Analysis

Putin, Oligarchy and Alt-Media Delusion

One of the big pro-Putin myths floating around the alt-media blogosphere is that because the ex-KGB chief jailed and/or exiled a number of corrupt oligarchs during his rise to power, then that must mean Putin is against oligarchy itself. Wrong. Merriam-Webster’s definition of oligarchy is: oligarchy: a country, business, etc., that is controlled by a small …

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On Russia’s Campaign in Syria

So Russia has launched an air campaign in Syria to allegedly defend the embattled Assad regime. While this action will undoubtedly tickle the fancy of Putin’s diehard supporters in anti-Zionist circles, it does not undermine the logical, factual inferences I laid out in my recent essay. The bottom line is this: Putin …

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Mixed Signals from Moscow: Putin’s Russia, Israel and the Middle East

We have been hearing loud assertions of Russian benevolence towards the Arab world for some time, usually emanating from certain dogmatic quarters of anti-Zionist, anti-imperialist circles on the web. These analysts see themselves as top class mind readers, tapping into the brain of Vladimir Putin and interpreting his every geopolitical …

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The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues

Do you believe that governments occasionally conspire to undermine the public good? Do you believe that governments manipulate people through fear to achieve nefarious ends such as war and intervention abroad? Do you believe that ‘elected’ officials serve rich and powerful special interests rather than the majority population? If you …

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Iran Deal: Ploy for Future Sabotage?

Many are hailing the recent nuclear agreement between the P5+1 powers and Iran as “historic” and a political “breakthrough,” the turning of a new leaf of peace and reconciliation between the West and the Islamic Republic. Such sentiments, while good intentioned, are naïve at best. As we learned all too …