Eurasia

US: Our Middle East allies don’t get blank check to oppose US interests

“We will maintain our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, while seeking to further its integration with its neighbors and resuming our role as promoter of a viable two-state solution.” The Biden administration issued a warning to its allies in the Middle East not to oppose US policies and not to …

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Russia signals openness to the US, could that change the Middle East?

Where could the “bilateral cooperation continue,” as the Russian Foreign Ministry has indicated it might? On Iran, Russia sees US steps so far as pragmatic. Russia is signaling a willingness to open a new page in relations with the US as the new administration settles into power in Washington. TASS …

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Ballistic missiles target north Syria oil facilities in rare attack

Many alleged Russia and the Syrian regime were behind the attack which appears aimed at denying Turkish-backed Syrian groups from trading oil. An unusual attack on oil facilities in Turkish-occupied northern Syria occurred on Friday evening. Locals reported large explosions near Al-Bab and Jarablus. Turkey invaded this area in the …

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China Claims Economic Boost From Cancelled Migrant Plans – Analysis

To hear China’s state media tell the story of the country’s cancelled annual holiday, the economy has never had it so good. Ordinarily, many millions of migrant workers make the long trek from China’s production centers to their family homes in rural areas for the 40-day stretch around the Lunar …

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Oil prices continue to rise as Saudi Arabia and Russia talk production

The price of Brent crude continued to increase above its pre-pandemic levels during the OPEC+ meeting Thursday. Oil prices continue to rise above pre-pandemic levels as Saudi Arabia and Russia discuss production levels. The increase could help boost Gulf economies. The price of Brent crude, considered a global benchmark for …

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Republicans challenge Biden’s Pentagon policy nominee on Iran

Colin Kahl said he supports the Abraham Accords and continued pressure on Tehran. Republican lawmakers on Thursday dug into Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden’s pick to become the Pentagon’s top policy official — a role akin to the defense secretary’s right-hand with responsibility in broad swaths of US national security …

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Jordan set to open consulate in Western Sahara

Jordan is set to open a consulate in the Western Sahara region on Thursday, a Moroccan Foreign Ministry official told Anadolu Agency. “Jordan will open a general consulate in Laayoune [the largest city of the disputed Western Sahara region] on Thursday,” said the official, who preferred to remain unnamed due …

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Biden response to Khashoggi investigation ‘shocking,’ says UN official

The UN official who investigated the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi sharply criticized U.S. President Biden’s response to the killing, saying his administration’s failure to sanction Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a “dangerous” message to world leaders that they could kill dissidents and journalists with impunity. “I …

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Trump & Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars

On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a resolution to close …

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