John Dobson

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...

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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....

French Muslim clerics leaders pay tribute outside the Bataclan concert venue marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris attacks

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...

A supporter of  U.S. President Donald Trump holds a sign referencing the QAnon conspiracy theory outside the Trump National Golf Club

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...

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With Biden and Magnitsky, US can lead world on human rights

Magnitsky awards are named after Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who was tortured and beaten to death 11 years ago by...

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Spare a thought for Donald

Trump presidency has so despoiled the office and undermined his country’s claim to the world’s respect that smirking authoritarians are...

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rally outside the State Capitol building as votes continue to be counted following the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Lansing

Can the Disunited States of America survive this election?

The extraordinary idea of the break-up of America is receiving attention nowadays because of the dramatic Republican-Democrat divide in the...

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Xi Jinping’s dystopian world is a danger to democracy

Xi is using the power of technology not only to repress the Chinese people, but to push his Marxist-Leninist mode...

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Middle East is benefitting from China-U.S. tensions

All six GCC countries are playing a careful diplomatic game with the US and China, believing that they could be...

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Seventeen days to go: Vigilantes are loading their guns

Trump’s warnings that he could lose only if he were cheated out of the vote are taken by many as...

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei

What’s the point of the Quad?

The risk is that if the Quad develops into a Nato-like alliance, it will create a self fulfilling prophesy in...

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Foreign policy blunders of Trump 1.0 could be dangerous for India

Because the US abrogated the JCPOA, it’s unlikely that the UN will re-establish global sanctions on Iran. America will pursue...

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Czech out this pocket of resistance against China

In the eyes of many Czechs, as Chinese investment has increased, so has corruption. The new pro-China direction has sparked...

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Sleepy Joe or Dodgy Donald, who would be most effective against China? President Biden, of course

One of the two elderly, flawed characters will be elected to be the most powerful person on the planet in...