The Biden-Ghani Call Might Be More Damning Than the Trump-Zelensky One

The Biden-Ghani Call Might Be More Damning Than the Trump-Zelensky One

It actually appears to be the rule, not the exception, that presidents attach political strings to the military aid that they provide to their nominal allies. Reuters exclusively reported on the transcript and audio recordings of the last phone call between US President Joe Biden and former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on 23 July that…

Poland & Ukraine, Not Afghanistan, Were the First US Allies to be Abandoned by Biden

Poland & Ukraine, Not Afghanistan, Were the First US Allies to be Abandoned by Biden

The writing was on the wall this entire time that Biden was actually implementing a fair share of Trump’s foreign policy vision related to trading away his “allies” interests in pursuit of the “greater good” connected to more actively “containing” China in the Asia-Pacific. The world is talking about the next US allies to be…

MBS and MBZ Fight for Scraps After Trump and Netanyahu’s Exit

MBS and MBZ Fight for Scraps After Trump and Netanyahu’s Exit

Imagine what would have happened if Donald Trump had secured a second term and Benjamin Netanyahu enough votes in the Knesset to form a government. Iran would have been bombed by now – Netanyahu was pressing for an attack even when it was clear Trump had lost – Saudi would have normalised relations with Israel,…

What happened to Glenn Greenwald? Trump Happened – and Put the Left’s Priorities to the Test

What happened to Glenn Greenwald? Trump Happened – and Put the Left’s Priorities to the Test

There’s been a new public fracturing of the intellectual left, typified by an essay last week from Nathan J Robinson, editor of the small, independent, socialist magazine Current Affairs, accusing Glenn Greenwald and Matt Taibbi of bolstering the right’s arguments. He is the more reasonable face of what seems to be a new industry arguing…

Change in the Middle East?

Change in the Middle East?

The media focus on the Summit meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin has to a certain extent crowded out news about the new government in Israel, headed by hardline nationalist Naftali Bennett. In those media outlets that are actually discussing the change there is an odd sort of perception that Israel’s new government…