South Yemen Will Regain Independence If It Follows These Six Steps
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South Yemen Will Regain Independence If It Follows These Six Steps

Independence is once again attainable for South Yemen so long as prospective peace talks result in a coalition-enforced “buffer zone” with North Yemen and a “federal” transitional period that precedes an internationally recognized (re-)independence vote, and the restored country could avoid becoming a UAE satellite if it grants a third-party such as Pakistan a naval…

Pentagon Now Openly Threatens to Shoot Down Russian Jets Over Eastern Syria
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Pentagon Now Openly Threatens to Shoot Down Russian Jets Over Eastern Syria

Two weeks ago I wondered if heightened Pentagon rhetoric about “unsafe Russian flying practices” in Syria was to prepare the media for a possible shoot down of a Russian plane by the US. Now the US has moved on to openly threatening to do so. Recall, on November 24th CNN ran an article whereby according…

The Hidden Hands Behind US Embassy Move to Jerusalem
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The Hidden Hands Behind US Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, all-but-abandoning America’s commitment to a two-state solution, has its roots with the religious politics of Jared Kushner, Trump’s Middle East adviser and son-in-law. Kushner, a favorite of both Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and pro-Netanyahu American…

How Jerusalem Issue Plays Into Iranian, Turkish (and Russian) Hands
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How Jerusalem Issue Plays Into Iranian, Turkish (and Russian) Hands

Iran has, predictably enough, taken a hard line on the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. There were public demonstrations in several Iranian cities following Friday prayers and statements by President Hassan Rouhani and other senior politicians. Notably, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, warned:…

The Delusions of Washington-Riyadh Ruling Elite and the Journalists Who Feed Them
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The Delusions of Washington-Riyadh Ruling Elite and the Journalists Who Feed Them

In the aftermath of Trump’s disastrous recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the spin from Washington and Riyadh–and the journalists and think tank analysts only too eager be spun–has been outrageous. The level of sheer delusion is stupendous. This post will offer an anatomy of delusion and why it means only more suffering and bloodshed…