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The Arab World Flounders in the Face of the Coronavirus Crisis

    The Arab World Flounders in the Face of the Coronavirus Crisis

While the Coronavirus continues to ravage almost every nation on earth, Arab countries remain unable, or unwilling, to formulate a collective strategy to help the poorest and most vulnerable Arabs survive the deadly virus and its economic fallout.  Worse, amid growing international solidarity, we are yet to see a pan-Arab initiative that aims to provide…

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Biden’s Foreign Policy Teams Hints at War with China, Conflict with Russia

    Biden’s Foreign Policy Teams Hints at War with China, Conflict with Russia

After closely conversing with senior foreign policy experts on Joe Biden’s team, Thomas Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe for the influential think-tank the Brookings Institute, penned an unintentionally hair-raising article on what a Biden presidency would look like for the rest of the world. He explains to his elite…

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Biden’s Foreign Policy Team Hints at War with China, Conflict with Russia

    Biden’s Foreign Policy Team Hints at War with China, Conflict with Russia

After closely conversing with senior foreign policy experts on Joe Biden’s team, Thomas Wright, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe for the influential think-tank the Brookings Institute, penned an unintentionally hair-raising article on what a Biden presidency would look like for the rest of the world. He explains to his elite…

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The UK Hasn’t Bombed Iraq or Syria Since Last September. What Gives?

    The UK Hasn’t Bombed Iraq or Syria Since Last September. What Gives?

The UK’s involvement in the U.S.-led air war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has slowly and quietly wound down over the last few months. Official figures show that the UK hasn’t dropped a single bomb as part of this campaign since September last year. However, where those bombs have caused significant civilian harm is…

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The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial: What Illinois Bikers Know That Washington Doesn’t

  The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial: What Illinois Bikers Know That Washington Doesn’t

Earlier this month, I spent a day visiting Marseilles to videotape a documentary about recent American military history, specifically the ongoing wars that most of us prefer not to think about. Lest there be any confusion, let me be more specific. I am not referring to Marseilles (mar-SAY), France, that nation’s largest port and second…

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Hezbollah Becomes Theresa May’s Latest Scapegoat In her Battle for Political Survival

  Hezbollah Becomes Theresa May’s Latest Scapegoat In her Battle for Political Survival

Having lost considerable influence in Europe and other parts of the world over the chaotic Brexit process, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking to gain leverage by boxing-in Hezbollah. British politics under the Conservative government not only appears to have lost the plot, but many may not be faulted if they also ask whether…

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Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions

  Re-Colonization: France, Turkey and England Return to their Colonial Ambitions

For a decade we have been revealing the incongruity of the French desire to re-establish its authority over its old colonies. This was the logic behind the nomination by President Nicolas Sarkozy of Bernard Kouchner as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Kouchner replaced the French Revolutionary idea of  “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and…

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A Major Regional Reset: The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War

  A Major Regional Reset: The Syria Outcome Will Haunt Those Who Started This War

The Middle East is metamorphosing. New fault lines are emerging, yet Trump’s foreign policy ‘hawks’ are still trying to stage ‘old movies’ in a new ‘theatre’. The ‘old movie’ is for the US to ‘stand up’ Sunni, Arab states, and lead them towards confronting ‘bad actor’ Iran. ‘Team Bolton’ is reverting back to the old…

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Mideast Fact Meets Fiction: Mike Pompeo Touts US Goodness and Threatens More of It

  Mideast Fact Meets Fiction: Mike Pompeo Touts US Goodness and Threatens More of It

CAIRO — During a speech given Thursday at Cairo’s American University, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks that some analysts have likened to a mix of evangelism and historical revisionism regarding the U.S.’ historical role in Middle Eastern and Northern African affairs. Pompeo began his speech by stating: It’s the truth, lower-case ‘t’,…

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2018: A Year of Forever War in Review According to the “Adults in the Room”

  2018: A Year of Forever War in Review According to the “Adults in the Room”

Leave it to liberals to pin their hopes on the oddest things. In particular, they seemed to find post-Trump solace in the strange combination of the two-year-old Mueller investigation and the good judgment of certain Trump appointees, the proverbial “adults in the room.” Remember that crew? It once included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the…

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