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China Expands Party Policing to All Government Workers

The National People’s Congress on Sunday approved a sweeping government overhaul that cements the Communist Party’s control over key functions of the government. “To turn today’s crushing momentum against corruption into a crushing victory, we must further strengthen the party’s leadership,” said party official Yang Xiaodu. The changes include the formation of a “National Supervision Commission” that will be tasked with ...

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Xi Jinping Can Now Remain President of China for Life

It’s official– Chinese lawmakers have passed a constitutional amendment that abolishes term limits for its President, meaning Xi-Jinping will remain as the country’s leader for the rest of his life. Xi’s predecessor put the two-term limit in place in 1982 to protect China from lifelong dictatorships, but now the country’s National People’s Congress (NPC) has been manipulated to abolish these limits. ...

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HORIST: North Korea, the politics and the prospects

For more than a quarter of a century – covering five presidencies – the United States, along with the United Nations and virtually the entire civilized world, have maintained a policy that a nuclear North Korea was unacceptable.  We should dwell on that last word, “unacceptable.”  To we common folk (not skilled in the art of diplomatic double talk), that ...

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Apple Hands Database to Chinese Government

Last week, Apple transferred all iCloud accounts registered in China (and the digital keys needed to unlock them) to Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), a sate-run company based in China’s Guizhou province. GCBD has close ties to the Chinese government and the Communist Party. What this means is that Chinese authorities will no longer have to go through an international legal ...

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Trump Offers to Revoke Steel Tariff in Exchange for NAFTA Deal

President Trump on Monday suggested he would withdraw the recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum if Mexico and Canada finalize a new NAFTA agreement. The effort to renegotiate NAFTA began last August, with the most contentious issues including access to US procurement deals, a proposal to require more auto manufacturing in the US, dispute resolution mechanisms, seasonal barriers to ...

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Trump Proposes Import Tariff on Steel, Aluminum – Receives Widespread Pushback

Claims of an impending trade war erupted last week when President Trump announced steep tariffs on steel and aluminum. To propose the tariffs without Congressional approval, Trump took advantage of a law that allows him to establish tariffs in scenarios where national security is threatened. “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country ...

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US Takes the Gold in Oil

Monday, February 19, 2018, was the midpoint of 2018 Winter Olympics Games.  These games would prove to be the US’s most disappointing Olympic Games in over twenty years, with the ordinarily dominant US registering a disappointing fourth in overall medals garnered. On that same date of February 19, 2018, with very little fanfare, the US achieved an economic triumph that ...

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The White House Introduces New Stricter Sanctions on North Korea

As the Olympics in South Korea comes to an end, the Trump Administration has unveiled a new sanctions package against North Korea that will impact trading and shipping companies that are based in Kim Jong Un’s regime. “The administration sanctioned nearly 60 companies and ships and one individual it says are helping North Korea evade an international ban on coal ...

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China’s Silk Road: Can they Appease Pakistani Militants

It appears as though China has hit one of the many bumps in the silk road. Laborers working in Pakistan’s province of Baluchistan are being gunned down by militants. On Friday, three Pakistani workers were killed while making a trip to buy daily supplies in Hoshab, a small town about 175 miles from the construction site in Gwadar. “Gwadar’s deep-water port ...

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Saudi Arabia ‘Corruption Probe’ Nets $106B from Saudi Rich

The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh is finally reopening to the public following the Saudi Arabian government’s use of the space as a “luxury prison” to detain and question the country’s most prominent businessmen. The hotel was closed for 99 days, during which time the SA government imprisoned 381 people as part of an anti-graft campaign. Some detainees were released after ...

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