Economics

Iran – IAEA negotiations

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In Geneva, the E3+3 international mediators failed to secure a final agreement with Iran on its nuclear programme. The West…

Kim Jong-un’s New Course

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While the terms juche (spirit of self-reliance) and songun (military first) are relatively well-known to a broad audience, a fresh…

On the drug situation in Afghanistan

Rapidly degrading political and economic situation in Afghanistan has a direct impact on the development of drug trafficking and drug cultivation, and production of hard drugs.…

The Syrian economy is steadily headed for ruin

The decision regarding chemical weapons opens up a certain possibility of normalising the overall situation in Syria. Although, it is…

Shinzo Abe focuses on Shale Gas

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This September, Shinzo Abe and Stephen Harper, the Prime Ministers of Japan and Canada, decided to start negotiations and they…

Famine in North Korea: Causes and Myths. Part 2

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First, agriculture "washed away" and the terraces on the mountain slopes were particularly affected. This appears to be why the…

Famine in North Korea: Causes and Myths. Part 1

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"Slon" internet magazine published an article by A. Lankov titled "How many people actually died of starvation in North Korea"…

United States and Afghanistan: The drug problem

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The withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is gaining speed. Just recently, the Pentagon began the relocation of its forces…

America’s National Debt: Whose Day of Reckoning Has Come?

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In the course of the past few days, the U.S. raised its budget debt ceiling yet again. The government can…

The statistics of life in Syria

On the eve of the Islamic offensive, Syria had already suffered a considerably severe blow. It fell on Syria in…

The Syrian frontier cuts too close to home

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Syria has been living the past three years completely engulfed in rampant terror and threats to the population, which are…

Government shutdown and Chinese gold

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“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”...William Butler Yeats, from his poem The Second…

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