Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia and Turkey are considering sending ground troops into Syria to support rebels fighting the Russia-backed Bashar Assad regime, analysts say. “The Saudis believe that the chance of a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis is very limited,” said Mustafa Alani of the independent Gulf Research Center. “They don’t see that […]

Russia suspects Turkey is preparing for incursion into Syria

Russia suspects Turkey is preparing for incursion into Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Moscow said it has reason to suspect that Turkey is planning a military incursion into Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said it has observed “a growing number of signs of hidden preparation of the Turkish armed forces for active actions on the territory of Syria.” Ankara responded by saying it has the […]

Russia’s Lukoil to be first post-sanctions buyer of Iran oil as part of $40 billion deal

Russia’s Lukoil to be first post-sanctions buyer of Iran oil as part of $40 billion deal

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran and Russia have initialed contracts worth around $40 billion for nuclear power construction, railways, and other projects, the top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on February 4. Ali Akbar Velayati, at the end of a visit to Moscow, said he discussed […]

Pentagon seeks 35 percent budget increase to fight ISIL

Pentagon seeks 35 percent budget increase to fight ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Pentagon on Feb. 2 will provide a preview of its 2017 budget requesting more funds to beef up U.S. forces in Eastern Europe and fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant extremist group. The Pentagon’s request for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 will […]

Turkey: NATO radars confirmed Russian jet’s airspace violation

Turkey: NATO radars confirmed Russian jet’s airspace violation

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkey reported that NATO radars detected a Russian Su-34 warplane violating its airspace. “Russia can not cover up its violation of our airspace. It’s not possible to hide such an incident if it did happen, or to make up a violation if it didn’t happen,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on […]

Fukuyama: ‘Putinism,’ radical Islam provide no alternative to liberal democracy

Fukuyama: ‘Putinism,’ radical Islam provide no alternative to liberal democracy

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin and the extremist Islamic State group are sworn enemies that might seem to have little in common. But both are engaged in efforts at state building that U.S. political scientist Francis Fukuyama says share two qualities: each seeks to create a political […]

Russia publicly endorses talks with OPEC on oil output cuts

Russia publicly endorses talks with OPEC on oil output cuts

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russia for the first time publicly embraced talking to the OPEC oil cartel about jointly cutting global oil production by up to 5 percent to prop up collapsing oil prices. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on January 28 in St. Petersburg that he is […]

What has happened to the West and its men? The hypnotic dance of death

What has happened to the West and its men? The hypnotic dance of death

Cultural totalitarianism of the Postmodern era did the impossible — it changed the very nature of man Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy In my correspondence regarding the events in Cologne, an editor of a Russian newspaper asked me a natural, but discouraging question; “Where were the German men?”, he inquired of me, perplexed. Indeed, […]

Djibouti: Tiny strategic hub plays host to armies from seven nations

Djibouti: Tiny strategic hub plays host to armies from seven nations

Special to WorldTribune.com By Backgrounder, Geostrategy-Direct.com Djibouti, a former French colony, is a country of searing heat (summer temperatures average over 100 degrees) and little rain (17 days a year on average). The population of the East African state is 900,000, which ranks 159th in the world. But the tiny state on the Horn of […]

Petro kingdom at risk? 2016’s Mideast power matrix and the Chinese definition of ‘crisis’

Petro kingdom at risk? 2016’s Mideast power matrix and the Chinese definition of ‘crisis’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Predictions that events in Saudi Arabia will be key to regional developments in 2016 have much merit. A number of analyses and New Year predictions have centered lately on what events might happen during 2016 involving Saudi Arabia. Certainly, several recent events might lead to such conclusions, to wit: […]

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