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Why Is The Top Chinese Swimmer Not At The Tokyo Olympics?

Primary players and acronyms: FINA – Fédération Internationale de Natation (International Swimming Federation). Established 1908. WADA – World Anti-Doping Agency. Established in 1999. Based in Montreal, Canada. CAS – Court of Arbitration for Sport. Highest court for adjudicating international sport. Established in 1984. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland. IDTM – International […]

Japans White Paper

Japan’s Defence White Paper 

 In mid-July, Japan’s Ministry of Defence issued a White Paper that attracted the close attention of officials and experts from neighbouring countries as well as the US. The document contains a number of features indicating dynamic changes in the country’s military and political planning, which, along with Washington’s incitement and […]

Biden and al-Kadhimi

Biden Prepares The Ground For QUAD-3

The US President Joe Biden’s foreign-policy team seems increasingly unsure of the ground beneath their feet. They can see that the edifice that their 78-year old chief is erecting stands on shaky ground. But they lack the presence of mind to object. Biden has the supreme advantage that even if […]

Greenwashing Olympic Games

Greenwashing The Tokyo Olympic Games

“The gap between rhetoric and reality is a persistent one when looking at the sustainability of commitments of Olympic Games hosts”. Martin Müller, European Urban and Regional Studies, 2015 The organisers of the Olympics have always been into appearances and grand theatre. And the International Olympic Committee has always been […]

Pandemic Games

Tokyo’s Pandemic Games Open

The auguries are not good for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Resignations have filled the ledger, including Japanese composer Keigo Oyamada, organising committee president Yoshiro Mori and the creative director Hiroshi Sasaki. Then there is the lamentable behaviour of the authoritarian International Olympic Committee and the obsequious conduct of the Suga […]

Nine Chinese citizens were killed

Pakistan’s Geo-Economics Is Working Well

When the whole world is lamenting that the US is quitting Afghanistan in ignominy, the Biden Administration is snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. What an audacity of hope! The agreement reached in principle in Tashkent on Friday between the representatives of the United States, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan […]

US troops leaving Afghanistan

Defeated Troops Are Leaving Afghanistan In Hurry

The foreign troops are in hurry to leave Afghanistan and expected to complete their withdrawal within a week. The US administration under President Trump concluded that the Afghan war is unwinnable. The longer they will stay in Afghanistan, the more damage will happen to the US. Two-decades war has cost […]

Zika Virus in India

India: Zika Virus May Impact Adversely

Authorities in India’s southern Kerala state have issued a statewide serious alert after a case of the Zika virus was confirmed, officials said. A further 13 suspected cases were being investigated, state’s Health Minister Veena George said on Friday. A 24-year-old pregnant woman was found to be infected with the […]

America back

Is America Back?

Under President Donald Trump, Washington seriously challenged or outright withdrew from more than a dozen international agreements or institutions, including the Paris climate accord, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Iran nuclear deal, and the World Health Organization etc. Due to his rough language, he has offended some close allies and created […]