Donald Trump Would Be Right to Strike Syria
In apparently launching a chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in western Syria on April 7, 2018, Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad seems to be deliberately testing, even daring, U.S. president Donald Trump to strike back. In April 2017, Trump retaliated against a previous regime gas attack... Read more
How Syria Fits Into the Trump-Russia Scandal
In late February 2018 The Washington Post reported that one of Vladimir Putin’s main oligarch allies, Yevgeniy Prigozhin, was an intermediary between the Syrian government, the Russian government and Russian mercenaries under Prigozhin’s control. This is the same Yevgeniy Prigozhin who was indicted in February along with 12 other... Read more
Only Security Can Buy Time for Oil-Exporters to Evolve
As energy ministers and corporate executives emerge from CeraWeek in Houston in early March 2018, it is increasingly clear that the future of OPEC is shrouded in a dark, murky liquid. The cartel’s 14 member states, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Iran in the Middle East, African... Read more
Follow the Russian Natural Gas
To make sense of Carter Page — an American oil consultant and former foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump — you have to look at his proximity to Ukraine, Russia and some seemingly bizarre natural-gas deals. Back in the mid-2000s, future Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort set up shop in... Read more
Trump’s Real Estate Deals Took Money From Russian Crooks
This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one. By the mid-2000s, Donald Trump was having a hard time finding investors. He had just declared bankruptcy in 2004 for one of his major casino businesses to the tune of $1.8 billion in debt–and would declare another bankruptcy... Read more
Trump Aides and Russian Mobsters Pulled Strings in Putin’s Massive Ukraine Gas Scheme
Before Donald Trump was president or a candidate, and when he was hurting for investors as Wall Street had all but shut down loaning operations to him, his businesses established extensive ties to Russian oligarchs, including some allegedly affiliated with organized crime. At the same time, associates of Russian... Read more
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