A Machiavellian US in the Middle East

A Machiavellian US in the Middle East

Jonathan Power May 13, 2020 The war in Syria has dropped out of the news, like almost everything else, in a time when the Coronavirus seems to dominate all discourse and reporting. But the regime of Bashar al-Assad continues to strangle its own country. The Russians continue to bomb on his behalf, terrifying civilians and […]

WikiLeaks reveals how the US aggressively pursued regime change in Syria, igniting a bloodbath

WikiLeaks reveals how the US aggressively pursued regime change in Syria, igniting a bloodbath

April 3, 2020 Robert Reuel Naiman Given the systematic distortion of the Syrian conflict that we have pointed out here on The Transnational many times before, we find it important to highlight the – always omitted – early role of the United States in fomenting what broke out in violence in early 2011. This is […]

How the US helped create Al Qaeda and ISIS

How the US helped create Al Qaeda and ISIS

February 21, 2020 By Garikai Chengu Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region. The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will […]

US-Iran tensions after murder of Soleimani

US-Iran tensions after murder of Soleimani

With Farhang Jahanpour and Bamo Nuri January 9, 2020 Here is an informed and complex discussion by two experts, one of them being Dr. Farhang Jahanpour, Oxford, who is also a TFF Associate and Dr. Bamo Nouri, expert US Foreign Policy. It lasts for about the first 20 minutes of this IndusNews program anchored by […]

The Suleimani assassination: Not a retaliation but an act of war

The Suleimani assassination: Not a retaliation but an act of war

By Chas Freeman January 4, 2020 This was not a retaliation, as claimed, but the pre-planned exploitation of a pretext to assassinate a foreign official designated as an enemy as well as the commander of an Iraqi militia hostile to the United States. It was an act of war that will inevitably evoke reprisal. Iran […]

Western moral decay: Syria – the war, the loss and the silence

Western moral decay: Syria – the war, the loss and the silence

Child from Eastern Aleppo receiving food in the Jibrin reception camp, December 14, 2016Photo © Jan Oberg By Jan Oberg December 20, 2019 The liberation of Eastern Aleppo took place 3 years and a few days ago – December 12, 2016. On December 12, 2012, on the day, 4 years earlier, Western countries and allies […]

Douma, Syria: Did your media tell you it was most likely a false flag operation?

Douma, Syria: Did your media tell you it was most likely a false flag operation?

By Jan Oberg December 9, 2019 Imagine that you tell a friend something and you say it’s a fact and you know the sources are reliable – but then, a few weeks later, you learn that there was more to it, perhaps even that what you were in good faith believing was unfortunately factually wrong. […]

The Middle East: A complex re-alignment

The Middle East: A complex re-alignment

By Conn M. Hallinan November 27, 2019 The fallout from the September attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities is continuing to reverberate throughout the Middle East, sidelining old enmities – sometimes for new ones – and re-drawing traditional alliances. While Turkey’s recent invasion of northern Syria is grabbing the headlines, the bigger story may […]

Iran, the Great Satan?

Iran, the Great Satan?

By Jonathan Power November 20, 2019 Of all the present foes of America it is Iran which has consistently been over time the number one.  Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979 that overthrew the secular-minded Shah and supplanted him with a militant, sometimes warlike, Islamic theocracy, it has been America’s Great Satan. (But for Europe […]

Russia isn’t getting the recognition it deserves on Syria

Russia isn’t getting the recognition it deserves on Syria

By Scott Ritter November 4, 2019 At a time when the credibility of the United States as either an unbiased actor or reliable ally lies in tatters, Russia has emerged as the one major power whose loyalty to its allies is unquestioned, and whose ability to serve as an honest broker between seemingly intractable opponents […]