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The Middle East’s Next War

The Middle East’s Next War

Jul 21, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – With the retaking of Mosul in northern Iraq, the Islamic State (ISIS) could soon be a thing of the past. But the defeat of ISIS and the demise of its self-proclaimed Iraqi-Syrian caliphate won’t bring peace to the Middle East, or even an end to the Syrian tragedy. Rather, it is likely to open a new...

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Post-Soviet Russian economic collapse

Jul 19, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IPS By Vladimir Popov and Jomo Kwame Sundaram MOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 19 2017 (IPS) – Wide-ranging economic reforms following the demise of the Soviet Union at the end of December 1991 mainly resulted in economic collapse in most successor states. By the mid-1990s, output had fallen by about half...

Former Soviet counter-intelligence official says he was at Trump Jr meeting

Former Soviet counter-intelligence official says he was at Trump Jr meeting

Jul 15, 2017

A Russian-American former Soviet counter intelligence official turned lobbyist has said he attended a 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr, marking another change in the account of a discussion earmarked by some as evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The president’s son had previously only acknowledged the presence of Russian lawyer,...

Trump’s Impeachment Odds Reach New High

Trump’s Impeachment Odds Reach New High

Jul 15, 2017

The odds that Donald Trump will be impeached during his first term as president reached a new high following the disclosure that his son, Donald Trump Jr., arranged a meeting with a Russian government attorney to discuss what was purported to be information that could be used against election rival Hillary Clinton. The disclosure comes amid…...

American Democracy Is Now Under Siege by Both Cyber-Espionage and GOP Voter Suppression

American Democracy Is Now Under Siege by Both Cyber-Espionage and GOP Voter Suppression

Jul 12, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation  The same Republicans who benefited from Russian hacking in the 2016 election have been suppressing the vote for years. By Ari Berman In September 2010, the District of Columbia unveiled a pilot project to enable overseas residents and people serving in the military to vote over the Internet, and invited users to test...

Finally, Nuclear Weapons Are Outlawed

Finally, Nuclear Weapons Are Outlawed

Jul 12, 2017

Global Geopolitics and Political Economy Net – IDN InDepthNews   By Jayantha Dhanapala* KANDY, Sri Lanka (IDN) – On July 7 2017, seventy two years after the most inhumanely destructive weapon was invented and used on hapless Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a Conference of the majority of member states in the United Nations decided – by a vote of 122 for; one...

Trump Jr knew of Kremlin efforts to aid campaign: NYT

Trump Jr knew of Kremlin efforts to aid campaign: NYT

Jul 11, 2017

The son of US President Donald Trump was told ahead of time that “compromising” information being offered by a Russian lawyer last year was “part of a Russian government effort” to help the Trump 2016 election campaign, The New York Times reported. The new development comes a day after Donald Trump Jr confirmed the he had…...

The Next Phase of Middle East Conflict

The Next Phase of Middle East Conflict

Jul 9, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Shlomo Ben-Ami TEL AVIV – With the battles of Mosul and Raqqa dislodging the Islamic State (ISIS) from its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and the Syrian civil war becoming a war of attrition, the Middle East’s most acute conflicts are evolving fast. But that doesn’t mean they will soon be resolved. ISIS’s self-proclaimed...

Tajikistan: so close, no matter how far

Tajikistan: so close, no matter how far

Jul 7, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy BY BAKHTIYOR SOBIRI From humanitarian aid to desperate refugees, Tajikistan and Europe are more closely connected than you might think. How will international organisations react as Emomali Rahmon’s regime entrenches itself further? My country is a small, mountainous place on the southern fringe of Central Asia,...

China, Russia Commit to “Dual Track” Approach Toward Korean Peninsula Issues

China, Russia Commit to “Dual Track” Approach Toward Korean Peninsula Issues

Jul 7, 2017

Originally Published on The Jamestown Foundation By: Peter Wood On July 4, North Korea launched a multi-stage Hwasong-14 ballistic missile. During the flight test, the missile reached an altitude of 2,300 km and a lateral distance of 900 km (People’s Daily, July 4). Though the test followed a “lobbed” trajectory (higher altitude over a shorter distance than in...

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