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The Political Crossroads Facing Saudi Arabia

Posted: November 25, 2017 at 11:03 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories, World

By LTC Sargis Sangari and Steven Weingartner (Updated November 27th for grammar and rearrangement) On 9 August 2015 NEC-SE posted the article titled: “The World Community’s Ultimate Goal for Saudi Arabia.” In that article we stated that Saudi may not last past September and may end up breaking up into several emirates.  With numerous bombings and protests taking […]

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Kurdistan on the Road to Desolation

Posted: November 1, 2017 at 9:29 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories, World

By LTC Sargis Sangari and Steven Weingartner On 22 NOV 16 NEC-SE posted the article: ”President of KRG, Masoud Barzani, May Be Stepping Down Soon.” In the article we stated that NEC-SE could confirm that Barzani is seriously considering stepping down from his position, and that KRG leadership meetings in Turkey could finalize the decision. Our speculations about […]

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Barzani’s Doubtful Future

Posted: October 23, 2017 at 4:49 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories, World

By LTC Sargis Sangari and Steven Weingartner The KRG parliament will convene tomorrow 24 OCT 2017 to approve a PDK-backed proposal for delaying parliamentary elections for six months. KRG President Masoud Barzani, who heads the PDK Party, may attend the meeting. His opponents in the PUK Party are pushing for a two-year delay. The PUK, which Barzani and […]

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The Kurdish House of Cards is Falling

Posted: October 19, 2017 at 8:51 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

The KRG parliament was scheduled to convene today but multiple problems within its procedural structures forced a change in plans. Kurdish MPs and leaders are now so divided that they want to delay the KRG elections in order to re-establish themselves as a viable entity within the Iraqi governmental structures.  Barzani’s PDK and his sons […]

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How Barzani Destroyed His Kurdistan

Posted: October 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories, World

By LTC Sargis Sangari and Steven Weingartner As of this morning (16 OCT 2017) Kurdish aspirations for statehood in northern Iraq are dead. And KRG president Masoud Barzani is to blame. Barzani’s refusal to back down on the issue of Kurdish statehood spurred the Government of Iraq (GOI) to take action. Ignoring warnings from Iraqi leaders and the […]

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UPDATE – Civil War or Peace in Iraq: Barzani’s Choice

Posted: October 15, 2017 at 11:59 am   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories, Videos

By LTC Sargis Sangari and Steven Weingartner Updates to follow in this fluid situation. Latest:  Fighting has broken out between the Kurdish Peshmerga & Iraqi Government forces. They are exchanging artillery and rocket(s) against each others’ positions. Jalal Talabani’s (former president of Iraq) family members have an agreement with the Minister of the Interior to give up the […]

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Re-examining US Dollar Performance and Geopolitics in the Trump Administration

Posted: September 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm   /   Features, National, Politics, Top Stories

By LTC Sargis Sangari, Steven Weingartner, and Stewart Solaka Sr. Since NEC-SE last report on March 17 titled “Will President Trump Devalue the U.S. Dollar?,” the U.S. dollar is down over 9 percent, falling from 100 to a recent low of 90.79.  This does not mean a dollar devaluation has occurred, or will occur; however, as we pointed out, […]

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Erdogan vs. Aksener: In Turkey a Political Realignment Looms

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 4:47 pm   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories, World

By LTC Sargis Sangari and Steven Weingartner Although Turkey’s Erdogan has always polled highly since the birth of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001, recent polling and opinion pieces out of Ankara are pointing to growing public dissatisfaction with his regime. The word on the street in Ankara seems to be that the AKP and President […]

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Is Barzani the Savior of the Kurdish “Nation,” or is He in Fact its Enemy?

Posted: August 7, 2017 at 10:33 am   /   Features, Politics, Top Stories, World

By LTC Sargis Sangari and Steven Weingartner How can Barzani be considered the enemy of a future Kurdish State? Concerning the SEP 25 referendum on Kurdish statehood:  do the Kurdish people generally support his bid for statehood, or are they against him? Before the referendum is voted on, can he guarantee that all the Sunni Muslim Kurdish political […]

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