Saudi Arabia – Russia: a New Alliance?

"Everything was in confusion in the Oblonskys' house". Such is the beginning of "Anna Karenina" - a novel by the… More
Economics Middle East - Saudi Arabia

Charleston Shootings Trigger Confederate Lynching Jihad

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this, If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any… More
Society USA in the World

Mohammed Bin Salman’s Visit to Russia: View from the Region

The recent visit to Russia by the successor to the Crown Prince, Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin… More
Economics Middle East - Saudi Arabia

ISIL: Total War Goes International

On July 1 Egypt experienced the inevitable – a massive terrorist attack carried out by "Islamic State" (ISIL) terrorists. This… More
Politics Middle East


What Stinks about Varoufakis and the Whole Greek Mess?

1133Something stinks very bad about Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and the entire Greek mess that has been playing out since the election victory of the nominally pro-Greek Syriza Party in January. I am coming to the reluctant conclusion that far from…


India: The Revolution You Didn’t Hear About

aam-aadmiThe municipal elections in Delhi, capital of India, on February 7th raised interest in a few journals but not nearly as much as they should have done. There is a reason for this. Many countries are struggling to cope with non-traditional parties challenging…

Southern Asia - India

Western Politicians are Controlled by Washington

195888-01-08Documents that have recently been published by Wikileaks prove that the NSA has been wiretapping at least three French presidents along with a number of high-profile political figures. This information has provoked a true outrage in the French society and local…


The Situation in Hong Kong Becomes Difficult Again

1403598548074_678Hong Kong again, as in the Autumn of last year, may become the focus of news agencies as a place where notable events in the world politics are unfolding. Though, the street protests that erupted here a year ago in connection with the recommendations of…

Columns - Politics

Lebanon: The Calm Before the Storm

543453412333Despite the fact that Lebanon has somehow escaped the wave of “color revolutions” and civil wars that has been plaguing the Arab world, the situation in the country remains rather difficult. At any given moment a sectarian conflict can break out in Lebanon followed by…

Middle East

America's Multinational Ramadan Assault

rtr3wktz.siIt is not hard to fathom who on Earth possesses both the resources and the motivation to coordinate multiple, horrific militant attacks, ending scores of lives and provoking both fear and anger on a global scale such as seen during the recent Ramadan attacks that…

USA in the World

US Tanks Defend Poverty in Eastern Europe

abrams-europe-600The latest villain in the 24/7 Hollywood melodrama known as cable news is Vladimir Putin. People across the United States are being told they should be terrified of him — and that, subsequently, they should support economic attacks and military encirclement of…

USA in the World


NSA-French Flap Confirms Euro-Servility

uncle-sam-400x297For those who labor under the misguided delusion that Europe defines its own destiny independently, no clearer wake up call could have been given than the latest US-French spying scandal. It is a wake up call not because of revelations that the United States has been…


The US-Russia Economic War Heats Up

3424235555As the US and Europe push forward with continued sanctions against Russia, an intriguing economic battle is taking shape, one which will have significant repercussions for years to come. While Washington and Brussels seek to divide Russia from Europe in order to…

Russia in the World

Russia, China Deepen Win-Win

160307058It’s scarcely a day passes that there isn’t some fascinating new development bringing Russia and China closer in peaceful economic cooperation. The most recent such development involves what must be described as a win-win development in which Russia has agreed to lease…

Eastern Asia - China

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Keeping the US Hegemony in-tact

34545345222The much talked about Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P) to be signed between the US and its allies in the Pacific region, has undoubtedly acquired central position in the US’ “Asia Pivot” policy. Given the scale, range and extent of this agreement, it…

USA in the World

Sanctions and the Birth of the New Russia

24324234I want to share my impressions from a recent visit to St. Petersburg where I was invited to speak on a panel titled “Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste.” The title is another version of the old Chinese proverb, “A crisis also presents new opportunities.” This is…

Ukraine in the world

OPEC's Decisions and the Future of the Middle East

5242111The ordinary meeting of the 167th ​​Ministerial Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has wrapped up in Vienna with the result that experts had predicted in advance. OPEC will maintain oil production quotas at the previous level…

Middle East - Saudi Arabia

The Trans-Pacific Partnership : A Free Trade Agreement?

434234211The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) currently nearing its final stages of negotiation purports to be about increasing trade and economic co-operation among its twelve negotiating parties. These twelve countries include…

Asian-Pacific region - Australia


Recent Attack in Tunisia or “There is No Prophet in His Own Country”

2342343This year the Friday of 9th Ramadan became truly “burning” for Tunisia: 40 people were killed, many more wounded. In the holy month for all Muslims, in which “the Qur’an was revealed” (Al-Baqarah 2: 185), when the thoughts of…

Middle East - Tunisia

The United States Celebrates Independence Day — a Time for Re-evaluation

12The fourth of July. This is the day for Americans to go down to the beach with a picnic basket loaded up with ham sandwiches and to drink more beer than can possibly be recommended during the work week. This is the day to…

USA in the World

“Just Say Anything!” – The US Responds to the UN Review of its Human Rights Record

54353452The US has a history of making inaccurate statements to international bodies in order to advance its global agenda. One need only look at the statements made on the international…

USA in the World

Russia's National Interests in the Middle East

3705144_2880432The death of Yevgeny Primakov, a remarkable Russian statesman of the second half of the twentieth century, has marked the end of an era in Russian Oriental studies. Therefore, a question on how Russia should move forward within the so-called…

Russia in the World

Church Shooter More than an Enigma

4234234211Dylann Roof, we are told, lived at home, had no friends, no online life other than a 5 minutes old Facebook page, no school history past the ninth grade and one of the worst haircuts in history, straight out of a Robin Hood movie. The initial media details on his…

USA in the World

US To Begin Invasion of Syria

34324234Unbeknownst to the general public, their elected politicians do not create the policy that binds their national destiny domestically or within the arena of geopolitics. Instead, corporate-financier funded think tanks do – teams of unelected policymakers which transcend…

Middle East - Syria

Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen Comes Home

92906157When Saudi Arabia launched its war against Yemen in March 2015, it presumed that a short, quick, and clean air war would be enough to degrade the alliance of Houthi forces and those loyal to former President Saleh, thereby giving the Saudi-backed government of…

Middle East - Saudi Arabia

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