Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game

Moscow hosted talks last week to promote peace in Afghanistan as neighbors and regional heavyweights eye the rewards of stability in the long-troubled land By Pepe Escobar In the “graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia pledged … Continue reading Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game

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Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East By Pepe Escobar It was packaged as a stark, graphic message, echoing across Eurasia: … Continue reading Erdogan, MBS, Islamic leadership and the price of silence

Yellow Vests: No Coincidence Macron, Merkel and May are in Dire Straits

Ekaterina Blinova10240 The 'yellow vest' upheaval has exposed longstanding problems in France's economy, Christine Bierre, French journalist and chief editor of Nouvelle Solidarité, has told Sputnik, adding that to heal these wounds, the French need to get rid of Brussels' diktat and take back control of their financial system. The 'yellow vests' protests are continuing … Continue reading Yellow Vests: No Coincidence Macron, Merkel and May are in Dire Straits

Erdogan a threat to US effort to contain Iran

Washington needs to find a way to tone down the Turkish president's assault on the Saudis, which could undermine the push to restrict Iran in Syria, Iraq and Yemen By Stephen Bryen Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is ratcheting up the pressure on Saudi Arabia for the now-admitted killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi – a strategy … Continue reading Erdogan a threat to US effort to contain Iran

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