Extinguisher

Russian boots on the ground in Syria? Middle East mayhem intensifies

Russian boots on the ground in Syria? Middle East mayhem intensifies
Last month, in a task almost as difficult as Diogenes' search for one honest man, the U.S. allegedly found a staggering 60 'moderate rebels' in Syria to train in its interventionist program to oust Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad 'war against the Islamist terrorists'. This crack team of 'moderate' fighters, trained by the U.S. amid thousands of similarly-motivated terrorists of the Islamic State/al-Nusra/Free Syrian Army variety,...
Better Earth

Preparing for the worst: Russian and NATO military exercises making war in Europe more likely?

Preparing for the worst: Russian and NATO military exercises making war in Europe more likely?
Over the last 18 months, against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, the relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated considerably. One aspect of the confrontation, as previously documented by the ELN, has been a game of Russian-instigated dangerous brinkmanship which has resulted in many serious close military encounters between the forces of Russia and NATO and its partners over the last 15 months. Another aspect, however has...
Cult

US created ISIS to be a tool for overthrowing Syria's President Assad - leaked Pentagon report

US created ISIS to be a tool for overthrowing Syria's President Assad - leaked Pentagon report
Comment: Though this commentary was written at the time the Pentagon report was leaked, the analysis is as relevant today. ISIS has gone from strength to strength in a manner that could only be possible with massive, covert support. From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world's stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and...
Chess

Russian-American chess grandmaster: Vladimir Putin is America's reluctant foe

Russian-American chess grandmaster: Vladimir Putin is America's reluctant foe
Editorial introduction Lev Alburt will celebrate his 70th birthday in August. His life was divided in two: the first half passed in the Soviet Union, the second is going on in the USA. In his first homeland, the Odessian GM achieved many successes: he was 3-time Ukrainian Champion, a winner and a prize-winner of numerous international competitions, a repeated participant of the USSR Championship finals which were by then the strongest...

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