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OBOR Five Years Later: Some Results and New Alternatives

OBOR646342322Five years have passed since October 2013, when China unveiled its large scale and comprehensive OBOR project, which held the promise of quite a few benefits to its numerous participants for mutual trade and economic ties, financial hubs, infrastructure (port construction, high speed auto and railways, pipelines), tourist…

Vietnam: Decades of Liars Blacken the Names of Real Heroes

DYDE57453534The article below was written a decade ago. It began with a flash of anger as an Obama appointee, Senator James Webb, had just published an interview about his service in Vietnam, one bestowing himself with honors and position that real combat vets cringed to read about. At this…

Prince Charles in West Africa to Reaffirm the Commonwealth

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Prince Charles and Lady Camilla arrived in the tiny West African nation of The Gambia the other day on the first leg of a week-long tour of the region to reaffirm ties with Commonwealth countries. But with the couple’s arrival come accusations and fears Britain is reasserting itself via that “neo-colonial institution”. The royal…

Jamal Khashoggi: Scarier Dead Than Alive For Some

101318A deathly silence has fallen inexplicably quickly in the events surrounding the gruesome murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who furiously cast stones and aspersions at the Saudi kingdom, is now hush. In a speech to his parliamentary…

State of the Union before US Elections

673534533The US midterm elections will soon be over. Some will be celebrating, with others passing the crying towel around. Another group of spinmeisters will then go to work for those who have lost, claiming Russian interference or whatever they can invent to dodge responsibility for their own…

Abe Meets Xi then Modi: A New Asia ‘Cooperation Sphere’?

RICJ45454222One of the more important consequences of the Trump Administration trade war against both China as well as Japan is the recent diplomatic and economic meeting between Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing. Not only was it the first such meeting…

Beyond America’s Bottom Line — How MBS Could Explode the Middle East

TRBS454522Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and alleged brutal death was not an accident … rather the inevitable result of both our inability and unwillingness to face up to the nature of a regime defined in bloodshed, for the sake of lucrative contracts and one grandiose pipedream…

What Path will America Choose?

MIDT56456344It won’t elude the attention of a keen reader that the most important election in America was held two years ago, with the mid-term elections, that are less than a week away, coming close second. However, one couldn’t agree more with the American Thinker pointing out that the US is now…

Europe Trying to Wing It

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Although relatively small in size, ‘Europe’ or, as I prefer to call it, the Eurasian Peninsula, which has throughout history been a fractious place, is threatened with implosion by several major problems that it appears incapable of handling. First is the near-impossibility of hearing each other’s financial woes when East and West have diametrically opposite attitudes toward the large numbers…

The US Pseudo Pressure Game with Saudia

MANAM65456456The US call for immediate commencement of talks on Yemen with the view to bringing the war to an end is, more than anything else, a pseudo game of pressure that it is playing with Saudi Arabia. In this game, Saudia isn’t a US rival; it is its partner. For one thing, the US president Trump…

On the Consequences of the Okinawa Elections

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So, the snap governor elections of the Okinawa Prefecture that were critical for the Japanese federal government were held on September 30 this year and ended in an unpleasant surprise for it. Despite Tokyo’s anticipation (and to its sheer disappointment) the former Ginowan City Mayor Atsushi Sakima supported by the ruling Liberal Democratic…


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