Why is the USA in Afghanistan? An Answer to the Big Question

Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USA’s longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the country’s mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is “Why is …

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A convoy of US forces armoured vehicles drives near the village of Yalanli, on the western outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. © Delil Souleiman / AFP

Showdown in Syria: The Reason Russia (Not China) is the Target of Washington’s Wrath

US vilification of Russia began in earnest shortly after Moscow opened a military offensive against Islamic State forces in Syria, where the loathsome terrorist group, when not brandishing arms, was also running a profitable oil export business. Last year, Russia came under an avalanche of unsubstantiated accusations, declaring the Kremlin had interfered in the US …

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China’s Great Leap in Space Warfare Creates Huge New Threat

China is building an array of high-technology space arms – anti-satellite missiles, lasers, GPS jammers and killer satellites – that Beijing says will give its military strategic advantage in a future conflict with the United States. The People’s Liberation Army now has the capability of attacking, destroying or disrupting the 500 US satellites circling the …

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Venezuela Publishes Oil Prices in Yuan for First Time

In a move that is largely seen as Maduro giving Washington the middle finger, Venezuela has made good on its promise to layoff the U.S. dollar, publishing its oil prices in yuan on Friday. Last Friday, Maduro had announced the forthcoming change, but that threat came after 14 years of similar threats, made by former …

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China Helps Venezuela and Iran Against Unilateral US Sanctions

China walks through the doors the US has left wide open. In economic warfare, like in traditional battle, one’s weapons are only as powerful as the shields which they are up against. This simple concept has not yet sunk in among the powers that be at the US Department of the Treasury. Donald Trump’s Treasury …

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Iran Turns The Art of the Deal Upside Down

As President Hasan Rouhani prepares to address the UN General Assembly in New York and the Trump administration and allies relentlessly lobby for the Iran nuclear deal to be decertified, Tehran is busy clinching deal after deal with Asians and Europeans. For the Chinese government, Iran – and Pakistan – are so geopolitically important that they are …

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How North Korea Outmaneuvered U.S.

Don’t look now, but North Korea has just won its latest diplomatic tussle with the United States. No matter how often Donald Trump promises to rain down “fire and fury” on the Democratic People’s Republic “the likes of which the world has never seen before,” it’s increasing clear that Kim Jong Un’s nuclear-deterrence policy is …

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Six Major US Foreign Policy Failures of the Post-Cold War Era

The Wolfowitz Doctrine and the document A Clean Break, set out contemporary US policy against Russia, China and the Middle East dating back to the 1990s. These documents, while still influential in Washington, have been abject failures on many fronts. In the 1990s, US officials, all of whom would go on to serve in the …

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America Fears China’s Geo-Political Power More Than China’s Economic Might

The Bannonite wing of the new American right is angry about China. The anger stems primarily from the fact that China’s manufacturing has outpaced that of the US and economies similar to that of the US, which in turn has arguably been a cause of US industrial decline. Steve Bannon recently gave a speech in …

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