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17 december
2016
Brian Frydenborg

The (First) Russo-American Cyberwar: How Obama Lost & Putin Won, Ensuring a Trump Victory

The story of how Russia won the (First) Russo-American Cyberwar because American President Barack Obama did not fight back and failed to protect America’s democracy from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s well-orchestrated, wide-ranging cyberassault, part of Russia’s wider war on Western democracy

17 november
2016
Brian Frydenborg

EXCLUSIVE: Top Trump Aides’ Deeper & Linked Roles in Putin Agenda Revealed; Russian Mafia Nexus With Trump & Aides Goes Back Years

New threads in the Team Trump/Team Putin tangled web show Manafort and Page linked to each other as part of a Russian plot to control Ukraine and also show a mutual Russian mafia godfather linking them with each other and Trump, providing even deeper and more fertile ground on which to question Trump’s pro-Russia, Pro-Putin positions and their origins. Author's note: this is the most important article I have ever written in my life; please share with as many people as possible as soon as possible, as this is a matter of national importance before the election that the major media outlets have missed and not to their credit.

26 october
2016
Matthew Crosston

Walk the Line: Russia as the New Chair of the UN Security Council

October 1st began what could be one of the more interesting Chairships of the United Nations Security Council, with Russia taking over and being charged with a rather delicate balancing act: between conducting the numerous affairs expected to be covered by any standard Chair of the UNSC and deftly handling the ‘special’ relationship with the United States that has recently become woefully deficient. Even more intriguing, some of the most vivid recent examples of that degrading relationship have been exhibited within the UNSC itself.

20 october
2016
Ruslan Mamedov

Turkish Boots on Iraqi Soil

The diplomatic conflict between Iraq and Turkey erupted in part due to discontent among Iraqis over the presence of Turkish armed forces on their territory. This issue has dragged on for a long time. The government in Baghdad has demanded that the Turks withdraw their troops from Iraq, while the Turks cite the need to train and equip the Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni armed groups for the battle against ISIS. Actually, this is precisely what the Turks claim to be doing on Iraqi territory in the town of Bashiqa outside the “caliphate” capital of Mosul in the northern part of the country

27 september
2016
Ernesto Gallo, Giovanni Biava

The Labyrinths of the Middle East

On 12 September 2016 Syria declared a week-long ceasefire. Will it be the beginning of the end of more than five years of civil war? Or will this remain just a wishful thinking? Middle Eastern affairs are as usual tangled beyond imagination, like a true labyrinth. Let us consider three possible scenarios, from the most optimistic to a highly pessimistic one.

22 september
2016
Ruslan Mamedov

On the Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham Issue: An Interview with Abu Mohammad Al-Julani

Against the background of the Russia–US agreements, an interview with Abu Mohammad al-Julani – leader of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front), one of the largest rebel groups in Syria – appeared on the Qatari Al Jazeera website. Al-Julani’s analysis of the situation is important: “With this agreement, the Americans stand side by side with the Russians in support of the regime that is against the people of Sham.” The Americans have targeted the al-Nusra Front, according to al-Julani, “because it is a powerful force in the fight against the project to have the people of Sham surrender.”

22 september
2016
Alexander Yermakov

Flagships Go to War

It would seem that there is no end in sight to the war on terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria. On the contrary, matters seem to be getting worse, with flagships of the French and Royal Navies being deployed to the Middle East simultaneously, and the expected date of the Russian aircraft carrier CV Admiral Kuznetsov starting its first military campaign drawing ever closer.

15 september
2016
Igor Delanoe

Does Russia still have a “Kurdish card” to play in Syria?

Longstanding relations between Moscow and the Kurds has provided Russia with a “Kurdish card”, that is, the ability to modulate its support to various Kurdish national ambitions throughout the Middle East, depending on what the Kremlin was seeking to obtain from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The current Syrian crisis is no exception and has promoted the Russian-Kurdish (PYD) partnership, especially during the period of harsh tensions between Russia and Turkey. This partnership has three goals: fighting terrorism, punish Turkey, and exert pressure on Damascus in Geneva. However, Ankara’s U-turn vis-à-vis Russia and Syria this summer has led Moscow to readjust its approach toward the Kurds.

16 august
2016
Brian Frydenborg

Trump, Putin, Russia, DNC/Clinton Hack, & WikiLeaks: “There's Something Going on” with Election 2016 & It's Cyberwarfare & Maybe Worse: UPDATED 8/15

A close look at the tangled web of relationships involving Trump, his Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his campaign in general, Putin, Russia, and WikiLeaks in light of the DNC and Clinton-aimed related hacking is not reassuring.  Trump is fond of using the phrase: "There's something going on!" when he wants to imply a scandal without going into detail.  Well, "There's something going on" here and we will go into detail in this in-depth special report, more than any single article you will find anywhere, period.  Here is the one article to read on Trump, Putin, the Russian hacks, and political cyberwarfare in election 2016.

16 august
2016
Ruslan Mamedov

Осень близко. Российские ВКС в Иране

15 августа 2016 г. появилась информация о прибытии самолетов российских ВКС в иранский Хамадан. Эти события разворачиваются на фоне прошедших встреч между лидерами России и Ирана на саммите в Баку, России и Турции в Санкт-Петербурге и глав внешнеполитических ведомств Ирана и Турции. Таким образом, возможно, что расположение российских стратегических бомбардировщиков ТУ-22М3 на третьей тактической авиабазе Ирана в Хамадане было скоординировано заранее. Напомню, что ранее эти самолеты уже принимали участие в операции российских ВКС в Сирии, вылетая из российского североосетинского Моздока.