Fracturing of Diplomatic Relations Sets World on Dangerous Path

With the collapse of post-World War II international contrivances of political control has come an unprecedented fracturing of diplomatic relations between nations. In the world, today, there are, give or take, 207 sovereign entities that have an ability to enter into formal diplomatic relations. In recent years, several nations have completely severed diplomatic ties or … Continue reading Fracturing of Diplomatic Relations Sets World on Dangerous Path

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U.S. Increasing Involvement in Syria Yet Again as Regional, World Tensions Flare

Are We Edging Toward Federalization, World War Three In Syria? As tensions continue to rise between Syria, Israel, Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia, the United States is also upping the ante in Syria. After mobilizing troops to Manbij and engaging in a series of airstrikes including a questionable report of the U.S. bombing a Mosque in … Continue reading U.S. Increasing Involvement in Syria Yet Again as Regional, World Tensions Flare

Keeping the Myth and the Islamic State Alive

Joint Syrian-Russian-Iranian operations against foreign-funded and armed militant groups across Syrian territory have incrementally dismantled and frustrated the fighting capacity of groups including the so-called Islamic State, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda, and a myriad of other fronts coordinated and arrayed from abroad against Damascus. With the Russian intervention in late 2015, considerable air power was … Continue reading Keeping the Myth and the Islamic State Alive

U.S. soldiers gather at a military base north of Mosul. © Mohammed Al-Ramahi

The West’s Sights are Now Clearly Set on Iran

The British-US plan to weaken Iran via the proxy war on Syria has spectacularly backfired. Now they are more desperate than ever to bring Iran to its knees. Western think tanks and ‘strategic institutes’ have been getting themselves in a cold sweat about Iranian influence for some time. In 2012, Frederick Kagan (former Bush advisor … Continue reading The West’s Sights are Now Clearly Set on Iran

Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East

As the ISIS terrorist group is collapsing in Syria and Iraq, the competition among powers involved in the conflict increases. In March, Moscow and Astana become the main centers of the diplomatic activity with top leaders from Israel, Turkey, the UK and other powers discussing the issues confronting the Middle East. Ongoing events aim to … Continue reading Geopolitical Standoff in Post-ISIS Middle East

Villages in north-eastern Syria liberated from ISIL © Sputnik/ Valery Melnikov

The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

You all remember former US Secretary of State Condi Rice's notorious 2006 prediction about "birth pangs of a New Middle East." True to the George "Dubya" Bush/Cheney regime, Condi got it all spectacularly wrong, not only about Lebanon and Israel but also Iraq, Syria and the House of Saud. The Obama administration duly maintained a … Continue reading The ‘Birth Pangs’ of a New Middle East, Remixed

Pakistan Sends Combat Troops to Saudi Southern Border

Brigade deploys to shore up border against Houthi reprisal attacks from Yemen, but sources tell MEE it will 'not be used beyond Saudi borders' The Pakistan army is sending a brigade of combat troops to shore up Saudi Arabia’s vulnerable southern border from reprisal attacks mounted by the Houthis in Yemen, according to senior security … Continue reading Pakistan Sends Combat Troops to Saudi Southern Border