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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

It's all about Iran

For the Trump administration, it's not about Syria in the Middle East, or even Russia; it's about Iran, and only Iran.

Syria's United Nations Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, center, listens as President Donald Trump address the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

U.S., Russia play 'chicken' in Syria

During the past six months, the U.S. and Russia came close at least three times to a direct military clash in Syria with unpredictable consequences, including possible use of nuclear weapons. Each time unthinkable disaster was avoided at the last minute, but no one knows if we will be lucky again the next time.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, pose questions to witnesses as the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations holds a hearing on relations between the U.S. and Russia, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

'Sanctions bill from hell'

Upcoming discussion of crushing new anti-Russia legislation that Sen. Lindsey Graham calls "the sanctions bill from hell" will show if there are any sober-minded members of Congress still left on Capitol Hill.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Helsinki summit: What's next?

Ever since the Helsinki summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the mainstream-corporate media, well-known Democrats and many highly placed Republicans have been in full-tilt lather against Mr. Trump.

"Our military is [in Syria] to ensure Russia's interests in an important region of the world," said Russian President Vladimir Putin, responding to one of the screened questions selected from more than 2 million submitted by citizens. (Associated Press)

The Trump-Putin summit: What is the agenda?

It seems that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will finally meet for a formal summit in July, probably in Austria or another European country.

U.S. President Donald Trump (right) and Russia President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang on Nov. 11, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

Is Trump-Putin summit still in the cards?

While the Trump-Kim summit is switching from on to off to on again, to many it may seem that under pressure from the Washington swamp and the media President Trump has effectively abandoned the idea of meeting with Vladimir Putin in the attempt to extricate both countries from the current mega-crisis.

In this Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 photo, traditional Russian nesting dolls depicting US President Donald Trump, center left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir street shop in St.Petersburg, Russia. While their country has become a daily source of headlines and political intrigue in the United States, most Russians are watching the drama over President Donald Trump's relationship with Moscow with resignation, even indifference. Russian media, state-owned and private, chronicle Mr. Trump's troubles matter-of-factly. Regular citizens generally care little about them. Many share the view that what's unfolded in Washington has dimmed prospects for the mended Russia-U.S. ties his candidacy represented here and thus have lost interest. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, file)

The reality of Cold War 2.0

Politicians and experts still debate whether the United States and Russia are in a new cold war. Let's end the suspense. Cold War 2.0 is a reality.

In this Nov. 11, 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam. Trump repeatedly declared in his presidential campaign that he would improve relations with Russia but was never specific. A year into his presidency, its no more clear. Moscow and Washington are at odds over issues ranging from North Korea to Ukraine, despite Trumps open admiration of Putin.  (Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP, File)

U.S.-Russian foreign and domestic enemies

Those who follow statements from the U.S. foreign policy establishment and mainstream media often hear that the main reason for the current crisis in U.S.-Russia relations has little to do with conventional geopolitics.

Normalize U.S.-Russia relations?

For half a century after the Second World War, the ever-present realization was that should the U.S.-Soviet rivalry ever get out of hand, a nuclear war would likely mean the end of both countries and, possibly, the end of human life itself.