The Kurdish Question: Why Federalization in Syria and The Creation of a Kurdistan is a Very Bad Idea

Shortly after the Russian entrance to the Syrian theatre, American media became full of stories praising the heroism of the Kurdish fighters battling against ISIS in areas such as Ayn al-Arab (Kobane) and others. From stories promoting the fighting prowess of the Kurdish brigades to cleverly created propaganda campaigns regarding female Kurdish fighters, the Western …

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Trump Blasts “ROCKET MAN” Kim, and the “Dictatorships” of Iran, Syria and Venezuela in First UN Speech

Donald Trump has delivered a shockingly bellicose speech during his first appearance before the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The speech began by striking a tone which sounded more like a speech before a domestic US audience than before the nations of the world. Trump welcomed delegates and leaders to his home town …

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America’s Jews are Driving America’s Wars

Shouldn't they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East? I spoke recently at a conference on America’s war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, “Why doesn’t anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know …

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Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov (center) ©Pavel Gerasimov / Sputnik / Sputnik

The Problem With the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’ is That It Doesn’t Exist

Just when you thought Western media coverage of Russia couldn't get much worse, it did. The Financial Times, once relatively competent on this beat, delivered breathless coverage of a non-existent army tenet. They might as well have published a feature on "Crop Circles" or the "Priory of Sion.” The hoax concerned is the “Gerasimov Doctrine” …

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Iraqi Kurdistan to Vote on Independence: Middle East Heads for Another Major War

The situation of the Kurds has received little attention in media. Meanwhile, the largest ethnic group without a homeland is on the verge of a new status to reshape the political map of the Middle East. Iraq’s Kurdish region plans to hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25 in three governorates that make up their autonomous region, …

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Russia’s Interesting New Oil Geopolitics

Since the 1928 Red Line Agreement between British and French and American oil majors to divide the oil riches of the post-World War I Middle East, petroleum or more precisely, control of petroleum has constituted the thin-red-line of modern geopolitics. During the Soviet time Russian oil exports were largely aimed at maximizing dollar hard currency …

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Turkey Faces Threats for Inking Landmark Arms Deal with Russia

The long awaited deal has taken place. A deposit has already been paid. Turkey has finally signed the $2.5bn (£1.9bn) contract with Russia to buy S-400 advanced missile defense system. With a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles), the system can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one, at …

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Nikki Haley, Israel and Lebanon: When Ignorance is Not Bliss

Under a broiling hot midday sun on the south Lebanese-Israeli border this summer, an extraordinary and very angry meeting took place between two major generals: the 60-year-old Irish UN force commander in Lebanon and the 54-year-old deputy chief of staff of the Israeli army. Listening to them was the ambitious, pro-Israeli – but very inexperienced …

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