White House Finalizes the Theft of Afghanistan’s Foreign Reserves

The Cradle On the first anniversary of the Taliban’s victory against the US-trained army, Washington unilaterally decided to keep $7bln of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves The government of US President Joe Biden has decided not to return Afghanistan’s foreign reserves and suspended talks with Taliban officials over the issue. “We do not see recapitalization of the Afghan central…

How a Missile in Kabul Connects to a Speaker in Taipei

Pepe Escobar Washington’s hard power display of taking out Al-Qaeda’s Al-Zawahiri will not be reciprocated by Beijing over Pelosi’s provocative visit to Taiwan. It does however, definitively bury the decades-long era of cooperative US-Chinese relations. This is the way the “Global War on Terror” (GWOT) ends, over and over again: not with a bang, but a…

Russia in Africa: Connecting Continents with Soft Power

Matthew Ehret The oft-repeated western claim of Russia’s isolation as a pariah state is starting to wear thin. While the Trans-Atlantic community may loyally follow the directive to cut ties with Russia – despite the economic backlash on their own citizens – other nations, including most of Asia and Africa, don’t appear to be taking this…

US & EU Hindering Russo-Turkey Efforts to Solve Food Crisis, Mediate Peace

Ekaterina Blinova On July 22, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine signed documents aimed at resolving the problems of supplying food and fertilizers to world markets and ensuring safe maritime corridors for Ukrainian grain. The Joint Coordination Center will make sure that Kiev does use the grain shipments to import weaponry. “The signing of the grain agreement…

US “Iran Nuclear Deal” Ploy Coming Full Circle

Brian Berletic Hopes for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) simply known as the Iran Nuclear Deal seemed to fade further during US President Joe Biden’s recent trip to Israel where the US and Israeli governments signed a pledge to use force against Iran should it pursue nuclear weapons (weapons both the US and…

Moscow, Kiev and Ankara Reach Grain Agreement in Istanbul

Observateur Continental Negotiations on the export of Ukrainian grain from the part of the Black Sea controlled by the Ukrainian army took place in Istanbul. Military delegations from Russia, Turkey and Ukraine as well as representatives of the UN came to Istanbul to discuss the food crisis. So what is the substance of the planned…

Staged Incidents as the Western Approach to Doing Politics

Sergey Lavrov The staged incidents, no matter how long they go on, will not work. It is time for fair play based on the international law rather than cheating. The sooner everyone realises that there are no alternatives to objective historical processes where a multipolar world is formed based on respect for the principle of…

China, Russia and Iran to Conduct Military Exercises in Latin America

Alexandre Lemoine Beijing, Moscow and Tehran intend to make a show of force for the United States in their “backyard.” The three countries plan to hold joint naval maneuvers off the coast of Latin America and the Caribbean in early August. According to experts, this is a sign that some Latin American countries intend to…

Ukraine: A Global Hotbed for Mercenaries and Terrorists

Drago Bosnic ISIS members transferred from Syria to Ukraine | The Cradle Western mercenaries are often considered the mainstay of all foreign personnel fighting for the Kiev regime. However, although they’re the ones with the most media exposure, the truth is, there are mercenaries from all around the world fighting for the regime. And although…

Assessing the Current State of Anti-Imperialism in Latin America

The Iranian Marxist publication, Iranfardamag, interviews Rainer Shea. What’s your take take on Petro’s electoral victory and the prospects of his administration joining organizations such ALBA? Would he become a Boric-style president or a Morales-style one? I believe he’ll become a Boric-style president for three main reasons. One, he’s more likely to have his progressive…

Iran, Russia, China to Conduct Joint Drills in Venezuela in August

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Russian President Vladimir Putin Iran, Russia, and China are setting the stage for a series of joint military drills in Latin America, and Venezuela is set to host the drills on its soil in August, a report by the Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) said. Tehran, Moscow, Beijing,…

How the Pentagon Uses a Secretive Program to Wage Global Proxy Wars

Nick Turse, Alice Speri Exclusive documents and interviews reveal the sweeping scope of classified 127e operations. SMALL TEAMS OF U.S. Special Operations forces are involved in a low-profile proxy war program on a far greater scale than previously known, according to exclusive documents and interviews with more than a dozen current and former government officials. While The…

Frantz Fanon’s Revolutionary Spirit Lives On

Raj Patel A new collection of essays uses the works of the psychiatrist and radical political philosopher to explore how a community’s language and capacity for thought and wit threaten the state. What can a psychiatrist who died 60 years ago offer working-class struggle in the 21st century? Nigel Gibson’s Fanon Today: Reason and Revolt…

The Empire is Not Done Torturing Afghanistan

Pepe Escobar Photo Credit: The Cradle Despite its resounding defeat, NATO is not quite done with inflicting misery on the land of the Afghans Once upon a time, in a galaxy not far away, the Empire of Chaos launched the so-called “War on Terror” against an impoverished cemetery of empires at the crossroads of Central and South Asia….

Afghanistan: Massive Earthquake Magnifies Existing Crisis

Abayomi Azikiwe During the early morning hours of June 22, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck the southeastern region of Afghanistan reportedly killing in excess of 1,000 people. This natural disaster will only compound the existing problems inside the Central Asian nation in the aftermath of a 20-year occupation by the United States and the North…