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America Losing Its Grip on Southeast Asia

(SCF) – The recent diplomatic row between the Philippines and the United States has come as a shock to U.S. State Department and Pentagon policy wonks but for astute observers of Southeast Asian politics, the decision of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to «pivot» to China and Russia was long in the making. Ever since the so-called «Yellow […]

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US Announces Land-Grab in Pacific Twice the Size of Texas

Just months after condemning China for building islands in the disputed South China Sea, the White House announced that Obama was conducting a land-grab of his own. The move was praised by environmentalists as Obama had created the largest federally protected environmental monument on the planet: quadrupling the size of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument just […]

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China to Fight Pollution…With World’s Largest Air Purifier

(GPA) – For most people, one of the first things that comes to mind when they think of some of China’s largest cities is the massive amounts of pollution. This September, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection is partnering with a Dutch engineer to send the world’s largest air purifier on a tour of some of the country’s […]

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Where Will First Chinese Overseas Military Bases Spring Up?

China (NEO) – As history shows, significant improvement of a country’s economic situation inevitably boosts its military ambitions. The world has been holding its breath for the last 30 years witnessing the rapid economic growth in China, waiting for the new developments. And China did not fail the expectations of the global community. Whereas before the mid-2000s […]

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May 15: Your Key Take-Aways for This Week From Geopolitics Alert

Here are your world news key take-aways for the week:   From Tunisia to Somalia, the United States increased its influence and military support throughout North Eastern Africa this week. Washington is trying to draft up a plan to supply the new UN-backed government in Libya with arms. The embargo on arms and assets has been […]
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Zuckerberg Meets With Chinese Officials To Expand Market…But At What Cost

Beijing, China (TFC) – Over the weekend; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with high level officials of the Chinese Communist Party in an attempt to create a friendly atmosphere for the social media giant. Zuckerberg’s visit to China including meeting with the head of the government’s propaganda department yet both parties declined to discuss if the country […]

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Taliban Plans for Violent Summer; United States Considers Airstrikes in Afghanistan

(TFC) –Despite efforts from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States, the Taliban continues to reject peace talk offers. As a result, the United States has been throwing around a plan involving offensive airstrikes. But with Afghanistan’s second largest resistance group, Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), agreeing to come to the table, things may not be so cut-and-dry. […]

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Heightened Security in Afghanistan and Pakistan: What’s Next for the Taliban?

 (TFC) Despite a devastating attack carried out by the Taliban at Bacha Khan University in January, terror-related violence in Pakistan has been declining. Afghanistan hasn’t been as fortunate: according to the U.N., 2015 resulted in record-breaking civilian deaths since the U.N. began recording statistics. Will upcoming American involvement in Afghanistan drive violence back into Pakistan? […]