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17/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 22 εμφανίσεις

 BY TOM O’CONNOR ON 1/16/19 AT 11:55 AM NEWSWEEK Russia has set out to enhance its influence across Latin America, once a Western bastion of Soviet support, as hopes of a rapprochement with the United States fade and a new, risky plan to counter its global influence is put into place. The appearance of nuclear-capable Tupolev Tu-160…

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Docs Show US To Massively Expand Footprint At Jordanian Air Base Amid Spats With Turkey, Iraq

16/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 50 εμφανίσεις

USACE Tens of millions of dollars will turn this base in Jordan into a new major regional hub for combat jets, drones, cargo planes, and more. JOSEPH TREVITHICK JAN 14, 2019 5:19 PM EST The U.S. military is moving ahead with plans to dramatically expand its presence at Muwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan to better accommodate…

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US House Democrats file bills to stop offshore drilling, exploration

16/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 48 εμφανίσεις

By Steve Bittenbender January 9, 2019   House Democrats on Tuesday, 8 January, introduced a series of bills that would block the Trump administration from permitting offshore drilling in various regions of the U.S. exclusive economic zone. Opponents of offshore drilling claim the practice could devastate both the environment and the economies of coastal communities, with…

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In troubled Greece, a coup may not be likely but it’s not unthinkable

16/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 112 εμφανίσεις

Greece Letter: Today there is that same paralysis and sense of catastrophe as in 1967 Tue, Dec 18, 2018, 01:00 Richard Pine Irish Times Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, who waters down the vision of true leadership with opportunism. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images Last month a 53-year-old woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison…

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Club Med: Israel, Egypt, and Others Form New Natural Gas Group

16/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 65 εμφανίσεις

The new grouping is meant to jump-start the Eastern Mediterranean’s energy revolution. BY KEITH JOHNSON Foreign Policy  | JANUARY 15, 2019, 12:58 PM The Tamar natural gas production platform on March 28, 2013. There is growing regional cooperation on energy in the Eastern Mediterranean, whose natural gas boom kicked off here, off the coast of Israel. (Albatross/Getty…

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The Turkish president’s epic distortion of facts on Syria

15/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 114 εμφανίσεις

BY BRIAN GLYN WILLIAMS, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 01/14/19 02:00 PM EST THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL   © Getty Images On Jan. 7, the New York Times published an opinion piece by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that is a masterpiece in historical revisionism better suited to Turkey’s…

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Manipur Governor sees NE as exclusive economic zone for organic products

15/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 81 εμφανίσεις

Manipur Governor Dr Najma A Heptulla attends fourth Convocation of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal at its Iroishemba campus near Imphal  SOBHAPATI SAMOM IMPHAL , January 11, 2019 7:10 am Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla addressing the fourth Convocation of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal at its Iroishemba campus near Imphal on January 10, 2019….

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German Foreign Minister Maas’Trump Could Hardly Have Chosen a Worse Moment’

14/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 73 εμφανίσεις

In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas laments America’s rejection of multilateralism and says that Donald Trump does not view the U.S. as the leading power among liberal democracies. He’s hoping to save the INF. Interview Conducted By Christiane Hoffmann and Christoph Schult Hannes Jung/ DER SPIEGEL German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas January 11, 2019  06:02…

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Isolated in BerlinTrump’s Ambassador Finds Few Friends in Germany

14/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 132 εμφανίσεις

Der Spiegel Since arriving in Berlin as U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell has flouted diplomatic conventions and attempted to interfere in domestic politics. He has since become politically isolated in the German capital. By Konstantin von Hammerstein Photos Reto Klar/ Berliner Morgenpost/ FUNKE Foto Services January 11, 2019  06:46 PM  Tucker Carlson’s worldview doesn’t come…

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The end of the “Great Illusion”: Norman Angell and the founding of NATO

14/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 53 εμφανίσεις

By  Michael Rühle  14/01/2019 NATO REVIEW In the first half of the 20th century, excessive nationalism, radical ideologies and misguided isolationism plunged Europe into two major wars that set half the world on fire. Today, as these trends are again on the rise, it is instructive to recall how an idealistic pacifist came to the…

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Turkey’s new presidential system and a changing west

13/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 87 εμφανίσεις

Implications for Turkish foreign policy and Turkish-West relations Kemal Kirişci and Ilke ToygürJanuary 2019   Brookings EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In July 2018, having triumphed in the presidential elections the previous month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan began to formally transform Turkey’s long-standing parliamentary system into a heavily centralized presidential one. The new system entrenched his one-man authoritarian rule at…

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A Greek tragedy: how the EU is destroying a country

12/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 200 εμφανίσεις

Spectator The problem could be solved tomorrow through the usual remedy of significant debt write-offs Jonathon Bond After years of tough austerity measures, Greece emerges from its third and last bailout, although officials warn the country still has a “long way to go” (Photo: Getty) Jonathon Bond 6 October 2018 ‘Now Greece can finally turn…

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The US could lose its crown as the world’s most powerful economy as soon as next year, and it’s unlikely to ever get it back

12/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 106 εμφανίσεις

Will Martin Jan. 10, 2019, 4:23 AM  Business Insider The US might soon no longer be the world’s dominant economic superpower. Ian Walton/Getty Images The US could lose its crown as the world’s biggest economy as soon as next year, according to data from Standard Chartered. Once it falls behind China, it is unlikely to ever regain the…

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Boeing Finally Set to Deliver Years-Delayed Tanker to U.S. Air Force

11/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 84 εμφανίσεις

EXCLUSIVE Foreign Policy The Air Force’s effort to buy a new refueling tanker is a long and sordid tale that dates back to 2001. BY LARA SELIGMAN  | JANUARY 10, 2019, 7:24 AM The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing the tanker contract in 2011. (Boeing photo) The U.S. Air Force is expected to announce Thursday that after…

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Meet Europe’s Left Nationalists

11/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 125 εμφανίσεις

The rise of leaders like Sahra Wagenknecht and Jean-Luc Mélenchon marks a momentous turn against free movement in Europe—at the expense of  immigrants. By David Adler The Nation From left: Sahra Wagenknecht, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Jeremy Corbyn. (Sipa / Abaca / Raphaël Lafargue; AP / DPA / Picture-Alliance / Wolfgang Kumm; AP / PA Wire / Stefan Rousseau; Reuters…

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Erdogan’s Turkey is No American Ally

11/1/19 | 0 σχόλια | 0 απαντήσεις | 91 εμφανίσεις

For Erdogan and his team, the United States is the primary threat to Turkey. by Michael Rubin President Donald Trump’s about-face toward his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is enough to give whiplash. Just five months ago, Trump was criticizing Turkey and undercutting its economy to bring Erdoğan to his knees over the imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson. Behind-the-scenes,…

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