Pakistan’s Financial Crisis Puts China’s Belt and Road On The Spot

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by James M. Dorsey Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related… Continue Reading  

Armenia: Anti-Corruption Purge

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by Grigor Atanesian Armenia’s authorities have accelerated their campaign against officials in the former government with a series of anti-corruption arrests, heightening the battle between the new regime and the former elite. After Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime minister May… Continue Reading  

The U.S. Military’s Drug of Choice

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by Nick Turse 2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).  There was the investigation of the two-star commander of U.S. Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man’s wife.  There was the investigation into the… Continue Reading  

Does Menendez Owe a Debt to Adelson and Trump?

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by Eli Clifton Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), freshly cleared of corruption charges following the Justice Department’s decision to drop charges against him, is set to return to his job as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Menendez… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Protests: All About the Economy?

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by Gareth Smyth In 2007, when the Iranian government introduced gasoline rationing, increasing the price to 11 cents a liter, some angry motorists torched gasoline stations. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that it showed “economic sanctions are working increasingly… Continue Reading