Foe of a foe – the shared interests that make UAE a ‘friend’ of Israel

Common ground rests on a ‘peace plan’ aided by splintered Arab solidarity over Palestine. Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, centre, at a press briefing on the Israel-UAE agreement on 13 August. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The peace deal that few saw coming had been gathering steam in plain sight. Even before the election of Donald Trump, Israel and the UAE had been inching closer, drawn together by three factors – enmity with Iran, a loathing of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a mutual belief that the agreed formula for peace with Palestinians was no longer working. More than anything else, combating Iran became the conduit for the two sides. The adage of a foe of a foe becoming a friend [...]

August 14th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

As the US moves out of Afghanistan, Iran cements ties with the Taliban and officials

Gone are the days that the Islamic Republic of Iran played Afghanistan war games in the shadows. As the United States draws down its troops from the conflict-beleaguered Afghanistan, cracks are emerging that neighboring Iran is entrenching itself into – shoring up ties with formal government officials and ethnic minorities, as well as the Taliban and disgruntled new Taliban offshoots. Tufail Ahmad, a senior fellow for the Middle East Media Research Insitute (MEMRI) Islamism and Counter-Radicalization, told Fox News this week that Iran has been emboldened to create "cultural, political and strategic influence" inside its neighbor. "[Iran] has engaged in targeted assassinations of Afghan officials. Iran sheltered Al Qaeda terrorists. Also, Iran's relations with the Taliban are long standing and deep," Ahmad continued. [...]

August 12th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Why Putin wants to be first to the vaccine

CNo, Russia is not having a Sputnik moment. The announcement yesterday by President Vladimir Putin that his country was the first to approve a coronavirus vaccine did not provoke the awe and wonder of the Soviet Union's launch of the first satellite into orbit in 1957. Instead it was met by doubts about the science and safety. But it also underscored how, like the space race, the competition to have the first vaccine is about international rivalries as well as science. The first nation to develop a way to defeat the novel coronavirus will achieve a kind of moonshot victory and the global status that goes along with it. That's valuable to Putin, whose popularity at home has declined amid a [...]

August 12th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

July Iran Protests Report: 237 protests in 85 cities

According to collected reports by sources affiliated with the Iranian Resistance in the month of July, Iranians held 237 recorded protests in 85 cities and 26 provinces, with an average of eight protests a day.  Some protests were organized, while some were held for consecutive days, such as the Haft Tappeh workers protests, which continued for more than a month. There was an increase in the number of involved cities and provinces in protests compared to June. Last month, there were 72 cities and 24 provinces involved in protests compared to this month’s 85 cities and 26 provinces. Workers Workers staged 122 protests in 54 cities in July. The gatherings were in protest to delayed paychecks, lack of insurance and benefits, [...]

August 11th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Covid 19 coronavirus: Will Sweden get the last laugh?

Ian Birrell travelled to Stockholm to investigate how Sweden's response to Covid-19 is panning out. As she sat dangling her legs over the water while waiting for the ferry back to Stockholm, Carolinne Liden looked a picture of contentment after a day out on a sunny Swedish island. But the pandemic has been tough for this young mother. She works in film production, so all her contracts were cancelled and she had to take a job in an equine shop to make ends meet. Customers sit at a cafe in Stockholm, Sweden. The country was unable to escape its worst economic contraction despite adopting one of Europes softest responses. Photo / Getty Images Her partner Tobias Moe, a freelance photographer, also [...]

August 10th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Italian Explosives Expert: The Beirut Blast’s Massive Red Cloud is Indicative of Lithium Metal Which is a Propellant in Military Missiles — IT WAS AN EXPLOSIVES STORAGE FACILITY

Massive protests took place in Beirut, Lebanon Saturday following the mega-blast earlier in the week that tore through Lebanon’s capital with the force of an earthquake. More than 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured after a warehouse exploded near the port in Beirut. On Saturday tens of thousands took to the streets in Beirut denouncing Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorists and their leader Hassan Nasrallah. And now an Italian explosives expert is speaking out about the massive blast that he says was likely a military missile warehouse. Italian Danilo Coppe spoke with Heshmat Alavi about the nature of the Beirut blast. Coppe believes the red plume is a sign of lithium metal used as a propellant in military missiles. And, of course, [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

China and Russia ditch dollar in move toward ‘financial alliance’

Greenback's share of neighbors' trade falls below 50% for first time China and Russia have roughly halved their use of the dollar in trade settlements over the past five years. (Source photo by AP)   MOSCOW -- Russia and China are partnering to reduce their dependence on the dollar -- a development some experts say could lead to a "financial alliance" between them. In the first quarter of 2020, the dollar's share of trade between Russia and China fell below 50% for the first time on record, according to recent data from Russia's Central Bank and Federal Customs Service. The greenback was used for only 46% of settlements between the two countries. At the same time, the euro made up an [...]

August 9th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Trump Has Alienated Allies—but Has Them Acting in America’s Interest (and Their Own)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. FRIEDEMANN VOGEL - POOL/GETTY IMAGES Henry Kissinger is supposed to have written that “America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests.” He didn’t; it was actually Dinesh D’Souza channeling his inner Kissinger. But even that inner Kissinger turns out to have been Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, who really did sayabout England: “We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.” As a statement of foreign-policy realism, that seems conclusive. At least until you hear what Palmerston thought those interests were. Scroll [...]

August 8th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Activists are furious people are driving through their protests held on streets where cars go

Black Lives Matter activists around the country are livid after it has become apparent that people are driving through their protests held on public streets where cars go. “I can’t believe that people would stoop so low as to drive on our perfectly normal protest on a public road where cars go. It’s really a hate crime worse than any we’ve faced,” BLM volunteer Dante Johnson said. Hundreds of protests have taken place in several US cities since the police killing of George Floyd—none with permits and all on streets where cars go. “And these white supremacists just come here and drive all up in our protest as if this is some kind of KKK parade,” Johnson said. “It ain’t.” New [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

JCPOA fifth anniversary, celebration, or tragedy for the Mullahs?

  July 15, 2020, marks the fifth anniversary of the Iranian regime’s nuclear deal with 5+1 countries, a deal woven through with appeasement policy, leading to nothing but instability in the region and the spread of terrorism. During the first three years, from 2015 to 2018, the Iranian regime’s proxy groups continued to be developed unchecked, in the regime’s hands turning into an apparatus for the killing of Iraqis, Yemenis and the people of Lebanon. The deal also enabled the regime to support Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship in Syria, giving it an open hand in chemically bombing its own people.  The Assad regime’s war against the Syrian people with the help of Qasim Soleimani, the late chief of the Qods force, led [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

The Three Perils Threatening the United States

People are looking for crisis leadership that comprehends the dangers, is prepared to deal with them, and most importantly realizes that America is worth defending. The Republic is in grave danger. There, I said it. Does anyone really doubt it? America is stumbling and the vultures are circling. What is the nature of these perils that afflict us? America sits atop a global system created at the outset of the 20th century. That century saw the United States elevated to the status of global imperial power, having been victorious in two world wars and the beneficiary of an international monetary system that, post World War II, provided for a vast global, if not regional, peace. Sure, there was a Cold War [...]

August 7th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Thousands of Iranian workers strike across Iran

by Shahrokh Tavakoli Thousands of Iranian workers, including workers in the lucrative oil and gas sector, have taken strike action to demand higher or unpaid wages. Iran’s impoverished workers, who were already struggling to make ends meet as the country’s most vulnerable class, were met with increased pressure during the coronavirus outbreak. Many workers have become unemployed or are forced to work in dangerous conditions while receiving very low wages or no wages at all. Iran’s Oil and gas workers Thousands of Iranian workers took strike action in Iran’s petrochemical and economic regions as well as refineries in Iran’s oil-rich southern regions on Saturday. Oil and gas workers in Abadan, Ahvaz, Qeshm, Mahshahr, Lamerd, Dasht-e Azadegan and Kangan in southwestern [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|Comments Off on Thousands of Iranian workers strike across Iran

MUST READ: Ukraine Burisma Story is Massive – Involves BILLIONS of IMF and US Funds Looted and Lost by Bank Connected to Burisma Holdings!

The Biden (and now Kerry) scandal in the Ukraine is much more than about the money paid to Hunter Biden for being a Board member at the largest gas producer in the Ukraine, Burisma Holdings.  The real scandal involves billions in funds from the IMF and US in aid that has gone missing. Burisma (Ukraine’s largest oil and gas provider) has been the subject of many recent news articles because of its scandalous close-knit ties with President Obama’s Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Kerry.  (Yes, Kerry is involved here too. A controlling shareholder of Burisma is believed to be held by an entity called Privat Group: The Privat Group, or PrivatBank Group (Ukrainian: Група “Приват”, Grupa “Privat”) is a global business group, [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Hydroxychloroquine Scandal Spurs Hundreds of Thousands to Protest in Europe, While Americans Mostly Just Comply

Berlin, Germany, August 2, 2020. Source.   Berlin, Germany, used to be the most famous city in the world representing tyrannical rule, as for decades after World War II the city was divided between “west” and “east” with a wall and guards preventing people from going from one side of the city to the other. During this “Cold War” period between Russia and the U.S., Americans were taught that the “west” side of Berlin stood for “freedom,” while the “east” side represented tyrannical communist rule. This past weekend, (first weekend of August 2020), citizens of what was once Nazi Germany led the world by turning out in the tens of thousands to protest against the tyranny of the COVID response by [...]

August 6th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Economy is entirely at will of coronavirus’ ‘bad behavior’: John Bussey

The performance of the U.S. economy is currently a function of the coronavirus pandemic's "very bad" behavior and how America is managing it, Wall Street Journal Associate Editor John Bussey told the “Fox News Rundown" podcast. Bussey said the country as a whole is seeing a lack of plans to address the pandemic’s uncertainty, leaving it up to the states to act individually. “It's led us to rather substantial and worrisome outbreaks in one set of states after another, inability for planners to say, ‘we're going to go back to school, we're not going to go back to school... It's safe to go back to work or it's not,’” he said. “And all of that's being defined by the failure of the [...]

August 4th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Poll: Trump Takes Lead over Biden

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty A new poll released this weekend shows President Donald Trump, the incumbent GOP president, has taken a national and battleground states lead over his Democrat challenger presumptive nominee former Vice President Joe Biden. The survey, from the Democracy Institute commissioned by the Sunday Express newspaper, shows Trump leading Biden 48 percent to 46 percent. What’s more, Trump has opened up a bigger lead according to this poll in the crucial battleground states, meaning the president by this pollster’s estimates currently is projected to win 309 electoral votes—more than he did in 2016. Overall, this poll has Trump nationally at 48 percent to Biden’s 46 percent with six percent undecided. Among white voters, Trump leads 53 percent to 46 percent. [...]

August 2nd, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

When It Comes to China, Americans Think Like Trump

Recent data suggests that most voters share the White House’s hawkish approach to China.   U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave a business leaders' event in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. NICHOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Large majorities of the U.S. public, both Democrats and Republicans, align with the Trump administration’s dismal view of China, giving the embattled president a potential appealing drum to bang in an increasingly uphill reelection campaign, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. According to the survey, 73 percent of Americans hold an unfavorable view of China, up from 47 percent just two years ago. The main complaints echo President Donald Trump’s: the nature of the two countries’ economic relationship and [...]

August 1st, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

China and Iran are about to Become Allies—Here’s What We Should Do about It

The United States should undertake a global strategic review, with all of its allies and partners in the democratic world as well as those that play by the rules, to develop a more effective collective strategy for dealing with China in the post-coronavirus era. “Two ancient Asian cultures, two partners in the sectors of trade, economy, politics, culture and security with a similar outlook and many mutual bilateral and multilateral interests will consider one another strategic partners.” So begins a new secret bilateral agreement reportedly in its final stages between Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping’s China and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Iran. On the assumption that this agreement is implemented, it should cause U.S., European, and Asian strategic planners [...]

August 1st, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

The Great Paradox of Donald Trump’s Plan to Combat China

The most telling word Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used to describe the CCP was “Frankenstein.” This word implies that a monster was now threatening America. It would be reasonable for an American to feel scared after hearing the speech. The great paradox about the Trump administration’s response to the challenge from China is that it is both overestimating and underestimating this challenge. The overestimation is clear; the underestimation, which is more dangerous, less so. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spelled out clearly his case for overestimation in his speech of the Nixon Library on July 23, 2020. “We’re seeing staggering statistics of China trade abuses that cost American jobs and strike enormous blows to the economies all across America, including [...]

July 30th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Would Donald Trump Run in 2024 If He Loses? Grover Cleveland Did.

If Trump loses, he will not squat in the White House, surrounded by a Praetorian Guard of MAGA-hat-wearing gun enthusiasts. He will, however, retreat to Trump Tower, rename it Barad-dûr, and spend the next four years plotting his revenge Jimmy Carter may only have served one troubled term as president, but he has served the four decades since as the most respected of elder statesmen. George H.W. Bush quietly retired in 1993, passing his family's political ambitions on to George and Jeb. It is said that Gerald Ford seriously considered returning as vice president for a second time around in 1980, before committing to the clubhouse and the boardroom.  But all of them could have made another tilt at the presidency [...]

July 30th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

How Google harvests and uses your data, and what you can do about it

US technology giant Google’s business model is built on collecting data about consumers when they use its services. But what you might not be aware of is how deep, detailed and intrusive some of this collection is, and how you can take steps to control it. Asking Google for answers has become second nature for many of us and whether we do that on our phones, PCs or with our voices, our queries are likely stored and tied to our specific Google accounts. Whenever you have a question for Google, Google will remember it. If you have an Android phone, or use your Google account with certain apps or services on the iPhone, there's a good chance the data associated with [...]

July 29th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Mike Pompeo Challenges China’s Governing Regime

The Secretary of State’s approach to Beijing risks confirming its suspicions about U.S. subversion while simultaneously alienating the very Chinese people that he aspires to “engage and empower.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on the Trump administration’s China policy at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library on July 23. It was the culmination of a series of speeches on the subject over the past several weeks by National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Attorney General William Barr. Pompeo confirmed he had orchestrated the speeches and explained that their purpose was “to make clear the threats to Americans that President Trump’s China policy aims to address, and our strategy for securing our freedoms.” In many respects, [...]

July 28th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

China’s Export Performance Will No Longer Threaten the U.S. Economy

Beijing’s very rapid economic growth of the past three decades will give way to a prolonged period of relative economic stagnation following a bout of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the Trump administration, a major shift in U.S. international economic policy has been the characterization of China as a strategic economic threatrather than as a potential long-run economic partner. This has been the primary motivation for the U.S.-China trade war. However, this begs the question as to whether today America has any more reason to fear Chinese economic domination over our economy than it earlier had to fear Soviet or Japanese economic domination. It would be an understatement to say that America’s earlier fears in the 1960s and 1970s about Soviet or [...]

July 27th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

China’s ‘Wolf Warrior’ Tactics Mixed With Trump’s Jungle Diplomacy Ratchets Up Risk Of Conflict

Paramilitary police stand on guard in front of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, southwestern China's ... [+]NOEL CELIS/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES The Trump Administration’s sudden shuttering of China’s Houston consulate was followed in short order with Beijing announcing Friday that it would close the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, further ratcheting up tensions in the escalating Sino-U.S. conflict. News of the expulsions featured firefighters outside the building in Houston as diplomats torched documents inside the complex’s courtyard. Strong TV drama. And good fuel for tweets. Hardline U.S. Senator Marco Rubio proclaimed that the site was “the central node in the Communist Party’s vast network of spies and influence operations in the United States.” Wow. How come no one noticed until it was [...]

July 26th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

‘Mugged by Reality,’ Trump Finds Denial Won’t Stop the Pandemic

A president who once claimed that “the worst days of the pandemic are behind us” now acknowledges that it has surged through much of the country and will “get worse before it gets better.” As President Trump revived his coronavirus briefings this week, he still insisted that most of the country was doing well and offered upbeat predictions about conquering the virus.Credit...Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — He insisted that it was safe, that people could go back to work, that schools could reopen, that he could hold packed indoor campaign rallies, that he could even hold a full-fledged, boisterous, bunting-filled nominating convention as if all were well. Only now, it is all crashing down around President Trump. The president [...]

July 25th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Bill Gates warns that multiple doses of any coronavirus vaccine may be necessary, schools could be closed until fall 2021 and says ‘serious mistakes were made’ by the US with the handling of COVID-19

Bill Gates spoke to CBS News's Norah O'Donnell on Wednesday night Gates said that 'serious mistakes' were made by the Trump administration He said silencing experts like Dr Anthony Fauci and CDC chiefs was illogical Gates said that getting pupils back to school was of immense importance He pushed for more to be done to reassure teachers and parents about schools Gates addressed conspiracy theories, saying he hoped the truth would come out Bill Gates has warned that any vaccine against coronavirus could take several doses to be effective, as he described 'serious mistakes' made by the Trump administration and said some schools may not be back to normal until the fall of 2021. The Microsoft founder, who now directs much [...]

July 24th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Did Donald Trump Close a Chinese Consulate to Boost His Poll Numbers?

This presumably will allow Trump to deflect attention away from his failure to effectively confront the coronavirus pandemic and toward an external enemy which, among other things, can be held accountable for the pandemic. The State Department announced on Wednesday that it had directed the closure of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston “in order to protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.” China, the State Department added, “has engaged for years in massive illegal spying and influence operations” that have “increased markedly in scale and scope over the past few years.” The Chinese Foreign Ministry condemned the directive. Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin described it as a “political provocation unilaterally launched by the U.S. side, which seriously violates international [...]

July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

US, China may ‘stumble’ into conflict in South China Sea, war game scenarios suggest

The volatile waterway rather than Taiwan may be the spark to military action between the two powers Increasing number of encounters heighten risk Beijing and Washington could accidentally escalate into armed confrontation This is the second in a series examining the growing tensions between China and the United States and how the situation could escalate into a full-blown military conflict. You can read part one here As diplomatic relations between China and the US deteriorate to their lowest point since they were established in 1979, a military conflict between the two countries no longer seems a far-fetched possibility. Their last direct engagement was during the Korean war, from 1950 to 1953, at a time of sparse trade and no diplomatic relations between [...]

July 23rd, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

China puts US tensions aside to boost phase one trade deal, food security with record corn purchase

China bought 1.762 million tonnes of corn for delivery in the 2020-21 marketing year beginning in September, which was its largest-ever daily purchase of US corn It has also bought large quantities of soybeans amid a backdrop of escalating tensions over the coronavirus, Xinjiang and the national security law in Hong Kong. China has been able to put aside its growing tensions with the United States at least in the area of agricultural purchases, with a record purchase of US corn reinforcing the phase one trade deal as well as Beijing’s need to bolster its food security. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said on Tuesday that China bought 1.762 million tonnes of corn for delivery in the 2020-21 marketing year [...]

July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments

Iran politician says Iranians will revolt against regime as toman hits new low

A former Iranian official said that Iranians would revolt against the regime in the near future as Iran’s currency hit a new low against the dollar today. Mostafa Tajzadeh, a former minister of interior and culture during the government of Khatami in the late 90s, warned the regime that “a new phenomenon of rebellious citizens who have become disillusioned with the ballot box and reforms” has appeared in Iran and that “they may take to the streets at any moment.” “As was witnessed during the January 2018 and November 2019 protests, this social and political rebellion will not only target the President but will target the whole system and will lead to a crisis in the whole political system,” he told Hamdeli state-run daily today. [...]

July 11th, 2020|Categories: Analysis|0 Comments