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The Botswana mining industry has been massively mismanaged, with executives and ministers siphoning money for personal gain. (Associated Press/File)

A cautionary commodities tale as Botswana's bonanza recedes

The global commodity meltdown, a consequence of the Chinese economic slowdown, has affected many a raw material-producing country around the world. But the largesse of an insatiable customer such as China was back in the boom times tends to mask underlying corruption and inefficiencies. With China now mired in its own titanic struggle for growth, these internal flaws are causing havoc for corrupt and incompetent governments that failed to anticipate the end of the boom.

" As Russia reasserts itself in geopolitical affairs, steered by the consummate statesman Vladimir Putin, the memory of the bombing of Serbian forces in the Balkan wars of the 1990s is still fresh in the memory of many Russians," writes columnist L. Todd Wood. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP)

More Balkan trouble brewing in region famous for mischief

- The Washington Times

We are seeing this scenario play itself out in the Balkans. The region is a flash point, a world conflict waiting to happen. Consider the charges traded by Albania and Serbia over accession to the European Union. As one reporter from the regional news service Tsarizm stated, it is obvious there is an imposed peace in the Balkans, a peace that right now looks very fragile.

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 file photo, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, right, speaks with his Albanian counterpart Edi Rama in Belgrade, Serbia. Serbian officials warned on Friday, April 21, 2017 of another war in the Balkans if Albanians try to form a joint state with Kosovo in the war-weary European region and the West does not reject such a plan.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)

Serbia warns of another Balkan War

Serbian officials warned of another war in the Balkans, an infamous historical flashpoint for human conflict, if Albania moves forward with moves to create a 'super-Albanian' state for Muslims on the Balkan Peninsula, namely Kosovo.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrives with U.S. Gen. Vincent Brooks, second from right, commander of the United Nations Command, U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command, and South Korean Deputy Commander of the Combined Force Command Gen. Leem Ho-young, left, at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Monday, April 17, 2017. Viewing his adversaries in the distance, Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea won't talk to China

As tensions rise over the North Korean nuclear program and its aggressive behavior toward the United States and its allies, the leader of the communist regime, Kim Jong-un, is not even talking to his long-term benefactor, China.

A European Union flag waves in the wind in front of the Chancellery in Berlin on Oct. 12, 2012. **FILE**

'Old Europe' sinks under the weight of secular progressivism

This week the existential problems facing the European Union came into stark relief as Belgium threatened Poland and Hungary with legal action if they did not agree to commit cultural suicide by letting in hundreds of thousands of "refugees" from the Middle East. This comes on the heels of Facebook-livestreamed rapes in Sweden, truck attacks in France and other Western European capitals, and jihadist bombs targeting the buses of famous soccer teams in Germany.

President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at at Mar-a-Lago resort Thursday in Palm Beach, Florida. The two are expected to discuss North Korea in their meeting. However, columnist L. Todd Wood notes in his column that South Korea has been absent from discussions involving North Korea. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

South Korea badly in need of a little Trump attention

- The Washington Times

There's been a lot going on in recent weeks with the Stalinist regime of North Korea and its quest for a nuclear arsenal to threaten the world. It is obvious the Trump administration intends finally to stop talking and start doing something about this festering geopolitical sore. As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week after the latest North Korean missile test, "The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment."

The monument to the victims of the Chernobyl tragedy is in front of a new shelter installed over the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, Chernobyl, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. A massive shelter has finally been installed over the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian corruption casts nuclear pall over Europe

In 2016, the No. 1 tourist destination of Ukraine was the lifeless town of Pripyat, evacuated after the deadly reactor meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986. Today, Ukraine relies on nuclear power for 53 percent of its power generation, but is risking another nuclear accident on a scale greater than Europe -- and the world -- could imagine.

China's alleged on-going reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.  (Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

China fortification of South China Sea nears completion

Images taken by the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) earlier this month provide evidence that the fortification of the South China Sea islands claimed by the Chinese government as sovereign Chinese territory is nearing completion. The photos show large aircraft hangars, missile batteries, and radar facilities nearing completion. The three main islands which show this militarization are Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs, all of the Spratly island chain.

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N. Korea using hackers to rob banks to fund regime

It is estimated North Korea has a hacker army numbered in the thousands. The regime is becoming increasingly bold in its quest for foreign currency and is using this hacker army to attack banks around the world and steal money, lots of money.

A candlelight vigil was held Thursday for the victims of Wednesday's attack at Trafalgar Square in London. (Associated Press)

London reveals -- again -- the poverty of the globalist vision

As we once again see the multiculturalists in London do the things globalists do after their friends and countrymen get slaughtered -- light candles and offer up thoughts and prayers -- it may be worth coming up for air and taking a hard look at where Western society is as a growing concern.