Opération turque contre les Kurdes : Vladimir Poutine redoute un éparpillement des djihadistes

Daesh va-t-il faire un retour en force en Syrie ? C’est ce qu’a dit redouter Vladimir Poutine le 11 octobre lors d’un sommet de pays d’ex-URSS à Achkhabad, au Turkménistan, dans des propos retranscrits par la télévision russe. Depuis le 9 octobre, Ankara mène en effet une offensive à la frontière syrienne contre les forces kurdes, qui détiennent des djihadistes … Continue reading “Opération turque contre les Kurdes : Vladimir Poutine redoute un éparpillement des djihadistes”

Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?

by Sam Bhutia Cynics often ask if China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has increased trade between China and its neighbors, or if it threatens to trap participants in debt. There are myriad reasons why countries sign on to the BRI. Some seek to plug gaps in domestic infrastructure, some to improve global trade … Continue reading “Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?”

Sergueï Lavrov inquiet face à la montée du terrorisme dans le nord de l’Afghanistan

Lors d’une séance au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU le 25 septembre, le ministre russe  des Affaires étrangères, Sergueï Lavrov, s’est inquiété de la menace terroriste dans le nord de l’Afghanistan. «Certains doubles jeux mis en place par certains Etats [ont accru] la difficulté de répondre aux menaces du monde moderne, telles que le terrorisme. […] … Continue reading “Sergueï Lavrov inquiet face à la montée du terrorisme dans le nord de l’Afghanistan”

Normalizing Domestic Oppression

by Alessandro Regio This year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Turkmenistan, was a reaffirmation that the organization has come a long way from its relatively humble beginnings in the mid-1990’s. Iran came closer to joining the bloc, while Russia and China continued to kindle their closer ties. However, the summit’s declaration included a more … Continue reading “Normalizing Domestic Oppression”

The View from Syria’s Peace Talks

by W. Alex Sanchez Eight years since its inception in 2011, the Syrian civil war rages on, a conflict that has taken on grand geopolitical dimensions and resulted in tens of thousands killed and a massive exodus of refugees. While other tensions and conflicts around the world have since grabbed the attention of major media … Continue reading “The View from Syria’s Peace Talks”

Report Claims China Plans to Invest $400bn in Sanctioned Iran Over the Next 25 Years — It Probably Ain’t True

Editor’s note: Considering that Chinese Iranian oil imports took a nosedive since waiver end and are now at a puny 200,000-250,000 barrels a day (about 10 percent of what Iran could produce with minimal investments) I doubt China will be front-loading $280 billion (!) to develop an oil sector they are afraid to buy from, … Continue reading “Report Claims China Plans to Invest $400bn in Sanctioned Iran Over the Next 25 Years — It Probably Ain’t True”

Joe Biden Is Proud of His Record on Iraq, But His Plan to Segregate It Would Have Unleashed Chaos

Asked this week to respond to criticism of his judgement on Iraq, like his senate vote to authorize the use of force in 2002, and his much-derided later proposal to divide the country in three along sectarian lines, Joe Biden laughed and assured Asma Khalid of NPR that “the vast majority of the foreign policy … Continue reading “Joe Biden Is Proud of His Record on Iraq, But His Plan to Segregate It Would Have Unleashed Chaos”

Iran’s Disappearing Forests Pose Environmental Challenge

by Austin Bodetti While Western think tanks have drawn attention to droughts and floods in Iran, the news media has ignored another critical environmental issue there: deforestation. Between 1900 and 2012, Iran’s forest acreage decreased from 19 million acres to 14.4 million, shrinking to 10.7 million by 2015. That year, Esmail Kahrom, an advisor to … Continue reading “Iran’s Disappearing Forests Pose Environmental Challenge”

Les steppes d’Asie centrale observent en silence l’ascension des talibans

Par M. K. Bhadrakumar – Le 15 août 2019 – Source Indiapunchline.com Autoroute du Pamir entre Osh et Khorog près de la frontière Tadjikistan-AfghanistanPar rapport aux événements d’il y a deux décennies, lorsque les talibans afghans sont apparus dans la région de l’Amou-Daria dans le nord de l’Afghanistan et que les États d’Asie centrale ainsi … Continue reading “Les steppes d’Asie centrale observent en silence l’ascension des talibans”

Rouhani Should Be Allowed to Talk with Trump

by Shireen T. Hunter When Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif showed up at the G7 summit earlier this month and talked with French President Emmanuel Macron, it raised hopes that Macron’s efforts to mediate between Iran and the United States might finally bear fruit. Zarif said that Iran and France were in agreement on some … Continue reading “Rouhani Should Be Allowed to Talk with Trump”

Black Sea-Caspian Sea Connectivity Is the Future of Eurasian Integration

This week’s first-ever Caspian Economic Forum in Turkmenistan resulted in the unveiling of an exciting new vision of Eurasian integration through Russian Prime Minister Medvedev’s proposal to prioritize Black Sea-Caspian Sea connectivity. *** Most of the international media didn’t report … The post Black Sea-Caspian Sea Connectivity Is the Future of Eurasian Integration appeared first … Continue reading “Black Sea-Caspian Sea Connectivity Is the Future of Eurasian Integration”

Amid Iran Crisis, U.S. Offers Big Military Aid Boost to Azerbaijan

by Joshua Kucera As the U.S. has ratcheted up diplomatic and military pressure on Iran, it has been quietly offering neighboring Azerbaijan more than $100 million in military aid. The money appears aimed at countering threats from Tehran. The U.S. Defense Department allotted $58.6 million in fiscal year 2018 and $42.9 million the following year to … Continue reading “Amid Iran Crisis, U.S. Offers Big Military Aid Boost to Azerbaijan”

Cash-Strapped Turkey Received $1 Billion From Currency Swap With China

After that Ankara switched the tune on Xinjang from the American to the Chinese sheet Editor’s note: China swapping $1bn in currency for the first time under a 2012 deal with Ankara whose currency is falling is not good business and wasn’t done for business, but for geopolitical reasons. Certainly China will expect, or has … Continue reading “Cash-Strapped Turkey Received $1 Billion From Currency Swap With China”

Intimacies From an Awful War

Sama and the medical staff. If you think you’ve seen enough of conflict, especially the war in Syria, you haven’t. From love of nation and loathing of military rule, from inchoate hope of redemption and improbable determination, indebted to lost friends and seeded in the birth of your child, comes an intimate demonstration of how … Continue reading “Intimacies From an Awful War”

Ethiopia, Uganda join Egmont Financial Intelligence Group

London, July 31, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) of two COMESA Member States, Ethiopia and Uganda were among those recently admitted to the Egmont Group, a global financial network that formulates policies and responses to financial crimes such as money laundering and terrorist financing. Their admission alongside the Dominican Republic, Palestine, Papua New Guinea and … Continue reading “Ethiopia, Uganda join Egmont Financial Intelligence Group”

What Iran Could Do to Support the Europeans

by Heinz Gärtner The EU-3 (France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) and three other UN-Security Council members (U.S., China, and Russia) negotiated an agreement with Iran in July 2015 in Vienna that limited Iran’s nuclear program, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This agreement, widely hailed by arms control experts, is based … Continue reading “What Iran Could Do to Support the Europeans”

North Korean Officials MSM Reported Disappeared in Purge Rise From the Dead

Warned you An article in one of South Korea’s largest dailies, the ultra-conservative Chosun Ilbo, made further headlines worldwide on Friday. The report claimed that North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had his special envoy to the US, Kim Hyok Chol, executed at the airport when he returned from the failed US summit in Hanoi … Continue reading “North Korean Officials MSM Reported Disappeared in Purge Rise From the Dead”

Can Iran’s Outreach to the Persian Gulf Arab States Succeed?

by Shireen T. Hunter Over the past several weeks, as tensions have escalated with the United States, Iran’s diplomacy has gone into high gear, especially at the regional level. In the last month or so, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has visited India, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq, and Japan. Meanwhile, his deputy Abbas Araghchi has visited … Continue reading “Can Iran’s Outreach to the Persian Gulf Arab States Succeed?”

Magnier: Syria Idlib Offensive Just a Limited Operation to Enhance Security of Russia’s Khmeimim Airbase

The outcome of the Astana 12 meeting in Nour Sultan in Kazakhstan was generally described as positive by the leading countries concerned. However, little was achieved towards the return of the northern Syrian city of Idlib to the control of the central government in Damascus. The constitutional committee (the various parties in Astana) widely discussed … Continue reading “Magnier: Syria Idlib Offensive Just a Limited Operation to Enhance Security of Russia’s Khmeimim Airbase”

Tehran’s Policies Risk Iran’s Territorial Integrity

by Shireen T. Hunter In his conversations with American journalists during his recent visit to New York, as reported in The New Yorker, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that some of Iran’s regional rivals, especially Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, want its disintegration. He could have added a few others to … Continue reading “Tehran’s Policies Risk Iran’s Territorial Integrity”