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Yuan’s decline

Uzair M. Younus The writer is a South Asia analyst at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington D.C. THREE hundred and twenty billion dollars. That is the amount by which China’s gargantuan foreign exchange reserves declined by in 2016, according to the latest data that has been made available by the People’s Bank of China. Chinese reserves, which peaked at $4 …

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Dealing with Islamophobia

Dealing with Islamophobia

We often hear the offensive and acrimonious expressions like “Islamist Terrorism,” “Muslim Terrorists,” and many others. Repeated ad nauseam, they now seem to become an integral part of many prominent and not-so-prominent newspapers and TV outlets, especially in the West. The term “Islamist Terrorism” indicates that Islam has something to do with terrorism; that obviously leads to wrong interpretation of …

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Should We Axe the United Nations? The most critical question of our time

Should We Axe the United Nations

The best test of any institution, large or small, is to ask whether we could get along perfectly well without it. In the case of the United Nations, the question arises not in some immediate practical sense as for all its well-advertised flaws it is here to stay, but because there is a new leader at the helm of affairs …

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China and World Economy

China and World Economy

No other sizeable economy in history has ever experienced three unbroken decades of near 10% average economic growth as China did during the recent globalisation era, the legacy of economic reforms begun by its leader Deng Xiaoping. This growth in aggregate output was on average over three times greater per annum than its Western trading partners. (Tony Makin – Renowned …

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Populism and the Future of Europe, When the winds of change blow

Populism and the Future of Europe

Energized by the Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory in US Presidential election, Europe’s populist movements are on the cusp of sweeping far-right, nationalist and eurosceptic parties into power across the continent in a series of elections to be held in 2017. Although populist parties are already running Europe, the situation is going to get worse in the future as once …

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President Trump’s First 100 Days , Enter the Twilight Zone

President Trump First 100 Days

Ending regulations on shale energy and coal, signalling the country’s intention to exit the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and targeting cyber-attacks, these are the issues that top the list of Donald Trump’s plans for his first 100 days in the Oval Office. In a YouTube video, Mr Trump discussed how he intends to address trade, energy, regulation, national security, immigration …

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Europe, Russia & Globalization

Europe, Russia & Globalization

The WEST should become the North, with RUSSIA as an essential part The “West,” as we have known it, is dying before our eyes. The liberal institutional, economic and intellectual carapace which (under both “right-wing” and “left-wing” governments) has enclosed and restricted Western thought since the end of the Cold War is now disintegrating. It has been corroded by a …

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The US under Trump

The US under Trump

Since the US still wields considerable economic power and possesses unmatchable military prowess, the entire world keenly watched the debates between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican hopeful Donald Trump for the most powerful position in the world, the President of the United States. The incendiary statement of firebrand Trump against asserting China, Russia and Islam led an overwhelming number …

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Obama’s Foreign Policy, A Balance Sheet

Obama's Foreign Policy

As President Barack H. Obama’s second term is coming to its end and Donald J. Trump has been elected as the new president of the United States, it’s time to make a critical evaluation of Obama’s foreign policy. President Obama entered the Oval Office with an avowed aim to “change” the United States. However, when he is leaving the office, …

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Botched Military Coup in Turkey

Botched Military Coup in Turkey

On July 15, 2016, a group of Turkish military officers, and soldiers under their command, staged a coup to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and take over the country. Their principal focus was on Ankara and Istanbul; taking control of Istanbul’s bridges, airports, the Turkish parliament, and some police stations. The coup was either ill-planned, badly executed or it was …

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