A container is transferred at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on July 6, the day US tariffs took effect on Chinese imports. This was the first shot in what Beijing called "the largest trade war in economic history" between the world's top two economies. Photo: AFP

Tariffs ‘Kick Off 50-Year Trade War’ with China

Way beyond the first midnight shot in what could possibly turn into a vicious trade war, the US-China tariff tussle must be seen in the context of the game-changing geopolitical and economic Big Picture. The blame game, as well as all sorts of speculative scenarios on how the tariff tussle may evolve, are peripheral issues. …

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Restless Times for Saudi Kingdom

On June 30, United States President Donald Trump persuaded the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to maximize oil production in order to reduce the cost of fuel on the market. This decision will make the Saudis violate OPEC+ agreements reached at the end of June in Vienna. At the recent meeting …

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Explaining Lavrov’s Equivocation about Iran’s Possible Withdrawal from Syria

Contrary to how it’s being reported by some outlets, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov didn’t exactly say that Iran’s withdrawal from Syria is “absolutely unrealistic”, nor did he deny that it’s in the cards, but his equivocating response allowed his audience to interpret his words according to their own expectations and interests. From The Horse’s …

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Israeli border police drag an activist by the hair next to Israel’s apartheid wall during a protest in the occupied West Bank village of Bil’in, March 2, 2018. Palestinian protesters and foreign activists marched to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the ongoing weekly protests against the Israeli apartheid wall and Jewish-only settlements in Bil’in. Nasser Nasser | AP

Legitimizing the Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope

Khaled and I sat and chatted one evening at his family’s home in Qalansawe. “They look at us as though we are completely Israeli,” he said, speaking of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, “and we call them ‘Dafawi’ if they are from the West Bank and ‘Ghazzawi’ if they are from Gaza.” Khaled …

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The Balkanization of South America and The Role of “Fifth Columns” Throughout the World

During the recent meeting in Caracas of the Venezuelan Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, in mid-June 2018, President Maduro said something extremely interesting, but also extremely disturbing – nonetheless highly important for the region to be aware of. Mr. Maduro mentioned Yugoslavia, the foreign induced local conflicts, the breakup and dismemberment of Yugoslavia, starting with the …

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Netanyahu Regime Cuts Off Funds to Palestinians

When it comes to fundamental Palestinians rights, Netanyahu operates like a tinpot despot. His hardline coalition partners ruthlessly oppress a long-beleaguered people unaccountably, Gazans suffering most. Newly enacted Knesset legislation permits withholding millions of dollars of welfare payments made by the PA to families of Palestinian political prisoners and other families of Palestinians killed or …

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The Pentagon’s New Mission Statement: Neo-Colonialism & Hegemony Unmasked

The US has long sought to deny its hegemonic character while emphasizing its democratic character. It now seems all such pretence has been abandoned. “False face must hide what the false heart doth know,” Shakespeare writes, in words that for time immemorial should have sat pride of place under the Great Seal of the United …

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The Three Seas’ “via Carpathia” will Complete the Arctic-Mediterranean Corridor

The Polish-led “Three Seas Initiative” aims to streamline a North-South Corridor from Norway to Greece through the creation of the “Via Carpathia” trade route that would prospectively link with the “Baltic Ring” in order to connect the Arctic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea. The southeastern Polish village of Jasionka hosted the latest forum on the Polish-led …

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The Parallel Universe of BBC Panorama

The BBC flag-ship documentary series “Panorama” has long been a stalwart of state-funded television propaganda. They can always be relied upon to tell us what we’re supposed to think. In 2013, just days before the Commons vote on military intervention in Syria, BBC aired “Panorama: Saving Syria’s Children”, a shambolic piece of fiction designed to …

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