Benjamin Neel Madalon

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China Is Building Its Way to an Empire

Don't look now, but Russia isn't the only threat to U.S. dominance.<p>The American obsession with President Donald Trump and the investigation into untoward Russian influence is distracting us from China’s bid to displace the U.S. when it comes to global leadership. The latest major step is the “Belt …

Russia steps up North Korea support to constrain US

In spite of international sanctions on North Korea's communist regime, Russia has been increasing fuel exports to Pyongyang and filling in the supply …

North Korea

The Chinese Are Just Like Us: They Want Things

Regularly forgotten amid all the false compassion for the individuals supposedly “left behind” by free trade is why individuals work in the first …

NAFTA's biggest loser: the US, after Canada and Mexico get rich trading marijuana

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, prides himself on his business acumen. But his protectionism may get America a truly bad deal when …

Don't believe China's lies

Chinese President Xi Jinping has a message for you: He is the grown-up in the room, and he only means well.<p>Don't believe a word of it.<p>Over the …

Russia military acknowledges new branch: info warfare troops

MOSCOW (AP) — Along with a steady flow of new missiles, planes and tanks, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday his nation also has built up its …

Trump's new sanctions targeted Iran. So why is China angry about them?

China is in the crosshairs of some of the US’s new penalties.<p>On Friday, the Trump administration announced an expansion of sanctions against Iran, its first action after a previous warning that it was putting Tehran “on notice” after the country tested a medium-range ballistic missile the weekend …

Sanctions

Donald Trump and China on dangerous collision course, say experts

Report says ties between the two nuclear-armed countries could deteriorate into an economic or military confrontation<p>A highly combustible cocktail of Donald Trump’s volatility and Xi Jinping’s increasingly aggressive and autocratic rule threatens to plunge already precarious US-China relations into …

US forces in Poland: Here to stay

After 20 years, words are put into action: American soldiers are coming to Poland for the long term, while German and British troops head to the …

Russia

Trump risks 'war' with Beijing if US blocks access to South China Sea, state media warns

Threats by Rex Tillerson, would-be secretary of state, to stop access to islands are ‘mish-mash of naivety and shortsightedness’, says China Daily<p>The US risks a “large-scale war” with China if it attempts to blockade islands in the South China Sea, Chinese state media has said, adding that if …

The Philippines says it's finalizing a deal to tighten military ties with Russia

Two Russian warships made port calls in Manila last week with President Rodrigo Duterte touring an anti-submarine vessel, saying he hoped Moscow would become his country's ally and protector.<p>Duterte has thrown the future of Philippine-U.S. relations into question with angry outbursts against the …

Putin’s Real Long Game

The world order we know is already over, and Russia is moving fast to grab the advantage. Can Trump figure out the new war in time to win it?<p>A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter. He was …

Political Science

Syrian forces enter 'final stage' of Aleppo conquest

With rebels holding onto less than one percent of eastern Aleppo, the Syrian army said it is close to declaring victory. Amid allegations of war …

Middle East

Iraq prepares for new fight against post-Mosul IS

With the Islamic State group's "caliphate" seemingly nearing its downfall in Iraq, the country's security agencies are preparing for a different fight against the militants, shifting away from ground offensives to a focus on intelligence work, surgical airstrikes and a higher level of cooperation …

Barack Obama risks Turkey backlash after lifting military aid restrictions in Syria

US President Barack Obama has waived prohibitions in the US Arms Export Control Act, which will allow the country to arm groups that are currently …

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Diplomacy

Syria’s Civil War Is Over—Russia Won

It’s time to accept the painful reality of Syria’s fratricide<p>It’s not every day an American presidential candidate flatly says his opponent will …

Russia has been building power throughout the Middle East — and challenging America’s superpower status

Apart from its close ties to the Syrian regime, which date back to the 1970s, Moscow has had no substantial role in the Middle East since 1972, when President Anwar Sadat kicked Soviet advisors out of Egypt.<p>Why return now? At a general level, it's clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants …

How 8 European nations are preparing for a potential war with Russia

But many European countries have reduced their spending in the decades since World War II, so preparing for a potential war with their aggressive and highly militarized neighbor is not as simple as giving their soldiers MREs, bullets, and marching orders.<p>And while the US helps guarantee the …

Pro-Russian candidates win presidential votes in Bulgaria and Moldova

Voters in Bulgaria and Moldova elected pro-Russian populist presidents on the weekend, adding to mounting concern about Western unity following Donald Trump’s victory in the US election last week.<p>Rumen Radev, a former air force general who openly opposes EU sanctions against Russia, swept to …

Russia and Iran in talks over $10 billion arms deal: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Iran are in talks over an arms deal worth around $10 billion that would see Moscow deliver T-90 tanks, artillery systems, planes and helicopters to Tehran, a senior Russian senator said on Monday, the RIA news agency reported.<p>Russian servicemen drive T-90 tanks during …

Russia

Iran’s proxy missile attacks

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>The recent missile attacks attributed to Yemeni Houthi rebels, with assistance from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and …

Afghanistan is the dirty little secret of the US presidential campaign

Fight against Taliban is now America’s longest war but has been all but ignored by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump<p>With all eyes focused on Mosul, Aleppo and Russia’s military buildup in the Middle East, the sharply deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan has been all but ignored by Hillary …

Election blindness: It’s the end of the world economy as we know it — and we feel fine

<b>Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)</b><p>Our myopic focus on Trump and Clinton has blinded us to a looming debt crisis and a global economy on the precipice<p>Bob …

Economics

The rules have to change again – we must tame globalization

<i>Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, is University Professor at Columbia University and chief economist at the Roosevelt Institute. His most recent book is</i> Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy<i>.</i><p>Fifteen years ago, I wrote a little book titled <i>Globalization and its Discontents,</i> …

Pentagon will send hundreds more troops to Iraq following seizure of key airfield

BAGHDAD — Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Monday that the Pentagon will deploy an additional 560 U.S. troops to Iraq, widening the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State after Iraqi security forces seized a key airfield over the weekend.<p>Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, the top U.S. …

Military

Islamic State reportedly preparing for end of its so-called caliphate

Islamic State terror leaders are reportedly preparing for the fall of its so-called caliphate after the U.S.-led coalition and Russian-backed forces made significant gains in recent months in Iraq and Syria.<p>The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the terror group’s leaders in Syria are bracing …

Unable to stop Syria's war, US offers Russia new partnership

MOSCOW (AP) — The United States on Thursday offered Russia a broad new military partnership in Syria, hoping the attraction of a unified campaign …

Iranian Commander Warns: ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Missiles Spread Across Islamic World Ready to Strike Israel at Moments Notice

IRGC Commander Hossein Salami. Photo: Mohammad Reza Jofar/ Wikimedia Commons.<p>Tens of thousands of missiles located across the Middle East are ready …