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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

How Hitler Analogies Obscure Understanding of Mideast Power Struggle
Opinion

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….

Hot November in Riyadh
Opinion

Hot November in Riyadh

This November in Riyadh, colder than ever, turned out be hot in the political sense and provided Saudi Arabia the front-page spaces of the world mass-media outlets. To be more precise, it was secured by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohhamad Bin Salman Al Saud, who, throughout the whole month, was pursuing extremely active…