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Lebanon set to join East Mediterranean race for oil and gas

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Lebanon will auction energy-development rights to five offshore areas and adopt production-sharing contracts to attract international investors as the tiny country seeks to join a regional race to tap oil and gas wealth in the… Written by Bloomberg Energy Voice The government may qualify more bidders for its… Lebanon set to… Read More »

The Ottoman Empire and Libertarianism

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Every so often libertarians ask, in a speculative mode, whether the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire would not be a formula for peace in the troubled Middle East. Notes On Liberty The question is interesting on several counts, one of which is that the regions affected by the… The Ottoman Empire… Read More »

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies

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­ The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. Adrian Campbell The Conversation The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the… Why Russia, Turkey… Read More »

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment

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Russia’s military on Jan. 6 said it has begun scaling back its deployment to Syria, with Moscow’s sole aircraft carrier ordered to leave the conflict zone first. Hurriyet MOSCOW – Agence France–Presse “In accordance with the decision of the supreme commander of the Russian armed forces Vladimir Putin, the… Russia starts scaling… Read More »

Russian subversion of Western democracies is old news

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The media hullabaloo notwithstanding, the alleged “revelations” about the Russian hacking of the US presidential election have revealed precious little that is substantively new. Leon Aron AEI Which is precisely why we should be concerned. The hacking of the DNC was… Russian subversion of… Read More »

Why Iran Wants So Many Ballistic Missiles

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Iran and the West both see a terrifying threat on the other side. Farhad Rezaei The National Interest Unlike Iran’s nuclear program, the country’s arsenal of ballistic missiles has received only scant scholarly attention. At best… Why Iran Wants… Read More »

New Year message from Kim Jong-un: Same old, same old

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Kim Jong-un made scant mention of grandfather Kim Il-sung and father Kim Jong-il. Bradley K. Martin Asia Times He didn’t need to — he just repeated their economic policies. Some foreign commentators… New Year message from… Read More »

Why most rapes go unreported in India

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The woman whose humiliation was captured on video in Bangalore over the New Year is not alone in fearing retaliation and further indignity Anusha Venkat Asia Times After New Year’s Eve turned out to be a night of shame for Bangalore, India’s IT capital, as girls who had gathered on MG Road to welcome 2017 were reportedly groped en masse, politicians were quick to put the blame squarely on… Why most rapes go… Read More »

Guéhenno to Trump: You Cannot ‘just crush’ ISIS

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Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Crisis Group’s President and CEO, speaks to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the international challenges that are likely to persist in 2017 and the growing need for robust international structures to meet the… ICG In a broad discussion with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the… Guéhenno to Trump… Read More »

Erdogan’s Turkey is no ally of the United States.

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Among Donald Trump’s odd fixations are foreign strongmen. They are a reality and must be dealt with. Doug Bandow The American Spectator Sometimes they can and do aid U.S. policy. But just because they are quick to toss opponents into jail doesn’t mean that they necessarily are the sort of decisive leaders Washington should back. On Election… Erdogan’s Turkey is… Read More »

U.S./UK Paid “White Helmets” Help Al Qaeda Blocking Water To 5 Million Thirsty Syrians

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The blockade of water from Wadi Barada to 5 million people in Damascus is taking an interesting turn. Global Research The U.S. and UK financed White Helmet organization seems to be directly involved in it. This increases the suspicion that the… U.S./UK Paid… Read More »

Assassination in Ankara

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Russia, NATO, and Turkey’s Violent Politics By Halil Karaveli Foreign Affairs On December 19, Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, assassinated Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey. His action… Assassination in… Read More »

China: The New Imperial Japan?

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The centenary of World War I in 2014 provided the opportunity for scholars to reflect on parallels between the early twentieth-century Anglo-German rivalry and today’s developing Sino-American rivalry. Jared McKinney The National Interest There is much that must be learned from the road to war in 1914 if the statesmen of today are going to step off the road to Sino-American conflict. Other analogies have also… China: The New Imperial… Read More »

How can the US regain its mojo on R&D?

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In the first of a three-part series looking at innovation in the US economy on the cusp of a new era, Orla O’Sullivan asks whether the government ought to do more Orla O’Sullivan Asia Times While the US has never spent more on research and development, the government’s share has never been less. That’s a risky… How can the US… Read More »

India outrage after minister blames ‘Western dress’ for groping

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An Indian minister who said groping at New Year celebrations in Bangalore was caused by women dressing “like Westerners” has caused outrage. BBC News Reports have emerged on local and social media of women being molested during festivities on Saturday night. A Bangalore newspaper… India outrage after… Read More »

The End of Democracy in Turkey

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Following the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul, democracy in Turkey is likely to enter a death spiral. The New Yorker The issue isn’t the attack itself, terrible as it was. On New Year’s Eve, a lone gunman made his way into the Reina dance club, which was jammed with revellers, and… The End of… Read More »