John Dobson

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Mysterious Long Covid could be a life-changing experience

Scientists tell us that there are about fifty different symptoms associated with Long Covid, with some surveys identifying more than...

Workers paint over a graffiti depicting Alexei Navalny in Saint Petersburg

Why is Vladimir Putin so vindictive against Alexei Navalny?

After more than 20 years, many Russians, especially the younger generation, are weary of Putin and rampant corruption, frustrated by...

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Myanmar is descending into a failed state and civil war

Neighbouring countries, such as India, will feel the pressure once again to accept droves of migrants and refugees and reckon...

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Why countries should boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

There is no doubt that the Chinese Communist Party will use the Games for its own propaganda purposes, shoring up...

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Drumbeats of war building across Russia’s border with Ukraine

Fears were increased last week when Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported that ‘it is obvious that Moscow is indeed preparing...

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Is a war between U.S. and China over Taiwan inevitable?

Many prominent analysts believe that a crisis over the island is brewing and that the chances of war are highly...

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China aims to turn digital yuan into a truly global currency to rival US dollar

The balance could tip sharply in China’s favour if Beijing starts forcing other governments to make payments in e-yuan for...

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Is Japan’s love affair with Myanmar cooling?

The coup has presented a moral and practical crisis to the more than 400 Japanese companies that have invested nearly...

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Coup in Myanmar poses a challenging dilemma for its neighbours

Just as in Pakistan, the military has become extremely wealthy, controlling a vast web of companies with links to industries...

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Will Russian gas destroy India’s largest trading partner?

Nord Stream 2 could be the last straw, leading to the collapse of the EU. London: As you read this,...

Olga Mikhailova and Vadim Kobzev, lawyers of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, walk outside the court in Moscow

Navalny shows Russian justice is a sick joke, but only Putin is laughing

The Kremlin is banking on the expectation that Navalny’s protest movement will exhaust itself, just as others have done in...

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Democracy in America is hanging by a thread

The United States is undergoing a transition that no rich and stable democracy has ever experienced. Its historically dominant group...

COVID19 vaccination doses of the Serum Institute of India departed for the countries of Barbados & Dominica

China, Russia compete for a vaccine soft power victory; India could win

Unlike India, whose soft power projection simply magnifies its accelerating importance in the world, both China and Russia have serious...

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A political stitch-up: Twice-impeached Trump will be acquitted again

The Constitution demands that any conviction requires a two-thirds majority, which means that even if all 50 Democrats find Trump...

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces transportation secretary nominee Buttigieg at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware

Beijing Biden doesn’t exist: US policy on China will stay same yet change radically

With Donald Trump’s departure from the White House, President Joe Biden has the opportunity to fix the failed China policy....

Chinese President Xi Jinping is greeted by Alibaba founder Jack Ma at Microsoft's main campus in Redmond, Washington

Persecution of Jack Ma sends a red signal to Chinese investors

Speculation is mounting that Ma is being treated in the same way as other Chinese billionaire businessmen who were deemed...

EU Commission President von der Leyen and EU Council President Michel have a video conference with Chinese President Jinping, in Brussles

Europe’s big deal with China; what’s going on?

Many have argued that this is the wrong time to agree to any investment deal with Beijing and that concluding...

Why Putin will keep a watchful eye on elections in Belarus

Will Putin be feasting on Turkey this year?

There are just two remaining parts of Putin’s master-plan before retirement: to destroy the European Union; and to destroy NATO....

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Europe is struggling with the problem of Islamist extremists

Extremists are a tiny number of the 26 million Muslims in Europe, but attract a disproportionate amount of publicity. The...

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2020 WAS THE CHINESE YEAR OF THE BULL(Y)

China’s continued attack on Australia is unprecedented, but Xi Jinping clearly sees the country as a soft target because of...

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The genius of Donald Trump

Perhaps ‘Dodgy Donald’ will enter America’s lexicon, just as ‘Tricky Dicky’ did for President Richard Nixon after all the lies...

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How China spies

Intelligence agencies in most western nations continue to focus on the threat from Russia and have only recently begun to...

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China and America go head to head over Portugal

An economic flash-point between the two superpowers is developing in the Portuguese port of Sines, which is the closest port...

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Truth Decay can be painful and dangerous; it might even kill

People around the world no longer rely on facts and data as much as they used to. This is a...