Iran

Israel Threatens To Bomb Assad's Presidential Palace

A senior Israeli official threatened to assassinate Syrian President Assad by bombing his palace in Damascus, while further adding that Israel will seek to derail the US-Russia brokered de-escalation deal reached in Astana, Kazakhstan earlier this summer.

Frontrunning: August 29

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The Aramco IPO: A Geopolitical Game Of Thrones

The fact that both sides are willing to set up a new investment fund, holding $20 billion, is a clear sign of not only the readiness of Saudi Arabia to link its future to China, but also its eagerness to support any Chinese involvement and interest in the Aramco IPO...The possible threat to the U.S. dollar, English Pound or Euro, should not be overestimated though.

How The Deep State Ties Down Trump

"Russia and China are right to be thinking 'worst case' and how to minimize their exposure to any American cataclysmic descent into political turmoil – and possible violence. "

In Historic Move, Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Will we all look back on this moment when future historians trace the end of the GCC? Did the Saudis finally overreach in their anti-Iran fanaticism to become the authors of their own demise? The surprising emergent Iran-Qatar alliance is sure to at least be the start of a new regional order where the Saudis can no longer dictate terms no matter how many Western powers stand at their side.

Netanyahu To Putin: Iran Must Leave Syria Or "We Will Act"

Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests. This week Netanyahu declared, "we will act when necessary according to our red lines" while hinting he prefers ISIS presence in Syria as opposed to Iran aligned fighters at his border.

Domestic Politics Is Dictating Our Foreign Policy

"...how can anyone be truly surprised that Donald Trump has now changed his mind [about Afghanistan]... As he has become increasingly isolated politically, he has seen an opportunity to shore up his political base with yet another military expansion - one that's likely to come with a lot more spending."

Frontrunning: August 24

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The Fate Of Saudi's Vision 2030 Rests On Aramco IPO

The IPO, the largest of its kind in financial history, would make just a five percent portion of the oil giant accessible to private investors. Still, the volume of the company’s assets guarantee MBS the capital he needs to retrain the Saudi work force, develop a services sector and tone down the influence of the fossil fuel interests.

Two New Totalitarian Movements: Radical Islam And Political Correctness

"The attempt in the West to impose a strict set of rules about what one is allowed to think and express in academia and in the media - to the point that anyone who disobeys is discredited, demonized, intimidated and in danger of losing his or her livelihood - is just as toxic and just as reminiscent of Orwell's diseased society."