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Prince Mohammed’s Khashoggi bullet: An insight into Saudi strategic thinking – Football Article

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud,Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneInand Tumblr Continued, albeit slower-paced US and Turkish leaks potentially provide insight into far more than the circumstances of the October killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. They focus attention on crown prince Mohammed bin Salman’s strategic thinking as well as his tightened control of the kingdom’s media. In the latest disclosure, The New York Times, quoting anonymous US intelligence…

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Like father, like son – is Timothy Weah destined for greatness? – Football Article

Weah is a legendary name amongst football with George Weah an ex-Ballon d’Or winner and player of Paris Saint-Germain and A.C. Milan to name a few. His son Timothy is quickly rekindling the family name during his current loan spell at Celtic FC. George Weah, was the first African player to ever win the Ballon d’Or and is still the only player from Africa to take the award. Embed from Getty Images His fantastic career is one that will always…

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China dramatically reduces trade with Tehran – Football Article

Reduced Chinese trade also suggests that Iran is likely to face increased obstacles as it seeks to blunt the impact of the harsh US sanctions imposed last year in a bid to force the Islamic republic to change its regional and defense policy. China’s apparent willingness to accommodate the sanctions is remarkable given Beijing’s declared efforts to salvage the 2015 international agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program as well as its escalating trade and technology dispute with the United States.…

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Black swans haunt Eurasia’s Great Game – Football Article

The battle lines in the 21st century’s Great Game aimed at shaping the creation of a new Eurasia-centred world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes calls a “supercontinent,” are all but cast in cement. For now, the Great Game pits China together with Russia, Turkey and Iran against the United States, India, Japan and Australia. The two camps compete for influence, if not dominance, in a swath of land…

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Players’ Skewed Maps complicate Eurasia’s 21st Century Great Game – Football Article

The United States and China are playing Eurasia’s 21st century Great Game from different but equally skewed maps. While the US map appears to be outdated, the Chinese map portrays a reality that is imagined. If the skewed realities of both China and the United States have one thing in common, it is in strategist Parag Khanna’s mind the fact that neither realizes that the Great Game’s prize, a new world order, has already been determined. “We are living –…

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The battle for human rights – Football Article

China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese effort backed by autocrats elsewhere has turned human rights into an underrated, yet crucial battleground in the shaping of a new world order.   The Chinese effort, highlighted in Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2019, is multipronged. It involves proposals to alter the principles on which United Nations Human Rights Council operates in ways that would enable repressive, autocratic regimes.…

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The new frontline in confronting Iran and Turkey – Football Article

US President Donald J. Trump’s threat to devastate Turkey’s economy if Turkish troops attack Syrian Kurds allied with the United States in the wake of the announced withdrawal of American forces potentially serves his broader goal of letting regional forces fight for common goals like countering Iranian influence in Syria. Mr. Trump’s threat coupled with a call on Turkey to create a 26-kilometre buffer zone to protect Turkey from a perceived Kurdish threat was designed to pre-empt a Turkish strike…

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