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Russia: Petersburg Metro Blast Sets off Hunt for Central Asian Terrorists

There is work under way to lay down new water pipes near the family home of Abror and Akram Azimov in Jalal-Abad, in southern Kyrgyzstan. A deep trench dug along the length of the street has turned the web of lanes in this largely ethnic Uzbek neighborhood into an obstacle course. So when a man […]

Russia’s Power Plant Plans in Crimea Hit Sanction Snag

Russia’s plans to build two electricity plants in Crimea to provide power to the annexed peninsula are being derailed by the sanctions that the EU and the U.S. have imposed on Moscow over that very same annexation, Reuters reported on Thursday, quoting sources familiar with the plans. The $1.3-billion project is to have two new […]

Hate The News? Wikipedia’s Co-Founder Wants You to Edit It

YOU READ THE news. But if Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales’ hunch is right, you’ll want to edit it, too. Wales is raising money to bring a new model of ad-free news creation to the web: one that would mix professional journalists with volunteer editors. Wales, like so many other idealists who believe in a better […]

Can Turkey Disprove IMF’s Dismal Economic Growth Forecast? – Editorial

For Turkey, the most important aspect of the report was the IMF’s approval of a new calculation method adopted last year by the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUIK) to determine gross domestic product. In a move that stirred much controversy, the TUIK revised figures retroactively so that the country’s 2015 GDP, for instance, increased 20%. The […]

Facebook Says It Will Crack Down On Government-Led ‘Fake News’ Campaigns

Facebook Inc acknowledged on Thursday that it has become a battleground for governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries and outlined new measures it is taking to combat what it calls “information operations” that go well beyond the phenomenon known as fake news. In a report and summary of response plans on its […]

With An Armenian (Finally) In Charge, Will CSTO Alter Course?

After a delay of more than a year, the Russia-led post-Soviet security bloc has appointed a new secretary general, a former senior Armenian military official. But whether this will tilt the organization towards Yerevan’s interests remains to be seen. The Collective Security Treaty Organization has announced that its new head will be Yuri Khachaturov, who […]

Will Trump Release The Missing JFK Files?

The nation’s conspiracy-theorist-in-chief is facing a momentous decision. Will President Donald Trump allow the public to see a trove of thousands of long-secret government files about the event that, more than any other in modern American history, has fueled conspiracy theories – the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy? The answer must come within […]

Why is China Funding Unsustainable Coal Projects in Pakistan?

On April 16th, Chinese investments in Pakistan through the much-vaunted China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) were revised upwards, from $46 billion to a whopping $62 billion. The project, part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative to invest in trade routes from Asia to Europe, has huge implications for Pakistan’s development prospects. As part of CPEC, […]

Montenegro Parliament Ratifies NATO Membership After U.S. Approval

Montenegro’s parliament has formally agreed for the country to join NATO – the military bloc that pounded the tiny Balkan country with bombs less than 20 years ago during the Kosovo War. The decision sparked protest among the population and opposition figures. On Friday, Montenegrin MPs voted 46-0 to become the 29th member of NATO. […]

Actually, It’s Totally Fine That Obama Is Being Paid $400,000 to Give A ‘Wall Street Speech’ – Editorial

Since word got out that former President Barack Obama would be paid $400,000 to speak at a healthcare conference sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald, a Wall Street investment firm, the condemnation from liberal commentators has been almost unanimous. But there’s actually nothing wrong with Obama giving the speech—and the controversy over it illustrates the silly nature […]

White House Still Quiet on Turkish Airstrike In Run-Up To Erdogan Visit

With just over two weeks before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s long-sought meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington, why did Turkey bomb and kill the United States’ top allies in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria? The timing of the attack on April 25 has left many pundits scratching their heads. […]

Syria In Talks To Buy Russian Air defense Systems: Assad

Syria says it is negotiating with Russia to buy state-of-the-art Russian missile defense systems to help defend the Arab country against Israeli and American aggression. President Bashar al-Assad made the remarks to Venezuelan channel Telesur. A transcript of the interview appeared on the official Syrian Arab News Agency on Thursday. “It’s natural that we should […]

The Drums Are Beating For A Third Lebanon War

Ever since its creation in the spring of 1948, the state of Israel has rarely “not won” a war with the Arabs. One exception was the 34-day Lebanon war of 2006, which was supposed to annihilate the Iran-backed “party of God,” Hezbollah. That feat was never accomplished and 11 years later not only is Hezbollah […]

Trump’s 100 Days: US Air Campaign Hammers Yemen With Almost A Strike A Day

More US strikes have hit Yemen in President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office than in all of 2015 and 2016 combined, as the US military takes full advantage of the White House designating parts of the country areas of “active hostilities”. In March and April alone the US carried out 80 air attacks […]

How Saudi Arabia Tricked American Veterans – Editorial

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and significant political capital trying to kill a brand-new law that would allow 9/11 survivors to sue the longstanding U.S. ally for its alleged connections to the terror attacks in domestic court. But the latest Saudi tactic—recruiting unaware American veterans to lobby their […]