Caught In The Strait
Opinion

Caught In The Strait

It is clear that the United Kingdom could not have thought this through. Was it a touch of the Suez jitters, the haunting syndrome of 1956 leaving a false impression that the Old Empire still had it? To taunt a power already under the watchful and punitive eye of the United States was never a…

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Strategic Plan’ to Take Turkey Down
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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Strategic Plan’ to Take Turkey Down

Saudi Arabia has begun implementing a “strategic plan” to confront the Turkish government, after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman decided he was being “too patient” with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. The plan is detailed in a confidential report based on open- and closed-source intelligence prepared by the…

Why Did the US Exit INF Treaty? What You’re Not Being Told
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Why Did the US Exit INF Treaty? What You’re Not Being Told

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is halfway through his tour of the Asia-Pacific region. The tour’s timing, coming just weeks after Esper was officially sworn in, affirms the notion that the Pentagon’s top priority is China. “Whoever sheds his blood for me today shall be my brother” – the closing lines from William Shakespeare’s…

Western Propaganda: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t
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Western Propaganda: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t

Nations running afoul of US and European hegemony often find themselves the target of concerted, long-term propaganda campaigns. Without creating a media front capable of confronting this propaganda, virtually nothing a targeted nation does can improve its image among the global public, because no matter what it does, it will be ‘spun’ by the US…