Putin at Valdai on 27 Oct 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot RT channel JJ LOGOAccording to Russian President Vladamir Putin, the US has violated international law by attacking sovereign states; and in the aftermath of those attacks, terrorism has exploded. Instead, he said, the world needs to "learn from Israel. It never lets go. They fight until the end. That's why it exists." 

First Persian Empire map Photo YouTube screenshot Light Of Persia channel MONTAGE CAPTIONEDIran's agenda is to expand its borders, and it is openly saying so. Yesterday a high ranking general bragged that Iran is extending its boundaries "from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean." It is a boundary reminiscent of the First Syrian Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in 550 BCE.

Akula class sub Photos YouTube screenshot Military Clips channelAs Russia and NATO practice "war games" this week in eastern Europe, Moscow ups the ante by exposing three of its deadliest subs as they wrap their way around Great Britain en route to Syria.

Putin on 3 October 2016 Photo Kremlin website LOGOWhat makes Putin tick? How does he see himself? What does Russia think about him? How does the world look through his eyes? While something of a hagiography, this two and a-half hour Russia documentary, with English subtitles, is an eye-opener. If you must, watch it in segments. But by all means, watch it all. The insight it provides makes it well worth the effort.

US coalition forces advance on Mosul 24 Oct 2016 Photo YouTube screenshot France24 English channelIn the current battle for Mosul led by a US coalition of forces, there is a lot more at stake than defeating ISIS. Iran sees the city as a crucial part of its ambition for a resurrected Persian empire.

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