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New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Sundown on September 18th marked the start of Rosh Hashanah 5781, the new year according to the Hebrew calendar. According to Jewish tradition, the New Year predetermines people’s fates and the events that take place over the entire following year. Jewish people believe that many...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-20 - Original post - cached version

US government propaganda has always done its best to convey to Americans and residents of other countries the idea that it is the richest country in the world with an advanced industry, economy and significant, well-equipped armed forces.

However, with each new day, more and more...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-19 - Original post - cached version

The African continent, because of its tremendous reserves of mineral resources that are easily accessible and the “Dark Continent’s” strategic location, has been suffering from the impact from external forces for centuries. At first, this was expressed in the form of colonial...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump has announced he will contest the presidential election if he loses, a bizarre statement from someone who may well have taken on a “life’s work” few might guess. Trump, the virtual “stepchild” of “Red Baiter” Roy Cohn, a man whose hatred of Russia was notorious, may well not...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

When the US announced it would be reducing the number of its troops stationed in Germany many hoped in vain it would be the beginning of an overall reduction of US forces in Europe and a deescalation of tensions between the US, NATO and the Russian Federation.

Many others, however...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

In view of two noteworthy events which occurred in early September this year, it may be interesting to take another look at France’s plans to joining the power games being played out in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region, which is becoming a key arena in the current phase of the global...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-18 - Original post - cached version

In September 2020 two scandals unfolded simultaneously in South Korea, both of which can tell us a lot about popular attitudes to racism and bullying in that country.

On the one hand there is the fuss about the singer Lee Hyori, who, talking on MBC’s “Hangout with Yoo” chat show...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Whereas the last two US presidents campaigned for withdrawal from the Middle East—and both of them did so in the wake of ‘shale oil revolution’ in the US itself—doing so has not only been difficult due largely to the geo-strategic setback that this withdrawal will give to the US...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

The discussions that have been going on for more than a year on Uzbekistan’s entry into the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are coming to a logical conclusion.

The topic of the integration of Tashkent into the EAEU was loudly discussed in October 2019, during the visit of the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-17 - Original post - cached version

The Strait of Malacca between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula is a strategic corridor connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans, which maintains maritime traffic between Europe, Africa and East Asia. The Strait of Malacca is used to transport approximately 25% of all the cargo sent by sea...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

At a recent US-India meetup US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo led an American effort to take advantage of recent India-China friction. In a move to do exactly what the United States blames Russia, China, and other nations of doing, the Trump administration foreign policy chief put...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

It appears as if Saudi de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is on a mission to destroy the world oil giant by one after the other ill-conceived economic decisions. Now, as MBS orders yet new desperation cuts in Saudi oil prices, his economy is imploding from all sides—from...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

On August 29, 2020, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon was elected chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Toburo. He received 60.77% of the delegates’ votes. His rivals for the leadership of the ruling party were former Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum and National...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-16 - Original post - cached version

The third trilateral summit between Egypt, Jordan, and Iran took place at the end of August in Amman, Jordan.  The first summit took place in Cairo in March last year, and the second one was held in New York during the regular session of the UN General Assembly in September 2019.  Iraq...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Few stories in recent years more clearly illustrate the sorry decline in western media standards than the coverage currently being given to the illness of Russian dissident politician Alexei Navalny.

Mr Navalny is at most a minor irritant to the ruling Russian politicians. At the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Over the past few years, both Russian and foreign media have increasingly been reporting on the development of Russia’s relations with Papua New Guinea, the largest island nation in Oceania, with a population of almost 9 million people. Another area of media interest has been the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Over the last forty years of Afghanistan’s tragic military history (the war in the 1980s, the civil war in the 1990s and the US occupation since 2001), opium has always played a role in the fate of the country. The sad irony is that Afghanistan’s unique ecology coupled with US military...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

The Prophet Enoch is a well-known figure in the Old Testament. Consequently his name has been popular as a personal name at certain periods, with parents of Jewish and Christian backgrounds naming their sons after him.

The name never used to have any significance, except in...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Big power rivalry is often characterized by alliances and counter-alliances, involving smaller countries on both sides of the rivalry. Big powers thus tend to engage in a race for winning more and more allies to their side. This is precisely what is happening in the Asia-Pacific region...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

In the last two or three months, leading media around the world have been paying attention to the “imminent” signing of a bilateral document, described as a Trade and Military Partnership, between China and Iran.

The New York Times claims to obtain “an 18-page proposed agreement...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-14 - Original post - cached version

In recent years, Australia has established increasingly close economic relations with China yet, at the same time, it relies on a strategic alliance with the United States being the guarantor of its defense capability. But Australia’s growing dependence on trade with China is having an...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-13 - Original post - cached version

In the United States, participants in the presidential election that will be held on November 3, have been determined. The Republican nominee is the White House’s current head, Donald Trump, and the Democratic nominee is former Vice President Joe Biden. In this context, the Ministry of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-12 - Original post - cached version

US Ambassador to Tbilisi Kelly Degnan, a wiry lady with a striking military appearance, with precise cavalry pressure, began to implement in her activities the instructions she received from the White House to strengthen the militant positions of the United States in Georgia and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

In some very rare cases, it is better to read British conservative, right-wing press, like The Economist or the Telegraph, instead of the mainstream liberal sheets like The Independent or The Guardian. That is if one wants to come somehow closer to the truth.

The Economist is...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Permanent Representative of Niger to the United Nations Abdou Abarry, who took over as President of the UN Security Council, said he supported the statement that no further action can be taken concerning the request submitted by the US to reinstate UN sanctions against Iran, since the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Only a few days ago, the author discussed what could be behind the move to leave out the “Republic of China” (ROC) title on the official name plate of the Taiwan Representative Office in the Republic of Somaliland (which practically none of the nations recognize as a state). And, more...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-10 - Original post - cached version

It was seventeenth century French Dramatist Pierre Corneille who copyrighted this expression in three-hour long tragedies that are still studied by every child in the French school system. Implying ‘...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-10 - Original post - cached version

I am trying to think how best to write about Lebanon, about the BIGGER picture and the complicated political situation and structure there. It goes beyond the Beirut port bombing or the source of the fertiliser, well beyond the recriminations, and what is actually being reported in the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-10 - Original post - cached version

While a US company has secured rights in north Syria to drill and export Syrian oil, stepping up the US president Trump’s policy of ‘protecting the oil’ for the Syrians, this is being followed by a transfer of additional US troops from Iraq to Syria, indicating how the US policies are at...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-10 - Original post - cached version

For many decades, Russia and India have been conducting close military-technical cooperation (MTC). However, the aggravation of Russia’s relations with the United States, also a close Indian partner, has recently made it more complicated. The United States is trying to pressurize India...

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

The nature of Australia’s trading relationship with the rest of the world has changed dramatically in the 75 years since the end of World War II. In 1945–46 the total value of Australia’s exports of goods and services was $19 billion. It remained relatively low for the next 25 years,...

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

Efforts to make it appear like Russia is rigging this year’s presidential election are a danger to the world, a message we are hearing from security insiders.

The Russian government denies involvement, and, to the outside world, the Russian government is Putin and Lavrov,...

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

Recently, a new stage in the confrontation between China and the United States has unfolded in the vast expanses across Central Asia (CA), Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan.

As Washington and Delhi draw closer to each other, Beijing is developing closer ties with the countries in...

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

When Turkey’s Erdogan recently hosted Hamas leaders, including the US-designated ‘terrorist’ and ‘wanted’ leaders of the Palestinian resistance, it did not ring bells in Jerusalem, Abu Dhabi or Riyadh. On the contrary, Erdogan’s meeting illustrated how Turkey is planning to respond to...

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

The English-language Bangkok Post helped reveal Washington’s growing obsession with Beijing and its attempts to drag Thailand into the middle of its conflict during an interview with the newly appointed US ambassador to Thailand, Michael DeSombre.

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

In recent years, against its own volition the world has witnessed a rapid deterioration in US-Chinese relations, which have already landed on a low level that has not been seen throughout the entire history of their official contacts since 1979. As Fox News reports, even US Secretary of...

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

For more than one-and-a-half centuries, threats to Australia’s territorial integrity have remained relatively remote and very unlikely. The only time in history when Australian territory was subject to attack occurred during the years of WWII, when Japanese bombers carried out air raids...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

President Xi Jinping’s speech at the 7th Central Symposium on Tibet Work on August 29 (an event seemingly dedicated to some of the country’s domestic issues) included quite a noteworthy message on foreign policy stemming from two inter-connected issues: the history of the Tibet...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

The same Gates Foundation which is behind every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic from financing much of the WHO budget, to investing in favored vaccine-makers like Moderna, is engaged in a major project in Africa which is destroying traditional small farmer production of essential food...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Wednesday, 2 August – all German TV channels – mainstream media were focused unilaterally on the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition critique, Alexei Navalny. Two weeks after he has been flown from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow, when he fell ill on the plane and the airliner had to make...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-07 - Original post - cached version

In a desperate attempt to gain some semblance of an advantage before the presidential election, US President Donald Trump, who is currently trailing his opponent from the Democratic party by 5-7%, decided to play the only trump card he has left – by sending his political “special...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Despite the failure of the color revolution campaign organized by Washington, the United States and its allies show no signs of moving their attention away from Central Asia. The countries in the region continue to receive so-called “assistance” that permeates all spheres of life of the...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-05 - Original post - cached version

In 2015, during his speech at the Brookings Institution (a US research group that conducts studies and education on economics and politics), the former Chair of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke talked about whether a victorious war and an active preparation to one could become the best...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-04 - Original post - cached version

The US president is reportedly in talks with Iraq’s Prime Minister to bring the current level of US troops in Iraq down to the level of 2015. This change will see troop number coming down from the current 5200 to about 3500, indicating a US ‘drawdown’ from Iraq following the Iraqi...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-04 - Original post - cached version

In February 2020, The Lancet medical journal published research on the psychological impact of quarantine. The authors of the article conducted a fairly thorough review of its effect on mental health and reported the negative effects of isolation on psychological well-being of...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, I received a report from Syria. It told of blistering heat and no electricity, of fuel lines, of food shortages and economic suffering by the Syrian people. This is an excerpt:

“I wonder if people in EU, US and UK had to deal with the repercussions of their...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-04 - Original post - cached version

The tiny Norfolk Island (with an area of 35 km2) is an Australian external territory located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and New Zealand. It is barely discernible on a map and the voice of its residents (numbering less than 2,000) was not heard by the international community...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Over the years there has been much discussion about organisations using social media for nefarious purposes. Political organisations have been caught subverting campaign finance rules by sending out social media ads through third party organisations, and sex workers regularly post “...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-03 - Original post - cached version

For years now Western media and governments have maintained an almost ceaseless barrage against China over what they claim are networks of “internment camps” built and used in China’s western Xinjiang region to persecute the Uyghur ethnic minority.

These claims are a mix of half-...

New Eastern Outlook - 2020-09-03 - Original post - cached version

Despite attempts made by the international community to de-escalate the ongoing confrontation in the Eastern Mediterranean, the crisis in the region continues to intensify.

In response to a “seismic survey” being conducted by Turkey’s Oruc Reis research vessel in a region also...

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