“What’s going on is a radical escalation of aggressive Russian muscle flexing and posturing designed to demonstrate that Russia is no longer a defeated power of the Cold War era,”
Russian military provocations have increased so much over the seven months since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine that Washington and its allies are scrambling defense [...]
“The United States, in turn, is looking to step up its own game. Policymakers are considering giving global companies a choice: stop providing long-term financing and energy assistance to major Russian companies or be kicked out of the U.S. financial system.”
With sanctions beginning to bite, Russia is starting to play a new economic game. [...]
Chinese home prices fell for a fifth straight month in September, wiping out gains scored in the past year and raising expectations the government will have to implement more economic support measures to cushion the blow.
The monthly falls left average home prices in 70 major Chinese cities down 1.3 percent in September from a [...]
“August 1998 set the stage for the rise of Vladimir Putin, the anti-Yeltsin. Should the vicious cycle of economic crisis grip Russia once again, we can only imagine what kind of “anti-Putin” could rise from the ruins.”
Not since the financial crisis of August 1998 has Russia faced the very real possibility of a currency [...]
“Today Mayo writes his analyses for the Asian brokerage group CLSA and they still read like reports from a crisis zone.” Mayo, a lending expert, is writing about today. Before the big crash in 2008 he was writing about it too. Only then he got fired a couple of times for doing it. How was [...]
In his book The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith explained that under tyrannical and monarchical rule, property rights are always at imminent risk of infringement – and people will usually hide their wealth. In case of emergency, they can immediately transfer their holdings to another safe haven.
Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is known for his blunt manner, and in an interview with NPR, he says that a future map of the Middle East will look very different that the one that exists today.
The borders of many Arab states were drawn up by Westerners a century ago and wars in recent [...]
“Xu said that some young military leaders may have been influenced by these ideas, and warned that they could cause a split within the army.”
The Central Military Commission (CMC) warned on Wednesday that ideological struggles within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) are “acute and complicated,” and called for the military to remain loyal to [...]
Russia had the chance at the end of the Cold War to build a modern, diversified economy, with the enthusiastic help of the West. That chance has been squandered
Lukoil warns that Russia could ultimately lose a quarter of its oil output if the sanctions drag for another two or three years.
The IMF’s [...]
A Vietnamese fishing boat captain said his vessel was attacked this month by the crew of a Chinese law enforcement ship near the disputed Paracel islands, risking a fresh escalation in tensions in the South China Sea.
The Vietnamese were threatened with guns and batons on Oct. 14 after they were chased by Chinese surveillance [...]