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NYC: Inflation Threatens to Upend Eric Adams’ Near $100-Billion City Budget
New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ fiscal 2023 budget proposal, which was unveiled on April 26 at his first ever State of the City address, and was subsequently amended to include over $1 billion more...
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Communist Politics Are Bringing Disaster to China–And Xi Jinping
Political ‘accomplishments’ a must for Xi to maintain power over the regime, but his hardline methods could backfire at the upcoming Party congress this fall News analysis China is not doing well, and Xi Jinping...
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Germany Borrows 40 Billion Euros to Combat Fallout From the War in Ukraine
On Wednesday, April 27, the German government approved a budget adjustment green-lighting an additional 39.2 billion euros ($41.24 billion) in borrowing as a means to mitigate the economic repercussions caused by the war in Ukraine. ...
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Creating Election Fraud Police Force
On April 26, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that would create a police force dedicated to pursuing voter fraud and other election crimes, establishing the nation’s first “Office of Election Crimes and Security.” ...
Beijing Accuses Japan of Diplomatic Hostility and a ‘Narrow Geopolitical Vision’
While addressing Japanese entrepreneurs on April 26, Chinese ambassador Kong Xuanyou warned Tokyo over a so-called “Cold War mentality”  Kong expressed frustration over the administration of current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for his country’s...
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Sudden Closure of Beijing-based Duowei News Highlights Political Struggle in China
News analysis Duowei News, a Chinese-language online media outlet that had its headquarters in Beijing yet was allowed to publish articles critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and current leader Xi Jinping for years,...
Japan Joins Australia and New Zealand in Protest Over China-Solomon Islands’ Security Pact
Following the Solomon Islands’ confirmation that they had signed a security agreement with China, Japan announced the dispatch of a foreign vice-minister to the South Pacific island on April 25 The meeting comes amid concerns...
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‘Unified National Market’ Push Exposes Steep Challenge of Reforming China’s Economy
On April 10, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese government’s State Council released an opinion document on “accelerating the construction of a unified national market.”  The opinion called for...
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Russia’s March Through Izyum Could Determine Fate of Ukrainian Eastern Front
Russian buildup around key city imperils tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops in eastern Donbass region Russian forces have held the eastern Ukrainian city of Izyum for weeks, fending off several Ukrainian counterattacks on an...