Obama’s UN Treaty to Give China, Russia more Internet Control

THE HILL According to a countdown clock from Sen. Ted Cruz, there are less than three weeks until the Obama administration puts the Internet at risk from takeover and censorship by China, Russia, and Iran. Of course authoritarian regimes want more control over the Internet, and at this very moment, they are working through the U.N. to get it. But instead of targeting the administration of the domain name system (which, thanks to the so-called “IANA transition” Sen. Cruz opposes, is nearly out ...
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Iran Ships Uranium to Russia under Nuclear Deal

Iran fulfilled a key commitment under its nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers on Monday when it shipped more than 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium to Russia. Secretary of State John Kerry praised the move in a statement that also briefly alluded to new disputes over the deal, which is expected to be fully implemented sometime in January. "This removal of all this enriched material out of Iran is a significant step toward Iran meeting its commitment to have no more than 300...
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Li Keqiang Pushes for China-Europe Investment Treaty

China’s premier Li Keqiang has criticised investment flows between the EU and China as “hardly satisfactory” and made a strong appeal for the early conclusion of a bilateral treaty that would give Chinese companies a smoother path to acquiring European counterparts. Mr Li, who was in Brussels on Monday to co-chair the 17th China-EU summit, also called for the two sides to start a feasibility study for a free trade area to resist protectionism and boost connectivity between Asia and Europe. ...
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Iran, Russia discuss BRICS, SCO summits

Russia and Iran have held consultations ahead of two major summits by members of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) nations to call for regional integration. The BRICS and SCO summits of the world’s major emerging economies will take place on July 8-10 in the Russian city of Ufa. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said he hoped Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would attend the events. The Russian official met Iran’s Ambassador in Moscow Mehdi Sanaei to discuss pre...
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BRICS New Development Bank Gains Traction Quietly

While Beijing's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has won overwhelming support (to the surprise of many, including China itself), another bank headquartered in China seems to be flying under the world's radar. Few people have heard of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB). This was the strong impression I got after visiting Washington, Sydney and Canberra over the last couple of months. The NDB idea was proposed in 2011 by the Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and it initially encou...
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$500K for a Green Card: Foreign investors help Portland boom

Kai Lu and his wife, Helen Shu, were raising their young daughter in China when an ultra-modern Marriott Courtyard hotel was built just minutes from their home in Suzhou, a congested suburb of Shanghai. The couple went to check out the new hotel and noticed a flyer in the lobby advertising a similar hotel in Portland, Oregon. The flyer was seeking investors who, in exchange for half a million dollars, could receive Green Cards for their immediate family. "We were planning to move to the U....
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Putin: Key Player in the “New World Order”

Shortly before getting on the plane, 10-year-old Miguel Calehr, as countless children do before flying, asked his mother what would happen when it crashed. “Come on, don’t be silly, you’ve been traveling already so many times,” Miguel’s mom, Samira Calehr, remembers telling her nervous son. “Everything’s going to be OK.” The boy was still frightened despite his mother’s soothing words. But with his older brother, Shaka, 19, by his side, Miguel shuffled through the security checkpoint anyway. ...
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