French prosecutors charged the former French president Nicholas Sarkozy for accepting funds from the murdered Muammar Gadhafi, for his own presidential campaign. Presidential campaigns are one of the ways one can solicit funds from international donors in exchange for sacrificing his own country’s interests. Continue reading Sarkozy Indicted, Gadhafi Returns
Notwithstanding the overwhelming vote the Kurdish referendum for independence received, there is no gainsaying that regional circumstances were far from suitable for such an undertaking, let alone its materialization. Iraq has just recovered from the clutches of rule of the self-styled Islamic State, and the last thing it wanted was loss of economic wealth in Kirkuk to Kurds. Continue reading As Two US Clients Squabble in Iraq, Tehran Emerges as the Winner
Saudi Arabia pivots to Russia, the new sheriff in town. What a difference a year – an eternity in geopolitics – makes. No one could see this coming; the ideological matrix of all strands of Salafi-jihadi terror – which Russia fights no holds barred, from ISIS/Daesh to the Caucasus Emirate – beating a path to the Kremlin and about to embrace Russia as a strategic ally. Continue reading The House of Saud bows to the House of Putin
King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s official visit to Moscow marks the end of a long animus between Russia and Riyadh. While many will welcome this new reality, some traditional allies of both parties could be concerned at the potential ramifications of detente. Continue reading Saudi King Salman’s Moscow visit could create new Middle East dynamic
Trump said on Tuesday that the consequences of rapid withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan are “unacceptable,” as it will create a “vacuum” that will be filled by Daesh and al-Qaeda terrorist groups, adding that the number of US troops involved in operations in the country wouldn’t be released. Continue reading New US’ Afghanistan Strategy ‘Puts Trump in a Silly Position’, Here’s Why
Neither Iran nor its business partners are interested in Tehran’s exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), expert on Mideast affairs Vladimir Sazhin told Sputnik, explaining that contrary to the panic-mongers’ belief Iran won’t be able to create an atomic bomb within weeks in case it withdraws from the nuclear deal. Continue reading Anti-Iran Sanctions: ‘US Tool to Provoke Tehran into Ripping Nuclear Deal Up’
Despite what Trump said in his policy-making speech, the US will still continue to destabilize rival governments, but it’ll just do so under different pretexts. Continue reading Don’t Kid Yourself, The US Will Still Continue ‘Exporting Democracy’
The CIA is also overjoyed because its black-ops budget – which is tied to the exponential growth of opium production in Afghanistan – is now secured possibly for another 20-50 years, claims Mike Raddie, co-editor of online site BSNews. Continue reading ‘Afghan surge guarantees CIA black-ops budget boost’ — RT Op-Edge
US and NATO forces invaded Afghanistan almost 16 years ago in October 2001. It has been a continuous war marked by US military occupation. Continue reading War Worth Waging: Afghanistan’s Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas
It’s not Russia that is forcing itself into the Middle East, but the countries that have grown weary and are tired of serving vested, genocidal interests, at the cost of their losing sovereignty, resources and security. The Iraqi government is sending its Vice President Nouri al-Maliki to purposely make such a request. Continue reading Baghdad Wants More of Russia in Iraq
Historian and author Ervand Abrahamian of Baruch College analyzes the recently revealed files on the CIA’s role in the 1953 Iran coup, as Trump officials and allies float the possibility of regime change in Tehran Continue reading Does Trump Want to Redo the 1953 CIA Coup in Iran?
The battle for the recovery of Mosul against ISIS is winding down, but Iraq is not happy with the US assistance it is receiving, and some segments of the Iraqi forces are now contemplating on attacking the US forces that are already there in Iraq.
Newly declassified CIA documents emphasize the agency’s significant role in the 1953 coup d’etat in Iran. While the CIA-led operation is still regarded by Washington as a “success,” it actually led to dire consequences for both Iran and America, RIA Novosti contributor Vladimir Ardayev wrote. Continue reading Crude, Blood, Turmoil: Story of US First ‘Successful’ Overseas Regime Change
Qatar hasn’t been playing ball with the US-approved, Saudi-led ‘isolate Iran’ program. Partly because Doha has made independence from Riyadh a hallmark of its foreign policy, but mostly because Qatar and Iran share the world’s largest natural gas field. Continue reading The Qatar Blockade, Petro-Yuan & Coming War on Iran
It only took 5 days for the US to confirm that indeed it is extorting Qatar via proxy. On June 10, we made the strong case that just like Japan and other places, the Middle East countries are being extorted in exchange for their own security and an open market for its oil. Continue reading US Extortion vs. Qatar is Confirmed
They’ve been denying this for weeks, i.e. that they’ve been killing hundreds of civilians using highly illegal munitions, in the City of Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa City, Syria. But a New Zealand general broke his silence and made the first admission to the war crime. Continue reading US-led Coalition Admits Use of White Phosphorus in Mosul & Raqqa
Back in 2015, Vladimir Putin made a fiery speech at the UN, indicting the Obama administration for the destruction of Libya, and the murder of Muammar Gaddafi, among other geopolitical high crimes. Continue reading Resurrecting Libya
Sensing that the simultaneous diplomatic attack on Qatar, and the twin terrorist bombings of the Iranian Parliament and Khomeini Shrine, are all related and purposely directed to the country, Iran has announced that it is in possession of hard evidence and documents implicating the United States government in the terroristic activities of the Daesh Islamic State. Continue reading We have evidence of US direct support to ISIL | Iran
Saudi Arabia’s standoff against Qatar was fraught with miscalculations and comically ill-conceived notions from the start. But now the crisis is becoming a threat to Riyadh’s own prominence and security in the Middle East. Continue reading Riyadh Plan Backfires after Trump flip-flop & Turkey Ruse
The Qatari government is being accused of funding terrorist groups by the equally guilty, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council [GCC]. It is said to have paid the Al Qaeda to the tune of $1 billion, for the release of some of the members of the Qatari royalty, who were kidnapped in Iraq back in 2015. However, the funds never reached the kidnappers. Continue reading Is Qatar a Financier of Terror, or a Victim of Extortion by Proxy?
US President Donald Trump could not possibly have predicted the game-changing after-effects of his triumphal sword dance in Riyadh. Or could he? Continue reading Trump’s Sword Dance Sets Off the War of the Wahhabis | Pepe Escobar
The dramatic war of words that has erupted between Persian Gulf Arab states has the hallmarks of theatrics. Saudi Arabia and several of its allies are accusing Qatar of “sponsoring terrorism” and “destabilizing” the region. Continue reading Gulf Row Cover for West Arming Despots
Western Corporatists have for decades waged an aggressive war on socialist states through economic sanctions and military embargo just to prove that capitalism is much superior to the latter. That is not, of course, the true measure of superiority. We would rather see how many of the people have actually benefited from such a system. Continue reading Socialism’s Ignored Success Story
Qatar has just been booted out from the “Iran is terrorist” crowd lead by Saudi Arabia. It’s only fault is, it dares to think peace with Iran as the third way for establishing harmony in the region. Four Arab states Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt decided to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar. Continue reading Why Qatar is thrown out from Middle East Terror, Inc.?
Embattled at home in a do-or-die war (or “witch hunt”) against powerful factions of the deep state, President Trump, in the first stop of his first foreign trip, lands with pomp and circumstance in the ultimate totalitarian theocracy. Continue reading Abu Trump al-Amriki in Action!
Iranian President Rouhani won a resounding reelection victory on Saturday with 23,549,616 votes or 57 percent of the total ballots. His nearest rival in the four-man race, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, secured 15,786,449 votes, or 38.5 percent. Continue reading Iranian President Rouhani Reelected
After realizing that the US Congress’s move to allow the filing of charges against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its supposed role in the “terrorist” attack on New York in 2001 could be Washington DC’s way of putting the House of Saud on notice — that it, too, is not exempt from its two-faced foreign policy, and could be a future target for a regime change once it ceases to be a willing subject to systematic extortion, like what’s being done with Japan for decades right after the Second World War, the House of Saud continues to engage Russia for a possible common ground. Continue reading Saudi Arabia Switching to BRICS in Response to US Congress 911 Blackmail
CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel channeled his full Dr. Strangelove in front of the US House Armed Services Committee this past Wednesday. Continue reading Pentagon & Daesh Target Iran
We tried to avoid, or at least postpone, it until after 6 months when we evaluate with considerable certainty what the Trump administration is all about. But the US forces’ actions in Mosul, Iraq, and in Raqqa, Syria, are persistently reckless, i.e. genocidal, by any measure.
Why is the US genocide, sold as humanitarian interventions, continuing under Trump?
The RAND Corporation’s recent piece titled, “Al Qaeda in Syria Can Change Its Name, but Not Its Stripes,” all but admits what was already suspected about designated terrorist groups operating in Syria – that they are undergoing a transition in an attempt by their state sponsors to bolster their legitimacy and spare them from liquidation amid the shifting tides on the battlefield. Continue reading Al Qaeda Rebranding Serves US Agenda