Daily Archive: February 14, 2019

What Are Russia and Turkey Preparing for Syria? A Disagreement in Sochi

The 14thof February meeting in Sochi between the three Presidents (Russia, Turkey and Iran) is not expected to find solutions agreeable to all parties about the two main problem areas left in Syria: northeast Syria (Manbij to Qamishli/al-Hasaka), currently occupied by US forces, and Idlib city and its rural areas occupied by jihadist groups friendly to Turkey.  There are fundamentally different...

Afghan Civilians Fear CIA-Backed Death Squads that Can Call In Airstrikes

While the U.S. continues to conduct its mission of nation-building and “democracy promotion” in Afghanistan, bombing the country at unprecedented levels and being associated with de facto death squads on the ground could fuel distrust of Americans. Elite CIA-backed special forces in Afghanistan are leaving a trail of carnage in the country. As such units do not operate under the...

Why Does Pope Francis Hate Western Nationalism But Ignore the UAE’s Arab Variant?

The Pope recently visited the UAE in what was the first time in history that a Catholic Pontiff set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, symbolically occurring in the context of an inter-religious conference hosted by the comparatively tolerant UAE. The Emirates wants to establish itself as a bastion of stability and interfaith harmony in the Mideast, knowing that these are...