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Xi consolidates power, elevates 6th Generation Zhejiang protégés

China's Xi Jinping in east Zhejiang province, on May 25, 2015. / Xinhua

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Despite reports about challenges to his power, President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping has quietly — and relentlessly — built up his personal faction centered upon cadres associated with the prosperous […]

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Israel’s new ‘Drone Dome’ would track, disrupt enemy combat UAVs

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com Israel has unveiled a defense system designed to detect, track and disrupt enemy drones. The state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems presented its Drone Dome on 11 April at the LAAD security conference in Brazil. Rafael […]

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Barack Obama, the UN and Argentina’s new oceanic claims

President Barack Obama with Cuba's Raul Castro walk to their plane at Jose Marti international airport in Havana, bound for Argentina. / Nicholas Kamm, AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Buenos Aires. There is little doubt that Argentina’s new conservative Government, under President Mauricio Macri, wanted a new era of cooperation in U.S.-Argentinean relations — so do most U.S. officials — but […]

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Latest NATO security threat: Russia’s nuclear force modernization


Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Russian president Vladimir Putin’s use of Russian conventional forces to destabilize Ukraine and prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime certainly got the attention of Western analysts and policy makers. But now, […]

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What’s stalling Xi Jinping’s grandiose imperial dream? No money


Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Remember the “One Belt One Road” (OBOR), a multi-trillion-dollar intercontinental project that underpins President Xi Jinping’s ambition to catapult China to super-power status? The “Silk Road Economic Belt” links China with Central Asia, […]

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Moscow need not apply: China’s new Central Asia military alliance

Gen. Fang Fenghui, left, with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Geostrategy-Direct Chinese PLA’s chief of staff has officially proposed a Central Asia military alliance that excludes Russia. The proposal was advanced by Gen. Fang Fenghui last month in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani spoke positively about […]

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Brussels post-mortem: NATO’s HQ is hotbed of Islamic radicalism

Belgian security forces carry out a raid in the Molenbeek section of Brussels. / Yves Herman/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct The successful March 22 terrorist attacks on the Brussels airport and a city subway station add to Europe’s growing list of cities — including Paris, London and Copenhagen — unable to deflect […]

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Signs of a schism: Xi’s ruthless power grab challenged at National People’s Congress


Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com The apparent leitmotif of this year’s meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the top advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), consists of ways and means to resuscitate the […]

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ISIL ‘secretary of defense’ said to be alive but badly wounded In Syria

Georgian native Umar al-Shishani (Tarkhan Batirashvili) with other militants. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A top Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militant commander who U.S. officials said was “likely” killed by air strikes last week was actually only badly wounded, Syrian observers and […]

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In blow to allies, Kerry walks back Gen. Dunford’s Libya statement

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct In another example of the Obama administration’s unwillingness to delegate authority and its inability to form a cohesive policy on fighting ISIL, Secretary of State John Kerry has publicly contradicted the chairman […]

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