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New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-21 - Original post - cached version

About two weeks ago United States President Donald Trump announced a vague commitment to largely withdraw US troops from Syria. As with many of Trump’s pronouncements the announcement had to be taken with a considerable degree of caution. What he says and what he does, or perhaps more...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-21 - Original post - cached version

An event took place on November 9 this year in a place of great local significance on the Indo-Pakistani border, which could be viewed as the first glimmer of light (albeit still very weak), in what have otherwise been gloomy relations thus far between India and Pakistan. We must...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-20 - Original post - cached version

After my work in the Middle East had finished, at least for the time being, I was waiting for my flight to Santiago de Chile. In Paris. I could count on a few ‘free’ days, processing what I had heard and witnessed in Beirut. Day after day, for long hours, I sat in a lounge, typing and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-20 - Original post - cached version

The New York Times has once again exposed itself as an organ of US special interests operating under the guise of journalism – contributing to Wall Street and Washington’s ongoing and escalating hybrid war with China with a particularly underhanded piece of war propaganda.

Its...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Mongolia’s role in international relations and the global economy is largely determined by its location right in the heart of Asia, its impressive reserves of minerals (copper, coal, molybdenum, tin, tungsten, gold), and its common border with two Eurasian giants – Russia and China. Also...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Ever since the US’ unilateral exit from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, the EU members of the deal – France, Britain and Germany (E3) – have been trying to find ways to salvage the deal. The E3 first restored to ‘defying’ the US and created a so-called “special purpose...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

The US Geological Service was alarmed the other day by a seismic disturbance that scientists could not identify. After deep research, geologists finally determined that the strange geophysical disturbance was from the legendary philanthropist Andrew Carnegie spinning like a turbine in...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-19 - Original post - cached version

There’s been no shortage of interest towards the recently concluded ninth BRICS summit in Brazil. This association brings together a total of five countries, with its name being an acronym coined to represent the combined economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-18 - Original post - cached version

What is difficult to understand in terms of the Democratic race for the party’s nomination is “why many Americans seem willing to vote for a likely Democratic Party nominee who stands little chance of winning against Donald Trump in 2020?

I recently posed this question to some...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-18 - Original post - cached version

For several years since the global push to develop mass-scale Electric Vehicles, the element Lithium has come intofocus as a strategic metal. Demand is enormous in China, in the EU and in the USA at present, and securing control over lithium supplies is already developing its own...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Back in 2007, retired US Army General Wesley Clark, said in an interview that in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the Pentagon was planning to launch seven military campaigns across the Middle East and North Africa in less than five years, targeting Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-17 - Original post - cached version

On November 13, 2019, the Impeachment Hearing before the Congress of the United States began to be publicly televised. Prior to that, the substance behind this move, whether it was a political game or something darker, its real consequences and historical framing, had been speculation...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Most neutral observers of the Spanish political scene have the same reaction after looking at it for more than five minutes – “I give up”.

Not only is the country very divided, the explanations of its divisions fit into no category. But neither are they strong enough the form a...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-17 - Original post - cached version

The news that has been making headlines following the Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi (October 23-24, 2019) is Russia’s cancellation of $20 billion worth of debt which African countries had accumulated. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the move when speaking at the event. The...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-17 - Original post - cached version

BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 09.08.18. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Beginning in 2011, the Kingdom of Thailand began replacing aging US helicopters not with newer US-built models, but with Russian and Italian systems instead.

This includes Russian Mi-17 medium twin-turbine transport helicopters and several...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Everyone wants to predict the future. This is why for thousands of years astrologers, sorcerers, and psychics have continued to rake in money, despite science debunking their supposed abilities. Every human being goes through life engaging in actions based on a calculation of what the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-16 - Original post - cached version

While continuing to monitor reports on the confrontation between Seoul and Tokyo, we are attentively following what effect it is having on regional security. And first and foremost, the issue is whether South Korea will renew the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-16 - Original post - cached version

With Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule, there’s been a heated discussion across the Western world about the role that China is going to play in the global affairs. Among those taking part in the discussion there’s been those pointing out to...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-15 - Original post - cached version

World business and political systems are in a mess. America is run by a billionaire reality show host who builds golf courses and casino hotels. The European Union is about to have an economic breakdown after a cultural embolism. China still operates in a stasis of mutual distrust around...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Two striking similarities occured this past week-end: Brazil’s former and beloved President Lula da Silva, was released from prison thanks to a judicial ruling concerning felons awaiting the outcome of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Although Washington has closed a number of US military bases in recent years, the country still maintains approximately 800 military bases in over 70 countries, ranging from giant compounds to small radar facilities. Most of America’s military bases were established during the Cold War,...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-14 - Original post - cached version

BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 27.10.14. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-14 - Original post - cached version

A generation of secret weapons exist, some deployed, some in varying stages of development. Remember the 1964 film, Fail Safe? From the book, co-authored by Eugene Burdick (The Ugly American), Fail Safe described the real SAC or Strategic Air Command and its policy of maintaining a fleet...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-14 - Original post - cached version

At first glance the Danish toy company Lego doesn’t seem to have much to do with paradigm shifts in technology. Yet a recent incident illustrates the march forward of modern technology and the threat it poses to not only well-established but inflexible companies like Lego, but to entire...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-14 - Original post - cached version

The fate of the ASEAN Plus Six project has become a key issue at the annual ASEAN summits, the latest of which was held in Bangkok in early November. The proposed project would see the formation of the world’s largest free trade zone, made up of the Association’s 10 Southeast Asian...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-13 - Original post - cached version

BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 14.11.15. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-13 - Original post - cached version

After drifting for weeks in dead end attempts to form a new government, the Israeli political drama sunk to an even lower partisan level. Past decorum could not even be maintained at the solemn service of the murdered Prime Minister Rabin, where even the Rabin family jumped into the fray...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-13 - Original post - cached version

After drifting for weeks in dead end attempts to form a new government, the Israeli political drama sunk to an even lower partisan level. Past decorum could not even be maintained at the solemn service of the murdered Prime Minister Rabin, where even the Rabin family jumped into the fray...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-13 - Original post - cached version

While originally a war waged by a Saudi-led coalition against the Houthis, Yemen quickly turned into a war being fought as much between the Houthis and the coalition as within the coalition itself, particularly between Saudi Arabi and the UAE. Mutually conflicting interests within the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-13 - Original post - cached version

In response to China’s increasing political and economic clout in the region of South Asia, Washington has intensified its efforts to promote its concept of the free and open Indo Pacific.

Donald Trump’s administration has borrowed this expression from Prime Minister of Japan...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 10.07.18. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

Challenges and threats facing the world today, first and foremost linked with international terrorism, are forcing all the nations to increasingly concern themselves with issues of security and military cooperation with their partners.

Countries in South Asia and the Middle East...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

It is wrong, totally wrong to abandon Jakarta and try to build some Potemkin village in the middle of Borneo, an island known in Indonesia as Kalimantan.

There are many reasons why, and we will be addressing at least some of them here.

But before we begin, let us state the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-12 - Original post - cached version

After the supposed US “withdrawal” from Syria – Western media outlets have causally reported on US troops now preparing to occupy Syria’s oilfields east of the Euphrates River.

Articles include carefully selected “experts” who avoid any mention...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version

While Yemen remains locked in a grand political dispute, its people bound by the competing ambitions of various factions and militias as they each argue power, legitimacy, and righteous politics, it is likely that peace will require more than a coming together of those warring parties …...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version

One of the most noteworthy events that took place in the Indo-Pacific recently was, undoubtedly, the fourth plenary session of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee (elected in October 2017), held from 28 to 31 October in Beijing.

The previous (3rd) plenary...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version

I recently wrote to Nareg Sererian, a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech University, US, who is also an old friend whom I know very well, bringing to his attention a website report by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs about different transcripts, “takes-on-history,” on the events of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version

BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 05.08.15. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Around eight o’clock on November 8th, 1989, I stepped into a taxi at the Gare de Lyon in Paris carrying the first copies of a book I had written that included a plan for the reunification of Europe. I...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Documents have surfaced exposing US corporate lobbying behind one of Thailand’s supposed “pro-democracy” opposition parties, Future Forward Party (FFP).

Future Forward, headed by union-busting nepotist billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Our world is burning down around us, but we’re so accustomed to smoke and flames we only feel the heat warming us. Every day for a decade now I’ve researched and analyzed the media, geopolitics and public relations, and I’ve decided we cannot save Earth. For a moment there was hope. The...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-10 - Original post - cached version

Chinese military aircraft entering what is referred to as South Korea’s Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) is something that constantly comes up when we discuss the problems affecting relations between China and South Korea, but this problem has recently started becoming even more...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-09 - Original post - cached version

While the Afghan peace process has been stalled and the US forces have been busy dropping more bombs on the Afghanistan than any other time in the last one decade or so of the Afghan war, the story of gross human rights violations and even potential war crimes, too, continues to unfold...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The announcement in October 2019 that the United States was “keeping” Syria’s oil for itself, opened the eyes of millions of Americans blinded by 20 years of absolute censorship, total propaganda and political turmoil.

What became clear is that the US government itself has no...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-09 - Original post - cached version

BC stands for NEO’s Banned Classic. This article was originally published by our journal on 06.10.14. For some reason, this article is missing from Google search results. Since this article remains pretty relevant to those geopolitical events that are taking place on the geopolitical...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-09 - Original post - cached version

Russia is known for its aviation, helicopter technology in particular. Russian helicopters are popular in many countries. According to Russian Helicopters (a holding company that unites Russian firms specializing in helicopter-building), more than a hundred countries, besides Russia...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-08 - Original post - cached version

After the usual weeks of negotiations, Portugal has a new government. It isn’t very new, being pretty much the same as the previous one. But that in itself is a newsworthy development.

Antonio Costa’s Socialists lost the previous election, but due to the vagaries of parliamentary...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-08 - Original post - cached version

After the first suspects in the case involving an attack on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid were identified, the author hoped that this would set the wheels in motion. However, since spring 2019 there have not been any news reports about it, and the ones published have been...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-11-08 - Original post - cached version

When I wrote my China’s long march to total food security NEO article last month, I had intended to dovetail it with Russia’s accomplishment of being more self-dependent on feeding its people. What they both shared was having to deal with US sanctions before they reached their goal....

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