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The curious incident of Putin’s assassination Unit 29155

The curious incident of Putin’s assassination Unit 29155

Recently, a retired GRU officer with knowledge of Unit 29155 confirmed that it specialised in preparing for ‘diversionary’ missions, ‘in...

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Apartheid or war? Dangerous times in the Levant

Annexation would create an explosion of resentment among the Palestinian population, leading to revenge attacks on Israel and possibly even...

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A dangerous time to be a journalist

The Philippines, where hundreds of journalists have been murdered since the fall of the Marcos regime, has become the deadliest...

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Is America descending into a failed state?

Francis Fukuyama claimed, ‘America’s political rot is infecting the world order. This could be as big as the Soviet collapse.’...

Has Xi shot himself in the foot on Hong Kong

Has Xi shot himself in the foot on Hong Kong?

With no recognised rule of law, Hong Kong will become a high risk environment.   LONDON: Once again our screens...

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Covid-19 is accelerating the New Normal

Whether or not a successful vaccine is introduced, it will take years or decades for the significance of 2020 to...

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Can a Cold War between US and China be avoided?

One of the characteristics of the current pandemic is that it has magnified many existing geopolitical issues.   LONDON: Seven...

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Will Covid-19 ruin the reign of Tsar Vladimir?

LONDON: It was all looking good and going to plan. A deferential Duma had passed the legislation and a compliant...

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Covid-19 unveils serious racism in China

African ambassadors in Beijing have complained to the Chinese government about the discrimination being faced by Africans in China. Imagine this...

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China will exploit Covid pandemic cynically

China is now the great predator with deep pockets. LONDON: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste”, said the...

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An exit strategy from this nightmare

Two British academics propose a highly controlled return to normality by allowing a gradual increase of economic activity, while keeping...

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Coronavirus: Women are stronger than men

Geneticists who specialise in studying the immune response difference between the sexes believe that women have protective powers against superbugs...

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Russia’s disinformation about Covid-19 is itself a dangerous virus

In a world struggling to survive the onslaught of the invisible enemy, the Kremlin is pumping up its disinformation, inspired...

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Russia’s Deep State changed Putin’s mind

When Putin became President, the Deep State expanded into politics and economics, both on a governmental level and into state-related...

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Trial of Russian intelligence officers will infuriate Kremlin

It was just an ordinary flight, the sort that many of us take regularly. There were 80 children among the...

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Will coronavirus rescue Trump’s failing policy on Iran?

COVID-19 has arrived in Iran at the worst possible time for its economy. Iran has been the source of dozens...

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Which way Europe?

What happens in Europe should be of great interest to Indian policymakers, as Europe is at a crossroad and the...

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Democracy has been trumped in America

To be fair, Donald Trump is not the sole cause of America’s democratic deficit, he simply magnifies it by his...

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Putin: Riddle wrapped in mystery inside an enigma

On 15 January, he announced a radical constitutional shake-up, changes which would increase the powers of Parliament, Cabinet, and trim...

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Deepfakes could destroy democracy

LONDON: Imagine this. A video appears on social media showing Narendra Modi announcing that he has converted to Islam and...

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Fasten your safety belts; this could be war

One of the greatest strategic mistakes in recent times was the illegal and ill-advised US invasion of Iraq, which left...

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Trump has knowingly created a nation of hate, which will help fuel his 2020 election campaign

“Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul”, said a President...

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Why Pakistani women are being trafficked to China

A recent report gave a list of 629 girls and women from across Pakistan sold as brides to Chinese men....

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Is NATO ‘brain dead’, or is it just a solution looking for a problem?

Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact no longer exist, so what is the purpose of NATO? Its current shape, future and...