Trump Shoots the US in the Foot Over Iran

President Donald Trump has put the United States on the course for war with Iran. That was clearly his objective last Friday when he refused to certify the international nuclear accord with Iran and proclaimed heavy sanctions against Tehran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guards Corps. Trump’s move was also a clever ploy to deflect blame for …

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Turkish soldiers stand near armoured vehicles during a demonstration in support of the Turkish army's Idlib operation near the Turkey-Syria border near Reyhanli, Hatay, on October 10, 2017 © Ilyas Akengin / AFP

Damascus Demands ‘Immediate & Unconditional’ Pullout of Turkish Troops from Northwest Syria

Syria demands an immediate pullout of Turkish troops, whose deployment to Idlib province amounts to “flagrant aggression,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry said as quoted by SANA. “The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the incursion of Turkish military units in the Idlib Province, which constitutes to blatant aggression against the sovereignty and territorial …

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The US-Turkish “Visa War” is a Hybrid War Harbinger

The US-Turkish “visa war” began when Ankara arrested a US consulate employee on terror charges over his suspected connections with the Gulenists, which served as the pretext for the US to do what it had apparently been considering for some time, and that’s effectively block Turks from visiting the US by de-facto including them for …

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How the West is Trying to Recreate Myanmar’s Crisis in Thailand

Media platforms either directly funded by the United States government or by their political proxies in Thailand, including US-funded Prachatai and Khao Sod English, have begun investing increasing amounts of energy into fueling a currently non-existent sectarian divide in Thai society. They are concentrating their efforts in promoting the activities of a small anti-Muslim movement …

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Gold Rush: Russia Stockpiling Bullion Like There’s no Tomorrow

The Central Bank of Russia has recently been buying bullion at an unprecedented pace. According to Argentine financial expert Gabriel Rubinstein, this policy is aimed at protecting the Russian economy in the event of crisis situations, including against dollar-related "manipulations" by the US. "Countries stockpile gold for strategic and defensive reasons; for instance, in case relations between nations are …

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Two Trumps Confirmed? Donald Says He Met Virgin Islands ‘President’

US President Donald Trump said that he talked to the “incredible president” of the US Virgin Islands, giving rise to online discussions on whether Trump could use a geography lesson, or if there are actually two Trumps secretly present in the White House. “I will tell you I left Texas and I left Florida and …

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Walter Raymond Jr., a CIA propaganda and disinformation specialist who oversaw President Reagan’s “psyops” and “perception management” projects at the National Security Council. Raymond is partially obscured by President Reagan. Raymond is seated next to National Security Adviser John Poindexter. (Photo credit: Reagan presidential library)

The Legacy of Reagan’s Civilian ‘Psyops’

Declassified records from the Reagan presidential library show how the U.S. government enlisted civilian agencies in psychological operations designed to exploit information as a way to manipulate the behavior of targeted foreign audiences and, at least indirectly, American citizens. A just-declassified sign-in sheet for a meeting of an inter-agency “psyops” committee on Oct. 24, 1986, …

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