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Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Chinese President Xi Jinping and US vice-president Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders on Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership ... SOURCE: LIVEMINT.COM, 17 November 2018

Europe must show strength to avoid global chaos, says Macron

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has said Europe must grow stronger and become more sovereign in order to fulfil its duty of preventing “chaos” in global affairs. ...SOURCE: The Guardian. 17 November 2018

When two nations fight for exclusive unipolar dominance on world matters, multi polarity and decentralization of power among various nations is perhaps the only way out.

Melania Trump calls herself 'one of the most bullied people in world', calls it reason for creating campaign against cyberbullying

Washington: When asked in an interview why she chose cyberbullying as a pet cause, Melania Trump had a surprising answer. .........SOURCE: FirstPost.com. 13 October 2018

Michelle Obama Responds To Melania Trump Saying She's One Of The Most Bullied People

The current first lady recently declared herself "one of" the most bullied people in the world, but her most recent predecessor isn't quite buying it. ..... SOURCE: BUSTLE.COM 10 November 2018

Just to add a lighter note, here we have the war of the First Ladies !! And I do believe cyber bullying is bad.

US Allows Eight Countries, Inc. India, to Buy Iran Oil After Sanctions

The US government has agreed to let eight countries, including close allies South Korea and Japan, as well as India, keep buying Iranian oil after it reimposes sanctions on Tehran from next week, Bloomberg reported. SOURCE: The WIRE . 2 November 2018

France, Germany, UK, EU condemn new US Iran sanctions

France, Germany, Britain and the European Union issued a joint condemnation Friday of the US move to place fresh sanctions on the Iranian economy, vowing to protect European companies doing “legitimate” business with Tehran. ......SOURCE: AL Arabiya News. 3 November 2018

It is worth noting that the Nuclear deal with Iran (JCPOA) is not a deal between US & Iran. It is a United Nations Security Council Resolution, already finalized signed upon by all nations involved. It states the International Atomic Energy Agency as the sole authority for verifying Iran’s compliance.

Israel Prime Minister Makes "Historic" Secret Visit To Oman

The surprise meeting with Oman's Sultan Qaboos late Thursday, which was kept secret until Netanyahu's return home, comes despite the two nations having no diplomatic ties.............SOURCE: Times of India. 27 October 2018

Oman helping bring Palestine, Israel together: Alawi

Muscat: "We are not intermediaries between Israel and Palestinians, but we are helping bring the two sides together," His Excellency Yousuf bin Alawi, Oman's Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs has said. .....SOURCE: Times of Oman. 27 October 2018

No more a secret.

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi killed but claims he died in 'fistfight'

Turkish investigators are likely to find out what happened to the body of Jamal Khashoggi before long, a senior official said on Saturday, after Saudi Arabia admitted for the first time that the journalist had been killed in its Istanbul consulate..... SOURCE: Tehran Times. 20 October 2018

Turkey official says country will 'never allow a cover-up' of Khashoggi death

The US President said Friday night that Saudi Arabia’s explanation for Khashoggi’s death was credible, adding that the arrest of 18 Saudi nationals was “a good first step.” SOURCE: The Hill. 20 October 2018

Would anyone have heard of people being killed due to a fist fight ? & if that is taken to be true, by any means, how does the body disappear from a “fistfight “

'Winter is coming': Indonesia warns world finance leaders over trade war

“Lately it feels like the relations among the major economies are becoming more and more like “Game of Thrones”,” Widodo said in a speech peppered with references to the HBO series about dynasties and kingdoms battling for power. ....SOURCE: REUTERS. 12 October 2018

IMF: Brexit could wreck global economy

In its two-yearly health assessment of the global financial system, the IMF said that “growing anxiety” about a breakdown in negotiations between Britain and the EU could lead to uncertainty in the UK and elsewhere. SOURCE: The New European. 10 October 2018

When a UK & EU breakdown of negotiations, happen at the same time as a US China trade war.

India, Russia ink $5 billion S-400 defence deal; US says no sanctions on ally

After Friday’s landmark deal was signed, the US embassy said the sanctions were aimed at punishing Russia and not to damage the military capabilities of its allies, indicating that India would be spared from the sanctions. ....SOURCE: Hindustan Times , October 6 2018

US India relations

US warns India of sanctions ahead of defence deal with Russia

The United States has warned India against its plan of purchasing S-400 air defence systems from Russia when President Vladimir Putin visits New Delhi for a bilateral summit on Thursday, reported REUTERS. ...SOURCE: REUTERS, & Scroll.in. , October 3 2018

And now since the deal with Russia has been finally signed by India, the US changes gears almost immediately and signals that it did not mean to harm allies & partners.

Prime Minister Modi of India is a friend of mine, I like him very much, says Donald Trump in a new book

"Prime Minister Modi of India is a friend of mine, he (Trump) said. I like him very much," Trump is quoted as saying in Woodward's book 'Fear: Trump in the White House' The book has stirred a fresh row over its description of Trump as chaotic, mercurial and uninformed..... SOURCE: TimesNowNews ,11 September 2018

Exploring alternative oil supplies so ‘our friend’ India isn’t affected: US official on Iran sanctions

The US has made it clear that any country that continues to do business with Iran will be blocked from accessing the American banking and financial system. It has been a traditional policy of India to enforce only UNSC-authorised sanctions............SOURCE: Hindustan Times , 29 September 2018

As though India has requested them to take decisions for India, and find out where India should source its oil from. When a friend is made only to derive a convenience out of it !

EU, UK 'like two hedgehogs who love each other,' says EU leader Juncker

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker tried to diffuse EU, UK tension after tough meetings in Austria led to fears that no Brexit deal could be reached. Juncker said on Friday that the negotiations for Britain's exit are beginning to resemble a prickly courtship. ....SOURCE: Deutsche Welle, 21 September 2018

After Salzburg, Theresa May's Brexit plans are in shreds ....

Teresa May looked shocked but should not really have been surprised by her humiliation at the EU’s summit in Salzburg. She was expecting warm words about her Chequers blueprint on future UK-EU relations, to give her political cover at home. .... SOURCE: The Independent. 21 September 2018

Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn ” The Prime Minister’s Brexit negotiating strategy has been a disaster. From day one Teresa May has looked incapable of delivering a good deal for Britain. The political games from both the EU and our Government need to end because no deal is not an option.”

"Frankly, India Only Major Defence Partner": US' Pompeo

India buying a missile defence system from Russia and oil from Iran would be part of the 2+2 dialogue, but not the talks' primary focus, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. "They are really about things that are big and strategic and will go on for 20, 40, 50 years. ......... SOURCE: NDTV , 5 September 2018

Opinion | India must not surrender its foreign, defence policy to United States

The 2x2 talks between the Indian and United States foreign and defence ministers, scheduled for September 6, will end in India’s capitulation if the BJP led government of Narendra Modi signs the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA). ...... SOURCE: MoneyControl.com, 5 September 2018

As is known to the world, NATO countries in Europe as well as some others in middle east like Saudi Arabia keep the title of “US Ally”. India does not. 

Xi Jinping offers $60 bn Africa aid, says ‘no strings attached’

Mr. Xi offered the funding at the start of a two-day China-Africa summit that focused on his cherished Belt and Road initiative. The money — to be spent over the next three years — comes on top of $60 billion Beijing offered in 2015. .....SOURCE: The Hindu 2.09.2018

Malaysia's Mahathir dumps Chinese projects amid 'new colonialism' fear

After visiting Beijing, Malaysia's PM Mahathir has canceled a number of Chinese infrastructure projects, saying his debt-ridden country cannot afford them at this moment. Will the move sour Malaysia's ties with China? SOURCE: Deutsch Welle , 21 August 2018

If the case of Chinese investments in Sri Lanka is looked into, Sri Lanka too found it difficult to repay the amount of debt that had accumulated from Chinese investments in its country.

South Africa: Trump's Unwelcome Attention

President Trump’s foreign policy tirade has turned in a surprising new direction: South Africa. His concerns over threatened land expropriations from farmers are raising fears of fresh US sanctions. ................................ SOURCE: ING Think , 24 August 2018

Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World

Society’s winners can seem so generous, until you consider what they’re really selling. “Change the world” has long been the cry of the oppressed. But in recent years world-changing has been co-opted by the rich and the powerful. ........SOURCE: New York Times, 24 August 2018

Not many months ago it was Venezuela that received unwelcome concern & attention shown by the head of state of another nation, who is elected to serve his own nation.

‘We don’t have a single friend’: Canada’s Saudi spat reveals country is alone

“It’s up for the government of Saudi Arabia and the Canadians to work this out,” state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said this week. “Both sides need to diplomatically resolve this together. We can’t do it for them.” ......... SOURCE: The Guardian, 11 August 2017

Germany Calls For Global Payment System Independent Of The US

Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas called for the creation of a new payments system independent of the US that would allow Brussels to be independent in its financial operations from Washington and as a means of rescuing the nuclear deal between Iran and the west. ....... SOURCE: ZeroHedge.com , 22 August 2018

Even if its taken that there are no permanent friends or enemies, nations with matching perspectives and purposes might still get along very well.

After Abadi’s remarks, Washington: will penalize whoever violates sanctions Iran

On Monday, Abadi said the Iraqi government will stop trading with Iran in the US dollar, but it will not abide by the US sanctions against Tehran. .......... SOURCE: Iraqi News , 17 August 2018

US dollar on its way out as world's lead currency?

If the stability of a currency is entirely linked to the confidence in the issuer of the currency, then it does not look good for the US dollar. In Washington, US President Donald Trump appears to be busy fighting against the rest of the world. ............... SOURCE: Deutsche Welle, 16 August 2018

As it shows from the case of Turkey’s currency fall, the US$ status as world currency is being used to manipulate or hurt nations that use it.

No trade with Iran, Trump warns world - Daily Nation

"The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level," Trump wrote on Twitter. "Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States." ..........SOURCE: DAILY NATION , August 7 2018

China ignores Trump threat on Iran, says business there will continue

Russia, the European Union, and now China have said they will continue economic relationships with Iran. SOURCE: CNBC , August 7 2018

The Indian Foreign Minister had days ago stated that India is obliged to follow only United Nations sanctions, not US sanctions.

'Hilarious & paranoid': Lavrov laughs at idea that Russia uses memes to destroy US democracy

Experts, brought as witnesses to testify before the Senate on Wednesday, spoke about Russia allegedly using the “less news, more memes” approach online to divide the US public. .. 2 August 2018 , ..... SOURCE: RT

Facebook has already detected suspicious activity trying to influence the 2018 election

Soon after the Times reported on Tuesday about the forthcoming announcement, Facebook said it had removed 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram after determining they were involved in “inauthentic behavior” that’s not allowed on Facebook. 31 July 2018 .... SOURCE: Vox

Memes at best can convey something, but is unlikely to change an entire election result of another country.

Assange lawyers brace for Ecuadorian embassy evicting WikiLeaks publisher at any moment

Julian Assange’s legal team is preparing to defend the WikiLeaks publisher against a possible U.S. extradition request in anticipation of Ecuador ejecting him from its London embassy at any moment. ..................SOURCE: Washington Times, 28 July 2018

Inter-American Court Ruling Benefits Julian Assange

The ruling was deemed a huge victory for the WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. The court ruled on 13 July 2018 the right to seek asylum in embassies and diplomatic compounds. The ruling includes a mandatory safe process, and the obligation of states to provide safe passage to those granted asylum. ........SOURCE: TeleSUR

The Inter American court ruling would give him the right to safe passage from UK, to his own country, only if the ruling is followed by UK. Assange is an Australian citizen and have been given Ecuadorian citizenship.

Waiver for India from CAATSA set to boost ties with US

The suspense is over. The US Congress has acted to remove the sword of sanctions hanging over US-India partnership. The greatest source of uncertainty in India-US relations in recent times, which threatened the very logic of the strategic partnership, is gone. Things changed on Monday after months of speculation. Read more at: ET (Linked heading) 23 July 2018

India won’t follow US sanctions on Iran

“India follows only U.N. sanctions, and not unilateral sanctions by any country,” Sushma Swaraj said at a news conference. Sushma Swaraj is Foreign Minister of India. ........SOURCE: The Hill, BY LUIS SANCHEZ - 05/28/18

Note the word ‘waiver’. If you see the link, its very likely a way to get India away from doing normal dealings with Iran, by saying US gives India ‘waiver’ in doing business deals with Russia.

Weapons of trade war: What might China have up its sleeve?

BEIJING: The first shots have been fired in a trade war between USA and China. - July 07 2018, Read more at SOURCE: Times of India

Opinion: Beyond the trade war, US and China fight for economic supremacy

Trade frictions between the US and China are getting worse again with a fresh round of tariffs. Yet it's not just about trade, but something more fundamental, says economist Thomas Straubhaar...SOURCE:www.dw.com

The US tariffs on China were initially taken up to penalize Intellectual property violations/theft by China, which is a genuine issue. However China is not among those to honestly accept their wrong. Chinese Reverse Engineering has been an issue faced even by Russia. Refer Below.

EUROPOL – EUIPO 2017 SITUATION REPORT ON COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY IN THE EU

The majority of counterfeit goods come from China: the development of the Silk Road and the corresponding increasing use of rail and maritime transport between China and the EU support also new threats in the IPR crime landscape. June 2017 SOURCE: EUROPOL

Rise of the clones: Chinese knockoffs undercut Russian arms exports

Moscow is taking a calculated gamble that the strategic benefits of exporting weapons to Beijing will outweigh the risk of Chinese copying. SOURCE: Russia Beyond (rbth.com)

Sources from both Europe & Russia speak of Chinese unethical practices. Yet many widely think that the Rise of China will produce a better alternative to US hegemony.

The US is a member of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which bars the stationing of weapons of mass destruction in space. Have no doubt about it, this will lead to other nations retaliating, causing militarising the space.

Trump Orders Unwilling Pentagon to create Space Force

The US president told a meeting of the National Space Council that “we don’t want China and Russia and other countries leading us” and announced his intention to reclaim primacy in the extra-terrestrial arena. SOURCE: The Independent

US space militarization plans affect global security, says top Russian diplomat

MOSCOW, January 15./TASS/. US plans to deploy weapons in space will affect global security, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told his annual news conference on Monday, noting that Washington hampers the passing of major documents. SOURCE: TASS

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