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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Will confronting Iran lead to war or peace?

Will confronting Iran lead to war or peace?

By Richard Falk October 3, 2019 Prefatory Note: The post below is a slightly modified version of an interview published in The Nation on September 25th, following the September 14th attack on Saudi oil facilities. It follows a pattern with respect to Iran of accusations, denials, and public uncertainties. This combination of elements, given the leadership in Washington […]

How Yemen’s Houthis are bringing down a Goliath

How Yemen’s Houthis are bringing down a Goliath

By Pepe Escobar October 1, 2019 “It is clear to us that Iran bears responsibility for this attack. There is no other plausible explanation. We support ongoing investigations to establish further details.” Originally posted on in the Asia Times on September 25, 2019 here The statement above was not written by Franz Kafka. In fact, it was […]

Taiwan is not going back to China

Taiwan is not going back to China

By Jonathan Power January 9, 2019 Those, like some highly placed people in the US government and Congress, who say it is inevitable that Taiwan with its population of 24 million will one day return as part of mainland China rather as Hong Kong did, have really missed a beat. There is simply no likelihood […]

The US has Saudi Arabia over a barrel

The US has Saudi Arabia over a barrel

By Jonathan Power January 1, 2019 Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman remains at large, the unapologetic murderer (according to the CIA) of the respected dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Even though President Donald Trump came close to accusing him of the deed, he has pulled back, citing Saudi Arabia’s importance as an oil producer and arms […]

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “A Very Dangerous Place”

How the Saudis with U.S. Help Made the Middle East “A Very Dangerous Place”

Photo: March 20, 2018. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the White House in Washington. (Photo credit: voanews.com).   By Emile Nakhleh* November 30, 2018 The Middle East, like the rest of the world, is a “very dangerous place!” according to President Trump. The Saudis, with America’s tacit help, made it […]

Doing battle with Saudi Arabia

Doing battle with Saudi Arabia

  By Jonathan Power  November 27, 2018 How can Saudi Arabia be brought low? If the King won’t remove from power his 33 old son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, there may be no alternative but to do battle (non-violently) with its regime. There seems to be no doubt that it was bin Salman who gave […]

President Trump’s disturbing speech at the UN: This not the time to just laugh!

President Trump’s disturbing speech at the UN: This  not the time to just laugh!

  By Farhang Jahanpour September 26   Last year I wrote that Trump’s speech at the UN General Assembly was perhaps the worst speech ever delivered from that podium, certainly by a Western leader. This year he surpassed himself. Why is there no rule to say that someone who openly violates the basic norms of […]