US – Japanese Defense Treaty also covers disputed Diaoyu / Senkaku Islands: Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Making America great again with really dumb diplomacy?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The defense treaty between the United States and Japan also covers the disputed Senkaku Islands said U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday while visiting Japan during his current Asia trip. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Making America great again with really dumb diplomacy? Pence is on an Asia trip focusing among others More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Meet Russia’s New Arctic Military Base: And what have ExxonMobil and Rex Tillerson to do with it?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Russia’s Ministry of Defense invited to a virtual tour around its very real military base on Alexandra Land in the Franz Josef Archipelago in the Arctic. The architecture is futuristic, More...

Tillerson arrives in Moscow - is a new era with a policy of tensions that benefits Moscow as much as it benefits Washington in the pipeline?
By Christof Lehmann On Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Tillerson visits Moscow: A New “Yalta” during the Trump and Putin Administrations?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in the Russian capital Moscow on Wednesday, April 12, for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. On the top of their agenda will More...

By Christof Lehmann On Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

No “Problems” with Export of Iraqi – Kurdish Oil via Turkey and Drawing New Borders in the Middle East

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Amidst intense discussions about a referendum on the independence of northern Iraq’s predominantly Kurdish region, the Kurdistan Ministry of Natural Resources notes that there were More...

Eagles of Zagros (archives)
By Christof Lehmann On Monday, March 20th, 2017

Iranian Kurds Attack Revolutionary Guards in New Year Offensive

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Iranian – Kurdish Peshmerga branding themselves as Zagros Eagles launched an offensive against the headquarters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Command in the predominantly More...

US troops in Syria's Aleppo province (archives)
By Christof Lehmann On Friday, March 10th, 2017

U.S. Deploys Marines to Syria for Raqqa Operation Into Highly Disputed – Congested Theater

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The United States deployed U.S. Marines to northeastern Syria to provide artillery support for local forces in the upcoming assault against Islamic State in Raqqa. Turkey criticized the More...

KDP-I Peshmerga
By Christof Lehmann On Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Baghdad Lawmakers Ask Iranian Kurdish KDP-I in Iraq to Disarm or Leave – Wildcards in a Wider ME War

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Iraqi lawmakers in the capital Baghdad demand that Iranian and Turkish Kurdish militants, primarily the KDP-I and PKK leave the country. The KDP-I is a sister-party to the northern Iraqi More...

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By nsnbc On Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Russia Hosts Pan-Kurdistan Conference – The Third Great Middle East War

nsnbc : Russia hosted the annual pan-Kurdistan conference in the capital Moscow with participants of major Kurdish parties from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran to discuss the future of Kurdistan and Kurdish politics More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Monday, February 13th, 2017

North Korean Missile Launch Prompts Criticism – Especially from Powers Armed to the Teeth with Nukes

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The UN Security Council is set to hold an emergency session on Monday following the test launch of a strategic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) a.k.a. More...

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By Christof Lehmann On Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Kurds Divided Along Geopolitical Fault Lines

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC) claimed three of its members were arrested by security forces linked to the Democratic Union Party (PYD). The PYD rejects these reports as false. More...