January 30, 2023

Geopolitics

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Hunter's China connection worked for PLA intel unit
A Chinese billionaire linked to large cash payments to Hunter Biden and the Biden family worked for a unit of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) involved in covert influence operations against the United States, a report said. Read More.
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Biden funding both sides of Russia-Ukraine war
Team Biden is sending billions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer funds to Ukraine while at the same time being engaged in negotiations with Russia's ally Iran which would provide Iran billions of dollars via sanctions relief, former Trump administration official Ric Grenell said. Read More.
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Xi hails Hong Kong victory at CCP ‘congress’
In a major address, Xi Jinping on Sunday hailed his brutal crackdown on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and pledged he would never renounce the use of force to take control of Taiwan. Read More.
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Trump-era calm over: N. Korea returns to missile diplomacy
In a strange but not unexpected twist to a world in turmoil, North Korea’s bellicose leadership has carried out a series of missile tests, not seen since 2017. Read More.
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3rd term for Xi would put China on war footing
At the 20th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress opening on Oct. 16, party general secretary Xi Jinping is poised to be granted an unprecedented third five-year term at the helm of the authoritarian regime in Beijing. Read More.
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Three U.S. agencies funded Chinese virology research
Between 2015 and 2021, the Pentagon, CDC, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) supplied $28.9 million to Chinese universities and research centers, Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) auditors found. Read More.
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Nuclear threats: Don't forget Kim Jong-Un
How can President Biden talk about “Armageddon” in Ukraine after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin boasts of Russia’s nuclear strength without also mentioning North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s threats to use nuclear weapons? Read More.
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As protests shake Iran, U.S. envoys don't walk out at UN
Massive and spreading protests have rocked Iran in the wake of widening social discontent following the death of a woman Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody. Her crime? Not wearing the obligatory headscarf properly. Read More.
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Desperate Polish are burning trash to stay warm
In Poland, as the demand for coal and wood to burn for heat outstrips the supply, citizens are resorting to burning trash to stay warm. Read More.
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Biden's Iran crisis: Women’s rights or nuclear deal?
In cities and towns across Iran, citizens are demanding freedom, women are removing and burning their hijabs, videos of mothers screaming “damn you Khamenei” are making it past the regime’s censors and onto the Internet. Read More.
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U.S. faces prospect of combined Russia/China nuclear threat
The Washington, D.C.-based think tank Brookings Institution is essentially recommending that Team Biden refrain from issuing a firm commitment to defend Taiwan. Read More.
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Analyst: U.S. sabotaged Nord Stream pipelines
For all the talk of possible impending nuclear war over the U.S.-Russia showdown on Ukraine, the new face of global conflict may instead turn out to be attacks on critical infrastructure. Read More.
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Who, really are all these neofascists?
In just the last few weeks, Liz Truss, Britain's new prime minister, has been denounced by critics as a "fascist." So has Giorgia Meloni, Italy's newly elected prime minister. Along with all Republicans in Congress, Texas and Florida GOP Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis and, of course, former President Donald Trump. Every one of the tens of thousands of "MAGA Republicans" who attend Trump rallies, too. Read More.
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Always watching: CCP sets up overseas police stations
Chinese citizens can not escape the ever-watching eye of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), even if they reside outside of China. Read More.
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Analyst: U.S., Taiwan, Japan should begin war prep
In order to deter what the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) says is its "new normal" of incursions into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the United States, Taiwan, and Japan should "consider a partial wartime mobilization," an analyst said. Read More.

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