John Dobson

A still image from a video footage taken shows a bus transferring Russian private military contractors passing a checkpoint before entering the Defence Ministry base in Molkino

Putin’s shadowy ‘foreign legion’ expands his geopolitical influence

By subcontracting high-risk and experimental operations in fragile states to the Wagner Group, the Kremlin obtains a screen of plausible...

Migrants gather in a forest near the Polish-Belarusian border outside Narewka

Belarus weaponising migrants against the EUROPEAN UNION

The UN refugee agency is ‘very worried’ by the scenes at the border, where people are dying of hypothermia and...

A man stands near a propaganda display of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Sanlitun shopping district, in Beijing

China’s worldwide web of repression, control is facing pushback

Freedom House concluded that China’s campaign of global repression and control is unprecedented in human history. But there are signs...

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Turkey is creeping into Russia’s orbit and NATO is worried

Deep strains have developed in Erdogan’s relationship with his NATO partners because of his cuddling up to Russia and his...

People watch a TV broadcasting file footage of a news report on North Korea firing a ballistic missile off its east coast, in Seoul

Nuclear North Korea raises the prospect of war on the peninsula

China, or its ally Pakistan, likely passed the warhead design, or the warhead itself, to North Korea. China also contributed...

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Weapons may not deter Xi, but computer chips will

Taiwan has been preparing for possible conflict with China for a long time. The recently published Quadrennial Defence Review revealed...

Taliban soldiers Omar Haqan and Jabir from Ghazni stand at the entrance of the currency exchange market in Kabul

The impossible dilemma facing Afghanistan’s Taliban government

The Taliban and Al Qaeda are joined at the hip. From its founding by Osama bin Laden in 1986, Al...

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One remarkable woman’s battle for justice against Vladimir Putin

The Soviet Union had a long tradition of assassinating enemies, but following its collapse, under Yeltsin assassinations stopped and Moscow’s...

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Why today’s German elections are important for India

More than 1,700 German companies are active in India and provide some 700,000 jobs in the country. There are also...

Why Putin will keep a watchful eye on elections in Belarus

Winning elections, the Putin way

The three days of Russia’s parliamentary elections have been shaping up over many months to be the least free since...

A member of Taliban security forces stands among travelers at the international airport in Kabul

Are Taliban aware of the humanitarian catastrophe looming?

With banks closed for weeks and ATMs out of cash, even those Afghans with savings haven’t been able to take...

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Spies and jihadists, has America learned anything from 9/11?

9/11 was a wake-up call for the Bush administration to correct the endemic fault lines within the US intelligence community....

Afghan citizens who have been evacuated from Kabul arrive at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota Air Base

Xi Jinping weighs up his opportunities in Afghanistan

For China, the Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan redraws Asia’s geopolitical map and hands it an opportunity to further project Beijing’s...

Evacuees from Afghanistan are seen through a glass window as they sit in a hall upon their arrival at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) in Dubai

Taliban victory will be a bed of nails for Pakistan

When the religious militancy, the seed of which was sown by Islamabad, heads towards Pakistan, it will be catastrophic. ‘The...

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Iran escalates the nuclear threat, or is it just bluff?

Independent analysts believe that Iran is not in a crash programme to create nuclear weapons, but the enrichment process is...

Rally in support of Belarusian anti-government protests, in Kyiv

How long can Europe’s last dictator survive?

Belarus has been rocked by months of opposition protests after the rigged elections last August. More than 35,000 people have...

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If vaccine refusniks win, forget about beating Covid

Some of the evangelicals have linked coronavirus vaccinations to ‘the mark of the beast’, a symbol of submission to the...

Russian warships get ready for the Navy Day parade in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol

Are China and Russia turning to diplomatic brain-cooking?

One possible clue could come from the work of an American company, WaveBand Corporation, which in 2006 developed a prototype...

Vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow

No jab-no job, as Covid-19 surges in Russia

Officials ruled that 60% of workers in ‘customer-facing’ service sector roles must be fully vaccinated by mid-August. Although workers are...

Afghan National Army soldiers keep watch at checkpoint in Guzara district of Herat province

Agony in Afghanistan, while China waits in the wings

John Sopko, the brutally honest US inspector general for reconstruction in Afghanistan, has been sounding the alarm for years about...

Symbolic funeral of members of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), who were killed by U.S. air strikes on the Syria-Iraq border, in Baghdad

Iran’s proxies are a threat to peace in Middle East

Teheran has created a network of allies among more than a dozen major militias across the region, some with their...

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Iran’s hanging judge will now be the President

In 1988, at the age of 28, he became one of four people on the infamous Panel of Death that...

Israel's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett chats with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid ahead of a group photo with ministers of the new Israeli government

Bye-bye, Bibi, for now?

Although his political agility got him out of so many tight spots that even his detractors called him a magician,...

Preparations ahead of Biden-Putin June 16 summit in Geneva

What happens when Joe meets Vlad?

Many see the summit on Wednesday as a critical moment in the attempt to revive the poor relations between the...