Trump Threatens Putin, “Animal Assad” over Syrian “Chemical Attack”; Russia Warns of “Grave” Response If US Launches Strike

It's deja vu all over again. Remember when the US admitted Syrian "Rebels" have used chemical weapons? Or when earlier this year, now former Secretary of State blamed Russia for an alleged Syrian chemical attack despite admitting he doesn't know who actually did it? Or when the US finally admitted there was "no evidence" Assad …

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US Deploys Three Carrier Battle Groups to Face-Off Against Chinese Aircraft Carrier in South China Sea

Last week, we reported that satellite images had captured China’s only aircraft carrier in deployment, the Liaoning, flanked by 40 other warships and submarines, conducting unprecedented live-fire drills in the South China Sea. This massive Chinese naval exercise was observed for the first time, with China watchers pointing out that such a forceful display of deterrence …

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A Chinese-made industrial robot at the World Robot Conference in Beijing. President Xi Jinping is now focused on making state-owned enterprises stronger. Photo: AP

Does Trump Even Have an Endgame in Trade War with China?

Back in 2003, at the start of America’s disastrous invasion of Iraq, then Major General David Petraeus, commanding the US 101st Airborne Division driving toward Baghdad, famously asked my Washington Post colleague Rick Atkinson: “Tell me how this ends.” That phrase – both a question and a plaintive plea – came to capsulate the entire unplanned …

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France Joins Syria Fight: Goals and Consequences

French President Emmanuel Macron kept his word. On April 1-2, French troops moved into northern Syria. This is the first time France deployed substantial forces there to turn Paris into a new actor actively involved in the war. The troops advanced toward Manbij and Remelin to join American allies and did it hastily. The move was …

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An ambulance is seen during medical evacuation from the besieged town of Douma, eastern Ghouta to Damascus, Syria December 26, 2017. Picture taken December 26, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

Syria and Donald Trump’s Impulses

Impending decisions about U.S. troops in Syria will be the next significant outcome of the continuing tussle, between a president’s urges and his appointees, that constitutes Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Given Trump’s limited attention span and the erratic way in which he allows others to influence his decisions, however, policy on Syria will not necessarily …

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Alt-Media: Debunking the Dogma

Alt-Media and its corresponding online community can be treasure troves of knowledge and insightful discourse in an increasingly censored world, but just like their Mainstream Media counterparts that they go to great lengths to openly differentiate themselves from, there are certain dogmas inherent in this informational space that sometimes make it difficult to tell the …

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IDF’s Tweet Threatening Children with Sniper Fire Enrages Social Media Users

An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman has tweeted an image of a group of Palestinian children seen through a sniper’s lens, along with an ominous warning. Avichay Adraee, the IDF Arabic spokesman tweeted the image on Friday, which appeared to be stamped with red letters reading, “We see you very well." “Whoever thinks he can …

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