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Russia's comparative approach to the crisis in Libya and Syria

Abstract After Syria, Libya is the second Mediterranean country that Russia increasingly accentuated. Prior to the Arab Spring, bilateral relations between Russia and Libya were neither close nor indifferent. Instead, the Russians saw Libya as a place to promote their ...

Bijan Aref
13.01.2020 13:30:33

UPDATED AS PUBLISHED in Tehran Times: Abu Mohammad Salama Killed? Did Zionists & Kurds Deceive President Trump? Or Is This the Beginning of the End of Israel?

... has Elliot Shimon aka al-Baghdadi tucked away for re-emergence – a miniature “Samson option” against the President. Pablo Escobar, writing in The Saker, “Caliph closure: ‘He died like a dog’,” says this: According to ground sources in Syria, a prevalent rumor in Idlib is that the “dead dog” in Barisha could be Abu Mohammad Salama, the leader of Haras al-Din, a minor sub-group of al-Qaeda in Syria. Haras al-Din has not issued any statement about it. I conclude that the raid happened,...

Steele Robert David
29.10.2019 16:34:22

Syria after the Turkish invasion

Interesting how Western media and politicians react to Trump’s decision in northern Syria. In addition to concerns that ISIS might regain strength, a new civil war, waves of refugees, and humanitarian disaster, one main criticism was that it would destroy the reliability and credibility of the US and if Trump made similar fickle decisions ...

Ostner Ralf
18.10.2019 16:32:54

Russian Diplomacy with Turkey over Syria

U.S. President Donald Trump announced his intentions of withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria in December 2018. This announcement came as a surprise to many members of Congress and led to the abrupt resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. After defeating the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, President Trump believed U.S. forces could ...

Диаз Натан
11.06.2019 20:20:06

Article as Published: No War on Iran If Rouhani “Makes the Call”

... together at the United Nations, we tried very hard to get Rouhani to reach out to Trump with a three-minute video suggesting a one-on-one conversation in New York, or a presidential summit in Istanbul that would include the Presidents of Turkey and Syria. More recently, and I believe the article has been forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran from Moscow, I published “Helping Iran Make the Call” at the Russian International Affairs Council. Apart from completely destroying the ...

Steele Robert David
18.05.2019 21:11:18

The Tussle Over Syria

Putin’s Syrian intervention was limited to areas around the port of Tartus and the Latakia air base, both heavily upgraded by Russia. His aim was not a full occupation, but a gradual expansion of a strategic corridor from Damascus to Aleppo. He did not fear US ...

Valenta Jiri and Leni
07.12.2017 18:17:04

Analysis: The King's Visit to Moscow is a Major Turning Point in Middle-East Politics

... arrests of “corrupt” royals and senior officials in Riyadh. I believe the decision to approach Moscow was mostly made by Saudis but very much welcomed by Russians.Indeed, a lot has changed in the the world since 2015, not only the Saudi King. The Syrian conflict has de-escalated dramatically thanks to the Russian participation and diplomacy. Furthermore, Donald Trump came to power promising less US commitment to allies and specifically NATO. Also there is the signature of Iran Nuclear Deal by ...

Daboul Koutaiba
06.11.2017 20:38:25

Op-Edge: Why is it almost impossible for Kurds to secede from Iraq?

The official referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan is soon. The referendum which is designed to sense the will of Iraqi Kurds about independence from Iraq and starting a Kurdish state among Iran, Syria, Iraq and Turkey. Theoretically, this might seem possible since Kurds already enjoy an autonomous rule in northern Iraq, they have their own president paramilitary forces and parliament. Plus the decision is being taken through democratic means....

Daboul Koutaiba
09.10.2017 15:04:03

The Syrian Crisis as a Trade Conflict

The American view on the Syrian crisis is largely one of confusion and uncertainty. Generally, we Americans have a difficult time rationalizing what America’s purpose in the conflict should be. Still, we generally believe that Russia’s involvement is an attempt by Putin to ...

Levine Alex
05.07.2017 00:08:13

An American Paradox: Pillorying Fake News while Promoting False Flags

... a schizophrenic asylum of extreme paradoxes: While its internal politics reverberates with fake news-mediated recriminations, Americans yet find merit in the same disinformation machinery that facilitates false flags abroad.The US is now threatening Syria over an imminent “chemical weapons attack” without offering a shred of proof to the international community. Then again, the last time the US resorted to due UNSC process had resulted instead in wars and mayhem that continue till today. The ...

Maavak Mathew
04.07.2017 21:14:20

Washington and Moscow: Confrontation or Cooperation?

... jihadist chaos and political disintegration and worsened Washington’s relations with Moscow, which felt misled into supporting the Libyan intervention. The result was the intensification of Russian support for Bashar Assad’s beleaguered regime in Syria. In 2013, when Obama reneged on his chemical weapon red line in Syria, Putin got a first-hand indication of what “strategic patience” really meant. Thus, when Moscow’s corrupt client, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, was overthrown by ...

Valenta Jiri and Leni
26.06.2017 10:26:33

I Hate Trump, But He Was Right to Strike Assad Regime of Syria

Trump is still a danger to America and the world. But if he exercises American power in a way that will help save lives and give a brutal tyrant and his backers pause in their relentless, murderous assault on the people of Syria, those claiming to care about refugees, human rights, and human life would do those stated cares justice in supporting a long-overdue substantive pushback against the outrages of Assad and his Russian friends. If you truly want to support refugees,...

Frydenborg Brian
04.06.2017 22:23:04

Hardball Diplomacy: Why Trump's Show of Force Leaves Beijing Unimpressed

Hardball Diplomacy: Why Trump's Show of Force Leaves Beijing Unimpressed By Ekaterina Blinova The timing of Donald Trump's strike on Syria was aimed at sending a strong signal to Beijing, Malaysian geopolitical analyst Mathew Maavak told Sputnik. The geopolitical analyst explained why Trump's "hardball diplomacy" left the Chinese leadership unimpressed. It was no ...

Maavak Mathew
17.04.2017 15:53:04

Donald Trump: The 'Unreliable Flip-Flop Loser' President Who 'Lacks Stamina'

Within three days of a bizarre chemical gas poisoning incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, the United States ratcheted up its global judge, jury and executioner role by firing a salvo of Tomahawk missiles on a Syrian airbase that was used to combat Daesh terrorists.  No due process or investigation was sought; not even a declaration ...

Maavak Mathew
12.04.2017 16:27:48

The Syrian Missile Attack –Theatrics & House Cleaning?

The outrage across America over the US missile attack against a Syrian air base is universal – only the Zionists and their increasingly desperate neo-conservative fellow travelers are happy. It is clearly understood by the US public at large that the so-called sarin gas attack was a false flag attack funded ...

Steele Robert David
12.04.2017 16:11:34

Initial Thoughts on Trump's Syria U-turn

At 04:40 Syrian time, on US President Donald Trump’s order, the destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross fired a barrage of 59 cruise missiles against the Syrian Al-Shayrat airbase, destroying infrastructure ranging from radar installations to air defences, and ...

Rawlings James
12.04.2017 13:27:12

The Weaponization of Russia in US Domestic Politics

... this blog post, attention will be drawn to its background and utility for the American liberals in their anti-Trump effort. US-Russia relations took a massive hit when Obama announced in 2013 that the Assad government had crossed the red line in the Syrian civil war with its alleged use of chemical weapons. When Russia successfully pulled off its diplomatic coup, brokering an agreement whereby Syria would give up its chemical weapons stockpile for international dismantlement, the US threat was made ...

Rawlings James
12.04.2017 13:23:12

Russia and the GCC: A Rising Partnership?

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, many analysts of Russia-Middle East relations have emphasized the contrast between Moscow’s generally cooperative relationship with Iran and tense relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. While this cleavage ...

Ramani Samuel
29.03.2017 15:45:00

Interview with Pugwash Secretary General Paolo Cotta-Ramusino

... of radical and terrorist groups in the region including Pakistan and India can possibly trigger hostilities between India and Pakistan. Both these countries possess nuclear weapons. Coming back to Afghanistan we should avoid the possibility of “a Syria number two” that could spread instability in the region. A deep humanitarian crisis in the whole region can possibly be much worse than what is happening in Syria now. We could have a very large number of refugees and, as a consequence, our lives,...

Пагуошский комитет Российский
28.03.2017 15:40:00

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

... respond to such attacks. The most absurd part of his rationale was that he was worried naming the Russians and taking a strong stance against them would harm John Kerry’s then-ongoing diplomatic efforts to win cooperation with the Russians on Syria, as all recent diplomatic talks with them on Syria had been a farce. The same officials noted that Obama “fear[ed]” additional cyberattacks by Putin, additional military harassment in the Black and Baltic seas, and further aggression ...

Frydenborg Brian
17.12.2016 22:44:00


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