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The Subtext of the Stalled Afghan-US Treaty: Will the US Trade Karzai for the Taliban?

2013 is almost over and the US has still not managed to get NATO-garrisoned Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai to sign the Pentagon’s bilateral security agreement. The agreement is vital strategic importance for the US and NATO in respect to having a position amidst the main players in Eurasia. The United States has set December 2014 as its so-called military withdrawal date from NATO-manned Central Asian country. Despite the claims of the US, the Pentagon wants to keep a figure of 20,000 or more military personnel in Afghanistan, retain at least nine bases, and to use Afghan airspace and territory for Pentagon operations in Central Asia and beyond...

Mahdi Darius NAZEMROAYA | 07.12.2013


 

Russia's Middle Eastern Frontier

...Since the beginning of the Arab spring and the aggression against Syria, Qatar has begun to play a key role in America's anti-Russian plans, as it has: a) colossal gas reserves, in which respect this small country has already surpassed Gazprom, b) a huge fleet of 54 special Q-max and Q-flex ships for transporting liquefied gas, and c) the largest gas field in the world, the Northern field, for which the moratorium on development ends in 2014. Most likely, that is when the deciding battle for Syria will take place and the all-out «gas» attack on Russia will begin...

Nikolai MALISHEVSKI | 17.10.2013


 

Chemicals Seep Through the Cracks in Western-led Axis Against Syria

A recurring pattern throughout the Syrian crisis is the coincidence of massacres suspiciously at times when there is a shift in the political backdrop. This is important to bear in mind when assessing reports this week of an alleged chemical weapon massacre near Damascus where some reports put the death toll at over 1,100...Previously, when the United Nations Security Council was convening to vote on tougher international sanctions against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, a massacre or bombing atrocity would occur, as in the notorious case of Houla village in May 2012 when more than 100 civilians were slaughtered…

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 24.08.2013


 

Hamas Goes Back to the Drawing Board

...The Iranian regime keeps up with the practice begun by Imam Khomeini to observe the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as the International Quds Day. It is an occasion to express solidarity with the Palestinians. The influential political figure Alaeddin Broujerdi, chairman of Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy commission, has been quoted as saying, «This year’s Quds Day has a special place due to the ongoing crisis in Muslim countries, especially Syria and Egypt, as well as the futile peace talks». The Hamas’ presence in Tehran on August 2 will provide a clue to assess the realignments following the coup in Egypt.

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 02.08.2013


 

Syria Will not See Peace during Ramadan

There have been shifts in the leadership of Syria’s armed opposition. Following defeats in recent weeks and the broad offensive carried out by government forces, the leaders of the opposition have, by a small majority, elected Saudi Arabia’s protege Ahmad Assi al-Jarba to replace the man from Qatar and become the new leader of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCSROF)... From now on, it will be probably the most undemocratic government in the world that is going to be wholly in charge of Syria’s «democratic» opposition – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...

Dmitry MININ | 12.07.2013


 

Egypt: Takeover Short of Military Coup

What bad luck the Syrian President Bashar Assad’s enemies have had recently! They have lost Al-Qusayr. Qatar and Turkey have to grapple with instability. The strategically important city of Homs is on the verge of falling into the hands of government troops, Egyptian President Morsi is deposed. I wonder what will happen after Aleppo is freed, will the king of Saudi Arabia resign or will someone among Western sponsors of Assad’s enemies lose face once and for all? Doom and gloom appears to be perusing those guilty of unrighteousness and wrongdoing aimed to damage the ancient land of Syria with its historic roots going to the times of the Bible...

Dmitry MININ | 07.07.2013


 

Egypt’s Coup Churns up Regional Politics (II)

It has now come to light that none other than the US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel was in touch with Sissi from Washington... That is to say, the famous ultimatum given by the Egyptian army on Monday to Morsi had actually followed consultations between Hagel and Sissi... In the final analysis, though, Israel is the regional power most affected by the changes in Egypt. The return of the military leadership in Cairo works in Israel’s security interests. The Egyptian state will be looking inward for the foreseeable future, groping for a new identity, which is fraught with all sorts of uncertainties. Put differently, the nascent regional alignment of Egypt-Qatar-Turkey, which Hamas leadership began tapping into lately, has overnight disintegrated and that leaves the militant group vulnerable to Israeli pressure...

Melkulangara BHADRAKUMAR | 05.07.2013


 

The Abdication of the Emir of Qatar Due to the Collapse of Anti-Syrian Forces

Qatar is an extremely important link in America’s chain of strategic interests in the Middle East... At the same time, Qatar and the US are effectively becoming major competitors on the wave of the «shale revolution» and in view of the anticipated expansion of American companies into the global LNG market after 2016. Washington could «suddenly» open its eyes to the fact that «the emir has nothing on at all» when it comes to democracy, a «national protest» having already been organised against his government. Then may Doha not be surprised at the variability of the sympathy shown by the great ones of this Earth and forget the former achievements of the current ruling dynasty in the fight for freedom...

Dmitry MININ | 30.06.2013


 

Gas Exporting Countries to Gather in Moscow for Influential Forum

Members of the influential Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) will gather in Moscow 1-2 July 2013. Long-term contracts and infrastructure projects are reported to be high on the agenda. The GECF is an international club of major natural gas exporters including Russia, Iran, Qatar, Libya and Venezuela. Exporters strive to guarantee the stability of gas supplies, open new markets for this clean energy source and provide a balanced risk sharing mechanism between producers and consumers...

Igor ALEXEEV | 27.06.2013


 

Israel's «Golan Poker»: Tel Aviv and Doha vs. Damascus

Events in the Golan Heights have given the Syrian side cause to say that Qatar and Israel are collaborating with the rebels... А strong terrorist foothold behind which Israel is hiding de facto already exists in the buffer zone. Israel's collaboration with terrorists is becoming clearer and clearer. Besides their activity in the buffer zone, they play the role of special forces which conduct reconnaissance and prepare the way for air strikes... The Israeli air strikes against military sites near the Syrian capital in May were well synchronized with the activities of FSA fighters and Islamist terrorist groups... Russian peacekeepers are undesirable in the «Golan poker» the West is playing together with Israel...

Dmitriy SEDOV | 16.06.2013




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Thank You, Malaysia!

Early on July 22 the two black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 were handed over by Alexander Boroday, Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) to Colonel Mohamed Sakri of Malaysian National Security Council... The world watched on TV how an official of the state that had suffered most as a result of the MH17 tragedy personally thanked for cooperation «Mr. Boroday» and his people who are called «pro-Russian terrorists» by Kiev and the West... This episode is hardly supporting the myth about the «terrorists» who shot down the civilian airliner... On TV, the DPR Prime Minister and the members of his team looked like a group of reasonable people in control of themselves – unlike Ukrainian parliamentarians who literally fight each other in the session hall and can never agree on anything. If the «terrorists» were just doing what Moscow told them to do, then, perhaps, the advice was not so bad. If not, then shall we view the DPR as an independent and responsible actor in international affairs?..

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