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Politics

Uganda’s Choice

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On January 14, Uganda held presidential and parliamentary elections in which the main struggle was between the current head of state, who has been in power for 34 years and ran for a sixth term, Yoweri Museveni, and reggae singer Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine. Since independence in 1962, Uganda has suffered many coups, revolts, and civil wars, which have all but evaporated…

Africa

Conflict in Central Africa

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The Constitutional Court of the Central African Republic announced the results of the presidential elections in the country, which were held within the time frame set by the Constitution of the country – December 27, 2020. The current president remains the head of state. Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who, according to figures announced by the National Electoral Commission on January…

Africa - Central African Republic

Park Geun-hye's Conviction and Talks of Possible Pardon

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On January 14, 2021, South Korea’s Supreme Court upheld former President Park Geun-hye’s 20-year sentence on charges of corruption and abuse of power. This is quite a milestone, as the charges against Park are finally being brought and approved. That evening, the Blue House issued a statement on the verdict: “such an incident must never happen again, taking…

Eastern Asia - South Korea

Joe Biden’s “Asia Pivot 2.0” is Already Here

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The Joe Biden administration has already made its intentions clear about reversing, through a series of executive orders, some of the policies of the Trump administration. The new regime is well poised to reverse the over-all course of the previous regime. This includes not only domestic policies, but foreign relations as well. During the Trump era, China was the main…

USA in the World

Iran Hijacking a South Korean Tanker

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On January 4, 2021, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) boats detained a South Korean-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz. According to Iranian agencies Tasnim and Fars, the South Korean tanker MT Hankuk Chemi, which was going from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates, is now in the port of Bandar Abbas on the southern coast of Iran. There…

Eastern Asia - South Korea

Algeria to Protect its National Interests

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Algeria, thanks to its large gas and oil resources, pursues an independent policy, positioning itself as a regional power with its own principles. Its leadership has for decades demonstrated a negative attitude to attempts by other countries to interfere in Algerian politics, or to infringe on the regional interests of the country. Moreover, the very…

Africa - Algeria

Iraqi People are Forcing Washington to Withdraw its Troops

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The million-strong protests that took place in Iraq on the anniversary of the killing of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis along with 8 other people in a January 3, 2020 US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq became the latest breeding ground for the rise…

Middle East - Iraq

Economics

The Real Reason behind Trump's Frustration Over the Twitter Ban - Money, What Else?

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Everybody’s talking about Jack Dorsey banning Donald Trump on Twitter. The public is being churned into crazy sour cream because the social networks have gagged the big mouth Looney Toons billionaire over allegedly inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol. But nobody, and I mean nobody seems to get…

USA in the World

Can China Lead a World Economic Recovery?

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At the beginning of December China’s Xi Jinping officially declared that China had eliminated poverty entirely, part of his priority program. Western financial pundits have praised the remarkable economic recovery of China following the severe lockdowns a year go to combat the coronavirus. Predictions that China would once again, as it did in 2008, lead the rest…

Eastern Asia - China

The Plan for Cold War II

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It’s a new year. It’s a time for a change. We need to look at geopolitics differently. That is if we are ever going to have peace and prosperity that is sustainable, and for all. This is why I have decided to take a new approach to political analysis.Today, we must shine the course light of reality on the shadowy agencies of propaganda and manipulation. My first subject will be the Ford Foundation…

USA in the World

Iran Prepares Next Satellite Launch

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The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) is preparing the launch of another satellite into orbit, the Zafar 2, which is described by Tehran Times as being capable of “taking color photos and [surveying] oil reserves, mines, forests, and natural lands.” This capability can be used for monitoring seasonal environmental changes as well as for creating detailed maps. Zafar 2 has been developed…

Middle East - Iran

Australia-China Relations Set for a Long Period in the Wilderness

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China is, and has been for many years, Australia’s most important trading partner. Up to the end of 2019, China took nearly 40% of all of Australia’s exports. It is not a trading relationship that any sane country would really jeopardise. Yet that is precisely what the Australian government has been doing, and under the present political…

Asian-Pacific region - Australia

The Geo-politics of EU-China Investment Deal

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The recently announced EU-China principally agreed investment deal is a watershed moment, marking a first EU-China investment deal of its kind that would open the doors for the EU to make direct investment in China. China will also have opportunities to expand its reach in the European market. While the deal would yield numerous benefits to the parties involved, it also has very visible…

Eastern Asia - China

The Future of Economic Cooperation between Russia and India as Pandemic Continues to Abate

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It is a well known fact that the COVID-19 pandemic, which began at the end of 2019, has resulted in a global economic downturn and a fall in trade between nations, including the Russian Federation and India. The two countries have been partners for a long time. Economic ties, in strategic spheres…

Southern Asia - India

Society

What Snowden's Exile Says About America

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Edward Snowden’s 2013 leak of US National Security Agency (NSA) information helped the world see more clearly what the US – in its current manifestation – really is. Its extensive, abusive surveillance network targeted friends and foes alike around the globe but also pointed inward at America’s own population. It provided the clearest picture to date of the methods…

USA in the World

Duelling Monuments Defines Political Landscapes and Slanted Histories

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There are definite double standards in all aspects of life, such as the way different protests are handled. This has not only been recently demonstrated in the US, but in many different versions of history. The Suffragettes are presented by history as selfless freedom fighters who corrected an injustice by obtaining votes for women…

USA in the World

Injustice So Thick You Could Cut It with a Knife

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The US government will go to any length to keep the truth away from the world. But does the US have a government? Can we call the Trump regime a government? How will a President Biden deal with an illegal Israel embassy, whose location is based on racism and ignoring rule of law placed, now in the Occupied Territories? This is but one injustice of the Trump…

USA in the World

Iran's Warning to US-funded Agitators

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CNN would report in its article, “Iran executes dissident journalist Rouhollah Zam,” Iran’s swift and severe punishment for what the American media company suggested was “alleged attempts to overthrow” the Iranian government. CNN glosses over Iran’s claims that Zam and his media operation helped incite deadly violence during protests targeting…

Middle East - Iran

UK’s Renewed Focus on Children

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Recently, in many countries, there has been a growing interest in child-related policies, including those that encourage the creation of optimal conditions for children’s overall development and their rearing. According to a study conducted by professors at Harvard University, low-income families seemed “to benefit from moving to better neighborhoods,” with…

Europe

India: Tractors at the Republic Day Parade?

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“Republic Day” is one of the three national holidays celebrated annually in India on January 26, marking the enactment of the country’s Constitution on that day in 1950. Not to be confused with another holiday, “Independence Day,” which is also celebrated annually, but on August 15 on the occasion of the enactment of the “Indian Independence Act”, passed…

Southern Asia - India

Trump vs. Biden: Misgovernment “Of and By” the American People

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Apparently, the ultra-Republican and pro-Trump, Qanon and Proud Boys (two highly excited pro-American and anti-system groups) were the main instigators, however, they would have been totally unsuccessful if certain powers, did not decide to let this get out of control in order to discredit Trump and his legitimate supporters…

USA in the World

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