Turkey fails to prevent Russia and Iran from mass slaughter in Idlib, Syria (08-Sep-2018) Syria and Russia prepare to inflict massive bloodbath on Idlib (05-Sep-2018) Russia demands that US and EU pay to rebuild Syria (23-Aug-2018) US increasingly expresses total disgust with Syria regime for Bashar al-Assad’s atrocities (21-Sep-2016) KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Yemen, Iran, Houthis, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, UAE, al-Hodeidah seaport, Lise Grande, Turkey, Syria, Idlib, Iran, Russia, Grozny Model, Vladimir Putin, Free Syrian Army, FSA, Bashar al-Assad Permanent web link to this article Receive daily World View columns by e-mail … [Read more...] about World View: Saudis in Yemen Cut the Supply Routes from Hodeidah Seaport to Sanaa
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By 1962, communications satellites were also in orbit, beaming long-distance communications around the globe, and astronauts and cosmonauts had begun circling the Earth on a regular basis. Even though the United States eventually outpaced the Soviet Union by putting men on the moon in 1969, the space race continued until the early 1990s. And the legal document that’s kept order through those years to the present is the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, negotiated at the United Nations. (Click here for the full text of of the space-related U.N. treaties.) … [Read more...] about Making Space Matter
Following last year’s Saudi blockade of Qatar, there was a realignment of Mideast countries, with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Israel on one side, and Qatar, Iran, and Turkey on the other side. Abdullah’s handshake with Rouhani suggests that Jordan is switching sides to the second alignment, as Abdullah desperately looks for financial aid. Jordan Times and Middle East Eye and Israel National News and Middle East Eye … [Read more...] about World View: Jordan’s Government in Chaos as PM Resigns in Face of Protests
Last but not least, President Trump has worked overtime to tout his promotion of U.S. arms sales as a jobs program. In a May 2018 meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House (with reporters in attendance), he typically brandished a map that laid out just where U.S. jobs from Saudi arms sales would be located. Not coincidentally, many of them would be in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Florida that had provided him with his margin of victory in the 2016 elections. Trump had already crowed about such Saudi deals as a source of “jobs, jobs, jobs” during his May 2017 visit to Riyadh, that country’s capital. And he claimed on one occasion ― against all evidence ― that his deals with the Saudi regime for arms and other equipment could create “millions of jobs.” … [Read more...] about Trump Had Big Plans To Repair Our Crumbling Infrastructure. Here’s What America Got Instead.
The inevitable clash of the protagonists The Greeks invented tragedy, and three of four great tragic artists of all time were Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides of ancient Greece, with the fourth being Shakespeare. As a Greek, I understand tragedy very well. The essence of Greek tragedy is that the tragic event is not random, but is inevitable, because of the nature, the personality, and the character of the protagonists. A true tragedy cannot be prevented, even by those who foresee it, because the forces bringing about the tragedy are too powerful for anyone to stop. … [Read more...] about World View: As October 25 Deadline Nears, Syria’s Idlib Set Up for a Classic Greek Tragedy