The Kharkov Game-Changer

The Kharkov Game-Changer

Wars are not won by psyops. Ask Nazi Germany. Still, it’s been a howler to watch NATOstan media on Kharkov, gloating in unison about “the hammer blow that knocks out Putin”, “the Russians are in trouble”, and assorted inanities. Facts: Russian forces withdrew from the territory of Kharkov to the left bank of the Oskol…

The Significance of the SCO’s Samarkand Summit

The Significance of the SCO’s Samarkand Summit

Observers have plenty to be optimistic about ahead of this week’s major multipolar event. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will hold its next summit in the ancient Uzbek city of Samarkand from 15-16 September, which will see the personal attendance of all the group’s leaders. This includes Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin,…

Analyzing Azerbaijan’s “Special Military Operation” Against Armenia

Analyzing Azerbaijan’s “Special Military Operation” Against Armenia

Azerbaijan’s undeclared special military operation against Armenia is the most destabilizing development to happen along Russia’s periphery since the latest US-provoked phase of the Ukrainian Conflict began in February. It could even ultimately prove to be a game changer in the worst way possible for Russian interests at the most sensitive time for its own…

Ukraine Sliding Into a Real War

Ukraine Sliding Into a Real War

A recurring feature of the Cold War was that the United States almost always placed great store on the optics of a Soviet-American affair while Moscow chose to concentrate on the end result. The Cuban Missile Crisis is the best known example where the denouement was about the publicised abandonment of the planned Soviet deployment…

Libya and the Way Out of a Severe Crisis

Libya and the Way Out of a Severe Crisis

Violence has returned to the streets of the Libyan capital Tripoli for the third time this year, as prevailing tensions between the North African country’s two parallel governments have again escalated sharply. With 32 people killed and 160 injured, mostly civilians, the warring militias have not even spared hospitals in their attempts to control more…

Land Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as ‘Feeding the World’

Land Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as ‘Feeding the World’

The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of rich and powerful land speculators and agribusiness corporations. Smallholder farmers are being criminalised and even made to disappear when it comes to the struggle for land. They are constantly exposed to systematic expulsion. In 2014, the Oakland Institute…