John Dobson

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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...

Belarusian opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Affairs Minister Sigrid Kaag in The Hague

DID Europe’s last dictator embrace Vladimir Putin?

Lukashenko’s transparent act of air piracy sent a clear message to dissidents around the world that authoritarian states no longer...

Labour Day holiday in Wuhan

Of course Covid escaped from a Chinese laboratory

At last, expert opinion is beginning to agree. Nearly a year and a half into the pandemic, the new consensus...

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Israel and Palestinians agree on a ceasefire, but now what?

It seems that a spooky Faustian pact exists between the two sides: Hamas needs enemies like Netanyahu, just as Netanyahu...

Bottles of Australian wine are seen at a store selling imported wine in Beijing

China turns the screws on Australia as relations sink to a new low

China is Australia’s dominant trading partner and Xi was spot-on in identifying the mutual benefit to both countries. But in...

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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...