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African Continent without the Maghrebin Region, Now a Desideratum: Morocco as an Agent Provocateur

This Day | 05 Feb 2023

Bola A. Akinterinwa Africa, as a notion or concept has always been ambiguous. People talk about Africa, Africa as a continent, as a region, as south of the Sahara, as sub-Saharan Africa, and as south of the Sahel, etc. The most confusing of all is the consideration of Africa as a region in international politics. According to the United Nations,...

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‘Putin assured me he wouldn’t kill Zelensky,' Bennett recalls - The Jerusalem Post | 05 Feb 2023

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised not to assassinate his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky when he met with former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last year in the early days of the war. “Do you intend to kill Zelensky?” Bennett recalled asking Putin, during an almost five-hour interview full story "Everything I did...


Meeting between Xi and Putin must have realistic expectations

South China Morning Post | 04 Feb 2023

The Chinese president’s trip to Russia provides an opportunity for progress on de-escalating the war in Ukraine. But China cannot be expected to achieve this on its own. ......

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Hunter Biden begs friends, dad Joe's employees to get him off the hook

Sott | 04 Feb 2023

Hunter Biden has friends in high places. Two Delaware prosecutors whom the first son's lawyer called upon to probe Hunter's infamous laptop have deep...

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US downs Chinese balloon over ocean, moves to recover debris

WPTV | 04 Feb 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C.The United States on Saturday downed a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America and became the latest flashpoint in tensions between Washington and Beijing. An operation was underway in U.S. territorial waters in the Atlantic Ocean to recover debris from...

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The 239 Year Timeline Of America’s Involvement in Military Conflict

GlobalResearch | 04 Feb 2023

First published by Global Research on December 20, 2015 I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one. – President Theodore Roosevelt The American public and the world have long since been warned of the dangers of allowing the military industrial complex to become such an integral part of our economic survival. The United...

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Russia still working on 'historic' meeting with Turkey, Iran and Syria - analysis

The Jerusalem Post | 04 Feb 2023

Russia would like to bring together Turkey, Syria and Iran in some kind of a historic meeting. This could be a step towards normalization between Syria and Turkey. Turkey and Russia have been working on energy talks and Turkey has acquired the S-400 from Russia, but for Russia, a shift in Turkey’s policies in Syria would be a major game...

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Biden’s ‘Sputnik moment’: Is China’s spy balloon political warfare?

The Hill | 04 Feb 2023

The spy balloon that China sailed over the United States and Canada should compel Americans to ask what, exactly, Beijing is doing. China claims the balloon is a weather “airship” that went off course, a contention the Pentagon dismissed. At a minimum, the balloon has been gathering meteorological intelligence, but its detection over...

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US says second Chinese 'spy balloon' over Latin America

RTE | 04 Feb 2023

A Chinese spy balloon has been spotted over Latin America, the Pentagon has said, a day after a similar craft was seen in US skies, prompting the scrapping of a rare trip to Beijing by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The Pentagon said the first balloon was now heading eastwards over the central United States, adding it was not being shot down...

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China’s hypersonic triad pressing down on US

Asiatimes | 04 Feb 2023

For the first time, China has revealed the specifications of its YJ-21 hypersonic anti-ship missile, which was first observed last April during a test launch from a Type 055 cruiser. Alongside air-launched and land-based hypersonic missiles, the YJ-21 signals China’s nascent hypersonic weapons triad for conventional deterrence. This week, South...

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Ukraine will fight for Bakhmut ‘as long as we can’: Zelenskyy

Al Jazeera | 04 Feb 2023

Ukraine will not give up on embattled Bakhmut in the east of the country, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said as Moscow’s forces continue their onslaught against a town the Ukrainian leader described as a “fortress”. The hotly-contested town in the Donetsk region has been at the centre of fighting for months and Zelenskyy said on Friday that...

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Britain remains a major military power — but for how long?

The Hill | 03 Feb 2023

In 1976, George S. Brown, who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Carter, once dismissed Britain and its military as “pathetic.” For good measure, he added, “They’re no longer a world power. All they’ve got are generals, admirals and bands. They do things in great style...

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Griner misses out on selection for US training camp in preparation for Paris 2024

Inside The Games | 03 Feb 2023

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Brittney Griner has been omitted from the United States women’s basketball squad for an upcoming four-day training camp in Minneapolis as preparations for Paris 2024 are launched. The USA Basketball has announced its 15-player training squad but Griner, who returned home in December...

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Warner, Rubio call for ‘immediate compliance’ with request for Trump, Biden classified documents

The Hill | 03 Feb 2023

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the panel’s vice chairman, have sent a letter to senior Biden administration officials urging “immediate compliance” with their request to see classified documents seized at President Biden’s Delaware home and Washington office and...

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EU officials hold talks in Ukraine in their first such mission to a country at war

The Los Angeles Times | 03 Feb 2023

KYIV, Ukraine — Top European Union officials were due to meet Friday in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of support for the country as it battles to counter Russia’s invasion and strives to join the EU as well as NATO. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel...

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UN envoy: Iraq's new leaders must keep fighting corruption

The New Arab | 03 Feb 2023

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Iraq urged the country’s new government Thursday to keep fighting corruption and move quickly on much-needed economic, fiscal and financial reforms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the U.N. Security Council many other areas also need immediate government attention, among them ensuring human rights,...

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Pope lands in South Sudan to urge peace as fighting kills 27

North Shore News | 03 Feb 2023

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Pope Francis has landed in South Sudan, opening the second and final leg of his African pilgrimage with plans to encourage the young country’s stalled peace process. The pope, who was using his wheelchair, was greeted Friday at the international airport in Juba by South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, as a crowd of thousands...

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Canadian ‘solidarity’ means no LNG for EU

Free West Media | 03 Feb 2023

Western energy solidarity is running out of steam. Canada is currently offering a chilling example of how Western “partners” should not treat each other. When the EU announced its renunciation of Russian gas supplies in response to the war in Ukraine in spring 2022, all European governments praised the switch to liquefied natural gas – also known...

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Philip Barker: One year on, the good, bad, ugly and downright bizarre Beijing Winter Olympics

Inside The Games | 03 Feb 2023

Tomorrow marks one-year since the curtain was raised for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the imposing National Stadium in Beijing. Chinese authorities had insisted they would go ahead despite the threat of COVID-19 and be "Simple, Safe and Splendid". For most of us, they were also bizarre and somewhat artificial, though just as with the...