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The successes of Russian diplomacy in the Middle East, by Thierry Meyssan

The political changes which have been transforming the Middle East for the last two months are not the result of the destruction of any of the protagonists, but the evolution of the Iranian, Turkish and Emirati points of view. Where the military might of the United States has failed, the subtlety of Russian diplomacy has succeeded. Refusing to comment on the crimes of one party or the other, Moscow is slowly managing pacify the region.

Turkey gives up on the idea of a Caliphate for the second time, by Thierry Meyssan

In Islam, the role of Imam does not fall to a theologian, but like Christianity in Roman times, to the most powerful head of State. The function of Caliphe has therefore become a political rather than a spiritual gamble. After having believed that the Caliphate of Daesh could offer Turkey the possibility of reclaiming its Ottoman splendour, President Erdoğan realised that, on the contrary, he risked hurling his country into a state of barbarism.

Assassination of Dvir Sorek, by Danny Danon

It is with great sorrow and grief that I write to you regarding the brutal murder of Dvir Sorek, a 19-year-old yeshiva (Jewish seminary) student, at the hands of Palestinian terrorists last night in Gush Etzion. Dvir, an off-duty soldier out of uniform, was returning alone from Jerusalem to his yeshiva when Palestinian terrorists attacked him on the outskirts of the town of Migdal Oz, stabbing him to death in cold blood and then fleeing the area. Dvir's body, still with his books, was (...)

Statement by President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi

The Government of Yemen holds the Southern Transitional Council responsible for the armed escalation in the interim capital of Aden and for its serious consequences that threaten the security and safety of citizens and security and stability in general. In its statement, the Government reiterated its rejection of the irresponsible actions of the Southern Transitional Council, which amounted to the use of heavy weapons and the attempt to storm State institutions and army camps. The (...)

Statement by the North Atlantic Council on the INF Treaty

Russia today remains in violation of the INF Treaty, despite years of U.S. and Allied engagement, including a final opportunity over six months to honour its Treaty obligations. As a result, the United States decision to withdraw from the Treaty, a decision fully supported by NATO Allies, is now taking effect. Russia bears sole responsibility for the demise of the Treaty. We regret that Russia has shown no willingness and taken no demonstrable steps to return to compliance with its (...)

The British and the “colorful revolution” in Hong Kong

Since the transfer of sovereignty from the British Empire to the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong is along with Macao, one of the two Chinese special administrative regions. Under the 1997's agreements, Beijing established the western democracy in Hong Kong, which had never seen it before. For the first time, the Parliament was elected by the people. However, while the return of Hong Kong to China marked an improvement in the living conditions of the population, it remained culturally (...)

Executive Order on Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela, by Donald Trump

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with (...)

Nicolás Maduro: Corruption and Chaos in Venezuela

U.S. Department of State Fact Sheet The former regime of Nicolás Maduro has consistently violated and abused the human rights and dignity of the country's citizens, plundered its natural resources, and driven a once-prosperous nation into economic ruin with Maduro's authoritarian rule and ruinous economic policies. Maduro's thugs have reportedly engaged in killings and physical abuse, detained political opponents, and severely interfered with the exercise of freedom of expression, all in a (...)

Russian comment on the cancellation of a new round of talks between the government of Venezuela and the opposition

The Foreign Ministry expresses deep regret over the cancellation of the round of talks between the government of Venezuela and the opposition that was to take place in Barbados. Regardless of who initiated this decision, the main reason for the breakdown in the negotiating process is obviously Washington's irresponsible policy regarding Venezuela and its legitimate authorities. The methods adopted by the United States to exert economic pressure, alongside other actions in stark violation of (...)

Sergey Ryabkov’s opening remarks at the briefing on the termination of the INF Treaty, by Sergey Ryabkov

On August 2, six months after Washington initiated the withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by the USSR and the US in 1987, the treaty has been terminated for all parties: the US, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. This means that a key treaty for establishing the regional and global security architecture no longer exists. Under the INF Treaty, the parties eliminated two classes of nuclear armaments: land-based intermediate-range and shorter range (...)