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Good riddance to the so-called strategic relationship between Washington and Ankara.

21/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 61 εμφανίσεις

BY STEVEN A. COOK Last Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan published an op-ed in the New York Times outlining his country’s grievances toward the United States. The Turkish leader raised valid concerns about U.S. policy that genuinely vex Turkish leaders and citizens alike. Yet Erdogan only told half the story, leaving his readers to believe that Washington has victimized a…

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The Greece Bailout’s Legacy of Immiseration

21/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 107 εμφανίσεις

The cynicism and brutality of what happened there is for the whole world to see. JAMES K. GALBRAITH  The Atlantic AUG 20, 2018 Suspended Finance Ministry janitors protest outside the Greek Parliament in 2013.LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP / GETTY IMAGES 2010 to 2018 will go down in Greek history as an epic period of colonization;…

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The West Must Face Reality in Turkey

20/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 77 εμφανίσεις

Aug 15, 2018 RICHARD N. HAASS Project Syndicate Turkey’s currency crisis and standoff with the United States over the imprisonment of an American pastor have exposed the crumbling edifice of the two countries’ Cold War-era partnership. Rather than hold out hope that Turkey will return to the Western fold, US and European policymakers must consider a…

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The Rise of Chinese Eurasianism

20/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 44 εμφανίσεις

By Emil Avdaliani The six proposed corridors of the One Belt One Road Initiative. China is in red; the members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank are in orange. Image by Lommes via Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Chinese Eurasianism, which – if the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is successful – will give Beijing…

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Jour J pour la Grèce

20/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 33 εμφανίσεις

Marqué par huit ans d’austérité, le pays sort du programme d’assistance de l’UE. La Grèce aura reçu en tout 289 milliards d’euros de prêts. Le chômage vient seulement de redescendre sous 20 % après un pic à 27,5 % en 2013. « Personne n’y croyait », expliquait en juin dernier au Point Alexis Tsipras. Le Premier ministre grec et son pays…

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As pro-Palestinian pols win primaries, US Jews ask if it’s ‘a wave or a ripple’

20/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 35 εμφανίσεις

SEYMOUR REICH: ISRAELI GOV’T POLICIES ARE COSTING SUPPORT In recent weeks, three Democratic candidates highly critical of Israel have won elections; Jewish Democratic leaders deny a broader trend This summer has been a good one for pro-Palestinian candidates running for the US Congress. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has slammed Israel’s West Bank occupation, shocked the political world with…

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Turkey Could Create A Larger Crisis Than Greece

19/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 62 εμφανίσεις

Daniel Lacalle The Turkish lira collapse should have surprised no one. Yet, in this bubble-justifying market, it did. First and foremost, the lira decline has been ongoing for some time, and has nothing to do with the strength of the US dollar in 2018. The collapse of Turkey was an accident waiting to happen and…

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Can Manila get a good joint exploration deal with China in the West PHL Sea?

19/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 53 εμφανίσεις

By Bernadette D. Nicolas Business Mirror  – August 18, 2018 In Photo: In this April 21, 2017, file photo, Chinese structures and buildings on the man-made Subi Reef at the Spratlys group of islands are seen from the Thitu Island off the South China Sea. NOW that the ball has started rolling for the possible…

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This new Defense Department map shows how China says one thing and does another with its military operations at sea

19/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 127 εμφανίσεις

Christopher Woody Business Insider Aug. 17, 2018, 4:23 PM Lamar Salter China frequently protests military operations in its Exclusive Economic Zone, the area adjacent to a country’s coast in which it has economic rights. But China doesn’t appear to have reservations about conducting its own military operations in other countries’ EEZs. The US and others…

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UN chief proposes military force to protect Palestinians from Israel

18/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 54 εμφανίσεις

Armed international mission among options floated by Guterres in response to General Assembly request for report on Hamas-led Gaza clashes United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday presented four options aimed at boosting the protection of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, from sending UN rights monitors and unarmed observers to deploying a…

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Pourquoi Poutine se rend aux noces d’une ministre autrichienne

18/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 53 εμφανίσεις

L’opposition autrichienne fustige cette visite présentée comme « privée », mais qui sert l’agenda anti-européen du maître du Kremlin. C’est à l’occasion de la visite d’État de Vladimir Poutine à Vienne, où il a notamment recontré le chancelier Sebastian Kurz, que la ministre des Affaires étrangères a invité le chef d’État russe pour son mariage.La coqueluche de…

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Exploring Shariah Law and Radical Islam

18/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 40 εμφανίσεις

by A.J. Caschetta One of academia’s most renowned experts on Islam, John Esposito, wants everyone to know that there is nothing to fear from Shariah law and that it is not incompatible with democracy. In Shariah: What Everyone Needs to Know, he and Natana J. DeLong-Bas argue that “far-right political commentators and popular Christian televangelists” have…

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Clouds to Stay Over Post-Bailout Greece

18/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 79 εμφανίσεις

By Plamen Tonchev – PHOTO BY: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/CC BY-SA 4.0 The main entrance to the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens. In a few days, Greece is about to regain its financial and political independence, according to the country’s coalition government headed by Europe’s erstwhile enfant terrible Alexis Tsipras. He has repeatedly referred – in these terms…

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Our republic will never be the same

18/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 62 εμφανίσεις

President Trump. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) By Michael Gerson  The Washington Post Columnist August 16 at 6:22 PM From the beginning of the American republic, its founders obsessed about how it all would end. “Democracy never lasts long,” said John Adams. “There never was a Democracy Yet, that did not commit suicide.” George Washington used his farewell address…

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Red hot planet: This summer’s punishing and historic heat in 7 maps and charts

18/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 67 εμφανίσεις

By Jason Samenow The Washington Post , Weather editor August 17 at 12:43 PM Temperature difference from normal May through July. (Robert Rohde/Berkeley Earth) The headlines of record-crushing heat in the Northern Hemisphere began in June and haven’t stopped midway through August. Scores of locations on every continent north of the equator have witnessed their hottest…

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Le Qatar vole au secours d’Erdogan

17/8/18 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 59 εμφανίσεις

Malgré le blocus saoudien auquel il est soumis, l’émirat va investir 15 milliards de dollars pour venir en aide à la Turquie en grave difficulté financière. C’est un coup de pouce bienvenu dans un pays en pleine crise financière. En difficulté après l’effondrement de sa monnaie, qui a perdu près de 40 % de sa valeur depuis le début…

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