Author: BakChiZai

Iran seizes British ship in Gulf, as US sends troops, planes and missiles to Saudi Arabia

Iran’s detention of two British-owned oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz sharply escalated tensions with London and Washington on Friday, increasing the odds that the two allies would undertake new military steps to protect shipping in the strategically important Middle East waterway.Naval forces from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the British-flagged tanker Stena…

Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky proposes to swap filmmaker Oleg Sentsov for detained Russian journalist

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky proposed on Friday exchanging a state news journalist detained by Kiev in return for Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov who is behind bars in a Russian Arctic prison.Russia and Ukraine are in the midst of sensitive prisoner exchange talks following the first phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zelensky…

Now in the grip of populist identity politics, we need more than economic solutions

July 14 is celebrated in France as Bastille Day, on which day 230 years ago, French peasants stormed the Bastille prison in Paris and sparked the French Revolution. Thus began the populist movement that overturned the ancien régime of monarchy and replaced it with the popular creeds of liberty, equality and fraternity. When asked his…

Donald Trump’s America can chant ‘send her back’, but Asia cannot afford such xenophobia

US President Donald Trump’s recent jabs at four freshmen Democrats – telling them to “go back” and “help fix” the countries they came from – have been characterised as a calculated political manoeuvre, playing to a base leery of immigrants and unconvinced of the benefits of diversity.But the remarks also speak to a larger global…