Is There Such a Thing As a “Shithole Country”?

The question should be rephrased to whether there’s such a thing as a “shithole” period, and yes, there is, but the stereotypical “Third World” socio-economic and physical conditions that the word often embodies are also widely present in parts of the US. Another day, another Trump controversy, and this time it’s the Mainstream Media going …

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The US’ Kurd Project: Iranian Intelligence has Declassified Data on 14 American Bases in Syria

At the very end of last year on the 31st of December, the Pentagon once again acted out an intrigue around its military bases in Syria. US defence minister James Mattis warned, that any attack on US bases would be repelled and the attackers would be punished. The media agencies ‘Russia Today’ and ‘Sputnik’ proved …

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Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir visits Bilal in the war-torn Darfur region on 22 September 2017 (Reuters)

Gulf Tension: Are Egypt and Sudan About to Go to war?

Tension between Egypt and Sudan has increased this week amid military build-ups on their borders and fears that the crisis in the Gulf has now spread to eastern Africa. Turkish media reported on 4 January that Egyptian forces have arrived in Eritrea, which borders eastern Sudan, with backing from the UAE and opposition groups from the region. …

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Russia Says It Knows Who Ordered the Mysterious Drone Attack On Their Base . . . And It Wasn’t Turkey

In the past few weeks the Russian Khmeimim Airbase in Lattakia, Syria has been attacked twice. Once, on New Year’s Eve, the base was attacked by terrorist infiltration squads armed with mortars. The attacks resulted in the death of two Russian soldiers and the damaging of a number of Russian aircraft. On January 6, the …

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US Forces to Remain Indefinitely in Syria Illegally

Russia intervened in Syria at the request of its government – to combat US-supported terrorists. They continue pouring into the country cross-border, replacing others eliminated by Syrian and allied forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, considerably reduced from its earlier strength. Last October, Syria’s Defense Ministry reported seizure of large amounts of weapons and munitions …

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As US Global Influence Recedes, Secession Demands Grow

One of the more welcomed outcomes of the paring back of the US State Department bureaucracy is the elimination of scores of "status quo enthusiasts." Since the end of World War II, the State Department's ranks have been populated by foreign service officers and career diplomats who have championed the international status quo. These minions …

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The Great American Circus/Soap Opera

Among the many things American newscasters never mention when seeking to explain the ascension of Donald Trump is the carnivalesque aspect of American presidential elections. I can remember being struck by the difference between the US and France when I first arrived there in the late forties. Elections were serious events, and even after the …

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U.S. troops and Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers are seen onboard a helicopter in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan July 7, 2017. © Omar Sobhani / Reuters

‘Fighting Season’: Pentagon to Send ‘1,000 New Troops & Drones’ to Afghanistan

The Pentagon intends to deploy an estimated 1,000 new combat advisers to Afghanistan as part of the Trump administration’s planned troop surge, according to reports. As early as February, members of an Army security-force assistance brigade from Fort Benning, Georgia, will be sent to work as combat advisers to Afghan National Security Forces. Their deployment …

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