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Daily news – February 5, 2022

AFRICA African Union: Focus on Rights, Justice at Summit. Human Rights Watch: President Macky Sall of Senegal should ensure that civilian protection, human rights, and justice and accountability are the focus of the African Union’s agenda as he takes over leadership of the 55-country body, Human Rights Watch said today. The African Union (AU) summit is […]

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Daily news – February 4, 2022 p.m.

AFGHANISTAN What the US and its allies left behind in Afghanistan. Amin Saikal, The Strategist: The Afghanistan war is over for the United States and its allies. But the suffering of the Afghan people has multiplied under the extremist, repressive rule of the Taliban in the name of Islam. No country today is in as […]

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Cyber Security, Digital Transition, Technology Geopolitics & Worlds In-Defense

Daily news – February 4, 2022

AFRICA Strategies for financing Africa’s health sector. Vera Songwe, Brookings:  Never before in the last half century has Africa’s health care landscape seen so many changes and attracted so much interest. In fact, Africa’s health care sector would be worth an estimated $259 billion by 2030. While these trends reveal a lucrative opportunity for the private […]

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Tough Talks Produce New Russia-West Face-Off (Pavel K. Baev, The Jamestown Foundation)

Diplomats naturally value dialogue; but when it comes to current relations with Moscow, the wisdom of such an approach looks dubious—particularly following the week of consecutive rounds of tough talks between Russia on the one hand and the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and finally the Organization for Security and Cooperation in […]

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China has done nothing to break the Western alliance, observers say after Trudeau calls for ‘united front’ against China (Global Times)

Shortly after Ottawa joined the US in the campaign of not sending officials to the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made another provocation by urging Western countries to create a united front against China to “prevent the Asian state from using commercial interests to play them against each other.” […]

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When its own democracy fails, why still try to sell it to HK? Senior Chinese policy advisor fights back against Western countries’ criticism over HK election (Chen Qingqing, Global Times)

Top Chinese policy advisors on Hong Kong affairs slammed the recent criticism made by some Western-led blocs such as the G7, Five Eyes and EU over Hong Kong’s electoral system reform and the Legislative Council (LegCo) election, saying such criticism only reflects the old-fashioned colonial mindset of the West while they face severe crises in […]

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Counter-Threat Regime and Strategic Frivolity (Timofei Bordachev, Valdai Discussion Club)

At the end of 2021, relations between Russia and the West in the military-political sphere crossed the point of no return to any of the forms of interaction that arose in the first decade and a half after the Cold War. As a result of the actions of the United States and its allies on the Ukrainian issue, Moscow put forward very tough demands, which some observers considered an ultimatum. Counter-Threat […]

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Top British Commander Warns Of Soaring Risk Of Russia-West War (RFE RL)

Britain’s most senior military officer has warned about the changing “character of warfare,” saying in an interview that the world faces the greatest risk in decades of a “miscalculation” that could lead to war between Russia and the West. General Nick Carter, chief of the British Defense Staff, cited the willingness of authoritarian foes to […]

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The World Is Fed Up With China’s Belligerence (Chris Orton, Defense One)

In Chinese-speaking communities beyond the reach of Beijing’s censorship regime, the song “Fragile” has been an unexpected hit. With more than 26 million views on YouTube since dropping in mid-October, the satirical love song to Chinese nationalism has topped the site’s charts for Taiwan and Hong Kong, its lyrics mocking Chinese Communist Party rhetoric about Taiwan […]

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Decline of the West? Pros and Cons (Ivan Timofeev, Valdai Discussion Club)

Moreover, there is a very deep intellectual tradition of viewing the West as a deteriorating and doomed community. It’s enough to recall Nietzsche’s “God Is Dead”, Spengler’s “Decline of the West”, and the discussion about the “Decay of the West” in Russian political philosophy to observe powerful arguments in favour of the death of the […]

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West can’t use climate issues as weapon against China in Glasgow (Global Times)

While commending China for its actions in recent years to combat climate change in a speech on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on China to set “ambitious” goals to combat the environmental crisis in the run-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held Glasgow, the UK. GT Voice: West […]

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President Raisi: West’s invasion on human rights evident (IRNA)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi blasted the West’s double-standards vis-a-vis the human rights issues, and said that such approach has been harmful to other societies across the world. “Today we are witnessing a widespread Western invasion on human rights and the cultural identity of other societies, and wherever there is resistance to their cultural invasion, they […]