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Obama’s cheap shot at China misguided

Obama’s cheap shot at China misguided

Using the State of the Union address to deliver a "cheap shot" is hard to imagine, but this is what President Barack Obama did on Jan 20, 2015.…

Central banks’ lemmings of quantitative easing

Central banks’ lemmings of quantitative easing

Quantitive Easing (QE) disappoints in terms of time consistency for it relies on ambiguous adjectives to provide guidance to financial markets. Monetary policies of ECB and Fed have…

How Saudi Wahhabism Is the Fountainhead of Islamist Terrorism

How Saudi Wahhabism Is the Fountainhead of Islamist Terrorism

No matter which organizational connections of ISIS or Al Qaeda (if any) ultimately prove to be real, one thing is clear: the fountainhead of Islamic extremism that promotes…

The Glamourous Double Standards of Celebrity Humanitarianism

The Glamourous Double Standards of Celebrity Humanitarianism

A culture in the development and humanitarian field has emerged in which nearly anybody can be actively involved, regardless of experience, knowledge of poverty or even maturity level…

The US Supreme Court takes on gay marriage: How each justice will (probably) vote

The US Supreme Court takes on gay marriage: How each justice will (probably) vote

After dodging the issue in 2013, the Supreme Court signaled that it will finally decide whether bans on same-sex marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. The…

Azerbaijan Nears ‘Red Line’ over US Arrogance, Double Policy and Interference

Azerbaijan Nears ‘Red Line’ over US Arrogance, Double Policy and Interference

Oil-rich Azerbaijan's patience over U.S. double standards, constant interference and funding to destabilise countries is running very thin and reconsiders its relations.…

China Steps In as World’s New Bank

China Steps In as World’s New Bank

Thanks to China, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank are becoming irrelevant. China's recent bailing out of Russia marks the beginning of…

War Crimes, Accountability and Fair Trials: CIA Torture

War Crimes, Accountability and Fair Trials: CIA Torture

A failure to hold suspected perpetrators of CIA torture accountable reveals a failure to learn lessons and engage in moral forms of detention practices going forward.…

ISIS—the New Israel

ISIS—the New Israel

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is America's Frankenstein pieced together from a decade of war in Iraq, and thank United States, there is little we…

Trade & Economy

The 5 Economic Challenges of an Independent Scotland

The 5 Economic Challenges of an Independent Scotland

Completely integrated after 307 years of union with United Kingdom, an independent Scotland’s economic prospects…

UK to issue China’s RMB as bond to finance govt’s foreign currency reserve

UK to issue China’s RMB as bond to finance govt’s foreign currency reserve

UK government plans to issue the "world's first" Renminbi (RMB) denominated sovereign bond outside China…

Russia, Vietnam Take Steps Toward Free Trade Zone and Currency Settlements

Russia, Vietnam Take Steps Toward Free Trade Zone and Currency Settlements

The creation of a free trade zone between the states of the Eurasian Customs Union…

China, Switzerland sign $24bn currency swap, dumps dollar

China, Switzerland sign $24bn currency swap, dumps dollar

China and Switzerland have signed a direct currency swap agreement worth 150 billion yuan, or…

TTIP SeeSaw: Swiss faces tough US-EU trade deal decisions

TTIP SeeSaw: Swiss faces tough US-EU trade deal decisions

If the negotiations between the United States and the European Union are successful, one of…

Switzerland to be China’s renminbi hub, bypass dollar

Switzerland to be China’s renminbi hub, bypass dollar

Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf and China’s central bank governor, Zhou Xiaochuan, discussed Swiss plans in…

Russia gets ready to Crash Dollar System To Halt US Aggression Worldwide

Russia gets ready to Crash Dollar System To Halt US Aggression Worldwide

When President Barack Obama and U.S. politicians arrogantly slapped economic sanctions on Russia, they have…

Cuba’s New foreign investment law to support development

Cuba’s New foreign investment law to support development

Cuba's new Foreign Investment Law will go into effect this coming June, along with its…

China to launch 5 private banks

China to launch 5 private banks

In a pilot program to test the country’s preparedness for private capital in its banking…

US to China: “Happy New Year.” China to US: “Give us our $1.3Tn money back.”

US to China: “Happy New Year.” China to US: “Give us our $1.3Tn money back.”

When outgoing American ambassador to China Gary Locke wished 700,000 followers on Sina Weibo a…

Diplomatic Briefing

Azerbaijan Work permit for foreigners can be removed

Azerbaijan Work permit for foreigners can be removed

Foreigners and stateless persons will be more easily employed in the territory of Azerbaijan, as the country is considering to eliminate work permit in several fields of employment.…

Israel “reprimands” Sweden on Palestine state recognition

Israel “reprimands” Sweden on Palestine state recognition

Israel's Foreign ministry summons Swedish ambassador for talks, after new prime minister promises to recognize Palestine as a state in inauguration speech.…

Israel rejects New Zealand Ambassador, refuses to share with Palestine

Israel rejects New Zealand Ambassador, refuses to share with Palestine

Offending New Zealand government once again, Israel refuses to accept the designated ambassador because he is also the ambassador to Palestine. Historically, whoever the New Zealand government accredits…

Bahrain expels top US diplomat for inteferrence

Bahrain expels top US diplomat for inteferrence

The Kingdom of Bahrain has ordered the expulsion of Tom Malinowski, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour who was confirmed by U.S.…

Sweden says Israeli Embassy negligence costed barring Peres airspace entry

Sweden says Israeli Embassy negligence costed barring Peres airspace entry

Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said Israeli embassy negligence costed the barring President Shimon Peres’s airplane to pass through their airspace.…

Philippines grants visa-free to 7 more countries (Full List)

Philippines grants visa-free to 7 more countries (Full List)

The Philippines announced they would grant visa-free entry to 7 more countries, totaling 157 as of this year.…

Defense & Military

How US pinpoints targets in air war

How US pinpoints targets in air war

Before coalition aircraft bomb ISIS in Syria and Iraq, an array of US surveillance planes, satellites and spies on the ground…

Russia Plans to Supply India with A-50 Aircraft

Russia Plans to Supply India with A-50 Aircraft

Russia and India plan on signing a contract to supply India with A-50 airborne early warning and control aircraft.…

Peace is a Priority for Venezuelan Government – President Maduro

Peace is a Priority for Venezuelan Government – President Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that consolidating a process of national pacification is one of the top priorities of his revolutionary…

China Readies for ‘Real Combat’, National Defense Policies and Principles Released (Full text)

China Readies for ‘Real Combat’, National Defense Policies and Principles Released (Full text)

With the increase of provocation by Washington and its channels, all the destabilizations around the world that target China's rise, blackmail…

China urges Calm Restraint from all parties after DPRK new nuclear test vow aimed at USA

China urges Calm Restraint from all parties after DPRK new nuclear test vow aimed at USA

Jan. 25, 2013 (TSR) – A Foreign Ministry spokesman called for calm and restraint from all concerned parties on Thursday after…

Earth & Environment

Earth’s ocean abyss has not warmed, NASA study finds

Earth’s ocean abyss has not warmed, NASA study finds

The cold waters of Earth's deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, according to a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming…

Science & Technology

India’s Tiger population up by 30% in the Past Three Years

India’s Tiger population up by 30% in the Past Three Years

Tiger population is falling the world over, yet their numbers are increasing in India for the past three years.…

Internet & Telecom

Google’s Gmail service blocked in China

Google’s Gmail service blocked in China

Google Inc.'s e-mail service, Gmail, was blocked since June in what may be a sign that China might limit or even ban access to the U.S.…

Oil & Energy

Cheap oil: Gold miners that profit most

Cheap oil: Gold miners that profit most

Analysts say major gold miners will benefit most from lower oil costs. …

Disaster Management

Japan gov’t calls on citizens to stockpile toilet paper

Japan gov’t calls on citizens to stockpile toilet paper

The Japanese government is calling on its citizens to prepare for the worst-case scenario, should a major disaster hit the quake-prone archipelago: Stockpile toilet paper.…

Cosmology & Space

New subatomic particle sheds light on fundamental force of nature

New subatomic particle sheds light on fundamental force of nature

The discovery of a new particle will "transform our understanding" of the fundamental force of nature that binds the nuclei of atoms, researchers argue. …

Health & Medicine

Living near major roadways increases hypertension risk

Living near major roadways increases hypertension risk

A new study reports a significant association between living near a major roadway and the risk of high blood pressure.…

Society & Culture

The 9 Most Overlooked Threats to a Marriage

The 9 Most Overlooked Threats to a Marriage

For generations, couples have always blamed marital communication as the leading cause for split ups. But it is not. Lack of communication is just a reaction to…