Crises in Middle East could change Asia’s energy security dynamic

India and China are not only trying to reduce their dependence on oil from the Middle East, but also considering renewable energy alternatives; meanwhile, China-Russia-Iran-Pakistan could become a new energy supply axis in the near future By Alam Srinivas   Crises brewing in the Middle East could have major ramifications for energy security in Asia, … Continue reading Crises in Middle East could change Asia’s energy security dynamic

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China may once again be the leader in mankind’s technical adventure

By Tom Velk and Jade Xiao In this essay, we weave together four apparently different ideas, showing how they are, in fact, closely linked. One: China is not now, nor has it ever been, “less developed” than the West. Two: China did not have a Western-style industrial revolution, but rather had sophisticated industrial/technical skills, albeit … Continue reading China may once again be the leader in mankind’s technical adventure

Hague Tribunal Exonerates Slobodan Milosevic Again

by Andy Wilcoxson, via Strategic Culture More than eleven years after his death, a second trial chamber at the UN War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague has concluded that former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic was not responsible for war crimes committed in Bosnia where the worst atrocities associated with the break-up of Yugoslavia took place. Buried in … Continue reading Hague Tribunal Exonerates Slobodan Milosevic Again

From the Caucasus to the Balkans, China’s Silk Roads are rising

With its focus on Central Asia and Eastern Europe, the Belt and Road Initiative can be seen as fulfilling a strategy of challenging the West that can be traced back to Mao By Pepe Escobar   The 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress made it clear that the New Silk Roads – aka, the Belt and … Continue reading From the Caucasus to the Balkans, China’s Silk Roads are rising

Turkey-Iran-Qatar entente mocks Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’

By M.K. Bhadrakumar Middle East politics just witnessed two contrasting events. In Riyadh on Monday, there was a meeting of Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) defense ministers. The previous day, in Tehran, came a trilateral “commercial” deal signed by Iran, Turkey and Qatar. The IMCTC spectacle outstripped the modest event in Tehran in terms … Continue reading Turkey-Iran-Qatar entente mocks Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’