After Key China-Russia-Iran-Pakistan Meeting, Moscow Official Says Taliban Control 50% of Afghanistan

Mapping the Taliban  Last week saw a historic meeting in Islamabad between the intelligence chiefs of China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran. While the details of the meeting were not disclosed beyond statements implying that counter-terrorism was a dominating theme, it is a safe assumption that the war in Afghanistan was a major topic of discussion. …

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Putin-Trump Meeting in Helsinki: Objectives Bigger Than Syria and the Middle East

Both Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are meeting today Monday in Helsinki, Finland to discuss issues much more important than events in the Middle East. Despite its own importance, the situation in Syria is not as urgent as clarifying US intentions towards Russia and the potential will of both parties to develop the commercial-security-military …

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China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran Join Forces Against Terrorism at Historic Islamabad Conference

On the 10th of July, a private meeting in Islamabad took place between the intelligence heads of China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran. The meeting has been described as an opportunity for each power to discuss a more coordinated and united strategy in tackling international terrorism with a particular emphasis on the Takfiri groups Daesh (ISIS). …

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Iran’s Basij: The Reason Why Land or Civil War Inside Iran Is Impossible

Allow me to give a summary of my conversations with well-meaning Westerners since at least 9/11. Everyone: “Ramin, I’m so worried about Iran! I expect US troops to land in Tehran every time I turn on the news!” Me: “The Basij.” Everyone: “Ramin, the US invaded Afghanistan and Iraq – Iran is obviously next!” Me: …

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Iranian Media Helpfully Exposes India’s Embarrassing Capitulation to the United States

In spite of its non-aligned history and its tradition of a decades long partnership with Moscow dating back to the 1940s, India’s contemporary foreign policy is a far cry for that of its comparatively recent past. Under Premier Narendra Modi’s BJP, India has begun allowing its historic friendship with Moscow to quietly die while engaging in …

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Iran’s Reaction to the OPEC+ Output Deal Reeks of Desperation

Iran had a fiery reaction to the OPEC+ output agreement between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The country’s First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri ominously warned that “Anyone trying to take away Iran’s oil market (share) would be committing great treachery against Iran and will one day pay for it”, in a message clearly designed to deter its …

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China's President Xi Jinping, right, and Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, center, arrive for the 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Photo: AFP/ Wang Zhao

China’s Silky Charming of Arabia

Under the radar, away from World Cup frenzy and the merger and acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo Inc. and Fiat, the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF), established in 2004, sailed on in Beijing, hosted by President Xi Jinping. Amid the torrential pledge of loans and aid, China committed to invest right …

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Who are Washington’s “Revolutionaries” in Iran?

The US backed Iranian opposition are neither “revolutionary,” nor even “in” Iran. Yet they have been designated as Washington’s proxies of choice, and an alternative government they seek to place into power in Tehran.  As the US-led proxy war in Syria reaches a relative stalemate and with time on Damascus and its allies’ side, Washington’s …

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