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Contributing Foreign Editor/Syndicated Foreign Affairs Columinist -
Sun Media Group
(Pakistan's leading English language Newspaper)
Gulf Times (Qatar)
Khaleej Times (Dubai)
Frequent Commentator on foreign affairs: CNN, CNN International, MSNBC, Fox News, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CTV (National Canadian TV).
Author of "War at the Top of the World - the Stuggle for Afghanistan and Asia" Routledge 2002
Winner of 1998 South Asian Journalist Assn. Award for writing on India
Articles on foreign affairs published in
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SHARE Sunday, July 21, 2019 The Honey Trap on East 71st Street
Were Trump or Clinton involved? How much did they "party" with Epstein and revel in his fleshmart? There was talk of some sort of "intelligence" that spared him a harsh sentence. causeA respected former CIA official, Phil Giraldi has come right out and accused Epstein of being an Israeli agent of influence. Epstein was let off with a slap on the wrist on his first child abuse charge, because of his Israeli connections.
SHARE Monday, June 17, 2019 Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up
Who is attacking oil tankers in the Gulf between Oman and Iran? So far, the answer is still a mystery. The US, of course, accuses Iran. Iran says it's the US or its local allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 4, 2019 India's "Trump" Wins Big
Modi has sometimes been called 'India's Trump.' He was governor of India's most business-oriented state, Gujarat. Modi is openly antagonistic to Muslims and Sikhs, and failed to halt the massacre of thousands of Muslims during his tenure. He commands wide public support for his Muslim-bashing and anti-Pakistan invective. Modi likes to wave the scimitar and vaunt his military muscle.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 19, 2019 Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War
The Murdoch-owned media, New York Times and Washington shamelessly promoting more war in the Mideast. US media has made little progress since the yellow journalism era of William Randolph Hearst. As the great Mark Twain said, "if you don't read the daily newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read them, you are misinformed."
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 4, 2019 Sure. Let's Invade Venezuela. Another Jolly Little War.
The administration's frenzied neocons want to start a war against Venezuela, a large, developed nation of 32.7 million, at the same time we are threatening war against Iran, interfering all around Africa, and confronting Russia, China and perhaps North Korea. Large parts of the Mideast and Afghanistan lie in ruins thanks to our "liberation" campaigns.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 27, 2019 Trump's Crusaders March To War
The oil embargo not only violates international law, it sets the US on a collision course with some of its most important allies and vassal states. Brazen threats against Iran by Trump's two main enforcers, National Security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have reinforced America's unfortunate image as an imperial power that threatens war against disobedient satraps and independent-minded nations.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 24, 2019 Iraq: How We Were Lied into War
When Saddam grew too big for his britches, Washington lured him into invading Kuwait, another American-British oil satrapy. A hue and cry went out from Washington and London that Iraq had secret nuclear weapons that threatened the entire globe. War, thundered US-British propaganda, was urgent and necessary.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, March 18, 2019 Boeing's Doomed 737 MAX's
Ethiopia refused to hand over the crashed 737's black boxes (actually they are red) to the FAA, as is normal with US-built aircraft. Instead, Addis Ababa sent the data boxes for analysis to BEA, France's well-regarded aviation accident investigator. Clearly, Ethiopia lacks confidence in the veracity and impartiality of the FAA and the White House.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 10, 2019 More Power To You Miss Omar
Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have come to the defense of Ilhan Omar against the usual charges that she is anti-Semitic. So have black groups and smaller liberal Jewish groups. The Democratic Party, that once received half its financial support from Jewish sources, is badly split over the Palestine crisis.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 2, 2019 A Long Way To Go For Dinner
Either Trump was so anxious to get out of Washington to avoid the rising storm of scandals he faces or he thought he could flatter the North Korean leader into giving up his nuclear weapons, the only thing that prevents a US invasion of North Korea or a regime change operation.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 23, 2018 Time to Get Out of Syria
If the US deployment actually goes ahead: it will remove a major risk of war with nuclear-armed Russia, whose forces are in Syria at the invitation of the recognized government in Damascus. The US has no strategic interest in Syria and no business at all being militarily involved there. Except perhaps that the war party wants never-ending wars abroad for arms production and promotions.
SHARE Sunday, November 18, 2018 Le Bull In La French China Shop
Trump's evident hatred for Europe and calls by his neocon Praetorian Guard for the US to dominate the entire globe have made Europe turn away from its old subservience to Washington and talk about real independence. But the EU must have its own defense capabilities if it is to escape permanent thralldom to the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 4, 2018 The U.S. Backs The Mideast's Most Reactionary Nation
The clumsy, ham-handed meddling of President Trump in Saudi dynastic affairs propelled the bull in a china shop Crown Prince into power. The machinations of Trump's son-in- law, Jared Kushner, and his Israeli allies have ignited the current crisis. Trump & Co have very much to learn about the Mideast. So far, their attempt to play colonial viceroys has been a fiasco.
SHARE Sunday, October 21, 2018 The Khashoggi Murder -- Worse Than A Crime, A Mistake
Khashoggi was murdered and cut up into pieces in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, to where he was lured last week and from whence he never emerged alive. Turkish intelligence secretly monitoring the Saudi consulate picked up the gruesome details as Khashoggi's fingers were reportedly cut off, followed by his head.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 12, 2018 To Hell With U.S. Jobs, Let's Get Iran!
Turkey and Iran remain the last significant supporters in the region of the Palestinians. Trump and the New York City real estate developers, and the money men who surround him, are determined to show the independent-minded Iranians and Turks who is the big boss.Trump could be cutting off his nose to spite his face.
SHARE Sunday, May 20, 2018 Stop Kicking Sand In Kim's Face
Who can blame the North Koreans for blowing their tops? As Trump administration mouthpieces were gabbing about peace and light, the US Air Force was getting ready to fly B-52 heavy bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters around North Korea's borders and missile-armed subs lurked at sea. This provocation was the first of two major spring military exercises planned by the US and its reluctant South Korean satrap.
SHARE Sunday, May 13, 2018 Trump's War Against Iran
Now that the Trump administration has fallen fully under the influence of the pro-war neocons, an attempt to overthrow the Iranian government appears highly likely, using both military intervention and intensified economic warfare.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 22, 2018 Doctor Death From Damascus?
President Trump, whose B-52 bombers are ravaging the Mideast, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen calls al-Assad a "monster." Some of his relatives are indeed ruthless. But very many Syrians think of Assad as their nation's only hope of returning to normalcy.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 15, 2018 Playing With Nuclear Matches
Britain is trying to show the old lion still has some teeth. France used to be colonial ruler of today's Syria and wants to reassert its influence there. Trump may have been a Trojan Horse for US neocons. The Russians know if they back down over Syria, the US will proceed to its ultimate objective, turn Russia into a client state. This almost happened under the drunken Yeltsin and is why Putin came to power.
SHARE Sunday, June 25, 2017 Tensions Mount As The New Saudi Prince Takes Charge
A palace coup in Saudi Arabia just sidelined the kingdom's iron-handed number two, former Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef and replaced him by 31-year old Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of King Salman. The King is said to be seriously ill. But the 15,000-member Saudi family is not pleased by the defenestration of heir apparent Nayef.