Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China

The Russia-China strategic partnership, uniting the Pentagon's avowed top two "existential" threats to America, does not come with a formal treaty signed with pomp, circumstance - and a military parade. Enveloped in layers of subtle sophistication, there's no way to know the deeper terms Beijing and Moscow have agreed upon behind those innumerable Putin-Xi Jinping high-level meetings. Diplomats, off the … Continue reading Why Washington is Terrified of Russia, China

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Piece of Cake: New Normal of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Here's the Commander-in-chief of the Beautiful Piece of Chocolate Cake School of Foreign Policy, expanding on his next move regarding North Korea. "We are sending an armada. Very powerful. We have submarines. Very powerful. Far more powerful than the aircraft carrier. That I can tell you." https://youtu.be/8nFv04njPtw As if bombing nuclear-armed North Korea would be as much … Continue reading Piece of Cake: New Normal of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Pentagon – and Daesh – Target Iran

CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel channeled his full Dr. Strangelove in front of the US House Armed Services Committee this past Wednesday. "We need to look at opportunities where we can disrupt [Iran] through military means or other means." As Orwellian as our times may be, this still ranks as a declaration of war. With the inbuilt consequence of smashing to bits … Continue reading Pentagon – and Daesh – Target Iran

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watched the ground jet test of a Korean-style high-thrust engine newly developed by the Academy of the National Defence Science

North Korea: The Really Serious Options on the Table

East Asia geopolitics is in flux, still centered on Beijing but complicated by Pyongyang's nukes and transitions in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo. The National People’s Congress in Beijing made it clear that China in the 21st century as led by Xi Jinping now relies, as a state, on the  “core” leader’s “four comprehensives” as the … Continue reading North Korea: The Really Serious Options on the Table

Paramilitary policemen stand in formation as they take part in an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally, in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, February 27, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Could Great Wall of Iron become New Silk Roadblock?

Taking extreme measures to fight Islamic influences in Xinjiang province could hurt the One Road, One Belt initiative When the hype surrounding the Trump-Xi summit turns into a Mar-a-Lago fact on the ground next month, both presidents are bound to agree fully on at least one issue: “radical Islamic terror” – as per Trump terminology. Donald Trump has … Continue reading Could Great Wall of Iron become New Silk Roadblock?

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

‘The Time to Invest in Iran is Now’

The shift in the global balance of financing power towards Russia, India and China — especially China — is opening up opportunities for Tehran It’s a beautiful late winter morning, the snowy Alborz mountains glittering under the sun, and Professor Mohammad Marandi from the faculty of world studies at the University of Tehran is taking me … Continue reading ‘The Time to Invest in Iran is Now’