China Builds Military Base in Afghanistan
Opinion

China Builds Military Base in Afghanistan

The Afghan province of Badakhshan borders China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It used to be part of an artery between the East and West known as the ancient Silk Road. Today, that road is being revived as an element of China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative, which has prompted major infrastructure construction in Afghanistan and Central Asia,…

Putin Reacts to US Treasury ‘Kremlin List’: ‘Dogs Bark But the Caravan Moves On’
Diplomacy

Putin Reacts to US Treasury ‘Kremlin List’: ‘Dogs Bark But the Caravan Moves On’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has weighed in on the US Treasury’s recently released ‘Kremlin List,’ saying the action borders on “stupidity” because it shows inconsistency in Washington’s policies. “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on,” Putin said on Tuesday, several hours after the report featuring the entire Russian government and scores of prominent Russian…

Miscalculations in Israel Could Pave Way to Wider War
Opinion

Miscalculations in Israel Could Pave Way to Wider War

Last week, Israeli political leaders were rolling with guffaws and ribbing each other in delight as Vice-President Mike Pence proved that, as a Christian Zionist, he was more Zionist than the Zionists in the Knesset (minus, of course, its evicted Arab members – see here). But one might wonder what the more sober Israeli security echelon figures…

Let’s Keep Donald Trump: True Believer Mike Pence Could Be a Whole Lot Worse
Opinion

Let’s Keep Donald Trump: True Believer Mike Pence Could Be a Whole Lot Worse

When President Donald Trump traveled to Davos last week, the second foreign head of government he met with was Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. When the expected groveling before Bibi was concluded the rest of the world learned that Trump is right on board the Netanyahu bandwagon when it comes to making sure that the Palestinians somehow…