Daesh and the West’s Solid Stench of Death

Whenever Daesh adds to its tragic litany of "lone wolf" and/or "network" attacks – in Manchester, Paris, London, Nice, Berlin – the West rages against those "evil losers" (copyright Donald Trump). Whenever the West's formidable military machine adds to its tragic litany of "collateral damage" – in Libya, Yemen, Somalia, the tribal areas in Pakistan – silence reigns. …

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A woman holds a poster of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, May 17, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Iran Bets Its Future on ‘Reformist’ Rouhani

In the perennial electoral battle between principlists (conservatives) and reformists, Iranian reformists have once again won handsomely. Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani was reelected in a landslide on Saturday – with at least 56.88 percent of the votes according to the latest count at time of publishing and a projected vote share of 20 million votes …

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Abu Trump al-Amriki

Embattled at home in a do-or-die war (or "witch hunt") against powerful factions of the deep state, President Trump, in the first stop of his first foreign trip, lands with pomp and circumstance in the ultimate totalitarian theocracy. Trump will be lavishly entertained by a parasite monarchy that for decades exports the ideological matrix of all forms of Salafi-jihadi …

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Xi’s Wild Geese Chase the Silk Road Gold

At the two-day New Silk Road international forum in Beijing, President Xi Jinping set out to establish China as the flagship of a new, benign trade-focussed world order. This was, said Xi, a “new model of win-win and cooperation” that will prevail over gunboat diplomacy. At the start of the conference, China’s state broadcaster Xinhua …

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping © Kenzaburo Fukuhara / Reuters

Putin Aligns with Xi in Crafting the New World (Trade) Order

History will record the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing marked the juncture where the 21st century New Silk Roads assumed their full character of Globalization 2.0, or “inclusive globalization,” as defined by President Xi Jinping in Davos earlier this year. I have dealt with the monumental stakes here and here. Terminology, of course, remains a minor …

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