Who Really Won the Cold War?

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall the West was under the illusion that it had won the Cold War. The Western powers had defeated communism, brought down the Iron Curtain, freed the peoples living under Soviet influence, brought the dreaded Berlin Wall down and saw the disbandment of the Warsaw Pact. NATO, the West, […]

Showdown in Ukraine: Putin’s Quest for Ports, Oil, Pipelines and Gas

Yes, Russia is guilty of meddling in Ukraine, but then again so are the United States and the European Union. The major difference is that far less was said and much less reported by the international media over the Americans’ and Europeans’ interference than of Russia’s actions and the reactions it caused. Where Russia is […]

Why Is Syria Important to Iran?

Remember Bill Clinton’s catchy slogan “it’s all about the economy, stupid?”  Well when it comes to the Middle East, it’s all about the oil.  The wars, the disputes, the bickering, it all boils down to one thing: oil. To better understand the geopolitics of oil let’s take a good look at a map of the […]

A Cry from the Heart: Syria and the Mathematics of War

Take a good look at the horrific pictures all over the Internet today showing the massive destruction to the city of Homs, in Syria and then come back to this article. With the images destruction fresh in our minds, let us try and put politics aside for a moment, if that is at all possible. […]

Oil, Natural Gas and Mayhem

Recent discoveries of oil and natural gas fields off the coasts of Lebanon and Israel are not likely to settle any of the region’s long-standing disputes. Rather they may instead accentuate some of the differences between the various groups that populate this violence-prone society where logic is more precious – and rare — than the […]

Open Season on Syria’s Civil War

Igitur qui desiderat pacem, preparet bellum — If you want peace prepare for war, this old adage is believed to have been spoken by the Roman military writer Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus. And this is precisely what the European Union and the Russians are doing over Syria. Or rather they talk about war while preparing […]