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Politics

What is the Outcome of Biden's Six-month Reign?

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As Joe Biden’s arrival in the White House was accompanied by high hopes, and not only by his supporters, the discussion of the results of the first six months of his administration was the focus of many media and analysts. Thus, CNN notes that the “honeymoon” in power for Biden is over. He is expected to restore consensus between Democrats…

USA in the World

What Will Sudan Gain from having a Russia Naval Base?

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On July 1, 2021, the Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin submitted an agreement with the Republic of the Sudan to the State Duma for ratification to set up a logistics center in its territory for the Russian Navy. How long have negotiations been going on between the two countries on having Sudan accommodate a Russian military facility? Which states…

Africa

Is the US Eavesdropping on EU Leaders Again?

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Although wars have increasingly moved into cyberspace in recent years, the leading players remain the same, with the United States “leading the way.” This is confirmed by the occasional scandals with unauthorized control of the phones and emails of political leaders, with the US always holding the “palm.” Of course, the US, through its media and its allies who are still…

Europe

More and More Countries are Trying to Find a Compromise in Afghanistan

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Against the backdrop of a spike of unrest along the border with Afghanistan and in the country itself after the withdrawal of US troops, more and more states in the region are trying to take every opportunity to maintain stability in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. While several regional players such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan…

Central Asia - Afghanistan

Nord Stream 2 Signals American Decline in Europe

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The US ‘decision’ to not stand in the way of Nord Stream 2 is hardly a surprise. While the US officials made their decision to look like a diplomatic victory for them when they said that the US “will not tolerate Russia using energy as a geopolitical weapon in Europe or escalating its aggression against Ukraine”, it remains that the US did not have any leverage to force…

Russia in the World

The Slow Decay of a Once-Great Empire?

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After twenty years of its occupation of Afghanistan, the US is walking away, or, to call things by their proper names, fleeing cowardly, frantically looking over their shoulder to avoid getting kicked again. Most likely, and this is quite obvious, the Taliban (banned in Russia) will return immediately to control essential areas of the country, smuggling weapons and drugs…

Central Asia - Afghanistan

The US Withdrawal from Iraq, What Will it Mean for Syria?

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As of Monday morning, July 26, 2021, an announcement that should never have been needed has now been predicted, first by the Associated Press. There are few alive today, few rational individuals, who are so intellectually isolated that they are unaware that the US role in Iraq was based on fake intelligence fabricated by criminal elements inside the US and certain…

Middle East

Economics

China's Xiaomi Passes US' Apple Despite DC's Dirty Games

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Xiaomi went from a startup smartphone company competing in China’s domestic markets in 2010, to entering global markets between 2014 and 2015, to this year surpassing Apple in global smartphone sales, with only Samsung selling more.  CNN in a July 2021 article titled, “Xiaomi has Samsung in its sights after overtaking Apple…

Eastern Asia - China

Red Storm Rising! Germany Buys Russian Gas!

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is jumping up and down, screaming the US, German deal on Nord Stream 2 pipeline will ‘undermine’ US national security. It turns out he is right. That is if America’s national interests include keeping Russia and other countries from going anywhere economically. And if heaven or good reason does permit cooperation, there…

Europe

China, Japan, Mongolia: Ongoing Cooperation and Russia’s Stabilizing Role

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China’s growing capabilities and ambitions have alarmed all the states which border with this giant. However, among these countries, there are those with which the PRC has a particularly complicated relationship. For example, Japan is one of them. On the one hand, China and Japan, as the two most economically developed states…

Central Asia - Mongolia

Saudi and Western Ponzi-Scheme vs. Regional Geopolitical Realities

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The more you read, and read again, the same material but with the titles changed, the more disillusioned you become. It is as if the pundits just don’t get it, even to the extent of calling the South Caucasus part of Europe. In that particular case even Wikipedia is more accurate than most: Transcaucasia, also known as the South Caucasus…

Transcaucasia

Global Shipping Crisis Far Worse Than Imagined

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Over the past decades world ocean trade has expanded almost exponentially as major manufacturing outsourcing from USA and European corporations has blossomed under the advent of economic globalization. The result has been that Asia, most especially China, has become the essential manufacturing source for everything from iPhones…

Eastern Asia - China

Kazakh-Chinese Friendship Withstood the Test of Time

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On June 11, 2021, in the capital city of Nur-Sultan, during the 33rd plenary meeting of the Council of Foreign Investors, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev said that his country is a reliable and very significant partner in the framework of the project of the People’s Republic of China “One Belt, One Road Initiative-OBOR…

Central Asia

Carbon Neutral Green Finance - China May Take the Lead into a Post-Pandemic World

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How the pandemic will be reshaping the world, especially in terms of economic recovery and especially the western world, remains to be seen. So far, western economic, social and health restructuring policies are chaotic, disorganized and totally uncoordinated. Western countries are skipping from lockdowns to “opening up…

Eastern Asia - China

Society

Britain's Migration Policy Causes Dissatisfaction

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The UK Home Office has recently announced one of the latest attempts by some 430 migrants to cross the English Channel to enter the United Kingdom illegally. For example, a group of 50 people, including women and children, arrived at the shore of Kent County in one boat. Since the beginning of 2021, about 8,000 people on about 345 boats have already entered Britain…

Europe

And We Should Trust ‘The Science’ of the Pharma Industry?

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The forever-head of the US NIAID, Tony Fauci, has repeatedly demanded that the public “trust the science” as he shifts his own science opinion from one positon to another. What is never mentioned in mainstream media in the West or almost anywhere in the world is the scientific record of the major global vaccine making…

USA in the World

A Return of Justice?

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At the end of July 2021, two events occurred in South Korea that could be conventionally called “the return of the political boomerang” – especially for those who remember the high-profile events surrounding the circumstances in which the current President Moon came to power. On July 19, 2021, police arrested a former special prosecutor in charge of investigating the corruption scandal involving…

Eastern Asia - South Korea

Riots in South Africa: Causes and Consequences

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On June 29, 2021, a South African court found former President Jacob Zuma, who led that nation from 2009 to 2018, guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to 15 months in prison. Shortly after that, Jacob Zuma tried to challenge the court’s decision, but on July 9, 2021, the superior court dismissed the appeal. On the same day, protests broke out in South Africa…

Africa

"Prosecutor Wars" Among Friends and Foes of Yoon Seok-yeol

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A short while back, we covered Yoon Seok-yeol’s entry into the presidential race. This long-awaited event aggravated various law enforcement squabbles, most notably the confrontation between the Blue House and the prosecutor’s office, and which way the newly-formed Office of Investigation of Corruption Among…

Eastern Asia - South Korea

The Excitement Around the Tokyo Olympics is Growing

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The rising tide of media coverage about the Summer Olympics in Tokyo shows that they claim not only to be the most problematic major sports tournament in history. The Tokyo Olympics, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus, will begin July 23. At the July 20 session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Tokyo, a change in the Olympic motto…

Eastern Asia - Japan

France Faces an Existential Crisis

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Once hailed the future of the Fifth Republic for he promised to reform France’s stalling economy and reclaim some of the nation’s long lost ‘shine’, French President Emmanuel Macron is now being compared to the notorious Marechal Petain – the man who sold France to the Nazis back in the late 1930s. Some protesters to his new ‘pandemic rules’ have gone…

Europe

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