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US Recruits ISIS Terrorists To Fight In Ukraine, Russian Intel Says

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MOSCOW, Russia--The US has been “actively recruiting” terrorists to fight in Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) claimed on Tuesday, saying that it illustrates Washington’s readiness “to use any means to achieve its geopolitical goals.”

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Is There A Malaysian Deep State?

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BANGKOK, Thailand--There has been much discussion about the existence of a deep state within Malaysia. This essay looks at its components. The deep state is not a unified and coordinated mechanism. It is heterogeneous and diverse. It is probably only bound together by a common narrative, sometimes interpreted differently. At different points of time, different aspects of this deep state exercise more power over the others. Other times, there is even conflict between the various elements.

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Biden’s Promise To End Endless War Hits A Snag In Somalia

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WASHINGTON, U.S.--In yet another indication that the Biden administration has no intention to bring an end to endless war, the New York Times reported on Monday that the U.S. Africa Command will be redeploying troops to Somalia, and that the White House has approved the Pentagon’s request for discretionary authority to conduct drone strikes in the country.

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Is There A Malaysian Deep State?

BANGKOK, Thailand--There has been much discussion about the existence of a deep state within Malaysia. This essay looks at its components. The deep state is not a unified and coordinated mechanism. It is heterogeneous and diverse. It is probably only bound together by a common narrative, sometimes interpreted differently. At different points of time, different aspects of this deep state exercise more power over the others. Other times, there is even conflict between the various elements.

Biden’s Promise To End Endless War Hits A Snag In Somalia

WASHINGTON, U.S.--In yet another indication that the Biden administration has no intention to bring an end to endless war, the New York Times reported on Monday that the U.S. Africa Command will be redeploying troops to Somalia, and that the White House has approved the Pentagon’s request for discretionary authority to conduct drone strikes in the country.

US Recruits ISIS Terrorists To Fight In Ukraine, Russian Intel Says

MOSCOW, Russia--The US has been “actively recruiting” terrorists to fight in Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) claimed on Tuesday, saying that it illustrates Washington’s readiness “to use any means to achieve its geopolitical goals.”

West Downplayed Importance Of Traditional Energy For Internal Political Reasons

MOSCOW, Russia--Western politicians speculated on people's natural concern about climate issues, downplaying the importance of traditional energy and overestimating the role of alternative energy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on the development of the oil industry on Tuesday.

ASEAN’s New Math: Washington Should Think Addition, Not Subtraction

WASHINGTON, U.S.--Is the U.S. strategy of reducing Russian and (especially) Chinese influence in Southeast Asia working? If the recent summit with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) leaders in Washington is any indication, the answer has to be a no.

Should Protesters Be Allowed To Shout In Front Of Justices' Homes?


NEW YORK, U.S.--Pro-abortion protestors have assembled in front of Justice Samuel Alito's family home in an obvious effort to intimidate or punish him. It will not change his draft opinion regarding the overruling of Roe v. Wade, but the question arises: are such protests legal and/or desirable?

Time To Expand The APEC List Of Environmental Goods


SINGAPORE CITY, Singapore--In 2012, APEC Leaders endorsed a groundbreaking initiative for green trade policy cooperation — a commitment to reduce applied tariff rates on a list of 54 environmental goods to 5 percent or less by the end of 2015. 

Global-Scale Corruption

MANILA, Philippines--AT the time of writing, it is 9 a.m. on Monday, May 9. So, by the time you are reading it sometime Tuesday morning, there may have been some significant developments in the world. By Tuesday, we may know, at least unofficially, who the next president of the Philippines will be.

Foreign Firms Refute ‘Investor Flight’ Hype; Temporary Disruptions Do Not Represent Long-Term Outlook

BEIJING, China--Stringent anti-epidemic measures adopted in some key Chinese cities including Shanghai and Beijing, in hopes of curbing the rapid spread Omicron variant and bringing back sound bounce after a temporary economic shock, may inevitably hurt some foreign firms' performance, yet some Western media outlets are exaggerating the situation, hyping the "investor flight" theory, warning that such measures will result in a large-scale retreat of foreign firms and undermine China's attractiveness in the long run, which Chinese experts and industry players have dismissed.