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Ukraine SITREP (as seen from Hungary)

Intro by the Saker: following my article on the situation in the Ukraine, I got the following email from a reader from Budapest: “You mention about how the Ukrainian government persecutes Russian speakers. In addition, they are also persecuting Hungarian speakers. They have been banning the Hungarian language, Hungarian flag, etc., and the Hungarian community has been threatened with graffiti about their extermination, typically sprayed on the Hungarian community centers,

Sitrep: How Democratic is China?

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China You can get it here:  https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Having recently read Godfree’s latest book, Why China Rules the World, I learned about trial spots, the history of these and how basically everything that is accepted by the population, gets trialed first, by the population. We change pace on this regular sitrep and instead of bringing together a wide

USA Sitrep – President’s Day in a Divided Nation

by John Lockwood for the Saker Blog February 15th is Presidents’ Day. America has two Presidents on this day, besides Washington and Lincoln. One half of the country believes Trump rightfully won. Yet the events of Jan. 6th still hang like a cloud over Washington. Critics fault his claims of a stolen election for provoking the protests. But what if the Democrats really did steal the election? Wouldn’t the fault

China newsbrief and sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China You can get it here:  https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe Russia ramps up natural gas supplies to China via Power of Siberia mega-pipeline “The export of gas to China through the Power of Siberia gas pipeline continues to grow. Supplies regularly exceed Gazprom’s daily contractual obligations,” the company said in a statement, adding that the volume of gas delivery last

Ecuador Elections Sitrep

By Chis Faure for The Saker Blog Ecuador’s leftist candidate Andrés Arauz declared victory in yesterday’s election Early exit polls show his socialist Correista party beating right-wing US-backed banker Guillermo Lasso massively We’re waiting for more conclusive results, but so far this looks like a historic victory and we cannot help but be reminded of the victory in Bolivia.   Arauz will be the second left-wing economist to win the presidency

Gestapo Switzerland

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog This morning, 5 February 2021, a distinguished gentleman, professional, in his early 70s, impeccably dressed in suit and tie (no names shall be mentioned) – was running to catch an 8 AM train at the Geneva principal railway station, Cornavin. He was in a hurry not to miss the train, and was just about to put on the obligatory mask, when two gendarmes

China newsbrief and sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China You can get it here:  https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe In the previous sitrep, there was good discussion on the High-Temperature Superconducting maglev train which is as fast as jetliner. We continue the theme of transportation but this time on the water.  China’s largest domestically made all-electric passenger ship, Junlyu, in the Wuhan section of the Yangtze River in central

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China You can get it here:  https://www.herecomeschina.com/#subscribe We start the regular sitrep with Godfree’s new book Why China Leads the World.  I’m reading now and will write a book review after working my way through all five parts of this detailed tome.  (Amarynth) To put the World in order, we must first put the nation in order;

Sitrep : China

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Ten Predictions for 2021 GDP expands 10%. Western experts predict GDP will expand by 8% and, since they are always 25% low, expect 10%–a $2.4 trillion addition to the economy and the fastest growth ever. Bonus Predictions: Wages  rise 12%, the EU signs the Investment Agreement, the EEU merges with the RCEP. Most Fortune 500 companies are Chinese. More than 140 Chinese companies

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China China has had a record week in terms of the complete economy.  From record exports to successfully bringing soil samples back from the moon, it is a long list.  We mention a few BRI projects: BRI projects in Central and Eastern Europe are on track: China’s Norinco Senj Wind Farm is 50% complete and 39 wind turbines

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China We usually start with some statistics but this week we will mention a few, and then move into two longer reads.  Statistics China added 55,000 new new-energy vehicle sector companies this year, for a total of 180,000 NEV startups. 52% are in wholesale and retail, 16% are in scientific research and technical services, and 10% in

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China This is why we study China. There is no point in believing we can make sense of China by a skin-deep knowledge of present-day China. We will be little the wiser. Chinese civilization is over 4,000 years old: as a political entity it is over 2,000 years old, the longest continuously existing polity in the world.

China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Infrastructure The Three Gorges passed all its tests. Flood control, power generation, navigation and water resources utilization are running smoothly. The river dam, flood discharge, energy dissipation, water diversion and power generation, navigation facilities, protective buildings, mechanical and electrical systems are operating normally and stably. The reservoir accumulated 180 billion cubic meters of floodwater, reduced the flood peak by 40 percent, and the

Global arms embargo on Iran lifted, Tehran hails victory: Al Mayadeen TV Report

http://middleeastobserver.net/global-arms-embargo-on-iran-lifted-tehran-hails-victory-al-mayadeen-tv-report/ Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ASGm1z2e8 Description: Al Mayadeen TV report on the implications of the lifting of the international arms embargo on Iran. Source: Al Mayadeen TV (YouTube) Date: October 18, 2010 (Important Note: Please help us keep producing independent translations for you by contributing as little as $1/month here: https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver?fan_landing=true) Transcript: Reporter: The 13-year (UN) arms embargo on Iran has (finally) ended. Another (major) page in the (story) of international sanctions (on Iran) has been

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts – selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China The Huawei complete Google alternative is being built out – You will hear about Petal again – Maps, Docs, Search, Browser and probably every app you use. Huawei solved its map problem with Petal Maps and has just unveiled Huawei Docs, which, supports document viewing and editing of 50 formats including PDF, PPT, and DOC. With real-time syncing enabled by cloud capabilities,

USA SITREP: FBI indicted Russian trombone player as a “GRU hacker”

By Lilia Shumkova, a Moscow based independent journalist, for The Saker Blog A federal grand jury sitting in the Western District of the US state of Pennsylvania without citing any laws domestic or international, basing it’s decision purely on an opaque act of “violation of accepted norms” indited six Russian citizens. All six, as the FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich claims, are Russian military intelligence officers and their “crimes” go

Bolivia – The people won, against all the odds, the people still won

By Chris Faure for the Saker Blog Bolivia went to the polls yesterday for the first election since the coup d’état in November 2019, that removed Evo Morales from the leadership and from the country and put the country under a western backed right wing coup government.  This coup was carried out for lithium, as Morales was developing the Lithium sector and had made agreements to start the long road

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Editorial : Before we start with Godfree’s news, a short commentary on Pompeo’s attempt to create an type of NATO by way of the QUAD.  Plot Spoiler – did not work. From Moon of Alabama The US administration revived the 2007-2008 Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and rebranded it as the U.S.-Australia-India-Japan Consultations Quad. The aim was to turn

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Editorial Comments Before we dive into Godfree’s newsletter for this week, those that are interested in space, satellites and imaging will enjoy this.  China’s new ‘multi-mode’ satellite releases first high-res images and they are truly magnificent.  Take a look as we do not have permission to post anything here. https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-09-30/China-s-new-multi-mode-satellite-releases-first-high-res-images-Ud2polxoWc/index.html This week from the Here Comes China

Weekly China Newsbrief and Sitrep

By Godfree Roberts selected from his extensive weekly newsletter : Here Comes China Editorial Comments Now that the excitement of all the major Heads of Countries virtually speaking at the UNGA is over, we can come to initial conclusions.  The theme of this gathering was to investigate the UN itself, and to position it to be a better global gathering place where internal relations can be discussed, problems solved and

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