Donald Trump’s order to blast Syria with a barrage of Tomahawk missiles which resulted in the massacre of civilians, including children, was not only a criminal act of aggression. It seems to be aimed at defining a Trump Doctrine for his presidency. That doctrine could be labelled thus: shoot first and don’t dare ask any questions.
The Brandenburg Gate in German capital Berlin is perhaps the most famous landmark epitomizing the former Cold War between West and East. This week the iconic Cold War symbol earned its reputation again – albeit in an unofficial capacity...
Only hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a bloodcurdling warning about terror attacks against European citizens, four people lay dead on the streets of London. That death toll may rise further because several of those injured in the attack this week in the British capital are in critical condition, fighting for their lives...
There was a time when Russophobia served as an effective form of population control – used by the American ruling class in particular to command the general US population into patriotic loyalty. Not any longer. Now, Russophobia is a sign of weakness, of desperate implosion among the US ruling class from their own rotten, internal decay.
The geopolitics of US-China tensions over Korea, as well as the other territorial rows in the South China Sea and in the East Sea regarding Japan, are indeed all profoundly fraught. The risk of a war breaking out between the US and China from these multiple tensions is a real danger. Especially because of Washington’s habit of being high-handed in a region that arguably it has no normative reason for meddling in.
The extraordinary war of words erupting between Turkey and the European Union is pushing already strained relations to breaking point. Ankara has banned all Dutch diplomats from its territory after the Netherlands banished Turkish ministers from holding political rallies, while deploying heavy-handed policing to break up the rallies...
The dramatic impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye creates an unexpected political opening to avert the foreboding cycle of confrontation in the region. The sudden change in political fortunes could see the return of an erstwhile Sunshine Policy, which was once a harbinger of peaceful relations between North and South Korea, and for the wider region.
The sped-up deployment of America’s THAAD missile defense system in South Korea this week has triggered alarm over a new arms race in the Asia-Pacific region. Central to regional concerns is the following question: why is the US missile system capable of penetrating deep inside Chinese and Russian territory?..
US President Donald Trump has German ancestral roots, but his unfolding policy on NATO shows little regard for the Fatherland. Indeed, the signs are that Trump wants to recklessly pimp off German economic prowess as a short-term fix for the United States’ chronic problems...
Just as polls show Marine Le Pen of the Front National taking a decisive lead over her two main rivals, Francois Fillon of the Republicans, and Emmanuel Macron of the newly formed En Marche, the latter gets a high-profile reception in Downing Street with British prime minister Theresa May.