From the Caucasus to the Balkans, China’s Silk Roads Are Rising

The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress made it clear that the New Silk Roads – aka, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – launched by President Xi Jinping just four years ago, provides the concept around which all Chinese foreign policy is to revolve for the foreseeable future. Up until the symbolic 100th anniversary of …

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Israeli Tanks & Jets Attack Hamas Positions Following Mortar Shelling From Gaza

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have staged an attack on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip, using tanks and fighter jets, local media report. The IDF claims it is retaliation for a mortar shelling of an Israeli outpost by another militant group. IDF tanks and warplanes attacked four Hamas positions near the town of Beit …

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China to Deploy Elite Troops in Syria to Fight Alongside Assad’s Army

According to multiple reports in Middle East regional sources, China plans to send elite military units to Syria to advise and assist the Syrian Army in an attempt to root out the country's terrorist insurgency, especially Chinese Islamist foreign fighters who have shown up in increasing numbers in Syria's north since the start of the …

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How Hitler Analogies Obscure Understanding of Mideast Power Struggle

While growing up in America during the 1950’s, one would sometimes encounter supermarket tabloid headlines asserting that Adolph Hitler had not died in May 1945 in the ruins of the Reich’s Chancellery. It was claimed that he had somehow escaped and was living under a false identity somewhere in South America, most probably in Argentina. …

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Would Anyone Profit From a New War in the Middle East?

The world today, is on the brink of seeing a new conflict over Lebanon. While the chances for escalation are high, the essential pre-conditions for a new, large-scale war in the region, are still in the works. On November 22, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri temporarily suspended his resignation following an alleged request by the …

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Israeli soldiers sit on top of tanks as they take part in an exercise in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the cease-fire line between Israel and Syria, March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Will Israel Launch Pre-Emptive Strike Against Assad?

As the war in Syria dies down and the dust starts to settle, the enormity of Israel's strategic mistake during the long years of conflict is becoming all the more apparent. The first person to point this out publicly was Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) chief of Military Intelligence from 2006 …

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A President Made for a Zombie Apocalypse Media World

Don’t look away. I mean it! Keep on staring just like you’ve been doing, just like we’ve all been doing since he rode down that escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and, while you have your eyes on him, I’ll tell you exactly why you shouldn’t stop. To begin with, it’s time to …

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