News Alert No.104: Some causes and risks in Russian economy crisis

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on December 25, 2014 at a government meeting in Moscow that “the difficulties that we have run into carry not only an outside factor. They are not solely tied to some sorts of limitations of sanctions or limitations tied with the objective international environment, they are tied to our not working out defects that have accumulated over the years.” He […]

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News Alert No.103: Brazil assumes rotating presidency of MERCOSUR

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Brazil assumed on December 17 the rotating presidency of MEROSUR for the next six months, following the sequence established in alphabetical order beginning with Argentina[1]. The event took place at the official opening of the MERCOSUR 47th summit in Paraná, in the Argentinian province of Entre Ríos, where Argentina’s president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner transfered […]

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Opinion No.17: Some brief comments on the recent elections in Japan

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“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition cruised to a big election win on Sunday [December 124], ensuring he will stick to reflationary economic policies and a muscular security stance”, Reuters reported, late in the evening, on December 14. The same open source also reported „NHK public TV said Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner […]

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Opinion No.16: Ups and downs in NASA’s programs for human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit

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A few days ago, on December 10, 2014, reporting on the project of SLS rocket (one of the trio of NASA’s related programs for human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit), an article published by Washington Post cited the Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher who declared „it could cost at least $10 billion to develop this ‘monstrous rocket […]

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Policy Brief No.67: Taliban attack kills at least 140 people at military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan

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At 10 a.m. (local time), on December 16, at least nine Taliban fighters, all of them heavily armed and wearing suicide vests, quietly entered a military-run school in Peshawar, a city in North-Western Pakistan, killing at least 130 students and teachers, Reuters reports. One witness says the attackers “bypassed the heavily guarded main entrance and […]

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Opinion No.15: The perennial strategic value of the Faklands Islands: some comments

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“Winston Churchill dispatched 1,700 troops to the Falkland Islands in 1942 out of concern that the Japanese were planning to invade the territory and interfere with critical sea routes in the South Atlantic”[1] according to a report published by the Telegraph.co.uk on December 9, 2014. “Documents held at the National Archives, cited by Kyodo News, […]

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News Alert No.102: New Islamic State attack in the Anbar province

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Islamic State fighters stormed and captured a town in Iraq’s western Anbar province on Saturday [December 13], killing at least 19 policemen and trapping others inside their headquarters, in the latest attack in the desert region where it controls large amounts of territory”, Reuters reports on December 13. The same open source reports that “Islamic […]

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