The United States which is the largest contributor to the International Monetary Fund and has 17.68 per cent of voting rights in major decisions, said that it would examine closely Pakistan’s request of a loan from the IMF. U.S. officials may think that Pakistan found itself in such a situation because of Chinese debt. Pakistani authorities rejected this claim and pointed out that their indebtedness...

In Chinese legends and mythology, Nuwa is the goddess who created the mankind. She also repaired the broken pillars of heaven which were damaged by Gong Gong, the God of Water, in his fight with Zhu Rong, the God of Fire. Some social scientists consider that China’s Belt and Road Initiative is coming to repair and stabilize the broken economies of poor Asian and African countries like Nuwa. Whereas...

The exodus of migrants from Armenia in the South Caucasus to Russia and Europe is not something new as compared to those from Africa or Syria. Nevertheless, the problem of illegal migrants in Europe from Armenia remains pressing for many governments and they do not know how to cope with this fairly old problem. Armenians seeking asylum in Europe often fabricate documents to pretend as victims of...

On 22 September 2018, a major terrorist attack was carried out at a military parade in Ahvaz, a city in the Khuzestan province, which left at least 25 people dead. While the ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, no proof was offered and officials in Teheran came out to quickly accuse Arab separatist groups of the region. Later on, the Arab separatist group Ahvaz National Movement came out to also...

On 7 September 2018, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani had a meeting in Minsk with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka. It is a significant visit since the bilateral relations have greatly weakened during the last four years since Belarus had started its rapprochement with the West. The official statements on the meeting have already raised up numerous discussions in the Belarusian mass...

  German Chancellor Merkel paid state visits to the three Caucasus republics from 23 August to 25 August, 2018. After a period of relative strength that led to the impression of a steady rise of the Federal Republic within the international system, this tour takes place in times when Berlin faces new strategic constraints. These constraints severed over recent years and include serious issues that...

The BDM Poll Ukrainians love opinion polls and survey organizations proliferate faster than political parties. As both presidential and parliamentary elections approach in 2019, and in that order, it is perhaps not surprising that virtually every month sees a new poll, offering prognoses on the next president or the parties that will acquire seats in the Narodna Rada. From 12 to 25 July, the Mykolaiv-based...

The election of Donald Trump was an extraordinary moment in American history. It surprised pundits, analysts and almost everybody who was observing the presidential primaries and campaigns in the 2016 election. At the forefront of Trump’s rhetoric was the slogan: “Make America Great Again”, which mobilized a large group of Americans who felt left out of the positive impact of economic...

The official investigation of the rather obvious case of the MH17 disaster by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been excruciatingly slow. Already, on the day of the shooting, on 17 July 2014, it was pretty clear that this missile could have only come from a regular Russian army unit. Who else would have had the opportunity to shoot from the separatist-controlled territory an airliner flying...

In line with an instruction from President Vladimir Putin, in December 2017 the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, in conjunction with Rosobornadzor [Federal Service for Supervision in Education and Science], presented a report on the voluntary study of national languages in Russian schools. Since September 2017 an inspection had been conducted on “a verification of compliance in the...

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