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In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Chinese leaders, led by President Xi, promised Wednesday to increase imports and reduce risks in their financial system amid slowing economic growth and pressure from Washington and Europe to open their markets wider. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Beijing's bravado betrays growing case of nerves

Chinese state media has just announced the imminent test flight of a new long-range stealth bomber called the Hong-20. A "military expert" told reporters that "usually, the development of equipment and weaponry of the People's Liberation Army is highly confidential."

The Central Bank of Russia, stands on Neglinnaya Street, Moscow, Russia, on Friday, June 20, 2008. The bank also known as the Bank of Russia, was founded on July 13, 1990. Accountable to the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, it was originally called the State Bank of the RSFSR. Bloomberg News

Russia: shades of 2008 crisis

I remember the 2008 financial crisis very well. Actually, I remember it starting in 2006. At the time, I was working at a very large Wall Street investment bank.

In this Tuesday, April 24, 2018 photo, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron embrace at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. For over a year, French President Emmanuel Macron has cajoled President Donald Trump, convinced he could make him change his thinking on climate change, Iran and world trade. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

France decides to confront Iran

The French government has decided it has no choice but to confront Iran after a blatant terror attempt on French soil during the summer against the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen of Iran, which held a massive gathering in Paris in June.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) **FILE**

Sex, lies, videotapes and sharia in Malaysia

In elections earlier this year, Malaysia experienced a political earthquake. The party that had ruled the former British colony for six decades, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), via the Barisan Nasional coalition, was pushed out of power. A new coalition, the Pakatan Harapan (PH), was installed in its placed via the May general vote count.

A Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike on Sunday. (Associated Press/File)

Once again, the U.S. has Israel's back

As the bloody Syrian civil war appears to near a climax, the big winners after more than half a decade of carnage and confusion may rate as something of a surprise: Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In this April 2, 2018 file photo, a Chinese flag is seen on the end of a railway track at the Khorgos Gateway, one of the world's largest dry dock in a remote crossing along Kazakhstan's border with China near Khorgos. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) **FILE**

New Central Asia banking center could be global changer

- The Washington Times

The global financial world is changing, as President Trump would say, big league. This week marks the next-level escalation of the trade war between the United States and China, as POTUS attempts to roll back decades of the hollowing out of American manufacturing in favor of emerging markets in the Pacific.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives at the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Understanding 'illiberal democracy' and the fight for the West

Western leftists likes to mock Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban when he infamously said that Hungary would pursue an "illiberal democracy" in opposition to Western European social democracy — which might more accurately be labeled as intolerant socialism. If one wants to be intellectually rigorous (not a virtue common among liberals), it's necessary to dig deeper into Mr. Orban's concept to see what he is actually talking about.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard on a hot mic confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over anti-immigrant posts, amid complaints from her government that the social network isn't doing enough to curtail racist comments. (Bloomberg News/File)

Time to fight the EU's online thought-control push

It's hard to think of a more damaging display of elitism caught on tape than German Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 confrontation with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, when she demanded that he "fix" anti-immigrant posts showing up on his social media network.

Mississippi Power's Kemper County energy facility in central Mississippi near DeKalb, Miss. The power plant is designed to use a soft form of coal called lignite in a gasification process to generate power. The plant, America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The left is lying on clean coal

Energy is a national security issue and learning how to best achieve energy security while simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions should be the goal. It is time to set the record straight on clean coal technology.

Supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian dance in Republic Square in Yerevan on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Pashinyan has urged his supporters to block roads, railway stations and airports on Wednesday after the governing Republican Party voted against his election as prime minister. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Vendettas In Armenia

As the ancient Confucius saying goes, "Before you embark on a journey of revenge, first dig two graves." Nikol Pashinyan and his zealous prosecutors should remember this truism.