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Secret revealed: UN convoy in Syria was attacked by the US

As we have already said many times, the main aspect of this political season is not elections, but war. But if elections do have importance …

I Was RFK’s Speechwriter. Now I’m Voting for Trump. Here’s Why.

The Democratic Party has become something both JFK and RFK would deplore—the party of war.<p>I was a Democrat all my life. I came to Washington to serve President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy. When the president was murdered and his brother struck off on his own, I joined his …

Political Science

Full transcript of AP interview with Syrian President Assad

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Associated Press sat down with Syrian President Bashar Assad at a palace in downtown Damascus. Here's a full transcript of the interview:<p>Q: I will start by talking about the cease-fire in Syria. Russia, the U.S., and several countries say a cease-fire could be revived …

'US attacked Syria airbase on purpose'

<b>A senior adviser to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has accused US-led coalition forces of carrying out "intentional" airstrikes against a Syrian</b> …

Leaked: Source Reveals Coordination between US, ISIS in Attacking Syrian Army | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>The ISIS launched attacks on the Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor only 7 minutes after the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on Saturday, a military</i> …

Why were US special forces run out of al-Rai - and why does it matter?

Footage that went viral on social media on Friday showed US special forces being kicked out by Turkish-backed rebels in al-Rai, a town in northern …

‘US is defending ISIS’: Russia convenes UNSC meeting after US coalition strike on Syrian army

Moscow has called an urgent UN Security Council meeting after US-led coalition hit Syrian forces, killing 62 soldiers and wounding 100 more. The …

The West needs to stop panicking about Russia's "hybrid" warfare

There is currently a great deal of alarmist concern, triggered by a recent RAND report, about Russia’s supposed ability to conquer the Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, three former Soviet republics that are now part of NATO — and thus drive a wedge into NATO without the West being …

Slouching Toward War With Russia

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new American-Russian Cold War. (Previous …

SOUTH CHINA SEA WATCH: US angers China as UN ruling looms

A look at some recent key developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters rich in fish and potential gas and oil reserves:<p>EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest key developments …

IDF general triggers outrage comparing Israel to Europe 'processes' of 90 years ago

In an unusual speech during a ceremony commemorating the Holocaust, Israel's deputy army chief compared processes happening today in Israeli society …

From drones to AKs, high technology to low politics.

The world’s largest automobile market is China, which also has one of fastest-growing auto industries. Likewise, higher-quality Chinese pickup...<p>On …

Carter warns Russia . . . sort of

<b>Secretary of Defense Ash "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Carter is welcoming in Gen. Curtis Sacparrotti, the new U.S. military boss for Europe. This was the</b> …

India following tricky two-sided China policy to maximise gains: Chinese media

<b>Beijing:</b> Accusing India of following a "tricky two-sided" China policy to "maximise gains at minimum costs", an article in the state media in Beijing …

China

Ransomware Hackers Blackmail U.S. Police Departments

Cyber criminals who have forced U.S. hospitals, schools and cities to pay hundreds of millions in blackmail or see their computer files destroyed are now targeting the unlikeliest group of victims — local police departments.<p>Eastern European hackers are hitting law enforcement agencies nationwide …

Cybersecurity

Intelligence Director Clapper: Snowden Advanced Encryption Technology 'Seven Years'

Edward Snowden advanced encryption technologies by “about seven years,” National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Monday during a talk hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.<p>Commercially available software has become so sophisticated so quickly, Clapper added, that it is a “major …

Cybersecurity

Syrian opposition stays away from Geneva peace talks

A bad day for the UN’s man in Geneva, Staffan de Mistura, who faced empty chairs when he sat down with the main Syrian opposition, who decided to suspend their participation in peace talks. Delegates will remain in the city for informal discussions, but they have already stated they think the UN’s …

Assad’s party sweeps Syrian elections, shocking no one

Syria’s ruling Baath party and its allies won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections last week across government-held parts of the country, …

Middle East

Syria opposition negotiator urges attacks on Assad forces despite truce

The Syrian opposition's chief negotiator on Sunday called for renewed attacks on Syrian government forces, despite the shaky truce deal between …

e-Estonia: How this EU country runs its government like a startup

Tucked into a tiny corner of northeastern Europe, Estonia is emerging as an unlikely model for governments around the world on how to use the Internet to reimagine what it means to be a country in the digital age.<p>It’s a surprise because Estonia only has a population of 1.3 million people, and it …

Europe

If World War III Erupted in Asia

Nearly every analyst during the Cold War agreed that, if Moscow and Washington could keep the nukes from flying, the Central Front in Europe would …

Geopolitics

U.S. To Send Fighter Jets To Philippines, Tensions In South China Sea Mount

Events in the turbulent South China Sea are developing so quickly that it’s becoming easy to miss them , even for those of us based in the region. However, in that realization is a hidden danger, many Americans are getting used to news about the troubled water-way and fail to see just how dangerous …

China

Russian S-500 Prometheus ballistic missile defense to be deployed in 2016

Russia's newest S-500 Prometheus mobile air and space defense complex is expected to enter service this year. The Defense Ministry is allegedly …

6 Horrifying Examples Of Wartime BS-Bullying Propaganda

War's a nasty business. And not just because of the things we do to the enemy, with our tanks and our bombs and our bombs and our guns -- sorry, we …

Why Pentagon Priorities Will Soon Change No Matter Who Becomes President

Military planners and defense investors have begun focusing on the fact that President Obama is in his final year as the nation’s commander in chief. Next year, a new president will start putting his or her imprint on the U.S. defense posture. However, new leaders seldom have an immediate impact on …

War

If Putin’s not in it, he’s behind it: Western media’s new spin on Panama Papers

The story of the leaked Panama Papers and President Vladimir Putin has taken a new twist. The Western media is now suggesting that Putin has …