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Afghanistan Again? The American Military’s Repetition-Compulsion Complex

Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan. For almost 16 years now, at the command of three presidents and a sadly forgettable succession of generals, they have gone round and round like so many motorists trapped on …

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Heads, Saudi Loses. Tails, Iran Wins

However many twists and turns the crisis of Sunni leadership takes, one regional power always seems to come out on top. That country is Iran. Iran’s threat to intervene militarily was one of the factors that thwarted Saudi Arabia’s plans to invade Qatar at the very start of the blockade. I understand from informed sources that …

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The Genocide of the Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy and False Prophets

To a certain extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is a false prophet. Glorified by the west for many years, she was made a ‘democracy icon’ because she opposed the same forces in her country, Burma, at the time that the US-led western coalition isolated Rangoon for its alliance with China. Aung San Suu Kyi played …

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Oh My God, Morgan Freeman Declares War on Russia!

If I’d said the words ‘Morgan Freeman’ to you earlier this week, and asked what they meant to you, I’m sure you’d have replied along the lines of: ‘Kind and friendly looking elderly actor with a rich speaking voice who specializes in playing benign roles- including God. I’m sure you would not have said: ‘Idiotic …

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Israel Supports the Creation of a Kurdish State

For decades, Israel has had significant links to Kurdish groups throughout the Middle East. Long before President Erdogan led what in many ways amounts to a counter-revolution in Turkish politics, Israel’s support of Kurdish separatist movements throughout the region, was often a sore point between Ankara and Tel Aviv, who apart from this issue, tended …

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Reagan Documents Shed Light on U.S. ‘Meddling’

“Secret” documents, recently declassified by the Reagan presidential library, reveal senior White House officials reengaging a former CIA “proprietary,” The Asia Foundation, in “political action,” an intelligence term of art for influencing the actions of foreign governments. The documents from 1982 came at a turning-point moment when the Reagan administration was revamping how the U.S. …

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A General Dynamics Ajax fighting vehicle at the Defence and Security Equipment International at London's Excel Centre on 12 September (Jamie Merril/MEE)

London’s Arms Bonanza: From Smart Bombs to Cheap ‘Donkey-Busters’

The Royal Air Force group captain guiding a party of dark-suited potential arms buyers did not look impressed. I had just asked a BAE Systems engineer whether the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) in front of me was a Hellfire missile. Unlike me, the group captain knew that Lockheed Martin makes the Hellfire, not …

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Forbidden History The Ultimate Taboo

People are dumb because they do not know and refuse to learn the real history behind world events. Educational institutions do not function as seekers of truth, but as gatekeepers for narratives that defy common sense and defame historical facts. Society fosters the ultimate taboo against chronicles that differ with the established story of distortions …

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Brute Isolation: Trump and the Art of Unraveling the Iran Deal

Contrary to a barrage of spin, the P5+1 meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to assess implementation of the Iran nuclear deal did not go especially well, as diplomats confirmed to Asia Times. US secretary of state Rex Tillerson was forced to concede Tehran is abiding by the deal. But once again …

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