China Struggles with Belt and Road Pushback

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by James M. Dorsey China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. “It’s normal… Continue Reading  

Well, Here’s Another Fine Mess You’ve Gotten Us Into

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by James Spencer Brexit is a lose-lose situation, which could so easily have been avoided if the various elites had deigned to listen to their peoples and addressed their concerns. The signs of growing popular dissent have been obvious for… Continue Reading  

The New Middle Passage

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by John Feffer Peter, a Sierra Leone migrant living in Hungary, is one of the lucky ones. He has a job. He has a supportive community of friends. After seven years in the country, the Hungarian government approved his application… Continue Reading  

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback?

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by John Feffer The recent attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which left a dozen editors and cartoonists dead, has renewed concerns that blowback from the latest round of fighting in Syria and Iraq is finally reaching Europe.… Continue Reading  

SodaStream Super Bowl Ad Obscures More Important Economic Pressure On Israel

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by Mitchell Plitnick When I watched the Super Bowl on Sunday, I tried to avoid the unpleasant experience of also watching Scarlett Johansson’s shameful ad for SodaStream, but failed. That controversy has been boiling for the past week, and while… Continue Reading