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Greece: A Drug-Smuggling Case with Global Implications

26/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 27 εμφανίσεις

If even the partial information that Efthimios (Makis) Yiannousakis revealed during the interviews is true, the upper echelons of Greek society have good reason to want to silence him. The true culprit, however, is the “deep state” and its links to Iran, through the drug trade. It is an open secret by now that heroin…

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Kurdistan: From Referendum to the Road to Independence

25/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 42 εμφανίσεις

Greater Zab River near Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, Wikipedia EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On September 25, a referendum will be held on the future of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The vote will decide whether autonomous Kurdistan should disengage from Iraq and become an independent state or remain within the Iraqi state. The referendum will be the…

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Pay for Gazan Electricity? Clarifying the “Israeli Interest”

25/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 50 εμφανίσεις

Gaza street, image by Natalia Cieslik/World Bank EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The electricity crisis in Gaza offers an opportunity for the Israeli government to promote security objectives. It must keep Gaza stable and maintain the separation between the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority and Hamas. The time has come to put an end to the extortion the enemy…

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“Realpolitik”: Merkel Fawns over Kissinger in Berlin

25/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 52 εμφανίσεις

          After a tumultuous week which brought a number of nasty shocks and alarms, including the shooting down of a Syrian jet by the United States military in Syria, spiraling tensions, and fears of direct US-Russian confrontation in the Middle East, on Wednesday evening yet another horror story jumped off the…

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Sylvie Goulard : les coulisses d’une démission

25/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 32 εμφανίσεις

L’éphémère ministre des Armées revient dans le “JDD” sur sa décision surprise, qui a embarrassé l’exécutif et provoqué le départ de François Bayrou. Sylvie Goulard est restée seulement un mois au poste de ministre des Armées. © AFP/ BENJAMIN CREMEL La vie politique peut être cruelle. Début mai, juste avant la nomination du premier gouvernement…

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Le vrai visage des libérateurs de Rakka

25/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 41 εμφανίσεις

Majoritairement kurdes et gauchistes, les futurs « libérateurs » de Rakka sont étrangers à cette ville, à sa population et à sa culture. Miliciens majoritairement kurdes, formés par les Etats-Unis pour prendre le contrôle de Rakka, prêtant un serment collectif, le 17 juin 2017. Les Forces démocratiques syriennes (FDS) constituent le fer de lance de l’offensive lancée…

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Kurdistan: From Referendum to the Road to Independence

25/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 75 εμφανίσεις

By Dr. Edy CohenJune 24, 2017   Greater Zab River near Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, Wikipedia BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 507, June 24, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: On September 25, a referendum will be held on the future of the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The vote will decide whether autonomous Kurdistan should disengage from Iraq…

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FORGET PLANET 9—THERE’S EVIDENCE OF A TENTH PLANET LURKING AT THE EDGE OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM

23/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 91 εμφανίσεις

BY HANNAH OSBORNE ON 6/23/17 AT 10:43 AM NEWSWEEK What is needed for life on another planet? A Mars-sized planet appears to be lurking at the edge of the solar system, scientists have announced. The “planetary mass object” seems to be disrupting the orbits of other, smaller rocky bodies within the Kuiper Belt—a disc-shaped region…

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The EastMed Pipeline Could Be a Giant Step Towards Enhancing Regional Security

23/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 63 εμφανίσεις

By George N. TzogopoulosJune 22, 2017 Boundaries of the Levant Basin, US Energy Information Administration BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 505, June 22, 2017 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The EastMed pipeline, a proposed means of transporting gas from the eastern Mediterranean to new markets, would be expensive and difficult – but it is feasible. Easier and less…

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SPY OR DIPLOMAT? MEET RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR SERGEY KISLYAK, THE MOST RADIOACTIVE MAN IN WASHINGTON

22/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 136 εμφανίσεις

BY OWEN MATTHEWS AND MATTHEW COOPER ON 6/22/17 AT 7:20 AM    NEWSWEEK 06/30/17 COVER STORY Sergey Kislyak participates in an annual ceremony commemorating the meeting between Soviet and Allied troops during WWII in Germany in 1945, in April 2016 at the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C. Many analysts doubt Kislyak is a spymaster.ROMAN MAKHMUTOV…

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Invisible Empire Beneath the Radar, Above Suspicion

22/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 72 εμφανίσεις

by JASON HIRTHLER JUNE 22, 2017  Counterpunch Photo by Jörn Schubert | CC BY 2.0 When the United States went to war with Spain in 1898, it did so in a media environment of “yellow journalism,” that played no small part in the advent of the Spanish-American War. Yellow journalism was basically the use of sensationalism…

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Why the White House Is Reading Greek History

22/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 105 εμφανίσεις

By MICHAEL CROWLEY  June 21, 2017   Politico The Trump team is obsessing over Thucydides, the ancient historian who wrote a seminal tract on war. The Trump White House isn’t known as a hot spot for Ivy League intellectuals. But last month, a Harvard academic slipped into the White House complex for an unusual meeting….

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Mohammed bin Salman Will Rule Saudi Arabia for Another 50 Years

22/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 82 εμφανίσεις

Foreign Policy. What the elevation of the young crown prince — now successor to the throne — means for the Middle East. BY ELIZABETH DICKINSON JUNE 21, 2017 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Before the sun rose Wednesday morning in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s order of succession had been transformed in ways likely to shape…

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Robots won’t just take our jobs – they’ll make the rich even richer

22/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 96 εμφανίσεις

The Guardian Robotics and artificial intelligence will continue to improve – but without political change such as a tax, the outcome will range from bad to apocalyptic Instead of making it possible to create more wealth with less labor, automation might make it possible to create more wealth without labor. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters Ben Tarnoff…

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How privatization could spell the end of democracy

22/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 81 εμφανίσεις

The Guardian. Between Trump and tech, never before have so many powerful people been so intent on transforming government into a business. Reefill has reinvented the water fountain as a Bluetooth-enabled subscription service. Photograph: Reefill. Ben Tarnoff @bentarnoff Wednesday 21 June 2017 09.00 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 21 June 2017 20.19 BST It’s a hot day in…

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Turkey Spends $2.6 Million to Hire Two New Lobbying and PR Firms

21/6/17 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 61 εμφανίσεις

By Harut Sassounian on June 20, 2017 Last week, I wrote about a dozen public relations and lobbying firms the Turkish government had already hired. In recent weeks, the Republic of Turkey added two new such firms: Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller. Ballard Partners and Burson-Marsteller were recently hired by Turkey Turkish officials don’t seem to…

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