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Iran Sends Israel a Message

Following the Iran–Iraq War, in 1989, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani concentrated on a pragmatic pro-business policy of rebuilding and strengthening the economy without making any dramatic break with the ideology of the revolution. In 1997, Rafsanjani was succeeded by moderate reformist Mohammad Khatami. Around this time, Washington began to squeeze Iran’s economy by sanctioning Iran. Russia stepped in and began […]

Iran and the 3 Musketeers

By the 3 Musketeers, we mean Russia, China and Saudi Arabia. The Shanghai 5 & The Grand Chessboard The first Chechen war ended in mid-1995. Russian President Boris Yeltsin was worried that unrest in the Caucasus would spread to other Russian provinces in its south-the so-called “soft underbelly of Russia. He flew to China, met […]

Gaza – Facts on the Ground Part 2(of a 2 Part Article)

The story continues from Part 1. The devastation in Gaza is unprecedented. Below are some photos: Putin’s Message Meeting with leaders of Russia’s religious communities at the Kremlin, Putin addressed the current conflict in the Middle East and warned that “Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and Russophobia” were being used as weapons against a multipolar world. “The West sees how […]

The Empire’s Worst Nightmare – The Russia-Iran-China Triangle Part 1 (of a 2 Part series)

Introduction  In 1904 in a speech before the Royal Geographical Society in London British geographer Sir Halford    Mackinder, a firm advocate of the British Empire, presented what is arguably one of the most influential documents in world foreign policy of the past two hundred years since the Battle of Waterloo. His short speech was titled […]

MBS Pivots East Part

In 1929, a border dispute between Jordan and Saudi Arabia led to clashes, with the British backing Jordan. When Standard Oil heard about this, their agents got in touch with Ibn Saud, reached an understanding, and proceeded to bankroll him with gold coins and rifles. This led to increased American-Saudi contacts. In 1932, the Kingdom […]

From Opec to Nopec – How the Rockefellers Lost Control of their Creation Part 2 (Of a 2 Part Series)

The Russia-Saudi Nexus  The two countries are referred to as the two petroleum superpowers and account for about a quarter of the world’s crude oil production between them. The first country to establish full diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Hejaz and Nejd (the name of the Saudi state until 1932) was the Soviet Union. The relations began in 1926 as a means for Moscow […]

East Meets West – The Fault Lines Fracture

Zone A & Zone B A special thanks to Andrei Martyanov of the Saker Blog, for this super-great explanation – on Zone A and Zone B. Special Report Today it appears that the triumph of our adversaries is total.  I want to post this column saying that I don’t believe for one second that this […]

Re-Balancing the Middle East Part 2 (of a 3 Part Series)

The Arab World, Turkey & Iran The Region’s Flash-points The world is in turmoil. 2020 has already brought major multiple crises, with the Iranian-American clash in Iraq which followed the US assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani, and the COVID-19 health pandemic and economic disaster that followed.  None of this, however, prevented America from imposing even […]

Trump’s Mid-East Strategy: Jockeying for Influence

The election of Donald Trump as the next American president has added a major new element of uncertainty to a Middle Eastern picture that had already achieved its highest state of confusion, violence, and uncertainty in its modern history. The factors that will determine the policies Trump will pursue there are many, and they are all […]

Russia’s Strategic Response

As we have shown in the previous article of this issue –Part 1-, Russian President Putin began to respond to Washington’s Eurasian strategy of surrounding Russia, by developing and deploying counter-measures against Washington. Moscow’s military muscle shows On December 26, as most of the West was distracted in Holiday cheer, the Russian military activated a […]

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