Observations of an Expat: China at the Crossroads

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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.

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Hollywood, Propaganda and the American Culture of Division

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Valda Organ

Donald Trump and Meryl Streep. After Streep’s phony acid tongued diatribe at the Golden Globes and Donald Trump’s continuous stream of vitriol on twitter, you would be hard pressed to discern the difference between politician and actor. To understand how the water became so muddy, it must be said that the most subversive act anyone can commit is to write a story. The most effective and immediate way to deliver the subversive message is to film the story, release it to vast numbers of people, disguised as harmless entertainment.

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Bahrain national reconciliation efforts stalled: US State Dept

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Warren Strobel and Yara Bayoumy

Bahrain’s efforts to build national reconciliation after it crushed street protests in 2011 have stalled, and the Western ally in the Gulf has not implemented recommendations to protect freedom of expression, including nonviolent dissent, according to a U.S. State Department report obtained by Reuters.

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Ankara’s loss, another’s gain

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Zeravan Barwary

Syria has become a headache for Ankara as an aftermath of its official support for the Syrian opposition.

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Observations of an Expat: Stop Squabbling America

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Tom Arms

It is none of the rest of the world’s damn business which eminent American jurist is chosen to replace the exceptionally eminent Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court.

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Russia is officially in the region: A new Order has just begun

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Fadi Elhusseini

Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising, Russia has limited itself to its traditional role of providing arms as well as military and logistical experts to its Arab allies.

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