Recently there has been much discussion in the media about the apparent diplomatic rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran and the simultaneous worsening of relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. And increasingly frequent mention is being made of the 1913 creation of the U.S. Federal Reserve System; December will mark its 100th anniversary. In my opinion, the coincidence of recent events in the Middle East and the upcoming centennial of the Federal Reserve is very symbolic.
Another US President has plunged his country deeper into another Middle East military adventure “to take the fight to this terrorist group, for the security of the country and the region and for the entire world”. Worn-out rhetoric aside, what could be the underlying causes for the decision? Radio VR discusses it with Syrian analyst Taleb Ibrahim and US analyst Paul Craig Roberts.
Barak Obama placed Russia second on the list of new global dangers, with ISIS coming in third. What kind of rhetoric is that and why would the US President opt to revive the Cold War customs? Radio VR is discussing the subject with US historian and author William Blum and US political analyst Paul Craig Roberts.
Self-proclaimed Caliphate, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has become one of the main topics for all the world’s news. Radical Islamists who proclaimed in June the establishment of its own quasi-state, now control more than half of Iraq territory and part of the Syria. The shocking footage of murders of foreign journalists and prisoners from among the Iraqi republican armed forces and police, spread all over the global information space. At the same time, advocates of a “caliphate” does not recognize any international legal standards, nor a diplomatic settlement. “Caliphate has no boundaries – only the front” – they believe.
How could it happen that at the heart of the civilized world, for which fighting against terrorism is the issue number one, has arisen an extreme formation of country-like size?