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New York Times (September 22)

2022/ 09/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Rattling his nuclear saber, accusing the West of seeking to ‘destroy’ his country and ordering the call-up of 300,000 military reservists, Mr. Putin implicitly conceded that the war he started on Feb. 24 has not gone as he wished.”

 

Deutsche Welle (March 25)

2022/ 03/ 27 by jd in Global News

Before the war in Ukraine, “Germany received 50% of its coal, 55% of its gas, and 35% of its oil from Moscow.” The country now plans “to almost completely end Russian energy imports by the end of the year.” Achieving the plan means “a considerable amount of progress would be made in a short space of time, as the West is rushing to wean itself off Russian energy amidst the invasion of Ukraine.”

 

Washington Post (March 17)

2022/ 03/ 18 by jd in Global News

In terms of seizing Ukraine, “the extent of Putin’s failure is breathtaking.” He has, however, successfully “unified the West, prompted NATO to beef up its military spending, kick-started a resurgence of pro-democratic sentiments… and made himself the poster boy for war crimes.… Meanwhile, Russia’s economy is in shambles, losing decades of progress and perhaps permanently damaging the country’s energy markets.”

 

The Guardian (February 24)

2022/ 02/ 26 by jd in Global News

“The west stood back and watched in Syria – it must not do the same in Ukraine…. It’s time for the US and its allies to show their steel in the face of Putin’s aggression. We have learned that nothing else will work.”

 

The Atlantic (October Issue)

2019/ 10/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Modern-type depression” is growing more prevalent in Japanese workplaces, but “its reach might extend far beyond Japan.” In the West, depression is often linked to personal sadness, but in Japan, depression “has long been considered a disease of fatigue caused by overwork.” Patients with modern-type depression “have the desire to stand up for their personal rights, but instead of communicating clearly, they become withdrawn and defiant.”

 

Washington Post (July 3)

2015/ 07/ 04 by jd in Global News

“As the Islamic State, Iran and Greece occupy the attention of the Western world, China marches forward, except now it is not just building its economy but also a new geopolitics in Asia.”

 

Wall Street Journal (September 22)

2014/ 09/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Global CO2 emissions increased to 35.1 billion metric tons in 2013, a new record and a 29% increase over a decade ago. Of the year-over-year carbon climb, China at 358 million metric tons jumped by more than the rest of the world combined and is responsible for 24.8% of emissions over the last five years.” Developing nations now account for nearly 60% of emissions, which means “that regardless of what the West does, poorer countries that are reluctant to sign agreements that impede economic progress hold the dominant carbon hand.”

 

Los Angeles Times (September 11)

2014/ 09/ 12 by jd in Global News

“The gravest immediate threat to the West’s long-term security does not emanate from Vladimir Putin or from the militants of the Islamic State. Rather, surprisingly, it comes from peace-loving Scots.” On September 18, we will see if Scotland will “actually break away from Britain.”

 

Wall Street Journal (May 26)

2014/ 05/ 27 by jd in Global News

Populist, anti-EU candidates did well in the recent election for European Parliament. Nowhere more so than France where Marine Le Pen’s National Front party swept by both the Socialists and the Gaullists. Compared with “the milder populist advances elsewhere in the European vote, France produced a spectacle of nihilism that damages the West and delights Vladimir Putin.”

 

Forbes (March 24)

2014/ 03/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Vladimir Putin has made a strategic blunder that could rival the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Moscow, counting on Western weakness, may, in the short term, succeed in carving up the country or ending the 22-year existence of an independent Ukraine. But it has set in motion forces that will severely damage Russia, as well as Putin’s own reign.”

 

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