What’s in Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’? The Answers Are in Plain Sight

There are mounting signals that Donald Trump’s much-delayed Middle East peace plan – billed as the “deal of the century” – is about to be unveiled. Even though Trump’s officials have given away nothing publicly, the plan’s contours are already evident, according to analysts. They note that Israel has already started implementing the deal – …

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Russian President Vladimir Putin watch the ceremony prior to the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, 2018. Photo: AFP/ Sputnik/ Alexey Druzhinin

From Russia with Love, as Putin Kicks Off Soft Power Games

It started as an oil shock. After all, Russia and Saudi Arabia are on the verge of deciding what happens next, price-wise, in global energy markets. Yet, way beyond Russia thrashing a pathetic Saudi Arabian team 5-0, the iconic takeaway in the Cup opener was Vladimir Putin’s body language toward his guest, Mohammad bin Salman, …

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Daesh and the US Share a Goal of Disrupting the Kabul-Taliban Ceasefire and the Wider Afghan Reconciliation Process

A ceasefire declared between the Afghan government and Taliban on the eve of the Islamic celebration of Eid has been devastated by an attack on a meeting between Afghan Security Forces and Taliban representatives in Nangarhar province. Already over 20 have died in the terrorist attack. This represents a further attempt by a terrorist force- almost …

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Syria Sends More Troops to South Despite New US Warnings

The United States once again warned this week it would "take firm and appropriate measures" against the Syrian government forces should they continue pushing into the southwest of the country, which has long been held by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups fighting the Assad government.  The state department issued a statement Thursday saying that any Syrian …

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Turkish soldiers conduct military exercises near the Habur crossing gate between Turkey and Iraq, Sept. 27, 2017.

Turkey Takes On Kurds in Evolving Qandil Operation

Despite growing tension over the June 24 elections, Turkey’s agenda in recent days has been taken over by its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq’s Sidekan region. At the moment, about 1,500 Turkish troops of a commando brigade and a light infantry brigade responsible for border security at Semdinli, along with gendarmerie and …

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The Marine Deployment to Norway Is an Anti-Chinese Power Play by America

It might seem like Norway’s request for a doubling of US Marines on its territory and their relocation closer to the country’s Arctic border with Russia is obviously aimed against Moscow, and while that’s definitely the implied short-term military reason, the real long-term strategic one is that America is making a power play for exerting …

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A protester is hit with a police water cannon during a violent demonstration near the India Gate against a gang rape and brutal beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi, India, Dec. 2012 AP

‘I Thank My Good Fortune That I Wasn’t Born a Woman in India’

In India, where girls are married off at 4, where a woman is murdered every hour over dowry and where sexual violence is a form of pushback for progress, being female is an unbearable fate, an Israeli expert says. Talking to: Moran Kushnir, 40, lives in Beit Hashmonai, engages in cultural research specializing in India, …

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