Jim Dean

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…

Mueller Investigation Takes Two Trump Knights...

YFDGFD756754353It was a big day to see Paul Manafort tagged with eight felony convictions, and Trump’s lawyer Eliot Cohen pleading guilty in another case, admitting that his acts were directed by Mr. Trump. This is a first in America presidential history. The Manafort trial was worrisome…

Is the US Beheading the Turkish Economy as an...

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The US continues to play its poker game of “Show Down” with a growing list of unhappy countries. We are at the point where we might soon see a call to rename the US… to the United States of Sanctions, the USS. Turkey is getting most of the publicity now with its currency and economy under assault. The sanctions…

North Korea Deal Takes Flight While JCPOA Sin...

47342342342I just finished doing Press TV live rolling coverage on North Korea’s Kim Jong-un walking over the Panmunjom border to shake hands with S. Korean President Moon Jae-in to begin their historic meeting, the first time a North Korean leader has even been in S. Korea. Many had thought…

EX-CIA Chief John Brennan Describes Trump as ...

JB7552342Trump is… ‘Unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical’ ~ John Brennan. Well the gloves have certainly come off now. No former top security government official has even made such damning statements about a sitting president as ex-CIA…

Shifting Sands in a Post-Daesh Mid East

JIM01“Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.” ― Winston S. Churchill. I will not say I predicted the emergence for a post-Daesh NATO-like coalition among those who had been targeted for destruction by the real War of Terror crowd…

The Munich Security Conference, the Good, Bad...

886“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.” Otto von Bismark, first Chancellor of the German Empire (1871 to 1890). I had been planning to do a follow up on the Syrian battle of Idlib, but the siren song of the Munich conference called out to me. Big time geopolitics…

Syria Fights for Peace While China Invites th...

R465753242The New Year holidays are over and all eyes are turned toward wondering what 2018 will bring us. As we look back over the last several early Januaries, we could not possibly have seen the major changes that were going to come, like…

Hariri Backtracks, Prince Salman Goes Quiet, ...

7885cb79a7“When you make peaceful revolution impossible, you make bloody revolution inevitable.” ~ John F. Kennedy. The geo-political theater around the three-ring circus started by the Saudis yanking Prime Minister Saad Hariri out of Lebanon to get a Royal…

Saudi Arabia and Israel Replace Syria with Le...

653452342Support by US rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to a hanged man ~ Nikita Khrushchev. Just when you think nothing in Saudi Arabia could get more bizarre, we got the story…

The SAA Deir-Ezzor Euphrates River Battle: a ...

45123213123Most of us who have watched the SAA crawl back from the edge of defeat, after the Russians joined the Hezbollah and Iranian forces already there, have cheered their westward advance to recapture the huge central area of the country…


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