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Trump Condemns “Horrible And Cowardly” Egypt Mosque Attack As Death Toll Hits 235

Update: After holding an emergency cabinet meeting, Egypt's el-Sisi, speaking publicly about today's attack for the first time, vowed that the perpetrators wouldn't go unpunished. El-Sisi earlier declared a State of Emergency and three-day morning period following the attack. However, many on twitter blamed el-Sisi's policies for emboldening the militants.   Worst thing about the […]

Mysterious Turk At Center Of “Secret Gold” Trade With Iran, Vanishes From Federal Jail

While long forgotten for some, in the summer of 2014, we reported in detail on what appeared to be the biggest, most bizarre money-laundering scheme ever, involving Turkey trading "200 tons of secret gold" with Iran… The topic of Turkey's Oil-for-Gold 'deals' has not been far from our thoughts over the last few years (here, […]

Over 61 Dead, 300 Injured After Huge Quake Strikes Iran-Iraq Border

Update: AP reports that Iranian officials raise death toll to at least 61, more than 300 injured during earthquake on Iran-Iraq border region. ???? ????????????? ?????? ?? ???????? ???????? ?????? ???? pic.twitter.com/FwBLiX4hBI — Rudaw (@Rudawkurdish) November 12, 2017 Iranian state TV said Iraqi officials had reported six deaths and 200 injuries inside Iraq, though there […]

Hezbollah Leader Says Saudi Arabia Has Declared War On Lebanon

If three days ago the middle east was on the "verge of a catastrophe", then moments ago it took one big step closer to the edge. Recall that on Tuesday we reported that Saudi Arabia had again cast itself as the victim of external Shia plotting, after its internal weekend of chaos which included a missile […]

Did Russia’s Iranian Energy Deal Kill Four Birds With One Stone?

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review, Russia’s gargantuan $30 billion energy deal with Iran simultaneously accomplished four objectives that are central to the grand strategic goals behind Moscow’s “Ummah Pivot”… Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin announced that his company signed a roadmap to invest the mind-numbingly large sum of $30 billion in the Iranian […]

NATO General Threatens “Consequences” For Turkey Buying Russian Air Defense System

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com, In looking to upgrade their air defense system, Turkey had a choice: buying the advanced Russian S-400 systems, or more expensive, US-made alternatives. Turkey chose to buy Russian, and NATO isn’t happy. While NATO was initially just complaining the S-400 was incompatible with their own systems, top NATO General Petr […]

Saudi Arabia Might Recognize Israel Because Of NEOM

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review, The half-a-trillion-dollar initiative to build a tristate city at the Saudi, Egyptian, and Jordanian border in the Gulf of Aqaba will more than likely lead to Riyadh recognizing Israel and integrating Tel Aviv into the project. The ambitious Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman unveiled a $500 billion […]

India ‘Elites’ Mimic Washington: Claim Russian ‘Twitter Troll’ Is Backing Opposition Party

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review, The US-Indian Strategic Partnership has rapidly evolved to such a point that the Indian government is now obliquely hinting that Russian twitter trolls are backing the country’s opposition leader, showing that New Delhi is willing to say and do anything in order to further ingratiate itself with Washington […]

A $500bn Mega City – Saudis Try To Turn Country Into Dubai 20 Years Too Late

A promotional video released on Tuesday features a lifestyle so far unavailable in Saudi cities. It showed women free to jog in leotards in public spaces, working alongside men and playing instruments in a musical ensemble. (Bloomberg – see below) Today the Saudi regime took another step forward in its effort (Vision 2030) to save itself by […]

Iraqi Kurd Army Agrees To Return To 2003 Border, Oil Slides

In a dramatic de-escalation of recent hostilities in Iraqi Kurdistan, where in a blitz campaign the Iraqi army was able to recapture Kirkuk , effectively regaining control of the oil-rich region, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, i.e. the army of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan told Sky News Arabia that it has agreed to return […]