October, 2016 Geopolitics

Balkans’ «European Dream»

 PYOTR ISKENDEROV 
How the Balkans’ «European Dream» Collides with Their Vital Interests
It is not often in the tension-ridden European Union that politicians on different sides of the political barricades express solidarity on key issues.


China military

 
By John Pilger

JP: The Coming War on China is my 60th film and perhaps one of the most urgent. It continues the theme of illuminating the imposition of great power behind a facade of propaganda as news. In 2011, President Obama announced a ‘pivot to Asia’ of US forces: almost two-thirds of American naval power would be transferred to Asia and the Pacific by 2020.

Turkey warmongering

 Turkish air and ground forces are attacking northern Syria. The target is not ISIS – the presumed threat to Turkish interests – but rather Kurdish forces that have borne the brunt of anti-ISIS ground fighting and are key to the battle for Mosul in Iraq.

Basra oilfields

 
Author Mustafa Saadoun

Baghdad — On Oct. 17, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi called on Egyptian companies to participate in oil investment contracts. He said during a meeting with the Egyptian ambassador in Baghdad, Hassan Ahmed Darwish, “It is necessary to strengthen relations between Iraq and Egypt, especially in the oil business.”

Duterte

 
Scott N. Romaniuk, Amparo Pamela H. Fabe, Tobias J. Burgers

A new dawn for Philippine-China relations was said to have taken place nearly six months ago when Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte met with China’s Zhang Jianhua in Davao in early June 2016.

Turkey coup


The same forces which “predicted” and encouraged the July coup in Turkey are again in action. Michael Rubin, a neoconservative activist, connected in the past with Turkish Kemalists, has posted an article in the website of the ultra-hawkish American Enterprise Institute titles “Is a new coup in the cards in Turkey”. This article was reproduced by Newsweek.

Mosul ISIS


Daniel L. Davis

U.S. Army soldier Pfc. Victor Mendoza uses a calimeter on a M109 Paladin tank to calibrate targets before a live fire exercise on Guzlani Warrior Training Center. DVIDSHUB/Public domain
If the fight isn’t quick, ISIS will tear the shaky U.S.-led coalition apart.

Turkey Iraq


Turkey says troops using artillery near Mosul but Iraq rejects "participation" claim in ongoing Peshmerga-led operation.
Ongoing tensions between Turkey and Iraq have intensified after Turkey said its troops fired artillery rounds at ISIL targets near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, following a request by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

National Pact map


Erdogan’s aggressive nationalism is now spilling over Turkey’s borders, grabbing land in Greece and Iraq.
BY NICK DANFORTH

In the past few weeks, a conflict between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkey’s role in the liberation of Mosul has precipitated an alarming burst of Turkish irredentism. 

Mosul operation


By PATRICK COCKBURN

Mosul has been a dangerous place since the US-led invasion of 2003. It is the greatest Sunni Arab city of Iraq during an era in which the Sunni had lost their old predominance and have struggled against Shia-dominated governments in Baghdad and Kurdish rulers next door in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Turkey Russia


There was only one good aspect of the diplomatic crisis between Russia and Turkey that erupted after the downing of a Russian war plane by Turkish jets on the Syrian border nearly a year ago: The possible suspension of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant project.

U.S. Russia showdown

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report 
There is a sense in Washington and Moscow alike that a military showdown between the US and Russia is inevitable – direct this time, not through proxies, like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets last year. When the big powers are in direct confrontation, minor players step aside and run for cover.

Kashmir unrest


The Japan Times

Kashmir is again engulfed in violence. Over the summer, mass protests have demonstrated widespread public disaffection with Indian rule over the disputed territory. In mid-September, an attack by militants against an Indian Army camp claimed 18 lives; the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi blamed Pakistan for being behind the attack, a charge that Pakistan has denied.