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By teaming with Al Qaida, the Tuaregs invited the French invasion of Northern Mali

By Brian M Downing A rebellion in Mali that might have otherwise excited little interest commanded international attention when word came of its hardline Islamist nature and, more importantly, its ties to Al Qaida in the Maghreb (AQIM). In recent days, French, Malian, and other African troops have launched attacks into Northern Mali and have […]

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Can the CCP govern 1.3 billion web-savvy, corruption-hating Chinese?

Can the CCP govern 1.3 billion web-savvy, corruption-hating Chinese?

By Sol W. Sanders BEIJING – Only a few hours in this capital of a country with 1.3 billion people are enough to pose the question of whether the control of the Communist Party may not be cracking under the growing strains accompanying the exposure of its economy to the outside world. Stalin perhaps had […]

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Obama's windy words, dovish appointments unlikely to reassure U.S. allies

Obama's windy words, dovish appointments unlikely to reassure U.S. allies

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — A mood of collective celebration swept over the American capital as President Barack Obama entered his second term under clear skies in freezing temperatures. It was as though the country were taking a break from fears about the economy, the next “fiscal cliff” and debate on gun control that’s […]

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China sends commercial technocrats, trade experts to N. Korea with 'knowhow' for development

China sends commercial technocrats, trade experts  to N. Korea with 'knowhow' for development

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com North Korea has invited a large group of economic and trade officials from China to learn about Beijing’s special economic zone schemes. Meanwhile, Pyongyang continues to send hundreds of workers every day to Chinese factories to earn much-needed cash, according to officials and analysts in Seoul. China’s Commerce Ministry has dispatched […]

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Odds of military conflict between China, Japan increase as Xi calls for 'actual combat' training

Odds of military conflict between China, Japan increase  as Xi calls for 'actual combat' training

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The likelihood of an at least small-scale military conflict between China and Japan over the Diaoyu-Senkaku islands has increased dramatically. Latest reports from Beijing say that General Secretary Xi Jinping, who is also commander-in-chief of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), has given orders to deploy more short- to medium-range missiles to coastal […]

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After policy disasters, U.S. AFRICOM to deploy troops to 35 countries

After policy disasters, U.S. AFRICOM to deploy troops to 35 countries

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The United States will deploy troops to 35 African countries in 2013 to deal with increasing Al Qaida or Al Qaida-like terrorist threats. The total number of Africa-bound troops will be around 3,500 and they will come from the 2nd Brigade’s Heavy Combat Team of the First Infantry Division based […]

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Abe's post-tsunami comeback strategy for Japan may add nuclear and military muscle

Abe's post-tsunami comeback strategy for Japan may add nuclear and military muscle

By Sol W. Sanders Tokyo – Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is racing against time. His recent landslide victory was a vote against the fumbling incumbent Democratic Party of Japan, which was from its inception a collection of diametrically opposed ideological partners. It scooped up leftwing socialists and disgruntled conservatives who left Abe’s “government” […]

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Fewer escaped N. Korea in 2012 as Kim Jong-Un hardened borders, tightened internal security

Fewer escaped N. Korea in 2012 as Kim Jong-Un hardened borders, tightened internal security

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com Fleeing North Korea has been increasingly difficult due to tightened border controls and stronger internal security measures since the country’s new ruler Kim Jong-Un assumed power a year ago, South Korean officials and sources say. But defectors in Seoul say that desperate North Koreans will keep trying to cross the border by […]

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Japan finding unlikely allies in repelling Beijing's campaign of 'cartographical aggression'

Japan finding unlikely allies in repelling Beijing's campaign of 'cartographical aggression'

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA — Japan is probing the possibilities of a most improbable alliance in a corner of Southeast Asia that once lay at the heart of the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.” The term “co-prosperity” was a euphemism for Imperial Japan’s policy of prospering off impoverished people from Burma through the French […]

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Zahedi memoir taps archives, corrects record on the Iranian people's rejection of Mossadegh

Zahedi memoir taps archives, corrects record on the Iranian people's rejection of Mossadegh

Gregory R. Copley, Global Information System The Memoirs of Ardeshir Zahedi. Volume One: From Childhood to the End of My Father’s Premiership (1928- 1954). By Ardeshir Zahedi. As told to Ahmad Ahrar. English Edition, translated from Farsi by Farhang Jahanpour. Bethesda, Maryland, 2012: Ibex Publishers. Important books change minds forever, in important ways. And most […]

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