In virtually all current commentary about whether Iran committed an “act of war,” a leitmotif especially of Pompeo, regularly overlooked is the fact that economic sanctions are always “acts of war,” lobelog.com/the-persian-gu…
For 40 years the U.S. has pursued an unsentimental, coldblooded policy in the Middle East.
Most of the time it has meant pushing morality, human rights and democracy into the background. wsj.com/articles/jimmy…
"Any viable U.S. strategy for the region must account for the Iran factor in some significant form over the long term, even if the nuclear issue were completely resolved to U.S. and Western satisfaction and even with a different government." rand.org/content/dam/ra…
Emerging markets currencies have seen their value plummet against the dollar during the pandemic, raising hopes that weaker exchange rates will make their exports more competitive and boost struggling economies.
But the IMF found that weaker exchange rates would be less effective shock absorbers than in the past, due to the dollar’s role as the dominant invoicing and financing currency.
"The failure to adopt English is particularly unexpected given that the English language — and the whiteness associated with it — signifies privilege in Japan." foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/26/jap…
"Today, Japanese are caught between a belief in the importance of Japanese language and culture and the need to exist in a globalized world in which English carries economic privileges and status associations. "
While Japan was never a colony of a Western country, the U.S. occupation after World War II lasted for seven years — enough time for the U.S. military to implement widespread political and economic changes throughout the country.
As the economic shocks reverberate across Europe, Italians are still trying to get to grips with how a seemingly isolated case could balloon within days, to bring the eurozone's third-largest economy to the brink of recession.
Lombardy, the region around Italy's financial capital, Milan, is one of the richest and most productive in Europe.
Along with Veneto, the other main area hit by the coronavirus outbreak, it generates around a third of Italy's economic output.
“There is no consensus whether Buddhism is a religion or not”.
Buddhism has no “supreme divine being or creator god”; the Buddha is more like a teacher, a guide, and one studies his philosophy and his life by way of texts and illustrations.
As many as 500 million people worldwide might identify themselves as Buddhists, but there is no way of knowing for sure, because Buddhism isn’t exclusive: you can practise it, or adopt elements of it, any way you want.
Young Koreans, many experiencing similar disillusionment, are pushing back against conventional ideas about professional success and social responsibilities.
A number of projects and businesses are springing up to support this.
Korean millennials refer to themselves as part of the Sampo generation, a neologism that translates to the “three sacrifice generation” – one where young Koreans must relinquish relationships, marriages and children to survive the cut-throat economy.
Saudi Arabia created a new ministry for industry and mineral resources, separating it from the kingdom's colossal energy ministry, and replaced the powerful head of the royal court. news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-s…
In reality, Saudi Arabia’s long-term oil export and production strategy is unlikely to change dramatically as market fundamentals have forced the Oil Kingdom into a corner. oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-…
Khalid al-Falih power position, which until now had been fully supported by MBS, has been cut down dramatically.
Last week’s split up of his main power base was evidence that cracks were emerging in his hold on power.
The Allies won the Great War in part by deploying a fleet of 6,000 new gas-guzzling tanks.
Oil's logistical importance grew so immense that each belligerent placed oil distribution under the supervision of state authorities working in collaboration with large companies.
During the war, Standard Oil of New Jersey, which had previously been vilified by the U.S. government, became a mainstay of the country’s supply system while the new National Petroleum War Service Committee was run by the largest oil companies.
The Chinese term '知识分子' (zhī shí fèn zǐ) appeared in the inaugural issue of The Communist, a monthly magazine affiliated with the Communist Party's predecessor, in 1920 and only became popular in the 1930s.
A related term '知识阶级' (zhī shí jiē jí, or chishiki kaikyu) first appeared in Japan.
The flowering of literary and political journals after the 1919 May Fourth protest greatly increased the term’s circulation.
» Feds search locations tied to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in connection with book scandal - CNN cnn.com/2019/04/25/pol…
Thursday's federal raid comes two days after Baltimore's acting Mayor Jack Young said that he's been in the dark about Pugh's plans — but that he would "hate" to see her return. npr.org/2019/04/25/717…
Psalmanazar describes an island nation populated by a skillful and learned people.
Yet it is a place which oscillates strangely between civility and savagery.
Elite figures ranging from the scientists of the Royal Society to the Bishop of London initially believed his claims, but he eventually fell into disgrace as competing experts confirmed that he was a liar.