Russia Wants Iran Out of Syria. Iranians Aren’t so Happy about That
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Russia Wants Iran Out of Syria. Iranians Aren’t so Happy about That

Partners in the Syrian war and arch-sceptics of Washington, Russia and Iran have come together in recent years as both countries pursue a more hands-on role in the Middle East. Yet doubts of Russia’s reliability are surfacing in Tehran, as a host of regional players begin to pick their way through tensions in southern Syria….

Al-Sadr’s “Balancing” Act Might Stimulate Iran’s Eastern Pivot
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Al-Sadr’s “Balancing” Act Might Stimulate Iran’s Eastern Pivot

Iraq’s Muqtada al-Sadr is poised to engage in a complex “balancing” act between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Shiite cleric and former militia leader is regarded as an Iraqi nationalist who wants to prioritize his country’s interests above those of its neighbors and the US, to which end he’s trying to carve out a strategic…

Peace on Korean Peninsula Is the Last Thing Washington Wants
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Peace on Korean Peninsula Is the Last Thing Washington Wants

The peace process underway on the Korean Peninsula is taking place in spite of Washington and not because. Indeed given the military-strategic importance of South Korea to Washington’s driving objective of full spectrum dominance, peace and reconciliation between North and South are about the last thing the Empire wants. The willingness and determination of North Korea’s…