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Stones, Rods & Fists: Chinese & Indian Troops’ Border Brawl Caught on VIDEO

Footage showing a clash between Chinese and Indian border guards at the disputed Pangong Lake in the Himalayas earlier this week has appeared on social media. The video has not been verified but the incident has been confirmed by Indian officials. The narrow, serpentine 135-km long body of water, located 4,300 meters above sea level, …

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Scandinavia, the Baltics, NATO, and Russia

The admirable weekly newspaper The Economist had an article in October ten years ago titled «Putin flexes his muscles». The most recent Economist, on 12 August 2017, has an article on its website titled «Russia’s biggest war game in Europe since the cold war alarms NATO» — but in the print edition on my desk the same piece is titled …

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The Neocons are Pushing the USA and the Rest of the World Towards a Dangerous Crisis

First, my writing on the wall In October of last year a wrote an analysis I entitled The USA are about to face the worst crisis of their history and how Putin’s example might inspire Trump and I think that this is a good time to revisit it now. I began the analysis by looking …

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With Bannon Gone, Does Trump Turn Full War Hawk?

With the resignation of Steve Bannon from the White House on Friday questions surround President Trump. His detractors are moving in for the kill, piously over-confident they have him cornered on his lack of moral leadership after the violence at Charlottesville. And with Bannon returning to Breitbart, theories and scenarios multiply like mushrooms after a …

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Australian Defence Facilities Pine Gap on Feb. 19, 2016.

The U.S. Spy Hub in the Heart of Australia

A short drive south of Alice Springs, the second largest population center in Australia’s Northern Territory, there is a high-security compound, code-named “RAINFALL.” The remote base, in the heart of the country’s barren outback, is one of the most important covert surveillance sites in the eastern hemisphere. Hundreds of Australian and American employees come and …

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The Politics of Hajj Quotas: ‘What Would Allah Say to This?’

Ismail Mahmud left his home in Minya, Egypt and headed for a neighbourhood cafe to write his will. He was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness two years ago and knew his time in this world was short. He had one final wish: to complete the Hajj in Saudi Arabia, but obtaining a visa to do …

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North Korea, US Playing Dangerous Game of Chicken

So far, the war between US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un over the latter’s nuclear program has been fought only in words. But each turn of the rhetorical screw deepens the risk that, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, “jaw-jaw” could turn into “war-war”. Last month, after North Korea’s second ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) …

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‘Europe is Lost’: Barcelona’s Chief Rabbi Urges Jews to Move to Israel

In the aftermath of this week’s terrorist attacks in Barcelona, the city’s chief rabbi has warned his community that Jews in the region are doomed because of the threat of radical Islam. At least 14 people were killed and over 100 injured in two separate terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the nearby coastal town of …

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