A NEW EURASIAN POWER EMERGES

We make a prediction: That a new MAJOR power is emerging in Central Asia based on the 200 million population TURKIC UNION commonwealth, driven by resources super-rich KAZAKSTAN, its President Nazarbayev, with its capital at Astana.

RUSSIA AND OGEC

We predicted (by this name) a Russian-led world gas cartel TEN YEARS AGO. More now on the state of play of this gas equivalent of OPEC.

PUTIN & RYAZAN ACCUSATION

RUSSIA’s inconvenient dead spook FSB Lt.Colonel Litvinenko, leaves a legacy that at the least, threatens PUTIN’s historical reputation.

A QUESTION OF DEFINITIONS

IRAQ is hardly any longer an Evil-Axis member because it doesn’t “hate freedom” nor “threaten American cities” (they never did, but these were the Bush explanations for war). AFGHANISTAN, the worlds largest heroin producer, is hardly an ‘ally’ . We look at the current definitions and choose our own.

INDIA, PAKISTAN & AFGHANISTAN

We review current events. INDIA is looking surprisingly good. PAKISTAN better than might have been expected – but oh, AFGHANISTAN – a submerging state.

TURKMENISTAN’S ‘ SITUATION VACANT ‘

We offer a full assessment on the death of President Sapurmurat Niyasov and the incredible opportunity for mega-wealth that his potential successor will be drooling over.
(Don’t hold your breath on any prospect of a democratic succession).

One of the worlds key energy states, it is of great importance to RUSSIA, CHINA, INDIA and the EU (hardly to mention UKRAINE, who had looked there this winter for a much cheaper alternative to RUSSIA’s Gazprom).

SYRIA WAITS ON WASHINGTON’S CALL

We report on the prospects of the US having direct talks with SYRIA, and once more urge that approach to the mosaic of inter-state complexities, that is the middle-east.

HOW FARES DEMOCRACY IN JANUARY 2007?

We congratulate TAIWAN, and the PHILIPPINES on specific events, and worry about SOUTH AFRICA, where democracy is in danger of being submerged by ‘AFRICAN BIG MAN’ politics.

NORTH KOREA

We offer an as-good-as-you’ll-get prospective and retrospective briefing, in advance of the resuming six-power negotiations.

SERBIA’ S MOMENT OF TRUTH APPROACHING FAST

We set the scene for the January 21st elections on which a great deal depends (and not just for SERBIA)!

THE FSU BELLWETHERS : GEORGIA & BELARUS

Both of these former soviet all-union republics are feeling the wrath of their former imperial master, whom they have dared to defy. BELARUS, the nearest thing that RUSSIA has to a satellite state, owns something that RUSSIA wants – and is determined to have! GEORGIA, the most independent, is paying a price for just that, but has good news for its future outlook.

EU NEW BOYS

We look at BULGARIA and ROMANIA who despite falling well short on EU standards
on public corruption and organised crime, are members, as of January 1st 2007. However, they will have to clean up their act to get the ‘goodies’ – the substantial financial aid the EU normally extends to new, impoverished members.

LIBYA AWARDS DEATH PENALTY TO FIVE BULGARIAN NURSES

We examine the latest shocking outcome of this long drawn-out drama. Obviously it poses the question that the western world may have been over-hasty in welcoming LIBYA back into the comity of nations.

ALL THE ABOVE INCLUDED IN ‘ UPDATES ‘ ON FORTY TWO NATIONS

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