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Storm clouds are buffeting the coast of Venezuela, the once-rich South American state which is sliding into economic chaos and combustible political confrontation.
 
Two significant geopolitical issues dominate East Asia; the North Korean nuclear showdown and China's maritime claims and expansion in the disputed South China Sea.
 
Though the political setting of the upcoming French presidential election bears superficial comparison to the U.S. election of 2016, the contest is anything but an American rerun. While an establishment favorite is opposing a firebrand nationalist, the jarring reality remains that this is the first runoff election in the history of the Fifth Republic since 1958 where neither of the major parties have a candidate.
 
There's troubling news from across the Bosphorus, the narrow slip of water separating Europe from Asia Minor. In a decisive but divisive referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly gained the political blessing he sought by winning 51 percent of the nationwide vote.
 
The People's Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran top the charts for executions according to a newly released report by Amnesty International. Iran accounted for 55 percent of all recorded death sentences according to Amnesty.
 
The parallel crises of Syria and North Korea has forced policymakers to simultaneously concentrate on two geopolitical challenges over which big power interests coincide and may collide.
 
Syria's bloody conflict has entered its seventh year with unrelenting killings, displacements and bombardments being "one of the largest man-made humanitarian and protection crises in the world." As the U.N.
 
Syria's bloody conflict has entered its seventh year with unrelenting killings, displacements and bombardments being "one of the largest man-made humanitarian and protection crises in the world."
 
Modern slavery is tragically thriving in the Twenty-first Century!
 
Thunder clouds are swirling over the Korean peninsula as a perfect storm of political instability and regional geopolitical challenges rumble through South Korea.
 
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