Israeli Trump Cards in Washington’s Game

It is unlikely that anyone today would object to the assertion that the pro-Israeli lobby plays an important, and sometimes…

The US Presidential Election Won’t Change US Policy, But Other Factors Might

The United States presidential election is now less than 15 days away and nothing emerging from the statements of either…

Japan’s PM to Visit to Vietnam and Indonesia

On October 18-21, this year, Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, visited Vietnam and Indonesia, an event far from ordinary…

Relations between Paris and Ankara are Deteriorating Rapidly

Relations between Turkey and France, formally NATO allies, have recently deteriorated sharply against the backdrop of contention over Syria, Libya,…

The “Domino Effect” in Oceania and Competition among World Powers

Even after gaining independence, the countries in Oceania are facing pressure from more powerful regional players that want to keep…

French Initiative in Lebanon: But Who Wants it to Work?


The French like to make demands. They are now making the formation of a new government in Lebanon a requirement for the promise of financial assistance, in what has become known as “the French Initiative.” As the expression goes, the “road to hell is paved with good intentions.” In this case, not even good intentions are proving to be enough, due…

Kuwait Stands on the Cusp of Future Changes


The sad news from Kuwait, where Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah died at the age of 91, literally rocked the entire world. A special session of the UN General Assembly was held that was dedicated to this event, where delegates from all over the world observed a minute of silence for the loss of an intelligent, virtuous ruler who was presented with a Humanitarian Award…

America’s “Quad Alliance” is a Dead End


The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or “Quad” as it’s been referred to is a US-led bloc created in 2007 consisting of the US itself, Australia and supposedly Japan and India. The bloc, whatever its stated purpose is for being, is clearly an anti-Chinese project created by and for the US and at the absolute expense of the other 3 members. The fact that it has been “revived…

Europe is Balancing on Turkish Scales.


Due to the increased activity in the Eastern Mediterranean, Transcaucasia, and the Black Sea basin of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, and the apparent reduction of Europe’s role in the Middle East, the balance of EU policy in relations with Turkey has increasingly shifted from attempts to influence Ankara to timid opposition to the current…

Will the US Mlitary-Industrial Complex Save the Middle East?


During the recent so-called “strategic dialogue” with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud, the US Foreign Minister said that “the US Military-Industrial Complex will save the Middle East.” Given the particular emphasis placed in Washington on the supply of American weapons to the Middle East region, the position indicated by Mike Pompeo speaks of its…

Recent Speeches by Putin, Lavrov and Xi Signal Fundamental Changes in the Pipeline


Three recent speeches and interviews given by major politicians have sharpened the political debate now raging in the Western media. Ironically, none of the three speeches received significant coverage in the Western media. Ironically, despite the lack of Western media coverage, all three…

Pompeo’s ‘Tokyo Kick’ Cannot Start the QUAD


Mike Pompeo lashed out at China in his latest visit to Tokyo where he met his counterparts from India, Australia and Japan as part of his efforts to revive the QUAD, a US-centered anti-China alliance of the four countries. Speaking to his counterparts, Pompeo said that there was an urgent need to counter China, adding that “As partners in this Quad, it is more…

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