Finland will not take orders from Russia on its defense strategy, the new defense minister said on Friday, rejecting comments from Moscow warning its small neighbor against joining or working too closely with NATO.
Carl Haglund, who was appointed on Friday and is due to begin his duties next week, said he did not welcome [...]
Web users in mainland China are unable to access Bloomberg’s websites, after they were blocked by local authorities.
The news agency thinks the move is a response to an article published about the fortunes of Vice President Xi Jinping’s extended family.
“As Xi climbed the Communist Party ranks, his extended [...]
As the Girl from Ipanema song turns 50, what explains its remarkable rise? As the article from the Wall Street Journal says, “it is perfection.” But why?
I would argue that Astrud Gilberto’s untrained and off-tune voice of foreign innocence is a big reason for the song’s success. Then the song’s lyrics set the stage [...]
More than 1,000 ballistic missiles capable of reaching U.S. bases
Just days after the breakdown of talks with the West over Iran’s nuclear program, the deputy chief commander of the Revolutionary Guards announced that there soon will be war – and that Allah will ensure his forces are victorious.
Some scoff at the idea that face-covering Islamic veils endanger public safety in any Western nation, let alone the United States, but Philadelphians do not have the luxury of blissful ignorance. As recent events highlight, their city has become the American epicenter of robberies and murders carried out by criminals disguised [...]
China has begun combat-ready patrols in the waters around a disputed group of islands in the South China Sea, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday, the latest escalation in tension over the potentially resource-rich area.
“The Chinese military’s resolve and will to defend territorial sovereignty and protect our maritime rights and interests is firm [...]
The U.S.’s recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has led to widespread hope that America has the capacity to stay the course and provide a backstop for the rest of the world in the midst of the euro crisis. But a closer analysis of America’s recent economic growth suggests that the economy may be even [...]
International scholars have affirmed that there is no legal foundation for China’s declaration of sovereignty over almost all of the East Sea area and that its U-shaped line is unreasonable.
They emphasised this at a seminar entitled “The East Sea and Asia Pacific in Transition: Exploring Options for Managing Disputes” in Washington DC on June [...]
The words that came out of the mouth of Iran’s vice president could have come from Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister Goebbels in 1938, or from a contemporary neo-Nazi hate pamphlet. That these words reflect the thinking of a top-level government official from a regime that appears to be seeking nuclear weapons capability, even in the [...]
A team of high-level Chinese Communist Party officials have been organized to initiate a purge of Party members, especially those within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of State Security, and Foreign Affairs Office, according to a recent report by the Hong Kong-based Trend magazine.
Headed by Vice President Xi Jinping, [...]