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Politics

US Diplomacy Sours in Southeast Asia

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Under the cover of “security threats” and promoting “democracy,” Washington has increased the frequency and amplitude of threats and pressure aimed at China’s partners around the world and specifically in Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand, still erroneously…

Southeast Asia - Thailand

DPRK Has its Own Version of Iskander Missiles

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No sooner had we reported on the weapons test that took place in North Korea on 4 May, than the DPRK fired more short-range missiles (of unknown make) on 9 May 2019. One of them flew 420 kilometers, while the other 270 kilometers. Both of the missiles reached their peak altitude…

Eastern Asia - North Korea

Are the US and Russia Really Headed Towards a Re-set of Relations?

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Some recent developments in US—Russia relations indicate that the end of Mueller inquiry and its undisputed conclusion that there was no Russian interference in the US presidential election whatsoever has led to a potential re-set in their bi-latera relations, moving from…

Russia in the World

Britain and its Failed Attempt to Propagandize Hysteria

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Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the sitting British politicians can be short-sighted enough to support Theresa May’s failing policies, while the UK media remain scared to openly discuss the ongoing Brexit disaster as well as the fact that under the current political leaders…

Europe

OPCW, Douma and the Post Truth World

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The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) came into effect on 29 April 1997. 193 Member States of the United Nations have ratified it. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the United Nations body charged with the task of monitoring compliance with the CWC…

Europe

40-year Anniversary of Taiwan Relations Act Adopted by USA

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The global rivalry between the two world powers (the USA and the PRC) is multi-faceted in nature. But recently, it has manifested itself especially acutely and most noticeably in the sphere of bilateral trade. The frenzy created by global media outlets about this subject within…

Eastern Asia - China

USA – Iran: Gunboat Diplomacy Still Prevails

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Again and again, U.S. politicians’ inhuman cries of fear and terror are emanating from the grim shores of the Potomac River. This time around, it was U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and John R. Bolton, the National Security Advisor to the American President, who launched…

Middle East - Iran

Economics

Greek Debt, Nazi Reparations, and a Fair Shake

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With the Greek parliamentary elections only a few days away, incumbent politicians are clamoring for a foothold on victory once again. In a high profile vote recently, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the sitting parliament rekindled the old World War 2 reparations fires…

Europe

A China Food Crisis More Danger Than Trade War?

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China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of the world’s largest pig producer have forced…

Eastern Asia - China

Will Tajikistan ever enter the Eurasian Economic Union?

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The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is an international organization, member states of which include Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. As the name implies, the EAEU aims to integrate Eurasian economies in an economic union work together with all its potential…

Central Asia - Tajikistan

Truth or Consequences in the Russian Arctic

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The story of the Russian Arctic development has taken a back seat to the major geopolitical stories that grab the news headlines and are more suitable to one-sentence Twitter discussions. The Artic is not. It is a cold mystery wrapped in a freezing enigma. Yes I know that is an old…

Russia in the World

BRI Forum Points to Tectonic Shift in Geopolitical Power

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The second BRI Forum was held in Beijing from 21st to 27th of April 2019. It was intended by 5000 delegates from 150 countries, including 40 heads of government and representatives of 90 international organisations. The forum followed a successful trip to Europe by China’s President…

Eastern Asia - China

Russian Railway Tracks Stand the Test of Time in Central Asia

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Russia plays an important role in the Eurasian railway system. Eurasia is traversed by the Trans-Siberian Railway — the world’s longest network of railways — connecting Moscow with Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East. Russian rail technologies and specialists from Russia are highly…

Russia in the World

Ever More Complex EU Gas Pipeline Geopolitics

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Israel plans to construct the world’s longest underwater gas pipeline together with Cyprus and Greece to carry Eastern Mediterranean gas on to Italy and the EU southern states. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has just endorsed the project. It will run smack up against a competing…

Middle East

Society

India’s “Perestroika” Times

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The word “perestroika” (rejigging) is at the core of a recent story, published by the popular media outlet The Indian Express, on India’s foreign policy strategy in relation to its ties with leading world powers.  In addition, this newspaper article is worthy of note because its…

Southern Asia - India

The Europe-Africa Seesaw Facing a New US

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In the 1990’s, the US bombed Serbia under the pretext of its mistreatment of Albanians living in the province of Kosovo: currently, citizens of both countries are demonstrating against the austerity measures of their respective governments. Meanwhile, in France, the Yellow Vests…

Europe

Stuck on Earth? - Tired of Putin Hate? - Use Alternative Search Engines

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In a perfect universe, intelligent life from Earth would be seen waiting on the next shuttle to the Alpha Centauri colony. But we do not live in a perfect universe. We live as walk-ons in a tragic comedy where millions of human beings either starve, die of disease, or get…

USA in the World

Now Indonesia in Love with Trains - China's BRI Ready to Help

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Not long ago, they used to be an absolute disaster: Indonesian trains. Compared to the Dutch colonial era, the network has shrunk dramatically, from 6,811 km to 5,910km in 1950, and to a disastrous 3,000 km recently. Just a few years ago, passengers used to climb onto the roofs…

Southeast Asia

US EPA Says Glyphosate OK Despite Contrary Evidence

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The US Government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to approve renewal of the license for the controversial glyphosate pesticide, this, despite mounting and alarming evidence it is not only probably carcinogenic, but also cause of multiple other debilitating health…

USA in the World

Who is to Take Responsibility for Man-made Earthquake in Pohang-si?

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On 15 November 2018, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake struck the environs of the Pohang-si city, located in the North Gyeongsang Province. It was the second most powerful temblor in the modern history of South Korea since instrumental earthquake monitoring had begun…

Eastern Asia - South Korea

Agent Orange Still Lives on in Tombstones and Broken Bodies

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The ghost of the Vietnam War continues to haunt those Americans still alive who fought in it. Gordon Duff fears he may be the last of his two squads still alive, a lonely honor, or dishonor depending on how one looks at it. This is not a cheap shot at the Vets. They had no say…

Southeast Asia - Vietnam

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