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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The China-Arab States Cooperation Forum Offers the Arab World Hope During a Time of Crisis

The once united Arab world is more divided today than at anytime since the implementation of the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 whereby the French and British imperial governments decided to split the majority of the Arab world into spheres of influence to be shared by western Europe’s foremost colonial aggressors. In the middle of the …

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The Rise and Fall of the US Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS)

Relevant in relation to the US-led ongoing wars, this article was originally published on June 29, 2015. The most expensive social science program in history–the US Army’s Human Terrain System (HTS)–has quietly come to an end (2015). During its eight years of existence, the controversial program cost tax payers more than $725 million. The Pentagon …

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The World Must Work to Peacefully De-nuclearise the “Israeli” Regime

Now that the DPRK, a former signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which later withdrew has agreed to a full de-nuclearisation process, it is time to focus on other nations that possess nuclear weapons that have yet to sign the NPT. Of all the world’s nuclear powers only “Israel”, India …

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Oil for Israel: The Truth about the Iraq War, 15 Years Later

April 24 marks the 15th anniversary of my initial entry into Baghdad as the senior oil advisor to retired Lieutenant General Jay Garner, our US government civilian leader in Iraq. It was the beginning of my six plus years in Iraq working on the oil sector and denying the allegation that the Iraq war had …

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Mapping Erik Prince’s Private Mercenary Empire

Erik Prince, the brain behind the infamous private military firm Blackwater, is now in China training security forces. Prince is partially responsible for modernizing the private army for the post 9/11 world, outsourcing militaries to cheap, specialized labor pools and skirting traditional regulations meant to ensure accountability for armed forces. His journey from hiring mercenaries …

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Why Can’t the World’s Best Military Win Its Wars?

"This time, they think they have it right." So declared an Associated Press story reporting an upbeat assessment by this country's top military officer at the end of a five-day visit to Afghanistan earlier this spring. Marine General Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was heading home from the war zone, …

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Iran is Fighting Tooth and Nail for Its Positions in Iraq and Syria

The fact a couple Russian military advisors together with dozens of Syrian soldiers have recently perished in the Deir ez-Zor area indicates the United States together with its allies carries on with preparations to cast a decisive blow in southwest Syria, aimed at cutting off Iranian forces from their allies. Damascus has this far been …

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