New answers tagged

4

Wikipedia Answer; Esperanto was added as a United Nations auxiliary language at a UNESCO general conference in Montevideo in Uruguay on December 10, 1954. The result is attributed to a long campaign by Esperanto speaker Ivo Lapenna to get it recognized. There's likely more details, but it seems that the Esperanto scene at the time had a lot of the same ...


2

I agree with Tai, but I am missing something. What I miss is the strategic component for China. China is land-locked in the South, the West and the North. In addition to this there is Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and Korea which, in case of conflict, can severely limit free passing of Chinese vessels. Any island or Atol (or submerged rock in this case) ...


-6

The answer provided by Tal would appear to start from the point of view, that China's government are "evil Commies" and can therefore be assumed to harbour all sorts of nasty intentions. So, for the sake of balance, I'll try to see it from another angle. If you look at a maps of China and the sea territories bordering them, you will see that their access to ...


6

Note that the island can emerge from the water at anytime. If it does, it arguably becomes new land to claim, which would allow China to claim land in a strategic location near a neighbour. Some thing like this occurred a while back on Graham's Island. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graham_Island_(Mediterranean_Sea)


53

The Chinese government has spent the last decade and more very actively pursuing the extension of their territorial waters into what is commonly accepted to be international waters, or even the territorial waters of other sovereign nations. Mostly within the South China Sea. They do this by arbitrarily claiming islands, or by creating artificial islands ...


0

As usual the short answer does not require a lot of explanations the revolutionary dogma of Iran threatens the US allies in the region (The absolute monarchies of the Gulf states and Israel) A. The absolute monarchies sees the revolution that toppled the strongest monarch in the area as a threat to their dynasties. they use whatever means they have, to ...


-1

As an Arab and a Muslim, from the middle east , in simple terms the sunni-shia conflict only exist in the US media and their Allies in English speaking media , I have never heard the term in Arabic media, so simply, there is no sunni - shia hostility , only propaganda if you want to know more here is why the term became popular after the US invasion of ...


1

In addition to Colin's excellent list of reasons, there is the Iranian regime's continual incitement against the USA, such as crowds chanting "death to America" at its behest and US flags that people are supposed to walk on to show their hatred of the US. (The linked story talks about people who refuse to walk on the flags).


4

"Good friends" may be an exaggeration, but "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" probably explains some of that. Turkey (or rather Erdogan) sees itself/himself as the leader of the Islamic/Sunni world (and this puts it at odds with Iran somewhat) but even more so with Iran's other Islamic/Sunni enemies, namely Saudi Arabia and the UAE. For example, Turkey and ...


5

This is a somewhat misconceived question. The legality of "targeted killing" under international law has been debated for quite a while now; I'm not going to go over those arguments here, but I'll say that being a "foreign official" doesn't give someone some kind of additional immunity in international law in this regard. (I won't address US law [or ...


9

According to a CRS document that is focused on Iran, two European companies were fined in April 2019, for dealing with Iran: Standard Chartered (UK); April 2019; $639 million; Dubai branch of Standard Chartered processed Iran-related transactions to or through Standard Chartered branch in New York. Unicredit AG (Germany, Austria, Italy); April 2019; $...


3

The Iran Nuclear Deal that Trump pulled out of seemed to heat things up a bit, and Trump threatened to fine companies that did business with Iran, but it's unclear whether any fines were actually handed out because of that.. In 2018, ZTE was fined for breaking sanctions for North Korea and also Iran. Though, ZTE is a Chinese company, not a European one. ...


Top 50 recent answers are included