Yearly archives: 2017



Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 602, p. 48, on Oct. 27, 2017 The developments of the last days on Iraqi territory were expected, as I had predicted in my older article. Iraqi forces, backed by militant Al-Hashd al-Sha’abi, and the Turkmen battalions trained in Turkey, headed […]

Iraqi Kurdistan’s choices after the loss of Kirkuk



Huffington Post Greece – Oct. 16, 2017 Over the past two months, several articles have been published in the international press that talked about the victory of Assad in his war against his people who revolted against him in early 2011. These articles began to spread especially after the fall […]

Ephialtes of Damascus



Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 600, p. 48, on Oct. 14, 2017 In recent days, a verbal escalation from several Turkish officials led by Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to the Russian side about the supply agreement of the Russian S-400 missile systems is evident. Officials from […]

The background of the Russian-Turkish S-400 supply agreement


Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 599, p. 19, on Oct. 7, 2017 The results of the referendum on the secession of Iraqi Kurdistan from the central government of Baghdad have shown that 93% of the voters approve it. This development has been seen by most regional […]

Ankara’s choices after the Kurdish referendum


Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 598, p. 40, on Sept. 30, 2017 In recent weeks, we have seen a rapid progress of Russia in the Syrian arena  and its allies on the one hand, and of America and the Kurds on the other. Russia has increased […]

The Syrian East will host the post-terrorism struggle


Originally published in LastPoint.gr on September 25, 2017 Following SYRIZA’s expected victory in the 2015 elections, great concern among Greek observers has arisen because of his election promises. The country had begun to breathe and rest on its feet under the rule of former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Thus, Alexis […]

Alexis Tsipras in Wonderland



Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 597, p. 40, on Sept. 23, 2017 French President Emmanuel Macron is one of the most recently elected presidents in the world. Since taking office, the young president has demonstrated his influence within his country with his controversial and tough statements, […]

Between Ankara and Tripoli Macron redraws the foreign policy of ...


Huffington Post Greece – Sept. 20, 2017 During the seven years of the Syrian crisis, countless crimes have been committed to date. The documentation of these crimes was dangerous from the outset. Because of this danger, it was difficult for foreign reporters to enter the Syrian territory, since the Assad […]

“Extinguishing” the crimes of the Assad regime against the Syrian ...


Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 596, p. 40, on Sept. 16, 2017 It is certain that the move by Iraqi Kurdistan to hold a referendum on 25th of September to break away from the central government of Baghdad will be a warning bell. Its effects will […]

The Kurdish Domino: Kirkuk, the spark of the new war


Originally published in the Greek weekly newspaper “Paraskinio”, issue 595, p. 18, on Sept. 09, 2017 Since the start of the Syrian Revolution in March 2011, Israel’s public attitude has been hostile to the brutality of the Assad regime. But Tel Aviv’s real position was to prevent Assad from falling […]

Israeli interests in Syria