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Politics

DPRK’s Digital Potential

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North Korea is considered to be one of the poorest countries and many believe that it is behind the rest of the world in the IT sphere. But is this true? Mobile phone and computer penetration As of November 2019, there were 6 million mobile phones (on average costing $100-200) in use in the DPRK. But they cannot be used to make international calls. There are two telecommunication providers…

Eastern Asia - DPRK

The Israeli-Indian Arms Deal

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With Covid-19 dominating everyone’s thoughts and actions, it is also dominating the news media. At first glance, this would seem obvious. But is it? Clearly people need to be updated with the latest information about this killer virus, particularly when governments are trying to wreck lives and economies over it, and blaming their citizens for breathing rather than their own lack of preparation. But…

Southern Asia - India

COVID and the Terror of Uncertainty

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There are two worlds, in a way never before imagined, one of people and jobs, of life and experience, the other a shadowy world of deceit and terrorism. As the month of March 2020 comes to an end and April begins, the entire planet is being tested. As expected, as promised as any idiot might guess, political leadership has failed and the organizations intended…

USA in the World

Terrorist Enclave Run by Mercenaries from Syria is being Created in Tunisia

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Terrorists who have fled Idlib (in Syria), in part due to actions taken by Turkey, are dispersing throughout Africa thus posing a security threat to the entire North African region. Their numbers are especially high in Libya and Tunisia today. According to many commentators, Turkey, in its desire not to sacrifice its military personnel to protect its own…

Africa

The Invisible Bug That Killed an Empire

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The liberal world order is a shambles. The coronavirus pandemic will spell the end of full-spectrum dominance by Britain, the United States, and those in the European Union tethered so inextricably to the NATO alliance. A quote below from a Reuters report citing French President Emmanual Macron, it sums up the fall of the…

USA in the World

Coronavirus: the Reactionaries from USA

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Coronavirus is spreading to more and more countries and leaving an increasing number of deaths in its wake. It is about time experts and the common men asked legitimate questions: “Where did this deadly virus come from, in what laboratories was it created, and who is behind the pandemic?”. We will try to answer them as objectively as possible. The first country where…

USA in the World

How can Russia, China, and the United States Change the World?

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There are some serious changes taking place in the international order that has prevailed since the end of World War Two. After what has been almost three decades of Washington openly expressing its desire to establish a world order with a clear-cut US hegemony to serve its own interests, the policies of Russia and China have recently been…

Russia in the World

Economics

Going Down with the Ship

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The mightiest Empire ever to have existed is being brought down by a bug. Aesop had nothing to say about this, but someone out there will know whether the situation is unique. (I breathed a sigh of relief upon learning that the former British Foreign Secretary, one of the ubiquitous Cameron brothers, is heading the International Relief Center for the Corona Response in camps where refugees from…

USA in the World

Covid-19 Hysteria Vs. Your Actual (Very Low) Chance of Dying

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How likely are you to die from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)? Based on the hysteria spreading across the globe, it would seem like the chances are fairly high. But Statnews.com would report on the actual projected death rate of those who contract Covid-19 based on US Center for Disease Control (CDC) data, noting…

USA in the World

Japan’s Nuclear Power Industry: a Bumpy Road after Fukushima

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Japan is the third most economically developed country in the world and one of the most technologically advanced nations on the planet. Up until 2011, it was also among the world’s leaders in nuclear power. There were 54 nuclear power reactors operating throughout the country that generated 30% of the energy consumed…

Eastern Asia - Japan

Riyadh’s "Oil War" on Russia has some Global Objectives

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The on-going Saudi ‘oil war’ with Russia has its roots in the logic of increasingly using natural resources for geo-political and geo-economic purposes. While this is not something entirely new, the latest push comes against the backdrop of increasing competition between the US and Russia for global leadership roles and the former’s attempts at forcing the latter out…

Russia in the World

Only Hard Times Ahead for Saudi Arabia

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The revenue generated by state-owned Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco accounts for up to 80% of the kingdom’s fiscal budget. The company did not hide its losses, and officially reported a decrease of $22.9 billion in net income in 2019, and there have also been serious spending cuts on development, i.e. on maintaining and increasing production. The report…

Middle East - Saudi Arabia

Russian-Japanese Relations Developing Despite Dispute over the Kuril Islands

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Relations between Russia and Japan are not all blue skies: the dispute over the Kuril Islands has hung over them like a dark cloud for many decades now, which is why two countries never signed a peace treaty after World War II. The most recent minor flare-up in tensions was in January 2020 in response to Japan’s National…

Russia in the World

Is COVID-19 Devouring What’s Left of the Trump Presidency?

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Does anyone remember the scene in the original film Jaws in 1975 when Captain Quint gets devoured by the shark? Well, the COVID-19 situation in the US makes me imagine Donald Trump being devoured by a gigantic coronavirus. Or perhaps, the shark’s role could be played by western mainstream media? Either way, there is some Trump munching going on. Whatever Hollywood special…

USA in the World

Society

We are Not Allowed to Watch, Listen and Read what We Want, Anymore

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Now, that almost all of us, all over the world, have been forced into staying in what could be easily defined as house arrest, there is suddenly plenty of time to read books, to watch great films, and to listen to splendid music. Many of us, for years, have been sadly repeating again and again: “if only we would have time…” Now there…

USA in the World

“The Russians are Coming”

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“The Russians are coming”, a phrase allegedly uttered by US Secretary of Defense James Forrestal while suffering from mental illness in 1949, is still in use today by certain media outlets (at the behest of, as conspiracy theorists would say, American and British intelligence agencies). And recently, this “prophecy” has indeed come to pass. The author believes that demand for underground bunkers…

Russia in the World

Will the Coronavirus be the Demise of the European Union?

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More and more people have recently begun talking about the end of the European Union. Moreover, while many observers used to cite Brexit as a sign that the European Union is on the brink of collapse, it is now clear that Brexit was just one of many blows the EU has been dealt, which has been suffering with underlying problems since it was established…

Europe

Covid 19: The Ultimate Foreign Affair

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A media that justifies its failure to cover the world by claiming that Americans are ‘not interested’ in foreign affairs, now mocks Trump supporters for repeating his claim that Covid 19 is a ‘Chinese’ virus, a ‘foreign’ problem they need not worry about. It also criticizes China for having an authoritarian regime, WITHOUT admitting its superiority when it comes to meeting…

USA in the World

It is Not China, but the Western World that should be Defined as the “Real Sick Man”

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Not long ago, the Wall Street Journal insulted China, calling it “the Real Sick Man of Asia”. China retaliated, and then the U.S. counter-retaliated. Emotions have been running high, journalists got deported. Suddenly, various Chinese officials expressed publicly what many in both China and Russia have been, for weeks, articulating…

Eastern Asia - China

WaPo Admits Crimeans Are Happy Russians

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The Washington Post – an inveterate keystone of US foreign policy propaganda – made a surprising admission recently. The people of Crimea – allegedly “annexed” by the Russian Federation – are vastly satisfied under Moscow’s governance. The Washington Post article titled, “Six years and $20 billion in Russian investment later, Crimeans are happy with…

Russia in the World

The Age of Anxiety Redux

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In 1948 the poet, W.H. Auden, published a long poem he titled, The Age of Anxiety, in which four characters express their anxiety about their place in a world that has been destroyed by two world wars and was threatened by a third, and nuclear, world war. He described the faces in the bars, the people trying to cling to average days that no longer existed, all hoping that the lights wouldn’t go out, that the music…

Europe

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