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When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

When world leaders talk about 'human rights' and when they do not

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve them. The fact that at least three of the leaders at this year’s ASEAN summit won’t be around […]

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Clinton sends signal: '21st Century will be America's Pacific century'

Clinton sends signal: '21st Century will be America's Pacific century'

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the Pacific Islands Forum on Aug. 31 that the U.S. plans to increase its presence and involvement in the strategically important Asia-Pacific region. “We too, of course, are a Pacific nation,” said at the meeting, being held on the tiny South Pacific nation of […]

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Another 'leading-from-behind-triumph': Syria's 'nationalist' disaster makes way for something worse

Another 'leading-from-behind-triumph': Syria's 'nationalist' disaster makes way for something worse

By Sol W. Sanders Whatever develops out of the bloody, chaotic mess Syria has become, it is unlikely that the short-term outcome will be good or the long-term prospects much brighter. One has only to recall the dozens of post-World War II coups that preceded the arrival of the Assad/Alawite/Baathist dictatorship in 1970, a dictatorship […]

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Liquidate the World Bank!

Liquidate the World Bank!

By Sol W. Sanders An old adage holds bureaucracies may successfully pursue their original goals for only a generation. After that their efforts go to feathering their bureaucratic nest. Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae are examples: outrageous executive compensation and payoffs to Congressional friends, all contributing to a housing bust, now requiring more billions in […]

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Sapped by its major ally China, Burma reaches out to the West and Japan

Sapped by its major ally China, Burma reaches out to the West and Japan

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a world beset by war, ethnic conflict and humanitarian disasters, Burma seems one of those rare places where diplomats can say they are making a positive difference. Maybe that’s precisely because this Southeast Asian land, was until recently a pariah state, suffering from the  self- inflicted wounds […]

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Burmese regime plays 'American' card to get more concessions from 'comrade state' China

Burmese regime plays 'American' card to get more concessions from 'comrade state' China

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Burma this week could hasten the pace of reform by the nominally civilian regime under President Thein Sein. However, it is improbable that Sein and other military strongmen who control the pariah state will allow political forces led by dissidents such as Nobel prizewinner […]

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New Burma Road: Watch for the geopolitical landmines

New Burma Road: Watch for the geopolitical landmines

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — With the historic visit of  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Burma, the highest profile American diplomatic contact in fifty years, the United States has entered a high stakes geopolitical chess game in Southeast Asia. Burma, a political pariah state has long been courted by China, coveted by […]

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Hillary on a roll: Is Pyongyang next?

Hillary on a roll: Is Pyongyang next?

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Hillary Clinton would like nothing better than to wrap up her tour as one of America’s most successful secretaries of state than by going to North Korea and persuading North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il to return to six-party talks in return for a serious sign of willingness to give up […]

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Beijing decides on two-pronged strategy to blunt Obama's 'anti-China containment policy'

Beijing decides on two-pronged strategy to blunt Obama's 'anti-China containment policy'

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Hu Jintao leadership is mapping out measures to blunt what Beijing perceives is an enhanced effort by Washington to counter China’s power projection in the Asia-Pacific Theatre. While visiting Australia on Nov. 16, President Barack Obama and host Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that U.S. Marines would be based in […]

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Fierce rhetoric and a growing strategic disconnect from the West reveal all is not well with newly Islamist Turkey

Fierce rhetoric and a growing strategic disconnect from the West reveal all is not well with newly Islamist Turkey

Global Information System correspondents The Turkish Government of Prime Minister Reçep Tayyip Erdogan has demonstrated that it becomes more politically and verbally aggressive — to the point where it generates incredulity among non-Turkish analysts — when it faces, or prepares to face, major challenges. It also tends to state arguments which reflect the opposite of reality on these […]