Turning Victory Into Defeat

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by William Astore One of the finest military memoirs of any generation is Defeat Into Victory, British Field Marshal Sir William Slim’s perceptive account of World War II’s torturous Burma campaign, which ended in a resounding victory over Japan. When… Continue Reading  

In Beirut: Fractured Summit, Deadlocked Government

Minister of Economy and Trade, Raed Khoury, presides over preparatory meeting for the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit (Government of Lebanon)

by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz The Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, which ended in Beirut on January 20, was trivialized by politics. Lebanon convened this important regional event before forming a new government that has been in the making for… Continue Reading  

Trump Punts on Syria

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by John Feffer Donald Trump wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Wednesday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay for the pullout. Maybe… Continue Reading  

In the Shadow of Donald Trump

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by Tom Engelhardt Breaking News! — as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that’s breaking in the United States on just about any… Continue Reading  

Middle Eastern Black Swans Dot China’s Belt and Road

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by James M. Dorsey  If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power, it is the greater Middle East,… Continue Reading