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Trump, the Islamic Alliance and Pakistan

Reuters photo   By Imad Zafar Change is the only law of nature that is and will always be constant. Civilizations can never be made stagnant nor can they be imprisoned in a certain period or specific time. Ideologies and patterns of thinking in civilizations always change with the shift in balance of power.

A year in office, Taiwan’s Tsai seeks Beijing’s goodwill to help curb anti-China sentiment

Tyrone Siu/Reuters   By J.R. Wu Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is signalling she needs more give and take from China to rein in hardliners on an island China considers its own, officials say, but Beijing is unlikely to budge months before its five-yearly Communist Party Congress.

How India Functions Under Modi – Part Three

PIB photo   By Ratnesh Dwivedi   Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India  

How India Functions Under Modi – Part Two

Reuters photo   By Ratnesh Dwivedi   Information Office of the Presidential Office of India

Special Chinese CARICOM Citizenship

By Ricardo Swire Another Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) security weakness is showcased in the ongoing Federation of St Kitts & Nevis (SKN)/Peoples Republic of China geopolitical controversy.

Nuclear Failure: On the verge of World War 3

Reuters photo   By Ogunniyi Abayomi From a disagreement between the idealist and realist over the struggle of authority, the First World War erupted, likewise the Second World War, followed by the Cold War between America and the now defunct Soviet Union, fighting together against the super power of Europe as allies in spite of […]

Observations of an Expat: The Korean Solution

AP photo   By Tom Arms I have a solution to Korea. It is…

We are by far the greater threat

AP photo   By Don Krieger   China urges all sides in North Korea standoff to ‘stop irritating’ one another

Observations of an Expat: China at the Crossroads

AFP photo   By Tom Arms China is at a political crossroads with a nuclear-tipped Mack truck driven by a suicidal North Korean juvenile threatening to plough into its side with disastrous consequences for Beijing and the rest of the world.

As Nepal-China joint military drill continues, Nepal President visits India

HT photo   By Jose Kalathil With the first-ever 10-day long Nepal-China joint military drill ongoing, which began on Sunday at the Nepal Army’s Para Training School in Kathmandu, Nepal’s President Bidhya Devi Bhandari is at the same time currently on a five-day visit to India, her first overseas tour, which India considers a diplomatic […]

Trump is not Kennedy and this is 2017

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed Those of us who recall The Bay of Pigs, even though we were children, just by listening to the news and hearing what our parents thought on the issues, we knew that we were at risk of missiles being used. Everyone was nervous. The same feeling has now returned, […]

Global executions down more than a third, but death sentences at record high

By Amnesty International The number of executions around the world last year fell by more than a third compared to the previous year, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated, with 1,032 executions in 23 countries in 2016 compared to 1,634 in 25 countries in 2015.

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Taiwan keen on bettering ties with India

Reuters photo   By Jose Kalathil The island country of Taiwan having a population of 23 million is keen on strengthening relations with the second largest economy in Asia, in the fields of trade, tourism, education, culture and business.

The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

AP/AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between […]

Behind Enemy Lines

Reuters photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over the last few decades Pakistan has gone through a major paradigm shift, both within its strategic placement within the region and with its allies all over the globe.

The Truth about Trump’s Promises on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Job Creation

Reuters photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner The Trump administration’s promises to reform the Environmental Protection Agency, to scale back on environmental laws and regulations, and to exit the Paris Agreement on Climate Change omit any explanation of the legal processes involved.

Health Effect Institute predicts 4.2 million early deaths due to air pollution

AFP photo   By Jose Kalathil The US-based Health Effect Institute (HEI) has said in a recently released study on the global burden of disease (GBD) that air pollution would claim more than 4.2 million early deaths. Of these, 1.1 million would be in India, which is more than a quarter of world deaths.

Observations of an Expat: Alliance 101

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The Western Alliance is in disarray. Americans are sick of picking up the tab for protecting a rich Europe from a communist threat which no longer exists. Europe is terrified at being abruptly left in the lurch facing a corrupt, authoritarian Russian threat which has replaced the communist one.

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

NATO’s Importance to the Security of the United States

By Cynthia M. Lardner   A Conversation with Jamie Shea, NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Citizenship by Investment Program security challenges

By Ricardo Swire Another Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Program’s (CIP) participant is front and center in clandestine activity. The spotlight is focused on Xiao Jianhua, a 45 year old Chinese male billionaire, who is a Canadian citizen with a legitimate Antigua & Barbuda diplomatic passport.

Observations of an Expat: I am a Liberal

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters   By Tom Arms The Brexiteering Trump supporter narrowed his eyes, curled his upper lip, glared at me and sneeringly stuttered: “You…you…LIBERAL.”

Burma: Where Hypocrisy Clashes with Morality

Darren Whiteside/Reuters   By Cynthia M. Lardner   “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” wisely stated George Santayana.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Trumped in Southeast Asia

Ahn Young-joon/AP   By Cynthia M. Lardner U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia in light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration is drifting off to sea placing the U.S. in a precarious position of isolationism in a region where China and Russia have been aggressively building alliances and partnerships. Amidst shifting global relationships and allegiances this […]

Celestial Empire

By Ricardo Swire On Tuesday March 15th 2016 the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and the Peoples Liberation Army of China signed a multi-million dollar military agreement. The diplomatic protocol signaled another Chinese special equipment contribution to the BDF arsenal.

Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

Negar Mortazavi   By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

Who are you friends with today?

AFP photo   By Siddhartha Rastogi   In Politics you don’t have friends or foes, you have only Opportunity! Opportunity!! & Opportunity!!!

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Our Uncertain and Unstable World

By Cynthia M. Lardner It’s a deeply foreboding feeling knowing that world global stability and security are rapidly devolving. Even before the uncanny election of Donald Trump and his unpredictability as the presumed President-Elect, world leaders were already concerned about increased isolationism, a tipping of the economic scale from the West to the East, innumerable […]