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The Flawed Story About Drugs and Human Rights in the Philippines

April 23, 2018 • World Politics, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dr. Dan Steinbock For years, drugs and corruption thrived in the Philippines as policymakers engaged in external adventures ignoring domestic investment. The Duterte government is fostering a historical investment drive, while seeking to defuse the threat of drugs and corruption. So why is it penalized in the West?   Recently, President Duterte said

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We Won’t Get Fooled Again…Or Will We?

April 20, 2018 • World Politics, Commentary, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Richard Westra With the suspected chemical attack in the remaining rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on 4 April, it is apparent that the use of chemical weapons is indeed hard to solve. Needless to say, it is during these times that the citizenry needs to

Earn Billions in North Korea: Here’s How

March 27, 2018 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Asia - Pacific, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Shepherd Iverson This is not a parody for THE ONION, but a pragmatic proposal to reunify Korea with your money, in exchange for resource ownership, construction contracts, licensing agreements and temporary business sector and market monopolies in northern

2018: A Foreign Policy Wild Ride in Trump’s America

March 27, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, On Donald Trump AdministrationComments (1)

By Markos Kounalakis Surprise is an element that Trump relishes both in deal-making and in policy. America and the world need to get ready for a wild ride in 2018. Guessing what the world will look like in the Trump era is a risky game. President Donald Trump

The Way to the New Cold War

January 8, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, International Relations, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Despite continued nuclear threats, all US postwar presidents have failed to reset relations with Russia. Why?   The “New Cold War” between the US and Russia began a decade ago. The elevated tensions in the Korean Peninsula are only a

Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

December 19, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Peter Koenig   When President Trump on 6 December 2017 declared unilaterally Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to where the US Embassy shall relocate, he violated UN Resolutions, international law, common sense and went against all diplomatic efforts

Trump’s Asia Tour: From Old Conflicts to New Prospects

November 16, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, SPECIAL FEATURES, Capitalism in the 21st Century, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                       Trump’s gruelling 12-day Asia tour was a quest for mega deals. US policies in Asia are shifting. The stress on competitive strategic visions is being redefined by historic bilateral

Iran – President Putin in Tehran – Emissary of Peace and Promoter of Resistance Economy

November 9, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World PoliticsComments (0)

By Peter Koenig President Putin arrived in Tehran on 1 November for talks with the Ayatollah Khamenei. First, to cement the Nuclear Agreement of 2015 (Vienna), as far as Russia is concerned, thereby sidelining Trump’s attempt at reneging on the agreement.

Will Catalonia’s Fate Reverberate Through The European Union?

November 8, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, EuropeComments (0)

By Georgia Monaghan and Amy Maguire Catalonia is claiming self-determination in the form of independence from Spain. This assertion of independence has implications for the integrity of the Spanish state. Unsurprisingly, Spain’s response has been resistant

China’s New Leadership: 2017-2022 Leaders, Grand Strategy and Policies

October 26, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Editor’s Choice, China, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock After the 19th Congress, Xi’s China is preparing for a new roadmap domestically and internationally. This is Dr. Dan Steinbock’s in-depth analysis of China’s critical changes that will shape the world economy until 2022 – and beyond.