Opinion no 28: Antony Beevor, officially banned in Russian schools

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Antony Beevor, an outstandingly serious professional historian, is writing in The Guardian, on August 5, 2015, that his books have been officially banned in Russia. Beevor says: “Over the past 24 hours I have been receiving slightly ironic congratulations by email from fellow historians. They were prompted by the order from the Ministry of Education […]

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Policy Brief no.77: Russian Navy, under the pressure of international sanctions

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International sanctions “imposed for Moscow’s interference in Ukraine” are seriously slowing down the development of the Russian Navy; they “are blocking import of critical parts for warships”, and “at the same time an economic recession has lightened the nation’s coffers”, Stars and Stripes reports on August 2, 2015. The article we are commenting now is […]

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Policy Brief no. 76: The new Taliban leader, confronted with a horde of major problems

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Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the new Afghan Taliban leader, who recently replaced Mullah Omar (who “had been dead for some time”), is already confronted with very severe problems, Reuters indirectly indicates on August 1, 2015. In his first audio recording provided to journalists, Mansour intensely asked for “unity”. He said “the enemy can’t defeat us […]

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Policy Brief no. 75: Egypt and Saudi Arabia decide to create ‘joint Arab military force’

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“Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed a pact in Cairo aimed at boosting military and economic ties between the two Arab allies”, Al Jazeera is reporting on July 31, 2015. In a statement made public at the end of a meeting of very senior Egyptian and Saudi officials – President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi […]

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News Alert no. 138: Yemeni forces capture Houthi rebels’ positions near Aden

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Yemeni forces loyal to the legitimate president of the country “have recaptured positions on the outskirts of Aden used by the Houthi group to fire rockets into the southern port city, local officials said” on July 30, 2015, Reuters reports. The same open source says that “forces loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which […]

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News Alert no. 137: New massive U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia made possible: Iran is still generating major strategic concerns on the world arena

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On July 29, 2015, Reuters is reporting that “The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of $5.4 billion in additional PAC-3 missiles built by Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon said”. The same open source is also stating that “the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the sale would benefit a key […]

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Opinion no. 27: A desperate attempt to break diplomatic isolation: Kim Jong Un’s first official visit will be to Moscow

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“Kim Jong Un might be ready this year to come out of his cave a bit”[1], affirmed the North Korea expert John Delury[2], cited by The Washington Post, on January 14, 2015. After three years of almost complete diplomatic isolation, North Korea’s leader decided to stage his first official visit to Moscow, by accepting the […]

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