Case of Imran Awan: Only Fraud or Something More?

On July 25, Pakistani-American IT specialist Imran Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport for bank fraud while he was allegedly fleeing to Pakistan. The reports predictably produced some press coverage before the story died. Yet the speed at which the news vanished has prompted some observers to suggest that there might actually be something more …

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Trump’s Knowledge of Lebanese Situation Is Non-Existent

US President Donald Trump, hobbled by a two-minute attention span, demonstrated his utter lack of knowledge about the political situation in Lebanon during a recent visit to the White House of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri. During a press conference outside the White House, Trump opened his remarks by stating to an astonished Hariri and …

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Demonstrators prepare a roadblock at a rally during a strike called to protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela July 27, 2017 © Marco Bello / Reuters

The Empire Strikes Back: With Destructive and Dishonest Neocolonialism

This month sees some significant anniversaries in the struggle against old-style colonialism. The trouble is that colonialism didn’t go away after countries in the developing world formally achieved their independence from Europe’s ‘Great Powers.' It was replaced by a new form which proved to be more destructive and immeasurably more dishonest than what went before. …

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