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Politics

When Will the US and Iranian Leaders Meet?

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The key element of the current system of international political, economic and military relations is the ability of the US and Iran to keep the conflict between the two countries from degenerating into direct military confrontation. Until recently, the Donald Trump Administration had strongly opposed easing sanctions against Iran, instead…

USA in the World

Of Paradise Lost and Last Straws

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Although the Bahamas are ruled by a governor-general appointed by Queen Elizabeth, given that many wealthy Americans spend their winters there (served by a year-round population of Afro-Caribbean and mixed descent), one would expect the neighboring United States to fill in for the British Commonwealth when catastrophe hits. Apparently…

USA in the World

The G7's Growing Irrelevance

The Group of Seven (G7), comprised of the “most advanced economies in the world,” includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It emerged in the 1970s. While it exists for supposedly many different and “important” reasons, it has functioned more as a Western-centric economic cartel than any sort of progressive…

Europe

A Tense Time for Relations between Japan and South Korea: The GSOMIA and Moon’s Relations with the USA

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On August 22, 2019, South Korea’s National Security Council adopted a resolution to withdraw from the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between South Korea and Japan. According to the Office of the President, the agreement…

Eastern Asia

Oil Tanker Off Syria: Sanctions-Busting or “US-Ego-Busting?”

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An oil tanker has been spotted off the coast of Syria and with that comes the latest news flash. This is hardly news, given the leading export of that region. But it was an IRANIAN oil tanker! Shock horror! Iran is again breaching sanctions it maintains it is not subject to! Is…

Middle East - Iran

On Political Issues Raised by the Latest Tokyo African Development Forum

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With the existing fabric of international relations unravelling, one area of activity is attracting more and more attention; the leading nations are jostling each other for influence in what they see as the most interesting regions. And increasingly, one of the most…

Africa

Putin Offers Erdogan Ice Cream and 5th Generation Jets

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Despite possible differences existing between Turkey and Russia over Idlib – differences that result from somewhat diverging ways of handling the last major bastion of jihadi stronghold in Syria – the fact that both countries continue to engage diplomatically and enhance the scope…

Middle East - Turkey

Economics

The New American Oil Empire Built on Sand

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Over the course of the past decade the United States, following decades of relative stagnation in oil production, has surprised many to become the largest oil producer in the world, exceeding Russia as well as Saudi Arabia. Latest daily production is just above 12.1 million barrels a day. In November 2018 for the first time in…

USA in the World

Spotlight on Africa

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In the world we live in today, amid a scramble which is unfolding to gain control of the key natural resources we exploit and to shape the political world order of the 21st century, there are many areas where Africa and Russia have interests which overlap objectively. About 50-52% of the Earth’s natural resources are found in Russia and Africa, which means that…

Africa

How Radiophobia Contributes to the Exacerbation of the Korean-Japanese Relations Condoned by Moon Jae-In

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A short while ago, we discussed the question whether the South Korean government was pushing its citizens to boycott Japanese goods or travel to Japan or whether this was an ordinary initiative of the citizens. The picture becomes much clearer if we pay attention…

Eastern Asia

Southeast Asia Ignores US War on Huawei

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The Western media has begun complaining about Southeast Asia’s collective decision to move forward with 5G network technology from Chinese telecom giant Huawei despite US demands that nations ban all Huawei products. These demands are predicated on clearly fabricated…

Southeast Asia

Is the Fed Preparing to Topple US Dollar?

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Unusual remarks and actions by the outgoing head of the Bank of England and other central banking insiders strongly suggest that there is a very ugly scenario in the works to end the role of the US dollar as world reserve currency. In the process, this would involve that the Fed deliberately triggers a dramatic economic depression…

USA in the World

Is there a Future for Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline?

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Recently, Washington, in its expansionist attempts to aggressively promote its LNG on the European market and to limit the access of cheaper Russian gas to Europe, has increasingly forced its European satellites to advocate supplying gas from other countries than Russia. The Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline is one of these US-backed…

Central Asia

G7 - The Cost of Uselessness

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The G7 Summit is an obsolete, useless talking shop, as Finnian Cunningham so adroitly says. RT calls it The Unbearable Pointlessness of G7. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and the United States constitute the G7 gang. It should strike any logical thinker as extremely odd that the world’s largest economy (by purchasing…

Europe

Society

How Come Lynching hasn't Gone Anywhere in the US

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It’s nearly impossible to argue these days with Die Zeit, that states that no country comes close to the US with its high percentage of the general population carrying firearms, with more people dying each year from gunshot wounds in America than in any other country of the world…

USA in the World

Big Data, the Nuclear War on Your Soul

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By the 1990’s the bridge between media, academia and spy agencies had disappeared. Publishing, lecturing, every aspect of journalism or education, eventually to include science, mathematics and engineering as well, had become “political.” Any individual who strayed became a threat. Every organization, official or ad hoc, had to…

USA in the World

US – China “Trade” War? No Way! Only the Defeat of Turbo-Capitalism!

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It is very popular these days to talk and write about the “trade war” between the United States and China. But is there really one raging? Or is it, what we are witnessing, simply a clash of political and ideological systems: one being extremely successful and optimistic, the other…

USA in the World

The Whitewashing of The Nazis

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I was going to write about Iraq and the American control of that tragic nation that has been, like many others, destroyed by the American war machine, but it is difficult to find out any real facts about anything in Iraq. All the news and reports are controlled, events are unexplained, the politics unclear, the American influence hidden…

USA in the World

Prisoner of the Supreme Law

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Every elected official in the United States of America pledges to defend the Constitution; not the King, or even the President, but the nation’s founding set of laws and amendments. On the surface, this appears to be a more democratic way of running a nation than fealty to the highest official in the land, whether hereditary king or democratically elected…

USA in the World

The West Oppressed the Third World for so Long that It Became Third World Itself

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Many have already noticed: The US really, really doesn’t feel like the world leader, or even as a ‘first world country’. Of course, I write that sarcastically, as I detest expressions like ‘first world’, and the ‘third world’. But readers know what I mean. Bridges, subways, inner cities, everything is…

USA in the World

On the Pivotal Question of “Who’s Creating Terrorists?”

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A stunning question just popped into my head this morning; “What is it international terrorist groups hope to gain?” Looking at the whole concept of Bush II’s “War on Terror” – I cannot help but wonder if there would be any crisis at all if my country withdrew totally from the world…

Middle East

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