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Waging war on Russia: Looking into Volgograd terror blasts Eric Draitser is an independent geopolitical analyst based in New York City and the founder of Get short URL Published time: January 03, 2014 14:16 The heinous terrorist attacks in Volgograd in recent days are merely the latest chapter in a terrorist war aimed at destabilizing Russia politically and economically, while tearing at the very fabric of Russian society. As the families of the more than 30 dead mourn their loved ones, details of the incidents are beginning to paint an all-too familiar picture for anyone who has followed the development of jihadi groups in the Russian Caucasus. A suicide bomber detonates explosives inside a crowded railway station, killing at least 17 and wounding many more. Another bomber strikes an electric trolleybus, killing 14 and critically wounding many more, including several small children. Such scenes of carnage are nothing new to the Russian people, who ha

The Russian-Saudi Showdown at Sochi

  TEHRAN (FNA)- Last summer, Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar reportedly offered Russian President Putin a deal, if Russia abandons Syria, Saudi Arabia would protect the Sochi Olympics from Islamic terrorists. Putin is said to have angrily rebuffed the offer. Now, with two terrorist attacks, it’s Putin’s move. Monday’s terrorist bombings only 400 miles away from the site of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have a geopolitical back story involving implied threats from Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan to Russian President Vladimir Putin last summer when Bandar was pressing Putin to withdraw his backing for the Syrian government. According to a diplomatic leak detailing the Bandar-Putin meeting in Moscow on July 31, Bandar suggested that Putin’s agreement to abandon the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad would lead Saudi Arabia to restrain its Chechen terrorist clients who have been attacking Russia targets for years. Putin reportedly grew furious,

Some at U.S. diplomatic posts earn less than $1 a day

Story Highlights Report: Diplomatic posts overseas losing staff to other higher-paying jobs S ome forced to cut back to one meal a day, have children to peddle on street Report has no numbers about how many employees are in that situation Official: Difficult to confirm $1 pay claims because of local currency May 13, 2009 -- Updated 0055 GMT (0855 HKT) By Charley Keyes CNN  WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A new State Department report says some local employees hired by U.S. embassies and other posts around the world are so poorly paid they have to cut back to one meal a day or send their children to peddle on the streets. The State Department has established a "working group" to better assess pay situations for locally employed staff. The State Department has established a "working group" to better assess pay situations for locally employed staff. The report from the depa

Litany of US Torture abroad of ‘the other’ against International law and Conventions.

  By  Gajendra Singh   Since September 2002, I have written dozens of articles on the 2003 US led illegal invasion of Iraq with its “shock and awe ‘barbarism and criminality to frightened, not only the Iraqi natives, but the entire world. Yes with crazies having and idiotic G Bush in power, it was a pathetic and brutal show by US which spends more than USD 600 billion, against Iraq’s 5 billion of military expenditure, even that was degraded with’ Operation comfort ‘for N. Iraq .In its so-called defence, Washington maintains hundreds of bases all around the world to frighten everyone into submission. The World War II finished in 1945, but the US troops are still based in Germany and Japan.   Apart from writing dozens of articles on the invasion and brutal occupation of Iraq 50 selected articles are given below. 2011/12/50-articles-on-us-led- illegal-war-on.html    I had also delivered lectures at various universities in India, defence ac

Why the US will have to eat crow over Devyani Khobragade row

 by Rajeev Sharma Jan 1, 2014   It is now a question of when, not if, the United States throws in the towel in the long and ugly Indo-US diplomatic spat involving Devyani Khobragade, India’s deputy consul general in New York, and withdraw all criminal cases against her. The US will have to eat crow over the Devyani affair, though it may or may not apologise for the incident. But that is not so material. However, it will be in long term national interests of India if the US takes a few months in closing all cases against Devyani. Stumped! Here is the explanation. The US will have to eat crow over the Devyani affair, though it may or may not apologise for the incident. PTI Two points have been made here at the outset: (i) that it is an open and shut case that India and Devyani will win the legal battle in the US; and (ii) that it will be in long term Indian interest if the “closure” of the Devyani case were to formally drag on a few months.  These twin arguments derive strength from


- How a road was restored to its rightful owners Diplomacy: K.P. Nayar The story of a more-than-a-decade-long road closure surrounding the American embassy in New Delhi — now withdrawn — is the story of the most egregious land-grab in the heart of India’s capital by the United States of America, playing on the trauma and disquiet among Indian officials after the events of September 11, 2001. Within hours of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, called a meeting of the cabinet committee on security to which the three armed-services chiefs and heads of security agencies were also invited. “We have already initiated action for providing all necessary additional security and safeguards required for the US embassy [in New Delhi and American consulates in other cities],” the external affairs minister, Jaswant Singh, announced suo motu