Policy Brief No.48: Turkish combat airplanes bombed Kurdish forces belonging to the radical Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)


On October 14, Reuters reports that “Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey on Sunday [September 12] in the first significant air operation against the militants since the launch of a peace process two years ago”. Open sources indicate that the attacks have been “carried out with the knowledge of Turkish […]

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Policy Brief No.47: Hong Kong’s protests triggers the next level of Cyber War: mass surveillance


According to South China Morning Post, on October 4, 2014, the websites of the city’s biggest political party, the Occupy Central movement and the Silent Majority for Hong Kong were all taken offline by hackers after a US-based group declared cyberwar on the Hong Kong government.[1] The hackers’ group, known as Anonymous, posted on its […]

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Policy Brief No.46: Turkish parliament has voted in favor of a military operation in Syria and Iraq: reasons and expectations


According to IBI Times, on September 4, 2014, after Turkey’s Parliament authorized ground forces to combat the militant group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, Turkey’s decision to join the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group was qualified as an “act of aggression,” by the […]

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Policy Brief No.45 : Germany and Australia prepare themselves for stronger involvement in Iraq, against ISIL


“Germany is planning to do more to help Kurdish and Iraqi troops fighting militias who have captured large amounts of territory in northern Iraq”, Deutsche Welle reports on October 4, quoting a Defense Ministry spokesperson. EDP news agency was told by a Defense Ministry spokeswoman that “plans were afoot to establish a military training center […]

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Policy Brief No.44: Embraer to deliver A-29 Super Tucanos for USAF program


20 A-29 Super Tucano lightattack and training aircrafts are to be delivered to the US Air Force (USAF) for their LAS (Light Air Support) program in Afghanistan, writes Transporta Brasil on October 2. At the end of September, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) presented the first U.S.-built Super […]

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Policy Brief No.43 : Ebola ‘spreading like wildfire’ in Western African countries; first officially confirmed Ebola case in the U.S.


“Five people are being infected with Ebola every hour in Sierra Leone and the rate is expected to double by the end of October”, Justin Forsyth, the chief executive of the international charity Save the Children has warned, Al Jazeera reports on October 2. Forsyth also said that “the scale of the Ebola epidemic is […]

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Policy Brief No.42: Important elements of the Russian military industry, largely immune to international sanctions


Almost 90 % “of equipment and materials used by Russia’s largest arms manufacturer, Machine Engineering Technologies, is domestically produced, the company’s CEO Sergei Rusakov said”, RIA Novosti reports on September 30. Rusakov told the reporters: “Our localization is 90 percent. We are able to produce everything within Russia”. He also said that in spite of […]

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