Joseph Thomas

US Set to Expand South China Sea Conflict

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Triumphalism followed the election of US President Donald Trump, particularly among those opposed to US foreign policy under US President Barack Obama. In particular, hope was rekindled that America would withdraw from the many…

 

Myanmar Mass Murder Made in America

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The Southeast Asian state of Myanmar has recently become the epicentre of an expanding humanitarian crisis. But because the current government of Myanmar is headed by a regime favoured by American and European interests, little…

China is Building a Navy to Displace, Not Def...

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In many ways, China’s socioeconomic and military influence in Asia has already balanced a long-lopsided equation of geopolitical power in the region. The social and economic stability brought by the rise of China along with…

Is the US Positioning Itself for Military Pre...

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The governments of the United States and United Kingdom have spent decades and millions of dollars creating the political opposition fronts that constitute support for Myanmar’s new (and first ever) State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi…

Trump’s Taiwan Phone Call Gaff No ̶...

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President-elect Donald Trump’s “accidental” phone conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was neither a gaff nor a decision Trump and his advisers unilaterally made. It is merely the latest evolution of US foreign policy…

US Concerns Over “Election Interference...

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The United States has recently claimed the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from US territory as well as additional sanctions against the Russian state are in retaliation for what the Washington Post claims is “2016 election…

As US Berates Russia For Political Meddling, ...

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Despite a concerted backlash against what US political leaders and policymakers claim is Russian interference in America’s internal politics, the US continues to openly interfere in the internal politics of other nations worldwide…

US Policymakers Seek “New Thailand̶...

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With the passing of Thailand’s head of state, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a universally revered cultural and pragmatic leader for the last 70 years, Thailand’s enemies see an opportunity in what they perceive as a void in national…

Saving Face: America’s TPP Disaster

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Long before US President-elect Donald Trump even began his presidential campaign, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was already crumbling along with the rest of America’s so-called “pivot to Asia” policy. In late 2011, then US…

Terrorists Targeting Russia in Syria – As Pla...

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Russian forces operating in Syria upon Damascus’ request have met several close calls during military and humanitarian missions over the past two months. In late October, Syrian and Russian organised humanitarian corridors came…

What the Philippines Says Vs. What it Does

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been identified as a menace to US foreign policy in Asia Pacific by both his supporters and his opponents. For his supporters, he is propped up as a hero of “anti-imperialism,” while his…

America’s Ironic “Two-Faced”...

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Rarely ever does hypocrisy align so succinctly as it does within the pages of American policy and media coverage. US policy think tank, the Brookings Institution, recently provided an extreme example of this in a paper titled…


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