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Both Israel and Hamas lose in Gaza conflict

Both Israel and Hamas lose in Gaza conflict

ISRAEL was dragged into the latest conflict with Hamas against its interests. The escalating circle of violence began with the kidnapping [...]

China switches from polluting coal to cleaner shale gas

China switches from polluting coal to cleaner shale gas

STUDIES which have tried to forecast the future of world energy pay much attention to one country: The People's Republic of China - the [...]

Private sector leads India’s advance into Latin American markets

Private sector leads India’s advance into Latin American markets

JAPAN and China have been the main players in Latin America’s growing trade with Asia in recent years, but now India – especially its [...]

Crackdown on Balkan mercenaries going to Syria

Crackdown on Balkan mercenaries going to Syria

EXPERIENCED fighters, veterans from seven Balkans wars between 1991 and 2001, are offering their services to wars in the Middle East as [...]

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Elections will be a defining moment for divided Ukraine

Elections will be a defining moment for divided Ukraine

IT WILL be a defining moment in a country torn apart by an ongoing civil war when Ukraine goes to the polls to elect a new parliament, the [...]

China laments loss of sway over Myanmar

China laments loss of sway over Myanmar

MYANMAR'S ongoing democratisation and pivot to the West poses a challenge for neighbouring China. China had previously enjoyed unrivalled [...]

Serbia faces difficult choices on Russia and Kosovo

Serbia faces difficult choices on Russia and Kosovo

SERBIA'S Euro-Atlantic integration remains a key geopolitical question. Belgrade adopted a national strategic policy not to be part of the [...]

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Stock prices in Europe defy doom and gloom experts

Stock prices in Europe defy doom and gloom experts

FINANCIAL experts have warned investors of a forthcoming explosion of stock exchange bubbles since May 2014. It was argued that the [...]

More bad news for Hollande and French economy

More bad news for Hollande and French economy

THE IMAGE of French President Francois Hollande standing alone and soaked to the skin with his glasses misted up by rain during the August [...]

EU economic crisis paves way for technocrat ministers

EU economic crisis paves way for technocrat ministers

ITALY has led the way in a variety of fields in the European Union’s history. It was the first country to engage in creative accounting on [...]

More Energy
French energy plans could destabilise the European network

French energy plans could destabilise the European network

FRANCE has a new energy policy in the pipeline. Segolene Royal, the new Environment Minister, presented a bill which will be discussed in [...]

China exploits Russia’s weakness in gas pipeline deal

China exploits Russia’s weakness in gas pipeline deal

RUSSIA and China agreed a landmark natural gas contract worth US$400 billion in May 2014. The 30-year contract is one of the largest [...]

China powers ahead with energy revolution

China powers ahead with energy revolution

CHINA’S President Xi Jinping called for a national ‘energy revolution’ with an expanded role for gas to ‘restrain irrational energy [...]

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Nato summit could renew US interest in Europe

Nato summit could renew US interest in Europe

THE TWO-DAY Nato summit in Wales on September 4 and 5, 2014,agreed on a number of measures intended to reassure its Baltic members. Its [...]

Russia’s Ukraine strategy reveals new challenges for Nato

Russia’s Ukraine strategy reveals new challenges for Nato

THE CRISIS in Ukraine was dominated in its early stages by fears of an overwhelming Russian ground invasion. These concerns did not [...]

Why China’s PLA is a weak but dangerous army

Why China’s PLA is a weak but dangerous army

CHINA's military capability and intentions are causing significant concern among its regional neighbours and the United States, writes guest [...]

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China on watch as India seeks Great Power status

China on watch as India seeks Great Power status

IT HAS been a memorable year for India, for its place in the international community and those who seek to understand one of the planet’s [...]

Mali’s problems continue despite French intervention

Mali’s problems continue despite French intervention

FRENCH military operations in Africa - from Serval in Mali to Sangaris in the Central African Republic - have succeeded up to the point when [...]

Japan defence reforms continue to draw ire from Beijing

Japan defence reforms continue to draw ire from Beijing

THE defence reforms that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on July 1, 2014, represent a distinct and important shift in the identity of [...]

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