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Sochi Summit: Is the Syrian crisis nearing resolution?

Shehab Al-Makahleh  What has been the outcome of the summit between the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran in the Russian city of Sochi? What is the significance of the timing of President Putin’s meeting with Bashar Al-Assad in Sochi on November 21? Has the path towards a …

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The End of ‘Assad Must Go’, Putin Welcomes Syrian President in Sochi

Putin/Assad Meeting Cements the End of U.S. Dominance in the Middle East Tom Luongo I’m not a terribly religious man.  But, I’d like to believe there is a special corner in Hell reserved for those that fomented the Syrian Civil War. From its beginnings in Libya with gun-funneling through …

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Isn’t it time for Turkey to withdraw from the military wing of NATO?

Irked by increasing diplomatic clashes with the West, Ankara is warming to a new alliance with Moscow. How ready is the West for the geostrategic and geoeconomic costs of losing Turkey? Metin Gurcan The United States and Europe are on the verge of losing the Turkish public to Russia. Since November …

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Russia’s Arms Sales to Middle East Countries Spike to Record-High Levels

Andrei Akulov Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, ended on Nov.16, having drawn over 79,000 trade visitors, up around 20% over the last version of the event in 2015. The total order tally is $113.8 billion in orders. It …

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Syria: Between the American anvil and the Russian hammer

Shehab Al-Makahleh It looks like that the international community has taken the final decision to put to an end the seven-year war in Syria with intensive conferences in the pipeline in November and December to reach a political settlement that secure the return of refugees to their homeland. …

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Expect further chill in US-Turkish relations

Commentary | Editor Experts say that US-Turkish relations are at their lowest since the 1974, when Congress imposed an arms embargo after Turkey invaded Cyprus, according to a recent CNBC article. Since botched coup last July relations between the US and Turkey have been in a downward spiral. …

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A Telling Comparison: Israel versus North Korea

by Kim Petersen  Missing from corporate media accounts is what causes the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK aka North Korea) to be singled out for opprobrium for what, essentially, is developing a deterrent against any entity that would attack it. A comparison with how the United Nations …

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Saudi anti-corruption drive, a decisive storm to restore hope

Shehab Al-Makahleh Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, with an ambitious program, has started an “internal operation decisive storm” against corruption and extremism with an “operation to restore hope” among Saudi young people who pin high hopes on his as a young king to lead the country. Mohammad bin …

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Salman’s visit to Moscow and the Palace coup in Saudi Arabia

As things are getting hotter by the hour in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Russian writer Eduard Limonov in his article for Regnum links King Salman’s visit to Moscow, purchase of S-400 air defense system from Russia and the preplanned coup that we’re witnessing in Riyadh since last Saturday. …

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