Iran in America’s cross-hairs

 

 

https://www.debka.com/us-deploys-two-carrier-strike-groups-in-mediterranean-first-time-since-2016/

 

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We are the change we want to see

You could compile a long list of ‘blackfaces’ in East Asian media over the last decade. But the latest version this Euro-American racist archetype in Chinese media is by far the most controversial—a skit on China’s English language TV station CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala featuring ‘blackface’ actors. Like the others on the growing list of…

via Chinese media is obsessed with portraying China as Africa’s savior — Quartz

 

There are no White Knights or anyone capable of Slaying the Dragons for us, but us.

Stud Poker as Statescraft

Eleven nations will formally enter into a new trade pact today designed to lower tariffs and bridge regulatory gaps around the Pacific rim, despite Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the deal last year. The deal, which we will call TPP-11 1, creates the third-largest trade zone in the world after the…

via Mexico and Canada just got more leverage in US trade negotiations — Quartz

The North Korean conumdrum

Russia and North Korea share a short border but a long history. When the United States and the Soviet Union drew the seemingly innocuous line dividing the Korean peninsula in 1953, it was regarded as a temporary administrative division for processing Japanese forces after World War II. However, since then, Russia (and its Soviet Union predecessor) have […]

via Russia’s alternative vision for Asia: accommodating a nuclear North Korea? —

Is this the face of a “NEW AFRICA?

There were scarcely any hints of the tumultuous years that would follow the swearing-in of Dr John Pombe Magufuli on Nov. 5 2015 as Tanzania’s fifth president. After all, his Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) had been in power for decades, and his victory seemed to herald continuity with the past. In fact, Magufuli’s opponent attracted…

via John Magufuli has changed Tanzania in just two years as president — Quartz