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Would the US destroy Venezuela to punish Russ...

PCM423423The lights are coming back on in Venezuela, businesses are starting to reopen and the country seems to have suffered through the worst of the power outages, at least this stage of it anyway. We will now have some time to take a closer look at what happened, and why. All eyes…

Did Cohen Burn Trump Down, or Just Singe Him ...

Michael CohenAfter having his Congressional testimony appearance delayed due to threats against his family, Michael Cohen had his big day, coinciding with Trump’s big meeting with Kim in Hanoi. The Republicans had their long knives out, and the Democrats were locked and loaded, praying…

US launches Unipolar Crusade at Warsaw and Mu...

MU53634522“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities”… Voltaire. Some might say the dust has settled from the Warsaw and Munich conferences, while others would say that Netanyahu and…

Warsaw Conference – Is the US Coalition Pre-s...

WS56436221As we approach the start of the Warsaw conference it is time to read the teas on what to expect. I had to wait a day or two later than I wanted to write this because so much of the Foreign minister attendee list was still up in the air when that was needed to gauge the initial…

The EU Special Purpose Vehicle is here – Sort...

MFR645642I had written two pending SPV stories earlier this week, after Monday’s news that an “announcement was imminent”. I was betting that it would not happen yet, and did a review of where the process was at that point, examining both the external and internal challenges that the EU faced…

Pentagon Wants Big War Funding – Now

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We are off to a huge news cycle for 2019, with everything from shifting sands in the Mideast, to what some say could be a growing class rebellion in the EU, which might tip its house of cards over. The Trump White House interprets its Syria policy differently day after day. More countries state their intentions to resume ties with Syria, including many in Europe…

What Happens Now with Syria?

SY5745322I was typing away the day after Christmas with the warmth of a crackling fire behind me and thinking about the long list of countries involved in the Syrian war drama. They are now scurrying around to draw up contingency plans, not only for what action they might need to take now, but how to respond to…

Trump Pulls Out of Syria – Why the Surprise M...

5432Washington NeoCons are in a rage over the Trump news of his reported pull out of all American troops from Syria. This is not literally true of course, but I will get to that in a minute. First we must go over what was said leading up to the surprise move to get some clues as to why…

Mueller and FBI versus Trump – Who Will Win?

RBM6456222It is time for the reclusive Mr. Mueller to begin revealing where the focus of his investigation is going. This week, sentencing hearings begin for those who have cooperated with the government in the hopes of a lighter sentence. The FBI has to provide sentencing recommendations…

Poroshenko’s Kerch Gamble Goes Down in Flames

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The hysterics over the Kerch incident have simmered down a bit, and we now have enough material and main actor statements to take a closer look at what happened. I won’t review the details of Kiev’s semi-Kamikaze attack attempt through the Kerch Straits, as that has been well covered, the claims anyway. What we can clearly see now is that if Poroshenko…

State of the Union before US Elections

673534533The US midterm elections will soon be over. Some will be celebrating, with others passing the crying towel around. Another group of spinmeisters will then go to work for those who have lost, claiming Russian interference or whatever they can invent to dodge responsibility for their own…

Kashoggi’s Message in a Bottle, Will We Get I...

KASH632211We may never know if Mr. Kashoggi had a premonition about his visit to the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. He walked in to complete some routine paperwork to marry the anxious lady waiting outside for him, and has now become part of journalism history. But for his incredible foresight to wear…


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