US versus Russia in Libya: Good versus Evil?

The reality of our world today is that it is essentially divided into spheres of influence; not between countries, but between America’s dispatched military assets in the form of permanent air, naval and military bases. These spheres are commonly referred to as: USSOUTHCOM; Western Hemisphere (south America and the Caribbean), USCENTCOM; Middle East, USAFRICOM; Africa, USPACOM Pacific Ocean & Asia, …

Russian Ambassador killed in Ankara: The implications

In an extraordinary development, the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, has  been shot dead whilst giving a speech at an art gallery. The shooter is reported to have shouted “this is for Aleppo”. The shooting comes as tensions simmer between Turkey and Russia over events in Syria, with President Erdogan having to perform a tactical ‘retreat’ earlier this year …

Editorial: How we got to Aleppo

The outpouring of emotion, the shock, the horror, the repeat of those eternal empty words of ‘never again’, has dominated my personal social media feed. In fact, I could be forgiven for assuming everyone in the world is heartbroken by what has taken place, but for the few comments here and there that suggest that, somewhere, the news of Aleppo …

Why Erdogan lambasted Iraq’s Abadi

Erdogan had harsh words for Iraqi Prime Minsiter Haider al-Abadi. On the diplomatic front, the Turkish President may well have transgressed on Iraq’s sovereignty and there are legitimate question marks over the presence of Turkish troops on Iraqi soil. However, in the wider context, Erdogan has simply described the current status quo, and called out the Iraqi demands for what they …

‘Mercenaries’ are the preferred option – even for the US

The ‘war on terror’ has given rise to ‘remote control’ warfare where ‘lite’ warfare is viewed as a more effective counter-terrorism strategy than conventional forces. Increasingly private military and security companies have been commissioned with the responsibility for solving security problems in conflict areas. Private military and security companies, known as PMSCs, are private businesses that provide services in conflict …

Why have the Arabs been unable to unite over Syria?

You would be forgiven for thinking that the Syria crisis, with all that makes it one of the greatest tragedies of our time, could unite the Arab countries to come together as a united front to end the crisis. After all, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE and other regional powers have all declared that they will not accept a …

The Remiss Fondness of Western Mainstream Media for Fethullah Gulen

The coup attempt Turkey faced on 15th July 2016 had repercussions both domestically and internationally. One of the bizarre things to arise out of the coup attempt was the subjective approach and coverage of Western mainstream media. I allude to this point in my previous article . In this article however, I am specifically analysing the level of involvement Gulenists …