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  • Fewer GOP foxes guarding US vote-count henhouses

    With all the recent speculation that Donald Trump is going to challenge the election results (probably true), I checked to see who certifies the results. It is my understanding that the secretary of state in each state certifies the results. Compared with 2016, when there…
  • There’s no such thing as a Southeast Asian ‘strongman’

    A few years ago, the professor of risk management Nassim Nicholas Taleb pondered the question of what’s the opposite of “fragile.” For many readers this may seem an easy answer – perhaps “strong” or “stable,” maybe “resilient.” Interestingly enough, Taleb opted for what was staring…
  • US sanctions unjustly stalk overseas Iranians

    RASHT – As US President Donald Trump’s administration tightens incremental sanctions on Iran to impair the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, derail its regional escapades and bring it back to the bargaining table, citizens of Iranian origin living overseas including expatriates and international students are collaterally…
  • National Guard eyed use of ‘heat ray’ on DC protest

    Democracy and freedom in the United States, has taken another blow, with the news that the National Guard pondered the use of a secret weapon against innocent protesters in Washington D.C. Only under the malevolent leadership of President Donald Trump — the Stranglelovian spectre of…
  • Beijing hoses down its own vaccine propaganda

    Chinese public health officials and experts are split over whether the entire population should get at least one jab in the winter if local vaccines become available before a possible next resurgence of Covid-19.  In a turn, Beijing now appears to be trying to manage…
  • Pentagon Papers leaker Ellsberg backing Assange

    Daniel Ellsberg, one of the most famous whistleblowers in American history, came to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his legal fight to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, claiming he would not get a fair trial in the US. The…
  • Follow Party’s lead, Beijing tells private firms

    A new directive issued by the Communist Party’s top leadership on stepping up the “United Front” work for the nation’s wide swath of private businesses has again ignited fears. Some entrepreneurs wonder if Beijing aims to sit on the board of each and every private…
  • India accuses China of disregarding border agreements

    India on Thursday hardened its position in the standoff with China in the western Himalayan region of Ladakh, accusing it of not matching its words with actions, as troops on both sides held their freezing mountain positions. There have, however, been no incidents since a…
  • European powers weigh wading into South China Sea

    Major European powers are weighing how to step up their presence in China’s adjacent waters, including the contested South China Sea, as tensions rachet up in what some see as the dawning of a new Cold War. For European powers like Britain and France, the…
  • Trump-promoted TikTok deal ‘grift’ for pal Ellison

    Silicon Valley tech giant Oracle is “very close” to sealing a deal to become the US partner to Chinese-owned video app TikTok to avert a ban in the United States, President Donald Trump said Tuesday. Trump’s comments came a day after US officials confirmed that…
  • Trump now admits he was gung-ho to kill Assad

    Another day, another outlandish statement by America’s president. As part of a lengthy diatribe against former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wanted to order an assassination against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2017, but that Mattis “was against…
  • Ladakh incursion may be linked to water security

    The latest Chinese incursions into India’s Ladakh region support the view that the next world war will likely be fought over water. The mineral-rich northern region, which is adjacent to Tibet, is known as one of the world’s biggest natural reservoirs. While the area in…
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