UK Blatantly Violates Norms of Decent Behavior

Russia and Venezuela are among the countries the EU, including Great Britain, has imposed sanctions on. Both nations have been targets of London’s vigorous attacks, being blamed for numerous nefarious things they have allegedly done. The UK insists that everyone play by the rules. Meanwhile, London is making mockery of commonly accepted norms in the …

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The Fall of Mussolini: The Dictator, Who Vainly Believed in Hitler’s “Miracle Weapon”

About 75 years ago in Italy the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini fell, leaving an imprint on the fate of this country and partly the course of world history On the night of July 25, 1943 in Rome, in the Palazzo Venezia, the fate of Benito Mussolini, who had ruled Italy since 1922, was decreed, …

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World War One Centenary – the World Comes Full Circle

Sunday’s Paris series of meetings of key world leaders, including a probable Trump Putin, secret or otherwise, meeting, will inevitably take place, while marking the 100th anniversary on the 11th hour of the 11th month, of the end of the First World War, will be meetings heavy on irony. Starting with the fact that in …

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Spying, Lying and Dying

In 2013 the German publication Der Spiegel informed us that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, GCHQ, had been planting malware in the systems of Belgacom (now called Proximus), a telecoms company of which the Belgian government has 53% ownership. It revealed that GCHQ’s ‘Operation Socialist’ involved technology that directed targets to websites which could then inflict malware or otherwise louse …

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Germany’s Arms Suspension to Saudi Arabia is Shooting the West in the Foot

Merkel said that her country won’t fulfill its contractual commitment to provide the Saudis with hundreds of millions of dollars of arms this year until Riyadh responsibly answers all the questions pertaining to Khashoggi’s killing, which she even termed a “monstrosity” and promised that she’ll pressure her other EU allies to follow suit. For as …

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Istanbul Summit on Syria Was a Success but Caveats Remain

The four-nation Turkey-Russia-Germany-France summit on Syria on October 27 in Istanbul had an impressive outcome. All participants – each with own interests – has some ‘takeaway’ from the summit, which itself is a measure of the success of the event. This is also important because the participants now have a reason to work together. Such …

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Summit in Istanbul as Ramifications of the Khashoggi Debacle Roll On

The Russia-Turkey-Germany-France summit in Istanbul on October 27 is an extraordinary affair. The Kremlin has been deploying a wily strategy, downplaying the summit as just “comparing notes”, and not a breakthrough. Yet Istanbul is a de facto breakthrough in itself – on superimposed layers. It signals the top two EU powers acquiescing that Russia is in …

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Asian and European leaders gather at the ASEM 12 summit last week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center in purple, for a group photo in Brussels on October 19, 2018. Photo: Alexey Vitvitsky / Sputnik / AFP

Leaders of Asia and Europe Sit Down for Talks, Not Sanctions

Totally under the radar of a news cycle consumed by the Pulp Fiction in Istanbul saga and the ever-mutating US-China trade war, leaders from no less than 51 Asian and European nations met in Brussels on Friday to talk about developing some measure of global stability. The day before in Brussels had been lost on …

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From left, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after a meeting in Brussels, on May 15, 2018. Photo: AFP

EU Finally Stands Up to US ‘Bullying’ Over Iran Sanctions

History may one day rule this was the fateful geopolitical moment when the European Union clinched its PhD on foreign policy. Last week, EU foreign policy head Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, announced at the UN a “special purpose vehicle” (SPV) to deal with the Trump administration’s sanctions on Iran after …

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