Although rocket fire from Lebanon and Syria remains sporadic for now, Israel and other parties need to be aware of the potential for serious miscalculation and escalation.
As Israel’s Operation Protective Edge continues in Gaza, the conflict is affecting almost all major cities in Israel, including communities near the northern borders. Yet northern cities did [...]
The economic showdown unfolding between Russia and the West is almost entirely one-sided.
The US has the power to bring Russia to its knees through hegemonic control over the world’s banking system, using an array of lethal financial weapons developed by a cell at the US Treasury, and already deployed against Iran and North Korea.
“If that happens, prospects for a rapprochement between Russia and the West will be dead for a considerable period. And the watchword in U.S.-Russian relations will be hostility.”
“The wild card in this situation is that if Putin finds himself in serious political trouble, he might become more rather than less aggressive.”
Putin is far from finished. But he has governed for 14 years counting the time Dmitri Medvedev was officially in charge, and that is a long time. He may well regain [...]
“Going forward, it’s becoming clear that as Russia and China try to change the geopolitical facts on the ground, they will reap the geoeconomic whirlwind.”
Does all of this mean that Putin will acquiesce on Ukraine and cut off material support to his proxies in the Donbas? No, but it shows the long-term flaw in [...]
The entire future of the Ukrainian conflict could change dramatically and decisively as a result of last week’s events. The United States may finally have the justification to begin better arming the Ukrainians, which would escalate the conflict. So far the Pentagon has only provided non-lethal assistance. But Kerry said the U.S. is talking with [...]
As genuinely upset as the Germans and others are over American espionage, however, their dismay at Russia’s actions is “in a separate category” altogether, Westmacott went on. “The German response, with the rest of us in Europe, is about outrage at what’s going on,” he said. “It’s about trying to ensure that this behavior is [...]
More than a century ago the writer Anton Chekhov said, “If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following act it should be fired.” Events in eastern Ukraine seem to be following this script advice.
Rather than “revolutionary spear,” this column seeks to use language the Iranian mullahs in Tehran will understand, with Khamenei’s Twitter rant showing that Iran’s Supreme Leader is the very head of the serpent whose tail is Hamas in Gaza.
Much has been written about Tehran’s role in financing and arming its allies and [...]
Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe.
After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air missile in eastern Ukraine, airlines began to avoid the airspace above where the [...]