New Eastern Outlook

2019 Dec 9 - 11:59am
For the longest time the so-called “think tanks” have been an indispensable element of the American political system. These days there’s well over two thousand such “analytical centers” operating in the US, which exceeds the combined total in other major international players such as India, China, Argentina, Germany and the UK. The first noticeable spike in the number of think tank across America occurred in the post-WWII years, when such...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), Locations, junktag (ignore), USA in the World, Disinformation
2019 Dec 9 - 3:17am
As his impeachment moved forward, in a morning press conference in London this week, Donald Trump mentioned casually that he and Vladimir Putin are discussing the elimination of nuclear weapons. Although this should put a major crimp in the foreign policy establishment’s all-pervading Russophobia, the US media (including Fox News) went deaf at that moment. Trump was holding a news conference at the NATO summit, rebutting French President...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), Locations, junktag (ignore), USA in the World
2019 Dec 8 - 7:23pm
On December 6, 2019, Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok announced that Sudan will be pulling all remaining troops out of Yemen. Under the Bashir regime, in a secret agreement between Israel, Saudi Arabia and Trump, Sudan moved up to 40,000 troops into Yemen with 4000 being killed there, fighting alongside al Qaeda and Columbian mercenaries tied to drug cartels in that nation. You see, Yemen has become not just a war of survival for those under...
Tags: Africa, Columns, junktag (ignore), Locations, junktag (ignore)
2019 Dec 8 - 12:59pm
A Japanese delegation headed by Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi and Minister of Defense Taro Kono paid a visit to India between November 20 and December 1, during which talks were held with their Indian counterparts, Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in what was the first round of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialog. This was the first meeting held in the 2+2 Dialog format in Japanese...
Tags: Columns, Eastern Asia, junktag (ignore), Locations, Foreign Policy, foreign relations
2019 Dec 8 - 3:53am
In early 2014 Washington staged a blatant coup d’etat in Ukraine breaking the historic relationship with Russia and setting the stage for the subsequent NATO demonization of Russia. The one in charge for the Obama Administration of the Ukraine coup was then-Vice President Joe Biden. Today a bizarre Democrat impeachment attempt aimed at President Donald Trump has curiously enough put the spotlight on the dubious role that Joe Biden played in...
Tags: Columns, Economics, junktag (ignore), Locations, Russia in the World
2019 Dec 7 - 7:59pm
At first glance the human rights and environmental issues surrounding a proposed dam seem like serious objections to their construction. In some cases they may be. In other cases – these concerns are manufactured, promoted, and cynically exploited by foreign special interests who seek to impede dam construction and likewise impede the march forward of the developing nations seeking to build them. The key to knowing the difference is...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), Locations, junktag (ignore), Southeast Asia
2019 Dec 7 - 12:59pm
On November 28, 2019, North Korea conducted a “thirteenth, anniversary, missile launch”: a major multiple rocket launchers (MRL) weapons test, when two large-caliber short-range projectiles were launched from its South Hamgyong province into the Sea of Japan. Yonhap News Agency later clarified that the two projectiles traveled a maximum distance of 380 km at an altitude of approximately 97 km, quoting a press release given by the...
Tags: Columns, Eastern Asia, junktag (ignore), Locations, North Korea, junktag (ignore)
2019 Dec 7 - 12:09am
In a rather gate-crashing mode, the US is positioning itself in Libya in a way that will become yet another Syria as far as the end-game of this war-torn, NATO-destroyed and ‘humanitarianly-intervened’ country is concerned. For some time now, the Russians have been increasing their presence in Libya, supporting Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar. While Haftar himself has historically been close to the CIA, the US claim that Russian...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), Libya, Locations, Middle East, junktag (ignore)
2019 Dec 6 - 6:17pm
NATO’s 70th Birthday Party, in London – the Birthday of a brain-dead child! What a feat! The two-day London NATO conference just ended – and calling it a NATO “crisis” is not exaggerated. The crisis is such that President Trump canceled the Press Conference at the end of the summit, officially saying that there was enough press briefing during the conference, but rather more honestly hinting at the all-pervading conflict-loaded ambiance between...
Tags: Columns, Europe, junktag (ignore), Locations, junktag (ignore)
2019 Dec 6 - 12:59pm
The Hong Kong District Council elections were held on 24 November 2019 for all of its 18 District Councils. Various political parties, described as pan-democratic in Beijing and pro-democratic by the Western media outlets, swept to an overwhelming victory after winning 85 % of the votes (cast by the electorate who came to the polling stations). Political movements that represent the interests of the Chinese government were the undisputed losers...
Tags: China, Columns, Eastern Asia, junktag (ignore), Locations, junktag (ignore)
2019 Dec 6 - 3:59am
It has been a rollercoaster year of US trade wars, the JCPOA dying a slow death, and the world economy sinking toward recession. The good news is my fear of a major war tipping world GNP into a deep recession did not materialize, despite triggers such as the Iranian downing of a US drone incursion. More recently we had the cruise missile and drone attack on the Saudi ARAMCO, where on day three, Trump said the Saudis would have to decide what...
Tags: Columns, Economics, Locations, Russia in the World
2019 Dec 5 - 7:59pm
On 23 November 2019, the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between Japan and South Korea was due to expire, and right up until the last moment it was not clear whether Seoul would succumb to U.S. pressure. The United States views the GSOMIA as part of its strategy aimed at consolidating the trilateral security alliance. On 8 November, ROK Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha said that the South Korean government...
Tags: Columns, Eastern Asia, Locations, junktag (ignore), us and japan

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