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Wednesday, 20 June

22:57

The CSTO And The Problem Over Washingtons Compliance With A 1987 Treaty OrientalReview.org

In the conclusion of their joint statement approved in Almaty, the CSTO members urged the relevant parties to facilitate a constructive dialog and to do all that is needed to resolve the current disputes related to the implementation of the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate- and Shorter-Range Missiles, in order to reduce potential future risks.

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20:32

Kiev is Playing the Crimean Tatar Card to Drive a Wedge Between Moscow and Ankara New Eastern Outlook

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Previously, Turkey had little to no difficulties in playing two of the opposing geopolitical powers, namely the US and Russia, against each other. When tensions started to mount in the bilateral relations with one side, Ankara would typically do a one-eighty to pursue a rapprochement with the other.

However, these days while reading the headlines, one can hardly fight the impression that Russia has suddenly become Tayyip Erdogans most trusted ally. He and his supporters are up in arms against the US, which they have recently branded Turkeys archenemy. The EU, and especially Germany, has long been on Turkeys bad side. On the other hand, Russia has proven time and time again that its a trustworthy partnerwhether in Syria, in the support it provided Erdogan in his feud against Fethullah Glen and his movement, in Turkeys aspirations to become an energy heavyweight.

Yet, its been noted that appearances can be misleading. Ankaras so-called pivot to Moscow is, in actuality, consistent with a broader trend in Turkish foreign policy of late. It is a bid to assert autonomy in foreign affairs, rather than a step towards a lasting alliance with the Kremlin.

This notion can be proven by the rapidly strengthening ties between Ankara and Kiev, which Ukraine tries to exploit to the best of its abilities to cause harm to Russia, which means that that Turkeys interests often diverge from Russias.

To make the matters worse, Kiev is using its newly establish ties to sow seeds of discord between Moscow and Ankara, that have spent a considerably amount of time working their way around sensitive topics they havent reached a mutual understanding on. The differences in the positions of Moscow and Ankara in the issues of the Crimea rejoining Russia back in 2014 and the Crimean Tatar question have been effectively used by Ukrainian elites to further complicate the Russian-Turkish discussions of hydrocarbon matters.

The Kiev regime, that has gone completely haywire over the future loss of revenues from the transit of Russian natural gas to Europe, which resulted in it sending representatives of anti-Russian Crimean Tatar organizations to Turkey to promote the notion about those pesky Russians that somehow managed to annex the Crimea. Those activities are...

20:25

Denuclearize the United States? An Unthinkable Thought Strategic Culture Foundation

The Trump-Kim Singapore summit was an almost surreal publicity stunt replete with Trumps presentation to Kim of a sensationally moronic mock movie trailer depicting the potential glories of high-end condominium developments on what Trump calls  North Koreas beautiful beaches.

19:55

World Cup Russia Without Myths and Phobias Strategic Culture Foundation

In short, Russia today is essentially no different, as far as its inclinations and objectives are concerned, from the rest of the world. So where are the distinctions?

19:25

Trump Holds the Clock on North Korea While Putin Plans His Moves Strategic Culture Foundation

The Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim seems set to produce untold surprises in the future. Kim is indeed acting shrewdly by anchoring his dealings with Trump on his pivotal relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

18:55

US Liberals Are Clinically Insane and Care Nothing for the American People Strategic Culture Foundation

The mass hysteria that swept across Liberal America has reached a new level of madness and can now be described as a deep-seated psychosis.

16:50

Time on US Diplomacy and History New Eastern Outlook

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Time magazine, founded almost a hundred years ago (in 1923), runs like a well-oiled machine: there are departments and sub-departments for everything; nothing is left to chance. So when, in its latest issue, it publishes a two-page spread of the USs recent history with Korea, readers should be able to take it to the bank.

What jumps out from the timeline and the US press in general is that when it comes to US diplomacy, and hence US history, there is never but one actor, Americas enemy of the moment. Whether stealthy Indians, Kamikaze pilots or ISIS terrorists belted into explosives, the US has consistently peered down from its impregnable city upon a hill, upon one enemy after another, invariably concluding it must go to war.

According to Times latest illustration of this lopsided worldview, from 1953, when the Korean Armistice was signed, (failing, as its name states, to end the state of war between north and south), to the meeting between its current leader and the US president, the North appears to have been the only actor in the Korean drama, making one threatening gesture after another. The US is nowhere to be found.

According to this document, having tested nuclear missiles in 1984, in 1986 North Korea joined the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty. In 1992, North and South signed a joint declaration of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. In 1994, the US and North Korea sign the Agreed Framework Deal to replace North Koreas nuclear power plants in exchange for better trade relations. In 1996 floods triggered a massive famine in which hundreds of thousands died.

What was the US doing as these things were happening? What actions did it or did it not take vis a vis North Korea, according to the framework? Specifically, what about the promise of improved trade relations? The time-line shows that the richest (at the time) and most powerful nation in the world did NOTHING to fulfill its obligations toward one of the poorest countries in the world, all through the nineties and into the new century, causing the North Korean dictator to double down on nuclear methods of persuasion.

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15:55

Trump Might Rescue Italy From The Migrant Crisis In Order To Divide Europe OrientalReview.org

Salvinis invocation of NATO assistance in breaking up human smuggling rings might therefore actually provide the US with an opportunity to further break European unity as part of its multipronged asymmetrical offensive against the EU.

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11:55

NGOs and the Deep State James Corbett on Radio Fault Lines The Corbett Report

James Corbett appears on Radio Fault Lines to discuss his work on NGOs and deep state operations.

10:02

Spending reserves statement a reflection of Masings mentality, says Baru Hornbill Unleashed

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masings suggestion to use up Sarawaks reserves of RM31 billion before the next state election to prevent the incoming government should there be a change of power from looking good in the eyes of Sarawakians reflects his mentality. PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian says []

10:01

UPP sec-gen: Suggestion to use all RM31b in states reserves ridiculous Hornbill Unleashed

United Peoples Party (UPP) secretary general George Lo today condemned the suggestion by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri James Masing that the state government use all its reserves before the state election in 2021. He said the states financial rating in the international community will be damaged if such a suggestion were entertained. []

10:01

Baru shocked by Sarawak deputy CMs comments on state reserves Hornbill Unleashed

SARAWAK PKR chief Baru Bian today said he is shocked by Deputy Chief Minister James Masings statement on the use of state reserves. I was shocked to read the front-page news today, that Masing proposed to use up our reserves of RM31 billion before the next state elections, so that the incoming government will not []

10:01

Zuraida to be first PH minister to visit Sarawak today Hornbill Unleashed

Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, who was previously barred from entering Sarawak, will be making her first official visit here as Housing and Local Government Minister. According to her tentative itinerary, the PKR Women chief is scheduled to depart from Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 11am on June 20. On the following day, she is scheduled []

Nazri wants Umno to go solo, but hopes of alliance with old friends in Sarawak Hornbill Unleashed

Barisan Nasional is as good as dead but Umno should continue its political fight alone, supreme council member Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has said. BN is gone, we cannot carry on with BN now. The three main component parties, MCA, MIC, and Gerakan are all finished. So how to continue as BN? Nazri told Malay []

10:01

James Masing denies suggesting RM31b in state reserves be used up Hornbill Unleashed

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing today denied suggesting that the state government use up all the states reserves amounting to RM31 billion over the next three years. I didnt suggest that we use all the reserves. I said some of the reserves. We are not that stupid to finish all our reserves which []

06:01

PBB leader suggests PRS replace Masing with bolder leader Hornbill Unleashed

Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) should replace president Tan Sri Dr James Masing if he lacks faith in the party and its allies ability to win the next state election, said a Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) vice president. Masing previously said the nascent Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), formed by four Barisan Nasional breakaways, may lose []

06:00

Operation Barbarossa II: The Wurlitzer of War Plays On New Eastern Outlook

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While the excitement of the World Cup in Russia keeps many of us fixed on the merits of the contending teams and the drama of the games, the news out of Brussels is disturbing. Theyre preparing for war. With Russia. There is no other way to read what Jans Stoltenberg announced at a press conference in Washington on June 6, the anniversary of the D-Day landings in northern France by British, Canadian, Free French and US forces, to attempt to stop the Red Army from the complete capture of Germany in 1945. Just as those allies had to clear the German Army from their path then in order to face off with the Red Army, today they are intent on clearing the path for the rapid movement of men and material across the Atlantic from the USA to Europe and rapid and easy movement of those forces across Europe to the east, to not just face the Russians but to attack them.

Operation Barbarossa II, the name I use for this operation, though I am sure they have their own, the set-up for which has been proceeding for several years, is building momentum with the announcement by the NATO defence ministers of the establishment of two new NATO joint force commands; one in Norfolk, Virginia, a US naval base, and one in Ulm, Germany. The Norfolk joint command will manage the logistics for movement of troops and materiel from the USA to Europe as rapidly and smoothly as possible while the Ulm command will ensure the movement of those troops and materiel continues without obstacles across Europe to the Russian border.

They also announced that by 2020 they will have a special rapid deployment force of 30 mechanised battalions, 30 air squadrons and 30 combat ships that can mobilise in 30 days. They are, Stoltenberg said, boosting readiness and, regarding military mobility across Europe stated, we are working together to eliminate obstacles-whether legal, customs or infrastructure-to ensure our forces can move across Europe when necessary.

The establishment of these new commands is not defensive, which is their claim. They are offensive and are part of the larger conspiracy among the NATO governments to commit the crime of aggression against Russia.

On June 18th the western media, acting as the chorus for the NATO military machine, raised synchronous and dramatic alarms of the presence of Russian nuclear weapons at a base in Kaliningrad, the Russian territory and important military base on the Baltic Sea. Just imagine, Russia dares to have nuclear weapons based on its own territ...

00:50

A New Dimension of the Conflict in Yemen New Eastern Outlook

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For more than a week, the forces of the so-called Saudi-led Arab coalition have been assaulting Hodeida, a city with a population of well over 600,00 people located on the Red Sea coast of Yemen. Hodeida is also the location of a large port. So far, the Houthi insurgence, led by the Ansar Allah movement have been able to repel these attacks. The above mentioned port is a supply hub that plays an integral part in providing the entire northern part of the country with food, fuel, and medicines. Should this supply hub be destroyed, even the Yemeni capital Sanaa may soon be starved into submission. The Saudi-led coalition made the decision to launch an attack on Hodeida, while still not having a direct response from Washington on the appeal to provide Riyadh and Abu Dhabi with military assistance in this operation. Although some sources still argue that the Pentagon chose to actually provide intelligence and logistical support to Saudi Arabia, with US warships patrolling just off the coast of Hodeida intensifying. Others say that American reconnaissance drones have been making sorties from bases in Yemens Aden and Saudi Arabias Najran to facilitate the targeting for the aircraft of the Arab coalition.

Apparently, the Houthis are fully aware of the fact that this time the Saudi-led assault can actually reach the streets of Hodeida, transforming fighting into a bitter urban warfare. It is no coincidence that the head of the Ansar Allah movement, Abdel Malik El Husi has recently sent a message to the Secretary General of the Lebanese Shia military organization known as Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah demanding urgent assistance. Apparently, the Hezbollah has a number of experts pretty well versed in urban warfare, so the Houthis want them to train and support the detachments that are presently stationed in Hodeida. In addition, should the defense of the city actually fall, their experience will come in handy in the battle for Sanaa, which will inevitably become the next target of Saudi-led coalition forces. According to a number of sources in Beirut, this request has been received positively with Irans elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps preparing to form the first group of advisers together with Hezbollahs experts. Its believed that a total of 80 experts have already arrived in Sanaa, ordering the construction of underground tunnels in both Sanaa and Hodeida, while training Houthi field commanders, who ha...

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Tuesday, 19 June

23:06

Russia And The Balkans (1804): A Program About Slavonic-Serbian State Under The Russian Protectorate (I) OrientalReview.org

Imperial Russia as an Orthodox country and the country with the largest Slavic population gradually inspired the spiritual-political leader of the Serbian nation during the Habsburg and Ottoman lordships, to believe that only the Romanovs could be real liberators and protectors of the Serbs and the rest of the South-Slavs, especially the Orthodox ones.

The post Russia And The Balkans (1804): A Program About Slavonic-Serbian State Under The Russian Protectorate (I) appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

20:55

Macedonia Removes an Obstacle on Its Path to NATO but Every Decision Has a Downside to Consider Strategic Culture Foundation

What the people of that country will gain is unclear. Their national interests will be eclipsed by the foreign-policy goals of other major players.

20:44

An attempt to erase the shame of occupation +972 Magazine

A Knesset bill that would prohibit filming soldiers on duty is meant not only to make the work of human rights organizations impossible, but also to prevent Israelis from having to confront what soldiers are sent to do in their name. 

By A. Daniel Roth

An Israeli soldier attempts to block the view of a photographer as Israeli soldiers search Palestinian men in the West Bank city of Hebron, June 22, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

An Israeli soldier attempts to block the view of a photographer as Israeli soldiers search Palestinian men in the West Bank city of Hebron, June 22, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

The Israeli government voted this week to support a bill that would criminalize documenting Israeli soldiers tasked with carrying out the violence of the occupation in the West Bank. Supporters of the bill which could make videotaping, recording, or photographing Israeli soldiers carrying out their duty with the intention of eroding morale a crime punishable by five years in prison  believe that stopping the dissemination of violent images from the occupied territories will help Israels PR game. But at the core of the proposed law lies something else: a fear of the power that the camera may hold for Isra...

20:43

Did Washington Just Bomb Syrian Government Troops? Strategic Culture Foundation

A "mysterious" attack on Syrian government forces in southwest Syria on June 18 has left as many as 52 Syrian (and Iraqi) troops dead. The Syrian media blames Washington, which has been warning Syria for several weeks to leave ISIS forces alone in the area. Who did it...and why?

20:25

As Social Security and Medicare Go Bankrupt, US Gives $10.5 Million a DAY to Israel Strategic Culture Foundation

While the U.S. governments failure to take care of its citizens may be viewed as a good thing because it lets them turn to solutions in the private sector to solve their problems, the government is still robbing citizens through taxes, and making it look as if it will benefit them in the long run through programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

19:55

Bernard Lewis: The False Prophet of the Big Lie Strategic Culture Foundation

Lewiss real heritage is clear: It lies in more than a million dead in Iraq since 2003, more than 600,000 killed in Syria and in the continuing specter throughout the region of wars without end.

19:50

Digital novel tells stories of Indonesian Chinese during the 1998 riots in Indonesia News and Events

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This article by Juke Carolina originally appeared in Global Voices. It has been republished here under a Creative Commons License (CC BY 3.0)

In May 1998, violent riots erupted across Indonesia demanding the resignation of then President Suharto who had ruled the country for over three decades. The riots led to a change in government but thousands of innocent civilians in particular, Indonesians of Chinese ancestry were injured, raped, and killed. Many Orang Tionghoa (how Indonesians with full or partial Chinese ancestry are called) fled the country because of the escalating violence that targeted them.

A government report released in October 1998 revealed that, while some violent incidents against Indonesian Chinese were spontaneous, most cases appeared to be systematically planned by local thugs supported by powerful political and military forces. The report also documented cases of rape that victimized many Indonesian Chinese women.

After two decades, victims of the attacks in 1998 and their families continue to seek justice. Written by Melbourne-based artist Rani Pramesti, the Chinese Whispers illustrated novel narrates the tragedy that forced her to flee her beloved country in 1998. It also features the stories of women who witnessed the 1998 riots.

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Global Voices interviewed Rani Pramesti about the novel and her motivation for initiating this project:

The Chinese Whispers was inspired by my personal experiences of how the May 1998 racial violence impacted my sense of identity as well as by the historical context of May 1998.

I noticed how 1998 became an important unspoken issue (among) Chinese Indonesian...

19:25

It"s Time to Start Getting Enraged At What Western Imperialists Have Done To Syria Strategic Culture Foundation

The social engineers who manufacture the narratives which are dispensed to the mass media and repeated as fact to unsuspecting audiences rely heavily on the tactic of generating sympathy.

18:55

What Does the North Korea-Trump "Best Friends" Summit Portend for Iran? Strategic Culture Foundation

The North Korean process is parked for now (whilst the lengthy negotiations continue), and Trump is free to pursue heightened attrition against Iran

15:51

Vietnams Protests Will Complicate The Clinching Of Any Pragmatic Deal With China OrientalReview.org

Regardless of the current protest movements staying power which isnt expected to be much the latest outbreak of demonstrations makes it all the more difficult for Vietnam to reach any pragmatic deal with China in the future no matter what the terms might be now that Hanoi sees just how controversial any agreement whether real or imagined with Beijing is to its citizens.

The post Vietnams Protests Will Complicate The Clinching Of Any Pragmatic Deal With China appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

09:30

Biological and Chemical Weapons Labs on Russias Doorstep? New Eastern Outlook

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Georgia has been receiving much coverage in the regional news of late, Renn TV and other outlets, especially Russian news outlets, over Americas alleged biological and entomological weapons program. There are so many uncomfortable questions what exactly is being researched and who it is being tested upon is something that few want to address and nobody is asking this in the Western MSMthat in itself is MOST revealing.

But in the meantime flags are usually raised when such finger pointing and recriminations come from Russia, as this is more than just sour grapes and wanting to divert blame from its own problems.

Some pundits would want us to believe that such news is humdrum news; being just more of the samenot to be taken seriousand considering the source.  However, now with Trump in office, and those in the shadows not happy, things are becoming more and more complicated.

What is the nexus?

The response is far more revealing than the actual allegations, for instance, one friend from the BBC shared with the author, and let the reader judge as if this is a compliment or threat?

This is too flat earth for me. The world is going mad and I am trying to stick to fact-based journalism. Even with my crap Russian, that film seems worthy of Goebbels as a friend, I really think you should think carefully about getting so involved in something that is obviously politically motivated. The internet doesnt forget and I think you are being used.

Foreign and US-sponsored media outlets, counter spin doctors, are quick to dismiss the bio claims, as reported by Russia 24, as the work of conspiracy theorists and describes all media reports questioning strange outbreaks as the Inside story of a Kremlin Disinformation Campaign in Georgia.

Ever since it opened seven years ago, it has been under attack from Russian government officials and the Kremlins network of supportive media outlets. It is a microcosm of Moscows wider disinformation efforts, say those tracking Russian information campaigns using black propaganda about the lab to spread fear and divide public opinion in pro-Western Georgia, while also targeting the United States.

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05:17

Theresa May has Clearly Overstayed her Welcome New Eastern Outlook

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It seems that Theresa May took office only yesterday, but the general public is showing signs of ever growing frustration with this political figure.

According to the official record, the sitting British Prime Minister assumed office on July 13, 2016, becoming second woman in the UK history after Margaret Thatcher to be employed in that capacity.

Her grandfather pursued military career, while her father was a village vicar who died in a car accident when Theresa was just a student. Soon her mother that was stricken with grief passed away too. In a short while, the young girl learned that she couldnt have children. To make the matters worse, Theresa May has been suffering from diabetes, which forces her to inject herself with insulin four times a day.

Before she assumed office, she was occupying the position of Secretary of State for the Home Department , which is no small achievement in the modern British political scene. Before May took charge of the Home Office, it was considered to be a cursed place. Five of Teresa Mays predecessors took charge of it while being described as promising politicians, but then had to leave it completely discredited and disgraced.

All of the above listed troubles have transformed May in the person she is today. Some people describe her as frankly boring, yet most experts agree that there has been an abundance of jolly people in British politics lately.

To make the matters worse, its pretty much impossible to negotiate anything with the sitting prime minister of the UK these days. Fellow Tories say its bloody difficult to talk some sense in her, but May certainly does not appr...

01:18

Israeli activists bring images of Gaza dead to the heart of Tel Aviv +972 Magazine

In the middle of the night, left-wing activists hung 115 kites along Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Avivs central street one for each Palestinian protester killed by Israeli forces during the Great Return March protests.

Kites bearing the pictures, names, and birth-dates of Palestinians killed by the IDF during the Great Return March protests in Gaza.

Kites bearing the pictures, names, and birth-dates of Palestinians killed by the IDF during the Great Return March protests in Gaza.

Israeli activists hung 115 black kites along Tel Avivs Rothschild Boulevard overnight on Sunday, in remembrance of every Palestinian killed by the Israeli army in Gaza during the Great Return March.

We all witnessed what happened in Gaza over the past couple of weeks, says A., one of the organizers of the action. There was a big escalation both in terms of what happened and the responses. We stood and watched how they opened fire on people who were demonstrating and, at the same time, the publics indifference and the medias coverage of the killing.

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The action was partially a response to the 60 Palestinians killed during the protests on May 14. A., who was abroad at the time, struggled to comprehend what had happened. I returned to Israel and I was in shock to see that [here] nothing had happened complete indifference.

There were, of course, ac...

00:50

Interview 1367 Fault Lines on NGOs and the Deep State The Corbett Report

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-06-18%20Fault%20Lines.mp3"][/audio]James Corbett appears on Radio Fault Lines to discuss his work on NGOs and deep state operations.

Monday, 18 June

23:24

On Eid al-Fitr, some Palestinians get their first visit to the sea +972 Magazine

Traveling from cities and villages across the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians celebrate the holiday of Eid a-Fitr at the beach. For many, it was their first time there. For others, it was their first time in half a century. 

By Oren Ziv

Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv- Jaffa during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. June 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv- Jaffa during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. June 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank celebrated the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, on the beaches of Tel Aviv and Jaffa over the past two days. For many, it was their first time there a visit made possible by special entry permits issued by the army for the holiday.

In the evening hours, between the Jaffa Clock Tower and the beach, van drivers shout, Nilin, Beit Sira, Qalandia checkpoint, Hebron, waiting to fill their vans to drive back to the West Bank. Most of the revelers, however, prefer to spend every minute they can on the beach.

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22:50

The Situation Is Worsening In Syrian South As US Tries To Defend Terrorists While Israel To Strike A Deal With Russia OrientalReview.org

The US decides to create the southern zone having far-reaching benefits, in fact. Apparently, by providing the radicals with money and weapons and by turning a blind eye to ISIS expansion the White House all the while has been preparing a foothold to attack Damascus located less than 100 kilometers from this zone of de-escalation.

The post The Situation Is Worsening In Syrian South As US Tries To Defend Terrorists While Israel To Strike A Deal With Russia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

21:14

Will Trump Destroy the World for His Statue? New Eastern Outlook

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If the American presidents most recent moves have you puzzled again, take heart the whole world is with you. The man evil billionaire George Soros now says is perfectly willing to destroy the world in order to maintain his narcissism, seems fully capable of doing just that.

Now we know weve entered the Twilight Zone of geopolitics, when the worlds evilest genius starts pointing fingers. But wait! Shortly after a smidgeon of truth exited Soros shriveled mouth Trump went haywire on the way back from the G7 Summit in Canada. New York Times reporters Peter Baker and Michael D. Shearframed Trumps latest head wobbling tirade; Trumps Blasts Upend G-7, Alienating Oldest Allies. The story goes something like this.

For weeks now the American president has been harping on imposing big tariffs on former allies around the world. What most experts deem his isolationist policy, is nothing of the sort in my view. But the fact that Trump shook hands with allies at the annual meeting of major world powers at the latest G7, and that he boaster of a tremendously successful meeting, set the stage for the Trump Twitter cannonade to follow. A scant 9 hours after having sealed a deal to mitigate US tariffs on Canada, Japan, and the Europeans, a tweetstorm of comments by Canadas Trudeau sank those deals and Americas credibility too boot. Trump called the Canadian PM dishonest and weak and the world will soon call Trump the deal buster. The New York Times piece framed the situation (for once):

Mr. Trumps unvarnished post-summit Twitter insults aimed at Mr. Trudeau weak & dishonest, false statements, meek and mild left the Canadian-American relationship at its most overtly hostile since, perhaps, the War of 1812.

To make matters worse, and even more confusing, Trump called for Russia to be rejoined with the G7 in the same breath. The loose cannon American leader showed a willingness to forget about the wests whole Crimea madness, in favor of resetting business relations with Russia. But as positive as this footnote seems, American leadership shunning or shining to other nations on a whim destroys our credibility. But I believe Trumps moves are calculating.

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20:55

Russia Sells Off Record Amount of US Treasury Bonds Strategic Culture Foundation

The worse the US relations with other countries become, the more likely are other nations to reconsider their reliance on the dollar.

20:25

How the Last Superpower Was Unchained Strategic Culture Foundation

All of us, of course, now live on the planet Bushs boys tried to swallow whole. They left us in a world of infinite war, infinite harm, and in Donald Trumps America where cluelessness has been raised to a new power.

19:55

Is Merkel"s End Right Around the Corner? Strategic Culture Foundation

The knives are coming out in Germany against Merkel and it is only the pro-EU Social Democrats who are coming to her defense.

19:25

Syria Sends More Troops to South Despite New US Warnings Strategic Culture Foundation

The United States once again warned this week it would "take firm and appropriate measures" against the Syrian government forces should they continue pushing into the southwest of the country, which has long been held by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups fighting the Assad government.

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