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The New York Times looking at the 4th week of May 2023

Gail Collins and Bret Stephens The Republican Presidential Plot Is Thickening Tim Scott and Ron DeSantis are on the near horizon. Ezra Klein Liberals Are Persuading Themselves of a Debt Ceiling Plan That Won’t Work The limit Congress imposes is dumb, but Biden can’t just wave it away. Andrew Tate Thought He Was Above theContinue reading “The New York Times looking at the 4th week of May 2023” The New Iran-Syria Agreement Is A Geopolitical Win For China

Originally posted on Levant's Agora:
By Simon Watkins. The new cooperation deal between Syria and Iran gives China more space to implement parts of its One Belt, One Road plan. With the new agreement, Iran is cementing its position as regional energy supplier. Iranian ally Iraq offering oil supplies, for example – is a…

Russia facing 60-mile Ukrainian offensive

How far will Western countries empty their own weapons lockers to help someone else?

The Telegraph Frontpage for 2023 May 2 #2

By Sam Hall Good evening. More than a million NHS workers in England are to be given a pay rise after ministers and unions agreed a new pay deal. And with the Coronation approaching, we have all the latest news on the Royal family, as the King met Rishi Sunak at Westminster Hall. Steve BarclayContinue reading “The Telegraph Frontpage for 2023 May 2 #2”

Viruses, childhood vaccines and life-threatening bacteria

Karamba is one of Senegal’s most prolific witch doctors with a social media following in the hundreds of thousands Credit: Sam Bradpiece The young girl rocks manically back and forth on the sandy floor. Karamba towers over her, barking incantations, as he commands spirits to heal her. The girl screams and bangs her chest asContinue reading “Viruses, childhood vaccines and life-threatening bacteria”

CGTN: Saudi Arabia-Syria rapprochement is important for regional stability

Originally posted on Levant's Agora:
By Hamzah Rifaat Hussain. The April 2023 visit by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud to Damascus in Syria presents opportunities for sustainable peace in the Middle East. The trip is the first by a Saudi official since the start of the Syrian war in…

Emmanuel Macron’s plans with China and China’s growing military and technological power

China is already ahead in the field of hypersonic weapons and Beijing has a rapid development of biotechnology that could be applied to biological and chemical weapons.

A selection of news on the earth

Looking back at 2022, what happened around our environment.

RIAC: De-Escalation for the Gulf—Success and Challenge for China

Originally posted on Levant's Agora:
By Nikolay Surkov. In March 2023, seven years after diplomatic relations were severed, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) have agreed to reopen their embassies. This decision opens up the possibility of reducing tensions in the Gulf and, in the long term,…

Xi Jinping’s 48-hour plan to invade Taiwan

The ripples from the war in Ukraine have spread far and wide; they’ve even reached the South China Sea – so it’s time to talk about Taiwan. According to diplomatic sources in the UK, Beijing believes there is a 48-hour window in which it can attack Taiwan before any international consensus forms. In that timeContinue reading “Xi Jinping’s 48-hour plan to invade Taiwan”