The Battle for Iran: Policy or Regime Change?

Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The clash, shrouded in mystery like similar past incidents in the ethnic Baloch province of Sistan and Baluchistan …

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Yemeni pro-government fighters arrive in al-Durayhimi district, just south of Hodeidah's international airport, on 13 June 2018 (AFP)

Yemen War: The Latest Chapter in Western Effort to Crush Independence

Last month, the long-dreaded invasion of the port city of Hodeidah finally began. Although there is now a “pause” in fighting as UN envoy Martin Griffiths attempts to persuade the Houthis to give up the port, this is unlikely to last. The ceasefire probably came about because the western-backed coalition needed time to lick its …

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Iran’s Rhetoric Is Meant to Raise the Oil Price

Iran’s ominous rhetoric about making the OPEC+ countries “pay” for their “treachery” to it and hinting at taking action to stop Gulf exports has had its desired effect in raising the oil price, and similar such statements in the run-up to the November reimposition of US sanctions against the country’s energy industry should also be …

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Mongolia’s “Third Neighbor” Is Trying to Push both China and Russia Out

Most westerners would typically have a hard time finding Mongolia on the map. Nevertheless, it’s a rather unique state that serves as home for well over 3 million people. It turns out that it has an incredibly rich history as well, that is closely tied to the two of its closest neighbors – Russia and China. …

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Don’t Get Too Excited About the Mexican Silk Road

There’s no better moment than now for Mexico to embrace multipolarity by teaming up with China and possibly constructing a Pacific-Caribbean rail corridor across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, but such a project has its limitations and isn’t anything to get too excited about at this time, let alone blindly jump into just for the sake …

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Israeli soldiers talk during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the village of Kafr Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on 1 June 2018 (AFP)

How Israel Upholds ‘Security’ of Apartheid

Three thousand, seven hundred and four. That's how many live ammunition gunshot injuries were inflicted by Israeli snipers on Palestinian demonstrators inside the Gaza Strip over a seven-week period beginning on 30 March. 3,704. In addition to 130 Palestinians killed during the same time frame. One million, three hundred thousand. That’s how many bullets were …

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25 Families Own $1.1 Trillion Between Them as the Global Wealth Inequality Gap Chasms

Once a family-owned business Forbes is well known for producing their annual list of the world’s richest billionaires. Launched in 1982 the original list ranked the top 400 Americans by net worth. Only 13 billionaires were included in that list, and their combined worth was the equivalent of 2.8% of GDP. In an era where …

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