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width=40 height=40 id="_x0000_i2616" src=earth-pic.gif></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#990033'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#990033'>This website contains subjects I covered in my seminars (done within the context of a company) with the yellow buttons on the bottom what I used as a foundation for my older seminars betw<a name="_Hlk479453310">e</a>en 1997-2007.</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#990033'>Most of my recent seminars have been held in China and to a lesser degree in Japan.<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#990033; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes'><img width=776 height=189 id="_x0000_i2615" src=pic-myworldjournal.png></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;color:#990033'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>By Eric <span class=SpellE>Vandenbroeck</span></span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>For your own comments about related subjects you can contact me via: <a href="mailto:ericvandenbroeck1959@gmail.com">ericvandenbroeck1959@gmail.com</a> <o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>13 Aug. 2018: </span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>Having previously take occasional note as this matter unfolded, as of 4 August, I have focused on researching this matter in depth and putting the previous dots together. </span></i><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="Trump-Russia-research.html">The Trump/Russia investigation what can be said today</a></span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>7 Aug. 2018: </span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>See share of the population living on less or more than $5.50 a day:<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=886 height=431 id="_x0000_i2614" src=pic-7aug.jpg></span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>4 Aug. 2018: </span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>As I pointed out on 20 Jan. 2017, the League of Nations ratified the Treaty of Versailles of which I detailed what exactly it entailed. Today, nearing the centennial of the Versailles Peace Conference, now some lesser known details. </span></i><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="4aug2018.html">Shantung the Versailles Treaty and the Manchurian episode</a></span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>2 Aug. 2018: </span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>Today arrived in Guangzhou China, (pictured below), tomorrow flight for transit in Beijing which will end my current visit to China. And in two days will post an article about Shantung the Versailles Treaty and the Manchurian episode (one of my topics here in China) which in a way broke the League of Nations.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=633 height=475 id="_x0000_i2613" src=pic-guangz.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>18 July 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'> Murder and Conspiracy in Tsarist Russia: Because today I will be leaving for on a lecture and seminar tour in China, I will not be able to post much on this website for a while. But considering that a recent two-part article detailing a plan to save the Tsar and his family plus the British Banking scheme to control Russia's economy and the Allied intervention, has drawn such a large readership I will add a third part expanding on the previous two including: </span></i><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="18july2018.html">From Rasputin to little known aspects of Nicholas's II abdication and the situation in Russia</a></span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=633 height=369 id="_x0000_i2612" src=pic-tsar-s.jpg></span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>1 July 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'> Artificial intelligence: </span></i><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="artificialintelligence.html">The question about current medical efficiency and that of digital authoritarianism versus liberal democracies</a></span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>23 June 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'> British Imperial Agents invade Russia P.2:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="tsarcentenial2.html">The British Banking scheme to control Russia's economy and the Allied intervention</a></span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 June 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'> British Imperial Agents invade Russia P.1: July 16-17 will mark the centennial of the death of Nicholas II and his family. Placing this in its larger context of British intelligence and its intend to control Russia economically, </span></i><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="tsarcentenial1.html">here the lesser known aspects surrounding the events of 1918</a></span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#990033'>Major Case Study</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'> </span></i><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>17 June 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'> </span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>Analyses of what is currently happening in the world, including economically, going forward the next few months: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="june2018.html">North and South Korea, China, Russia, the US, Iran, Mexico, India, Central and South America, Turkey, and so on</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>.<i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><o:p></o:p></i></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>10 June 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><a href="healthdata.html">About Hard health data, waste, and how a proper google search might help you</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=472 height=252 id="_x0000_i2611" src=pic-hardhealthd.jpg></span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>5 June 2018:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'> When history was first taking shape as a university discipline in the nineteenth century, elite young men were fed a diet of Greek and Roman history. <span class=GramE>Thus</span> there was the misuse of antiquity and the Holy Roman Empire, Nationalism, and today Presentism. Towards a future of historical approach, enter:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US><a href="historiography.html"><span style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; color:windowtext;mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=449 height=275 id="_x0000_i2610" src=pic-histpic-s.jpg></span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>2 June 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'> </span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'>Revisiting India's Harappan civilization including new answers as to where the Indo-European languages came from, enter:<i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><o:p></o:p></i></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US><a href="Indo-European.html"><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;color:windowtext;mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=545 height=244 id="_x0000_i2609" src=pic-harrapanciv-s.jpg></span></i></a></span><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=545 height=472 id="_x0000_i2608" src=pic-2june.jpg></span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p> <div align=center> <table class=MsoTableGrid border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 Dec. 2017:</span></i></b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'> </span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>The last few days have been awash with a media avalanche about the fact that the Congress, a decade ago quietly set up a multimillion-dollar program to investigate what are popularly known as unidentified flying objects, UFOs. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="UFOreturn.html">Why the initiative might rather be reeking of desperation</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>27 Dec. 2017:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Conflicting scholarship on the issue of the Rohingya in Myanmar, revisiting the Four Cuts Strategy, and China.</span><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'> </span></i><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="myanmarchinese.html">What next with Myanmar and its Chinese influence</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>. </span><span class=GramE><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Plus</span></i></b></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> update 2 February</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>30 Dec. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> With the conflict in Syria slowing down the</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> <a href="30Dec2017Yemen.html">conflict in Yemen seems anything but over</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=358 height=219 id="_x0000_i2607" src=pic-yemencurrdiv-s.jpg></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>2 Jan. 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> </span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>It would be somewhat ironic if Iran, in its most strategically advantageous position in the Middle East since 2010, when it was expected it would press its advantage in the region in the year ahead is forced to put its ambitions aside to deal with unrest at home.<i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'> </i></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="IranProtests.html">What to make of the Iran protests?</a></span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> </span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=406 height=365 id="_x0000_i2606" src=pic-protestsipic-s.jpg></span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>5 Jan. 2017:</span></i></b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'> </span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>The upcoming talks in Seoul have brought up the question if a US limited strike strategy against <span class=SpellE><span class=GramE>N.Korea</span></span> is now on or off the table, whereby the question few are asking is in reference to China</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>. <a href="5Jan2018.html">From bloody nose attack to nonmilitary options?</a> </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Plus update 18 January</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>9 Jan. 2017:</span></i></b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'> </span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>While the end of Northern Song and the beginning of Southern Song Dynasty is considered a high point of Chinese innovation in science and technology, it is also where we will discover, lay the roots of Chinese Nationalism or the idea Han cosmopolitanism.</span><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'> </span></i><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="HanZhouDynasty.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The East Asian World Order</span></a></span></i></b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 10.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>14 Jan. 2017:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> </span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family: Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>The emergence of China's population as a monocultural and monoethnic people<i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>. </i></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="GreaterHan.html">The concept of Han Chinese</a></span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>.</span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=360 height=219 id="_x0000_i2605" src=pic-grhanpic-s.jpg></span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>18 Jan. 2018:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> A Chinese nuclear attack submarine surfaced near Japan northwest of the disputed Senkaku Islands and hoisted the Chinese flag this while it is also reported that China builds up a new presence near the <span class=SpellE>Doklam</span> disputed border with <span class=SpellE>India.To</span> better understand it is important to know about the post-1989 Chinese patriotism and belief that a strong China reclaiming its core interests in Asia should be compatible with a China engaging in the liberal international order at the global level. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="ChinaToday.html">China's New Nationalism</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>12 May 2018:</span></i></b><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> Currently still working my way through the Pacific region this is (showing the more industrialized areas versus the others) what it looks like by night:<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=272 height=290 id="_x0000_i2604" src=pic-nightpic-s.jpg></span></i><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></i></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div align=center> <table class=MsoTableGrid border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>28 Dec. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Other subjects I have covered in the recent past are Russia, Europe, Brexit, South Asia, the USA, South China Sea debacle, and so on. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="28dec2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>A look at other developments going forward in 2017</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=313 height=176 id="_x0000_i2603" src=pic-ecfordpic.jpg></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>Above a map of Syrian refugee flows</span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 Jan. 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>On 10 January 1920, the League of Nations ratified the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I with Germany. Much has been written about the treaty which concluded the First World War, its competing and sometimes conflicting goals. And as we shall see it also was the beginning of a long propaganda exercise to discredit the victors. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="ToV1920.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>P.1 Reparations and the famous Article 231</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>1 <span class=SpellE>Febr</span>. 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Weimar politics and the reception of the Versailles Peace Treaty. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="1Febr2017.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The conspiracy theory that gave rise to Hitler:</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=215 height=169 id="_x0000_i2602" src=pic-ww1resheu2.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=220 height=169 id="_x0000_i2601" src=pic-ww1resheu1.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 <span class=SpellE>Febr</span>. 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Given its centennial this year no doubt we will see a lot of renewed discussions about the insurrection by Lenin and those that were willing to fight with him to overthrow the Provisional Government. But the most important event that followed no doubt where the complex situations that ensued when the Russian Empire fell apart. First, some unanswered questions about the event that brought the Civil War to the Russian heartland. Captives of the Russian Civil War P.1: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="CzechRevolt.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Why and how the Czech Legion conquered the Siberian railway</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>12 <span class=SpellE>Febr</span>. 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>After the 1917 Bolshevist insurrection the Russian Empire also stood at Germany s mercy. But it was signing the diktat peace treaty of Brest-Litovsk that largely determined the actual fighting in 1918. Captives of the Russian Civil War P.2: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="RCW1.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The Counterrevolution and the Anatomy of Allied Intervention</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 <span class=SpellE>Febr</span>. 2017</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>: One of the most serious threats to the Bolsheviks came from the would-be Russian government controlled, in Samara and Ufa provinces. And when the latter issued a formal invitation for the Allies to intervene militarily in Russia s civil war. The United States and Japan promptly signed an agreement on proposed troop deployments to Siberia. Captives of the Russian Civil War P.3: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="RCW2.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The rise and fall of <span class=SpellE>Komuch s</span> People s Army</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>28 <span class=SpellE>Febr</span>. 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Just as in February 1917, in Petrograd, nobody had got the revolution they wanted, by end 1918 nobody got the counter-revolution they wanted. <span class=GramE>Thus</span> the emergence of Kolchak as supreme ruler. When the Allies started to pull back the Red Army stormed into Ufa pushing the Whites back to the Ural Mountains. However, Trotsky s heightened focus on the eastern front did <span class=GramE>open up</span> room for <span class=SpellE>Denikin's</span> Volunteer Army in the south. While by not pursuing <span class=SpellE>Yudenich</span> into Estonia, Trotsky had levered Britain into a policy of accommodation. Captives of the Russian Civil War P.4: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="RCW3.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>From White resurgence to the Anglo-Soviet Trade Agreement</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>12 March 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>The increased risk of war in Korea. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="12March2017.html">Will the U.S. accept a nuclear <span class=SpellE><span class=GramE>N.Korea</span></span> or intervene P.1</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=290 height=149 id="_x0000_i2600" src=pic-masterstrat.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=202 height=149 id="_x0000_i2599" src=pic-shiitepoppic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>25 May 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Since early on 23 May, the media have been abuzz about the incendiary statements about Iran and Israel posted on Qatar s state-run news agency (that authorities blamed on hackers) sparked a regional dispute Wednesday, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia blocking Qatari media including Al-Jazeera. The series of disputes of which this is just the latest spat, as we shall see, go back some years. Except for this time around things are set to become much worse.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:purple'> Case Study:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="25May2017.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>Qatar's master strategy or opportunism?</span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 June 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Gulf plunged into diplomatic crisis as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the U.A.E. and Egypt broke diplomatic relations and cut all land sea and air contacts with Qatar requesting Qatari citizens to leave. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="6June2017.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Two longtime rivals battle by proxy and why this crisis will get worse</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> <o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>11 July 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>While the current US President's visit to Poland and Nationalists speech a few days ago was largely symbolic, Polish commentators didn't miss the fact that Trump mentioned the <span class=GramE>1919/20 armed</span> conflict</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>led by General Pilsudski including the fact that it was due to President Wilson that Poland received its independence. The following investigation, however, will <span class=SpellE>dispell</span> the myth that instead of being negotiated with or arbitrated by the League of Nations the new Polish border<span class=GramE>, in reality, were</span> being determined by brute force because the provisions of the Paris Peace Conference were unenforceable. Signed the same day as the main Treaty of Versailles was signed, this article will also make mention of the Polish Minority Treaty or &quot;Little Treaty of Versailles&quot; as it is known. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="11July2017.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Woodrow Wilson, Versailles, and the making of Eastern Europe</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>26 July 2017</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>: In context what is an almost forgotten war, China yesterday warned India it is willing to defend territory  at all costs, and it should not harbor any  unrealistic illusions over a border dispute that threatens to boil over into an open conflict.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="26July2017.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Will the Standoff Lead to a Second India-China War?</span></a> </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>With Update 29 Aug. 2017<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=338 height=178 id="_x0000_i2598" src=pic-ch26jul2-s.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>9 Aug.2017</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>: Military officials for the first time leaked information about a specific plan for a preemptive strike on North Korea.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="9Aug2017.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The USA &quot;ready to fight tonight&quot; claim</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=328 height=186 id="_x0000_i2597" src=pic-nkguamp-s.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>12 Aug. 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Today I arrived per intercontinental flight in Vienna where I will do archival research at Vienna's Haus-, Hof- und <span class=SpellE>Staatsarchiv</span>. Above, to overcome jet lag (picture taken during) a walk near the <span class=SpellE>Nikolaitor</span> in Vienna. After my visit to China 10-15 Dec., I then will fly to London where I will do my final research for this year.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>2 Oct. 2017</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>: </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Following Christopher Clark's bestseller, The Sleepwalkers about the origins of WWI (where Clark revived the revisionist argument of the 1930's) a new discussion has ensued about who and what started the First World War of which the consequences are very much present today. A major topic, including in Clark's book which devotes a quarter of his book to Serbia which he depicts as the real cause. Having embarked on a detailed investigation, we now present a nine-part investigation with new answers that help us understand why so many historians got it wrong. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="almostWWIp1.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The almost First World War P.1</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:35.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 Oct. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="almostWWIp2.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The almost First World War P.2</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:35.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>10 Oct. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="almostWWIp3.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The almost First World War P.3</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:35.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>15 Oct. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="P1originWWI.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Leading up the First World War P.4</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:35.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 Oct. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="originWWIFranzFerdinand.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Leading up to the First World War P.5</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:35.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 Oct. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="P2originWWI.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>How the First World War started P.6</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:35.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>27 Oct. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="P2originWWIstart.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>How the First World War started P.7</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:35.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>30 Oct. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="P3originWWI.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>How the First World War started P.8</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:35.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>1 Nov. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="P3WWIstarts.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>How the First World War started P.9</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-top:0cm;margin-right:0cm; margin-bottom:0cm;margin-left:212.4pt;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>2 Nov. 2017: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Today marks the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, a 67-word letter from Britain's then foreign secretary Arthur Balfour that threw London's backing behind a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine. And while many demands that the UK government apologize for it, overlooked is the fact that the statement would not have been made without prior approval from the other Allied powers including the Vatican and a jostling with the USA. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="2nov2017.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>A Somewhat Hidden History of the Balfour Declaration</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>8 Nov. 2017:</span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:#990033'> </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Over the weekend, Mohammad bin Salman purged his potential rivals to impose a centralized system that can confront what is perceived as the Iranian threat. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="8nov2017.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Why Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#990033;mso-no-proof: yes'><img border=0 width=288 height=193 id="_x0000_i2596" src=pic-misriy-s.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;color:#990033'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>15 Nov. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'> The following came as part of a discussion with a former student when he asked me about the <span class=SpellE>Bobrinskoy</span> Orthodox Order of Saint John (OOSJ) and the alleged &quot;The Sovereign <span class=SpellE>Hospitaller</span> Order of Saint John of Jerusalem Knights of Malta&quot; thus <span class=GramE>opening up</span> what for me is a new research topic. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="russiansurvivalmyth.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal; mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Self-styled Knights <span class=GramE>Of</span> Today</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>19 Nov. 2017:</span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:#990033'> </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Where the previous part described the phenomenon of self-styled Knightly orders of St John or of Malta, most of these orders claim to be continuations of various alleged offshoots of what now appears to be a non-existing Russian Orthodox priory. Case Study: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="MaltaRussiaUsurpation.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal; mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Malta and the Russian Usurpation</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>27 Nov. 2017:</span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:#990033'> </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>In the following historical investigation it has become clear that the original SMOM Order indeed continued unabated and that the Order's continuing sovereign status was not forfeited through the loss of Malta. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="survivalMaltaorder.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The appointment of a new Grand Master</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>2 Dec. 2017: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:#990033'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'></span></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Contested as some of the following developments initially where they also contain some intrigue. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="MaltaOrderEnglandGermany.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal; mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The foundations of the National Associations of the Order in England and Germany</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>7 Dec. 2017:</span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:#990033'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Following an earlier remark about <span class=SpellE>Festing</span> at the </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="russiansurvivalmyth.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal; mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>end of the discussion here</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>, there is in fact a historical precedent in the form of an even more severe dispute that more significantly gave rise to a vacancy in the Grand Mastership from 1951 to 1962(which Roger <span class=SpellE>Peyrefitte's</span> famous novel wrongfully attributed to a grain deal). </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="OrderMaltabeyond1951-1962.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Vatican's opposition to the Order of Malta</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>9 Dec. 2017:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> While the UN security council is to meet <span class=GramE>in order to</span> discuss the US decision to Jerusalem as Israel's capital, here an analysis of the Jerusalem problem and the two-state solution option. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="Jerusalemproblem.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Jerusalem Unveiled</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=242 height=232 id="_x0000_i2595" src=pic-ltvienna.jpg></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>Arrived today per intercontinental flight in Vienna where I will do research about the origins of the First World War. Above, to overcome jet lag (picture taken during) a walk near the <span class=SpellE>Nikolaitor</span> in Vienna. I hope to place the results of my investigation on this website <span class=GramE>in the course of</span> October 2017.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <div align=center> <table class=MsoTableGrid border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>23 Dec. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>While there is no clear resolution in sight when it comes to settling the Israeli and Palestinian dispute, including the governments that offer the Palestinian Authority political and financial support, are loath to risk their relationship with Israel by advocating the creation of a Palestinian state, another conference is about to take place. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="Israel-Palestinian.html">Paris Peace Conference redux 15 Jan.2017</a><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>:</span></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=356 height=268 id="_x0000_i2594" src=pic-ptpic.jpg></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="50%" style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt;border-left: none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt; padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>25 Dec. 2016: </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="25dec2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The Syrian civil war and the Middle East going forward</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=514 height=350 id="_x0000_i2593" src=pic-syrcwmeast.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 Dec. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>From Versailles to the Making of the Modern Middle East P.8: <a href="20dec2016.html"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'>British rule, Arab Spring-revolt, and the Syria crisis today</span></i></b></a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>14 Dec. 2016:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Sykes-Picot granted Britain the right to administer Syria after it captured the Levant from the Ottomans in 1918.In 1919, London conceded at the Paris Peace Conference both Levantine entities to France that moved quickly and, aware of Hashemite progress, settled on creating Greater <span class=SpellE>Lebanon.From</span> Versailles to the Making of the Modern Middle East P.7: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="14dec2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The unresolved sectarian issue in Lebanon today</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>8 Dec. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>The profound effects of the British Empire s actions in the Arab World during the First World War can be seen echoing through the history of the 20th century. From Versailles to the Making of the Modern Middle East P.6:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="8dec2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The importance of oil, the  Arab question , and the British</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=481 height=284 id="_x0000_i2592" src=pic-themeastpic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>In recent months a number of Arab States, </span><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><a href="http://www.arabrevolt.jo/en/events-list/amman-s-celebration-of-the-great-arab-revolt-centennial/"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>like for example Amman</span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>, have celebrated the centennial of the 'Arab Revolt' 1916-2016.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 Oct. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Soon I will be posting a series of three research articles about the Balfour Declaration and several more about the Versailles Treaty and the Making of the Modern Middle East, whereby first here an introductory: During the First World War, British strategy for the Middle East was aimed at protecting India, which meant keeping India s numerous Muslim subjects tranquil. Initially, this gained Whitehall s support, as it feared foreign troops in the Muslim Holy Land would make the followers of Hussein, the Sharif of Mecca, Emir of the Hejaz and potential British ally, oppose him. From Versailles to the Making of the Modern Middle East P.1: </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="20oct2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The  Arab revolt , Britain, and the Collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 Oct. 2016:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> Mark Sykes returned to England where, almost immediately, he was thrust into negotiations with M. Charles Franois Georges-Picot, French counselor in London and former French consul general in Beirut, to try to harmonize Anglo-French interests in  Turkey-in-Asia . Picot on the other hand had  expressed complete incredulity as to the projected Arab kingdom, said that the Sheikh had no big Arab chiefs with him, that the Arabs were incapable of combining, and that the whole scheme was visionary.' From Versailles to the Making of the modern Middle East P.2</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>: </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="24oct2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>The Arab question and the  shocking document that shaped the Middle East</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>26 Oct. 2016:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> The rebellion sparked by the Hussein-McMahon correspondence; the Sykes-Picot agreement; and memoranda such as the Balfour Declaration (to be dealt with in detail) all have shaped the Middle East into forms which would have been unrecognizable to the diplomats of the 19th <span class=SpellE>century.From</span> Versailles to the Making of the modern Middle East P.3: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="26oct2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The Menace of Jihad and How to Deal with It</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=394 height=287 id="_x0000_i2591" src=pic-modbord-s.jpg></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=388 height=287 id="_x0000_i2590" src=pic-ottemp-pic-s.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>29 Oct. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>French rivalry in the Hijaz; the British attempt to get the French government to recognize Britain s predominance on the Arabian Peninsula; the conflict between King Hussein and Ibn <span class=SpellE>Sa ud</span>, the Sultan of Najd; the British handling of the French desire to take part in the administration of Palestine; as well as the ways in which the British authorities, in London and on the spot, tried to manage French, Syrian, Zionist and Hashemite ambitions regarding Syria and <span class=SpellE>Palestine.From</span> Versailles to the Making of the modern Middle East P.4: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="29oct2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal;mso-bidi-font-style: normal'>The  Arab and the  Jewish question</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 Nov. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>The British authorities in Cairo, Baghdad, and London steadily lost their grip on the continuing and deepening rivalry between Hussein and Ibn <span class=SpellE>Sa ud</span>, <span class=GramE>in particular regarding</span> the possession of the desert town of <span class=SpellE>Khurma</span>. British warnings of dire consequences if the protagonists did not hold back and settle their differences peacefully had little or no effect. All the while the British wanted to abolish the Sykes Picot agreement. From Versailles to the Making of the modern Middle East P.5: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="6nov2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The Syrian question</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>16 Nov. 2016</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>: This is the most important and longest part. Following, a gripping account of the swashbuckling during the Paris Peace Conference deliberations including the Arab/Syrian, the King-Crane Commission, impasses and some breakthrough at the end. From Versailles to the Making of the modern Middle East P.6: </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="16nov2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The Paris Peace Conference deliberations</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>25 Nov. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>One of the most far-reaching outcomes of the First World War was the creation of Palestine, initially under Britain as the Mandatory, out of an ill-defined area of the southern Syrian boundary of the Ottoman Empire. Considering this, on 16 Nov. 2016, the British Parliament debated the Balfour Declaration and how its upcoming 2017 Centennial should be handled. Yet even professionals are often not familiar with the details surrounding the Balfour Declaration, thus here a detailed investigation. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="25nov2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The true history of the Balfour Declaration and its implementations P.1</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>28 Nov.2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Showing the topic is of ongoing relevance, following the British Parliament last week, tomorrow a discussion about the Balfour Declaration is to take place in the House of Commons. My analysis, however, is wholly independent of pro or contra stance and instead focuses on discovering the historical details that have been left out in recent discussions. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="28nov2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The true history of the Balfour Declaration and its implementations P.2</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>2 Dec. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Apart from the strategic consideration that they needed Palestine for the imperial defense of India, the decision by the War Cabinet to authorized foreign secretary Balfour to make a declaration of sympathy with Zionist aspirations in November 1917, one could ad, was also a curious blend of sentiment (the romantic notion of the Jews returning to their ancient lands after 1,800 years of exile) and anti- Antisemitism (world Jewry was a force that could vitally influence the outcome of the war) also led them to this decision.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="2dec2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The true history of the Balfour Declaration and its implementations P.3</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=347 height=256 id="_x0000_i2589" src=pic-balfdeclpic.jpg></span><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>29 November 2016 discussion about the Balfour Declaration at the British Houses of Parliament</span></i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>5 Dec. 2016:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>As we have seen, in the end, the idea was to use President Wilson s recognition of the Balkan nations right to self-determination  namely, freedom from Ottoman rule  to overcome his opposition to the implementation of this same policy in the Middle East. By supporting Zionist aspirations in Palestine, the Lloyd George Government thus strove to compel Wilson to expand his policy regarding the 'small nations' from the European regions of the Ottoman Empire to its Asian territories.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="5dec2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>The true history of the Balfour Declaration and its implementations P.4</span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.<span style='color:red'><o:p></o:p></span></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <div align=center> <table class=Tabellengitternetz border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 June 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>While a Brexit vote is very much possible, the leading voting reason is for Britain to quit the EU <span class=GramE>in order to</span> curb immigration. But not only would there be the grave economic implications when the UK leaves, the Brexit campaign and the rise of Europe's populist right have also dented Turkish hopes of ever joining the EU. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="6june2016.html"><span class=SpellE>What</span> will happen after Brexit:</a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=320 height=319 id="_x0000_i2588" src=pic-riskbr.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>17 June 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>The Islamic State has lost grip on more than 10% of territory in six months, following is what is still there:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=445 height=253 id="_x0000_i2587" src=pic-rmospic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>25 June 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>&quot;<span class=SpellE>Whe're</span> out&quot;, well sort of. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="25june2016.html">The <span class=SpellE>Implications</span> and <span class=SpellE>Germany's</span> <span class=SpellE>nightmare</span>:</a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=325 height=178 id="_x0000_i2586" src=pic-brexitpic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>10 July 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>In the wake of the more than a 100 people that were arrested in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today, one photo has stood out:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=263 height=178 id="_x0000_i2585" src=pic-complexitypic-s.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>With a situation where five police officers were shot at in Dallas, the picture, of course, should not miss the complexity of the situation.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>11 July 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>The new British prime minister will lead a divided parliament and a divided country. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="11july2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The next steps of Theresa May</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>12 July 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>The Hague Tribunal Decides China has &quot;no historic rights&quot; in South China Sea: An international tribunal ruled that China s claim to historic rights in most of the South China Sea has no legal basis, dealing a severe setback to Beijing that the U.S. fears could intensify Chinese efforts to establish its control by force</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>. </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="12july2016.html"><span class=SpellE>Continue</span>& </a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=281 height=178 id="_x0000_i2584" src=pic-mdisputeddpic-s.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align: justify'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>13 July 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Boris is <span class=GramE>back, and</span> could be a risky pick. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="13july2016.html"><span class=SpellE>Today s</span> <span class=SpellE>cabinet</span> <span class=SpellE>appointments</span> <span class=SpellE>sends</span> a <span class=SpellE>clear</span> <span class=SpellE>signal</span> <span class=SpellE>however</span>.</a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=189 height=143 id="_x0000_i2583" src=pic-borispic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>16 July 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>The failed attempt by military factions to overthrow the elected government could be viewed as a victory for democracy. But it also reflects the increasing political polarization, repression of dissent, and fear for the country s security that have emerged under President Recep Tayyip <span class=SpellE>Erdoan</span>. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="16july2016.html"><span class=SpellE>Turkey s</span> <span class=SpellE>new</span> Sultanate</a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=349 height=157 id="_x0000_i2582" src=pic-t-attemptpic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 July 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>WikiLeaks releases 300 thousand internal emails from <span class=SpellE>Erdoan's</span> AKP - through to July 7, 2016 plus 500,000 documents from in the wake of the failed coup. Crackdown in Turkey targeted over 58,000 people. Greek Air force confirms Erdogan was not chased by fighter jets during coup. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="20july2016.html"><span class=SpellE>Turkey's</span> <span class=SpellE>government</span> <span class=SpellE>fears</span> <span class=SpellE>second</span> <span class=SpellE>coup</span>:</a><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=344 height=178 id="_x0000_i2581" src=pic-tfeardpic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 July 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Today British Intel published in the print edition of Focus Magazine shows Turkey knew in advance about coup plus </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="24july2016.html"><span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Conclusion about what is really happening in Turkey</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=323 height=178 id="_x0000_i2580" src=pic-t-reallyh.jpg></span><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>1 Aug. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Like Aleppo, Putin gave Chechen people of Grozny a chance to leave. Then destruction began. the Syrian Civil War is now in a critical stage. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="1aug2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The make or break battle currently underway, rebels appear to be losing</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=298 height=229 id="_x0000_i2579" src=pic-syr-npic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>29 July 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Up to 1 million people could be forced to flee their homes in Iraq soon as fighting intensifies in a government offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said, plus 'growing evidence' Russia is using cluster bombs in Syria. And then today we have Aleppo. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="29july2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>FM denounces &quot;cynical game&quot; of Syrian regime and rebuked Moscow</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 Aug. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Battle for Aleppo intensifies as rebels around 5 am this morning entered the </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="1aug2016.html"><span class=SpellE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>Ramouseh</span></span></a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Artillery Base, and a few hours later, the Islamic Front said the siege of east Aleppo has been broken. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="6aug2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Who are the rebels and how will Assad and Russia respond</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=337 height=184 id="_x0000_i2578" src=pic-rbasepic-s.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>11 Aug 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot: </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="11aug2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Concerns Russia could use the alleged plot in Crimea to justify more military incursions into the Ukraine</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>14 Aug 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Rebels in Aleppo trying to advance after broken the siege of Aleppo, </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="14aug2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>question is for how long</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>22 Aug 2016:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Investigating the dead of Hammarskjld in the Congo.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Mads <span class=SpellE>Brgger</span> &quot;Cold Case Hammarskjld&quot; and the making of the Operation Celeste myth, plus not a myth: </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="22aug2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Head of UN, Ban Ki-moon, seeks to appoint investigator for fatal crash of Dag Hammarskjld</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=306 height=182 id="_x0000_i2577" src=pic-celpic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>27 August 2016:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> It is not without historical irony that the centenary of the Great War was accompanied by civil war in Syria and Iraq, revolution in Egypt, and violent clashes between Jews and Arabs over the Palestinian question, as if to offer proof that many of the issues raised but not solved by the First World War and its immediate aftermath are still with us today. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="27aug2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Investigating the never-ending Great War</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=360 height=237 id="_x0000_i2576" src=pic-londsold2pic.jpg></span><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=390 height=237 id="_x0000_i2575" src=pic-londsold1pic.jpg></span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <div align=center> <table class=Tabellengitternetz border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 Aug 2016:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'> As </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="25may2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>suggested by me earlier</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Turkish tanks and jets backed by planes from a U.S.-led coalition launched an offensive into Syria today. President Erdogan said the operation was targeting both Islamic State and the Kurdish PYD party. As I suggested on 25 May, the effect of the operation will be to preserve a corridor between Turkey and ISIS. Turkey told the Kurdish YPG that when they do not move back east across the Euphrates River within a week that Turkish troops will drive them back by force.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU'><a href="24aug2016.html">International rivalry and the battle for Syria</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Helvetica;color:black; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU'>.</span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=315 height=275 id="_x0000_i2574" src=pic-sconflpic.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>10 Sept. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>The Hajj, Muslim worshipers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca: </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="10sept2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>What two million people are about to do here</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=476 height=283 id="_x0000_i2573" src=pic-mworshpic.jpg></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>28 Sept. 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Did Aleppo's </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="6aug2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Grozny moment</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'> arrive? </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="28sept2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>If there was ever any hope of salvaging the latest cease-fire in Syria, there isn't anymore</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 June 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Yesterday we were on transit in <span class=SpellE><span class=GramE>N.Thailand</span></span> where we visited among others  the White Temple near Chiang Rai:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=296 height=223 id="_x0000_i2572" src=pic-chrpic2.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=296 height=223 id="_x0000_i2571" src=pic-chrpic.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=296 height=223 id="_x0000_i2570" src=pic-chrpic4.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=305 height=223 id="_x0000_i2569" src=pic-chrpic5.jpg></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div align=center> <table class=Tabellengitternetz border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 May 2015</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>In what appeared to be an act of defiance Greece's defense minister recently threatens to send migrants including jihadists to Western Europe. And while this would be problematic, <span class=GramE>my opinion is that Greece</span> will turn around and agree to yield about austerity.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><a href="24may2015.html">Greece expected to strike a deal with the EU</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'>.</span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=306 height=174 id="_x0000_i2568" src=pic-twofl.jpg></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>9 Aug. 2015:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="9aug2015.html">Fighting in Syria seen problematic for Damascus while exit strategy for Assad under discussion</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>21 Aug. 2015:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="21aug2015.html">The Weather as influenced by El Nino going forward</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>26 Aug. 2015: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="26aug2015.html">From Chinese yuan adjustment to the fall of world markets; the lesson to learn.</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>23 Sept. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>Why the Islamic State represents a new and more dangerous evolution in the development of violent extremism and demonstrate its deep roots in Islamic history (click on image):<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><a href="23sept2015.html"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=337 height=234 id="_x0000_i2567" src=pic-kartefnearandf.jpg></span></i></b></a></span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Online tool </span><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><a href="http://www.start.umd.edu/baad/network/2012"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>reveals terrorist networks and behavior over time</span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 Nov. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>In the last few weeks, Islamic State has carried out massacres in Baghdad, Ankara, and south Beirut, and downed a Russian plane with 224 passengers. It has taunted survivors with threats of future attacks as if its deepest wish were to provoke violent retaliation. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="20nov2015.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Paris and the end times of ISIS:</span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>21 Nov. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>The Paris debacle has also put the  long united long divided Belgium back in the limelight. Belgium powers have been highly decentralized to try to prevent the country from breaking apart. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="21nov2015.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Why this complicates the reaction to the Paris attacks:</span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black; mso-themecolor:text1;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>On the left smog in Delhi, India. On the right smog in Beijing, China.<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=277 height=185 id="_x0000_i2566" src=pic-poll.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=328 height=185 id="_x0000_i2565" src=pic-smog2.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>26 Nov. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>In a few days world leaders will gather in Paris for a grand conference on climate change, the 21st such get-together since the United Nations began to grapple with the issue. A torrent of pronouncements and promises has already issued forth from Pope Francis, Xi Jinping, Barack Obama and many others. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="26nov2015.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Here is a blueprint as to how to approach the problems:</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>28 Nov. 2015:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Russia's sanctions might increase: </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="28nov2015.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Why Turkey shot down the Russian Jet</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=287 height=181 id="_x0000_i2564" src=pic-wsys.jpg></span><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>12 Dec. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black; mso-themecolor:text1;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Three days <span class=GramE>ago</span> I arrived in Myanmar P.1: I look at why despite the NLD's sweeping win, public doubts linger about the military's government role given its record of political intervention and lucrative network of businesses that could be impacted by future policy shifts. I also look at the background of the <span class=GramE>so called</span> peace agreement and why the fighting in Myanmar continues.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-themecolor:text1; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="visitBurma.html"><span class=SpellE>Discovering</span> <span class=SpellE>the</span> <span class=SpellE>background</span> <span class=SpellE>from</span> <span class=SpellE>where</span> <span class=SpellE>today s</span> Myanmar <span class=SpellE>evolved</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-themecolor:text1; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=253 height=181 id="_x0000_i2563" src=pic-elefmyanmar.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>17 Dec. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black; mso-themecolor:text1;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Myanmar P.2:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>A lot of the current fighting is taking place in the area around <span class=SpellE>Hpakant</span>, not surprising one of the leading jade-producing zones. <span class=GramE>Plus</span> concern NLD goes the way of AFPFL in the parliamentary era of the 1950s. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-themecolor:text1; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="17dec2015.html"><span class=SpellE>To</span> <span class=SpellE>Myitkyina</span> and <span class=SpellE>Kachin</span> State</a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black; mso-themecolor:text1;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=253 height=184 id="_x0000_i2562" src=pic-peacekl.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=137 height=181 id="_x0000_i2561" src=pic-buddterr.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>19 Dec. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black; mso-themecolor:text1;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Myanmar P.3 ethnic cleansing in <span class=SpellE>Sittwe</span>: Among others the 969 movement (by some seen as influenced by the psywar department) and how intolerance threatens Myanmar s nascent transition to a more open, democratic state.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-themecolor:text1; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="19dec2015.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Two kinds of Monks</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:black;mso-themecolor:text1;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold'>On the left rural market, on the right walking through Shan State<o:p></o:p></span></i></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=253 height=186 id="_x0000_i2560" src=pic-market-s.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=243 height=185 id="_x0000_i2559" src=pic-myanmar-le.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>23 Dec. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black; mso-themecolor:text1;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Traveling through Myanmar P.4 Shan State: Even after having signed a ceasefire, the Burmese military continued to attack the Burma Army and the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army-North areas. Ethnic rebels in the north of Burma, such as the Kachin Independence Army (KLA) and the <span class=SpellE>Ta ang</span> National Liberation Army (TNLA), have accused the Burmese government of actively participating in the drug trade, whilst at the same time claiming to be cracking down on it.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black;mso-themecolor:text1; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="23dec2015.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The Challenge of Unity in a Divided Country</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black; mso-themecolor:text1;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>27 Dec. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Traveling through Myanmar P.5: If the Kachin have suffered the most at the hands of the Burmans in recent years, it is the Karen who have fought them for the longest.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="27dec2015.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Past the Golden Rock to Karen (<span class=SpellE>Kayin</span>) State</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>30 Dec. 2015: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Traveling through Myanmar P.6:</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Moulmein, Orwell, Kipling, the Mon, including revisiting the bizarre insurgency of two teenage boys. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="30dec2015.html"><span class=SpellE><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'>Mawlamyine</span></span><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language: EN-US'> and beyond</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 Feb 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>South China Sea: </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="24feb2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Risks of a clash caused by China s paramilitary ships that could bring U.S. forces to bear in defense of U.S. allies</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>10 April 2016:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'> What is commonly known as the 'Russian Civil War' was, in fact, a whole series of overlapping and mutually reinforcing conflicts. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="10april2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The second First World War</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>17 April 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>After another incident just before in the Baltic Sea, currently the news is abuzz with reckless behavior by Russia vis a vis a US plane: </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="17april2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>We tell you why it happened</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 May 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>Aung San Suu Kyi Asks U.S. Not to Refer to  Rohingya : </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="6may2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Myanmar update</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>16 May 2016: </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="16may2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Does the Middle East Need New Borders?</span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>18 May 2016:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Although there are limits to these weapons' effectiveness, N. Korea would counter strike using its considerable artillery, rocket and missile arsenal. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="18may2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Continue& </span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>25 May 2016: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style: italic'>As the fighting intensifies in southern Turkey and northern Syria, various Kurdish factions are becoming significantly more important. </span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="25may2016.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>How close is ISIS to defeat, and will Turkey invade Syria?</span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>I attended the Honolulu Festival <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span style='color:red'>7-8 March 2015</span></i></b> with underneath some of the photos I took:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=287 height=181 id="_x0000_i2558" src=pic-obli.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=289 height=181 id="_x0000_i2557" src=pic-1-o.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=284 height=181 id="_x0000_i2556" src=pic-3ob.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=285 height=181 id="_x0000_i2555" src=pic-4ob.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=285 height=181 id="_x0000_i2554" src=pic-2un.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=281 height=181 id="_x0000_i2553" src=pic-1unli.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=288 height=181 id="_x0000_i2552" src=pic-2-o.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=284 height=181 id="_x0000_i2551" src=pic-3un.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>29 Jan. 2015: </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="29jan2015.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Russian Aristocrats, Putin, and European extreme <span class=GramE>right wing</span> parties</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>1 Jan. 2015:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> The EU unable to solve its fundamental problem, unlikely that the Russian Federation will survive in its current form, why instability in the Arab world is to continue, the problem for China.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:black;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-AU style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="1jan2015.html">The world going forward:</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div align=center> <table class=Tabellengitternetz border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 July 2013: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>With the approach of the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, attention will focus again on the  origin of the First World War.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Following is the story of an unnecessary tragedy - one that can be understood only by retracing the steps taken by those who went down the road to war. Almost every day it seemed possible that the crisis could be settled as so many had been over the previous decade; almost every day there was a new suggestion that gave statesmen hope that war could be avoided without abandoning vital interests.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>With each passing day, we see how the personalities of leading figures such as Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Tsar Nicholas II, Sir Edward Grey, and Raymond <span class=SpellE>Poincar</span> were central to the unfolding crisis, how their hopes and fears intersected as events unfolded, and how each new decision produced a response that complicated or escalated matters to the point where they became almost impossible to contain.<span style='color:#330033'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#330033'><a href="originWW1.html">A new investigation why the First World War broke out</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=147 height=186 id="_x0000_i2550" src=pic-countd-s.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=123 height=186 id="_x0000_i2549" src=pic-grkrieg-s.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>7 July 2013: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>Dissecting the events in Sean McMeekin's book; </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="7july2013.html">The Real Russian Origins of the First World War</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>1March 2014: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="1march2014.html">Enter the Unfolding Crises in Europe and the Ukraine/Crimea:</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=232 height=189 id="_x0000_i2548" src=pic-ukrainecard.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>2 March 2014:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:#330033'><a href="2march2014.html">Resurgence or is Russia Doomed? Continue:</a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=239 height=198 id="_x0000_i2547" src=pic-ukrainekiev.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=256 height=193 id="_x0000_i2546" src=pic-ukrainetrade.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>4 March 2014: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="4march2014.html">Thailand and the Political and Economic Volatility in Important Markets</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'>.</span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=212 height=191 id="_x0000_i2545" src=pic-thailandelectionresults.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 March 2014: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'></span></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="6march2014.html">Intelligence scoop of what is happening with the Ukraine and the standoff between Russia the US and Europe:</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=229 height=167 id="_x0000_i2544" src=pic-ukraineships.jpg></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=239 height=169 id="_x0000_i2543" src=pic-ukrainepolitdiv.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>9 March 2014:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Had Israel lost its war of independence in 1948, its territory would have been divided among the invading Arab forces. And as a recent article argues the name Palestine would have vanished into the dustbin of history. After the war, the Arab states continued to manipulate the Palestinian national cause to their ends. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="9march2014.html">The Palestinians' Real Enemies</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>. </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>16 March 2014: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:#990033'>Case Study:</span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'> </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="putin-neweurasianism.html">The  decline of the West and a look behind Putin s new <span class=SpellE>Eurasianism</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>22 May 2014: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="22may2014.html">Uighur terrorist attack in China, a shoot-out between the Koreas along their disputed maritime border and, to top it off, a coup in Thailand</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>4 Dec. 2014: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>Putin s speech: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="4dec2014.html">The main question now is whether Russia will push back with what power it has left or find a way to compromise with this shifting worldview</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=284 height=169 id="_x0000_i2542" src=pic-russeconomy.jpg></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>30 Nov. 2014:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%'>Venezuela s international reserves declined $1.3 billion following declining oil price. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="30nov2014.html">The worsening situation will make 2015 a crucial year for Venezuela:</a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=253 height=185 id="_x0000_i2541" src=pic-venezuelafp.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>26 Nov. 2014: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>While al Qaeda might have longed to take control of a significant nation-state, it primarily remained a sparse, if widespread, terrorist organization. It held no significant territory permanently; it was a movement, not a place. But the Islamic State, as its name suggests, is different. It sees itself as the kernel from which a transnational Islamic state should grow, and it has established itself in Syria and Iraq as a geographical entity. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="26nov2014.html">The Future of the Islamic State:</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=251 height=186 id="_x0000_i2540" src=pic-battlespace.jpg></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <div align=center> <table class=Tabellengitternetz border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>14 Oct. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="14oct2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The Intervention Force in Mali</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 Nov.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="24nov2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The contradictory web that fuels conflicts in the Middle East</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal'>.</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>30 Nov. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Background </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'>of the crises in Egypt: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#330033'><a href="30nov2012.html">Consequences for the balance of power between the Brotherhood and the military</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=203 height=160 id="_x0000_i2539" src=pic-stadtb.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>27 <span class=GramE>Nov.,</span> 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Background of the crises in Egypt: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="27nov2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Protesters Storm Muslim Brotherhood Offices</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>5 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast today <span class=GramE>in the midst of</span> a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="5dec2012.html">Why Assad Won t Use Chemical Weapons, yet why we should still be worried</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>7 Dec. 2012: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>Background of the crises in Egypt: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="7dec2012.html">What next with Egypt and Syria to Jordan</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>10 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="10dec2012.html">Why the War in Syria will not end with the removal of the al Assad regime</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>13 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="13dec2012.html">Will the European Crises soon be over?</a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Suitable for Christmas and New Year, the below are just a few of the more than 100 titles about  positive thinking published this month. <span class=GramE>Plus</span> then there is  The Power of Negative Thinking by Bob Knight. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="selfhelp_books.html">The Secret of Positive Thinking, Self Help books and Happiness</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=95 height=144 id="_x0000_i2538" src=pic-posthinking.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=157 height=144 id="_x0000_i2537" src=pic-exclife.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=97 height=144 id="_x0000_i2536" src=pic-posthinkinghelp.jpg></span></i></b><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=119 height=143 id="_x0000_i2535" src=pic-selfmmill.jpg></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid black 1.0pt; mso-border-themecolor:text1;border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid black .5pt; mso-border-left-themecolor:text1;mso-border-alt:solid black .5pt;mso-border-themecolor: text1;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Of importance to China, the question of the next Dalai Lama is political, not spiritual. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="tulkutibet.html">The future Dalai Lama:</a><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>28 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Apart from  positive thinking no other new religious movement coming from the USA has received so much attention as Scientology. Here a complete expose including an update about the signposts for reincarnated Scientologists who come from outer space plus 'could Belgium Bring Down Scientology?' and a review of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood &amp; The Prison of Belief. Enter Scientology:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><a href="28dec2012.html"><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language: DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes; text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=112 height=157 id="_x0000_i2534" src=pic-hubb.jpg></span></a><a href="28dec2012.html"><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language: DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes; text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=256 height=155 id="_x0000_i2533" src=pic-tremlog.jpg></span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>29 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Myanmar army jets yesterday fired on positions near the Kachin Capital</span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'>: <a href="kachin29dec2012.html">China/US, 2013 projection for Myanmar/ Burma</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>30 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> What next with Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="30dec2012.html">The Arab World in Transition 2013</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>31 Dec. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Two of the subjects that will become of increased importance the next months are Europe and the Middle East once more, today: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="31dec2012.html">The fate of Europe in 2013</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>17 Jan. 2013:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Al <span class=SpellE>Quaeda</span> and the Algerian hostage crises plus: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="17jan2013.html">Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Morocco, <span class=SpellE>Lybia</span>, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>18 Jan. 2013:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>French colonial policy redux or a new <span class=GramE>chance?:</span> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="18jan2013.html">The Next Phase of the Mali Intervention</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 Jan. 2013:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Algerian hostage crises is over: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="20jan2013.html">When will Future Attacks take place</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>22 Jan. 2013:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Long-term conflict brewing in the Middle East: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="22jan2013.html">The Sunni-Shia struggle</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>1 July 2013:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="1July2013.html">Countdown Egypt: Why Egypt's <span class=SpellE>Mursi</span> will either resign or be sacked on 3 July</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>26 Aug. 2013:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="26Aug2013.html">Obama s Syria and What the Confrontation Will Look Like:</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>23 Nov. 2013:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> China creates air defense zone over Japan-controlled islands. As Japan and China increase air activity around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea, the United States is steadily increasing its active involvement to reassure Tokyo and send a warning to Beijing. But Beijing may seek an opportunity to challenge U.S. primacy in what China considers its territorial waters. Continue:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US><a href="Chinaseas23nov2013.html"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none'><img border=0 width=320 height=260 id="_x0000_i2532" src=pic-china-ch-gas.jpg></span></i></b></a></span><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <div align=center> <table class=Tabellengitternetz border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-border-insideh:.5pt solid windowtext;mso-border-insidev: .5pt solid windowtext'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>17 Sept. 2012: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>China: &quot;For <span class=GramE>The</span> Respect Of The Motherland, We Must Go To War With Japan.&quot; </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="17sept2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>History as a political weapon:</span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=212 height=151 id="_x0000_i2531" src=pic-protest.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>21 Sept. 2012: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>The past ten days Salafi led unrest in reaction to an anti-Islamic video spread through the Muslim world. Here a look at who is behind it: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="21sept2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The Salafist Resurgence</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span class=GramE><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'>1<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Oct.</span></i></b></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> 2012: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="1oct2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Forecast for Asia, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Former Soviet <span class=SpellE>Union,Middle</span> East/North Africa, South Asia, Latin America</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>15 Oct. 2012: </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="15oct2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The Start of Europe s fragmentation</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=196 height=136 id="_x0000_i2530" src=pic-independ.jpg></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>20 Oct. 2012: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Lebanon on a knife-edge: With Turkey moving warplanes to the Syrian <span class=SpellE>border,US</span> troops on standby in Jordan, the new tensions in Lebanon today are widening the influence of the Syrian civil war to <span class=SpellE>neighbouring</span> countries; </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="20oct2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Background forms the rebel Free Syrian Army supply lines in Lebanon</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=220 height=124 id="_x0000_i2529" src=pic-lebstr.jpg></span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=191 height=126 id="_x0000_i2528" src=pic-libdemo.jpg></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>24 Oct. 2012: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'>The insurgency in Thailand: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="20oct2012-2.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Multiple Dilemmas</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=126 height=140 id="_x0000_i2527" src=pic-thaiterr.jpg></span><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>27 Oct. 2012: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Satellite pictures show hundreds of buildings by Muslim Rohingya are destroyed in the coastal town of <span class=SpellE>Kyaukpyu</span> alone. </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="27oct2012.html"><span class=SpellE>Myanmar's</span> <span class=SpellE>Shame</span>:</a></span></i></b><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=216 height=117 id="_x0000_i2526" src=pic-burmadestr.jpg></span><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>30 Oct. 2012: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'>Lebanon and what next with Syria: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="30oct2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Charting the course of future events</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=189 height=160 id="_x0000_i2525" src=pic-nsyria.jpg></span><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='line-height:normal'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'>7 Nov 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="asianext.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Upcoming turmoil in Asia?</span></a></span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>16 Nov. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'></span>The Gaza offensive: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="16nov2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Egyptian-Israeli relations, other groups than Hamas, wider relevance or importance</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>17 Nov. 2012:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Iran and the Gaza Offensive: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="17nov2012.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Why the Iranian connection will complicate the situation</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>29 Dec. 2011: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Iran threatens to block Strait of Hormuz oil route, </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="29dec2011.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>yet why they will not</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>. (with Iran's Nuclear Sites map).</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>22 Dec. 2011: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA'>Why the European crisis </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="22dec2011.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>has been solved</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>(for a while).</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>6 Nov. 2011: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#330033'><a href="6nov2011.html">Military steps up plans for Iran attack?</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language: DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=263 height=143 id="_x0000_i2524" src=pic-isir.jpg></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>27 Oct. 2011: </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#330033'><a href="27oct2011.html">Europe s Crises Worsening</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>21 Oct. 2011: </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'><a href="21oct2011.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>The financial crisis Europe faces it has not wanted to admit even exists (with graphs)</span></a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>3 Oct. 2011: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'>Geopolitical Imperatives of Greece and Consequences of the Coming Default:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US><a href="3oct2011.html"><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=253 height=175 id="_x0000_i2523" src=pic-greecegeographyb.jpg></span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:#330033'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>31 Aug. 2011:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> Three days that rocked the world: </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="Gorbachev-end.html">The Qaddafi libel against Gorbachev and the last days of the Soviet Union</a><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Enter:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="arabrevolt.html">Arab Spring 2011</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <div align=center> <table class=Tabellengitternetz border=1 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;border-collapse:collapse;border:none; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt: 0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-border-insideh:.5pt solid windowtext;mso-border-insidev: .5pt solid windowtext'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red'>23 Jan. 2008:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> According to the Dictionary of Gnosis &amp; Western Esotericism, 2005, p. 1049: &quot;Because of the nature of its worldview, Scientology can be seen as belonging within the domain of Western esotericism&quot; (the latter topic I covered in a seminar </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><a href="esotericagoingmainstream.html">in 2001 see update here:</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>) Now, following the recent book by Andrew Morton,  Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography <b><i><span style='color: #993366'>Case Study</span></i></b> (updated July 2008):</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'> <a href="CruiseBook-23jan2008.html">Scientology Unveiled</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red'>18 July 2008: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Proceeding from Thomas <span class=SpellE>Craughwell s</span> recent description in  How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World I trace the Huns to their Mongol related origin in what is now China, and how close they came to taking Rome:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><a href="18july2008.html">Continue...</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red'>22 July 2008:</span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'> </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>The following three books focus on the time when Turkish troops under Mustafa Kemal (aka Ataturk) took Smyrna. However, they also present an introduction to the larger context of the events in question. As we will next see, some of these issues still play <span class=SpellE>al</span> role in </span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><a href="cyprusproblem.html">Turkish bid for EU membership</a></span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>, today:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><a href="Milton22july2008.html"><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:windowtext; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=104 height=140 id="_x0000_i2522" src=pic-paradiselost-s.jpg></span></a><a href="Milton22july2008.html"><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:windowtext; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=97 height=140 id="_x0000_i2521" src=pic-greecetruelight.jpg></span></a><a href="Milton22july2008.html"><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:windowtext; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=90 height=140 id="_x0000_i2520" src=pic-paradisel.jpg></span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red'>7 Aug. 2008:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> France has rejected <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7545168.stm">Rwandan claims accusing French officials</a> of playing an active role in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. But what are the real facts? <b><i><span style='color:#993366'>Case Study: </span></i></b><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'></span><b><i><a href="FrenchRwandaFile.html">The French Rwanda File</a></i></b>:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red'>14 Aug. 2008: </span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:purple'>Case Study:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> <b><i><a href="14aug2008.html">Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East.</a></i></b> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red'>28 Aug. 2008: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Communal <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7582887.stm">violence is continuing</a> in the Indian state of Orissa, and since this has been going on <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7582887.stm">for some time</a> we investigated: <b><i><a href="Orissa28Aug.html">Why Orissa</a></i></b> </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red'>5 Sept. 2008: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>While <a href="http://thecurrent.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/03/science-of-the-apocalypse.php"> Science of the Apocalypse </a> drew a law suit demanding that the U.S. halt construction, The Telegraph today reports LHG Scientists get <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2008/09/05/scilhc105.xml">&quot;end of the world&quot;</a> death threats.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span><b><i><a href="5sept2008.html">Apocalypse: The History of an Idea</a></i></b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-ansi-language:DE; mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes'><img border=0 width=184 height=124 id="_x0000_i2519" src=pic-cern.jpg></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Why some people believe the Large Hadron Collider cause the end of the world.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red'>6 Sept. 2008:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> Today Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has made a landmark visit to Armenia. Due to Turkey s <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7038900.stm">denial of an Armenian genocide</a>, normally such contact would take place. In fact, it is only recently that also Germany s historical role in the Armenian drama is <a href="http://www.thehamburgexpress.com/content/view/872/51">emerging</a>. And one reason Germany was so complacent in the matter might have been because Wilhelm II hatched a plan where Turkey would be colonized by Germans. <b><i><a href="WilhelmllTurkeycoloniser.html">Case Study:</a></i></b> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red'>8 Sept.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>2008:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> Last week a new High-tech tool for unmasking <span class=GramE>counterfeit<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>wine</span> was unveiled. Yet it was hard to be sure whether a wine was fraudulent or not-- when even definitions of what  wine was were not clear. <span class=GramE>Hence</span> we researched: <b><i><a href="wine.html">The Secret Wine Report</a></i></b>. <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red'>19 Sept. 2008:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> While a recent book &quot;Alexander <span class=SpellE>Dugin</span> and Extreme Right Networks&quot; claimed neo-Eurasian involvement with the secret services, following a mention by Newsweek and <a href="http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,574812,00.html">Der Spiegel</a>, the CSM now asks if <span class=SpellE>Alexandr</span> <span class=SpellE>Dugin</span> is really the new sage of the Kremlin. <b><i><a href="newmap.html">Russian <span class=SpellE>Eurasianism</span>: A New Ideology of Empire?</a></i></b></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic'> <o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:red'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>13 Sept. 2008:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> Chinese Yellow Turban rebellion, Celestial and Terrestrial Spirits, Taiping Rebellion, Boxer Uprising, Falun Gong. <b><i><span style='color:#993366'>Case Study: </span><a href="PoliticalQigong.html">The Politics of Qigong</a></i></b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>14 Sept. 2008:</span></i></b><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri'>Five bomb blasts leave 21 people dead in New Delhi. Attacks claimed by &quot;<b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><a href="28july2008.html">Indian <span class=SpellE>Mujahadeen</span></a></i></b>&quot; like <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><a href="28july2008.html">recent attacks in Ahmedabad and Jaipur</a></i></b>. Media reports said 10 people had been arrested.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:red'>17 Sept. 2008: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>Having carefully watched last night s ABC special  UFOs: Seeing is Believing we continue with:<b><i><span style='color:red'> <a href="ufo2008.html">Investigating, UFOs Seeing is Believing</a></span>.<span style='color:red'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></span></p> <p align=left style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:red'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p align=left style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>24 Sept. 2008</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Millenarian Bolshevism and Nazism, Russia's New Map, Analyses of <span class=SpellE>Abimael</span> Guzman s Shining Path, The Paranoia of Pol Pot's Communism, the Globalization of Genocide, Mongolia and East Germany, Cuba and Bulgaria, Romania and North Korea, Eastern Germany and Soviet Central Asia, Bin Laden's <span class=SpellE>conspirational</span> <span class=GramE>paranoid ,</span> Radical Islam, the Caliphate and Iraq.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'> </span></i></b><span class=MsoHyperlink><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:windowtext'><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><a href="millviolence.html">Apocalyptic Politics During the 20st Century and Beyond</a></i></b></span></span><span class=MsoHyperlink><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:windowtext; text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>.</span></i></b></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:solid windowtext 1.0pt; border-left:none;mso-border-left-alt:solid windowtext .5pt;mso-border-alt: solid windowtext .5pt;padding:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt'> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>28 Sept. 2008: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>From New Thought to <span class=SpellE>Self Improvement</span> Books:<span style='color:red'> <o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><a href="selfbooks.html" target="_blank"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red;mso-ansi-language: DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes; text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=97 height=145 id="_x0000_i2518" src=pic-awakening.jpg></span></i></b></a><a href="selfbooks.html" target="_blank"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none'><img border=0 width=90 height=145 id="_x0000_i2517" src=pic-want-it.jpg></span></i></b></a><a href="selfbooks.html" target="_blank"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=89 height=145 id="_x0000_i2516" src=pic-relationship.jpg></span></i></b></a><a href="selfbooks.html" target="_blank"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;color:red;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE; mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline: none'><img border=0 width=89 height=145 id="_x0000_i2515" src=pic-mindprogramming.jpg></span></i></b></a><a href="selfbooks.html" target="_blank"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red; mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA; mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=82 height=145 id="_x0000_i2514" src=pic-innerpower.jpg></span></i></b></a></span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri;color:red'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>29 Sept. 2008: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>The Politically Incorrect Guide to Psychology and Psychiatry:<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p style='margin:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><a href="shelp.html" target="_blank"><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red;mso-ansi-language: DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes; text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=120 height=109 id="_x0000_i2513" src=freudpic.jpg></span></i></b></a><a href="shelp.html" target="_blank"><span lang=DE style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:DE;mso-fareast-language:DE;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;mso-no-proof:yes;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=112 height=107 id="_x0000_i2512" src=dividedmindpickl.jpg></span></a></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ascii-font-family: Calibri;mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red'>4 Oct. 2008: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>Three recent books  Healing, Hype, or <span class=GramE>Harm?:</span> A Critical Analysis of Complementary or Alternative Medicine ,  Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All&quot; and  Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine do not only critique alternative medicine, but tells us also a lot about its history. We investigated further: <b><i><a href="acup-homeopathy.html" target="_blank">Alternative Medicine in Context</a></i></b>. </span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red'>5 Oct. 2008: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'>But while regulations regarding alternative therapies are now <span style='mso-bidi-font-weight: bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic'>being</span> considered, it might be time to do the same with mainstream medicine today. For example, when do new treatments stop being experimental? We all <span class=GramE>have a tendency to</span> think that &quot;newer is better&quot; and &quot;more is better&quot; when it comes to medical care. We want to believe the marketing and media hype that describes many modest scientific steps as &quot;lifesaving new technology.&quot; <b><i><span style='color:#993366'>Case Study:</span></i></b> <b><i><a href="hope.html" target="_blank">Medical Advancements to the Test</a></i></b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;color:red'>14 Oct. 2008:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'> Where <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7669109.stm" target="_blank">today</a> saw the end of a Khmer Rouge trial, <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7556533.stm" target="_blank">early 2009</a> will see the high level trial of chief interrogator <span class=SpellE>Kaing</span> <span class=SpellE>Guek</span> <span class=SpellE>Eav</span>, also known as <span class=SpellE>Duch</span>. And while the reason for the genocidal craze remained a mystery to date, we investigated and discovered&nbsp;the utopian longings and delusions of lost or stolen grandeur combined with delusions of persecution along with virulent conspiracy theories. <b><i><a href="PolPot.html" target="_blank">The Why of Khmer Rouge Terror</a></i></b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>5 Jan. 2009:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> Having already commented&nbsp;on the <b><i><a href="4jan2009.html" target="_blank">Israeli military incursion</a></i></b> into the Gaza Strip which grabbed the headlines this week, we investigated P1:&nbsp; <b><i><a href="israel.html" target="_blank">Geostrategy of Israel</a></i></b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>7 Jan. 2009:</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> The Problems with Israel and Palestine P2: <b><i><a href="palestine.html" target="_blank">Geostrategy of the Palestinians</a></i></b>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>10 Jan. 2009: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>The Problems with Israel and Palestine P3: <b><i><a href="13jan2009.html" target="_blank">The Palestinian Challenge Beyond Israel</a></i></b>.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; color:red'>17 July 2009:&nbsp;</span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'> Jemaah <span class=SpellE>Islamiah</span> is most likely behind the fatal blasts in two Jakarta hotels today. <b><i><a href="17july2009.html" target="_blank">Jemaah <span class=SpellE>Islamiah</span> and Global Jihad</a></i></b>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri;color:red'>25 July 2009:&nbsp;</span></i></b><span class=MsoHyperlink><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><a href="chinatoday.html">China Today</a></span></i></b></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri'>.</span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:#330033'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left;line-height:normal'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size: 14.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>10 Oct. 2009: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'>Having mentioned this <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><a href="7aug2008.html">more than a year ago</a></i></b>, the BBC <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8299712.stm">today</a> now confirms that Turkey and Armenia are preparing to sign a historic agreement normalizing relations.</span><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> &nbsp;</span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt'><o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT'>9 March 2010: </span></i></b><span class=MsoHyperlink><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><a href="8march2010.html">Predicaments of Pakistan in Afghanistan:</a></span></i></b></span><span class=MsoHyperlink><span lang=EN-US style='mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span class=MsoHyperlink><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri'><o:p><span style='text-decoration: none'>&nbsp;</span></o:p></span></i></b></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT'>15 March 2010: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri'>The dressing-down from Israel's closest ally over the approval of plans for new homes in Jerusalem during the US vice president's visit continued in full force over the weekend. One solution to leave Jerusalem undivided however would be to internationalize it. <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><a href="15march2010.html">A Brief History of the Jerusalem Problem:</a></i></b><span class=MsoHyperlink><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT'>10 April 2010: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri'>While it will have little effect on the permission for the US to have a transit bases there, it is clear from the April 7 revolution in Kyrgyzstan, that Russia <span class=GramE>is capable of creating</span>  color revolution -style uprisings in countries where it wants to increase its influence. And why China might be concerned, plus Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, The Baltic States. <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><a href="10april2010.html">Continue:</a></i></b></span><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></i></b></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:left'><b><i><span lang=EN style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height: 115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; color:red;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT'>23 April 2010: </span></i></b><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-bidi-font-family: Calibri'>Eurozone s Debt&nbsp;crisis no longer just about Greece. <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><a href="23april2010.html">Continue& </a><o:p></o:p></i></b></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal align=left style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt; 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mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:EN; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT'>16 Jan. 2004: </span></i></b><span class=MsoHyperlink><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style: normal'><span lang=DE-AT style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: "Tahoma",sans-serif;color:windowtext;mso-ansi-language:DE-AT;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><a href="16jan2004.html"><span lang=EN-US style='mso-ansi-language:EN-US'>Bin Laden, Al-Qaeda, and Salafi jihadism: Interview with Eric <span class=SpellE>Vandenbroeck</span></span></a></span></i></b></span><span class=MsoHyperlink><span lang=EN-US style='color:windowtext;mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span class=MsoHyperlink><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; color:windowtext;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><b><i><span lang=EN style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:red;mso-ansi-language:EN; mso-fareast-language:DE-AT'>7 Jan. 2004:</span></i></b><span lang=EN style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;mso-ansi-language:EN;mso-fareast-language: DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'> </span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; line-height:115%;font-family:"Tahoma",sans-serif'><a href="7jan2004.html">Science, race, religion, witch hunts, and the difference between East and West: Interview with Eric <span class=SpellE>Vandenbroeck</span></a></span></i></b><span class=MsoHyperlink><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; color:windowtext;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none'><o:p></o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><span class=MsoHyperlink><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%; color:windowtext;mso-fareast-language:DE-AT;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA;text-decoration: none;text-underline:none'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='margin-bottom:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:14.0pt; 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