Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, offers a ball from the 2018 football World Cup to US President Donald Trump during their joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. Photo: AFP/ Yuri Kadobnov

A Walk on the Wild Side as Trump Meets Putin at Finland Station

“The Cold War is a thing of the past.” By the time President Putin said as much during preliminary remarks at his joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, it was clear this would not stand. Not after so much investment by American conservatives in Cold War 2.0. Russophobia is a 24/7 industry, and …

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China’s Soybean Tariffs Won’t Succeed With Their Political Purpose

China retaliated to Trump’s tariffs by imposing its own against the US, one of which concerns soy exports that’s being interpreted as an attack against the President’s base. Practically all observers agree that China’s decision to target the US’ soy industry is partially meant to make life difficult for the farmers in Middle America who …

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Myanmar is still detaining and prosecuting two Reuters journalists who attempted to uncover the extent of the army’s crimes. (Photo: File)

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

“In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.” These were some of the remarks made by outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, …

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Sea of Azov: The Hot Backwater of New Cold War

The Crimean thorn in Ukraine’s side Contrary to all the predictions made by Ukrainian “experts”, a group which, alas, included otherwise intelligent and educated individuals who should have known better, the Crimea Bridge formally opened in May 2018 and, by mid-July 2018, had already carried a million motor vehicles into and from Crimea. This remarkable …

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Two Keywords for US Imperialism: ‘Justification’ and ‘Plausibility’

Observing the behavior of the United States over recent decades, it becomes clear that the American establishment has always relied on two fundamental factors to justify choices in foreign policy. We have been accustomed in recent years to humanitarian interventions being justified on the assumption that the United States and the West were in some …

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RIMPAC-2018: What Makes it So Special This Year?

The US-organized biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) is the largest international exercise held in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The RIMPAC- 2018, the 26th exercise in the series, is running from June 27 to Aug.2 under the motto "Capable, Adaptive, Partners." It involves 46 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, more …

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Chinese tourists in front of an Australian naval ship, Sydney, Australia © David Gray / Reuters

Media Silent as Pacific Powers Prepare for Showdown with China

The US and its allies continue to implement a dangerous strategy to counter China’s growing influence in the Pacific. These days, it’s all but too easy to get distracted by the stories the mainstream media overhypes on a regular basis and overlook some of those more pressing stories which fall beneath the radar. When you …

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