‘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

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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

Is the Patriot system good enough for missile defense?

A recent failure in Saudi Arabia has led to questions over the reliability of the US-made system with some countries opting for a Russian alternative By Stephen Bryen The Patriot missile system seems to have failed to do its job in Saudi Arabia. Instead of knocking out seven Houthi-fired ballistic missiles, reports from many sources cast doubt … Continue reading Is the Patriot system good enough for missile defense?

Over 85% say Japan at risk of going to war again: triennial survey

The results of a government survey released Saturday showed 85.5 percent of Japanese polled think Japan is at risk of getting involved in another war. That’s up 10.0 points from the 2015 survey and the highest since 2009, when the same set of answers was first posed as part of a survey conducted every three … Continue reading Over 85% say Japan at risk of going to war again: triennial survey

Turkey v NATO: Will Ankara’s Syria incursion destroy ties with partners?

NATO member Turkey appears to be straining the patience of allies with its operation in Syria’s northwest – but just how far can the ties stretch before they snap? Turkey’s “anti-terrorist” operation in the Kurdish area of Afrin, northwest Syria, looks set to expand, with Manbij and Idlib being voiced as the next targets. As … Continue reading Turkey v NATO: Will Ankara’s Syria incursion destroy ties with partners?