Commercial terms call into question China’s win-win Belt and Road initiative

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by James M. Dorsey In a rare challenging of Chinese commercial terms that underlie the country’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, Pakistan and Nepal have withdrawn from two dam-building deals. The withdrawal coincides with mounting questions in Pakistan, a crown… Continue Reading  

A Country Addicted to War

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by Andrew Bacevich What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his… Continue Reading  

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem: Letting a genie out of the bottle

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by James M. Dorsey US President Donald J. Trump has let a genie out of the bottle with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and intent to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In taking his… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump’s First Year Sets Record for U.S. Special Ops

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By Nick Turse “We don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world, militarily, and what we’re doing,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October. That was in the wake of the combat… Continue Reading  

Arab anger: Governments and protesters walk a fine line

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by James M. Dorsey A little noticed subtext to furious protests across the Middle East and North Africa against US President Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is simmering anger at Arab governments. The subtext… Continue Reading