US versus Russia in Libya: Good versus Evil?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The reality of our world today is that it is essentially divided into spheres of influence; not between countries, but between America’s dispatched military assets in the form of permanent air, naval and military bases. These spheres are commonly referred to as: USSOUTHCOM; Western Hemisphere (south America and the Caribbean), USCENTCOM; Middle East, USAFRICOM; Africa, USPACOM Pacific Ocean & Asia, …

It’s Not Just Russia That Hacks Elections

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

On the 10th of December, the CIA announced its its report stating that it was “highly likely” that Russia had covertly influenced the U.S. elections in favour of Donald Trump. However, what is remarkably absent from the condemnation of Russia within the West, is any reference to the fact that the US has itself influenced elections abroad, overthrown governments it …

Castro is dead and the Human Rights Pantomime lives on

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Since the death of Castro world leaders, state officials and media outlets poured scorn over the thought of attending his funeral. Simultaneously, many Western countries have suddenly decided to champion the cause of upholding human rights. Albeit, this topic article is centred on Fidel, the recent torrent of critique levelled at the former Cuban dictator reveals yet again the artful …

Donald Trump was able to do for white Americans what Obama did for black Americans  

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

In 2008 the country was on the verge of a revolution. The Bush administration had prolonged the war in Iraq and America’s global standing was at an all-time low. A man who in all likeness was the complete foil of the Bush administration appeared. Barack Obama was seen as the symbol of hope for a wayward and war-weary America.  Black …

‘Mercenaries’ are the preferred option – even for the US

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

The ‘war on terror’ has given rise to ‘remote control’ warfare where ‘lite’ warfare is viewed as a more effective counter-terrorism strategy than conventional forces. Increasingly private military and security companies have been commissioned with the responsibility for solving security problems in conflict areas. Private military and security companies, known as PMSCs, are private businesses that provide services in conflict …