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The destroyers of Libya are now « for Libya », by Manlio Dinucci

After Emmanuel Macron's failure to solve the Libyan crisis, it's now Giuseppe Conte's turn to take a shot at it. It's true that Rome is better placed than Paris, insofar as it enjoys the support of the White House. However, there is little chance that any progress of any sort will be made, since these « fairy godmothers » are in fact the big bad wolves who recently devoured Libya.

Theresa May at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, by Theresa May

My Lord Mayor, My Late Lord Mayor, Your Grace, My Lord Chancellor, Your Excellencies, My Lords, Aldermen, Sheriffs, Chief Commoner, ladies and gentlemen, this weekend our country came together to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. Gathering around memorials across the length and breadth of the land, people of every faith and background stopped and stood together to remember the sacrifice of a generation. A sacrifice that touched almost every family and every community – including (...)

Statement by Heads of State on the Global Information and Communication Space

Joint statement of Roch Marc Christian Kaboré (Burkina Faso), Justin Trudeau (Canada), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Denmark), Emmanuel Macron (France), Raimonds Vējonis (Latvia), Saad Hariri (Lebanon), Dalia Grybauskaitè (Lithuania), Erna Solberg (Norway), Macky Sall (Senegal), Alain Berset (Switzerland), Beji Caid Essebsi (Tunisia) The Heads of State or Government of Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Norway, Senegal, (...)

Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Industry Forum, by Jens Stoltenberg

Good morning. It's great to see you all. Let me start by thanking Germany for hosting our conference this year. And for being a major driver in technology and innovation. Let me also thank all of you for being here and for joining us at this NATO Industry Forum. A very important platform for strengthening the cooperation between NATO, NATO allies and Industry which is so important for the whole Alliance. I would also like to thank commissioner Elżbieta Bienkowska for being here today I (...)

Human Rights as a weapon

When human rights become a weapon, by Alfred de Zayas / The people want to set the course themselves, by Werner Wüthrich / Direct democracy facing a practical test, by Marianne Wüthrich / Indispensable white gold – the well-established Swiss salt supply system, by Peter Aebersold and Eliane Perret / After the elections in Bavaria, by Karl Müller / Propaganda is marching, by Christian Fischer / The glut of money. Draghi has emulated in real life what Mephisto explained in advance as a fairy tale, by Eberhard Hamer / Do not rely on politics – turn active yourself. Civil rights activist Vera Lengsfeld on democracy in Germany / Impressions from Saxony, by Rita Brügger.

Donald Trump, Moscow’s Providential Man, by Valentin Vasilescu

How did President Donald Trump react to the news that the Russian hypersonic nuclear missile Avangard was up and ready? He announced that his country would withdraw from the INF Treaty. So, instead of making a plan to catch up and quickly developing hypersonic missiles, he intends to reassemble the US medium range nuclear missile arsenal. Valentin Vasilescu observes that the United States is no longer manufacturing motors for this type of missile and is using Russian motors for its Atlas V rockets. Conclusion: Moscow has gained yet another advantage over Washington.

What the mid-term elections tell us about US interior conflict, by Thierry Meyssan

The US mid-term elections have been interpreted by the major medias in terms of the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats. However, continuing his in-depth analysis of the social fabric, Thierry Meyssan sees a clear retreat of the Puritans faced with the Lutherans and the Catholics. Donald Trump's political realignment, just as that of Richard Nixon before him, is close to succeeding.

IMF trying to prevent the Marshall Islands from adopting a crypto currency

On 26 February 2018 the Parliament of the Republic of the Marshall Islands passed the Declaration and Issuance of the Sovereign Currency Act 2018, adopting in principle a crypto currency. An Israeli company called Neema would be tasked with creating this crypto currency for the Marshall Islands. This currency would be called Sovereign. The Republic of the Marshall Islands does not have an army and its defence is guaranteed by the United States. It does not have its own currency and (...)

A Foreign State pays the salaries of Gaza officials

The Emirate of Qatar is supposed to transfer 21 million euro to pay the salaries of Gaza officials. Palestinian officials living in the Gaza Strip are no longer paid by the Palestine Authority. This has been the case for more than 6 months, following the rupture of relations between President Mahmud Abbas and Hamas. De facto, no longer recognized as a single state by the different members of the UN, the Palestinian territories are divided into two distinct political entities. Established (...)