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After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

By Brian M Downing The Syrian civil war has raged for over a year now, ever since peaceful protest turned into armed rebellion. In recent months, rebel groups have become more effective and various armed units have emerged. They have little in common beside opposition to the Assad regime, and their allegiance to any command […]

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Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

Saudi Arabia’s dangerous alliance with Salafi forces against the Arab Spring

By Brian M Downing The uprisings of the Arab Spring have been supported in the West and many other countries as well.  The tide is seen as welcome, inevitable, and essential to placing the region on a proper political and economic track. That view, however, is not shared in Saudi Arabia. The view from Riyadh […]

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Moscow plays on fears of China in global quest for naval bases

Moscow plays on fears of China in global quest for naval bases

By Brian M Downing Russia recently announced its intention to obtain naval facilities in various parts of the world, including Vietnam, the Seychelles, and Cuba. Acquiring naval bases has historically been a means of signaling rising power. Theodore Roosevelt knew this when he sent the Great White Fleet on a global tour. China knows this […]

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Election year petro-politics, Obama and Iran

Election year petro-politics, Obama and Iran

ByBrian M Downing A few months ago, Saudi Arabia lowered oil production and attributed it to excess world supply. Oil experts saw this as odd because Libyan and Syria production were way down and Nigerian production was thought in jeopardy from bombing incidents. Some thought the long awaited “twilight in the desert” might be nigh, […]