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New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-25 - Original post - cached version

The Indictment issued by the US Department of Justice on February 16, against Russians alleged to have “defrauded the United States government” and a wave of “sanctions” imposed or threatened against the Russian government and individuals the past few weeks echo the Nazi propaganda and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-25 - Original post - cached version

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam was at one time one of the poorest countries in Asia. But, as a result of the transformation that the country has undergone in the last few decades, many are now of the opinion that it deserves to be considered as one of the ‘Asian tigers’ – a...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-25 - Original post - cached version

North Korea has been depicted by the Western media as a dangerous rogue state, plotting the nuclear holocaust of America and holding global peace and stability hostage with its irrational aggression. It is the supposed threat North Korea poses...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-24 - Original post - cached version

During Cold War times we were all very aware of the “Domino Theory”. This was the idea that the democratic states would fall like dominoes do when pushed, as the Communist states took them over one by one. Such a lesson was not lost on those working in such organizations as NED, National...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-24 - Original post - cached version

The diminished reliance on the US dollars is one of the major trends of international geopolitics. A lot of media attention has been paid to steps taken by the BRICS states, namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to decrease their...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-24 - Original post - cached version

With war into its sixth year, it is by far clear to all the actors involved in the Syrian conflict that Syria’s Assad is not “going home” now. But then this war was never about one person only; it was more about changing fundamentally the Middle East’s geo-political landscape in favour...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-23 - Original post - cached version

Frenzy over Russian alleged meddling in the 2016 election has replaced rational discourse in the American media. The emotion displayed is similar to that which would follow a military attack, as if none of those expressing...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-23 - Original post - cached version

At the end of December 2017 the Western media reported “widespread” protests sweeping Iran. Narratives indistinguishable from the US-engineered “Arab Spring” in 2011 flooded headlines and social media regarding a “popular uprising” spurred first...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-22 - Original post - cached version

The Hungarian government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has presented a series of proposed laws that would address the operations of foreign-funded NGO’s which support immigration. The new legislative proposals have come under heavy attack from organizations such as the UN as well as...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-22 - Original post - cached version

On February 10 of the current year, the reception of the delegation of DPRK (the most representative one since the Korean War) by the South Korean President, as well as the subsequent negotiations of the parties became one of the most significant events of regional and world policy of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-22 - Original post - cached version

Upon taking power in Russia a hundred years ago, the head of the Bolsheviks, Vladimir Lenin, in his article Can the Bolsheviks Retain State Power? noted that “We (the Bolsheviks) are not utopians. We know that an unskilled labourer or a cook cannot immediately get on with the job of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version

European countries are complaining, quite rightly, that the Brexit talks are getting nowhere because they don’t know what the UK wants. This is hardly surprising, as it took the British cabinet over a year to even discuss what sort of Brexit they wanted, such were the divisions between...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version

The serious environmental problems faced by China in the past decade have forced it to reform its energy industry. One of the main changes has been the large-scale transition from coal to a more eco-friendly type of hydrocarbon fuel – natural gas. China’s decision to shield its...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-21 - Original post - cached version

As the United States intensifies its accusations against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 US Presidential Elections, the United States itself is found engaged in confirmed political interference worldwide.

This includes in...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-20 - Original post - cached version

While last two weeks have seen the erstwhile—and current—NATO allies, the US and Turkey, exchanging serious words of warning over Turkey’s ground and air operations against the US-backed Kurdish militias, Turkey doesn’t seem to be deterred, nor does it appear that it will abandon its...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-20 - Original post - cached version

“The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia.” Otto von Bismark, first Chancellor of the German Empire (1871 to 1890)

I had been planning to do a follow up on the Syrian battle of Idlib, but the siren song of the Munich conference called...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-19 - Original post - cached version

There has been a flurry of activity caused by the comments made by Green’s parliamentarians Adam Bandt and Richard di Natale over recently installed Liberal Senator Jim Molan. The facts relate to the Australian situation, but the issue has wider ramifications.

The ostensible...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-19 - Original post - cached version

“Shoot first, ask questions later” is a derogatory expression that reflects the fact that Americans are guaranteed the right to ‘bear arms’. Drafted as the Second Amendment of a constitution drafted in 1789, it was intended to...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-19 - Original post - cached version

On February 3, in Idlib Province a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft carrying out an inspection flight in the de-escalation zone was hit by an American-made portable surface-to-air missile. Its pilot, Roman Filipov, ejected from the aircraft and landed, and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-18 - Original post - cached version

The US and European press have both published stories accusing the Russian government, and in particular, the Russian military, of the so-called “NotPetya” cyberattack which...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-18 - Original post - cached version

Published in early February by the US Department of Defense, the new “Nuclear Posture Review” (Nuclear Posture Review, NPR-2018) drew the attention of both the media and the politicians for obvious reasons.

The comprehensive analysis of this complex document is quite extensive (...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-18 - Original post - cached version

What is wrong with the American people? After several years of horrific policy toward the waking world, democracy’s standard bearers seem to be drowning in a lake of selfishness. Distracted, apathetic, or simply dumbed and numbed by unrelenting propaganda, the most admired society on...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Belief so far has prevailed that Terror, such as that expressed by those factions which ambition through bloodshed and plunder to create a system of governance they believe to be the expression of their Salafist faith, remains forever rooted within the Islamic world – thus putting the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-17 - Original post - cached version

Lebanon, as so often in the past, is facing mortal danger.

Saudi Arabia is putting great pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, a powerful but controversial figure who holds dual nationality – Saudi and Lebanese. Riyadh expects Lebanon to play by its own rules,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-17 - Original post - cached version

On February 17 it will be 7 years since the start of the events in Libya which led to the overthrow of its leader – Muammar Gaddafi. These years have been full of dramatic and often bloody events, which, according to a number of different indices (effective sovereignty, stability,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

Sometimes the tragic situation of the world is actually good for a laugh. It has recently come to my attention that while the US was ‘pivoting to Asia’ in an effort to contain China — making an issue over its build-up of tiny...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

The recent publication of the notorious “Kremlin list” that is to become the basis of yet another round of anti-Russian punitive measures planned by the White House, was empowered by the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act....

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-16 - Original post - cached version

In March this year it will be seven years since the Syrian Arab Republic was flung into a difficult, intense and drawn-out crisis. The waves of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ or ‘Arab Revolution’ that plunged Tunisia, Egypt and Libya into chaos and shook up...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

The rise of China is the largest geopolitical gamechange of the epoch. Never in history has a country so rapidly shifted its status, from one of the poorest countries on earth to the planet’s second largest economy. The impact of this dramatic shift cannot be under-estimated. The energy...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

It seems as if the political temperature in the Indian Ocean region is not going to ‘settle down’, as we predicted a week ago, but has already started to rise. That is demonstrated by the worsening situation in the Maldives, which is taking on the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-15 - Original post - cached version

Like a local mafia that breaks car windows by night and repairs them by day, the United States has enlisted its Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) partners – namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates – to “rebuild” in Iraq in the wake of the defeated, self-proclaimed...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-14 - Original post - cached version

A new geopolitical confrontation is shaping up in the Middle East, and not only between Israel and Syria or Iran. Like most conflicts there, it involves a fight for hydrocarbon resources—oil and gas. The new focus is a dispute between Israel and Lebanon over the precise demarcation of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-14 - Original post - cached version

In late January 2018, the media reported that India is finalizing a document with France (apparently it would become official in early March during a visit by French President E. Macron to Delhi) on military logistics similar to the USA of August 2016, according to which the Indian fleet...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-14 - Original post - cached version

Although the rest of the world has already celebrated the Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, China is still preparing for the New Year celebration, as it uses its own Chinese calendar.

In China, this holiday is celebrated in accordance with the lunar calendar. It is called Chunjie...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-13 - Original post - cached version

Turkey’s latest military operation, Oliver Branch, is much more than just an embarrassment for the US; it marks a humiliating defeat for the US in the Middle East’s biggest war in the contemporary period –and potentially an end to the US supremacy in the region as well. If ‘enemy of my...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-13 - Original post - cached version

As is well-known, Russia is one of the most popular suppliers of nuclear technologies. The experience and high safety standards of Russian nuclear specialists are recognised throughout the world. Many developing countries in Africa and Asia are declaring an interest in nuclear power and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-13 - Original post - cached version

It’s that time of year again. Freedom House has published its Freedom in the World Report for 2017. Now we will see the annual ritual dance beloved of governments and media people, but completely ignored by everyone else.

The dance always consists of the same steps. First...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-12 - Original post - cached version

Last week a few hundred thousand Greeks raised their fists in protest in the streets of Thessaloniki. That protest, and an even larger one in that followed in front of Greece’s parliament in Athens tell us EU imposed austerity has gone too far. These protests were ostensibly opposition...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-12 - Original post - cached version

The United States plans to send another thousand troops to Afghanistan to strengthen its contingent there. Now the Pentagon is deciding which military personnel will be sent to this country. We shall note that US troops have been stationed in this country since October 2001, which has...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-12 - Original post - cached version

The US recently included India in its shifting Asia Pacific policy, as part of its Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (often referred to as the “Quad”). The Quad also includes Australia and Japan along with the United States itself.

The...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Last week the US endured a stock market crash which wiped 1,000 points off the Dow Jones Index. Following that, the US government shut down for the second time in two months.

If this happened anywhere else, one of two things would happen. Either the US would declare these problems...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Xenia Sobchak was a guest on Morning Joe today, declaring, in perfect English, that she represents those Russians who want their country to be more like the US, (which calls itself exceptional).

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New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-11 - Original post - cached version

Most Americans are now growing tired of the constant Russophobic hysteria that has become somewhat commonplace in the Western media. Allegedly, it’s been provoked by the so-called “Russian interference in the 2016 US elections” that no one can explain or prove. However, what most...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-10 - Original post - cached version

A Russian ground-attack aircraft – a Sukhoi-25 – was shot down using an anti-aircraft missile over the northern Syrian province of Idlib by Al Qaeda affiliates. The pilot was reportedly killed by militants according to the Russian Ministry of Defense...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-10 - Original post - cached version

There have been two standout events in India’s foreign policy in the first month of 2018: the 3rd ‘Raisina Dialogue’, held in New Delhi from 6-18 January, and the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit, held on 28 January, also in the Indian capital.

Both events were dominated by an...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-10 - Original post - cached version

“… Back when women who wore heels and lipstick regarded their chador-clad sisters in the religious cities and the countryside as backward, Iran was supposed to be on course to becoming a reliable ally of the West,” writes Mary Dejeevsky for The Independent.

It is this very sense...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-09 - Original post - cached version

Europe’s energy geopolitics and the security of EU energy supplies is getting very dicey as in contentious. The latest developments revolve around who will be the major suppliers of natural gas to the EU markets going forward. The major actors in the growing fight for market in what is...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-09 - Original post - cached version

In December 2017, The Washington Post came out with a large article, in which biological was ‘added’ to the nuclear threat of the DPRK. It turns out that North Korea has been conducting the secret development of advanced biological weapons for more than 10 years. Microbial masses have...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-09 - Original post - cached version

Despite the violent split between Yemen’s former—and now dead–leader Saleh and the Houthi rebels– two major groups involved in the Saudi imposed Yemen war who jointly fought Saudi coalition as allies for some time–the Saudi coalition has failed to take advantage of the prevailing...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-02-08 - Original post - cached version

The world is our enemy and we reserve the right to destroy part or all of it at our discretion. That is the essence of the United States Nuclear Policy Review that was recently released; a document of a criminal enterprise bent on world domination that describes how the use of new and “...

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