Stories of truth from the Land of Grace

Three years have passed since the death of Hugo Chávez and the Land of Grace, Venezuela, finds itself at a political and social crossroads. In the midst of food shortages, soaring hyperinflation, opposition calls for the removal of president Nicolás Maduro and government bemoaning of a coup against it, the Latin American country of 32 million... Continue Reading →

The beginning of the end for EU sanctions against Russia

Lots of "red flags" have been reported due to the scheduled visit of EU Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, to the International Economic Forum of Saint Petersburg, Russia (16-18 June). From Reuters to Politico, the EU top official's decision to travel to Russia has been perceived as a deviation from the common stance of EU members towards... Continue Reading →

Syria: double deals and iconic moves

A sound indication of political convergence -rather than prevalence of a single stakeholder- lies beneath the announced partial withdrawal of Russia’s military forces in Syria. The move came right upon the warning by the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, that there would be no plan B in case the peace talks fail.... Continue Reading →

Erdogan “gambles” in Iraq

No more than a few weeks passed after the downing of the Russian Su-24 at the Turkish-Syrian border and the Turks have shifted their attention east.  Ankara's move to send a notable military force of 400 men of the 3rd Siirt Brigade, along with 25 M60A3 tanks and artillery to the Bashiqa camp - a... Continue Reading →

Questing for hope

One would think that the refugees' predicament ends when they finally manage to reach the Greek shores safe and sound. Wrong. As Vassilis Tsartsanis explains - one of the locals helping and witnessing the situation in northern Greece - the refugees often experience the cruel behaviour of other countries' authorities or even become victims of criminal... Continue Reading →

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