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by Salman Rafi Sheikh on 17 Jan 2018 3 Comments

While almost 85% of Syrian territory has now been liberated from ISIS and other terrorist groups, according to Russian Ministry of Defense, and dialogue on political settlement and reconciliation is going on at a steady pace, the question of economic reconstruction is such that is going to leave a paramount impact on the ultimate outcome of the Syrian end-ga...

by Tony Cartalucci on 16 Jan 2018 0 Comment

Protests have been reported across several cities in Iran over the last several days of December 2017. Protesters allegedly decry Iran’s economy as well as the nation’s involvement in nearby Syria. The Western media has attempted to cultivate two narratives – one focused on portraying the protests as widespread, spontaneous, and having focused first on “econ...

by F William Engdahl on 15 Jan 2018 1 Comment

A major security fiasco involving a major China state company and a Hong Kong-based corporate security company is emerging. It could potentially open up the massive Eurasian project of China, its Belt, Road Initiative (BRI), to major covert sabotage directed out of Langley Virginia CIA headquarters and carried out by a “Trojan Horse” the Chinese have hired t...

by R Hariharan on 14 Jan 2018 2 Comments

The two-decade long wait of thousands of fans of Tamil cinema’s superstar Rajinikanth ended on New Year eve when he announced his entry into politics is certain. To the roaring approval of thousands of fans attending the six-day interaction with the Thalaiva (as they lovingly call him), he added, “I will form my own political party and contest from all 234 s...

by Palestinian and Jewish Unity on 13 Jan 2018 1 Comment

Israel Shamir and the Palestinian and Jewish Group (PAJU) in Montreal, Canada have brought to the world’s attention the brilliant ideas by Edward Said in his January 10, 1999 article in New York Times Magazine, proposing “The One-State Solution” to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict over control of what members of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have called “T...

by Dmitry Bokarev on 12 Jan 2018 3 Comments

As it is known, all the states bordering with India are the zones of the Indian-Chinese struggle for the economic, political, and military dominance (except for Pakistan - a traditional opponent of India either with or without China). Even those that have traditionally cooperated with India, such as Bangladesh, the Maldives Republic, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, ar...

by Kakaouskia on 11 Jan 2018 1 Comment

For some time now, US and its vassal states and Russia are engaged in an economic war. The first salvo was when VISA and MasterCard – which are US based banking institutions – were forced to stop accepting transactions performed by cardholders of certain Russian banks. The latest indication, as Saker has mentioned in the near past is that the US government i...

by Thierry Meyssan on 10 Jan 2018 1 Comment

Breaking with the habits of his predecessors, Donald Trump’s National Security Strategy abandons the management of world affairs and lays out the path to the economic and social recovery of the United States. This project, which is perfectly coherent, represents a brutal change that his cabinet will now have to impose on the whole of his...

by Sandhya Jain on 09 Jan 2018 29 Comments

As there was advance information that an annual gathering at a memorial of the East India Company in Pune would be attended by rabble rousers like Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the administration should not have been so unprepared for mischief by agent provocateurs. We are witnessing the invention of a New Subalte...

by Boris Kagarlitsky on 08 Jan 2018 1 Comment

One of the most prominent election advertisements of Donald Trump’s campaign called on voters to “join the revolution”. Of course, in the context of American political rhetoric, anything passes as a “revolution”. However, many of Trump’s appeals indeed sounded extremely radical and resembled more the demands of the left than the usual agenda of Republican po...

by R Hariharan on 07 Jan 2018 0 Comment

Sri Lanka is expected to hold the nation-wide local government (LG) elections on February 10, 2018. Usually, local body elections are low key affairs. However, this election is important as a mid-term appraisal of the performance of the President Maithripala Sirisena- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe government. It would also provide an indication of the ...

by Pepe Escobar on 06 Jan 2018 1 Comment

The new 55-page “America First” National Security Strategy (NSS), drafted over the course of 2017, defines Russia and China as “revisionist” powers, “rivals”, and for all practical purposes strategic competitors of the United States. The NSS stops short of defining Russia and China as enemies, allowing for an “attempt to build a great partnership with those...

by Ramin Mazaheri on 05 Jan 2018 2 Comments

I am on vacation and trying to stay away from politics to recharge my batteries, but a sane voice on Iranian politics in English is almost impossible to find, so…. Despite the Western media’s slobbering at the minor protests in Iran, there is no need to fear that Iranian democracy is about to “fall”. Allow me to get right to the heart of the matter and prove...

by Petr Lvov on 04 Jan 2018 1 Comment

As it pretty much always the case, the ruling Middle Eastern elites have once again failed to stop the beginning of yet another “color” revolution, or an attempt to trigger one. This time it was Iran that found itself staring down the barrel. This development could easily have been predicted as the wave of “color revolutions” swept across Tunisia, Egypt, Yem...

by N S Rajaram on 03 Jan 2018 10 Comments

So here is what India will be faced with in the not too distant future. The state we now call Pakistan will be whittled down to Punjab and the regions east of the Indus River, struggling to protect itself from the forces of unruly frontiers controlled by warlords great and small in search of loot. This is what institutional meltdown will amount to. By one...

by N S Rajaram on 02 Jan 2018 7 Comments

Reports from Pakistan indicate that institutions of the state are heading for collapse. There are powerful forces at work that may soon redraw boundaries in the region. To see that, we need first to recognize that Pakistan is a geographical anomaly in which a vast and turbulent frontier is being controlled by a much smaller Punjabi interior. The Indian polit...

by G B Reddy on 01 Jan 2018 4 Comments

In its latest report, the Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) headed by Major General B.C. Khanduri of the Bharatiya Janata Party, slammed the government for simply not doing enough to ensure military modernization despite India being confronted with a clear two and one half-front threat from China, Pakistan and numerous insurgency threats. In...

by Thierry Meyssan on 31 Dec 2017 3 Comments

A personality who is highly contested by his fellow members of the Trump administration, Jared Kushner nevertheless enjoys the total confidence of the President. He has been handed the job of reorganising the Middle East according to the “reality principle”, against the received wisdom of each camp. After tangible successes in Saudi Arabia, he is now taking ...

by F William Engdahl on 30 Dec 2017 5 Comments

The Russian government has recently announced it will issue nearly $1 billion equivalent in state bonds, but denominated not in US dollars as is mostly the case. Rather it will be the first sale of Russian bonds in China’s yuan. While $1 billion may not sound like much when compared with the Peoples’ Bank of China total holdings of US Government debt of more...

by Harpreet on 29 Dec 2017 4 Comments

This is to share some thoughts on the treatment meted out to Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav’s wife and mother by the Pakistanis, in what could easily have been a show of goodwill instead. Firstly let us recount what exactly happened. (a) Forced removal of any Hindu symbols – choori (bangles), sindoor and mangalsutra. (b) Forced to...

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