Shock and Awe Revisited, as Fighting Drags on in Syria’s Ghouta
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Shock and Awe Revisited, as Fighting Drags on in Syria’s Ghouta

Fifteen years ago, “Shock and Awe” was unleashed over Baghdad as the preferred method of bombing Mesopotamia into “democracy” – thus fashioning what would later be hailed as the birth pangs of a New Middle East. I tried, in a report for Asia Times in 2003, to explain the geopolitical power play behind the US invasion of…

US Planning a Terrorist False Flag Chemical Attack to Justify Bombing Syria: Russia Says It Will Respond
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US Planning a Terrorist False Flag Chemical Attack to Justify Bombing Syria: Russia Says It Will Respond

Events in Syria increasingly resemble a direct confrontation between major powers rather than a proxy war. Lavrov’s words, delivered a few days ago, reveal the critical phase of international relations the world is going through, with a potentially devastating conflict ready to ignite in the Middle East region. An alarming warning by Sergei Lavrov and Chief of…

Saudis Find Out the Hard Way: Yemen is Another Graveyard of Empires
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Saudis Find Out the Hard Way: Yemen is Another Graveyard of Empires

“The Saudis are trying to use a brick to smash an anvil. They will destroy themselves, not Yemen.” That’s how one of Yemen’s more prominent tribal sheikhs described Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. The war will enter its fourth year this month. Its primary supporter, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, boasted that it would last weeks…

A Curious Incident Part II
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A Curious Incident Part II

In the immortal words of USN Rear Admiral Joshua Painter: “Russians don’t take a dump, son, without making a plan” A Curious Incident Part I may be found at this link. One intent of this review is to demonstrate a lack of the degree of planning expected to occur if the Skripal incident were in…

Israel Quietly Begins Practicing for Possible War With Russia
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Israel Quietly Begins Practicing for Possible War With Russia

According to Haaretz, the drill involved the top-ranking officers of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), as well as the headquarters staff of all the commands that would be required to successfully pursue a fight with Hezbollah, an Iranian-aligned militia based in Lebanon. Haaretz noted that Israel prepared for the scenario in which a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon…