Iran

HAS NORTH KOREA BECOME AN ASYLUM RUN BY BI-POLAR INMATES… (…aiming for another round of aggression?) Ever since the end of WWII, when we and our erstwhile Soviet Russian wartime allies partitioned the Korean peninsula for occupation purposes, much in

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MAINTAINING POWER OVER A WASTELAND OF RACK AND RUIN… (…and destroying whatever claims to sovereignty it ever had over it) The indiscriminate bombing and shelling used to drive rebel forces from Aleppo is just one more demonstration that the Assad

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THE FIRST DEBATE…EQUIVALENT TO A NASTY FOOD-FIGHT… (…between two kids squabbling over which one is offering us the better brownbag menu) The first debate of the 2016 Presidential campaign flooded out over the broadcast channels last night. As usual, it

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RESOLVING THE SYRIAN SITUATION (with some perspectives on how best to salvage something from it) After nearly five years of civil conflict during which several hundred thousand have been killed, millions displaced as refugees, and the rise of extremism in

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ARE WE NOW PIMPING FOR PUTIN’S PUTAISSMO IN SYRIA… (… just because we really don’t want to be more involved than we are already?) By openly increasing Russia’s presence in the Syrian civil war, Putin has made an opportunistic whore’s

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KICKING THE CAN OF IRAN’S NUCLEAR AMBITIONS DOWN THE ROAD… (…as we’re tip-toeing forward through the tulips of…mutual distrust) After more than two and half years of diplomatic musical chairs, to negotiate some sort of deal to nullify Iran’s efforts

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CAN THE SYRIAN KURDS PROVIDE A LATTER-DAY SALADIN… (…as the seed that will flower into a new civil and open society for all Syrians?) Saladin, was a Kurd…and some 800 years ago he re-conquered most of what we call the

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TODAY’S SEA PEOPLES… (…a replay of an ancient story…in reverse) Some three thousand years ago or so the entire Middle East was shaken up and left in chaos, much as it is today. The cause, back then, seems to have

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SOMETIMES…THROWING A MONKEY WRENCH (…doesn’t necessarily screw up the works…)  The recent uproar over freshman senator Cotton’s tough-worded letter to Iran’s Supreme Ayatollah (co-signed by forty eight other Republican senators) may not really be the act of throwing a monkey

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GROWING STORM CLOUDS (for a possible nuclear war…) Prime Minister Yetanyahu’s recent address to Congress on Israel’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, may be correct from his perspectives, but they ignore an even greater threat in the region…one which makes

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