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A Public Saudi-“Israeli” Rapprochement Could Backfire On Riyadh

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

21. June 2017

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A Public Saudi-“Israeli” Rapprochement Could Backfire On Riyadh

It’s been an open secret in the Mideast for years now that Saudi Arabia and “Israel” have been cooperating with one another against their shared Iranian rival, and that this and their equally strategic ties with the US is what’s brought them together. However, due to political sensitivities on both sides, neither has formally recognized […]

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (IV)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

15. August 2015

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (IV)

(Please read Part I, Part II, and Part III prior to this concluding piece) All of the previously acquired information from the three earlier parts allows one to form four phased scenario forecasts that help predict the contours and consequences of the US-Iran and Russia-Saudi Arabia ‘reorientations’. The first one is essentially a reading of […]

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (III)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

15. August 2015

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (III)

(Please read Part I and Part II prior to this article)  Perceptions & Motivations The third part of the series deals with the perceptions and motivations behind the possible polar reorientations. Much can be discussed in terms of these broad topics, but for comprehension’s sake, they’re split into eight separate themes: Energy Market Disruptor: Iran […]

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

14. August 2015

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (II)

(Please read Part I before this article) The second part of the article series speaks upon the Russian-Saudi relationship that’s emerging in the Mideast, and it proves that it’s really not all that surprising in retrospect when one considers the motivating factors (energy, ISIL, and the Iranian deal) that affect both sides. US-Saudi Energy Scheme […]

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

14. August 2015

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Polar Reorientation In the Mideast (US-Iran)? (I)

Political developments are moving extraordinarily fast in the Mideast nowadays, with Russian and American diplomacy being the primary catalysts. Moscow has teamed up with Tehran to kick-start a new round of Syrian reconciliation talks, and it’s working with Riyadh in an effort to get the latter to agree to its inclusive (Syrian-government-incorporating) anti-ISIL initiative and […]

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The Half Non-Nuclear Bowl Beneath the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Gulam ASGAR MITHA (Canada)

4. August 2015

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The Half Non-Nuclear Bowl Beneath the Iran Nuclear Deal

Referencing the US, a friend told me “Since the neo-cons (triumphalists) assumed power, they have brought down a great country the world knew down to an empire that only serves the interest of Jerusalem. What then is the fate of America?” I answered him that he should read Cullen Murphy’s book Are We Rome? The […]

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Iran has the right to protect itself

By Vladimir KOZIN (Russia)

16. April 2015

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Iran has the right to protect itself

On April 13, 2015 Vladimir Putin lifted Russia’s  ban on shipping S-300 antiaircraft defensive missile systems to Iran, self-imposed in 2010. Moscow and Tehran originally signed a contract to supply these systems back in 2007. At the time, the idea was  to sell a number of Russia-manufactured S-300 divisions to Iran. The term “self-imposed ban” […]

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Slogans vs messages: Middle East style

By Ghassan KADI (Lebanon)

15. April 2015

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Slogans vs messages: Middle East style

On the 4th of April 2015, and in the wake of the Saudi-led coalition attack on Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hasan Nasrallah gave an unprecedented speech in which he openly and overtly attacked Saudi Arabia and predicting its defeat in Yemen. In his previous public presentations, Nasrallah strongly criticised his local and regional […]

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Beyond The Nuclear Deal: A Civil War In The Middle East?

By Gulam Asgar MITHA (Canada)

11. April 2015

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Beyond The Nuclear Deal: A Civil War In The Middle East?

“There are 40,000,000 men under arms in the world today, and our statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not in the making. Hell’s bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be dancers?”―Smedley Butler (Major General, an outspoken critic of U.S. military adventurism and, at the time of his death […]

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Four misconceptions about the negotiations with Iran

By CRIMSON ALTER

8. April 2015

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Four misconceptions about the negotiations with Iran

The negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that were held all last week in Lausanne and the resulting joint action plan received such massive media coverage that we wanted to figure out – what exactly happened in this quiet Swiss resort town? Misconception # 1: The international community and Iran came to an agreement. Reality: There […]

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The demonization of Islam

By Gulam ASGAR MITHA (Canada)

13. January 2015

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The demonization of Islam

Much is being written regarding the Charlie Hebdo issue in Paris, France. I do not condone any killing but at the same time I do not support issues that violate human rights, religious freedom or freedom of speech and thoughts. Using cartoons to condemn Divine thoughts and beliefs is utterly wrong because they fall under […]

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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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