Erdogan’s Staunch Independence Pays Off: Turkey to be Granted Sanctions Waiver Over Iranian Oil

While today’s headlines have been dominated by the long awaited moment when the US has officially re-imposed all pre-2015 sanctions against Iran as well as new Trump era sanctions, the far more crucial story in respect of immediate global developments surrounds the question of ‘which eight countries will receive sanctions […]

If The EU Actually Wants to Preserve the JCPOA Against US Wishes, European Leaders Must Learn From Turkey and Erdogan

When Donald Trump reached what for him was a forgone conclusion and withdrew the United States from the JCPOA (aka Iran nuclear deal), it was equally a foregone conclusion that China and Russia would both be willing to continue participation in a would-be post-US JCPOA and if not, China and […]

India Capitulates to the US and Cuts off Russian Arms Deals While Turkey Threatens US With Retaliation

While much of the world’s media has focused on the US sanctions war against Russia, few have delved into the most alarming clause in the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA).  Unless seriously amended, the Act as currently comprised reserves for Washington, the automatic right to sanction any third […]

Mattis Proposes Dropping Sanctions Against Countries Buying Both Russian and American Military Hardware

The advent of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) in its current form has the effect of potentially sanctioning any country that buys or even maintains Russian military hardware. According to CAATSA which directly targets Russia with sanctions, third countries, including US partners and allies who buy Russian military […]