TIKTOK: CHINA’S MODERN-DAY APPLICATION OF ‘THE ART OF WAR’

Thu 02 February 2023: Written over 2,000 years ago, Chinese general and strategist Sun Tzu stated in The Art of War that “Subjugating the enemy’s army without fighting is the true pinnacle of excellence.” This ancient maxim still rings true today and is arguably being put into practise by present-day China. Beijing has been excelling in economic […]

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GANDHI’S 150-DAY MARCH IS OVER. BUT WILL IT REVIVE CONGRESS?

Mon 30 January 2023: Leader of India’s main opposition party concludes cross-country ‘unity’ march in Kashmir, five months after departing from Tamil Nadu state. New Delhi, India – Hundreds of people on Monday defied the harsh Himalayan cold as they gathered in Srinagar, the largest city in Indian-administered Kashmir, to join opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on […]

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WHAT IS THE US DEBT CEILING & WHY CAN’T CONGRESS DELAY DECISION?

Fri 27 January 2023: A default by the US government could have catastrophic effects on both domestic and global economies. The United States government hit its borrowing limit last week, on January 19, leading to new economic worries at a time when most countries are expecting a slowdown in economic growth. The US administration has […]

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OPIUM CULTIVATION SURGES SINCE MYANMAR MILITARY SEIZED POWER: UN

Thu 26 January 2023: Opium poppy was cultivated on more than 40,000 hectares in Myanmar last year, a 33 percent increase compared with 2021. Opium poppy cultivation has surged in Myanmar since the military seized power in 2021, reversing a steady decline that was seen in the illicit crop between 2014 and 2020, the United Nations Office […]

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OPINION: WHY SOUTH AFRICA CONTINUES TO BE NEUTRAL IN UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR

President Cyril Ramaphosa receives, Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russia Sergei Lavrov in Pretoria. Wed 25 January 2023: Pretoria has refused to condemn Moscow’s invasion but continues to call for dialogue. The United States has criticised South Africa’s decision to hold military exercises next month with Russia and China as the war in Ukraine […]

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THE PERSIAN GULF ROW EXPOSES THE NATIONALISTIC RIFT BETWEEN IRAN AND ITS IRAQ ‘BACKYARD’

Sat 14 January 2023: Last week, the 25th Arabian Gulf Cup kicked off in Iraq for the first time in 44 years, with Basra serving as the host city for the regional biennial football tournament. Hosting the “Gulf Cup” as it is also known, was significant for the country, given the decades-long FIFA ban on […]

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THE TALIBAN HAS TO CHANGE ITS WAYS, BECAUSE THE EQUALITY CLOCK IS TICKING

Sun 08 January 2023: If it seems like Groundhog Day in Afghanistan, you could be right. The ruling Taliban seems to have made little change to its ideology and is even further away from the promises it made to improve women’s rights when its fighters entered Kabul unchallenged in August 2021. Girls’ schools have been […]

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