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France deprives Lebanon of its caregivers

Following a visit to Beirut, the Director-General of the World Health Organization and the Regional Director of its Eastern Mediterranean office lamented the fact that 40% of doctors in Lebanon and 30% of registered nurses have emigrated from the country in the span of a few weeks. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Ahmed Al-Mandhari pointed to the responsibility of a foreign state in this “brain drain”, and made a commitment to help Lebanon overcome this additional crisis as much as they can. (...)

Boris Johnson Statement on AUKUS , by Boris Johnson

I'm delighted to join President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison to announce that the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States are creating a new trilateral defence partnership, known as AUKUS, with the aim of working hand-in-glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific. We are opening a new chapter in our friendship, and the first task of this partnership will be to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines, emphasising of course that the (...)

Biden, Morrison & Johnson Announcing the Creation of AUKUS, by Boris Johnson, Joseph R. Biden Jr., Scott Morrison

PRIME MINISTER MORRISON: Well, good morning from Australia. I'm very pleased to join two great friends of freedom and of Australia: Prime Minister Johnson and President Biden. Today, we join our nations in a next-generation partnership built on a strong foundation of proven trust. We have always seen the world through a similar lens. We have always believed in a world that favors freedom; that respects human dignity, the rule of law, the independence of sovereign states, and the (...)

Scott Morrison Statement on AUKUS, by Scott Morrison

Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have agreed to the creation of an enhanced trilateral security partnership – AUKUS. The security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region have grown significantly. Military modernisation is occurring at an unprecedented rate and capabilities are rapidly advancing and their reach expanding. The technological edge enjoyed by Australia and our partners is narrowing. AUKUS will build on the three nations' longstanding and ongoing bilateral ties, (...)

State of the European Union Speech 2021 , by Ursula von der Leyen

STRENGTHENING THE SOUL OF OUR UNION Introduction Mr President, Honourable Members, Many are the people who feel their lives have been on pause while the world has been on fast forward. The speed of events and the enormity of the challenges are sometimes difficult to grasp. This has also been a time of soul-searching. From people reassessing their own lives to wider debates on sharing vaccines and on shared values. But as I look back on this past year, if I look at the state of the (...)

Emirates tasked Mossad with World Expo security

The United Arab Emirates have put the Israeli Mossad in charge of providing security for World Expo, to be held in Dubai from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. According to, where various documents can be found, Israel in return demanded that the Emirates hand over an exhaustive list of foreign nationals residing in their country. The list should include name, nationality, photo, passport copy, private address and telephone number. The Emirates are home to 10 million (...)

Israel admits merits of US diplomacy vis-à-vis Iran

In an interview with Foreign Policy , Israel's Defense Minister General Benny Gantz acknowledged the merits of US foreign policy on Iran. According to him, the US approach aims to put the Iran nuclear deal back in a box. Also according to Gantz, Iran would be capable of manufacturing its first atomic bomb in three months. On which, the New York Times upped the ante by suggesting a much shorter timeframe of one week. It would therefore be logical, Ganz continued, to have preventive plans in (...)

Atomic Iran and Al Qaeda are America’s New Enemies

The Biden administration has found new enemies. The New York Times is convinced that Iran could build an atomic bomb as early as next week [1], while intelligence officials have reported to the Intelligence and National Security Summit that Al-Qaeda is rebuilding itself and will be in a position next year to inflict losses of the magnitude of September 11, 2001.

Clinton, Bush and Obama welcome Afghan refugees

Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have launched Welcome.US, an organization aimed to help bring Afghan refugees to the United States of America. "We are a nation of welcomers called to meet this extraordinary moment. The United States has long been a beacon of hope for newcomers from around the world. For generations, millions of Americans who started out as refugees have made incredible contributions to our country. The same will be true for this generation. But (...)

Probe into suspicious death of witness in Netanyahu trial

Greece has opened an investigation into the apparently accidental death of an Israeli couple. Haim and Esther Giron were en route on a private Cessna C182 from Haifa (Israel) to Samos (Greece). However, for an unknown reason, the plane exploded over the sea shortly before landing on the island of Samos. Haim Giron was a former deputy director of the Israeli Ministry of Communications. In that capacity, he was due to testify for the prosecution on allegations that former Prime Minister (...)