Lukashenko Just Hinted at a ‘Phased Leadership Transition’ in Belarus
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Lukashenko Just Hinted at a ‘Phased Leadership Transition’ in Belarus

Belarusian President Lukashenko’s announcement that presidential elections will follow a planned constitutional referendum possibly paves the way for a “phased leadership transition” in the Color Revolution-beleaguered former Soviet Republic, one which opens up an opportunity for Russia to protect its national interests if a friendly candidate like Viktor Babariko comes out on top or ends…

The United Arab Emirates and Israel Join Hands: Great for Trump but More Bad News for the Middle East
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The United Arab Emirates and Israel Join Hands: Great for Trump but More Bad News for the Middle East

The decision made this week by the United Arab Emirates and Israel to establish full diplomatic relations as part of a commitment to normalize the interaction between the two countries was characteristically announced by President Donald Trump because he is, undoubtedly, the main beneficiary. With less than three months to go until the U.S. national…

Lebanon: Pearl on the New Silk Road or Zone of Dark Age Chaos
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Lebanon: Pearl on the New Silk Road or Zone of Dark Age Chaos

Many voices have been quick to enter the chorus of commentators hypothesizing the manifold possible causes of the devastating explosions which occurred on the afternoon of August 4 in Beirut which has led to mass anarchy and the surprising resignation of the government on August 11th. While I have no great novel contribution to offer…

“A Cynical Manipulation”: On Israel’s Empty Gesture of Goodwill to Beirut
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“A Cynical Manipulation”: On Israel’s Empty Gesture of Goodwill to Beirut

No words can appropriately describe the horror that has befallen Beirut. Whether this massive explosion was the result of reckless negligence, stupidity, an act of terrorism, or a combination of all of the above – it was horrifying. As the people of Beirut pick up the pieces, our thoughts and our hearts are with them….

Poland and Lithuania Are Escalating Events in Belarus as They Did with Maidan
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Poland and Lithuania Are Escalating Events in Belarus as They Did with Maidan

On August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus with five candidates bidding to be head of state. According to the Central Election Commission, the incumbent president, Alexander Lukashenko, won in the first round with over 80% of the votes. Mass protests began in Belarus right after the announcement of the preliminary election results. People went to…