Yemen: Peace on the Horizon

The Houthis and the former President of South Yemen introduced somewhat similar peace proposals for ending the War on Yemen. The first move in this direction was made during last week’s Valdai Conference on Russia’s role in the Mideast, when Ali Naser Mohamad, who presided over the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen from 1980-1986, issued …

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Aftershocks from Putin’s State of the Nation Address: Russia, China, the US and the Return of the ‘Balance of Power’

As the repercussions of President Putin’s State of the Nation address sink in, it is useful to highlight those words in the address which set out Russian thinking on international relations, and which explain Russian actions, including first and foremost the military build up President Putin discussed during the address. Western orthodoxy about Russia – …

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Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, listens as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Sept. 8, 2010. (AP/Alex Brandon)

The Council on Foreign Relations’ Push Towards a New Cold War

If you are even a casual consumer of Western media then you know the current top threat to U.S. security according to corporate journalists is Russian aggression. According to neoconservative politicians such as Arizona Senator John McCain, the Russian interference in last year’s election — which has so far only been shown to be a …

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Why the U.S. Military Should Stay Out of Iran

Last week, after Israel reportedly shot down an Iranian drone and Prime Minister Netanyahu proudly displayed a hunk of twisted metal as a war trophy, Americans were treated to fresh calls for regime change from some prominent neoconservatives. Granted, Iran is no friend to the U.S. and might even qualify as a modest adversary. Its …

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Locked and Loaded, China and the US are Marching into a Trade War

As a candidate seeking the presidency of the United States,  Donald Trump had promised in his seven-point plan to “Make America Great Again” that he would “use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes” if China did not stop its “illegal activities, including its theft of American trade secrets”. And as President Trump, he …

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How Come Thousands of ISIS Militants Have Suddenly Gone Missing?

In recent months, American politicians have presented the public with a constant barrage of statements about various Islamic State (ISIS) strongholds in Iraq and Syria falling in their hands one after another. One can recall that last year the so-called Islamic State lost both of its capitals: the Iraqi city of Mosul, and the Syrian city of …

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How ‘Operation Merlin’ Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran

Jeffrey Sterling, the case officer for the CIA’s covert “Operation Merlin,” who was convicted in May 2015 for allegedly revealing details of that operation to James Risen of the New York Times, was released from prison in January after serving more than two years of a 42-month sentence. He had been tried and convicted on …

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Trump Talks up Trade War vs China but His Steel Tariff Actually Falls on US Allies

Sometimes, it pays not to be in the top-10. And it certainly pays to stroke the back of the world’s most powerful man, especially if he’s a narcissist. China can now heave a sigh of relief. As expected, U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that the United States will impose a 25% tariff on steel imports …

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The Weaponization of Social Media

Now openly admitted, governments and militaries around the world employ armies of keyboard warriors to spread propaganda and disrupt their online opposition. Their goal? To shape public discourse around global events in a way favourable to their standing military and geopolitical objectives. Their method? The Weaponization of Social Media. https://youtu.be/0dL8vt1n-f8 TRANSCRIPT It didn’t take long …

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