New Eastern Outlook

2020 Jul 14 - 12:57pm
On 4 July 2020, it will be exactly one year since Japan introduced export restrictions on South Korea on three types of chemicals critical for the microelectronics industry: fluorinated polyimide, hydrogen fluoride, and photoresists. South Korea called that step the start of a trade war. We should recall the essence of the issue: Japan highlights 1,120 product names that it calls strategic, and controls exports of them. Out of those, 857 are...
Tags: Columns, Eastern Asia, Economics, junktag (ignore), Locations, South Korea
2020 Jul 14 - 2:00am
In March of this year Saudi Arabia launched what was clearly a catastrophic move to regain its role as the world oil superpower. What initially was a move aimed at taking markets away from Russia, after the latter declined to make further production cuts, has quickly turned into a clumsy even catastrophic repeat of the Saudi 2014 oil miscalculation. At this point US shale oil industry is indeed hurting as a result. However, OPEC and Saudi...
Tags: Columns, Economics, junktag (ignore), Locations, Middle East, Saudi Arabia
2020 Jul 14 - 12:20am
“With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.” – Otto von Bismark, German Chancellor, 1871 -1890 July 10th found 10,000 protesters in Rabin Square angry over the delays in their promised coronavirus relief funding. Israel’s self-employed and small business owners seem to have found themselves at the end of the COVID-19 relief line and wanted to send Bibi a public message. Police had...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), israel, Locations, Middle East, junktag (ignore)
2020 Jul 13 - 5:59pm
In a major speech delivered in Canberra on June 30, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison announced plans to overhaul “Australia’s defense strategy and force structure” as envisioned by the Department of Defense in 2020 Defense Strategic Update and 2020 Force Structure Plan. Such documents are updated every few years in response to changes in the environment within and outside the country, as the strategy needs to be amended accordingly....
Tags: Asian-Pacific region, Australia, Columns, junktag (ignore), Locations, junktag (ignore)
2020 Jul 13 - 12:59pm
The ice-covered continent, Antarctica, spanning the Earth’s South Pole is rarely covered in news reports. For now, policies of the world’s leading nations do not really concern the Antarctic. There are no mining or extraction facilities, manufacturing plants or military bases on the continent. Inhabitants of Antarctica comprise several hundred researchers from different countries, who reside in South Pole stations and completely depend on...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), Locations, Russia in the World, Society
2020 Jul 12 - 1:40pm
In the life of any nation there are painful dates that cause the entire nation to grieve, despite the long passage of time. This kind of sorrowful, and bloody, date for the Iranian people is 3 July 1988, when the USS Vincennes guided missile cruiser from the US navy purposely launched a surface-to-air missile and shot down an Iranian Airbus A300B2-203 liner owned by the airline Iran Air, which was completing a passenger flight via the route...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), Iran, Locations, Middle East, junktag (ignore)
2020 Jul 11 - 2:20pm
Just a few months ago, scientists knew little about the COVID-19 coronavirus that is now sweeping around the planet. And nobody could imagine that it would be necessary to develop a vaccine for it, since ordinary coronavirus infections usually disappear a week after people become infected, similar to seasonal infections like influenza and other such diseases. But the beginning of this century saw coronaviruses from animals come into this world...
Tags: Columns, Locations, junktag (ignore), USA in the World
2020 Jul 11 - 1:23am
If you live in the United States the mention of a country like Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan probably only registers on a subconscious “movie memory” level. Or, you assume all those countries with “stan” at the end are the same – foreign, off this world, and too far distant to matter. Unless, of course, you work in the intelligence community or at the US State Department. In this case, there is a job to do. The following is a crucial primer on...
Tags: Central Asia, Columns, Economics, Kyrgyzstan, Locations
2020 Jul 11 - 1:05am
It should surprise no one paying attention that the suspect in the recent stabbing spree in Reading, UK was not only known to British security agencies as an extremist and security threat, but that he comes from the pool of extremists the British aided Washington in funding, arming, training, and providing air support for during the 2011 overthrow of the Libyan government and have harbored before and ever since. The London Guardian in its...
Tags: Columns, Europe, Locations, Society
2020 Jul 10 - 3:59pm
In the opinion of military experts, wars in the future will not start either on land or in the air but online instead. In fact, such a war has already begun. Internet is an American invention. USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) and its “trusted” allies, including the Government Communications Headquarter (GCHQ), are responsible for protecting communication networks and information systems from, for instance, cyber attacks. And Facebook,...
Tags: Columns, Europe, Locations, junktag (ignore)
2020 Jul 6 - 1:20pm
To drive home just how superficial and empty recent protests in America are and how little besides further division and destruction will become of them – take the fate of two fictional characters recently put in the spotlight by baying activists – PepsiCo’s “Aunt Jemima” breakfast food brand and Mars Incorporated’s “Uncle Ben’s” rice products. Both came into the crosshairs of “woke...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), Locations, Society, USA in the World
2020 Jul 5 - 11:55am
Global opinion and leaders in many countries have reacted angrily to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ decision to remove the Saudi Arabian military coalition in Yemen from a list of groups violating children’s rights. Antonio  Guterres has taken this step only a few years after the coalition was first named and shamed for killing and injuring children in Yemen. Antonio Guterres said the coalition would be removed from the list...
Tags: Columns, junktag (ignore), Locations, Middle East, junktag (ignore), Yemen

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