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Stop Postulating the Clash of Civilizations

By Dr. MAHATHIR MOHAMAD (Malaysia)

6. November 2014

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Stop Postulating the Clash of Civilizations

The British are mystified by their Muslim citizens becoming “jihadists” and joining the so-called Islamic State. They are horrified by the beheading of an American journalist by “John” a British citizen and member of the IS. I must admit that I, too am horrified. It is not Islamic at all. Islam does not advocate violence […]

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The Caliph fit to join OPEC

By Pepe ESCOBAR (Brazil)

1. November 2014

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The Caliph fit to join OPEC

Islamic State leader Caliph Ibrahim – aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – never ceases to amaze us – and most of all his powerful petrodollar-stuffed backers. The Caliph is for all practical purposes now an oil major worth of membership of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). His takfiri/mercenary goons – in theory – have […]

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A Caliph in a wilderness of mirrors

By Pepe ESCOBAR (Brazil)

21. October 2014

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A Caliph in a wilderness of mirrors

I’m aiming at you, lover Cause killing you is killing myself  – Orson Welles (director), The Lady from Shanghai,1947 He’s invincible. He beheads. He smuggles. He conquers. He’s the ultimate jack-of-all-trades. No Tomahawk or Hellfire can touch him. He always gets what he wants; in Kobani; in Anbar province; with the House of Saud (which he wants […]

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Middle East: The Regional Chessboard

By Gulam ASGAR MITHA (Canada)

20. October 2014

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Middle East: The Regional Chessboard

PRELUDE ‘When the rich get richer they get more powerful and that puts them in the position to lobby for policies that make them richer still’ – former Clinton advisor Larry Summers. It is not the intent here to get into specific details about the Middle East which is of utmost importance to several players […]

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Terror factory

By Vyacheslav YAGUBKIN (Russia)

10. October 2014

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Terror factory

Complaining about “the failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world,” from the podium of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly, Barack Obama declared that the US intends to address that problem through three years of air strikes on the positions held by the “Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Black Sea Strategy –Threshold of World War?

By Arkady DZIUBA (Ukraine)

7. October 2014

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Black Sea Strategy –Threshold of World War?

The article Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea Strategy by George Friedman came into focus of international experts’ attention. The author is known to make no bones about it when he expresses his opinion. While others wrote about European values, democracy and open society to take hold in Ukraine, he devoted his writings to Russia’s strategic position, […]

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Spreading the Conflict: Turkey and Australia Join In Attacking ISIS

By Binoy KAMPMARK (Australia)

6. October 2014

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Spreading the Conflict: Turkey and Australia Join In Attacking ISIS

Two very different allies of Washington have decided to spread their wings more aggressively in the ever expanding conflict against the Islamic State. Turkey has decided to get the boots of its soldiers dirty via parliamentary vote (298 to 98), while Australia has done its obsequious best by deploying its small forces by executive fiat. […]

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Violence in Syria: Strike against the IS

By Muhammad IRFAN (Pakistan)

24. September 2014

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Violence in Syria: Strike against the IS

It is shocking to learn that the Syrian violence has mounted 200, 000 victims, displaced 6.5 millions from their native shelters and rammed 23 million under the plague of terror and awe. The furthermore sad-fullness of the issue that really aggravates the agony of a sympathetic man, is that this saga of terror is not […]

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Islamic State and the policy of the West

By Boris DOLGOV (Russia)

23. September 2014

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Islamic State and the policy of the West

The Islamic State has won a number of battles and punished two US and one UK citizens. In response, Washington and London launched an air campaign to deliver strikes against the Islamic State’s forces on the ground. On September 14, thirty nations, including China and Russia, have gathered in Paris for talks about the threat […]

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Why it’s OK to arm ‘MODERATE’ jihadists in Syria

By Fr. Dave SMITH (Australia)

8. July 2014

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Why it’s OK to arm ‘MODERATE’ jihadists in Syria

Twas bryllyg, and ye slythy toves Did gyre and gymble in ye wabe: All mimsy were ye borogoves; And ye mome raths outgrabe. (from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’) I must admit that I was a little confused when I first heard that Barack Obama was looking for another 500 million dollars to arm rebels in Syria. […]

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The Reverse Brzezinski: The Ultimate Eurasian Dilemma (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

22. June 2014

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The Reverse Brzezinski: The Ultimate Eurasian Dilemma (I)

Introduction: A global shift in US strategy is currently underway, with America transitioning from the ‘world policeman’ to the Lead From Behind mastermind. This fundamental shift essentially entails the US moving from a majority forward-operating military to a defensive stay-behind force. Part of this transformation is the reduction of the conventional military and its replacement […]

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Return of Al-Qaeda

By Eric MARGOLIS (USA)

12. January 2014

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Return of Al-Qaeda

How did al-Qaeda, a tiny anti-Communist group in Afghanistan that had no more than 200 active members in 2001 become a supposed worldwide threat? How can al-Qaeda be all over the Mideast, North Africa, and now much of black Africa? This after the US spent over $1 trillion trying to stamp out al-Qaeda in Afghanistan […]

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