Russia & China Invest in Infrastructure; U.S. Instead Spends on Military

China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” is famous as an extension of their domestic infrastructure investments, but Russia is also investing heavily in infrastructure. Both countries need to do it in order to improve the future for their respective populations, and both Governments have avoided the Western development model of going heavily into debt in order …

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Under the Pakistani Volcano

It has been a breathless week, huddled in the shadow of the simmering, bubbling, politico-religious volcano that is Imran Khan’s Pakistan. And this week’s multi-faceted developments may just signal seismic shifts in Pakistan’s internal and external relations for the foreseeable future. Before moving on to bloodier matters, let’s start with the “Mr. Khan Goes to …

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The Kenyan-Chinese Trade Controversy has Messy Consequences for the Silk Road

Kenya and China have to quickly overcome their trade controversy otherwise the Silk Road will suffer. Acting Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Li Xuhang lashed out at his hosts for ordering a ban on specific fish imports at the beginning of next year that’s widely interpreted as targeting one of his East Asian nation’s exports, supposedly …

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Bolsonaro Is a Pivotal Part of Trump’s Plans to Build “Fortress America”

The election of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil’s next president is a major step in the direction of Trump’s plans to build a “Fortress America” that he intends will cement the US’ hegemonic influence in the Western Hemisphere by systematically squeezing China out of Latin America. Jair Bolsonaro’s election as Brazil’s next president will go down …

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Constructive Criticisms of China’s Silk Road

Constructivism criticism from one’s own supporters is oftentimes the most effective way for a country, project, or global vision to improve its shortcomings before they become unmanageable, and it’s with this in mind that such an approach must be urgently undertaken when it comes to China’s Silk Road. China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) is …

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So It Turns Out That Saudi Arabia Isn’t Exactly an American Puppet After All

The US’ decision to revoke the visas of 21 Saudis who it claims are responsible for dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing and possibly impose Magnitsky Act sanctions against them proves that Saudi Arabia isn’t exactly the “American puppet” that many people had previously thought that it was if Washington is willing to punish its so-called …

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Asian and European leaders gather at the ASEM 12 summit last week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center in purple, for a group photo in Brussels on October 19, 2018. Photo: Alexey Vitvitsky / Sputnik / AFP

Leaders of Asia and Europe Sit Down for Talks, Not Sanctions

Totally under the radar of a news cycle consumed by the Pulp Fiction in Istanbul saga and the ever-mutating US-China trade war, leaders from no less than 51 Asian and European nations met in Brussels on Friday to talk about developing some measure of global stability. The day before in Brussels had been lost on …

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The Chinese-Indian “Great Game” in East Africa

Introduction China and India are actively competing with one another in East Africa, though this struggle for influence has largely failed to attract significant global attention. Both Great Powers are reluctant to recognize this in order to preserve their superficial and largely limited partnership through BRICS, while the US and its Mainstream Media partners don’t …

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Sierra Leone Did China a Favor by Cancelling a $400 Million Airport Project

Far from being the “defeat” for China that it’s been framed as, Sierra Leone’s cancellation of a $400 million airport project is actually a favor to the People’s Republic because it gives Beijing the opportunity to rethink some of its Silk Road loans to Africa and ultimately refine its strategy there. It was easy to …

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