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Russia Is Open to a ‘Federal’ Syria, but the Opposition Is Worried About Partition

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Monday that Russia supports whatever arrangements for the future the Syrians reach in the current negotiations, including a possible federal state.

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Is the Syrian Cease-Fire a Sign That Russia Is Winning the War? (Video)

Whether or not the cessation of hostilities in Syria holds, it is a major turning point in the revolution and civil war that began in 2011.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 READ MORE



Face It: Donald Trump Is Right About Iraq—and That Should Sink Hillary Clinton

The discerning listener knows that the GOP front-runner has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Syria: The Mother of All Battles for Aleppo Is Joined

Aided by a massive Russian bombing campaign and Hezbollah and Iranian reinforcements, the Syrian Arab Army has broken out of the siege imposed on west Aleppo by rebel forces in the north and now seems positioned to besiege east Aleppo, which is under rebel control.

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Oxfam Says Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’

While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia are still far behind.

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Teenage Girl Admits to Fabricating Migrant Rape Claim That Outraged Germany

A 13-year-old Russian-German girl has admitted to making up a story about being kidnapped and raped by Middle Eastern or North African migrants in a case that outraged Germans and caused far-right protests in Russia.

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Turkish-Russian Airspace Conflict Continues as Ankara-Backed Turkmen Flee Syria (Video)

Russia has rejected as “propaganda” renewed charges that its fighter jets had crossed Turkish territory. But it’s likely that Turkey’s complaint is actually about something else.

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How Putin Started Winning Big in Syria and Got Europe to Embrace Him

Russia is so far winning big in Syria, and making Moscow’s projection of force in the Middle East a reality that the other great powers have to recognize.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey-Russia Tensions Spike as Russia Moves Into Northern Syria

Russian airstrikes in Syria are getting closer to the beleaguered country’s border with Turkey in the northwest, and there are rumors that Russia is considering putting an air base in the largely Kurdish northeast.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices

The current rout in oil prices threatens a profound shift in the geopolitical fortunes of major energy-producing countries. Many are already experiencing economic and political turmoil, and the longer low prices persist, the more devastating the consequences are likely to be.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Civilians Die as Russian Missile Hits Al-Qaida Prison in Syria

The Russian air war against al-Qaida in Syria took a tragic turn Saturday when a missile hit a downtown government complex and prison in Maarat al-Numan.

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 READ MORE



The Most Important Issues for Activists in 2016: An Interview With Kevin Zeese

The longtime political activist pinpoints what activists should be paying attention to in the new year, including the killing of people of color by the government through police violence, the climate crisis and the duopoly scam of American politics.

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Energy Boost for Russia and Neighbors

Renewable energy could supply Russia and Central Asian countries with all the electricity they need by 2030—and cut costs significantly at the same time.

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The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

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Iran Transfers Stockpile of Enriched Uranium to Russia

On Monday, a Russian ship carrying almost all of Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium left Iran, “fulfilling a major step in the nuclear deal struck last summer and, for the first time in nearly a decade, apparently leaving Iran with too little fuel to manufacture a nuclear weapon,” The New York Times reports.

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Fifth Debate Reveals How Eager the Republican Candidates Are for More War

At the final debate of 2015, the Republican presidential candidates laid out how each would be a wartime president, with the most aggressive pledging to rebuild and unleash the full force of the military to slaughter Islamic State globally, confront Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Syria and eastern Europe and conduct cyber warfare and other actions against China.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Reinventing Banking: From Russia to Iceland to Ecuador

These transformations, current and proposed, are constructive steps toward streamlining the banking system, eliminating the risks that have devastated individuals and governments, democratizing money, and promoting sustainable and prosperous economies.

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AUDIO: Defense Contractors Tell Investors That Escalating Conflicts Are Good for Business

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., recently that they stand to profit from escalating conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Turkey Reels as Putin Imposes Stiff Economic Sanctions (Video)

The Russian sanctions announced by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday could have a severe impact on the Turkish economy.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Justifies Russian Tourism Ban on Turkey by Claiming That the Country Supports Radicalism

Russian President Vladimir Putin explained his rationale for asking Russian tourists to leave Turkey last week, and it is ominous.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Why Did Turkey Dare Shoot Down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its boldness.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Tensions Flare as Vladimir Putin Calls Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet ‘Stab in the Back’

A volatile situation hangs in the balance as Moscow and Ankara express mutual disgust and worries reverberate over the regional and global implications of the latest incident along the Syrian border.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



Russia Bombs Near Turkey as U.S. Forces Prepare to Arrive in Syria ‘Very Soon’ (Video)

Turkey’s government was very unhappy Monday about developments in Syria.

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For Paris: On Russian Missiles Hitting Syria as Islamic State Oil Facilities Are Targeted (Video)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian airstrikes on the eastern province of Deir al-Zor killed 36 on Friday—a week after the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State. But bombing alone will not win the war with the militant group.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



From the Vague to the Bombastic: Republican Reactions to Islamic State

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And Chris Christie went not just over the top but around the bend.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

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U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Rift Narrows as Presidents Talk Cooperation on Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear ready to cooperate militarily as the bitter rift over Ukraine gives way to a common interest in combating Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



On the Verge of the Great Unraveling: The View From 2050

As everyone now knows, the spirit of integration imbued in international trade pacts would go down to defeat as the bloodlands of the 20th century gave way to the splinterlands of the 21st. The sense of disintegration and disunity that settled over our world came at precisely the wrong moment. We needed more unity, not less.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?

A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



In Rare Victory, Syrian Army Breaks Islamic State Siege of West Aleppo

The extensive Russian bombing campaign in support of the Syrian Arab Army of the Bashar Assad regime has yielded fewer victories than Moscow had hoped for, and some have been reversed by al-Qaida, Islamic State or other fighters.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



9/11 Mastermind Urges Unity Between al-Qaida and Islamic State Against Russia and the U.S. (Video)

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for unity between al-Qaida and Islamic State (Daesh) in the face of American, Russian and Shiite forces in Syria.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



Putting U.S. Boots on the Ground in Syria Risks Conflict With Turkey, Not Russia (Video)

The White House announcement Friday that the U.S. will keep “less than 50” special-ops troops at a headquarters of the Kurdish YPG in northeast Syria for purposes of training and strategic counseling raised concerns in some quarters that Russia might inadvertently bomb American troops.

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Why Islamic State Is a Vast Exaggeration and Can’t Actually Shoot Down Planes (Video)

Islamic State (Daesh) in the Sinai Peninsula made a big deal of claiming it shot down a Russian airliner Saturday morning. It did not.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



Did Russia Change the Facts on the Ground in Syria on the Eve of the Vienna Summit? (Video)

Russia went into Friday’s Vienna talks on Syria in a much strengthened position and could not be very easily dismissed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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Edward Snowden Calls E.U. Vote to Offer Him Protection From Extradition a ‘Game-Changer’

The former N.S.A. contractor-turned-whistleblower, who has been living in Russia, also called it “extraordinary.”

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Armchair War-Gaming Isn’t Helping Syrians

Leading lights of the left say we should be prodding great powers to force compromise on Syria. This is not our job. Our duty is solidarity with the oppressed and the tortured.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



The U.S. and Russia Are Wrangling Over the Iraqi Sphere of Influence (Video)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi is alleged to be under “enormous pressure” from Shiite militiamen and hard-liners to seek Russian airstrikes on Islamic State (Daesh) targets.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE



Is Russia’s Offer of Parliamentary Elections in Syria Serious? (Video)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said three surprising things Saturday in an interview with state-owned television channel Rossiya 1.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



The True Issue With Netanyahu’s Speech About the Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister’s inflammatory speech is more troubling than it may appear on the surface; Russian politicians are attempting to make it illegal to come out as gay; Bernie Sanders could use American history to explain socialism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?

What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Let’s take a big-picture tour of the Middle East and try to answer those questions.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



The Aleppo Strategy Against Islamic State: Can It Work?

The Washington Post was the first to broach the issue of Russo-Iranian grand strategy in Syria.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Christians Fear the West Is Backing Al-Qaida’s Leader in Syria as He Calls for Attacks on Alawites

The leader of al-Qaida in Syria, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, has called for an escalation of bombings on the population centers of the Alawite Shiite minority.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



American Hypocrisy: GOP Against Sharia Law at Home but Sees Its Backers as ‘Moderates’ in Syria

The same GOP politicians who denounce all U.S. Muslims for allegedly wanting to impose Sharia on all Americans are talking about the Syrian rebels who want a Sharia society as “moderates” and “U.S. allies” being targeted by Russia. 

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



Putting Out the Syrian Fire: Can Diplomacy Do What War Couldn’t?

In late September, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., corralled 54 of his colleagues into asking President Obama for international negotiations toward ending the Syrian civil war—and, reportedly, Obama is listening.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



Syrian Army Advances Under Russian Air Support as al-Qaida’s No. 2 Is Killed (Video)

Under Russian air support, the Syrian Arab Army of Bashar Assad has made some advances against al-Qaida and hard-line Salafi rebels fighting for imposition of Shariah, or their conception of Islamic law, on Syria.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE



Will the U.S. Arming of Kurdish-Led Northeast Rebels in Syria Provoke Turkey? (Video)

Not only is the U.S. supply of weapons to rebels in the northwest in danger of fueling a proxy war with the Russian Federation, but Washington’s supply of weaponry to the Democratic Forces of Syria sets up a proxy struggle with its own NATO ally, Turkey.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE


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