Surgical strikes: what attacks on Yemen and Khashoggi’s demise have in common

By Jefferson Morley It is the hour of CYA in Washington. The apparent assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and ensuing notoriety of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman have prompted some self-serving revisionist history from former Obama administration officials about the war in Yemen. From the pundit class to Congress, official Washington is now connecting the liquidation … Continue reading Surgical strikes: what attacks on Yemen and Khashoggi’s demise have in common

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What sanctions on Russia and China really mean

The Pentagon may not be advocating total war against both Russia and China – as it has been interpreted in some quarters By Pepe Escobar A crucial Pentagon report on the US defense industrial base and “supply chain resiliency” bluntly accuses China of “military expansion” and “a strategy of economic aggression,” mostly because Beijing is … Continue reading What sanctions on Russia and China really mean

Is the US the odd man out on the Korean Peninsula?

Russia calls for five-way talks aimed at ending tensions among Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington By Bertil Lintner Russia, China and North Korea have agreed on the need for five-way negotiations, which include the United States and South Korea, to end tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Reuters and Iranian Press TV, quoting Russian Foreign Ministry sources, … Continue reading Is the US the odd man out on the Korean Peninsula?

‘America First’ rhetoric brings India, Russia closer

By Abhishek Mohanty Since the end of the Cold War, the US has been the dominant player in international politics. America claimed to be committed to a rules-based international order. But that time has passed. From abandoning international treaties to belittling allies to initiating trade wars and unreasonable sanctions, the insensitive measures of US President Donald … Continue reading ‘America First’ rhetoric brings India, Russia closer

Trade war upsides abound for Vietnam

Trade-geared nation is poised to benefit more than most from coming shifts to global supply chains away from China-based production By Nate Fischler As Asian nations brace for US-China trade war impacts on their economies, Vietnam is positioning itself as a possible two-way winner of the conflict. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made clear … Continue reading Trade war upsides abound for Vietnam