Putin’s brazen bluffs obscure increasing weakness

Russia is banking that a new U.S. administration will give it a way out of the hole it has dug for itself

Putin’s brazen bluffs obscure increasing weaknessPORTLAND, Ore. Jan. 16, 2017 /Troy Media/ – If Vladimir Putin ever writes his autobiography, he must call it The Art of the Bluff. No Russian leader since Catherine the Great’s prime minister, Grigory Potemkin, has done a more masterful job of blending guile, audacity and bluff to project an undeserved illusion of power and success. Whether…

Ancient wisdom for a world struggling to find peace

Establishing lasting peace in the Middle East will not be simple, but the prophet Ezekiel shows us a way

Ancient wisdom for a world struggling to find peacePRINCE GEORGE, B.C., Jan. 12, 2017/Troy Media/ – How do we reconcile the polar opposites of a world with too much turmoil with a world that routinely witnesses amazing human triumphs? We've seen governments fail and people displaced and forced to become refugees. But we've also seen consistent economic and population growth in countries like Canada. How can…

The battle for Mosul inches forward

So far, Islamic State forces have stopped short of using civilians as a buffer between its and the advancing Iraqi military

The battle for Mosul inches forwardPORTLAND, Ore. Jan. 8, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq, now in its 12th week, has gone about as expected – Islamic State forces are not leaving their stronghold quietly. Iraqi forces, backed by Sunni militias and Kurdish Peshmerga units, have steadily advanced into the eastern half of Mosul. At the same time, Shiite militia…

The legacy of the Arab Spring is chaos and civil war

The political instability accompanying the Arab Spring has created spaces where jihadist groups can flourish

The legacy of the Arab Spring is chaos and civil warPORTLAND, Ore. Dec. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – On Dec. 17, 2010, a street vendor in Tunis named Mohamed Bouazizi immolated himself in protest of the arbitrary seizure of his vegetable stand by a local government official. That act triggered the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia and a wave of public unrest throughout the Middle East that…

The West is not to blame for the Aleppo tragedy

Forgive me for not wanting Canada to get involved in this game, other than to take in and support as many refugees as we can

The West is not to blame for the Aleppo tragedyRED DEER, Alta. Dec. 19, 2016/Troy Media/ – The tenuous ceasefire in Aleppo has allowed a heartbreaking, stuttering exodus of residents, fleeing whoever it is who will take over their ruined city next. And the flow of these now-refugees raises deep concerns – and plenty of blame. Just don't blame the West. Syria's civil war has resulted in a nation that not…

Turkey is the Middle East’s newest rogue actor

Erdogan asserts that his government has a right to a sphere of influence over the region that once made up the Ottoman Empire

Turkey is the Middle East’s newest rogue actorPORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Turkey's rogue role in the battle for Mosul suggests it wants to permanently upset the balance of power in the region. Turkish President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan has been insisting the Turkish military should take part in the liberation of Mosul. Turkish troops are already in northern Iraq.…

Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless Obama

To the KGB-schooled “hard men” of the Kremlin, dealing with the Obama administration is akin to taking candy from a baby

Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless ObamaPORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The [popup url="http://www.troymedia.wpmudev.host/2016/09/16/yet-another-syrian-cease-fire/" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]Syrian ceasefire[/popup] has collapsed. At best it survived 48 hours. In reality it was stillborn. The UN Security Council is expected to take up a resolution in the next few days calling for a new ceasefire, but given Russia’s veto on the…

Mustard gas – the original WMD – is set to stage a return

After an absence of almost a century, mustard gas is about to return to the modern battlefield

Mustard gas – the original WMD – is set to stage a returnPORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 2, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A little more than 100 years ago, at the Second Battle of Ypres, the German Army unleashed the first large scale use of poison gas on the Western Front. Following a two-day bombardment, the German Army simultaneously released 168 tons of chlorine gas over a four-mile front.…

Mosul’s fate can only be devastatingly tragic

The liberation of Mosul is going to be the bloodiest, most bitterly-fought urban campaign since Stalingrad

Mosul’s fate can only be devastatingly tragicPORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The battle for Mosul will end in tragedy for hundreds of thousands of the city's inhabitants. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi recently told the UN that the campaign to liberate Mosul would begin within weeks. He predicted victory by year’s end. U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,…

Yet another Syrian ceasefire without good prospects

Even if the U.S. succeeds in rolling back the Islamic State, one or more rebel alliances committed to Sharia law will rise up in its place

Yet another Syrian ceasefire without good prospectsPORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have announced another ceasefire in the Syrian civil war. The end result is unlikely to be positive. Ostensibly, the purpose of the ceasefire is to allow aid convoys from Turkey to bring badly-needed supplies to the besieged…