Putin’s Inauguration – more of the same or a breakthrough?

Today, Vladimir Putin was officially inaugurated as President of the Russian Federation for the fourth time. His inaugural speech contained little new. Russia had upped its defence budget, although against whom is unclear. As our video points out, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US and NATO countries…

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China’s BRI & AIBB – Minus U.S. & Japan

China’s Long-Term Strategy vs The West’s Civil War and Short-Termism While the effectively bankrupt West is tearing itself apart and undermining its society, economy and science, China is not just getting on with it, but forging ahead. A good starting point in understanding what is happening now, with all the…

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BBC wrongly claims US obviously “has the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal”

Reports and comments on Donald’s Trump’s renewed “tweet storms” after the New Year holidays are as woefully uninformed and emotional as in 2017. The President tweeted that North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his…

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Transgender Ban vs Russia and China in the Baltic

On Wednesday 25 July 2017, President Trump’s announcement on Twitter that transgender people would be banned from serving in the US military predictably made the headlines. But just days before, Chinese warships entered the Baltic Sea for the first time – a profound development which was barely registered by the…

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No wonder people get global warming and poverty wrong

In 2009, the second edition of Mark Maslin’s book Global Warming. A Very Short Introduction appeared in the well-known series published by Oxford University Press. According to Maslin’s website, the book has sold over 40,000 copies – and yet it betrays a fundamental flaw in thinking, knowledge and understanding before…

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Washington Post gets the Warsaw Pact wrong

The last few weeks have seen efforts and rhetoric by NATO members to mollify the U.S. President following Donald Trump’s various remarks during last year’s campaign and following his election that NATO was obsolete, that the U.S. was paying too much for the alliance and that most other countries were…

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The Struggle for Democracy has Begun

For decades, we have been taking our freedom for granted. But suddenly authoritarian populists are threatening liberal societies worldwide. Time to wake up. Die Zeit, 4 August 2016. *** The headline and subtitle come from Die Zeit, Germany’s most prestigious and “highbrow” weekly broadsheet. Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was…

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