Daily Archive: March 21, 2019

The US Is Pushing Lebanon Into the Arms of Iran and Russia

Lebanon is expecting the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week at a time when the Lebanese economic-political map is being redrawn and while Lebanon is suffering its most serious economic downturnin recent history. Reasons for the deterioration of the local economy include not only the corruption of Lebanon’s political leadership and lower level administration but also US...

Kazakhstan: Why Nazarbayev’s Legacy will Remain Intact

At first, it sounded like a geopolitical bombshell: Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev, 78, in power since 1991, dramatically announced his resignation. In a “special” address, significantly delivered in both Kazakh and Russian, Nazarbayev said: “As the founder of the independent Kazakh state, I see my future task in ensuring the coming to power of a new generation of leaders who...

Kazakh President Nazarbayev’s Resignation Is No Cause for Alarm (Just Yet)

The timing of elderly Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resignation took many observers by surprise even if the event itself shouldn’t have been unexpected, but there aren’t any credible grounds for speculating that this development will lead to any profound domestic or international changes, at least not yet. The Inevitable Transition Begins Elderly Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly resigned from his...

AIPAC Is Coming to Town – Again! And the Israelis Are Having an Election

The Trump Administration has delivered yet another concession to Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of parliamentary elections: the Israeli military occupation of much of the Palestinian West Bank and of the Golan Heights will no longer be referred to in official U.S. government documents as an occupation. America’s so-called Ambassador to Israel is a former Trump...

Should Venezuela Transfer its F-16s to Russia?

Amid escalating tensions between Washington and Caracas, a number of the United States’ actions have been deemed highly illegal by the Venezuelan government and its allies – from harsh economic sanctions to unilaterally declaring a Western favoured candidate, Juan Guaido, the legitimate president of the country (despite him not having previously contended in elections.) Venezuela for its part has done...