Author: Darrell Anderson

Berlin (29/2 – 30) Ukrainian officials are concerned that Russian advances could gain significant momentum by the summer unless their allies can increase the supply of ammunition, according to a person familiar with their analysis. Internal assessments of the situation on the battlefield from Kyiv are growing increasingly bleak as Ukrainian forces struggle to hold off Russian attacks while rationing the number of shells they can fire. Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi said Thursday that mistakes by frontline commanders had compounded the problems facing Ukraine’s defense around Avdiivka, which was captured by Russian forces this month. Syrskyi said he’d sent in more…

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The Soviet Union’s collapse 32 years ago led to rapid change, economic collapse, and violence. In Tajikistan, that violence slid rapidly into civil war. Reflecting on the Soviet Union’s collapse 32 years ago and attempting to draw any sort of conclusion is often a matter of perspective. In his new book, “Moscow’s Heavy Shadow: The Violent Collapse of the USSR,” Dr. Isaac McKean Scarborough, an assistant professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University, writes of the collapse from one of the Soviet Union’s most distant peripheries — Dushanbe. In doing so, he highlights a perspective not often taken…

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‘Voracious predators’ threaten honey production and pose risk to biodiversity, says Salvatore De Meo Italian MEPs are calling on the European Commission to crack down on Asian hornets, which are spreading across some EU countries and killing off bees. The yellow-legged hornets, native to south-east Asia, were first identified on the continent two decades ago, arriving in France before spreading to Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal and Italy, where after first appearing in 2012 they are causing havoc in the country’s northern regions. There was also a sharp rise in sightings of the invasive species in the UK last year. Bees are vital for…

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An uptick in resistance attacks against regime targets has been reported in Myanmar’s commercial hub Yangon over the past week, despite an increase display of miliary hardware of troops by the junta, according to urban revolutionary groups and residents. The attacks are occurring after junta troops retook positions at schools in several Yangon townships following the launch of coordinated anti-regime offensives, including Operation 1027, which began in late October in upper Myanmar. Several urban resistance groups have pledged to increase attacks on regime targets in Yangon and have urged the city’s residents to steer clear of military targets. They have also asked…

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A total of 121 people, mostly Malaysians suspected of being victims of job scams, were evacuated from Myanmar on Friday (Dec 1) after being stranded by fighting between the military and rebel groups in the country’s north, Malaysia’s foreign ministry said. The group, which included an Indonesian national, arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 3.24am local time through a specially arranged flight from Kunming, China, the ministry said in a statement. The evacuation mission was carried out through the Myanmar-China border starting on Thursday morning with the cooperation and approval of the countries involved, the ministry said. The mission…

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A month of intense fighting between Myanmar’s ruling military and an alliance of ethnic minority insurgents has displaced tens of thousands of people in the border region, according to the United Nations, with concern growing in Beijing about instability and an influx of refugees. The rebellion has presented the biggest battlefield challenge to Myanmar’s well-equipped military since it seized power in a coup in 2021. Emboldened by the northern offensive, pro-democracy militias increase attacks on security forces elsewhere in the country. The “Three Brotherhood Alliance”, as the insurgents call themselves, said they had conquered several towns and the Kyin-San-Kyawt border gate, one of five major…

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The Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) raided seven locations yesterday linked to Thai senator Upakit Pachirirangkun and seized assets worth 409 million baht on charges of involvement in a transitional crime organisation. Move Forward Party MP Rungsiman Rome revealed the alleged close relationship between Senator Upakit and Myanmar’s leading drug trafficker, Tun Min Latt, during a 2022 Parliament debate. Upakit reportedly admitted to knowing Tun Min Latt personally, and there was apparent evidence of his involvement in the transitional crime organisation, but the case went nowhere until this year. Upakit was charged with money laundering and involvement in a transitional drug trafficking organisation because of his relationship with Tun…

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Pornchai Thiravej, director of the Finance Ministry’s Office of Fiscal Economy Director, and the Bank of Thailand (BOT)’s Assistant Governor for Corporate Relations, Chayawadee Chaianan announced today (November 28). The announcement follows on from a memorandum of understanding signed between all the parties and will mark the second time that Thailand has been entrusted to host the most significant global economic and financial conferences. The county last played host to the meetings in 1991. More than 12,000 attendees, including finance ministers and central bank governors from 190 member countries, are expected to participate in the 2026 conferences. Various working committees…

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Thailand will prioritise tackling informal debt to revive the economy, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said on Tuesday. “Informal debt is like modern-day slavery that destroys dreams … and a chronic problem,” he told a press conference, adding the government would coordinate with police to prevent unregulated lending. He said the measures, to solve one of the region’s worst household debt problems, will help with debt restructuring and prevent people from taking on more debt that necessary. The government estimates there is about 50 billion baht ($1.43 billion) of informal debt, he said, adding that this was a conservative estimate and the problem…

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DUBAI — Việt Nam needs international support, financial cooperation, cutting-edge technology and high-quality personnel to serve its green transition, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính told a business forum in Dubai on Saturday. The Vietnam Business Forum, themed “Mobilising Resources for the Green Transition”, was jointly held by the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment, the Vietnamese Embassy in the UAE and the Global Wind Energy Council. It saw the attendance of representatives from the COP28 Organising Committee and nearly 200 leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), international organisations, businesses operating in the fields of energy, manufacturing, finance and banking, and investment…

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