In the Middle East, Putin Has a Lot to Thank Trump For

Vladimir Putin will have paid very close attention to the location of the Syrian artillery battery where four Russian soldiers lost their lives at the weekend. The desert around Deir ez-Zour remains a dangerous place – politically as well as physically – in which the Americans and Russians play an extremely risky game of war. …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on May 25, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Sergei Bobylev/TASS

Russia Censures Iran, Expects Israel to Help Restore Ties with US

The annual meeting of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum – dubbed as “Russia’s Davos” – on May 25, which traditionally promotes foreign investment in the Russian economy, ended this time around as a major political event signaling a renewed bid by President Vladimir Putin for détente with the West. In wide-ranging remarks at the forum, Putin …

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Jordanian King Abdullah II attend a welcome ceremony at the airport in the Jordanian capital Amman on 27 March 2017 ahead of the 28th Summit of the Arab League (AFP)

Jordan Struggles for Survival Strategy in Shadow of US-Israeli-Saudi Axis

In December 2004, King Abdullah of Jordan inaugurated the modern sectarian era by warning the US and Arab allies of a "Shia crescent", a relentless Iranian crusade to subvert and dominate the Middle East. That prophecy was fulfilled, with the resultant Sunni-Arab coalition helping fuel a new wave of tensions and conflict with Iran. Yet …

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Italian Elections: Destroying Democracy to Protect the Globalist Elite

Recent events in Italy show that the country is getting the same type of treatment meted out to other countries whose election results do not agree with the neoliberal globalist elite and so must be stymied. The attitude shown by this transnational elite towards the winning forces in Italy is the same as that normally reserved …

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The EU’s Italy Headache: Crisis Averted or Crisis Deferred?

A crisis averted or a crisis deferred? This is the question posed by the decision of Italian President Sergio Mattarella to agree to the new list of ministers presented to him by Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte of the Eurosceptic Lega and Five Star Movement coalition, after the coalition’s original choice for finance minister, Paulo Salvona, was rejected, deepening a political crisis that has engulfed Italy …

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Is America’s Racial Divide Permanent?

For Roseanne Barr, star of ABC's hit show "Roseanne," there would be no appeal. When her tweet hit, she was gone. "Roseanne's Twitter statement, is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," declaimed Channing Dungey, the black president of ABC Entertainment. Targeting Valerie Jarrett, a confidante and …

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What’s The Point Of Keeping Ukraine’s Pipelines Open?

President Putin’s surprise announcement that Russia is ready to maintain gas transit through Ukraine has left people wondering whether both sides’ pipeline jostling over the past couple of years was ultimately all for naught if the pre-Maidan status quo ultimately returns. President Putin took the world off guard by announcing that Russia is “ready to preserve …

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