Middle East Politics

In case anyone doesn’t realize the full enmity there is between Iran and Saudi Arabia……

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Why the nerve agent that poisoned the ex-Russian spy is so mysterious

On March 4th , former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in Salisbury, England. They were the victims of an apparent poisoning . The poison was identified this week as a nerve agent called Novichok , part of a group of chemical weapons said to be extremely potent that we know very little about.

Source: Why the nerve agent that poisoned the ex-Russian spy is so mysterious

Russia Releases Photos Showing US Special Ops At ISIS Positions In Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry has released aerial images allegedly showing ISIS, the SDF, and US special forces working side-by-side on the battlefield against Syrian and Russian forces in Dier ez-Zor, Syria . The aerial photos of ISIS’ territory north of #Deir_ez_Zor where #USA special operation troops are seen https://t.co/lH6u8H9bvZ pic.twitter.com/gjqlQubi9o — ??????????

Source: Russia Releases Photos Showing US Special Ops At ISIS Positions In Syria

Young and to the left? Not in Germany, where the Merkel generation prefers an old hand.

MAGDEBURG, Germany — Their parents grew up in a Germany divided against itself but on a continent coming together after mind-boggling violence. Their older cousins went to university and started working in the 1990s, a holiday from history as the economy became global and powerful nations mostly got along.

Source: Young and to the left? Not in Germany, where the Merkel generation prefers an old hand.

India And China Agree To “Disengage Troops” Along Disputed Border Area

On Monday morning, the world had one less geopolitical hotspot to worry about, when following months of escalating verbal jawboning and explicit threats on both sides, India agreed with China to disengage at the contested territorial dispute face-off site in Doklam.

Source: India And China Agree To “Disengage Troops” Along Disputed Border Area

In Historic Move, Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Qatar has remained defiant throughout its unprecedented summer diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states which have brought immense pressure to bear on the tiny gas and oil rich monarchy through a complete economic and diplomatic blockade imposed by its neighbors.

Source: In Historic Move, Qatar Restores Diplomatic Relations With Iran

Peace: Neither Ink nor Blood – INCERTO – Medium

Peace: Neither Ink nor Blood Arabs fighting to the last Palestinian –Where are the lions? –Italians don’t die easily– Make historians build rockets –Commerce makes people equal (or unequal but that’s another subject) One of the problems of the interventionista –wanting to get involved in other people’s affairs “in order to help”, while genuinely wanting to do good, results in disrupting some of the peace-making mechanisms that are inherent in human’s affairs, a combination of collaboration and strategic hostility.

Source: Peace: Neither Ink nor Blood – INCERTO – Medium