Archive for the ‘Foreign Affairs’ Category

March 2nd, 2021 - 1:41 pm § in Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs

China doesn’t have all the world’s “rare earths”

“Rare earth” elements are metals that figure prominently in “green energy” technologies because of their use in electronics and electric motors (some are highly magnetic). For technical details, read Wikipedia article here. “Rare earths” aren’t actually rare[...]

February 26th, 2021 - 2:13 am § in Foreign Affairs, Russia

North Korean public transportation

You load your luggage and kids on it, then push it. (Read story here.) Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

February 19th, 2021 - 2:30 pm § in America, Biden, Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia

Contrite Saudis suck up to Biden

“Saudi Arabia is extending an olive branch to the Biden administration,” Foreign Policy magazine says, noting that, “On Feb. 10, the kingdom released women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul after 1,001 days in prison …. Earlier this year, Riyadh released other politic[...]

February 15th, 2021 - 10:35 pm § in America, Biden, China, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs

Former Aussie PM: How the U.S. and China could avoid war

“Officials in Washington and Beijing don’t agree on much these days, but there is one thing on which they see eye to eye: the contest between their two countries will enter a decisive phase in the 2020s. This will be the decade of living dangerously. No matter what strategies the two sides p[...]

February 7th, 2021 - 2:31 am § in Foreign Affairs

Myanmar: Genie out of the bottle?

Now that Burmese have had a taste of democracy, they don’t want to give it up. The military never really gave up power in Myanmar (aka Burma), and when the elected civilian government under Aung San Suu Kyi got too popular, and grew less subservient, the junta under Gen. Min Aung Hlaing arrest[...]

February 7th, 2021 - 2:05 am § in Economics, Foreign Affairs

Is Cuba turning capitalist?

“Cuba has announced it will allow private businesses to operate in most industries, in what is a major reform to its state-controlled economy,” BBC reported on Saturday, February 6, 2021. BBC‘s correspondent in Cuba says “the step essentially opens up almost all economic acti[...]

February 4th, 2021 - 12:00 pm § in America, Biden, Business, China, Christianity, Donald Trump, Economics, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Health, Humor, Hypocrisy, Israel/Palestine, Jews, Law and Courts, Misc., News Media, Politics, Racism, Religion, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Schools & Colleges, Science, The Ave Scene, UW

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February 4th, 2021 - 9:59 am § in America, Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

China vs. Taiwan

China has been preparing for decades to invade the island democracy, which it claims as its sovereign territory, and recently has sharply escalated its threats and airspace incursions against Taiwan; with the U.S. preoccupied at home, is conflict brewing? Read story here. Secretary of State Antho[...]

February 1st, 2021 - 10:21 am § in China, Foreign Affairs

U.S. threatens Myanmar military with sanctions after coup

The U.S. condemned the Myanmar (Burmese) military’s detention of that country’s democratically elected leaders and takeover of its government, media outlets reported on Monday, February 1, 2021, the day after the coup. The Biden administration threatened sanctions and said, ““The[...]

January 31st, 2021 - 12:16 am § in America, Biden, China, Foreign Affairs

Dilemma: Confront Red China with “red lines”?

That’s the argument being made by an anonymous writer of an advocacy piece just published (read it here) by the Atlantic Council, a private think tank that promotes U.S.-European alliances (read about it here). Rather than try to describe the paper, and the real-world background behind it, I&#[...]