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Envoy killed in a ‘parallel universe’

21. December 2016

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Envoy killed in a ‘parallel universe’

The Russian ambassador was killed in Ankara on the evening of Dec. 19 .  The killer, a 22-year-old Turkish graduate of the police academy who had been fired in July after being deemed untrustworthy, fired 11 bullets into the ambassador’s back as he finished addressing the attendees at the opening of the Russia Through Turkish […]

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15. August 2015

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

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

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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15. August 2015

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

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

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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14. August 2015

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

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

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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14. August 2015

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

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

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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11. August 2015

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (II)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (II)

(Please read Part I before this article) Strategic Scenarios Having grasped an understanding of the geostrategic imperatives motivating the four main state actors most directly involved in and affected by the Kurdish insurgency, it’s now time to put everything together in forecasting a few of the most likely scenarios that this explosive mix can result […]

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10. August 2015

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Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (I)

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Strategic scenarios surrounding prolonged Kurdish insurgency in Turkey (I)

Erdogan’s War on the Kurds has opened up yet another Pandora’s Box in the Mideast, with it looking ever more likely that the current conflict isn’t just a flash in the pan, but rather the first stages of a protracted campaign by both sides. The first part of the article argues that this is indeed […]

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7. August 2015

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Why did the US incinerate Japanese cities in 1945?

By ORIENTAL REVIEW

Why did the US incinerate Japanese cities in 1945?

Seventy years ago, the atomic bombs known as Little Boy and Fat Man were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In Hiroshima about 90,000 people were killed immediately; another 40,000 were injured, many of whom died in protracted agony from radiation sickness. Three days later, a second atomic strike on the city of Nagasaki killed some […]

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6. August 2015

Sad Nuclear Anniversary

By Brian CLOUGHLEY (USA)

Sad Nuclear Anniversary

On 1 September 1939 – the date of the beginning of the Second World War – the President of the United States of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt, wrote to «the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Poland and His Britannic Majesty» saying that «The ruthless bombing from the air of civilians in unfortified centres of population […]

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6. August 2015

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Erdogan’s ‘Erratic’ Behavior Explained

By Andrew KORYBKO (USA)

Erdogan’s ‘Erratic’ Behavior Explained

Turkey has been acting pretty erratic these past couple of weeks, launching a surprise dual offensive in Syria and Iraq, condemning Russia for alleged ‘oppression’ against the Crimean Tatars, and suspending the Balkan Stream pipeline negotiations. All of this is somewhat unexpected – after all, Turkey had thus far refrained from the US’ pleas to […]

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5. August 2015

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Willy Brandt followers call for a new European approach to the crisis in Ukraine

Willy Brandt followers call for a new European approach to the crisis in Ukraine

A couple of weeks ago a group of influential German figures, the members of Willy Brandt Circle, have signed an Open Letter to SPD (German Social-Democrats) Bundestag delegates and cabinet ministers urging them to abandon the confrontational course in relations with Russia. The authors reviewed the degrading EU-Russia ties in the context of Ukraine’s crisis […]

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4. August 2015

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The Half Non-Nuclear Bowl Beneath the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Gulam ASGAR MITHA (Canada)

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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3. August 2015

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Shame on UK for Sham Litvinenko Trial

By William DUNKERLEY (USA)

Shame on UK for Sham Litvinenko Trial

What started off as a massive fabrication in 2006 just received a great boost from a complicit British government. The mysterious polonium death of reputed former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is the focus. An inexplicably long series of official UK hearings on this nearly 9 year old case has just concluded. That’s prompted a new […]

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