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World On Fire

by John Rubino on January 3, 2016 · 14 comments

The latest Middle East news is right out of ISIS’ medieval playbook. But it’s not (at least not all) ISIS. US ally Saudi Arabia apparently decided to start the New Year off by beheading or shooting 47 people, one of whom was a prominent Shia cleric (the Saudis are Sunnis, putting them on the other […]

What’s With All The Superweapons?

by John Rubino on November 30, 2015 · 9 comments

Because apparently the world isn’t complex and scary enough, the major powers have decided to unveil a bunch of “superweapons” capable of, um, unique kinds of mayhem: Russia reveals giant nuclear torpedo in state TV ‘leak’ The Kremlin says secret plans for a Russian long-range nuclear torpedo – called “Status-6” – should not have appeared […]

This is the kind of thing that happens when you put ten different armies, taking orders from at least ten different commanders, in the same theater. Last night a Russian fighter was flying in and out of Turkish airspace and Turkey shot it down. Then local rebels (Syrian Turks) shot the pilots as they parachuted […]

Russia’s decision to bomb pretty much everyone opposed to Syria’s Assad regime — including the guys the US was training and funding — startled the West last month. But at least we didn’t have any personnel there at the time, right? Well, that might be about to change: Obama orders US special forces to ‘assist’ […]

One Dumb Mistake Away

by John Rubino on October 14, 2015 · 11 comments

There’s always a war going on somewhere — frequently, alas, with the US either instigating or providing the weapons. But lately the tension has risen to Cold War levels, with lots of different people driving the action. In Syria, Russia is forcing the American Empire to play catch-up: U.S. Weaponry Is Turning Syria Into Proxy […]

What’s the opposite of a gift that keeps on giving? A mistake that keeps metastasizing. Which pretty much sums up the US role in the Middle East. Beginning with the CIA’s 1953 overthrow of Iran’s democratically elected president and continuing through the multiple regime changes and invasions of recent years, various American governments have behaved […]

Are We Really Going To Bomb Iran?

by John Rubino on January 16, 2012 · 57 comments

Just based on national balance sheets, 2012 will be somewhere between challenging and catastrophic. But debt and deficits might be the least of our near-term problems if Jim Rickards is right. In his latest King World News interview he predicts yet another war, “sooner rather than later”: Iran will not be allowed to have a […]

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