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STRATEGIC STEALTH MOVES… (…for expanded economic hegemony in East Asia) The presidents of both Taiwan and China will be meeting for talks in Singapore shortly, after more than a half century of each opposing and pretending that the other had

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A RUSSIAN-AMERICAN DODGEM BUMPER-CAR DEAL FOR SYRIA… (…allowing each to bomb whoever they want…while making sure neither ends up in each other’s rear-view mirrors…) The recent Russian-American agreement to set up operating protocols for their respective air strike operations 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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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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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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MYOPIC NATIONAL AGENDAS BLOCKING EFFECTIVE STRATEGIC EFFORTS (…as the US and Turkey just tiptoe further into the fray with only band-aid support…) The ISIS/ISIL wildfire continues to rage with little or no containment, much less any real signs of it

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SHORT-SIGHTED PERSPECTIVES CREATE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES (which are…further driving the Russia bear to cozy up to the Chinese dragon…) Both the EU and the US have probably shot themselves in the foot, so to speak, by the way they’ve handled the

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CZAR VLADIMIR 1st IS GROWLING (…making like an old Soviet bear wearing red underwear) On the eve of a Big Eight summit conference Russia’s President Putin has bluntly warned everyone not to even think about providing arms to the Syrian

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TO AID OR NOT TO AID… (it’s a problematic situation which just won’t go away) The international community, especially the Western members of it, is in a quandary about what to do about the Syrian situation. To aid or not

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