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Trump Expands His Trade War to China

cc Flickr Håkan Dahlström, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The opening volleys have been fired in the long awaited US-China trade war.

Rising Tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean: Another South China Sea?

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Border disputes, lucrative energy resources, and an aggressive regional hegemon – the similarities between the Eastern Mediterranean and the South China Sea are striking.

The Rise and Fall of the American Farmer

Combine, cc Flickr United Soybean Board, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Small-scale US farmers are struggling with no relief in sight. Is this capitalist determinism at work or symptomatic of a more general trend of American decline?

New Ethnic Clashes Erupt in DR Congo

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Renewed violence between the Hema and Lendu tribes is drawing disturbing parallels to one of the bloodiest wars in Africa’s history.

Adani Scandal Threatens Australia’s Carmichael Coal Mine

A protest against the Carmichael mine in Australia, cc Flickr Takver, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Adani’s renewed scandal and financing challenges are calling the future of one of the world’s largest new coal mines into question.

Fact Sheet: The New Eurasian Land Bridge

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An overview of the New Eurasian Land Bridge, an economic conduit envisioned by China’s One Belt One Road Initiative.

Cameroon Crisis Imperils Bilateral Relations, Cocoa Crop

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A long-running linguistic dispute in Cameroon has now spawned a secessionist movement that’s imperiling both the country’s bilateral relations with Nigeria and its cocoa-growing heartland in the southwest.

Do Trump Tariffs Signal a Trade War?

TrumpCPAC2, cc Flickr Michael Vadon, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

President Trump’s tariffs portend a far-reaching showdown within the World Trade Organization.

The Year Ahead for China’s Coal Industry

A coal delivery in China, cc Flickr Han Jun Zeng, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

China’s coal industry may be in a controlled decline, but it isn’t disappearing anytime soon.

China Renews Its Commodity Buying Binge

Steelmill, cc Flickr darkday, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

China is once again at the heart of a global commodities supercycle, but there are signs that the party might be short-lived.

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