Modi’s Rotten Deal for France’s Rafale Jets Might Be His Downfall
Opinion

Modi’s Rotten Deal for France’s Rafale Jets Might Be His Downfall

The Indian leader who established a reputation for himself as a fearsome fighter against so-called “black money” might see his political downfall brought about by a fast-moving corruption scandal that reportedly implicates him in the illegal transfer of billions of dollars of foreign funds to one of his cronies. Indian Prime Minister Modi has been…

The Path to World War III – Risky Israeli Behavior Threatens Everyone
Opinion

The Path to World War III – Risky Israeli Behavior Threatens Everyone

The minimal U.S. press coverage accorded to last Monday’s shooting down of a Russian intelligence plane off the coast of Syria is, of course, a reflection both of lack of interest and of Israel’s involvement in the incident. If one had read the New York Times or the Washington Post on the morning after the…

‘Are We in for a Nightmare?’ – Israeli Media on S-300 Deliveries to Syria
Military

‘Are We in for a Nightmare?’ – Israeli Media on S-300 Deliveries to Syria

In light of the downing of the Russian Il-20 plane in Syria last week, the Russian Defense Ministry stated Monday that Moscow would deliver advanced S-300 air defense missile systems to the Syrian army within two weeks in order to increase the security of Russian servicemen stationed in the country. A number of Israeli media outlets…

The Decreasing Relevance of Sino-Russian Rivalries
Opinion

The Decreasing Relevance of Sino-Russian Rivalries

When writing about Sino-Russian relations, western journalists & academics often write as if the Sino-Russian rivalry of the past are eternal and unchanging constants in international relations. The common refrain often goes something like “despite continuing differences… Russia & China are working together…”, “Although the two parties appear aligned against the US, historical rivalries will…