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  • As George Kennan Inspired Truman’s Foreign Policy, Now Stephen Walt Inspires Obama’s

    02/05/2014 12:13:24 PM PST · by mojito · 12 replies
    Tablet ^ | 2/5/2014 | Lee Smith
    ...[Ma]ny observers across the political spectrum argue that there’s no coherent American Middle East policy at all....[C]olumnist Charles Krauthammer argues that Obama is simply presiding over a decline in American influence, while Democratic[s] Sen. Robert Menendez apparently can’t make heads or tails of the White House’s Iran policy. If sanctions got the Iranians to the negotiating table...then why is the White House fighting against a further round of sanctions that would give Washington more leverage? Because it’s part of the Administration’s grand strategy. As Obama explained to David Remnick in a recent New Yorker interview, the goal is to create...
  • Why China’s ‘Rise’ May Have Already Peaked

    08/09/2012 7:59:44 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 8-9-2012 | Minxin Pei
    .... Has China's rise peaked? If one were to pose this question a few years ago, he would probably be laughed out of the room. The conventional wisdom then was that China's rise was certain to continue. But today, this question is very much on everyone's mind. What has changed? .... (snip) it may be reasonable to argue that the Beijing Olympics in 2008 symbolically marked the peaking of Chinese power. Everything began to go downhill afterwards. Caught up in the global economic crisis, the Chinese economy has never fully recovered its momentum. To be sure, Beijing's stimulus package of...
  • Warning: Protests Spread To Saudi Arabia (Video)

    01/30/2011 6:41:28 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    Investment Watch ^ | 1/29/2011 | Investment Watch
    While the biggest threat to the Middle East region is the possibility that the population of Saudi Arabia may try to imitate what has been happening in the area, thereby bringing total chaos to the established regional geopolitical and more importantly, energy, structure, the first protests in the Saudi Arabia city of Jeddah are already in the books. The clip below shows the peaceful demonstrations that have taken place recently, which as Fedupmontrealer explains are “taking place in front of the Municipality in protest of the severe lack of infrastructure, and corruption, that led the city to be inundated this...
  • Iran: Oil Field Is Ours, Not Iraq's

    12/19/2009 10:10:42 PM PST · by Fennie · 45 replies · 2,664+ views
    Ynet News ^ | December 19, 2009
    Tehran denies Iraqi claim to borderline oil field, says troops are 'on Iranian soil, as defined by known international borders'. Iran confirmed Saturday that its forces had taken over East Maysan oil field, located on the Iran-Iraq border. The move caused a 2.4% spike in oil prices. "The Iranian forces are on Iranian soil, as defined by known international borders. This oil field is Iran's" said an Iranian armed forces statement quoted by the Islamic Republic Arab-language television station, al-Alam.
  • Iranian forces take over Iraq oil well

    12/18/2009 8:43:07 AM PST · by null and void · 60 replies · 3,633+ views
    AFP ^ | 12/18/09
    NASIRIYAH, Iraq (AFP) – Iranian forces took control of a southern Iraqi oil well on a disputed section of the border on Friday, US and Iraqi officials told AFP. "There has been no violence related to this incident and we trust this will be resolved through peaceful diplomacy between the governments of Iraq and Iran," a US military spokesman told AFP at Contingency Operating Base Adder, just outside the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. "The oil field is in disputed territory in between Iranian and Iraqi border forts," he said, adding that such incidents occur quite frequently. Well 4 lies...
  • Iraqi general: Iranian troops 'occupy' oil well on Iraqi border

    Al-Amara, Iraq - Iranian troops have claimed an oil well on the border of southern Iraq, a senior Iraqi military officer said Friday. Iranian troops on Thursday "occupied" the "Number 4" oil well in the Eastern Maysan oil field, located in the border district of al- Fakah, Brigadier-General Dhafir Nadhmi said in a statement Friday. Nadhmi said that Iranian forces had taken control of the well, dug a trench around it, deployed armoured vehicles, and raised the Iranian flag over the well.
  • Afghan War a Subset of U.S. Efforts to Secure Central Asian Energy Riches

    12/10/2009 12:36:27 PM PST · by staffjam · 11 replies · 597+ views ^ | 01/10/2009 | John CK Daly
    Operation Enduring Freedom, on Oct. 7 will begin its ninth year. At $4 billion per month, a National Priorities Project has determined that the total cost of military operations in Afghanistan by the end of the year will be almost $200 billion. Thoughtful American taxpayers may ask why the Obama administration has not only embraced the Central Asian ground war that it inherited from Bush, but is seeking to expand not only the U.S. military footprint, but subject its NATO allies to contribute more troops and funding as well. Shorn of post 9/11 patriotic and fervor against the perpetrators of...
  • The alarming spread of fascism in Putin’s Russia - Soviet-style propaganda and a personality cult

    07/24/2007 4:12:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 578+ views ^ | 24 July 2007 | Gavin Knight
    Soviet-style propaganda and a personality cult for Putin are only two of the signs that Russia is edging towards fascism One key concern arising from the recent spat with Russia is this awakening superpower is drifting into the foothills of fascism domestically. The simple defence Russians have offered in recent weeks is that Russians are by nature fiercely patriotic. I knew a Russian who, when the train stopped on the Russian border, picked up handfuls of Russian soil and started to sob. The loss of their empire – the USSR - is keenly felt. Vladimir Putin, for example, described the...
  • Coming geopolitical quakes

    12/16/2004 12:11:31 AM PST · by Galena Nevada · 25 replies · 918+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/15/2004 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    One all-too-realistic geopolitical nightmare was a weapon of mass destruction terrorist attack on the U.S. West Coast. A nuclear device detonates in a container ship about to enter Long Beach, Calif. News had just broken about pollution of the U.S. food supply, most analysts assumed by transnational terrorism. The U.S. can prevail conventionally anywhere but seems helpless in coping with asymmetrical warfare. In quick succession: • The dollar ceases to be the world's reserve currency. • The shaky coalition governing Iraq collapses and civil war breaks out between Sunnis and Shi'ites. • Fear of the unknown produces a new consensus...
  • Iran: The Invisible Revolution

    10/05/2004 8:27:41 AM PDT · by forty_years · 399+ views ^ | October 5, 2004
    Watching ABC, CBS, or NBC news, you would never know that Iranian civilians are now being killed while protesting against their country’s Islamist dictators. You probably wouldn’t know that Iran is considered to be the “world's ‘most active state sponsor of terrorism.’” You most surely haven’t heard that between 10,000 and 15,000 Iranians risk life and liberty to run web logs (“blogs”) opposing their government. Maybe you’ve heard that Iran’s rulers are secretly building nuclear weapons, but did you know that Britain, France, Germany, and Russia have sold nuclear technologies to Iran? Have you heard that Iran now has ballistic...