John Dobson

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...

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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...

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech after visiting the Navy's 131st Fleet in Keelung

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...

Protesters run during a crackdown of an anti-coup protests at Hlaing Township in Yangon, Myanmar

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...

Protesters stand behind a barricade at Sanchaung district in Yangon

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...

U.S. Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R-KY) arrives in his office after speaking on the Senate floor in the U.S. Capitol on the fifth day of the impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump

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...