Photos put China’s ‘galloping military buildup’ on vivid display

Photos put China’s ‘galloping military buildup’ on vivid display

Special to WorldTribune.com By Richard Fisher, Geostrategy-Direct China’s military spending for 2019 will increase by 7.5 percent to about $177.61 billion, as revealed on March 3, 2019 by an official at Chinese Communist Party’s annual National People’s Consultative Congress. This figure, while lower than the 8.1 percent for 2018, is greater than the announced 6 […]

Report: Israeli special forces operating in Afghanistan

Report: Israeli special forces operating in Afghanistan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Israel dispatched a team of commandos to Afghanistan to gather intelligence on Iranian military movements in the region and to train in the nation’s rugged terrain, reports say. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) special forces soldiers are operating from an American Air Force base in Shindand, in the western province […]

Pompeo in Riyadh: U.S. goal is to help Iranian people gain ‘control of their capital’

Pompeo in Riyadh: U.S. goal is to help Iranian people gain ‘control of their capital’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct As Iran spends billions on foreign military interventions and terrorist operations, the Trump administration looks to empower the Islamic Republic’s citizens to “get control of their capital,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Speaking to reporters in Riyadh on Jan. 14, Pompeo said “you have Iranian-backed forces in Syria, […]

The president and his spies: He works with them now, but many are still out to get him

The president and his spies: He works with them now, but many are still out to get him

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct President Donald Trump’s relationship with the U.S. intelligence community has improved under Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was also Trump’s first CIA director, and national security adviser John Bolton. The two Trump allies routinely provide the president with key insights, particularly on priority topics such as North Korea and […]

Who is Im Jong-Seok? Former pro-Pyongyang activist runs ‘Blue House’ in Seoul

Who is Im Jong-Seok? Former pro-Pyongyang activist runs ‘Blue House’ in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct A pro-North Korea activist who was once imprisoned for his role in sending a South Korean student on an unauthorized visit to the North now has what some see as the top job in the once anti-communist government in Seoul. Im Jong-Seok, 51, a prominent former student democracy activist, is […]

Report: China, with 2-decade buildup, has ‘long-term strategy’ for supremacy

Report: China, with 2-decade buildup, has ‘long-term strategy’ for supremacy

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct China’s modernization of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) over the past two decades has “resulted in a force capable of contesting U.S. operations in the region, presenting challenges to the U.S. military’s longstanding assumption of enjoying ground, air, maritime, and information dominance in a conflict in the post-Cold War era,” […]

South Korea soldier shot and killed in DMZ after dismantling of guard posts

South Korea soldier shot and killed in DMZ after dismantling of guard posts

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct A South Korean army soldier, with the surname Kim, was shot and killed by an unknown gunman at a forward deployed sentry post on Nov. 16. The bullet hit the enlisted ROK soldier in the head around 5 p.m. while he was on duty. He died on his way to […]

Socialism on the rise amid widespread ignorance about communism’s human toll

Socialism on the rise amid widespread ignorance about communism’s human toll

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct The American education system needs to do a better job of teaching U.S. students about communism and socialism, a report by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation said. “The American public lacks a serious understanding and education regarding socialism and communism,” the foundation said in a statement reinforced by the […]

Taiwan’s ‘nightmare scenario’: Think tank weighs post-2020 contingencies

Taiwan’s ‘nightmare scenario’: Think tank weighs post-2020 contingencies

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct China is preparing for an invasion of Taiwan “from a 360 degree perspective” which includes a “Fifth Column” of pro-China supporters living on the self-ruled island who would back a Chinese invasion force in the post-2020 timeframe, analysts say. “It is thinkable if you think about the specific situation of […]

U.S. think tank’s report on North Korean missile sites gets frosty reception in Seoul

U.S. think tank’s report on North Korean missile sites gets frosty reception in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct South Korea’s presidential office downplayed a major U.S. think tank’s report which revealed 13 secret North Korean missile development sites The report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) singled out the Sakkanmol missile base 85 kilometers north of the Demilitarized Zone, stating that it’s now equipped with […]

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