China-India Border Crisis is Unfolding at ‘Most Unfavorable Time’ for Beijing

India should withdraw its troops from Chinese territory if it does not want war, according to a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman. His statement came amid the ongoing border standoff between Beijing and New Delhi in the region known as "Doklam" in India and "Donglang" in China. "If you don't want war, go away from Chinese territory", …

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Turkish Military Replaces Land, Air and Navy Commanders

Turkey's supreme military council decided on Wednesday to replace the heads of the army, air force and navy, local media reported. The council, which meets every August, held a four-hour meeting chaired by the prime minister, Binali Yildirim. The decisions made during the meeting will be presented to the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for approval. …

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Moral Principles and Flexible Sanctions

There is generally a degree of hypocrisy about the imposition of sanctions on a country by another country or group of countries. Those who inflict sanctions assert that their target has done something terribly wrong which will be corrected following its recognition that superior beings are setting an international example of flawless moral rectitude, but …

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China in Crosshairs: US to Wage Economic Wars Against Multiple ‘Foes’

A whiff of trade war is in the air. Donald Trump used Twitter to express his disappointment with China and its efforts to pressure North Korea into abandoning the nuclear program and missile launches. US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that Washington would not seek UN Security Council action following North Korea's latest missile …

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North Korea Sanctions: Isolating the Isolated

North Korea has prided itself over the years on remaining relatively detached from the international community. During the Cold War, for instance, it refused to become a cog in the Soviet trading system that would have relegated it to supplying raw materials to and purchasing finished products from the imperial center. Instead, it remained economically …

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Trump Signs Sanctions Bill Against Russia, Iran, DPRK into Law While Calling it “Significantly Flawed”

Faced with a Congressional super-majority which threatened to override a would-be veto, Donald Trump has signed the sanctions bill which has received universal global criticism, including from America’s allies in the European Union. Trump signed the bill for the sake of what he called “national unity” while conceding the bill was “flawed”. Trump stated, “Today, …

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