Assad’s Big Push To Recover His Eastern Border

Bashar al-Assad hadn't had control of his Iraqi frontier for years.  It's a major headache; it's allowed Sunni rebels to supply themselves from Anbar, a favorable route for Gulf states hoping to keep the war going.  It's also allowed the Islamic State to slide supplies from its shrinking Iraqi domains to its shrunken Syrian ones. … Continue reading Assad’s Big Push To Recover His Eastern Border

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Egyptian Copts Slaughtered In A Bid To Start A Civil War

Hi everyone!  I've started to do some work over The Inquisitr, so I'll be putting most of my daily briefs over there from now on.  I'll throw links here as well when relevant. Thanks for everyone's support! Today's is about the horror in Egypt, as Sunni supremacists yet again try to cause a civil war to … Continue reading Egyptian Copts Slaughtered In A Bid To Start A Civil War

Duterte’s Play For A Dictatorship

When you yearn for a Caesar, you more often than not get it.  Such now is the price being paid by the people of the Philippines, who swept to power a man who's harsh authoritarianism was clear as day.  As the southern island of Mindanao slips into chaos, Rodrigo Duterte's not-so-subtle desire for absolute power … Continue reading Duterte’s Play For A Dictatorship

Trump, The American Caligula, Is A Gigantic Waste Of Time For The United States

One ruler had a penchant for gilded palaces, poorly-executed jokes, financial irresponsibility, and nepotism. The other was a Roman emperor who thought about making his horse a consul. Is Jared Kushner the American equivalent of a horse-consul? Perhaps it’s Sean Spicer? Kellyanne Conway and Betsy DeVos both feel right as well. This comparison isn’t just … Continue reading Trump, The American Caligula, Is A Gigantic Waste Of Time For The United States

The Five Maps That Show The Challenges To China’s New Silk Road

It's the geopolitical dream of every Third Way thinker since Mao: a non-European superpower finally taking the rug out from the dastardly Western imperialists. From Reuters: Xi said China's Belt and Road plan would be open to all. He said deep-seated problems in global development had yet to be addressed effectively, with international trade and … Continue reading The Five Maps That Show The Challenges To China’s New Silk Road

Reformers vs. Revolutionaries: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Gird Themselves for Change

On May 19, Iranians will have an election - as elections go in Iran, that is.  The candidates have been vetted and no one is about to murmur a word against the current Islamic Republic; speech and politics in Iran must fit into neat little boxes approved by the Supreme Leader.  Yet that is not … Continue reading Reformers vs. Revolutionaries: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Gird Themselves for Change

Emmanuelle Macron’s Multiplying Challenges

Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief.  As reported by Reuters: Emmanuel Macron was elected French president on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union. The centrist's emphatic victory, which also smashed the dominance of France’s mainstream parties, will … Continue reading Emmanuelle Macron’s Multiplying Challenges

In A Deadly Border Clash, Afghanistan and Pakistan Reveal A Dangerous Rivalry

As reported by Reuters: Pakistani and Afghan troops exchanged fire for several hours on Friday along their disputed border, officials on both sides said, as tension between the neighbors flared into deadly violence. Pakistan's military said a census team - guarded by troops from its Frontier Corps (FC) - that was collecting population data in … Continue reading In A Deadly Border Clash, Afghanistan and Pakistan Reveal A Dangerous Rivalry

Oil Remains Cheap, and Petrostates Remain Screwed

According to Reuters: Oil fell to its lowest since late November on Thursday, as concern over rising global supply and stubbornly high inventories effectively wiped out most of the gains made since OPEC announced its first supply cut in eight years. Brent crude oil remained below $50 - a price level that is catastrophic for … Continue reading Oil Remains Cheap, and Petrostates Remain Screwed