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New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version

On August 5 of this year, a fairly noteworthy event occurred in India, which can be viewed as an important phase in the transformation of the complex socio-political environment within this nation. It is bound to impact (possibly indirectly and with a delay) the relationship between India and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version

The author has reported, on more than one occasion, that over the course of the history-related dispute between Japan and South Korea, the issue of comfort women is being gradually replaced with that of forced labor. In fact, its victims are trying to receive as much compensation from...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-13 - Original post - cached version

One of the advantages of liberal democracy is that there is a greater separation of powers in that system than a dictatorship, or the pseudo-democracies run by oligarchs behind the scenes, can ever have. Governments can be forced to answer to parliaments, even when they don’t want to,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Turkish lira, as of recently, has been in a freefall, indicating the overall health of Turkish economy. Since the beginning of 2020, Lira has fallen by 20 per cent against US dollar. Its adverse impact on the economy and politics has, however, been largely absorbed by the euphoria of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-13 - Original post - cached version

The situation in the small emirate of Bahrain, situated in the waters of the Persian Gulf, has once again caught the attention of media outlets worldwide. The matter at hand is that the country’s Supreme Court upheld the death penalty against two people accused of killing a police...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version

The Wall Street Journal, the more conservative daily newspaper of New York City voiced support for Trump’s moves against TikTok in an official editorial, while also raising some mild apprehensions. The August 5th editorial said: “Mr. Trump has threatened a ban, but that would weaken...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version

The United States has always regarded itself as the “exceptional “nation. That view may in many circumstances be relatively benign. It becomes less so when it is used as a justification for treating other countries as being less significant in the overall order of things. It is even less...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version
Last week, the US State Department presented yet another report on Russia’s alleged steps in the “dispersion of fake news”. The report was released under a scandalous title: “Russia’s Pillars of Disinformation and Propaganda”, however, the creativity of those behind the report ended with that...
New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-12 - Original post - cached version

On the night of July 10, 2020, the body of the 64-year-old mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, who had taken his own life, was found in the woods of Mount Bugak in northern Seoul.  The liberal politician and human rights activist, Park Won-soon, was a member of the ruling Democratic Party of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Democracy by definition is a process of self-determination. For Thailand, democracy means the process of the Thai people determining the nation’s path into the future.

Nothing could have less to do with the Thai people and this process of democratic self-determination than a...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Ever since the US invasion, Iraq’s political system has been anything but stable. For a country like Iran, which eyes the US-occupied Iraq as a US proxy ground, the imperative of preventing the use of Iraqi territory against itself holds premier significance. Therefore, Iranian...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

On 30 July of this year, Li Teng-hui, who served as the President of Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) from 1988-2000, died in a hospital in Taipei at the age of 97. In some way or another, most of the world’s leading publications and many statesmen have expressed their opinions...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

With crime on the rise on the territory controlled by the Government of National Accord (GNA), and amid growing discontent with how the GNA itself is operating, there has been a recent surge in protests against Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli.

Local residents are fighting for access to...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-10 - Original post - cached version

If we step back from the details of daily headlines around the world and try to make sense of larger patterns, the dominant dynamic defining world geopolitics in the past three years or more is the appearance of a genuine irregular conflict between the two most formidable powers on the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Focus on Beirut for a moment. What did we just witness happening at the port there? The massive explosion that rocked the whole city felt like an attack. And I use the term “felt” for a purpose here. For in a world where media or even governments can no longer be trusted, we are left...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-10 - Original post - cached version

On July 28, 2020, South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks over the phone with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. According to official reports, the South Korean leader requested New Zealand’s support for South Korea’s candidate running to be the World Trade Organization’s...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-09 - Original post - cached version

The recent sanctions and isolationist policy of the White House towards China and Iran declaring them to be the US adversaries directly gave an impetus to countermoves of these countries against Washington’s policy. In that regard, the preparation announced by Iran in July for concluding...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-08 - Original post - cached version

“Coronavirus affects almost the whole body including mental health. Researchers have found that some patients suffer from hallucinations and perception disturbance,”  writes Der Spiegel, a quite reputable German magazine.

One might question this report issued by the German...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

Upon reading Australia’s new defense strategy, one might think its authors believe they are surrounded by nations invaded and destroyed by China with Australia next in line.

News headlines declare, “Australia’s new defence strategy unveils a significant strategic shift in foreign...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

When I read this week that Princess Ivanka Trump telling American workers they need to eat cake, I’ll admit still being surprised by the Trump White House. According to the reports, Ivanka told the country’s laid-off workers to consider alternative career paths because their old jobs won...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version

On July 27-28, the regular AUSMIN forum for consultations bringing together the Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Defense with the US Secretaries of State and Defense was held in Washington. On the face of it, the event seems to have become more or less of a routine, as it has...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-06 - Original post - cached version

Whereas the recently announced Sino-Iran deal cuts at the US policies vis-à-vis both China and Iran, China’s multi-billion dollar is quite likely to change the balance of power in the Middle East to Iran’s favour. With China establishing a direct presence in Iran and around the Persian...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-06 - Original post - cached version

A powerful explosion occurred in the vicinity of the Port of Beirut on 4 August in the evening. Many city blocks were damage, and the echo from the explosion resounded across many hundreds of kilometers, even reaching Nicosia, journalists from Cyprus TV channels reported.

Beirut...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-06 - Original post - cached version

The current political elite of Britain, being in a deep existential crisis, as many media outlets are already writing about, was looking forward to the long-awaited publication of the Russian Report, the release of which was delayed by Boris Johnson for 10 months. And finally, the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-05 - Original post - cached version

To see Beirut and its port area with a huge mushroom cloud hanging above is a truly surreal sight. But what is not surreal in battered Lebanese capital?

A big part of the downtown looks flattened, thoroughly ruined.

One of my Japanese friends based in Beirut exclaimed:...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-05 - Original post - cached version

It is bad enough that the media can no longer to be trusted, and worse that there are few alternative choices to turn to for reliable information that is free from spin. The audio recording group I’ve been associated with recently posted a solidarity message in support of Black Lives...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-05 - Original post - cached version

It is widely acknowledged that from a geopolitical point of view, India is caught between a rock and a hard place. It shares its land borders with China, its most powerful competitor in Asia, as well as Pakistan, and although Pakistan may not be as powerful as China, it is a country with...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-05 - Original post - cached version

The title of this article, to a certain extent answering its own question, reflects the author’s understanding of the current state of Sino-British relations which have been the focus of increased press coverage in both countries since the beginning of this year. In particular, the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-04 - Original post - cached version

Talk of war with war between the US and China is the only real news, but is it? With the planet paralyzed from COVID 19, military operations are largely curtailed. COVID 19 has secretly swept through America’s military, particularly the US Navy, crippling its capability.

Trump is...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-04 - Original post - cached version

It is time to stop irresponsible finger-pointing.

All over the world, as this essay is being written, well over 17 million COVID-19 cases have been reported, and 676,000 people died. And instead of concentrating on serious research, trying to save human lives and attempting to...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-04 - Original post - cached version

On July 26, 2020, North Korea reported for the first time a case of a person suspected of having COVID-19. According to the Korean Central News Agency, a person with suspected virus symptoms “illegally crossed” the border of the DPRK on July 19. He was detected in Kaesong City, which is...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-04 - Original post - cached version

As numerous media publications can attest, US ambassadors continue to keep everyone’s attention riveted, eliciting what is by no means the most favorable reactions from the audience.

Previously, Polish media outlets had already publicized fairly harsh criticism leveled at...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-03 - Original post - cached version

Since particularly the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, a sea change in the US policies vis-à-vis China has taken place. Its latest manifestation came on July 23 when the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, delivered what has been called the American “Iron curtain” speech. Pompeo’s “...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-03 - Original post - cached version

US President Donald Trump’s gyrating foreign policy has just set the stage for another catastrophe in the eastern Mediterranean region. America’s waning influence on the world stage comes at the most inopportune time. When regional powers flex their muscles like Turkey is trying to, no...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-03 - Original post - cached version

The cultural identity of the Middle East where peoples lived for century without statehood has given the Kurds a particularly strong incentive to carry on their struggle for independence over the last few decades, and American political strategists have taken full advantage of this. That...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-03 - Original post - cached version

You may remember that debates surrounding the Dokdo islands are paramount in the South Korean-Japanese conflicts.

One’s mind drifts back to a poster on which Korean patriotic NGOs went to the Japanese embassy after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.  A...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-02 - Original post - cached version

On July 8, the representative of the Ansar Allah armed forces, Brigade General Yahya Saree, during a regular briefing on the current situation in Yemen, accused the United States of supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia and its regional allies and providing political cover for their acts of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-08-01 - Original post - cached version

The policy that the United States has recently been pursuing towards China would give you the impression that America’s political elite are suffering from a form of political schizophrenia. Moreover, not only can the signs of political division be seen in the deepening divide in American...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-31 - Original post - cached version

A decadent Roman Empire was ultimately brought down by vigorous Germanic tribes, which it viewed as ‘barbarians’. The Pax Americana is being brought down by ancient civilizations that whose commitment...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-31 - Original post - cached version

Further evidence the UK hides behind “human rights” rather than stands for them was demonstrated when London laced sanctions on Hong Kong after the passing of a security law aimed at combating overt foreign interference in special administrative region of China.

British state...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-31 - Original post - cached version

If war breaks out between China and the United States, there is a high probability that the precipitating factor will be the South China Sea. The United States is currently running another of its so-called “freedom of navigation” exercises in the region, employing no less than two...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-31 - Original post - cached version

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has shone the spotlight on the research being conducted within the network of US partner biolabs in many countries of the world, and on the fact that it has not been playing an active role in curbing the spread of COVID-19. And yet, the key goal of USA’s...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-30 - Original post - cached version

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has clearly decided to launch an offensive on multiple fronts, taking advantage of what he clearly perceives as a geopolitical vacuum. From his recent call to Islamic prayer at the Haga Sophia in Istanbul, to his breaking of the arms embargo to back...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-30 - Original post - cached version

When I used to grow up in a socialist Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, we were told that even if one single human life was endangered, the entire country had to stop and fight for his or her survival. That is how we were raised. That was our culture, or call it the foundation of our...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-30 - Original post - cached version

According to many observers, the Libyan conflict is nearing its climax due to the number of players it now involves, a turning point which will be nothing short of crossing the Rubicon.

Tensions are mounting in Libya today, and not only along the front line where the eastern and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-30 - Original post - cached version

The political, economic, and overall situation in Iraq continues to decline, forcing not only local authorities, but foreign players in this country torn apart by armed US aggression, to actively search for ways to bring it into at least something resembling order.

Discontent...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-29 - Original post - cached version

The UK government’s recent decision to whitewash Saudi Arabia’s alleged war crimes in Yemen once again illustrates the absurdity of the claim that democracy and human rights are inseparable. While this claim may have some relevance in the domestic political arenas, it seems to have...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-29 - Original post - cached version

American elections are demonstrations to the world of how democracy can go bad. It is clear and simple. They are ruled by cash, run by ‘cons’ and exist inside a political system that is the most corrupt on earth.

American politics matter to the world because, quite simply, when...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-29 - Original post - cached version

Since the end of WWII, the United States has initiated scores of armed conflicts and wars, but has still not achieved any final victory. Many experts have noted that the American Army has won several victories in various conflicts, but has not won a single war.

Since WWII ended,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-07-29 - Original post - cached version

On July 7, 2020, the Seoul Central District Court obliged Kim Jong-un and the North Korean government to pay damages to two former prisoners of war for forced labor during the time they were held captive in the northern part of the country. This was the first case when a South Korean...

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