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The Significance Of The SCO’s Samarkand Summit

Observers have plenty to be optimistic about ahead of this week’s major multipolar event. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will hold its next summit in the ancient Uzbek city of Samarkand from 15-16 September, which will see the personal attendance of all the group’s leaders. This includes Chinese President Xi […]

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How U.S. Government Steals From Other Countries

The American Government explains its thefts from other countries as being justifiable because the U.S. Government has slapped sanctions upon those countries, and because these sanctions authorize the U.S. Government to steal whatever it wants to steal, from them, that it can grab. Here are just a few such examples: […]

Raisi and Assad

Assad Renews Syria’s Bonds With Iran

The unannounced arrival of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Tehran on Sunday makes yet another wrinkle to the geopolitics of West Asia. In a short trip of a few hours, Assad had meetings with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi and returned to Damascus. This is […]

Iran’s negotiator

Iran Unbound. What It Means

The negotiations in Vienna over the revival of the Iran nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, are almost certainly close to an agreement. The surest sign is that crude oil futures were sharply lower in mid-morning Asian trade Feb. 17 despite bearish developments due to the rising tensions on the Ukraine-Russia […]

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Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (XXXV)

35. Taliban government is steadily consolidating The acknowledgement of “shared interests” with Russia regarding Afghanistan by the new US Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West following his discussions in Moscow on November 14 with the Kremlin’s Special Presidential Representative Zamir Kabulov and Security Council’s Deputy Secretary Alexander Venediktov is an […]

Assad and Putin

Towards Peace In Syria And Lebanon

The agreements reached between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin following the Western military defeat in Syria are beginning to be implemented in the Middle East. The next steps should be the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and Syria, the expulsion of Turkish forces from northwestern Syria, the return of Iran to the concert of nations, the return of the Golan Heights and finally the Russian-Syrian administration of Lebanon.

Javad Zarif with Taliban

Reflections On Events In Afghanistan (XX)

20. Iran takes good look at Taliban rulers Some strongly worded statements from Iran deploring the clashes in Panjshir Valley created a perception that Tehran might be distancing itself from the Taliban government. Of course, Tehran is vociferously urging the formation of an ‘inclusive government’ in Kabul. On the other […]