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Politics

US Seeks to Become World Political Schemers

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On an practically daily basis, representatives of the present political élite of Washington and US media voice accusations of Russia, China and some other countries which allegedly try “to interfere” with the internal affairs of the US. At the same time, Washington does not mention that the budget-financed US National Endowment…

USA in the World

Turkey & the US: Far from Allies in Syria

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The recent agreement between the US and Turkey regarding the creation of a “safe-zone” in Syria notwithstanding, the underlying divergence of interests between the two countries continues to exist in a far more explicit way than meets the eye. As such, while the agreement apparently seems to imply that both NATO-members have…

Middle East - Turkey

Pakistan: Prime Minister I. Khan Visits the US

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There was an atmosphere of euphoria in Pakistan, and flattering epithets met Prime Minister Imran Khan during his official visit to Washington in July 2019. At the height of the trade war with China, tough economic sanctions and military threats in Iran, tense relations with Russia, the prevailing uncertainty in the negotiations…

Southern Asia - Pakistan

US-Turkey Showdown on Kurdish Security Zone

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We have all been here before. Turkey has troops lined up on the Syrian northeast border and announced it will proceed alone with its incursion against the Kurds if it does not get cooperation with the US. After three days of negotiations we have a report that an agreement to form a joint command operation center has been agreed upon…

Middle East - Turkey

Korea-Japan Relations Plunge: Japan Strikes Again

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The trade war between Japan and South Korea caused by the decision of Seoul to ignore the results of the 1965 Agreement is reaching a new level. As expected, all attempts to somehow de-escalate the confrontation failed. On July 31, 2019 a group of members of the National Assembly of South Korea paid a two-day visit to Japan in…

Eastern Asia - Japan

US Meddling Continues in Cambodia, But With Setbacks

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Two Cambodian employees of US government-funded “Radio Free Asia” (RFA) face espionage charges for continuing to work for the foreign information operation even after the Cambodian government ordered it closed. Qatari state media, Al Jazeera, in their article, “Espionage trial of two former RFA journalists starts in Cambodia”…

Southeast Asia

China And the Zombies Of The Past

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The hybrid war, being conducted against China by the United States and its gaggle of puppet states from the UK to Canada to Australia, has entered a new phase. The first stage involved the massive shift of US air and naval forces to the Pacific and constant provocations against China in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. The second stage was…

Eastern Asia - China

Economics

India – One of the Leaders in Space Exploration

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India began carrying out space research immediately after gaining full independence from British rule in 1947, and became the seventh country in the world to launch its own satellite – Aryabhata – in 1980, which was launched into orbit with the help of a Soviet space launch vehicle, Kosmos-3M. However, it is worth pointing out…

Southern Asia - India

Will China Trigger Next Financial Tsunami?

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With the US decision to impose added tariffs on more than $300 billion of China trade, and the US Treasury declaring China a “currency manipulator”, global financial markets have reacted with sharp selling. The question is whether this is the beginning of a genuine currency war that will trigger a new Financial Tsunami as bad if…

Eastern Asia - China

KAMAZ: Globally Recognized Russian Technology

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Among the numerous products of the Russian industry which are in considerable demand abroad, one of the important ones is the trucks of the Kama automobile plant (KAMAZ). The KAMAZ brand trucks have seen several decades of popularity in various countries of the world thanks to their loading capacity and…

Russia in the World

Erdogan’s Risky Geopolitical Pirouette

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Turkey’s economy has been in increasingly difficult straits for months, especially since the failed July 2016 coup attempt. The latest move by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to fire his central bank head and replace him with a more amenable loyalist has already resulted in the largest one-time interest rate cut in the bank’s history. Will this be enough to revive…

Middle East - Turkey

Greece – Suicide or Murder?

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Pundits from the left, from the right and from the center cannot stop reporting about Greece’s misery. And rightly so. Because Greece, the vast majority of her people live in deep economic hardship. No hope. Unemployment is officially at 18%, with the real figure closer to 25% or 30%; pensions have been reduced…

Europe

What Does the Future Hold for Turkmenistan?

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According to the World Happiness Report — 2019, which is published on a yearly basis by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Turkmenistan, quite a resource-rich player in the Caspian region, ended up in 87th place, thus becoming the unhappiest nation among its Central Asian neighbors based on this ranking…

Central Asia - Turkmenistan

The Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM EC) Economic Corridor

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The topic of whether creating a “multi-modal corridor” is feasible or not has been debated time and time again since the late nineties on various different political platforms and within expert circles, which would link Kunming, the capital of China’s south-western Yunnan Province…

Eastern Asia

Society

“Blackwashing Google”

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The media is filled with attacks on Google Corporation and “whistleblowers” who now tell us that Google has just begun interfering in politics because it hates Donald Trump and will do anything to prevent his reelection. Blacklists have been published, showing hundreds of websites banned, 90% of them almost “0” traffic and unheard of, this being proof…

USA in the World

The World is Angry

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I haven’t done a comparative study, but it’s probably safe to say that rarely has there been so much anger during relatively peaceful’ times, in so many countries in both the ‘developing’ and so-called ‘developed’ world. The cause of the anger appears to be the same everywhere: popular discontent with the way governments are handling the complexities of modern…

Europe

America's Social-Media Sites Suppress Freedom of Speech by Silencing Scientific Publications

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In late July, under the pretext of fighting “deceptive publications” Facebook deleted the official page of the New Eastern Outlook analytical discussion journal of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This page created back in 2010…

Russia in the World

A Multi-Polar World versus Border Cages

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Robert Mueller’s testimony in front of two Congressional committees was supposed to be the last word on President Trump’s cooperation with Russia during the 2016 election. In reality, it was intended to accuse Russia of planning to interfere again in the 2020 election — perhaps with Iran’s cooperation. Eagerly abetted by his questioners…

USA in the World

Western Propaganda: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't

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Nations running afoul of US and European hegemony often find themselves the target of concerted, long-term propaganda campaigns. Without creating a media front capable of confronting this propaganda, virtually nothing a targeted nation does can improve its image among the global public, because no matter what it does, it will be…

Southeast Asia - Thailand

Carnage: Who is Responsible?

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It may take many more years before the United States overcomes its commitment to the constitution’s First Amendment: the right for individuals to carry firearms, even though ‘free enterprise’ now makes available military-grade weapons that kill dozens of people a minute. For decades, Democrats have begged for ‘common sense gun reform’, however with their usual…

USA in the World

Women We Are Fighting For

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There are stories that are unrelated to the news, but can explain much better than many combat reports, why people like me are fighting against the Empire and imperialism, with such determination and vehemence. Not all stories are ‘big’ or ‘heroic’; not all include famous people or iconic struggles. Not all take place on battlefields. But they ‘humanize’…

Southeast Asia

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