Daily Archive: October 8, 2017

Next Stop Idlib: Erdogan Announces Turkey’s New ‘Serious’ Operation in Syria

The Turkish president has announced plans to start a new military operation in Syria in a move which has been rumored for weeks. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced plans to deploy the country’s soldiers to Syria’s Idlib, where the Free Syrian Army rebel fighters backed by Ankara have launched an operation. “We intend to further enhance our steps in providing safety to Idlib now....

Surrounded by Generals, Trump Remarks on “The Calm Before the Storm”

Surrounded by top military leaders at the White House Thursday evening, US President Donald Trump ominously described the current world situation as “the calm before the storm.” While he refused to be more specific, Trump’s menacing remark—almost certainly directed against North Korea—is another warning that the US is on the brink of launching a catastrophic war. Far from being off-the-cuff,...

Why is Israel Supporting Kurdish Secession From Iraq?

So far, Israel has been the only state to support the Kurdish secession from Iraq, even celebrating the outcome of the September 25 referendum, in which an overwhelming majority of Iraqi Kurds voted for breaking away from Baghdad. Israeli enthusiasm for Kurdish independence has little to do with compassion for the Kurds, whether in Iraq or elsewhere, and more to do with geopolitical interests. In...

China vs US: Singapore’s Role in Asia Pacific

In early August, a Chinese-American professor, Huang Jing, and his wife were expelled from Singapore. He is accused of collaborating with foreign intelligence agents, according to the South China Morning Post. While the Singaporean government has yet to disclose which nation’s intelligence agencies he is accused of collaborating with, the South China Morning Post and other US-European influenced newspapers in the...