Afghanistan Takes Center Stage in the New Great Game
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Afghanistan Takes Center Stage in the New Great Game

In the “graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia pledged to use its diplomatic muscle to spur peace efforts in the war-torn country. Flanked by Afghan representatives and their Taliban rivals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talked…

‘Russia Has Made Clear’ That Status Quo of Syria Strikes ‘Gone’
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‘Russia Has Made Clear’ That Status Quo of Syria Strikes ‘Gone’

This week, multiple media reports alleged that the Israeli military was training to destroy Russian-made air defence systems, including the S-300s recently delivered to Syria. The reports followed an expression of hope by the US that Russia would allow Tel Aviv to resume its airstrikes against so-called “Iranian targets” in the Arab Republic. Moscow’s warnings…

Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi’s Murder, CIA Concludes
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Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi’s Murder, CIA Concludes

There never was any doubt about it all along. No one dares circumvent Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s (MbS) authority over most everyone. Doing it risks ending up like Khashoggi. That’s how all despotic regimes operate. Iron-fisted rule tolerates no one operating ad libitum. MbS is de facto Saudi ruler. What he says goes…

Le Bull in la French China Shop
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Le Bull in la French China Shop

Asked if President Donald Trump’s highly critical tweets about French president Emmanuel Macron were unpleasant and inelegant, Macron elegantly replied, `you summed up everything.’ Yes, they were unpleasant and inelegant, to put it mildly. Worse, Trump’s tweet barrage came on the same day France was commemorating the murder of 130 Parisians by gunmen in 2015….

Middle East: Who is Actually Fighting Terrorism
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Middle East: Who is Actually Fighting Terrorism

Terrorist organizations the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda suffered a catastrophic defeat in the Middle East, which was brought about with active support from Russia. However, evidence shows that not only has the terrorist threat not been completely eliminated but instead it has transformed into new, on their own unprecedented and dangerous forms. Alexander Bortnikov,…

Whose Money Stoked Religious Strife in Ukraine – and Who Tried to Steal It?
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Whose Money Stoked Religious Strife in Ukraine – and Who Tried to Steal It?

Was $25 million in American tax dollars allocated for a payoff to stir up religious turmoil and violence in Ukraine? Did Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (unsuccessfully) attempt to divert most of it into his own pocket? Last month the worldwide Orthodox Christian communion was plunged into crisis by the decision of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I…