Turkey’s missile defense deal with notorious ‘China Precision Machinery’ worries U.S.

Turkey’s missile defense deal with notorious ‘China Precision Machinery’ worries U.S.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The U.S. government has sent NATO ally Turkey a message expressing “serious concerns” over Ankara’s decision to choose a Chinese state-run weapons firm to co-produce an air and missile defense system known as the Red Flag-9 or HQ-9. China is still under sanctions by the U.S. and most European Union nations. […]

Obama’s no-show felt by longstanding U.S. allies in emerging ‘Chinese theme park’

Obama’s no-show felt by longstanding U.S. allies in emerging ‘Chinese theme park’

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — People’s Republic of China president Xi Jinping went on a charm offensive in Southeast Asia, preening and posturing about the widening role Beijing plans to play in the business of this vital region. United States President Barack Obama was stuck back in Washington pouting and posturing over the partial […]

Why the angst over out-of-work bureaucrats?

Why the angst over out-of-work bureaucrats?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MUMBAI — Indians have a great word for the plethora of petty bureaucrats who run all the ministries and agencies that make life difficult if not miserable for millions of people. The word is “babu,” which can be a term of respect for an elder but now is […]

Saudis turn to digital cameras at Mecca to monitor Haj

Saudis turn to digital cameras at Mecca to monitor Haj

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has acquired advanced security equipment to protect the annual Muslim pilgrimage. Officials said the Saudi Interior Ministry has overseen the installation of cameras and sensors to monitor the millions of people expected to arrive for the Haj pilgrimage in mid-October. The officials said the equipment included digital […]

Romania is first ex-Soviet bloc state to stand with U.S. on missile defense

Romania is first ex-Soviet bloc state to stand with U.S. on missile defense

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Pentagon has agreed to start deploying a missile defense system in Romania beginning in early October. The U.S. missile defense system will be installed at the Deveselu military base in Southern Romania, putting Romania ahead of Poland and the Czech Republic as the first former communist country […]

How Picasso and Obamacare became politically correct, after a fashion

How Picasso and Obamacare became politically correct, after a fashion

Sol W. Sanders   Back in the early 1930s, worldwide Communism had a serious dilemma. It wanted to exploit well-known adherents, especially in the non-Soviet world. But some of these brightest stars were artists or intellectuals whose work was anathema to Josef Stalin, the monster who had taken over the Soviet Union. Zigzagging intellectually, with […]

Palestinian Authority troops in armored vehicles raid West Bank refugee camp

Palestinian Authority troops in armored vehicles raid West Bank refugee camp

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has conducted its largest operation against an insurgency stronghold in the northern West Bank. The PA deployed a force of more than 600 soldiers to raid the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin. Officials said the special operations force, backed by armored vehicles, clashed with fighters from the […]

Saudis go green: Targeting 41 gigawatts of solar energy by 2032

Saudis go green: Targeting 41 gigawatts of solar energy by 2032

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has been consulting with the West for plans to develop a solar energy sector. On Sept. 30, the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom hosted a solar energy seminar to explore policy and resource management. The two-day seminar, Solar Arabia Summit, was told that Riyad wants to produce 41 […]

Russia’s Navy seeks return to glory days in hot spots and cold Arctic

Russia’s Navy seeks return to glory days in hot spots and cold Arctic

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The post-Soviet ebb of Russian naval glory seems to be over under a more aggressive President Vladimir Putin. That seems to be the unmistakable message Moscow is trying to send to the world. In recent weeks, President Putin ordered a dramatic increase of Russian naval presence in the […]

Perception vs. reality: Is peace breaking out between the U.S. and Iran?

Perception vs. reality: Is peace breaking out between the U.S. and Iran?

Sol W. Sanders   Perhaps the most difficult intellectual problem of human consciousness always has been sorting out perception, what seems to be, and reality, what is actually true. It is clear that the digital revolution has intensified the conundrum. For the internet is a constant flood of false evidence but dressed in a seeming […]