Syrian Kurds: “Border Force” or “Terror Army”?

The US announced that it will train a 30,000-strong “border force” of the Kurdish-led SDF in Northern Syria in a controversial move that was immediately slammed by Turkey as the creation of a “terror army”. President Erdogan has long been opposed to the establishment of a de-facto Kurdish statelet along his country’s southern border, and …

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"First Turkish military convoy enters Syria's Idlib, heads to hilltop overlooking Afrin." via Turkey's Daily Sabah

Turkey Notifies NATO of Imminent Massive Invasion of Syria to Fight Kurds

Turkey is poised for an imminent massive ground invasion of Northern Syria to quash Kurdish militia groups currently holding Afrin near the Turkish border. Multiple regional outlets have reported a build-up of forces that could constitute the largest external intervening force thus far in the entirety of the Syrian war. According to Middle East based …

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Trump’s Escalating Threats to Iran Risk Destabilising the Middle East

The US-Iran confrontation is already destabilising parts of the Middle East that were starting to settle down after the defeat of Isis in the second half of last year. “The escalating American threats against Iran mean that the Iranians will be more vigorous in safeguarding their position in Iraq and Syria,” said a former Iraqi …

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False Alarm of Incoming Missile in Japan

Just days after a false alert in Hawaii about an incoming missile, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK panicked the public yesterday with an incorrect warning about a missile being launched from North Korea. A message correcting the error was sent out five minutes later. Authorities in both countries blamed individuals for making a mistake. However, …

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Mr.Trump on the Apertures: Stark Madness and Inmiscibility

    Pop Quiz: Take out a sheet of paper. This will be fifty percent of your grade: Which of the above is the Norwegian? Which from Mr. Trump’s other category? With which would you rather have your children go to school? Mr. Trump’s comment regarding his preference for immigrants from Norway instead of “shithole countries” …

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In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence

Not a day passes without a prominent Israeli politician or intellectual making an outrageous statement against Palestinians. Many of these statements tend to garner little attention or evoke rightly deserved outrage. Just recently, Israel’s Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, called for more death and injuries on Palestinians in Gaza. “What is this special weapon we …

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From Plagiarism to Fake News, US Mainstream Media has Lost the Plot

With just six gargantuan companies controlling the US media landscape, it is incumbent upon these institutions to provide a high level of journalistic ethics and standards. It appears they are failing dramatically on both scores. A bit like imperial Rome, which bit off so much territory it eventually succumbed to dissent and ultimate disintegration, the …

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Is Bitcoin a Reaction to US Dollar Hegemony?

Blockchain technology and the birth of the so-called cryptocurrencies finds deep roots in three contributing factors: the advance of technology: the manipulation of global economic and financial rules; and the persistent attempt to weaken the national economies of countries that geopolitically challenge the US power system. In this first article I address these issues from …

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