France’s Macron and Saudi Prince in Artful Deception

A week after French President Emmanuel Macron opened the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, a painting attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci went on sale for a record $450 million at an auction in New York City. It was then reported that the buyer turned out to be none other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi …

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Russia’s Syria Success Highlights US Mission Mess

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to withdraw his county’s forces from Syria makes sense militarily, politically, and strategically. The war has been won. Job done. Now it’s time to win the peace. Making a clear-cut end to military operations in Syria in this way only emphasizes what everyone knows, or should know. The Syrian state …

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Trump’s Jerusalem Move a Good Thing… US Pretense of ‘Honest Broker’ Finally Ends

US President Donald Trump makes one of the most protracted and painful world problems sound like he’s selling a condo between two parties. With cheesy easiness, he bluffs everybody gets a “great deal.” “We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians.” Thus spoke Trump …

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Why Saudi Public Relations Are So Disastrous

What a disastrous past week it’s been for Saudi Arabia’s international public relations. It’s hard to imagine how it could possibly become more ignominious or cringe making for the House of Saud. But of course, how could it be otherwise? When the oil-rich kingdom is run by a father-and-son clique, cosseted by venal super-wealth, and …

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Is a Military Coup Against Trump in the Cards?

In an extraordinary US Senate hearing this week, lawmakers and military officials rounded on President Trump as being a danger to world peace due to his Commander-in-Chief powers for launching nuclear weapons. The highlight came when the hearing was told military officers have the constitutional right to disobey the president. This was, in effect, an …

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Afghanistan War Crimes Probe a Sham and Cover-Up for US

When The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) announced it was planning to investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, the timing seemed appropriate. The announcement by the ICC on November 3 came within days of a deadly airstrike by US forces in northern Afghanistan, which UN officials say killed ten civilians. But the history of the …

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Back to the Future … NATO Self-Fulfilling War Plans for Russia

Defense ministers of the US-led NATO alliance this week endorsed proposals to set up two new military commands – and it is clear Russia is the target of what are, in effect, war plans. The setting up of an Atlantic command and a logistical hub in Europe to facilitate the transfer of troops and weapons …

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US Mideast Axis Reels as Russian-Backed Forces Power Ahead

It’s been a more-than-usual eventful week in the Middle East. Russian-backed forces made yet more significant military gains in defeating US-sponsored proxies in Syria, with a fearsome display of long-range Russian air and naval firepower against militant hold-outs near Deir ez-Zor. That was while Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted in the Iranian capital Tehran …

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