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New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Germans love their tranquility. I can attest to that having lived in the land of Oom-pah where wine and beer fests churn up robotic glee and civic togetherness. And the election charade for Angela Merkel’s fourth term is a good example of just how much people are willing to sacrifice in...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

The countdown to the Iraqi Kurdish referendum has begun and the battle lines are drawn. Barzani Is pushing full steam ahead, stating that he sees no other option. Baghdad has taken a legal stance, which is of no concern whatsoever for the Kurds despite their...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version


Against the backdrop of the sixth nuclear test, calls for “getting ourselves a bomb” are increasingly heard in the RK. This may be alluding to either the resuscitation of its own nuclear project or, going the much easier route, the deployment of US tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

On September 18, Moscow hosted the third international scientific conference on the South China Sea, organized by the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This was a milestone for the international scientific forum,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version

The so-called Iran “nuclear deal,” officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was hailed as “historic” when the United States among other nations became a signatory of it. Then US President Barack Obama, attempted to make...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-24 - Original post - cached version
Despite all the talk of Russia in 2016, and all the arguments and allegations around it, US policy toward the largest country on earth in terms of geography remains unchanged. This is due to the fact that policy is driven by Wall Street’s drive for profits, not the good or bad wishes of...
New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

It is all done in a fully barefaced manner. Those who are not part of this world could never even dream about such a ‘perfect’ design.

You come to your club, in my case to The Foreign Correspondent Club of Thailand (FCCT), and immediately the long arm of indoctrination begins...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on two recent occasions referred to Australia being “joined at the hip” to the United States on its defence and national security policies. That phrasing invited some critical commentary, but conspicuously, there was no demurral from the official...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-23 - Original post - cached version

From September 14 to September 15, Astana held its sixth round of talks on Syria, in which the delegations of the guarantor countries Russia, Turkey and Iran, the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Syrian opposition, as well as the UN Secretary...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

North Korea is once again the big, bad, boogey man of Asia, a convenient villain Washington will use to fuel a spanking new arms race. If all-out war does not follow Donald Trump’s insane policies aimed at Pyongyang, something miraculous will have to take place soon. The American...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Many honest, busy analysts outside established media circles in the United States and Europe are plagued by mythologies stemming from once pseudo-truths they simply lack the time or energy to dig into and finally correct.

Among them are...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

Despite the fact that the United Nations, LAS, the United States of America, Russia and the countries sharing borders with Turkey — Syria and Iran, as well as all the Arab States, not to mention the central government of Baghdad, have protested in advance...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Politics of sanctions is not known to have been an effective source of bringing about political change. This is particularly evident from the way Iran has thwarted the US and EU sanctions in the last decade or so, and this is even more particualr from the way North Kores has been...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

It’s hardly a surprise that the United State is not the only state to recognize the geopolitical importance of Afghanistan. Among the other nations deeply involved in this Central Asian state is China. Ever since 2011, when the Heart of Asia...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Russia has proposed that a UN “peacekeeping” force be placed in Ukraine to protect Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) representatives, who are supposed to be monitoring adherence to the Minsk agreements. But already the problems with the idea have become obvious...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

What if North Korea is being cut off from world markets to shore up big mining businesses in the west? As crazy as this sounds, one was of explaining the crazy logic and policy moves from Pyongyang is to think outside the box. In a geopolitical world where nothing is as it seems,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

With the Kurdish referendum vote upcoming, a few things are clear, “clear as mud” as the saying goes. After all, everyone loves the Kurds, the warmest kindest people on earth. Is this why the Turks are slaughtering them or why Baghdad is in an uproar or why, when we take the clock back a...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Against the background of the news on the military activity of the North, the untrained reader may have a misleading impression that the Republic of Korea is like an innocent schoolgirl whose throat is held at the edge of a knife by a North Korean hooligan, and that only an American...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

In late August, German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries issued an official letter to the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in which she proposed to tighten the existing merging and acquisition principles applied in cases when a...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

The Russia probe is making a lot of Americans unhappy, either because they are convinced that Vladimir Putin is an enemy who must be taught a lesson, or because they know the deep state is fabricating a case for war.

One thing I...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Since the 1928 Red Line Agreement between British and French and American oil majors to divide the oil riches of the post-World War I Middle East, petroleum or more precisely, control of petroleum has constituted the thin-red-line of modern geopolitics. During the Soviet time Russian oil exports...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USA’s longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the country’s mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-18 - Original post - cached version

When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not “the more the merrier.” Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Recently, the most debated topics in the United States have been the disastrous aftereffects of the hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the plain inability of the current administration to actually help Americans in their trouble. But suddenly, another topic...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

On August 31, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis signed an order to deploy additional US troops in Afghanistan. He noted that this decision was made in accordance with the overall strategy in South Asia that was approved by US President Donald...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

On 11 September 2017 the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2375 imposing further sanctions on North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test. This was the latest and ninth such resolution since 2006. There is no reason to believe that it will be any more successful in...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-17 - Original post - cached version

“Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it.” – Noam Chomsky

The dishonesty and lunacy of the West was on front row display in the run up to the Zapad war game exercises in Belarus this year...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Did you read the latest news that Vladimir Putin is rich and evil? Oh, you don’t read anymore, more power to you. Fake news has it that the Russian president has a new “secret” holiday mansion worth untold millions. Furthermore, some of the stories tell of Putin being the world’s richest...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-16 - Original post - cached version

It is hard to calculate the cost of the stubborn refusal of the Thai population to learn foreign languages. Some daring estimates, however, calculate that the losses could be in tens of billions of dollars, annually. And the situation is not getting any better.

Bangkok wants to be...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-15 - Original post - cached version

The use of information to enhance martial power goes back to the beginning of human civilization itself, where propaganda and psychological warfare went hand-in-hand with slings, arrows, swords and shields.

The most recent iteration of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-15 - Original post - cached version

In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Army’s Chief of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Who are you aiming at, Mr President?

A number of public statements recently released by the White House about the so-called “new plan” aimed at destroying ISIS has repeatedly stressed that the top priority of the Trump administration is the destruction of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Some people just don’t know when they’re beaten. Mikheil Saakashvili has once again tried to grab international attention by crossing into Ukraine from Poland, despite not having a passport or any right to enter the country.

As usual, he has been allowed to get away with this...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-14 - Original post - cached version

“Today, we talk a lot about terrorism, but we rarely talk about state terrorism.” – Bianca Jagger

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advance on Deir Ezzor will go down as a modern example of a combined operations success against ISIS, the best armed and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-13 - Original post - cached version

As Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel issue a joint declaration condemning North Korea for its nuclear tests, let me point out that the former is accused of being an autocratic ruler who is reelected under questionable...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-13 - Original post - cached version

As is well known, the Hellenic Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), but is not among its economic and political leaders. The periodic disagreements between the Greek authorities and the EU leadership sometimes compel to think of the possibility...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-13 - Original post - cached version

The 1944 Bretton Woods international monetary system as it has developed to the present is become, honestly said, the greatest hindrance to world peace and prosperity. Now China, increasingly backed by Russia—the two great Eurasian nations—are taking decisive steps to create a very...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-12 - Original post - cached version

As Syrian forces reach the Euphrates River, breaking the siege of the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, Damascus and its allies, along with the state sponsors fueling the militancy that has consumed Syria for the past 6 years, are putting in...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-12 - Original post - cached version

Some recent development have shown in unequivocal terms that the Gulf crisis is far from a negotiated end; rather the geo-political fault-lines it has caused seem to have hardened into new regional configuration. That mutual negotiation wasn’t enough to settle the crisis between the two...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Less than a month remains before the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan, the pace of preparation being intensified at a literally accelerated pace as the fateful date for all Kurds approaches. It is common knowledge that the referendum will include the entire...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-11 - Original post - cached version

The House of Saud is using the Hajj pilgrimage as an asymmetrical weapon of war to forward its agenda. To prevent God to become a tradable commodity, and abuses institutions onto themselves, silence must be lifted and a faith freed from under the thumbs of tyrants.

The most...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Whichever side of the Brexit debate you are on, things don’t look too good at the moment. Those who voted Leave are seeing the pound fall sharply, jobs disappearing, no trade deals with other countries and the huge amount of work needed just to keep on top of existing relationships, let...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-10 - Original post - cached version

You can run, but you can’t hide when Russian pilots are flying close air support.

“The key to the East is in the hands of Damascus,” “The curtain calls for ISIS” - and similar headlines can be found among a great...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Live from the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin “North Korea will ‘eat grass’ before giving up nukes.” The simple truth and logic of the statement came through loud and clear for most sane people – sanctions and sabre rattling always serve to...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-10 - Original post - cached version

The differences in the approaches of the US towards Afghanistan, India and Pakistan as part of the new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia for 2017 have respectively led to three responses. The Kabul authorities had been expecting, and thus widely...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-09 - Original post - cached version

As the ninth annual BRICS gathering, held this year in China, comes to an end, it’s time to point out that these five nations representing some 23% of the world’s economy and 43 % of its population, is almost totally absent from the Western media. Yet the very fact...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-09 - Original post - cached version

The summer of this year has turned out to be a prolific one, especially for historic events that collectively provide an overall picture of the status and trends of the political chess game unfolding in the Asia-Pacific region (or, on a broader basis,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-09 - Original post - cached version

Recent events confirm the long held view of many that adherence to international law is, for the Americans, at best an optional extra rather than being an essential component of conduct between States.

The first example relates to the current standoff between the US and North...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-08 - Original post - cached version

Myanmar, the place we used to call Burma, has come back into the spotlight Western governments always try and keep it away from. Much is going on here, and too, many contradictions … but why?

There is a well-known management technique called “kicking it into the long grass”. This...

New Eastern Outlook - 2017-09-08 - Original post - cached version

With the recent attack on police in Myanmar by terrorists described by Reuters as “Muslim insurgents,” and ongoing terrorism plaguing the Philippines where forces are engaged with militants from the so-called “Islamic State,” it would appear that...

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