February 28, 2020

Geopolitics

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South Koreans slam Moon's handling of coronavirus
Over 1 million South Korean citizens have now signed a petition calling for Moon’s impeachment for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Read More.
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Trump counters China in India, calls out Supremes
U.S. President Donald Trump solidified the U.S.-India relationship this week during his first visit to the world’s most populous democracy which also represents Trump’s best counterweight to China in the region. Read More.
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Report: FBI's 'Agent One' filtered data for FISA warrant
An FBI agent who was “primarily responsible for some of the most significant errors and omissions" during the bureau’s obtaining FISA warrant to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has been referred for disciplinary review, a report said. Read More.
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'Day may come': CDC warns of China-like coronavirus shutdowns
U.S. health officials are preparing for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) to become a pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday. Read More.
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Words of Chairman Xi revive questions on virus origins
While not actually admitting that the deadly coronavirus that is devastating large swathes of China had escaped from one of the country’s bioresearch labs, “evidence emerged suggesting that this is exactly what happened,” an analyst wrote. Read More.
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In Munich, Pompeo dismisses 'Westlessness' in Atlantic Alliance
Are the two sides of the Atlantic drifting apart? Do the political and security ties forged during the dark years of the Cold War still hold firm? Is the Atlantic Alliance which preserved Europe’s freedom and allowed for its prosperity, now simply a historical footnote? Read More.
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White House targets Moscow's lifeline to Venezuela
Ostracized and considered illegitimate by the United States and most of Latin America and Europe, Venezuela's Maduro regime has had one constant supporter — Russia. Read More.
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Chinese offer Solomon Islands a loan 70 times larger than its GDP
A Chinese businessman has floated a $100 billion loan offer to the tiny Pacific island nation of Solomon Islands, a report said. Read More.
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Report: PM upholds Brexit voters, sets standards for immigrants
Post-Brexit Great Britain plans to close its borders to those who can’t speak English and to unskilled workers, reports say. Read More.
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Who gets foreign aid? Offshore accounts, World Bank admits
A new report said that about a sixth of all foreign aid intended for the world's poorest nations has flowed into bank accounts in tax havens owned by corrupt elites. Read More.
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Radio's Levin levels anti-Trump senator who met Iran's Zarif
Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday confirmed reports that he met secretly with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Munich during a security conference last week. Read More.
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Trump visit aims to deepen U.S.-India strategic ties vs China
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump make their first official visit to India next week. The president is using the occasion to "strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership," according to a White House statement. Read More.
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Desperation in Seoul over communist threat; News blackout
A driving snowstorm and the continued threat of the Wuhan coronavirus could not stop thousands of South Koreans from taking to the streets in Seoul to protest the liberal policies of President Moon Jae-In, who they say is subordinating the country to communism under China and North Korea. Read More.
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Weaponizing wealth: What Bloomberg is getting for his money
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has pumped more than $360 million of his personal fortune into his upstart bid for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. Read More.
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Intelligence agencies 'most immediate threat', says analyst
In a May 2019 interview, Attorney General William Barr noted that U.S. intelligence agencies have come to identify “the national interest with their own political preferences.” Read More.

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