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RAND Corporation: US May Lose Potential Conflict Against Russia, China
A new report issued by the US-based research think tank RAND Corporation has suggested that under the threat of open confrontation with Russia and China, the United States is likely to suffer sufficient losses and eventually will be defeated. [...]
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US Global Decline Will Be ‘Abrupt’ as China Surges – Historian
Author Alfred McCoy argues in his new book, “In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power,” that not only is the US’ status a superpower bound to be eclipsed by China, but also that America’s downfall will “be more abrupt than we imagine.” [...]
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Trump’s Jerusalem Words ‘Last Nail in Coffin’ of Peace Talks in Gaza – NGO
After Trump recognized Wednesday that Jerusalem was Israel’s capital, the situation appeared on edge all across Europe, France being no exception. Hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets in Paris on Saturday to decry the scheduled visit of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is set to meet President Macron on [...]
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US claims full credit for any ‘meaningful’ anti-ISIS fight, denies hampering Russia’s Syria op
Washington has rejected Russia’s contribution in eradicating ISIS in Syria, claiming that only the US-led coalition has made meaningful progress against [Daesh/ISIS]. [...]
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Israeli police use tear gas in clashes with Palestinians in Bethlehem
Israeli police in Bethlehem have deployed tear gas during clashes with Palestinians protesting Donald Trump’s decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital, live footage shows. RIA Novosti’s correspondent says he was injured in the tumult. [...]
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Russian Su-35 chased away rogue US F-22 jet: MoD blasts US Air Force for hampering Syria op
A Russian interceptor has been scrambled to stop a rogue US fighter jet from actively interfering with an anti-terrorist operation, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It also accused the US of provoking close encounters with the Russian jets in Syria. [...]
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‘US has no legitimate cards left to play in Syria’
The US presence in Syria is a violation of the law, and a reflection of US frustration said military analyst Kamal Alam. The only way for Washington to be part of the endgame is to keep its forces in the country, he adds. The UN Charter recognizes only two justifications for the use of military force in a foreign country. The fi [...]
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Russia may turn to cryptocurrencies in oil trade to challenge sanctions & the petrodollar
The gradual acceptance of digital currencies, with major exchanges about to launch bitcoin futures trading, may prompt some oil producing nations to ditch the US dollar in crude trade in favor of cryptocurrencies, an oil analyst says. Russia, Iran and Venezuela have more than one thing in common. All three are major oil pro [...]
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Erdogan slams Israel as ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against Israel Sunday, calling it a ‘terrorist state’ that ‘kills children.’ Erdogan promised to fight to the bitter end against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state. [...]
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Why Trump And Kushner Should Be Terrified Of Mueller’s Deutsche Bank Subpoena
The money Trump and Kushner owe to DB, and its ties to a bank under sanctions, could be the evidence Mueller needs… Mueller has now apparently taken an interest in acquiring banking “data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family,” according to a report released Tuesday morning by Reuters. [...]
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Analyst: Trump Team Colluded with Israel, Not Russia, in Flynn-Kislyak Talks
Former adviser to US President Donald Trump Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. Some have taken this revelation as evidence of collusion between the Trump transition team and the Israeli government - not Russia, as many mainstream outlets hav [...]
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Hamas Says Trump’s Israel Embassy Decision ‘Opens Gates of Hell’
Palestine's Hamas movement has slammed US President Donald Trump over his move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, warning that the decision "opens the gates of hell." According to Hamas spokesman Ismail Radwan, Trump's "decision will open the gates of hell on US interests in the region." [...]
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‘Death Sentence’: World Leaders Slam Trump Over Reckless Jerusalem Stunt
US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was roundly denounced by the UN General-Secretary and even US allies in Europe including Germany, France and the UK. But the sharpest rebukes came from Muslim leaders. [...]
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Turkish Organizations Launch Widescale Protests of US Israel Embassy Move
US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem has sparked protests in Gaza and Istanbul. Turkish groups say this is only the beginning. Trump managed to unite the entire Muslim world after he announced the US's decision to acknowledge Israel's claim that Jerusalem is its capital city and move the [...]
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Washington Urges Russia Not to Use New Legislation Concerning Foreign Media
The US Department of State claims that Russia's mirror response to the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act is "inappropriate". The United States calls on Russia not to apply the newly adopted law concerning foreign media, the US Department of State said in a press release. [...]
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Russian Jet vs. US Plane: ‘Instead of Whining, US Should Stop Provoking Russia’
A Russian Su-30 fighter's intercept of a US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea has given rise to concerns in the Pentagon, which complained about the Russian jet's "unsafe" behavior. Military observer Vladimir Kozin opined on what the Pentagon might do to avoid such incidents in the future. [...]
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On Contact: Decline of the American empire with Alfred McCoy
Alfred McCoy, Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, explains the decline of the United States as a global power and the rise of the Chinese empire. Decline of the American empire with Alfred McCoy /* */ [...]
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