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The Two Narratives of the Macron Administration: one for France and one for Iraq

The Western Press has not understood the full significance of the French Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defense (Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly)'s trip to Iraq on 25 and 26 August 2017. The media is content to regurgitate the official version: that France is committed to fighting Daesh and supports the reconstruction of Iraq. As it happens, the French delegation now in Baghdad, has provided a 430 million euro loan, but has not donated any money. Of particular note: making a (...)

The Emirates admits that Assad has won

In an interview given to an Emirates daily newspaper, The National, Robert Ford, who had been the US ambassador to Syria under the Obama administration, made the following statement: “The war will gradually be drawn to an end. Assad has won and he will stay [in power]. He will never be held to account [for what has happened], and Iran will remain in Syria. This is a new reality that we have to accept, and there is not really very much that we can do about this state of affairs.” Robert (...)

Jordan lends its support to Syria

The Minister of Jordan in charge of press relations, Mohamed Momani, appeared on national television to show case the excellent relations his country has with Syria. According to the United Nations, Jordan is providing a safe haven to 650 000 Syrian refugees. However Amman thinks that the actual number is probably more like 1.4 million; a huge population considered to balance out the Jordanian demographics where 80% of the inhabitants are Palestinian. During the war, Jordan tried as far (...)

Germany involved in the attacks in Catalonia

The Spanish Police think that Abdelbaki Es Satty was the leader of the terrorist cell that on 17 and 18 August 2017, attacked its targets in Barcelona and Cambrills. When in prison, Es Satty formed a friendship with Rachid Aglif, sentenced to 21 years in jail for participating in a meeting to make preparations for the attacks in Madrid (11 March 2004). Up until June, Abdelbaki Es Satty was the Imam of the mosque in the North of Ripoll. As it happens, this mosque depends on the Syrian (...)

Saudi Arabia gets ready to change its foreign policy

Saudi Arabia continues with its preparations for King Salmane's abdication and for his replacement by his son, Prince Mohammed. First: Saudi Arabia is getting ready to withdraw from Yemen. Although Prince Mohammed is at the origin of the conflict, he has now understood that that he just cannot win this battle, and could let the responsibility of this disastrous adventure flow back to his father, King Salmane. This approach is confirmed by emails exchanged between the US ambassador Martin (...)

Russia had just finished dismantling Syria’s chemical arsenal

On 25 August 2017, the Russian General Igor Kirillov confirmed, that his country had just dismantled two chemical weapons sites belonging to the Syrian Arab Army. The Syrian Arab Republic had denied any involvement in the Ghouta chemical attack which took place in August 2013. It also confirmed that since the 1950s, it had had this type of weapon and lacked the means of destroying them. It had signed up to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and had entrusted the task of (...)

Save the date: 25 September 2017 for the dismantling of Iraq

According to pledges made by the President of the region of the Iraqi Kurdistan, a referendum will take place on Monday 25 September 2017. The issue: the independence of a State called “Kurdistan”, This “Kurdistan” would include both the region of the Iraqi Kurdistan and the territories that it annexed, working in collaboration with Daesh; the territories from which it had driven out most of the non-Kurdish populations so that today, the Kurds are in the majority. At the time of the fall of (...)

The US confront the “freedom of expression”

A gaping hole is being dug out of the heart of US society on how freedom of expression should be conceptualized. The tradition has been that all opinions, even the most blinkered, could be expressed and propagated in the US – that former British colony. Thus, in the eighteen hundreds, the Puritans who had been banished from English and who had sought refuge in the Netherlands, could freely board the Mayflower and emigrate to the other side of the Atlantic. And there they were free to (...)

Moqtada Sadr visits Saudi Arabia and the Emirates

The Shiite Nationalist leader Moqtada Sadr met the Prince Mohamed ben Salmane, heir to the throne in Riyadh (photo) and is now in the United Arab Emirates where he has met its heir to the throne, Mohammed ben Zayed Al-Nahyane. Moqtada Sadr supports the former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and challenges Iran's influence over the Iraqi Shi-ite community. Moqtada Sadr's increasing power is good news for Iraq to the extent that Sadr is promoting Iraq's national unity, thereby countering (...)

The White House receives an Israeli delegation. The Agenda: Syria

An Israeli delegation will be received at the White House this week. The agenda: Syria. The three members of the Israeli delegation are: • Yossi Cohen (photo), Head of Mossad (Foreign Intelligence); • General Herzl Halevi, Head of Aman (Military Intelligence); and • Colonel Zohar Palti, Head of Military and Political Affairs at the Ministry of Defense. This delegation will meet with the following US representatives: • General H.R. McMaster, National Security Advisor; • Dina Powell, (...)