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

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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?

Western leaders back in Russia as tensions appear to ease

East-West relations seem to have changed over past 10 days, as three major Western leaders attend St Petersburg forum By M.K. Bhadrakumar East-West relations have transformed over the past 10-day period. Russia’s isolation from the West after the Maidan coup in Kiev appears to have warmed as abruptly as it began. Three major Western leaders … Continue reading Western leaders back in Russia as tensions appear to ease

With anti-Russia hysteria rampant, Beijing reminds US about ties between Russian & Chinese forces

Robert Bridge is an American writer and journalist. He is author of the book, 'Midnight in the American Empire,' released in 2013. robertvbridge@yahoo.com With both Russia and China bogged down in stormy relations with the US and the West, Beijing and Moscow are beating a path towards deeper bilateral cooperation. And that would include preparations … Continue reading With anti-Russia hysteria rampant, Beijing reminds US about ties between Russian & Chinese forces

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

President Xi Jinping projects China as a 'benevolent power' but at the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi the 'Quad' nations lined up against him By Pepe Escobar The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection … Continue reading China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India