Iranians hold anti-US placards and shout slogans during a rally after Friday prayers in the capital Tehran on May 11, 2018, after President Trump withdrew the US from a nuclear accord signed in 2015. Photo: AFP

The Syria Connection to Iran, Afghanistan and China

A crucial question has been consuming policymakers in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: Does the Trump administration have a strategic plan for the Middle East or not? Few are more apt to answer than Saadallah Zarei, dean of the Institute of Strategic Studies Andishe Sazan-e Noor in Tehran. Zarei, a soft-spoken, extremely discreet man I met …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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What Is America’s Cause in the World Today?

After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch and his priests in sacred vestments surrounded Putin, who, standing alone, made the sign of the cross. Meanwhile, sacred vestments from the Sistine Chapel …

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The Jerusalem Bonus and Other Revelations

By moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, Donald Trump appears to have achieved something his predecessors never foresaw: condemnation by the MSM of Israel’s murderous apartheid policies, with popular sentiment appearing to follow. To be sure, there are still ‘experts’ who appear to accept the Israeli claim that Hamas is responsible for encouraging its people …

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