From the mouth of babes

 

Geo-Politics doesn't have to be confusing

Understanding the complexities and intricacies of Middle Eastern geo-politics and how they influence diplomacy and international relations can be a daunting task. Rather than bore you with oversimplified and often historically and culturally incompetent "expert opinion" we will relate it to something we all understand...The never ending and merciless power struggle of a third grade playground....P. Johnson

Let's make a deal
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Let's make a deal: In the news "Trump says Middle East peace deal may be "toughest deal of all"" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Meh, why not talk?
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Meh, why not talk?: In the news "Is there really a Turkey-Iran rapprochement?" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Fake Votes
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Fake Votes: In the news "Trump voter fraud commission faces several legal challenges" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

He fell down the stairs
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He fell down the stairs: In the news "'Erdoğan's bodyguards' in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Bad Intentions
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Bad Intentions: In the news "Trump Tweets a Video of Him Wrestling ‘CNN’ to the Ground" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Mutually Exclusive
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Mutually Exclusive: In the news "Trump to Arm Syrian Kurds, Even as Turkey Strongly Objects" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Smoke before fire and protect your security
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Smoke before fire and protect your security: In the news "Why Trump Fired Comey" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Allies
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Allies: In the news "What Did Trump Accomplish on His First Foreign Trip?" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

This is real not reality

This is real, not reality: In the news "Trump Still Hasn’t Done Very Much" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

You' re Fired
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You're Fired: In the news "F.B.I Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Carry on, inexcusable, carry on
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Carry on, inexcusable, carry on: In the news "Why Trump is bombing Syria, explained in 2 sentences" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Friend Enemy, Tomata Tomato
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Friend Enemy, Tomata Tomato: In the news "White House still quiet on Turkish airstrike in run-up to Erdogan visit" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Return of the Empire
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Return of the Empire: In the news "Turkey is sliding into dictatorship" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

It's tougher than one would think
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It's tougher than one would think: In the news "A lot more civilians are dying" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

WEP-Weapons of Electronic Persuasion
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WEP-Weapons of Electronic Persuasion: In the news "Laptop ban 'mystery': Why did the U.S. and U.K. choose different countries" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

I did not have se... I mean contact with the Russians
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I did not have se... I mean contact with the Russians: In the news "F.B.I. Is Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties, Comey Confirms" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Early Onset
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Early Onset: In the news "Kushner and Flynn Met With Russian Envoy in December, White House Says" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

1. Give me your tired: In the news "Trump travel ban: Here's what you need to know"
2. How dare you: In the news "Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban"
3. I play checkers: In the news "Asked about Putin, Trump says U.S. isn’t ‘so innocent’"
4. It ain't me fault: In the news "Yemen Aftermath: Trump's First Military Raid Continues To Raise Questions"
5. Como se dice "Duce": In the news "American Authoritarianism under Donald Trump"
6. Media Propaganda: In the news "Donald Trump attacks alleged Russian dossier as 'fake news' and slams Buzzfeed and CNN at press conference"
7. You don't know Jack: In the news "Trump Appears to Side With Assange Over Intelligence Agencies’ Conclusions"
8. MOTU vs POTUS (Note: MOTU - Master of the Universe): In the news "Trump's 'brain' Steve Bannon emerges from the shadows" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Antithetical to allegiance
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Antithetical to allegiance: In the news "9 questions about the UN vote on Israeli settlements you were too embarrassed to ask" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Birth, Death, Resurrection
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Birth, Death, Resurrection: In the news "Russia as the New Power Broker in the Mideast" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

The Fascism Awakens
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The Fascism Awakens: In the news "Yes, Donald Trump is a fascist" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Offer He Can't Refuse
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Offer He Can't Refuse: In the news "Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S." (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Tragic Miscalculation
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Tragic Miscalculation: In the news "ISIS fighters target Israel for the first time and are obliterated by warplanes" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

Coalition
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Coalition: In the news "Western coalition won’t allow PKK to play any role in the battle for Mosul" (Link to to real news story discussed in comic)

The Pilgrim's Prayer
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The Pilgrim's Prayer: In the news "Shia pilgrims among 77 people killed in IS attack in Iraq"

Not my democracy
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Not my democracy: In the news "Across The Country, Crowds March In Protest Against Trump's Victory"

That Just happened
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That Just happened: In the news "Donald Trump Clinches The Presidency In Major Upset"

Oligarchy with Overconfidence
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Oligarchy with Overconfidence: In the news "Comey notified Congress of email probe despite DOJ concerns"

KASPAROV
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KASPAROV: In the news "Iraq launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State"

History of the Institute

History of the Institute: In the news "List of wars involving Israel"

KYL-know your limitations
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KYL-know your limitations: In the news "Islamic State explains why it doesn’t attack Israel (yet)"

Sect Trippin'
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Sect Trippin': In the news "Iraq asks Saudi Arabia to replace ambassador"

Broker a truce with the four families
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Broker a truce with the four families: In the news "Russia Re-Emerges as a Great Power in the Middle East"

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather: In the news "Donald Trump’s Unrequited Love for Vladimir Putin"

Reply To All... Prelude To The Fall
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Reply To All... Prelude To The Fall: In the news "18 revelations from Wikileaks' hacked Clinton emails"

Make The PlayGround Great Again
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Make The PlayGround Great Again: In the news "Vladimir Putin Just Made A MASSIVE Donald Trump Announcement!"

Consolidation Over Clutter
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Consolidation Over Clutter: In the news "Putin mends broken relations with Turkey's Erdogan"

Revenge of the Turk
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Revenge of the Turk: In the news "Turkey coup: President Erdogan shuts down thousands of institutions, including hospitals"

Double check your numbers
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Double check your numbers: In the news "After Failed Coup, Turkey Enjoys a Rare Period of Unity"

Hello it's M.E. (Middle East): In the news

All so simple

All so simple: In the news "The Middle East: United States Policy and Relations in the Latter Half of the 20th Century"

Oh was that your Border
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Oh was that your Border: In the news "Turkey says Russia violated its airspace near Syria border"

Not So Smart Bombs
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Not So Smart Bombs: In the news "Syria crisis: Russian Caspian missiles 'fell in Iran'"

Sometime your allies aren't allies
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Sometime your allies aren't allies: In the news "Turkey conflict with Kurds: Was approving air strikes against the PKK America's worst error in the Middle East since the Iraq War?"

Go see the Don

Go see the Don: In the news "Russia backs Syria’s fight against ISIS, not Assad’s regime – Lavrov"

Autonomy: We can take care of ourselves
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Autonomy: We can take care of ourselves: In the news "Kurds Now Our Best Ally Against ISIS in Syria"

How Things Change
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How Things Change: In the news "Ministry: Turkey joins coalition airstrikes against ISIS in Syria"

Complex Collaborations
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Complex Collaborations: In the news "The regional impact of U.S. policy toward Iraq and Syria"

Hoping for days of old
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Hoping for days of old: In the news "NATO Maneuvers to Keep Cool War With Russia From Going Hot"

Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

Wolf in Sheeps Clothing: In the news "Iraqis Who Fled Mosul Say They Prefer Militants to Government"

Occasional Opposition
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Occasional Opposition: In the news "After Ramadi, what options does U.S. have for ISIS fight in Iraq?"

The enemy you know
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The enemy you know: In the news "Syria air strikes: America’s attacks on Isis may help Bashar al-Assad keep his regime alive"

Learn from history
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Learn from history: In the news "Hillary Clinton says Vladimir Putin’s Crimea occupation echoes Hitler"

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