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Politics

Iran: What Awaits the Country and the Region this Year?

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“Iran can easily enrich uranium to 40, 60 or even 90 percent,” claimed Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). Earlier, Tehran reported that it was able to enrich uranium to 20 percent at the Fordow facility. However, it is 90% uranium that is needed to create nuclear weapons. As for the 20-percent uranium, Tehran…

Middle East - Iran

New Research Reveals: Researchers Know Nothing About Vladimir Putin

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A groundbreaking new study (chuckle) by Pew Research has revealed 14 countries with a view of Russia and Vladimir Putin that is not-so-hot. As is usually the case, the greater scope of data and knowledge reveals another actuality. This just goes to show, that narratives are usually not a chronicle of ideas to depend on…

USA in the World

A Christmas Gift for the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office

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Late 2020 put a decisive end to the confrontation between Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl and Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae: season one in this political series ended with a victory for Yoon, but a second season, and perhaps one that is no less exciting, may begin in the new year. For those who have not been following this subject. In July 2019, President Moon…

Eastern Asia - South Korea

Israel is Counterattacking Turkey

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The measures actively taken by Ankara in its chess gambit at the end of 2020 to rapidly develop and reinforce its relations with Tel Aviv have so far, unfortunately for Turkey, not scored it any victories. The Turkish president himself noted that by the end of December, “the main problem now is the individual people that are present in the relationship with Israel. If there…

Middle East - Israel

Is the US Isolating China? Or Itself?

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Washington’s predictable answer to Beijing’s ongoing efforts to uproot US-funded unrest in its Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has been more sanctions. The New York Times in its article, “US Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong Crackdown,” would report: The United States imposed travel bans and other sanctions on…

Eastern Asia - China

The United States has Yet Again become Concerned over a Host of Tibetan Issues

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It should be stated right away that the very presence of “Tibetan issues” in contemporary international politics is almost entirely due to those phobias that are whipped up by the United States due to the fact that the PRC is turning into a second global power. Whereas as far as the latter is concerned, there are no significant transnational “Tibetan issues…

Eastern Asia - China

Qatar is on the Verge of Scoring New Victories

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Saudi Arabia, overtaxing itself in its vain efforts to establish dictatorial control over all the countries on the Arabian Peninsula, has recently moved toward a compromise with Qatar to end a devastating three-year conflict. However, as practice still shows – and many sources close to the negotiations say – a complete resolution remains unattainable, despite the offer…

Middle East - Qatar

Economics

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

Russian Wheat and Global Food Security during the Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a serious blow to almost all the spheres of different nations’ economies. In order to slow down the spread of the disease, borders were closed, manufacturing facilities stopped their operations and, in essence, all necessary measures were taken to minimize movement of and contact between people, who were only allowed to work…

Russia in the World

Society

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

Widespread Decline in Educational Standards hit the United States

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In recent weeks, perhaps one of the most popular topics, not only in the US but also outside of it, has been predictions about the solutions to the problems that the new US president will face once he takes office. Moreover, in addition to the “challenges of other states,” which the current US political elite classifies as a bloc of “adversaries…

USA in the World

America Under Censorship: Biden’s Presidency Certified, Free Speech May be No Longer

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“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” ― George Washington As of January 6, 2021 Twitter decided to suspend US President Donald Trump’s account, for all intents and purposes putting a sock into the man’s mouth for IT didn’t feel like entertaining his political rants. And though many…

USA in the World

Joe Biden's Professed Foreign Policy: How We Will Know What He Really Means?

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Whenever a new US President is inaugurated, there should more concern about their prospective foreign policy than what they are promising domestically, because the tenor of it affects far more people. Thus, there can often be a serious disconnect between how a president is perceived at home, and how by the rest…

USA in the World

German Government Uses Lockdown to Sneak Deadly Pesticide

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Using the conditions of the most recent coronavirus lockdown, the German government’s agriculture minister has made a stealth decision, without open debate, to re-instate a banned class of systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids. The German move follows a similar move by the French Macron government…

Europe

Boris Johnson: Ridi, Pagliaccio!

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Many people have predicted the demise of Boris Johnson, who has fallen many times, only to rise again on a wave of bluster and ignorance. According to some he will finally make one gaffe too many and have to resign. According to others, he will be forced out by his own party when the consequences of Brexit get too serious, and they won’t want a clown any more. Usually however such concerns are brushed…

Europe

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