Europe on the Brink of Collapse?

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The Empire’s European castle of vassals is crumbling. Right in front of our eyes. But Nobody seems to see it.… More
Politics Europe

Despite Reassurances, the US Can’t Change the Middle East

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The US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s visit to the Middle East has come at a time when the US… More
Politics USA in the World

Comprehensive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Entered into Force

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1 January 2019 marked the third day since the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) came into… More
Economics Eastern Asia - Japan

Oil and Other Stocks Up on War for the Border Wall: No, Really

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US President Donald Trump is in a pickle. Having put his foot down over the controversial border wall, the enigmatic… More
Society USA in the World

Pentagon Wants Big War Funding – Now

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We are off to a huge news cycle for 2019, with everything from shifting sands in the Mideast, to what… More
Politics USA in the World

Politics

The US Institute of Peace... Promotes Endless Syrian War

6653An “independent national institute founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible,” would be the last place you would expect to find calls for continued war. Yet the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is just the place…

Middle East - Syria

China Sends Europe Yet Another Positive Signal

MET453456367On 18 December the Xinhua news agency publicized the state China’s Policy Paper on the European Union. We would like to highlight straightaway that this is not a unique document in the history of their official bilateral ties, established in 1975. Similar policy papers were…

Eastern Asia - China

The War Against America’s Only Anti-War Candidate

TG45322Born in American Samoa, Representative (Major) Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a Democrat and, far more than Trump, someone who stands against hypocrisy and fakery of every kind, is now running for President of the United States. Unlike Trump or Clinton or Obama or Romney or so many…

USA in the World

US President’s Ultimate ‘Democratic’ Weapon

TRM565421When you consider the Constitutionally mandated American ‘government shutdown’ it’s hard to critique other governments for being authoritarian. Illustrating the key role played by money in the notion of ‘freedom’, as opposed to ‘democracy’ in the creation of a federal form of government…

USA in the World

Abusive and Disastrous: The Two Adjectives of America’s Failed Afghan Mission

4221The US is considering to pull about half of its current fighting force out of Afghanistan in order to pave the way for an eventual withdrawal. The RAND corporation has even prepared a peace-plan, which it shared with diplomats in Kabul, according to which, apart from other things…

Central Asia - Afghanistan

Lugar Biolab: Will the Truth be Revealed before the Spin Doctors Label it a Conspiracy

1068051041It is bad enough that the Lugar Lab in Tbilisi, an alleged front for public health research has been feathered on about every Russian TV channel over its role in viral and bacterial (germ) warfare, but now Georgia faces a new round of recriminations. Such news is…

Caucasus - Georgia

Australia’s Strategic Bubble: Denial in the Face of Changing Geopolitical Realities

5019332-3x2-940x627The next election in Australia is expected to be held on a date between March and May 2019. If two years of opinion polls are a reliable guide, the Opposition Labour party is expected to win comfortably. It should present an opportunity for a fresh start in Australia’s foreign and defence…

Asian-Pacific region - Australia

Economics

Washington Cheats its Way into the EU Energy Market, Yet it Lives Off Russian Gas

RLNG564522Over the past two years, Washington has been adamant in its attempts to pursue a dominant position on the international energy markets in accordance with the strategy presented by Donald Trump, which included an aggressive takeover of the European market by ensuring…

Russia in the World

Whatever Happened to Peak Oil?

4500Back during the early days of the Bush-Cheney administration, countless articles and even official statements by the International Energy Agency and various governments proclaimed the onset of what was termed Peak Oil. This was a time when former Halliburton CEO, Vice President Dick Cheney…

USA in the World

Today's Arctic is Nothing but the Desired Treasure Land

ARC352452It’s curious that some people do not fully grasp the fact that the Arctic is so much more than a barren frozen desert or the proverbial homeland of Santa Claus. According to American geological experts, under its impending vastness the Arctic region hides up to 30% of world’s undiscovered…

Russia in the World

Blocking Nord Stream 2: To Fight "Russian Dictatorship," US Dictates to Europe

BN0209102859Rarely is irony and hypocrisy so thoroughly combined as it was when the US House of Representatives passed resolution 1035 – “Expressing opposition to the completion of Nord Stream II” (.pdf). Bloomberg in its article, “U.S. House Passes Resolution Opposing Russian Gas Pipeline”…

Europe

Is Canada Huawei Arrest Attempt to Sabotage Trump Xi Talks?

ARHW45222The arrest of the CFO of the China’s largest telecoms equipment company, Huawei, carries hallmarks of deep state or behind-the-scenes sabotage designed to rupture recent progress between US President Trump and China President Xi Jinping on strategic issues. Here are some elements…

Eastern Asia - China

Beware, Income Disparity is among the Leading Global Trends

674533It’s hardly a secret that there was an abrupt increase in income disparity pretty much all across the globe in the period from 1980 to 2017, as it has been recently confirmed by a report released by World Inequality Lab (WIL). Pretty much the same conclusion was voiced by a group of…

USA in the World

Deciphering Economic Warfare Code: The Sub-Saharan Africa Front

1519896This week Moody’s warned the whole world of Kenya struggling to repay heavy Chinese debt. News from the South African gained over 400 social media shares too, amplifying the hysterical warning that all of Sub-Saharan Africa is at risk of having “strategic assets” seized when…

Africa

Society

Saudi Arabia Declares War on Free Speech and Civil Liberties

SAU563222Saudi Arabia has done it again … that is to land itself in the middle of a controversy that exposes not just the dictatorial devolution of its system of governance but the inaptitude of its governing dogma to self-sustain against the pushes of technology.тEarly this January news surfaced that Prince Mohammed bin Salman called on…

USA in the World

American Liberalism vs. Scientology – A Strange Fight

SCC5645222The US media’s campaign to expose the Church of Scientology, while pointing to very ugly truths about the organization, also points toward the problematic outlook of the cynical liberal establishment. Detractors of Marxism long accused it of being a secular religion. They pointed…

USA in the World

Case of Ko Hyon-chol and Other Unsavory Tales of Sexual Abuse in South Korea

Ko-Hyon-cholOnce the story criticizing a report on mass-rape in DPRK was published, its author has faced with a fierce backlash. Many people were unwilling to believe that by “presenting notorious stories not as exceptions but as examples of daily tactics, and by then employing a similar…

Eastern Asia - South Korea

Why is Japan so Bitter About Unstoppable Rise of China?

JAP1There used to be a pair of beautiful swings for children, not far from an old rural temple in Mie Prefecture, where I used to frequently powerwalk, when searching for inspiration for my novels. Two years ago, I noticed that the swings had gotten rusty, abandoned, and unkempt. Yesterday…

Eastern Asia - Japan

Lobotomized: Secrecy and the “Dis-enlightenment”

SNWD342342As we enter 2019, one thing above all others is clear, the mechanisms of human engagement, education, media and information, even what passes for human contact through social media and email, is all subjected to “algorithms,” whatever those are. It was Snowden that brought it to our attention…

USA in the World

Depopulation Crisis - When Numbers Don't Add Up, You've been Cheated

POPThe population of the Earth today is just over 7.6 billion people. Up until the 1970s, the world’s population would grow in accordance with a hyperbolic formula discovered by the Austrian physicist Heinz von Foerster. Most recently, as sociologists were bracing for a demographic…

USA in the World

US NGO Teams Up with Gulf Terror Sponsor to Target Asia

6443Fortify Rights is one of several fronts posing as nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) operating across Asia. Such fronts are in actuality extensions of US and European “soft power.” Fully funded by the US, British and various European governments as well as US and European corporate…

Southeast Asia

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