The World will Never Agree to an Expanded INF Treaty, and the US Knows It

The US knows that its public pretense of pulling out of the INF Treaty in order to compel other countries to join an expanded version of it is unbelievable because most other powers with these intermediate-range missile capabilities won’t ever accede to a new agreement, but America’s going forward with this narrative anyhow in order …

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East-West Confrontation. The INF Treaty. It Is Like a Western Movie: A Showdown Is in the Making

It has taken the US military/security complex 31 years to get rid of President Reagan’s last nuclear disarmament achievement—the INF Treaty that President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev achieved in 1987. The Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was ratified by the US Senate on May 27, 1988 and became effective a few days later on …

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US Withdrawal from INF Treaty: Implications for Asia Pacific

One of the motives behind the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty is its desire to acquire first-strike capability against Russia from Europe, while keeping intact its strategic nuclear arsenal. Another motivation is the need to keep China, America’s fiercest geopolitical challenger, in its crosshairs by forcing it to alter its foreign, defense, and trade policies in …

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Here Are the Geopolitical Implications of Turkey’s President Erdogan’s Speech on Jamal Khashoggi

What Erdogan said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has addressed the parliament in Istanbul during which time he delivered a statement on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On the 2nd of October Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul and was never seen again. Weeks later, Riyadh stated that the journalist was murdered during …

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Insights Into the Khashoggi Ordeal; Who and Why

In this insane historical era in which we currently live, events, their causes and consequences do not necessarily follow this particular logical sequence of reporting and analyzing; and we have to get used to much worse. To this effect, a week ago, it was almost impossible to work out who “killed” Khashoggi and why even …

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Khashoggi Drama – A Deal Is No Longer Possible – Erdogan Demands That MbS Goes

The Khashoggi saga continues to influence Middle East policies. On Friday the Saudi regime admitted that Khashoggi was killed in its consulate in Istanbul. Since then they have changed their story twice: After weeks of denying involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi Arabia said that he was killed in the Istanbul consulate, saying his death was …

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Jordan Cancels Part of 1994 Peace Treaty with Israel

In 1994, Jordan became the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel, Egypt the first in 1979. Neither country recognized Israel as a Jewish state, nor was the provision part of the 1993 Oslo Accords or Bush/Cheney’s 2003 Roadmap for Peace.  One-fifth of Israeli citizens are Arabs. Yet they’re mistreated like fifth …

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Asian and European leaders gather at the ASEM 12 summit last week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center in purple, for a group photo in Brussels on October 19, 2018. Photo: Alexey Vitvitsky / Sputnik / AFP

Leaders of Asia and Europe Sit Down for Talks, Not Sanctions

Totally under the radar of a news cycle consumed by the Pulp Fiction in Istanbul saga and the ever-mutating US-China trade war, leaders from no less than 51 Asian and European nations met in Brussels on Friday to talk about developing some measure of global stability. The day before in Brussels had been lost on …

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Bugocalypse Now! As Planet Faces Ecological Collapse, Monsanto Shrugs

While it lacks the same Hollywood punch as an asteroid scoring a direct hit on planet Earth, or a tidal wave wiping out New York City, the mass extinction of insects would be no less catastrophic to humans. Around the world, people are beginning to ask the same worrisome question: where have all of the …

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