Chairman Wolfgang Ischinger addresses the Munich Security Conference last week. Photo: AFP/Andreas Gebert/DPA

Munich Did Nothing to Appease Cold War 2.0 Fears

The Munich Security Conference is supposed to be an annual lofty gathering of global politicians, and military and intelligence experts. Theoretically, they discuss serious security matters under a cool professional eye in an informed setting. Yet, in these times of doom and gloom, what the 54th conference yielded was another Russophobia show – a direct …

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The Munich Security Conference, the Good, Bad and the Ugly

“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.” Otto von Bismark, first Chancellor of the German Empire (1871 to 1890) I had been planning to do a follow up on the Syrian battle of Idlib, but the siren song of the Munich conference called out to me. Big time geopolitics and standup comedians …

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The Unscathed Legitimacy of the Kashmiri Freedom Struggle Against India

The deterioration of the situation in the Indian-occupied part of Kashmir after the selection by the Indian nation of a Hindu extremist party[1] to govern the country in 2014 has arguably provided some semblance of an increase in attention to the woes of the Kashmiris residing on that side of the de facto ‘border’ line …

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Uygurs in Turkey protest near China's consulate in Istanbul. File photo

Battleground Malaysia: China Extends Crackdown on Uygurs Across Borders

Malaysia has emerged as the latest battleground pitting Chinese efforts to export its security notions against principles of the rule of law. The Malaysian Bar Association warned in a pithy statement last week that granting a Chinese demand for the extradition of 11 Uygurs from Malaysia would constitute a violation of international law. If Malaysia’s …

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Syria’s Afrin Move: “Artful Assistance to Allies” or “Armageddon in the Making”?

Syria reportedly agreed to the Kurdish PYD-YPG “federalist” militia’s request to enter Afrin and stop the Turks’ military advance, though it still remains to be seen whether Damascus will actually carry through on this decision or not. There have been conflicting reports on this topic all across the past week, but the official “Syrian Arab …

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Mapping Trump’s Empire: Assets and Liabilities

The US empire spans the globe; it expands and contracts, according to its ability to secure strategic assets, willing and able to further military and economic power to counter emerging adversaries. The map of empire is a shorthand measure of the vectors, reach and durability of global power and wealth. The map of empire is …

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Syrian Downing of F-16 and Related Israeli Fairy Tales

On 10 February 2018, an IAI's F-16 was shot down by the Syrian Air Defense Force. According to the Israeli story, their aircraft was shot down during the reprisal operation against Iran-operated Syrian base, from where the Iranian drone took off the same day and made an incursion into Israeli territory. Allegedly, it flew along …

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Palestinian children fill their bottles with water from a UNICEF tap in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo: UNICEF)

Genocide? As Gaza Dries Out, Israel Turns Off Fresh Water Spigot

Near the end of last month, Haaretz reported that, according to an expert hydrologist, 97 percent of Gaza’s drinking water has been contaminated by sewage and salt. The UN also confirmed that this was the case early last year, and clearly, the situation has remained unchanged even up until 2018. Robert Piper, the UN’s local coordinator …

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Trade with China and Britain’s Commercial Death Wish

At the beginning of February the British prime minister, Theresa May, visited China, taking along her International Trade Minister and about fifty business leaders, which was a none-too-subtle signal that her trip involved rather more than her intention to “intensify the ‘Golden Era’ in UK-China relations.” According to the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, the so-called ‘Golden …

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