John Dobson

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as he arrives for a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris

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...

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Thirty years ago Berlin Wall collapsed, so did communism

No so-called communist country exists in the world today. They are authoritarian ‘communist-in-name-only’.     “A communist is someone who’s...

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Will Donald duck impeachment?

Trump’s blatant ignorance of the world has caused mayhem in the Middle East. The most threatening case for Trump’s impeachment...

Militia members march in formation past Tiananmen Square during a rehearsal before a military parade marking the 70th founding anniversary of People's Republic of China

China at 70: So far, so good, but what’s next?

There’s a ticking time bomb within China’s financial system in the form of huge debt-to-GDP ratio of 260%, caused by...

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President Putin’s plan to weaken NATO is working

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 air defence system has presented NATO with an existential problem. Turkey appears to want...

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Vladimir and Xi: Will this love-fest have a happy ending?

Putin depends more on Xi than otherwise.As China’s position gets stronger, Russia’s become weaker.   London: What do you think...

People attend a rally to demand authorities allow opposition candidates to run in the upcoming local election in Moscow, Russia on Saturday. REUTERS

Vladimir Putin faces a tricky five years. And then what?

Successive election victories, which became more and more suspect, allowed Putin to severely restrict free speech and peaceful assembly.  ...

The Wider Image: Without papers, Uighurs fear for their future in Turkey

Why are Muslim countries kowtowing to China?

Quite literally, China is destroying the Uyghur Muslim identity, turning the new generation into Han Chinese.     London: If you...

A Ukrainian ambulance destroyed in the Donbass war-zone.

Ukraine approaches critical elections

Crimea, seized by Russia in 2014, and Russian supported insurrection in eastern Ukrainian Donbass region, will be uppermost in voter’s...

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China accused of forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience

Several witnesses gave harrowing descriptions of people having their bodies cut open, some while still alive, in order to remove...

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The luncheon voucher minibot which could destroy the euro

The ECB is alarmed. The euro is the glue which holds the EU together. If the euro fails, so could...

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Disarray in White House could lead to catastrophe in Middle East

Trump must stop the sanctions that are hurting his allies as much as Iran.   London: What is President Donald...

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Europe is a Petri dish of populism

There is always temptation to vote ‘against’ rather than ‘for’ in order to punish the incumbent government, a phenomenon heavily...

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Is democracy in India working for you?

In January this year the Economist Intelligence Unit published Democracy Index wherein India’s democracy was classified as a ‘flawed democracy’....

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Why so many Russians want to leave their Motherland

There is a sense of economic gloom as tepid growth, five years of falling real incomes, high inflation, rising taxes...

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Liberal democracy in decline, should you be worried?

As the world looks on in awe and with huge admiration at the greatest democracy on the planet going to...

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Donald Trump’s bad hair day

The Mueller team has now issued a statement that Barr ‘didn’t completely capture the spirit of the report’.    ...

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Mueller report: You ain’t seen nothing yet

It contains a scandal that has dogged Trump’s presidency.   London:Last week, a triumphant President Donald Trump tweeted: “No Collusion....

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The Russia that might have been

What if Boris Yeltsin had chosen Boris Nemtsov as his successor, as he had said he would, instead of Vladimir...

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If you want democracy, forget referendums

Referendum results can often depend less on the true balance of public opinion and more on the side of the...

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Live in Pak or China? Big Brother is watching you

As a schoolboy, more years ago than I’m prepared to admit, I poured over the pages of George Orwell’s book,...

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2019 will be a turbulent year: Here are some predictions

“Predicting is the art of saying what will happen and then explaining why it didn’t”, goes the old saying. Nevertheless,...

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Fake news a threat to our democracy

The risk of disinformation contagion is growing as we are increasingly connected by social media.   LONDON: How many times...

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Why US sanctions on Iran will fail

A few years ago I called into Khasab, a port city on northern Oman’s Musandam Peninsula. My boat was berthed...