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26.09.2023 Nguyen Kien Van

On May 14, Cyclone Mocha, one of the most serious natural disasters of the last ten years, reached Myanmar’s Rakhine State, on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, killing more than 400 people and causing widespread devastation. According to aid workers and local residents, nearly 2 million people living in the state have still not received adequate support from the international community. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has claimed that only $24.3 million of the estimated $333 million needed for disaster relief and rehabilitation projects in areas affected by the cyclone had been received…

26.09.2023 Phil Butler

The European Elites have a stunning new plan to defeat the fearsome Russian hoards marching toward Central Europe again. EU grand strategists will reinvent Adolph Hitler’s idea of Lebensraum. French Europe Minister Laurence Boone told POLITICO recently that the only way to combat Putin’s yearning for conquest is for the EU bloc to expand. No, I am not joking. According to the news, the EU is preparing for a potential wave of expansion that could expand the bloc by as many as eight new members, including Ukraine and six Balkan countries…

26.09.2023 Konstantin Asmolov

Ulchi Freedom Shield, a joint US-South Korean military exercise, was held on the Korean Peninsula from August 21 to 31, 2023. A press release from the Republic of Korea (South Korea) Joint Chiefs of Staff noted that Ulchi Freedom Shield-2023 was created to be “a rigorous and realistic exercise to strengthen the alliance’s joint defense posture and response capabilities based on scenarios that reflect various security threats and lessons learned from recent wars and conflicts.” Among other things, the exercise was developed to strengthen the army’s military readiness and capabilities to counter terrorist and cyber threats.The stated main objective was that of strengthening the response capabilities of alliance forces and improving their ability to wage all-out warfare against the backdrop of factors such as the DPRK’s increased nuclear missile threat, changes in the security environment, and the experience gained from the current hostilities in Ukraine…

26.09.2023 Veniamin Popov

Recently, the American media reported that a biography of Senator Mitt Romney, who has just announced his resignation, is being prepared for publication. A New York Times columnist read an excerpt from the book and “was struck by the depth of the senator’s contempt and disdain for much of the Republican Party, including many of his colleagues in the Senate.” He condemned their vanity, their venality and cowardice: he reserved particularly harsh words for the many senators “who would do or say anything for political power and influence.” The American media is increasingly writing about the United States as a country “with deep-rooted racial inequality.”…

25.09.2023 Brian Berletic

Long gone are Western headlines heralding Ukraine’s NATO-trained and armed forces and the prospects of them able to “sweep Putin’s conscripts aside,” as former British Army Colonel Hamish De Bretton-Gordon claimed in an article published as recently as June this year. As Ukraine’s offensive forces broke across extensive Russian defenses all along the line of contact from Zaporozhye to Kharkov, the realization that Washington, London, and Brussels underestimated the Russian Federation economically, politically, diplomatically, and most importantly, militarily and industrially, began to set in. Today, different kinds of headlines now…

25.09.2023 Alexandr Svaranc

The world has been in a condition of global transit in search of a new world order for over 30 years since the fall of the USSR and the breakup of the bipolar world order—the USSR/Warsaw Pact bloc and USA/NATO—as a result of which security and stability will be ensured. Naturally, this process is connected not only with the desire of some and the unwillingness of other powers to search for a new system of international relations but is also a consequence of the objective balance…

25.09.2023 Bakhtiar Urusov
The Ainu people

On September 14 an international conference was held in Sapporo, the administrative center of the Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido, with the support of the Japanese government. Its subject was the development of tourism to support the cultural heritage of indigenous peoples – in particular, the minority Ainu people, who are the indigenous inhabitants of the Japanese islands of Hokkaido and Honshu. These indigenous people, who typically have pronounced European-like facial features, have for centuries had to defend themselves against the aggressive Yamato minzoku

24.09.2023 Vladimir Terehov

At the end of August, a seemingly trivial and commonplace incident was immediately met with suspicion by a number of countries in the Indo-Pacific region, which is literally awash with problems of all kinds. The incident in question was the publication by the PRC’s State Cartographic Service of a set of “standard maps,” which showed both its own and other countries’ borders. It should be noted at once that these maps do not add in any way to the list of territories already claimed by the PRC, and whose possession has been the subject of disputes between Beijing…

24.09.2023 Konstantin Asmolov

On August 21, 2023 the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un publicly reprimanded the Prime MinisterKim Tok-hun for his irresponsibility in failing to prevent the harm caused to the country’s agricultural land by the recent Typhoon Khanun. Kim’s comments came as he directed flood recovery work at the Ansok salt marshes in South Pyongan Province. The Great Leader’s personal visit was a response to an emergency: a dam burst, causing a large area of poorly drained land, including rice paddies, to be flooded with seawater…

23.09.2023 Viktor Mikhin

Current events in Yemen are a stark reminder of the explosive fragility of the truce between the government and the Houthi rebels. Although the truce has been unofficially maintained since April 2022, it is on shaky ground as neither the government nor the Houthis have yet been able to fulfill commitments made to the UN last year.Violence is escalating without any discernible progress toward a ceasefire or political solution, and at the same time the economy is collapsing and the humanitarian crisis is deepening. The unofficial truce has not translated into a formal ceasefire…

23.09.2023 Abbas Hashemite

The United States policy shift from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific has provided space for China to expand its influence in the region. China is now reshaping the regional dynamics in the Middle East by playing a larger-than-ever role. Recent developments in the Saudi-Iran deal and the inclusion of some Middle Eastern Countries in the BRICS indicate China’s interests in the Middle Eastern region encompass economic, geopolitical, and strategic issues along with traditional energy needs. China has established closer relations with multiple regional organizations for many years, but is now expanding…

22.09.2023 Taut Bataut

The legislative process in Pakistan gained momentum as the tenure of the National Assembly drew to a close. Two crucial bills were introduced and swiftly passed by both the upper and lower houses of Parliament with minimal debate and a scant presence of lawmakers. Astonishingly, these bills were approved on the very day they were presented, even in the absence of several ministers. Analysts noted that the haste with which the laws were pushed through indicated a foreknowledge that elections might not be held on schedule. As per Pakistan’s Constitution (but not per practice), the amendment acts still required signatures…