Iran and Saudi Arabia’s “Deep State” Factions Are Striking Back
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Iran and Saudi Arabia’s “Deep State” Factions Are Striking Back

Rival Great Powers Iran and Saudi Arabia are both experiencing different degrees of pushback from certain “deep state” factions in their permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies, with this dynamic being responsible for several of the latest breaking news developments in the region. Four breaking news developments almost simultaneously emerged from the Persian Gulf region…

Moscow’s Afghan Conference Is Postponed: Undignified Defeat or Strategic Delay?
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Moscow’s Afghan Conference Is Postponed: Undignified Defeat or Strategic Delay?

The abrupt postponement of next week’s Afghan conference in Moscow might look like an undignified Russian defeat in the face of a dangerous American provocation this morning, but it’s actually a strategic delay intended to make the outcome more fruitful by potentially including Kabul in this framework. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Afghan President…

How was Washington Planning to Prevail in Afghanistan, Anyhow?
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How was Washington Planning to Prevail in Afghanistan, Anyhow?

Just the other day, US National security adviser John Bolton told Reuters that Russia got itself “stuck” in Syria. At the same time, this prominent Western hawk deliberately omitted the fact that Russia’s Air Forces entered Syrian only in September 2015, thus fulfilling the appeal that the invitation issued by the legitimate Syrian government that had…

US Poised to Hit Syria Harder
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US Poised to Hit Syria Harder

The US warned Russia it would attack Syria again if chemical weapons (CW) were used by the government forces. According to Bloomberg, National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, at a meeting in Geneva on Aug. 23 that the US “is prepared to respond with greater military force than it has used against…

The Uncertainty Around Aramco Deal Is a Sign of Saudi Dysfunction
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The Uncertainty Around Aramco Deal Is a Sign of Saudi Dysfunction

The apparent delay in the sale of Saudi Arabia’s mammoth-sized oil firm Aramco is a symptom of dysfunctional government, analysts say. It is just one example of bizarreness emanating from the kingdom, which says it wants to unhook its economy from oil dependence. Earlier this month, a slew of conflicting reports broke claiming that the…

The Crucifixion of Jeremy Corbyn – Israel’s Friends Demand Total Surrender
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The Crucifixion of Jeremy Corbyn – Israel’s Friends Demand Total Surrender

Many believe that the easily observable dominance of the friends of Israel over some aspects of government policy is a phenomenon unique to the United States, where committed Jews and Christian Zionists are able to control both politicians and the media message relating to what is going on in the Middle East. Unfortunately, the reality…