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The Ultimate 21st Century Choice; OBOR or War

The $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has the potential to unblock vast swathes of South Asia, with Gwadar, operated by China Overseas Port Holdings, slated to become a key naval hub of the New Silk Roads.

Deep-sea ports will be built in Kyaukphyu in Myanmar, Sonadia island in Bangladesh, Hambantota in Sri Lanka. Add to them the China-Belarus Industrial Park and 33 deals in Kazakhstan covering everything from mining and engineering to oil and gas.

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C partially obsured) and President Barack Obama arrive to pose for the family picture of the G8 summit at the Lough Erne resort near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland on June 18, 2013. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

The Disastrous Nonintervention In Syria

War casualties: 155,000 – 400,000, depending on who is counted

4.8 million registered Syrian refugees

Aleppo, Bosra and Palmyra irreparably damaged

Majority of refugees are in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt

Islands off the coast of Greece and Italy are overwhelmed

Rise of xenophobia across the West

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DAS VOLK ‘PREPPER’: Is Germany Really Preparing for War?

Many people will have missed this story last week, buried under a number of other major international headlines. Details of new government-directed ‘Civil Defense’ measures were leaked to the German press. Western Europe has not seen such news since the height of the Cold War, some half a century ago. Is Berlin just being extra careful, or is there more to this story?