China Plans to Break Petrodollar Stranglehold

Petrodollars have dominated the global energy markets for more than 40 years. But now, China is looking to change that by replacing the word dollars for yuan. Nations, of course, have tried this before since the system was set up by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in tandem with the House of Saud back …

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U.S. ‘Preparing to Attack’ North Korea

An article in the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph is reporting that the US is now very close to deciding on a list of options for military strikes against North Korea. The Daily Telegraph claims that its article is based on inside information provided to it by officials of the US and British governments ………this …

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The OIC Is the Muslim World’s Voice. Christian Countries Should Have One Too!

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (the OIC) bills itself as “the collective voice of the Muslim world.” Founded in 1972 as the “Organisation of the Islamic Conference” and adopting its current name in 2011, the OIC joins 57 Member States in what is billed as the second-biggest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations. The OIC’s declared mission …

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U.S. National Security Strategy? More Like Infowar Strategy!

The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy contains many references to defending against and waging information warfare, even if the latter point isn’t directly referred as such, though this important element of the policy document has thus far been overlooked by most analysts. President Trump unveiled his administration’s National Security Strategy earlier this week, and it’s …

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The Struggle for Influence and Resources is Exacerbated in the Middle East

The Middle East with its continuous struggle of internal and external players for power and control over resources remains one of the most troubled regions on the planet. And this applies to rich countries such as Saudi Arabia and to the periphery: Yemen, Libya and Somalia, states that de facto are “former states”. We will …

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Delusional Self-Interest in Trump’s Jerusalem Move

It is not easy to write anything new about President Trump’s Dec. 6 announcement that he (and thus supposedly the U.S. as a nation) was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. After all, plenty of very smart and attentive people have already commented on this decision. I particularly like those who pointed out that …

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The Changing Situation in Libya: Haftar Goes on the Offensive

On 18 December, the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar announced the expiration of the Skhirat Agreement on the subject of national reconciliation, signed on 17 Dec 2015 under the auspices of the United Nations. One of its participants was the government of Fayez al-Sarraj, which lacked support from Parliament and the Libyan …

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Iran and Turkey: Not an Alliance but an Incredibly Meaningful Partnership

The two greatest Imperial foes of the Ottoman Empire were Russia and Iran (Persia). While the Russian Empire collapsed in 1917, the Ottoman Empire in 1922 and the Iranian in 1979, the modern successor states of the Russian Federation, Republic of Turkey and Islamic Republic of Iran continue to constitute towering Eurasian powers whose influence …

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Latin America: the Pendulum Swings to the Right

Introduction Clearly the pendulum has swung to the right in the past few years. Numerous questions arise. What kind of right? How far right? How did they gain power? What is their appeal? How sustainable are the right wing regimes? Who are their international allies and adversaries? Having taken power, how have the rightist regimes …

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