Turkish-Syrian Border: Confusion, Destruction and Grief

When we first met in 2017, the Turkish poet, Mustafa Goren, stood proudly and defiantly next to a monstrous concrete wall built on orders from Ankara. The partition has just recently separated two towns with the same culture: Turkish Karkamis and Syrian Jarabulus. The poet then read some of his verses, and my friend, a …

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Teaching Mandarin in Mozambique Is Good, Unless It’s for Tax Collectors

Providing foreign language lessons pro bono should always be applauded, but what China’s doing in Mozambique is controversial because it wants the host nation’s tax authorities to take the initiative in improving their relationship with its companies instead of it being the other way around with Chinese business representatives learning Portuguese in order to facilitate …

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Iran’s Chabahar Port Is Where Asian and Middle Eastern Rivalries Collide

Iran’s Indian-back port of Chabahar, inaugurated months before the United States re-imposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, is where Asia and the Middle East’s multiple political conflicts and commercial rivalries collide. Chabahar was destined to become a player in geopolitical and economic manoeuvring between China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and …

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As Trump ‘Goes Nuclear’ Against Iran and China, What’s Next?

At least it is clear; it’s explicit. The “We’re America, Bitch” formulation by an American official strips away the humbug of soft power. It’s not about ‘democracy’ or ‘freedom’: the global universal order never was. And, President Trump, to his credit, makes no bones about it: Why apologise over American power? It’s use it, or lose it …

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War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

More than nine years ago, Israel invaded Gaza under “Operation Cast Lead”. The following article was first published by Global Research in January 2009 at the height of the Israeli bombing and invasion under Operation Cast Lead. In the wake of the invasion, Palestinian gas fields were de facto confiscated by Israel in derogation of …

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Trump’s Deportation Suggestion Will Fix America’s Dysfunctional Migration System

Trump suggested on Twitter that illegal immigrants should be immediately deported upon capture. According to the President, “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came”, which is being framed as a “hardline” approach to border security despite it being the most sensible from …

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