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Democratic Taiwan: More important than ever after failed U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’

Democratic Taiwan: More important than ever after failed U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Jan. 15 Taiwan elections have enormous implications not only for the Island’s 25 million people, but for China – and the U.S. Ironically, the election of the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] leader, Tsai Ing-wen, a woman at that — reinstalled a […]

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The shale revolution, propaganda, sheer idiocy and an abundance of energy

The shale revolution, propaganda, sheer idiocy and an abundance of energy

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders The Shale Revolution continues to wreak havoc as revolutions are wont to do. The abundance of U.S. natural gas, in many ways a more satisfactory fossil fuel than either coal or oil because of its lesser emissions, has dynamited the whole worldwide energy market. Whether or not the […]

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Are Arab media correct? Is Obama really campaigning for top ‘messianic’ UN job?

Are Arab media correct? Is Obama really campaigning for top ‘messianic’ UN job?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders President Barak Obama repeatedly refers to the end of his time in office and claims he is no longer campaigning. There is more than a little ambiguity there, however, for his modus operandi is a permanent campaign – even when it is for more limited objectives than the […]

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Making politics fun again: Might we see a real Republican convention this year?

Making politics fun again: Might we see a real Republican convention this year?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Hooray! At this moment there is every expectation that the country’s voters and political aficionados are going to be presented with an old-fashioned open political convention. The upcoming early primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina seem to be headed for a division of spoils among the […]

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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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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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New war cabinet: Hagel and Kerry will give Obama clout with the generals

New war cabinet: Hagel and Kerry will give Obama clout with the generals

By Brian M Downing President Obama has nominated a pair of new cabinet secretaries in his foreign policy team, John Kerry for the State Department and Chuck Hagel for the Defense Department. They are both reasonably well respected in congress, where both served, and they are both decorated veterans of the Vietnam War. They have […]

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Obama's security triplets: U.S. soft power may have unintended hard consequences

Obama's security triplets: U.S. soft power may have unintended hard consequences

By Sol W. Sanders The President’s nominations for his second security cabinet – State, Defense and CIA – mark a break with America’s post-World War II strategies. Now that the first shoe has dropped, his nomination of favorites for the jobs, it remains to be seen what allies in Europe and Asia will make of […]

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Peace talks again in Afghanistan and this time the Taliban may deal

Peace talks again in Afghanistan and this time the Taliban may deal

By Brian M Downing There are new reports of impending talks with the Afghan Taliban. Previous reports have either been baseless or talks took place but led nowhere. The outcome of today’s reports is of course uncertain but there are reasons why the Taliban may now be more willing to seek a negotiated settlement than […]

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On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

By Sol W. Sanders The customary accolades from fellow solons notwithstanding, Sen. John F. Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is fraught with complications. Following the debacle of Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the post under the cloud of the Benghazi attack (which also dogs outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton), […]