Middle East

China Deploys Troops To Its First Overseas Military Base In Africa

China has deployed troops to the country's first overseas military base in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, as China's rapidly modernizing military extends its global reach. Beijing says the "support base" will be used for logistical purposes, such as resupplying ships taking part in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions, however concerns are growing about China's rising geopolitical influence especially at such a key strategic location.

France: "Jihad by Court"

"Legal action has become a mainstay of radical Islamist organizations seeking to intimidate and silence their critics..."

Alone Perhaps, But Is Trump Right?

At the G-20 in Hamburg, it is said, President Trump was isolated, without support from the other G-20 members, especially on climate change and trade. Perhaps so. But the crucial question is not whether Trump is alone, but whether he is right. Has Trump read the crisis of the West correctly? Are his warnings valid? Is not the Obama-Merkel vision of a New World Order a utopian fantasy?

The Major Wildcard That Could Send Oil To $120

The oil market is rather depressed and subdued at the moment, but could awaken at moment’s notice if large volumes of oil production are disrupted from some unforeseen event.

The Saker: The Syrian Powderkeg - "I'm Not Convinced There Is A US Strategy"

"I'm not convinced there is a US strategy. I think there is a CIA strategy, a Pentagon strategy, a State Department strategy. There used to be a White House strategy. Right now, I am not even sure. We should go deeper into who is doing what inside the Pentagon and the military. I mean, there is chaos...There is a real problem here in the United States. And that problem could end up with international nuclear war."