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Joaquin Flores

Joaquin Flores is Editor-in-Chief of Fort Russ News, as well as the Director of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. Educated at California State University, Los Angeles, in the field of International Relations, he previously served as Chief Negotiator and Internal Organizer in several jurisdictions for the SEIU labor union in California. Flores has twenty years experience in community, labor, and anti-war organizing. Flores has appeared regularly on Iran’s ‘PressTV’ and Russia’s ‘RT’ news to share his expert opinion and analysis on current geopolitical matters. As a Thought Leader, he has spoken publicly internationally at numerous forums, published in over 10 languages, his conceptual and ideological frameworks, approaches to branding and aesthetics have influenced others in his field.

Russia and Turkey discuss Idlib Showdown, seeking de-escalation

MOSCOW – [EAD] – The delegations of Turkey and Russia are negotiating in Moscow on the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone. The meeting is held in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in a closed to the press mode. The Turkish delegation at the talks is led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat […]

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Assad Liberates Terrorist-Held Town Near Aleppo as Turkey-Russia Talks Approach

ALEPPO – Syrian government forces have made significant strides in the province of Aleppo, having regained control of most of the region held by Islamic militants, state media in the Arab Republic reported today, February 17. The troops of Bashar al-Assad over the past day significantly advanced their positions west of Aleppo. This happened in anticipation of the […]

Russia Denies Rumors of Russian Troops in Libya

MOSCOW – Press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov made an announcement today apparently denying the rumors that Russian ground troops were present in Libya. “ Vladimir Putin , the commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation did not send troops to Libya and did not give any orders in […]

Shoigu Arrives in Belgrade to Strengthen Russia-Serbia Military Cooperation

BELGRADE – The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, Army General Sergei Shoigu arrived today, February 17, on a working visit to Belgrade, where he will hold talks with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vulin. “Over the territory of Serbia, the board of the head of the Russian military department was met by an honorary escort from […]

SYRIA UPDATE: SAA Makes Big Advances on Multiple Fronts

ALEPPO – The High Command of the Syrian Armed Forces announced today, February 17, the release of dozens of settlements in the west and north-west of Aleppo province as a result of “operations against the positions and fortifications of terrorist organizations.” A corresponding statement was made by the General Staff of the SAR Armed Forces, […]

Russian FM Blasts Turkish Nationalists for War Rhetoric on Syria

MOSCOW – Russia considers unacceptable the use of tragic events in the Syrian province of Idlib by Turkish politicians for provocative comments on this matter. Such statements do not contribute to a settlement in Syria, according to a comment by the Russian Foreign Ministry distributed today, February 13. “We were perplexed by the statements of […]

Draining the Swamp: Mexico confirms arrest of corrupt former Oil Company chief

CDMX – The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) confirmed that the former director of the state-owned Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) during Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term, Emilio Lozoya Austin, was arrested on Wednesday in Spain.   The agency reported that Lozoya, accused of corruption, is in the hands of the Spanish authorities, who have arrested him in Mallorca. The former official is wanted in Mexico to […]

BREAKING: Syrian and U.S Forces in Shootout

SYRIA – American forces in Syria were involved in an armed incident near the city of Kamyshly in the northeastern province of Hasake, today February 12th. Local Kurdish sources report that the conflict took place at the pro-government checkpoint of the National Defense Forces (militias fighting on the side of Bashar al-Assad’s troops ) in the Khirbat-Amo region […]