Author: Jose Niño

José Niño is a freelance writer and political analyst based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook or Twitter. Get his premium newsletter here. Subscribe to his Substack here.

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Europe has committed itself to sanctioning Russia to the last European with five Euros in his pocket in an effort to strangle its economy, thereby throwing a major wrench in its military campaign. So far, Russia appears to be chugging along without many issues and is poised to liberate the Donbass from Ukraine. However, things may not be looking so good on the Old Continent. Germany, Europe’s premier economic powerhouse, looks like it committed an own goal by hopping on board the European Union’s sanctions train. According to a report by…

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According to a piece at the Venezuelan paper, El Nacional Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro recently said that now is the right moment for Turkish investment in the Venezuelan economy to increase. On April 28, 2022. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and several delegates paid a visit to Caracas to meet up with Minister of Petroleum Tareck El Aissami in addition to other figures of Maduro’s cabinet. During an address on the state-run television station VTV, Maduro called on increased Turkish investment in sectors such as food production, technology, telecommunications, heavy industry, light industry, tourism, oil & gas, and petrochemicals, among…

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On April 10, 2022, the Pakistani Parliament removed Imran Khan from his position of Prime Minister. Khan was ousted from his position after Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled that Khan’s attempt to dissolve the Parliament was unconstitutional. Khan blamed the United States for his removal from office. He argued that he was a victim of a “U.S.-backed regime change” plot that his opposition orchestrated. Elected officials in Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party subsequently resigned in response to the former cricket star’s ouster. The Parliament then chose Shahbaz Sharif as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister on April 11. Khan was already in trouble for…

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In late March, the Solomon Islands and China signed a draft security agreement that now allows China to send police, military personnel, or other security forces to the islands for the purpose of quelling unrest. In addition, China will be allowed to dock at Solomon Islands’ ports and replenish supplies per a report by Nikkei Asia on March 31. The draft agreement is still being hammered out and must later be signed by the foreign ministers in China and the Solomon Islands. However, the main provisions of this agreement will not be radically changed. As a result of the China-Solomon…

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Recent developments show that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is far from over. On March 24, 2021, Azerbaijani military went across the line of contact of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory and captured the village of Parukh. Subsequently, the Azerbaijani forces compelled women and children from a nearby village in Khramort to evacuate for security purposes. The Armenian foreign ministry sharply criticized what it deemed as an Azerbaijani “invasion.” Armenian authorities urged Russian peacekeeping forces to step in and force Azerbaijani troops to withdraw to the positions they previously held. The Azerbaijani incursion came at a time when tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia…

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Few leaders have surprised international observers like El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele. First elected in 2019, Bukele is an intriguing figure. And that’s putting it lightly. In 2020, Bukele stoked controversy by sending military troops into the Salvadoran parliament as part of strong arm maneuver to ostensibly demand $109 million in security funds to combat gangs. On foreign policy, Bukele started out as a seemingly loyal strategic partner of the United States. For example, in 2019, the millennial president’s administration expelled Venezuelan diplomats in protest of the highly contested 2019 Venezuelan election, in which many Western countries and their allies…

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On February 16, 2022 Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made a high profile visit to Moscow where he declared that Brazil stood in “solidarity” with Russia. “We are in solidarity with Russia,” Bolsonaro said to Putin. “We very much want to collaborate in many areas — defense, oil and gas, agriculture. The meetings are happening.” Bolsonaro’s move has sparked wide speculation about Brazil drifting outside of the United States’ orbit during a time when the security situation between Russia and Ukraine is rapidly deteriorating. Bolsonaro, who was elected in 2018, initially took a more pro-US line when former President Donald Trump…

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Earlier this month Argentina signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) where it agreed to join the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). Argentina signed on to the BRI program following President Alberto Fernández’s bold announcement during a visit to Russia earlier this month. In this visit, Fernández stressed the need for Argentina to become independent of the US and global institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The BRI is China’s most prominent geoeconomic tool where it uses infrastructure investment to forge novel economic and political ties with nations participating in this program. In signing this MOU, Argentina became the 21st…

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Will Hungary’s foreign policy get it into trouble with the globalist cabal? Under the leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Hungary has pursued an unconventional path on both domestic and international fronts. The latter will likely be annoying the gatekeepers in the Anglo-American empire. For one, Hungary is a committed practitioner of a multi-vector foreign policy that balances against great powers like China, Russia, and the United States. In effect, Hungary does not blindly commit itself to one geopolitical pole. For example, Hungary has welcomed Chinese investment without many problems. Furthermore, Hungary was the sole country that blocked the European…

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