The Kerch Strait Crisis Presents an Opportunity for Russia in the Arctic
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The Kerch Strait Crisis Presents an Opportunity for Russia in the Arctic

Russia would have obviously preferred that the Kerch Strait Crisis with Ukraine never happened, but since it did, Moscow’s wasting no time in taking advantage of the highly publicized defense of its maritime borders in the Black Sea to promote a similar policy towards its sovereign waters in the Arctic Ocean, though the US might…

Asteroids, War, Economic Collapse! Is the World Heading for Imminent Disaster?
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Asteroids, War, Economic Collapse! Is the World Heading for Imminent Disaster?

Thanks to the internet, we are bombarded 24/7 with news of disasters and impending disasters, to the point of ennui. Are things really as bad as the media and Hollywood say? Or are we headed for a happy techno future? The other evening, in search of some entertainment, I stumbled upon a film by Australian…

Royal Road Ahead: Saudi Prince Leaves G20 Confident, Turning Corner after Khashoggi Scandal
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Royal Road Ahead: Saudi Prince Leaves G20 Confident, Turning Corner after Khashoggi Scandal

THERE WAS A high-five from Vladimir Putin. And for Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi it was business as usual. At home, Saudi Arabia’s media trumpeted Mohammed bin Salman’s meetings with world leaders, tweeting pictures of his encounters, which also included the presidents of South Korea, Mexico, and South Africa. However, Western leaders appeared to avoid…

Is Austria About to Become Israel’s Top Ally in Europe?
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Is Austria About to Become Israel’s Top Ally in Europe?

The Austrian Foreign Minister lambasted the EU for its supposedly “too strict” policy towards Israel. Karin Kneissl also said that her country would take the lead to “inject realism” into the bloc’s ties with Tel Aviv, arguing that “Israel is often held to a higher standard than other countries.” The diplomat has personal and political reasons…

Sayonara, ‘America First’! We Hardly Knew Ye!
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Sayonara, ‘America First’! We Hardly Knew Ye!

President Donald Trump’s cancellation of his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Buenos Aires G20 is another sign of the now almost certain demise of his declared “America First” agenda – and perhaps of his presidency. Supposedly decided in response to a Ukraine-Russia naval incident in the Kerch Strait, dumping the meeting…