As the P5+1 and Iran work to attempt to conclude a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear program by a November 24th deadline, one vital element must be part of any agreement: resolving the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) outstanding concerns about Iran’s past and possibly ongoing work on nuclear weapons, including nuclear weaponization. A necessary [...]
Its shoreline is still dotted with Cold-War era artillery batteries, and to this day it has one of the most advanced navies in the world – its new Visby class corvettes are widely billed as “the world’s first stealth ships.”
In the relatively small Baltic Sea, that makes Sweden something of a naval super-power, [...]
The news on Russia’s economy seems to be going from bad to worse, with the latest blow a downgrade of its sovereign credit rating by U.S.-based ratings agency Moody’s to just two notches above junk.
Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s main rival in the U.S., already has Russian debt at one notch above junk status. If [...]
Economists concerned over rapidly rising corporate debt levels in China are sounding the alarm, warning that major changes are needed to avoid an increase in “zombie” banks and firms.
After expanding at a lightning-fast rate, China’s corporate debt market is now the world’s largest at $14.2 trillion, according to Standard and Poor’s.
Experts worry that [...]
“First, the next American president and his or her advisers will need to face up to the fact that a policy of forbearance [patient self-control; restraint and tolerance] toward China has now been tried and has failed.”
“However, China’s response since 2008 to forbearance has been clear: [...]
China and India are in a state of military confrontation and it is no use for the Indian political leadership and the policy establishment to pretend that it is otherwise. How do you describe relations between China and India when both nations are virtually in a state of eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation on the entire stretch of [...]
“Beijing leaders decided the central government would “firmly not give in” to the protesters. The military may be sent in if there were widespread chaos.”
Hong Kong’s Occupy Central demonstrations have lasted for more than two weeks. Three sources with ties to the Chinese leadership told Reuters that Beijing is worried that the protests will [...]
“Three times in the past two months, he [Putin] has raised the spectre of nuclear war as he confronts the West.”
And since that exchange, the humour has drained away. Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, has put his country’s 5000 nuclear warheads at the forefront. Three times in the past two months, he has raised the [...]
“Yet, could something even worse be on the horizon—a conflict with more-severe global ramifications?”
It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continues its bloody war of attrition throughout Syria, into Iraq and on [...]
The deadly Ebola virus could be mutating to become even more contagious, a leading U.S scientist has warned.
The disease has killed nearly 4,000 people, infecting in excess of 8,000 – the majority in the West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Communities lie in ruins, thousands of children have [...]