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Syria after the U.S. Strike: What Should Come Next

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Poison gas and missile response have heightened tensions over the Syria… ICG Washington and Moscow should respond to the new risks by pursuing their stated common interest: sufficient de-escalation of the war’s violence to establish a meaningful political track toward… Whether one believes they were the… Syria after the… Read More »

We are stepping into a new world…

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The meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping was one of the most important summits of 2017. Celim Ertem Daily Sabah This meeting took place at the very beginning of the new path both the U.S. and China are about to walk down. China is striving… We are stepping… Read More »

Afghanistan: The Future of the National Unity Government

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The power dispute between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah is imperilling Afghanistan’s… ICG To avoid the collapse of the U.S.-brokered National Unity Government, both actors must end political partisanship and… Executive Summary Two and a half years after it was created to prevent the… Afghanistan: The Future… Read More »

Renegade ultranationalists could derail Erdoğan

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Meet Meral Akşener, the wildcard ahead of Sunday’s neck-and-neck… ANKARA — As Turkey prepares to vote on the expansion of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s powers on Sunday, a small band of renegade ultranationalists may hold the… ZIA WEISE Politico The nationalist opposition has declared its support for Erdoğan, but a… At the forefront of this insurgency is Meral Akşener, a… Renegade ultranationalists could… Read More »

Why can’t America just take out Assad?

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The Trump administration has done an abrupt about-face on Syria, contradicting its own nascent foreign… David Alpher The Conversation Within 24 hours, it went from calling out the Assad regime for using chemical weapons to launching missiles at military… As limited as the strikes were, there are also statements that plans are in the… Why can’t America… Read More »

Anti-graft body investigating China’s chief insurance regulator

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Xiang Junbo, head of the China Insurance Regulatory Commission and a member of the central bank’s monetary policy committee, is suspected of ‘serious disciplinary violations’, a… Reuters Asia Times The head of China’s insurance regulator is being investigated for… China’s top leaders have pledged this year to… Anti-graft body… Read More »

Mothers of Ukrainian Soldiers Demand Impeachment of Poroshenko

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In the near future Ukrainians could expect neither positive changes nor stability In the course of last month, more and more Ukrainians clamoured for impeachment of… ISF Specifically, women representing the movement “Mothers for Poroshenko’s Impeachment” gathered at the building of the presidential… They rally under the slogan “Poroshenko is killing our… Mothers of Ukrainian… Read More »

Russia sends warship to battlegroup off Syrian coast

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Naval move will overshadow US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s visit to… Alec Luhn Moscow The Observer The Guardian A warship armed with cruise missiles has joined the Russian battlegroup off the coast of Syria as part of Moscow’s response to US cruise missile strikes on the Syrian airbase of… Russia’s angry declarations, a world away from hopes of a rapprochement voiced in Washington and… Russia sends warship… Read More »

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

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As Yemen’s population has teetered on the brink of mass starvation in recent months, the United States has played a crucial role in enabling the… Gareth Porter Truthout Both the Obama and Trump administrations have prioritized the US’s alliance with the Saudis and their Gulf allies over the… Although the UN agencies have offered no public estimate of the… The US Provided… Read More »

Dalai Lama’s rapturous welcome at Buddhist monastery

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The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said the only way for the world to confront terror attacks is through greater contact… BBC He was speaking to the BBC in the wake of the Brussels… He also spoke about the challenges faced by the Tibetan movement, especially with increasing Chinese pressure on Western countries to… Dalai Lama’s rapturous… Read More »

Canada was briefed on and ‘fully supports’ U.S. missile strikes against Syria: PM

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U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis told Canada that Syria was responsible for gas… Peter Zimonjic John Paul Tasker CBC News Canada was briefed in advance of the U.S. missile strike on an airbase in western Syria that the U.S. says was used by… During question period in the House of Commons on Friday, Trudeau said Canada was informed about the… Trudeau said U.S. Secretary of… Canada was briefed… Read More »

Can Pakistan Remain Neutral in the Saudi-Iran Rivalry?

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Raheel Sharif’s role in a multinational coalition has tilted Pakistan toward Iran’s sphere of… Arif Rafiq The National Interest Islamabad has given clearance to recently retired chief of army staff Gen. Raheel Sharif to command what is being described as a “Muslim NATO” based in Saudi… Sharif’s new position is… Can Pakistan Remain… Read More »

Crude oil jumps, yen gains, stocks slide as US attacks Syria

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Bonds and other so-called safe haven assets gained in Asia trading ASIA TIMES AND REUTERS Asia Times Oil prices jumped and the yen gained against the US dollar in Asia on Friday after the United States fired multiple cruise missiles at… Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil, jumped by… US President Donald Trump said he had ordered missile… Crude oil jumps… Read More »

Chemical Weapons 2017: What Just Happened In Syria?

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Yet again, on cue, the Western corporate press is on fire with stories of “Assad’s brutality,” and “chemical weapons” attacks against… Australian National Review Obviously, the United States, NATO, and their media mouthpieces are united in condemnation of the Assad government and the Syrian military despite their… Indeed, the Western powers may blame Assad all they want but all the… Chemical Weapons 2017… Read More »

The obscure religion that shaped the West

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It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and… Joobin Bekhrad BBC So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out. Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the… At the same time, Christianity has frequently been used to define the identity and values of the US and Europe, as well as to contrast those values with those of a… Yet, a brief glance at an… The obscure ... Read More »

Philippines’ Duterte orders troops to disputed South China Sea in possible new rift with Beijing

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BEIJING — The Philippine president appeared to revive his quarrels with China on Thursday, ordering his troops to occupy islands and reefs in the disputed South China Sea — and… Emily Rauhala The Washington Post Rodrigo Duterte said the military should build structures on all of the Philippine-held islands, reefs and shoals in the contested Spratly Islands — not… China’s construction of the islands is part of its claims of… Philippines’ Duterte orders… Read More »