A power struggle over the Black Sea between Russia and the US plus NATO has the potential to develop as a seminal plot of the 21st century New Great Game – alongside the current jostling for re-positioning in the Eastern Mediterranean. By now it’s established the US and NATO are stepping up military pressure from Poland to Romania and Bulgaria all the way to Ukraine and east of the Black Sea, which seems, at least for the moment, relatively peaceful, just as Crimea’s return to Russia starts to be regarded, in realpolitik terms, as a fait accompli. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox After a recent series of conversations with top analysts from Istanbul to Moscow, it’s possible to identify the main trends ahead. Just as independent Turkish analysts like Professor Hasan Unal are alarmed at Ankara’s isolation in the Eastern Mediterranean energy sphere by an alliance of Greece, Cyprus and Israel, Washington’s … [Read more...] about The geopolitics of the Black Sea
Conquest of the new world
A new ONE Lightweight World Champion will be crowned on Friday, November 23, as Amir Khan battles Eduard “Landslide” Folayang for the vacant title at ONE: Conquest Of Champions. The 12-bout event will feature some of the world’s best martial artists, but this co-main event showdown has the potential to be the highlight of the night. Here are three reasons why this contest may steal the show. Rise Of Resurgent Heroes A year ago, Folayang lost his title to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen in front of his home crowd at ONE: Legends Of The World. However, following a six-month hiatus, the Filipino returned to the cage and decimated a pair of undefeated Russian warriors — Kharun Atlangeriev in May, and then Aziz Pahrudinov in July. Meanwhile, Khan saw his six-bout win streak snapped by Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE: Quest For Gold in February. That only motivated the young Singaporean to get even better. He trained hard and showcased his … [Read more...] about Three reasons Amir Khan v Eduard Folayang could be the highlight of the night
This Friday (Nov 23), ONE Championship will hold one of its biggest events of the year, ONE: Conquest of Champions, at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will defend his belt against Italy’s Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli in the main event. Also, former titleholder Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will take on Singapore’s own Amir Khan for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Title in the co-main event. There are plenty of reasons to catch this blockbuster, but here are three of the most important reasons why Singaporeans should watch this show. Amir Khan’s Shot At History The vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship will find a new home when Folayang and Khan meet in the night’s co-main event. A year ago, “Landslide” lost his title to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen in the same venue, and … [Read more...] about Three reasons to watch ONE: Conquest Of Champions
By Sergio Arangio Special to the Star Fri., Sept. 28, 2018 On a summer evening in 2016, Samantha Baker was having a quiet night of ‘Netflix and chill’ with her boyfriend at her Pickering home. As they began to get intimate, he leaned into her ear and whispered how much he loved her “light-skin” vagina. Um... gross, Baker winced. When she processed his words later, she became even more disgusted with the racial remark. That wasn’t the first time Baker’s South Asian beau had called out her Jamaican-Macedonian background in the bedroom. In fact, aside from sex, she says, he seemed to look down on her race. She began to feel like she was being racially fetishized — that is, sexually objectified as an exotic fantasy. Baker had previously thought that was just how men were but her boyfriend’s perpetual racial comments were different. Their four-year relationship didn’t last. Article Continued Below Today, Baker, … [Read more...] about How do you navigate the dating world when some view your ethnicity as a fetish?
Beijing’s militarization of islands and features it claims in the South China Sea is by now widely seen as a threat to freedom of navigation in one of the world’s most strategically important waterways. What’s gone less noticed, however, is how Beijing could use those emerging forward bases to project power into the South Pacific, where critics say Beijing harbors “neo-colonial” ambitions and the United States maintains crucial naval and air force bases on Guam. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox A Pentagon report released last month that said China was likely training for air strikes against US and allied targets will have brought China’s emerging power projection capabilities into the Pacific into stark and urgent relief among policymakers in Washington. The report indicates these training flights are also designed to influence island nations in the South Pacific, where China’s advance southward is … [Read more...] about China’s plan for conquest of the South Pacific